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Mainstream news outlets have been falling all over themselves to explain why the Biden administration turning away asylum seekers and warehousing thousands of migrant children with little more than shared mats and mylar blankets is actually not at all like Trump's cruel policies.

The Biden administration is taking some steps to correct the worst of Trump administration policies, including trying to reunite migrant families torn apart by family separation policies. That's commendable. So too, is a refusal to immediately turn away unaccompanied migrant children at the border.

But while not repeating the very worst cruelties of Trumpian immigration policy, the Biden administration continues to make a mess of things like the treatment of would-be refugees and detained unaccompanied migrant children.

"At the U.S. border, asylum seekers fleeing violence are told to come back later," chirped The Washington Post in 2018. The previous year, it reported, "U.S. border officials are illegally turning away asylum seekers, critics say." Both articles (and many more like them) took a critical look at the Trump administration's asylum policies.

But now that it's President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris turning away Central American immigrants, they're merely "seeking to stem the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border" and "grappl[ing] with an influx of asylum seekers."

In a scant two-paragraph article titled "Harris to be point person for Biden administration in stemming flow of migrants at the border," the Post follows up an incredibly neutral lead about the Biden-Harris administration turning away immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, with this non-sequitur paragraph:

Later Wednesday, Biden marked Equal Pay Day with Megan Rapinoe, Margaret Purce and other U.S. soccer stars in which he credited them for leading the fight to erase the gender pay gap. Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health, making her the first openly transgender, Senate-confirmed federal official in U.S. history.

The short piece perfectly illustrates the crux of Biden-Harris policy so far: social justice spectacle covering for lack of real change.

While "the Biden administration has moved swiftly to distance itself from Trump-era immigration policies," a Trump administration order "allowing officials to continue to turn away thousands of migrants" remains in effect, pointed out CNN in late February. "The reliance on the order that permits officials to swiftly expel migrants underscores the challenges facing the administration along the US southern border, where arrests of families and children continue to rise."

The passive voice is notable—arrests just "continue to rise," what can be done? No blame assigned. No agency acknowledged. But Biden—who has issued scores of executive orders since taking office—is choosing not to act on this one. His Department of Justice is even fighting for the Trump-era order in court. Meanwhile,

…recent arrivals to the border continue to be kicked back to Mexico or their origin country just as they were under Trump. In January, more than 62,000 people who crossed the southwest border were expelled, a number that has been relatively consistent for the past several months, according to the latest figures from Customs and Border Protection.

February 2021 saw 70,183 expulsions at the Southern border, up from 60,595 in December 2020 and 62,531 in January, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

This "unprecedented application of Title 42 against asylum-seekers" was something that "immigrant rights proponents hoped that Biden would immediately retire…He didn't," notes The Intercept.

Still, most people traveling in families were initially let in. They were held for a few days by Border Patrol and then often taken to church-affiliated shelters where they could call family members already in the U.S. From there, they went to bus stations and airports, especially in far South Texas cities like McAllen and Brownsville. They got tickets and started their trips into America.

But as more families started coming, the administration backtracked:

Border Patrol stations were too crowded with families, the government said. Shelters in South Texas were overwhelmed. On March 8, an overflow plan was announced: Beginning that day, families seeking asylum would be flown west to El Paso, where they would be taken in by Annunciation House, a venerable Catholic organization with multiple shelters that has long offered respite to refugees.

Instead, many of these families were put on planes back to Mexico, The Intercept reports.

And while unaccompanied minors have been let in, many are still being kept in deplorable conditions.

On Wednesday, media were allowed access to facilities holding migrant children for the first time since Biden took office. CBP also released photos of the facilities earlier this week—and headlines about "kids in cages" have been noticeably absent this time.

"Because of [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'] extremely limited capacity, unaccompanied children are now backlogged in overcrowded Border Patrol stations, reaching a record high of 5,200 children in custody last week, with hundreds held past the three-day legal limit," NBC News reported yesterday. Transition officials blame early inaction from Biden and his team.

"The Border Patrol detained more than 11,000 unaccompanied migrant children between February 28 and March 20," CNN reports:

As of Sunday, there were 822 children held in Border Patrol facilities, akin to jail-like conditions, for more than 10 days, according to documents obtained by CNN. The average time in custody for unaccompanied children continues to hover around 130 hours, exceeding the 72-hour legal limit.

Yesterday, the Pentagon approved detention housing for the kids at Texas military bases, but it could be a while before it's ready:

At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, children will stay in a vacant dormitory, and at Fort Bliss, temporary housing will be constructed on an empty plot of land, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

HHS will have access to the locations "immediately" to prepare to receive the children and the agency "will maintain custody and responsibility for the well-being and support for these children at all times on the installation," Kirby said.


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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today held that the Second Amendment does not guarantee a right to openly carry firearms for self-defense. Combined with a 2016 decision involving concealed firearms, the ruling means that the Second Amendment does not extend beyond the home for residents of the 9th Circuit, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

According to the majority opinion by Judge Jay Bybee, history shows that legal restrictions on carrying unconcealed firearms, including virtual bans like Hawaii's, are the sort of "longstanding prohibitions" that the Supreme Court has suggested the Second Amendment allows. The four dissenters think history shows nothing of the sort.


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  1. Mainstream news outlets have been falling all over themselves to explain why the Biden administration turning away asylum seekers and warehousing thousands of migrant children…

    They’ve discovered nuance.

    1. Hardly. All the players in the Democratic circle jerk can now praise central authority, regardless of what it does. Just like in the past four years, when they hated central authority, regardless of what it did.

      1. But those aren’t cages-cages, right?

        1. What cages?

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        2. Of course not. They are containment receptacles or temporary housing segments or migrant organizational sections or animalless cubicle centers or frontier expansion waiting areas or asylum recertification sectors or…

  2. Beware Of Facebook CEOs Bearing Section 230 Reform Proposals

    I’m sure Zuckerberg’s army of attorneys vetted everything not through the lens of crushing smaller competitors.

  3. Combined with a 2016 decision involving concealed firearms, the ruling means that the Second Amendment does not extend beyond the home for residents of the 9th Circuit…

    Look, they’ll grant you the right to keep arms. You can’t expect the right to bear arms, too.

    1. Is guess all the criminals will leave their guns at home now.

    2. I’m waiting for the definitive ruling that, um, keeping *ammo* is not part of the deal. Perhaps more likely: you’ll be allowed one registered Barney Fife cartridge for each weapon.

  4. Biden, or whoever has their hand up his ass operating the controls, is just trying to create a border crisis to force the border open whether the voters like it or not. People suffer? Who cares, the left is virtue signaling.

    1. Be fair. What fun is righteous ideology if you can’t virtue signal?

    2. But at least he’s not sending mean tweets.

  5. https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/former-fed-prosecutor-launches-campaign-to-force-every-business-in-america-to-take-anti-trump-purity-pledge/

    A former federal prosecutor has launched a campaign to press American businesses to openly reject the core assertion that former President Donald Trump and many in his party continue to make, that the 2020 election was somehow illegitimate.

    “The 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results,” reads the explanation behind the “Democracy Pledge” that Glenn Kirschner hopes to put before “every company in the country” in the coming months. “Those who sought to undermine or otherwise refused to acknowledge these results, share responsibility for the civil unrest after the election, culminating in violence at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.”

    The pledge includes a declaration of “valuing, affirming and supporting democracy,” and of affirming “that the election of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris was free, fair and legitimate.”

    The final piece asks companies to “not support, donate to or endorse politicians, political campaigns or political action committees that promoted false conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential elections (or otherwise acted in ways contrary to a representative democracy).”

    “What we’re trying to do is force companies’ hands so they can’t be agnostic,” Kirschner said.

    1. SEC Eyes Forcing Companies To Disclose Data On ‘Social’ Issues, Sparking ‘Politicization’ Concerns
      https://www.dailywire.com/news/sec-eyes-forcing-companies-to-disclose-data-on-social-issues-sparking-politicization-concerns

      The push will not end with climate change, Lee pledged. “In the near term,” the SEC’s efforts should include initiatives such as encouraging companies to report workforce and board diversity, she said.

