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Backpage Judge Accused of Bias Will Remain on Case

Plus: Effort to decriminalize psychedelics gains traction in California, crony capitalism at its worst, and more...

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Appeals court rejects petition to compel judge to step down. Former Backpage.com executives are set to go to trial in August, after having the trial delayed multiple times in the three years since they were arrested for allegedly facilitating prostitution through the platform's online classified ads. The judge on the case will be someone whose spouse has repeatedly helped spread anti–sex work propaganda, including claims that sites where sex workers advertise are hot spots of human trafficking.

The defendants—including Backpage founders and veteran journalists Michael Lacey and James Larkin—asked last fall for U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to recuse herself. Brnovich is married to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, whose office for years has spread myths about sex trafficking, including the idea that "Backpage.com is where the vast majority of all advertisements were posted for sex trafficking."

The defendants suggested this presents a conflict of interest, or at least an "appearance of partiality," for Brnovich—who as a state judge appeared in at least one of her husband's campaign ads for attorney general and was regularly pictured alongside him, including at fundraising events, before being confirmed as a federal judge in 2018.

Any actions sympathetic to the Backpage defendants could appear as Brnovich suggesting her husband is a liar, and perhaps be bad for his future political prospects.

Under U.S. law, having any "interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome " of a case and having a spouse whose "interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding" are both grounds for recusal. In addition, the law states that "any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

But Brnovich refused to recuse herself, and the defendants appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, asking that the higher court compel Brnovich's recusal.

On April 5, the 9th Circuit rejected their request.

Brnovich "committed no clear error" in refusing to recuse herself, a three-judge panel wrote in their opinion.

Some—including a representative for the judge's husband's office—are attempting to spin the request for recusal as some sort of anti-feminist outrage, instead of the standard operating procedure for federal judges who could so much as appear to have a conflict of interest. Katie Conner, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, told the Associated Press, "it's abhorrent that the defendants in this case insinuate a woman can't speak and think for herself."

The Backpage trial is slated to start on August 23. For more background, see:


FREE MINDS

Will California decriminalize shrooms? "The effort to decriminalize psychedelic drugs in California gained momentum Tuesday after a key state Senate committee voted in favor of allowing adults to freely use and possess magic mushrooms and LSD," reports Courthouse News Service. More:

Mirrored after similar criminal justice reform measures recently approved in Oregon and various U.S. cities, Senate Bill 519 would decriminalize several drugs currently listed as Schedule I controlled substances by the federal government — including psilocybin, LSD, ketamine, DMT, MDMA, ibogaine and mescaline. In addition to decriminalizing psychedelics or hallucinogens for people over 21, the bill calls for the expungement of old criminal records, penalties for furnishing drugs to minors and a new working group to further study the safety and efficacy of psychedelic use in the Golden State.

"By decriminalizing we're not inviting people to use," state Sen. Scott Wiener (D–San Francisco), the bill's sponsor, told the committee. "We're taking, instead of a criminal approach to drug use, a health-minded approach."

"Lawmakers also OKd plans to allow San Francisco and Los Angeles to run overdose prevention programs commonly known as safe injection sites," notes Courthouse News Service reporter Nick Cahill on Twitter. "People could use heroin and other drugs under trained supervision under SB 57," a measure also sponsored by Wiener.

But not all California legislators have learned the right lessons from the drug war. Another measure under consideration by legislators would ratchet up criminal penalties for any substance containing fentanyl.


FREE MARKETS

Crony capitalism at its worst: Trade associations want to gang up with the government to take down a competitor. With recent fervor in Congress for enhanced antitrust action, business groups and trade associations representing small businesses are hoping to pressure lawmakers to rewrite these laws to their advantage.

"The effort is being launched Tuesday by trade groups that represent small hardware stores, office suppliers, booksellers, grocers and others, along with business groups from 12 cities," the Wall Street Journal reports:

Merchants plan to push their congressional representatives for stricter antitrust laws and tougher enforcement of existing ones.

The groups, which collectively represent thousands of businesses, want federal legislation that would prevent the owner of a dominant online marketplace from selling its own products in competition with other sellers, a policy that could effectively separate Amazon's retail product business from its online marketplace.


QUICK HITS

Hawaii may broaden the definition of criminal domestic violence to include "coercive control." But "criminalization hasn't stopped more obvious, easier to identify forms of abuse," so "why would it stop coercive control?" asks law professor and feminist writer Leigh Goodmark. 

• And update from the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd: "Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo yesterday refuted Derek Chauvin's claim that he followed department policy and training when he pinned George Floyd to the pavement with his knee for more than nine minutes."

• A study from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio found the longer a person arrested for a misdemeanor crime was held detained in jail pre-trial, the worse the outcomes of their case. "Those who spent two weeks or more in the Franklin County jail while their misdemeanor cases were pending were 40% more likely to be convicted than those who were in jail for three days or fewer," reports The Columbus Dispatch.

• "Libertarianism is inherently feminist—and it always has been," writes Kat Murti (my Feminists for Liberty co-conspirator) in a new column for America's Future.

• More evidence suggesting that black Americans are disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of marijuana:

• "The arrest and shocking death of Marvin Scott III in police custody have put a spotlight again on the racial disparities for marijuana arrests," notes ABC News.

• Marijuana legalization lessons: "Three recently approved plans show what politicians have learned (or failed to learn) since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational use," suggests Reason's Jacob Sullum.

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  1. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/03/the_commonalities_between_the_rise_of_the_nazis_and_the_tactics_of_the_american_left_cannot_be_ignored.html

    Fourth, the Nazis, true to socialist ideology, preyed on class envy to stoke tensions and resentment as they blamed the “Junker Class” (the equivalent of today’s “one percent”) for the nation’s economic woes. The American left and the Democrat party hierarchy, true to socialist ideology, has long blamed the evil one percent or greedy billionaires for income and economic inequality in order to foment class envy and resentment.

    But the similarity does not end there. In an extraordinary juxtaposition the Nazis were able to vilify the wealthy and the industrialists while the subjects of their vitriol voluntarily financed the Nazi Party and its political campaigns. Hitler assured the German corporate titans that, despite their rhetoric, the Nazis would leave them alone and award them lucrative contracts if they supported the Party through massive financial support and favorable newspaper coverage. Greed overcame good sense, and they did so. These gullible cowards were ultimately responsible for unleashing the Nazis on an unsuspecting planet.

    The American left has established a similar rapport with the corporate establishment, in particular the tech titans, by tacitly letting them know that the Democrat party will leave them alone if they financially support the party. Additionally, their disciples have infiltrated the management ranks of many companies further exacerbating the pressure to support the agenda. In the inane belief that they will be left alone by the left and the Democrat party, the American corporate elites have financed the ascendancy of the radical left as the left learned their lesson well from the Nazis and the wealthy elites did not. As virtually all the financial support for the Democrats to manipulate the 2020 election came from these naïve and credulous buffoons. Thus, unleashing radical leftism, societal chaos and a senescent president on the United States.

    Fifth, in the 1920’s and early 30’s the Nazi Party routinely relied on street riots, property damage and gratuitous violence utilizing their militant cadre, the Sturmabteilung (SA), to project power through intimidation while blaming the communists for the violence. Every time a riot was met with little or no response from the established authorities, the more emboldened they became. While the Nazis ostensibly came to power through the ballot box, their ability to terrorize the citizenry and national political leadership played a major role as they promised peace on the streets if elected or given leadership positions in government.

