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On Elite Campuses Like Smith College, Woke Students Have All the Power

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During the summer of 2018, a Facebook post by a black Smith College student named Oumou Kanoute went viral. Kanoute recounted being harassed by a college janitor and police officer who had accused her of trespassing while eating inside a dormitory lounge. The incident left her shaken and frightened—in Kanoute's telling, she was persecuted for the crime of "eating while black."

The Washington Post and The New York Times both covered her story, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came to her assistance. As a result of the attention brought to the situation, many of the employees involved—particularly the janitor and a cafeteria worker who had spoken with Kanoute—were publicly branded racists and subjected to extreme opprobrium. Kanoute eventually received a formal apology from Smith College's president, Kathleen McCartney.

"This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives," said McCartney in a public statement.

Yesterday, the Times revisited the story, adding some key details. It turns out that Kanoute was trespassing: The dormitory in which she ate lunch was closed to students for the summer. Only children attending a summer camp were allowed to use the building's cafeteria. The janitor who approached Kanoute—a nearsighted man in his 60s—had every reason to call security, and the officer who showed up apologized for bothering the student. Contrary to Kanoute's claim that she thought her life might be in danger, the officer was quite unarmed.

According to the Times, Smith commissioned a report on the incident, and that report

cleared Ms. Blair altogether and found no sufficient evidence of discrimination by anyone else involved, including the janitor who called campus police.

Still, Ms. McCartney said the report validated Ms. Kanoute's lived experience, notably the fear she felt at the sight of the police officer. "I suspect many of you will conclude, as did I," she wrote, "it is impossible to rule out the potential role of implicit racial bias."

The report said Ms. Kanoute could not point to anything that supported the claim she made on Facebook of a yearlong "pattern of discrimination."

Ms. McCartney offered no public apology to the employees after the report was released. "We were gobsmacked — four people's lives wrecked, two were employees of more than 35 years and no apology," said Tracey Putnam Culver, a Smith graduate who recently retired from the college's facilities management department. "How do you rationalize that?"

Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for the A.C.L.U. of Massachusetts and Ms. Kanoute's lawyer, cautioned against drawing too much from the investigative report, as subconscious bias is difficult to prove. Nor was he particularly sympathetic to the accused workers.

"It's troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society," he said. "Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism."

The revelation that the entire narrative surrounding the incident was a lie has not changed matters one bit at Smith. Employees must now undergo rigorous anti-bias training. Faculty are exempt from these sessions, but they are encouraged to attend "white accountability" Zoom groups, in which they are supposed to interrogate their prejudices.

The Times story is worth reading in full, because it's a welcome instance of the mainstream media giving much-needed attention to the phenomenon of ostensibly progressive (though considerably privileged) college students weaponizing false claims of racism or sexism to punish ordinary, innocent people who irked them. It's a tactic that is spreading from elite college campuses to elite media institutions—like the Times itself—which disproportionately hire graduates of places like Smith. And it's spreading still. As Andrew Sullivan once observed, "We all live on campus now."


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Amazon is no longer carrying When Harry Became Sally, a socially conservative take on transgenderism by Ryan Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Amazon has not offered an explanation, but appears to have recently crafted a policy against "content that we determine is hate speech," according to The Washington Free Beacon.

As a private bookseller, Amazon is not required to stock its virtual shelves with any particular tome. But refusing to sell Anderson's book will prompt understandable charges of rank hypocrisy. Prime users can currently order Mein Kampf and have it delivered in 48 hours.


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The White House is still backing former Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, but Senate Democrats are postponing committee votes on her nomination. According to Reuters:

Biden, a Democrat, still supports Tanden, an Indian American who would be the first woman of color to lead the agency.

"Neera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during this time of unprecedented crisis," his press secretary, Jen Psaki, wrote on Twitter.

Asked later at the White House whether Tanden had offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki said: "That's not the stage we're in."


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• Hillary Clinton is writing a thriller.

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  1. Amazon is no longer carrying When Harry Became Sally…

    Due to its shocking lack of any fake orgasms?

    1. I guess I won’t have what s/he’s having.

      1. Target is getting into book banning, too. Time to order books directly from the publishers.

        Target is banning books again! Please contact them and tell them what you think about book banning.
        @Target

        @AskTarget

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        ‘Irreversible Damage’ Abigail Shrier

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      1. Me either. Neither should be banned.

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  2. And if the power goes out during the winter, no cooking, no boiling water, no NG generators. We can all just die.

    The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front
    Municipalities want new buildings to go all electric, spurning gas-fired stoves and heating systems. The gas industry disagrees.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/02/23/climate-change-natural-gas/

    Cities and towns across the country are rewriting local building codes so that new homes and offices would be blocked from using natural gas, a fossil fuel that when burned emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. New laws would force builders to install heat pumps instead of gas furnaces and electric kitchen stoves instead of gas burners.

    1. The rich can do whatever they want. Fuck the peons. Free minds and free markets.

      Bill [“Shit Water”] Gates Defends Using Private Jets While Warning about Dangers of Climate Change
      https://www.newsweek.com/bill-gates-defends-using-private-jets-big-homes-climate-change-carbon-emissions-1571005

      Gates elaborated: “I am offsetting my carbon emissions by buying clean aviation fuel and funding carbon capture and funding low cost housing projects to use electricity instead of natural gas and so I have been able to eliminate it and it was amazing to me how expensive that was, that cost to be green… we’ve got to drive that down.”

      He continued: “I felt like, if we have this idealistic generation and this wonderful goal, we need a plan, and that my experience could help contribute to that plan.”

      In January this year, The Guardian reported Cascade Investment, a fund that oversees Gates’ wealth, was in a “£3bn bidding war” ($4.2bn) after teaming up with private equity firm Blackstone to buy private jet services company British firm Signature Aviation.

      1. buying clean aviation fuel

        Is that like “clean coal”? Who the fuck does this asshole think he’s kidding?

        “I felt like, if we have this idealistic generation and this wonderful goal, we need a plan, and that my experience could help contribute to that plan.”

        “Really spectacular. Spared no expense.”

        1. He absolutely must fly in his own private jet to exotic holiday destinations all over the world so that idealistic generations can benefit from his experience in planning and management. It’s not like we have the technology to communicate instantly and effectively over long distances.

          1. Well, certainly not with Microsoft products.

        2. You know, I’m starting to think that Bill Gates is just as sociopathic as Steve Jobs was.

          1. He’s actually worse because Jobs only directed his God complex towards Apple (although there’s an argument to be made that internet culture went to shit shortly after smartphones became widely available), whereas Gates is trying to apply it to the entire planet.

          2. Gary Kildall’s opinion would be interesting, on that subject. You’ll need a Ouija board.

            I’d have more respect for Gates if he started using quotes from the Brezhnev-era Politburo about they needed their perks to better guide the Proletariat.

        3. I laugh out my ass every time I hear ‘carbon sequestration’. Fossil fuels ARE sequestered carbon!

          1. Yeah, that’s the point. The idea is to re-sequester them. Whether or not that is worthwhile, I don’t know.

            1. The point is if you don’t want them to be non-sequestered, then leave them sequestered.

              1. What if you want to use the fuel and then re-sequester it? There are many things that can be conceived of. Like I said, I don’t know if it makes any practical sense, but it’s not a nonsense proposition.

        4. If we were to truly eliminate all fossil fuel use, we would have to do away with commercial and most other aviation. Without a massive technological leap, there is simply no way to have commercial aviation without fossil fuel. Fossil Fuels are the only source of energy with a high enough energy to weight (and volume) ratio to keep all but the lightest planes in the air.

          1. Since firewood is carbon neutral, someone just needs to invent a plane that runs on wood.

    2. Don’t be silly, just burn the furniture to keep warm.

      1. And eat the babies.

        1. Only if they are free range organic.

          1. This is my future vision for the blue urban bubbles. As they separate from the exurbs and hinterlands, they will burn their furnishings for heat, eat their pets, then group chat for recipes for aborted fetuses.

            Sustainability.

            1. that describes Venezuela very, well next USA

            2. No. You won’t be allowed to burn anything because it causes air pollution that can harm vulnerable black and brown communities. I ain’t making this up-it’s actually one of the main reasons these progtopias are trying to ban gas appliances. Funny thing is these vulnerable peoples are not going to be able to afford their electric bills, and so will probably end up illegally burning stuff to keep warm, which of course will result in violent police intervention

    3. The econazi insanity has finally crossed over into legislation, aided by progtard Karens on town/city councils. And when you can’t have heat because of the blackouts, they will be nice and toasty in front of their fireplaces with their generators humming along.

    4. The problem is that those appliances still need electricity to get started; they just use gas as the operating fuel.

      If you want to be prepared, get a generator (Harbor Freight sells a 9000 watt model for $750 dollars, or 3500 watt inverter generators for $850, and they often have sales), or make sure that the next house you buy has a wood-burning fireplace and keep a stock of firewood on hand for emergencies.

      1. They don’t need electricity to start, it’s just that electric starters are more convenient. Especially gas stoves are really easy to start manually.

        Of course, we could also reduce the need to even discuss this, but the aristocracy seems hell bent on making power outages common and routine for the peasants.

        1. Yeah, I forgot about the manual lighting for things like stoves. But trying to manually light a furnace that has an electronic igniter can be a recipe for disaster.

          1. You can’t manually light new gas hot water heaters either, as I found out recently. They have a battery electronic ignition and once that runs out, you to replace the whole gas control panel, or just buy a new hot water heater for a few hundred bucks more.

            1. “hot water heater”

              Why do you need to heat hot water?

              1. Because that’s how you make hot water.

                1. No, technically its how you heat COLD water, not make it.

                  .

                  1. You have to continue heating the hot water or it gets cold again.

                    1. It would have to have cooled to require reheating.

                      You lost. And you know it and hate it.

              2. “Hot water maker” would be more apt. Of course, then some a-hole would come along and complain that it doesn’t actually make the water.

                1. As oopposed to the aholes who claim its how you heat water that’s already hot.

                  1. Or the aspy twerps who think it’s a clever observation.

                    1. Or the losers of the debate who cry about the clever observation they tried to debunk but couldn’t.

                      Like you. Loser.

