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It's Neither Sexist Nor Racist To Oppose Neera Tanden for OMB

Plus: Another journalist fired after disagreeing with woke orthodoxy, U.S. COVID death toll passes 500,000 mark, and more...

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President Joe Biden has nominated Neera Tanden, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and president of the Center for American Progress, to serve as head of the U.S. Office on Management and Budget. But that nomination is on the rocks after Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) said he would vote against Tanden due to her history of tweeting aggressively at lawmakers.

"I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others," said Manchin. "I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination."

Many commentators pointed out that Manchin had no trouble voting to confirm Richard Grenell, who had also engaged in troll-ish behavior on Twitter, to be former President Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany. Some have suggested that Tanden is being subjected to a racist and sexist double standard—that she is being held to account because she is a woman of color. According to Politico:

Janet Murguía, the president and chief executive of the Latino advocacy organization UnidosUS, said she had a call with her team Monday morning where the issue of Biden's Cabinet picks hitting roadblocks sparked a protracted conversation and growing alarm.

"It's been incredibly disturbing to see a pattern or a trend emerging where people of color and women seem to be at the bottom of the list in terms of hearings and getting their confirmations finalized," Murguía said in an interview. "It's highly offensive to see this foot-dragging going on when we have such an incredible need to put these different leaders in place in these different agencies."

The problem with this line of argument is that there are many legitimate reasons to oppose Tanden for OMB. Incidentally, this is why Republicans need to be more careful about labeling all criticism of political figures as "cancel culture." Holding politicians accountable for political statements and actions they have taken in the past is perfectly valid and fair.

Tanden, for her part, has a long history of questionable views. For one thing, she is utterly unconcerned about the deficit in times of crisis. In fact, she previously said if wild government spending were unpopular with voters, then the feds should get "oil rich countries" in the Middle East to pay off our debts in exchange for military help.

"We have a giant deficit," wrote Tanden in a 2011 email. "They have a lot of oil. Most Americans would choose not to engage in the world because of that deficit. If we want to continue to engage in the world, gestures like having oil rich countries partially pay us back doesn't seem crazy to me."

At the time the email was written, "engage in the world" meant U.S. military intervention in Libya, a disastrous foreign policy that produced years of warfare and strife. Tanden is a figure of the Clinton approach to the Middle East; there are good reasons to vote against giving such people any role in overseeing government budgets and policy. It's neither racist nor sexist to keep the intellectual supporters of U.S. disasters in Iraq and Libya out of power.

FREE MINDS

Slate has indefinitely suspended Mike Pesca, host of "The Gist" podcast, after he argued in Slack conversations with colleagues that there might be some occasions when it is permissible for a white person to use the word nigger. Pesca specifically did not use the word himself during this discussion, though he argued that there might be legitimate journalistic reasons to do so. According to Defector:

The conversation continued sporadically for a few more hours before Pesca made his final point: "I don't think it's proper to use it in casual conversation and I'm in no position to tell Black NY Times workers that they shouldn't be worried it's going to pop out of a colleague's mouth at some point. If you want my opinion it's that there are some limited reasons why a non African American journalist or professor to use the word when conveying a quote in the name of clarity or factualness […] But it's not a comfortable point to even pursue right now. If I had the opposite opinion I know a hundred ways I could make the opinion I actually have seem horrible and racist, and you know what, maybe it is."

"I feel outraged," a Slate staffer told me when asked about Pesca's participation in the conversation. "I cannot believe I had to watch him enthusiastically provoke people on whether or not it is appropriate to use a racist slur." Other Slate staffers that spoke to Defector expressed frustration and anger at Pesca's insistence on having that particular conversation. "I don't want to be in a workplace where people feel emboldened to have this argument. People's humanity is not an intellectual debate," one said.

The conversation was prompted by the news of the firing of New York Times journalist Donald McNeil, who was accused of upsetting teenagers with his use of the word during a Times-sponsored trip to Peru.

Now Pesca finds himself in a similar situation: His podcast is suspended pending an investigation by his bosses at Slate. "This was not a decision based around making an isolated abstract argument in a Slack channel," said a spokesperson for the magazine.

But then it's not clear why Pesca was suspended at all.

This slur, by the way, has appeared numerous times on Slate's website. A search for the word returns 375 results, including an article from July 10, 2020, "Big Scrabble's decision to eliminate offensive words has infuriated players like never before." The author of that piece, Stefan Fatsis, argued that it was absurd to consider the use of offensive words in Scrabble as a form of hateful speech. Although he did not use the word himself, he did quote Randall Kennedy, the author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, and referenced the book's title in the article.

It's one thing to use the word maliciously—it's quite another for journalists and educators to quote it in certain contexts, including discussions about the meaning of words.

FREE MARKETS

Reporters might finally get their hands on former President Donald Trump's tax returns, according to CNN:

The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.

The documents will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict their public release.
The ruling is a bitter loss for Trump, even if the tax records are shielded from public disclosure, after he consistently argued that the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was overbroad and issued in bad faith.

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  • The Conservative Political Action Conference is slated to begin later this week in Orlando, Florida. The theme is "uncanceled," though the conference has already canceled one speaker over his offensive statements.
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  1. …Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) said he would vote against Tanden due to her history of tweeting aggressively at lawmakers.

    Once again Trump ruins something for everyone.

    1. Thank YHVH we are returning to neo-liberal civility. Low taxes, high spending, open borders, and a strong military to help spread democracy!

      1. You forgot EMPATHY.

        1. Maybe Stevie Wonder needs to write a song titled “Empathy And Apathy” before moving to – Ghana, is it? Not that anyone actually cares.

          1. Now that I think of it, it’s probably something for Remy to highlight the “heart feel” politicians try to convey and contrast it with their overarching and hypocritical “DILLIGAF” attitude. I’d actually contribute real money for that video. Not enough to do it myself mind you because frankly, given the cost, I don’t GAF enough and nobody wants to hear me, period, trust me.

      2. YHVH-1: Behind The Music of the Spheres

        “…Abraham was going great guns…until he got a hold of some bad ‘shrooms and started hearing voices…”

        “The Israelites were really ballin’…until Moses crashed the party…”

        “…And then one day, it all came crashing down for poor Job…”

        1. Would it be considered antisemitic to have “Israelites” by Desmond Dekker as the theme song?

  2. https://twitter.com/mitrebox/status/1364057923769499651

    Joe Biden is keeping children in caged shipping containers.

      1. https://twitter.com/Caesar63BC/status/1363919440509882370

        “Instead of pairing the shoes with solid-colored socks, Biden opted for a fun pair with dog prints. The socks were navy and featured small light blue dogs all over.”