    The American left revealed in the summer of 2020 that they too have the wherewithal and inclination to provoke street riots, property damage and gratuitous violence utilizing their militant cadre, Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to project power through intimidation while blaming white supremacy and police brutality for the violence. In the presidential campaign of 2020, the Democrat party implicitly promised peace on the streets if elected and insinuated there would be renewed violence if not.

    Sixth, in January 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. Within four weeks a mysterious fire broke out in the Reichstag (Congress) Building which they blamed on communist agitators and that this was the opening salvo in a violent coup. Using this pretext, the Nazis were able to force through the Reichstag The Enabling Act of 1933 in March of the same year. This law embedded the Nazis as the sole dominant political party and ensured that only the Nazis could win future elections, if any were held. They were the first modern proponents of never letting a crisis, real or manufactured, to go to waste.

    The left and the Democrat party seized upon the disturbances at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to proclaim that it was an “armed insurrection” and the opening salvo in a violent coup attempt by white supremacists. To further reinforce this false narrative, they theatrically brought in 20,000 National Guard troops and built fortifications around the Capitol building. Further following in the footsteps of the Nazi Party, the Democrats almost immediately pushed to pass H.R. 1 (euphemistically entitled The For The People Act) which would overturn virtually all existing voter laws, embed the Democrats as the sole dominant political party and ensure that only the Democrats could win future elections.

    1. Oh FFS. You can write an article about “the commonalities between the rise of the Nazis” and ANY GROUP. Left-wingers, right-wingers, anyone. This type of article is meant only to stoke fear. That’s all. It is pure demagoguery. This is the type of crap that is wrong with our discourse today. The opposition is not just wrong, but EVIL and NAZIS. And yes Team Blue does the exact same thing to Team Red. The way to stop this nonsense is to stop giving credence to these flawed historical analogies which serve only to generate fear, not to illuminate or to inform.

      You are PART OF THE PROBLEM if you propagate this nonsense.

      1. To ignore history is to repeat it.

        1. Then let’s go back to, oh I don’t know, 2017, and look at all the articles that discussed how Trump was literally a Nazi and that we should be really really worried and concerned about it. “To ignore history is to repeat it” after all. Were they right? Did they have a point? Or were they just stoking fear in order to generate outrage and clicks in acts of shameless demagoguery?

          Maybe we should stop comparing anyone in the 21st century to Hitler or Nazis. It does absolutely no good at all.

          1. Did Trump supporters spend a summer killing 24 people and doing $2bil in damage in a summer of riots?

            Did every major corporation boycott Blue states?

            Did the media carry water for Trump’s party like they’re covering for Cuomo?

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          2. The articles you never denounced lol.

            1. Ding ding ding.

            2. Um, I’ve been pretty willing to call bullshit on media/corporate BS and hysteria. You’re just lying now.

              I spent 2020 here being called a Trump cultist.

              1. Sqrsly does it weekly.

              2. You are a Trump cultist. That’s not the same as someone calling you a Nazi.

                1. LOL. I love how you liberals always drop the visage so quickly.

                2. You are a Bidette. Your job is to spit shine Biden’s ass whenever Joe shits up the joint, which is several times a day.

                  1. Now that was funny

                  2. Really? I challenge you to find even one comment where I said something favorable about Joe Biden.

                    1. Fuck you and your challenge you Bidette troll.

                    2. I challenge you to stop squawking like a bird.

          3. Except virtually everything comparing Trump to Nazis were literally false. Now you have a military occupation of the capital, a purging of political dissidents from wider society along with calls to intern them in reeducation camps, book bannings, big-lie propaganda, and massive, sweeping changes to the citizen’s relationship with government in the name of a vague, unspecified threat of insurrection. Can you point to anything concrete that Trump did, or even said, that comes anywhere close to garden-variety tyrannical, much less on the level we’re seeing Democrats stoop to today?

            1. This.

              They called Trump a Nazi, all while pushing social and economic policies that were the dictionary definition of fascist.

            2. Remember trump was a Facist for not nationalizing factories tk make ppe

          4. By the way… ra’s lost compared substantive evidence of similar behavior. And you think that is the same as the left (your side) blindly yelling nazi at everything. Youre a joke.

          5. Where are your performative outrage pieces venting about the deadly attacks of 4/2? Its almost like you Aren’t against violent insurrection and the death of capitol police

          6. The real issue is the Fascism. That type of Socialism which leaves property in “private” hands but dictates the use and disposal of said property, making it de facto public (government) property. The two major gangs are fighting over who has this power and control. The Dims are currently winning.

        2. That’s the idea.

      2. Right wing mobs weren’t doing $2bil in damages and killing 24 people over the summer. Corporations aren’t threatening boycotts of blue states over the laws they pass.

        1. “THEIR Nazi comparisons are totally wrong, but MY Nazi comparisons are totally legit”

          1. Mine can be backed up. You haven’t addressed my specific claims.

            1. I’m not interested in playing your game of “who can demagogue the hardest”. That’s the whole point.

              1. You are interested, see your post at chemjeff radical individualist
                April.7.2021 at 9:55 am

              2. And then jeffy pops back up right after the insult-bot stops posting screeds. Hmm, could there be a connection?

                1. I don’t care if you think I’m Jeff, but I’m not sure he wants to be associated with me.

                  I’m controversial.

                  1. “I’m controversial.”

                    Wait, is this what you’re going for? Haha, you’re a bigger loser than I thought!

                  2. I’m controversial.

                    That would imply that someone finds your posts substantive. What you are is universally reviled.

                    1. “Universally reviled”
                      By mormon nazi like you! That’s a good thing!

                    2. I keep having to tell myself it is parody.

                      No one can be so stupid as to quote the word ‘universally’ while so clearly misrepresenting its meaning.

                    3. I was quoting you dumbass.

                      Fine just “reviled.” If I’m reviled by your fascist pals and mormons like you then I’m doing a great job.

                    4. I was quoting you dumbass.

                      Another swing and another miss. Are you seriously struggling with ‘universally’?

                      If you wish to refute it, post a link to a single post where someone supported anything you have ever written as KAR.

                      I will wait here.

                    5. My point is I don’t care if I’m reviled by everyone on here. It’s 90% Trump worshippers, fascists, and mormon lovers. It would be more concerning if you Nazis agreed with me.

                      You’re a scumbag Chuck. I’m glad a goddamn waste of life like you doesn’t like me.

                      YOURE A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING

                    6. YOURE A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING

                      Dude, you seriously need professional help.

                      You don’t know me. You have never responded to anything I actually said. It’s all ad hominem attacks and gross misrepresentation. I shared a story about my dad and his black best friend who saved his life and you respond that I am a Klan member? That doesn’t even make sense. Even if it was made up (it’s not), why would a Klan member tell that story and not one where a black guy got his dad killed?

                      If you tried to pull this shit IRL, you would end up in a hospital. People only have so much tolerance for abuse, and the behavior you have exhibited over the last 6 months qualifies as abuse. Rape and murder threats? Outrageous slander? This isn’t a CoD game lobby. You need to figure out how to move past this behavior.

                    7. My point is I don’t care if I’m reviled by everyone on here.

                      You so very clearly do.

                    8. If you don’t want to be treated like the piece of shit you are then…

                      Don’t attend and financially support a piece of shit church.

                      You brought this on yourself moron.

                      I don’t know you. However I know you’re mormon. Mormons are horrible human beings.

                      You’re a horrible human being.

                    9. I lived in Utah. 99% of the mormons I encountered were goddamn piece of shit scumbags.

                      You’re mormon.
                      You’re a hypocritical fascist.
                      You’re a traitor.
                      You’re a bigot and racist.

                      Youre just like all the mormon scumbags I’ve met.