              3. George Carlin’s thought was priceless!

            2. Right; and you have to stare into the little porthole to see if it’s lit.

              My first oven was gas and you’d just drop a match into a hole while turning on the gas simultaneously.

        2. I was astounded by three different stories from Texas, of people who were eating cold cereal because they had forgotten they could light their gas stoves with matches. Hell, two of them had grown up with a grandmother who kept a box of 8″ matches just for the purpose!

          1. Elegant example of how quickly the reliance on technology can erode basic survival skills, isn’t it?

          2. The ones that baffled me, were the people who had spoiled food from their refrigerator’s power going out. While it was 11 to 24 outside. I mean, WTF? We left our fridge shut, and stuck drinks and whatever outside. Worked great.

    5. It’s idiocy. I have a Generac backup, and I’ve found it to be a great investment. If nothing else, they also have generators that run on propane.

      1. If you’re a homeowner, you really have no substantive excuse to not buy one. I find the complaints that “I just don’t use it enough to justify the maintenance!” to ring rather hollow.

        1. They are expensive to install (I have a whole house unit, it ran me a little under $10K total). But even a standby gas generator to keep the refrigerator running is something.

          1. I’m actually pretty impressed that the people who ended up buying those Ford hybrid trucks were able to use it as a rolling generator.

            Probably not much of a bargain at $60K, but at least these people know it has the capability.

            1. I don’t know whether it came from Ford or just local dealerships, but someone was sending the for sale trucks out to folks without power.

              Now that’s how to do tragedy-based marketing well.

      2. My backup generator goes online nest week. No more power outages for me, at least in theory. My across-the-street neighbor owns one of the largest electrical contracting firms in the state, and his generator did not kick in during our last power outage. Not a good look.

      3. Hank Hill’s only affair was with propane.

    6. California wants to ban gas appliances in new construction. Luckily it doesn’t freeze here often since we’re dependent on windmill power.

    7. And whenever anyone flips a house with an old junky electric stove, they put in a nice new stainless gas range. They’re better for cooking.

  3. The White House is still backing former Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget.

    She’s of Indian descent and Biden needs that box ticked.

    (So to speak.)

    1. Don’t you mean “forehead dotted?”

      1. Problematic and funny

        1. funny because problematic

    2. Nothing like appointing a Brahmin to represent the marginalized South Asian diaspora.

    3. Kamala is already forgotten.

      1. Somehow she went from black to south Asian very quickly in the past 4 months.

    4. box tdicked

      FTFY

    5. Didnt he make a comment about Indians and 7-11/Dunkin Donuts a while back that would probably get him canceled now?

      1. too big to cancel

      2. That was Hillary that did that. And she got a free pass on it.

    6. Harris isn’t enough?

    7. He needed somebody for the budget department who was stereotypically cheap and decent at math, but he didn’t want the heat from the Black community for hiring a Jew?

    8. Yeah, but I’m pretty sure she was Biden’s sacrificial lamb from the get-go. Every administration has at least one at the beginning of their term.

  4. https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/24/msnbc-contributor-who-encouraged-isis-to-bomb-trump-tower-will-testify-on-domestic-terrorism/

    After wielding fabricated evidence at the recent Senate impeachment trial, Democrats plan to call a conspiracy-obsessed MSNBC Russia-hoaxer who once encouraged ISIS to bomb a Trump Tower to testify in Wednesday’s hearing on “domestic terrorism.”

    Malcolm Nance, a left-wing Navy veteran accused of exaggerating his military accomplishments while in the service, will join lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the Capitol riots in early January.

    “This is my nominee for first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property,” Nance wrote in 2017 in a since-deleted tweet with a picture of Trump Tower Istanbul, building credibility among Democrats to offer congressional testimony on domestic terrorism.

    1. “One of us”.

  5. “On Elite Campuses Like Smith College, Woke Students Have All the Power”

    And do you think “woke” people tend to agree or disagree with us Koch / Reason libertarians on our fundamental, non-negotiable issue — open borders? In my experience they almost always agree with us, because they see immigration as a racial issue. Therefore “wokeness” is the best thing to happen to libertarianism in the past century.

    #ImmigrationAboveAll

    1. You’ve done better.

      And yes, everybody [here] is a critic.

      How are you holding up, post Shikha? I know you took it hard when that single issue myopic anything but a libertarian bitch got canned.

      1. Look at Volokh, you’ll see that Ilya Somin is filling the post-Shikha void

        1. Boy, isn’t that the truth = Ilya Somin is filling the post-Shikha void

      2. He had a really good one yesterday: “Cuomo literally wrote the book on effective pandemic response.”

        1. Saw that; OBL does some good work, but often as not the parody just falls flat.

    2. “It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society”

      “Because racism exists, people who aren’t racist and aren’t acting racist shouldn’t object to being labeled as racist anyway.”

  6. Hillary Clinton is writing a thriller.

    It’s about the second and last of a political dynasty brought down by Russian assets and not at all because of her complete lack of likeability, her overt political hackery and the truckloads of corruption baggage trailing behind her.

    1. IT WAS HER TURN!

    2. But will there be pant suits?

    3. Her second work of fiction. The first was her marriage.

      1. False Information, checked by fact checker: It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us was her 2nd work of fiction.

        1. How could you forget What Happened?

          1. No problem at all.

          2. That would be like her 9th maybe?

            1. Look out Rowling.

        2. It takes a village to burn a witch properly.

          1. Pro Tip: Check her pockets for Saudi gold before you weigh her.

            1. But absolutely leave the gold in the pockets when dunking Her.

    4. Bet it involves the murder of an aide covered up to look like a suicide.

      1. Excellent thread everybody; humor like this gives me the confidence to stop working at shopright!

      2. Great minds…LOL.

        Just how high is her body count, anyway? And who in the universe of avenging angels, does she use as her contractors?!

      3. A story like that would foster suspicion.

    5. I bet she writes a novel with a co-author the way Bill Clinton makes love with an intern.

    6. Is the protagonist actually going to be named Mary Sue, or will it just be completely obvious?

    7. “If I were to have done it: The Suicide of Vince Foster”?

  7. Why Do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement?
    The purpose of voting today is to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime—not to give the people a say in the direction of their government.
    https://amgreatness.com/2021/02/23/why-do-the-elections-defenders-require-my-agreement/

    Yet if, as it seemed to me, it’s so important to Sullivan that I personally believe that everything that happened was on the up-and-up, he might try using his platform to call for, and get, serious local, state, and federal investigations of all of the above anomalies and others not mentioned. Those investigations would then have to be reported fairly and credibly by a media that actually wants to disseminate the truth and not cover for state and local corruption or for the Biden Administration.

    …Sullivan repeatedly demanded that I explain how Our Democracy™ can survive as a democracy if something like half the country doesn’t believe in it anymore. The question was rhetorical. Sullivan knows the answer: it can’t. His purpose in asking was to shift blame from those who rig everything, refuse to explain anything but instead gaslight, gaslight, gaslight, onto those who, in response, decline to believe.

    1. ” His purpose in asking was to shift blame from those who rig everything, refuse to explain anything but instead gaslight, gaslight, gaslight, onto those who, in response, decline to believe.”

      This is Sullum’s modus operandi too.

    2. A democratic (or, even republican) society can’t be sustained by undemocratic institutions. The implicit agreement within those frameworks is that election winners won’t steamroll their agenda, irrespective of the consequences. But as we’ve seen in recent years, the obsession over “political mandates” indicates that this is what the elites are demanding.

      So it’s not a question of whether Our Democracy™ can survive; it’s already dead, with the oligarchs cynically exploiting mob rule organized by the left-liberal upper middle class as leverage to enforce compliance.

    3. Because what the election skeptics are really asking for is NOT an investigation to reveal the extent of a crime, but instead, an *Investigation In Search Of A Crime*. They won’t be satisfied until their “crime” is discovered, and when eternal investigations don’t find anything, they will just shift the goalposts some more and find some other nonfalsifiable hypothesis that they insist must be responsible for the MASSIVE FRAUD and only more eternal investigations will discover “The Truth”. Why should any rational person indulge lunatic conspiracy theories?

      Elections in this country are decentralized, so if you have a *specific* instance of *actual* voter fraud that occurred in your area, then go ahead and do something about it. I am all for that.
      But demanding endless audits and investigations and inquiries in search of MASSIVE FRAUD that you have no proof of, but you “just know” is lurking right beneath the surface, is a waste of time for everyone.

      1. “Because what the election skeptics are really asking for is NOT an investigation to reveal the extent of a crime, but instead”

        to be left alone. Not an investigation you gaslighting little cunt

        Read the fucking article you fucking idiot clown.

        Let me begin by repeating something I said to Sullivan: I do not actively disbelieve in the outcome of the 2020 election. I do not assert that the election was stolen. I also do not believe the election was totally fair, “belief” being an affirmative mental state. I say only that I don’t know; I haven’t been convinced either way. One side tried to convince me and failed (at least so far). The other side has made no such attempt but instead mostly shouts in my face that I must believe. The latter effort, in addition to being aggravating and insulting, has been less effective.

        Your pathetic fifty cent ass has your talking points and blame games ready to go EVEN WHEN THEY DON’T APPLY.

        1. Yeah Jeff is a moron. He apparently thinks “sorry but why are you haranguing me, instead of demonstrating your case if my agreement matters to you that much” is a fake demand for political investigations.

          1. And he inadvertently proved the author’s point in the process.

            1. Yes chemjeff doesn’t see that he’s the Sullivan here.

          2. Jeff “WHY WON’T YOU AGREEEEE WITH MREEEEEE THE ELECTION WAS TOTALLY ON THE UP AND UP!!!”

            Regular people “I don’t care, I don’t think it was stolen but I don’t really think it has been proven. Your case wasn’t convincing”

            Jeff “WHY ARE YOU DEMANDING MORE INVESTIGATIONS REEEEEEEE!!!!”

            Regular people “I clearly said I wasnt, and I am more than ready to move on”

            Jeff “REEEEEEEEE TRUMPIST REEEEEE STOP DEMANDING INVESTIGATIONS REEEEEE ”

            Normal people “JFC…”

            1. He’s done it to me. And I am totally in the don’t believe it was stolen but haven’t seen convincing evidence either way. I do think the rules favored Democrats and some underhanded things occurred, such as removing the GP candidate from ballots in selected states while insuring the LP candidate remained on those ballots and removing Kanye West from a number of swing state ballots with large African American populations. They give explanations but none passed the smell test.