      Republican SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce warned that the environmental and social categories are both “quite unclear,” and may be “driven by people who want to know the information for other reasons.”

      “A lot of the push for new disclosures is being driven by factors other than what normally drives our disclosure requirements, which is, what is material to a reasonable investor,” she told The Daily Wire.

      “A lot of people who have concerns about a whole range of issues, social issues or climate issues or whatever, they’re looking at the SEC as the tool to work on those policies,” Pierce said. “It does run the risk of causing the SEC to engage in mission creep, and that’s really problematic, because our core mission is a really important one, and we don’t want to be pulled away from that.”

    2. Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment
      In their zeal for control over online speech, House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.
      https://greenwald.substack.com/p/congress-escalates-pressure-on-tech

      House Democrats have made no secret of their ultimate goal with this hearing: to exert control over the content on these online platforms. “Industry self-regulation has failed,” they said, and therefore “we must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation.” In other words, they intend to use state power to influence and coerce these companies to change which content they do and do not allow to be published.

      1. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1375079174440955912

        Just as the current epidemic of online censorship began with the age-old tactic of targeting someone widely disliked (Milo, then Alex Jones), these censors are trying to create a censorship precedent for Substack by forcing them to boot one bad writer, then expand from there:

        1. I don’t know much about whoever runs Substack, but I hope they have enough intestinal fortitude to blow off the leftist cancel mob. I don’t have high hopes, though.

          1. Narrator: they never do.

        2. This is the relevant follow-up tweet:

          These people are so fucking broken. It’s not enough for them to refuse to read a site or refuse to write there, which is totally within their rights.

          They can’t stand that there’s any venue they can’t control, where people are free to speak. They’re little petty wannabe despots.

          Like I warned repeatedly for years, the lunacy of the far-left on college campuses wasn’t going to remain there for long. People stupidly assumed that the most spoiled-ass generation in American history wasn’t going to continue having their baby feelings coddled once they got into the workforce, even though the people running these places were their parents and created this social environment to begin with. Look where we’re at now.

          You can’t reason with people like this, because no one has ever disciplined them and forced them to deal with not getting their way. The only thing that will get through to them at this point is blunt, naked force–look what happens when they bring their protests into red-voting areas. They get their ass kicked, often literally, and don’t return.

          1. That’s rich coming from someone who refuses to accept his candidate lost the election.

            Your a hypocrite and a traitor.

            It’s passed your bedtime little boy. What are you like 15?

            1. *You’re

            2. Whatever retard pedo traitor bigot.

      2. Facebook and Twitter must do more to fight anti-vaccine misinformation, a dozen state attorneys general demand
        The attorneys general sent a letter asking the companies to take stronger measures to ensure falsehoods on social media don’t hamper efforts to distribute the vaccine
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/03/24/facebook-twitter-attorney-generals/

        A coalition of 12 state attorneys general on Wednesday sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter, pressing them to do more to ensure online falsehoods aren’t undermining efforts to vaccinate the public against covid-19.

        Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (D) and 11 other Democratic state attorneys general called Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to “take immediate steps” to fully enforce their policies against vaccine misinformation.

        The attorneys general say the companies have not cracked down hard enough on prominent anti-vaccine accounts that repeatedly violate the companies’ terms of service. They also say that falsehoods about the safety of coronavirus vaccines from a small pool of individuals has reached over 59 million followers on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, citing data from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which studies online misinformation and disinformation.

        They sent the letter the day before Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are expected to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

        1. https://news.slashdot.org/story/21/03/24/1521251/us-media-offering-a-different-picture-of-covid-19-from-science-journals-or-international-media-study-finds#comments

          Bruce Sacerdote, an economics professor at Dartmouth College, noticed something last year about the Covid-19 television coverage that he was watching on CNN and PBS. It almost always seemed negative, regardless of what was he seeing in the data or hearing from scientists he knew. When Covid cases were rising in the U.S., the news coverage emphasized the increase. When cases were falling, the coverage instead focused on those places where cases were rising. And when vaccine research began showing positive results, the coverage downplayed it, as far as Sacerdote could tell. But he was not sure whether his perception was correct.

          To check, he began working with two other researchers, building a database of Covid coverage from every major network, CNN, Fox News, Politico, The New York Times and hundreds of other sources, in the U.S. and overseas. The researchers then analyzed it with a social-science technique that classifies language as positive, neutral or negative. The results showed that Sacerdote’s instinct had been right — and not just because the pandemic has been mostly a grim story. The coverage by U.S. publications with a national audience has been much more negative than coverage by any other source that the researchers analyzed, including scientific journals, major international publications and regional U.S. media. “The most well-read U.S. media are outliers in terms of their negativity,” Molly Cook, a co-author of the study, told me. About 87 percent of Covid coverage in national U.S. media last year was negative. The share was 51 percent in international media, 53 percent in U.S. regional media and 64 percent in scientific journals. Notably, the coverage was negative in both U.S. media outlets with liberal audiences (like MSNBC) and those with conservative audiences (like Fox News).

          1. The news media was working with the Democrats to get Trump out of office, and emphasizing negative COVID stories was the main way they accomplished that.

            Anyone with common sense could see they were doing this, but it’s nice to have the actual data to confirm it.

    3. But, Trump was the tyrant.

      1. Could you imagine what would’ve happened if someone would’ve crafted that pledge right after the 2016 election?

        It’s like somehow the last five years of Russia insanity never happened.

    4. If you have to force people to say the election was “free, fair, and produced accurate, results”, it probably wasn’t.

    5. Yeah, nothing says “free and fair election” more than the constant reminding that the election was “free and fair.”

    6. Sullum will enthusiastically sign on behalf of Reason.

    7. California government screeners have so far rejected 18.3% of all the signatures on the Newsom recall petition. They’ve rejected 266,637 signatures as invalid, but the final tally should still be more than enough to move the recall forward as they’ve reviewed about 1.5 million of the 2.5 million signatures submitted and 1.5 million valid signatures are required.

      Meanwhile, recall that In 2020, 15.4 million ballots were cast by mail in California and only 86,401 votes were thrown out as invalid for a variety of reasons, including arriving too late, lacking a signature, or not matching the signature recorded for the voter in question, meaning 99.4 percent of all mailed-in ballots were ruled valid.

      That rate is well higher than the experience in other places and the historic records of absentee ballot spoilage that runs around 1.5% to 3% (see Ballotpedia: Election_results,_2020:_Analysis_of_rejected_ballots#Analysis_of_rejected_absentee.2Fmail-in_ballots.2C_2016-2020)

      It seems a fair question to wonder whether the powers-that-be are using the same standards for scrutiny for both of these efforts?

      It’s interesting how some of the key states had huge swings, especially since many of them were using wide-spread mail-in voting for the first time due to pandemic…Georgia had a 6.4% rejection rate of absentee ballots in 2016 presidential election, but only 0.4% in 2020. Kentucky had 5.6% rejection rate in 2016, but only 0.2% in 2020. Oregon’s numbers have not come out yet for 2020, but they had 0.9% in 2016, and somehow only 0.01% in 2018 mid-terms. New York had 5.7% in 2016, 13.7% in 2018 mid-terms, but no data provided yet for 2020.

  6. the crux of Biden-Harris policy so far: social justice spectacle covering for lack of real change.

    Hey!! That SJ stuff *is* real change! I mean, you didn’t see that spectacle under Trump, did you?

  7. It never did. He read that on a military satire news site.

    The font used in the satirical story was not available at the time SPLC was credible.

  8. Mainstream news outlets have been falling all over themselves to explain why the Biden administration turning away asylum seekers and warehousing thousands of migrant children with little more than shared mats and mylar blankets is actually not at all like Trump’s cruel policies.

    The same Mainstream Media that said questioning November’s election was a hate crime?
    I can’t imagine why.

