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It's Infrastructure Week. Really.

Plus: Pharmacies are doing a better job of vaccinating than the government, New York will legalize weed, and more...

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President Joe Biden will outline plans for $2.25 trillion in new spending on infrastructure, financed by massive tax hikes on businesses and individuals, during a speech scheduled to be delivered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later today.

Yes, "Infrastructure Week" has finally arrived.

Citing congressional sources briefed on the plan Tuesday, The New York Times reports that Biden will propose $625 billion in federal spending on traditional infrastructure items like roads, bridges, mass transit, railroads, and ports. Additional spending will be earmarked for upgrading utilities, improving power grids, and expanding rural broadband internet service. There will also be funding for some items that seem to have little to do with infrastructure, including $400 billion for "home care for the elderly and disabled," $300 billion to "revive U.S. manufacturing," and another $300 billion to provide for more affordable housing, according to The Washington Post.

The infrastructure package will also be tied to the White House's plans for tackling climate change, including the goal of putting America on course for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, Biden will reportedly propose electrifying the entire federal government vehicle fleet.

To pay for all this, the White House will propose raising the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 28 percent. That would generate an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years, but it would also reduce America's future economic growth and likely cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. When you include state-level corporate income taxes, a federal rate of 28 percent would mean American businesses would incur the highest tax rates in the developed world.

"As the details come out, you'll hear advocates claim these new investments will actually pay for themselves through new growth or that deficits don't matter," predicts Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonprofit that advocates for smaller deficits. She notes that a recent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and Penn Wharton Budget Model suggests that debt-financed infrastructure spending produces a net negative return on the initial investment.

Already, the usual suspects are pushing for Biden to propose even more spending.

More spending is indeed likely to be coming down the pike behind the infrastructure bill—as are more tax increases. The Times reports that what Biden will announce Wednesday afternoon is merely the first half of a two-part "Build Back Better" agenda that will ultimately cost about $4 trillion.

Splitting the package in half makes quite a bit of political sense. Infrastructure spending enjoys bipartisan support in Congress because it allows lawmakers to shower money on contractors in their districts—and because it provides an excuse for putting up big signs everywhere reminding constituents that their tax dollars are being used effectively for once.

Hiking the corporate income tax will be far less popular, but that's been Democrats' biggest tax policy priority since Republicans lowered the rate from 35 percent to 21 percent in 2017. Attaching that to the infrastructure bill gives it the best chance of passing.

Still, there is plenty to critique about what Biden is rolling out on Wednesday. For one, American manufacturing doesn't need $300 billion in government spending to be "revived" when outputs are already at or near record highs. Removing the Trump administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum would be a far less expensive boost for manufacturers. Likewise, making housing more affordable doesn't require pumping Americans' tax dollars into subsidies for developers and builders, but sweeping away government mandates that drive up the cost of construction.


FREE MINDS

Most Americans are more likely to seek out COVID vaccines at local pharmacies than at government-run mass vaccination sites.

Who would have guessed? Not the Biden administration, which has spent more than $4 billion to set up 21 "vaccination hubs" in California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas and more than 1,000 government-run sites in community centers all over the country—but is now reconsidering that plan, Politico reports:

Despite the money the federal government has spent on the mass-vaccination pilot sites, they are administering just a fraction of the shots given across the country each day. Federal data show the retail pharmacy program — which has signed up 21 chains and 17,000 stores — can reach far more Americans in a shorter time, according to four senior officials with direct knowledge of the matter. The bottom line, those sources said, is that more Americans seem to be willing to walk to their local pharmacist to get the vaccine than to travel to a federal vaccination site for the shot…

The vaccination hubs, which are run by FEMA and staffed in part by National Guard troops and other Pentagon personnel, have administered just 1.7 million doses since the beginning of February. Over the last two weeks, the sites gave about 67,000 shots a day, according to a series of internal FEMA briefing documents and data sets obtained by POLITICO. That's roughly 2.5 percent of all doses administered nationwide during the same period, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


FREE MARKETS

New York will be the 14th state to legalize recreational marijuana as soon as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill now sitting on his desk. Perhaps he's hoping that New Yorkers will forget that he's been a terrible governor if they can finally buy some legal weed?

Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is still living in the 1990s and opposes federal legalization, Reason's C.J. Ciaramella reports.


QUICK HITS

• Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly violating federal sex trafficking laws by paying for a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved to travel with him. Gaetz claims the investigation is part of an extortion plot led by a former Department of Justice employee.

• The Minneapolis trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, included damning testimony from eyewitnesses on Tuesday.

• Former Nixon henchman G. Gordon Liddy, mastermind of the Watergate burglary, is dead.

•Andrea O'Sullivan has some answers if you're wondering whether non-fungible tokens are a scam (or secretly useful).

• Want to feel really old?

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  1. Where is all this money coming from?

    1. Obama’s pants pocket

      1. his stash

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    3. You good citizen. Pay up. You stole the government’s money and they want it back.

    4. I filed the PPP forgiveness request yesterday. $184K for not reducing employees’ pay or laying them off. Which we wouldn’t have done anyway.

      Thanks, Congress!

      1. Greedy goddamn mormons.

        Of course you take a handout. Mormon and libertarian are oxymorons. You’re all big government social conservatives. The worst of the worst.

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    9. President Joe Biden will outline plans for $2.25 trillion in new spending on infrastructure, financed by massive tax hikes on businesses and individuals, during a speech scheduled to be delivered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later today…………..MORE DETAIL.

  2. Yes, “Infrastructure Week” has finally arrived.

    Please tell me all these infrastructure jobs are shovel-ready. Please.

    1. Well, you need a shovel – – – – – – – – –

    2. First step for Infrastructure Week – manufacture shovels.

      1. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.

  3. The infrastructure package will also be tied to the White House’s plans for tackling climate change…

    So they’ll be tearing up roads instead of laying them.

    1. Tearing down houses to put insulation in them. Because that is the job of the government now. It’s right there in the constitution.

      1. Or replace A/C units with newer more efficient models. Cha-ching!

        Though I’d rather they just not tax steel, wood and other construction materials at an additional 9%-25% from jurisdictions outside the US because two assholes have pens and phones.

    2. They’re going to spend 600 billion on signs about their infrastructure programs.

      1. I got a bike lane to nowhere* in my area brought to me by the Obama admin. I know that because of that nice sign they erected during construction.

        *abruptly starts and stops for less then a mile on a main road that already has parallel residential roads that are easily shared with bicycles.

      2. I got imaginary bike lines where they painted giant “share arrows” in the middle of the only lane. The paint is almost gone now from wear.

        I also got lots of this sign was paid for by Obama.

    3. First time in history that snipers will be employed along the interstates to make travel so hazardous that emissions will go down. Think of the children!™️

    1. San Diego Teachers to Instruct Immigrants In-person as Schools Remain Closed
      https://www.theepochtimes.com/san-diego-teachers-to-instruct-immigrants-in-person-as-schools-remain-closed_3755146.html

      A spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School District told The Epoch Times via email: “Some of our educators have volunteered to give up their vacation time – this week is our spring break – to help hundreds of teenage girls who are sheltering in our city, away from their families and in some cases thousands of miles from home. Our teachers have volunteered to help — we are not paying them in any way — because caring for children is central to who they are as human beings. The power of their example should inspire us all, and hopefully many others will be inspired to show these girls that we are a compassionate community.”

      1. Male teachers volunteered.

        1. There is no male.
          Get with the program.

        2. Sounds like PB’s dream job.

    2. Parents Fighting for in-Person School Outraged San Diego Teachers Are Personally Instructing Kids Who Just Snuck Over Border
      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/03/30/parents-fighting-for-in-person-school-outraged-san-diego-teachers-are-personally-instructing-kids-who-just-snuck-over-border-n1436092

      San Diego parents who are fighting in court to get their kids back in school in person are now outraged to learn that kids who just came over the border are getting in-person instruction from some of the very teachers union members who have said the COVID-19 pandemic is too dangerous for in-person learning.

