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FBI Arrests Activist Daniel Baker Over Posts About Police Abuse and Self Defense

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In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, many Democratic politicians and left-of-center pundits have been calling for the expanded use of "domestic terror" laws against people whose social media rhetoric seems too radical. Those who warned that this would backfire—being used not just against those who have committed crimes but anyone whose political views or online comments are deemed risky—were accused of things like excusing terrorism or aligning with white supremacists. Yet it hasn't taken long for these warnings to come to fruition.

Look at the case of Daniel Baker, a military veteran and self-professed "hardcore leftist" whose home was recently raided by the FBI after he posted a flyer online calling for folks to fight back if "armed racist mobs" tried to take the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee. "This is an armed COUP and can only be stopped by an armed community," Baker wrote.

In this example, The Washington Post sees evidence that right-wing extremists are "fueling potentially legitimate threats of violence from the opposite fringe of the political spectrum." But "potentially" is doing a lot of work in that sentence.

Baker's social media post promising to return intimidation and violence with intimidation and violence doesn't mean he was actually planning an attack on anyone. It's the kind of tough-talk rhetoric common online and in-person—if you come at me I will come at you. And absent other evidence that Baker was plotting some sort of revolt, it is absolutely not the sort of thing that should be garnering law enforcement action, let alone an FBI raid.

If this is the standard going forward, a whole lot of people across the political spectrum are going to find themselves in trouble. Meanwhile, the work of stopping actual terrorism and violence will be made harder, as federal agents spend increasing amounts of time investigating, targeting, and prosecuting people for harmless posts.

"This is nuts," commented the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez. "Unless I'm missing something, this guy was arrested for writing flyers featuring rhetoric indistinguishable from what thousands of people say on message boards or Facebook without prompting visits from the FBI." While rhetoric like this might be "disgusting," people should not be arrested "on this basis alone," Sanchez added.

Baker didn't say, "On Inauguration Day, we're going to go out and hunt down all the right-wingers," Warren Stoddard, who served alongside Baker in the military, noted in the Post. "He said, 'We're going to stop people from taking the Florida Capitol.' And if no one went to the Florida Capitol, there's nothing to stop."

In the criminal complaint against Baker, FBI Special Agent Nicholas Marti accuses him of "using social media to recruit and train like-minded individuals in furtherance of his Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremism Ideology."

Baker "may attempt to violently disrupt protest," Marti opined, explaining that the basis for this opinion that Baker used social media to "project his displeasure with the current events unfolding in the United States as well as social issues he believes to be plaguing the country, including police brutality."

Apparently, complaining about U.S. police brutalizing and killing Americans without consequence is now grounds for the FBI to start monitoring you.

Baker "made multiple violent threats," Marti goes on to allege. And yet the "probable cause" Marti gives mostly includes things like Baker having traveled to Seattle over the summer to protest, posting online about wanting to buy a gun, posting clips from a podcast with the word anarchist in the title, posting a video about first aid for protesters, or taking pictures of U.S Marshals who were investigating his roommate in unmarked vans.

One "threat" that Marti includes is a post where Baker says he may start having to rob "the rich and pedophiles too" so he wouldn't "wind up homeless and hungry again."

Another "threat" the FBI agents cites is an "eat the rich" meme.

Another "threat" offered is Baker offering to pay cash for information on the identities of Capitol rioters.

A few posts used against Baker do include pledges of violence—but only if and in response to direct violent threats from others. The closest thing to a non-self-protective pledge of violence is an Instagram post where Baker writes "If you don't take up arms against trump them (sic) you are coward"—posted during the time period where it seemed former President Donald Trump might not actually peacefully cede power. (One man's "violent threat" is another's pledge to defend democracy.)

"If nothing else, Baker's case shows how easily the martial climate that has prevailed since the Capitol riot can be turned on unrelated individuals who hold vastly different beliefs," suggests Branko Marcetic at Jacobin.

Baker's case is not unlike the government's prosecution of even nonviolent pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol, which has rested partly on inflammatory social media posts and statements of their own. This is a particularly easy standard to apply to the Left, whose staunchest pacifists use slogans and engage in activities that law enforcement and prosecutors can misconstrue as scary and violent.

In this way, the vow of Larry Keefe, the US attorney who announced Baker's arrest, to go after "extremists" and "terrorists" across the spectrum in the wake of the riot is especially loaded. Keefe is a Trump appointee whose confirmation was secured by his pro-Trump ally, Representative Matt Gaetz. Gaetz has baselessly blamed antifa for the events at the Capitol, and last year wanted to "hunt them down like we do [terrorists] in the Middle East."

This isn't isolated. New York police recently cracked down on Martin Luther King Day marchers, with the city's mayor citing the Capitol riot as justification. Republican lawmakers across the country swiftly used the riot to repackage and rush through anti-protest bills they first devised in response to last year's anti-police brutality protests, most notably the vehemently pro-Trump Florida governor, Ron DeSantis. It's exactly what both liberal and conservative authoritarians hoped for in the wake of the riot: that anything done in response to the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the Capitol would be later used to clamp down on protest from the left.


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  1. Yet it hasn’t taken long for these warnings to come to fruition.

    Mission creep by our betters never seems to take long.

    1. “We didn’t start the fire”….

      1. I swear to fuck, if I end up unable to escape that earworm this morning, I will have you blocked.

        1. “but we didn’t light it, so we tried to fight it”

        2. If you figure out how to ban people on this comment board let me know.

          1. Rent free.

            If you figure out how to get Reason to moderate comments that include violent threats, handle spoofing, links to ads, let me know.

            1. (Plays a tune)

            2. If you figure out how to get Reason to moderate comments

              Not a fan of free speech I see.

              Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted.
              – H. L. Mencken

              1. A private website moderating shitty comments is in no way a violation of free speech. No more than me expecting you to mind your manners if you were a guest in my home.

                1. Moderate comments like when people use swear words?

                  1. No, she’s talking about the time she stole my handle to teach Tulpa a lesson. Oh wait…

                2. Lying about being a libertarian and continually posting disproven news is ok though?

                3. Youre the only one who has been banned here besides Palin for child porn. Think on it.

                4. White Excrement’s going with the Sarah Jeong argument, I see.

            3. “handle spoofing”

              I hate being satirized too.

              1. HO2

            4. “….violent threats,..”
              Fuck off and die.

              1. Thank you for providing an example. I’m sure people would have go figured out what I meant, but you made it really easy.

                1. Thank you for making a public ass of yourself.
                  Fuck off and die.

                2. Helpful suggestions for your future endeavors are hardly threats. If he said he was going to kill you, then that would be a threat, but he didn’t.

                  You’re such a drama queen and a poseur.

                  1. He’s too stupid to understand that. And a lying shitweasel to boot.

            5. Considering you got banned – it would seem you already figured it out.

            6. Then we can get rid of you.

          2. Racist handle.

          3. If I had the power to block folks on this board, and decided to use it against people I disagreed with on most issues, there would be maybe four people left. That, my friend, would make this a really boring site.

            1. Or an insurance commercial.
              When Jefferson’s Ghost ghosts

        3. Sorry. I had no choice.

        4. Just go to unhearit dot com That is what I use in cases like that. LOL Wait, nevermind. It’s gone? Damn. Was such a useful site for getting songs out of your head.

          1. They were using stealth white nationalist dog whistles to relieve the annoyance of ear worms.

            They had to go.

    2. That’s what they get for trusting Big Government!

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    4. The neocons and spooks that are pushing this shit in the NYT and Washington Post don’t care. If they aren’t going to get their overseas war, they can always try to incite one here to get that military action they’re so thirsty for.

