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White House Sanctions Staffers Over Past Marijuana Use

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Read the room? President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris entered the White House promising to not be the same old cops about cannabis. Biden "has reluctantly embraced decriminalizing marijuana," The Washington Post reported in January. And Harris has for several years been working to outrun her past drug warrior ways. True to this form, the Biden administration reportedly told potential staffers that past use of recreational marijuana would not necessarily disqualify them from White House jobs.

But now, "dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use," The Daily Beast reports.* The move is "frustrating staffers who were pleased by initial indications from the Biden administration that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel, according to three people familiar with the situation."

The zero tolerance policy even applies to people who only partook in states where recreational marijuana is legal, the Beast says:

Sources familiar with the matter also said a number of young staffers were either put on probation or canned because they revealed past marijuana use in an official document they filled out as part of the lengthy background check for a position in the Biden White House.

A White House spokesperson told the Beast:

"This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials and will effectively protect our national security while modernizing policies to ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people."

The move itself and the laughably pompous rationale given—we must fire former cannabis users to protect national security!—doesn't bode well for expectations that the Biden-Harris administration might help bring more sanity to our nation's drug laws.

Meanwhile, in Mexico:

Mexico's likely approval of a law legalizing marijuana — possibly next month — could make it the world's most populated country to authorize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. That would have a big impact on the United States.

Some marijuana industry advocates, such as Mexico's former President Vicente Fox, say the country's expected passage of this law will push the Biden administration to legalize weed at the federal level in the United States.


FREE MINDS

The trouble with the "marketplace of ideas" metaphor. Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), suggests that this metaphor "doesn't really capture free speech's most fundamental function: Freedom of speech gives you a fighting chance to know the world as it really is."


FREE MARKETS

FTC commissioner explains reservations about Facebook lawsuit. On Thursday, during (yet another) congressional hearing on tech companies and antitrust law, Noah Phillips of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explained why he was one of two commissioners who voted last year against the FTC suing Facebook. From NBC News:

Phillips said he believes the length of time that has lapsed since Facebook's acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 presents an obstacle for enforcers. The FTC reviewed both merger proposals at the time and decided not to block them, allowing Facebook to move forward with the deals and make the apps integral parts of its own business.

"A big part of this goes to the integrity of the process," Phillips said, adding that he agrees that the law allows the agency to reevaluate mergers after they are consummated. "But as a general matter in terms of mergers, the longer you wait, the more investments the company make[s]. And I think that presents a real issue."


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• Americans will now have until May 17 to file their 2020 taxes.

• New York is moving to limit solitary confinement.

• A new frontier in the war on meth.


*DISCLOSURE: I am married to one of the reporters on this Daily Beast story, Asawin Suebsaeng.

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  1. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris entered the White House promising to not be the same old cops about cannabis.

    And everyone believed them.

    1. Who would have guessed that Biden would turn out to be a lying sack of shit?

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    2. They were high when they said that.

    3. What ENB doesn’t seem to understand is most staggers will undergo SF-86 backed background checks. While states have legalized Marijuana, at the federal level it is still illegal and explicit use can still deny a security clearance (let me know if you need to know more about this DoL). So since the staffers are beholden to current federal law, background use of drugs can effect their employment.

      ENB didn’t seem to expand on the actual issues at all, most likely from ignorance.

      1. Staffers*

        and I dont care one way or another about Marijuana and its legalization.

        What I care about is advocating for the government to allow favored sections of the citizenry to be exempt from laws.

        Work to repeal the laws or treat everyone the same. What ENB is arguing here is favored treatment. Every one worh a clearance goes through this exercise except the president and congress apparently. And in generally someone will pass the check if they are not current users and don’t contradict the person interviews they have with the contacts they list.

        1. I liked “staggers” better.

          1. Sounds too much like the n-word, racist!

        2. Really great point you make.

        3. Clearly since Harris herself proclaimed she smoked marijuana, apparently being half Jamaican forces you to, it’s pretty clear that at least the VP is exempt from background checks. Of course she was allegedly out of the loop on the Syria bombing bit so maybe all isn’t forgiven.

          1. Obama candidly admitted to marijuana use, iirc during the campaign but it may have been after. The rules are different for the people in charge.

            1. Obama is a nicotine drug addict. He gets his nicotine fix through the chewing gum dosage form of this insecticide.

    4. Despite literally the entire body of evidence to the contrary.

    5. GOOD.
      I hope they get super frustrated enough to maybe rethink their life choices and worldview

    6. I wonder how many reasons writers really think Biden will be the guy who changes cannabis scheduling. Give me a fucking break.

  2. But now, “dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use…”

    Ask not for whom the geezer/cop cancels…

  3. THESE ARE THEIR NAMES, LEARN HOW TO SAY THEM!

    BANG DING OW
    WE TU LOW
    HO LEE PHUK

    1. Sum Yung Phuk

    2. One of the funniest screw ups on TV EVER!
      If I did it, I’d be proud to be fired for it.

      1. The most epic part of that failure is that KTVU has a number of Asian reporters and staffers who could have told them they were bogus

    3. Don’t forget Sum Ting Wong

  4. This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials…

    They know that these people could be blackmailed by their bong dealers into giving secrets to the Chinese.

  5. New York is moving to limit solitary confinement.

    So, Covid is over in NY?

  6. …will effectively protect our national security while modernizing policies to ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people.

    Policy adjustment to get an advisor job for Hunter.

    1. Notice the weasel words “limited use”

  7. …doesn’t bode well for expectations that the Biden-Harris administration might help bring more sanity to our nation’s drug laws.

    I want to meet the person who had this expectation.

