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CDC Can't Force Landlords To Provide Free Housing, Says Court

Plus: Mexico moves closer to legalizing marijuana, Facebook fights monopoly allegations, and more...

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Court protects property rights. A nationwide eviction moratorium mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is outside the scope of the agency's authority, a federal court ruled yesterday. The case (Skyworks Ltd. v. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) upends the CDC's September 4, 2020, ban on eviction actions against tenants who don't pay rent.

The CDC order—which is different from the eviction moratorium issued by Congress that expired last July—was first imposed through December 31, 2020, and later extended through March 31, 2021. It declared that "a landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action shall not evict any covered person." It did not extend to people being evicted for property damage or reasons other than not paying rent.

The order was challenged by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a group of Ohio landlords and property managers in a lawsuit filed last October in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

On Wednesday, District Court Judge J. Philip Calabrese ruled against the CDC.

"One may view the CDC's eviction moratorium as good and essential public policy or the opposite. But those considerations are not for the Court," wrote Calabrese in his opinion. "Nor may the Court decide this case based on its own personal or policy preferences or its views of the competing public interests involved. Instead, this dispute presents a narrower question. This case turns on whether Congress has authorized the CDC to adopt a nationwide eviction moratorium."

On this question, Calabrese found that Congress had not.

The CDC's orders "exceed the agency's statutory authority…and are, therefore, invalid," he wrote.

"This decision makes clear that federal agencies can't exercise power Congress has not given them," said the Pacific Legal Foundation's (PLF) Steve Simpson, who represented the landlords, in a statement. "Now our clients no longer have to provide housing for free."

PLF is also representing plaintiffs in another challenge to the order (Chambless Enterprises, LLC v. CDC); that case is on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.


FREE MARKETS

Mexico moves forward with legalizing marijuana. On Wednesday, Mexican lawmakers in the country's Chamber of Deputies voted 316-129 to legalize marijuana for recreational, not just medical, purposes. "The measure is widely expected to sail through the Senate before being sent to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has signaled support for legalization," notes The New York Times. "The measure, as of Wednesday night, would allow adults to smoke marijuana and, with a permit, grow a small number of cannabis plants at home. It would also grant licenses for producers — from small farmers to commercial growers — to cultivate and sell the crop."


FREE MINDS

Prostitution decriminalization push comes to Louisiana. State Rep. Mandie Landry (D–New Orleans) is promoting a path to decriminalize paid sex between consenting adults in the state. She plans to introduce a bill to this effect when the legislature is back in session in April. "The younger generation, people my age and younger, don't understand at all how the government could ever enter your bedroom and tell you what to do," she said. "If two people engage in a relationship in their own home, whether they exchange money or not, it's between them."


QUICK HITS

• Almost five years after being blocked from becoming a Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland has been confirmed as the next attorney general of the United States.

• Facebook asks courts to dismiss the antitrust lawsuits against the company. "You only have to look at your phone to know that the government's assertion that Facebook monopolizes 'personal social networking services' doesn't make sense," Facebook spokesperson Christopher Sgro said in a statement. "The government ignores these realities and attempts to rewrite history with its unprecedented lawsuit."

• Massachusetts grandmother Malinda Harris is fighting back against civil forfeiture.

• Nonprofit donor disclosure requirements are a violation of the First Amendment,  explains Reason's Jacob Sullum.

• The great food appropriation debate continues (and is as dumb as ever):

• Against Biden's proposed rollback of due process in campus disciplinary proceedings:

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  1. Almost five years after being blocked from becoming a Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland has been confirmed as the next attorney general of the United States.

    The online celebration of this event is cult-like.

    1. The Messiah finally got his boy a promotion.

    2. Well, we all like to see our pets/spawn do well. After all, towing the party line and not getting rewarded for it demoralizes the Useful … Folks, no?

    3. Let’s see how he does. Just remember, this was a sitting federal judge on the DC circuit who testified he had never given thought to domestic terrorism, or merit-based immigration policies. Readers can make of that what they will.

    4. It was his turn.

    5. It’s funny how the left doesn’t realize what they’ve gotten with this AG. He was nominated by Obama for the SC, so he must be good for civil liberties. Sure, he’s better than Sessions, but not by much.

      1. But he isn’t. He is only in favor of the rights of progressives.

        1. What are some examples of kinds of rights progressives get?

          1. The right to riot all summer and then have the Justice Department drop your charges should you have gotten arrested.

  2. ‘personal social networking services’

    Nested implication there.

  3. “You only have to look at your phone to know that the government’s assertion that Facebook monopolizes ‘personal social networking services’ doesn’t make sense,” Facebook spokesperson Christopher Sgro said in a statement.

    “I mean, even I can’t believe any people at all still use us.”

    1. I mean, if you want your own social network you can just start your own social network. Oh, wait…

    2. Nobody under 65.

  4. Nonprofit donor disclosure requirements are a violation of the First Amendment…

    The first what? The what amendment?

    1. Nobody pays attention to that moldy old document, do they?

      1. It was written so long ago, who knows what it really means?

        It will be forever shrouded in mystery, like Shakespeare, or the Magna Carta.

    2. The Journalist Licensing Act of 1788.

    3. But if donations are kept anonymous how will the left ever know who to target

  5. Mexico moves forward with legalizing marijuana.
    Oh great. Now they will start sneaking it over the border.

    1. “The Mexican pot-wolf, or ganja cayote, scientifically lupus cheech, has gained notoriety the last few years as being the only indigenous species of wolf that can be found in line at a Taco Bell after midnight on a workday.”

    2. I used to live in Tijuana. The President of Mexico at that time was taking in millions from cartel supporters. There isn’t much difference between legal and illegal in Mexico so much as the difference in what you can pay to get away with it.

      1. Mohican, with an air of paraquat.

        Yeah, those were the days….

    3. I remember Mexican ditch weed from back in high school. They can keep it. Our stuff is several orders of magnitude better than what comes out of Mexico.

      1. Maybe with it being legalized it will improve? But yeah, I’ll stick with Michigan grown. Specifically on my deck.

      2. Yeah but if we don’t start taking it seriously then they will close the weed gap and soon we’ll all be speaking Mexican.

        1. Weed tariffs FTW!

          1. Is that the best our scientist can do? I was hoping for some kind of Manhattan project for weed.

      3. Mohican, with an air of paraquat.

        Yeah, those were the days….