            2. Oh fuck off all of you. I am obviously referring to the usual morons around here like Jesse and Nardz and the rest who demand AUDIT AUDIT AUDIT even when they have no idea what a real audit is and just want to investigate and investigate until the ‘crime’ is discovered. God you really are a bunch of pathetic assholes.

              1. “Oh fuck off all of you”

                How you know he realizes he fucked up and fired off his standard talking points in error

                ” I am obviously referring to”

                People who apparently live rent free in your head and have NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS DISCUSSION.

                You fucked up. Stop telling other people to fuck off just because you’re embarrassed YOU fucked up.

              2.  God you really are a bunch of pathetic assholes.

                Says the little cunt whi stupidly ignored what the article was actually about and decided to bitch at length then admit his completely unrelated bitching was personal animus directed at people he despises.

                Thanks for shitting up the thread with your personal grievance that you were forced to admit is off topic.

              3. You truly are a piece of shit. You made a mistake and got caught – just move on idiot.

      2. Which goes back to the year-long campaign by Trump and his allies to sow seeds of doubt about mail-in voting.

        They never got into details such as distinguishing between states where voters had to request and fill out an application vs. states where applications were sent out to everyone vs. the few states where ballots were sent out. If they were to talk about details of mail-in voting policy and implementation, then it would have led to Trump and his cronies being asked, “Well, what are you doing to help insure that mail-in voting goes smoothly?” He had no interest in making sure it ran smoothly.

        1. “Which goes back to the year-long campaign by Trump and his allies to sow seeds of doubt about mail-in voting”

          No shit. It was obvious a year ago that the unsecured mail-in ballots were an integral part of a campaign of massive electoral fraud.

          But here you are, pretending that voicing concerns and serious doubts about their integrity somehow led to a lack of ballot integrity.
          How credulous and stupid do you imagine people are? That argument wouldn’t fool a baby.

          1. “voicing concerns and serious doubts”

            Let’s look at some of these “serious” tweets from Trump (https://www.thetrumparchive.com/):

            “Mail in ballots substantially increases the risk of crime and VOTER FRAUD!” — The all-caps really made the message twice as informative.

            “The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and ‘force’ people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!” — Bursting with disinformation. Not even clear what the heck “print thousands of forgeries” even means. And where are the cases of people being forced to sign ballots?

            “MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION. BIG MAIL-IN VICTORY IN TEXAS COURT TODAY. CONGRATS!!!” — Again, the all-caps really doubles the zero information content of the tweet. Ironic, since the biggest hit to the Republican Party is Trump’s own efforts to divide it.

            “RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!” — No ballots were printed by “FOREIGN COUNTRIES”.

            It goes on and on. If you look at the tweet archive, he started harping on mail-in ballots in April 2020 and posted dozens of often information-free, all-caps tweets.

            1. And you’re saying nobody thought “fuck, we better disprove Trump and make mail-in voting truly secure” upon reading those mean tweets, and instead decided to do absolutely nothing and totally prove his point.

              Do you know what Critical Thinking is? (No, not critical theory). You should learn how to practice it and then maybe you would embarrass yourself a little less.

              1. Plenty of people did a lot. State secretaries, local election boards, Chris Krebs and his cybersecurity agency.

                But it would be ridiculous to expect someone to do something about “VOTER FRAUD!” or “print thousands of forgeries” or “MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES” because it was all pure FUD.

              2. You can’t disprove a conspiracy theory.

                1. You most certainly can. What you can’t do is convince a mind closed to prejudice.

                  You are such a disingenuous twat.

                  1. Disprove “VOTER FRAUD!”

                    I’ll wait.

                    1. God you’re so laughably desperate.

                    2. Disprove “VOTER FRAUD!”

                      All you have to do is go out and count the illegal voters. Dead, illegal addresses, non-valid signatures, and review the adjudicated ballots.

                      If the count is less than the difference in the key states, you have disproved fraud.

                    3. newhutz, you do realize those things WERE investigated, don’t you? And nothing that was found was anywhere close to the difference in key states.

                    4. Furthermore, newhutz you just made a list of actual, specific types of fraud that may have occurred.

                      Trump only tweeted the vague statement: “VOTER FRAUD!”

                    5. You do realize you’re only allowed 280 characters per Tweet. Why are you expecting an in-depth analysis on Twitter of all places.
                      I know, I know. You’re really just here to shitpost and are just flinging whatever you can and hoping something will stick.

                      Anyway, Trump gave an hour long televised speech where he laid exactly what kinds of fraud occurred, and then released hundreds of pages on the same.

                      You know, you’re so unbelievably shit at being a shill. You’re too stupid for it. Your bosses really deserve their fifty-cents back.

                    6. That’s what your are going with in defense of Trump? That he only had 280 characters. Really grapsingZ

                    7. “Anyway, Trump gave an hour long televised speech where he laid exactly what kinds of fraud occurred, and then released hundreds of pages on the same.”

                      Cite?

                    8. Are you referring to this hour of B.S.?

                      https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-on-election-fraud-claims-transcript-december-2

                      Are you endorsing everything he says in this speech, or do you want to waffle now and admit at least some of its contents are that which is not true?

                      I’ll give you the chance to pre-emptively waffle on it before I tear apart several of his claims.

                    9. Let’s look at a few gems from this speech:

                      “It was all very, very strange. Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner even while many key states were still being counted.”

                      The networks always try to call the results of elections. Trump is a politician in his mid-70’s that disingenuously acts as if he is not aware of this common media behavior. They’ve been doing it his whole life.

                    10. “Many states, such as Nevada and California sent millions of live ballots to every person on their voter rolls whether those individuals had requested ballots or not”

                      Nevada was the rare swing state that sent out mail-in ballots themselves rather than applications for mail-in ballot.

                      California was nowhere near being a swing state so whatever they did would not have affected the outcome of the election.

                    11. “Dozens of counties in the key swing states have more registered voters on the rolls than they have voting age citizens, including 67 counties in Michigan.”

                      This just cannot be true. If it were true, it would be blatant, massive fraud that could not be covered up. But what the hell, let’s fact check it, anyway:

                      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/12/31/fact-check-michigan-townships-had-more-registered-voters-than-votes/4097868001/

                    12. Wow, first you try and move the goalposts on your tweet accusation;
                      then you claim that the speech never happened, then you ask for a cite;
                      then you find there was a speech so you dismiss it as “BS”;
                      then you cherrypick it as if you had a buch of gotcha’s.

                      You’re such a pathetic little clown flailing away with nothing but misdirection and lies.
                      Were you scared your boss was going to read this thread and can your useless ass?

                    13. “then you claim that the speech never happened, then you ask for a cite;”

                      Never claimed the speech never happened. There’s just no place I said that. I *did* ask for a cite. Later on, when I was back at my desk, not on my iPhone, I googled for speeches and found the one you seemed to be referring to.

                      “then you cherrypick it as if you had a buch of gotcha’s.”

                      You said, “Trump gave an hour long televised speech where he laid exactly what kinds of fraud occurred”. So, my question for you, which you have not answered, is do you stand by everything he said in the speech? If you do, then it is fair game for me to “cherrypick”. Over the next few days, any time you post a comment I will reply with another b.s. talking point from Trump’s speech.

                  2. You wear magic underwear!

                    You’re a goddamn bigoted moron Chuck!

                    1. Poor KAR, still missing that Mormon boy who stole his heart that many years ago…

        2. “He had no interest in making sure it ran smoothly”

          Hey, something you have in common with Trump!

      3. Yeah? Every single skeptic is looking for the same thing and has the same beliefs about the election? You are full of it.

      4. “..,, the election skeptics are really asking for…..”

        Hey, aren’t you the guy who always whines when other posters make assumptions about what your posts imply? Might be WK, just asking.

      5. Nah, we’re just asking that the sworn affidavits are investigated and previously existing laws were enforced and/or not illegally changed like in the cases of PA, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia.

        But you know that, you’re just more obsessed with being contrarian than being honest.

    4. It was a great article.

  8. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing his own #MeToo scandal.

    #BelieveCertainWomen

    1. #AboutCertainMen

      1. …who have outlasted their usefulness in the post Trump era who known to be an asshole and are now just in the way.

        1. We need to coin a word for the confusion, frustration, and disappointment Useful Idiots feel when their handlers decide they are ready for the glue factory.

          1. “Public service suicides?”

          2. “Napoleon is always right.”

    2. But Joe Biden killed the #MeToo movement

  9. Coronavirus was ‘best thing that ever happened’ to Biden, key aide says in book
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/coronavirus-best-thing-happened-to-biden-key-aide-says

    COVID-19 was the best thing that could have happened to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to one of his closest advisers.

    A new book revealed that Anita Dunn made the comment in private to “an associate,” according to the Guardian, which obtained a copy, at a time when the United States was struggling with rising death tolls, a shattered economy, and a health system close to breaking.

    The details are contained in Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. It is the first major book on the 2020 election and is due to be published on March 2.

    It describes how Dunn said, “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him,” in comments the authors suggested “campaign officials believed but would never say in public.”

    That private thinking reflects what many political analysts said at the time, that the rampant pandemic undermined then-President Donald Trump’s solid economic achievements and standing in national and battleground state opinion polls.

    But the comments could be seized on by Biden’s critics that his campaign used the suffering of the public in the opportunistic pursuit of power.

    1. All the lefties here agree.

    2. “But the comments could be seized on by Biden’s critics that his campaign used the suffering of the public in the opportunistic pursuit of power”

      Republicans pounce.

    3. Well, shit, that was obvious from the beginning. The utter obsession with lockdowns by the leaders of blue-voting states and blue-voting cities was so clearly designed to fuck up their economy, that even they were having trouble hiding it.

      And in the end, it didn’t matter anyway, because 500,000 people and counting still died, assuming those numbers were even accurate to begin with.

      1. I mean, what were these people in blue areas going to do, vote Republican when their Democratic mayors and governors destroyed their jobs? Hell no, they weren’t going to vote Republican. Democratic voters are the biggest jobbers on the planet.

        1. Perhaps they did? How could we know, one way or the other?

          Don’t worry: I’m sure it will be different in 2022.

