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HHS Blames Trump Policy for 180,000 Unplanned Pregnancies

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Dubious assumptions underlie estimate of unplanned pregnancies caused by Trump policy. "The Biden administration is working to reverse a Trump-era family policy directive that…officials believe may have resulted in an estimated 180,000 unplanned pregnancies," reports Newsweek. The startling estimate comes from a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind the Trump-era rule. But to get this unintended pregnancy estimate, the health agency had to make some pretty big leaps in logic.

The biggest flaw with the HHS estimate is that it assumes a lot of people not receiving family-planning services subsidized by a particular federal government program in 2019 simply went without any birth control or family-planning measures at all.

The funding in question comes via Title X of the Public Health Service Act, under which the federal government can "make grants to and enter into contracts with public or nonprofit private entities to assist in the establishment and operation of voluntary family planning projects."

In 2019, the Trump administration finalized a rule saying that no Title X funding could go to health clinics or programs that also referred women to abortion services or provided information about abortion. (The money was already barred from going toward the direct provision of abortions.) "Litigation over the 2019 rule immediately ensued," notes the HHS proposal. "The Department was sued by 23 states, every major medical organization, Title X grantee organizations, and individual grantees." But appeals courts upheld the Trump administration rule.

As a result, 19 out of 90 recipients of Title X grant funding dropped out of the program, according to HHS. "Overall, the Title X program lost more than 1,000 service sites. Those service sites represented approximately one quarter of all Title X-funded sites in 2019."

With fewer groups getting Title X grants, fewer patients were serviced under the auspices of Title X money. "With the 2019 Final Rule only being in place for five and a half months, the remaining 71 Title X grantees served 844,083 fewer clients as compared to the previous year," HHS reports.

HHS does not say these service sites—many of them Planned Parenthood clinics—shut down, and there was no news in 2019 of a wave of Planned Parenthood clinic closures or masses of people being turned away from Planned Parenthood services. (Searching Google for 2019, the only news of Planned Parenthood clinics closing is that two in Cincinnati, Ohio, closed after facing threats that included state rule changes. "These closures are the result of years attacks on our ability to provide reproductive health care," Planned Parenthood said in a statement to ABC News.)

Presumably, Planned Parenthood—whose lobbying arm spent $45 million on the 2020 election—largely found other ways to cover budget deficits left by lack of Title X funds.

Planned Parenthood itself does not report serving fewer patients or helping prevent drastically fewer unintended pregnancies. Its annual reports say that for 2019–2020, it served 2.4 million patients and that an estimated "395,000 unintended pregnancies [were] averted by contraceptive services
" it provided. And for 2018–2019, it also served 2.4 million patients, and "approximately 393,000 unintended pregnancies [were] averted by Planned Parenthood contraceptive services."

In addition, groups still receiving Title X money were given more of it in 2019, which should have enabled them to serve more patients. "Fifty existing grantees were awarded $33.7 million to expand Title X services" and seven states "had a meaningful increase in the number of Title X clinics in their states," HHS says.

There's no reason to suspect that patients whose visits were previously subsidized by Title X money at Planned Parenthood (or other clinics that left the grant program) simply gave up on birth control or other family-planning methods altogether. Yet that's exactly what HHS assumes to get its unintended pregnancy increase estimate.

The new HHS proposal gives a lot of data on how many fewer people were served using Title X money: "Compared to 2018, 225,688 fewer clients received oral contraceptives; 49,803 fewer clients received hormonal implants; and 86,008 fewer clients received IUDs." But we don't know that people went without these things entirely, merely that clinics weren't using Title X grant money to pay for them.

Nonetheless, the agency extrapolates from there that "as a result of the decrease in clients able to receive Title X services, it is estimated that the 2019 Final Rule may have led to up to 181,477 unintended pregnancies."

It arrived at that number by "estimating that of the 844,083 fewer clients served by Title X in 2019 compared to 2018, 21.5% of those clients could have experienced an unintended pregnancy as a result of not receiving services." HHS said it came to this number from a formula developed by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research group.

The Guttmacher Institute said in a 2017 paper that "the formula for calculating pregnancies averted among general populations of publicly funded family planning clients is to multiply the number of clients by 21.5%, to get the number of unintended pregnancies averted."

However, using this to estimate the number of unplanned pregnancies caused by fewer patients being served by Title X grants does not take into account that these patients may have been served by other publicly funded (or otherwise subsidized) planning programs.


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Adam Toledo dropped gun, got killed by cops anyway. Body camera footage released by the Chicago Police Department on Thursday gives a fuller picture of the March 29 killing of Adam Toledo. The 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by police despite having his hands up. "Prosecutors initially suggested Toledo had a gun in his hand when the officer shot him, but the state's attorney's office walked that back today," as Reason's Billy Binion reported yesterday. While Toledo did have a gun, "a slowly rendered version of the clip shows Toledo dropping a gun and raising both of his hands in the air, after which point he was shot in the chest."


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House Democrats approve antitrust bill targeting Big Tech. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved an antitrust report targeting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The report, released last October, "was approved by a 24-17 vote that split along party lines," notes Reuters. But Democrats aren't alone in their antitrust fervor. For instance, Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) has just a dangerous new "trust-busting" bill. The measure "not only increases the opportunities for future officials to derail perfectly harmless business activities; it runs the risk of bogging down commerce in regulatory processes," writes Katherine Revello.


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  1. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/09/whats-behind-obamas-ongoing-accommodation-of-vladimir-putin/

    But the most glaring irony of all is that as Clinton-led Democrats this year equate overtures toward Russia as evidence of Putin-loving disloyalty — whether it be Trump’s opposition to arming Ukraine or his heretical questioning of NATO — there is an American politician who has, time and again, accommodated Putin, sought to improve relations with Moscow, dismissed as fearmongering the threat Russia poses to the U.S., and repeatedly taken steps that benefited Russian interests.

    That politician’s name is Barack Obama. As Trevor Timm wrote yesterday in The Guardian, “Barack Obama seems to be the only politician not playing into the cold war 2.0 hysteria.” Indeed, Obama has continually acted in accord with Russia’s agenda and sought to pour cold water on attempts to revive Cold War rhetoric and policies.

    1. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1382836087903637504

      How can people in media who keep doing this not be ashamed by it? I know some of them. I’ve heard them say years ago that the CIA lies for a living and it’s the job a journalist to distrust their claims. Now they tell people to believe CIA claims without evidence, over and over.
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      Matt Taibbi
      @mtaibbi
      · 14h
      To the people salivating over the Kilimnik story — the Biden administration was pushing the Bountygate story just yesterday. How many times are we going to go through the charade of buying an evidenceless official statement on this topic? Kick the football, Charlie Brown!

