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U.S. Used Facial Recognition on Millions of Air Travelers Last Year, Found No Imposters

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Despite using facial recognition technology on millions of air travelers last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught not a single identity imposter at American airports. Since 2018, airport CBP officers have only "intercepted seven impostors," according to a new report from the agency. That's something to keep in mind as the feds continue to build out biometric databases and officials champion their use as a vital national security step.

In that same CBP report, the agency reveals that it scanned the faces of some 23 million travelers in and out of the U.S. via airplanes, boats, and foot travel in fiscal year 2020 (that's October 2019 through September 2020). But "the system caught no imposters traveling through airports last year and fewer than 100 new pedestrian imposters," reports Dave Gershgorn at OneZero.

That's 100 people out of nearly 8 million pedestrian facial scans run last year. (Or, put another way, 0.001 percent of the pedestrian scans identified imposters.) Since 2018, 295 foot travelers with fake documents were found, the CBP report notes.

The report provides a frightening glimpse of where this all going: a world where traditional travel and identity documents are replaced entirely with biometric data scans.

At airports, CBP has "expanded the use of Simplified Arrival, a process that…verifies a traveler's identity biometrically and retrieves traveler records from CBP systems using the traveler's face," says the report. "Simplified Arrival is the first step in re-envisioning how travelers arrive in the United States." (Emphasis added.)

CBP used the "Simplified Arrival" program at 18 airports last year and "operated biometric exit technical solutions" at 20 more airports.

Additionally, border patrol agents have been piloting an expanded biometric surveillance program in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "The pilot will assist in developing future plans for the use of biometric facial comparison technology at TSA checkpoints," the new CBP report says.

And CBP is working to bring facial recognition technology to bear on more U.S. roadways and cruise ships, too:

CBP is piloting biometric capabilities at the land border in both the pedestrian and vehicle environments and in partnership with the cruise line industry in the sea environment. During FY2020, nearly 8 million pedestrian travelers were processed at seven ports of entry. Similarly, in the sea environment, nearly 1 million travelers were processed at seven seaports. In 2020, seven major cruise lines were engaged with CBP to develop facial biometric processing for closed-loop cruises.

OneZero provides a little more background:

The rollout of facial recognition at U.S. borders has its roots in a 1996 congressional mandate that the attorney general develop a system to track the entry and exit of foreign citizens to the U.S. In 2001, the PATRIOT Act expanded this entry/exit system, adding a requirement that this tracking be done by biometrics, meaning through fingerprint, iris, or facial recognition. The CBP subsequently took over these efforts and, in 2013, put a plan in motion to use facial recognition.

CBP started releasing data on its facial recognition rollout in 2019. It revealed that in 2018, 8.3 million people were scanned at borders. However, the program's implementation has been met with skepticism from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In late 2020, the oversight organization lambasted CBP over lackluster accuracy audits, poor signage notifying the public the technology is being used, and little information offered to the public on how its systems worked.


QUICK HITS

• Leaving aside former President Donald Trump's role in rallying the Capitol rioters, "his reaction to it was enough to justify impeachment," writes Reason's Jacob Sullum.

• Republican senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump's impeachment are also helping develop his defense strategy. From The Hill:

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were spotted entering the meeting, which took place in a room near the Senate chamber that Trump's team is using as a workspace.

Cruz told reporters after the meeting that they were talking strategy for the defense's opening arguments on Friday.

"We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts," Cruz said.

• Veronique de Rugy on what's wrong with Sen. Mitt Romney's (R–Utah) child care plans.

• Google said it will leave Australia if a new proposal where it must pay to link to news articles becomes law. Google competitor Microsoft says it wants us to enact the same disastrous plan here.

• The Biden administration is backing off plans to ban TikTok and WeChat.

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  1. Leaving aside former President Donald Trump’s role in rallying the Capitol rioters, “his reaction to it was enough to justify impeachment…”

    Or at least to keep talking about him.

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    2. You mean when he published a video telling people to remain peaceful and go home?

      1. And told them he loved them.

        It’s wonderful how Trump fans cherry pick.

        1. Never heard of “I love you” as a “dog whistle” for “Storm the capitol”.

          1. That’s because you are racist. If you were a member of The Elect you’d know I love you is a well known insurrection dog whistle. It’s dog whistles all the way down!

            1. I look forward to someone finally publishing a dog whistle to English dictionary.

              1. Maybe then you won’t be able to so easily overlook the evil subtext of many of Trump’s public statements.

                1. The subtext only far left dogs can hear?

                2. They play your ass like a fiddle; do you even realize that, fucking troll?

                  1. Poor Dee doesn’t realize we’re laughing at her, not with her.

                    1. That’s a badge of honor, considering you are a cretin.

                    2. The   ​ White    Knight
                      January.12.2021 at 1:37 pm
                      Actually, water would be “hydrogen di-oxide”, not monoxide. Guessing you didn’t ever actually take a chemistry class.

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                3. You mean the ones Democrats claim when they lose? Those “evil subtext…” wait, Democrats don’t do evil subtext in your world.

                  1. When did I ever say Democrats are not evil? You alt-right buy jobs don’t get that people can be non-partisan, and not support either Team Red or Team Blue.

                    1. You’ve not said a negative word about them yet, mind you. Still have not. Cannot figure out why everybody thinks the same of your ideology.

                      “I don’t have a side…it’s just that this one side is unbelievably evil and I buy the talking points of the other side completely”

                    2. You post here a lot. Virtually all contrarian. Who are you here to agree with?

                    3. She’s just a squawking bird named Dee.

                    4. people can be non-partisan, and not support either Team Red or Team Blue.

                      That’s true. It just doesn’t describe you, because you are a radical leftist and party line Democrat. Or, you know, you would be if you were a US citizen instead of a morbidly obese Torontonian who went by the handle “cytotoxic” for 8 years.

                4. White Knight loves the implication of “dogwhistle” because it allows him to misrepresent (lie) the other persons position.
                  It allows him to attribute positions that they never made. It’s the ultimate in bad-faith arguments.

                  “Sure they never actually said that, but they were talking in a secret code that only I am smart enough to pick up on”.

                  1. LOL, you CACLLs are the ones who keep bringing up dog whistles, which is a tacit admission you realize Trump has been using them.

                    1. “Maybe then you won’t be able to so easily overlook the evil subtext of many of Trump’s public statements”

                      Lol, you lie so much that you can’t even remember your bullshit twenty posts upthread.

                    2. Your FAGLL (Fascist And Government Loving Liberal) ass is always making up lies.

                      You literally just brought up dog whistles.

                    3. You have to say you coined the term Traun.

                5. Bruh, if you’re hearing dog whistles then you’re the dog.

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                6. “Maybe then you won’t be able to so easily overlook the evil subtext of many of Trump’s public statements.”

                  TDS-addled lefty shits like this accuse the right of being subject to conspiracy theories and then propose steaming piles of shit like this fantasy as ‘truth’
                  It’s no wonder you are a laughing-stock, you pathetic piece of shit.

              2. Dictionaries, with all their “rules” about words, are racist.

                1. I guess that’s supposed to be a gotcha against me, except that I’m not a progressive and I don’t ascribe to “woke” culture.

                  1. Yes, you are a progressive. You also have never spoken against woke culture in any article regarding it.

                    1. I just did speak out against woke culture.

                      JesseAz: I know better than you do what your political beliefs are.

                    2. No, you didn’t speak against it. you said you don’t ascribe to it.

                  2. Lol. This is gonna be one of those days, isn’t it?

          2. It wasn’t. However, it was dismissive of violent rioting, after the fact, and reprehensible.

            1. So if I say I love you (I don’t) you will take it as an insult? Love you man.

              1. I love you, too.

            2. “Love the sinner; hate the sin.”

            3. Well there we have it. Opinions that you don’t like are impeachable offenses.

              1. Thoughtcrime is a big offence in libertarianisming.

                1. Nope, but abuse of office is.

                  1. By abuse of office do you mean ordering the FBI to use a bogus file of fiction to mislead a judge so it could spy on the nominee for the other party, and destroying 33,000 subpoenaed emails, smashing phones, and taking SIM cards,?
                    Or are you talking about an angry tweet?

              2. Well, it did make ENB feel frightened, so violence, and thus not only impeachable but justification for death, exile, and/or reeducation camp.