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  2. Leftists guarding government buildings now. Too funny.

    1. If this could happen in Portland…

    2. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      But the Right never did show up to smash statues and burn down businesses while demanding the self-entitled ‘right’ to other peoples services.

      Watch how fast ‘White Lives Matter’ gets coined White Supremacy?

      1. Just look at the chain of command in these ‘gangster’ mentality driven battles.

        The Left battles the Right on *anything* – policy, subject really makes no difference.
        The Right battles for a LIMITED Constitutional Government.

        The left is the party of racism, extremism, ‘gang’ mentality, [WE] mobs. They really don’t care what’s happening in politics all they care about is which ‘color’ did the change or which ‘color’ enforced the law, etc, etc, etc.

      2. Anything other than White Submission (to communism) will be labeled racism or white supremacy.

  3. Auditing the rich is hard
    Moar money needed for training!

    1. That’s where this always leads. Failure = we didn’t spend enough.

      1. Until one day [WE] didn’t spend anything on it – and it succeeded beyond anything anyone could ever imagine; ya know like the tech industry.

  4. In this example, The Washington Post sees evidence that right-wing extremists are “fueling potentially legitimate threats of violence from the opposite fringe of the political spectrum.”

    I knew it had to all lead back to Trump.

        1. It’s not always about you.

        2. As a self-proclaimed king of that game, I concur. Then again, after “A Few Good Men”, it wasn’t really a challenge anymore.

        3. Steve Jobs is dead.
          Johnny Cash is dead.
          Bob Hope is dead.

          We have no jobs, no cash and no hope. All pray for the continued good health of Kevin Bacon.

  5. She was booked into jail on two counts of child endangerment.
    Cops left the kids in the hotel.

    1. Cops left the kids in the hotel.

      Probably better off there than in foster care.

      1. Africa, as far as I know, has a pretty robust child soldier program.

        1. What other adult activities are children engaged in there? Asking for myself.

          1. ………..

            A little too on the nose.

  6. …in which veteran moral panic influencer Nicholas Kristof urged credit card companies to stop doing business with adult platforms.

    He could just cancel his own credit cards if he was going too deep into debt over it.

    1. That’s the first time you made me laugh. And it only took…41,285 attempts.

        1. Straight butta baby.

  7. Is Clubhouse a mirage or the next big thing in online media?

    Using phones to actually talk? Pass.

    1. Isn’t this like the old party line we used to get for free?

      Wasn’t there a pay per minute service in the 90s like this?

      Is the whole point that you can say stuff with no one taking a screen shot to post on Twitter later? Because audio can be recorded too.

  8. Although it is not yet a year old and has just two million weekly active users, backers such as VC firm Andreessen Horowitz are reported to have valued it as a billion-dollar company.

    Wake me when you can catch Pokemons on its app.

    1. Pokèmon is both the singular and the plural boomer!

      1. Eevee is the best.

  9. Auditing the poor is easier, using lower-level employees & taking less time.

    Who says federal bureaucracy isn’t concerned with spending our tax dollars efficiently to, um, wring us of our tax dollars.

    1. “Sir, the bank charge to cash your check without having an account with our bank is six dollars.”
      “But it’s a five dollar check…”
      “Correct, now you owe us a dollar.”

      1. So, I’m at a truck stop in bumfuck CA, and there’s a national coin shortage going on that has everyone insisting that folks use cards. Only, the card system is down, too…

        1. What’s up with the national coin shortage anyway? I suspect the number of coins is completely unchanged, but since people are buying more stuff online they’re not replenishing the change that’s out there. But that doesn’t make sense either, since even those who pay with cash normally collect change, they don’t distribute it.

    2. That’s what I don’t get. It’s very much a “water is wet” article. Of course, going through trust funds, overseas accounts, and dozens of different investments is harder and longer.

      To compare, checking “does Bubba own this trailer he’s claiming rent on”, “does Bubba have three kids”, and “did the W-2s from the gas station match up” can be done in minutes, probably without even talking to said Bubba.

      On a less silly measure, people with suspiciously low incomes are also fairly easy to spot: 5,000 in sales tax paid for an Escalade on a household with one minimum-wage job? They were either saving for years or there’s unreported income. Should be easy to determine.

      To compare, you know Trump’s annual audit has a large team of the IRS’s best accountants to go through his vast web of companies, stockholdings, and investments.

  10. Hello my name is Rev kuck
    It has been 5 days since I clicked a jacob sullum article. Though I miss the comments trashing that idiot, my life is better

    1. Sullum is a click farmer and I’m one of his milk cows.

      1. That’s why Im starting the group

    2. I like where you’re going here. Can we come over to the roundup and trash him? If so, I’m in.

      1. Yes we can

    3. Maybe we should just all send Sullum emails regaling him with our opinions of his ‘work’. Many, many emails.

  11. Reason still dodging any mention of a man getting indicted and facing ten years in prison for posting memes about voting by text message.

    Why’s that?

    1. It’s like the NRA when the police shoot a law abiding gun owner. They’re going to carefully bide their time until the “system” does it’s thing.

      Reason might weigh in early if some acceptably left-of-center pundits go first.

      1. “Reason might weigh in early if some acceptably left-of-center pundits go first.”

        Evergreen.

    2. Can you link to what your talking about?

        1. Goldstaedt’s comment doesn’t exactly give a lot of context of what one might search for.

          1. Goes to duckduckgo.com, enters ” indicted and facing ten years in prison for posting meme”, first link:

            https://www.en24news.com/e/2021/01/the-influencer-facing-10-years-in-prison-for-posting-memes.html

            Youre intentionally ignorant.

      1. I’m going to pretend that I know nothing about Vaughn, so that I can run cover later when I’ve worked out a narrative, too.

        1. Well, that gives me a tiny bit of info about what Goldstaedt is referring to. It involved someone with last name, Vaughn?

          1. Nope. He just said that to throw you off the trail.

            1. I literally cut and paste a sentence from the first comment for him and found the relevant article. WK is an ignorant dumbass. No wonder he falls for media narratives so easily.

              1. CACLLs goal isn’t to communicate. It is to sit around and circle jerk about stories you follow in the alt-right press. And you LOVE being coy.

                Sure, Reason, didn’t write about this particular incident. I guess that is supposed to say something about Reason.

                But somehow even though Reason isn’t a newspaper you find about incidents you can hold grievances over and feel victimized about, anyway.

                This sounds like the story of a humorless, overly vindictive prosecutor. Just the type of thing Reason typically writes about disapprovingly. But I’m sure you are going to go with the bullshit line that because they didn’t write about it they approve of it because they are a “lefty” rag.

                1. Lol, you got embarrassed again and now you’re crying and pulling out your cacl acronym. Why not go with alt-right today?

                  1. CACLALs (Thanks, I did coin it myself and no, it’s not a forced meme) are jerking off to the alt-right (Please don’t challenge me on my definitions) press, while I will only adhere to the evolving and ever-changing metaphorical truths of the genuine press.

                    And even though I’m well known for my rhetorical trick of disrupting conversations by swamping you with citation requests to well-known public stories; I’m going to accuse you of being “coy” for failing to play along.

                2. “Sure, Reason, didn’t write about this particular incident. I guess that is supposed to say something about Reason.”

                  It says plenty about Reason. Here they are complaining (rightfully) that a man is being prosecuted for his speech. The speech at issue here is FAR worse than anything that Vaughn ever posted, and yet Reason scratches its head, wondering how it is that we got this point.

                  Mentioning Vaughn’s case would have been illustrative. But, I suspect Reason did not do so because Vaughn does not hold the correct politics. I suspect it is because Reason is completely fine with trolls situated right of center being prosecuted for their speech.