      Fox News reports that the San Diego County Office of Education said it was “providing the educational program for the unaccompanied migrant children” because “we have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children.”

      The “moral obligation” to teach the San Diego citizen students in-person was left on the cutting-room floor somewhere between trips to court and labor negotiations over COVID fears.

      Happily, teachers’ fears are now miraculously extinguished as some of them will be spending spring break teaching the children who were just brought by cartels and other nefarious characters to flood the border and come into the US illegally.

      1. With any luck the kids will give them the ‘rona they deserve.

  4. That would generate an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years, but it would also reduce America’s future economic growth and likely cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    Small price to pay to generate tax revenue.

  5. A lot of those infrastructure line items sound exactly like payoffs to corporate sponsors.

    1. What?! No! I don’t believe it! There’s gambling going on here?

      Sharks tearing chunks off the dead whale before it sinks forever. Don’t be mad because you can’t be a shark too.

    2. 80 million votes is expensive.

    3. That is precisely what it is.

  6. NY, which killed 15K elderly in nursing homes:

    https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/excelsior-pass
    Attend sporting events, arts performances and more! Excelsior Pass supports a safe reopening of New York by providing a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. Think of it as a mobile airline boarding pass, but for proving you received a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test.

    You can store your Pass digitally on your smartphone with the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can also print your Pass from the Excelsior Pass website and bring it with you.

    Businesses and venues can scan and validate your pass to ensure you meet any COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry. Along with your Pass, you’ll be asked to show a photo ID that shows your name and birth date to verify that the Pass belongs to you. Adults may hold passes for accompanying minors.

    Once you and your party enter an establishment, you will still be asked to follow State and CDC guidance regarding social distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene.

    Participation in Excelsior Pass is voluntary. New Yorkers can always show alternate proof of vaccination or testing, like another mobile application or paper form, directly at a business or venue.

    1. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing
      New York State has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vital Strategies to create the NYS Contact Tracing Program, a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.

      Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.

      1. An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine
        Colorblind solutions have failed to achieve racial equity in health care. We need both federal reparations and real institutional accountability.

        https://bostonreview.net/science-nature-race/bram-wispelwey-michelle-morse-antiracist-agenda-medicine

        Building on calls for reparations, we call this a vision for medical restitution. Federally paid reparations—urgent and long overdue—would help to mitigate racial health inequities (including those seen in COVID-19), but they would not, on their own, end institutional and structural racism. We believe we must pursue restitution programs at the institutional level while also advocating for federal reparations.

        1. …Offering preferential care based on race or ethnicity may elicit legal challenges from our system of colorblind law. But given the ample current evidence that our health, judicial, and other systems already unfairly preference people who are white, we believe—following the ethical framework of Zack and others—that our approach is corrective and therefore mandated. We encourage other institutions to proceed confidently on behalf of equity and racial justice, with backing provided by recent White House executive orders.

        2. Federally paid reparations—urgent and long overdue—would help to mitigate racial health inequities (including those seen in COVID-19), but they would not, on their own, end institutional and structural racism.

          So they’re admitting that it doesn’t matter what you give them, it won’t be enough. So why would you give them anything? Because they’re not negotiating, they’re simply demanding. It’s like the number of people who are now admitting that their ultimate goal isn’t “reasonable, common sense gun control” but abolishing the 2nd Amendment and seizing all your guns – these are people who think the war is over and they won, they no longer have to compromise. The question is, are they right? Is the American experiment over, is the Republic dead?

          1. No, they aren’t right – that war would look much bloodier.
            Yes, the Republic is dead. Long live our elected dictator(s).

        3. I can’t wait for the day when these people argue for the repeal of the Civil Rights Act because it doesn’t “adequately address inequity.”

          1. You mean they aren’t doing that now?

            1. Just implicitly at this point. I am enjoying the calls for explicit re-segregation, though. Not even white liberals want to live around a bunch of ghetto hood rats or barrio cholos, and now they can justify it by arguing that re-segregation is actually equitable!

    2. Not required for voting.

    3. But, what about the minorities who cant use the internet?

      1. If the internet is racist, it must be destroyed.

    4. Seriously, fuck these people.

  7. New York will be the 14th state to legalize recreational marijuana as soon as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill now sitting on his desk.

    He has to try to make out with it first. Of course, on the federal level Biden is still actively groping Schedule 1 so…

    1. > Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is still living in the 1990s

      This seems optimistic. I’m thinking he’s reverted to the 50’s.

      1. He thinks he has been in the senate for 120 years.

      2. Maybe 1970’s, Red Foreman style.

      3. IDK, the liberal whites I hung out with in the 90s were all very very anti pot. The only white people that smoked weed back in the day were the children of union democrats.

    2. This legislation will have to pass the Biden sniff test first, if he can locate its hair somehow. But Cuomo doesn’t like sloppy seconds so not likely he’ll sign it.

  8. The government run vaccine sites are just a shining model of waste and inefficiency. I never saw so many cars lined up and idling since the oil embargo days of the ‘70’s.
    Three separate people ask for your ID. Three separate tents for the three people. Two huge parking lots were taken over, and naturally, they were across the street from one another, so you had to start at one and drive across the street to the other.

    1. Where I’m at they didn’t plan for enough space for the cars waiting and completely blocked and shut down the highway.

  9. ” Want to feel really old?”

    Talk to my mom. Her youngest son (me) will be 52 this year.

    1. You are still a young punk.

      1. But my mother isn’t.

  10. “Needs to be way bigger.” – AOC

    Too many jokes…

    1. Same thing she told me. 🙁

    2. I just find it weird she doesn’t care about border conditions or cages anymore. Just don’t use the word surge

      AOC on Instagram Live talking about the border:

      “Anyone who is using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame… This is not a surge. These are children and they are not insurgents.”

      1. IOW , I don’t know what surge means.

        1. To be fair.. she was amazed by a garbage disposal when she moved to D.C. despite growing up in an upper middle class household.

    3. She’s a size queen.

      1. Clearly too much cunt.

  11. Already, the usual suspects are pushing for Biden to propose even more spending.

    Usual suspects means clueless commies or self-interested commies?

  12. Most Americans are more likely to seek out COVID vaccines at local pharmacies than at government-run mass vaccination sites.

    Rite Aids and Walgreenses need to be nationalized so we can make certain the pricks are being meted out at a racially just pace.

  13. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3782395

    Lockdown interventions employed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been evaluated via research at biomedical, economic, psychological, and ethical levels of analysis. The aim of this article is to integrate these perspectives into an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial review. Biomedical evidence from the early months of the pandemic suggests that lockdowns were associated with a reduced viral reproductive rate, but that less restrictive measures also had a similar effect. Lockdowns are associated with reduced mortality in epidemiological modelling studies but not in studies based on empirical data from the Covid-19 pandemic. Psychological research supports the proposition that lengthy lockdowns may exacerbate stressors such as social isolation and unemployment that have been shown to be strong predictors of falling ill if exposed to a respiratory virus. Studies at the economic level of analysis points to the possibility that deaths associated with economic harms or underfunding of other health issues may outweigh the deaths that lockdowns save, and that the extremely high financial cost of lockdowns may have negative implications for overall population health in terms of diminished resources for treating other conditions. Research on ethics in relation to lockdowns points to the inevitability of value judgements in balancing different kinds of harms and benefits than lockdowns cause. Suggestions for future research are provided to promote an increasingly fine-grained and nuanced evaluation of these policies.