    1. Several are employed by Reason

      1. Cite?

        This is more of, “well, the Reason that exists only in my imagination said it.”

        1. There is a paid troll here in the Reason comments (one of several fifty-centers) who uses the moniker “White Knight”.

          This troll’s purpose is to try and deflect criticism of the Democratic Party and, to a lesser extent, Reason Magazine articles and writers who support the agenda of the Democratic Party.

          In order to halt conversation, the trolls here use disruption techniques.

          White Knight’s favorite disruption technique is to demand a citation even for the most ordinary or obvious statements. Keep in mind that these requests aren’t just reserved for controversial statements but often for matters of common knowledge (e.g. the formula for water is H2O). The purpose of this is twofold:

          In the first, a commenter will waste time and energy hunting down a citation.
          When such a citation is posted White Knight will then redefine the criteria and claim that the citation is worthless; or, if unequivocal, White Knight will ignore the response, and move elsewhere. Either way the purpose of disruption was served.

          In the second, if the commenter ignores White Knight or refuses to play along, White Knight will then follow the commenter along, claiming at every post that they are dishonest and can’t back up their statements. Here too, harassment and disruption are the purpose.

          It is important for us all not to enable White Knight.
          If you see White Knight making an inane citation request over an uncontroversial claim, please respond by posting “Fuck off, White Knight”, or by pasting this warning.

        2. The reason intern rises!

          1. Even if unpaid they are paying too much.

        3. ENB literally said it was an expectation in the quote dumbass.

          1. She didn’t say it was *Reason’s* expectation, “dumbass”.

            Classic JesseAz, by the way, to add that little spin in what she actually said.

            1. Back in the water, little sea lion.

              https://reason.com/2021/02/01/a-practical-wish-list-for-joe-biden/

              Reason literally labelled reform on the marijuana issue an integral part of a “practical wish list” for Biden. It was never practical. Never. The expectation was an example of extreme naivety. They knew it was not practical, but tried to hang on to a glimmer of hope that, after fifty years in government, Biden somehow genuinely discovered the error of his ways. It was pure delusion, among a series of many.

              Only one question remains. Who is more delusional? Reason for having ever believed Biden? Or you, for believing, to this day, that Reason never believed Biden?

              Back in the water. Go.

              1. This is, honestly, one of the most embarassing episodes of his ouvre, or should be

                1. My response to Reason’s delusional article about their “practical wish list” for Biden was as follows:

                  Geiger Goldstaedt
                  February.1.2021 at 9:13 am

                  Alternate headline:

                  “Delusional Aspirations by Leftist Shills That Haven’t Been Paying Attention, and Never Studied History.”

                  These fucking “writers” and “journalists” are insufferable hacks with a world view on politics more appropriately held by a teenage girl auditioning for Model U.N. on a casting couch.

                  Many of the rest of the commenters around here with a lick of sense expressed similar sentiments. Reason’s delusional bootlicking is well documented and we should never let them forget it. In the famous last words of SCOTUS, Reason has no standing to complain.

              2. Also, not a list of Reason’s expectations.

                1. Sure, sure. Just a “practical wish list,” which should in no way be conflated with any sort of “expectation,” because when people label something practical, what they really mean to convey is that they are talking about the pie-in-the-sky reveries of a hopeless dreamer.

                  Get back in the water.

                  1. “which should in no way be conflated with any sort of ‘expectation,'”

                    Bingo! Except you really desperately needed to cram it into fitting into the category of “expectations”, because you desperately needed to try to win an argument with me, because you really want to be Alpha CACLL.

                    1. I don’t give a shit about winning an argument with you. That is a non-starter. Winning arguments with idiots is impossible. The best outcome one can hope for in arguing with idiots is to expose the idiot as an idiot to third party observers. Half the time, you do a great job of exposing yourself as an idiot without any assistance. In this case, you needed a bit of a nudge.

                      Now go get your fucking shine …. er, I mean get back in the fucking water, little sea lion.

                    2. “I don’t give a shit about winning an argument with you.”

                      Yes you do. You even said so:

                      https://reason.com/2021/03/19/townscraper/#comment-8815063

                    3. I enjoy thrashing your little baby brain, and I think everybody else likes watching me do it, too.

                      +100

                    4. “The best outcome one can hope for in arguing with idiots is to expose the idiot as an idiot”

                      And like so many others before you, you succeeded!

            2. Do you think that Reason, a rag who has railed against the drug war for years, wouldn’t expect the Biden administration to be better on the drug war?

              1. I know, from years of reading Reason, that they have covered the hell out of Kamala Harris record as a top cop drug warrior, and have also covered Biden’s history as a drug warrior.

                Sorry that history of Reason coverage doesn’t jive with your CACLL circle jerk bitchfest against Reason. WHY do you people waste so much of your time hanging out on a website you disapprove of?

                1. To take idiots like you down a peg or two.

                  1. Pathetic, if that is the case.

                    1. What do you want me to do? Spend my days on this site crying about how mean people are? About how I am misunderstood? You want me to whine about the “mean girls” and their clique? We’re not your high school guidance counselor, asshole. Get lost.

                2. Yes yes I know, everyone who disagrees with you is a conservative that hates Reason.

                  Congrats on being just as predictable and pedestrian as shrike.

                  1. No assuming here. I started out by responding to a comment: “Several are employed by Reason”

                    So, no assumptions about the hating of Reason.

                    Then well-known conservatives and conservative-leaning libertarians jumped into insult or argue with me. No assumptions there, either.

            3. caw caw

          2. She was expecting it for a friend.

        4. And … just like yesterday, nobody has a cite of Reason’s ever having said what you said they said.

          1. Arrf! Arf! Ar-Arrrf! Arf!!

    2. How about the 9645 million that voted for SleepyJoe?

  8. we must fire former cannabis users to protect national security

    So, Kamala will resign today, right? RIGHT?!