        1. Don’t forget the twigs and insect parts. Sometimes the whole damned bug.

      4. Fact Check Rates Above Statement: False

        I am American who lived in Monterrey. In Mexico there many giant farms where cacti for the highest quality tequila is grown. The biggest one I saw was in Guadalajara. Massive. These are major agricultural interests. If Marijuana is legalized, there will be almost .0 milliseconds until they start growing very good weed because it will bring in more profit than tequila.

  6. Mexico also told Biden to stop with the open borders crap because it’s destroying communities and empowering cartels.

    The utopia you’re all paid to peddle does not exist.

    1. destroying communities and empowering cartels

      Feature not bug.

      1. Do cartels donate to the DNC? Asking for a friend.

        1. We’re gonna tear down this wall, and the USA is gonna pay for it.

          -Mexican drug cartels, probably

          1. Democrat politicians, too.

        2. No doubt they’ve been donating to the drug warriors in both parties for nearly as long as they have existed. Their whole business model depends on drug laws creating a class of crime that _does_ pay.

  7. So the money grubbing evil landlords won? Now everyone will be thrown out on the street.

    1. Don’t forget Landladies, Landpersons, and Landwhales.

      1. No Landsharks?
        What about CandyGrams?

        1. Just a dolphin, ma’am.

  8. What’s a “South Asian curry dish?”

    IF IT HAS TURMERIC IN IT THEN IT’S CURRY AND IT’S APPROPRIATION. And the outrage it allows is tastier than any Indian dish.

    1. Is it “Two Merrick” or “tour mo’rick?”

      1. Term Eric.

      2. One Merrick is enough.

        1. You are hereby slapped with three (3) de-Merricks, for having written such a RACIST thing!

          1. flagged as spam

            1. OMG, I got flagged by a skilled computer genius who knows how to do these Deeply Complicated things!!!

              I just shat my pants! damiksec is welcome to come over and lick them clean!

              1. flagged as spam

              2. damiksec is welcome to come over and lick them clean!

                More evidence SQRLSY eats shit, he throws dinner parties and offers it to his guests.

                1. He did just do that.

      3. I say tur mur ick, which google suggests is akshyually the correct way.

    2. Looking forward to new federal equity spice rules that will determine what we are allowed to buy, based on government-determined heritage.

      Ultimately this will apply to all consumer goods. Of course, lots of people will have to give up indoor toilets.

      1. Shreeka hardest hit.

      2. The Spice must flow.

    3. What if I’m making ras el hanout for Moroccan leg of lamb?

      1. I hate myself for loving the taste of lamb

  9. Against Biden’s proposed rollback of due process in campus disciplinary proceedings…

    BREAKING NEWS: The administration topped by the two most prosecutor-friendly candidates the Democrats could find is against due process.

    1. Lynch mobs agree.

  10. Mexico goes after Biden for the border crisis, blames his lax policies and open invites for funding cartels.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/mexico-worried-that-biden-is-stoking-illegal-immigration

  11. ACLU properly under fire for not apologizing for pushing the race hoax at Smith College last year.

    Led to the firing of one woman who has not been able to get a job due to the claims she was a racist by the student and amplified by the ACLU.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/03/10/aclu-under-fire-for-helping-to-destroy-lives-of-smith-college-workers-falsely-accused-of-racism-n1431676

    1. Well, at least she hasn’t been beheaded

      1. Yet. I’m fairly certain that is coming…cancel culture will adopt the guillotine like the French Revolution. They will get through the most obvious targets first, then as always, turn on their own.

    2. Why in the world would the ACLU apologize for doing exactly what it exists to do? They are attack dogs for the Leftist-Democrat alliance. Destroying people’s reputations, propagandizing for restrictive government, and hunting down political adversaries is the only reason they still operate. Partisan lawfare and smear campaigning is their raison d’etre.

      Frankly, I do not expect nor want them to apologize. The masks have slipped. I prefer the fascists out in the open.

      1. Still trying to atone for Skokie.

        1. “I hate Illinois NAZIs.”

          1. “We’re gonna get that son of a bitch.”

            1. “I’ve always loved you.”

  12. Congrats to TDS!

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-10/federal-relief-cities-states-could-end-los-angeles-city-budgtrumpets!

    with passage of a massive federal relief package that’s expected to send $1.35 billion directly to Los Angeles.

    The legislation is expected to provide $306 million to San Diego, $192 million to Oakland and $223 million to San Jose, according to one analysis of the bill. Los Angeles County is in line to receive more than $1.9 billion.

    The true costs of mean tweets.

    1. Thank god blue state residents won’t have to pay for their own fiscal recklessness.

    2. The public employees of CA are waiting with open pockets.

      1. https://reason.com/2021/02/04/how-biden-is-repeating-trumps-mistakes/#comment-8742467

        According to Chuckles the Smug-Pig (using Smug-Pig’s “logic” vis-a-vis Section 230), stealing our taxes USA-wide for over-paying WAY fat pensions for Californicator Government Almighty employees might be bad, maybe… But it is ALL made TOTES cool… WONDERFUL maybe even… If we just get ONE person to file a “civil” lawsuit against stingy taxpayers, first!

        Hey stingy USA taxpayers, your stingy ways HURTS my CA pension! So I am taking you to CIVIL court! NOW after THIS particular magic wand is waved, Government Almighty taking our USA-wide taxes is just WUNDERBAR!!! (Maybe I’ll get the leftovers after Government Almighty taxes the shit out of my lawsuit-lottery winnings, after I sue for a fatter pension).

        1. flagged

          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. Fuck off, sarc.

            2. flagged

            3. “Virtue” according to Damned-Sick-Slut:

              “MY moronic authoritarianism GOOD! YOUR moronic authoritarianism BAD!”

              1. lol you admit you’re a moron authoritarian

                and flagged

                1. Hey Damned-Sick-Slut:

                  WHO is it who advocates using Government Almighty FORCE to FORCE people to buy Reason Magazine?