                1. Also what makes it violence: killing a police officer, injuring several others including gouging one’s eye out.

                  1. Tell us about “killing” Sicknick again, Wormtongue.

                    “Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
                    How and why did the media spend an entire month definitively affirming what appears to be a completely false story about the only person said to have been killed by the Capitol mob: Officer Brian Sicknick?
                    Why do we not know how or even when he died?

                    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1359865412863819779

              3. Trump’s incitements have gone well beyond “opinions”.

                1. You still haven’t actually mentioned a single concrete instance of incitement, Wormtongue.

                  1. He’s also a week or so out of date on his Democratic Underground talking points. Say goodbye to that 50 cents.

            4. “violent rioting”

              You mean the broken window or when they shot Ashley Babbit? Tell me again how the mob murdered officer Sicknik.

              1. chemjeff radical individualist
                February.9.2021 at 8:56 am
                What is there to talk about?

                From a libertarian perspective, Ashli Babbett was trespassing, and the officers were totally justified to shoot trespassers. Again from a libertarian perspective, the officers would have been justified in shooting every single trespasser. That would not have been wise or prudent, of course.

                They were all trespassers trying to be where they weren’t supposed to be.

                1. Pretty good summary on chemjeff’s part. Only your alt-right echo chamber buddies dismiss Babbett’s culpability in her own death.

                  1. Only a liar or a lunatic could pretend that the capitol is private property.

                    I want to be clear with you. I don’t think we’re simply having a rhetorical dispute here. What you’re doing here is genuine evil.
                    You’re a wicked evil person, WK, and again, without resorting to hyperbole, an actual fascist.

                  2. LOL. Another statist who thinks cops can kill unarmed people at will for being on public property.

                    1. Coincidentally, the same statist who thinks Trump sending uniformed federal cops to protect a federal courthouse was brownshirt fascism.

                  3. Pretty good summary on chemjeff’s part.

                    Oh look, chemjeff’s sockpuppet enjoys chemjeff’s work.

                    Hey remember when you were still using your cytotoxic handle before you left in a stream of rage and tears when Hillary Clinton lost, but couldn’t keep your autistic, obsessive ass away from here for more than a week and returned with no less than 4 sockpuppet accounts, including Depresso Liber, chemjeff, and your first White Knight account?

            5. After what was seen all summer, that was hardly violent at all.

              It was mostly peaceful.

              1. So, like Mother’s Lament, you never learned that two wrongs do not make a right.

                1. *Sigh*
                  What are you trying to infer now, Wormtongue.

                2. The point isn’t that two wrongs make a right, it’s that you’re a mendacious piece of shit for supporting whole-heartedly the actually violent riots that took place all summer, caused 30 deaths, hundreds of assaults, and 3 billion dollars in property damage while justifying shooting an unarmed woman in the face because she broke a window.

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          1. Your point is that many Beatles fans overlook the well-documented tales of John Lennon’s horrible behavior.

            That is true. He was a troubled, at times mean person. But very talented, of course.

            1. My point was all you need is love, man. Imagine if everyone just loved each other a little more…its easy if you try.

              1. Imagine if we all got free room service while spending a week in bed…

            2. George Harrison was my favorite Beatle.

              “Should five percent appear too small….
              Be thankful I don’t take it all…
              Cuz I’m the Taxman…. yeah, the Taxman…”

            3. Haha. He was an angry hippie? Say it ain’t so!

              The Beatles sucked.

        3. So what did Trump say that prompted inSurrECtion, White Knight? You never manage to provide the quote.

          1. The biggest action he took was not something he said during the rally. It was scheduling the rally at that time and place, and all of the lies he spouted in the two months leading up to it.

            1. So speech that you don’t like should be banned, rallies for politicians you don’t like should be banned, and a political rally that wasn’t at the Capitol was responsible for the protest that was at the Capitol.

            2. How dare a politician schedule a rally during an important vote!!! This has never happened!!! Surely there were no rallys the day of the Kavanaugh vote or your entire thesis would be idiotic.

            3. So he didn’t actually say anything wrong, but it was his scheduling that was evil?

              You’re such a fucking clown.

            4. The White Knight II: The White Knight Rises!
              February.12.2021 at 10:17 am
              Maybe then you won’t be able to so easily overlook the evil subtext of many of Trump’s public statements.

              Mother’s Lament
              February.12.2021 at 10:07 am
              So what did Trump say that prompted inSurrECtion, White Knight?

              The White Knight II: The White Knight Rises!
              February.12.2021 at 10:20 am
              The biggest action he took was not something he said during the rally.It was scheduling the rally at that time and place, and all of the lies he spouted in the two months leading up to it.

              Huh.

              1. The subtext of scheduling. Not even Orwell saw that one coming.

                1. Oh, yeah, it was just “scheduling” to hold a rally at the time the electoral votes were being counted, just down the street. Then start casting aspersions on his own Vice President because Pence wouldn’t just blow off the Constitution.

                  1. You’re right, they should have held the rally the next day in Cleveland, like your riotous murdering thugs did during the Kavanaugh hearings when they had to clear the chamber.

              2. WK’s gotten quite fit shoving those goal posts all over the place. Unfortunately, it hasn’t helped his IQ one bit; he’s still dumb as a rock.

                1. I actually think she’s gotten dumber since her trauma on January 6th.

            5. HAHAHA the FAGLL is blaming a secretary now HAHAHAHAHA

              THE CALENDAR SHOULD BE IMPEACHED

              AHAHAHAHAHAHAH

              1. White Knight is pissed and January sixth is going to jail, and so are the fifth and seventh for not saying anything.

        4. Was that before or after he personally led the charge into Cortez’ office?

          1. He, as we all know, did not. He actually told them he would march on the Capitol with them, then bailed on them.

            However, that is not the bar that must be met for impeachment. The bar that must be met is simply abuse of his office.

            1. Then we must immediately impeach the illegitimate president Biden, as he has already abused his office with several of his executive orders, right?

              1. several is a weird word choice for 52.

                1. Let’s be reasonable. I haven’t looked at all 52, so I don’t know if they all illegally overreach the power of the executive. I’m just certain that some of them do.

                2. Several…dozen?

              2. Fine with me. Go ahead and impeach Biden.

                1. Notice how cytotoxic the pathetic bitch ALWAYS returns to a thread hours after it has died to get in the last word when he thinks no one will notice? It’s fun coming around behind him and stomping his obese fatass again just for good measure.

            2. “He, as we all know, did not. He actually told them he would march on the Capitol with them, then bailed on them.”

              So he should be impeached for not keeping his word?

              1. You are obtuse.

                1. You are fucking stupid.

            3. The bar that must be met is simply abuse of his office.

              Abuse of his office isn’t even part of the articles of impeachment. Christ on a pony you’re fucking stupid.

        5. Man, loving other people?!? Lynch him.

          Why are you still repeating the lie that an officer was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher?

          1. Because she’s a despicable partisan liar.

    3. Yep. Remember how Reason, and the national media, praised Trump for sending Federal Marshalls into Seattle to control the insurrection there?

      Neither do I.

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  2. Republican senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump’s impeachment are also helping develop his defense strategy.

    Next they’ll be claiming the Democrat senators trying to convict him are being partisan.

    1. Sullum’s a click farmer and I’m on of his milk cows.

      1. Sullum is usually pretty good but, like so many others, Trump broke him.

      2. You know you have control over that. You could just ignore the articles instead of bitching about them.

        1. So could you

          1. True. And so could you. It goes all the way down.

            1. ML at least adds to the conversation instead of repeating false narratives like a good lefty.

        2. Surely you don’t think reason commenters read the articles, do you?
          They only click on the article to get to the comments.

          1. That’s funny. If that were true the alt-right commenters who meet here every day for their echo chamber group therapy meeting could just pick one comment thread to meet on. But Mother’s and others comment on every article, often voluminously.

            1. Alt right? LOL. Not even pretending anymore. Cursing tirade is on deck.

              Amazing you talk of echo chambers and then refuse to even change your echos even as CNN did. You keep hold of your leftist narratives with every dying breath.

            2. Alt-right? What happened to cacls?

              1. LMAO. Never forget:

                The White Knight
                October.22.2020 at 3:18 pm

                It means conservative and conservative-leaning libertarian, and I coined it.

                1. Apparently, in Canada it’s not OK to take the initiative to coin an acronym on your own. You have to get approval from the French Academy or some Canadian nonsense.