          1. Note that the biggest swing in Democratic voter gains was in the risk-averse, white-dominated suburbs, who largely haven’t had to worry about losing their jobs during the pandemic.

        2. I think the same of black people. Democrats have controlled Pittsburgh for nearly 100 years, like literally we haven’t had anything but democrats in any city office for nearly 70 years.

          The Pittsburgh cops suck for black people. All democrat control, mayor, chief, union, etc.

          The Pittsburgh schools are horrendous for black people (even with offering “the Pittsburgh promise” 20k free college tuition grant to any city school student who goes to college) the graduate proficiency level is 15% for English and under 5% for math. School board, all dem. Teachers union, all dem donations.

          The economy sucks for black people. Higher unemployment than other races, lower education. Lower than average minority union membership in a heavy union town. Dem mayor, dem city council, dem donating labor unions

          Do you see the pattern? Everything sucks for black people, and everything is controlled by, or funnels money to, democrats. And yet Pittsburghs black population will vote D like sheep every time.

          I think democrats actively try keeping urban blacks stupid and poorly educated because they know the smarter and more successful they get the more likely they are to become republican. And I’m not joking.

  10. Fans of Frasier and Avatar: The Last Airbender have reasons to celebrate.

    Crossover event! Frasier: the Hot Airbender

    1. None of the other cast members are signed on. What’s the point without Peri Gilpin?

      1. At least Maris is onboard.

      2. She lifts out easiest of them all. She’s not related, plus, Roz was just a boring and unfunny character all around. The “she’s kinda slutty” schtick gets old really fast.

  11. Capitol riot: Attorney claims suspect was mistreated, forced to remain naked in local jail
    https://www.journal-news.com/news/capitol-riot-attorney-claims-area-suspect-was-mistreated-forced-to-remain-naked-while-in-local-jail/FYN7XTYNBVFN5MLJULFPBWHMBE/

    A Champaign County woman accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol was forced to remain naked in her cell in full view of others for days, and her injuries were not treated while she was in local custody, attorneys said in a court filing Saturday….

    1. The two attorneys charged with torching an empty NYPD van during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn last summer were offered a plea deal by federal prosecutors earlier this month, according to new court documents.

      The defendants, Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis, were offered the unspecified deal on Feb. 11, according to a court papers filed Saturday by Brooklyn federal prosecutors.

      1. I couldn’t post the link to the story.

      2. I will absolutely roar with laughter if it gets knocked down to misdemeanors. In a Federal criminal proceeding, LOL. Probably won’t even lose her law license.

  12. “The White House is still backing former Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget”

    I really hope she gets the position. As a Democrat who openly says the US should take oil from Middle Eastern countries, she’s uniquely qualified to promote progressive / neocon harmony. That’s why Bill Kristol and Jennifer Rubin support her.

    #LibertariansForTanden

    1. Fact Check: Mostly False. Neera Tanden, as head of the non-partisan Center for American Progress, is not a Democrat.

      1. Perfection.

  13. How many more will be murdered by the China virus under the SleepyJoe regime?

  14. It’s been over a month. WHERE IS MY $2000 CHECK?

    1. In the mail. Which means you’ll get it next year likely, given the current state of the USPS

      1. More likely it is sitting on an Amazon server while the elites search their databases to see if they should actually let it reach your account.

    2. I am sure it’s in the mail. Therefore, given the efficiency of the tax-supported bureaucracy which is the post office, you should expect it sometime in the next three-to-six months.

    3. Still fairly shocked not one mention on this site of straight up vote buying. The ads on Georgia literally said vote Warnock, get 2000.

      1. But were the ads in the form of a meme, Jesse?

      2. Get with the program. Promising to cut taxes is the only way to buy votes.

  15. “We were gobsmacked — four people’s lives wrecked, two were employees of more than 35 years and no apology,” said Tracey Putnam Culver, a Smith graduate who recently retired from the college’s facilities management department. “How do you rationalize that?”

    You worked at Smith and can’t figure out how they can rationalize things like this? The answer is easily and with prestige.

  16. Hunter Biden had fling with sister of deceased brother’s widow while dating Hallie Biden
    https://thepostmillennial.com/hunter-biden-hallie-biden-plus-her-sister

    In March 2017 Page Six revealed Joe Biden’s blessing for the relationship between Hunter and Hallie Biden. The latter being the widow of Hunter’s brother Beau, who died of brain cancer in May 2015. But that wasn’t the only entanglement the US President’s son got involved in, according to the Daily Mail.

    Beyond romancing his brother’s widow, the President’s son climbed further up her family tree.

    Citing documents from Hunter’s abandoned laptop hard drive, the Mail unraveled intimate moments he had with Hallie’s [married] sister, Elizabeth Secundy. The outlet pointed out the timing of the text message conversations between Hunter and Secundy coincidentally around when Hunter and Hallie Biden began dating, in July 2016.

    1. That family belongs on an episode of Maury.

      1. Jerry Sprimger.

        1. Morton Downey.

      2. Would Hunter and Hallie be the couple, Elizabeth be the surprise guest, and the stripper he knocked up in July ’17 be the surprise surprise guest?

        I can’t imagine knowing any of them personally and being unable to consider them or any other royal family, real or fictional, as any different from the most heathen of white trash.

        1. July ’17

          Sorry, Nov. ’17. My transgender, asymptomatic carrier math must be off.

    2. Let’s not forget that in hallies lawsuit against hunter, for literally blowing all her n beaus money on hookers n drugs, she accused him of inappropriate relations with her daughter/his neice who was a minor at the time. Even presenting as evidence text messages between her and Joe “big guy” Biden where she said, paraphrasing “I think we invited a monster into our home and he’s doing creepy things to my daughter” to which Joe replied “well did you talk to your therapist?”

      Now come a few years later and we’ve got a repairman turning in hunters laptop because he thinks it may have inappropriate images of a minor…

  17. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing his own #MeToo scandal.”

    Ugh, I can’t believe that lying woman is still trying to smear America’s best governor.

    #Believe(Some)Women
    #HarrisCuomo2024

    1. #HarrisCuomo2021

  18. She also described being summoned to Cuomo’s office where he showed a cigar box that was a gift from former President Bill Clinton, which she took as a reference to Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.

    The bravery this woman has to write about this terrifying experience. Cuomo’s gonna rot in hell. If God was on the fence with him murdering old people, he’s surely made up his mind now.

  19. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins today, and former President Donald Trump is slated to speak on Sunday.

    He better make sure whatever platform acts as the stage there is secure.

    1. They may start swapping planks during his speech.

      1. I assumed he meant that CPAC needs commonsense S230 protections.

  20. Climate and social issues make the working class, enemy of the billionaire class, the enemy of the left. Biden eliminated 100K working class pipeline jobs on day 1 and the left cheered. Fuck those pipeline workers; they’re men, they believe in only 2 genders, and THEY TOLD US NO IN 2016!!!!! so they can be financially destroyed.

    Race and gender rhetoric is the perfect cover for corporate misdeeds
    https://nypost.com/2021/02/24/race-and-gender-rhetoric-is-the-perfect-cover-for-corporate-misdeeds/

    1. Presidential margin shift, 2012-20

      White Non-College, R+13
      White College, D+21
      Black, R+9
      Hispanic, R+20
      Asian/Other, R+13

      Republicans gained in demographics totaling 71% of the vote, but white college voters shifted more sharply left.

      Of course that college shift is from liberal art degrees on victim studies.

  21. In Report Affirming Nearly No Transmission In Schools, CDC Slips In Shocking Data About Asymptomatic Spread
    If the contagiousness of people without symptoms does not drive the spread of SARS-COV-2, then restrictions like lockdowns and mask mandates on the general public don’t make sense.
    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/24/in-report-affirming-nearly-no-transmission-in-schools-cdc-slips-in-shocking-data-about-asymptomatic-spread/

    “Children might be more likely to be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 than are adults…This apparent lack of transmission [in schools] is consistent with recent research (5), which found an asymptomatic attack rate of only 0.7% within households and a lower rate of transmission from children than from adults. However, this study was unable to rule out asymptomatic transmission within the school setting because surveillance testing was not conducted” (emphasis added).

    The “recent research” the study authors cite is a meta-analysis of 54 household COVID-19 transmission studies that observed 77,758 participants, which was posted as a pre-print this summer and published in December.

    The text of the analysis is even more consequential than the CDC’s reference makes it seem: “Estimated mean household secondary attack rate from symptomatic index cases (18.0%; 95% CI, 14.2%-22.1%) was significantly higher than from asymptomatic or presymptomatic index cases (0.7%; 95% CI, 0%-4.9%; P < .001), although there were few studies in the latter group. These findings are consistent with other household studies28,70 reporting asymptomatic index cases as having limited role in household transmission” (emphasis added).

    The 0.7 percent figure includes not just people who never show symptoms of COVID-19, but people who haven’t yet shown symptoms—two groups that have been alleged to be major factors driving the spread of the virus. This is a major data point often underplayed or even challenged in much media coverage of the virus.

    1. You beat me…

    2. We’ve known this for months but it doesn’t matter because this isn’t about a virus.

      1. See below, it’s a fundamental statistics/math problem and even broaches on fundamental definitions. Even if you mask and lockdown every last carrier, at 100% asymptomatic transmission, everyone’s going to get it.

        Conceptually, everyone in human history has died with or of COVID and we just haven’t identified and masked/locked down/executed all the asymptomatic carriers yet.

    3. However, this study was unable to rule out asymptomatic transmission within the school setting because surveillance testing was not conducted” (emphasis added).

      This caveat is already undermined by the very fact that, everywhere the data has been recorded, schools where in-person learning has taken place have not been sources of any sort of major outbreaks.

      1. Yes, but you can’t reach any conclusions based on that, because reasons.

        1. “The data doesn’t matter, we’re following the Science! here.”

      2. Fauci said something about blindfolding the kids AND teachers because only double blindfolded studies are the gold standard

    4. If the contagiousness of people without symptoms does not drive the spread of SARS-COV-2, then restrictions like lockdowns and mask mandates on the general public don’t make sense.

      Even if the contagiousness of people without symptoms is 100%, restrictions like lockdowns and mask mandates on the general public don’t make sense. If the contagiousness is 100% and the IFR is 100% and lockdowns and masks are 100% effective, then they make *some* sense.