        1. SleepyJoe likes his garanimals.

    1. When “stay in your pods and eat your bugs” doesn’t just apply to the white, left-liberal urban class.

    2. This was a better one:

      Ryan Saavedra
      @RealSaavedra
      When a Republican is in office, they’re “cages”

      When a Democrat is in office, they’re “shelters”

      Wonder if any Antifa are going to try and shoot ICE guards now that Sniffin’ Joe is in office.

    3. shipping containers, railroad cars, same difference just different names. if they call for group showers kids don’t go

      1. You can just load the shipping containers onto flat railroad cars. Easy peasy.

    4. For shipping purposes? He may just be on to something.

    5. No, that’s a ‘facility for migrant children’. Totally different.

      Also, everyone knows its cheaper to buy in bulk.

    6. Shipping containers. How convenient is that.

  3. Coronavirus News: Dr. Fauci says New York ‘did it correctly’
    https://abc7ny.com/covid-19-ny-fauci-anthony-cuomo/6324584/

    1. And by correctly he means arbitrary and conflicting imperial orders, regardless of outcome (except reinforcing imperial image).

      1. The cult of personality regarding this disingenuous fucking elf is nauseating.

      2. Or maybe he means by getting the most infections in the least amount of time so that they are likely the first state to get effective herd immunity by mostly natural means.

        (Ha ha)

    2. Is he going to break into Sinatra now?

  4. Over 100,000 have been murdered by the China virus under the SleepyJoe regime.
    Impeach!

    1. Seems odd that Reason, who kept a count of how many deaths Trump “caused” does not seem as anxious to do so with Biden.

      Ditto CNN

      …but I repeat myself.

  5. Many commentators pointed out that Manchin had no trouble voting to confirm Richard Grenell…

    Yeah, homophobic commentators.

  6. Now do a breakdown of the word “insurrection.”

    1. Viagra – it ensures erection.

      1. Viagra – what’s up with that?

        1. See https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/27/happy-20th-birthday-to-viagra-the-accide#comment_7199091 , wherein one finds some lovely poetry mostly written by “Juice”:

          It was twenty years ago today
          That Viagra passed the FDA
          It’s been going in and out of style
          But it helps your boner last a while
          So may I introduce to you
          My chubby maker dressed in blue
          Sgt. Pecker’s lovely hardon clan!

          1. Damnit, SQRLSY, now you’ve got me wondering if Sir Paul, at age 78, has a prescription.

            1. LOL look at the sock convo.

  7. It really takes no evidence at all to accuse someone of racism, does it?

    1. Correct, if you are white and declared a racist, you are automatically guilty and no better than a leper or one of those dancing Pentecostals.

      1. I would think unfounded accusations of racism would be considered disinformation.

        1. I would think unfounded accusations of racism would be considered disinformation.

          That is true, but since there are no unfounded accusations of racism you’re racist for bringing this up. No anti-racist should ever have to confront racism.

          Anti-racist humanity is not a debate topic.

          1. Believe all victims!

      2. Wrong. If you are white you are already a racist.

        1. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/woke-american-military-danger-us-newt-gingrich

          Newt Gingrich: ‘Woke’ American military puts US in danger. Here’s how
          The identity politics that come from intersectionality are designed to separate people

          Here below is a proposed new Navy Oath… THIS will be how to NOT be a racist-sexist-species-ist etc.! (Out-take from above link).

          “I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every sailor in the Navy. I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities. I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments. I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navy-wide reforms.”

          1. Flag, refresh

          2. And… “It’s not gay when you’re underway.”

    2. Why would you write something so obviously, blatantly, hatefully RACIST, you Brian-the-racist, you?!?!?!?

      You breathe air, don’t you? Didn’t you know that Hitler breathed air?!?!

      YOU’RE JUST LIKE HITLER!!!!!

      1. Flag, refresh

        1. Wow, what brilliant computer skills!!!

          You gonna brag about your turd-pooping skills next, thread-shitting asshole?

          1. Flag, refresh

          2. Flag, flag, flag, refresh. When I get here late, easiest to do it all at once. 🙂

            1. Whoa! PhD Computer Scientist here has figured out how to move the mouse-cursor, and click on the flag icon! Congratulations, Stable Genius Junior! Maybe You could write Your NEXT Computer Science PhD thesis on HOW You do that? And thread-clutter-post it EVERY FUCKIN’ TIME that you see a post that you disagree with? And expect all the OTHER marching morons to THANK you profusely?

              Well now… Have You and any of the other marching morons ever heard of “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’?” Has it ever occurred to You, that the moderators will immediately ignore You and Yours? Now, when the time comes that Reason.com gets hacked, and some hacker posts a child-porn link to video of YOUR kid or relative’s kids… Or YOU abusing YOUR kid, or “doxes” You and Your SSN, real name, home address, and photo… OR, they post the IP address and WIP security key, access codes, etc., to the self-destruct mechanism in your battery-driven “IP of All Things” MAGA-magic underwear… And You (“The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’”) will FLAG the post that unveils all such things… You will be IGNORED, asshole!

              You ever think of THAT, asshole who cried wolf? I, for one, will NOT flag it when they “dox” you!!! Learn your lessons by SUFFERING, ye who will NOT learn otherwise!

              1. One more for the road. Flag. Refresh.

                1. You know what, smug-pig asshole? I won’t even flag it for you, when they dox your penis-cage!

                  That is, when they post the IP address and WIP security key, access codes, etc., to the self-destruct mechanism in your battery-driven “IP of All Things” penis cage, see https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210111/08041046030/internet-connected-chastity-cages-hit-bitcoin-ransom-hack.shtml

                  1. Zip. Zing. Flag. Refresh. A little less crazy in the world.

                    1. Now can we please try a LOT less smugness and worthless shit-clutter-posting in the world? PLEASE?

                    2. Flag. Refresh.

                    3. LMAO sqrl is done 😀

                    4. sqrl is done making y’all look like the assholes ye are! Grow up, pipsqueak narcissists!

                      If you ever come around to wanting to work on your sicknesses, Evil Ones Juniors, start here: M. Scott Peck, The People of the Lie,
                      https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684848597/reasonmagazinea-20/
                      People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these “people of the lie” work in the lives of those around them.

                    5. Quit quoting me you creepy weirdo, and stop stalking my family.

      2. I’m worse than Hitler.

        1. I don’t hate Wagner.

          1. Honus had a stellar career.

    3. As numerous scientists of all stripes have demonstrated, invertebrates routinely meet all the criteria of violent racists without even being able to conceptualize the concept of race.