    1. The Diamond Princess Told Us About Pre-Existing Immunity, Asymptomatic Infection and the Infection Fatality Rate. Why Were Those Lessons Ignored?
      https://lockdownsceptics.org/2021/03/27/the-diamond-princess-told-us-about-pre-existing-immunity-asymptomatic-infection-and-the-infection-fatality-rate-why-were-those-lessons-ignored/#comments

      I thought to bring your attention to a paper published in MedRxiv by Russell et al from the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine on the 9th March 2020. They were looking at data from the Diamond Princess to try and establish case fatality rates. They got it wrong, but they did give the original data they used.

      3,711 passengers and crew were on the Diamond Princess. Median age 58.

      The virus had circulated undetected for 2 weeks, so given that masked-up health officials had caught COVID on board (The Maritime Executive 12.2.2020), it’s probably safe to assume everyone on the ship (or possibly only almost everyone) had been exposed.

      Everyone on board had a PCR test (eventually)

      619 out of 3,711 tested positive (17%)

      Of which:

      Symptomatic: 301
      A symptomatic: 318

      Observed deaths:
      (70 – 79 age bracket): 6
      (80 – 89 age bracket: 1

      So, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that 83% of passengers and crew may have had prior immunity.

      Of positive cases, half were asymptomatic.

      Of those that were symptomatic, 0.2% died. No one died under the age of 70.

      1. At that size of a cruise boat population, age and length of cruise, 2 or 3 older passengers would routinely die anyway.

      2. The lessons weren’t ignored so much as put through the shredder then burned in an incinerator.

    2. Have you noticed they haven’t released the final end of year death estimations? Last I saw from November was the 2020 numbers were about 130k over 2019, which includes an uptick in suicides, overdoses, and other medical issues from not seeing doctors. The increase is near the yearly variances based on those numbers.

      1. Total deaths for 2020 (I forgot the source) wasn’t too far out of line for the 2015-2020 yearly average.

        1. Kind of conflicts with the whole 500k dead!!!! cries.

        2. This is the last article I saw on it:

          Data is provided through the 48th week of 2020. So far this year, the CDC reports that 2,877,601 people have died. At the same point in 2018, the number was 2,606,928, and in 2019, it was 2,614,950.

          https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/verify-comparing-total-deaths-from-2020-to-2019-and-2018/ar-BB1bJgCo

          So was off a bit, but can’t find December numbers.

    3. Someone’s not getting tenure… or any fat research grants.

  14. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly violating federal sex trafficking laws by paying for a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved to travel with him.

    I’m sorry, I thought this was Florida.

    1. The Hunter Biden FBI investigation didn’t leak during impeachment or when the laptop was discovered.

      1. This story has gotten nearly the same coverage as the laptop at reason.

        1. Are you going to patent your Reason coverage-o-meter?

          1. Or do you prefer to be called KAR?

            1. Keep thinking that Traitor

                1. Not Wk but hi traitor

                  1. Remember folks, don’t reply to sarcasmicposts.

              1. Hi KARen!

                1. Let me know if you visit the NW pussy

          2. Are you going to patent your discovery of HO2, or “water”?

            1. You gotta talk to Tulpa about that. He’s the one who made the HO2 comments.

              Meanwhile, you thought the formula for salt is NACL, not NaCl. You’d do yourself a big favor to drop this topic. You keep embarrassing yourself.

              1. No Dee, he keeps embarrassing you. And you also keep embarrassing yourself.

              2. In this thread, White Knight continues his downward spiral from “water is HO2”, to “technically it’s the same”, to “it was a typo”, to “Tulpa did it”.

          3. Are you ever gonna quit being a pathetic lying lefty POS?

            PLLPOS – I coined that

        2. Except that the one time it was ever brought up was to discredit it by asserting, without evidence, that the story was a foreign Russian disinformation Qanon conspiracy theory that was a danger to our democracy and a grave existential threat to freedom of the press. Here, Reason is simply reporting that the FBI is investigating Matt Gaetz for something really bad which he must have done because the FBI wouldn’t be investigating otherwise.

    2. Was the warrant based on a news article based on a leaked rumor from the FBI?

      1. The NYT didn’t even sat it was an investigation, they used the term inquiry.

    3. I don’t know if Gaetz has a P.R. person, but his creepy statement about his generosity to his lovers was not helpful.

      1. What is the problem? He paid for the pussy. ENB should be very happy about that.

    4. It says something about the degeneracy of our elite class that it’s entirely feasible that Gaetz likes young poon, AND that the FBI tried to honeypot him for the explicit purpose of blackmail.

      Either way, his fiancee is a cutie-pie. Holla at ya boy.

      1. “cutie pie” Ha! You’re a Mormon loser! You’re stupid but think you’re a genius and a huge pussy like all mormons!

        Your perv god doesn’t exist you evil fuck.

        Traitor liar pussy

        1. Just because you had to troll Portland bathhouses to get laid doesn’t mean everyone is a waste of carbon molecules like you, you hicklib faggot.

          Now unmask your email like you promised so you can have the chance to string me up like you said you were going to do.

          1. You never gave me your address you pussy.

            Your a lying traitor pussy like all mormons.

            There’s no way you live at an islamic center in Denver you inbred hick.

            Keep calling me hicklib. You’re obviously the hick you moron.

            Inbred mormon hillbilly traitor.

            And a huge pussy for not giving your address

            1. Lol the hicklib faggot is mad.

              So much for stringing me up like he promised. He won’t even unmask his email so I can give him the chance to do it personally.

              1. So much for giving your address pussy.

                You’re the one whose mad.

                Responding tup tall my posts with “unmask your email hicklib.”

                Id have no problem stringing your freedom hating, fascist traitor ass up though…

                Pussy

                1. *to all

                  Tup tall is pretty funny

              2. So much for stringing me up like he promised. He won’t even unmask his email so I can give him the chance to do it personally.

                1. Your REAL ADDRESS.

                  pussy ass inbred mormon traitor

                  1. How are you going to know unless you show up, you hicklib faggot?

                    Or unmask your email like you promised.

  15. If Reason.com insists on keeping dangerous theocratic extremist Stephanie Slade on the payroll, can they at least have Scott Shackford explain science to her?

    CNN made the completely uncontroversial statement “there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth” — and Ms. Slade has a problem with it?! Sounds like she’s suffering from TRANSGENDER PANIC.

    #ThereAreMoreThanTwoGenders
    #SomeWomenHaveDicks
    #SomeMenHaveFrontHoles

  16. Gaetz claims the investigation is part of an extortion plot led by a former Department of Justice employee.

    Former?

    1. The investigation reportedly started during the last days of the Trump Administration, so that may explain how the employee is now “former”.

      1. I’m “implying”.

        1. Only time will tell, but in the meantime…

  17. Zuckerberg’s Election Rigging Group Sends VP To Be Biden’s Tech Director.
    https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/recordon-joins-biden-wh-from-zuckerberg-group/

    A former Vice President of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – which funneled $350,000,000 to the Center for Tech and Civic Life – now serves as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Technology in the Biden White House.
    The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) used the hundreds of millions of dollars from the Facebook founder’s organization to overrule local election officials and increase turnout in – almost exclusively – Democratic districts. “CTCL’s Leaders Have Worked for Stridently Progressive Organizations,” the Amistad Project notes.

    1. Arizona is close to passing a law disallowing 3rd parties to “assist” election officials.

      1. That is absolutely needed = laws disallowing 3rd parties to “assist” election officials

        1. It is also needed to be stopped in the D.A. districts as this is one of the prime ways that leftist groups have changed how those offices work.

  18. The Minneapolis trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, included damning testimony from eyewitnesses on Tuesday.