                      You’re religion is a goddamn joke! Do you really believe in magic plates, lamanites, and native american’s coming from Israel?

                      If you do you’re a moron(i).

                      It’s not enough to believe that crap, but you have to pass laws forcing your lifestyle on everyone. You send your kids out to lie and trick people into joining your church.

                      anyone belonging to a church that does that is no libertarian. They’re a goddamn scumbag.

                    10. 1) That’s not the way logic works.

                      2) That’s not the way honest debate works.

                      3) Flag and refresh, bitch.

                    11. Yep flag and refresh. Whenever I point out the shit your church REALLY BELIEVES you turtle.

                      If you assholes stayed in Utah and kept to yourself that’d be fine. I’m all for live and let live.

                      Nope. You’re trying to force your beliefs and lifestyle on everyone.

                      Maybe not you personally, but you aren’t the average mormon.

                      You still are financially supporting fascism.

                      Sorry, but I’m gonna fight back.

                    12. You are not fighting back, you are nuking the site from orbit. If you were responding to anything that I actually wrote, you might have a point.

                      Suck my balls.

                    13. Sorry, but I’m gonna fight back.

                      LOL–nigga, you won’t even unmask your email.

                  3. Hi KARen!

                    Haha. A controversial pussy.

                    1. Hi pussy

          2. You had no objections prior dummy. Dishonest fuck.

          3. Both are wrong. The Nazi HQ was located on the south side of Chicago in the 70s. They were an absolute joke. They were hated by all sides, they were pelted with bricks and bottles wherever they went. The Blues Brothers depicted the Nazi Party perfectly, they were universally hated, ineffective clowns. All races scorned the Nazis, even during times of racial strife. Who would support them?
            The US Nazi party assassinated their last national leader. They broke from within. They disappeared. They have never reappeared. To claim that there are actual Nazis running around is nonsense that is started in the media and parroted by morons.

      3. Yes, this!

        “Hey rich people… Nice companies ya got there! Be a shame if something happened to them”!

        GOP does it too! And very recently!

        https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mcconnell-georgia-voting-law-business-leaders-political-speech/

        McConnell warns “stupid” business leaders off political speech: “Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too”

        1. Yep, crush woke capital. Fuck woke capital. Fuck the left. Fuck Reason.

          1. Fuck big-money involvement (bribes, oops I mean campaign contributions) with Government Almighty, in exchange for Government Almighty (regulatory and other) “special favors for special people”. Fuck them, right, left, and middle! Give them ALL the middle finger!

            UP with GENUINELY free markets, MINIMIZED Government Almighty, Reason.com, and free minds and free economic exchanges! Consensual economic intercourse for all!

        2. Don’t you use nazi terminology often against your opponents… lol.

          1. Some of us believe in calling a power-pig, a power-pig. Lately I have been changing my perspectives to be more universal.

            The below describes YOU, JesseBahnFuhrer!

            Don’t tell the Emperor that He has no clothes! I am already a Perfect One! Me AND my tribe are Already Perfect! Any messengers bringing any news to the contrary? Let’s shoot and kill the messengers! This is a sad, sad, and VERY old tale… Jesus telling the hypocrites that they always kill the prophets… From http://web.mit.edu/jywang/www/cef/Bible/NIV/NIV_Bible/MATT+23.html Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.

            See just HOW old and sad it is?

            In conclusion, “nice guys finish last”, in view of human history and the deaths of Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., the better statement might be “nice guys get killed”! This is the more honest and complete version of the statement! Also this: The “do-gooder derogation” instinct (programmed emotion) could accurately be called the Jesus-killer ( Mahatma Gandhi-killer, Martin Luther King Jr.-killer, etc.) instinct.

            1. Point proven.

              Jeff. Where are you to equally denounce this! Lol.

              1. Yoo-hoo, Jeffey…

                1. Too many cookie crumbs in his keyboard. The ‘H’ key got stuck and he is in the the middle of popping all the keys off to get it cleaned out.

                  This is the the guy who claimed that identifying Democrats’ unwillingness to intervene during the months of rioting by Marxists last year as a strategy to cement power after the election by drawing parallels to months of rioting Marxists in Germany in 1932 was ludicrous because the Nazis hated Marxists as evidenced by blaming the Reichtag fire on them.

                  Now we have an occupied national capital, protesters charged with insurrection, and huge groups being banned from social media. Who could have predicted that?

                  1. ” occupied national capital” I know an anti-American traitor like you views OUR national guard as the enemies, but real Americans don’t.

                    You need to be hung for treason Chuck. You’re loyalty is to your fake perv god’s church and not to your country.

                    1. Right on schedule, here comes the shitposting sockpuppet to try and distract everyone.

                    2. Here comes lame o canadia o.

              2. Will you look at that. jeffy stops posting just as the insult-bot rolls in. I guess he lost his temper.

                1. If you had any intelligence Chuck you wouldn’t be Mormon.

                  Shut your pervert traitor mouth

                  1. You place a lot of focus me being a pervert and on my mouth. I am seriously creeped the fuck out.

                    1. If you were clever or funny you wouldn’t be Mormon Chuck

          2. If you have the courage and honesty required to seriously study up on this, see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

              1. ID theft is theft, and EVIL lying!

                It’s obvious to EVERYONE except totalitarian, authoritarian assholes like Mamma, who will lecture us on CORRECT Christian Theology, and then go right ahead and engage in blatant identity theft! CORRECT Christian Theology, to Mamma, is like a hairdo or brushing your teeth… Use the right brands and styles, and you are IN! But then treating others the way that you would NOT like to be treated? Like stealing your ID? Totes cool! ‘Cause Mamma is with the COOL KIDS, and any and all tactics to disparage people who are more honest and benevolent than she is? Her hunter-gatherer instincts-emotions instantly kick in! Honest people MUST be put down, so that SHE can RISE with respect to them! This could be called the Jesus-killer ( Mahatma Gandhi-killer, Martin Luther King Jr.-killer, etc.) instinct.

                To understand more details of this, see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

                    1. I don’t normally report sqrls but when he starts linking his sight I do

        3. What govt action is McConnell threatening, you nitwit?

          1. Properties owners are supposed to GUESS what McConnell is threatening! What do YOU think it is? More government contracts coming their way? Less regulations, crafted just specially for THEM? If so, I have some PRIME real estate in Florida, to sell to you!

            (PS, if it was the drunken bum under the overpass saying the same things that McConnell said, would anyone give a shit? Government POWER? Hello!?!?!)

      4. You are team blue you retarded fuck. The only reason you even piped up here is he targeted open socialists on the left. You have never had any comment on the right being called nazis and white supremacist.

        Youre such a dishonest person.

      5. Any particular point you disagree with Jeff?

        1. He isnt a student of history. Or anything other than cooking shows.

          1. Hey now, I like the food network. You don’t need to learn how to cook good food to shove a whole package of cookies down your gullet before you’re done with your morning coffee.

    2. The American left revealed in the summer of 2020 that they too have the wherewithal and inclination to provoke street riots, property damage and gratuitous violence utilizing their militant cadre, Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to project power through intimidation while blaming white supremacy and police brutality for the violence.

      Sure, but it was important to note that nearly all this destruction was limited to deep-blue urban areas. Every time these people tried moving operations out to the red-voting areas, they were either violently pushed out, charged with high-bail felonies, and/or met by open-carrying residents with the implicit threat that if they started shit, they were going to get blasted.

      1. Gotta support your fascist traitor pals!

        Why’d you back out of the deal pussy?

        You’re just a big pussy kid!

        Tell your parents they raised a little Nazi traitor.

