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Twitter Sues Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Accusing Him of Retaliating Against the Company for Banning Donald Trump

Plus: Iowa limits early voting, a prominent sex trafficking "rescue" group relies on psychics, and more...

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Twitter sues to stop Texas' top cop from violating the First Amendment. Twitter claims Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is only investigating the company as payback for it banning former President Donald Trump's account. "Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees," Twitter says in its federal lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Paxton launched the investigation into Twitter and several other tech companies on January 13—just five days after Twitter's suspension of Trump from its platform—decrying "the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President of the United States."

But private companies are allowed to deplatform public officials as they see fit. The First Amendment doesn't just protect the right of private individuals and corporations to speak freely without censorship from the government but to resist serving as a mandatory forum for government speech, too.

With the new lawsuit, Twitter "seeks to stop AG Paxton from unlawfully abusing his authority as the highest law-enforcement officer of the State of Texas to intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter's exercise of its First Amendment rights," it states. The suit continues:

The rights of free speech and of the press afforded Twitter under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include the right to make decisions about what content to disseminate through its platform. This right specifically includes the discretion to remove or otherwise restrict access to Tweets, profiles, or other content posted to Twitter. AG Paxton may not compel Twitter to publish such content over its objection, and he may not penalize Twitter for exercising its right to exclude such content from its platform.

You can read the whole complaint here.


FREE MINDS

Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans' ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud. "Republicans said the new rules were needed to guard against voting fraud, though they noted Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November's election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state," notes NBC News. More:

The law shortens the early voting period to 20 days from the current 29, just three years after Republicans reduced the period from 40 days. It also requires most mail ballots to be received by Election Day, rather than counting votes postmarked by Election Day that arrive by noon on the Monday following the election.

Georgia yesterday also passed a bill restricting absentee voting:


FREE MARKETS

A new vision for antitrust law. Asheesh Agarwal, deputy general counsel at TechFreedom, lays out some of the popular, problematic, and woefully bipartisan proposals to give the U.S. government more control over private businesses and counters with a "positive antitrust agenda" that draws on existing laws and concepts:

In recent months, antitrust activists have defined the debate with very aggressive proposals that break from the bipartisan consensus of the past 40 years. These ideas, popular in Europe, include: abandoning the venerable consumer welfare standard to encompass amorphous concepts such as "democratic ideals"; calling for structural separation of large companies; and adopting a "guilty until proven innocent" presumption for many common business practices, such as small acquisitions.

Rather than simply oppose these ideas, antitrust traditionalists — people on both sides of the aisle who believe in settled antitrust concepts and have concerns about upending decades of law and practice — should promote their own, alternate agenda. Tim Muris, one of the Federal Trade Commission's most successful chairmen ever, developed and implemented a "positive antitrust agenda" to show people that established antitrust concepts could address competitive concerns.

More on what a less extreme antitrust agenda might look like here.


QUICK HITS

• Another U.S. sex trafficking "rescue" group turns out to be a bunch of loons:

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says that fully vaccinated people can "visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing," "visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing," and "refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic."

• It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.

• A record number of migrant children are being held in U.S. detention facilities. "More than 3,200 migrant children were stuck in Border Patrol facilities on Monday, with nearly half held beyond a three-day legal limit," says CBS News.

• "A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged in an incident in which he set his dog on a driver and kept the biting animal on the man for nearly four minutes even though the driver was pleading for help," reports NBC News.

NEXT: The Great Vaccine Fiasco

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  1. Twitter sues to stop Texas’ top cop from violating the First Amendment.

    Is this worse than suspending his account?

    1. They really don’t want the deplatforming investigated.

      If it turns out that elected officials and government actors were indeed directing big tech actions over the last six months, ENB’s squeals about “Muh private company” will seem pretty dishonest.

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      2. They really don’t want the deplatforming investigated.

        Yup. It should be clear from ENB’s stance that they are using the 1A in bad faith, not to protect free speech, but to protect internet platforms. The 1A says “Congress shall make no law”, not “State AG’s shall have no powers to investigate.”

        The fact that Trump’s personal Twitter account was deemed a public platform that he’s now a private citizen doesn’t even enter the discussion. What matters is that Twitter et al. are a protected platforms getting rid of private and political dissent in a concerted manner. End of story. No questions.

        1. “The fact that Trump’s personal Twitter account was deemed a public platform …..”

          The progressives seem to be quite eager to completely ignore that little tidbit of brilliant jurisprudence — which, for the record, they all celebrated at the time. I wonder why?

          1. Because Twitter was never a public forum and we’ve always been at war with Eurasia.

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        2. The 1A says “Congress shall make no law”, not “State AG’s shall have no powers to investigate.”

          Yes, and I fully expect the courts to dismiss the lawsuit for failure to cite an actionable claim since Paxton hasn’t actually done anything to them, the same way a court would dismiss a lawsuit from Trump to try and stop Cy Vance’s fishing expedition up in New York. That’s how equal justice under the law works, right?

    2. “The First Amendment doesn’t just protect the right of private individuals and corporations to speak freely without censorship from the government but to resist serving as a mandatory forum for government speech, too.”

      So I can put up a sign that says “No niggers, spics, or ENB’s” at my business?

      1. Do those people send out mean tweets?

        1. I own a sandwich shop.

          1. Does the bullshit sandwich come with a pickle?

            1. You eat bullshit?

              1. Eunuch swallows whatever the left puts in front of him

              2. Ha!

              3. I wasn’t planning on patronizing your establishment, just your comments.

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      2. Wait, wasn’t that the crux of the court decision that banned Trump from banning trolls on his Twitter account?

        1. Could be, but I recall it had to do with being an official government forum?

          1. It was his personal Twitter account, and he was banned from banning trolls because his personal Twitter was declared by a Federal judge to be a public forum.

            1. Which would mean that Twitter closing Trump’s account is a constitutional violation ….

      3. re: “So I can put up a sign that says…”

        This will sound crazy but the answer could be “Yes” depending on what business you’re in. The answer is unambiguously “No” only if you’re in one of the businesses designated as a “place of public accommodation”. Of course, Congress was lazy in their drafting of the definition of “place of public accommodation” so the practical answer is “Maybe and you won’t know for sure until you get sued and lose”.

        1. “The answer is unambiguously “No” only if you’re in one of the businesses designated as a “place of public accommodation”

          As is the case with most of your “legal analysis” this is wrong.

          Government contractors can’t, for example.

        2. Maybe and you won’t know for sure until you get sued and lose”.

          so for practical purposes of running a business the answer is “no” and your post was just masturbation

          also, reading my nig

          DiIlinger
          March.9.2021 at 10:37 am
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    5. If you believe in the Dictatorship of the left it certainly is. If you believe in the Constitution it is the right thing to do. So, Reason believes “Texas’ top cop investigating Twitter is horrible.

  2. Iowa is cracking down on early voting…

    Your vote shouldn’t count if it wasn’t informed by the October Surprise anyway.

    1. I like how it is the states that have had early voting that are the bad guys, whereas NY has never had early voting. ENB is just dumb.

      1. Odds are she is unaware.

  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says that fully vaccinated people can “visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing…”

    Wish the Constitution had thought to allow that.

    1. Don’t abuse this privilege, or we will take it back!

    2. “Someone has to think of the people you don’t think about.”

      1. And the people who won’t think of themselves (in the desired way).

    3. My mother croaked before she could get a vaccine, am I allowed to visit her gravesite yet?

  4. … “visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing,” and “refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.”

    However by doing so you are not guaranteed freedom from being shamed by the pajama class and its disciples.

  5. PRIVATE companies owned BY government interests ARE allowed to deplatform public officials as they see fit.

    Trumpentatorshits want me to stop eating poop and, libertarian-style, end the collusion between the Government Almighty (DNC) who are giving orders to “privately” owned websites! Trumpentatorshits ***ARE*** traitorous (Libertarian) TURN-Coats that wants to join the deplorables gone democratic in Washington DC, and replace oligarchy with democracy! (Regular readers here DO know that trumpanzees are from DEPLORABLE AmeriKKKaistanistanistanistan).

    1. Yes, this! Tulpa is from the DEPLORABLE parts of AmeriKKKaistanistanistanistan!!! I am SOOOO gonna have to steal that!

      1. This brain-dead shit is now joined by KAR’s newest handle; flag, refresh

        1. I envy KAR. He can handle his booze and is way smarter than you Sevo.

          It sucks being an alcoholic pussy who is inferior to regular people like KAR, right Sevo?

          1. It sucks being an alcoholic pussy

            I’m glad you clarified because when I first read ‘pussy alcoholic’ I was thinking that someone who’s addicted to pussy and alcohol can’t be all bad.

      2. “SQRLSY One
        March.9.2021 at 10:12 am
        Asshole clutter-pig is getting lazy”

        “SQRLSY One
        March.9.2021 at 9:49 am
        Yes, this! Tulpa is from the DEPLORABLE parts of AmeriKKKaistanistanistanistan!!! I am SOOOO gonna have to steal that!”

    2. lol

    3. So the idiots are still ignoring that the corporations are working on concert with government. Nothing says liberty like soft fascism.

      1. At this point, it is hard fascism.

      2. You are responding to a spoof of SQRLSY, yet you throw around the term, idiot.

        1. Well, when Melvin runs his socks with reckless abandon, it is easy to get confused, isn’t it?

          1. Yup, in all seriousness, it is easy to be tricked by spoof handles.

            It’s much more embarrassing to be tricked when in the very comment where you were tricked you are calling other people idiots.

            It’s like the law of karma of the Internet that if you make a comment correcting someone else’s spelling you will probably misspell a word.

            1. “Yup, in all seriousness ….”

              Never!

            2. “it is easy to be tricked by spoof handles”

              Particularly when I’m so eminently spoofable.

          2. I passed “Loyalsock Creek” in Pennsylvania today and thought of the comments section.

        2. And you don’t know what “axed” means.

  6. It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.

    Trump’s departure from the White House has brought release to so many previously verboten topics.

    1. Just wait until the Hunter Biden stuff surfaces!

    2. So it turns out that what every non chink loving retard thought turned out to be true

      1. Well, look at you. Trump worshippers always reveal themselves to be racist, sooner or later.

        1. if you say so sarcasmic

        2. When have I ever support trump? Also the chinks are scumbags. They steal anything they can in terms of ip and research, because they are incapae of doing anything good. They have been stealing bio-tech and pathogens for at least the last 20 years. They are not good people.

          1. The fact that you paint a billion people with your simpleton brush makes you an unabashed racist.

      2. More and more I see people here proudly using racial slurs. The n-word for Black people, now the c-word for Chinese people. Is this part of the new Team Red idea for being edgy? “Don’t give in to the censorship of Team Blue, go ahead and say in public all the racist shit in your head and don’t fear the consequences”?

        1. I thought you were about arguments, not ad hominems?

          1. Don’t be as dumb as this guy ^

            1. What a Jew thing to say ….

            2. because he got you?

        2. You really have a problem with free speech, don’t you?

        3. Thank you for your concern, baizuo.

        4. So, first! of all, the Constitution says “Election Day”, not “Election Month” and if you don’t understand why that’s important vos a vi mail in ballots, then you shouldn’t be writing for a political magazine, even one as sadly decrepit as Reason (seriously what happened to this once great magazine? Was all its brilliance in Postrell?
          Second, when ABC (Google), Twitter, and Amazon all deplatform Twitter’s rival (Parler) within hours of each other, there is every reason to investigate for actual collusion and violations of antitrust laws.
          God I miss the old Reason.

    3. Trump not listening to any of these warnings in 2018 is yet another fuck-up to be laid at his feet.

      1. ok sarcasmic

        1. Sigh, you are a Tulpa sock too? Not that surprised, actually.
          [Flag and refresh]

          1. ok sarcasmic

          2. It’s not actually Tulpa who’s mocking you dishonest fucks.

      2. “Trump not listening to any of these warnings in 2018 is yet another fuck-up to be laid at his feet.”

        Any of your posts are a fuck-up laid at your feet. Do you have an existence beyond being TDS-addled, shit?

        1. Better to have TDS than BDS.
          Trump worshippers are traitors.

          Alcoholic pussy.

      3. Trump not listening to any of these warnings in 2018

        The warning that China was going to release a novel coronavirus from its research labs two years later?

        1. Traitor

          1. Hicklib faggot.

        2. Wasn’t Trump criticized for calling it the Chinese virus?

          1. Why yes, yes he was. He was further called “xenophobic” for limiting travel from China.

  7. A record number of migrant children are being held in U.S. detention facilities.

    They need to be acclimated to their new country’s perpetual lockdown state.

    1. But they aren’t cages.

      1. I prefer my migrants free-range and fair-trade.

    2. The average years of education in Mexico is 7.1 years.The median is probably fewer. Half of Mexicans start to work full time at around 14 years old, so many, if not most, of the children held in cages are young males who have been working for years in the land of their birth.
      When we talk about being blind to customs and mores of other cultures, applying an American standard to Mexicans entering the US is an example. Mexican males of 14 – 18 years of age are often workers.

      1. If they had a job there, why are they here?

        1. ShopRite is hiring.

      2. What’s the Mexican school system like? I have a feeling 7 years in Mexico is better than 12 years in most US public schools

        1. Nothing says ‘highly educated’ like walking off into the desert only to wind up in a cage-cum-detenction-center because you have no destination and can’t identify yourself or your parents.

          1. I’m not saying they are highly educated, I’m asking if the 7 years is better than 12 years in the US indoctrination camps. The area I grew up in (Chicago) had a high school graduation literacy rate of 40%. If 41% of the mexican kids could read then their 7 years is better than a lot of the US 12

            1. I think you were making a rhetorical point and you cannot possibly think 7 years in a third world school is preferable to US schooling, no matter how bad.

              “The area I grew up in (Chicago)”

              Or maybe not.

              1. I was making the point analogous to JohannesDinkle; school in Mexico is so superior that walking off into the desert without your parents or a destination seems like a good idea.

                But, to your point, I suppose if one were educated in Chicago, one might not follow the logic.

      3. When we talk about being blind to customs and mores of other cultures, applying an American standard to Mexicans entering the US is an example.

        You’ve got something in your eye. I started full-time/seasonal work in this country when I was 13.