                  1. Ignoring Vaughn, then screeching about this story, is what a Babylon Bee story about ENB would look like.

                  2. Reason will go to the mat for leftists. While ignoring how the right are oppressed.

                3. Stop trying to make cacl happen. Its not going to happen.

                  1. That’s so fetch …

                4. You are intentionally ignorant. It explains a lot.

      2. You really are ignorant on all things except deadly attacks with fire extinguishers.

        1. She’s pretty ignorant about that too.

          1. How do we know WK is a broad? I am very skeptical. It could be a trick. A horrific trick.

            I’ve seen ‘The Crying Game’………

    3. Political prisoners? What political prisoners?

  12. Shorter Liz:

    “But…but…DADDYS ONLY SUPPOSED TO COME FOR THE TERRORIST TRUMPTARDZ”?!!

    And what’s up with an “anarchist” wanting to use violence to defend a state government building?

    1. Wait until they come for Sullum. He’ll be thoroughly flabbergasted!

      “Me??? But WHYYYYY????”

      1. He’ll still be mumbling “If only Comrade Stalin knew about this”, as he stumbles up to the gibbet.

    2. what’s up with an “anarchist” wanting to use violence to defend a state government building?

      Scratch a self described “anarchist” and you’ll find just another lefty authoritarian cunt.

      1. Hey now, I came to anarchism by extrapolation of libertarian principles of self ownership. Certainly, *many* self described anarchists are actually merely nihilists, or confused lefties who can’t understand the results of what they advocate, but not all of them.

        1. I know there’s some “legitimate” anarchists out there, so perhaps I shouldn’t have implied that all anarchists are really just commies, but unfortunately far too many of them are.

          1. Communists **are** anarchists with respect to a governing structure rooted in capitalism, just like we are all atheists with respect to a belief structure rooted in the divinity of Zeus.

            1. Anarcho communism asserts that the government will no longer be needed once they have formed the perfect society. It has never happened so far as I know.

              The closest thing I can think of are some of the more radical socialist kibbutzes in Israel which had no private property or real government as we think of. They are near all gone now and are run more like a group partnership and as businesses. Some very successful.

              You can probably find a few communes scattered around that are similar.

              1. Until lefties join and start blaming Jeff Bezo’s of eating more carrots then he planted while insisting that the fact they themselves didn’t plant any carrots wasn’t a significant factor in Bezo’s ending up with more carrots.

              2. The closest thing I can think of are some of the more radical socialist kibbutzes in Israel which had no private property or real government as we think of. They are near all gone now and are run more like a group partnership and as businesses. Some very successful.

                I’ve seen the kibbutzes brought up a LOT whenever the argument over communism’s functionality is brought up. They don’t have much of a response when I point out that these places, like Thoreau in Walden, are benefitting from a complex society already in place that can support their small-scale existence.

                1. Also, sub-Dunbar groups have very different dynamics than super-Dunbar groups. The very largest of these kibbutzes arguably are counterexamples, but they are also extremely religious and monolithic, so they are still quite atypical.

    3. “what’s up with an “anarchist” wanting to use violence to defend a state government building?”

      You think words have defined meaning to ENB?

      1. The article doesn’t say he was an anarchist, just that he referenced a podcast that has anarchist as a title.

        1. Thanks for telling us what we already knew.

          Did you have a point?

  13. The trouble with “anti-human trafficking” apps.

    China traffics your data?

    1. I feel like the “pro-human trafficking” camp has been quiet lately.

      1. I wish my city were better at human traffic. The morning commute here is awful.

  14. Error filled article In the nyt? You misspelled lying

  15. Is that the story that Reason was so terrible for not covering?

    What’s the next complaint? Waited too long? Not enough words? Wrong spin?

    Can’t give Reason credit. Hell no. Gotta complain more.

    1. I love comments like:

      https://reason.com/2021/02/16/fbi-arrests-activist-daniel-baker-over-posts-about-police-abuse-and-self-defense/#comment-8764779

      Doesn’t bother explaining or linking to whatever he is talking about. Highly likely he is misstating what actually happened. But who knows.

      1. I’m not even going to click on that. Since I began ignoring the idiots and assholes, the comments have been much less unpleasant.

        1. What was the point of your op then?

          1. Probably to annoy you. Looks like it worked.

            1. Quite the opposite. Sarc making posts about what people who he ignores are talking about, then following up with another post reminding us all that he’s ignoring us, is very amusing to me.

              The fact that he was completely wrong in the OP is just icing.

              1. And the fact that the whole thing went flying over your head is like sprinkles on top of the icing.

                1. Lol. WE know he reads each comment too which makes it funnier.

                  1. He’s reached unprecedented levels of broken.

        2. I’m not even going to click on that because I’m a little drunk and hate challenges to the worldview I’ve created.

        3. Always the victim, like most alcoholics.

        4. So you don’t read your own comments?

      2. It’s just a bunch of conservative losers trying to score points amongst themselves. They aren’t interested in exchanging ideas. All they care about is getting “zingers.” I’m ashamed at how much time I wasted interacting with them.

        1. …and I hate, hate, hate getting zinged. Only mean girls and pussies pick on people for shit that they’ve said when they’re half in the bag.

        2. Read: “Nobody will read or listen to my autist rants devoid of logic”

        3. You said yourself that you dont provide or exchange ideas. Such as when you said you never denounce anything when confronted on why you didn’t denounce BLM violence. Problem was in that thread you already denounced the right wing violence.

          Youre just a sophist and corporatist. You think of you pretend to not choose sides you can complain about both, problem is you only bitch about one side. Then you cry like a little victim when this gets pointed out to you. Youre a joke.

        4. I mean you even dismissed a rothbard quote on incitement because you thought it helped trump. Lol.

          1. Rothbard is an ass.

            1. …because he said something that could help Trump.

              And don’t get me started on Greenwald. The traitorous swine.

            2. Yes, that’s what you think of all actual libertarians. We know.

        5. Nah, sarc, it’s that you can’t get enough Commie terrorist cocks jammed into your mouth at once to ever be satisfied.

        6. “. All they care about is getting “zingers.””

          “sarcasmic”

          lolololol

        7. They aren’t interested in exchanging ideas. All they care about is getting “zingers.”

          Woof, the lack of self-awareness here is so dense that black holes are getting sucked into it.

      3. I love comments like:

        https://reason.com/2021/02/16/fbi-arrests-activist-daniel-baker-over-posts-about-police-abuse-and-self-defense/#comment-8764803

        Casts shade with inference and implying, and pretends that the story is obscure so it should be supported, but then tries to sound impartial with a “who knows”.
        Superb.

      4. I like how you intentionally prove your own ignorance after I showed you the information provided easily found the story.

    2. Lol. Right over your heads.

    3. Seriously, nobody tell them. It’ll be funnier that way.

    4. So many pathetic unread comments pleading for attention… You losers are worse than my cat.

      1. Pay attention to meeee… I’m desperate for even negative attention. I’ll compare you all to my cat.

        I’m so very lonely now that my family has abandoned me.

      2. Your cat also has no respect for you? Makes sense, it’s a cat and you’re a drunk.

      3. Now wait a minute.

        Cats are born predators. Unlike dogs cats are fiercely independent animals. You can train a dog. Cats do whatever the hell they want. They can jump up to 7x their body height and walk across a 1” board six feet in the air.

        If people went away today the cats would be just fine. Dogs not so much. We have both by the way. I would not compare either to anything I thought was pathetic.

        1. Now you’re on sarc’s ignore list too. Eventually it’s going to be everyone except Dee, Dol, dildo, Tony, Jeff, and sqrlsy.