      1. But, of course, anyone with 3 credit hours in a college-level virology class or even a HS-level statistics class knows this.

        100% asymptomatic transmission of a 100% lethal virus that masks and lockdowns only prevent even a generous 75% of the time still means pretty much everybody’s going to die.

  22. In a report on the low transmission rate in schools, the CDC admits that transmission from asymptomatic people is near zero at 0.7%. So make sure to wear those masks!

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/24/in-report-affirming-nearly-no-transmission-in-schools-cdc-slips-in-shocking-data-about-asymptomatic-spread/

    At this point it is obvious the masks are to get people to submit to fear and state.

  23. https://twitter.com/politico/status/1364251316852322305
    Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war

    1. are they afraid the old man will fall asleep and land on the button.

      the authority for nuclear use should be left to one person alone and that is the president. we don’t need nancy pelosi nuking Idaho because of all the terrorist republicans there

      1. They’re afraid Joe might get agitated about his lack of a pudding cup and start randomly pushing buttons to summon his nurse.

    2. Nardz posted a link to the text of the letter, last night. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/dozens-house-democrats-ask-biden-relinquish-sole-authority-launch-nukes

      Yeah, it’s zerohedge. At least they posted the full text, unlike Politico last night.

    3. Ugh, these people. There is no “button.” Not even the president can initiate nuclear war solely on his say so. I know it’s a work of Fiction, but Tom Clancy shows this rather well in A Clear and Present Danger, and that man knows his shit. In a fit of temper, the president wants to nuke Iran, but the rest of the national security inner circle puts a halt to that immediately.

      1. I agree there’s no button and given who the President would have to order to make a nuclear strike a reality the idea he can do so alone seems odd.

        However, Constitutionally speaking, POTUS has authority to start a war and deploy force where necessary for up to 90 days without authorization from anyone else. So technically I think it is possible the President could do this, just very, very, very unlikely.

  24. The constitution requires a SOTU to be submitted to Congress by Feb 20th. Yesterday Pelosi admitted Biden had not filled his constitutional duty saying no SOTU will be given until 2 trillion more dollars was spent on covid.

    Seems like an impeachment offense….

    1. Well, you have forgotten that (D) is an abbreviation for “Don’t ever require accountability”.

    2. Will she tear up his speech?

    3. Throwing a fit, shirking his duties for political motivations?

      Let’s hope they file the articles tomorrow. If not, maybe Mueller’s available to start another investigation…

      1. The hilarious part is that they can make the legitimate argument that he literally violated the Constitution by not doing what the Constitution explicitly said he needed to do.

    4. The constitution requires a SOTU to be submitted to Congress by Feb 20th.

      No it doesn’t.

      1. Correct. Here’s what the Constitution says: “He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

    5. Oh no! Br’er Pelosi, Br’er Biden! Don’t hold up $2T in spending because Br’er Biden won’t speak!

      Again, Trump was a mean-tweeting moron for juxtaposing S230 reform with military spending but, somehow, this is genius at work.

      1. I’m starting to think that the hypocrisy and the gaslighting are the end rather than the means.

    6. I thought there wasn’t generally a SOTU address in the first year of a presidency.

  25. Apparently some commenters here are still confused why so many Koch-funded libertarians endorsed Biden. Well, I’ll try to make it as simple as possible.

    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: $3.56 billion

    Mr. Koch earned $421,000,000 yesterday. He’s currently the 17th richest person on Earth, whereas under Drumpf he actually fell out of the top 20. I predict that by the end of this year he’ll be back in the top 10.

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

  26. Bidens next order of business seems to be to disarm the 2A. Guns are still less deadly than mean tweets.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-considering-every-tool-to-attack-second-amendment-as-leftists-push-national-emergency-declaration

  27. Want to watch the 2021 STOU? You can’t. It didn’t happen. Nobody seems to be talking about that. It can’t be because Ol Puddin’ Brain isn’t up to speaking live for an hour.

    OPB will be in TX 10 days after the storm, w/o a prime time address on the subject (Katrina: Bush hates black people). China now knows just how long it takes them to get Biden’s sleep and drug schedule adjusted enough for even a carefully staged photo-op. China wants to attack Taiwan at midnight, DC time? Who responds? It won’t be Ol Puddin’ Brain.

    https://watch.opb.org/video/watch-live-2021-state-of-the-union-special-zrzv6g/

    1. Beat you on this one though, ha.

    2. Presidents who have just been inaugurated don’t generally deliver a SOTU.
      It’s fucking stupid anyway. It’s just another political speech. It should go back to being a letter to congress.

  28. Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for the A.C.L.U. of Massachusetts and Ms. Kanoute’s lawyer, cautioned against drawing too much from the investigative report, as subconscious bias is difficult to prove.

    Much like dog whistles, sub conscious bias is merely what the accuser says it is. There is racism dammit, and those who are victims will tell us how if they have to make their own hoaxes.

    1. “It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society,” he said. “Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism.”

      If this isn’t proof the ACLU is a shit show of an organization i don’t know what is.

      1. Isnt it troubling you are more worried about being accused of murder than you are about that the fact that people are dying?

        1. You’re not fooling me. You’re just another Whitrogen Diknoxide sock!

    2. Whether she was trespassing or not doesn’t matter.
      Whether violence was threatened or not doesn’t matter.

      What matters is that the staff probably harbored implicit bias. Something that can neither be proven or disproven, since apparently only some of us can read minds.

      1. Victim studies doctorates present the recipient with sychic powers. It is why the degree is so vital.

      2. Everything is so terrible and unfair. (TM) This does not need to be proven or disproven. It is simply fact.

    3. It’s impossible to prove whether subconscious bias is even a real thing at all.

      1. I need to do a better job of looking down-thread before I post.

    4. It may be difficult to prove, but fortunately for these leftists, it is impossible to disprove.

  29. The Times story is worth reading in full, because it’s a welcome instance of the mainstream media giving much-needed attention to the phenomenon of ostensibly progressive (though considerably privileged) college students weaponizing false claims of racism or sexism to punish ordinary, innocent people who irked them.

    I look forward to reading more from the article’s author on his or hers soon-to-be new home, Substack.

    1. Unfortunately, you have to pay the Times to read it, which i refuse to do.

      1. Ditto

      2. NoScript.

  30. The Times story is worth reading in full, because it’s a welcome instance of the mainstream media giving much-needed attention to the phenomenon of ostensibly progressive (though considerably privileged) college students weaponizing false claims of racism or sexism to punish ordinary, innocent people who irked them.

    Cute that reason is thinking this is still just a campus problem. Meanwhile Bidens administration has started the work of declaring Teedan’s nomination failing as sexism and racism.

    One day Reason will wake the fuck up. But no more mean tweets.

    1. Robby quoted Andrew Sullivan? “We all live on campus now.”. Lay off the Hair, or else ENB will be back quicker!

    2. Not to mention leadership of the US military pimping “anti-racism” treacle in its recommended reading lists.

  31. https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/02/25/the-important-thing-is-no-mean-tweets-n2585229?250

    In fact, we can carve that in the tombstones of the dead, if we can actually recover any of the bodies from the ships the People’s Liberation Army Navy sends to the bottom of the soon-to-be renamed Chinese Ocean: “Here lies Seaperson John Doe (He/Him). He died so that you would not have to endure any more mean tweets.”

    Let’s have some perspective, people.

    The First Amendment right to speak freely is under assault? But no mean tweets!

    The First Amendment right to worship freely is under assault? But no mean tweets!

    The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is under assault? But no mean tweets!

    A dual-track justice system, where Capitol Hill trespassers languish without bail under a mountain of hyped-up charges while BLM/Antifa rioters go free with charges dismissed? But no mean tweets!

    1. Well I should have figured it was a guy like Schlichter who popularized the idea that the only real objection to Trump was “mean tweets”.

      Reminiscent of the idea that the only real objection to Obama was “because he’s black”.

      It’s absurdly reductionist to the point of dishonesty.

      1. So what were other reasons to oppose Trump other than he was mean to Top Men?
        I heard some lefties call him “racist”. Tell me what he did that was “racist”, chemleft.

        1. Well, there are always genuine policy disagreements. But any claims that he was somehow uniquely terrible in some way, or some kind of fascist or authoritarian (more than other recent presidents) do seem to be mostly based on mean tweets. Trump is an obnoxious jerk, but he was not particularly worse, and better in some ways, than any other recent president.

          1. Trump assembled a violent mob to storm the Capitol building to disrupt the counting of the electoral votes because he lost. He called the Vice President that was presiding over that ceremony a coward because he wouldn’t usurp powers simply not given to him by the Constitution.

            He might not have been worse than any other recent president before that point, but he screwed the pooch on any positive legacy on January 6th.

            1. I don’t think that was his finest moment, but I still see no evidence that he had anything to do with planning any “storming” of anything.

              Anyway, I was thinking mostly of reasons to oppose him before the election happened.

              1. Because, beyond mean tweets, he demonstrated a pettiness and vindictiveness of character, even toward people he personally recruited as part of his administration, whom he often threw under the bus; made several moronic statements; demonstrated over and over that he has an unstable, self-contradictory personality; he spent huge amounts of money, ordered a moratorium against evictions, thrashed about in foreign diplomacy with Iran and North Korea.

                1. “thrashed about in foreign diplomacy with Iran and North Korea”
                  The first president to try and gain rapproachment with the DPRK was a positive sea change, you fucking warpig.

                  Go suck some more neocon dick.

                  1. A for effort, eh?

                    He did a bunch of half-asser showboating and didn’t get anywhere.

                    1. Yes, A for effort, you DNC shill.
                      How many other presidents in the last seventy years have had the balls to try and negotiate an end to the Korean War?

    2. A dual-track justice system

      If Schlichter or anyone else wants to offer recommendations on how to have real justice in this country, I’m all for it. But it’s going to have to be more serious than “my team should get the same treatment as their team”.

      1. But it’s going to have to be more serious than “my team should get the same treatment as their team”.

        Yeah, there’s nothing at all concerning about legal double standards.

        1. There IS something concerning about double standards. But a holistic approach to providing justice should not be based on rank tribal considerations.