    1. It’s not like Biden hasn’t imbibed every substance under the sun. The guy is famous for being the Democrats Keith Richards, so I’m not sure why they’re doing this.

      1. Easier than the 25th amendment?

      2. Rules for thee and not for me sums it up nicely

    2. Didn’t Kamala say she used to toke up while listening to rappers who hadn’t yet released any records? Politicians lie a lot.

      1. Willie Brown’s brown willy holster was probably imbibing while riding Willie Browns brown willy.

      2. How did this obvious observation not make it into the summary? both Harris and Barack Obama actually bragged about marijuana use as a part of their campaign, despite both having actively played roles in putting people in jail for exactly the same crime.

        How in the world do you write a blurb about the Biden administration suspending or forcing out young employees who admit to using marijuana in the past and not bring this up?

        More importantly, how are you a white house reporter with any self-respect if you did not ask this question directly to Biden and Harris?

        1. “How in the world do you write a blurb about the Biden administration suspending or forcing out young employees who admit to using marijuana in the past and not bring this up?”

          No way to hang it on Trump.

          1. Also, not allowed to ask.

          2. Or such an obvious observation she didn’t think she needed to make it.

            Once again, CACLLS jump on a Reason writer’s not having said something as if it is proof of some belief or attitude.

            1. No, it is a pattern of behavior (not making those ‘obvious’ observations) that gets called out. ENB can own that. Or heaven forbid, change the journalistic behavior.

              1. You can’t expect journalists to do their jobs!

            2. The White Knight
              October.22.2020 at 3:18 pm

              It means conservative and conservative-leaning libertarian, and I coined it.
              Is there a law in Canada that ordinary people aren’t allowed to coin acronyms. Here in the godamn USA we have freedom of speech.

            3. “…Or such an obvious observation she didn’t think she needed to make it….”

              Spinning like that would make most people dizzy, but the TDS-addled shit seems immune.

            4. Why even pretend anymore?

        2. Reason got the memo to not slam Biden and Harris.

          They also forgot, that this staffers were told before being hired that it was ok.

    3. So he’s saying that his former boss, Barack Obama, was a danger to national security?

      1. The cocaine canceled out the weed use.

      2. Concidering the chinks killed most of the US Intel assets with no reprocussion during Obama term I would say Obama is a danger to national security

  9. …the importance of knowing what others think, even if their ideas are nutty or wrong.

    That’s what manifestos discovered by computer forensic analyses after mass shootings are for.

    1. Except hitlers book. You can’t have that one.

      1. Hitler’s book is okay but Dr Suess no way that man is evil

        1. Hitler didnt illustrate cartoon Joos

        2. Now I’m imagining that damn book illustrated by dr Seuss.

  10. But as a general matter in terms of mergers, the longer you wait, the more investments the company make[s].

    …in regulators and legislators.

  11. […] to effectively protect our national security while modernizing policies to ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people.

    “You guys ever like, deep toke, just ask ‘what the fuck is the point of it all?”

    1. Just say you didn’t inhale.

  12. “THESE ARE THEIR NAMES
    TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY THEIR NAMES”

    They call me Xiaojie Tan
    But I’m a riot
    Paul-Andre-Michels
    Always the same
    That’s not my name
    That’s not my name
    That’s not my name
    That’s not my name

    1. *golf clap*

    2. They call Dee xer.

    3. TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY THEIR NAMES”

      yea well can you pronouns your R’s and L’s

    4. I’m about 90% sure Xiaojie isn’t actually her name. It’s a Chinese honorific for an unmarried female, the equivalent of Miss in English.

      Also, can we now confirm that the having an illegitimate white supremacists president in the white house (one that has embraced David Duke and spent millions bailing out white hate mobs last year) has emboldened white supremacists to commit hate crimes?

  13. THESE ARE THEIR NAMES

    TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY THEIR NAMES. THANKS.

    All caps makes sanctimony earned and legit.

    1. May have been more helpful though if she link to a video actually pronouncing their names correctly or at least add all those fancy grammar lines that indicate pronunciation.

  14. But “the best available research indicates that families with young children don’t, in fact, have to live like it’s 2020 until 2022.”

    The best research would in fact say that irrespective of vaccines.

  15. I can tell you with 100% certainty that past marijuana use does not disqualify you from *any* level of clearance in any three-letter US agency. This includes people at the highest levels of the CIA and NSA, both geeks and managers, and the people that design nuclear weapons under DoE guidance. There is no secret in the USG that isn’t known by someone with a least a passing acquaintance with reefer madness.

    1. Being a Commie enthralled with the USSR doesnt prevent you from joining then rising to the top of the CIA, and participating in a coup to overthrow our Democracy once there only enhances your reputation

  16. Ms. Brown….Weed is still illegal, at the federal level. It doesn’t matter if the state legalized it or not. Here in the People’s Republic of NJ, we legalized recreational weed (which I personally voted FOR). Try going on Fort Dix with some weed. Let me know how that goes after you get out of prison.

    My response to the young staffers: Tough shit. Every choice you make has consequences. Live with it and #LearnToCode.

    1. Why did you leave out the old staffers? As recently as last year, the next in line to the presidency was bragging about smoking pot. Seems more important than anonymously toking up in college when you are the guy who makes copies for the assistant to the press secretary.

      1. We both know it is press dishonesty and bias, Cyto.

  17. “the best available research indicates that families with young children don’t, in fact, have to live like it’s 2020 until 2022.”

    Now, *that* is “Following The Science”.