        2. Yeah. That was very insulting to my cats.

          1. I love when my cat demands my attention and I ignore it. It gives me the feeling of power over another life that I’ve been missing since my wife and kids left.

      4. I love kitties!

    5. Stossel still writes here occasionally.

  16. Baker “may attempt to violently disrupt protest,” Marti opined

    Marti may bugger a dozen little girls this week.
    Marti may ream out the Pope’s anus with a broken bottle.
    Marti may be hiding a nuclear bomb in his garage.

    May is a beautiful month.

  17. Don’t recall seeing anything here about Cuomo’s lying in an attempt to minimize the number of people he killed:

    “Cuomo administration underreported nursing home Covid deaths by up to 50%, NY attorney general says”
    […]
    “The investigation found that the number of Covid deaths among nursing home residents in some facilities rose by more than 50% when residents who died in the hospital are counted. The state’s official Covid-19 death toll in nursing homes, which stands at more than 8,700, excludes patients who died after being transported to a hospital….”
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/cuomo-administration-underreported-nursing-home-covid-deaths-ny-attorney-general-says.html

    Too local?

    1. Emmy award winner. Nuff said.

      1. That’s Enemy Award winner in my book.

    2. Yes, but he won an Emmy for that performance and most Reasonistas don’t consider themselves art critics.

      1. Speak for yourself, I’m pissed he didn’t win an Oscar.

        1. He is no Obama.

        2. Wait’l next year after his brother gives him several more interviews with the question lists channeled from Larry King.

        3. His big chance will be next year when he stars in the Schindler’s List remake. I’ll let you guess which role he’ll be playing.

          1. He was the Amon Göth of retirement homes.

  18. I wondered lately why the fifty-centers here, particularly the White Knight sock, were doubling-down on the insurrectionist story even as the narrative was crumbling before their eyes.

    However there’s a great article from SinoInsider that shows how they’re closely following the well-established path laid out by the CCP many times before.

    It’s a good article, not long, and you can read it here:
    https://sinoinsider.com/2021/02/an-uneasy-echo-between-post-insurrection-america-and-the-political-rectifications-of-communist-china/

    It also notes the flat-out totalitarian measures being pushed in some quarters which we have seen parroted by DOL, WK and Tony right here.

    “Instead of holding good-faith debates with opponents to reach the truth, the establishment doubled down on casting its version of events as reality and drowning out alternative narratives.
    They also darkly signaled the fate of those who challenge the “insurrection” narrative or accept the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    An establishment media host raised the idea of killing American citizens in drone strikes for the “crime of inciting violence, inciting terrorism.”
    Former senior intelligence officials talk about dealing with Trump supporters (“religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians”) as if they were overseas insurgents.
    A large-scale “de-radicalization approach” must be taken to “deprogram” President Trump’s “political cult members,” who believe “Joe Biden didn’t win the election,” according a media interview with a retired senior FBI official.
    A New York Times reporter called on the Biden administration to appoint a “reality czar” to “put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism.”
    Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress used the establishment narrative on the Capitol incident to press ahead with a trial to impeach Trump for “inciting an insurrection,” an effort that respected historian compared to “public shaming like the Communist Party used to make people wear dunce caps.”…

    …There are uncanny parallels between what has happened post-Jan. 6 in America and the CCP political campaigns of yesteryears. The establishment is promoting one accepted way to view the Capitol riots in the face of evidence challenging that view, and is designating as enemies the segment of the American population that supports the former President or expresses skepticism about the outcome of the 2020 election.
    The current political climate has prompted people to report their family and friends to the authorities—the FBI received more than 100,000 such tips, according to the Washington Post. In China, virtually all the Party’s political campaigns feature the establishment of a political orthodoxy and encourage informants in a bid to turn the masses against each other.

    During the Cultural Revolution, Mao’s Communist Party promoted devotion to the Chairman and the notion of “better red than expert”; many Chinese people turned in those deemed not sufficiently “red” or who were “guilty” of mocking Mao to the authorities.
    Between 1966 and 1976, millions were persecuted in the name of preserving the “politically correct” establishment view at the time. “

    1. It worked before, why try something new?

    2. The establishment is promoting one accepted way to view the Capitol riots in the face of evidence challenging that view, and is designating as enemies the segment of the American population that supports the former President or expresses skepticism

      Capitol riots …..former President
      Anthropogenic global warming ……natural cyclic causes
      election validity ……election fraud
      mostly peaceful demonstrations ….. meticulously planned riots
      Trump’s inhumane immigration policy … business as usual under Obama
      centrist Biden agenda ….. disgust with radical leftist policies

      I’m sure you all can find many more examples.

    3. Fuck off, Canada Boy.

      A bunch of MAGA yahoos, spurred on by Donald himself, tried to break into the Capitol building and stop the peaceful transition of power. And there care enough about MY country (not your country, by the way) to condemn what they did.

      1. Mother’s lament is Canadian? I would have never known! Thank you for saying that it really adds to your comment

        1. Proud to be a Canadian too. Unlike White Knight I love my country.
          He seems to think that’s a bad thing, though.

          1. And you hate ours. You sit around and cheer on the possibility of a second American civil war. That is absolutely reprehensible.

            1. We don’t hate the country. We hate you. Get it right.

              1. If you oppose my election and insurrection narrative that means that you want civil war.

                Why won’t you idiot’s understand that true libertarianism means recognizing the importance of state and corporate power under a single benevolent party?
                To deny it is counterrevolutionary and insurrectionist.

            2. “you sit around and cheer on the possibility of a second American civil war”

              Just look at you wormtongue, Grima.
              I love the US (obviously) I have dozens of family members living there, and have never once cheered the idea of civil war.
              However, I have acknowledged that it may become necessary if the current unelected and illegitimate regime forbids future elections from happening.
              If you weren’t an authoritarian fascist, you would’ve agreed with that sentiment too.

      2. Somehow I too have decided that a accusing someone of being of their professed nationality is a stinging retort or somehow mysteriously discredits them.

        Now even though my narrative has literally exploded last week, culminating in a retraction posted on the story in the New York Times, I’m going to repeat it anyway because it’s all I have.

        1. White Knights rhetoric has not shifted one iota even with the emergence of evidence debunking the narrative.
          News reports now note that the Capitol protesters broke through barricades 20 minutes before Trump finished his speech.

          1. But that cop died the same MONTH as the protest!!!!!
            Do I have to connect the dots for you!?!?!?!?!?

      3. “…A bunch of MAGA yahoos, spurred on by Donald himself, tried to break into the Capitol building and stop the peaceful transition of power…”

        Just like my “plan” to nuke slobberin’ Joe, except I don’t have a nuke and couldn’t deliver it if I did.
        You brain-damaged piece of lefty shit, there has to be some possible way to accomplish what you claim for it to rise above the level of your personal fantasy.

        1. ^THIS…… “personal fantasy”.

      4. Meanwhile, here’s what a real coup would look like:

        – An election would be held and rigged to ensure the correct outcome. Questioning the legitimacy of an election would become a crime.

        – Troops would be deployed to the capital. The troops would remain in the capital until the new regime is satisfied that it has fully seized control of the nation, perhaps indefinitely.

        – The ousted regime would be ruthlessly persecuted.

        – Government agencies would be purged of political dissenters, particularly the military and police

        – Supporters of the ousted regime would be threatened with retribution. A campaign against domestic enemies, typically couched in terms of national security or fighting corruption, would be initiated to that end and at least a few examples would be made.