                  1. hahah you’re mad that you admitted you’re a moron authoritarian

                    and flagged

                1. Pathetic clutter-pig! You flag and ignore your conscience whenever possible, don’t you, Perfect One?

                  1. Roxaaaaaaaannneee!

                  2. Flagged

              2. Roxaaaaaaaannneee!

      2. What suite is your work in Chuck? In the highly unlikely scenario that it’s your actual work address. Are your coworkers non mormons? I would assume they’re southern evangelical types cuzTexas, but it’s Austin so probably not.

        1. Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

      3. Maintaining services for the masses of untermensch we receive from the lower 49 isn’t cheap.

    3. When you did the accounting on the true cost of mean tweets, you left out the Republican Party’s losing the 2020 presidential election because voters didn’t want to vote for a guy who acted like a world-class asshole for four years, and the division (and subsequent future ineffectiveness) of the Republican Party.

      1. When you posted that pile, you assumed you knew what you were posting about.
        As a TDS-addled piece of shit, you don’t.

      2. Shut the fuck up, you lying dog-faced pony soldier! You want to try beat me in a push-up contest? Come on, man! Step up! I’ll prove you ain’t black. Trunalimunumaprzure!!!

      3. Trump didn’t lose. Your boys mounted a coup.

        1. As set forth in his December 2nd speech, according to Mother’s Lament.

          A speech in which Trump transmogrified $1214.15 of donations from two guys in the Dominion Voting Systems IT department into “96% of the company’s political donations went to Democrats.”

          My “boys” were the Libertarian Party, by the way. I voted for Jo Jorgensen.

          1. You’re in no way libertarian, you’re at best a Falangist who votes straight ticket Democratic Party. Nobody who advocates what you do is remotely libertarian.

            You’re not fooling anyone.

            1. Who did you vote for, again?

              Oh, that’s right. You’re a Canuck.

              1. So???

                Somehow you think that’s a “gotcha”, but I’m not sure why.

          2. “96% of the company’s political donations went to Democrats.”

            And they did, no matter how you try to lawyer and pettyfog about it.

            1. Clinging to Trump’s lies, even after I clearly laid out the entire case.

              1. And lied, and misquoted, and lawyered throughout.
                You twisted facts into knots and weird obtuse interpretations and then did a victory lap like you’d won some sort of rhetorical battle, when really you just misrepresented shit like you always do.

                You’re really no good at this.
                Your boss should can you and hire me. I understand what quotation marks mean and I won’t fuck up water.

          3. https://reason-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/reason.com/2021/03/03/science-based-policy-means-decriminalizing-sex-work-say-hundreds-of-researchers/?amp&amp_js_v=0.1&usqp=mq331AQHKAFQArABIA%3D%3D#comment-8789626

            LOL, the names of the Dominion employees that made the contributions are right in the article:

            Let’s google their names:

            Samuel McGraw – Network Administrator at Dominion Voting Systems.
            Tomas Bellinghausen – Software Specialist at Dominion Voting Systems.

            Mother’s: “They were execs. I saw it somewhere.”

            1. Ooh, yeah, I really used twisted arguments there, Mother’s. I googled two guy’s names.

              Think someone on Trump’s speech writing staff could have done the same before injecting blatant lies into his speech? Oh, wait, there’s no way that babbling word salad was written by anyone other than moronic Donald Trump.

      4. Totes, Trump’s support only grew by 20% from 2016

        1. An inconvenient truth.

        2. It wasn’t enough, but I suppose it’s a nice consolation prize.

          1. This time you guys didn’t fuck up like 2016 and substantially boosted the margin of fraud.

  13. Democrats are promising to end the filibuster of the senate blocks “voting fortification” that includes things like not allowing prosecutors to indict illegal immigrants for voting illegally.

    Kaine said, “H.R. 1 and S. 1 are bills to make sure we protect people’s rights to vote. And that bill passed out of the House, and now on the Senate, we are going to take it up in the Senate in committee and on the floor, and we’re going to let the Republicans show what they think about voters and participation. And look, if they decide that they want to block voters and participation, the same way that the filibusterers in the 1960s did, then we’re going to have a moment of reckoning on the floor of the Senate to decide whether Senate rules are more important than people’s rights and ability to participate in this democracy.”

    1. So will people in other countries be able mail in their votes? Because everyone should participate in US elections.

      1. As long as it is postmarked somewhere with a month or so of any US election, and is cast for the proper candidate.

      2. They will text their votes. Much easier to tabulate

    2. All of this posturing is exactly what happens when a hostage taker makes false promises in the hopes that the hostages cooperate. Everybody understands that the hostage taker does not actually care about any of the rules or conditions they are propounding because they will do what they want to do anyway, no matter what happens.

      The Democrats will eliminate the filibuster. It is not even a close question. When it comes time to put their feet to the fire, Sinema and Manchin will get in line like the good party loyalists that they are. Elections have consequences, and one of the consequences is that we will never have an honest or secure election in this country ever again.

      1. How else can the lightened elite rule over us? For our own good.

      2. ’22 is gonna be a hoot.

        1. A crisis will indefinitely postpone the midterms.

    3. Does he remember the filibusters of the 60’s were by Democrats?

    4. “If we can’t codify our phony-baloney ballot-stuffing into law, that means you hate democracy!”

  14. Almost five years after being blocked from becoming a Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland has been confirmed as the next attorney general of the United States.

    The word blocked implies the seat was deservedly his. It wasn’t.

    Also if enb bothered to read or watch his hearings she should be thankful he didnt get to the high court. He is another strict partisan that will make the AG office vigorously political.

    1. In a perfect world, the act of accepting an AG position, should all by itself show the candidate was unfit for high judicial office. The temperament required for an effective AG doesn’t fit with the neutral dispassionate one you’d like to see in a judge.

      1. What makes a judge turn neutral? With evil judges at least you know where you stand, but with these neutrals? Who knows!

        1. What makes a judge turn neutral?

          Just drinking from the wrong fountain will do it.

      2. How about reciting the Constitution in public with a straight face?

        1. As long as they are placing their hand on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” they’ll be ok.

  15. Lol. David French crying about actions Biden taking after biden promised to take them on the campaign trail is hilarious. Dispatch is simply the lincoln project on a website instead of Twitter.

    1. French and his band of conservapussies are pathetic.

      1. Colossal fucking hypocrites, too. For someone who likes to preen about how pious a Christian he is, French sure is thirsty for the approval of worldly, carnal institutions.