  8. More than 3,200 migrant children were stuck in Border Patrol facilities on Monday, with nearly half held beyond a three-day legal limit…

    Hey, you have to give the new administration time to adjust to the idea of releasing people from prisons instead of tossing them in. Biden and Harris will be retrained as soon as their schedules permit.

    1. And you’ll have to forgive Grandpa Joe if he forgets his training and relapses back to throwing them in prison, he’s old.

  9. “It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.”

    Irrelevant. We must not let the alleged origins of the #TrumpVirus distract us from the US’s real enemy — Russia.

    #LibertariansAgainstSinophobia
    #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

    1. #LibertariansForUndesirablesInLaborCamps?

      1. Man, that is a great idea! If we catch someone illegally trying to enter the country, we sentence them to work on the wall! It would be done twice as fast for half the money. Of course, the craftsmanship would be what you expect from people who can’t even read their own language- let alone speak ours.

    2. #openBordersNotOpenMarkets

    3. DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORIES! PAY NO MIND TO THE BAT BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

  10. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says that fully vaccinated people can … “refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.”

    So, we now know for certain the vaccine cures the formerly-mysterious “asymptotic spread”?

    1. *asymptomatic*

      Damn autocorrect (but I kind of like “asymptotic spread”)!

      1. Regression to the mean (IQ)?

      2. Band name?

    2. You know who else enjoyed an asymptotic spread?

      1. hey sarcasmic is bringing all his socks!

      2. Neil Ferguson?

      3. Your mom?

        1. Everyone knows his mom has plenty of symptoms.

          1. “Everyone knows his mom”

            could have stopped there

        2. Really going after the low hanging fruit there, anomalous. Do try to be more creative, unless you want us to think you were adopted.

    3. “approaching a given value as an expression containing a variable tends to infinity.” Yeah, I think you got it right.

  11. A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged in an incident in which he set his dog on a driver and kept the biting animal on the man for nearly four minutes even though the driver was pleading for help…

    Unpopular take: Animals should not be trained to assault humans. (But if you simply must, at least not off of the owner’s private property.)

    1. Tell that to Joe Biden and his Hitler youth dogs.

    2. Fur missiles have a place. But excessive force is excessive force. Punish it if it’s proven to have occurred.

      1. Qualified immunity for the win.

        CB

      2. They’re like 3rd World Scud missiles, I don’t care how well trained.

    3. Animals should not be trained to assault humans. (But if you simply must, at least not off of the owner’s private property.)

      Yes, that does sound like unsafe recreation- a very dangerous game indeed.

  12. “But private companies are allowed to deplatform public officials as they see fit. The First Amendment doesn’t just protect the right of private individuals and corporations to speak freely without censorship from the government but to resist serving as a mandatory forum for government speech, too.”

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it morally right from a libertarian perspective, ENB; and no matter how you twist it this was a political action pushed by the Democratic Party itself.

    Removing it’s biggest draw was hardly in Twitter’s interest.

    1. I long for the day when Twitter and bookface are no longer mentioned.

    2. Also, I wonder if Twitter (and ENB) are frightened by what might turn up in the Texas Attorney Generals investigation. There’s a 100% chance that Twitter execs have been taking their marching orders from elected officials on this.

      1. Or vice-versa.

      2. Would it really be that easy? I’d imagine that if there’s some email from the DNC chairman telling Dorsey to ban Trump, then it would be easy enough to delete it, and at most some low level IT guy takes the fall for obstructing justice. That’s even assuming the email would have come from the DNC and not one of their front company “non-government” organizations.

        1. That’s the funny thing about criminal masterminds and their organizations, they for some reason seem to keep meticulous records of what exactly they were doing. I always assumed it was all the low-level functionaries within a large organization that need “busy work” that can be trusted to keep records but can’t be trusted to be smart enough to know they shouldn’t be keeping records. They never think that those records will one day hang them.

    3. “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it morally right…”

      Whoa, Mamma got one right for once!

      So if 51% of the voters vote to use Government Almighty jails and guns to steal private property from owners of web sites, and make them bow to the will of the 51%, and punish “Party A” for the writings of “Party B”… That’s legal, because the 51% said so, right? Does it make it MORALLY right to do all of these kinds of things? Hello, Mamma? Logic? Non-hypocrisy? The rule of law? “What is good for the goose, is good for the gander”? How does this compute?

      Or… collectivism, Marxism, your stuff is my stuff… THOSE are special rules that apply when they don’t like your comments, and take them down? One what USED to be THEIR web site?

        1. Asshole clutter-pig is getting lazy ass well now!

          (Or more honest? F,R = Fuckhead, Rabid?)

        2. Pussy alcoholic

          1. Please don’t respond to this fuck today, people. He’s trying to hijack the discussion.

            1. Go back to Canada fascist.

              1. stop being a pedo

            2. It worked out worse for sarcasmic yesterday. I’m still waiting on his cite for sevo.

              1. See https://reason.com/2020/01/01/trumps-inartful-dodges/#comment-8068520 , where
                Der JesseBahnFuhrer says, of Trump, “He is not constitutionally bound on any actions he performed.”

                Hey JesseBahnFuhrer! Is this statement of yours, above, now applicable to Biden? Or is only Dear Leader Der TrumpfenFuhrer qualified to be our dictator? If so, why?

            3. It’s also a weird thing to mention. We all know booze is awsome.

              1. Sevo doesn’t think so.

              2. And cooze is too.

      1. If the ***PRIVATE*** company is found to be following the instructions of elected officials is IT STILL a private company? I don’t know and I DON’T CARE!
        My job is to stop any discussion I DON’T LIKE by calling you all Trumpentatortatorshits ***AND*** trumpanzee deplorableorable!

        1. “If the ***PRIVATE*** company is found to be following the instructions of elected officials is IT STILL a private company?”

          Yes, it is still private, till the Government Almighty takes its property, or bosses it around SOOO much, that, for all practical purposes, Government Almighty OWNS it outright!

          Section 230 MINIMIZES the powers of Government Almighty! Hello?

          Government Almighty pushing around businesses with THREATS to de-fang Section 230? “Nice web site ya got there, be a shame if we tore Section 230 down, and bossed you around some more.
          And punished YOU for stuff that OTHER people wrote!”

          To FIX the above-described problem, conservaturd idiots want to empower Government Almighty! Tear down Section 230! They imagine that the political ghost of Der TrumpfenFuhrer will protect THEIR power-pig comments on chat boards, and Der BidenFuhrer will NOT protect everyone’s baby feelings from conservaturd comments!!!

          Hello, did y’all not notice that the Trumptatorshit LOST the elections?!?! Hello, is there anyone IN there?!?!

          1. You really do love your corporatism as a guise for your authoritarian leanings.

            1. Ass ass usual, JesseBahnFuhrer refutes nothing I write, just posts insults. Did yer Mamma help you compose that piece of written garbage, you piece of garbage?

              Speaking of garbage and garb, here is some GOOD news for once!

              https://www.npr.org/2021/03/07/974630640/switzerland-approves-ban-on-face-coverings-in-public

              1. You’ve made it clear you support corporatism such as collusion with political parties. Not sure what you’re upset about.

                1. I’m sorry (“upset”) that Perfect People like YOU never admit error! I am sorry that it was people like YOU who killed Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and more, because the killed were better humanoids than the killers!

                  A brilliant writer made the full-blown case for the above, HERE! Read and heed!

                  http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

                  1. SQRLSY One
                    March.9.2021 at 11:05 am
                    I’m sorry (“upset”) that Perfect People like YOU never admit error!

                    You just lied about your posts acknowledging chilling effect because you know it made you wrong.

                    1. D-PIZZIED-ITS-BRAINS-DOWN-THE-TOILET is a lying jerk, or can’t read, or both!!!

                      SQRLSY One
                      March.9.2021 at 10:27 am

                      Yes, it is still private, till the Government Almighty takes its property, or bosses it around SOOO much, that, for all practical purposes, Government Almighty OWNS it outright!

                      …or bosses it around SOOO much, that, for all practical purposes, Government Almighty OWNS it outright!

                      Can you READ, dishonest, mendacious jerk? “Bossing around” clearly includes using threats, yes? Have you ever WORKED a day in your life? If so, you would KNOW that the boss can boss you around, because the boss has the power to fire you!

                      Any other stupid lies for us, liar?

                    2. Again, because you are lying, that not chilling effect.

                      Repeating your lie doesn’t make it not a lie.

              2. Fuck off, Melvin. Nothing is going to bring back your dead daughter, assuming she wasn’t just a hallucination the entire time.

          2. “Yes, it is still private, till the Government Almighty takes its property”

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilling_effect

            1. Hey Damiksec, damiskec, and damikesc, and ALL of your other socks…
              How is your totalitarian scheme to FORCE people to buy Reason magazines coming along?

              Free speech (freedom from “Cancel Culture”) comes from Facebook, Twitter, Tik-Tok, and Google, right? THAT is why we need to pass laws to prohibit these DANGEROUS companies (which, ugh!, the BASTARDS, put profits above people!)!!! We must pass new laws to retract “Section 230” and FORCE the evil corporations to provide us all (EXCEPT for my political enemies, of course!) with a “UBIFS”, a Universal Basic Income of Free Speech!

              So leftist “false flag” commenters will inundate Reason-dot-com with shitloads of PROTECTED racist comments, and then pissed-off readers and advertisers and buyers (of Reason magazine) will all BOYCOTT Reason! And right-wing idiots like Damikesc will then FORCE people to support Reason, so as to nullify the attempts at boycotts! THAT is your ultimate authoritarian “fix” here!!!

              “Now, to “protect” Reason from this meddling here, are we going to REQUIRE readers and advertisers to support Reason, to protect Reason from boycotts?”
              Yup. Basically. Sounds rough. (Quote damikesc)

              (Etc.)

              See https://reason.com/2020/06/24/the-new-censors/#comment-8316852

              1. I love educating you into a tantrum

                1. You have educated me, such that I know you are an authoritarian. And a smug power-pig. What else have you taught me?

                  1. “You have educated me’

                    I know, I just said that.

                  2. **you are an authoritarian. And a smug power-pig.**

                    For linking to something which proves you wrong on Wikipedia.

                    He was right about your “tantrum”.

                    1. So D-PizzIe, do you AGREE with authoritarian assholes who say that, for example, when Reason.com can no longer take DOWN asshole racist comments, on THEIR web site, and people start boycotting Reason Magazine as a result… The solution is to get Government Almighty to FORCE people to buy Reason Magazine? Hello? Can we get a clear statement from you?

                      My original points already included acknowledging “chilling effect”, you smug, lazy asshole!

                    2. **So D-PizzIe, do you AGREE with authoritarian assholes**

                      No, I don’t agree with you.

                    3. My original points already included acknowledging “chilling effect”

                      No it didn’t liar. You’re just mad because it made you wrong and now your backpedaling.

                    4. CDSchrader is a lying jerk, or can’t read, or both!!!

                      SQRLSY One
                      March.9.2021 at 10:27 am

                      Yes, it is still private, till the Government Almighty takes its property, or bosses it around SOOO much, that, for all practical purposes, Government Almighty OWNS it outright!

                      …or bosses it around SOOO much, that, for all practical purposes, Government Almighty OWNS it outright!

                      Can you READ, dishonest, mendacious jerk? “Bossing around” clearly includes using threats, yes? Have you ever WORKED a day in your life? If so, you would KNOW that the boss can boss you around, because the boss has the power to fire you!

                      Any other stupid lies for us, liar?

                    5. ” “Bossing around” clearly includes using threats, yes?”

                      That’s not chilling effect liar

                      You keep trying and failing because you lied.

                    6. sarcasmic finally got to use the library computer again so he should be shitting on this comment any second

              2. Also, I have no socks. Don’t know who damiksec is nor do I terribly care.

                1. OK then damikesc, post here something like “I think that anyone who opposes Section 230 is an idiot”, or some such… And THAT preceding statement can be WELL supported, as I have consistently done… And I will stop bugging you for being an asshole as far as Section 230 is concerned!

                  But you can’t DO that, can you, authoritarian asshole? I would be proud of you if you could do it! Go, do it, without mealy-mouthing it! I DARE you, conservaturd authoritarian! Prove me wrong!

    4. Legally, I don’t think an article III court can instruct a state AG not to investigate potential violations of state law.

      1. It will be interesting to observe, that’s for sure. I doubt the right District Court is going to tell Twitter, “Sorry.”

        1. They may have no choice.

      2. That’s a good point. Maybe this is just Twitter setting up a narrative for later.

    5. There is, of course, a fact that we, or at least I, seem to forget: we claim to be libertarian, not anarchists. I can see a libertarian argument for making the internet part of the commons, and so under government regulation.
      Now, I can anticipate the arguments against applying the First Amendment to private corporations, but it’s not like it hasn’t happened before (no, I’m not going to do your labor for you), and, regardless, members of congress are doing a “nice little Sec 203 ya got there, be a shame if something happened to it…” threat to use government power to regulate them if they do not comply voluntarily, Now, to me, it seems that regulating the interwebs would automagically apply the First Amendment to the new public square. It would also disallow Amazon or whomever from declaring that you’re not allowed to buy or sell guns, certain old Dr. Seuss books, or what-have-you.
      Giverment, like fire, can be very dangerous- but it can also help us protect our rights.

  13. All those Reason.com staffers who voted for Biden are looking smarter every day.

    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: $5.18 billion

    Mr. Koch earned $985,000,000 yesterday. This means he has already erased the $5 billion loss he suffered in 2020 because of Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies. He’s on track to rejoin the top 10 richest people on the planet by the end of the year, exactly as I predicted.

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

    1. It brings a smile to my face when I think of his dying and leaving all that money behind.

      1. How dare you talk that way about one of this country’s greatest success stories.

        #InDefenseOfBillionaires
        #(EspeciallySelfMadeOnesLikeMrKoch)

      2. One day he’s going to be standing as a naked soul with billions of others and how much wampum he amassed will be absolutely irrelevant to the judge.

    2. So if the market takes a downward turn is he #KochBlocked?

  14. “With the new lawsuit, Twitter “seeks to stop AG Paxton from unlawfully abusing his authority as the highest law-enforcement officer of the State of Texas to intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights,” it states.

    Does AG Paxton have the authority to investigate Twitter for other reasons, such as collusion?

    The First Amendment doesn’t protect the government’s right to compel speech, but it doesn’t protect the right of Twitter to violate anyone’s rights either.