                  1. We’re laughing at you because it’s stupid and you’re so proud about it.

                  2. Lol, you waved a little American flag last time too.

                    The White Knight
                    October.22.2020 at 3:18 pm

                    Is there a law in Canada that ordinary people aren’t allowed to coin acronyms. Here in the godamn USA we have freedom of speech.
                    .

                    They funniest part is that everyone knows that you’re actually an oikophobe. The hypocrisy is rank.

              2. AHAHAHA You shamed him into busting it out again

                “The White Knight II: The White Knight Rises!
                February.12.2021 at 10:53 am
                LOL, you CACLLs”

                AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

            3. If that were true the alt-right commenters who meet here every day for their echo chamber group therapy meeting could just pick one comment thread to meet on.

              Other than the fact it’s been a joke on these boards for several years now.

            4. Dude who the fuck here is alt-right ? Besides maybe Rob Misek the holocaust denier who’s literally almost as dumb as you are. And he gets endless shit for being a bigot and for being incredibly dumb, like how you get shit for being incredibly dumb, a weasel and a liar. Do you get how that works ? People here don’t like bigotry or bullshit.
              Honestly, half the time I read your posts I think your a parody account. I’m still not even sure. I mean you literally linked a CNN Trump gossip article last night trying to prove a point, and you expect people to believe you’re a libertarian.
              If you’re doing parody that’s hilarious, if you’re for real you are so far out in space.

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    2. Better line: Democrat Senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump’s impeachment are also helping to develop it’s prosecution strategy.

      1. AND JUDGING TBE FVCKIN TRIAL

    3. Impartial votes???? The judge in the impeachment declared Trump guilty already! We are talking impartiality?!?

      1. That part of the story is too local.

        Seriously, has Reason even mentioned this?

        1. It doesn’t support the narrative, so no.

        2. Leahy even tried to overrule Mike Lee for Mike Lee saying he did not say what an impeachment manager said he said. It was amazing to watch. The entire media brushed over that part.

          1. Overrruled. We won’t call the actual witness, who is in the room. We’ll trust the hearsay. Didn’t you go to law school?

    4. The judge is also a witness and a member of the jury. Can we please stop acting like this is any kind of serious procedure where impartiality is at all necessary or warranted?

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  4. Veronique de Rugy on what’s wrong with Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R–Utah) child care plans.

    From the guy who brought Massachusetts Romneycare?

    1. Brave Sen Romney ran away.

      When danger reared it’s ugly head,
      He bravely turned his tail and fled

      Now he’s pandering to people with lots of kids
      Because his reputation has hit the skids

      Bravest of the brave, Sen Romney!

  5. Google said it will leave Australia if a new proposal where it must pay to link to news articles becomes law.

    But “google” is the most down under word ever!

    1. Isn’t it Aussie for a reacharound?

    2. Fosters

    3. Time to say “Well, see ya”

  6. The Biden administration is backing off plans to ban TikTok and WeChat.

    Wait until he sees that “please don’t make me vote for Joe Biden” video on it.

    (Also, China’s back pocket.)

  7. “Leaving aside former President Donald Trump’s role in rallying the Capitol rioters, “his reaction to it was enough to justify impeachment,” writes Reason’s Jacob Sullum.”

    “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face … was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime …”

    Libertarian facecrime…

    1. Sullum doesn’t even care that it wasn’t one of the charges in the impeachment documents. he just FEELZ that Trump needs impeachment.

      1. Sullum’s become one of those cops that plant evidence because he just knows that the perp is dirty.

    2. If we’re impeaching former presidents based on their reactions to bad things happening, I’m sure I can come up with a list. Let’s start with Obama and Benghazi.

  8. re: “senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump’s impeachment”

    Let’s stop right there. There is no such requirement. There’s not even a political norm. Politics have always been a part of the impeachment process. Impeachment uses some of the words that we associate with a criminal trial (where impartiality is a goal) but it is fundamentally unlike that criminal trial in pretty much every way. Anyone who thinks the senators on either side are being impartial is just fooling themselves.

    1. But they didn’t say “senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump’s impeachment” – they specifically said Republican senators. There’s no such impartiality restriction on Democratic senators.

    2. This. It has and always will be a political process.

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    Dozens of chemical plants, coffee processors, grain silos and hotels confiscated over the past two decades have been transferred — but not sold — to private operators in so-called strategic alliances, nine people with knowledge of the matter said. Managers cover payroll and investments, and deliver products and a percentage of their income to the government.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-12/bankrupt-by-socialism-venezuela-hands-over-control-of-companies?srnd=premium

    1. Nevertheless, conditions in Venezuela are still bad enough that we Koch / Reason libertarians should encourage the country’s entire population to immigrate to the US.

      #OpenBorders
      #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

    2. “You can all go home now and do something else. No more freakout socialism is coming posts. What a relief for you, right and us, frankly, it got old a long time ago.”
      Wait, are you mad that libertarians aren’t keen on socialism?

      have been transferred — but not sold — to private operators in so-called strategic alliances”
      So they retain ultimate control but they get to blame the fuckups on credulous idiots who partner with them.

      “!!!!Venezuela Adopts Super Capitalism!!!!”
      Well fascism actually, but we never expected you to know the difference.

      1. Wonder if he realized he called fascism Super Capitalism.

    3. So, who is ready to go and sink their retirement savings into Venezuela, now that the Venezuelan Government Almighty pinky-swears to start respecting private property, just a wee, wee tiny bit, maybe? If they don’t change their minds?

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          squirrel scout cookies!!!

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    4. You are a total dumbass.

    5. If it’s like most socialists, they will wait for the next round of growth and take over killing it once again.

      I like how you’re celebrating the destruction of one of the richest resource nations in South America.

    6. Who is going to sink capitol into a country that not too long ago and still under the same political party, confiscated the wealth of all these industries they are now selling back?

      convinced military officials and others to invest money of unknown origins into local businesses.

      Oh…they are using drug dealers money…yeah that probably won’t work out for them. Not that I have a problem with drug dealers per se but they tend to live far outside the law and will reek havoc on the country if you ever need to arrest one for something silly like murder. Becoming a narco state isn’t a solution.

    7. Sorry about your brain injury.

      1. Assumes brain; nope.

    8. Anything that makes a profit will be immediately returned to the government. They have done this a few times before

    9. Lord of Strazele
      February.12.2021 at 9:41 am
      “Y’all gonna be so happy bros!..”

      Y’all’s a steaming pile of lefty shit.

  10. …the PATRIOT Act expanded this entry/exit system, adding a requirement that this tracking be done by biometrics, meaning through fingerprint, iris, or facial recognition.

    I can’t wait for the Patrioter Act to expand that for citizens going in and out of DC. At some point the only place you’ll be able to go sans any kind of personal authentication is the voting booth.

    1. We need to secure our borders, but only the internal ones.

      1. Fences only work in DC?
        Any chance at all the fascists are lying?

  11. Cuomo had a hospital ship available he didn’t use. He didn’t want Trump getting credit. He lied, grandma died.

    https://nypost.com/2021/02/11/cuomo-aide-admits-they-hid-nursing-home-data-from-feds/
    Governor Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned.

    The stunning admission of a cover-up was made by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,” according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting.

    “He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

    In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”

    “And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.

    1. https://twitter.com/JaniceDean/status/1360009168439148550

      This is a bombshell. We were told just over 6,000 patients. The numbers are skyrocketing not only in terms of infected patients but the total number of seniors that died is now over 15,000 which is 65% higher than what
      @NYGovCuomo
      has been saying up until a week ago.
      Quote Tweet
      The Associated Press
      @AP
      · 15h
      AP Exclusive: Records show more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York were released from hospitals into nursing homes under a controversial state order.

      1. “This is a bombshell”

        Yes, but it reflects badly on a Democrat, so there will be no big news stories.

        1. If this was a Republican, it might just be an impeachable offense.

    2. And nothing happened to them

    3. He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes

      “Trump had us dead to rights and we panicked because the media hadn’t figured out how to come to our rescue yet.”

    4. This is perhaps the best story of the week. They are admitting they lied to the feds because the feds were going to actually hold them accountable for murdering their own people.

      But now that the DoJ is in Biden’s hands, the threat is gone and they can be honest saying how they murdered their own people. (But it’s still Trump’s fault!)