  9. White progtards at it again:

    They Just Moved Into an Austin Neighborhood. Now They Want to End One of Its Traditions.
    Car clubs have gathered for decades at “Chicano Park” in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. But residents of a new luxury apartment building have started calling the police to stop them.
    https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/austin-car-clubs-gentrification/

    1. Black Lives Matter. Except when they’re doing something rich white people don’t like.

      1. Like I always say, white liberals love diversity at a distance. Even they know that actually living in majority-minority neighborhoods for any length of time would make them more openly racist than a Klansman.

        1. From what I understand, Robin DiAngelo’s thesis is essentially, “I’m uncomfortable around large groups of black people, therefore all white people are racist.”

          1. Sure, it’s like that bit I posted from Harry and Meghan’s media strategist yesterday–she harbored racist stereotypes of black people (no doubt from watching years of entertainment mass media that talked about how all black men have big dicks), assumed that being racist was a genetic condition she was born with, so that must mean all white people are racist.

            Every day, these women prove that the 19th Amendment was a mistake.

  10. Is “long COVID” real?

    Is there money in it?

    1. Or votes. Or fodder for media panic porn. Or propaganda that can further the interests of the totalitarian state.

  11. Your 4 year old son’s balls? Sure, cut those off

    Think Twice Before You Cut Off Your Dog’s Balls
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/think-twice-before-you-cu_b_8002116

    On the other hand, there are health risks involved with neutering, especially when this surgery is performed on dogs who haven’t reached physical maturity (1-2 years of age). The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) informs that this procedure “can result in increased risk of health problems such as incontinence and some types of cancer.”

    Other health risks that have been linked to studies targeting certain breeds where premature castration–and the consequent elimination of the vital hormone, testosterone – include:

    • bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
    • prostate cancer
    • hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
    • obesity
    • urinary tract cancers
    • heart cancers (cardiac haemangiosarcoma)
    • orthopaedic (bone) disorders
    • adverse reactions to vaccinations
    • senility

    If castrating a dog has this many adverse side effects why is it still happening?

    1. So they don’t hump your leg so much?

    2. And then these same dipshits will bawl on social media about “kill shelters.”

      There’s nothing more toxic to a healthy, stable civilization than the modern woke liberal.

      1. Pity the vegan cat.

    3. Because we care much less about the individual health of any given dog than we do about not having packs of feral dogs in our cities?

  12. Virginia, the state that has executed more people than any other in the nation, has abolished the death penalty…

    Going out on top. Take that, Texas.

  13. Turns out SleepyJoe is racist. Who knew?

  14. Some skepticism on Trump’s social media platform dreams.

    It won’t be long before the desperation to focus on Trump again will hit fevered status.

    1. They really, REALLY need Trump to start a social media platform so they can stay relevant.

    2. He’s the best Emmanuel Goldstein these people have ever had, even more than Chimpy McBushitler.

  15. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today held that the Second Amendment does not guarantee a right to openly carry firearms for self-defense.

    Gee, it must suck to be a cop in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington!

    1. Arizona just introduced legislation allowing CCW holders to ignore those “no guns here” signs.

      1. As a CCW holder, I always respect the property-owner’s signs for “no guns”. They clearly don’t need my business, so I don’t give it to them.

    2. No surprise here. Next, these leftist agenda pushers will rule that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to conceal-carry or even have one in your home for self-defense.

  16. https://twitter.com/MaryMargOlohan/status/1374503563863363587

    Here’s Chauntae Davies, who has accused Epstein of raping her multiple times, massaging Bill Clinton after a flight on Epstein’s Lolita Express.

    1. Isn’t it racist or homophobic to show those pictures?

      “Kamala Harris will go one-on-one with Bill Clinton on Friday to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world as part of a Clinton Global Initiative event.”
      https://twitter.com/ccadelago/status/1374492329097060359

      Not the first time she’s gone one-on-one with a powerful politician. Is there anything more empowering for girls than a lecture from a woman who slept her way to the very top?

      1. Her niece Meena’s Twitter pic is priceless, because she looks like she’s got her mouth wide open to get the money shot.

      2. And what better person for her to talk with on this subject than Bill Clinton? Ol’ Bill has certainly had his share of one-on-one “empowering” sessions with women.

  17. The short piece perfectly illustrates the crux of Biden-Harris policy so far: social justice spectacle covering for lack of real change.

    It’s worked so far.

    1. Crying in a parking lot is much easier than drafting substantive immigration reform.

    1. You think he even realizes that Kacklin’ Kammy is poised for the right moment to stick the knife in his back?

      1. She can’t do it yet or she only gets one extra term. She is arrogant enough to believe she can be president for 10 years.

        1. It doesn’t matter much, both are just props

          1. Yup, she’s an even bigger puppet than the senile stroke victim drooling in his applesauce, which says something.

      2. Never fear – you can bet the popular press will have the knives out for Creepy Joe when the time is right.

      3. He’s lasted a lot longer with VP Harris than he would have with VP (Hillary) Clinton.

        1. +1 suicide by a bullet to the back of the head

  18. 2A discussion questions from my kid’s school today. Notice anything about the tone and tenor of the questions?
    https://twitter.com/jackmurphylive/status/1375081263720230919

    1. Respond to: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.

      “Oh, that’s easy! ‘Any reasonable person must admit that is obvious common sense.'”

      1. My pencil got a bad grade on the test yesterday.

      2. Some 8 billion rounds are fired in the US every year. If guns are meant to kill people, they’re not doing it very well?

    2. Note how #2 makes no mention of the Constitution. IN AN AP HISTORY COURSE.

      I assume if you give the wrong answer to #3, you’re expelled.

    3. Just what we need – inspiring kids to be activists. No need to teach those old, outdated concepts of reading, writing, and mathematics. Having hoards of young activists is the key to improving our competitiveness in the world.

  19. Joe Biden Gives Asylum Seekers a Kinder, Gentler GTFO

    Good for him. Were it only he’d do the same for Enlightened™ Cosmopolitans.

    1. It was kinder and gentler. Now that Kammy is running the show, I’m sure it’ll get the same gentle approach she took as AG of California.

  20. Damn systemic racism..
    three Black Lives Matter protesters who were charged with placing a “slinky” barricade on a train track as they left a protest at Compton City Hall in November. The barricade was removed by Sheriff’s deputies just 15 seconds before a light rail train sped through the crossing and likely would have caused it to derail. Doyle refused to dismiss the case himself because he believed it was a viable prosecution, complete with surveillance video and confessions. Gascón then sent one of his enforcers to dismiss the case in Doyle’s stead, issued a letter of discipline to Doyle, then essentially demoted him.

    https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2021/03/24/did-la-times-bury-important-evidence-about-la-da-gascons-dismissal-of-blm-related-attempted-train-derailment-case-n347957

    1. My corruption is noble. Your corruption is evil.

    2. Like I wrote in the ‘NYC taking a page from South Africa’s justice system’ thread last night: Move. Move Now. It’s not going to get any better there, and it will shortly get a hell of a lot worse.

      (Standard disclaimer to not move, if you voted for these politicians.)

    3. Fake news LA doesn’t have a train

  21. https://twitter.com/KristinnFR/status/1374444558226841612

    81 million vote getter Joe Biden arrives to welcome by about two dozen supporters at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Must credit.

    1. His supporters are practicing social distancing. Whats with all the white vans? His medical teams?

  22. You Just Can’t Make This Up: Democrats Argue Removing Dead People from Voter Rolls Is “Voter Suppression”

    1. Well, sure, they lose tens of thousands of votes that way.

    2. Well, a majority of dead people are black or brown or women or gay, so that proves suppression, right?

    3. I loved when the democrat said we can’t use the SSN database to remove dead voters because the federal government makes mistakes, prompting a response asking why they should be in charge of voting then. Klobuchar was pissed.

      1. But they can make No Fly Lists and Gun Registries and NO PROBLEMS!

    4. The dead are their base.

      It certainly explains Biden’s election. He has one foot in the grave.

  23. “Dave Weigel@daveweigel
    This is amazing. A Texas GOP rep grilled a witness from the SPLC about why the group had listed the American Legion and VFW as “hate groups.”
    It never did. He read that on a military satire news site.”