      It’s an atheistic (mis)conception of original sin.

      1. Nazism with updated marketing

    4. You can easily counter any baseless accusation.

      Race Card Puller: “You’re a racist”!
      You: “No, you are a racist, you are also a homophobe and a sexist!”
      See how that works? Just like the playground. None of it matters so just keep playing their game until they tire out. Be prepared for them to physically attack you when they see that their baseless name calling doesn’t work.
      Besides, being a racist is not illegal. Nor is it immoral. Hell, it is getting immensely popular on both sides these days. The government can’t tell you who to like, they cannot tell you who to dislike. They sure as hell are trying though.

      1. You don’t understand – first to shoot wins.

  8. Reporters might finally get their hands on former President Donald Trump’s tax returns…

    Rachel Maddow hardest hit.

    1. But they won’t understand them.

      1. Who wants to understand them? The idea is to cherry-pick them for things that look bad.

    2. Is that a lesbian domestic violence joke?

      1. What do you call 100 armed lesbians? Militia Etheridge.

    3. Last I checked, knowingly receiving or transmitting illegally obtained tax records is a felony. Of course, the law doesn’t apply to situations where Trump is involved. The man is assumed guilty of all crimes accused and crimes against Trump don’t count.

      1. Last I checked, knowingly receiving or transmitting illegally obtained tax records is a felony.

        Check again. Its not. Its illegal for someone to steal them. Its illegal for someone who has a duty to protect them to release them without authorization.

        But once they’re out, they’re out. This is pretty standard US law on all that stuff, from PII to private letters, to classified materials.

        1. Not sure if that’s the case – aren’t tax records sort of like medical records. They’re private and protected legally so even those who have the information are barred from sharing, publishing, etc?

  9. Small businesses can’t afford $200K/yr diversity consultants, and so must go. Kill small businesses, move the entire economy to a handful of cooperative large corporations.

    i.e. fascism. Thanks, Democrats. Fuck off, Reason.

    Lawmaker Says ‘We Don’t Want’ Small Businesses That Can’t Pay $15 Minimum Wage
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/lawmaker-says-we-dont-want-small-businesses-that-cant-pay-15-minimum-wage_3705885.html

    1. https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2017/09/16/5-reasons-so-many-people-hate-hillary-clinton-n2382422

      Conservatives remember when Hillary callously said, “I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America,” when she was asked about her health care plan bankrupting small businesses.

      1. If “they didn’t build that”, is it government’s fault they are undercapitalized?

      2. Small businesses don’t write million-dollar checks to the Clinton Foundation for political favors.

  10. Soave writes as if “racism” and “sexism” are charges rooted in specific affronts and used logically. C’mon, Robbie, get woke: these are just condemning epithets like “doodoo head” that can be used to flag any opponents with crimes against humanity.

  11. Pesca specifically did not use the word himself during this discussion, though he argued that there are might be legitimate journalistic reasons to do so.

    Ha, holy heck. They’ve gone crazy.

    1. Never stick your (journalistic) dick in crazy.

  12. it’s quite another for journalists and educators to quote it in certain contexts, including discussions about the meaning of words.
    Nope. Words are violence.

    1. Apparently just the idea of words is violence. How long until the mob accuses somebody of “thinking” nigger?

      1. 30 months ago, at least.

      2. Thoughtcrime. The worst sort of crime.

      3. Nice dog whistle, racist.

        1. Now I’m confused. Is it a dog whistle if he he wears saggy pants, face tattoos, has gold teeth, and points a gun at the camera while he repeatedly says the word in a Rap song?
          That word is never used in suburban society, why is it still so popular in the WOKE cities?

    2. And silence is violence, so I am now fully accepting of my violent tendencies, and ready for the next idiot to confront me.

  13. WATCH: Sky News Pundit on Biden: ‘Never Before Has the Leader of the Free World Been So Cognitively Compromised
    https://trendingpolitics.com/watch-sky-news-pundit-on-biden-never-before-has-the-leader-of-the-free-world-been-so-cognitively-compromised/

    1. It’s funny people think Biden is leading anything.

  14. Sorry, Neera, no more mean tweets.

    1. I suspect the problem isn’t actually her mean tweets, it’s that Congress doesn’t want someone pointing out that we’re already 28 trillion in debt.

  15. The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.

    Make sure they’re his long-form tax returns, too.

  16. https://twitter.com/fox5ny/status/1363318783218241540
    Border Patrol tested the cereal and learned the 44-pound shipment of Corn Flakes had been coated with cocaine valued at $2,822,400.​

    1. They’re Great!

    2. The Border Patrol is “valuing” the cereal as if it is sold by the individual flake, not the wholesale value of just the frosting.

      1. They don’t understand the logistics of distribution.
        It’s not like you can put it in a discount warehouse and sell it directly to consumers!

    3. So when sombody says: ” Who pissed in his Corn Flakes?” now we know…

    4. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

    5. Wasn’t this the plot of national lampoon loaded weapon?

    6. How does one get to be a Border Patrol tester?

  17. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/02/22/watch-merrick-garland-capitol-riot-domestic-terrorism-not-portland-courthouse-riot/

    Judge Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that Antifa’s attacks on the U.S. courthouse in Portland last year may not have been “domestic terrorism,” because unlike the Capitol riot, they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.”

    1. Plus, Trump was not anywhere near Portland.

    2. Wasn’t the Reichstag fire at night? Guess history books need to be amended to indicate that was a mostly peaceful protest and definitely not terrorism.

      1. Der meistens freidliche Protest der langen Messer, Der Krystallmeistensfreidlichtag…

      2. The Mostly Peaceful Day of Long Knives, The Mostly Peaceful Day Of Broken Glass… for the German impaired (myself among them).

        1. Ich habe dich verstehen.

        2. The French Revolution and the Reign of Mostly Peaceful.

    3. This could also be considered “misinformation”.

    4. Garland apparently is unaware of the hundreds of officers injured during the riots. He points out that the Capitol was a disruption of official duties. I don’t know about him, but injuring police officers maintaining order seems to be a disruption of their official duties. Injuring officers responding to assaults and arson seems to be a disruption.

      Garland is exposed as a complete leftist hack. No wonder Obama nominated him.

    5. unlike the Capitol riot, they took place at night when the court was not “in operation.”

      Holy fuck! We dodged a H-bomb by passing on this commie apologist.

      Next he will tell us that Biden didn’t grab Tara Reade by the pussy because he fingered her anus during the assault.

      1. “We dodged a H-bomb by passing on this commie apologist.”

        Not really.
        They got away with lockdowns and stealing the election.
        It’s all over now.