        – The new regime would immediately begin rewriting the nation’s laws to ensure a perpetual hold on power, regardless of the existing laws or constitutional limits in that nation. Such laws would include bans on public demonstrations against the new regime, bans on any speech deemed to “defame” the new regime, documenting the membership of the opposition party for future retribution, seizing privately owned firearms, seizing assets from people and organizations not friendly to the new regime, legal and financial rewards for the backers of the coup, removing opposition party members from the judiciary and legislature, packing the membership of the judiciary and legislature to be more friendly to the new regime.

        – Every institution in the nation would be coerced or coopted by the new regime in service of solidifying it’s hold on power, persecuting the ousted opposition, and ensuring that no new opposition is allowed to form.

        – State-run media would deliberately distort, misrepresent, or outright lie about events to manipulate public perception. Any media outlet that doesn’t conform to the new regime’s narrative would be removed from circulation. The prevailing narrative promoted by the new regime is typically along the lines of the coup being for the greater good of the nation, usually including that the new regime is a return to stability and normalcy, possibly also including that the ousted regime was an illegitimate usurpation of power.

        – Optionally, the national symbols used before the coup (flags, arms, anthems, pledges, etc.) may be changed to represent the ideology of the new regime.

        – The new regime’s “useful idiot” footsoldiers would be dealt with, typically in brutal fashion, and never heard from again.

        Tell me again who’s stopping the peaceful transition of power.

        1. Yeah but besides all that…

        2. “The new regime’s “useful idiot” footsoldiers would be dealt with, typically in brutal fashion, and never heard from again.”

          Can we begin with this one?

        3. Excellent post.

        4. God damn is that well written or what?

        5. Example of distortion and misrepresentation: “posted during the time period where it seemed former President Donald Trump might not actually peacefully cede power.”

          There was never such a time. I admit that it took me too long to recognize that ENB was posting a bunch of bullshit in an attempt to excuse someone who tried to recruit people for an armed invasion of their state capitol, but that crossed the line. It’s funny which insurrections get defended by certain writers.

      5. You’re not American, you’re a progressive. Progressives are inherently unAmerican. In fact, you’re so awful that you should strongly consider harming yourself.

        I’m sure you will frame that as a threat somehow.

  19. Latest conspiracy theory:
    They are going after this guy just to use him as a ‘whatabout’ when they go after the republicans.
    Alternative conspiracy theory:
    They are going after this guy just to see if they get away with it.

    True reflection:
    Remember how hard you laughed when those damn fool gun nuts said “after they come after the second amendment, the will come after the first”?

  20. What’s up, Peanuts?

    Just checking in on the Durham Report. Trump and his ilk said it would uncover the “biggest political scandal of all time”. Is the lamestream media ignoring it?

    Just aksing.

    1. LOL

      Like any scandal could be bigger than the US government literally being controlled by Russians for 4 years.

      #TrumpRussia

    2. Funny you should ask….

      Newly released memo shows that on the same day Comey signed a FISA application that all the Dossier information was validated, he told Clapper in an email that none of the information was corroborated.

      https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/comey-told-intel-chief-steele-dossier-was-not

  21. Isn’t it nice to have a President who liberated the concentration camps and shut down the virus? That leaves the media time to report on lighter stories like this.

    Joe Biden, playing as Luigi, wins in Mario Kart race against granddaughter at Camp David

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. It all happened so fast I didn’t even realize SleepyJoe had solved all our problems!

      1. Out of sight; out of mind.

    2. You realize that Newsweek is a parody website like the New York Times, right? They’re not to be taken seriously.

    3. Hey, it’s an “overflow facility for migrant children”, not “cages for kids ripped away from their parents”. Get your terminology right!

  22. It’s exactly what both liberal and conservative authoritarians hoped for in the wake of the riot: that anything done in response to the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the Capitol would be later used to clamp down on protest from the left.

    I’m glad there were actually some links to specific stuff. Too often generic fear-mongering leads to more generic fear-mongering based on nothing more than the initial generic fear-mongering. Pretty soon, everyone is breathless and hyperventilated into exhaustion. And that exhaustion leads to yet another round of a different kind of fear-mongering.

    1. Wow dude, deep.

      1. The whole point of those links is to drill down and read them.

        You don’t – so you don’t get it.
        I did – so I now know why Florida eg will eliminate local control of policing, eliminate municipal immunity, protect Confederate monuments, and block civil damages/lawsuits by people injured/killed by a car driving into protestors. Whodathunk – that’s a result of the Jan 6 riot.

        1. “The whole point of those links is to drill down and read them.”
          Yeah, nothing says that like this pile of baffle-gab:
          “Too often generic fear-mongering leads to more generic fear-mongering based on nothing more than the initial generic fear-mongering. Pretty soon, everyone is breathless and hyperventilated into exhaustion. And that exhaustion leads to yet another round of a different kind of fear-mongering.

          “You don’t – so you don’t get it.”
          You’re full of shit.

          1. Or that Mississippi now prohibits – prohibits mind you – local police budgets from being changed except in response to a change in revenues. Or creates a new criminal penalty – for any group of six or more who ‘disturbs any person in the enjoyment of a legal right’ – up to 3 years in prison.

            Because – Jan 6.

            1. Sounds like everybody in government is about to go to jail.

              1. Indeed. The nanosecond the Mississippi Libertarian Party can get elected and use that law to serve libertarian ends.

                Until then – I’m pretty sure that’s not how the D’s and R’s will interpret that law or imprison violators.

                1. Well you’ve been completely wrong about everything else so…

  23. “Apparently, complaining about U.S. police brutalizing and killing Americans without consequence is now grounds for the FBI to start monitoring you.”

    I will believe this when the feds start arresting BLM and antifa activists.

    1. They will eventually once they’d outlived their usefulness.

      Remember what happened to the Gang of Four after the Cultural Revolution?
      Remember what happened to Ernst Röhm and the SA after the Nazis consolidated power?

      Right now Antifa and BLM are necessary for the oligarchs, but history has shown that the devils always break their tools when they’re no longer useful.

      1. Hah. I see that we agree on general on this concept, but not on the specific timing. 😀

      2. They’ve already broken the Lincoln Project in this manner. No longer useful? Break it apart.

        1. They set it up with a self-destruct mechanism built in.
          If you form a group of notorious grifters who are more interested in self-enrichment than anything else, then have a known pedophile head the whole thing, you can kick it down whenever you want.

          1. Yep. And, just like Russiagate, we now know that everybody involved KNEW THE WHOLE TIME.

            Par for the course.

    2. Biden won, the useful idiots are no longer useful, now is exactly when they’ll start arresting them.

      1. they are still needed need to get a few more people to defend themselves so they can be called extremist right wingers and we need to remove guns

      2. Oh, they’re not done yet by a long shot.

  24. In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, many Democratic politicians and left-of-center pundits have been calling for the expanded use of “domestic terror” laws against people whose social media rhetoric seems too radical. Those who warned that this would backfire … were accused of things like excusing terrorism or aligning with white supremacists. Yet it hasn’t taken long for these warnings to come to fruition.

    Pretty sure they were also warned that not standing up for free speech – even speech they disagree with – would also come back to bite them in the ass. While this asshole may not deserve to be arrested as there was nothing in his post that indicated a “true threat” or that he anything more than a loose idea as opposed to a solid plan (makes me wonder what his role in the military was – a janitor or something?), I’m still gonna have a hard time feeling a whole lot of sympathy for him or any other tardo that gets caught in their web.

    1. “…While this asshole may not deserve to be arrested as there was nothing in his post that indicated a “true threat” or that he anything more than a loose idea as opposed to a solid plan…”

      Sorta like ‘the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power’ on 1/6?