      1. Cuomo and his public health officials deliberately tried to increase the body count, despite it being well-known by this time that old people, being old people, are more vulnerable to upper respiratory illnesses, specifically for political leverage to bitch about Trump “not doing enough to help us.” They demanded ventilators that ended up never being used (which ended up being fortunate, seeing how many people died after getting put on them, anyway).

        It’s all just typical New York City solipsism.

  12. Republican senators who are supposed to impartially vote on Trump’s impeachment are also helping develop his defense strategy.

    Why are only Republican senators “supposed to impartially vote”?
    Sure everyone takes the oath but does anyone think even a single vote by anyone in the process is actually impartial?

  13. The left loves this – churches are being destroyed. Its what they want

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/raymond-ibrahim/2021/02/11/youthful-rioters-with-a-migration-background-firebomb-swedish-church-attack-many-other-churches-across-europe-christians-wonder-why-n1424914

    Actually, attacks on churches have become “a familiar sight” all throughout Western Europe, wherever there is a notable Muslim/migrant presence. In France, which has one of if not the largest Muslim populations in the Western world, two churches are reportedly attacked every day.

    Along with arson attempts, typically—and rather with diabolical intent—altars are desecrated, crucifixes broken, statues mocked and/or beheaded. In one instance, vandals plundered and used human excrement to draw a cross on the Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in Nimes; consecrated bread was found thrown outside among garbage. One week later, vandals desecrated and smashed crosses and statues at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur; they mangled the arms of a crucified Christ in a mocking manner and an altar cloth was burned.

    The same situation prevails in Germany, which also has an immense Muslim population. In Bavaria and the Alps alone, some 200 churches have been attacked and many crosses broken: “Police are currently dealing with church desecrations again and again,” one November 2017 report noted before adding, “The perpetrators are often youthful rioters with a migration background.”

    Moreover, the desecration of churches has for centuries been a Muslim trademark—a sort of “Islam was here.” As copiously documented in Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, whenever Muslims invaded Christian nations, untold thousands of churches were ritually desecrated and despoiled, their crosses and other Christian symbols systematically broken. Think what ISIS did but on an exponential level—and not for a handful of years but for over a millennium.

    Despite all these telltale signs, Christian leaders in Sweden have responded with the usual cluelessness. “I do not know why anyone would want to do this,” said the church’s pastor, Jerker Alsterlund.

    1. Local story. Food trucks. Fuck off, Reason.

    2. Unlike Islam and Indigenous tribal religions, the Davos cult and Wokianity view Christianity as a dangerous competitor for hearts and minds.

      Burned churches and dead Christians are a plus, just ask Chemjeff or Tony.

    3. What do you expect from a religion who’s paragon of holyness is a slave owning pedi file rapist murderer?

    4. Despite all these telltale signs, Christian leaders in Sweden have responded with the usual cluelessness. “I do not know why anyone would want to do this,” said the church’s pastor, Jerker Alsterlund.

      The nation of Gustavus Adolphus, folks.

  14. Clubhouse doesn’t keep records of conversations for the Thought Police to dig into to find Thought Crimes. Our ‘free’ press.

    https://twitter.com/NellieBowles/status/1360004654470361088
    I still can’t believe this is the real-life kicker, coming from a mainstream US-based nonprofit devoted to journalism: “If Xi Jinping’s administration isn’t ignoring Clubhouse, why should fact-checkers? Why should you?”

    1. https://twitter.com/mtaibbi/status/1359983156930244608

      The same people who insist that Facebook and Google etc are private platforms and can censor who they want – are you now going to say a private platform can’t choose to not censor? Make up your minds!
      Quote Tweet
      Emilio Doménech
      @Nanisimo
      · 17h
      Replying to @mtaibbi
      This is about PLATFORM. With Clubhouse, you can have a new platform with maybe unlimited reach to spread lies. We’ve had this conversation a thousand times. For real, guys, it’s not that difficult.

      1. Everything not banned is now mandatory.

    2. That kind of says it all, doesn’t it.

      1. “We’ve had this conversation a thousand times. For real, guys, it’s not that difficult.”

        Someone needs bitchslapped.

  15. Sullom’s next article:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/biden-needs-to-figure-out-how-to-manage-the-trump-endgame/2021/02/09/e67de0de-6b06-11eb-9f80-3d7646ce1bc0_story.html

    Silence won’t be enough then. The aftermath of impeachment will shape the future — providing either a bridge toward reconciliation or a wider chasm and, perhaps, a renewed underground insurrection from pro-Trump forces. Any bridge toward unity should be built on a foundation of accountability — perhaps a Senate ruling that under the 14th Amendment, Trump is no longer able to hold office, even if he’s acquitted on the impeachment charge.

    1. Even if the Senate doesn’t do its duty to declare Trump a SuperHitler, you’ve got dozens of state’s Attorneys General that can harass him with endless lawsuits for all of eternity and that will accomplish the same goal of destroying him.

    2. Yeah, some banana republic bullshit to keep Trump from running again is sure to placate his supposedly violent supporters. Great thinking everyone, gold stars all around.

  16. The only class dumber than Journalists appears to be Congress. In this weeks “Swalwell said what?” we have him a) altering evidence presented in an impeachment trial and b) not knowing that Calvary and cavalry are two different words with wildly different meanings.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/impeachment-blunder-author-tweet-introduced-trial-says-it-was

    1. Send in the Calvary and pray they get there in time!

  17. Since 2018, airport CBP officers have only “intercepted seven impostors,” according to a new report from the agency.

    “This proves that, although the system deters much crime, increased funding is required to further improve National Security.”

  18. The 70% of Republicans who don’t believe the election was free fair ae NOT extremists, and, as it turns out, neither were 86% – 90% of the people who participated in the Capitol riot.

    “According to the Journal’s review, just 14% of the 186 defendants charged in federal cases had a known affiliation with right-wing militias or other groups that espouse violence before the riot. Researchers at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, a University of Chicago institute that looked at a larger group of arrestees that included local charges, found that just 10% had known affiliations with such groups.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/most-capitol-riot-suspects-have-no-far-right-group-ties-a-challenge-in-fight-against-extremism-11613139086?

    I maintain that the Capitol riot was far more a response to the results of the run-off election in Georgia, the night before, than it was a response to anything Trump said in his speech.

    1. “just 14% of the 186 defendants charged in federal cases had a known affiliation with right-wing militias or other groups that espouse violence before the riot”

      Well there goes that narrative. I guess that means that the problem is even bigger than they thought and that the minds of ordinary people are poisoned.
      The internal War on freethought Terror just got 1000 times bigger. They might need another trillion.

      1. It’s even better than I said.

        If only 10-14% of the people–who are being prosecuted–are members of extremist groups, then the extremists probably made up an even smaller proportion of the crowd since the extremists are presumably more likely to do something to get arrested.

        If only 10-14% of the people who were charged are extremists, they must have made up a very small percentage of the crowd–including those who haven’t been charged with anything.

        1. And I bet you half those “extremist groups” were shit like the NRA.

        2. And I’m guessing “part of an extremist group” translates to “member of the nra” or “donated to the institute for justice”

          1. To both you and Mother’s Lament, I believe some of those “extremist” groups may be things like the Oathkeepers, and I’m not sure Oathkeepers are extremists, really.

            Promising not to violate the constitutional rights of people in the course of their work as first responders simply isn’t an extremist position–and yet you’ll often see Oathkeepers described as a militia.

    2. One thing that’s come out is that something like 60% of them have had financial problems in the past year.

      Take away people’s livelihoods through lockdowns, and it just might lead them to believe the Democrats are looking to harm them.

      1. No doubt.

        You can’t have an economic downturn like we had for as long as we had it and have the government enforcing lockdowns–without there being some civil unrest.

        I maintain that the events over the summer were more or less the same. People rationalize the shit they do in terms they think will justify it, but the reasons kids rioted in Portland for month after month after month wasn’t because of racial injustice in Minneapolis. They were scared, angry, unemployed, and the schools and universities were closed.

        1. They were scared, angry, unemployed, and the schools and universities were closed.

          Possibly, but Multnomah County has a rule that, when someone posts bail and the charges are dropped, the person getting charged keeps the bail money regardless of who actually posted it.

          Keep in mind that there were several organizations dedicated to fundraising to bail these people out of jail. These kids were basically getting paid to riot.

        2. The other thing to keep in mind is that Time Magazine admitted that these were being coordinated from the top-down, which is why these organizations had a whole bunch of them on tap, ready to kick off, in case their rigging of the election didn’t work.