          1. Too late.

    3. The First Amendment right to speak freely is under assault? But no mean tweets!

      The First Amendment right to worship freely is under assault? But no mean tweets!

      The only actual right guaranteed by name in the 1A is the right to petition the government. But don’t worry, it’s under assault too. Thank God for no more mean Tweets though.

  32. Space exploration is racist, colonialist and anti-black.
    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1364806278153871362

    1. You must be using your white privilege to dismiss these horrible transgressions.

    2. In case you haven’t seen this:
      How to blog by Ryan Long
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7VEx2dviNk

      1. That was a really good one.

    3. Shuttles are white. Space is black. Connect the dots man.

      1. It’s not just that the rockets are white, they’re also phallic.

        1. Patriarchal cisgendered rockets, got it.

          1. The Reason comment section is also patriarchal and cisnormative. “Cisgendered” comes up as misspelled, but it offers the alternative, “bigendered.” Reject your white privilege Reason comments section. Don’t you know that there are 3,782.39 genders and counting?

    4. To combat racism in space, we need to send more black people to Mars to set up colonies. Of course, we won’t be able to pay them while they’re on Mars and, even if we did, they wouldn’t be able to spend it anywhere. So, for the first little bit, they’ll just have to work for room and board until they’ve paid their debt for passage and living on Mars. Once it’s safe for people, money, and goods to flow freely back and forth from here to there, then we’ll let white people go.

      I’m calling first dibs on “The 2019 Project”.

  33. “Navy requires all sailors to reaffirm constitutional oath as Pentagon combats extremism”
    […]
    “Members of the U.S. Navy will retake their oaths to the U.S. Constitution as part of the Pentagon’s efforts to address extremism within its ranks.
    […]
    “As public servants, we took an oath to the Constitution and we will not tolerate those who participate in actions that go against the fundamental principles of the oath we share, particularly actions associated with extremist or dissident ideologies,” the message says…”
    https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2021/02/24/nation-world-news/navy-requires-all-sailors-to-reaffirm-constitutional-oath-as-pentagon-combats-extremism/

    Like, maybe, those Navy poobahs who withheld names of admiral candidates because Trump? That sort of “extremism”?

    1. The Navy will have them reaffirm the oath, but they won’t require them to demonstrate that they have read and understood the Constitution. This is the way.

      1. Hey, if some un-armed trespasser gets murdered, that’s not extremism-extremism!

      2. Flagged bigot. Jesus hates you for going to a church that lies about him. Your god doesn’t exist. God wouldn’t make a 24 year old pervert con artist a prophet. Mormons are 90% bad people and you’re one of the worst Chuck.

        Please tell me if you visit the NW!

        1. Why should he give you the Full Mountain Meadows when he can just wait for your T-cell count to collapse, you hicklib faggot?

          1. He is obviously an incel who had a crush on some poor girl that married a missionary to move away from him. Why would I bother to murder him with no children to steal?

            1. You’re obviously a stupid goddamn Mormon who is trying to be clever and FAILING. I get way more pussy than you. You only get to fuck you fat cunt wife. Unless you’re fundamentalist?
              Are you? Then your beliefs are even more absurd.

              1. Oh damn you DID get turned down by a Mormon that’s hilarious.

                1. Don’t know how you got that from my comments?

                  I hate mormons because they want to take over the country and force their bullshit lifestyle and beliefs on everyone.

                  1. Piss off, sarcasmic.
                    Your shit is tiresome.

                    1. Please keep thinking I’m sarcasmic. Or sqrls. Or whoever.

                    2. Seriously, KillAllRednecks is his own special brand of stupid.

                  2. “Don’t know how you got that from my comments?”

                    That’s why it’s so funny. You really don’t seem to know why it’s obvious to everyone that a Mormon rejected you.

                    1. No I used to live in Utah and discovered they’re terrible goddamn people.

                      Pretty goddamn simple.

                    2. “they’re terrible goddamn people.”

                      Just because a Mormon boy turned you down lololol.

        2. Flag. Refresh.

          1. Kill Mormons. Refresh.

          2. Oops; Sorry flagged you I/O the Mormon hater

            1. But you and the other fascists have no problem with Red Rocks and others using homophobic slurs?

              Goddamn bigots

              1. So it was a Mormon BOY that rejected you!

                1. Hahaha! Good one!

                  1. OMG that shut you up!

                    It WAS a boy ahahahaha!!!

        3. “Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”
          ― Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

          1. “Reminding Mormons they’re terrible people and need to die is a winners game. They almost always turn out to be bad people trying to force their stupid fucked up lifestyle on others. They need to be constantly reminded their god doesn’t exist and they will burn in hell.”-Jesus, Mark 16:9

          2. Particularly a slimy piece of shit with that handle and that idiocy.

            1. It must suck being a stupid redneck where you live. What’s it like to be surrounded by people much smarter than you? Do they ridicule you and constantly remind you how white trash and backwards you’re?

              1. Do you miss that Mormon boy bigot KAR?

                1. Go fuck yourself mormon loving bigot.

          3. Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game

            KillMyselfRedsocks doesn’t even behave like a real person. It is the NPC in the bar that is going to pick a fight with you no matter which dialogue choice you make. That is what makes FLAG and REFRESH the only choice.

            1. You’re the one that worships the pervert con artist stupid. Jesus hates your magic underwear with it’s pagan symbols.

            2. The unescapable cutscene can be bypassed by not playing the game. Flag. Refresh.

              1. I was really hoping your family and you froze to death.

        4. If a white trash bigot like you hates me I must be doing something right!

          1. If a hicklib faggot like you hates me, I must be doing something right!

          2. I can tell this guy really doesnt care for bigotry

            1. I’m bigoted towards Mormons. I know you fascists are to dumb to understand. People can’t choose their ethnicity, orientation, or gender. People can choose what church they go to. Chuck goes to an evil, bigoted, destructive church and gives them 10% of his income. He financially supports destructiveness. The mormons are to full of arrogant and stupid to realize it, so we have to stop them.

              They must be exterminated.

              1. Bunch O typos in that. For some reason my shitty phone goes haywire on Reason. Don’t know why it’s just this site?

        5. Why should chuck visit the NW? You seem pretty dedicated to your little genocide fantasies. Why not just go to Utah and do your thing, tough guy?

          Haha. Cuz yer a whiny little bitch who wants everyone else to do all the work for him. Typical.

          1. He claims to have lived in the NW until recently moving to Texas. Good riddance. He’ll fit in with all the backwards, cousin fucking shit kickers(Seriously fuck Texas!).

            If he visits I’d love to beat his magic underwear wearing ass.

          2. Why would I go to Utah? If the mormons stayed in Utah there would be no problem. However, they fuck like rabbits and send their missionaries everywhere in their attempt to outnumber everyone and take over.

            Fuck mormons and their defenders.

    2. I don’t think they’re required to retake the oath, I’m pretty sure they’re allowed to take a knee if they feel the oath is problematically racist and colonialist and patriarchal.

  34. Covid bill includes 4 months of paid time off for federal employees affected by school closures or covid. Fuck you citizens.

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/02/25/bidens-covid-bill-includes-a-provision-that-will-have-you-fuming-n332555

    1. Oh, this won’t be abused at all, I’m sure.

  35. “It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society,” he said. “Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism.”

    So I’m supposed to be offended by the actual racism, but not offended by being accused of being a purveyor of the actual racism?

    Also I’m not supposed to be offended by organizations expending time and resources accusing people of being racist, rather then spending time and resources addressing the actual racism?

    1. Yes to both. What a ridiculous statement from the attorney.

    2. Yeah, what a ridiculous statement. And it seems to me that the consequences of being branded a racist can be very similar to the consequences of actual racism: being unwelcome in certain parts of society, losing opportunities for employment, psychological stress. What is the unique damage done by racism that is really different from other forms of social exclusion or unfair discrimination? I can’t come up with much.

  36. https://twitter.com/DrewHolden360/status/1364789814495768577

    Also, as a reminder, Smith College has an endowment of **$2 BILLION** and so you better believe that if they gave one solitary flying fuck about equity they wouldn’t operate as an unregistered hedge fund.

  37. “it is impossible to rule out the potential role of implicit racial bias.”

    “No one can deny the possibility that many at Smith fuck sheep.”

    1. As long as they are white sheep. Fucking black sheep is racist!

      1. “Do they call me McGregor the fence builder? No. You fuck one goat…”

        1. I always tell that one with the name “Shamus.”

          How do the Rolling Stones and a Scotsman differ?

          The Stones say “Hey you, get off of my cloud,” and the Scotsman says, “Hey MacLeod, get off of my ewe.”

    2. Be-eh-eh-eh-ky and Be-eh-eh-eh-th?

  38. “Scientific” American’s latest lunacy:

    Physicists Need to Be More Careful with How They Name Things
    The popular term “quantum supremacy,” which refers to quantum computers outperforming classical ones, is uncomfortably reminiscent of “white supremacy”

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/physicists-need-to-be-more-careful-with-how-they-name-things/

    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words” – Syme

    1. And outperforming is uncomfortably reminiscent of “Trumping”.

      Soon you’ll have to send research to your university’s intersectional/legal team before publishing.

    2. Back in the day, SA might have published that in their April issue.

    3. Unfortunately, you cannot fit this much stupid back in the bottle.

    4. The word supremacy—having “more power, authority or status than anyone else”—is closely linked to “white supremacy.” This isn’t supposition; it’s fact.

      Diana Ross hardest hit.

      Seriously, SA is a fucking rag not worth wiping your ass with.

      1. Why is it that most mormons don’t try to defend their beliefs or doctrines when challenged? Because their beliefs are horseshit and when they attempted in the past they were ridiculed. Yet they have no problem knocking on doors. Lying, manipulating and tricking gullible people into joining their bigoted church. They also use force when they can get away with it.

        Mormons are goddamn fucking scumbags along with their defenders and enablers.

        1. Flag. Refresh.

          1. Kill Mormons. Refresh.

            1. It must suck to have loved so much, yet lost that little Mormon boy so long ago.

              1. It must suck to be a backwards, Mormon loving racist.

                1. Thwarted homoerotic desire, your schtick finally makes sense.

  39. “Prime users can currently order Mein Kampf and have it delivered in 48 hours.”

    Well, of course they still carry it, it was written by a socialist.