  25. There’s always more to the story:

    Where did Baker serve in the U.S. Army?

    Baker was enlisted in the United States Army as an airborne infantryman. He was removed with an other-than-honorable discharge after he went AWOL prior to his unit deploying to Iraq, according to the FBI complaint.

    Baker’s overseas affiliations
    According to the federal complaint, in 2017, Baker joined the People’s Protection Units (YPG), an affiliate of Kurdistan’s Working Party which has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States government.

    Baker claims on social media that he is a trained sniper for the YPG, the complaint states. YPG is a group fighting in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish government.

    Through documented interviews with FBI Special Agents, the complaint states, Baker admitted to training members who attended the YPG lnternational Academy on military and defensive tactics.

    Baker’s erratic internet posts
    The FBI complained released Friday details about two dozen internet posts starting in late June. One is an Oct. 13 story on a website where he said he went to Seattle as a “hardcore leftist to participate in the “revolution.”

    In YouTube videos, he can be seen shooting an AK-47 assault rifle and threatens to go back to Syria and shoot people, the FBI states. He also posted photos of police vehicles on Facebook.

    The final post detailed in the complaint was on the TV website calling for the violent attack on Florida Capitol protesters.

    1. He also posted photos of police vehicles on Facebook.
      A true monster.

      1. He offered to pay people to dox those he disagreed with, probably not with the intention of mailing them gift certificates.

    2. “”One is an Oct. 13 story on a website where he said he went to Seattle as a “hardcore leftist to participate in the “revolution.”””

      Was that the “revolution” that attacked a police station, seize property and declared the property was no longer part of the US?

    3. So going AWOL to train terrorists is okay, but posting something on Facebook isn’t? Or are the charges for the terrorist training and the posts are incidental?

    4. There’s always more to the story:

      that said i have little trust in anything the FBI says about anyone even those i think may be a problem.Not trusting teh FBI is a problem or is that a good thing to not trust government sources

    5. Minor details.

  26. “Adult film actress Cherie DeVille discusses the fallout from an error-filled New York Times op-ed about Pornhub, in which veteran moral panic influencer Nicholas Kristof urged credit card companies to stop doing business with adult platforms.”

    Somebody needs to get some photos of Kristof in bed with an under-age goat.

    1. Three weeks ago I would have suggested gretta thornburg

      1. I might prefer a goat.

      2. I think that poor girl is fetal alcohol syndrome. Look at her face and it shows all the markers.

        1. Your namesake would know all about that.

  27. I thought now would be a good time to modify my updates of Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth. Starting today I’ll be contrasting Mr. Koch’s (hopefully large) net worth increase with the (hopefully zero) amount by which Democrats have raised the national minimum wage.

    In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $2.27 billion

    All those Reason staffers who endorsed Biden are looking pretty smart right now.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. How many innocent citizens did SleepyJoe murder with the China virus this year?

    2. is the first 100 days up yet?

  28. Nardz, this is for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLEus3huVKU

    Kirsten Joy Weiss. Normally she’s doing yoga while shooting sexy guns, but you should give this a listen.

    1. Firing a gun from almost any yoga position sounds like a good way to miss, at best, or shoot oneself, at worst.

    2. Oh god you’re still trying to fit in and failing.

  29. porn stars are still reeling from the consequences of Kristof’s sloppy ______________

    How about a game of mad-libs to lighten the mood?

    1. Zoom meeting

  30. “FBI Arrests Activist Daniel Baker Over Posts About Police Abuse and Self Defense”

    I am guessing, by this time next week, that the statement “They can take my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hands,” will be evidence enough to arrest someone on suspicion of fomenting terrorism.

    And don’t even get me started on “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    1. To be fair, I’m pretty sure the British did consider you to be a domestic terrorist back when you were alive.

      1. Yeah. No doubt. And shortly after the 9/11 attack, the Brits outlawed jokes about “Arabs.” Which means, perhaps, we are getting closer to their “system” of government.

    2. “Don’t tread on me” is the new dog whistle phrase.

    3. “…And don’t even get me started on “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.””

      If WK sees this, he’s gonna need a fainting couch!

    4. Pretty soon, simply having a Parler account will be evidence enough to arrest someone on suspicion of fomenting terrorism.

      1. What’s Parler?

    5. I am guessing, by this time next week, that the statement “They can take my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hands,” will be evidence enough to arrest someone on suspicion of fomenting terrorism.

      Remember when Jefferson went AWOL, was dishonorably discharged, and went to fight for terrorist groups in Turkey?

      Remember when the NRA solicited the names of dissenters and promised to take the fight to them without the help of the police?

      To call ENB’s take on this article hot garbage is an insult to hot garbage.

      1. Garbage, at one time, was something useful that served a purpose.

  31. Sounds like WaPo and Jacobin still have no problem with extending “domestic terrorism” enforcement to inflammatory speech, as long as only the Right People are affected. Color me shocked.

    Oh, and porn stars will have to get in line behind 40 million Iraqis if they want to make a case against Nicholas Kristof.

    1. Read the FBI’s criminal complaint. The guy went AWOL and was fighting with the YPG in Turkey against both ISIS and the Turkish Gov’t and planned to come back to the US to kill Turkish pilots. On top of that, he was soliciting for names and information of protestors on YouTube, promising not to involve the police because the police couldn’t be trusted to take care of the problem.

      The idea that this guy was just another random internet troll isn’t laughably stupid, it’s very much (especially in light of ‘mostly peaceful protests’) complicit. Albeit non-criminally.

      1. “Albeit non-criminally.”
        Not any more, I guess.

        1. I mean, ENB’s reporting of it is non-criminally complicit. Like if she wrote an article defending the religiously oppressed freedom fighter Jim Jones. It’s not actually complicit because it’s not a priori or in a court of law, but it’s still evil as fuck.

          When she sets up a GoFundMe to set up a camp in Guyana and solicits people to sign up for a reenactment on YouTube, yes, the FBI should be keeping tabs and/or stepping in. Somewhere short of dosing people with cyanide kool-aid, the line between free speech and criminal act has been crossed.

  32. Meanwhile, the work of stopping actual terrorism and violence will be made harder, as federal agents spend increasing amounts of time investigating, targeting, and prosecuting people for harmless posts.

    IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor

    Imagine there were some sort of connection between those two statements.

    1. Imagine? Both stories were reported by the same outright lying cunt.

  33. Not willing to read far enough to find out, but I’m really hoping she’s named Karen:

    “Florida woman wants apology after Tom Brady’s trophy toss”
    […]
    “FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Fort Myers woman says Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady insulted her family’s legacy when he tossed the Lombardi trophy across the water to another teammate during Wednesday’s Super Bowl celebration boat parade in Tampa…”
    https://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-woman-wants-apology-after-tom-bradys-trophy-toss

    1. Peak 2021.

    2. I saw that story the other day and read it out of morbid curiosity and yeah, it’s as stupid as it sounds.

      Basically “Karen’s” father was the lead silversmith at Tiffany’s back in the late ’60s and as such had a hand in the creation of the Lombardi trophies. He’s long since retired and had nothing to do with the creation of this particular Lombardi, but because something bad could have happened to a trophy that neither she nor her father had anything to do with this dumb cunt found a way to make it all about her. She’s a stupid attention whore and in a perfect world would be mercilessly mocked for being a retarded git, but since this is clown world apparently this is national news.

      1. If it makes you feel any better, the progie sports blabbers that I saw talking about her all thought she was ridiculous.

  34. “The world has moved on to other viral stories, but porn stars are still reeling from the consequences of Kristof’s sloppy report.”

    The New York Times is not your friend.