    The dude let himself be filmed. What are they teaching their cops in Minneapolis?

    1. So did the vote fraudsters

      1. Dude, it was a lie. The conspirators are all recanting and claiming you are unreasonable for believing them. Q was a con. The Big Steal was the Big Lie, and the Trumps have been known confidence men and carpetbaggers for over a century.

        Are you mentally well? Honest question.

        1. Speaking of lies, nobody is “recanting”.

          In fact you lied about that yourself when you repeated Sullum’s claim that Sidney Powell said ‘No Reasonable Person’ Would Have Believed Her ‘Outlandish’ Election Conspiracy Theory.

          1. Oops, I forgot: Go fuck yourself Stolen Valor.

          2. Is this the lame-ass deflection you brought up the other day where you point out that she didn’t say it because it was actually her lawyer that said it? If you are going with that argument, it is a distinction of no importance whatsoever.

            1. When you’re marching around with your little dicks out claiming that she said it, but it turns out instead to have been one of her lawyers, you’re lying. Period. Full stop.

              1. Baloney. It is common to talk about things that someone’s lawyer said as if the person said it themselves. It is a completely trivial and unimportant point for you to argue.

              2. Especially when she herself is a lawyer. You cannot claim she is an innocent that doesn’t understand the arguments her lawyer is putting forth.

    2. Did you notice reason already chose the murder charge before trial completion?

      1. They know..THEY KNOW.

    3. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/us/chauvin-trial-jurors.html#click=https://t.co/JKamadWEQP

      Does Reason have anything to say about the NYT running a piece on the jurors, or is that a local story?

    4. Isn’t this trial to determine if Chauvin actually killed anybody?

      If he is acquitted, I’ll send his legal team this article.

  19. https://nypost.com/2021/03/30/navy-training-condones-black-lives-matter-advocacy-at-work/

    Navy sailors are allowed to advocate for Black Lives Matter at work because the military branch sees the organization as a “public policy issue” — and not “politically partisan,” according to a new report.

    The guidance was doled out in the Navy’s “extremism” training slideshow, which asked whether BLM was considered “political stuff” that was off-limit discussion in the workplace, Fox News reported.

    But the Navy said talk about BLM was fair game, according to the slides, which were obtained by Fox News from an official who took part in the Pentagon training.

    “Advocating for or against a public policy issue (as here) is authorized as long as the behavior is otherwise lawful and the advocacy is not politically partisan in nature (e.g. it doesn’t specifically address a political party),” the slide says. “If the discussions make you uncomfortable, discuss the matter with your boss or another supervisor.”

    1. After which, you will be designated as a white supremacist extremist, have your security clearance revoked, and be reassigned for re-training.

    2. Just don’t point out that BLM is a communist front.

  20. Former Nixon henchman G. Gordon Liddy, mastermind of the Watergate burglary, is dead.

    RIP the template for bald guys with mustaches.

    1. I always admired him. He bit the bullet and went to prison instead of betraying his President.

    2. Met him only once. He was quite pleasant to speak with, but he had these emotionless, dead, shark-like eyes.

    3. I attended a talk he gave at my college about his take on Watergate. I can’t imagine he’d be allowed to give such a talk today.

  21. https://twitter.com/HeywoodFloyd10/status/1373761707500257280

    Many have made analogies between the woke “cancel culture” phenomenon and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I think this is a great analogy, but I think that another, perhaps better, analog has been overlooked, namely the “Disintegration Directive” of the East German Stasi.

    …Before 1976, the Stasi used the conventional gulag-and-torture methods to control political opinion in the DDR. But in the 1970s, the DDR was seeking international recognition, so they needed a lower-profile method of suppressing opposition to Communism.

    …The goal was to destroy dissidents and potential dissidents socially and emotionally without resorting to arrest and imprisonment. The Stasi collected information about the victim’s private life, and proceeded to “disintegrate” their careers and their family and private life.

    Damaging lies (or truths) would be conveyed to employers until the target was rendered unemployable. Relationships with spouses and kids would be poisoned with gossip by operatives, professional failure, and financial stress. Friends would be warned away through the grapevine.

    The goal was to destroy the reputation of the target and make him so preoccupied with his personal difficulties and emotional turmoil that he had no will to question the government of the DDR. It was done covertly, and often victims weren’t believed even if they discovered it.

  22. Independence Day will be 25 years old this summer.

    Today the aliens would have a difficult time getting past our lockdowns.

    1. There’s probably an entire careers-worth of satirical sci-fi novels to be written about an alien invasion during lockdown. I’m not the one to write them except to say; mass hysteria *before* the broadcast of The War Of The Worlds is proof we live in bizarro America.

      1. Not sci-fi, but The Mouse That Roared includes NYC having been evacuated.

    2. If you’re good and do what Biden says, you can celebrate it with a small cookout.

      1. But only if you use a solar oven to cook your vegan meat substitute.

    3. Von Braun’s apocryphal, “Last Card,” comes to mind.

      (Any evidence that he actually said it, that doesn’t come from sites also ranting about the Joos, nanothermite, or the Fed?)

  23. COVID Tracking Apps Have Eerie Echoes of Chinese Surveillance System
    https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/covid-tracking-apps-have-eerie-echoes-of-chinese-surveillance-system/

    President Joe Biden’s COVID team appears to have entertained an electronic test-and-trace program pioneered by the University of Illinois that would have let businesses deny service to patrons based on their health data, a PowerPoint presentation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows. The program has eerie echoes of China’s surveillance system, which uses data from citizens’ phones to impose quarantines.

    A PowerPoint produced by the school suggests scaling up the university’s intrusive contact tracing system for use across the United States. Its file name, “2020-12-14 Shield Biden Covid Team,” indicates that it was presented to the Biden team in December, amid an ongoing search for solutions to a seemingly insoluble problem: how to stop the virus without stopping the economy? The presentation proffered an answer.

    The school’s system uses a mobile app that records test results and Bluetooth data to determine who has been exposed to the virus—and “links building access” on campus to that information. Local businesses have also embraced it, making entry conditional on a “safe status” reading from the app.

    1. We are so fucked it isn’t funny.

    2. The “Social credit” system isn’t coming until next year.

      1. “Jaywalking. Oh, *that’s* a paddlin’.”

        1. Like voter fraud, jaywalking doesn’t exist. Just look at the number of citations, near zero!! Ignore your daily driving probably seeing at least one instance, it doesn’t exist.

  24. ‘DISGUSTING’ Fury as young boys forced to stand up in assembly & apologise for RAPES committed by men
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14462491/boys-forced-assembly-apologise-rapes-committed/

    The male students were forced to say sorry that women are raped and sexually assaulted, despite them never having committed such acts.

    One parent of a 12-year-old boy in Year 7 says her son was left confused as to why this was happening.

    1. Oops! Off to the camps for *that* kid!

      1. Nah, they want them confused. It is the kids who understand why it is happening that get sent away. I understood Animal Farm at age 12.

        1. You fascists always refer to Orwell. Even though you’re too goddamn stupid to realize you’re the fascists.

          Goddamn mormon pussy!

          I’m gonna strangle your ugly fat cunt wife with her magic undies.

          Traitor coward

    2. It’s Australia. I’ll know they’re serious if they made the Aborigine kids also do it.

    3. Got to convince “him” that “he” does not want to be “male”.

  25. “…and another $300 billion to provide for more affordable housing…”

    Joe still remembers the success of “the projects” back in the 60s.

    1. They all got torn down, we need new ones!

      1. I’m looking forward to visiting “Heavenly Haven.”

        1. Why? Low on weed? Competing in ‘The World Series of Dice’?

    2. I don’t know if we can afford that…

  26. This is not nearly enough. The important context here is that it’s $2.25T spread out over 10 years.

    For context, the COVID package was $1.9T for this year *alone,* with some provisions lasting 2 years.