  18. Americans will now have until May 17 to file their 2020 taxes.

    Those tax revenues can’t hope to cover the government’s obligations anyway so why bother.

    1. We can always print more money anyway.
      Tony

      1. We can always print more Tony.
        Reason Commentariat

  19. So, do you care if it falls?
    What?
    The American Republic.
    Fuck it!

    1. Because if the marijuana’s?

    2. HO2

      1. NACL

        1. That was your fuck-up. Not his.
          You can’t into quotations, mock or otherwise.

          1. Aren’t you the guy who didn’t know that Trump made more than one phone call to Georgia election officials. Yes, why yes, you are.

            1. No, I’m the guy that didn’t know you’d single-handedly decided to switch the conversation and start making bullshit allegations about a different call.

              You deciding to play rhetorical games, doesn’t mean mean the rest of us had to join in,.

              1. The only way you could not realize I “switched the conversation” is (a) to not be familiar with the content of the two phone calls, (b) not read my comment.

                It’s pathetic watching you try to save face.

                1. Why are you being so mean?

                2. As pathetic as trying to manufacture some sort of comments scandal when the words are still freely available for anyone to read?

                  https://reason.com/2021/03/17/massage-parlor-massacre-8-killed-in-atlanta-media-speculates-about-anti-asian-motive/#comment-8811621

  20. New York is moving to limit solitary confinement.

    …by utilizing nursing homes.

    1. We don’t need a HALT Act.

      We need a STOP Act (Summarily Toss Out Politicians).

  21. A new frontier in the war on meth.

    There is no government-defined problem that the government doesn’t think can be solved by taxes.

    1. Off topic but have you seen your profile on the Reason Magazine Wiki?

  22. TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAY THEIR NAMES. THANKS.

    “IT’S PRONOUNCED ‘EYE-GORE’.”

    1. “It’s pronounced ‘Wojciehowicz,’ just like it’s spelled!”

  23. “President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris entered the White House promising to not be the same old cops about cannabis.”

    And, if you believed them — and, it certainly seems like the writers at Reason did — you are an idiot. Marijuana tends to alter the mental state of users in the direction of simplicity. And I do not mean that it makes users simple minded but, rather, that it alters their perceptions in such a way so as to grant the user a degree of clarity by being able to see thing simply. That is, everything appears simple — even the seemingly complex things like carefully curated government bullshit and propaganda. When a person finally starts to see the government, simply, as a gaggle of unqualified nepotists and grifters running a giant confidence game, it tends to deflate morale.

    The people working in the circus need to believe they are who they tell people they are. Happy, smiling, hard working, talented, skilled, good natured, dedicated, unique, and making a difference in the lives of others. Nobody wants to be a clown. The only thing worse than being a clown, is being a clown working for a clown. So, put the weed away, and put a smile on. And if that does not accommodate your sensibilities, you are more than welcome to go clean up the elephant shit for a living.

    1. Dennis Reynolds: “ENB, You dumb bitch.”

      1. Now you’re getting it.

    2. Reason? No, that is wrong. With Ms. Brown, it is Emote.

      (credit to R Mac for coining this term)

      1. I coined it!

        1. LOL

        2. Now you need to mint it, R Mac: The Emote coin. 🙂

        3. Make sure you get it right if you ever use it!

        4. LALLLEMTDPTTNOTMITD

          Leftists and Left Leaning Libertarians editing magazines that dont proscribe to the name on the masthead in their duties.

          Anyone know a good IP lawyer? This is GOLD

    3. Biden needs to smoke some to climb stairs now

  24. Today’s blacklisted Americans: California Democrats to blacklist all conservative or religious policemen
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/todays-blacklisted-americans-california-democrats-to-blacklist-all-conservative-or-religious-policemen/
    The bill, known as the California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act (CLEAR Act), claims to combat “the infiltration of extremists in our law enforcement agencies” and would mandate a background check for all officers who have “exchanged racist and homophobic messages.”

    Kalra claims that AB 655 is necessary to prevent “the apparent cooperation, participation, and support of some law enforcement” in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

    The bill defines hate speech as “as advocating or supporting the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.”

    1. Some US troops view Capitol riots, racial protests equally, worrying Pentagon leaders
      https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article250039834.html

      During military training sessions to address extremism in the ranks, some service members have challenged why the Pentagon is not treating the violence during racial injustice protests last summer as equal to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

      That the two events are viewed as equivalent by some troops has caught the Pentagon’s attention in its effort to educate service members that extremist views and activity — on either side of the political spectrum — go against the oath they took when they joined the military, the top enlisted leader told reporters on Thursday.

      “This is coming from every echelon that we’re talking to,” said Ramón Colón-López, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Some people may think that, ‘all right, so the events of 6 January happened. How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?’”

      1. We can’t have soldiers that are thinking.

        1. Purging the ranks of the military and police is absolutely not what happens in a coup. Not at all.

      2. Or the situation that’s STILL GOING ON in Portland!

    2. “or religious”

      Hmm, that sure seems like spin or exaggeration.

      1. Do you support the idea of a religious test for police and military applicants?

        1. Wait until they ask Muslim applicants what they think socially.

        2. No, I do not support religious tests for police and military applicants. Nor “the idea” of such tests (not sure why you threw in the extra “the idea of”.) It would be blatantly unconstitutional.

          The bill you linked to is not a religious test. That it is a religious test seems to be purely spin on the part of behindtheblack.com, as I plainly said in my comment.

          Whatsmore, I don’t even support or think it is a good idea for California to test police applicants for woke attitudes. Not that you bothered to ask me, because I am quite sure you assume I support wokeness, which I do not.

          1. You’re a fifty-center, you’ll support whatever they pay you to.

          2. all that has to be claimed as many have that religion has racist parts and BOOM your religious test has been applied without being written into law.