    1. Won’t someone think of the sloppy porn stars?

    2. Not to mention the sloppy seconds.

  35. “Well-connected Chinese power players, including some with links to political families that represent a potential challenge to President Xi Jinping and his inner circle, were behind layers of opaque investment vehicles that would have profited from the world’s largest stock listing. The information added to concerns about financial risk and anger at Ma’s outspoken criticism.

    —-WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-blocked-jack-mas-ant-ipo-after-an-investigation-revealed-who-stood-to-gain-11613491292?

    Emperor Xi crushed an IPO that would have valued a major Chinese success story of a company at $300 billion–because the IPO would have benefited Emperor Xi’s political rivals.

    But that isn’t in any way like the Democrats threatening to break up Facebook, Google, and other Big Tech companies if they don’t crack down on conservative speech because . . .

    Actually, I’m having a hard time seeing the difference in principle. Because progressives don’t like Biden and the Democrats being compared to Emperor Xi certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t acting like Emperor Xi.

    1. What China really needs is a section 230 to protect their online platforms from internet trolls.

    2. What a shock, Democrats take a page out of their paymaster’s playbook.

  36. FBI Arrests Activist Daniel Baker Over Posts About Police Abuse and Self Defense

    A conundrum; assume the FBI is competent and ENB’s not or assume the FBI is incompetent and the ENB isn’t.

    Given Reason’s reporting on mostly peaceful protest and particularly ENB’s reporting about unarmed black kids getting shot in the back when police video shows them being shot in the chest, gun-in-hand, I can only assume Baker published a detailed people-to-kill list and ENB is pretending like it’s free speech.

    1. I’m sure she’ll post a similar article when someone who’s not left wing has the same thing happen to them…

      1. I mean, FFS, she describes him as “a military veteran” when, in fact, he was in for a year and when he was about to be depolyed went AWOL, was “less than honorably” discharged, and started fighting for the YPG.

        It’s as disingeunuous, and frankly insulting, as the portrayal of Soleimani as a peaceful diplomat.

    2. Holy Shit!

      Of course ENB’s reporting on this issue is complete toxic waste. Baker was turned in by his brother. He was soliciting names of people involved in the protests on YouTube (against their polciies). He calls for the stockpiling of weapons and plainly states that these people will be dealt with by extra-legal means.

      ON TOP OF THAT, he was less-than-honorably (you mean, dishonorably?) discharged from the army and there’s video footage of him fighting and training with the YPG against ISIS and the Turkish government forces. Multiple sources reported to the FBI that he intended to return to the US in order to kill or mutilate Turkish pilots in solidarity with the YPG.

      Fuck you, Reason and fuck you, ENB. This is exactly what the FBI should’ve done to Omar Marteen. Even if only (in this case) to hold him for 72 hrs. until the event has/had passed.

      Hardly the sort of passive, Constitutionally and rights agnostic, “I hope they fall into woodchippers.” speech that populates the internet.

      1. ” less-than-honorably (you mean, dishonorably?) ”

        That doesn’t even exist, so ‘m guessing they meant he got an Other Than Honorable. Which usually means the military became aware of some sort of service related offense(s), and simply chose to offer you an easy out rather than go through the hassles of the court martial required for a BCD or DD.

        OTH is not good, but nowhere near as bad as a BCD or DD.

  37. Parler is back online.

    I really wish they’d get rid of their stupid phone number requirement. The phone app isn’t the way anymore. People will access it through their browser on the phone. Get rid of the phone number requirement already, Parler!

    The free publicity Parler received in the media is probably far better for them than the inconvenience of being taken down. I guess this is some form of Streisand effect–Parler neve could have afforded to buy the kind of advertising the news media gave them for free. They wouldn’t have asked to be deplatformed from Apple and Google’s app stores in the short run, but that free publicity was extremely beneficial–and may prove to make them viable competitors over the long run.

    I don’t expect them to be principled libertarian capitalists or anything. They’ll be like Fox News–a legitimate competitor for eyeballs to the other social media giants like Fox News is a legitimate competitor for eyeballs to CNN and MSNBC. I may not participate myself, but I’m glad to know they’re still out there.

    I still expect the Biden administration to introduce a consent agreement in the wake of the antitrust cases and the repeal of Section 230 that will effectively require all social media companies to sign onto Biden and the Democrats’ speech codes, so by no means should we think Parler’s continued existence means we won the war. Getting them back online is a victory, however.

    Oh, and anyone who regularly uses, Facebook, Twitter, or Google’s Android probably shouldn’t worry too much about giving away their phone number to Parler.

    1. “Get rid of the phone number requirement already” — RIGHT! In the pursuit of ‘alternative’ face-books this has been a master barrier everywhere. What the next big thing, SSN, Bank Acct No, Family Tree?

  38. Anyone see the statement put out by Adam Kinzinger’s family wrote?
    “In the letter shared with the New York Times, the furious family members call for Kinzinger’s own removal from office, and accuse him of joining the “devil’s army,” which they describe as “Democrats and the fake news media.”
    “We should listen even more grievances against you, but decided you are not worth more of our time to list them,” the letter from his relatives continued. “You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name!”

    The next quote I thought it was a joke at first. They’re just such stereotypes.
    “You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly etc. and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!”
    Goddamn they sound like such stupid hicks.
    I’ve heard Illinois outside of Chicago might as well be Missouri. To be fair most of rural America is trash, but Illinois is particularly bad.

    1. There are cases of Liberals being mean to conservative family members, but it seems like bible humpers disowning family or being mean happens a lot more.

      Imagine if a demo criticized Obama(which many do all the time) and their family wrote a letter to the NY Post saying “you made Rachel Maddow upset! How dare you?”

      1. “ Imagine if a demo criticized Obama(which many do all the time)”

        For the millionth time, “Obama didn’t fo enough to become dictator” is not criticism.

        “and their family wrote a letter to the NY Post saying “you made Rachel Maddow upset! How dare you?””

        Sounds like every Regressive Leftist on Twitter whenever someone moderately Left criticizes AntiFa/BLM terrorists or puts biology over imaginary genders. Gee.

    2. Wipe your tears and clean the shit out of your pants, Commie dumbfuck.

      1. Good one!

        1. Now stomp upstairs and slam your door shut and scream that you hate this family.

    3. Kinzinger is my rep and he’s actually been slightly libertarian on a couple of issues. But he is toast up here. He didn’t thoughtfully assess the situation. He came out day one trashing his constituents. Even got quoted by the impeachment managers in the record. His political career is over unless the district suddenly flips blue which ain’t happening. He’ll be primaried out in a landslide.

      1. It’s amazing the shitholes people can live in.

        1. The hicklib faggot speaks from experience.

          1. Flagged. You’re the bigot who lives in such an isolated shithole that you somehow realize that most of the country is repulsed by people like you.

            1. The hicklib faggot knows all about isolated shitholes every time he looks out the window.

      2. Nothing wrong with Kinzinger voting the way he did, but he’s a dumbfuck if he didn’t read the room and prepare his constituents for it. That district went 56-40 for Trump and it’s not getting any bluer right now like a lot of other suburban areas. And with the GOP base’s military-worship degrading after 30-plus years of combat ops in the Middle East, his military service isn’t going to mean shit anymore, either.

        He’s damn lucky these townhalls have been eliminated, because I guarantee he’d have gotten shouted out of the building if he showed up. Someone looking to primary him in two years is going to have a decent shot.

        1. Haven’t they opened middle schools in Montana yet? Shouldn’t you be in class little boy?

          1. The hicklib faggot reveals that he’s in to pederasty.

    4. “Goddamn they sound like such stupid hicks.
      I’ve heard Illinois outside of Chicago might as well be Missouri. To be fair most of rural America is trash, but Illinois is particularly bad.”