        To be fair they’re probably Nazi traitors too.

        Pussy

        Pussy

        Pussy ass little boy

        1. Happy HumpDay folks!

          1. You’re lame

            1. Asshole X 2 again

        2. If it hurts hicklib faggots, it’s automatically good.

          Now unmask your email like a good little cuck so you can follow through on your threats like a man, not a mewling pussy.

          1. You’re the one who backed down pussy.

            Your REAL ADDRESS?

            Little pussy traitor boy

            1. “Little pussy traitor boy” Is that your band’s name?

              1. That is an Interesting band name

              2. It’s one of its fantasies.

            2. I told you, you hicklib faggot, 3400 Albion Street, Denver Colorado.

              Now unmask your email like a good little cuck so you can follow through on your threats like a man, not a mewling pussy.

              1. I did the same thing with DOL/Stolen Valor, who challenged us and then proceeded to flake out on me, claiming that Canadians didn’t count because somehow magically we can’t know if he was telling the truth or not.

                These guys are nothing but paid trolls and shitposters, and I think that’s true for 99% of the lefty sockpuppets here.

                1. Google that address.

                  He doesn’t live there.

                  He’s a pussy mormon coward

                  1. Says the pussy hicklib faggot who won’t unmask his email. One would think a person that eager to commit violence would provide an open door to how to find him so he’d have a chance to do what he’s thirsty to do.

                    1. I’m not gonna let you dox me

                      why is an anti-American shit talker like you so afraid to post their address?

                    2. 4 asshole flag!

                    3. I’m not gonna let you dox me

                      “I’ll talk shit about how I’ll stab someone in the left temple or string them up, but won’t actually give them the opportunity to show up personally to give me the chance.”

                      why is an anti-American shit talker like you so afraid to post their address?

                      Why is a hicklib faggot shit talker like you so afraid to unmask their email?

      2. Agreed. See: Colorado Springs. The BLM shits started a paper fire in the street and that was just enough for the beloved Mayor to instruct the police to gas them. And gas them they did. What a sight! The “peaceful protest” lasted two hours. The heavily armed, law abiding citizens that were there to support the police chased and scattered the BLM scum. If they come back, they will get more of the same. No sdeaths, no destruction, no lawlessness.
        Our real estate is doing very well, very well indeed! Thanks Mayor Sutter. Thanks CSPD! Keep up the good work.

        1. The heavily armed, law abiding citizens that were there to support the police chased and scattered the BLM scum.

          Sounds Napoleonic or certainly Age Of Rifles

          Hopefully there was a slaughter of the retreating criminals by this volunteer commission on public safety

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  2. The judge on the case will be someone whose spouse has repeatedly helped spread anti–sex work propaganda, including claims that sites where sex workers advertise are hot spots of human trafficking.

    Maybe his robe makes him impervious to nagging.

    1. Note that the judge is a d and a backer and friend of the initial procecuters, the nigger cunt vp kamala, but the real issue according to the twiteratti is that she is married to a republican

  3. COVID-19 APR. 3, 2021
    ‘A Great Excuse to Do Nothing’: The People Who Don’t Want to Return to Normalcy
    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/04/covid-19-and-the-people-who-dont-want-to-return-to-normalcy.html

    1. “When I think about it, like you know how when you think back to a summer between grades when you were a kid or a vacation? Like, I want to catch it again on some level.”

      I think this describes a lot of non adults; they miss their “summer vacation”

      1. “Working” in jammies must be awesome.

    2. From the comments section of the article:

      “Sollitude? More like refuge. Everyone around me, as far as I am concerned after this election, is a potential suspect of the MAGA/Red Hat (MAGA/Red Hat – because KKK/White Hoods would be bad marketing I guess) Mob. Every neighbor, every business.”

      “Almost 70 percent of the people in my rural Colorado county voted for Trump – with similar numbers for Lauren Boebert. I’m suspicious now of almost everyone I meet.”

      Such fear. Explains why some people want to keep Covid around.

      1. Those people need mental help.

      2. Yeah, those commenters sure sound sane and healthy. The pandemic was a perfect environment for people with a lot of free-floating anxiety and Munchie tendencies to indulge their self-absorption.

        “Almost 70 percent of the people in my rural Colorado county voted for Trump – with similar numbers for Lauren Boebert. I’m suspicious now of almost everyone I meet.”

        Sounds more like the community should be suspicious of the commenter for being a deviant element that will work to break down the high-trust society they live in.

        1. TRAITOR pussy

          1. Do something.

            1. Shut up little pussy traitor boy

              1. So, does Little Pussy Traitor Boy have a label? Do you tour?

              2. no u

      3. Can’t you feel the acceptance and inclusion?

      4. “Almost 70 percent of the people in my rural Colorado county voted for Trump – with similar numbers for Lauren Boebert. I’m suspicious now of almost everyone I meet.”

        There is room in Boulder.

  4. Emails between Florida Democrat mayor and CBS shows democrat verified DeSantis statement to CBS regarding Publix. Adds more fuel to the intentional misinformation fire from CBS.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/jared-moskowitz-cbs-60-minutes-ron-desantis-publix.amp?__twitter_impression=true

    1. And nothing will happen.

      1. Probably not. But having on record the “knowingly” part definitely makes defamation easier to show, especially since the accusation was blatant corruption (a crime). But IANAL, and laws don’t seem to really apply to everyone equally anymore.

  5. https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1379095491233910785

    WATCH: CBS and
    @60Minutes
    excluded context from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in which he explains the steps his government took to make the decision to partner with Publix on vaccine distribution.

    The 60 Minutes version is first, followed by the full answer from DeSantis.

  6. On April 5, the 9th Circuit rejected their request.

    Just making him madder.

  7. Democrat rwp wants to keep the Visage of a police state alive, calls for making Capitol fencing permanent.

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/congresswoman-endorses-retractable-fence-around-capitol-building-says-permanent

    Man. That pesky narrative must survive.

    1. But I thought walls were inhumane and didn’t work?

      1. It’s just like masks, that block the smaller virus, but not the bigger ones.
        Walls stop insurgents, but not immigrants.
        Magic in our lifetimes.

      2. DHS announced yesterday Joe is going to let them fill in the gaps in the border wall. Must mean something.

        1. He’s just building the George Floyd Memorial Wall.

        2. Wonder if they’ll quietly allow pipeline construction to restart.

  8. Now that Hunter admitted in his memoir he was smoking crack and cheese when he applied for his gun background check, some senators are asking the DoJ what is going on with the investigation.

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/senators-prod-secret-service-about-claims-no-involvement-alleged-hunter-biden

    1. Answer: Nothing..

      1. Sort’a like they’re doing nothing about him lying on his Form 4473 about not being a drug user. That’s a Federal crime good for 5 years in prison and a fine. The Feds know he committed this crime, and he’s pretty much admitted it. Why no prosecution? Where are the howls from anti-gun folk about this failure to follow gun laws?

        1. I’m a Libertarian. If he got away with ignoring a stupid law I celebrate that even if he is my political enemy.

          Because…wait for it…

          I’M AN ACTUAL LIBERTARIAN.

          1. I probably wouldn’t be a libertarian if the laws on the books we applied equally and consistently.

          2. Having people in power living by different laws than the rest of us isn’t libertarian.

    2. Joe’s niece walked on multiple DUIs. Punishment is for the unconnected.

  9. “We’re taking, instead of a criminal approach to drug use, a health-minded approach.”

    Uh-huh.

    Another measure under consideration by legislators would ratchet up criminal penalties for any substance containing fentanyl.

    There it is.