    Needs to be way bigger.

    When will we see “Q” as in “Quadrillion” batted around?

    1. I look forward to hauling a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread.

    2. Nobody tell AOC that they have a yearly budget.

    3. At this point, they may as well just be playing Adventure Capitalist.

    4. Q is a conspiracy theory.

  27. This mourning lynx is awfully short on stories about prostitution and abortion. ENB must be asleep at the wheel.

  28. “Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is still living in the 1990s…”

    Typo. Should read “1950s” or, perhaps, “1880s.”

    1. He has been a senator for 120 years.
      Or so he thinks.

      1. I’ve heard people explaining that that comment was an example of Joe’s dry sense of humor, that obviously he was joking by making a self-deprecating comment. I saw the tape, he wasn’t joking.

  29. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/03/30/following-alaska-fiasco-blinken-suggests-china-right-on-u-s-human-rights-record/

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Tuesday that the United States must confront human rights abuses within its borders, including “systemic racism,” after China criticized America for mistreating blacks.

    China lectured America on human rights during the first in-person meeting between Biden administration officials, including Blinken, and their Chinese counterparts earlier this month in Alaska.

    While briefing reporters about the March 18 meeting, Yang Jiechi, a member of China’s Communist Party’s Politburo, urged the U.S. to “do better on human rights ….instead of deflecting the blame” and accused America of mistreating blacks.

    Blinken’s comments on Tuesday suggested that he agreed with China on America’s human rights record.

    The secretary spoke to reporters about the U.S. State Department’s annual release of its Country Reports on Human Rights, noting:

    We will hear from some countries [such as China ], as we do other years, that we have no right to criticize them because we have our own challenges to deal with. Well, we know we have work to do at home that includes addressing profound inequities, including systemic racism.

    We don’t pretend these problems don’t exist or try to sweep them under the rug. We don’t ignore them. We deal with them in the daylight with full transparency.

    1. The party gave it’s orders, it’s only natural for the party members to act on them.

    2. Can you imagine? This never would have happened before. China knows that POTUS Biden is a total non-entity, an empty vessel into which leftists are pouring toxic ideas.

      The arrogance of those Chink Commie bastards coming to our shore and humiliating us in front of the world is a bit much to take.

      1. They simply knew that they can do as they please on our soil because their man is in the White House so really it’s their soil now.

      2. Why wouldn’t they? It’s not like our oligarchs and politicians haven’t been selling the country out to China since Nixon.

      3. They invested in Joe’s inept and fucking weird son. The investment paid off well.

        I look forward to impeachment hearings over it.

    3. So, China is suggesting that we follow their lead and round up blacks and ship them to forced labor camps as they do with the Uighur? That doesn’t sound very woke.

      1. No, they’re suggesting that anything the CCP does is fine and anything the United States does is evil. That’s perfectly woke.

        1. Oh, well, I suppose now that you put it that way, I can see their point. I think that everyone knows that the US is evil and China is great. Just great. All the people in China say so! Or else.

    4. I can see the headline now ” China invades U.S. to free Blacks, U.N. and WHO agree it needed to be done”

      1. Make no mistake….We are going to war with those Commie fuckers. It is only a matter of time.

    5. “China lectured America on human rights during the first in-person meeting between Biden administration officials…”

      Absolutely hilarious. 100/100 Projection Score.

      1. In this case, they’re just using DNC talking points

  30. Report: Many ‘Unlikely’ to Face Jail Time for Capitol Riot, ‘Could Embarrass Biden Administration’
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/03/30/report-many-unlikely-jail-time-january-6-embarrass-biden-administration/

    1. Meh. He’ll get ’em with the COVID App.

    2. It is most important to not embarrass the king.

    3. Other than those still in jail now?

      1. The process is the punishment.

    4. The report’s sub-headline noted that the cases “could embarrass the Biden administration and Reason magazine, who have portrayed the Jan. 6 siege as a dire threat to democracy.”

  31. https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/montana-audit-troubling-conclusions/
    An audit of mail-in ballots cast in Montana for the 2020 presidential election reveals a host of irregularities including evidence that “one or several persons may have filled out and submitted multiple ballots” and the failure of a county elections office to provide video footage of vote-counting.

    1. Isn’t it strange how even a cursory look at this absolutely complete 100% clean election with no evidence of fraud whatsoever always seems to turn up fraud?

    2. No widespread fraud.

      1. Now stop looking!!!

    3. So was this a statewide audit or just in Missoula County? Because ballot-stuffing by the hippies in Missoula wouldn’t be out of bounds; if it’s statewide, though, it shows how widespread the issue of counting unverified votes really is.

      1. It’s just Missoula currently as the local news says.

        1. Surprised they haven’t looked in Bozeman.

  32. “Additional spending will be earmarked for upgrading utilities, improving power grids, and expanding rural broadband internet service . . . . and another $300 billion to provide for more affordable housing” . . . . The infrastructure package will also be tied to the White House’s plans for tackling climate change, including the goal of putting America on course for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    So, breaking this down, the trillion dollars or so Biden will spend on “upgrading utilities” and “improving power grids” is a fat chunk of the Green New Deal, and so is the regulation and tax structure, which means to not only eliminate net carbon emissions entirely by 2050 but also to eliminate all carbon emissions from power generation by 2035.

    Welcome to the Green New Deal. This is it. The consequences of Joe Biden being elected president were not only foreseeable but also foreseen. We discussed this daily in comments in the months leading up to the election in November. Biden promised to do all of this on his campaign website, and to whatever extent you are complicit in Donald Trump losing, you are complicit in the Green New Deal.

    1. P.S. That $300 billion Biden is spending to provide more affordable housing is almost half of what we spent on TARP. Bush spent $350 billion of TARP, and Obama spent the other $350 billion. To the extent that Obama’s TARP spending provoked a political backlash (the Tea Party), this proposal of Biden’s should provoke an even bigger one considering that it’s almost all of TARP + trillions of dollars more.

      To the extent that people aren’t expressing their disgust on social media and aren’t publicly demonstrating against Biden and the Democrats over this, we should keep in mind that social media is orchestrating an ongoing purge of Republican and conservative voices, that attempts to organize a demonstration against Biden and the Democrats are likely to be shut down on social media, and if and when Republicans and conservatives demonstrate against Biden’s and the Democrats’ awful policies, they would likely be put down by the National Guard as another “insurrection”.

      Those who are apologizing for the Democrats’ purge of social media in the name of association rights and who joined in–demonizing average conservatives and Republicans as insurrectionists–for not believing what they’re told and wanting to demonstrate–you’re all complicit in the absence of opposition to these polices, too. You suck.

      1. People aren’t protesting this because it does no good and anyone who does protest the new king will be arrested anyway. We Americans are not as brave as those in Myanmar. Or we stupidly thing our group of politicians will save us.

        1. No doubt, people are being cowed into submission right now. You’d think at least reasonable libertarians would stand up and be counted. Unfortunately, plenty of libertarians around here, anyway, seem to be joining in the fun. How many opportunities have we had to distinguish ourselves from the statists?

          We could have stood up for the right of conservatives and Republicans to express themselves–instead of apologizing for the Democrats’ bullying social media into deplatforming them. We could have vocally condemned the killing of Ashli Babbitt on the principle that trespassing on public property doesn’t justify shooting unarmed protesters. We could have pointed out that less than a thousand rabid radicals storming the Capitol is not representative of average conservatives and Republicans–and that questioning either the integrity of our election system or the Democrats’ narrative doesn’t amount to insurrection.