    2. As a through and through neocon rino (or fascist misogynist racist depending on who you ask), french and goldberg were two of my favorites. Its kinda sad how pathetic theyve become.

  16. Prostitution decriminalization push comes to Louisiana.

    Louisiana prosecutors are going to have to scramble to find new ways to fuck up people’s lives.

  17. Atlanta Fed GDP forecast:

    Latest estimate: 8.4 percent — March 8, 2021
    The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the first quarter of 2021 is 8.4 percent on March 8, up from 8.3 percent on March 5. After this morning’s wholesale trade report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nowcast of first-quarter real nonresidential equipment investment growth increased from 19.4 percent to 19.6 percent.

    https://www.frbatlanta.org/cqer/research/gdpnow

    Trump four year GDP growth run was just UNDER 1%.

    2021 estimate is over 6%.

    Go Biden! Make the USA great again!

    1. Do me a favor and re-post those numbers showing how much better Obama was for the economy than Drumpf. I’ve seen you post them at least two times so far but the evidence is so compelling it needs to be stressed as often as possible.

    2. Shrike is amazed by the economy bouncing back after the pandemic is drying up and the lockdowns are disappearing because he’s an idiot.

      If ever you needed evidence that Shike doesn’t know anything about how the economy works, grows, or why, this is it. He’s clearly an ignoramus.

      1. SleepyJoe will get all the credit.

        1. Well, these are definitely the kinds of arguments people make when they start out trying to find a way to make one party or one candidate look good and the other party or the other candidate look bad. The old saying goes that when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And the pro-Democrat, anti-Trump hammer is the only intellectual tool Shrike has at his disposal.

          Don’t look at whether Obama requiring people to provide health insurance for their full time employees is bad for the workforce participation numbers. Don’t look at whether Trump getting rid of those kinds of regulations is good for workforce participation. Just ignore that Obama took office just after the beginning of a financial crisis, ignore that Trump left office at the end of the pandemic and the lockdowns, and attribute economic growth to the party of the president!

          I suspect that kind of thinking is necessary to believe what progressives believe about how the economy grows and why. Progressive ideas about how the economy works are dumber than creationism. You probably need to be ignorant to believe the shit Shrike believes, and I don’t think he’s trying to be deceptive. He just has no idea what he’s talking about, and talks about it with absolute confidence–which is what it means to be a proud ignoramus.

          1. …”I suspect that kind of thinking…”

            Seems you’re being generous here; whatever goes on between turd’s ears in no way amounts to what most of us consider ‘thinking’.

      2. No, dumbfuck, I just got sick of hearing about the “GREATEST ECONOMY OF ALL TIME” and more of the Con Man’s lies.

        1% average GDP. Stick that up your ass.

        Biden hasn’t done shit and his record is better.

        1. By Obama’s standards that 6% is Trump’s.

          Is that why you’re so upset about it?

        2. “Biden hasn’t done shit and his record is better”

          When I said that Shrike doesn’t know what makes the economy grow or why, ignores financial crises, pandemics, lock downs, regulation and policy–and just looks at the party or the president and chalks it all up to correlation? I wasn’t kidding.

          Love when I get to use my college Latin.

          Cum hoc ergo propter hoc

          With this, therefore because of this.

          That’s first semester Wheelock!

          https://www.fallacyfiles.org/cumhocfa.html

          1. Live by the bullshit exaggeration and now die by it. Biden made America great again and you should be grateful but I guess you hate America. Sad.

            1. Can’t tell if serious.

              1. “Can’t tell if serious.”

                Probably, but you’re dealing with what seems to be an adolescent and not a bright one, either.

                1. This is the second day in a row someone appears to have questioned whether a logical fallacy is wrong–after I’ve linked to it.

                  It’s one thing to question whether a fallacy applies in any particular case, but they seemed to be questioning rationality itself.

                  When they’re more or less asking, “What’s the point of being rational?”, my first reaction is still to think they must be joking.

            2. Forgot which sock you were using shreek

      3. “Shrike is amazed by the economy bouncing back after the pandemic is drying up and the lockdowns are disappearing because he’s an idiot.”

        It’s possible he’s simply being dishonest, but that is looking less and less likely.
        More likely he’s a fucking lefty ignoramus with the intelligence of a 5 year-old.

        1. “Biden hasn’t done shit and his record is better”

          —-Shrike

          Is there a good reason to make this argument in this context?

    3. Wow! States are re-opening, and an uptick in GDP is expected? Who would have thought that!

      Oh, and:
      2017 – 2.3
      2018 – 3.0
      2019 – 2.2

      Its like something must have happened in 2020 that skewed the numbers down…

      1. Yeah. 2020 was bad because Drumpf was President. Mr. Buttplug has explained this many times.

      2. President’s serve 4 year terms.

        There is no room for comments on your GDP record. Trump has a shitty record.

        Obama faced the Great Recession. so what? still had a 1.6% average GDP.

        1. It’s possible turd’s simply being dishonest, but that is looking less and less likely.
          More likely he’s a fucking lefty ignoramus with the intelligence of a 5 year-old.

        2. “President’s serve 4 year terms.”

          So when you were starting Obama’s graphs from 2008 instead of 2009 you were lying?

        3. Shrek is trying to admit that Obama was so bad that it took the entire world shutting down for over a year just to make Obama look competitive.

        4. Obama knew it heading in. That’s the difference.

    4. Aren’t you the kid fucker?

      1. Yes he is.

  18. “Against Biden’s proposed rollback of due process in campus disciplinary proceedings”

    Biden is doing the right thing here. Women virtually never lie about sexual assault. The only time it’s appropriate to doubt a woman’s claim is when she’s accusing a prominent Democrat. Like Joe Biden. Or Andrew Cuomo.

    #BelieveWomen
    #(ExceptTaraReade)
    #((AndCuomosAccusers))

    1. Too obvious. C+

      1. Yeah, he shows his true colors when he does that.

        Better to be more subtle and leave the average reader in doubt.

        Yeah, we’re all your critics, OBL. Every, fucking, one, of, us.

      2. He’s the only commenter whose newsletter I would pay money & subscribe to.

        Although John was pretty good (but not a creative parody) I get the feeling commenting on here as much as he did wasn’t good for his health.

  19. Crunch time is here on gun control.

    1) Congress is considering bills that would appear to create a de facto national registry of gun owners–a preliminary step to confiscation. What’s the point of requiring all gun transfers to go through a background check without monitoring compliance?