            1. Or that chicks with dicks shouldnt be showering with 12yo girls.

              Or those that deadname, misgender, and use non-preferred pronouns

              1. OK, diWhite is going off on an entirely different topic…

                1. OK, diWhite is going off on an entirely different topic…

                  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

                  1. ZING!

            2. It’s a pretty huge offense still in America to label an entire religion as racist.

              1. But somehow Christianity is okay to smear?

    3. I fully support their efforts as long as I get to be the one who decides what the hate speech is and also get to prosecute people for advocating or supporting the denial of rights.

      That won’t go the way they think it will.

  25. Byron York points out how latest White House transcript ‘helpfully’ repaired another Joe Biden gaffe
    https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2021/03/18/byron-york-points-out-how-latest-white-house-transcript-helpfully-repaired-another-joe-biden-gaffe/

    “President Harris” was trending on Twitter Thursday afternoon after Joe Biden delivered some comments about the vaccine distribution during which he gave the VP an accidental promotion:

    …Biden again refers to Vice President Harris as ‘President Harris.’ The White House helpfully inserts [Vice] in the transcript.

    1. His Freudian slip is showing.

    2. Love the response: “Not so much a transcript as it is a ‘wish he had said’ script.”

    3. The White House Ministry of Truth helpfully inserts [Vice] in the transcript.

    4. What he really meant was “president of vice”.

  26. As a left-libertarian, I would like the corporations that basically control the Internet to purge all right-wing voices. It would be the free market in action, after all. Until that happens, however, I sometimes read conservative sites just to see what nonsense they’re peddling these days. Here’s my latest find:

    vanitaguptaCR, a top Biden DOJ nominee, calls a $15 minimum wage a human right. But a company chaired by her father pays its Mexican workers as little as $1.30 an hour–and Vanita has at least a $500,000 stake in it

    LOL

    That’s their best attempt at “digging up dirt”? A story that, if true, makes a Democrat look absolutely awesome?

    #LibertariansForPayingMexicansABuckThirtyPerHour

    1. There’s no sort of irony here, she simply supports paying white people 15 dollars an hour, not those dirty brown-skinned people.

      1. “she simply supports paying white people 15 dollars an hour”

        You seem to have forgotten OpenBordersLiberal-tarian’s First Law: Ignore what Democrats say they want to do with respect to the minimum wage or any other economic issue, and pay attention to what actually happens when Democrats are in power. You’ll find their “eat the rich / help the poor” rhetoric is entirely meaningless.

        #VoteDemocratToHelpCharlesKoch

    2. You guys have accidentally stumbled onto the reason this push for a $15 minimum wage has such cache in the Democrat elites world of inherited wealth.

      If you can make labor in the United States prohibitively expensive, you seriously advantage multinational corporations who are not beholden to American labor.

  27. Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections
    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/thumonths-after-trump-complaints-some-courts-are-finding-illegalities

    1. oopsy!

    2. but is it widespread?

  28. End the public schools:
    https://www.joannejacobs.com/2021/03/we-dont-need-no-education/

    “There’s no such thing as learning loss,” writes Rachael Gabriel, an education professor, in Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column. “Corona kids” are learning valuable things while out of school, she argues. There’s no need for them to “catch up.”

    Learning is never lost, though it may not always be “found” on pre-written tests of pre-specified knowledge or preexisting measures of pre-coronavirus notions of achievement.

    Gabriel sees schools as “an access point for things like books, daytime supervision of children, nutrition, therapeutic services, and sometimes health care,” but argues it’s “a myth that families must rely on school for learning to occur.”

    If this nation is going to spend billions of dollars on public schooling, surely we want more than day-care centers with breakfast, lunch, snacks and copies of Anti-Racist Baby.

    And, if children can learn just as well without school, let’s give those billions to parents or back to the taxpayers. “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks! School’s out forever.”

    It seems odd to me that a specialist in “literacy education” doesn’t value reading, a skill that some children need to be explicitly taught. Even more children will not learn math without being taught. Of course, some parents can teach math, hire a tutor or pay tuition at a private school that’s open for in-person learning. Is it OK to write off the other kids?

    Some out-of-school students are depressed, anxious, lonely and withdrawn, but others are doing OK emotionally. They may have discovered new talents and interests. Let’s say your son is great at making TikTok videos, your daughter has become a creative chef, your gender-neutral teen is now a champion e-gamer. They are kind and loving people. Do you want them to be able to read, write and calculate too, to understand science, civics and history? Do you care if they have a shot at a college degree — perhaps in science, engineering, medicine or some other field that requires the ability to multiply and divide? I think you do.

    Gabriel has two main themes: She opposes testing students on academic achievement and offering summer schools that try to get students caught up on reading, math and other skills.

    “What if we imagined the “corona kids” had learned more than previous cohorts,” she asks.

    1. I can imagine a lot of things, but they might not be true.

    2. All of the comments on the post, which is on her own blog are, to say the least, “unkind” to her idiotic point of view. My favorite: “I think the premise is actually true. For example, I’ve heard a number of teachers say that their kid’s expertise in Fortnite is through the roof since the pandemic began.”

  29. This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials

    Who would have guessed that career security officials would be biased toward protecting their careers?

    And speaking of career officials protecting their careers, here’s a story of how the Pentagon told Trump to get fucked with his demand that we pull out of Afghanistan. Remember when Trump fired Mark Esper in a hissy fit over Esper contradicting Trump’s insane rants about the stolen election? Turns out that’s not why Trump fired Esper.

    1. Which is the tail and which the dog?
      Trump should have cleaned house and let the media blame it on fire extinguishers or some such.