  18. it is permissible for a white person to use the word nigger.

    Robby Soave

  19. On a scale of Biden to ten, what are the chances those tax returns don’t get leaked from the grand jury?

    1. C’mon- our judiciary, led by SCOTUS, has the steel willed integrity of Venezuela’s

    2. Wonder what Reason’s stance would be on someone committing a felony leaking their personal medical histories…

    3. “On a scale of Biden to ten” OK, that’s good.

  20. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has passed the 500,000 mark.

    Giving the pajama class and their followers yet another thing to some crazy how virtue signal about.

    1. When will Joe Biden stop the unnecessary deaths?
      He said he would manage the hell out of it!

    2. 500,000 dead? That’s, like, everybody, right?

    3. They had a candlelight celebration for it last night

    4. When am I going to get treated to my well-deserved “Democrats pounce” headlines?

    5. Replace the word ‘from’ to ‘with’ and you have an accurate statement.

    1. Also known as “doing it right”.

      1. Fauci approves.

      2. From the link:
        “… 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,”…”
        FFS, it’s TRUMP’S fault?! Lying piece of lefty shit.
        Strange his efforts didn’t kill 15,000 people like Cuomo did.

        1. “We couldn’t tell people we killed 15,000 people! they might have held it against us and voted for Trump!”

          Holy. Fuck.

          1. “they might have held it against us and voted for Trump!”

            American media nods solemnly.

    2. This could also be considered “disinformation.”

  21. No one cares about how much income Trump had now that he’s not president. MoveOn.org.

    1. It’s moot.

    2. It is relevant because there is reasonable suspicion that he broke tax laws.

      1. And the IRS never caught on?

        1. The IRS, the FBI, Congressional Impeachment I, Congressional Impeachment II, anonymous sources who previously released his tax info…

          At this point it’s pretty clear that they’re going to throw his returns against the wall and let the public tell them what should stick.

        2. That two year IRS audit he underwent before and into his presidency didn’t find shit, but MollyGodiva just knows that journalistic integrity will discover what the IRS missed.

          1. Sorry, ten year. Not two year.

            1. He knows Trump committed fraud just like WK knows fire extinguishers are the number one killer of police.

      2. “It is relevant because there is reasonable suspicion that he broke tax laws.”

        Yep, I’m sure the IRS never glanced at his returns.
        Do you post here to prove how stupid lefty shits can be?

        1. Again, if the FBI didn’t look into his returns for evidence of collusion, they wouldn’t be doing their phony-balony jobs. If they found a crime, it should’ve been referred to Mueller and/or a FISA court or other judge. If Congress didn’t look into his returns for evidence of quid pro quo, they wouldn’t be doing their phony-balony jobs. If they found a crime, it should’ve been referred to the DOJ and/or a judge. If any one of a dozen attorneys and judges didn’t look into his returns for evidence of the above in addition to campaign finance issues, immoluments, etc., they wouldn’t be doing their phoney-balony jobs.

          It’s just another theaterpiece like Russian collusion where, if he did anything wrong, we’re going to have to ignore the mountain of incompetence, lies, overtly illegal actions, and knowing/legally-actionable support of those actions that went into discovering the entirely plausible situation that his tax preparers didn’t itemize correctly.

      3. Show me evidence or it’s misinformation.

      4. “It is relevant because there is reasonable suspicion that he broke tax laws.”

        And do you know what the basis of that reasonable suspicion is?

        Trump just had a 10-year-long, full IRS audit.
        https://www.marketwatch.com/story/president-trump-has-faced-a-decade-long-audit-of-his-taxes-heres-how-long-irs-audits-usually-take-2020-10-01

        Why do you imagine that the IRS auditors missed criminality and why do you imagine some journalist will discover what the auditors missed?

        1. Because MG, as a lying pile of lefty shit, had brain-removal surgery in order to become one.

        2. “Your guilt has been determined. This is merely a sentencing hearing.”

        3. But but Rachel Maddow is real smart! She even wears glasses!

      5. You’d think with all of the audits they’d have found something.

        Trump should just stay in FL and have DeSantis tell NY to go fuck themselves with their subpoenas.

      6. If you file taxes you have broken a tax law. The point of the tax law isn’t to have a law it’s to make sure everyone is guilty of something

      7. No there’s not you fucking idiot.

      8. Reasonable suspicion? Do you mean once he ran for office? If there was reasonable suspicion, he should have been audited by trained officers at the IRS. What would making the records public do?

        1. Which he was for a decade.

      9. The investigators that are actually auditing the guy *right now* have his tax records.

        You know, because they’re from the IRS. Which keeps tax records. So *you* seeing the returns has nothing to do with an investigation into a claim of tax fraud.

  22. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1364006927240335362

    This Wikipedia bit about the communist takeover of Spain before Franco is….yeah. Just, yeah.

  23. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1362079596921946113

    Remember that time the New York Times covered up the Holodomor because they thought communism was super cool? And got a Pulitzer Prize for it which still hasn’t been revoked?

  24. https://twitter.com/anthonyLfisher/status/1364202581208293381

    Tim Wu, the Columbia law prof who coined “net neutrality,” is reportedly poised to join the Biden administration’s National Economic Council.

    Wu has over the years been…consistent in his First Amendment skepticism.

    1. His staunch support of net neutrality has allowed him to wu Democratic politicians.

    2. Hey, the First Amendment was written in the 18th century, and only applies to quill pens, right?

      1. Actually it only applies to the literal “press”; single sheet, hand set type, hand inked, and hand pressed newspapers or handbills.
        (if I can still say ‘bill’)

    3. He was a visiting prof 20 years ago when I was in law school. His focus was international trade treaties back then. He morphed into a nutjob in the intervening years and it is kind of sad to see.

      Anyone who advocated net neutrality should first have to admit they were grievously wrong before getting a policy position.

  25. “Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general”
    […]
    “WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence with an initial focus on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch…”
    https://apnews.com/article/b5f03bc4ab13c8e42bb9994e7b2765d6

    We can hope he focuses on that cop who murdered the un-armed woman, right?

    1. That guy who sat at Pelosi’s desk and touched her shit is gonna pay dearly.

      1. She still gets the vapors thinking about it!

        1. She even complained to her hair dresser about it.

      2. That’s clearly been the primary source of her rage–that some unwashed prole had the gall to put his feet up on her desk.

        1. The sacred citadel of democracy!

          Damn, I can’t say that without giggling.