          Instead, ostensibly libertarian people around here keep effectively making excuses to support the Democrats’ narrative and demonizing their opposition. If they stayed up all night trying to think of new and better ways to discourage average Americans from opposing the authoritarian and socialist policies of the Democrats, they could hardly do a better job.

          1. “If they stayed up all night trying to think of new and better ways to discourage average Americans from opposing [demonstrating against] the authoritarian and socialist policies of the Democrats, they could hardly do a better job.”

            —-Ken Shultz

            That’s an improvement.

          2. “Instead, ostensibly libertarian people around here (Emphasis added) keep effectively making excuses to support the Democrats’ narrative and demonizing their opposition.

            Who, Ken? All I see that you could mean are a bunch of baizuo trolls, and an editorial staff that is writing what their primary donor wants them to. Most of the commentariat detests this shit.

            1. I was hoping it wouldn’t be necessary to spell it out entirely or name names. We know who they are. There are non-trolls around here who make these arguments, and if the editorial staff is doing this in the name of libertarianism, it’s a big deal. Because the staff keeps doing it and we think we know why, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t condemn them for it. And part of it is their silence.

              Why should it be hard for libertarian staff to condemn the shooting of an unarmed protester–and the lack of accountability? Why should we ignore the Democrats using the coercive power of government to purge social media of their critics? Why should we fail to differentiate between average Americans who question the integrity of our election system and insurrectionists?

              I’m not about to condone this stuff with my silence. The absence of demonstrations against Biden and the Democrats has a reason, and we really should be talking about why this is (or isn’t) happening. If libertarian non-trolls and writers don’t express this to people, who will? I certainly shouldn’t condemn others for failing to talk about this stuff and shut up about it myself.

              1. “Because the staff keeps doing it and we think we know why, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t condemn them for it.”

                Completely agree. It won’t change anything, but I do agree with you.

      2. But, muh private companies

        1. I know you’re being sarcastic here, but just for the record, . . .

          Association rights really are a legitimate concern, but the Democrats released a 450 page report back in October of 2020 promising to, for instance, break up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by name for, among other things, failing to crack down on what the Democrats on the House committee called “misinformation”.

          https://judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/competition_in_digital_markets.pdf?utm_campaign=4493-519

          Once the Democrats and the U.S. government became the same thing after the runoff elections in Georgia, the Democrats/U.S. government bullying Big Tech into silencing the Democrats’ critics stopped being about association rights if it ever was.

          I believe in the association rights of private companies, and social media was mostly just following the wishes of advertisers in their censorship before. Now, however, there are two antitrust suits against Big Tech companies, and the Democrats promising to break Big Tech companies up if they don’t crack down on the speech of the Democrats’ critics is a terrible example of protecting someone’s association rights.

          That’s just violating the principles of the First Amendment where it says that government shouldn’t abridge the freedom of speech.

      3. I am curious how he intends to make ALL federal gov’t cars electric without upgrading our electric grid.

        1. Biden has promised to make our electric grid 100% carbon free in 15 years through the magic of taxes, regulation, and spending.

    2. Joe Biden was known to be a senile puppet, an idiot, a demagogue and a liar from way back, anybody who voted for him was simply buying a pig in a poke, you’d have to be retarded to trust a word he says about anything. And it’s not just that he lies, it’s that his words have absolutely no relation to the truth and he is totally unconcerned that his lies aren’t even plausible lies.

  33. But my private corporationz!!!!

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/03/bidens_proposed_vaccine_passport_is_worse_than_you_realize.html

    This will not be the first post in which you’ve read that the Biden administration is contemplating a vaccine passport – that is, an official government document proving to all the world that you’ve gotten the COVID vaccine. However, this may be the first post that notes that the proposed vaccine passport is another example of how the current administration is avoiding the Bill of Rights through partnerships with corporate America and Big Tech.

    The Biden administration has explained that the government won’t really be doing anything. It will just coordinate with American corporations to force everyone to have a vaccine passport to function in the modern world

    1. Congress has found a way to do an end run around the Constitution. See, the Bill of Rights only says *Congress* shall make no law, it says nothing about private corporations totally voluntarily signing consent decrees to do the things that Congress is prohibited from doing. Which, by the way, is why Congress’ threats to pass laws governing how these firms operate are empty threats – Congress cannot constitutionally mandate that they violate the Bill of Rights, it’s only constitutional if they voluntarily do it.

    2. Fascism Fever. Catch It!

  34. Increasing corporate taxes by 33% (21% to 28%) as we are coming out of a pandemic that put millions into the unemployment line is just plain fucking stupid. Consumers will pay for that tax increase in the form of increased cost for goods and services. It will add to price inflation, which hits the poor and elderly the hardest. As I look every POTUS Biden voter in the eye, it will take a lot of self-control not to spit on the ground in front of them, with contempt.

    Yes, they are my fellow American citizens, but these same citizens are gleefully leading this great country down a path of perdition.

    1. Don’t be silly. Only rich people will pay.

      1. Yeah, silly me. WTH was I thinking. 🙂

        1. Only the top 5% (of global income earners) will pay these taxes!

      2. Only rich people will pay.

        More foreseeably and frighteningly; only the corporations that get uppity about refusing to enforce vaccine passports will pay. Amazon will be fine. Fuck brick and mortar.

    2. You seem to discount the lack of mean tweets. That means something.

      1. Fuck the tweets. 🙂

  35. “Most Americans are more likely to seek out COVID vaccines at local pharmacies than at government-run mass vaccination sites.”

    Make that “Federal and State government-run”

    Our county (Fairfax) opted out of Virginia’s state-wide registration and vaccination scheme, and has been doing pretty well. Simple on-line sign-up and scheduling, and the actual vaccinations for my wife and I have taken less then ten minutes from walking in the door (no lines), to jab. We’re now done with both, and ready to move on.

    1. We’re now done with both, and ready to move on.
      Good luck with that.

      1. So exactly what did you do with your masks?

        1. I throw them on the parking lot like everyone else does.

        2. Keep them handy for when the time comes

  36. https://twitter.com/robbysoave/status/1377259426336358403?s=19

    I deleted a tweet so that people who put their pronouns in their bios will stop sending me harassing and threatening messages. But I am sure that the media folks who raise hell every time a journalist gets attacked online would have been coming to my defense *any* minute now.

    1. Robby isn’t like the sluts at the NYT and USA Today that Greenwald mentioned, who get cover to dox and harrass people, and then cry like bitches when they get pushback for their bullying.

      1. Also, the fact that these psychotics are going after Robby Goodhair for this is a decent indication that the “child sex trafficking” accusations are likely a load of shit.

    2. Your first mistake, Robbie, was thinking that deleting the tweet would make them stop. Deleting the tweet is a sign of weakness. Stand by your statements, or don’t make them. Now they know you’re weak and can be bullied.

  37. https://twitter.com/lpnevada/status/1377065424915853312?s=19

    Clarification on our last post:

    We support the implementation of free market vaccine passports, preferably implemented on decentralized blockchains, and support all efforts from entrepreneurs to bring trust and value to our medical information and our society at large.

    1. So… authoritaria ism through corporate actions.. . Of only we had a word for that.

      1. Try the f-word.
        (the one you can actually say out loud)

    2. preferably implemented on decentralized blockchains

      Weird how defi delivering libertopia feels a lot like getting stepped on by the fiat.

  38. This is CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics/south-dakota-transgender-sports-kristi-noem/index.html

    ​It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.

    1. Like anyofa, genetics are merely an idea.

    2. “Biology is a social construct.”

    3. It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.

      97% of scientists is a consensus. Quadrillions of humans predating modern civilization isn’t.

      Science!