    While it may be true that Donald Trump doesn’t have the right to express himself on any particular platform, he may have a right to express himself on some platform somewhere, and if Twitter colluded to deprive Trump of the right to express himself anywhere, the Texas AG may be legitimately protecting Trump’s First Amendment rights by investigating Twitter–even from a libertarian perspective.

    If there are only four deep water ports on the west coast, you may not have a right to use any of them, but the longshoreman’s union may be depriving you of your right to use at least one of them if their local unions collude to keep one company from using any of them.

    1. If they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear.

      1. Well, that’s not what I’m saying, but just because someone invokes free speech to defend what they’re doing doesn’t mean what they’re doing is engaging in free speech or that they aren’t guilty of doing anything else.

        The First Amendment doesn’t protect our freedom to violate other people’s rights with our speech any more than the Second Amendment protects our freedom to violate other people’s rights with a gun.

        If you pass a note to a bank teller threatening him if he doesn’t empty the cash drawer and give you its contents, you don’t get to claim in your defense that the law against bank robbery is unconstitutional because it protects your freedom of speech when robbing a bank.

        That may be something like what Twitter is doing here. Using the First Amendment as an excuse to violate someone’s rights through collusion, etc. doesn’t necessarily mean Twitter should automatically get off scot-free.

        1. Consider the author (ENB). Of course she’ll take the totalitarian side.

          1. Unless it’s whoring.

        2. Moreover, Ken, even if passing a note to the teller telling them to put all their money in the bag is protected speech, you don’t get to turn around, hand the money to a local charity and claim you deserve special protection because you’re a good samaritan engaged in good faith action.

          Even the Blues Brothers got arrested at the end of the movie.

          1. The blues Brothers earned the money by putting on a concert. They didn’t steal it

            1. Tell that to the Good Ol’ Boys.

        3. My guess is that at a minimum they’re going to find some memos or e-mails mentioning that this is going to hurt Trump and/or help Biden, which would seem to make this investigatable as an illegal corporate campaign contribution of payment-in-kind.

    2. Trump’s rants are obviously a goldmine for whatever platform hosts them.

      Banning him from your service is legal. Coordinating that activity across a cartel to prevent competition is the allegation.

      1. But Twitter Google and Amazon collided to remove parlor, a Twitter competitor, from the stores. So that collusion looks to be okay according to the progtards (ENB being one of those cunts) as long as it punishes not them.

        1. Why should “market collusion” be considered unacceptable *from a libertarian perspective*?

          1. Because from a libertarian perspective, a monopoly trust is indistinguishable from an intrusive government. The problem is that a small group of companies form a near-monopoly on communication and are openly and actively colluding to prevent any opposition.

            You don’t have to be called a government to effectively be one.

        2. Yet parler is still alive. Huh, it’s like Google and Amazon are just two successful companies, but they don’t control the entire online world.

  15. “A record number of migrant children are being held in U.S. detention facilities.”

    I’m sure the Biden Administration is merely giving them job training so they can be released in the US and get to work boosting our economy.

    #GDPAboveAll

  16. and adopting a “guilty until proven innocent” presumption for many common business practices, such as small acquisitions.

    Freedom means asking permission and obeying commands.

    1. Freedom is being more appalled at mean tweets than open authoritarian plans on a candidates website, don’t you mean?

  17. It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.

    … I’m confuzed. If not in the ‘open-air’ market then… w-where ?

    Thanks for the breaking news. Derp.
    I love how ENB can’t just plainly write ‘WUHAN VIROLOGY LAB’, which for a long long long loooong time has been the most obvious point of origin.

    1. They don’t make girl reporters like Brenda Starr anymore.

    2. OJ Simpson is looking for the real source.

  18. “Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud. “Republicans said the new rules were needed to guard against voting fraud, though they noted Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November’s election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state,” notes NBC News.”

    Is Iowa doing anything unconstitutional here, and is that the basis of this criticism?

    Addressing the concerns of average people is what elected representatives are supposed to do, and showing contempt for the concerns of average people–because they’re the concerns of average people–is not only elitist but also fundamentally authoritarian. What’s NOT authoritarian about using the government to ignore the concerns of average voters–because they’re the concerns of average voters?

    1. That and ther was literal election fraud. Why wasit okay to toss green party votes for a bad signature signiture but not okay for tossing Democrat votes? Haveing a two tired system like we currently do is straight up fraud.

      1. Regardless, the concerns of average people don’t need to be officially endorsed by elitist authorities anywhere in order to be worthy of serious consideration.

        Protecting the integrity of the election system is a legitimate concern by itself regardless of whether any elitist anywhere says it’s a legitimate concern.

        Legislators taking the concerns of voters into consideration–on an issue that is well within the proper purview of democracy–is probably the least of our problems in this country.

        1. But we have a polarized perception of what constitutes a “legitimate” government and how to achieve that. One side is fixated on the purity of the vote (which some do use for political advantage). The other side has an imagined ideal outcome, and wants to promote any means necessary to achieve that. They are arguing about different parts of the elephant.

        2. Ken. I often copy your points since they are saliant. i think you could have your own website on libertarianism. I know i’d visit it and it would be more libertarian than this site.

          1. As long as he hires an editor so everything isn’t a 10000 word tome.

    2. Because, the intellectual curiosity of ENB stops at Twitter and Vox. She can’t bring herself to admit election fraud exists in any capacity or it would ruin the narrative she holds most dear to herself.

      Ignore the already known election fraud and errors that occurred there. She is even too blind to go read election reports such as done by Jimmy Carter and the vectors of fraud for ballot harvesting and the like. Ignore how many of the voting actions of HR 1 are actions we disallow other governments to use when judging their actions. Ignore them HR1 makes it so nobody can prosecute minors or illegal immigrants from illegally voting.

      To ENB this was the cleanest election ever solely based on her hatred of Trump.

      1. She based her whole lede yesterday off a Media Matters tweet.
        Today she cites Robby’s old foil Anna Merlan on some crazy NGO shit that’s ties to the Trump administration is some asshole says 3rd worlders think NGOs based in the US are the government.

    3. Yeah, 20 days of early voting does not exactly sound like a “crackdown” to me.

      1. It’s clearly racist.

  19. It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.

    A little late to the party, eh? This “news” is over a year old yet all this time you’ve still been blaming me.

    1. Jeff was asking for year old cites the other day on this topic.

  20. “Cuomo ‘doesn’t have the self-dignity to resign,’ must be …’
    “Top New York lawmaker calls for Gov. Cuomo’s resignation …”
    “Top State Leader Says ‘Cuomo Must Resign.’ Governor Says …”
    “Cuomo says “there is no way I resign” as top N.Y. leader …”
    “‘The Governor must resign’: Democratic congresswoman joins …”

    TDS-addled shit assures me that the Reason staff discuss the issue during their tea-and-crumpets sessions, but it judging from the coverage it gets here, it must be some sort of local news story…

    1. FAKE SCANDAL

      1. It is a fake scandal. They want to distract from the real scandal and also lower the baseline for calling someone a sexual harasser.
        Team right nut should not jump on this so enthusiastically, just because its an asshole being thrown under the bus. Only one story so far crosses any type of line that was accepted 15 years ago, and conveniently, it is a story from 20+ years ago.

        1. Exactly this. Well said.

    2. How was your 12 step meeting Sevo?

      I really felt like drinking till I went to one. Because like you I’m a pussy alcoholic who is inferior to people who can handle booze.

        1. Alcoholic pussy

          1. Alcohol and pussy? Sound like great times back in university

            1. Bummer for you. Sounds like last weekend.

      1. Don’t respond to this fuck, anyone. He’s trying to hijack the discussion.

        1. Go back to Canada fascist.

          1. or what?

      2. “Sevo is a pussy alcoholic”

        Sorry, your meaning is unclear…

        Sevo is addicted to drinking fermented yeast-infected pussy juice?

        Or Sevo drinks booze with (through) her pussy?

        I am open to either of the above pussy-um-bilities, or both, but let’s keep an open mind… Sevo’s obvious troubles MIGHT possibly arise from OTHER root causes ass well!

        1. I think it’s rather amusing that Sevo’s getting a taste of his own medicine.

          1. I think it’s amusing that you are such a fucking ignoramus as to believe that.

            1. You go out of your way to drop a turd on every comment made by people you don’t like, and now someone is doing it to you. Very amusing indeed.

              1. Lol. Bet you go back to acting sanctimoniously by end of the day.

                1. His ability to be the troll and the victim all at once is impressive in its own, hypocritical way.

              2. “You go out of your way to drop a turd on every comment made by people you don’t like, and now someone is doing it to you. Very amusing indeed.”

                TDDS-addled shits get upset when they get called on their constant bullshit. Maybe if you attempted posting something which isn’t an embarrassment to a 1st grade kid, you wouldn’t get insulted with the response.
                But I’m no holding my breath; you have proven to be of extremely limited mental abilities.

                1. Which has what to do with being amused about someone dropping turds on all your posts like you do to people every day?

                  1. If you were capable of thought, you would understand my comment; instead, you find some assholish troll to be amusing.
                    That says far more about you than about anyone else, and it’s not complimentary.
                    Fuck off and die.

                    1. If you were capable of thought, you would understand my comment; instead, you find some assholish troll to be amusing.

                      Those things aren’t mutually exclusive.

                      That says far more about you than about anyone else, and it’s not complimentary.

                      No, it doesn’t. And you’ve never said anything complimentary about anyone in your entire life. Why would you start now?

                      Fuck off and die.

                      Aw shucks! My feelings are soooo hurt! Some anonymous, loser, internet-tough-guy told me to fuck off and die! Waaaaah!

                      idjit

                    2. Turds like to drop turds. Turds of a feather, flock together. Thanks for teaching us that, Sevo!

                    3. Called on bullshit once more; whine, whine, whine.
                      Fuck off and die.

                    4. Sevo you’re a troll.

                      Go back to being a pathetic drunk. It can’t be worse than you as a pathetic 12 stepper.

                      Traitor

                    5. he’s not you sarc

                2. TDDS-addled shits get upset when they get called on their constant bullshit.

                  If you were calling them out on their bullshit you’d do so by refuting their arguments with a better argument.

                  Instead you just say “Fuck off and die!” like a retarded parrot.

                  You don’t call anyone out. You just spew insults like someone who peaked in high school.

                  loser

                  1. “you’d do so”

                    So your stupid teenage grrrrl sarcasm thing is just trolling.

                    Got it.

                    1. “Whatever, Mister Peaked-in-High-School loser.”

                      Exactly on form and the reason you deserve and get contempt. You might try growing up, but that’s asking more than we’ll ever get from you.

                    2. Sevo why do you put you love of Trump above your own country?

                      Is it because you’re a stupid alcoholic pussy with BDS?

                      Traitor

                    3. why are you a pedo?

                  2. “If you were calling them out on their bullshit you’d do so by refuting their arguments with a better argument.”

                    There’s your problem right there: You assume the people I insult are making a cogent ‘argument’ which is to be refuted rather than simply spewing bullshit worthy of insults.
                    Fuck off and die, TDS-addled shit.

                    1. Whatever, Mister Peaked-in-High-School loser.

                    2. sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 11:44 am
                      Whatever, Mister Peaked-in-High-School loser.

                      sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 11:28 am
                      TDDS-addled shits get upset when they get called on their constant bullshit.

                      If you were calling them out on their bullshit you’d do so by refuting their arguments with a better argument

                    3. “Mister Peaked-in-High-School loser.”

                      so much cope

                    4. Sevo which tradition did you violate by outing yourself as an alcoholic by being so fucking stupid? I’m not an inferior alcoholic pussy like you so I don’t go to your little bitch meetings.

                      You should talk to your sponsor about your anti-Americanism.

                      Traitor

                    5. “Fuck off and die! Fuck off and die! Sqaaaaack! Polly want a cracker! Fuck off and die! Squaaaack!”

                    6. sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 12:09 pm
                      “Fuck off and die! Fuck off and die! Sqaaaaack! Polly want a cracker! Fuck off and die! Squaaaack!”

                      sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 11:28 am
                      TDDS-addled shits get upset when they get called on their constant bullshit.

                      If you were calling them out on their bullshit you’d do so by refuting their arguments with a better argument

                    7. Sevo is a pussy alcoholic
                      March.9.2021 at 12:07 pm
                      Sevo which tradition did you violate by outing yourself as an alcoholic by being so fucking stupid? I’m not an inferior alcoholic pussy like you so I don’t go to your little bitch meetings.

                      You should talk to your sponsor about your anti-Americanism.

                      Traitor

                      sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 12:09 pm

                      That kind of lack of impulse control is why you’re a drunk.

                    8. CDSchrader, you think you’re scoring a point except that Sevo has no argument to refute. Unless you think “Fuck off and die you TDS addled shit” is an argument.

                    9. “CDSchrader, you think you’re scoring a point “

                      Well now I KNOW I am.

                    10. ““Fuck off and die! Fuck off and die! Sqaaaaack! Polly want a cracker! Fuck off and die! Squaaaack!””

                      Sarcasmic, try growing up.
                      Or fuck off and die; I don’t care which.

                  3. Hey look, another post where sarc both complains about insults, and insults someone all in the same post!

            2. Alcoholic pussy with BDS

          2. sarcasmic confirmed for sockpuppeting KAR et al.

            1. Keep thinking that you fascist

        2. Is Sevo a woman?

    3. TDS-addled shit assures me that the Reason staff discuss the issue during their tea-and-crumpets sessions, but it judging from the coverage it gets here, it must be some sort of local news story…

      They spent an entire podcast episode ranting about the guy six months after most of the bodies were buried, three months after the election was decided, and a month after other news outlets acknowledged the coverup. What difference, at this point, does it make?

  21. As the US military conducts its own ideological purge, promotes people based on pigment and genitalia, and is commanded by a man who can remember neither his primary subordinates name nor where he works…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/xi-alerts-military-be-prepared-respond-deeply-unstable-uncertain-current-situation

    President Xi continued: “The entire military must coordinate the relationship between capacity building and combat readiness, be prepared to respond to a variety of complex and difficult situations at any time, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and provide strong support for the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist state,” according to the South China Morning Post.

    Xi, who also serves as head of the Central Military Commission further affirmed the need for “high-level strategic deterrence and a joint combat system” and rapid defense tech innovation

    1. You have no room to criticize Biden for being senile Nardz. You’re so senile that you think conjecture and speculation on a comment section is proof of election fraud.