  30. Aaugh! A Brief List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus
    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/aaugh-a-brief-list-of-official-russia

    1. Left-wing writers like Taibbi and Greenwald wandering off the reservation like that, must just enrage our resident fifty-centers.

      1. Taibbi and Greenwald, like Michael Tracey and Noam Chomsky, are discredited #TrumpRussia denialists and phony progressives. Even if they’re not on Putin’s payroll, they behave as if they are.

        #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

    2. Well it’s substack…any medium which doesn’t allow content approval by Top Journalists™ is automatically suspect

  31. #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: $4.54 billion

    President Biden is delivering exactly what the Koch-funded libertarians at Reason.com expected when they overwhelmingly endorsed him.

    #LibertariansForBiden
    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

  32. Police Report That White Supremacists Are Attacking Cell Phone Towers
    https://news.slashdot.org/story/21/03/18/2139227/police-report-that-white-supremacists-are-attacking-cell-phone-towers?sbsrc=md

    In more than one case, …

    1. That’s a pretty hilarious story. To start with, the cops are warning that white supremacists are likely to attack, not that they are. And secondly, they have this list of cell-phone tower attacks, none of them committed by white supremacist groups. They do, however, include some Neo-Nazi chat group discussing the possibility of attacking cell phone towers and other critical infrastructure and acting like discussing is totally the same as doing.

    2. Here’s a koan for you all.

      Is being Pro-Israel white supremacy?

    3. Slashdot has become so bad, it’s sad to see BeauHD becoming worse.

  33. White House spokesperson told the Beast:

    “This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials and will effectively protect our national security while modernizing policies to ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people.”

    Jesus christ. What a bunch fascist pieces of shit. Using marijuana should get you hired. It means you actually likely have a brain and a healthy distrust of authority.

    1. So what is your excuse Pod? Didn’t smoke enough weed?

      1. Love it. Strazele basically has the same take on the story as Geiger, but because the comment came from someone on the “lefty shit” list you had to insult him.

        It’s all team sports here.

        1. It’s because you’re lying pieces of shit, not because you’re a ‘team’.

        2. Love it. Another TDS-addled lefty shit gets something right, and this TDS-addled lefty shit gets upset when someone mentions ‘twice a day’.
          Fuck off and die.

        3. Nah, I just don’t like Pod very much. Are you competing with him?

        4. The correct take is to change the law, not ignore it for friendly faces to the left only.

          But you seem fine with special favors to favored groups.

        5. Just because a broken clock is right twice a day, does not mean we are under any obligation, at every other hour of the day, to pretend it is not a broken clock. Stroop Waffles here posts some of the most inane, anti-libertarian, and authoritarian bullshit on the regular. Guess what? Even authoritarian assholes like to smoke weed, just like they probably also like taking bubble baths, drinking beer, and scratching their balls.

          You want people to give him a nice little pat on the head for saying something right every now and again? Is that going make you stop crying? What the fuck do you want?

          1. plz don’t slander “Stroopwaffles” they are delicious and hold a special place in my heart.

            1. Coffee shop munchies. Amirite?

          2. Oh, well, at least you are tacitly acknowledging that Strazele and you made essentially identical observations about the marijuana story.

            1. Oh, well. Go fuck yourself.

        6. Consequence Culture. Sorry you’re mad.

  34. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1372908930045722633

    CCP repeated every anti-American thing Biden has said right back to them
    Quote Tweet
    Joel Pollak
    @joelpollak
    · 9h
    Biden’s team is learning a hard lesson here: when you spend years talking about how awful America is, how we suffer from “systemic racism,” blah blah, it undermines our standing on the world stage. Moral self-confidence is a strategic asset.

    1. https://twitter.com/DanTalks1/status/1372882084340015104

      This is the guy who just got completely humiliated publicly infront of the world in a very amateur performance.

      Don’t do self owns like Blinken, don’t make basic mistakes.

      He left his echo chamber and got absolutely humiliated on his own soil.

      Because that’s the frame.

      1. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1372903283933712393

        This morning Biden yelled at Blinken for bringing a staffer with purple hair to the CCP summit, per WH official

  35. What? Nothing about President Biden mentioning President Harris in a public speech?

    The man can’t even remember what office he was elected to.

    1. “Elected”

      1. The election wasn’t close. Joe Biden will be sworn in as President – Barak Obama

        1. “in the 57 states..”
          -Barack Obama

    2. He was just practicing for next year.

  36. Ghislaine Maxwell case details too ‘sensational and impure’ for public, judge says
    https://nypost.com/2021/03/18/judge-says-ghislaine-maxwell-case-details-too-sensational-and-impure-for-public/

    1. Just put those black bars on their eyes and stars on their nipples.

      1. I think he was referring to the names involved, not nudity.

      2. What should we do about the chicken?

    2. Imagine that, totally couldn’t see that coming.

    3. And nothing else will happen.

  37. Rachel Levine Committed Cuomocide In Pennsylvania
    https://issuesinsights.com/2021/03/17/rachel-levine-committed-cuomocide-in-pennsylvania/

    Pennsylvania’s state health director Rachel Levine is ticketed to be the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Policy. A Senate floor vote on her confirmation is expected next week. We generally believe that presidents deserve the advisers they choose, but Levine is about the last person in America you would want devising the nation’s health policies.

    On March 18, 2020, Levine issued a Cuomo-order that said:

    “Nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable to alleviate the increasing burden in the acute care settings. This may include stable patients who have had the COVID-19 virus.”

    While Levine defended this policy, “ABC27 learned the health secretary’s mother recently vacated a personal care home in the Midstate.”