      1. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1382776961454505987

        “It was a blockbuster story….The Kremlin had spread money around [Afghanistan] for militants to kill US forces. It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats…But on Thursday, the Biden Admin. announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story.”

        1. Biden, the Media and CIA Labeled the Hunter Biden Emails “Russian Disinformation.” There is Still No Evidence.
          The same factions that constantly claim to abhor Fake News and disinformation continue to be the most aggressive and shameless propagators of it — especially the media.
          https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-the-media-and-cia-labeled-the

          1. How Do Big Media Outlets So Often “Independently Confirm” Each Other’s Falsehoods?
            The Washington Post’s media-spread error about Trump’s Georgia call shows the deceitful playbook first invented to undermine Trump and promote Russiagate.
            The related secondary media-created conspiracy theory was that the Kremlin clandestinely controlled U.S. political institutions by virtue of sexual and financial blackmail held over President Trump, which they used to compel him to obediently obey their dictates. “I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, or financially” was the dark innuendo which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her media allies most loved to spout. “Prestige news” outlets created their own Q-Anon-level series of art designed to implant in Americans’ minds a slew of McCarthyite imagery showing the Kremlin (or an iconic Moscow cathedral they mistook for the Kremlin) having fully infiltrated Washington’s key institutions.

            1. Trump is a corrupt traitor and you’re an idiot. Simple as that.

              1. Trump is a corrupt traitor and you’re an idiot. Simple as that.

                Woof, the projection here is broader than a 24-screen movie theater.

              2. Hey hard worker, here’s your fifty-cents.

              3. You figure out how the senate works yet? You were struggling yesterday.

                1. Hey, gov’t schools don’t get to that until the 7th grade, and with any luck, the TDS-addled lefty shit might get out of 6th grade this year.

              4. You’re a liar and a fucking TDS-addled lefty ignoramus besides.

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  2. Dubious assumptions underlie estimate of unplanned pregnancies caused by Trump policy.

    According to the audio, his policy was only to grab them.

    1. The Robert McNamara school of government accounting success lives.

    2. Trump is more of a player than anyone thought

  3. Trump caused 180,000 pregnancies? What a stud!

    1. If you’re a Democrat or one of their media acolytes, Trump is an Demiurge who controls fertility and the weather.

      1. And if the government is not giving you birth control (and other stuff) for free, then said stuff has been “taken away”.

        1. I know, right? Where do babies come from anyway? Only Planned Parenthood knows the answer to this perplexing question.

  4. Adam Toledo dropped gun, got killed by cops anyway.

    Kids don’t have Second Amendment rights, so obviously law enforcement were right to shoot him for possessing a gun in the presence of law enforcement.

    1. Was he trespassing?

    2. Haven’t watched the video myself but from what I’ve read elsewhere: Police see gun in hand. Suspect takes position next to fence with body turned partially concealing the arm holding the fun. He drops/tosses the gun behind the opaque fence where police officer can’t really see it. Then starts raising his arms (which a reasonable person might interpret as raising to fire the weapon) and is shot.

      Would be tough to fault the officer in such a case if the details match.

      1. fun=gun. wow.

        1. Eh, same difference.

          1. That’s 2 funs as guns (see Cyto below).

            Tinfoil hat time*: Big Tech is scrubbing even the word gun from the internet!!!!!

            *that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t true. Ahhh, the world we live in.

      2. I hope they go hard after the cousin/uncle who told him to take the gun and run.

        I dont fault the cop here, but if youre going to chase a guy with a gun, and tell him to stop and put his hands up, how would an armed person surrendering or turning to attack look different? There is problem with the whole procedure.

        Yes racist cop X, he shouldnt have listened to his cousin nor ran and babbit shouldnt have trespassed.

        1. The kids nickname was lil homicide….

        2. “I hope they go hard after the cousin/uncle who told him to take the gun and run.

          I dont fault the cop here, but if youre going to chase a guy with a gun, and tell him to stop and put his hands up, how would an armed person surrendering or turning to attack look different? There is problem with the whole procedure.”

          Fellow Latin Kings member, AIUI.

          Go see the video Talcum X linked in the main Toledo shooting thread, yesterday. When you do, you’ll see that Toledo tried to spin his body, and thereby flick the pistol behind his back, so that it would go behind the fence he was standing next to. Some stage magician-type sleight of hand.

          Far better would be to just drop the gun, so the cop can see him do it. Also, keep Toledo’s hands visible, visibly empty, away from his sides, remain still, and let the cop figure out what the cop wants to do.

          Of course, if he did that, then Toledo gets caught with a gun. Not a terribly big deal for someone on Toledo’s career path, and at his age. He’d probably have been more worried about losing the gun, frankly.

        3. It may have turned out different if the kid had dropped the gun where the cop could see it, not try to hide it.

      3. The call was also shots fired. That’s what cops responded to.

        1. Eight shots no less; in a city known far and wide for draconian “gun control” laws.

      4. Yes, but that little bitch Binion blames the cop anyways. The kid had the gun when he began to turn. He could have dropped it anywhere along that alley.

        1. there is video form opposite side of fence and it shows him tossing teh gun to hide it while brining his hands up. also looks like cop shot while raising hands no after. this is a no win scenario

          1. Presuming a show trial: Defense should have officers body camera video converted to VR headset and have each juror watch it in real time in VR.

      5. The full video compilation is worth watching. The kid pulls the gun out as he runs toward the gate, briefly holds it at his side so the officer can clearly see it being held in a shooting configuration, and then he rapidly spins the other way, obscuring the arm and hand with the gun as he spins. It is a very quick movement.

        The officer fires 0.8 seconds after the gun is flashed at the right hip.. after he spins rapidly. The gun hand is raising as he comes around and the officer’s weapon discharges before the hand is perceptibly visible. He necessarily made the decision to fire based on the gun held in the shooting hand and the rapid spin toward him. It takes about .5 seconds to react and do something.
        They always trot out “split second decision”. This is the first one where I do not have criticisms about the antecedent actions that created the split second decision.

        If this had been on a training course, 100 out of 100 people would have fired their weapon. It would be impossible to distinguish “shooting at me” from “surreptitiously flinging his gun and spinning toward me to put his hands up and surrender” given these circumstances.

        I blame the guy who shot someone and shoved the gun in a 13 year old kids hands.

        13 year old kid is 14 years old and quickly thrust into dangerous and potentially deadly situation against his will. Responds as a kid trying to avoid getting caught. You know, like a kid would. 21 year old murderer put him in that position.