    2. Murdered? Does she share any responsibility for her actions? Murder is a very strong word for self defense when facing a mob that is attacking your duty location.
      She will be held responsible for her actions because white people don’t riot over criminals. White people don’t value criminals. Their parents bury their dead criminal child quietly because they are embarrassed that their child turned out to be a criminal. They failed. There is no payday, no murals of your criminal child with the wings of angels. Obama never speaks at a white criminal’s funeral.
      Every time you say “murdered” you only look foolish. Just like those BLM animals. Be better than the BLM animals. Rise above their nonsense.

      1. Wow – racist idiot – please shut up & just GTFO.

        As no one in a free country values capital punishment for minor crimes when no such use of force was necessary.

  26. “‘We have a giant deficit,’ wrote Tanden in a 2011 email. ‘They have a lot of oil. Most Americans would choose not to engage in the world because of that deficit. If we want to continue to engage in the world, gestures like having oil rich countries partially pay us back doesn’t seem crazy to me.'”

    Great attitude! No wonder patriotic neocons like Bill Kristol are backing her nomination.

    #LibertariansForTanden

    1. Nothing finer for Kaptain Kristol than a ride on a cruise ship and a Middle East war.

      1. From a Koch / Reason libertarian perspective, it’s much easier to justify the Iraq War than Drumpf’s war on immigration.

        1. Yeah. Enforcing existing immigration laws versus military adventurism. Yup.

  27. Rico does the lynx two days in a row?

    What’s next, posts on hair products?

  28. Neera Tanden is a disgusting advocate for progressive authoritarianism, and she should be opposed on that basis. What they’re trying to do now is cancel her because of her tweets, and that’s pathetic.

    Trump should have been reelected despite his obnoxious tweets because he was much better than Biden on some polices and absolutely fantastic on others.

    Neera Tanden should be rejected despite her obnoxious tweets because she’s a partisan hack from the Center for American Progress and slimy Clinton campaigns of yesteryear–and the policies she advocates are awful.

    Fuck cancel culture.

    1. “What they’re trying to do now is cancel her because of her tweets, and that’s pathetic.”

      This!
      There’s one thousand reasons she shouldn’t get the job, but mean tweets aren’t one of them.

    2. The Republicans are merely using the strategy that has been shown to work. Talking about policy doesn’t work, talking about mean Tweets does.

      Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    3. Which is basically what Soave said here.

  29. I am reminded of the Knights who say Ni. Those fearless knights who cannot stand a certain word being spoken aloud. What is it? I can’t tell you want it is. But it really upsets them. It is worse than the N word. Just stop it. Stop it.

    Aargh! He said it again!

    1. Look, I had a lovely supper, and I all I said to my wife was that that piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.

      1. Jehovah! Jehovah!

  30. #BidenBoom update.

    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: $3.26 billion

    All those Reason staffers who voted for Biden knew exactly what they’d be getting.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. You forgot the immigration bits.

      1. Obviously Biden’s liberation of Orange Hitler’s concentration camps is partially responsible for this wonderful trend of billionaire prosperity.

        #OpenBorders
        #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

  31. Reporters might finally get their hands on former President Donald Trump’s tax returns

    I was wondering how they were going to keep getting their TDS fix. That problem, apparently, has been solved.

    1. The biggest scandal will be when they discover that Trump doesn’t prepare his own tax returns and actually pays someone to fill them out for him, the idiot.

    2. It is like treating a junkie with Methadone.

  32. “Slate has indefinitely suspended Mike Pesca, host of “The Gist” podcast, after he argued in Slack conversations with colleagues that there might be some occasions when it is permissible for a white person to use the word nigger. Pesca specifically did not use the word himself during this discussion, though he argued that there might be legitimate journalistic reasons to do so.”

    We can’t publicly condemn this behavior because Slate is a priVaTe cOmpany and can do whatever it likes.
    Build your own internet publisher if you want to criticize, assholes.

  33. Hello my name is Rev kuck
    It has been 11 days since I last clicked a sullum article

    1. His article yesterday was a disaster.

      1. The TDS has really rotted his brain. Sad.

  34. It will never end

    https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/1364217425995182080
    Health authorities in England have announced that not a single case of influenza has been detected this year, with one professor suggesting that mask wearing should be kept in place during winter to drive down flu deaths to “zero.”

    1. I suggest we collect every mask we can find and jam them all in one big pile up that Prof’s ass.

    2. But they didn’t do shit for the ‘Rona.

    3. Zero cases of the flu this year magically? No misinformation there.

      1. It’s exceptionally weird since not all cases of the flu are contracted via airborne transmission.

    4. That is because everything from the common cold to cancer is now listed as the Communist Chinese Virus.

      1. When I worked at a state CDC during H1N1, it was learned that while H1N1 was much more prevalent it was milder than the other prevalent strains of flu. The prof CDC director ordered that all flu-related deaths be attributed to H1N1.

        1. Funny how their methodology hasn’t changed–“it’s too much work to differentiate these things, just attribute everything to this one cause and call it good.”

      2. Chinkflu.

    5. How often do they test people for influenza specifically, I wonder.

      It also does happen sometimes that a formerly prevalent virus disappears when other things come around.

      1. All interesting questions if we were talking about a dramatic decrease. But “zero”?

    6. Of course Brits love masks, have you seen the fucked up chompers on those assholes?

  35. “Children have been crossing the border illegally in increasing numbers for the past few months after a lull, when the start of the pandemic and lockdowns across Latin America last spring briefly brought border crossings to historic lows. In January, 5,707 children arrived at the border alone, up from 4,855 the month before.

    . . . .

    This time, government capacity is limited: The child-shelter network run by the Department of Health and Human Services to house migrant children has reduced its capacity by 40%, and as of Friday, shelters were 93% full.

    —-WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/rise-in-migrant-children-tests-biden-border-strategy-11614000711?

    By contrast, 712 children were taken into custody in April of 2020.

    The child migrant crisis during the Obama administration in 2014 and the child migrant crisis during the Trump administration in 2018 were both subsequent to Obama’s unconstitutional DACA order in 2012. While correlation doesn’t equal causation, only a progressive could be willfully stupid enough to believe that announcing we won’t deport children doesn’t encourage people to send their children to the United States.

    Once Biden won, the caravans saddled back up, and when Biden started undoing all the measures Trump put in place to discourage the caravans, it makes sense that they’d fire up again. Sooner or later, however, even the willfully stupid need to deal with the negative consequences of their actions in the real world, and when the shelters are overflowing with children again, that’s what they’ll be doing again–whether progressives like it or not.

    1. No problems. We have lots of shipping containers.

      1. And fruit to pick.

    2. I wonder if AOC will stare at an empty parking lot and cry again?

      1. Well, it will remind her of being sexually abused, or so she claims.

        1. Did she intern with Biden or Bill Clinton?

  36. Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went to Utah with his wife for “previously scheduled meetings.”