    This isn’t only important from a civil rights perspective but it’s also a straw that’s likely to break the filibuster’s back. So far, the Democrats have more or less been able to get what they want by dodging the filibuster through reconciliation bills. That isn’t evidence of tolerance. When they can’t get something they want really bad because of the filibuster and decide to live by it anyway, then I’ll believe the filibuster is safe.

    2) I think everyone is expecting Biden to issue an EO against “ghost guns” in the very near future, those scary apparitions that suddenly appear in people’s hands, shoot a bunch of innocent school children, and then disappear without a trace back into the ether.

    Actually, “ghost guns” are guns people make themselves at home. It’s just a scary term like “identity theft”, which makes it sound like a doppelganger takes your job and sleeps with your wife without anyone knowing it’s not really you, but really just boils down to credit fraud. “Ghost gun” sounds so scary though, like “assault weapon”!

    No, the Democrats’ fear of average people exercising their constitutional rights isn’t limited to people exercising their First Amendment rights on social media. Their paranoia also extends to average people grinding pistols designed in 1911 for themselves in their garages.

    3) When we talk to friends, coworkers, and family about this stuff, we probably shouldn’t get lost in the statistics. The fundamental problem with gun control is that it makes criminals out of 99.9% of gun owners who’ve never pointed a gun at anybody–and have never done anything wrong.

    Convicting people who’ve never done anything wrong of crimes is the definition of injustice.

    1. I’m reading that there’s a House rule that says new committee members don’t need to weigh in on bills that were introduced before April 1st, so apparently we should expect a barrage of these kinds of controversial bills over the next few weeks.

      It’s not just that there are new and more Republicans on these committees than there were before. It’s also that Democrats in blue and purple districts would rather not, for instance, go on the record supporting gun control before the 2022 midterms.

      For those of you with doubts about the integrity of our election system, I’m not here to say your doubts are unfounded, but the Democrats are behaving, strategically, as if they still fear the 2022 midterms, and–even if the presidential ballot box was stuffed–the Republicans managed to gain seats in the House despite whatever ballot box stuffing may have happened in the presidential election.

    2. It’s just a scary term like “identity theft”,

      A term that is pure propaganda as it implies the impersonated individual is the victim instead of the vendor who participated in the fraud.

      Nobody can be held legally responsible for a contract to which they were not a party. We are not defined by our social security number.

      1. Oh but you are. Even though the people who developed the social security system promised it would never turn into a national ID

      2. What type of work do you do Chuck?

        1. Oh wow you’re borderline.

          1. Wow you’re a fascist traitor

            1. omfg I was right you’re BPD

          2. And boring.

    3. “Convicting people who’ve never done anything wrong of crimes is the definition of injustice.”

      Under Lenin’s reign, the Communists attempted to codify a vast variety of criminal laws and regulations that were dressed up in the garb of due process but which were actually designed to suppress the freedom of anyone that opposed the newly installed government. The code was inconsistent, arbitrary, and made no sense. It made shooting and imprisoning political adversaries unnecessarily difficult.

      Stalin, on the other hand, understood that one big law without any hard definitions or limitations was really all that was required — hence, Article 58 was born; an all encompassing law that had the effect of criminalizing, once and for all, all human behavior.

      If you want to know where the Democrats are going, take a look:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_58_(RSFSR_Penal_Code)

      We are presently in the Leninist stage. That is, Democrats are still bothering to try to pass laws with some semblance of due process baked into them. In a few years, they will discover that this is pointless, that the people have been sufficiently conditioned, and we will see the birth of a distinctly American Article 58.

      1. Pay extra close attention to 58-7:

        Undermining of state industry, transport, monetary circulation or credit system, as well as of cooperative societies and organizations, with counter-revolutionary purpose (as defined by 58-1) by means of the corresponding usage of the state institutions, as well as by opposing their normal functioning.

      2. I fully expect this kind of things, if and when it happens, to take the form of a speech code or as a code enforced on the basis of things we’ve said in the past.

        The NSA is already capable, apparently, of sifting through our emails, texts, and monitoring our activity on social media.

        If support for affirmative action is considered racist, opposition to abortion is considered misogynist, support for a border wall is considered xenophobic, and opposition to gay marriage is considered homophobic, then anyone who has voiced support for any of these things through email, social media, or elsewhere can be considered racist, misogynist, xenophobic, or homophobic.

        And hasn’t everybody written something at one point that could be considered untoward by somebody–even on the left against “breeders”, Mormons, etc.

        Saying those things doesn’t need to be a crime, per se, for there to be an effective means of social control built around them. They can simply prohibit racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes, etc. from being eligible for gainful employment, admittance to public education institutions and systems, working for private companies that take public contracts, being licensed through a professional organization, etc. After all, we can’t have people working in nail salons that are open to the general public if they’re racists!

        The system wouldn’t need to be as big and pervasive as the social credit system that’s already in place and working in China, but that’s the kind of flavor we’re looking at.

        “Other behavior that some cities have officially listed as negative factors of credit ratings includes playing loud music or eating in rapid transits,[32] violating traffic rules such as jaywalking and red-light violations,[33][34] making reservations at restaurants or hotels but not showing up,[35] failing to correctly sort personal waste,[36][37][38] fraudulently using other people’s public transportation ID cards,[39], smoking violations[40] etc; on the other hand, behavior listed as positive factors of credit ratings includes donating blood, donating to charity, volunteering for community services, praising government efforts on social media, and so on.[41][42][43]

        As of June 2019, according to the National Development and Reform Commission of China, 27 million air tickets as well as 6 million high-speed rail tickets had been denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy (失信)” (on a blacklist), and 4.4 million “untrustworthy” people had chosen to fulfill their duties required by the law.[44][45] . . . .

        Certain personal information of the blacklisted people is deliberately made accessible to the society and is displayed online as well as at various public venues such as movie theaters and buses,[47][48][49][50] while some cities have also banned children of “untrustworthy” residents from attending private schools and even universities.[51][52][53][54][55] On the other hand, people with high credit ratings may receive rewards such as less waiting time at hospitals and governmental agencies, discounts at hotels, greater likelihood of receiving employment offers and so on.