        That is where your disdain belongs.

        1. And typos are stupid.

          1. No, you’re stupid. And why was the screen name “Typo” already taken?

            1. LOL. the old days of joke handles had a lot of advantages.

        2. I blame the guy who shot someone and shoved the gun in a 13 year old kids hands.

          13 year old kid is 14 years old and quickly thrust into dangerous and potentially deadly situation against his will. Responds as a kid trying to avoid getting caught. You know, like a kid would. 21 year old murderer put him in that position.

          Agreed while still recognizing that the optimal outcome of not shooting a 13 yr. old kid who didn’t effectively commit a crime is still the optimal outcome even if 100 of 100 people would do it.

          1. Absolutely. Time to ask the good folks at Axon Enterprises (maker of Taser) if they have something cooking in the lab that can reliably neutralize threats without putting holes in them. Unfortunately, some people can shrug off Tasers so in a life or death situation they can’t be relied upon.

            That, or creating the ranged equivalent of a truncheon: something that lets the subject know you are serious, but gentle enough to be deployed early in the force escalation. Right now, if the police aren’t within striking range, their only options are gun, Taser, or yelling really loud. There needs to be something in between Taser and yelling.

        3. There is another aspect to the Toledo shooting that is being completely ignored. The cop in this instance did not give conflicting orders. He said “get your fucking hands up.” He did not order him to turn around, to show his hands, or anything that would even remotely suggest that he should turn to the cop. Regardless of what the kid did with the gun, where his hands were when the shot was fired, or anything else, the spinning is what triggered the cop to shoot.

          The single shot was a completely appropriate response to a suspect with a gun that quickly and unexpectedly turns toward you. The fact that the kid got his hands all the way up before he fell over allows for that dramatic frame capture, but I agree based on what I see in the video that the decision to shoot happens before there is any opportunity to assess that he is no longer holding the weapon.

          This is a tragedy. Just not the one the media is furiously trying to paint. The guy that fired 8 shots and then tossed a kid the gun is 100% culpable here. Death during the commission of a felony.

          1. We know you actually love it when the blacks die you freeloading klansman.

            Chuck the mormon racist welfare queen.

            Sorry for not replying more promptly, but I’m not a welfare queen and actually have to work.

            1. The perfect lefty, folks!

              Too dumb to be dissuaded by logic and too angry to sense their own futility.

              1. Congrats to the left libertarians on these boards. KARen is their bastard child with the woke progtards.

                1. That’s two days in a row you’ve been mean to me! What’s wrong buddy?

                  I still hold out hope we could like hang out or something. Ya know if you ever visit and are like not busy…

              2. Don’t lump me in with anyone else.

                You’re the welfare queen Chuck. So I should be making fun of you for being a lefty.

                1. Seek Jesus.

                  1. I don’t know if your God exists, but I know for sure the Mormon god doesn’t exist.

      6. They told him to show his hands, which he did.

        The shadow on the fence looked like a gun, honestly.

        There is a strong strobe effect. Are they actually using their lights on strobe, or is that an effect of the video?

        In real speed, I hesitate to say the cop shoulda coulda known his hand was empty. To me, this speaks more to our policies. Why was the kid being chased in the first place?

      7. “a slowly rendered version” lets people pretend they would have reacted differently.

        Balko undermines credible efforts to reform police policies.

      8. Ashli Babbit didn’t have a gun at any point and the cop that killed her won’t be charged. Can’t quite figure out the Reason position on police shootings. Sometimes it’s appalling other times meh.

    3. This take is fundamentally dishonest, as was the earlier article in reason.

      Watching the full video from all sources, saying he “had his hands up”, “was unarmed” or any other permutation is just a lie.

      Kid was victimized by his 21 year old buddy who shot someone multiple times at point blank range and then shiver the gun in the kids hands.

      Kid then flees police, refuses commands to stop, fiddles in his pocket, pulls out gun which is visible to the officer in his hand, then spins rapidly in an attempt to surreptitiously discard the fun through an opening in a privacy fence. As he spins and throws the gun (obscured from the officer’s view) he raises his arms to about shoulder level and continues turning toward the officer. To any reasonable human being, this motion is identical to the motion he would be making were he about to shoot.

      This is a “stay off my side” moment. All of the folks who would like to see meaningful reforms in policing procedures and in legal structures and public policy regarding a police accountability should shun dishonest takes like the one reason pushed in their earlier article. By making fantastical claims and pointing at every shooting as equally emblematic of police brutality you discredit the entire movement.

      This is why nothing good happened in the wake of the Ferguson riots. People transformed a legitimate issue into a race baiting political tool. Sure, it gets activists on both sides all worked up. But it accomplishes nothing positive.

      You can both advocate for genuine reforms in police accountability both within their bureaucracy and within the legal system and acknowledge that this was an impossible situation, not some indication of systemic racism, trigger happy police shooting unarmed kids, or any other over the top interpretation. It is possible for two things to be true at the same time. Every police shooting is not an egregious violation of human rights, just as every incident of resisting arrest need not result in someone getting shot.

      1. “Hand it to the shorty, he will only get a slap on the wrist”.

      2. I told Ken this yesterday, but these writers aren’t interested in the meaningful discussion of reforming modern American policing. They’re interested in promoting division, polarization, and ultimately the institution of a uniform, Federal police force to replace city, county, and state organizations.

        Which is a shame, as modern American policing needs reform in the worst way. But then again, it’s only a reflection of the devolving society it serves.

      3. “To any reasonable human being, this motion is identical”. Really? I take it you have never fired a gun, because it’s quite difficult to fire from the position the kid’s arm was in.

        1. Watch the video again.

          Put yourself at .5 seconds before the officer’s weapon fires. That is the moment you would have to think “shoot!” In order for your finger to pull the trigger 500ms later.

          Look at where the kid is. Look at where he is moving. Look at how rapid the motion is.

          If you claim from that motion in that moment that you can divine “he is putting his hands up and has discarded the gun” I am gonna call you out as a liar. You would have to be psychic to make that determination at that moment. At that moment he probably still has the gun in his hands at about belly button level and is in the act of flinging the gun… Which also looks exactly like pulling the gun up rapidly to fire.

          It ain’t about “the kid deserved to die” vs “dirty racist cop executes people while on a power trip”.

          It is about kid trying to avoid getting in trouble and thinking that this is a good way to do it at the same time that the officer sees someone with a gun immediately after multiple shots were fired and the guy with the gun refuses orders to stop and show his hands, fiddles in his pocket and produces a gun and then spins rapidly around to face him while raising his arms.