  19. I disagree. They aren’t afraid of the state, they are the tools of the state, being the controlled, false opposition.

    https://twitter.com/arisroussinos/status/1360235105365688321
    American conservatives are powerless to effect meaningful change because they’re afraid of the most powerful political weapon in existence —the state— even when they control it; and yet they grovel helplessly before the most powerful weapon against them, big corporations.
    Quote Tweet
    Anna Wellisz
    @Anna_unbound
    · 15h
    “Big Tech is now best understood as a quasi-state-run appendage of the American ruling class, assisting the ruling class in its exercise of regime-level political power to reward its friends and punish its foes,” writes @josh_hammer. It must stop.

    1. So basically, Big Tech is the oligarchs’ version of the Stasi.

  20. Remember all those stories of secrete Chinese money making its way into Universities without documentation? Biden is making that legal again.

    https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/biden-will-no-longer-make-schools-disclose-relationships-communist-china

    1. “Last night I was on the phone with for two straight hours with Xi Jinping,” the president said. “It was a good conversation, I know him well, we spent a lot of time together over the years I was vice president, but if we don’t get moving, they’re going to eat our lunch. They have major, major new initiatives on rail, they already have rail that goes 325 miles per hour with ease. They are working very hard to do what I think we’re gonna have to do.”

      His son is still vested with chinese firms. Of course he knows him well.

      1. Just out of curiosity, does Joe speak Chinese or does Xi speak English? I suspect that Joe and Xi were not in fact speaking to each other on the phone, they were each speaking to a translator. How does Joe know who was on the other end of his conversation? If you were Joe’s handlers, would you turn him loose to speak to a world leader unsupervised for two hours? I don’t think so. I have a theory that Joe and Xi weren’t speaking to each other – they were both speaking to Susan Rice.

        1. Almost every Chinese student is required to take English in grade school, so I would assume Xi speaks english. But they still probably had a translator. And Joe only had to translate his teleprompter anyways.

      2. My moron detector pinged at this. Up to 350 km/h is the real number. But I don’t expect Biden know about the new-fangled metric system.

        1. Maybe he’s talking about some experimental maglev they’re working on.

          I’m more concerned that our illegitimate president is so chummy with authoritarian dictators. Remember when that was a bad thing, but only when it wasn’t Kim Jong-un’s sister?

    2. President Biden
      @POTUS
      ·
      Feb 10

      US government account
      I spoke today with President Xi to offer good wishes to the Chinese people for Lunar New Year. I also shared concerns about Beijing’s economic practices, human rights abuses, and coercion of Taiwan. I told him I will work with China when it benefits the American people.

      Yet his Sec of State is reviewing the Uyghur genocide declaration.

    3. Don’t worry, China has assured us that the illegitimate president Biden will be tough on China.

  21. https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/the-china-model-has-come-to-america/

    As David Goldman has explained, though the CPC is nominally Communist, China is what it has been for millennia: an empire run by oligarchic mandarins. The appeal to an American elite that sees itself as a worthy meritocracy enamored of governance by bureaucratic experts is obvious.

    Americans need to understand that beyond mere appeal and envy, there is a growing convergence of interests between China’s entrenched communist oligarchs and America’s emerging progressive oligarchs.

    Today’s China, like all imperial powers, seeks to exploit the resources of anyone and anything outside its central oligarchy to enhance the prosperity, prestige, and power of that center. As a result, the CPC doesn’t much care how foreigners organize their internal affairs as long as they remain subject to two imperial edicts: Don’t interfere with China’s exploitation of your resources, and don’t challenge the CPC’s virtue and wisdom.

    Those rules frame Chinese influence in the US. As Lee Smith recently outlined, China has employed another standard imperial trick to further that influence. It has invested heavily to create a formidable oligarchy of American enforcers.

    Though penetration is far deeper among Democrats than Republicans, this oligarchy is bipartisan. It also extends to leading American names in industry, banking, entertainment and sports to create a tight alliance binding America’s progressives to China.

    1. The appeal to an American elite that sees itself as a worthy meritocracy enamored of governance by bureaucratic experts is obvious.

      It certainly explains why Thomas Friedman has been boosting them for, what, 20 years now?

      1. Don’t interfere with China’s exploitation of your resources, and don’t challenge the CPC’s virtue and wisdom.

        This last part is key. The remaining remnants of Maoist criticism/self-criticism that the New Left in the US adopted and incorporated into academia was effectively squashed at Tianneman Square. Unlike the US, China’s elites are openly, unashamedly jingoistic, and the government’s foreign trade and economic policies are specifically designed to benefit their country, whether it hurts the other nations or not.

        The US had that kind of chauvinistic energy for a long time, and it allowed them to ultimately win a global two-front war. You can’t be a dominant global power when the people in charge don’t even like the country they are running.

    2. “this oligarchy is bipartisan”

      A lot of libertarians, conservatives, moderates, classical liberals, etc. don’t pick up on this.
      Ryan, Liz Chaney, Romney, Max Boot, Bill Kristol, the Lincoln Project crew, Jonah Goldberg, Our Principles, Club for Growth, Lindsey Graham, Colin Powell, George Will, Kaisich, McCain, Petaki, Chertoff, etc. are just the tip of the iceberg.

  22. “his reaction to it was enough to justify impeachment,”

    “This time, with *feeling*!”

    1. Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents, “A Fistful of Yen.”

  23. “The Biden administration is backing off plans to ban TikTok and WeChat.”

    I mentioned in comments yesterday that Biden had canceled the deal to force TikTok to sell its U.S. unit to a partnership between Oracle and Walmart. The plan to ban TikTok was obviated by that earlier announcement.

    Walmart +TikTok would have meant a serious competitor to Google and Amazon, in both Google’s and Amazon’s advertising businesses as well as Amazon’s online retail business. This cancellation isn’t necessarily good news for libertarian capitalists–not if we prefer more market based solutions to less market based solutions.

    I don’t know whether Biden is planning to address issues with Big Tech through forced breakups on antitrust grounds, more regulation of Big Tech, or because Biden is in bed with Google and Amazon now, but all of those options are worse than the one where TikTok became the means by which Walmart and company start competing with Google and Amazon in their advertising and retail markets.

    1. I think it is a good news for libertarian capitalists. The president shouldn’t be forcing companies to sell/partner with other companies. If this is a good deal for TikTok and Walmart then they should be able to reach an agreement without government force.

      1. Yeah, but the alternative to Biden letting the sale of TikTok’s U.S. unit go through to Walmart isn’t libertarian capitalism. It’s Joe Biden fixing social media through cronyism, breaking up Google into its constituent parts under the guise of antitrust, or its heavy on regulation.

        The 100% libertarian option wasn’t one of the options.

        It’s sort of like Milton Friedman talking about the Fed. What does Milton Friedman think should be done with the Fed. Well, he’d abolish it–but since you’re not willing to do that, there are still more libertarian capitalist things we can do or less libertarian capitalist things we can do. And Milton Friedman prefers the 75% libertarian capitalist policies to the 10% libertarian capitalist policies.

        President Trump forcing social media platforms to tolerate conservative speech wasn’t libertarian, but it was more libertarian than President Biden forcing social media platforms to censor speech–if more speech is better than forced silence from a libertarian perspective.

        And, yes, forcing TikTok to sell itself to Walmart so that Walmart can compete with both Google and Amazon is better than the Biden administration and the Democrats in congress tearing Google up into its constituent parts via antitrust or making Google behave as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic party. It’s better than whatever regulation Biden has cooked up to deal with Amazon.

        This is like opposing the legalization of marijuana if it means that marijuana dispensaries will be licensed and regulated like liquor stores. We should never stop pushing for more libertarian and more capitalist solutions, but when the Soviet Union was 98% capitalist, we shouldn’t oppose it becoming 20% capitalist because that isn’t 100% capitalist.

        I keep coming back to Leibniz. No matter what Voltaire wrote about him, he wasn’t saying that God’s creation was as good as it can possibly be. He was saying that God’s creation was as good as it could be at the time–given what was possible. Given that the Democrats are one Republican senator short of ravaging Google, for instance, the chances that what they’ll do with Google will be libertarian and capitalist are very small. in fact, it’s practically impossible.