    1. One Of The Lockdowns’ Greatest Casualties Could Be Science
      Politicians, journalists, and scientists have transferred the disease burden onto the working class. They’ve also dangerously undermined scientific inquiry.
      https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/18/one-of-the-lockdowns-greatest-casualties-could-be-science/

      While disastrous at the population level, lockdowns have effectively protected young, low-risk, affluent professionals who can work from home, such as politicians, journalists, and scientists. They transferred the disease burden onto older, higher-risk members of the working class, who have kept society afloat.

      1. You mean the black women stocking shelves at Walmart?

        1. That was a stutter.

    2. The ‘whatever the fuck it is because that is the ugliest fucking woman I ever saw’ should be prosecuted.

      1. You mean Danny Devito as “The Penguin” in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns?

        1. OMG….You totally NAILED IT. I am literally laughing.

  38. Nothing about Rand Paul ripping open his shirt and saying to Fauci, “You want some of this”?

    1. Was he on a horse?

    2. Fauci looked terrible in those exchanges.

      1. This is why he’s only asked approved questions by the media.

  39. “White House Sanctions Staffers Over Past Marijuana Use”
    Cue photo of Obo sucking on that joint.

  40. TDS continues un-abated:

    “After Georgia shooting, California lawmakers condemn GOP colleagues for stoking anti-Asian violence”
    […]
    “Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., was among the congressmembers who said during the hearing on anti-Asian discrimination that President Donald Trump and his acolytes helped spread inflammatory rhetoric about Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans, reports NPR….”
    https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Georgia-shooting-California-Rep-condemn-GOP-racism-16036442.php

    Corrected headline:
    “TDS-added D assholes try straw grabbing”

    1. Just change “Public” to “People’s” whenever you see it as a part of a name, and thus you’ve got your time-value filter calibrated.

      National Public Radio = National People’s Radio
      Public Broadcasting Service = People’s Broadcasting Service

      It all makes sense after that point. Better dead than red.

    2. Everybody is reading this wrong. This is being dredged up from the progressive think tank universe.

      Asian Americans are a growing and successful segment of the American melting pot. The problem? They don’t really identify as an oppressed minority. It is extremely important to the Democrat coalition that Asians do not see themselves as being discriminated against by leftist affirmative action policies that keep them from attending top colleges. So what to do?

      Manufacture a wave of anti-aging hate crimes stoked by Trump uttering the words “China flu” out of thin air.

      Everyone here should easily be able to recognize this. every media outlet, at every level has suddenly begun pushing the narrative that there is a wave of anti-asian violence by racist right-wing white people. Why? Why did ABC run an hour-long special about racism against Asians? Asians are the most successful ethnically identifiable group in the United States. They do better than white people by quite a clip.

      Yet somehow they are an oppressed minority? That’s a tough case to make. Which is why we have the full court press. Every television station, every radio station, every newspaper, every online publication…. Everywhere, on the same day. Suddenly this is the top narrative. It did not grow organically out of a groundswell of anger and interracial strife. No, this is intended to create racial strife out of whole cloth. The only identifiable biases against Asians as a group are of the left. And the only violence against Asian people for their ethnicity is happening on the left coast and it is primarily African Americans who harbor the bias.

      Crime statistics bear this out in spades. You don’t see a lot of white people in the Ozarks attacking Asians. It isn’t a big deal in Appalachia. Why? Because Asians don’t live cheek by jowl with poor white trash in these locations. But they do live cheek by jowl with African Americans in places like the San Francisco Bay area.

      So Asians are beset by racist attacks from Democrat elites who want them excluded from top universities because they do too well on standardized tests and in taking top courses in high school and thereby squeeze out preferred minorities and by poor Democrats in California cities. And you wonder why the Democrats think tanks felt the need to push a narrative that Republicans are racist white supremacists who hate Asians?

      1. Maybe print picture of the perps who are hassling the slopes?

    3. I thought it was the president that was emboldening racist violence. Did something change?

  41. “Newsom’s French Laundry dining companion barred from lobbying governor’s administration”
    […]
    “SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom will now prohibit all his outside consultants from lobbying his administration regardless of whether they are paid, including Jason Kinney, the lobbyist and longtime Newsom adviser whose 50th birthday dinner at the French Laundry in November sparked intense scrutiny of their relationship….”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Newsom-s-French-Laundry-dining-companion-barred-16036367.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    Translated from brain-dead lefty:
    “I didn’t do anything wrong, I won’t do it again, and it was their fault!”

  42. More bad news for mask nazis. Florida owed schools to choose masks rwquired or masks optional as a policy. No matter the choice, results ended the same.

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/03/18/new-data-further-calls-into-question-joe-bidens-edicts-on-mask-wearing-n345984

    But please keep pretending masks saved humanity.

    1. “SHOCKING!” Said everybody who hasn’t been looking at the data for nearly a year now.

      Masks don’t move the needle with regards to the virus, they are there to remind you SOMETHING IS WRONG AND YOU NEED TO BE REALLY REALLY SCARED.

  43. Pronouncing and spelling proper nouns differently in your own language is as old as the hills (and their names).

    There is no city called “Vienna” in German. The name is “Wien”, and the “W” is pronounced like a “V” in English. And Wein isn’t in Austria. It’s in “Österreich”, with an umlaut over the “o”. There is no city named “Munich”. It’s spelled “München”, with an umlaut over the “u”. Be sure to pronounce it properly. Oh, and for good measure, the “Germans” don’t call themselves that. They call themselves “Deutsche”. Don’t be a bigot.

    P.S. Spanish speakers shouldn’t be corrected when they refer to New York as “Nueva York”. They’re not being racists. SJWs are being stupid.