          That is the conflict. And the officer had zero ability to determine what the kid was actually doing, just as the kid did not perceive that the actions he was taking were about to get him killed. His “worst case scenario” was clearly “getting caught by the police with a gun”.

          The officer’s worst case scenario was getting killed by a fleeing criminal who just shot someone 8 times only moments earlier and who is turning toward him with a gun in his hand.

          If the kid had realized what the officer was experiencing at that moment, he would have gladly stopped and been arrested for having the gun. If the officer had known what the kid was up to, he would have gladly let him toss the gun and arrested him afterward.

      4. Exactly. It’s easy to look at the video after the fact and then sit back in your big comfy chair and loftily declare “oh I’d do something completely different”.

        Video is a very useful tool. But it doesn’t magically transform someone into an expert.

  5. ‘The Biden administration is working to reverse a Trump-era family policy directive that…officials believe may have resulted in an estimated 180,000 unplanned pregnancies,” *LIES* Newsweek.’

    Fixed

    1. Is it to late to abort them now? The unplanned people are probably all congregated in various preschools, so it shouldn’t be hard to go pick them off.

      If you’re careful they could be an even better source of organs for rich people than Ron Bailey’s monkey-men.

      1. Why does *now* matter? Why not wait until they’re in their teens and their organs and tissues are at the peak of freshness? It’s what we would do if they were pigs carrying repacement valves for human hearts.

    2. …they claimed without evidence.

  6. https://twitter.com/sunnyright/status/1382808785186664455

    Now watch as I cheer on Chinese-dominated corporations punishing American states for changing their laws
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    The Hill
    @thehill
    · 17h
    President Biden: “We cannot allow a foreign power to interfere in our democratic process with impunity.”

    1. About that, couldn’t Georgia sue those corporations for defamation or something? Their claims are patently false and explicitly intended to cause economic harm.

  7. Federal Government Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Flesh Of Aborted Babies Who Could Have Survived As Preemies
    https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/15/federal-government-caught-buying-fresh-flesh-of-aborted-babies-who-could-have-survived-as-preemies/

    Last week, legal accountability group Judicial Watch dropped a bombshell: a nearly 600-page report proving the U.S. government has been buying and trafficking “fresh” aborted baby body parts. These body parts, purchased by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “humanize” mice and test biologic drugs in scientific experiments, came from babies up to 24-weeks-old gestation, just weeks from being born.

    While Americans may be used to hearing pro-lifers beat the warning drum on abortion groups harvesting baby bodies and selling them for research, (who hasn’t heard of the lawsuit against David Daleiden, who exposed Planned Parenthood haggling over baby lungs and livers at dinner parties?) this time, the U.S. government was the one trafficking baby parts.

    Recent emails uncovered by Judicial Watch between FDA employees and the California-based Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) prove the agency spent tens of thousands of dollars buying aborted babies for unethical scientific experiments between 2012 and 2018. In 2018, the Trump administration terminated the contract, halting government fetal tissue research due to concerns the contracts were unlawful. Judicial Watch’s new FOIA Request adds 575 pages of records to its existing 2019 lawsuit against the agency.

    1. came from babies up to 24-weeks-old gestation, just weeks from being born.

      Let’s be a little more specific here–full-term is 40 weeks and 37 weeks is when it’s generally considered “in the clear” as far as development. Yes, generally speaking that’s “weeks” from being born, but it’s not like birth is just around the corner at that stage.

      1. Plenty of people alive today were preemies born at that time

        1. Sure, but they also tend to have developmental deficiencies that last their entire lives. As little as 100 years ago, the likelihood of them surviving for very long was rather low. The gestation period lasts as long as it does for a reason. That also doesn’t excuse the author’s deliberately opaque language–24 weeks only a month past the half-way point of the pregnancy, not right around the corner to the date of birth.

      2. Let’s be a little more specific

        OK, in the 2nd, 3rd, or even 250th trimester, a lump of cells with a heartbeat and brainwaves is considered, both legally and medically, to be a living human. The overwheming majority of the lump of cells that will develop into a living human have a heartbeat and brainwaves in the first eight weeks of the first trimester.

        Do you want to get more specific or do you just want to get specific enough to defend certain types of murder?

    2. Pelosi is Moloch. Suddenly it all makes sense.

      What the Democrats need to do is streamline the process by building a giant pyramid alter to war and sun god, Huitzilopochtli. As an added bonus with enough child sacrifice, he can help with wars and global warming.

      1. I understand that many who call themselves ¨pro-life¨ wish to see abortions prohibited In the first instance. I do not understand the ¨pro-life¨ opposition to fetal tissue research once the abortion has occurred, however.

        It seems to me that such research is pro-life in the same sense that post-natal organ donation is pro-life.

        1. Do you approve of harvesting organs without permission from people who are excecuted by the state? It’s the same principle. The only difference being the kids didn’t do anything to deserve death, aside from temporarily inconvenience their moms.

          It’s like you lefties have absolutely no sense of morality.

  8. Slowly rendered, if only cops were trained to slowly render arm movements

    1. Moar money needed for training!

  9. The biggest flaw with the HHS estimate is that it assumes a lot of people not receiving family-planning services subsidized by the federal government in 2019 simply went without any birth control or family-planning measures at all.

    Probable HHS rebuttal: “Well, you have to realize the kind of people we’re dealing with in this situation.”

    1. I know one person whose husband was going to get fixed but all non emergency operations were canceled during the lockdown. now there are other methods to prevent pregnancy but they refuse to use those and non are 100% effective

      1. Not for nothing, but I have a cousin who can attest, with clinical lab results, that even surgical contraception isn’t 100% effective.

    2. If it weren’t for Planned Parenthood we’d be overrun with BIPOCs.

  10. “Alexei Navalny Ally Convicted of Trespassing After Ringing Doorbell of Alleged Russian Operative’s Relative”
    https://www.newsweek.com/alexei-navalny-ally-convicted-trespassing-after-ringing-doorbell-alleged-russian-operatives-1583937

    She’s lucky she’s in Russia. In the US, shed get shot in the face.

    1. You’re fucking crazy to say that. I wish you would move to Russia.

      1. It has been argued on this very site that it is perfectly acceptable to shoot people in the face for being on public property.

        1. DOL said so just yesterday.

          1. I’m gonna have to go ahead and ask you for a cite. I highly doubt DoL said, “it is perfectly acceptable to shoot people in the face for being on public property.”

            I’ll bet he made a more nuanced argument are purposely giving a patented JesseAz inaccurate recap.