        The threat TikTok poses to Google is to their advertising business. Google gets so much information about consumers both through YouTube and search, and Walmart doesn’t get any of that. Google’s biggest competitor on the advertising front is Amazon. People don’t search for the cheapest product on Google search like they once did. Plenty of them now just go straight to Amazon to search for products. That gives Amazon a tremendous advantage against Walmart because Amazon knows what online customers are looking for.

        The competing bid for TikTok’s U.S. assets, that was lower than the one for a partnership between Oracle and Walmart, was a lower bid by Microsoft and Walmart. It makes sense that Walmart would be in the bidding regardless of whom their partner would be. This is Walmart’s chance to offer some serious competition to Amazon before Amazon gets their automated distribution system to consumers fully developed and running. Because Walmart is willing to pay more than everyone else for TikTok’s U.S. assets, it shows this not to be a solution that’s completely divorced from market considerations.

        If the Democrats force Google to spin off YouTube against their will, that won’t be a market driven solution either. If Google ingratiates itself to the Democratic party by purging its social media properties of conservative voices, that isn’t a market driven solution. Of all the solutions out there–that are possible–I think the one where TikTok goes to Walmart may be the best of the bunch. If Biden were opposing this deal because he wanted a more libertarian and capitalist solution, that would be one thing.

        I think Biden is opposing this solution because it’s insufficiently totalitarian and insufficiently socialist.

        1. “When the Soviet Union was 98% capitalist [communist], we shouldn’t oppose it becoming 20% capitalist because that isn’t 100% capitalist.”

          —-Ken Shultz

          Fixed!

    2. “Walmart +TikTok would have meant a serious competitor to Google and Amazon”

      If anyone is curious as to who the puppeteers are pulling Biden and Harris’ strings, just look at the Alphabet, Amazon and Apple boards. They’re now the éminence grise behind the American throne.

  24. I really expected to see more “Biden is bought and paid for by China” reactions to the no more Tiktok and WeChat ban news. Not mocking you guys, I’m starting to wonder myself if Biden sold out.

    1. If that’s what you expected then you haven’t been paying attention.

    2. Here’s part of what I wrote a couple of days ago:

      “I have obvious libertarian and capitalist reservations about the way the TikTok sale was forced, but anyone who imagines the Biden administration is canceling this deal out of deference to the principles of libertarian capitalism is stupid. There are three more likely explanations.

      1) Larry Ellison was a Trump supporter, and the Biden administration is punishing him for that.

      2) TikTok in the hands of Walmart would have presented serious competition to both Google’s YouTube and Amazon’s advertising and retail operations–and the Biden administration is deferring to the wishes of YouTube and Amazon.

      3) The Biden administration is seeking to normalize relations with Beijing. They may not be looking to take the tariffs down, but that doesn’t mean they want a hostile relationship with Emperor Xi either.

      https://reason.com/2021/02/10/california-student-dorms-guarded-by-cops-who-only-let-them-out-to-eat-and-use-the-bathroom/#comment-8753343

      Does that count?

      Maybe the accusation that this has something to do with Larry Ellison being a friend of Trump is even worse than accusing Biden of being in the pockets of the CCP?

      1. Thank you for sharing the link to your comment from a few days back Ken. I enjoy reading your thoughts as always. Libertarianism with a dash of pragmatism and a little less utopianism is an interesting flavor.

      2. 1) would be the best reason, because inversely Trump gave a sweet heart deal to a supporter using an EO that he had no authority to make under the Constitution. We should be against that kind of crony capitalist and overreach by the executive branch. Just like if Biden tried to force a sale of MyPillow to David Hogg to punish a disfavored party and provide aid to a supporter.

        2) If Tiktok and Walmart feel that they are in a better position partnering with each other then they should still be free to do this. Now if Biden’s DOJ/FTC tries to use anti-trust law to stop that we should make our voices heard and try to stop that.

        3) Not sure what Biden’s strategy is yet with China. Some normalization wouldn’t be the worst thing depending on what we talking about. Although I don’t hold out much hope.

        1. 1) Trump had some serious considerations regarding TikTok’s threat to security.

          Trump only capitulated to a sale when Ellison convinced him that TikTok’s American servers would be built within the United States. Trump had to trust Elision to come through on that promise–after he lifted the threat of banning TikTok entirely. It is true that Trump took Ellison at his word because he knew Ellison and Ellison supported him. Trump didn’t get anything in return for Ellison getting the deal other than peace of mind that Ellison would do as he promised.

          2) In regards to TikTok being willing to sell consumer information to Walmart exclusively, I’m not sure that’s the case. They could have sold that data exclusively to Walmart before Trump announced he would ban TikTok, but TikTok didn’t sell them that data. I’m not even sure Walmart wants to use that data for PR purposes if consumers will accuse them of collaborating with the Chinese government to spy on Americans.

          3) Biden probably doesn’t want outright hostility with China like Trump had. It makes it harder to do the things he wants–like work together on climate change. China and India have so many coal plants currently under construction than we couldn’t possibly offset it by eliminating carbon emissions from the U.S. economy.

          P.S. My understanding is that the American owners of Bytedance (parent company of TikTok), who were selling TikTok to Walmart, were to remain partners in the new entity–even after the sale of TikTOk to Walmart and Oracle.

          ByteDance is backed by KKR, SoftBank, Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, and Hillhouse Capital, and my understanding is that they were to retain a majority stake in the newly formed company without their partners in the CCP and Chinese military.

          It appeared to be the case that what Trump was really doing was forcing ByteDance’s Chinese ownership to sell their stakes in TikTok America to their American partners + Oracle and Walmart.

          1. Thanks for your thoughts here and above (as always); I am still not convinced that Biden stopping the forced sale of a company by an Executive Order isn’t a bad thing.

            What I would really love for is a SCOTUS to ruling that this is completely unconstitutional and that no president has this kind of authority. That is what troubles me most about this, whether or not TikTok was an actual a threat, no one person should have the authority to do this within a Republic (not sure Congress should either but at least they represent the country as a whole). To me the steady slide towards an elected Dictatorship and the loss of federalism is the greatest threat to the United States of America.

    3. He definitely sold out. But most here don’t care that chinese apps exist. Some, like myself, do acknowledge the security risk of Chinese infrastructure parts, however, given their track record of hidden firmware code to alter/take data.

      1. He didn’t sell out he was always bought

  25. If impeachment fails it is over right? Nope.

    Nicholas Wu
    @nicholaswu12
    ·
    23h
    I asked Schumer if Dems might bring a 14th Amendment measure forward if they don’t convict Trump – he said “we’re first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next.”

    1. This is different than a Bill of Attainder because FYTW

  26. So within the scope of rounding, the facial scanning is as effective as “cloth face coverings”?

    1. How would a double face scan work?

  27. the funniest part of impeachment so far is the left decrying how valuable the Capitol Officers are and still repeating the narrative that a capitol officer was beaten to death (despite no actual trauma on his body per coroner’s office reported by CNN and others).

    Remember the day of?

    “Not only did we see the failure to protect one of the three branches of our government, we also saw a clear failure to carry out equal justice,” Biden declared. “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable.”…

    They day of the left was calling the officers racist. Amazing the switch.

    1. Repeat a lie often enough…

  28. The march towards Biden’s Green New Deal continues.

    “:WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to wield the department’s broad powers to tackle potential risks to the financial system posed by climate change while pushing tax incentives to reduce carbon emissions.

    Ms. Yellen is looking to a veteran of the Obama administration, Sarah Bloom Raskin, as the leading candidate for a new senior position that would head a new Treasury climate “hub,” according to people familiar with the matter. A former deputy Treasury secretary who once worked alongside Ms. Yellen on the Federal Reserve Board, Ms. Raskin has warned in interviews and speeches that U.S. regulators must do more to strengthen the financial system’s resilience to climate risks.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/yellen-is-creating-a-new-senior-treasury-post-for-climate-czar-11613138479?

    You probably didn’t even realize we needed a climate czar!

    We may look back on these pointless impeachment proceedings as a blessing that should have been dragged out longer. Every second Congress spends debating something that doesn’t matter is another second they could have spent pushing the Green New Deal, pushing for Medicaid for All, packing the Court, pushing for gun control, etc. Biden’s first 100 days are ticking away. When that time is up, the likelihood of the progressives getting anything permanent through Congress starts to fade.

    1. Screech will be by shortly to claim it isn’t the real GND because of reasons despite it being on Biden’s campaign website.