        —–Social Credit System

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

        These aren’t crimes. They’re party fouls. And they don’t need to be crimes in order to be effective social control. If Stalin had the technology we do today, he might not have needed to be so heavy handed.

        1. the left has been saying anyone who doesn’t wear a mask should not get medical help. so we are pretty close to China in this regard. Cancel Culture, I mean accounting, is our social credit system.

        2. Agree, but with one caveat. There will always be people willing to take the hit and disregard the entire social control framework. Some people really have nothing to lose. Those that cannot be sufficiently shamed into compliance will necessitate the creation of a broad criminal law that prohibits their very existence.

          1. And some sort of special new law enforcement agency to enforce it.

            1. They can wear brown shirts as their uniform.

        3. “Praising government efforts on social media.”

          What the fuck???

    4. “The fundamental problem with gun control is that it makes criminals out of 99.9% of gun owners who’ve never pointed a gun at anybody–and have never done anything wrong.”

      Feature, not bug, as they say.

      The average Democrat knows very little, or nothing, about guns. Given where most of them live, guns are only possessed by criminals in the “bad part of town” or distant rednecks, and there is no good purpose to them. And if they don’t need ’em, neither do you.

      [For the self identified “Fuds” who disingenuously proclaim their support of gun ownership as (Obama pictured shouldering an O/U for trap shooting) this has bullshit to do with hunting, and everything to do with disarmament]

  20. Hello my name is Rev kuck and it’s been one day since I read a sullum article. Dang forgetting to read the author.

  21. #BidenBoom update.

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

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $5.32 billion

    Mr. Koch earned $495,000,000 yesterday. Proving once again Reason staffers knew what they were doing when they overwhelmingly endorsed Biden.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

  22. A nationwide eviction moratorium mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is outside the scope of the agency’s authority, a federal court ruled yesterday.

    PACK THE COURTS SO WE CAN LINE LANDLORDS AGAINST THE WALL.

    1. Yeah, I think the sudden yet inevitable packing of the Supreme Court will be the announcement that rings in the ears of most Americans as proof of the illegitimacy of the current government. All this HR-1, guns registration and random covid porking is just a warm-up act.

      1. “the illegitimacy of the current government”

        It was President Trump who first issued the executive order telling the CDC to ban evictions.

        1. “who first issued”

          So you’re saying Griffin is right and Biden’s failure to rescind the order is entirely his own fault as he has been President since January.

          I’m amazed that you finally got one right.

          1. I’m saying that Griffin3’s implied argument that everything would be hunky dory if the “legitimate” 2nd Trump Administration were in the White House is naive. Trump himself ordered the CDC to suspend evictions; he is objectively no better than Biden on this issue.

            1. “I’m saying” Griffin is right and Biden’s failure to rescind the order is entirely his own fault as he has been President since January.

              I understood you the first time.

            2. >>I’m saying that Griffin3’s implied argument that everything would be hunky dory if the “legitimate” 2nd Trump Administration were in the White House is naive

              you bitched at Ken yesterday about speculation

              1. Dee is Cathy Newman

        2. https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/politics/biden-executive-orders/index.html

          So far, Biden has signed more than 50 executive actions, 22 of which are direct reversals of Trump’s policies.

          1. Yup, but one thing Trump and Biden were in total agreement on was having the CDC ban evictions.

            1. The difference being only one has power now.

              1. Remember when all the lefties said they had to criticize Trump more than Democrats because he was the one in power? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

              2. Another difference being that several commenters here still adore Trump and believe he is a libertarian or that he has principles.

                1. but he has no power

                2. “commenters here still adore Trump ”

                  How the fuck did you get from the discussion of the legitimacy of a current CDC order to your weird obsession with people who support Trump?

                  See a therapist.

                  1. TDS is real, and the true sufferers like Dee didn’t get cured after he left office.

                    1. Right, the comment I was replying to was Griffin3 decrying what he calls the current illegitimate government. According to R Mac, it’s OK if a commenter like Griffin3 pines for the legitimate Trump administration, but I’m not allowed to talk about Trump in reply.

                    2. “pines for the legitimate Trump administration”

                      He never said that.

                      But you’re actually so stupid that you think a person can’t question the legitimacy of an elected official without it being an endorsement of his opponent.

                      You blithering moron.

                3. Cite?

        3. And not a single person here supported trump doing that, it’s almost like your the only inconsistent political hack here…

          1. Nobody supported Trump, but some didn’t know that Trump was behind it.

            1. He stopped being behind it the moment he wasn’t President any longer and the other guy continued it. You have this really unhealthy need to make every discussion about your anti-Trump stuff. It’s sick.

            2. “Nobody supported Trump, but some didn’t know that Trump was behind it.”

              So that Jan 6 protest wasn’t in support of Trump? When did you start drinking today?

              1. Me? Not early enough aparently

              2. Context, Sevo, context. We were discussing Trump’s executive order to the CDC.

  23. Just so it doesn’t get passed over in yesterday’s roundup, my invitation to KillAllMormons is still open.

    He has declined to post his own location, but he, or anyone else who wishes to get to know more about me as a Libertarian or as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is welcome to drop by. Austin is wonderful right now, 70 and sunny, and as of today, Texas is open for mask free interactions. I can buy you a beer after we shoot the shit.

    https://reason.com/2021/03/10/cambridge-will-recognize-polyamorous-partnerships-and-other-domestic-arrangements-with-more-than-2-adults/#comment-8802095

    1. Considering all the fascists that hate me on here I’m not going to post my address or work address on here. I’m not stupid.

      What suite number Chuck? If it is actually your work?

      1. “I’m not stupid.”

        Liar.

        1. At least I’m not a racist, homophobic traitor like you.

          1. But, since you are a liar (a point you concede), we are under no obligation to accept your smears.

            1. Never said I was a liar. You’re the one who lies about being a racist bigot. I don’t give two shits what a un-american traitor like you thinks.

              So Chuck if that is your work what suite number are you in? It seems like a big building and I don’t wanna get lost among a bunch of Texan hicks.

              I just wanna talk

              1. Geiger Goldstaedt
                March.11.2021 at 11:07 am

                “I’m not stupid.”

                Liar.

                KillAllMormons
                March.11.2021 at 11:46 am

                At least I’m not a racist, homophobic traitor like you.
                ____________________________________________________

                You admitted you were a liar.