      I’m sorry for posting this, I’m just so very, very drunk.

    5. I’ve heard Illinois outside of Chicago might as well be Missouri. To be fair most of rural America is trash, but Illinois is particularly bad.

      “Chicago would be a drug and murder-free paradise, a paragon of responsible policing and effective governance, if it weren’t for the rest of the state.” – said by no one, for free, ever.

      1. That’s the go to conservative argument. That Chicago is a crime infested ghetto filled with ni- um gangs.

        Still beats rural shithole Illinois.

        1. That’s the go to conservative argument. That Chicago is a crime infested ghetto filled with ni- um gangs.

          What’s conservatism got to do with it? I was basing my assertion on Jussie Smollett’s presumptions and allegations.

    6. People from cities are better than people from rural areas. Are all people from rural areas backwards and uneducated? No just most of them.

      1. People from cities are better than people from rural areas.

        That’s why the hicklib faggot tries to pretend he’s not a hicklib faggot.

        1. Flagged.
          Back to your schoolwork dear. Hopefully you can finish subtraction and move on to multiplication. I doubt it though…

          1. Did you learn subtraction based on your dropping T-cell levels, you hicklib faggot? Maybe if you didn’t multiply your bug chasing, you wouldn’t have had to worry about that.

    7. derp. TROLL. derp derp

  39. “ Baker’s social media post promising to return intimidation and violence with intimidation and violence doesn’t mean he was actually planning an attack on anyone.”

    Congratulations on reaching a new peak of Absolute Fucking Stupidity, Liz. Brilliant point. Communist terrorists openly plotting terrorist attacks don’t count if they whine that it’s in response to imaginary violence.

    And great work omitting this piece of shit’s direct involvement with the murder of two teenagers in CHAZ last summer.

    1. Don’t forget that she’s also doublethinking that Trump led a fascist white supremacist neonazi treasonist insurrection because he told people to protest peacefully and then urged his supporters to return home peacefully when he heard that some of them may have gotten violent.

      1. Cosmopolitan, anyone?

    2. Just because China is run by the CCP doesn’t mean that the government is actually communist.
      Just because “Jacobin” calls themselves “Jacobin” doesn’t mean that they are actually Jacobins.
      Just because the Democratic Socialists call themselves Democratic Socialists doesn’t mean that they are actually Socialists.

      1. I think of modern China as mostly capitalist in economy but controlled to a great extent by an authoritarian one party state. It is not something Marx or Mao would recognize as communist. It is more like an empire as is always was in the past.

        1. It is not something Marx or Mao would recognize as communist.

          Mao would absolutely recognize it and the argument that Marx wouldn’t recognize Stalinist, Maoist, or other communist dictatorships as communist dictatorships isn’t even original.

        2. No, mostly Communist with some market transactions allowed by permission of The Party.

        3. Jack Ma would like a word with you…
          OH WAIT

  40. Finally got to a place with internet today. Two days without power in Austin, TX in single digit temps. It is currently below freezing in my house, which is not quite as tragic as it would be if the city hadn’t shut off the water last night. Not because power lines are down or blown transformers. The people who control the grid decided what was ‘essential’ and cut power to the rest of us.

    Anyone who says the country is ready for renewable power can kiss my blue frozen ass. Snow covered solar panels and frozen wind turbines shut down the grid in TEXAS for fuck’s sake.

    We waited on lines for toilet paper last year. This year they shut off our power. When will people realize we are no better off than Russia under the Soviets when the government gets involved in environmental activism.

    1. I saw a great meme that was a picture of one of the frozen turbines being sprayed with some antifreeze by a helicopter. It said something along the lines of : A helicopter running on fossil fuel spraying a chemical made with fossil fuels onto a turbine made with fossil fuels during an ice storm is awesome.

      Nothing personal but I had to laugh.

    2. TX in single digit temps.

      Learn to shovel snow.

      1. Funny. My driveway is the only one on my street that is shoveled.

        1. Flagged for being a bigoted redneck.

          Please tell me if you visit the northwest!

          1. Flag. Reflush.

    3. Flag. Refresh.

      Take your bigoted ass over to stormfront Chuck

      1. I hope you choke to death trying to suck your own cock, incel.

        Flag. Refresh.

        1. Stop flagging my sock when I insult you. You’re going to make me have another sad.

        2. I get more pussy than you ya fat Mormon. You only get to fuck your fat cunt wife.

          Fail on Chuck’s part. As expected since he believes in golden plates no one saw and magic underwear.

          1. Poor sarcasmic.
            We know your wife left you and the only pussy in your house is the cat, champ.

          2. Rubbing off on the cat again? Grandma’s going to kick you out ofcthe basement, pervert.

            Flag. Refresh.

          3. Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race doesn’t count as getting pussy, you hicklib faggot.

  41. If there is any single role that government provides it is the exclusive use of violence to enforce rules.

    You may use violence for self defense or to defend others from harm, but once you start plotting to capture and detain people for being in a public area they are legally allowed to be in, because they didn’t follow the rules you are using violence or threat of violence to enforce rules and are then a vigilante. This was a call to incite violence.

    If you believe in even a minimal government, you usually believe the government should have exclusive use of violence to enforce rules, or your society becomes a bunch of feuding revenge wars that only escalate.

    Besides, when you explain to someone outside of libertarian circles that the Executive branch has been granted exclusive use of violence to enforce rules created by the legislative branch, and that it in all practicality, the executive branch is “representative violence”, they start really thinking twice on the necessity of frivolous laws.

    1. If you believe in even a minimal government, you usually believe the government should have exclusive use of violence to enforce rules, or your society becomes a bunch of feuding revenge wars that only escalate.

      IDK about exclusive, but realistically or objectively, if you believe the government is completely barred from any/all uses of violence, then whatever group makes the most effective/copious use of violence or threats of violence is in charge.

  42. Well, leaving aside the FBI/terrorist thingy, this guy, Daniel Baker, sure is a looney anyway.

    1. Doesn’t seem the right hill for this writer to die on.

      1. Die? No. But it would be just yet another of a countless range of hills for her to have taking a steaming shit on.

  43. The thing is, he is promising armed action against unarmed protesters.

    While Reason likes to call what happened on Jan 6th a “riot” and others call it a coup attempt or insurrection, in reality it was a bunch of unarmed protesters

    Pretty much every initial reporting was deliberately false to make it sound worse than it was. Cop being killed by a fire extinguisher, “capture teams” headed by the zip tie guy (who didn’t even bring them, took them from a cop so they couldn’t arrest protesters), that was a hit squad to kill Pence, Romney, AOC, etc.

    Right wing violence is basically fabricated by the media and the government, while at the same time left wing violence is cheered on and generally not punished by the media and government (see Antifa)

  44. <iThose who warned that this would backfire—being used not just against those who have committed crimes but anyone whose political views or online comments are deemed risky—were accused of things like excusing terrorism or aligning with white supremacists. Yet it hasn't taken long for these warnings to come to fruition.

    I wonder why ENB / Reason doesn’t include overwrought allegations the event was an insurrection or coup to its list of warnings even though such unsupportable accusations predictably led to left wingers deploying the surveillance state against its enemies? I guess some things are too useful to be honest about.

  45. The leftists say they won’t attack until the rightists do.

    The rightists says they won’t attack until the leftists do.

    Yet somebody always attacks first.

    1. And it’s always the leftists.

  46. Better be careful Reason, turning on the Biden administration! Your previous wokeness won’t help.

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