    1. No matter how many times you righties say it doesn’t make it true. National Socialism isn’t Socialism.

      1. Poor KAR – a socialist unwilling to admit the like minded, as well as a bigot POS who spews hate to cover for his lost love of a Mormon boy.

        1. The Trump worshipping Fascists on here have way more in common with Nazis than me.

          I’m not a socialist, but maybe you backwards morons will do a little research and learn the goddamn difference between Socialism and National Socialism.

      2. Radical Left is not Left

  40. Hillary Clinton is writing a thriller.
    we all know the end it was suicide so not so thrilling other than who may be the next victim

    1. I suspect Director Comey, at the podium, with a speach no reasonable prosecutor would deliver.

  41. “As Andrew Sullivan once observed, “We all live on campus now.”

    Incubators; those “crazy college kids” are now “those crazy congresspersons;” the progressive caucus currently comprises over 21% of the House.

    1. It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better if today’s universities are any indication.
      The 2040’s are going to be hell.

      1. I am increasingly convinced that it is going to have to get bad enough to break; that is the only way we will rebuild a better government that actually HAS to respect fundamental freedoms.
        The “break” will only occur when enough persons are directly effected by it, to the extent to refuse to comply.

  42. https://twitter.com/thehoffather/status/1364707538990632961

    This is a high school band practice in Wenatchee,WA

    1. You wouldn’t believe the acoustics!

    2. As one of the comments noted, ‘That poor tuba player…’

      Those precautions in an age cohort where this bug is literally less lethal than many strains of influenza… Or jeez, viral meningitis. People have lost their minds.

  43. https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1364284626114519041

    There’s a big focus on the race-gender diversity of Biden’s cabinet, basically no coverage of class. Many went to private or prep/boarding schools: Vilsack (Shady Side), Raimondo (LaSalle Academy), Blinken (Dalton), Buttigieg (St. Joseph’s), Walsh (Newman), Tai (Sidwell)

    1. diversity of race or sexuality does not mean diversity of thought. they are all drones.

      1. Some bobblehead responded to that by arguing that Buttigieg wasn’t a legacy student. The dude’s literally the son of a college professor.

    2. LaSalle is a typical urban working/middle class Catholic high school. Raimondo is a product of the working class.

  44. https://twitter.com/ZaidJilani/status/1364251464688939016

    The most popular option among lower class, working class, and middle class people is to have one parent work fulltime and another provide childcare at home. Among upper class parents, both parents working full time is most popular.

  45. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html?smid=tw-share

    This is a tale of how race, class and power collided at the elite 145-year-old liberal arts college, where tuition, room and board top $78,000 a year and where the employees who keep the school running often come from working-class enclaves beyond the school’s elegant wrought iron gates. The story highlights the tensions between a student’s deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.

    1. “We chose truth over facts.”
      SleepyJoe

  46. “Iran’s revolutionary regime retains power through conspiracy and intrigue, and views everything through that lens. The notion that it will be difficult for the U.S. to regain Iran’s trust after quitting the JCPOA is incorrect. The Iranian regime has never trusted the U.S., and never will.”

    —-Wang Xiyue, former political prisoner of the Iranian regime

    “What I Learned in an Iranian Prison”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-i-learned-in-an-iranian-prison-11614200732?

    There’s something deeply narcissistic about the idea that every bad thing that happens in the world is because of the United States, and the belief that Iran’s belligerent stance against the world is all because of the United States seems to be rooted in the hope that Iran would completely change if only the United States capitulated to Iranian demands and allowed them to rejoin the world order. People want to believe the United States is responsible for everything bad that happens in the world because it makes us feel like we’re in control.

    If the United States hadn’t joined in the coalition to defeat Muhammar Ghaddafi in 2011, the people of Libya would have rebelled against Ghaddafi anyway, the Qataris would have invaded Libya to put down the Libyan military anyway, and both the British and the French would have supplied air support anyway. The war may have taken longer to win without our logistical support, or Ghaddafi may have won instead if we hadn’t joined in–but there would have been a Libyan civil war with us or without us.

    The Rwandan genocide was not the fault of the United States–because we didn’t invade Rwanda and the former Zaire, but the narcissists who wish they had control love to imagine that if only the United States had intervened, the bad things could have been avoided and good things might have happened instead. This thinking is really toxic because it suggests that we’re not only responsible for all the bad things that happen in the world because of what we do but also responsible for all the bad things that happen in the world because of what we don’t do.

    When it comes to Iran, there are good reasons to think that what we did by overthrowing a democratic government in 1953 may have contributed to the belligerent state of the Iranian government today, as well as the things we did to them during the Cold War. Regardless of the extent to which our actions in the past have contributed to their belligerent stance today, there is no good reason to think that Iran is about to abandon their belligerent stance today as a consequence of our appeasement.

    FDR’s decision to close the Panama Canal to Japanese ships, seize Japanese assets, and place an embargo on scrap metal and oil bound for Japan may have made the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor practically inevitable, but the rape of Nanking happened four years before FDR’s decisions. Japan wasn’t a belligerent nation because of the decisions of FDR. They would have been a belligerent nation even if FDR had done nothing, and there wasn’t anything about appeasing Japan that would have made them less belligerent.

    I think that’s where we are with Iran. Much like the fundamentalists in the Mujahedeen would have been fundamentalists even if the United States hadn’t sent them stingers to fight the Russians, I suspect the Islamic fundamentalists of Iran would have been Islamic fundamentalists even if they’d had to overthrow a democratic government rather than the Shah. Regardless, there isn’t any good reason now to think that Iran will stop being a belligerent nation if only we appease them by allowing them to enrich their own uranium with impunity. They were state sponsors of terror with a terrorist army in Hezbollah, which they used against their neighbors, before the IAEA ruled that they were in violation and of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the UN Security Council imposed sanctions (with the assent of China and Russia), and I don’t see any good reason to believe that they will stop being a belligerent nation because Joe Biden capitulates and allows them to enrich their own uranium.

    Those of us who narcissistically imagine that everything bad that happens in the world is the fault of the United States really need to wake up out of their delusion already. We’re about to make some really big mistakes.

    1. What a dick.

      No, it’s fucking hilarious, and Newman already stated that she was trolling Green by putting up the Tranny Flag in the first place.

      Also, fucking LOL at you unironically posting links from an organization that was founded by a pedophile, although that shouldn’t be a surprise given your long-time support of refugee status for child molestors.

      1. Dicks get support from other dicks like yourself. What a surprise.

        1. Look in the mirror, fat boy.

          1. chemtard thinks putting up a poster in response to this is being a dick:

            Congresswoman Marie Newman
            @RepMarieNewman
            · 21h
            Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.”

            Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door Winking faceTransgender flag.

      2. What she should’ve done is take the tranny flag off the north wall and put it on the south wall and put the “There are two genders” sign in the flag’s old place. When Newman complains, just say that walls with flags on them are just a social construct and that you identify as a trans-directional woman.

        1. “It identifies as a pansexual wall.”

  47. Hahaha, holy shit:

    @DanRather
    Just because you’re a senator doesn’t mean you should get a free pass on lying.

    1. “Fake, but accurate”

  48. Have any of you been around long enough to remember Lobster Girl? Sigh, those were the days.

    1. I remember seasteading.

      1. It seems like we used to be able to attach pictures, bit I’m not sure. That could go south fast. I may be confused. But here she is:

        https://i.pinimg.com/736x/f1/57/27/f15727063f0218f92ccfd1a199b1d9ab–girl-fishing-women-fishing.jpg

    2. Remember the Rug Humper?

    3. I remember when Matt Welch was a “warblogger”.

      1. JFTR

        “The coinage ‘warblog’ is attributed to Matt Welch,[2][3] who started his War Blog within days of the September 11 attacks.[4] In the fall of 2001, the attacks gave rise to a “war-blogging movement,”[5] which favoured political punditry over the often personal and technological orientation that had dominated the blog genre up to that point, achieving much greater public and media recognition than earlier blogs.[5] Most warblogs supported the US-led War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War[6] from a hawkish perspective.[7]

        Warblogging was popularized by Glenn Reynolds, whose Instapundit was one of the most popular political blogs on the web.[8] Some prominent warblogs, such as Little Green Footballs by Charles Johnson[9] and Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan existed before September 11, but made the war on terror their primary focus afterwards.[10] Other notable warblogs included Dynamist by Virginia Postrel, KausFiles by Mickey Kaus, Talking Points Memo by Josh Marshall, KenLayne.com by Ken Layne,[10] and Lileks.com by James Lileks.[1]

        —-Warblog

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

        We used to set trends.

        1. Lileks was never really a warblogger though. He was more focused on nostalgic ephemera than politics and current events.

  49. Today in libertarian news and commentary.

    Still, despite Gates’ cheery faith in the ‘power of innovation’, it is easy to see why some might find How to Avoid a Climate Disaster a little hard to stomach. For a start, there is the hey-dude hypocrisy of a man belatedly associating himself with this fashionable assault on fossil-fuels, at the same time as he darts from meeting to meeting in his private jet. He says he plans to use ‘sustainable jet fuel’, and will ‘fully offset my family’s aviation emissions in 2021′ — these are not the words of a man willing to walk the carbon-free walk. They are an admission of double standards – the tribute wealthy vice pays to green virtue-signalling.

    1. I take issue with the assumption, not from Paul, here, but in the news media, generally, that Gates is somehow a spokesperson for capitalism–because he’s rich.

      Bill Gates’ mentor was Warren Buffett. Warren Buffet owned CapCities-ABC (now Disney) and the Washington Post, and it wasn’t just because of the profits. Warren Buffet was a union buster. When you’re an old school capitalist, you need the cover of some serious media against the muckrakers. There are a number of ways to head that off beforehand, and the best way amounts to buying them off. Nothing owned by Disney has anything bad to say about Buffett, and if you ever wanted a job as a journalist working for Disney or the Washington Post, you better STFU about Buffett.

      Buffett and Gates used to play bridge on a regular basis, and in the wake of Janet Reno coming after Microsoft in 1993 and 1994, Gates woke up to the fact that, like Buffett, he needed a news media property to cover his ass. Gates bankrolled the roll out of MSNBC in 1995 (MSNBC = Microsoft Network – National Broadcasting Company) for the same reasons Buffett owned news media companies. It’s insurance against muckraking and the federal government regulation such muckraking brings–and if it pays for its own costs, that’s great.