            1. Nobody cares that you want a cite Dee. Now fuck off.

        2. Not just acceptable, but that police summarily executing unarmed civilians is “justice”.

          1. Yes, because everyone that is “summarily executing” a person says, “stop or I’ll shoot”. If only this could have been avoided. I can’t think of anything that Babbit could have done to avoid that fate, can you?
            Ahh but the glory of the Larpers in battle! So brave, so stoic. Their red, white, and blue outfits shining like armor in the sun! Forward! They were there to make change. Forward! They were prepared to sacrifice themselves for their nation, like the banzai in the Pacific. “Liberty or Death”! They were there to make it right and die if need be!
            A single 9mm bullet shut those Larpers down. Hilarious.

            1. Still a bad take. There were officers on the side of the hallway that Babbit was on. There were 4 officers on the other side of the window she broke. Shooting was not the first action cops should have taken. Their lives were not even in danger. There is a reason the DoJ has no weapons charges from people in the Capitol.

              1. You claim to have been in the military, shall we review your 1st General Order when it comes to guard duty?
                “I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.”
                That wall was the limit of his post. She forcefully breached into that post with a few dozen people behind her that were soon to follow. What was happening outside of his post is nothing he was concerned with. He was guarding HIS post and its contents. He is allowed lethal force if that post is breached. The Larpers could have researched the men guarding the buildings before attempting their incursion into their territory. They are no joke, as Babbit and the clown crew found out.
                Those SWAT guys may not have been part of his element. There are a lot of agencies that work in the area. They have different duties and concerns.

              2. “There is a reason the DoJ has no weapons charges from people in the Capitol.”

                You are using knowledge we have now to judge the decisions of security officers who did not have such knowledge at the time.

              3. “the window she broke”

                For someone who regularly brags about his superior knowledge of facts, where did you get the idea that Babbitt was the one who broke the glass.

                http://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/capitol-riots/kentucky-man-arrested-capitol-riots-break-in-speakers-lobby-ashli-babbit-trump-flag/65-fd212811-f09d-4739-a921-6c74efd21d1a

            2. Now do Daunte Wright

            3. Yes, because everyone that is “summarily executing” a person says, “stop or I’ll shoot”.

              It was the Jews’ fault for not showing the appropriate papers to the Nazis. Nuremburg was just a procedural issue to clarify that whatever orders the Nazis were following, they need to be sure to say ‘Stop or I’ll shoot’ beforehand.

              1. You are no better than the Leftists. You can’t even stay on the same page.

        3. Only in highly disingenuous recaps of past discussions. In the real world, nobody has made such an argument.

          You may want to ask yourself why you cannot successfully debate against other’s actual opinions rather than fictionalized versions of their opinions.

      2. “You’re fucking crazy to say that.”

        Tell that to the family of the protester shot in the DC protest, TDS-addled bag of lefty shit.

        1. Whose shooter, mind you, will face zero discipline over it.

          1. Shooter, what shooter? Say his name.

            1. Excellent point.

          2. His job was to protect the building, its occupants, and its contents. He did his job. One bullet sent those fake patriots running. If you think that he was ever going to be disciplined, you should review his duties and responsibilities.

            1. “His job was to protect the building, its occupants, and its contents. He did his job. One bullet sent those fake patriots running. If you think that he was ever going to be disciplined, you should review his duties and responsibilities.”

              Seems you wouldn’t mind if he just opened fire with a 50-calliber water-cooled MG, right?

              1. Water cooling? Did you mean to say the .30cal M1919? The 50 cal has been air cooled since it was invented in 1917. Do you apply chapstick to your asshole after you have been talking out of it?

            2. Again, by this definition any mall cop can open fire for shop lifting or trespassing. I don’t think that is a precedent you actually agree with.

              1. I am baffled by this “libertarian” streak of “killing for trespass is OK”

                1. I’m (not really) confused about how, even giving his argument full and credible weight, “The building was overrun and occupied by unarmed hostiles to the point that I had to shoot one of them preemptively.” constitutes successfully defending the building, its occupants, and contents.

                  If I asked someone to watch my car and, when I came back, there was a dead body hanging out of the window, regardless of how the body got their and whether or not they were armed, they failed to watch the car.

                  1. Especially if I can go to the internet and find pictures of people putting their feet up in the back seat of my car at approximately the same time.

                    1. The cops guarding the door to the Speaker’s Lobby had knowledge of what would be in Internet videos later that day?

                      I don’t think so. I think they had to act based on the knowledge they had at the time.

                2. The only person I’ve seen make that argument was chemjeff. Has anybody else made this argument that so baffles you?

              2. Yeah, because malls have the same purpose and importance as the center of the US government. Have you worked with the Capital Police Jesse? I have. They have broad, unique powers because of the importance of what they are guarding. Look it up and get back with me, OK?

              3. Be honest, JesseAz. You see no difference between shoplifting and being at the head of a riotous mob breaking through a door on the day that the electoral college votes are being counted, with Congress and the Vice President on the other side of that door, with all the reason in the world to believe their lives were at risk?

                1. They announced their intentions for days before on open forums. Their communications were being monitored. They made threats and were coordinating as if they were actually going to mount an assault.

                  1. And they showed up unarmed and with no organization whatsoever. After making dubious claims of conspiracy and insurrection, prosecutors are left with little but misdemeanor trespassing charges. Try again asshole.

                    1. Bingo, Butthole. The dumb bastards were boasting about how significant this assault would be and then:

                      “showed up unarmed and with no organization whatsoever. After making dubious claims of conspiracy and insurrection, prosecutors are left with little but misdemeanor trespassing charges”

                      Larpers. They did more damage to the Republican Party than BLM did to the Democrat party. Due to the importance of the target they chose, they were able to achieve that in only one day.
                      BTW, Douchebag,
                      From CNN:

                      Jon Ryan Schaffer pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a building with a dangerous weapon. He admitted to carrying bear spray into the Capitol complex during the formal certification of the Electoral College votes.
                      One hundred days after the January 6 attack, Schaffer is now the first pro-Trump rioter to plead guilty and admit his crimes.

                      Only Trespassing, eh? They are going to ride them dry no matter what they did.

                      It doesn’t matter what they did. The media is going to over state every single case. This was lose, lose for the Repubs. If you think this was a win, you are just plain stupid.

                    2. Batter up. Swing and and its another homerun!
                      Larper #2.
                      “Sibick has been charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and taking something of value by force”.

                      He was part of beating a cop. Took the cop’s badge while the cop was being beaten and tased, and took photos with the badge he took for a prize. He buried the badge in his yard. Brilliant tactical mind there! All on the beaten cops body camera.
                      What sentance do you think that this ardent patriot is getting, Cupcake? If you said, “20 years”. You may be right. Previous convictions with drugs and DUI. What a hero!
                      This is just beginning. They will be slamming these morons and parading them on the media until the midterms.