    Lol, quoting Weigel…
    Anyway, to be fair, the SPLC is a Democratic party Super-PAC and attack dog masquerading as a human rights organization, so I could totally see it doing that.

    1. Get woke and this will be easier: if you feel it is true, then it is true.

    2. Some orgs that SPLC *does* consider to be hate groups…

      Jewish Defense League
      Nation of Islam

      American College of Pediatricians
      American Family Association
      Family Research Council
      Oath Keepers

      And also

      Ruth Institute
      The group is largely a vehicle for spreading the Catholic right-wing Gospel of its founder, Jennifer Roback Morse, a former hardline libertarian and professor of economics at George Mason University, where she was mentored by fellow economist and Nobel Prize-winner James Buchanan , one of the influencers of the Koch networks.

  24. many of the survey respondents who attributed their symptoms to the aftermath of a Covid-19 infection likely never had the virus in the first place. Of those who self-identified as having persistent symptoms attributed to Covid and responded to the first survey, not even a quarter had tested positive for the virus. Nearly half (47.8%) never had testing and 27.5% tested negative for Covid-19.

    Oh, FFS! Just start putting Xanax in the water supply and be done with it!

    1. Or anthrax.

      1. SOMA is the dystopian controlling substance of choice.

  25. Democrats’ Operative Got Secret Internet Connection at Wisconsin Election Center, Emails Show
    https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/03/23/democrats-operative-got-secret-internet-connection-at-wisconsin-election-center-emails-show/

    A veteran Democratic operative intricately involved in Green Bay’s November election was given access to “hidden” identifiers for the internet network at the hotel convention center where ballots were counted, according to emails obtained by Wisconsin Spotlight.

    Green Bay city officials insist the presidential election was “administered exclusively by city staff.” But the emails show that Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, Wisconsin state lead for the National Vote at Home Institute, had a troubling amount of contact with election administration Nov. 4.

    “I’ll have my team create two separate SSID’s for you,” Trent Jameson, director of event technology at Green Bay’s Hyatt Regency and KI Convention Center, where the city’s Central Count was located on Election Day, wrote to Spitzer-Rubenstein.

    SSID stands for Service Set Identifier. It’s an internet network’s name. Open up the list of Wi-Fi networks on your laptop or phone, and the list of SSIDs will pop up. Wireless router or access points broadcast SSIDs so nearby devices can find and display any available networks.

    Hiding the identifier keeps the network name from being publicly broadcast. The identifier won’t immediately pop up in the display, although the network name remains available for use.

    “One SSID will be hidden and it’s: 2020vote. There will be no password or splash page for this one and it should only be used for the sensitive machines that need to be connected to the internet,” Jameson wrote in his Oct. 27 email to Spitzer-Rubenstein.

    1. Cleanest election ever

      1. Absolutely. 500,000 gallons of whitewash can’t be wrong.

  26. Judge still holding CMP videos of Planned Parenthood under seal after 4 years. This despite a doctor with 40 years in the abortion industry testifying the videos show unethical and illegal changes to procedures to maximize tissue sales.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/24/a-federal-judge-has-hidden-200-hours-of-undercover-footage-about-abortion-atrocities-for-5-years/

  27. https://twitter.com/joelpollak/status/1374772009524097026

    .
    @PressSec
    got a Hunter Biden question today. She pleaded ignorance. (Question concerned $3.5 million for Hunter Biden from wife of Moscow mayor. It was widely covered at the time, and mentioned in a Senate report.) #WhiteHouseBriefing

    1. It’s super plausible that she has no idea what the reporter is talking about.

    2. She pleaded ignorance That’s how she nailed the job.

    1. Trump continues his assault on the free press as Bidens administration removes journalists and photographers from border areas

      https://mobile.twitter.com/jbmoorephoto/status/1375067039157608453

    2. Got to hold those young migrant girls until Joe ha a chance to sniff their hair and choose the right ones to fondle.

  28. Couldn’t those kids in border camps do something useful while they wait, like make sneakers or something?

    1. Need to get them started early on the under-the-table labor market.

  29. “And while unaccompanied minors have been let in, many are still being kept in deplorable conditions.”

    It should be noted that while the level of minors is higher than usual, historically, they’re much smaller than was the case at the worst of the migrant crisis under President Trump. Under Trump, some 80% of the asylum seekers were children or adults traveling with their children, and it’s a fraction of that right now. We’re mostly looking at single people coming to look for work now that the economy is recovering.

    Still, before DACA, circa 2012, there were less than 1,000 asylum seekers per year from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras combined, and very few of them were children. We had more than enough in the way of facilities to handle what few children there were. At the height of the crisis under Trump, post DACA, however, there were more than 100,000 asylum seekers a month, and with the overwhelming majority of them being children, there’s no way we could properly care for them all. That Biden has the same problem is no surprise, and the cause is no mystery.

    Over recent days, especially, we’ve seen some great examples in comments to support the hypothesis that being progressive requires a certain amount of ignorance and stupidity. Surely, there’s a certain amount of ignorance and stupidity required to ignore the fact that promising not to deport any children creates an incentive for people to send their children. That incentive will remain in place so long as DACA remains in place, and to pretend otherwise, regardless of how you feel about immigration, is just plain stupid.

    1. Denial that perverse incentives exist is central to progressivism, for them to believe what they believe.

  30. Lol..

    while not repeating the very worst cruelties of Trumpian immigration policy

    Youre one of the useful idiots ENB. Biden is encouraging worse conditions that include a holding area at 1500% capacity. He is encouraging minors to cross the border which includes death and rape at fairly high numbers.

  31. “Virginia, the state that has executed more people than any other in the nation, has abolished the death penalty,” reports The Appeal.

    No do China.

    1. walls closing in

    2. So gross, posting your spank material.

    3. More favorited political prosecutions for Jeffrey. Lol.

      1. I know, right?
        When someone on Team Blue gets into legal trouble, then it’s “the rule of law”.
        When someone on Team Red gets into legal trouble, then it’s “a political prosecution”.

        1. Reading from your talking points memo with the names inverted again?

        2. LOL, when the fuck do Team Blue members EVER get in legal trouble these days for the corrupt shit they do?

        3. Call us when hunter is prosecuted you turd.

    4. This is a creepy-ass, borderline-illegal authoritarian stunt, but of course chemjeff thinks it’s a good thing.

      1. I know, right? Enforcing the law against Team Red is a “creepy-ass, borderline-illegal authoritarian stunt”.

        1. Libertarians for Lawfare!!!

        2. How the hell is that “Enforcing the law”?

    5. Funny how you posted that piece yesterday on the white girl being racist to the black service worker, but not the black guy being racist to the Asian woman on the bus.

      1. It’s like what Jerome on family guy said……

        “Black people cant be racist, Peter…….. we can be wayyyy sexist, but not racist.”

    6. Congratulations, you’re the new buttplug.

  32. Beware Of Facebook CEOs Bearing Section 230 Reform Proposals

    For all the cries of private business…. reason purposefully ignores the continued legal prosecutions of a baker who actually won their 2018 USSC case. Yes, he is still going through legal issues.

    So your principles seem to be blind.

    1. He’s back in trouble for not making a gender change cake.

  33. This is amazing. A Texas GOP rep grilled a witness from the SPLC about why the group had listed the American Legion and VFW as “hate groups.”

    It never did. He read that on a military satire news site.

    Yes. The one group they were wrong about is far more important than the other half dozen examples he gave. Lol.

  34. That picture looks like staging for a seriously fucked up JiffyPop commercial.

    1. New Jersey has a state dirt (not kidding). TN is bush league.

    2. Not everyone can spend their days ginning up fake charges against their political enemies just to keep people like you happy.

    3. Not a lefty folks.

      1. Sure, because only “lefties” laugh at the bozos in Tennessee who think that making the Bible the “official state book” is important pressing business. Idiot.

        1. What legal consequence is there for a state book, bird, etc? You focus on retarded small shit. This will be struck down as it should. But even if not I has no effect on your fucking life.