      You should talk to your wife about assisted suicide. Anyone with your senility must have a horrible quality of life.

      1. Don’t respond to this fuck, anyone. He’s trying to hijack the discussion.

        1. Go back to Canada fascist.

        2. Click flag, click refresh; works.

          1. Alcoholic pussy with BDS. Go have a drink. You’re so stupid sober I don’t think it matters if you’re drunk.

            1. he’s not sarc, you pedo

        3. Or just turn it back on sarcasmic like yesterday.

      2. Lol, you’re just sooooo bad at this

    2. “As the US military conducts its own ideological purge”

      Forget the coordination with Big Tech to censor dissent. Forget the troops occupying the capitol. This right here is the best indication that instead of an election America just experienced a successful coup.

  22. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/9-signs-chess-pieces-are-being-moved-place-major-war-middle-east

    The American people are really going to regret putting the warmongers back in control. Joe Biden has been in the White House for less than two months, and the warmongers that Biden has surrounded himself with have been feverishly setting the stage for the next war in the Middle East. I do not believe that it will start within the next week, but I do believe that it is inevitable.

    While President Trump was in the White House for four years, the U.S. didn’t start any new conflicts, but now the Biden administration is quite determined to start projecting “American influence” all over the globe once again. Most Americans don’t understand the bigger picture, but the truth is that this is going to have very serious implications over the next few years.

    In this article, I would like to examine some of the chess moves that have been made since Joe Biden entered the White House. As you will see, a very troubling picture emerges once you start putting all of the pieces together.

    1. Duh! Why have a big government and military if you can’t do shit to people?

  23. https://mises.org/wire/why-europes-left-wants-european-financial-superstate

    In an open letter to the EU Commission with the title Joint Letter: Reshaping the European Fiscal Framework, on February 17, 2021, a coalition of left-wing and green politicians, think tanks, and trade unions unsurprisingly led by George Soros made an appeal for a permanent common EU budget with the possibility of borrowing to support investments that advance the Green Deal and other pharaonic projects.

    In addition to the permanent EU budget, the letter calls for overriding and making more flexible EU fiscal rules and supporting fiscal policy with further monetary policy measures by the European Central Bank.

  24. Given the number of dnc board members in Twitter Facebook Google etc it wouldnt be a stretch to list them as a for profit arm of the dnc.
    Also my name is Rev kuck and it has been many days since I last clicked a sullum article

    1. Lost count? Good for you.

  25. “Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud.”

    I wonder if ENB has posters of Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose in her bedroom.

    1. Do you have Hitler and Mussolini posters next to your shrine to Trump?

      1. Fuck off, troll. (Now file for the 10 cents you get for inciting a response)

        1. Where do I sign up to get paid for calling out you fascists? I do it for free.

          Traitor

  26. But private companies are allowed to deplatform public officials as they see fit.

    Are they? If Twitter banned people for being gay, trans, Jewish, black, or whatever, then no they couldn’t. A Christian dating site was even forced to allow gay people to join. Yes, political views aren’t a protected class (yet) but that’s a rather arbitrary distinction that could easily be changed.

    And if Twitter was doing this to help Biden get elected, doesn’t that become an undisclosed campaign donation?

  27. “Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud”

    Tightening up elections to prevent vote fraud is a bad thing in ENB land, because doubting this elections honesty (as opposed to the one before) is somehow a “charade”.

    Sure, there hasn’t been an investigation…
    And sure the establishment are visibly terrified of the electorate…
    And sure they are behaving exactly like they’d just performed a coup…
    But you’d have to be crazy to believe that the party of Tammany Hall and the Chicago Machine would cheat.

    1. Enfranchising voters by ensuring only valid votes are counted is what an Insurrection that Endangers Our Democracy looks like. Thank Marx that we have a Government that’s Fortifying Our Democracy by getting rid of silly things like laws against election fraud.

  28. Having ballots arrive by election day is reasonable.

    However, wouldn’t longer periods of early voting give election officials more time to look for irregularities?

    It’s not about election security. The more people that vote the less chance the GOP has.

    Until they stop trying to undermine our elections and rid themselves of the fascist Trump worshipping traitors they won’t get my vote.

      1. Alcoholic pussy

          1. You’re so fucking stupid Sevo. you could of avoided outing yourself by simply saying “no I’m not.” However you’re too fucking stupid to realize that.

            No everyone knows you’re an alcoholic pussy who is inferior to people who can handle booze and drugs.

            Maybe that’s why you have BDS?

        1. Don’t respond to this fuck, guys. He’s just trying to interrupt discussion.

          1. How is me pointing out Sevo is an alcoholic pussy different from Sevo responding to every poster he disagrees with “die you lefty shit with TDS?”

            1. It’s different because he’s a Trump supporter. Duh.

              1. Dunno what you’re responding to, but given you’re a TDS-addled shit, most all of your posts are worthless.

                1. BDS addled alcoholic pussy

              2. we all know thats you

              3. The shtick would be marginally more believable if you weren’t there, on cue and on time, to respond to all of your own socks.

                Broken beyond repair.

              4. sarcasmic
                March.9.2021 at 11:28 am
                TDDS-addled shits get upset when they get called on their constant bullshit.

                If you were calling them out on their bullshit you’d do so by refuting their arguments with a better argument

          2. Between sq-y and the new asshole, there’s a whole lot of blank slots on the page.
            And I doubt there’s anything of any value at all which got lost.

            1. Which tradition did you violate by outing yourself as an alcoholic by being so goddamn stupid?

              Maybe that’s why you have BDS?

            2. A lot of people don’t have accounts or know about flagging. The Sqrlsy and KAR shit is posted solely to bury posters like Ken and Paul under a mountain of shit, and make the forum unreadable.

              1. “…make the forum unreadable.”

                If it is unreadable to you, then PLEASE stop reading and posting here! Your nasty self-righteousness is contagious, you know!

                “Do Gooder Derogation” and “Relax! Just Because I am Right and You are Wrong, Doesn’t Mean that I Want to Steal ‘Your’ Moose”

                If that makes no sense to you, read this: http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

                1. “If it is unreadable to you, then PLEASE stop reading and posting here! Your nasty self-righteousness is contagious, you know!”

                  How it’s done folks.

                  1. Thank You Alanis Morissette!!! (Hoping and praying that you weren’t being sarcastic. It’s hard to tell around here sometimes).

              2. Stay in Canada fascist!

                1. Or what?

    1. Case in point: the 2020 election gave election officials unprecedented time to count ballots, and the results were the most delayed in history.

      1. Because Republicans in Philadelphia wouldn’t let the state START counting ballots until election day.

        Republicans don’t care about election integrity. Theyre fascists who will lie and cheat to stay in power.

        Their supporters are TRAITORS!

        1. So you’re saying they had exactly as much time as they’ve always had, and they still dragged out the count for weeks longer then every other election in history?

          1. There were way more mail in ballots because of the pandemic.

            Many Trump worshippers are just that stupid, but many just pretend to be dumb and lie.

            You’re a traitor! GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY TRAITOR!

            1. Or what?

            2. Many more mail-in ballots, as in more than there were registered voters? Was it 20 or more times the total number of ballots from previous elections that it took 20 times longer to count? Was this 20x bump in mail-in voting mirrored in counties not ruled by the iron fist of Democrats?

              1. It’s very easy to disprove that lie with a quick Google search.

                You fascists will lie and cheat to stay in power.

                Traitor

              2. Maybe republican traitors didn’t vote by mail because Trump kept saying it was rigged? Also Trump supporters mostly live in rural shithole counties with low populations so of course there would be less voters and less mail in ballots.

                You’re outnumbered traitor!

                1. didn’t you get banned for saying you wanted to fuck a 15 year old?

                  you did!

                  1. Nope I didn’t liar.

                    You DEFENDED a guy who fucked a 15 year old.

                    1. “Nope I didn’t liar.”

                      omfg you did!

                      you got banned for saying you were jealous of a guy who fucked a 15 year old!

                    2. The only reason people on this site are outnumbered by people like you is all the sockpuppet accounts you have to run concurrently, whereas most of us run one and only one ID.

                2. So that’s you’re explanation for why Democrat-controlled districts had over twenty times the number of ballots that they normally get and thus took twenty times longer to count ballots than they normally do? That their eligible voting population just suddenly surged by a factor of twenty in a few month’s time? I wonder how that happens.

                  1. I can’t dispute your “20x” claim because I don’t know where you got it and can’t find it with google

                    I know you Trump worshipping fascists will lie, cheat, gaslight, and do anything to stay in power.

                    You hate America and you hate freedom.

                    Please leave MY COUNTRY TRAITOR!

                    1. or what?

    2. It’s not about election security. The more people that vote the less chance the GOP has.

      Pretty plainly stated:
      Priority 1: Make sure disfavored political parties lose.
      Priority Ω: Election security.

    3. KillAllSkidmarks changed his handle again. What a surprise. At least his schtick is so obvious I can flag and refresh every version.

      1. You read every goddamn word I write you perv worshipping fascist.

        You’re such a pussy Chuck.

        Why not defend your stupid fucking beliefs?

        Because they’re stupid.

        Please tell me if you visit the NW.

        I’m against the death penalty, but mormons aren’t people.

        I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

        1. I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

          Unmask your email and you can prove it.

          1. Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address

            1. 3400 Albion Street
              Denver, Colorado

              1. Lol! If the pedo thought for a second one of us had his address, he would be halfway to British Columbia already. Picking fights anonymously is the sure sign of a coward.

                Oh, and still not reading your screeds incel, just the responses of those who also understand what a worthless shitposter you are.

  29. Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees

    Does stating in court filings that they were making “editorial decisions” open them up to a loss of s.230 protections? They’re admittedly behaving like a publisher.

    1. It would in a perfect world. Fortunately, a well-funded cabal of powerful people have ensured that Our Democracy is Fortified enough that some laws only apply to some people and not others.

  30. Twitter made an “editorial decision”….as a Publisher….like a TV Channel or a newspaper…therefore they should play by the same rules and Sec 230 should not apply

    Glad to see ENB finally come around on this

    1. Yeah, I noticed that too. The Good Samaritan clause in 230 is pretty explicit that it’s about community standards.
      If it’s actually Twitter claiming that they made an “editorial decision” then it’s claiming it’s a Publisher, and it doesn’t have 230’s protection.

    2. Indeed.

      Twitter basically admitted, in a federal court filing no less, that it is an editor/publisher.

      Goodbye 230.

  31. Speaking of people getting in trouble for their speech, John McAffe . . .

    “Prosecutors say McAfee engaged in two types of illegal schemes. In one, he would buy an obscure cryptocurrency, talk it up on Twitter, and then unload it at a higher price. In other cases, he would agree to hype up a new cryptocurrency sale on Twitter in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.

    Buying and promoting cryptocurrencies isn’t necessarily illegal on its own. The problem, prosecutors say, is that McAfee tried to boost the effectiveness of his endorsements by falsely claiming that he had no financial stake in his recommendation. The government says that made his actions a violation of federal fraud statutes.

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/03/feds-indict-john-mcafee-for-cryptocurrency-pump-and-dump-fraud/

    This is another example of the same principle I mentioned above. Because the First Amendment prohibits Congress from making laws that violate our right to free speech doesn’t mean private individuals are free to violate each other’s rights through fraud, robbery, etc. They make it sound like they’re going after his speech, here, but the allegations are really about fraud.

    The Second Amendment protects our right to own and carry a gun. It doesn’t protect our right to shoot people indiscriminately with it. The First Amendment, likewise, guarantees that we’re free to say what we please, but it doesn’t mean we’re free to violate other people’s rights with our speech with impunity.

    If you willfully choose to defraud people with your speech, you can expect to be charged with fraud–despite the First Amendment–just like you should expect to be charged with attempted murder if you shoot people indiscriminately–despite the Second Amendment.

    And there isn’t anything special about Twitter colluding against people to deprive them of their rights in this regard–if that’s what they’re doing. And seeing some people deplatformed at the same time by every major player and the companies that their audience uses to finance them, too, is highly suggestive of collusion.

    I’m not saying that every antitrust action is necessarily linertrain, but if the only libertarian purpose of government is to protect our rights, then IF IF IF and when the government is engaging in an antitrust action to protect our rights from collusion, that MAY MAY MAY be an example of good libertarian government.

  32. “But private companies are allowed to deplatform public officials as they see fit.”

    And the government can investigate private companies and individuals as they see fit. Isn’t that the rule? Because it sure seems to be the rule when it comes to Trump. Retaliatory investigations are perfectly fine because so long as the government has the power to investigate, the motive underlying the investigation is irrelevant. So, shoe on the other foot and all.

    I suspect, however, that deep down at the center of this entire mess is a cache of communications evidencing that Twitter executives, and perhaps Facebook, actively coordinated with Democrats in government to deplatform icky people that Democrats do not like. Now that is a real First Amendment problem.

    Twitter, for the record, can go fuck itself off a cliff.

    1. Reason spent years propping up the Russia hoax, which was proved to be and obvious from the beginning complete fiction, and FBI investigations based on it.

      1. Unreason should be ashamed of themselves, and should formally retract their articles telling Readership why the Russia hoax was true.

        That would require a degree of self-reflection, honesty and integrity that is glaringly missing.

  33. “The First Amendment doesn’t just protect the right of private individuals and corporations to speak freely without censorship from the government but to resist serving as a mandatory forum for government speech, too.”

    Oh really? Because, last I recall, the Second Circuit ruled that Trump’s Twitter account was a “public forum” and, as a forum for the public, Trump was constitutionally prohibited from blocking other Twitter users (never mind that Trump himself was not doing anything; rather, it was Twitter’s website). It would seem to follow, therefore, that Twitter banning Trump is itself a constitutional violation.

    Funny it is, that jurisprudence of Trump. Twitter is government property and, at the same time, not government property. Of course, which it is at any given time turns upon which pre-determined result the TDS riddled partisans want to achieve.

    1. Twitter is government property and, at the same time, not government property.

      Repeated for emphasis in case there are people who have no idea what regulatory capture or soft, creeping fascism looks like.

      I wonder if ENB goes around telling people that Hitler wasn’t actually a fascist because the Quandts, Porsche, and Boss volunteered. I’m sure when the AP fired all of the German Jews from their staff, they were just a private company making private employment decisions.