    Factcheck: No one escapes to Utah.

      1. Brigham Young, is that you?

  37. Even if it is sexist and racist, I’m glad she’s getting bonged. She’s an awful person.

  38. The theme is “uncanceled,” though the conference has already canceled one speaker over his offensive statements.

    Maybe they’ll be able to perform a cancelectomy.

  39. So when Trump nominated unqualified hacks to many cabinet positions, the Rs said that the president has a right to have who he wants in those spots. Now that it is Biden nominating they will oppose just cause.

    1. Their political politics knows no bounds.

    2. IMPEACH!
      RESIST!

    3. “So when Trump nominated unqualified hacks to many cabinet positions, the Rs said that the president has a right to have who he wants in those spots.”

      Lying lefty shits such as MG here don’t like someone, ergo they are ‘unqualified hacks’.
      Fuck off and die, steaming pile of lefty shit.

      1. When Rick Perry was nominated to be SoE, he did not even know what the Department of Energy did.

        1. cite?

        2. Little Mayor Pete likes the choo-trains.

        3. You are implying a governor of Texas didn’t understand the energy industry? Your trolling is pathetic and weak.

          1. He didn’t understand the DoEnergy’s oversight of nuclear armaments.

        4. No, he didn’t know one part of what they did.

        5. Have you ever worked with DOE? The Affirmative Action hires aren’t exactly energy wizards either. Most of them have “Community Organizer” degrees and DOE employs them as “Climate Scientists”. What else are you going to do with them? The communities that they planned to organize are burned down and boarded up.

    4. You sad your nomination won’t be confirmed?

    5. Now it’s your turn to enjoy everything you did over the last four years. This is the world you built, enjoy it, asshole.

  40. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1364202131620847617
    PolitiFact finally acknowledges the truth: nobody has any idea how Brian Sicknick died. His mother said he was never hit and believes he died of a stroke. His brother thinks it may have been pepper spray. Nobody knows:

    Have any of the cable hosts who repeatedly dramatized a false story about how Sicknick died — causing that story to ricochet across social media to millions of people — retracted what they said, including
    @maddow
    &
    @andersoncooper
    ?

    1. Fake news.
      It is known that he was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher. The Science proves it. It clearly was a huge mob of assault rifle carrying heterosexual white males looking only at Parler to receive their direct orders from insurrectionist leader Trump.

    2. Watch White Knight dig him up and smack the corpse with a fire extinguisher, just to make it true.

      1. I don’t think he’ll be able to do that; wasn’t Sicknick cremated?

        Maybe that can be the next “the Russians did it!” conspiracy theory.

      2. I think I’ll just wait for the final report from the investigation.

        1. Why does that matter you autist? You’ll either misinterpret the investigation or flat-out lie. Because you are you. An autist.

        2. Thankfully you have restrained from conjecturing how it may have occurred. Kudos for ignoring the obviously fake narrative peddled by fake news organizations pushing a clearly false story.

        3. lol – after months of saying directly that he was killed by mob violence, you now decide, when the facts are against you, that it’s time to wait for full factual details.

          STFU

    3. How long does it take to do a fucking autopsy report on someone who died a month and a half ago? And if it’s done, why hasn’t it been released after all this time?

      1. Does it matter? The Dems and their Feral BLM shits certainly don’t listen to autopsy reports.

      2. According to recent stories, it isn’t the autopsy that is holding things up. It is reviewing videos (they have a lot), and possibly other aspects of the investigation.

        1. An autopsy is an autopsy, irrespective of videos.

          1. Not so, according to news articles. They are looking for any videos that give more information about cause of death.

            1. You don’t seem to understand what an autopsy actually is. Video recordings even of a murder in progress have absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of a coroner’s examination.

              With you every day is HO2 all over again, and again, and again.

        2. “According to recent stories, it isn’t the autopsy that is holding things up. It is reviewing videos”

          You Really Think Someone Would Do That? Just Go On the Internet and Tell Lies?

    4. Sure, in a retraction buried 17 pages deep were they can pretend it doesn’t exist.

      1. Politifact doesn’t have “pages”.

        1. Look at White Knight point out the internet isn’t made out of paper.

          This stunned cunt loves to try and take your idiom or analogy and make it super-literal for cheap rhetorical points.

    5. Did Cooper cry on camera again?

    6. “nobody has any idea how Brian Sicknick died”

      We most certainly have an idea how he died. He managed to live to the age of 42, and then one day he had to spend the day fighting a bunch of violent MAGA insurrectionists. He died that evening of a stroke.

      That gives us “an idea” how he died.

      1. Weird. Why do you choose to die on this hill? People die all the time in ways completely unrelated to things that happened to them just moments before.

      2. We most certainly have an idea how he died. He managed to live to the age of 42, and then one day he had to spend the day fighting a bunch of violent MAGA insurrectionists. He died that evening of a stroke.

        Still going with this post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy, are you?

      3. I bet it was covid death!

      4. “That gives us “an idea” how he died”

        No. It really doesn’t.

        1. Only if your whole political identity hinges so much on being pro-Trump that you need to deny the obvious.

          1. You’re an idiot – who just moments ago suggested we wait until all facts were in, only to pull this shit out again.

            Fact – you don’t know what caused the officer’s death.

            Fact – you keep acting as if you do know what the cause of death was.

            As a correlation – that makes you the politically disingenuous one.

          2. But in fact your whole political identity hinges so much on being a DNC mouthpiece that you need to deny the obvious.
            Your whole narrative is dead and rotting, but here you are propping it up and trying to move it’s jaw as if it’s a ventriloquist dummy. How utterly pathetic.

  41. Nancy Rommelmann in The Dispatch: “Words as Weapons: How Activist Journalists are Changing the New York Times.”

    It’s exactly as you would expect but you should read it anyway.

    1. McNeil was ushered out of a job for using language deemed offensive “regardless of intent.” Hannah-Jones’ tweeting Sibarium’s phone number would be explained away as “unintentional.”

      The paper and the conduct if its journalists are completely indefensible and they seem fine with it.

    2. Ms. Rommelmann is the best writer who appears on Reason.com.

      1. Hands down. I like her more than even Volokh or Stossel, even though that is an apples and oranges comparison.

  42. That’s a man, baby!!!

    https://www.espn.com/espnw/athletes-life/story/_/id/10170842/espnw-gabrielle-ludwig-52-year-old-transgender-women-college-basketball-player-enjoying-best-year-life

    It wasn’t exactly an epiphany for Gabrielle Ludwig to discover that life is good. The 52-year-old transgender basketball player who is playing her second year for Mission College, a community college in Santa Clara, Calif., had experienced far too much of the other side to not recognize the difference.