    1. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1377048026053742593?s=19

      JUST IN – U.S. European Command raised its watch level from “possible crisis” to “potential imminent crisis” (the highest level) in response to the buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine (NYT)

    2. WW5, Trump started 2.

      1. Yeah, as ‘Literal Hitler’ I suppose he did start WW2.

    3. LOL Zerohedge. Muh Russia dindu nuttin’.

      The US is not going to war over Ukraine—though Rice is stupid and arrogant enough, that I should never say never—and Putin very likely doesn’t have the people or capital to burn on a subsequent invasion for the rest of it. The existing invasion (like the neighboring Azerbaijan/Armenia fight) has been very educational though, and I hope the US Armed Forces are taking good notes.

      Certainly the PRC wouldn’t mind a “Let’s you and him fight,” situation.

      1. Even if it did happen, I’d probably end up laughing my ass off. I can’t think of a more appropriate development than Lloyd Austin, the dumbshit who got caught flat-footed by ISIS’s rise when he commanded CENTCOM, experiencing the same thing by Russians in the Ukraine.

        1. Judging by those two conflicts, the drone, ELINT, and artillery fight is going to be a profoundly rude awaking for the USA and USMC. The Russians have done some nifty tricks with publicly sourced, distributed data gathering, and thereby caused a few Ukrainian infantry companies to no longer exist.

          Ivan can concentrate a shitton of firepower when they want to, and it’s been a long time since the USA’s met a counter battery problem that they couldn’t either laugh at or C-RAM away. Fight the Russians (or the Chinese), and they’ll have one.

    4. I’m willing to take in a couple of cute Ukrainian refugees. For Democracy.

  39. https://twitter.com/MZHemingway/status/1377127444503621640
    Lara Trump reports that Facebook is banning her from posting video of the former president of the free United States and threatening her with removal as well. Big Tech oligarchs exercising raw power to silence their political opponents is utterly terrifying to observe.

    1. Facebook and Google got as big as they did due to government investment and sponsorship, either directly via In-Q-Tel, or through their proxies.

      Big Tech did not remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accounts when she called for “uprisings” against the Trump administration. Facebook and Twitter did not target Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she claimed that allegedly marginalized groups have “no choice but to riot.” These platforms did not act against Kamala Harris when she said the riots “should not” stop.

      These “companies” are DNC proxies used for silencing political enemies and evading the first amendment.

  40. https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/1377039023571660803

    “under investigation” – “No charges have been brought against Mr. Gaetz, and the extent of his criminal exposure is unclear” — eventually facts will come out, but this is same “under investigation” tactic NYT used for years to keep Russia collusion hoax alive

    1. Even down to the “according to sources close to the investigation”, which are vouching for the fact that there’s even an investigation as far as I can tell.

  41. https://twitter.com/TheBabylonBee/status/1376987159207403521

    Arkansas Passes Controversial Bill To Ban Chopping Off Kids’ Legs If They Think They’re A Mermaid

    1. Fucking bigot hillbillies denying the scientific realities of mermaidism.
      Some kids are born without legs, do you call them “crazy” too!?

      1. Landlubbing is a social construct. Of course Arkansasans Arkansans Razorbacks would refute the science.

  42. https://twitter.com/eugenegu/status/1376753301014732803?s=19

    Black on Asian crimes only occur because of our system of white supremacy that strips African Americans of their economic opportunities while taking respect and dignity away from Asian Americans. Also, white people in power are experts at dividing and conquering to stay in power.

    1. I thought that this was sarcasm until I read the comments.

      1. Gu’s one of those freaks who spends all day on Twitter and was notable for being one of the accounts, like Jeffrey Guterman, that constantly got his responses to Trump’s tweets artificially signal-boosted by Twitter’s admins whenever Trump issued a statement on anything.

    2. Holy shit.

      Does anyone remember the movie The Wave about a high school teacher trying to teach how nazis could rise splits the class into two groups and one of the groups starts acting like assholes over the other group? They would be democrats now.

      1. Good thing this idiocy stayed only in higher education…

      2. Great ABC After School Special! That and Schoolhouse Rock should be in Reason’s A/V Club!

      3. “The Wave” was actually based on something that happened at one of our local high schools, Los Altos. I attended their rival (old Awalt now Mountain View)

  43. https://twitter.com/i/events/1376759730329198592

    China approves controversial overhaul of Hong Kong’s political system
    China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Tuesday endorsed sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system, according to officials and local media reports. The new proposal will cut the number of directly elected seats to Hong Kong’s legislature and ensure that a majority of the city’s lawmakers are vetted and selected by pro-Beijing committees.

    1. “In other news, Democrats began salivating uncontrollably upon hearing this development.”

  44. To pay for all this, the White House will propose raising the corporate income tax from 21 percent to 28 percent. That would generate an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years, but it would also reduce America’s future economic growth and likely cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

    Doesn’t matter to the oligarch’s giants because creative accounting will take care of most of it, and it has the added bonus of crushing the ankle biters and upstarts among the competition.

  45. Reason would rather argue that we should let everything fall apart because it costs money. A true libertarian paradise.

    1. I thought our local lefty rules were that we can’t criticize Reason and if we think that they’re wrong we should go elsewhere?
      Maybe they only meant on Trump stuff.

    2. Alexa, what is false dichotomy?

      1. “I dunno, ask Siri.”

    3. Without profligate government spending, we would all be living in caves. It is known.

  46. Gaetz, who represents parts of western Florida, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying her to travel with him, and he is under investigation to determine if he violated federal sex trafficking laws, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

    Do I need to remind you that anonymous sources are not proof of anything? Do you have any actual corroboration of the claim that Gaetz is under investigation?

    1. Well, they cite TWO twitter twits, so it must be true.

    2. NYT said inquiry, not investigation if it means anything (it does from FBI parlance).

      1. There’s an ongoing inquiry about NYT editors bathing in the blood of BIPOC children to maintain their youth.

        1. They deny it, which is exactly what a guilty person might say.

    3. No, that’s not how it works. Anonymous sources are perfectly valid forms of evidence that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this enemy of the party is guilty of all charges. What you’re thinking of are debunked conspiracy theories and Russian disinformation.

      1. They were right about the walls closing in and Trump being in Jail. Perfect record so far.

    4. Gaetz made a statement, in which he implicitly confirmed the story. You can look up the entire statement, but here’s an excerpt: “We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.”

      1. If you think that confirms anything, it’s only your own bias, because you’re an idiot.

        1. PLLPOS – I coined that

          1. Liar, I’m the only person clever enough to invent my own acronyms.

            1. A-hem.

  47. Q. How does Joe plan on paying for all of this?

    A. Tax revenue from legalizing weed.

  48. New accounts detail how New York health officials were told to prioritize coronavirus testing of people connected to Andrew Cuomo
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cuomo-priority-covid-testing/2021/03/29/79d40aa0-8e6d-11eb-9423-04079921c915_story.html

    New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s relatives and other well-connected New Yorkers were among those given preferential treatment at state coronavirus testing centers. State troopers were on standby to rush their samples to a lab to be expedited. And those with priority status got results within hours or a day, compared with the wait of up to a week that other New Yorkers faced at the time.

    Seven individuals with firsthand knowledge of testing practices said that some people with access to power were able to largely bypass the overburdened resources available to the general public when the pandemic first gripped New York last year.

    State officials strongly disputed that people were given special treatment because of ties to Cuomo (D). They said priority testing was available to many New York residents involved in the state’s pandemic response, as well as members of the general public, such as those who were at high risk.

    But people familiar with the efforts said they were also told to treat individuals differently because of their connections to the governor. The individuals — who spoke at length to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution by Cuomo’s office — described the behind-the-scenes operations and their feelings of discomfort with a system that they believed at times prioritized political connections over medical need.