  34. Twitter Sues Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Accusing Him of Retaliating Against the Company for Banning Donald Trump

    That’s impossible. I was assured by these very blog posts that Big Tech censorship wasn’t censorship because the corporations behind them were private entities that couldn’t possibly be influenced by the threat of government action.

    1. At least UT Austin can still play their fight song at football games, thanks to a 58-page report from the University examining its troubled history:

      https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/31032032/committee-finds-no-racist-intent-texas-song

      But how long until they have to change their mascot name (“Longhorns”) given the troubled history of brisket culture?

  35. “It looks more and more likely that COVID-19 did originate in Wuhan, China, but not at an open-air market there.”

    What? Wait. WAAAAIIITTT! Do you mean to say that chinks scarfing down bat dicks like corndogs at an outdoor fair may not have been the cause of the global pandemic? That’s some dangerous and conspiratorial thinking! INSURRECTIONIST!

    1. Im citing this as you being racist. It doesn’t matter because you’ll just lie about it.

      Trump’s dick down your throat is cutting off your oxygen

      TRAITOR

      1. You’re just upset that eating bat dicks isn’t a real thing. You already booked the flight, didn’t you?

        1. At least I’m not a racist traitor

          1. Yea, but you do eat bat dicks.

            1. I don’t care what racist lying traitor like you thinks.

              You eat Trump’s dick

              1. and you got banned for being jealous of a guy who fucked a 15 year old!

              2. You really are a completely transparent POS bigot.

  36. >>to retaliate against Twitter

    one-sided fights are boring. Mike Tyson aside.

  37. A “hugely prominent” organization that no one but a couple conspiracy theorists know about? They may be a bunch of loons but the people whining about it aren’t coming across as much better.

  38. Long time reader of both the articles and comments here. Holy shit the commentariat is just absolute trash nowadays.

    There used to be some actual discussion and something passable as arguments on either side. Now it looks like a bunch of 4chan babies screaming at each other. And not a single decent argument can be carried by either cult camp on here, its like an ongoing cripple moshpit fight.

    John bounced (though admittedly, half of his arguments were trash as well), Ken has gone full cult without realizing it, Tony is worse than ever, Sevo and Tulpa remain a cancer, and between all of them is a screaming bunch of babies who cant articulate anything but their team talking points.

    Fist is one of the only good things remaining in all of the comments.

    Get your shit together commentariat, this is embarrassing to see.

    1. fuck off sarcasmic

    2. i do miss John

      1. Ditto

    3. Even I have had enough of your sanctimonious whining Sarcasmic.

    4. Still nowhere near as bad as the “professional journalism” above the comments.

    5. If you scroll through and flag all posts by Geiger Goldstaedt, D-Pizzle, Mother’s Lament, damiksec, DiIlinger, CDSchrader, Sevo, R Mac, and others I’ve missed, then refresh, the comments are almost readable.

      1. “EVERYONE ELSE IS MY PROBLEM!!!”

      2. >>and others I’ve missed

        you flag yourself?

      3. Fuck off, Melvin.

      4. Hmmmm ….. I noticed that SQRSLY One is not on your list.

        I wonder why that is …..

        1. Neither is Brandybuck, mad.casual, Jerryskids, Commenter_XY, Earth Skeptic, Red Rocks, WK, jeff, Chipper, Don’t look at me!, Gray_Jay, Bubba Jones, Union of Concerned Socks, Unicorn Abattoir, GroundTruth, Zeb, some guy, alphabet, Reynolds, Longtobefree and many more.

          You saying I run all those accounts as well?

          1. Well, Melvin, I think it is pretty silly of you to visit a comment board just to ignore everyone other than yourself.

            But, then again, talking to yourself and creating a completely alternate reality in which you are the center of the universe is sort of your thing, isn’t it? Did Roxanne ever really exist? Or was your daughter also just a figment of your deranged imagination?

            1. You got me. I run every Reason account on here except for you and your buddies. I don’t eat, sleep or shit. My fingers are so fast you can’t even see them. Yeah. Sure.

              I’m gonna get back to flagging your loser ass, and I hope more people do the same.

              1. Ok, Melvin.

                And, remember, the whiskey is always there. The pain won’t last forever.

              2. I’m gonna get back to flagging your loser ass”

                I’m flagging you! I’m flagging you! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEE!

            1. Imagine furiously clicking around and logging in and logging out and typing comments all day about how mean everyone is for pointing out the exact thing you are doing ….

              1. He’s literally resorted to crying about insults and insulting people, all in the exact same post, at this point.

                Maybe he’s trying to sort out all the different voices in his head with different socks, but it’s just not working?

                1. Melvin Martin is not well. Schizoid? Personality disorders? Dissociative disorder? All of the above? The guy is certifiable. I don’t understand why they continue to let him use the computers but it is probably because the only other option is watching him eat his own shit in a padded cell.

          2. Please add me to your list I think you’re filth.

            1. With pleasure. I assume that means you bought the lie that I run many different accounts. That’s a Tulpa lie, which means he’s giggling because he got you to believe something he made up. Hope you like making Tulpa giggle.

              1. Personally I don’t care if you run all those accounts. You’re still hypocritical trash.

          3. It’s not easy being a sockpuppet with a hand up your ass all day.

      5. But not sqrlsy or killrednecks and his socks? Interesting.

        1. Very interesting.

      6. >>DiIlinger

        lol what did i do?

        1. You went Trumptard and accuse anyone who doesn’t support him of being a leftist. You used to be pretty cool. Now you’re just another asshole.

          1. You have no standing to call anyone an asshole considering you are a demented lunatic posting under multiple names in a futile bid to redeem the long lost soul of your dead daughter, Roxanne.

            1. And, worst of all, you still talk about her all the time as though she is alive; a character narrative in the fake stories you constantly make up about your personal life.

              The problem with this comment board is you. And, I suppose, the problem is also the mental health care systems in this country. If I was in charge of the institution in which you are confined, I would take away all your computer and alcohol privileges.

            2. Look I have no idea if sarcasmic has a deceased daughter named Roxanne. But if he does, it’s a really shitty thing for you to do to bring that up and use it against him as some weapon. Why? What is the point of such shitty behavior other than to prove to the world what a shithead you are?

              THIS is the problem with the comment board now. It is infested with people like you, and Jesse, and Nardz, and Tulpa, and R Mac, and “Kill Rednecks” guy, and “Sevo is an alcoholic” guy, and “subcasmic” guy, and “chemjeff socialist” guy, and “damiksec” guy, who treat this place like it’s a 6th-grade playground. Most adults grew out of that phase of their lives long ago. They dramatically decrease the signal-to-noise ratio and just make it incredibly too difficult to have an intelligent conversation on ANY subject.

              1. I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear your point over all the crying. Maybe you can reach out to sarc and mail out a care package. I hear he prefers white whine, by the gallon. It seems you do, too.

                Fuck off.

              2. I’ve tried flagging all their comments and that only results in disjointed threads. Reason won’t boot them. We need to come up with some way to make it not fun for them anymore. The master baiters get their jollies when we respond. If we libertarians ignored the adolescent conservatives, maybe it wouldn’t be fun anymore and they’d go away.

                1. Running SQRSLY while complaining about the nonsense that litters this comment board is peak sarcasmic.

                  Want things toned down? Stop with the fucking socks. Give it a try. Put SQRSLY to bed for a month, stop crying about everything, stop sharing personal details about your life like anybody gives a fuck, make a good a point, and you will quickly notice a change.

                  But, no. Instead, you are now devising a stupid plan to get revenge, like the pathetic nerd that you are.

                  Fuck you, Melvin.

                  1. I ain’t got no socks. I’m not that clever. I’m not good at pretending. I can’t act. I’m shit at impersonations.

                    There’s only one person who does socks. That’s Tulpa. He socked me (at one point I linked to a post where if you highlighted the name you’d see a space but you didn’t care) and others. He’s the sock. Everyone else is just a person with a single account.

                    If you and the others stopped accusing me or whomever of running multiple accounts then most of this bullshit would go away.

                    1. Scroll down to Tulpa’s Episiarch sock. Highlight it. There’s a microspace in the beginning of the handle.

                      If there is an honest bone in your body you will see that and question your beliefs.

                      I hope there is an honest bone in there. You occasionally make on-topic comments I’d like to conversate with, but I don’t because you’re an asshole.

                    2. You have my terms.

                      Make SQRSLY disappear, rejoin the community.

                    3. I’ll make him disappear when you make JesseAz disappear.

                    4. That’s assuming you aren’t the same person.

                    5. https://reason.com/2021/03/09/twitter-sues-texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-accusing-him-of-retaliating-against-the-company-for-banning-donald-trump/#comment-8799533

                      Right there. Highlight “ Episiarch”

                      Notice the preceding space.

                      If you fail to acknowledge it then that’s you. I will save links to this conversation to prove your willful ignorance and dishonesty.

                    6. Then fuck off.

                      Here’s another hint. Reason doesn’t need an ignore button, because you can simply just ignore people, entirely on your own. But that isn’t enough for you, is it? You need to make a show of it. You need to signal your virtue. You crave the attention.

                      If you were even a fragment of the mature person you think you are, you would have moved on already. But, you have not. Why? Because you enjoy this shit. You exist to disrupt the conversation.

                      Fuck off, Melvin. Your daughter is in hell, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

                    7. Actually I won’t save any links. You aren’t that important.

                      The fact that you have a file full of links means you’ve got some sad priorities.

                    8. Where did this dead daughter shit come from, and why do you get pleasure from thinking you’re rubbing something in?

                      You’re sick. Using a parent’s dead child as a cudgel is messed up. There is no pain greater than a parent losing their child, and you are trying to use it as a weapon.

                      Disgusting.

                    9. “I will save links to this conversation to prove your willful ignorance and dishonesty.”

                      “Actually I won’t save any links. You aren’t that important.”

                      Important enough that you constantly trap yourself in a pathetic, self-created moral conundrum while struggling to balance your sanctimonious routine with your abject trolling.

                      Fuck you, Melvin.

                    10. “Where did this dead daughter shit come from, and why do you get pleasure from thinking you’re rubbing something in?”

                      And, right on cue, you shift to the concern trolling. Why don’t you grab your whiskey, sit back in your old recliner, and keep dreaming about me and the girls jerking off while you flag our comments.

                      Sound good?

                    11. I am saving a link.

                      To show what a disgusting excuse for a human being you are.

                    12. Aw fuck. I Sugar Free’d the link..

                      Try again.

                    13. You don’t need to save anything. One, nobody cares. Two, you’ll keep getting abused, so there will be fresh material for you to work with.

                      Broken and pathetic retard.

                    14. There we go. You reveling in the death of some fictional daughter of mine that you made up.

                      That’s sick shit.

                      Really fucking sick.

                    15. Fuck off, Melvin. I hope you choke on your socks.

                    16. I’d like you to go to the funeral of a child, or of a soldier, or someone who died before their time, and then taunt their parents.

                      Or are you an internet coward?

                    17. “I’d like you to go to the funeral of a child, or of a soldier, or someone who died before their time, and then taunt their parents.”

                      You’d like me to do that? Good god. Here I am doing some good old fashioned shit-posting, and you go and just say something like that. You really want me to do that? Well, no! No way, Jose! I’m not going to do that. I have morals, and principles!

                    18. I’m definitely keeping this.

                      To show how you giggle and rub your hands together when innocent children die if it means scoring points against a stranger on the internet.

                      You’re a sick fuck.

                    19. Cut and paste… arg

                      Think I got it right this time.

                    20. You should keep it. It is proof that you are actively seeking out strangers on the internet and soliciting them to attend funerals for the express purpose of laughing at the families and friends of the recently deceased.

                      You are deranged. Really, really disturbing stuff. Really disturbing. I’m disturbed. I can’t even. Where do I even begin?

                    21. Morals and principles?

                      *scoff*

                      I’m keeping this gem now that I got it right.

                      You think it’s funny when parents watch their children die. You’re a sick fuck. This is soooo much better than your “proof” that I’m squirrel. You’re happy when children die if you don’t like the parents. You’re sick…

                    22. “I’m keeping this gem now that I got it right.”

                      Have you tried keeping it in your ass?

                    23. Got it right here on Notepad.

                      https://reason.com/2021/03/09/twitter-sues-texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-accusing-him-of-retaliating-against-the-company-for-banning-donald-trump/#comment-8799678

                      You taunting a parent for the loss of a child, and taking pleasure in it. I seriously wish you would speak what you type. Because if you did someone would put you in your place.

                      Disgusting. Nothing I’ve ever said is even remotely as repulsive as that post of yours.

                    24. “Got it right here on Notepad.”

                      Have you also tried keeping the notepad in your ass, next to the gem?

                    25. I’ll give it to sarc, when he fails at ignoring someone, he does so marvelously.

                  2. I’m pretty sure sarcasmic is not SQRSLY and I’m pretty sure you also know that they are different people. So why this impossible demand? Is it to absolve yourself of any responsibility for your own actions by transferring the locus of action onto someone else?

                    1. “Is it to absolve yourself of any responsibility for your own actions by transferring the locus of action onto someone else?”

                      Are you high, Father?

              3. If Reason would give us an ignore button. That would be nice. They ignore us as we ignore them. We have intelligent conversation and they jerk each other off.

                1. Who the fuck would you have any conversation with if you had it your way, Melvin? Chemjeff? WK? Dingleberry dinners? I’m sure you and your gaggle of crying faggots can figure out a way to really connect, somewhere other than here, if you really wanted to.

                  1. Faggots? How old are you? Twelve? Jesus H Christ on a stick! Grow up!

                    1. sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 2:59 pm
                      If Reason would give us an ignore button. That would be nice. They ignore us as we ignore them. We have intelligent conversation and they jerk each other off.

                      Well, you may not like the word “faggot” (most faggots tend not to), but you are basically hurling out the exact same type of insult, you’re just doing it without the poopy bad words that hurt feelings.

                    2. Because you are master baiters.

                      You take everything literally?

                      Life must really suck for you.

                    3. My life is fine because I’m not an institutionalized retard that pleads with anonymous people online to pass the time and drown out the memories of the dead daughter I never knew, or loved.

                      Fuck you, Melvin.

                  2. Ill cite this as proof of your bigotry.

                    You’ll just lie or play dumb.

                    Fascist traitor!

                    1. Ok, Melvin.

                    2. sarcasmic
                      March.9.2021 at 3:14 pm
                      Because you are master baiters.