          But that’s where you put your “principles”

          1. Poor Jesse. He is upset that people are laughing at his team in Tennessee making fools of themselves.

            Jesse: “Why are you focused on every stupid thing that Team Red does? It’s silly!”

            Also Jesse: “Did you see Biden trip on the stairs of Air Force One? OMG he’s totally senile!!!”

            1. Actually, I’m laughing at atheists who give a fuck about this kind of shirt.

            2. Nobody’s laughing. You’re flipping out over nothing, and that’s about it.

            3. people are laughing at his team in Tennessee making fools of themselves.

              These laughers are the “Dr. Seuss is racist and must be cancelled immediately” folks?

              1. Hey fuck you that is important.

            4. Again, back to my original post…

              JesseAz
              March.25.2021 at 10:49 am
              Not a lefty folks.

              Why do you keep circling back?

              1. Why are you such a relentless shill for Team Red?

                1. Yes, you must be curious, because unlike you he’s not paid to shill the party’s talking-points here.

                  1. What are you, Francis from Peewee’s Bid Adventure?

                    1. I don’t know what that is, Grandpa.

            5. So so many Team Red defenders who are just so insecure about having their team mocked for their transparently stupid culture war stunt in Tennessee.

              1. Jormungand the Midgard Serpent
                March.25.2021 at 11:04 am
                people are laughing at his team in Tennessee making fools of themselves.

                These laughers are the “Dr. Seuss is racist and must be cancelled immediately” folks?

                1. He ignored it the first time because he realizes how stupid that stunt makes his whole team look.

          2. Your Red Team guy, Brian Kemp, says “I think it should be easy to vote and hard to cheat”. Agreed?

            https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-gop-leaders-who-rejected-voter-fraud-claims-back-voting-bills

            1. Oops, wrong discussion!

              1. Idiot. Are you going to post in the wrong place every day now?

            2. How do you think you make it hard to cheat… something something voter ID. something something clean voter roles. something something investigating election fraud.

              you’re an idiot jeff.

              1. Funny how you immediately skip over the “easy to vote” part. Can we talk about that for a moment? Or is it the “hard to cheat” part the most important part for you?

                1. Actually, yeah, the “hard to cheat” part IS the most important because without it, your vote doesn’t mean shit.

                  God dammit you’re dumb.

                  1. There is of course a tradeoff.

                    If it is too easy to cheat, then votes are worthless, you are right.

                    But if voting requirements are so stringent that even legitimate voters are not permitted to cast a vote, then the result of the election does not represent the authentic will of the voters, and that’s also bad.

                    So there must be a tradeoff. “Easy to vote and hard to cheat” sums it up pretty nicely. But you need both. The state shouldn’t focus all of its attention on making it harder and harder to cheat. It should also devote resources to make it easy to vote, in secure manners of course.

                    1. “But if voting requirements are so stringent that even legitimate voters are not permitted to cast a vote, then the result of the election does not represent the authentic will of the voters”

                      cite?

                    2. cite?

                      Not having a free voter ID hand-delivered to him by a state bureaucrat, so nothing interrupts, for even 30 minutes, his daily routine of grazing on junk food and washing himself with a rag on a stick, is considered “too stringent” for him.

            3. Did you read the article before you posted it based on the headline?

              “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise last fall for firmly rejecting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. But now that those claims have spawned an effort to tighten voting laws — one that could affect their political fortunes — the two Republicans are taking a softer approach.”

              Is it hard looking at the computer screen with your big red clown nose in the way?

    4. I guess if you squint your yes and look at it just the right way, you could possibly not see it as a massive violation of the separation of church and state.

  35. Georgia House set to pass sweeping bill that would restrict voting access

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/politics/georgia-state-house-voting-bill-passage/index.html

    If states like Georgia want to make it harder to vote in ways other than in person, then they need to devote resources to make the in-person voting process easier while still making it as secure as they think is most appropriate.

    But making it harder to vote absentee, while not making it any easier to vote in person, really is just trying to limit voting in general.

    1. Not a lefty folks.

      1. If you think it is “lefty” to want to make voting both easier AND secure, then you might want to reconsider what you think it means to be a “rightie”.

        1. What Ga is doing is making it secure. But you seem to be under the impression that certain “segments of society” are too dumb or lazy to get ID. Why? Seems like a you belief.

          1. See below.

        2. Explain how flashing your ID to buy cigarettes and liquor is easy, but it’s impossibly hard for voting.

          Explain why standard election verification procedures used by every single Western democracy in the world, are “too hard” for American voters.

          1. See below.

          2. I’ll take that one M.L…….

            Ahem……. cuz Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™

        3. It’s not hard to vote in person jeff. Why do you say dishonest bullshit? You register online, you go to the poll, maybe you stand in line. Then you present an ID and get a ballot and vote. There is nothing unreasonable about this process. I don’t even have a car and I voted at the booth. It was good weather for a walk.

          1. If states are going to make it harder to vote in manners other than in-person voting, then those states should then anticipate that there will be more people voting in person. So they should devote resources to accommodate that extra demand in in-person voting. People should not have to wait in long lines to vote. People shouldn’t have to decide between voting and going to work, or taking care of one’s family. So make the process of voting as easy as possible, while still making it secure.

            “Easy to vote and hard to cheat” has two parts to it, not just one.

            1. You do know that the state passes on the execution of in person voting to city/county entities right? That it is the local politicians deciding on which sites right? Weirdly it is always the deep blue areas having the most issues based on the decisions of those local politicians.

              I do like you blaming the state though, must have been the first republican you found in the chain.

              Not a lefty.

              1. Oh, baloney. The state of Georgia has notoriously long, inconvenient lines at its polling places. There is absolutely nothing stopping the state legislature from providing financial assistance to counties to help with elections, if money is the problem.

                (It isn’t. Georgia is creating the long lines on purpose.)

                1. Financial assistance to induce more volunteers sounds more crooked than Lombard Street

            2. Every place I know is required to give you time off work to vote.

              There are only so many voting precinct volunteers so sometimes there may be a line. Waiting in line is not a difficulty. Boring and tedious, yes.

              Difficult is running down the ramp of an LVT with MGs in bunkers shooting at you.

              1. Baloney. In California, for example, there has never been a problem with lack of polling place volunteers or long lines like the ones seen In Georgia.

                1. I have no idea what voting is like in any of the lower 49. I have only voted in California

                2. Lack of volunteers causing longer voting lines isn’t suppression. That is just tough shit.

      2. Your Red Team guy, Brian Kemp, says “I think it should be easy to vote and hard to cheat”. Agreed?

        https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-gop-leaders-who-rejected-voter-fraud-claims-back-voting-bills

        1. Why is total ideological conformity so important to you?

        2. JesseAz
          March.25.2021 at 11:06 am
          How do you think you make it hard to cheat… something something voter ID. something something clean voter roles. something something investigating election fraud.

          you’re an idiot jeff.

          btw, I’ve already said my stance. Allow ballot drop offs for 3 weeks at multiple offices, require them to show an ID.

          I know you are fat and lazy, is that why you are against getting an ID? Or are you simply racist and think other people are incapable?

          1. What about for absentee ballots? Would you make that process easier or more difficult?

            And if you would make that process more difficult, what are you willing to do for those potential voters who decide against voting absentee, and instead decide to vote in-person?

            1. What’s your obsession with easy?

              Getting everyone to vote and then treating their ballots like used toilet paper as soon as they do, seems like nothing more than creepy election “theater” to me.

              For someone’s ballot to mean something it’s got to be secure and verifiable.

              But you don’t seem to want that, chemjeff. You want the North Korean system where everyone makes a great display of voting, and the authorities ensure the right results.

              1. “easy to vote AND hard to cheat”

                The two go together. Team Red seems obsessed with only the latter part, however. I’m pointing out that the two must go together hand in hand.

                1. No you aren’t you lying sack of garbage.

                  1. Umm, yeah I am. And you are of course your usual trolling self.

                    1. no Jeff you lying sack of garbage, you were focused on “eaay to vote” until your position got obliterated and NOW you’re trying to pretend otherwise

                      the receipts are right here liar

                    2. “trolling”

                      Oh shit someone hurt Jeff’s feelings again.