    …And a top state physician whose pandemic portfolio involved coordinating testing in nursing homes was dispatched multiple times to the Hamptons home of CNN host Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother, in testing visits that sometimes stretched hours, according to two people with knowledge of the consultations.

    1. What difference, at this point, does it make?

  49. https://twitter.com/eugenegu/status/1376753301014732803

    Black on Asian crimes only occur because of our system of white supremacy that strips African Americans of their economic opportunities while taking respect and dignity away from Asian Americans. Also, white people in power are experts at dividing and conquering to stay in power.

  50. https://twitter.com/chelseahandler/status/1376960092281577478
    So pathetic that there is a trial to prove that Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd when there is video of him doing so.

    1. Reason took the same take.

      The Minneapolis trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, included damning testimony from eyewitnesses on Tuesday.

      1. It will be a hoot if he gets off.

    2. They really do want lynch mobs again, don’t they.

      I suppose that they were never really against them, they just wanted to be the ones to choose who got to dangle.

  51. long live G. Gordon Liddy. fucking loved that dude.

    1. I don’t get you Dillinger. Sometimes you seem righteous cuz you like Simpsons, hockey, and dont like mormons.

      But other times you’re a fascist

  52. I thought we had shamed the insultbot out of the comments a couple weeks ago. After his multiple self-humiliations and attempts at sockpuppeting and being outed as a coward when I posted my address so he could come have a talk, he disappeared for a bit. And I see he is still making good use of that Pant-shitter’s Veto fallacy of which he is so fond.

    If you are not already aware, you can hit Ctrl-f, search ‘killall’, flag every one of the diarrhea smeared screeds and hit refresh. It’s what I do, and it makes reading the comments much easier. He is not worthy of even an insult.

    If you don’t appreciate my comments, feel free to do the same. Unlike the attention whore, I really don’t give a shit.

    1. “He is not worthy of even an insult”

      He really isn’t. Sarcasmic’s just trying to ruin the comments now, there’s no rhyme or reason to what he posts as Kill All Rednecks.

      He’s better off ignored, because if there’s one thing we all know sarcasmic is desperate for, it’s attention.
      Don’t give it to him folks.

      1. That has to be one of the most legendary meltdowns in the board’s history, other than Mary Stack accidentally doxxing herself.

        1. Tell me about Mary Stack, because I’m not familiar with the tale.

          1. lives in Fort Worth.

          2. Mary was a commenter that typically posted as “rather” back in the pre-registration days when the commenters would typically do spoof posts as jokes. She liked to shit up threads by socking as “White Indian” and posting luddite copypasta, inferring that libertarians were hypocrites for wanting any kind of government at all, or copying and pasting full threads as comments. She’s actually the cause of Reason putting in the email registration for commenting, and her and Michael Hihn are the only commenters I’ve seen in ten years here who have gotten entire posting threads they’ve made deleted by the admins.

            Around early 2012, she fucked up and forgot to mask her email while posting between the “rather” name and one of her sockpuppets. One of the commenters caught it before she hid it again and posted her name and city of residence (and perhaps her email, too, I didn’t see it when it happened just heard about it after the fact). She went ballistic, thought that John had been the one to dox her and tried to get him fired from his job, and became quite obsessed with bitching about Reason on other social media afterwards–she even made a YouTube channel and a Twitter account called Kizone Kaprow that was active for quite a while.

            She’s 60 years old now, so she probably ran out of steam for shitposting.

            One thing that’s notable is you don’t have to actively re-mask your email now when you change screennames; the setting remains the same. That wasn’t the case as recently as summer of 2019.

            1. Lol, what a story.

              “She’s 60 years old now, so she probably ran out of steam for shitposting.”

              White Knight was just writing something about being old and cranky the other day.

            2. Red Rocks, resident Reason commentariat historian.

              I’ve been hearing the name of Mary invoked forever. Never knew the full story.

              1. She did make quite a name for herself (heh). I think she was even stalking the Glibs for a while.

                1. Traitor puss

        2. TThe biggest meltdown is you not giving your address you mormon traitor pussy.

          You and Chuck are goddamn cowards!

          And America hating fascist traitors.
          Traitor pussy

          1. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

            1. “where to find you” is not the same as your address you godamn mormon pussy.

              Stop being a lying mormon pussy and give me your address if you want my email.

              1. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

                1. Your REAL ADDRESS pussy.

                  That was the deal.

                  Stop backing out ya inbred mormon pussy!

                  1. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

                    1. The deal was YOUR ADDRESS! Not an islamic center.

                      You’re a fucking inbred mormon pussy

                    2. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

    2. Everyone knows I get your garments in a bunch you waste of life.

      You’re a pussy. You know I wont come to redneck Texas. You didn’t give the suite number.

      You’re probably lying anyway. All mormons are lying goddamn cowards.

      Keep lying and praying to your perv god you waste of life!

      EXTERMINATE THE MORMONS

    3. If his screen name (and schtick) was “KillAllMuslims” ……or blacks, or gays……. I’m guessing he’d be banned in a minute. Even on a site that lets a lot o stuff slide.

      Maybe he’s making a point about double standards? Probably not, but I just don’t see how anyone could get so worked up about Mormons. It’s gotta be an act.

      1. I doubt any point-making at all; stupidity from a steaming pile of lefty shit is sufficient.

        1. You need a meeting Sevo… That or a drink.

          You’re a senile old traitor either way.

          Steaming pile of fascist shit with BDS.

      2. People don’t choose to be black or gay. People choose what church they go to. Mormons CHOOSE to attend and financially support a fascist church.

        Mormons are Nazis who want to force their lifestyle and beliefs on everyone.

        What they believe is ridiculous. Anyone dumb enough to believe what they believe shouldn’t be breeding, but they fuck like rabbits. They need to be exterminated.

        I know you don’t care because you’re a fascist, but us real Americans realize what a threat they’re. they

      3. Let me know if you visit the northwest pussy

      4. I would guess that his overzealous hippy grandma smacked him on the penis when he othered brown people, and then later the 14 year old girl he whacked off thinking about touching her hair told him she was in love with a missionary. Now he takes all his neuroses out on a group he knows he can rage against without upsetting his lefty gran-gran.

        Only his therapist knows when the fantasies about rape & murder (hopefully in that order) and fixation on underwear started.

        1. “fixation on underwear” your the one who wears garments you moron.

          You think you’re clever or funny, but you’re not. If you were you wouldn’t be Mormon

          You financially support a fascist church. YOURE EVIL CHUCK.
          The arrogance of mormons. Never willing to consider they are wrong about anything.

          The world would be a much better place if all the mormons were killed.

    4. Good on you chuck.
      Constructive communication becomes difficult when the threat of having the taste slapped out ya mouth is off the table.
      Id pay a certain shithead here 10k plus travel to fight me…

  53. “Pharmacies are doing a better job of vaccinating than the government…”

    This has been the experience in my area. I have gotten plenty of texts for “available” vaccines from the State — a couple of hours from my home, or often, much more.

    The local hospital clinic offers them, but only once a week, for six hours. Meantime, the large pharmacies typically have appointments all day long, or, for the smaller, neighborhood pharmacies, all weekend long.

  54. ‘You pale c***sucker’: Nets star Kevin Durant unleashes vile, homophobic Instagram rant at actor Michael Rapaport, involves the diehard NBA fan’s wife and threatens to SPIT on him

    Lol–how the hell did Durant get in a slapfight with a wigger like Rapaport?

    1. Your REAL ADDRESS.

      pussy ass inbred mormon traitor

      1. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

        1. The deal was YOUR ADDRESS! Not an islamic center.

          You’re a fucking mormon pussy

          1. Just unmask your email or come visit me at the address I gave you, KillAllTCells. Don’t puss out when I’m giving you such a prime opportunity to follow through on your promises.

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