                      You take everything literally?

                      Life must really suck for you.

                      KillAllMormons
                      March.9.2021 at 3:19 pm
                      Ill cite this as proof of your bigotry.

                      You’ll just lie or play dumb.

                      Fascist traitor!

                      _____________________________
                      Jesus fuck, dude, if you’re going to do a sockpuppet, can you not be so blindingly obvious about it by using the exact same poasting style?

                    3. I’ve never socked, RR. I swear it on the Garden of the Gods.

                    4. I swear it on the buckets of water Ozzy threw at the audience when he performed there with Zakk Wylde.

                      Believe a Tulpa lie, or the truth. It’s up to you.

                    5. You’re an asshole and have said we’re not on the same team, but you’re intelligent and hopefully to smart to be deluded by Tulpa. I hope.

                    6. “I’ve never socked, RR. I swear it on the Garden of the Gods.”

                      That’s the first time I have ever seen you actually get sarcasm right.

          2. >>Now you’re just another asshole.

            we played this last week. there’s a difference.

            1. How so? You routinely reply to people who aren’t me as if they were. That’s total asshole. Especially because I don’t believe you’re stupid and dishonest like the girls. Unless you’re trying to get on their good side by being mean to the unpopular kid.

              1. You seem to have accepted the fact that you are unpopular, but did you ever bother to ask yourself why you are unpopular? Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder “Melvin, buddy, why does everyone hate you?”

                Or, do you just see Roxanne, in the contours of your own face, calling out from beyond the grave?

                1. It’s totally normal that his list of people he flags is up to almost 10.

                  Meanwhile, my list is just 2.

                  1. He lies about flagging people, of course. But, he sure loves the big pronouncements. He loves proclaiming that he is doing it, even if he has to break this cycle of pretending to ignore us in the process. The motherfucker is starved for attention. Melvin Martin is not well.

              2. “Unless you’re trying to get on their good side by being mean to the unpopular kid.”

                Yeah we never did that.

                1. Never.

              3. Nice try Tulpa.

                1. Fuck off, Melvin.

                2. You’re replying to yourself retard.

    6. No offense, but your sermons have gone way downhill as well.

      1. Even Trump can muster a ‘fine people on both sides’ on occasion. For Christ’s sake, you’re making *him* look unifying and peaceloving.

    7. God damn it, do we have to nail you to a cross a second time?

      1. http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

        Yes, this! Evil assholes killed Jesus, since Jesus made them look bad, by Jesus being a better human being than they were! Don’t you go making me look bad, by being a better person than I am! This is why Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., got themselves killed!

        Full details up top, in the link, on this post right here! THIS is why the REAL libertarians, on these pages, get shit on and reviled by the authoritarian power pigs!

        1. ok sarc

        2. ROXAAAAAAAANNNNNEEE!

          1. Don’t you go making me look bad, by being a better person than I am! This is why Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., got themselves killed!

            Goldilicks Girlshit wants to kill Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. (all over again), AND all of the REAL libertarians who are BETTER HUMANS than Goldilicks Girlshit is!

            And let’s not forget “Courage the Cowardly Dog”! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courage_the_Cowardly_Dog Out-take from there, “…a grumpy, selfish and greedy farmer who regularly mistreats Courage out of jealousy and refers to him as “stupid dog”. “Stupid dog, you make me look bad” (for doing the right thing) was a commonly repeated refrain!

            1. Easy, Melvin. You’re going to work yourself up and have another stroke.

              1. You resent the hell out of the fact that many other people are flat-out, better, more honest people than you are, right? More “live and let live”, and WAAAY less authoritarian?
                https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-love-and-war/201706/why-some-people-resent-do-gooders
                From the conclusion to the above…
                These findings suggest that we don’t need to downplay personal triumphs to avoid negative social consequences, as long as we make it clear that we don’t look down on others as a result.

                SQRLSY back here now… So, I do NOT want you to feel BAD about YOU being an asshole, and me NOT being one! PLEASE feel GOOD about you being an asshole! You do NOT need to push me (or other REAL lovers of personal liberty) down, so that you can feel better about being an asshole! EVERYONE ADORES you for being that asshole that you are, because, well, because you are YOU! FEEL that self-esteem, now!

                1. You already used this copy pasta today, Melvin.

                  1. Did NOT, liar! Didn’t post that today anywhere! You lie SOOOO much, you can’t keep track of it any more!

                    1. “January the 4th!”

                      Dumbass.

                    2. Ok, Melvin. Take it easy. Just take the pill, and then everything will be fine.

  39. “Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud.”

    Are you:
    1. Blind,
    2. Stupid, or
    3. Evil

    I’ll just leave this here, because you keep ignoring it, and I like the truth.

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

    -An An-Cap who wouldn’t have voted for Trump with a gun to my head

    1. You go, ace_m82, go! Most Excellent!

      1. We all know that’s you.

    2. From the link:

      “Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group. “But it’s massively important for the country to understand that it didn’t happen accidentally. The system didn’t work magically. Democracy is not self-executing.”

      1. “the proper outcome”

        Nothing says free and fair like endorsing a “proper outcome” lololol

        1. “Democracy isn’t self-executing, sometimes you have to help it along.”

          1. “…sometimes you have to help it along.”

            So THAT is what the trumpanzees gone apeshit were doing, on January the 4th!

            1. It was January the 6th, Melvin.

              You must be really flustered.

              1. Not to mention that ‘the trumpanzees’ weren’t stupid enough to say, in print, that they overtly tried to help democracy execute itself.

                1. Now THAT was obscure as all git-out! Fence-straddler! …‘the trumpanzees’ weren’t stupid enough to say, in print, that they overtly tried to help democracy execute itself.

                  Since they DIDN’T SAY IN PRINT that they wanted to replace democracy with mobocracy, this PROVES that they did NOT want to replace democracy with mobocracy?!?!

                  Casual Mad-shit says that it does NOT want to turn the Local Galactic Cluster-Fuck into the Local Domain of the Uber-Casual Mad-shit Dictatorshit! We MUST trust in the Uber-Casual Mad-shit Dictatorshit, then, and ONLY in the Uber-Casual Mad-shit Dictatorshit!!!

                  You are the type of asshole power-pig that killed Jesus and the other morally-ethically correct people! See http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/ for details! Refute what is written there, I dare you, smug asshole!

                  1. You’re right, the word ‘tried’ obscured the facts. The trumpanzees tried and presumably failed to replace democracy with mobocracy while the parties published in the Times article detailed, self-congratulatorially, how they actually helped democracy execute itself.

                    1. “The parties published in the Times article” didn’t “execute” (as in kill) democracy, they executed the codes (written in their conscience and in the USA Constitution) that instructed them to faithfully preserve democracy, not mobocracy… The exact opposite of what the trumpanzees gone apeshit tried to do!

                      Are YOU trying to faithfully execute the codes written in YOUR conscience? OMG! Casually Mad is executing (killing) its conscience!

                      Was that your implied wordplay-meaning?

                    2. “The parties published in the Times article” didn’t “execute” (as in kill) democracy, they executed the codes

                      The fact that you consider a reference to the fact that ‘execute’ has two meanings to be obscure says it all. You or they wouldn’t even know if you or they were killing anything any more than missile guidance software does. Who cares if the target is to heap more debt on our children and disenfranchise them with democracy, as long as the code performs without exception democracy has been executed.

            2. “So THAT is what the trumpanzees gone apeshit were doing, on January the 4th!”

              They were probably drinking beer and getting ready for their mostly peaceful protest on January the 6th.

              Dumbass.

              1. Wrong by 2 days! I guess that refutes EVERYTHING that I have ever written!

                1. Your scrambled brain refutes everything you have ever written, Melvin …. even before you write it.

            3. I’d have had more respect if you’d just said, “Your Mother.”

      2. What’s the matter, Melvin? Forgot to log out again? Did you think you were commenting as “sarcasmic”?

        1. got him again

        2. Hahaha sarc fucked up again.

          1. It’s really ridiculous.

      3. “It’s a mistake to say voters decided and democracy won”

        -the well-funded cabal of powerful people that fortified the election against the voters.

      4. Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group

        I’m sure that’s a non-partisan group the same way Antifa is anti-fascist, which is to say the same way North Korea is a democratic people’s republic.

    3. 4. all de above

    4. STOP LISTENING TO INSURRECTIONIST QANON CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM AUTHORITATIVE SOURCES LIKE TIME…VOX!

      1. QAnon bad.
        BlueAnon good.

  40. Once again, the Red Right acting just like the Blue Left. Didn’t get your way? Sue!

    Also, Iowa. What a fucked up state. I’ve spent a lot of time there, and they’re good people. But their politicians are fucked up big time. Only place I’ve been (outside of D.C. itself) where there are billboards promoting pork and subsidies. I mean really, I literally saw one about pork for pork farmers. WTF?

    While there I attended a libertarian meetup, where I was told most libertarians kept a low profile because talking fiscal conservatism was a giant no-no, and suggesting a reduction of agricultural subsidies was beyond blasphemous.

    1. we’d probably care what you thought if you had taken that stance against the Blue Left you love so much, instead of waiting until you had to eat your own mess

      1. You guys are so tiresome.

        “You didn’t support Trump! That means you love Biden!”

        “You didn’t take a stand with Trump against the Blue Left! That means you love the Blue Left!”

        “You were critical of Trump! That means you love Biden!”

        “You didn’t say every protester is a rioter! That means you support riots!”

        It’s like you guys are trying to win some contest to see who can be the king of non sequitors.

        1. Fuck off, Melvin. Nothing is going to bring back Roxanne.

        2. sucking blue dick when it goes your way then crying when it comes back on you is definitely your brand

        3. “STOP CALLING ME A HYPOCRITE JUST BECAUSE I’M A HYPOCRITE!!!” – sarcasmic

        4. sarcasmic, take your own advice and don’t respond. I know it’s hard to refrain.

          Dillinger, especially, has long held the title of most dim-witted of the Trump fans that habituate the commentariat.

          1. Melvin cannot resist. He is actually, from all appearances, very seriously mentally ill.

          2. I was taking a day off, but yeah.

            It’s flaggin time!

            1. you’re afraid of posts, we get it already

            2. Wohoo! Flagging time!

              1. I’m flagging you! I’m flagging you! Pay attention to me cause I’m flagging you!

            3. be a mensch and bate in private thx

          3. Naw, the pre-Trump Dillinger was actually okay. I enjoyed his short pithy comments. Post-Trump Dillinger is sounding more and more like a short pithy version of Jesse though.

            1. Pre-Trump Ken was thoughtful. Now….

              1. So was pre-Trump John (although John seems to have disappeared).

              2. Yeah, Ken is kinda sad. He still has moments of clarity but he is going more and more to the “why don’t you give Team Red more of the benefit of the doubt, they aren’t so bad after all” point of view.

                1. I understand that from a totally pragmatic point of view, the only practical way to thwart Democrats is to vote for Republicans. He’s right. But I can’t bring myself to support the lesser of two evils because it’s still evil.

                  1. Something something talking about people vs ideas something something

                    1. Hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

            2. other-Dillinger is a jerk, but entertaining as fuck I love that guy.

              1. back atcha!

                1. “Lingers over Dill Pickles” (way back when, few recall any more) was WAAAAY better than “Lingers over Dull, Repetitious, Self-Righteous Lies”.

                  #BringBackLingersOverDillPickles !!!

          4. I still don’t get why they think I’m squirrel. I couldn’t even parody that guy if I tried.

            1. you literally outed yourself again in this thread

              1. You literally see things that aren’t there.

                1. that’s what someone who is trying to do damage control would say yes

                  1. It’s also what someone who was wrongfully accused would say. Doesn’t matter. If you want to believe I can masterfully run several different personalities at the same time, even to the point of arguing with myself at length, then I guess I’ll take the compliment. It isn’t true, and I definitely don’t have the talent for such things, but if you want to say so then go for it. You’re assuming talent I do not have.

                    1. There is nothing “masterful” about your ham-fisted sock running. You suck at it, which is why everyone that posts here knows you are doing it. The only thing you have mastered is lying to yourself, and everyone else.

                      Any more questions, Melvin?

                    2. masterful?

                      you OUTED YOURSELF AGAIN TODAY clown!

                    3.  If you want to believe I can masterfully run several different personalities at the same time, even to the point of arguing with myself at length, then I guess I’ll take the compliment. It isn’t true, and I definitely don’t have the talent for such things, but if you want to say so then go for it. You’re assuming talent I do not have.</b

                      Aw, Thank You!

                      I knew all your complaining about me after you asked me out and I turned you down was just sour-graping.

                    4. “even to the point of arguing with myself at length,”

                      When did you ever argue with squirrel? You have a list of people you flag for shitting up the comments, and he’s not on it?

                      Ok.

                    5. There is nothing “masterful” about your ham-fisted sock running. You suck at it, which is why everyone that posts here knows you are doing it. The only thing you have mastered is lying to yourself, and everyone else.

                      Look everyone! I am the one and the same as Goldilicks Girlshit, the Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr., etc., killer!

                      See “Antisocial Punishment Across Societies”, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/319/5868/1362 … Don’t you go making me look bad, by being a better person than I am! This is why Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., got themselves killed!

                2. No you did, it was obvious.

            2. Ok, Melvin. It’s okay.

  41. If the state of Iowa, or another state, is going to restrict early voting, restrict absentee voting, and generally strongly encourage people to vote on Election Day, then that is fine – but they do have an obligation, it seems to me, to actually provide the resources for in-person voting on Election Day. Quite a few people do not have the time or energy to wait in line all day on Election Day in order to cast a ballot, and that is one reason why early voting and no-excuse absentee voting are increasingly common. So those in Team Red states who have legitimate fears of electoral fraud based on voting in manners other than in-person voting on Election Day, please, while making elections more secure – which is great – also make voting more accessible *on Election Day*, of course with whatever appropriate safeguards in place that you wish. But if you make early voting harder, if you make absentee voting harder, but also do nothing to make in-person Election Day voting no easier, then that really does send a signal that what they really want is not to make elections more secure, but to have fewer people vote overall.

    As a thought, why not make Election Day a national holiday? Swap out some other national holiday if you must if you don’t want to add yet one more holiday.

    1. It doesn’t even need to be a national holiday. Red states can make it a state holiday.

      Also (I think you have said the same thing in the past): Hey, red states, feel free to dump Dominion. It makes more sense to me for all voting machine software to be open source, anyway.