                  2. He might be now that I pointed out how retarded he is.

          2. And by the way I have no problem with voter ID, provided that it is not a type of hidden poll tax. Meaning, that getting a voter ID should be absolutely free and as painless to get as absolutely possible.

            1. And when I say “painless”, I mean that local boards of election, local registrars, etc., should take it upon themselves to try to get as many people ID’ed as possible. They should be going door-to-door if they have to, verifying voters’ identities and handing them laminated ID cards on the spot. It’s the state that should bear the vast majority of the burden for people getting ID’s, and the individual shouldn’t have to do much at all, except provide the appropriate documentation. No taking time off of work to have to wait in line at some DMV to get ID, no hassle, no muss, no fuss.

                1. So I take it that you concede the point, but don’t want to say so openly for fear of looking bad in front of your fellow tribalists, or because perhaps you lack the intellectual integrity to do so, so instead you are going to bring up a non-sequitur to throw the conversation into a different direction?

                  1. “So I take it ”

                    So I take from your deflection you can’t do guns, buf don’t want to admit it.

                  2. “bring up a non-sequitur”

                    Hahaha look at this pathetic cowardly fuck.

                    Brings up easy access to rights, calls it a non-sequitur to avoid admitting he’s a gross hypocrite.

                    1. Yup, just another trolling trick: seize control of the conversation so that you can watch your victim dangle at the end of the marionette strings that you control. And if they don’t take the bait, then taunt them with name-calling until they relent. Isn’t that right? So just kindly fuck off. You have nothing more to add to the conversation about voting, clearly.

                    2. that is 100% Jeff, you know he knows he’s wrong when he starts misusing “non-sequitur” and dismissing you because if there is ANYTHING he loves, it is firing off a dumb argument.

                      And when he doesn’t? You know you have him.

                    3. “Yup, just another trolling trick: seize control of the conversation ”

                      See? He cant answer. He will have to contradict himself, so hr makes excuses and runs away.

                    4. Yup, just another trolling trick:

                      You can’t answer. Full stop. You’ll have to make yourself a hypocrite if you do, ao you sad excuses are completely transparent.

                    5. Here’s Jeff putting more effort into his excuse for not answering, than it would have taken to just answer the question.

                      Why is that I wonder?

                    6. The mother fucker loves loves loves to bloviate, then suddenly it’s “I don’t want to talk about this”

                  3. chemjeff radical individualist
                    March.25.2021 at 11:32 am
                    So I take it that you concede the point, but don’t want to say so openly for fear of looking bad in front of your fellow tribalists, or

                    chemjeff radical individualist
                    March.25.2021 at 12:14 pm
                    Yup, just another trolling trick

                    I asked you to discuss access go rights in the context of access to other rights vs security and you attacked me because you can’t answer without admitting you were wrong. I said “now do guns” and you knew you couldn’t, so you dismissed it and trolled. and now you attack me again for calling you out for your bullshit

                    1. More trolling bullshit from you, troll.

                      When you want to discuss elections, maybe we’ll talk.

                    2. Plus, you forgot to take off your sock. Typical that you used two accounts to have a pretend pile-on.

                    3. we get it you got checkmated and know it

                    4. no one is socking here but you retard

                    5. LOL. Jeff is projecting again.

              1. “No taking time off of work to have to wait in line at some DMV to get ID”

                Literally everyone in the states has already has done that to drive, buy legal weed, liquor and smokes, and cash a cheque.

                Who the fuck wouldn’t have done this?

                The only reason anyone would oppose providing ID is because they want to fuck with the results.

                1. All of those activities that you mention are entirely optional, and not implicated with a constitutional right.

                  In this country, there is no legal mandate for citizens to have IDs, and there are in fact people who don’t have IDs.

                  The only reason anyone would oppose providing ID is because they want to fuck with the results.

                  No – there are also people who oppose ID requirements because they think they are a stealth poll tax. Poll taxes have a sordid history in this country and are now explicitly illegal. So in order for a voter ID to NOT be a poll tax, the vast majority of the burden for obtaining an ID should fall on the state, and not on the citizen. That is my argument.

                  1. “All of those activities that you mention are entirely optional, and not implicated with a constitutional right”

                    Now DO GUNS.

                    1. You are just so desperate to seize control of the conversation and talk about some irrelevant bullshit, aren’t you?

                    2. So you can’t because you’ll be a hypocrite.

                    3. “irrelevant bullshit”

                      ” a constitutional right””

                    4. Jeff, you look really bad here. There is no fundamental difference between voting and other rights, except perhaps that those rights are explicitly codified while voting isn’t.

                      Asking you to apply your reasoning to other rights isn’t a non-sequitur, nor is it trolling. Stop. You’re making a fool of yourself. Just answer the question or at least say the inconsistencies give you pause anx that you need time to go find an argument by someone on your team to parrot.

                    5. Jeff can’t do that. The only arguments he devolves to are non sequitur and shouts of whataboutism.

                  2. So in order for a voter ID to NOT be a poll tax, the vast majority of the burden for obtaining an ID should fall on the state, and not on the citizen. That is my argument.

                    And it’s a stupid argument.

                    1. News flash, poll taxes are illegal.

                    2. Newsflash, an ID to vote is not a poll tax.

                    3. “poll taxes are illegal”

                      now do firearm registration fees and taxes

                    4. It is a stealth poll tax, if the burden to obtain the ID is too high.

                      If a state said “In order to vote, voters must pay a $50 tax”, that would be an illegal poll tax.

                      But if a state said “In order to vote, voters must obtain a state-issued ID, which costs $50 each”, that would be just a poll tax in disguise.

                      So, if a state is going to require voters to have ID, the burden on the citizen for obtaining the ID should be next to zero.

                    5. Why are you so fond of hypotheticals when the actual ID requirements are public knowledge?

                      In at least one state I know of the ID was free, and your team still cried incessantly.

                    6. Well of course there are those who oppose voter ID’s for dishonest partisan reasons, because they think it will help their team win more elections. Just like there are those who support voter ID’s for dishonest partisan reasons, because they think it will help THEIR team win more elections.

                      If there is going to be voter ID’s, then the burden on the citizen for obtaining an ID should be next to zero. That means that NOT ONLY should it be free, but the amount of time that the citizen has to spend obtaining the idea should be minimal as well. It should be easy and hassle-free. Personally I think that local boards of election should go door-to-door if necessary to get people their ID’s. They should bend over backwards to make sure every eligible voter has a valid ID. The burden for getting ID’s should be overwhelmingly on the state to provide those ID’s, and not on the citizen. Agreed?

                    7. “then the burden on the citizen for obtaining an ID should be next to zero”

                      Why? I don’t want fat lazy do nothings voting themselves largesse. Why do you?

                    8. No Jeff, I don’t agree. A thing must have value, and your method causes people to assign little to no value to their vote. You have a right to vote, and to some extent, access should be widespread, but your ideas are past “too far” into “ridiculous nanny stateism”.

                    9. It is a stealth poll tax, if the burden to obtain the ID is too high.

                      Walking your fat ass from your car into the DMV is not a high burden. In your case, any kind of exercise would do you some good.

                    10. I don’t think that a citizen’s right to vote is a privilege that must be earned. Do you?

                    11. “If there is going to be voter ID’s, then the burden on the citizen for obtaining an ID should be next to zero. That means that NOT ONLY should it be free, but the amount of time that the citizen has to spend obtaining the idea should be minimal as well. It should be easy and hassle-free. Personally I think that local boards of election should go door-to-door if necessary to get people their ID’s. They should bend over backwards to make sure every eligible voter has a valid ID. The burden for getting ID’s should be overwhelmingly on the state to provide those ID’s, and not on the citizen. Agreed?”

                      Now apply that to the right to keep and bear arms.

                    12. Is convenience a right now Jeff?

                    13. A thing must have value, and your method causes people to assign little to no value to their vote. You have a right to vote, and to some extent, access should be widespread, but your ideas are past “too far” into “ridiculous nanny stateism”.