      1. Meanwhile, Biden rejoined the Paris “accord”, banned new drilling on federal land, and killed the Keystone pipeline.

        “The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The United States and the world face a climate crisis. That crisis must be met with action on a scale and at a speed commensurate with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. At home, we will combat the crisis with an ambitious plan to build back better, designed to both reduce harmful emissions and create good clean-energy jobs. Our domestic efforts must go hand in hand with U.S. diplomatic engagement. Because most greenhouse gas emissions originate beyond our borders, such engagement is more necessary and urgent than ever. The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.

        —-Joe Biden, January 20, 2021

        “:Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis”

        https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/

        Shrike was an idiot for calling me a liar for quoting Biden’s campaign website supporting the Green New Deal before Biden was elected, and Shrike is even more of an idiot now that Biden has been elected–and he’s done so much to push the Green New Deal forward in every way he can.

        The primary qualification for Biden’s appointments to Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of Transportation appear to have been enthusiastic support for the Green New Deal, too. He doesn’t even seem to have cared bout diversity relative to support for the Green New Deal in those key cabinet positions.

        1. Gas prices at the station by my work didn’t budge for at least six months. They’ve gone up .22 cents in three weeks.

          Didn’t something happen about 3 weeks ago? Can’t remember what it was……

  29. “Youths say they won’t give up on climate change initiative after court turns back lawsuit”
    […]
    “A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a lawsuit by 21 young people demanding government action against climate change, reaffirming a ruling that judges have no power to order such action.
    The suit was filed in 2015 by plaintiffs ranging in age from 8 to 19. Saying some had seen their homes and schools flooded because of warming temperatures and others had been harmed by smoke from wildfires, they argued that the government was violating their constitutional rights to life and liberty by approving continued oil, gas and coal development…”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/nation/article/Youths-say-they-won-t-give-up-on-climate-change-15940499.php

    Now, the government not only has to provide an income to this sniveling brats, but it has to give them sunny days!

    1. Off shore oil drilling caused forest fires? These kids are exceptionally retarded

      1. Pretty sure ‘the kids’ have as much to do with the suit as those ‘kids’ the teachers push out in the street have to do with the teachers’ demand for more money.

    2. Yes, everything is so terrible and unfair. These kids have been indoctrinated well.

  30. “Rioters acting on Trump’s ‘orders,’ Democrats say in trial ”
    […]
    “House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” to storm the building and stop the joint session of Congress that was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election.
    […]
    ““They truly believed that the whole intrusion was at the president’s orders,” said Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado. “The president told them to be there.”…”
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rioters-acting-on-trumps-orders-democrats-say-in-trial/ar-BB1dAsLZ

    Note there are no “orders” or anything of the sort cited, just the claim that ‘they believed…’
    I believe the Ds are fucking ignoramuses, and I’ve got better evidence than they do for their claim.

    1. Remember, Jodie Foster commanded the shooting of Reagan. All libertarians believe this.. Wait… what?

      1. I remember when Judas Priest made dyslexic teens kill themselves in the 80s

    2. It’s part of the big lie that they’re repeating often.

    3. Did you see that Biden dropped out of the case against the state of California opening up a CalPERS like retirement fund for private sector employees?

      It’s a “public option” like Medicare for All, only it’s more like CalPERS benefits for all–or at least the implicit guarantee that the state of California will bail them out if and when it becomes necessary to do so.

      1. “…or at least the implicit guarantee that the state of California will bail them out if and when it becomes necessary to do so.”

        And with Biden/Harris in the WH, the US will bail out CA.

  31. 0.001 percent of the pedestrian scans identified imposters.)

    Here’s another statistic, just for comparison sake:

    There are estimated to be somewhere between 20 and 30 million AR platform rifles privately owned in the US.

    If 100 of them [and there weren’t that many] were used to commit crimes, including mass shootings, that would be .000004% of them.

    And yet they must be banned for everyone of the 24,999,900 who did nothing illegal.

    I call it liberal illogic, but you may have your own ideas about it.

  32. Wanna know how all those LEO’s were ‘injured’ by the protesters?, Well:

    “Two officers who helped fight the Capitol mob died of suicide. Many more are hurting.”
    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Two-officers-who-helped-fight-the-Capitol-mob-15945522.php

    Go ahead and read the article if you want a “Dear Abby” tale of woe.
    Perhaps the hiring agency could screen for some mental stability instead of hiring cry-babies.

  33. If Trump won, and the riots we knew would happen happened, who would have been criminally liable for inciting that insurrection?

    1. They would have been peaceful protests, Trump would have been criminally liable for the damage caused by those peaceful protests, and the far right extremist white supremacists neonazi insurrectionist treasonist bigots that voted for Trump would still be committing an insurrection.

      Fortunately, Our Democracy was Fortified from the voters, so none of that happened.

      1. Macy’s in NYC boarded up their store out of fear of riots if Trump won. It’s wasn’t the Trump supporters they feared.

      2. You’re hired.

    2. You really don’t understand the difference between riots in the streets and storming the Capital while in session?

      They aren’t the same thing.

      You guys whine and cry about BLM attacking federal buildings. That would be a better analogy. Should law enforcement have protected those buildings? Would you be whining and crying if, after breaching the building, a BLM person had been shot? I think not.

      You have no principles. It’s all about the team.

      1. “”You really don’t understand the difference between riots in the streets and storming the Capital while in session?””

        One is an attack on the peasants, one is an attack on the ruling class.

        1. So there’s no difference between rioters busting into your home and busting into a government building while they’re doing government stuff, other than the class of the people being accosted. Got it.

          1. Bursting into ones home is far more heinous than a citizen going to a public building. Do you think the building doesn’t belong to the public or something?

            Becoming a good little statist these days.

          2. Well, busting into a private home is far worse I guess.

            1. At this point sarcasmic put his face in his hands and then took a slug from his bottle.
              “Dammit, I fell for it again” he groaned.
              “I know what will fuck them up” he suddenly chirped. “I’ll tell them what they tell me when I’m Sqrlsy or KillAllRednecks, yeah, that’ll fix em”.

          3. Flagged bitch!

          4. I really don’t understand why people think a riot that targets actual elites is beyond the pale, but riots that target normal people are just the price of doing politics, apparently.

            When you treat an attack on the elites as an attack on us all, do you feel like a pawn?

            1. Sarc’s gonna flag you now.

      2. Did you (deliberately) forget about the rioters that stormed the Whitehouse, twice even? Trump had to be moved to a safe room, and absolutely nothing happened to the Democratic politicians that whipped up the crowd that day.

        And why have you not been calling for Nancy to be arrested because she tried to incite a military coup at the pentagon, sarc?
        Trying to incite a military coup is sedition.
        https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/us/politics/trump-impeachment-pelosi.html

        1. Sarcasmic loves double standards because he gets twice as many as “less principled” people.

      3. Add him to your flag refresh list bitch!

        1. The hilarious thing is that most of the people on his list are there because they pointed out his hypocrisy and destroyed his sophomoric arguments. Now he just hides. At least Tony and Jeff stand and try to fight.

      4. Violence actually is the same as Violence.

        BLM did actually surround and threaten multiple politicians. Leftist groups did try to storm the Capitol on a vote for Kavanaugh.

        BLM riots were trying to cause a political change.

        So no, they aren’t actually different. Both were done to change and effect narratives and politics.

        Or do you actually believe politicians deserve more safety than your average citizen? Wait, you probably do.

        Would you be whining and crying if, after breaching the building, a BLM person had been shot?

        Glad you’re basing your arguments on assumptions in your mind.

        You are literally saying storming a politicians office (that belongs to the people) is worse than arson, looting, killing private property from citizens.

        And you discuss principles?

      5. Just flagged three comments without reading them.

        1. Make that five.

          1. Six. I’ll happily have a conversation with someone who isn’t a dishonest prick who puts words into my mouth to argue against while never responding to what I actually say. Anyone?

            1. Seven. That’s what I thought.

              1. Twelve comments flagged and unread. The pleas for my attention are pathetic. Worse than my cat.

                1. Narrator: “But the actual attention whore was sarcasmic”

                2. Twenty comments unread and flagged. Pathetic.

                    1. How did he know we were calling him pathetic if he doesn’t read the comments?

                  1. Let’s see how long we can keep this tard bragging about it.

                    1. I’m up to 37!

                3. I flagged 12 comments and I’m willing to have an honest discussion are mutually exclusive points.

            2. LOL. So pathetic. You know you doing this just shows other people how pathetic you’ve grown right? The sad part is we know you read each and every comment with a frown on your face.