      1. Hey look you were both completely dark and then showed up at the same time again.

    2. >>>Quite a few people do not have the time or energy to wait in line all day on Election Day

      is it important, or not?

      1. Of course voting is important. Having a job is also important. Taking care of one’s family is also important. For voting on Election Day, the state government should bend over backwards not to make people choose between voting or going to work, or between voting or taking care of one’s family. It really is ridiculous to make people wait in huge lines on Election Day.

        1. Voting by text would be a great solution, right?

          1. If it isn’t a part of a fraudulent scheme by a private individual making official-looking social media announcements for the purpose of stealing people’s votes, then it *could be* okay, depending on the security measures in place.

            1. How about …. voting by paper airplane?

              1. If you can come up with a *secure* means of voting via paper airplane, then let’s hear it.

                If the idea here is to strongly encourage more people to vote on Election Day, what is wrong with, say, local Boards of Election renting out the town’s largest public venues – auditoriums, stadiums, theaters, etc. – in an attempt to get people to vote in a timely manner without having to wait in long lines? Let’s do something like that.

                1. total coincidence that you two posters, largely believed to be the same person were both completely dark and then showed up at the same time again

                2. “If you can come up with a *secure* means of voting via paper airplane, then let’s hear it.”>/i>

                  Why does it have to be “secure”? Fraud doesn’t exist.

                  1. Fucking tags.

                3. If you can come up with a *secure* means of voting via paper airplane, then let’s hear it.

                  See? Not even this level of scrutiny was given to vote by mail leading up to Nov., but there’s evidence in quite a few places that it was put in place without and/or to specifically avoid the requisite checks.

                  1. The motherfucker just said that voting by text is totally cool with him, provided it can somehow be made “secure.” Yet, I would wager that he would immediately oppose any such proposed security measures as systemic “disenfranchisement.”

                    1. Your mindreading powers aren’t what you think they are.

                    2. You see, though you may believe you are thinking quietly to yourself, you are actually shitting up the comments with asinine suggestions.

                      How about an ID to vote by text? Good to go?

                    3. There are such things as digital IDs and digital identity verification schemes. Again I am in favor of helping people vote in a secure manner. Are you?

                  2. “Not even this level of scrutiny was given to vote by mail leading up to Nov.”

                    That is vague hand waving. We both know that many states had a lot of safeguards in place for by-mail voting.

                    Do you care to discuss the flaws in vote by mail rules in a particular state?

                    1. Let’s start with Pennsylvania.

                    2. I got 4 different unsolicited applications in the mail from the state of Michigan to vote by mail before the election, plus several other letters from “non-partisan” organizations encouraging me to vote by mail, including one that included a veiled threat that they would know if I voted or not and would put my name on a list if I didn’t. I know of a couple different instances of people receiving these letters for people that no longer lived at their address.

                      Does that sound reasonable to you?

                    3. Lay out your case. What about Pennsylvania?

                    4. The veiled threat thing is a bit obnoxious, sure. But the rest of it, what exactly is problematic? They didn’t send out actual ballots, they sent out applications to request a ballot, right? Why shouldn’t organizations, or even the government, do that?

                    5. Where is the harm in receiving more than one *application*?

                    6. Do you care to discuss the flaws in vote by mail rules in a particular state?

                      OK, but only after you confirm that voter ID disenfranchisement is also handwaving or that you honestly think black people are too stupid to find the DMV or use the internet.

                    7. I’ve never had a problem with voter ID laws.

                    8. In case my post wasn’t clear, when I referenced the letters to addresses where the person wasn’t there, I was talking about the mail in vote application. I hope I don’t need to explain why this is a problem.

                      And I agree for me, the veiled threat is simply annoying. I don’t believe someone like me is the purpose of it, though, and in some areas it could be more than just annoying.

                      But the most important issue is that all of this was done without any actions by the legislature, in a state that’s never had mail in voting before.

                    9. What is the harm in an application going to the wrong address? I assume that this is the same application form that any random person could download from the Internet or walk into a local library or county clerk’s office and grab a few copies.

                      If there’s a problem with applications getting into the “wrong hands”, it would be in the application validation/processing end.

        2. >>It really is ridiculous to make people wait in huge lines on Election Day.

          wasn’t for 220 years.

          1. That really isn’t an argument against devoting more resources to helping people vote on Election Day.

            What is the public policy purpose of making it more difficult to vote *in person on Election Day*, which is by all measures already the most secure means of voting?

            1. It kind of is dude. Election Day is Election Day. Get your ass in line and vote like everyone has since the 1700s and shut up about how life in America is such an inconvenience because voting lines … instead of bread lines.

              1. “Because it’s always been that way” is just an appeal to tradition. Compared to the 18th century, we also have a much larger proportion of the population eligible to vote.

                What is the big deal in devoting more resources to in-person Election Day voting to make sure lines aren’t so tremendously long?

                1. You can volunteer you know. Like I do.

                2. When you can stop the Democrats from threatening Treason charges for questioning election results, then we can talk.

                  1. What does that have to do with anything?
                    Why does doing the right thing depend on what Democrats do or don’t do?

                    If providing more resources to make sure more people vote in a secure manner is a good idea, then why not just say so?

                    1. Define “secure.” Then we can talk.

                    2. You define it however you want.

                      If “secure” to you means “less people voting by mail and more people voting in person”, then fine – then provide more resources to permit voting in person to occur without huge long lines.

                      See the picture?

                    3. “What does that have to do with anything?”

                      Are you serious? We see them threatening people who question the election process NOW and you want to add new systems? And don’t think it matters?

                      Are you retarded? It matters BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY THREATENING PEOPLE YOU TROLL.

                    4. Because new systems cannot be tested effectively except in practice, and if the systems aren’t up to the task, asking questions will be necessary.

                      And the Democrats have show they will threaten people who question election results when the Democrats do not think said election results should be questioned.

                      This isn’t difficult Jeff. You’re dumb but not this dumb.

                  2. No.

                    You fucking define it.

                    What does “secure” mean to you?

                    1. For the record I am fine with requiring some type of photo ID for verification to vote, if that is what you are interested in. But I am not interested in being trolled over what is or isn’t secure. The point is, if election security means restricting currently available voting options deemed less secure, then it behooves the government to make the remaining more secure voting options more readily available to potential voters. If you want to take away early voting, then devote more resources to in-person voting to make sure that those people who otherwise would have voted early, are able to do so in-person without having to wait in huge lines. That’s my point. Sound good to you?

            2. “What is the public policy purpose of making it more difficult to vote”

              Now do guns.

              1. Is voting a deadly weapon?

                I’m for people having guns btw

                1. Is voting a deadly weapon?

                  The gun itself isn’t a deadly weapon, I’ve got a handful that haven’t killed anything. So, your statement, even if only partially and inadvertently, suggests that you think the government should regulate voting strictly to avoid unfavorable outcomes. Even if those outcomes are legal.

                  The Government isn’t exactly obligated to making voting as effortless as possible any more than it is obligated to open a gun store on the corner of every block.

    3. A big part of the issue with the voting changes wasn’t the changes themselves as much as the means by which they were enacted and, I suspect, you’re being a bit willfully naive in pretending like it’s strictly the former.

      The GOP has been told for decades that while a voter ID would improve election security, it’s racist because it will disenfranchise black peole who don’t know how to find the DMV or use the internet the same way white people do. Then, because COVID, election laws everywhere changed overnight. Nary a whiff of ‘Will this improve security?’ and ‘Are we disenfranchising anyone?’

      1. Your narrative is overly simplistic and vague. In some states, Republican legislators were in on the expansion of voting in reaction to COVID-19.

        Unless you talk about a specific state, it’s all hand waving.

        1. Unless you talk about a specific state, it’s all hand waving.

          I know, I don’t think black people are too stupid to get to the DMV or use the internet to get a voter ID. Dumbass.

    4. But surely the Republicans will get more votes if we make it harder for old people to vote!

  42. Did Reason really just axe its own article on the Newsom recall, just above this one?

    1. I know this irks some people to no end, but Reason allows their writing staff to hold some diversity of opinion.

      1. How does your response in any way relate to my observation that Reason axed one of its own articles in real time?

        1. it doesn’t but jeff gonna jeff

        2. We can add “axed” to the list of terms that Dee doesn’t know the meaning of.

    2. Did they? I guess he’s still useful to the party, after all.

  43. “Georgia yesterday also passed a bill restricting absentee voting:”

    I’m all for Republicans making all the changes they desire to current voting laws: voter IDs, get rid of no-excuse absentee ballots, dump Dominion, make sure nobody hands out water to voters waiting in line… Whatever they want to feel they can trust the results of the next major election.

    And I don’t want to hear any fables about stolen elections if they then lose on their own terms.

    1. Yea, but what happens when they win? Suicide for the White Knight?

    2. make sure nobody hands out water to voters waiting in line

      This is such a ridiculous thing. First off, what exactly is the problem with handing out water to people in line? But secondly, and more importantly, *why is there a huge line in the first place*? Why aren’t there enough Election Day resources to make sure that voters can cast a ballot on Election Day without having to wait in huge lines?

      If Team Red wants to make non-Election-Day voting harder, then it seems to me, they ought to make Election-Day voting easier. Otherwise, they are just making voting *overall* harder. And for what purpose?

      1. Could be poisoned water …

        1. Yeah, except the entire rationale Georgia is giving for banning the handing out of water is that the water is so wonderfully cool and refreshing that it would cause the recipient to change whom they are voting for.

          1. Well disguised, poisoned water would leave the person consuming it in a stupor and open to hypnotic suggestion. Meanwhile if they really wanted to get Team Blue on board with banning the water, they could have simply required that in order to claim a free bottle, you had to show ID.

            1. So, I should stop saying Dillinger is the most dim-witted commenter here. He became the second most dim-witted after you started showing up.

              1. What about that Ron guy? Last name starts with M and has an x in it? Know who I mean? That guy is dim. Like a Christmas tree with three functioning bulbs dim.

                1. Jesus Christ, Melvin.

                  How many socks are you running?

                2. Gasp! Sarc is insulting someone?! He hates it when people insult each other, he would never do such a thing.

                  Oh wait, sorry, I forgot he’s a fucking hypocrite and does this all the time.

              2. You should stop saying it because you are the most dim-witted commenter here.

                1. Dee doesn’t know what “axed” means.

                  1. HO2

              3. >>I should stop saying Dillinger is the most dim-witted commenter here.

                no no it helps me fly under the radar

      2. “and more importantly, *why is there a huge line in the first place*”

        Bingo! I never paid attention to how voting works in Georgia prior to all of last year’s controversy. I have always lived in states with reasonable and plentiful voting access. When I read about how friggin’ hard they make it to show up and vote in Georgia, I was in shock.

        As far as the water and food rule, I get the rationale. It’s a bit silly and excessive, but like I said, whatever rules the Republicans want to pass to make them confident in election results.

        1. Hey look you were both completely dark and then showed up at the same time again

          1. Oh, look, it’s our resident Sherlock Holmes, uncovering all those clues too subtle for others to see.

            1. Yeah, I haven’t figured that one out. I guess when squirrel makes a post that’s remotely sane that means one of us forgot to switch accounts or something.

              1. believable

            2. total coincidence that you two posters, largely believed to be the same person were both completely dark and then showed up at the same time again

  44. Paxton made clear that he will use the full weight of his office, including his expansive investigatory powers, to retaliate against Twitter for having made editorial decisions with which he disagrees,

    So Twitter, in its lawsuit admits it makes “editorial decisions”.

    1. The rights of free speech and of the press afforded Twitter under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include the right to make decisions about what content to disseminate through its platform. This right specifically includes the discretion to remove or otherwise restrict access to Tweets, profiles, or other content posted to Twitter. AG Paxton may not compel Twitter to publish such content over its objection, and he may not penalize Twitter for exercising its right to exclude such content from its platform.

      Boy this is rich. Very rich.

      1. Yeah, it really isn’t necessary to defend Twitter’s every move–even if we’re against repealing Section 230 and even if we support the First Amendment.

        Because we’re opposed to torturing terrorists and depriving them of their constitutional rights doesn’t mean we have to pretend that terrorism isn’t disgusting or that terrorists aren’t awful.

        Because we hate Al Qaeda doesn’t mean we should sell the Constitution and our rights short, and because we stand up for our constitutional rights doesn’t mean need to pretend terrorists are the good guys.

        If Twitter is hiding behind the First Amendment, we should call them out for that, but even if they’re absolutely right on First Amendment grounds, Twitter is a blight on civil society.

        But just because Twitter is an evil platform designed to undermine rational thought and civil society, that doesn’t mean we should throw the principles of liberty and justice under the bus.

        I’m chalking this up to the kind of victim cult thinking some of us were discussing yesterday. Meghan and Harry were presenting themselves as victims over the weekend, despite being the elite in every way, as an artifact of the victim cult that’s swept the nation, and if we abandon talking about Facebook, Google, and Twitter in terms of being victims, we’ll get a lot more people to think about these issues in more rational and principled terms.

        Poor little Twitter getting picked on by the Texas AG.

        Nobody’s buying that. That just makes people want to grab their torches and pitchforks.

        1. Trump and Republicans bad.
          Twitter good.

          That’s really as deep as ENB has thought about this issue.

    2. “So Twitter, in its lawsuit admits it makes ‘editorial decisions’.”

      They are a private website. They are allowed to do that.

        1. Sure. If you want to call them a publisher, go ahead. As if that matters.

          1. Oh my god he’s serious.

            *popcorn.gif*

            1. lmfao

          2. Umm… then 230 doesn’t apply to Twitter and they assume liability for everything posted there.

            1. There is no such legal distinction.

              1. Regardless of what David Greene’s dishonest EEF article told you, there definitely is.

        2. The publisher/platform thing always struck me as a false dichotomy. What if they are neither?

          They are more like a private library. The staff at a library make editorial decisions, in deciding which books to have on the shelves and which ones not to – so they are not a pure platform – but they also do not own the intellectual property of the books on the shelves, they don’t write the books themselves – so they are not a pure publisher either.

          1. Yeah man!

            I hear this a LOT: Either you’re a publisher, or an impartial conduit of posts; you can NOT be both! Well, this is an authoritarian power-pig stance, no matter if you persuade 51% or 97% of your fellow authoritarians, or not! NO inflexible law of physics, chemistry, or yada-yada prohibits Section 230 to straddle the middle!