    1. It is a pretty healthy penalty.

  10. Trade associations want to gang up with the government to take down a competitor.

    When Mom and Pop strike back.

    1. It’s ok when Amazon and Google do it.

  11. Apple keeps moving their goal posts on allowing Parler back on, now asking Parler to shut down speech Apple deems as hate speech. Parler already offers a user more button to not receive messages they believe to be hate. Apple is apparently trying to broaden this definition to march Twitter definition for hate speech. Sounds a lot like an anti competitive practice…

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/apple-is-shifting-the-goal-posts-for-app-store-restoration-parler-executive-says

    Apple also continues to ignore that Facebook and Twitter were used far more in the Jan 6th protests.

  12. https://twitter.com/DrewHolden360/status/1379466110844669953

    The coverage on the vaccine timeline was always really bad, just so we’re all on the same page.

  13. Does anyone have any actual, factual, idea as to how many persons are genuinely subjected to “human” and specifically “sex” trafficking? It is such a popular notion but I have never met anyone who decries its supposed horrors actually offer me any real evidence to support claims of epidemic proportions.

    1. Well, I know of one (1). The victim entered the US legally, sponsored by a family member (an uncle, who was a US citizen) who then proceeded to keep her all but a prisoner in his house and raped her repeatedly for several years. My late mother was a juror on the case, and the defendant received a very, very long sentence. However, the term “sex trafficking” never came up.

      I suspect cases of this type are a lot more common than what the media and some others describe as “sex trafficking.”

    2. Trafficing probably isnt the best term (technically true, but the connotation is something much worse than the reality). The human “trafficking” part is fairly common. Immigrants sponsor people and the “traffic”ed individual agrees to indentured servitude to pay back the charges for helping them get here.
      Personally, immigration issues notwithstanding, and absent some type of abuse, I’m not particularly offended by the practice. If I wanted to sell my labor for below market rates to obtain something I desperately want, that should be my choice.

    3. I can say for certain that it does exist, but the data has been so hopelessly corrupted by political rhetoric that I cannot trust any measure of its prominence.

      Standard prosecution is now widely touted as sex trafficking.
      Pimping is considered sex trafficking.
      Even arranged marriages (eg: mail-order brides) have been referred to as trafficking at times.

      The numbers quoted in political ads seem orders of magnitude too large. However, the very nature of such a highly illegal act makes accurate measurement impossible.

  14. https://twitter.com/gwenfaviles/status/1379198291565498369

    Hi there – I’m working on a story about journalists’ mental health since the work reporters do is so trauma-facing and has become all the more so during the pandemic. I’m especially interested in hearing from journalists of color, LGBTQ reporters, disabled reporters & reporters

    1. https://twitter.com/benkesslen/status/1379509785415008260

      Hi! I’m working on a story for NBC News about how 50k of student loan forgiveness could change people’s lives. If it would affect you and you’d like to talk, please DM me or email me at…

      1. Totally non subjective means of writing stories.

  15. But “criminalization hasn’t stopped more obvious, easier to identify forms of abuse,” so “why would it stop coercive control?” asks law professor and feminist writer Leigh Goodmark.

    Scoring political points is the point.

  16. https://twitter.com/NYMagUnion/status/1379089452111437827

    Fact checkers are integral to journalism, and yet
    @NYmag
    has treated its fact checkers as expendable employees. The teams are understaffed, and the fact checkers are underpaid and overworked.

    1. Has this statement been fact checked?

    2. Asking for DNC talking points isnt that strenuous.

    3. That implies NY mag cares about facts

    4. Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™

      And that’s a fact, jack.

  17. “Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo yesterday refuted Derek Chauvin’s claim that he followed department policy and training when he pinned George Floyd to the pavement with his knee for more than nine minutes.”

    Methinks they’ve retroactively edited their use of force policies faster than the Washington Post on a Kmala Harris story.

    1. No, I think it’s still standard procedure to throw a cop under the bus if there’s a public outcry about the standard procedure he’s been following.

      1. I don’t remember that happening in Minneapolis when Noor shot that white lady. I don’t remember white people burning businesses and I have yet to see a single wall muraldepicting the poor, completely innocent gal. I didn’t see her funeral, did any ex-Presidents attend? Was there a gold casket?

        1. Thus the word “outcry”.

  18. Another day that ENB completely ignores the stunning hypocrisy of Amazon, and the unionization vote. Amazon was loudly proclaiming how mail-in ballots were fine for the 2020 general election. But when it came to the vote by mail for unionization, there were suddenly ‘security’ problems with mail-in ballots.

    Bezos is a fucking hypocrite, and at least we now know who Cruella is journowhoring for.

    1. Yeah, but the Amazon vote is more important.

    2. Bezos is no hypocrite. He wanted to Ensure the Proper Outcome in the 2020 election, and he wants to Ensure the Proper Outcome in the Amazon unionization vote.

  19. Those who spent two weeks or more in the Franklin County jail while their misdemeanor cases were pending were 40% more likely to be convicted than those who were in jail for three days or fewer…

    The ones that can afford bail can afford a better attorney?

    1. I didn’t rtfa, but I’m wondering if, now hear me out, maybe the people that got out on bail didn’t have as strong a case against them as those that didn’t receive bail?

      1. Or did they just accept a plea deal in order to get out quicker?

        1. Damnit, now somebody needs to read it and let us know if these issues are addressed!

          Not it.

  20. Libertarianism is inherently feminist—and it always has been…

    Are we redefining modern libertarianism or modern feminism?

    1. Feminism is one of those words that means whatever anyone wants it to mean, but the currently ascendant collectivist, authoritarian, and statist version of feminism, which is what most people are referring to with the label “feminism,” is about as libertarian as a gulag and half as fun. Any feminism that could reasonably be called “libertarian” in any way, if it exists, is so far outside the mainstream it’s more hypothetical construct than reality. The gender-critical crowd are aligned against mainstream liberal feminism, but most still want a strictly controlled society that treats men as an invasive species.

  21. Under U.S. law, having any “interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome ” of a case and having a spouse whose “interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding” are both grounds for recusal.

    Where were the articles on the judges open bias against Gen Flynn? That wasn’t even a spouse. Seems selective.

    But merely appearing in a campaign ad doesn’t seem supportive of the claim, unless ENB claims a wife has no agency. The left tries this attack against Justice Thomas yearly.

    1. And since the usual lefties will scream whataboutism like idiots…

      Would you expect a judicial spouse of a Democrat politician to recuse themselves from a case regarding Planned Parenthood just because the politician spouse supports the party platform?

    2. I would agree, but there are several points that I find more concerning on this case specifically.

      1: Her husband had specifically campaigned against Backpage, not just traffickers in general. This gives a strong impression that she may have already made up her mind on the matter and gives a strong incentive for conviction as her family will be personally helped by a conviction and personally undermined by an acquittal.
      2: She is a solo judge, not part of a panel like the Supremes
      3: They need to avoid not only actual bias, but the appearance of bias.

  22. https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1379065122858147843
    Clarence Thomas suggests that social media companies may NOT have a First Amendment right to regulate speech on their platforms, analogizing them to “common carriers” and “places of public accommodation.”

    1. https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/040521zor_3204.pdf

      Even if digital platforms are not close enough to common
      carriers, legislatures might still be able to treat digital platforms like places of public accommodation. Although definitions between jurisdictions vary, a company ordinarily is
      a place of public accommodation if it provides “lodging, food,
      entertainment, or other services to the public . . . in general.” Black’s Law Dictionary 20 (11th ed. 2019) (defining
      “public accommodation”); accord, 42 U. S. C. §2000a(b)(3)
      (covering places of “entertainment”). Twitter and other digital platforms bear resemblance to that definition. This,
      too, may explain the Second Circuit’s intuition. Courts are
      split, however, about whether federal accommodations laws
      apply to anything other than “physical” locations.