      This is also, presumably, why Bezos bought The Washington Post.

      Buffett regularly makes obtuse statements that play into the left’s narrative (He famously complained about his secretary supposedly paying less taxes than he did), and Gates makes the the same kind of obtuse statements presumably for the same reasons. If you’re afraid of the mob wrecking your store, you don’t pay off the FBI. The FBI will come to help you if they can anyway. If you’re afraid of the mob, you pay them protection money. If you’re afraid a nasty guard dog is going to eat you up, you throw him a steak to chew on. That’s how I see Gates’ public statements. It’s buying protection from the socialists, the progressives, and the Democrats. The Republicans mostly admire you for getting rich.

      If you don’t have anyone protecting you, then the biggest guy on the cell block will come and take everything you’ve got. Paying what amounts to protecting money in public statements doesn’t mean Gates is a legitimate spokesperson for woke capitalism–just because he’s rich. All the restaurants on the block that are paying the mob for protection think the mob are a bunch of great guys when you ask them. Go ahead and ask them! They’re giving the mob guys free food.

      And that’s not because they’re scared. It’s because the mob guys are such. nice. guys.

      1. Gates is somehow a spokesperson for capitalism–because he’s rich.

        It’s a propaganda trick. It’s the same reason they display “Conservatives” like Mitt Romney agreeing with their agenda, projecting a false image of broad consensus.

        1. It’s like Krugnuts at the New York Times.

          Now they have an economist who will say pretty much whatever they want.

  50. Amazon has not offered an explanation, but appears to have recently crafted a policy against “content that we determine is hate speech,”

    Shit, there goes my self-published eBook, “Kill All Canadians”.

    1. Where you drown them all in a giant barrel of HO2?

      1. Drowning Canadians isn’t practical. The water would keep freezing up.

        1. The real problem results from your inability to recognize water.

        2. “HO2… Drowning… water…”
          White Knight isn’t big into chemicalstry.

          1. Mother’s Lament thinks there is an element on the periodic table with symbol, CL.

            1. Chlorine. #17.

              Idiot.

              1. That would be “Cl”.

                1. You’re a fucking idiot because HO2 isn’t and never will be water, and you didn’t understand that the CL part paired with it was intentional and mocking your hydrogen dioxide fuck up.

                  You were trying to correct diWhite Knightoxide’s deliberate mockery of your fuckup like the enormous moron that you are.

                  Here’s the thread that this utter burke is referring to. Read it and laugh at White Knight’s complete stupidity:
                  https://reason.com/2021/02/24/bill-de-blasio-wear-two-masks-covid-19-anthony-fauci/#comment-8779196

                  1. Try harder. It just isn’t a clever joke at all.

                    1. And there we have it: “I was being retarded because it wasn’t a clever joke”.
                      Lol, your such retarded trash.

              2. I’ll make sure to bookmark where you called me an idiot, in a post where you demonstrated that you don’t realize that it matters a lot whether the letters in a chemical formula are upper or lower case.

                I believe the formula that was quoted (yesterday?) was NaCL3. Which would consist of sodium, carbon, and the non-existent element, L.

                1. Big difference between a capitalization mistake and thinking water is HO2. Huge.

                  1. I caught you being an idiot while trying to call me an idiot, and now I’ve bookmarked it.

                    1. This is what White Knight is referring to. The moron tried to turn diWhite Knightoxide’s mockery of White Knight’s chemistry prowess, into some sort of own goal, but fucked up completely. Somehow WK thought he could ignore the HO2 part and just make it seem like the CL was unintentional at not part of the mockery.

                      Read the thread for a good laugh at White Knight’s pathetic misconception.

                      Geiger Goldstaedt
                      February.24.2021 at 10:06 am

                      White Knight hardest hit …

                      Mother’s Lament
                      February.24.2021 at 11:08 am

                      Tears of rage pouring down his face…

                      diWhite Knightoxide
                      February.24.2021 at 11:36 am

                      HO2 and NaCL3

                      The White Knight II: The White Knight Rises!
                      February.24.2021 at 3:12 pm

                      “NaCL3”? Now, there’s an embellishment.
                      It’s “Cl”, by the way, not “CL”. Oh, look, you accidentally made a typo in a chemical formula. Let’s immortalize your typo!

                      Mother’s Lament
                      February.24.2021 at 6:47 pm

                      “HO2 and NaCL3″
                      “It’s “Cl”, by the way, not “CL”

                      Fucking facepalm.jpg
                      Are you trying to be retarded on purpose?

                      https://reason.com/2021/02/24/bill-de-blasio-wear-two-masks-covid-19-anthony-fauci/#comment-8779196

                  2. “Big difference between a capitalization mistake”

                    It wasn’t even a capitalization mistake on diWhite Knightoxide’s part, but obviously part of the joke.
                    White Knight tries to pull these cheap little misrepresentation tricks all the time, but inevitably fucks up because he’s retarded.

                    1. If that was the obvious joke, it wasn’t obvious to Unicorn.

                      And if that’s the joke, it’s lame. Ooh, I’m going to spell Cl with a capital L — because it’s just like accidentally putting the 2 in the wrong place in the formula for after.

                      Well, not it isn’t. The joke is lame. And none of this has anything with Unicorn missing that case matters in chemical formulas.

                    2. It wasn’t lame, it was knocking your ignorance. Which you then doubled down on and followed up with the most retarded victory lap ever seen in the Reason comments.

                    3. I have news for you, Mother’s. All of these “HO2” comments over the past few weeks have been one of the stupidest victory laps here.

              3. Ah, here it is:

                https://reason.com/2021/02/24/bill-de-blasio-wear-two-masks-covid-19-anthony-fauci/#comment-8779196

                diWhite Knightoxide
                February.24.2021 at 11:36 am

                HO2 and NaCL3

                1. To which Mother’s Lament replied, as if what diWhite Knightoxide wrote was a brilliant joke:

                  https://reason.com/2021/02/24/bill-de-blasio-wear-two-masks-covid-19-anthony-fauci/#comment-8780330

                  Fucking facepalm.jpg
                  Are you trying to be retarded on purpose?

                  1. Pathetic. But not sad, because you are a lying lefty shit.

                    Keep up your lookout for fire extinguishers, fucktard.

                  2. I know you’re not very bright but have another look and see if you can figure out why you’re an absolute retard.

                    “HO2 and NaCL3″

                    This whole thread of you owning yourself yet again is a keeper.

                    1. He was trying to make a joke about the formula for salt, but f’d up the capitalization to Cl. Joke is not on me.

                    2. Let me be clearer. The “3” tacked onto the end of the formula for salt was the attempted joke. He f’d it up, though, by getting Cl wrong.

                    3. That doesn’t hold, you clown, because he used your retarded formulae for water too.

                      Face it, you fucked up yet again.

  51. “But refusing to sell Anderson’s book will prompt understandable charges of rank hypocrisy. Prime users can currently order Mein Kampf and have it delivered in 48 hours.”

    Why would it be hypocritical? Modern progressives clearly have quite a bit in common with Nazis.

  52. “It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society,” he said. “Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism.”

    This guy is comparing accusations of racism to actual racism. But in reality the comparison is false accusations of racism to actual not racism. I wish I were surprised to learn an ACLU lawyer does not understand there is a difference between false accusations of racism and true accusations of racism or a difference between actual racism and not racism.

    This reinforces that the left is controlled by what I call debate reality. In debate reality the actual facts are irrelevant and everyone pretends the left’s assertions are correct, so they assert whatever needs to be true to win the debate regardless of its relationship to reality.

  53. And the various spooky black figures who rise like obscuring vapors in certain works by authors ranging from John Osborne to Saul Bellow can curtail your visits to those writers’ shelves. Far too often, readers of color have to police the pages, instead of immersing themselves in the solitary beauty of reading. In 1994, a journalist asked Toni Morrison, “When you encountered racial stereotypes in the classics of American literature—in Ernest Hemingway or Willa Cather or William Faulkner—how did you deal with them?” Morrison responded, “I skipped that part. Read over it. Because I loved those books. . . . So when they said these things that were profoundly racist, I forgave them.” But sometimes love is not enough to overcome the “nigger” in an author’s mind.

    I trust anything written by Hemingway and Saul Bellow will be exorcised from the Amazon store?

    1. Little Orphant Annie – A cautionary tale about foresaking your white privilege by James Whitcomb Riley.

  54. Titania McGrath predicts the near future again:

    @TitaniaMcGrath
    Given that hate speech is not possible without free speech, any defence of free speech is a form of hate speech.

      1. I wish he’d level up and do a Paul Verhoeven-style film satire, but from the opposite political perspective.

  55. Hello my name is Rev kuck,
    It has been 13 days since I last clicked a sullum article

    Ps suck it mothers lament

    1. 🙁

  56. Prime users can currently order Mein Kampf and have it delivered in 48 hours.

    Now *that* is how you ‘to be sure’.

  57. “The Times story is worth reading in full”

    Which story – the 2018 story at the time the incident actually happened, where they said it was racism, or the 2021 story after the university’s investigation showed the racism claims were BS?

  58. The cancel culture is all about the claim that “perception is reality”.

    The human condition is about perceiving reality.

    Either with logic and science, the rational way, or by making it up as you go, fantasy, the irrational way.

    Stop appeasing fools.

  59. I just found the answer to this madness on the Babylon Bee.
    It is still OK to be white if you are a polar bear.
    So all us racists just need to identify as polar bears.
    Problem solved.

    1. But polar bears have black skin.

      1. Irrelevant. It is what people see you as, not what you are.

        Welcome to the revolution.

  60. “Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for the A.C.L.U. of Massachusetts and Ms. Kanoute’s lawyer, cautioned against drawing too much from the investigative report, as subconscious bias is difficult to prove.”

    So, is there a difference between the absence of proof and “difficult to prove.” Perhaps Mr. Hall can explain.

    1. We’ve reached the point where we can say that literal witch-hunters had higher standards of proof.

  61. She is not a “women of color” whatever that is..I love how we define people today if they are not “white”…She is of the Indo-European Race..in other words she is no more a women of color than an American of Italian background..stop accepting the bolshevik’s defintional world..come on Reason act like true libertarians

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