            Let me draw an analogy to this black-and-white empty-headedness: Because I (and 51% of the voters) say that your teeth bacteria are either utterly evil, or are pure-white good and have souls, you must either: ‘1) Nuke your mouth once a day with ionizing radiation, or ‘2) you may brush your teeth, but if you do, you MUST find a good home for EVERY bacteria that you put out on the streets!

            Colgate MUST decide, are they ruthless killers of ALL mouth bacteria, or are they enablers of goodness and kindness for good, soul-bearing bacteria! They may NOT straddle the middle, as enablers of free-will choices of the consumers, because I, and 51% or more of the voters, have said so!

            Alternately, it can NOT, and dare NOT, be both a dessert topping, AND a floor wax… Because I said so!

            Power-pig authoritarians all of ye!

            1. ok sarcasmic

            2. “Either you’re a publisher, or an impartial conduit of posts; you can NOT be both!”

              No shit, Melvin.

          2. “The publisher/platform thing always struck me as a false dichotomy. What if they are neither?”

            Are you trying to be dumb on purpose? The dicotomy is if you’re a platform covered by 230, or not. Not if you’re a platform or X.

            People say publisher/platform because that’s the most common example of something not covered by 230. Not the only example.

            1. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/12/publisher-or-platform-it-doesnt-matter

              When politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz demand that Twitter identify itself as either a “publisher” or a “platform,” they usually make this false distinction in the entirely erroneous context of 47 U.S.C. § 230, the provision of U.S. law that grants broad immunity from liability to online intermediaries when such liability would be based on the speech of others. Rather than enshrine some significance between online “platforms” and “publishers,” Section 230 intentionally nullifies any distinction that might have existed. Contrary to popular misconception, immunity is not a reward for intermediaries that choose the path of total neutrality (whatever that means); nor did Congress enact Section 230 with an expectation that Internet services were or would become completely neutral. Section 230 explicitly grants immunity to all intermediaries, both the “neutral” and the proudly biased. It treats them exactly the same, and does so on purpose.

              1. Ted Cruz uses that because PUBLISHER OR PLATFORM IS THE MOST COMMON EXAMPLE of something not covered by 230. Not the only example, as I just said.

                David Greene’s article you linked to was as dishonest as fuck, BTW, and glosses over the reasoning and rationale for 230’s Good Samaritan Clause.
                As expected of you, White Knight.

                1. So, the reasoning and rationale, but not what actually made it into the letter of the law.

                  Well, reasoning and rationale sometimes count in court when the law isn’t clear. Unfortunately, for your position Section 230 is very simple and clear in its text.

      1. You… don’t know what he means do you?

      2. They are playing both sides, using section 230 to protect themselves against what individuals post, while making editorial decisions that essentially make them a publisher.

        Twitter needs to die a hard flaming death. So does all social media. It is corrosive and ridiculous that a company holds so much sway over public discourse. I hope they lose this lawsuit and Paxton nails them to the wall.

        1. There is nothing in Section 230 that says a website cannot pick which user-provided content they want to publish on their website. There is nothing in Section 230 that says they cannot attach disclaimers or comments to user-provided content, or require a click-through to see a user-provided post.

          1. cite? (I’m serious, I want to see your legal argument)

            1. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/12/section-230-good-actually

              “Moreover, the First Amendment also protects the right of online platforms to curate the speech on their sites—to decide what user speech will and will not appear on their sites. So Section 230’s immunity for removing user speech is perfectly consistent with the First Amendment. This is apparent given that prior to the Internet, the First Amendment gave non-digital media, such as newspapers, the right to decide what stories and opinions it would publish.”

              1. You really don’t understand what Section 230 does, do you? I’ll give you a hint. It has something to do with defamation law.

                1. Are you arguing with me or the Electronic Frontier Foundation?

                  1. You.

                    You don’t understand, do you?

              2. “So Section 230’s immunity for removing user speech is perfectly consistent with the First Amendment. This is apparent given that prior to the Internet, the First Amendment gave non-digital media, such as newspapers, the right to decide what stories and opinions it would publish”

                Ok the bolded looks like a legal argument. Which is fine, but has the SC accepted it? And are there counter-arguments?

                1. There are others here who will gladly provide counter arguments.

                  As far as I know, it has never gone before the Supreme Court. I may be wrong. There’s a long discussion of case law here:

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230#Case_law

                  1. “As far as I know, it has never gone before the Supreme Court”

                    Ok thanks. No offense, but legal minds blue skying is pretty useless here, I’ll wait for a court decision.

                    1. OK, so you weren’t really interested in getting a cite from me. Got it.

            2. By the way, when asked for a cite, I try to provide one. There’s nothing wrong with someone asking for a cite, as Hobnailed Ogre did.

    3. Now, answer a question for me: Give me a reason that anyone on God’s green earth has a crucial need to be able to post 280 character messages to a website.

      1. “Now, answer a question for me: ”

        No. Let’s try to avoid deflection and obfuscation today please.

      2. It’s a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs?

        1. Can you explain where in the Bill of Rights applies it says Twitter has to provide everyone with the power to post 280 character messages to twitter.com?

          1. They Bill of Rights is a list of reatrictions on government, not a list of approved activities.

            1. White Knight “Where in this book of poetry is the coloring section?”

              Um… *pats head*

          2. First amendment. “Congress shall make no law..abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;” If section 230 isn’t an act of Congress, then I don’t know what is.

            1. Section 230 is most certainly an act of Congress. How does Section 230 abridge the freedom of speech?

              1. How does Section 230 abridge the freedom of speech?

                It’s hard to speak with Pelosi’s cock in your throat?

                1. Rather have Pelosi’s cunt in my face than Trump’s cock down my throat like you do Chuck.

                  Isn’t homosexuality a sin according to your pervert god?

                  1. https://reason.com/2021/02/05/civil-asset-forfeiture-indiana-supreme-court-tyson-timbs/#comment-8746433

                    According to Chuckles the Smug-Pig (using Smug-Pig’s “logic” vis-a-vis Section 230), having Government Almighty PUNISHING you for having Pelosi’s cock in your mouth? Bad-bad-BAD, STOP that, Government Almighty!!!

                    Using the courts of Government Almighty to PUNISH you, AFTER a “private party” has SUED you for sucking on the private parts of Nancy Pelosi? Not THAT is TOTES cool!!! By the AWESOME powers of magic underwear!

                    Hey Chuckles the Smug-Pig… You do know this, right? Your magic underwear will NOT protect you from the results of your smug-pig ways!!!

  45. Iowa is cracking down on early voting, as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud.

    Election irregularities, which is being proven absolutely correct.

  46. The Pants-shitters Veto

    – a logical fallacy in which the offender does not engage with an argument, but simply posts garbage insults and screeds in an attempt to prevent anyone else from engaging with the OP. A metaphorical shitting of one’s pants in the middle of a conversation knowing that posters who might otherwise engage with the OP will flee the smell or stand off in fear of getting something on them.

    Engaging in such a rude argumentative style makes the poster unworthy of consideration. Those who engage with the pants-shitter become unworthy to the extent they persist or encourage the behavior. A proper recourse for the Reason forums is to click the flag on such posts and then refresh the page which removes the post from the thread for viewers that do so. As Reason has no comment monitoring, there are no repercussions to the flagger or the flagged, but it can make the thread readable.

    1. “the offender does not engage with the argument.”

      You’re the one who won’t explain why you belong to your church? You just reply “flagged. Refresh.”

      Joseph Smith claimed the Book of Mormon was written in “reformed egyptian.” He then claimed the book of Abraham was the same “reformed egyptian.” The book of Abraham is a proven forgery. Why should anyone believe the book of mormon isn’t? Especially when no one saw the “golden plates” except for a few close family and friends who had a financial interest in the book of mormon?

        1. Note the lack of an apostrophe. There is more than one way to shit up a thread.

          1. There’s more than one way to skin a Mormon.

            1. lol you’re so ashamed of outing yourself as a pedophile that you have to sock and then pretend to be other people lolol

          2. Yeah, It’s pretty obvious it’s not me.
            Lefties can’t meme, so they just post this shit.

            Some angry copycat like White Knight or sarcasmic, I’m guessing.

            1. What’s with you fascists and “memes?”

              I’m not trying to hide the fact it was me. Id just like Chuck to explain his crappy church for stupid jerks.

      1. You’re the one who won’t explain why you belong to your church?

        That sounds like the beginning of a conversation that ends with me in a tub of ice and my kidneys missing.

        Usually people making legitimate inquiries don’t bait them with multiple unsubstantiated claims after putting quotation marks around a misquote. Since you were so polite, please feel free to fuck off at your convenience, SQLFKRedsocksasmic.

        1. What’s unsubstantiated claims?

          Sorry I included “the” instead of “an.”

          You’re not clever.

          1. It’s all already flagged and refreshed, pants-shitter.

            1. At least I don’t worship a pervert

              1. Sure you do, sarc. Pretty sure Biden’s a pedophile.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XqF4wA-dco

                1. I fucking hate Biden.

                  Keep thinking I’m sarc, WK, Sqrls or whoever

            2. your convenience, SQLFKRedsocksasmic.

              Flagged for review
              Chuck P. (The Artist formerly known as CTSP)
              March.9.2021 at 2:51 pm
              It’s all already flagged and refreshed, pants-shitter.

              Flagged for review
              Flagged for review
              damiksec

              I don’t read the screeds, pants-shitter. I post just to make you seethe like the incel you clearly are.

              1. Sure ya don’t.

                I got your garments in a bunch.

                Perv worshipper!

                1. sarcasmic
                  March.9.2021 at 3:14 pm
                  Because you are master baiters.

                  You take everything literally?

                  Life must really suck for you.

                  KillAllMormons
                  March.9.2021 at 3:19 pm
                  Ill cite this as proof of your bigotry.

                  You’ll just lie or play dumb.

                  Fascist traitor!

                  1. What’s your point traitor?

                    1. That you need to lay off the juice and accept that your ex-wife won.

                    2. Never been married.
                      Im afraid you have me confused with a fictional character.

                    3. Never been married.

                      What a shock.

                  2. So some jerk says something similar to me? That means we’re the same person? You know better than that, don’t you?

                    1. So you acknowledge that you sound like the psychotic weasel? It’s the first step, dude.

        2. The book of Abraham is a proven forgery.

          The three witnesses and eight witnesses had a financial interest in the Book of Mormon.

          Those are facts. I know your church lies about it, but try thinking critically and doing some research.

          1. lol you’re so ashamed of outing yourself as a pedophile that you have to sock and then pretend to be other people lolol

  47. According to government documents obtained by CBS News, nearly 1,400 unaccompanied minors had been held in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facilities for more than three days as of Monday, despite the agency’s legal obligation to transfer these children to shelters operated by the U.S. refugee agency within 72 hours of taking them into custody.

    Nearly 170 unaccompanied children stuck in Border Patrol custody are under the age of 13, according to the CBP documents.

    But Biden IS letting them in, so there’s that.

    1. So what is the remedy for Biden’s CBP violating the law? Stern warnings all around?

      1. I hope it ends with Biden rescinding DACA to save face. *fingers crossed*

    2. It’s about DACA.

      80% of the asylum seekers have been either children traveling alone or family members traveling with their children–for a long time.

      You can’t promise not to deport people who come here as children and not expect people to send their children here from Northern Triangle countries by the thousands.

      The real world has a funny way of doing its own thing regardless of what progressives consider fashionable.

  48. Oh my God I’m everyone!

    If someone disagrees IT’S SARCASMIC!

    If someone says something remotely libertarian IT’S SARCASMIC!

    If a posts agree with each other IT’S SARCASMIC!

    I appreciate the god-like status you’ve given me, but I’m just one dude. I don’t have magical powers that allow me to be many people at a time while never eating, sleeping or shitting.

    If you want to worship me, go ahead. If you want to attribute multiple personalities to me, go ahead. Shit I wish I was getting paid for this shit.

    Know what? I lose. You win.

    I’m done.

    1. I for one will miss your comments!

      People rarely change their minds. How many have ever substantially changed their minds from reading articles (let alone comments) on the internet? Maybe a very-very few… MAYBE! It is a HARD row to hoe!

      Do please find time to read (or at least skim) http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/ … From there, a TINY bit of good news…

      From w w w . bbc.com/future/article/20201016-why-some-people-are-cruel-to-others : “Yet there is a hidden upside of do-gooder derogation. Once we have pulled down the do-gooder, we are more open to their message. ” End quote. It’s not a HUGE amount of good news, but at least SOME good news. AFTER we have killed Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and they are DEAD men, and can NOT possibly steal our women any more, THEN we are free to FINALLY listen safely to their messages!

      1. People often change their minds. Just because your pants-shitting method of delivery is ineffective does not mean that persuasion is a lost art.

        sarc is a loser because he so often apologizes for Progressives and Marxists.

        1. I dare you to demonstrate that people can change their minds… By apologizing for your constant arrogant clutter-pig, bragging ways, bragging about your oh-so-awesome computer skills at flagging and refreshing!

  49. The snowflakes feeling are hurt.

  50. Does that mean my cell phone company (a private company) can cancel my account because I said something they don’t like? What a stupid opinion. Either social media is a publisher with an editorial perspective or it is a common carrier than can’t censor me.

    1. You are skipping over one or two layers of Internet infrastructure there.

  51. Twitter and the rest are acting like soverign nations….which they are not. Twitter must be held to obey the Bill of Rights….as they are acting like a hostile power, their assets should be confiscated.

    Besides I thought companies can’t discriminate against buyers….you can’t pick and chose who to do business with

    1. a) Give me one good reason that anyone *needs* to post 280-character messages to a website.
      b) The people posting tweets are *not* Twitter’s customers. Advertisers are.

    2. “…as they are acting like a hostile power, their assets should be confiscated.”

      DOWN with the capitalists! UP with “the people”!

      Yes, Karl Marx! THIS time, we will get it right!

  52. “…Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud”

    I’m not a Republican but I thought I was signing up to receive a zine with a libertarian bent. This is just typical leftist propaganda sprinkled “liberally” throughout by what appears to be woke activists. Who else would call the massive election shenanigans that took place in 2020 a “charade?” This is very disappointing.

  53. “ as part of Republicans’ ongoing charade that the 2020 election was rife with election fraud”

    Enb once again with her bias

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