            3. “I’ll happily have a conversation with someone who isn’t a dishonest prick”

              But then that’s not exactly fair to the other person seeing as you’re the most dishonest prick here.

          2. Lol, Chuck P just devestated you doing that to your KAR sockpuppet.

            The funniest part though is that sarc doesn’t get that our rebuttals to his juvenile stupidity are still there for everyone to see and laugh about. He’s like a little kid who thinks he’s invisible when he covers his eyes.

        2. LOL. God what a pathetic soul.

        3. What part of I flag without reading do you losers not understand? Any comments you make, and you know who you are, are only for each other. I don’t read them. I see your name, I flag, I refresh.

          I would appreciate it if you, you know who you are, did the same. Then I wouldn’t have to clean up the comments before reading and posting.

          1. So you believe that makes you invisible to their mockery?

            Have you ever thought about not being dishonest and stupid instead?

            1. It’s almost noon sober sarcasmic. See you in the am.

              1. C’mon man, he was “hacked” again!

          2. How did you know what he said if you don’t read it?

            1. Questioning sarc? That’s a flag.

            2. He who, and why do I care?

      6. It’s nice to see you admit to going full bootlicker

      7. “You really don’t understand the difference between riots in the streets and storming the Capital while in session?”

        You misspelled “protesting” again, lefty shit.

      8. “You really don’t understand the difference between riots in the streets and storming the Capital while in session?”

        It’s spelled “protesting”, lefty shit.

    3. Trump, because he made them do it.

      it’s like one of those ‘choose your ending’ stories, except all of them end in ‘trump did it’.

    4. Yes, I think it’s important to contemplate alternate timelines instead of engaging in any self-examination about how you have supported a self-serving, dangerous, con man for the past four years.

      1. “Yes, I think it’s important to contemplate alternate timelines instead of engaging in any self-examination about how you have supported a self-serving, dangerous, con man for the past four years.”

        I think it’s important to recognize that your TDS affliction has kept you from understanding “reality” for the last 4 years, lefty shit.

  34. “Despite using facial recognition technology on millions of air travelers last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught not a single identity imposter at American airports.”

    I wonder if they use the same audit methods as election officials.

  35. “the system caught no imposters traveling through airports last year and fewer than 100 new pedestrian imposters”

    WTF is a “pedestrian imposter”?

    1. My guess would be undercover TSA agents testing the system. Dozens of them test the system every day. Around 10,000 tests per year. They caught fewer than 100 of them. But that’s just a guess.

    2. Maybe someone walking across a border? No fking idea actually.

    3. I had this same question. Can’t figure out how you can be actively impersonating someone else by walking past a camera. Its as if the camera can divine your intent. Makes no sense.

  36. I think we should have our politicians constantly being tried for impeachment and in impeachment trials. Would waste their time, energy and resources. Forever gridlock!

    1. An article of impeachment a day.

  37. Google said it will leave Australia if a new proposal where it must pay to link to news articles becomes law.

    Google says a lot of shit they don’t mean. For example, they also said they weren’t going to be evil.

    1. If I were truly going to be evil, I would lie to everyone saying that I wasn’t going to be evil, and then I’d go be evil.

      Telling the truth right off the bat wouldn’t be as evil.

    2. They left China because they wouldn’t censor, then started censoring their own platform in ways that would make the CCCP blush.

    3. I really enjoyed how they made a big deal about leaving China to fight censorship of the Tiananmen Square massacre, after spending the previous five years censoring searches of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and then continued to sell software tools to the regime that censors the Tiananmen Square massacre to help them better censor the Tiananmen Square massacre on their intranet.

  38. Holy crap!

    My favorite libertarian publication has become Taboola.

  39. Happy Friday fuckers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxLm6sMg8OU

    It’s just a song. Now let’s see how many insults I have to flag for posting a tune.

    1. Here’s another.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98bi0dxJGGc

      See how that can be construed to be leftist propaganda.

      1. A bluesy number by a band that came into existence when Jack White was touring with the Raconteurs and lost his voice. Alison Mosshart of The Kills, the opening band, sang in his stead. It sounded so good they made a band called The Dead Weather. With Jack on the drums.

        Anyway, here’s a tune.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydcn6hK_Lck

        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u944Fi3JVg

          Autistic, lesbian Kiwi rock!

          Seriously. She’s an autistic lesbian from New Zealand.

          Tune is rockin!

          1. Flagged bitch!

          2. Here’s someone I’d never have heard of if not for Pandora.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHNPG7dApEE

            Amateur, but catchy.

            1. Flagged bitch!

      2. “It’s just a song. Now let’s see how many insults I have to flag for posting a tune.

        See how that can be construed to be leftist propaganda.”

        So sarcasmic somehow thinks that nobody can see that he’s trying to bait them.
        This is what happens when a mind is ruined by alcohol.

        1. The funny thing is people essentially leave him alone for his non dumb takes. Look at him trying to make friends by talking guns the last 2 weeks.

          1. He’s reached Dee level pathetic.

    2. Nobody insults you for posting a song. They insult you for being a fucking lefty ignoramus and claiming to be otherwise, you pathetic piece of shit.

    3. Dude, the battle lines have been drawn. The Trump club are legally obligated to disagree with you and insult you.

      1. Piss off, Wormtongue.
        If you weren’t a habitual liar and DNC fifty-center you may have had an excuse for being so butthurt about being made a fool of.

      2. It may be time to change your name again. You are an enemy to the feminists now. You have risen. Now is the time to awaken!

        From the woke urban dictionary:

        White Knight
        1) A man who stands up for a woman’s right to be an absolute equal, but then steps up like a white knight to rescue her any time that equality becomes a burden.

        2) A man who Promotes gender equality but practices special privilege for women.
        When a woman believes she can do absolutely everything a man can do and better, but when she is asked to list something heavy as her everyday chore the white knight will come to defend her when she protests.

        1. I’m good. I’ll risk being scolded for helping women lift heavy objects if asked.

    4. Haha. You’re keeping count? How self important can ya get? Pathetic.

  40. It’s my understanding that the purpose of a protest is supposed to not make AOC uncomfortable.

    1. PPL uncomfortable. She is obviously above said ppl so you are correct sir.

      https://twitter.com/aoc/status/1334184644707758080?lang=en

      Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
      @AOC
      Replying to
      @AOC
      The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable.

      Activists take that discomfort w/ the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small & grows.

      To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable… that’s the point.

  41. the system caught no imposters traveling through airports last year”
    does that mean there were no imposters or the system failed to work. need to spend more money to find out

  42. Cruz talks about defense strategy: sedition

    Patrick Leahy actually running the whole thing? Patriotism!

    1. Remember, the people that refuse to pledge their allegiance to this country are Patriots and Heroes of Our Democracy, but the people that are proud to pledge their allegiance to this country are Traitors and Insurrectionists.

      1. insurrection = asking for the election results to be audited

        protecting democracy = trying to ban the leading opposition candidate from running next time

    2. No kidding. So, we are supposed to be outraged that some jurors are playing defense attorney. Meanwhile, another juror is also acting as judge, and other jurors (including the judge) have been calling for the prosecution of the defendant since before he took office.

  43. Here’s a stupid fucking comment so I can flag the responses.

  44. They’re not looking for imposters. They are looking for threats, and creating a database of everyone’s movements.

  45. A Thursday statement from China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) accused the BBC of not meeting the government’s standards for reporting — including that it allegedly undermined China’s national unity.
    https://nypost.com/2021/02/12/bbc-banned-in-china-after-explosive-report-on-uighur-rape/

    Surely we wouldn’t have any journalists, politicians social media, or private citizens being threatened because they’re threatening the national unity of the US… would we?
    That’d be mighty authoritarian to think we can’t question the orthodoxy of the almighty BLUE government.

      1. The UPI article has more context than other articles I have seen.

        So O’keefe had a team confront a Twitter VP outside his home. Then they tweeted the video. That was the violation.

        Thweaking the nose of the bully on the block is one way to get him to punch you…..

      2. Interesting.
        I don’t know how the democratic party is involved though.

        Seems more like Twitter using their power to intimidate people.
        “If you come at the king, you’d best not miss.”

  46. Despite using facial recognition technology on millions of air travelers last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught not a single identity imposter at American airports.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVqLHghLpw

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