    No, the shift came more subtly and it was mostly in others. Not that the idiots have gone away, because they are always lurking no more than an Internet click or a random jeer away. But somehow things are different than they were one year ago, when her story captured headlines and drew reaction that was often anything but accepting. That change, she says, has indeed made her a different person.

    She recalls Mission’s game last season at Ohlone College and the outright hostility in the gym as one of many examples.

    “I had brought my sixth-grade girls [AAU basketball team] to watch their coach play,” Ludwig said. “They had no clue I was once a man. I was just Coach Gabbi to them. But they sat behind one belligerent guy, who brought that to their attention. It was hard for them to hear that, and I had to explain to them when all I wanted to do was make it such an amazing time for them to watch a women’s basketball game.”

    1. “I had brought my sixth-grade girls [AAU basketball team] to watch their coach play,” Ludwig said. “They had no clue I was once a man. I was just Coach Gabbi to them. But they sat behind one belligerent guy, who brought that to their attention. It was hard for them to hear that, and I had to explain to them when all I wanted to do was make it such an amazing time for them to watch a women’s basketball game.”

      Not her fault for hiding it from them. Not their fault for finding the truth hard to accept (despite Ludwig’s 6’6″ 220 lbs. stature). The belligerent guy acknowledging truth and objectivity is the bad guy.

      Imagine she had read these girls “The Emperor’s New Clothes” while depicting the little kid who declared “The Emperor is naked!” as a belligerent bad guy.

      1. You notice a lot of this passive-voiced treacle in male leftists in particular–“I just wanted ________, and these mean things made me sad. I have a heart full of love for everyone!” There’s a pedophile tranny LOLcow in Canada named Jonathan Yaniv that does this shit all the time whenever he gets in trouble for creeping on little kids.

        1. The other LOL part of that article was the not-at-all credible protestations that he has “physical advantages” due to his age and supposed muscle mass loss (which is clearly not the case when you look at his team picture), when earlier in the article his coach admitted that his 6’6″, testosterone-fueled frame was the selling point on the coach letting her join the team after the roster had already been put together.

          1. sorry, no “physical advantages.”

      2. “make it such an amazing time for them to watch a women’s basketball game.””

        Well way to set yourself up for failure. This is an impossible task whether you’re getting heckled or not.

  43. “I feel outraged,” a Slate staffer told me when asked about Pesca’s participation in the conversation. “I cannot believe I had to watch him enthusiastically provoke people on whether or not it is appropriate to use a racist slur.” Other Slate staffers that spoke to Defector expressed frustration and anger at Pesca’s insistence on having that particular conversation. “I don’t want to be in a workplace where people feel emboldened to have this argument. People’s humanity is not an intellectual debate,” one said.

    Holy shit. They are emotional toddlers. There is no way that a fully developed adult mind could think this way.

    1. “There is no way that a fully developed adult mind could think this way.”

      There’s the problem right there; start with T-ball, end up being 12 going on 40.

    2. Remember how we all laughed, saying that they’d grow out of it after college…

      1. A lot of people did. I had no illusions about it.

        Having seen this shit in its infant stages first-hand in grad school 20 years ago, I knew it was going to metastasize eventually. A lot of fellow grad students were even more radicalized than the Boomer professors teaching us, especially in the growing self-loathing of white liberals.

        One of my fellow students blurted out in class one day that Irish immigrants faced nowhere near the discrimination that black freedmen did. I pointed out, rather rudely, that they were labeled as “white niggers” by the native populace and were, in fact, heavily discriminated against. This was around the time that “whiteness studies” (which was based off of Peggy McIntosh’s “white privilege” essay) was gaining more prominence in academia because it provided a route for establishing a foothold in the highly competitive world of getting tenure-track jobs.

        What resulted was a feedback loop of college professors and their students grew increasingly radical as they chased the latest progressive academic fashion, to the point that grievance studies became the de facto philosophy in academia. That’s resulted in these woke-tards now dominating middle management positions and corporate boards chasing their dollars by pandering to social justice shibboleths.

        When leftism isn’t continuously strangled, it ends up taking over a body like the philosophical cancer that it is.

        1. ‘Everything is so terrible and unfair’ was the name of my grievance studies class. It taught me so much.

      2. You’d think a dozen years in college would have been enough time.

    3. Journalists have no mind.

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    It’s Neither Sexist Nor Racist To Oppose Neera Tanden for OMB
    Plus: Another journalist fired after disagreeing with woke orthodoxy, U.S. COVID death toll passes 500,000 mark, and more…
    ROBBY SOAVE | 2.23.2021 9:46 AM

    maphotoseight818155
    (Andrew Harnik – Pool via CNP / MEGA / Newscom)
    President Joe Biden has nominated Neera Tanden, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and president of the Center for American Progress, to serve as head of the U.S. Office on Management and Budget. But that nomination is on the rocks after Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) said he would vote against Tanden due to her history of tweeting aggressively at lawmakers.

    “I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator [Bernie] Sanders to Senator [Mitch] McConnell and others,” said Manchin. “I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”

    Many commentators pointed out that Manchin had no trouble voting to confirm Richard Grenell, who had also engaged in troll-ish behavior on Twitter, to be former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany. Some have suggested that Tanden is being subjected to a racist and sexist double standard—that she is being held to account because she is a woman of color. According to Politico:

    Janet Murguía, the president and chief executive of the Latino advocacy organization UnidosUS, said she had a call with her team Monday morning where the issue of Biden’s Cabinet picks hitting roadblocks sparked a protracted conversation and growing alarm.

    “It’s been incredibly disturbing to see a pattern or a trend emerging where people of color and women seem to be at the bottom of the list in terms of hearings and getting their confirmations finalized,” Murguía said in an interview. “It’s highly offensive to see this foot-dragging going on when we have such an incredible need to put these different leaders in place in these different agencies.”

    The problem with this line of argument is that there are many legitimate reasons to oppose Tanden for OMB. Incidentally, this is why Republicans need to be more careful about labeling all criticism of political figures as “cancel culture.” Holding politicians accountable for political statements and actions they have taken in the past is perfectly valid and fair.

    Tanden, for her part, has a long history of questionable views. For one thing, she is utterly unconcerned about the deficit in times of crisis. In fact, she previously said if wild government spending were unpopular with voters, then the feds should get “oil rich countries” in the Middle East to pay off our debts in exchange for military help.