      1. “Black’s Law Dictionary 20”

        I have no idea how, but I’m pretty sure this is problematic.

        1. HAhahahaha…..give it time….give it time…..

  23. Psychedelics are already decriminalized where I live.

    I can trip balls and vandalized all the LDS Churches I want and I’m only guilty of vandalism.

    Cops can still confiscate your stash though…

    1. Starting from the bottom; asshole #1

    2. If you plan to vandalize LDS churches, I’ll give you some advice. Wear body armor. I have trained Mormon folk, they have a range that is much better than the one at FBI HRT. They are very serious about protecting their people. They are deadly serious in training. They acknowledge the threats of ineffective, deranged losers and they are proactive in training enough people to put rabid attackers down. We can only hope that you are stupid enough to carry out your ridiculous, idle, cowardly threats. Trust me, you are already on their radar. They are anxiously awaiting your next step.

      1. Thanks for the advice but I’m not worried. They’re incredibly stupid. They believe a bunch of patently false bullshit.

        They’re morons. It’s not hard to outsmart them.

        Also was it you who claimed mormons paid for a keg? If so that’s fucking bullshit. You’re lying or they weren’t really mormon.

        I can believe them letting you drink, but no way they’d pay for alcohol.e

        1. You’ve clearly never heard of Jack Mormons.

          I mean, you’re an imbecile so that make a sense but still.

          1. I have and they’re very rare. The notion that a small, probably rural town would have enough of them to buy a keg is absurd

    3. you may need a new source if your psychs make you want to burn churches

      1. I didn’t say BURN I said vandalize. Ya know spray paint “go back to Utah cunts” and throw rocks through windows.

        If your drugs make you like mormons then you need a new source or you’re not a hippie.

        Mormons and hippies are mortal enemies.

        Also there is nothing wrong with burning LDS Churches. Especially if mormons are inside.

        1. >> spray paint “go back to Utah cunts”

          art is subjective

          >>throw rocks through windows.

          Pella thanks you for your support

    4. Hi KARen!

      Vandalizing churches? Damn, that’s badass, dude. I better stop trashing you, or I might be sorry!

      Haha. What a doosh.

      1. Why you some kind of Mormon loving nazi?

  24. More evidence suggesting that black Americans are disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of marijuana…

    Present vice president excluded.

    1. Or is it More evidence suggesting that black Americans are disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of marijuana…

    2. You’d hit that

  25. The arrest and shocking death of Marvin Scott III in police custody have put a spotlight again on the racial disparities for marijuana arrests…

    More like a searchlight, as it glances quickly past this case as it does virtually every other.

  26. Three recently approved plans show what politicians have learned (or failed to learn) since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational use…

    Politicians aren’t there to learn. They’re in business to react and connive.

  27. Arkansas lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto of bill restricting transgender health care

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arkansas-transgender-bill-health-care-veto-override-law/

    Okay, so if you are going to support this law, on the basis of “protecting children”, then I’d expect a philosophically consistent position of using government coercion in order to “protect children”. Do you want to ban abortion because you think abortion is the murder of a child? Okay then. How about empowering Child Protective Services to aggressively investigate parents accused of abuse or neglect? Okay with that? How about huge government tax credits for having children, along the lines of what Rubio and Romney and others have proposed? That can also be justified in the name of “protecting children”. Okay with that? How about welfare programs specifically targeted to kids, such as ‘free’ school lunches? Okay with that? If you are going to favor government coercion in the name of ‘protecting children’ then present your sincerely held, carefully considered, consistent ideological position on the matter. It would help if it were somehow connected to libertarian ideas, since this is after all a libertarian forum. But I suspect for most of the people outraged over ‘transgendered kids’, their opposition is more of a reactionary position against The Left in some culture war bullshit and not the result of some consistent point of view. But hey prove me wrong, tell us what your carefully considered position is when it comes to using government force in order to ‘protect children’.

    1. https://twitter.com/united/status/1379426304857141250

      Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color. Learn more and apply now:

      1. Sorry, wrong thread.

    2. https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/1379649782394748929

      .
      @TheRickWilson
      Are you writing these tweets or did you hire a fourteen year old boy whom John Weaver also tried to fuck?

    3. Yes jeff. Cutting off a kids genitals is the same as not providing them a free lunch even though their parents get food stamps. What a genius argument.

      The fact that you’re equating active harm of a minor to passive harm is full on retarded.

      1. If he ain’t lying, he’s being stupid.

        1. Don’t disregard the assumption that it could be both.

    4. The fact that minors around puberty age cannot meaningfully give informed consent to “treatments” that will permanently damage the normal development of their bodies. That these “treatments” seem to be pushed to advance an ideology about the nature of the connection between mind and body that reduces sex differences to cultural stereotypes. That these “treatments” are largely ineffective in producing emotionally well adjusted people, and many people who have gone through this have had regrets about what they were talked into giving up.

      The impression that I see is that gender dysphoria is largely not well understood in its causes by the medical profession and has a lot of bad, agenda driven science surrounding it. Medicine is, at best, flailing about to deal with it, and at worst, abandoning science and ethics to satisfy an ideological goal.

      1. The fact that minors around puberty age cannot meaningfully give informed consent to “treatments” that will permanently damage the normal development of their bodies.

        No they can’t. That is what their parents are for. So let’s talk about the parents who feed their kids junk food while growing up, giving them a case of diabetes. Or parents who deprive and malnourish their kids, giving them permanent disabilities. Or parents who raise their kids in unsafe households, giving them permanent injuries. Where is the demand for laws and robust state action to correct these problems? Every time CPS comes up around here, they are treated as villains, snatching kids out of the arms of loving parents. But if we are to believe this “concern for kids” among Team Red, then CPS ought to be treated as heroes valiantly saving kids from parents who are mistreating them.

        If you want people to believe that your support of these laws banning reassignment surgery is genuinely rooted in support for kids, then demonstrate this with a consistent philosophy illustrating this. If not, then you are just using kids as pawns in your culture war bullshit.

        That these “treatments” are largely ineffective in producing emotionally well adjusted people

        So, in your view, these “treatments” largely fail in producing well-adjusted people, therefore, government action is required to ban these treatments in kids. What else do you want government to do in order to create well-adjusted people? This is the role that you are demanding for government, right?

        1. So let’s talk about the parents who feed their kids junk food while growing up, giving them a case of diabetes.

          Speaking from experience? Or was that self-inflicted?

          1. Lol, Fat Jeff can’t help himself.

        2. Or parents who raise their kids in unsafe households, giving them permanent injuries. Where is the demand for laws and robust state action to correct these problems?

          Uh, you do realize that assault of a minor and child abuse are actually considered to be chargeable crimes, right?

        3. The “treatments” largely fail in their intent while doing irreparable harm to the patient. It is that there is medical malpractice going on here.

          Do not be Tony levels of dishonest arguments, now.

          1. The “intent” of the surgery is to turn a penis into a vagina, or vice-versa. Provided that the surgery was performed correctly, what is the argument for ‘medical malpractice’?

            And, you are dodging the question.

            If you think that government coercion is justified in order to make sure that children grow up “well adjusted”, then where do the limits of that coercion lie?

            1. No, the stated intent is to treat the psychological pain of supposedly inhabiting a body that does not match the mind by chemically and surgically altering the body to match the perceived condition of the mind. The evidence indicates that this substantially does not work. For instance, the suicide rates do not go down post hormonal and surgical treatment.