                      Think about what this tard is arguing here. He’s actually stating that if the state doesn’t give him free shit, then it’s an “undue burden.”

                      This is why liberaltarians are a cancer on politics.

                    14. He doesn’t want to do the 2nd amendment because he would then have to explain an uncomfortable dichotomy in his thinking. He answered by not answering. Leave him be it’s going nowhere.

                    15. I don’t think that a citizen’s right to vote is a privilege that must be earned. Do you?

                      I think you’re projecting your own gluttony and sloth onto the voting process.

                    16. Think about what this tard is arguing here

                      Yeah, I don’t think Jeff thinks his positions through too much, because if he did he’d be phoning Reason about scrubbing that take from the interwebs

                    17. Well I have to go now, so I will let you have the last word.

                      A right ceases to be a right when the burdens for exercising that right become too high. The whole point of a government in the first place is to protect our rights, and that includes the right to vote. So I would demand that the government try to lower the burdens associated with the right to vote as much as possible. Forget patronizing bullshit about “people must value their rights”. Even if they don’t value their vote as much as you think they ought to value it, they are still entitled to have their vote counted, and they shouldn’t be forced to wait in long long lines (that is a type of burden), they shouldn’t be forced to endure onerous processes to obtain an ID to vote (that is also a type of burden), and forcing people to go through burdens in order to vote doesn’t make people value their vote any more, it only makes them resentful, and it absolutely lends legitimacy to claims of voter suppression if it goes too far.

                    18. “A right ceases to be a right”

                      At some point you’ll realize that you just declaring shit you think is true is not debating.

                    19. Well I have to go now,

                      You lost and know it and are fleeing.

                      Forget patronizing bullshit about “people must value their rights”.

                      No.

                      they shouldn’t be forced to wait in long long lines

                      Forget patronizing bullshit like “adults can’t stand in a line”

                      they shouldn’t be forced to endure onerous processes to obtain an ID to vote (that is also a type of burden),

                      But when asked about the same process vis-à-vis guns, it’s “trolling” and “a non-sequitur” so by your own reasoning, you are trolling with a non-sequitur.

                    20. A right ceases to be a right when the burdens for exercising that right become too high.

                      Walking your fat ass from a car 50 feet into a building and sitting that fat ass in a chair for 30 minutes isn’t a high burden. If you could do that to get your fucking driver’s license, you can do that for a voter ID, or any other ID. Hell, you can even play on your digital umbilicus that whole time to amuse yourself, because goodness knows you don’t read books.

                  3. In this country, there is no legal mandate for citizens to have IDs

                    Hahaha, holy fuck–have you not heard of Social Security numbers?

                    1. SSNs are actually not mandatory. It’s just very difficult to avoid, that’s all.

                    2. SSNs are actually not mandatory.

                      Actually, they are.

                    3. No they are not. They are required for most activities that one does in normal society, but they are strictly not required in order to just be here.

                    4. Yes, they are.

                      They are required for most activities that one does in normal society, but they are strictly not required in order to just be here.

                      If you don’t have an SSN, you have to get a green card to prove you’re allowed to be in the country. Either way, that’s an ID.

                      You lose.

                    5. You apparently haven’t heard of birth certificates, either.

                  4. Voting is also entirely optional dummy. There is no requirement someone votes.

                    How dumb are you?!?

                  5. “they are a stealth poll tax”

                    The fuck they are, and everyone, literally everyone, has already gotten one for other things.

                    But if you really, really have to stick with your retarded assertion they can just wave non-licensing government ID fees, and then there’s no longer a need for your phony concern.

                    Admit it, your only opposition is because you know these elections are a fiddle and you don’t want that to change.

                2. If someone is too fucking lazy to get an ID for one of our most basic rights, but not to for those things that you cited, they really don’t deserve to have their vote counted anyway.

                  chemtard’s a landwhale, though, so it’s understandable that he’d rather have the state drop it off on his doorstep, rather than risk a heart attack walking his fat ass from the car to the DMV lobby.

                  1. “Lazy people don’t deserve to have the right to vote” isn’t how voting rights work, at least in this country, and shouldn’t.

                    1. show me where it says that in the Constitution.

                      Then do guns.

                    2. “Lazy people don’t deserve to have the right to vote”

                      Not what I said–let me requote it, since your cholesterol levels are impairing your reading comprehension:

                      If someone is too fucking lazy to get an ID for one of our most basic rights, but not to for those things that you cited, they really don’t deserve to have their vote counted anyway.

                      If a valid ID is required to vote, and someone is too lazy to get an ID that will ensure their vote is counted, then they don’t deserve to have their vote counted.

                    3. That is exactly what I said. Which means that you don’t believe voting rights are actually rights. They are mere privileges, to be bestowed to those who have worked hard enough to earn the right to vote. That is a typical right-wing way to view voting rights. “Service guarantees citizenship!” and all that.

                    4. “That is exactly what I said”

                      No it isn’t you fat liar.

                      You said

                      ““Lazy people don’t deserve to have the right to vote””

                      he said

                      “If a valid ID is required to vote, and someone is too lazy to get an ID that will ensure their vote is counted, then they don’t deserve to have their vote counted.”

                      If you’re too fucking stupid to understand the difference, say so but understand WE CAN SEE THAT THE WORDS ARE DIFFERENT.

                    5. If you’re too fucking stupid to understand the difference, say so but understand WE CAN SEE THAT THE WORDS ARE DIFFERENT.

                      Like I said, Fat Boy’s cholesterol is cutting off his blood supply and impairing his reading comprehension.

                    6. Jeffspeak

                      Man = Woman

                      Exactly = Dissimilar

                      Non-Sequitiur = incriminatory

                    7. Damn Jeff, you’re embarrassing yourself more than usual. Thanks!

                    8. Easy access to rights is important. Unless it is guns. – Jeff

                3. Cash a what??

              2. take it upon themselves to try to get as many people ID’ed as possible.

                Why? Why is it on the state to have someone execute a civic duty or gain a benefit such as identification? Are you going to argue the same for CCW permits and gun purchases?

                1. of course not thats why he ran away

              3. Maybe the bureaucrats can bring them a six pack and some smokes when they deliver that laminated ID?

                Why do you want so many lazy fucking morons voting?

            2. Let me guess, your next argument is that a persons time to gain an ID has a cost and is a tax, and people should be paid to get a state ID.

            3. Getting an ID is part and parcel to existing as a citizen. I doubt there are many people out there who are able to get through life without one but who are so enthusiastic about voting.

              I agree that there shouldn’t be a poll tax. I don’t think anyone is arguing that there should be.

    2. “…But making it harder to vote absentee, while not making it any easier to vote in person, really is just trying to limit voting in general…”

      This is the reason people laugh at Jeff.
      No, it isn’t.

      1. Yeah it is. If the state of Georgia, or any state, is going to make it harder to vote in ways other than in-person, then those potential voters are going to be more inclined to vote in-person. And if there are not more resources devoted to accommodating all those new in-person voters, then the effort is simply about making it more difficult to vote overall.

        1. “And if there are not more resources devoted to accommodating all those new in-person voters, then the effort is simply about making it more difficult to vote overall.”

          Assuming facts not in evidence: This is the reason people laugh at this ignoramus.

          1. That, and being asked to apply his reasoning to other rights but flailing and making excuses instead.

    3. Then get the dumb ass liberal county SOEs to run an election like red counties do. Open more precincts. Streamline check in. Send out ballot samples before hand.

      I have never waited for 3 hours to vote in my life. And up until recently, I lived in Stephanie Meyer’s district. I don’t know what your SOEs are doing wrong.

  36. Well, this is taking the welfare state to a new level.

    New Zealand approves paid leave after miscarriage, and encourages the world to follow

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/asia/new-zealand-bereavement-leave-miscarriage-scli-intl/index.html

    1. Not that I support forcing paid leave, but late-term miscarriages can be incredibly traumatic for a couple.

      Not everyone views the baby who they saw on the sonogram, felt it kick and move, had a gender reveal, decorated the nursery, as just a useless clump of cells like you do.