    “We have a giant deficit,” wrote Tanden in a 2011 email. “They have a lot of oil. Most Americans would choose not to engage in the world because of that deficit. If we want to continue to engage in the world, gestures like having oil rich countries partially pay us back doesn’t seem crazy to me.”

    So she wants us to be engaged to be Saudi Arabia’s jail-bitch? To Hell with her!

    It’s Neither Sexist Nor Racist To Oppose Neera Tanden for OMB

    Oh, thanks, Robby! Not that perfect hair means that your imprimateur matters!

    1. Hey! Wha’ happened?

      1. I haven’t had that happen for quite a while, but the ‘copy’ function sometimes gets a mind of its own.

        1. *Whew!* Thanks for clarifying. I thought Skynet didn’t like me or something.:)

          1. It doesn’t, but you’ll find that out later.

            1. Well played…

          2. The unreliable green energy sources that result in massive outages may be our only hope against Skynet.

      2. Here’s all I wanted to say, sans gobbledegook:

        Tanden, for her part, has a long history of questionable views. For one thing, she is utterly unconcerned about the deficit in times of crisis. In fact, she previously said if wild government spending were unpopular with voters, then the feds should get “oil rich countries” in the Middle East to pay off our debts in exchange for military help.

        “We have a giant deficit,” wrote Tanden in a 2011 email. “They have a lot of oil. Most Americans would choose not to engage in the world because of that deficit. If we want to continue to engage in the world, gestures like having oil rich countries partially pay us back doesn’t seem crazy to me.”

        So she wants us to be engaged to be Saudi Arabia’s jail-bitch? To Hell with her!

        It’s Neither Sexist Nor Racist To Oppose Neera Tanden for OMB

        Oh, thanks, Robby! Not that perfect hair means that your imprimateur matters!

    2. So she wants us to be engaged to be Saudi Arabia’s jail-bitch? To Hell with her!

      No, it’s just some galaxy-brained hottake that probably came up during some Center for American Progress-sponsored cocktail party. These people don’t actually think through the policies they propose–they’re just parroting their alcohol-induced salon conversations.

      Tanden is nothing more than a Clintonite neoliberal with no actual independent thought of her own. That’s why Biden’s handlers wanted her running OMB, and for the same reason they put Harris in the VP slot.

  45. So white people are not even to utter the word “nigger” now? These people need to read up on the distinction between use and mention.

    1. He didn’t utter the word or even type it. They aren’t even allowed to conceptualize a situation where it may be appropriate.

    2. Do they want Voldemort? Because this is how you get Voldemort.

      1. Yeah, they are really just giving the word “nigger” more power and training people to be upset by it’s mere utterance. Seems completely counterproductive and backwards. Which isn’t much of a surprise as the whole new religion of Wokism is counterproductive and backwards.

  46. So what’s the line, folks?
    Have you thought about it yet?
    Because the time when it’s too late is rapidly approaching.

    1. It was too late by 2012.

      The question now is, will you die out like an ember or in a flash of light?

    2. The line is when doing something won’t be a complete waste of life and resources. Life is still too comfortable. Most people won’t risk that. So it’s either too soon, or way too late.

  47. “Words as Weapons: How Activist Journalists are Changing the New York Times.”

    How old is that article?

  48. How many tweets has Tanden deleted thus far?

    1. Scorsese is doing a documentary on this, “Mean Tweets”

  49. This just in – Republicans signal that they are willing to vote against Tanden for saying stupid stuff and they finally agree to stop supporting Trump for saying same stupid stuff times 10. They decided they wanted to be cognitively consistent and appear to be somewhat rational.

    1. “Trump saying stupid stuff”
      Those tweets were mean but they weren’t wrong.

    2. This just in: TDA-addled lefty shits are STILL obsessed with Trump.
      Fuck off and die, steaming pile of lefty shit.

      1. They only seem to want to Moveon.com from bad things that lefty icons do. They will play the Trump card right up until they get loaded into the train cars for the gulag with the rest of us.

    3. I think it was more active and public hostility towards members of congress that they took exception to. And Trump was president, so it didn’t matter what congress thought of him (until they tried to impeach him, anyway).

  50. this is why Republicans need to be more careful about labeling all criticism of political figures as “cancel culture.”

    LOL. it’s the republicans fault! God damn clown show here the last year.

    1. You get canceled as a Republican for not sucking enough Trump nutsack. The complaints that it’s only a left phenomenon are ridiculous racist and sexist signaling and everyone knows it. Nobody cancels like a goddamn Puritan.

      1. You do realize this isn’t a sex forum, right? Nobody is interested in your homo-erotic fantasies.

      2. Somebody just joked about Tony and dogwhistles early today, and here we are.

      3. Tony, please stop eating all the crayons. Sleepy Joe wants to color some books too. Thanks.

  51. I suppose everyone prancing around with performative outrage over someone’s inconsequential mean tweets is some kind of civilized behavior, for a change. Anyone who’s thinking they got a win from Ms. Tanden’s under-the-bussenning is as big a supergenius as Joe Manchin. Real big brains people. How did you ever accomplish this great victory for liberty? The Biden administration must be positively beside itself that it has to sacrifice this lamb on the alter of bipartisanship. Shucks.

    1. Lol, what the hell? Hank Philips is manning the Tony sock today from the sound of it.

      1. Meh. No early 1900s obscure political references kinda rules out hank.

  52. Seems these days it’d be better to rape and murder innocent women and children (provided they’re white skinned) than to use that particular word.

  53. Would you?

  54. Come on Reason. Anyone that disagrees with me has to be sexist of racist!

  55. Women of Color? She is white…she is of Indo-European background. If she is a women of color than any women from Europe is of “color”? What BS! As for the Latino women pushing the this crap..sorry your not even Latin if you want to go there. The only American’s who can claim they are Latino are Italian Americans..Latin were peoples from central and southern Italy. You can call yourself anything you want but when you appropriate..ha ha

    As for this women..she has zero qualifications for this position. Has she ever conducted a financial analysis, discounted cash flow, forecast and so on? A Clinton Hack..get her out.

    1. “Women of Color? She is white…she is of Indo-European background”

      Don’t let the Brahmin-privileged get away with pretending to be part of a persecuted minority.
      Remind them that when Lord Indra arrived on the Ganges in his chariot to slaughter six million Dasyu aboriginals, the first word he said was ‘Namaste’.

  56. You all realize Pesca is a man of color if you accept the definition. He is of Latin (Italian” blood).

  57. “… the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was overbroad and issued in bad faith.”

    Given TDS is at least as widespread as Covid-19 that’s probably true.

    1. Given he’s likely padding his political resume, it’s almost certainly true.

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