                    3. Oh man, they got his two pals too. Fed charges, Son! Do those charges look like “trespassing”, Cupcake?

                      https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/three-men-charged-thirteen-count-indictment-assaulting-law-enforcement-officers-jan-6

                      Albuquerque Cosper Head, 41, of Kingsport, Tennessee; Kyle James Young, 37, of Redfield, Iowa; and Thomas Sibick, 35, of Buffalo, New York, were indicted on charges related to their assault of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Michael Fanone, as well as other crimes, committed during the breach. All are charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; civil disorder; assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct on restricted building or grounds; impeding ingress and egress in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in physical violence on restricted building or grounds; impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings; and acts of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings. Sibick is charged with an additional count of robbery; Head is charged with an additional count of civil disorder; and Young is charged with additional counts of civil disorder, assault on an officer, and robbery.

            3. “His job was to protect the building, its occupants, and its contents. He did his job. One bullet sent those fake patriots running. If you think that he was ever going to be disciplined, you should review his duties and responsibilities.”

              Chauvin did his job by your definition.

              Yet he’s being disciplined.

              1. You must be simple. It is nothing like it. Capital cops have much different duties and responsibilities than street cops.
                You don’t have any experience with any of this so you are making ridiculous comparisons.

                1. Capitol cops are supposed to murder people for trespass? I’m doubting it but feel free to present evidence.

              2. He seems to have done his job, and then once done thrown in a little extra sadism.

                1. Well, I don’t think shooting a person in the head is appreciably better. And being given a total whitewash of an investigation afterwards seems fairly bad. But, yes, cops need to be reformed…just not the cops who kill people the left does not like.

            4. He did his job.

              No, he didn’t. Setting aside whether it was actually his job or not, he failed at that job well before and entirely aside from pulling the trigger.

              1. Well Bud, then you don’t know what his job is. Why don’t you do a little research and get back to me? This could have been much worse.

            5. One bullet sent those fake patriots running.

              Wait, what? They were hanging out in the building for like an hour after she got shot.

              1. Hanging out. Not advancing. That was the entire point of shooting that dumbass. To stop their advance. It did. Those Larper puds are now being rolled up and jailed.
                Are you proud of these chumps? They are a joke.

                1. So, cops should randomly shoot people in a protest to make an example out of them?

                  That seems harsh, IMO.

                2. Hanging out. Not advancing.

                  LOL, they went right into the chamber and hung out in Pelosi’s office.

                  1. Yes, we know. How is that working out for them? Was it an honorable act? What was achieved? Did stealing objects from her office “teach her a lesson” or did the video of them looting the office of the most powerful woman in the country, just make Republicans look even more unhinged?
                    There are no Republican votes or supporters “up the looting road”. It was the ultimate act of MAGA childishness.

                    1. So had the end results been more beneficial would you read the shooting as different? Seriously WTF difference does it make whether their end results were met or not?

                      Fucking idiot.

            6. Shockingly enough though they didn’t need to shoot any of the people throwing Molotov cocktails at the Supreme Court

              1. Hey smartass. Dignitaries like AOC and Nancy Pelosi peed their panties and you’re worried about John Roberts?

              2. That was outside the granite building, right? Yeah, not really a threat to the inside of the building or its contents.

                1. So people with incendiary devices are non-threats, people unarmed and walking forward are deadly threats?

                  Fucking idiot.

    2. On Thursday, a Moscow court found her guilty of forcibly entering the apartment and sentenced her to one year of community service.

      The charge may be bullshit, but I’m more surprised at how light the sentence actually was. This definitely isn’t Uncle Joe’s Russia.

      1. To think that there would be a day when Russia is less totalitarian than the US…

    3. The Russians will just spike her tea with polonium so she will die an agonizing, slow death. Doing so will inform the entire world that the assassination could only be state operation.

      1. You have to admit, that had more style than merely machine-gunning the offending journalist in her apartment building’s elevator. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Politkovskaya)

        1. It is much more eloquent. Polonium is hard to come by and causes a gruesome death.

  11. https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/04/15/the-coming-backlash-n2587885?151

    Right now, it is mere stirrings. Americans are slow to anger, but they are mighty in their wrath. When woke bull-Schiff was confined to college campuses, we could live with it. We didn’t see it. It was not in our faces. But now it is. It’s everywhere in the institutions, and it’s filtering down to people in their jobs, on their televisions and even in their homed when young Kaden returns from Cornell as “Kasey” and informs xir parents they are committing literal violence on xim by not paying xir tuition anymore.

    Do they imagine that people will just give up and give in?

    Some will. The Fredocons did, of course, but they are weak.

    But with Normal Americans, the risk is mistaking patience and restraint for weakness.

    Think I’m wrong?

    Go try to buy some 5.56mm rounds.

    1. I’ll believe it when I see it, Kurt. Right now, people like you sound like Billy Bob Thornton in Tombstone. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f7J6dRkJjOI&t=1m50s

    2. Not all colleges. That is part of the myth. If we continue to generalize and blame all colleges and college professors of being woke, we are playing their game.

      1. We should just yank all federal funding and tax endowments 95% until the colleges themselves resolve their issues.

        It shouldn’t be OUR job to clean up their messes.

  12. https://twitter.com/TomBevanRCP/status/1383022373947985922

    Recap of yesterday:

    1) Twitter suspends James O’Keefe, after he publishes series of videos deeply damaging to CNN.

    2) Facebook & IG follow Twitter censoring stories critical of BLM.

    3) Months later we find out the Russian bounty story, hyped endlessly by Dems & media is fake.

    1. I wonder how many people Twitter and Facebook blocked for spreading the phony bounty story?

  13. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1382822372038758400

    Twice as many people died from overdoses than COVID in San Francisco last year

    Seems like this should be a bigger deal

    1. Oh, yeah, the “opioid epidemic”. Remember the “meth epidemic”?

      1. Hey, didn’t Hunter Biden have a meth problem?

  14. Thank goodness there’s a Senate:

    “Equal pay bill passed by House”
    https://www.wtrf.com/news/politics/equal-pay-bill-passed-by-house/

  15. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the state’s prison system for seizing inmates’ COVID-19 stimulus checks.

    Ha. Layers.