              2. Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

                1. When did I promise that traitor?

                    1. Traitor

                  1. Red Rocks White Privilege
                    March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                    I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                    Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                    KillAllMormons
                    March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                    Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
                    _________________________________________________

                    Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

                    1. When did I sayId unmask my email? You won’t even say what state you live in you redneck pussy.

                      White trash cousin fucking coward

                    2. Red Rocks White Privilege
                      March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                      I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                      Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                      KillAllMormons
                      March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                      Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address

                      Red Rocks White Privilege
                      March.9.2021 at 9:48 pm
                      3400 Albion Street
                      Denver, Colorado
                      _________________________________________________

                      Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

              3. “Never said I was a liar”

                you did though

              4. So, if chuck visits the NW you “have no problem killing (him) and his fat cunt wife”, but in Texas you “just wanna talk”?

                More proof that these antifa SJW losers are pussies when they stray outside of their urban shitholes.

                It don’t matter. He ain’t goin to Texas anyway. This pussy is all talk. He won’t even go to Utah.

                Haha. What a doosh.

                1. Shut up pussy.

                  If he gives me the suite number I’ll just talk

                  1. Red Rocks White Privilege
                    March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                    I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                    Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                    KillAllMormons
                    March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                    Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
                    _________________________________________________

                    Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

        2. Good thing is wasn’t under oath – it’d be perjury.

      2. Considering all the fascists that hate me on here I’m not going to post my address or work address on here. I’m not stupid.

        “I’m going to talk shit about how I will hang Chuck’s kids, but when I actually have to put my ass on the line, I’ll puss out.”

        1. You post yours first. Then I’ll post mine.

          1. lol you chickenshit

          2. That wasn’t the deal, you hicklib faggot.

            1. What deal you cousin fucking coward?

              1. Red Rocks White Privilege
                March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                KillAllMormons
                March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
                _________________________________________________

                Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

        2. Red rocks and Geiger:
          As a red blooded patriot I view you fascist traitors almost as low as I view mormons. Especially since you’re both uneducated, bigoted rubes. I don’t fucking care what you America hating scumbags think.

          I know your inbred cousins around the trailer park say your cool, but that doesn’t make it true.

          You’re backwards white trash.

          Sevo: Go get drunk!

          1. Red Rocks White Privilege
            March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
            I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

            Unmask your email and you can prove it.

            KillAllMormons
            March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
            Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
            _________________________________________________

            Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

            1. When did I promise that? I’m not a moron. I’m not gonna get fixed by you fascists.

              1. *doxed or god knows what

              2. Red Rocks White Privilege
                March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                KillAllMormons
                March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
                _________________________________________________

                Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

          2. Fuck off, SQRSLY.

          3. I posted the address and directions, and, now that I have demonstrated which of us is in fact a coward, I am done. Your fear of even potentially having a real conversation with a man you have accused of believing in magical underpants is exposed to the internetz. You are a bigot who is so scared of racial minorities that you go after religious minorities that you assume are white.

            You can hurl all the insults you want, but now everybody knows it’s just the bleating of an impotent wannabe bully. LOL! Head over to Twitter, dude, you have become Trump!

            1. What suite number?

              What makes you think I’m afraid of racial minorities?

              You’re the one who belongs to a racist church.

              It’s not very brave of you to post your work address (I doubt it’s your real work) since you know I won’t come to redneck Texas.

              No one forced you to join a church that is destroying America. You deserve much worse than being shit talked on the internet.

              If you’re in the NW let me know. I’m not going to let these fascists on here dox me by posting any of my info.

              1. It’s not very brave of you to post your work address (I doubt it’s your real work) since you know I won’t come to redneck Texas.

                The hicklib faggot says he’ll string Chuck’s family up, then admits he’s too much of a hicklib faggot coward to follow through.

                Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot coward.

            2. If you aren’t white you’re super dumb for belonging to a racist church.

              Jesus fucking christ.

              If you are not white my guess would be Polynesian.

              It don’t matter what race you are. You belong to an evil church that believes goddamn nonsense.

              1. HAHA loser

              2. Red Rocks White Privilege
                March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
                I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

                Unmask your email and you can prove it.

                KillAllMormons
                March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
                Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
                _________________________________________________

                Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

      3. “Considering all the fascists that hate me….”

        Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair ™, KARen.

        Haha.

        1. Pussy!

          Tell me if you visit the NW!

          1. Red Rocks White Privilege
            March.9.2021 at 4:01 pm
            I’ll have no qualms about stringing you and your traitor family up.

            Unmask your email and you can prove it.

            KillAllMormons
            March.9.2021 at 6:43 pm
            Good one traitor. I’ll do that if you give me your address
            _________________________________________________

            Unmask your email like you promised, you hicklib faggot.

    1. Example #3,472 of why overcharging to please the mob is a bad idea.

  24. “One may view the CDC’s eviction moratorium as good and essential public policy or the opposite. But those considerations are not for the Court,” wrote Calabrese in his opinion.

    Since when?

    1. “This decision makes clear that federal agencies can’t exercise power Congress has not given them,” said the Pacific Legal Foundation’s (PLF) Steve Simpson

      Isn’t he adorable?

    1. So Markles hates the royals but still has enough clout to get an investigation started into someone who thinks she is a spoiled brat

      1. No. That’s just the UK cancel culture at work. The one that dares not call a bunch of Islamic men raping children, well, exactly what it is. Over and over again, they ignore it because, oh my, we mustn’t do anything that might be seen as racist.

        The Times articles, along with the 2012 trial of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring, prompted the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to conduct hearings.[14] Following this and further articles from Norfolk, Rotherham Council commissioned an independent inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay. In August 2014 the Jay report concluded that an estimated 1,400 children,[15] had been sexually abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 by predominantly British-Pakistani men (Kurdish and Kosovar men were also involved).

        The failure to address the abuse was attributed to a combination of factors revolving around race, class and gender—contemptuous and sexist attitudes toward the mostly working-class victims; fear that the perpetrators’ ethnicity would trigger allegations of racism and damage community relations; the Labour council’s reluctance to challenge a Labour-voting ethnic minority; lack of a child-centred focus; a desire to protect the town’s reputation; and lack of training and resources.