      1. I agree that a miscarriage can be incredibly painful.

        I question the wisdom of state-mandated paid leave for every miscarriage however. Do you?

        1. “Not that I support forcing paid leave”

          Sigh…

  37. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1375095244014944256?s=19

    Hunter Biden lied on his 4473 in 2018, got a gun, then his brother’s widow that he was doing drugs with stole it, tossed it in a trash can near a high school and it went missing, and the cops and feds came in to clean everything up

    No charges filed on anyone

    Delaware, baby

    1. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

      1. If anyone actually embodies the phrase “white privilege,” it would be Hunter Biden.

  38. https://twitter.com/RichardGrenell/status/1374894481900589057?s=19

    GLAAD launches a list of Trump supporters, Christian conservatives and Gay Republicans.

    We must know who is funding this fascism. Stop the hate and intolerance.

    1. As some day it may happen that a victim must be found
      I’ve got a little list — I’ve got a little list
      Of society offenders who might well be underground
      And who never would be missed — who never would be missed!

      1. I remember there was a guy who used to write to the editor at the SF Chronicle about a little list he had.

  39. Found chemjeff

    https://twitter.com/SarahGrynpas/status/1374951056283684866?s=19

    “Woke radicalism” will never dissipate because the right finds such success in seeing it everywhere. You never kill the devil, the monster under the bed. It’s always there, waiting to destroy you and everything you love.

    1. Heh. No that’s not me, but there is a point to be made there. Like with any outrage industry, there are two sides to the coin: One side generates outrage by some event itself, and the other side generates outrage by noting the excesses of the original outrage-generation factory. Both of them need each other in order to sustain the mutual generation of outrage.

    2. Not sure why you are linking to an article about “woke radicalism” when chemjeff has always expressed libertarian political views.

    1. Asking the military guys here (no, not you DOL):

      I know that the President is Commander-in-Chief, but does the Vice-President have a military role or are they civilians?
      If a civilian, should they salute?

      1. Fact check the vp isn’t even human, she is a pile of fascist cancer

        1. Pretty the historical claim was a “warm bucket of spit”.

  40. https://twitter.com/JemarTisby/status/1374729267129503747?s=19

    Excited to announce my new role as the Assistant Director of Narrative and Advocacy at the @AntiracismCtr at Boston University. I’ll be working with historian and award-winning author @DrIbram and a high caliber team of antiracist advocates. Let’s get to work!

  41. https://twitter.com/DeAngelisCorey/status/1374777428032303105?s=19

    BREAKING: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear just announced he is vetoing a bill to fund students instead of systems.

    He sent his own kids to private school.

  42. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1375013483402698753?s=19

    JUST IN – Suez Canal ‘temporarily suspending navigation’ until they finish the process of re-floating the stuck container ship (AFP)

    Authorities now want to free the giant container ship by a combination of removing containers, oil and water, multiple tug boats and dredging of sand. It will take days or even weeks.

    1. Well if it’s going to take weeks, then the other ships caught in the traffic jam are better off just sailing around Africa then.

      1. The pirate spiders will have to chew a lot of kat to stay awake if they are going to handle all the flies that will navigate through their web

  43. Boris Johnson reportedly credits ‘greed’ and ‘capitalism’ for vaccine success, sparking debate

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/24/johnson-vaccine-greed-capitalism/

    LOL. Sure, it was “greed” and “capitalism”. Let’s not mention the gigantic amount of government coercion and cash that went in to making the vaccine and getting it distributed.

  44. 12 people are behind most of the anti-vaxxer disinformation you see on social media

    https://mashable.com/article/disinformation-dozen-study-anti-vaxxers/

    The question shouldn’t be, why these people are permitted to spread medical lies on social media. The real question should be, why are so many people willing to accept medical advice from fkn Facebook?

    1. I have a marked distaste for anti-vaxxers who were mostly lefties before Covid, but believing the claims of groups like Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch would also be utterly insane and stupid.

      1. The “anti-vaxxer” bullshit is nothing more than a false narrative in the case of COVID, anyway. The only reason liberals are so hot to get the vaccine is because they’re cultists who view anything with a “science” label attached to it and pimped through the media as infallible. A quick check for “Military anthrax vaccines 1990s” would disabuse anyone with a functioning brain–a rarity in the Current Year, I know–that just because something has the word “vaccine” attached to it doesn’t mean it’s automatically safe.

        When there’s hard proof that these things have the same number of adverse incidents as an ordinary flu shot, I’ll look into getting it. For now, I’m content watching everyone else be the beta testers and see what happens in the long-term, because this is looking mainly like a racket to fluff Big Pharma’s pockets.

        1. Well ok.

          286 million doses administered worldwide.

          I would say that is a large enough clinical trial.

          The evidence is all out there for you to judge for yourself.

          1. Fuck off with your nannyscolding.

          2. No it isn’t. Long term effect, even short term ones, are still an unknown.

            1. Long term effects… pure FUD.

              1. Always have been. The fact that FUD still stands in the way of cancer drug trials and rare diseases, but not COVID, is pure evil.

          3. “I would say”

            What you would say is worth nothing.

        2. When there’s hard proof that these things have the same number of adverse incidents as an ordinary flu shot, I’ll look into getting it. For now, I’m content watching everyone else be the beta testers and see what happens in the long-term, because this is looking mainly like a racket to fluff Big Pharma’s pockets.

          In the 90s, with all the talk of WMDs, there was a defector from a Russian bioweapons lab. One of the ideas he brought up was a thing called a binary weapon. Basically, a virus like smallpox is too noticeable and too effective, Once it starts killing people, the uninfected start reacting effectively. The idea behind a binary weapon is that it’s something like the flu that everybody will contract and nobody will react to, and then 6 mos. down the line, a second biomolecule such as an analgesic or even another virus triggers or reacts with the first killing people widely or selectively.

          Admittedly, this is solidly in nutso conspiracy theory territory, but widespread and even mandatory vaccine to COVID-19 and a followup vaccine to COVID-20, or even the virus itself, would fit the bill to a ‘T’.

          It’s highly likely I’ve already had the virus. I’m far more likely to die of cancer, heart disease, or a car accident. They’re going to have to put a gun to my head or slip it into my IV when I get some other procecudure done. It doesn’t make sense any other way.

  45. Richard Levine is a disgusting and troubling human being and has no business driving a school bus, let alone setting the tone for how we deal with transgendered people in this country. Also, Richard Levine is not a woman.

  46. “It never did. He read that on a military satire news site.”

    Still not as bad as Snopes, USA Today, et al., “fact-checking” “The Babylon Bee”.

    1. S-nopes fact-checking the Bee for being mean to Democrats tells me everything I need to know about what it has become.

  47. Why can’t those filthy brown people go back to Columbo, Guadalupe, Honda, or wherever it is they came from?

  48. Jay Bybee signed John Yoo’s “torture memos.” He’s also mormon.

    If I’m ever having a bad day I just think of his mormon son blowing his own brains out in a Las Vegas temple. Just warms my heart to know that happened.

  49. Benedict Arnold the most infamous traitor of America until current times. We now have someone in our highest office who hates the American people, attacks American employment, attacks out energy sources, threatening our food chains, trying to bankrupt our economy with socialist idealism, and really has sold his soul to all foreign powers. Mr. President what do you think how the Biden name will be remembered in history? Our great border protector? Loved by all Americans? That bust you have in your office of John Kennedy who said “ask not what your country but what you can do for your country” Put it away please you do another disservice to our Country, memories and you own fake put on demeanor. Your policies do not represent Democrat or Republican or any American values. The Biden family will be forever known as the family who enriched themselves at the expense of the American Tax payor. That’s how 78 million plus American voters will remember not only you but also your entire family. Biden’s son Hunter and daughter in law Hallie were now known to be involved in a bizarre incident in which Hallie took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store, only to return later to find it gone!. positive cocaine test sure, crack head, sure Democrat sure Secret Service inserted itself into case of Hunter Biden’s missing gun.

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