    Pronouncing proper names differently in your own language has been normal across all languages and throughout all of history. Oh, and cross culturally and throughout history, proper names that are easy to pronounce in one language are difficult to pronounce properly in other languages, too. Get over it.

    1. You think people that get social science degrees in underwater Bolivian basket weaving give a flying flip about history and/or convention?

      They’re purifying us, Ken. One bigot at a time.

    2. I think that was racist… But to properly evaluate, we need to know your race, sex, gender, sexual orientation and preferred pronouns. Oh, and political orientation is probably imortant in the determination too.

      1. Cyto, it is funny you mention the preferred pronouns. I attend religious services via Zoom daily (morning, evening). You know what I have started seeing? The fucked up pronoun thing. At the bottom of the screen for a user, you can optionally put in she/her or he/him or ze/zim (and a bunch of other combos I have never heard of before).

        Weird AF.

        1. Episcopalian?

          1. Nah, Conservative Jew (I will also go to Orthodox shuls)

            1. Huh, I’d expect it of Reform but not Conservative.
              I’m always a little disgusted when religious groups go all apostate even if I’m not one of them.

    3. “…Oh, and for good measure, the “Germans” don’t call themselves that. They call themselves “Deutsche”…”

      Northern Germans claim Bavarians don’t have a language, just a throat disease.

    4. Oh, and for good measure, the “Germans” don’t call themselves that. They call themselves “Deutsche”.

      Neal Stephenson consistently uses the term ‘Nipponese’ in his writing and, AFAICT, is the only Western author of any significance to do so.

      1. Not Nihonjin?

    5. All cool, Ken. Probably you should use English version while in English speaking countries and use things like “Munchen” only when in the proper country. Otherwise you sound like a snobby douche – remember when there was a lot of hilarity over American elitists pronouncing Nicaragua or Cuba in the Spanish tongue.

      1. “Shitholio Communisto?”

      2. Worcestershire hardest hit.

  44. “This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials and will effectively protect our national security ”

    Well, I am glad I got my clearance in the 80’s when they didn’t care about drug use as long as you admitted it. Same thing with homosexuality. If you were open about it, then they figured you couldn’t be blackmailed about it, so no worries. Now, if you said no, and they found yes, no clearance for you.
    (Most clearances rejected were for bad credit reports; possible bribery candidates)

    1. The 80″s you say? That is surprising because wasn’t Hitlereagan stomping all over human rights back then?

      1. Actually, no, he wasn’t.

  45. Sources familiar with the matter also said

    Well, damn, didn’t realize the story of White House staffers getting it in the neck was just made-up bullshit. Well, “made-up bullshit” as far as you know. “Anonymous sources say…” isn’t even fucking journalism.

  46. “The marketplace of ideas” is a showstopper for those who don’t believe in markets. The Left wants government allocation of ideas, and the Right wants idea protectionism. No free markets from either side.

    I dream of a day when the Free Speech Flag sports the logo of a woodchipper mulching the Gadson snake.

    1. I dream of a day when the Free Speech Flag sports the logo of a woodchipper mulching the Gadson snake.

      Logo and not emblem? So “Mulching of the Gadsden snake as brought to you by Nike”? Fitting

      1. And made in Communist China – – – – – –

    1. That’s not a cite.
      – White douchebag

      1. There’s plenty of that in Reason archives. They do seem to follow the journalisming rule of posing questions in the headline to which the correct answer is always “NO”

    2. Nick Gillespie did not express even one expectation in that article. In fact, he went over several reasons in Harris’ and Biden’s history to expect they would not change marijuana policy.

  47. Nothing on the founder of Drag Queen Story Hour getting arrested for child porn, Ra’s? Color me disappointed.

  48. Stop remembering stuff please.

  49. Liberaltarians realizing Biden is a lemon and Trump was the whole sundae with whipped cream and cherry.

    1. Yes, but the mean tweets were chopped nuts sprinkled on top, and Reason hates chopped nuts, so they’d rather just suck the lemon.

      1. Nut allergies, so no one else should have nuts either.

        Except SQRLSY…

    2. Couple of incorrect assumptions there:

      1) Reason writers are not libertarian
      2) Reason writers never believed that a Biden administration would be more libertarian than Trump
      3) Libertarians never believed that a Biden administration would be more libertarian than Trump

      1. Biden never believed that a Biden administration would be more libertarian than Trump

  50. lol stupid people thought Harris would shed her evil ways

  51. Say their names Jenny Lang
    Sum Ting Wong
    Wi Tu Lo
    Ho Lee Fuk
    Bang Ding Ow
    TO THE MEDIA: FIGURE OUT HOW TO NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS. THANKS

    1. “He who does not read the comments is doomed to repeat them.”

  52. But “the best available research indicates that families with young children don’t, in fact, have to live like it’s 2020 until 2022.”

    Nobody ever had to live like that.

    1. best available research literally three universal words lol

  53. — Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) March 18, 2021

    WTF would you be quoting this racist?

    https://i.redd.it/5ur617p49wn61.jpg

  54. Tobacco & alcohol are the two most deadly & dangerous of ALL drugs, including heroin & other opiates.

    Tobacco drug use results in more drug deaths (~500,000/year in the USA) than the combined total number of drug deaths in the USA from the use of ALL other drugs, including alcohol!

    Tobacco & alcohol are physically & psychologically addicting hard drugs that meet the definition in the CSA of being schedule I & II controlled substances.

    Amendment XIV guarantees citizens the Equal Protection of the Law.

    Either:
    1) tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, coffee, and cannabis MUST be classified & regulated as the schedule I, II, V, and V (not I) controlled substances they are, as defined in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA);
    or,
    2) the CSA MUST be repealed and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) MUST be abolished.

    We MUST have the Equal Protection of the Law!

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