        See also Rochdale child sex abuse ring
        See also Oxford child sex abuse ring
        See also Derby child sex abuse ring
        See also Telford child sex abuse ring
        See also Peterborough child sex abuse ring

  25. “The younger generation, people my age and younger, don’t understand at all how the government could ever enter your bedroom and tell you what to do,” she said.

    On the other hand, outside of bedrooms, young progressives do want the government to tell them (and others) what to do.

    1. So true….you totally nailed it.

    2. When it comes to anything associated with sex, drugs, and rock & roll, the left are staunch advocates for civil liberties. When it comes to anything else, not so much.

      1. It’s all about how sex and drugs work for the upper-middle class elite. The same ones with the political power.

  26. LP, being useful to totalitarianism

    https://twitter.com/LPTexas/status/1369740342904451078?s=19

    Immigration is a human right.

    1. LOL! Here’s the progression:

      Immigration is a human right.
      Squatting on your property is a human right.
      Quartering soldiers inside your home is a human right.

      They are all degrees of the same concept. A forced sharing of resources without the permission of the current owner.

      1. What’s the suite number Chuck? What kind of work do you do?

    1. The press actually released an article yesterday which revealed that the US had run war game scenarios against China and got their ass kicked.

      I actually believe it. Keep combat operations going for 30 years in the Middle East, focus on social engineering bullshit like gender and racial equity, and whether the military should be paying for trannies to get sex change operations, and you’re going to get a hollowed-out shell of a fighting force that couldn’t wipe its own ass, much less engage with an emerging global superpower.

      1. Add to the fact that the CIA has repeatedly failed to foment a color revolution in China since Tiananmen Square, and you have a recipe for disaster.

        A monoculture with a robust attitude of cultural chauvinism and high-trust sense of itself will squash a diverse, atomized, self-critical one every single time. That’s just one reason why far-flung empires inevitably collapse.

  27. https://twitter.com/kimKBaltimore/status/1369948996089880583?s=19

    We are up against a hell of a war.

    The people claiming America suffers from institutional racism, voted for the guy that has been in office for 50 years not doing a thing about the racist policies. Further, he once voted for segregation.

    How do you penetrate such stupidity?

    1. If you wanted to create a “systemic racism” ticket, you’d start with the guy who’s been writing racist laws for nearly 50 years, and then you’d add a corrupt DA who uses those laws to lock up people she knows is innocent.

      1. It’s almost like the dems are just fucking with their base to see how stupid they are.

        1. Wait until they get a load of who Merrick Garland really is.

    1. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1370043309347983367?s=19

      JUST IN – U.S. House just voted and passed bill on major new gun control laws; with seven Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues voting “Yes.”

      1. With Republicans like this…

      2. “their Democratic colleagues”

        In more ways than one.

      3. So how are the alternate Republican offers to repeal the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the Brady Bill going? Oh, there isn’t one and the GOP is just going to sit there and do nothing except offer some last-minute amendments to water down the bill and then proclaim a great Republican victory because they managed to keep the Democrats from getting everything they wanted and held them to only getting most of what they wanted? See why the GOP is known as the Stupid Party? They have no fucking idea how you’re supposed to negotiate compromises, and it’s not by haggling over exactly how many times your opponent gets to kick you in the balls. You haggle over how many times you get to kick your opponent in the balls.

  28. “Four Democratic senators on Tuesday urged President Biden to take executive action curbing the use of so-called “ghost guns” as the administration contemplates its next steps on reforming firearm laws.

    The lawmakers, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), asked Biden in a letter obtained by The Hill to consider executive action while Congress works on legislation to ban ghost guns, which are untraceable firearms that are usually ordered online and assembled at home.”

    —-The Hill, March 9, 2021

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/542356-democratic-senators-urge-biden-to-take-executive-action-on-ghost-guns?

    I strongly suspect this will end up like DACA if the executive order comes through.

    Obama implemented DACA as an executive order to ban the deportation of minors, but once minors were no longer under threat of deportation, Democrats in red and purple districts no longer felt any pressure to anger Republican voters and give dreamers a path to citizenship. If the Supreme Court had declared DACA unconstitutional, Nancy Pelosi would have had legislation passed in the House to protect the dreamers by the end of the day. Trump probably would have pushed a Republican or two (in addition to Susan Collins) to sign onto it, and the Dreamers would no longer be stuck in limbo on the basis of an unconstitutional EO.

    Making it a crime for everyone, nationally, to make guns for themselves in their garages by way of an executive order is clearly a violation of the Second Amendment, but once Biden issues the executive order, the impetus for Democrats in blue and purple states to go on the record for gun control like that will largely dissipate. Any pressure there was for Republicans in red or purpose states to sign onto legislation banning ghost guns will largely dissipate. Why take a stance on a controversial issue unnecessarily when your reelection chances are already in a precarious position?

    We might be tempted to think that banning ghost guns through an EO could be a good thing for making your own guns at home–except that the Supreme Court really can’t be depended on to do the right thing, with Gonzales v. Raich, Kelo v. City of New London, the penaltax decision, and DACA all being obvious examples.

    IF IF IF the Supreme Court will rule against an executive order by Biden to violate the Second Amendment, it’s better to have it as an executive order rather than have it as a law passed by Congress and signed by the president–especially with the added possibility that the next Republicans president could simply undo Biden executive order without an act of Congress.

    1. Menendez should have federal jail bars in his face.

  29. LOL I love it! The government can ensure you don’t work, then after they tell you that you won’t be kicked out of your home for not being able to go to work — SURPRISE! You’re homeless.

    Obviously this should have been avoided by not making it illegal to go to work in the first place. But hey, we DID SOMETHING!

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  31. “This decision makes clear that federal agencies can’t exercise power Congress has not given them,”

    “although clearly they may.”

  32. “If two people engage in a relationship in their own home, whether they exchange money or not, it’s between them.”

    Unless they whisper the phrase “election fraud”?

    1. Ha ha ha ha ha…

      Very good

  33. >>Mexico moves forward with legalizing marijuana.

    Speedy Gonzalez isn’t drunk & sleepy enough

  34. Not bad;
    Spaz got maybe 20 flags, and most of those after someone wasted bandwidth responding.
    The new assholish troll maybe the same, for the same reason.
    Please, do not respond. Both of those thread-shitters are here for attention; don’t give it to them.

  35. Defund the CDC!

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