              1. The intent OF THE SURGERY is to perform the physical alterations mentioned above.

                And you continue to dodge the question because you know the answer is uncomfortable. You are claiming to demand government coercion in order to interfere with the decisions of parents on how to raise their kids, because otherwise they won’t grow up “well adjusted” or something, but you won’t enunciate a limiting principle on this power that you want to bestow to the state, or even a coherent philosophy on how this power might be wielded generally. Because it’s not really about protecting kids and making them “well adjusted”. It is about, as mentioned below, “push[ing] back against the trans narrative” and using kids as another front in the culture war against The Left.

                If you want to give the power to the state to ensure parents raise their kids to be “well adjusted” then you should also be demanding aggressive and vigilant CPS enforcement and supervision of parents accused of misbehavior, demanding government intervention into society so that parents raise their kids in the “right way”. That is, if you want to be consistent and all. I wouldn’t even be surprised, because that is closer to the social conservative position after all, government should be society’s moral stewards and all that. Is that what you want?

                1. The intent OF THE SURGERY is to perform the physical alterations mentioned above.

                  Which doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

                  If you want to give the power to the state to ensure parents raise their kids to be “well adjusted” then you should also be demanding aggressive and vigilant CPS enforcement and supervision of parents accused of misbehavior, demanding government intervention into society so that parents raise their kids in the “right way”.

                  That’s been a feature of every established society since the dawn of civilization. You’re just too autistic to admit your “radical individualist” utopia can’t exist in the real world.

                2. The theoretical goal of the treatment is to have a well-adjusted patient. If it fails consistently in that goal while physically harming the patient, then it is worthless.

                  What is the reason to perform a permanently life altering surgery on a minor without a justification? You are not really making your case.

                  1. You are not answering the question because you cannot and it is obvious for all to see.

                    In one breath you’ll want to use state coercion to interfere with the parent-child relationship to ban something that you don’t like, and then in the very next breath you’ll bitch and moan about ‘creeping socialism’ or ‘totalitarian left’ or whatnot.

                    I think the state should only interfere with the parent-child relationship only very, very minimally, and then only if there is absolute clear evidence that the parent is deliberately and intentionally harming the child. Such as physical abuse. You want the state to interfere with the parent-child relationship if the parent isn’t doing a good enough job in creating a “well-adjusted” child, to the state’s satisfaction. That is Orwellian.

                    1. Enabling the denial of biological reality is hardly beneficial to anyone, let alone a child who doesn’t have the maturity to navigate these issues on their own.

                    2. You do understand that gender reassignment treatments are for a mental condition? And if those treatments are shown not to be good at resolving that condition while causing physical harm? Also, part of the problem is that these permanently damaging treatments are being used for a condition that is not well understood and often misdiagnosed. The problem is the ideologically driven quackery of the medical field on this subject.

                      What you are ignoring is the permanent damage being done to minors who do not have the understanding to give informed consent. Also, there have been many instances of cutting parents out of the decision making loop.

        4. Who the fuck cares what something is “rooted in” if it’s correct? Mickey Rat gave you the reasons to push back against the trans narrative you demanded, and you responded as usual with fatuous whataboutist bullshit. Demonstrate this with a consistent philosophy? Go fuck yourself.

          1. push back against the trans narrative

            And that is the real reason for these laws banning reassignment surgery. It’s not actually about protecting the kids. It is about using kids as pawns in culture-war bullshit. Thanks for proving my point.

            1. Please, as if your concern is about the best interests of the kids over stanning for your lefty boos yet again.

              1. Ever notice that lefties claim their point has been proved by the person disagreeing with them a lot? Yet, they inevitably fail to provide the logic that would back up that claim. It is fallacious in the extreme. It is a clear sign of a weak argument.

                Not allowing children to mutilate their own otherwise healthy bodies is one of the very few instances of an appropriate use of government force to protect the stupid and crazy from themselves. Once they turn 18, let them hack off whatever they want as long as they don’t expect others to pay for it.

                If the lunatic left really believed that ‘all bodies are beautiful’, why are they so insistent that a woman having to live with a penis or a man having to live without one is an abomination? The shape of an individual’s sexual organs should be immaterial if they actually believed what they claim to believe.

                1. Chuck just admit you hat trans and gays. After all you belong to and financially support a church that hates them.

                  Chuck the Nazi Mormon welfare queen pretending to be libertarian is pretty rich.

                  1. Just admit you wanna fuck me and get it out in the open, boy. Not sure what I did to attract your attention, but you could at least be honest about it. Nobody spends months and months following someone they hate around.

                    I gave you my honest to goodness address. I am not going to let you blow me, but talking couldn’t hurt. I’ll even buy you a beer.

                    1. I don’t give an iota of a fuck about your prejudice and your judgements. I will never engage with you regarding religion in this forum. Nobody reads your screeds. You need to grow the fuck up or get some help in doing so.

                      Go ahead and continue to shit all over yourself and rub it in real good. Your lack of respect for other reveals your lack of respect for yourself.

                    2. I can’t even post in order because he ran the thread out and I already flagged all his posts. Whatever.

                    3. “I will never engage with you regarding religion in this forum. Nobody reads your screeds.”

                      So how do you know I’ve questioned your religion if “nobody reads your screeds?”

                      You won’t engage about religion because you can’t defend your beliefs.

                      However you have no problem sending your kids out to proselytize. Or supporting missionaries financially with your tithing.

                    4. You won’t engage about religion because you can’t defend your beliefs.

                      You claim to be intelligent, but seem to have missed ever taking an ethics class. I won’t engage about religion because 1) this is not an appropriate forum and 2) there is no point arguing with a mind closed to prejudice. I have no interest in an anti-religious struggle session.

                      Your schtick is to disrupt with outrage. It works pretty well. I get a lot less interaction with anybody else since you started smearing every thread I engage. I can live with that. I am done interacting with you.

                  2. Sure I’ll BUY YOU A BEER. What’s the suite number? I don’t wanna get lost

                    1. Personally, I have not imbibed since 2003, though I have nothing against people who do. If I decline to provide additional detail, it’s only because I am already at my quota of monthly gay porn magazine subscriptions delivered to the office (two).

                    2. Ill be fair. The gay porn remark was funny.

                    3. TYou do know the word of wisdom is just horseshit Smith pulled out of his ass?

                    4. Ill be fair.

                      That lasted less than 3 minutes.

                      Look, maybe us Mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe Joseph Smith did make it all up, but I have a great life. and a great family, and I have the Book of Mormon to thank for that. The truth is, I don’t care if Joseph Smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. And even though people in this town might think that’s stupid, I still choose to believe in it. All I ever did was try to be your friend, Stan, but you’re so high and mighty you couldn’t look past my religion and just be my friend back. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do, buddy. Suck my balls.

                    5. Ya know why mormons want to be people’s friends?

                      So they’ll join their church and get their money.

                      More members means more votes to ban booze, smokes, porn, and anything not church approved. At the same time they’ll promote tougher sentences for drugs and prayer in schools. Hell they’ll do away with public schools. Everyone will go to LDS school so they can be indoctrinated.

                      Indoctrinated with native americans coming from jerusalem, word of wisdom, reformed egyptian, and garments with pagan symbols(for some reason). Who needs world history? The only history that matters is the lamanites battling nephites!

                      But hey! They’re just being friendly!

    5. “…….is more of a reactionary position against…..”

      Dude. Haha.

  28. Crony capitalism at its worst: Trade associations want to gang up with the government to take down a competitor.

    Is this about silicon valley??