  16. China is good because it is socialist. The US is bad because it isn’t fully socialist yet. All flows from there.

    https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1382388222819459074
    Biden’s UN ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, tells the National Action Network that if America’s going to join the UN’s Human Rights Council, we must acknowledge our own failures: “White supremacy is weaved into our founding documents and principles”

    1. Anyone who votes to confirm someone like this should be voted out.

      Resisting nominations over partisan differences is one thing… But confirming nominees who are openly hostile to doing the job they are nominated to perform should be a bipartisan no-go.

    2. Yes, this country is a total failure. It’s only been the envy of the world since 1776.

      1. Actually, since 1619, when (black) individuals sold their indenture, worked it off, was granted land, and became farmers rich enough to own slaves.

        “In one of the earliest freedom suits, Casor argued that he was an indentured servant who had been forced by Anthony Johnson, a free black, to serve past his term; he was freed and went to work for Robert Parker as an indentured servant. Johnson sued Parker for Casor’s services. In ordering Casor returned to his master, Johnson, for life, the court both declared Casor a slave and sustained the right of free blacks to own slaves.”

        1. There have been a couple of studies done on black slaveowners in Maryland and South Carolina–basically, it was a way for black freedmen in the South to legitimize their place within society there, as you were less likely to be harassed if people saw you owned slaves.

          1. Virtue signaling!

          2. There were also cases where black slave owners bought and owned their family.

            1. But mostly it was for slavery.

              1. You don’t know their motivations.

    3. But remember, it’s the people that love this country that are the traitors.

      1. “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
        P. Henry

    4. I’d argue that China is growing less socialist and is moving more in the direction of fascism. But hey, at least they’re on the UNHRC so clearly that indicates the UNHRC is a meaningful body we should aspire to join or ridicule.

  17. Jason Whitlock on being blocked and banned by Twitter for tweeting about the BLM founder’s new housing purchase.

    “@WhitlockJason
    Never apologize to these satanic MFers! Never. Stand your ground. Stand on truth.”

    Further discussion on a bawdy podcast:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamCarollaShow/status/1382704589141647364

    1. Nuke the Tech Trust today.

  18. Mississippi will stop making purveyors of low-risk beauty services get special licenses…

    Low risk = unglamorous clientele.

    1. Not really. Blowtiques are all over the place now and quite popular with the see and be seen crowd. It’s a form of conspicuous consumption to spend hours in a chair having your hair extravagantly and obviously styled and then re-styled.

      Low risk pretty much means no cutting and nothing that won’t wash out with ordinary shampoo.

  19. The charges against Garner were dismissed after prosecutors wrote in a motion that she “appears to be incapable of understanding her surroundings or her actions.”

    OTOH, she seems capable of actions involved in bringing a lawsuit.

    1. ….appears to be incapable of understanding her surroundings or her actions.”
      Then she shouldn’t be out on the streets. A danger to herself and others.

  20. A psychedelics decriminalization bill is moving forward in California, having passed the Senate Health Committee by a 6–1 vote on Wednesday.

    Presidents Biden and Harris: “C’mon, man.”

  21. Translation, democrats wanted black people to abort like the good 1920s progressives they are.

  22. A woman with dementia is suing the city of Loveland, Colorado, and three of its police officers after cops pushed her to the ground, arrested her, and jailed her for attempting to walk out of a Walmart with around $14 worth of goods she hadn’t paid for and promptly gave back when asked by store employees.

    Warped nails are still nails.

    1. I’ve been informed that proper procedure requires them to say “Stop or I’ll shoot!” before shooting any nails, warped or otherwise, for virtually any reason.

  23. Democratic reactions to the prospect of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan are different than they were last year…

    So are journalists’. But I repeat myself.

    1. So is Reason’s, but I repeat myself.

      1. Don’t think Reason even covered Trump’s withdrawal deal that Biden has canceled and at best delayed (we shall see). ENB reported Biden’s plan yesterday and ignored Trump completely.

  24. “Democratic reactions to the prospect of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan are different than they were last year”

    No contradiction at all.

    Drumpf was Putin’s Puppet (confirmed by Mueller’s investigation), so any plan to leave Afghanistan last year would have been on Russia’s orders. But now in President Biden we have a Commander in Chief with decades of foreign policy wisdom. I’ll support whatever he does in Afghanistan (though admittedly I hope he continues the war).

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. When can I preorder your book?

      1. As soon as Amazon lifts the ban?

  25. “The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved an antitrust report targeting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The report, released last October, “was approved by a 24-17 vote that split along party lines,” notes Reuters.”

    —-ENB

    1) The report advocates breaking these companies up for tolerating “misinformation” among other things.

    2) The primary author of the report was Lina Khan, who has been nominated by Biden as commissioner at the FTC–which already has an antitrust case proceeding against Facebook.

    3) Whatever bipartisan basis there is of this is beside the point. The Democrats and the federal government are the same thing.

    Conclusion: Anyone who imagines that these companies targeting Republican speech on their platforms is somehow unrelated to the Democrats taking over control of the government is being willfully blind.

    When this Democrat plan to break-up BigTech companies by name because they tolerated “misinformation” was published in October of 2020, that was one thing when the Democrats were sharing power. Now that the Democratic party and the U.S. government are the same thing, protecting the speech of individuals from these private companies becomes a legitimate First Amendment issue.

    Show me a legitimate libertarian argument that it’s okay for private companies to obliterate the speech rights of Republicans at the behest of a one-party, Democrat controlled government. I can’t think of any situation at any point in history where defending a one party government intimidating private companies into suppressing the speech of critics of the party was the libertarian thing to do.

    1. The scary thing about 1984 was never the cameras, it was Newspeak.

      1. Disagree. The listless, unprinciped, and supportively evil culture that birthed them is worse. The parents that are proud of their kids turning them in for talking in their sleep are worse.

        1. How many white progs (and, yes, it is ALWAYS white progs) have that exact mindset? Given how much they disdain their own group, I imagine it is much higher than anybody wishes to estimate.

  26. “The Biden administration is working to reverse a Trump-era family policy directive that…officials believe may have resulted in an estimated 180,000 unplanned pregnancies,”

    Build the uterine wall!

    1. It’s surges all the way down!

  27. Best. Economy. EVER.

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

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $5.71 billion

    Alas, Mr. Koch “only” earned $258,000,000 yesterday. That’s actually a slow day in the billionaire-friendly Biden economy.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires
    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

  28. Has Reason mentioned anything about the latest Project Veritas video or consequences thereof?

    In short: they released a video basically proving what we already knew, which is that CNN is a propaganda outlet for the Democrats. Twitter responds by banning James O’Keefe, who now says he is going to sue them for defamation. So now we know they really are all in on it and also that they’re horrible at hiding it. It’s almost funny at this point.