    No.

    Lol.

    1. And no Amazon is Seattle (and virginia), not sv. Referring to the social media collusion in the above post. Although Amazon definitely joined in vs parler.

  29. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1379646898693402630

    It was. Everything since has been media hysteria and PCR-fed death counts. Not one hospital system has been close to overrun (the original reason for the lockdowns); and nothing would have changed had we reopened everything that day.
    Quote Tweet
    nurosys
    @nurosys
    · 11h
    Replying to @AlexBerenson and @adamfeuerstein
    I’m old enough to remember when (April 6th, 2020) you said the pandemic was over.

  30. Hawaii may broaden the definition of criminal domestic violence to include “coercive control.”

    Criminal “coercive control”, eh? Perhaps Hawaii will go after the tax code next?

  31. “Mark Brnovich is a religious Republican activist who’s also Arizona Attorney General”

    And that’s all ENB really needed to know.

  32. “Oakland’s guaranteed income program caught up in debate over race and equity”
    […]
    “…Critics pounced after Oakland announced one of the largest guaranteed income pilot programs in the country last week that would send $500 checks monthly — with no strings attached — to 600 families who were Black, Indigenous or other people of color. The city originally said it was limited to people of color…”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Oakland-s-guaranteed-income-program-caught-up-16081715.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    Who would imagine an out-right racist program like that could arouse controversy?

    1. How was your loser 12 step meeting rummy?

      1. Back down to the bottom – asshole #2

      2. Seriously, man. If you’re trying to do a parody account, you’re not very good at it. See OBL and Kuckland for examples of parody done right.

        If you’re not trying to do parody, well…

        1. It’s sarc, and he’s broken.

          1. Not sarc nor a parody

            1. sure sarc, you’re mad that every one knows you’re a drunk

            2. If you’re not parody, you’re one sad, stupid motherfucker.

              1. High school transgendered incels have strange coping mechanisms.

            3. 5 more asshole flags.

    2. Those nasty critics…they POUNCED!

      1. That term has gone from Lulz to Dulz

    3. Critics pounced..

      That is quickly becoming my least favorite verb

  33. While the state of California is deciding whether they could maybe, possibly someday open a school or allow you to dine indoors, the Midwestern college at which I teach suddenly dropped the masking mandate entirely. My face and classroom are more free than entire school districts in other states.

    1. Newsom’s beginning to realize his ass is in danger:

      “Newsom stakes his political future on beating the pandemic by June”
      https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Newsom-stakes-his-political-future-on-beating-the-16081556.php

      Written by a lefty hack who imagines the Wu Flu’s effects have anything to do with Newsom’s actions.

    2. RIP
      We hardly knew ye

  34. Man the comments section of Reason is so bad. I check every couple weeks to see if anything’s different, but unfortunately no. Articles are still okay which is good I guess.

    1. I’ve called the wahmbulance for you Welch, it’s on the way.

    2. Lotta Trump worshippers

      1. Asshole count = 3

      2. you’re drunk again sarc

    3. And making undifferentiated gripes about the comments really improves them, right?

    4. I’m uncertain what’s more tedious, the “Reason sucks” comments or the “Reason comments section sucks” comments.

  35. “Libertarianism is inherently feminist—and it always has been,”

    It’s true. We even let bitches like WK, chemjeff, and SPB post here.

    1. >>WK, chemjeff

      that entity comes off as a chick.

    2. Except they are different from what most people mean by feminist.

  36. Will California decriminalize shrooms?”

    Newsom needs the drug user vote to stay in office otherwise this would not be an idea

    1. A shrewd Nixonian move, at that

  37. Libertarianism is inherently feminist—and it always has been,” writes Kat Murti (my Feminists for Liberty co-conspirator) in a new column for America’s Future.

    No it isn’t. Especially as just a few days ago you guys said there was more than one type of feminism.

    Best you can say is that feminism is a subset of libertarianism specifically concerned with women.

    As such, feminism would be inherently libertarian.

    Except, of course, all the types of feminism that push for special privileges for women. Those types of feminism are actually *anti-libertarian*

    1. And those nonlibertarian types of feminism are what most people mean by feminism when discussing the subject. The fact that one feels the need to put a modifier in front of “feminism” suggests it is an eccentric definition of the term.

      1. Feminists frequently seek to protect feminist ideas and actions from criticism by claiming “there are many feminisms [and the one you’re speaking of isn’t mine]” when anyone tries to engage with them. But overwhelmingly “feminism” for most feminists with any kind of public profile is the rent-seeking Maoist variety that wants state-mandated privileges and harsh sanctions against anyone or anything designated as harmful.

    2. Feminism is inherently anti-libertarian, as is any other ideology that boils individuals down to a collective.

    3. I have always contended that Libertarianism is Individualist, not placing primacy upon any sex, gender, “race,” nationality, or any other collective identitarian group. Different groups may have different issues affecting their individual rights, but the principles of Libertarianism they evoke in dealing with those issues remain the same.

  38. “Libertarianism is inherently feminist—and it always has been,”

    Never explicitly thought of it in those terms, but I have realized the conflict inherent in libertarianism. It’s nice to be able to rationally explain to somebody why “live and let live” is the best model for a society, but try explaining to an armed robber why he has no right to take your shit. Sometimes you’re going to have to do violence and women lack the physical requirements and testosterone-fueled aggressiveness to be able to be very good at inflicting the requisite amount of violence – mostly they’re limited to nagging. But all of human history suggests violence is a better method of conducting a revolution than nagging – the slaves didn’t earn their freedom by nagging and look at how many years of shooting people in the face it took for men to earn the right to vote to elect their own government versus how many years of nagging it took women to earn that same right. The NAP is a wonderful principle, but how you going to force it on other people unless you’re just as willing as they are to inflict violence?

    1. women lack the physical requirements…[to inflict] the requisite amount of violence

      Isn’t that why guns were invented?

    2. It really should have been called The Non-Initiation of Force and Fraud (NIF) Principle…and it’s adherents should be called The Knights (And Ladies) Who Say *NIFF!*

      Non-Initiation of Force and Fraud means don’t start none, but be ready to fight back if there be some, knowwhutI’msayin’?

      And I wouldn’t totally discount womenfolk on the fighting front. They have knees and claws and aren’t afraid to use them. Law enforcers actually fear domestic violence situations precisely because both parties might turn against them. I have also seen statistics claiming that Lesbian couples have more instances of domestic violence than either Heterosexual couples or Gay Male couples.

      Now if only we could bottle that and be ready to dispense that via missiles or artillery at our would-be enemies!…Antifa and BLM would slink back whence they came, ISIS would turn tail and run, and Russia and China both would say: ” We give up, Bourgeois Running Dogs! You win!”

    3. G

      U

      N

      S

      God made men, Colt made them equal.

      1. Cosmic G-Thang aside, that is very true. Even a couple of well-aimed Derringers makes a 95-pound little-old-lady-in-tennis-shoes the better of a bruiser man as big and wide as a door.

  39. >>Brnovich is married to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

    welcome, my son. welcome to the machine.

  40. No mention of Amazon teaming up with the Democrat Party to close tens of thousands of small competitors

    1. Reason has actually defended Amazon at every turn.

  41. Nobody has comments on the Papa John controversy? I have a feeling Robby might cover it eventually.

      1. Ugh never mind. Well done.

    1. John Schattner is a great example of why you should never take your company public. You end up losing control of your creation to a risk-averse board and stockholders who might actually hate your guts.

    2. Didn’t he sing “Makin’ Whoopee” with Ricky Lee Jones? Is this a #MeToo thing?

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