    1. Fake news. Fake scandal. Deceptively edited videos. Nothing to see here.

    2. Don’t worry, I’ve been assured by Very Smart People that this isn’t at all monopolistic behavior.

    3. Can’t wait for the discovery phase – – – – – – – –

    4. It is not clear to me that O’Keefe has legal recourse.

      I mean, sure as hell….he has exposed CNN as a bunch of lying hypocrites, who willfully published false stories for a malign political purpose.

      1. The tech companies have learned by those who have grown a spine.

        In reaction to congressional hearings, they promised that they always provide a form of due process, telling people what action they are taking and why.

        The why has gotten them in trouble, because it is often a statement of fact.

        So they just skip that.

        Steven Crowder has some examples where his content has been taken down and his account locked for “Reason: ____________.”

        If they claim “hate speech” or “offensive content” it is very difficult to argue, because those are opinions. But if they say “disinformation” then that is a statement of fact that can be libelous.

        Better to punt on the whole thing and just say “terms of service” or “community standards”.

      2. They accused him of using other accounts which he states he has not. Thus, they have defamed him and it is time for people to not just take it.

    5. What defamatory falsehood(s) is O´Keefe claiming?

  29. Adam Toledo dropped gun, got killed by cops anyway.

    Well thats one take of you want to push a certain narrative. The two events were less than a second apart.

    1. How did a 13 year old get a gun in gun free Chicago?

      1. “He bought it from a gun store in South Bend! If it wasn’t for Indiana gun rules, Chicago would be a violence-free paradise!”

        1. Funny story. Indiana gun stores don’t sell to IL residence

  30. Biden announces sanctions on Russia citing now debunked troop bounty story.

    https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/president-biden-announces-actions-against-russia

    1. “I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, find that specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation — in particular, efforts to undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the United States and its allies and partners; to engage in and facilitate malicious cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies and partners; to foster and use transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; to pursue extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; to undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and to violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states — constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”

      Tony and John Bolton just got massive hardons.

      This is just the sort of national emergency that justifies delaying midterms. Especially because so many Republican congressmen are Russian agents.

        1. Time for Schumer to go dig up Joe McCarthy and get hunting.

          Remember how everyone thought Trump had started WW3 for droning an Iranian terrorist?

    2. Remember, Trump was the divisive and stupid one, not the one antagonizing a nuclear power over a false story.

  31. And here I thought it was sex that caused pregnancies.

    1. Youre not taking the right pills.

    2. Trump is apparently America’s fertility god.

    3. Science denier.

  32. Trump Policy got BUSY!

  33. Waaaay less than a second. 0.8 seconds from seeing the gun held at his hip to officer firing.

    In that 0.8 seconds the kids spins and tosses the gun in a manner designed to obscure that he is tossing the gun. It is probably 0.3 or 0.2 seconds from the moment he releases the gun to the moment the officer’s weapon discharges…. But it is physically impossible for the officer to see this as it is obscured by the kids body and the fence (as was intended by the kid who was trying to avoid getting caught with the gun).

    1. Was supposed to go to JessieAz comment above.

    2. I get what you’re saying, but this isn’t like that incident in New Mexico where the guy ambushed the cop with his rifle during a traffic stop. The cop already had the drop on this kid and had control of the situation. The kid was 13 years old, wasn’t thinking clearly due to stress, and they would have found the gun with his fingerprints on it about five feet away where he tossed it.

      1. But none of that is relevant. Of course the kid was not about to shoot. Of course he was just trying to avoided getting caught.

        But it is physically impossible for the officer to know that.

        What he does know as a flat fact is that someone just fired several shots. He has the suspect running away. The suspect has a gun clearly held in his right hand, ready to be fired. The suspect spins rapidly toward him and raises his arms.

        That is all he can possibly know. That is why he shoots.

        If, in an alternate reality, that suspect had indeed been turning to shoot instead of turning to surrender while flinging the gun… There is little chance that the officer does not get shot. The suspect definitely gets at least one shot off.

        1. If, in an alternate reality, that suspect had indeed been turning to shoot instead of turning to surrender while flinging the gun… There is little chance that the officer does not get shot. The suspect definitely gets at least one shot off.

          In this alternate reailty, is the 13-yr.-old kid who was handed a gun that none of us will ever know if the safety was on or off and/or a round chambered a better shot than a trained officer who had the drop on him?

          What happens in the other alternate reality where the cop doesn’t shoot him? Do people still get upset about poilce procedure and rail about divisive issues or does the kid get comparatively little time and a lesson about the dangers of hanging around the wrong people while the actual perp who put a gun in his hands does hard time?

          1. “In this alternate reailty, is the 13-yr.-old kid who was handed a gun that none of us will ever know if the safety was on or off and/or a round chambered a better shot than a trained officer who had the drop on him?”

            I don’t care. Neither should you. 13 year old running away with a gun in his hand, after a call of shots fired, doesn’t get to take the first shot at the cop, like this were some Regency-era duel of honor. Toledo may be a kid, but the gun isn’t.

            In the alternate case where nobody gets shot, the kid gets a slap on the wrist, the 20-x year old gang member probably claims, “Who farted?,” and pleads to something minor. Did anyone see the older guy shoot? If, AIUI, Toledo actually was a Latin Kings guy, then we get to see him, 2-4 years down the road, kill somebody else.

  34. “Adam Toledo dropped gun, got killed by cops anyway. Body camera footage released by the Chicago Police Department”

    Amazing how many Democrat locales have these issues. Definitely need to suppress rights of everybody because of it.

    1. Really puts their desire to cram everyone in to high-rise shoeboxes in the city into perspective, doesn’t it?

      Study after study shows that high-density populations result in an increase in socially maladaptive behaviors. This even happens in relatively stable nations that are virtual ethno-states like Japan, where men in large cities buy women’s underwear out of vending machines to sniff, to say nothing of nations like the US that fetishize diversity and include communities that have been dysfunctional for decades.

      Which makes the promotion of ideas like raising the population of the US to a billion people, to say nothing of cramming them all in hyper-dense urban areas, even more absurd. Shoving more people into increasingly smaller spaces is not going stabilize or create high-trust societies.

      1. Japanese porn is so weird. It’s the poster child for repressed sexuality. Have to blur out the vag? Well, then chicks sticking their tongues in each other’s noses it is!

  35. “House Democrats approve antitrust bill targeting Big Tech. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved an antitrust report targeting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The report, released last October, “was approved by a 24-17 vote that split along party lines,” notes Reuters. But Democrats aren’t alone in their antitrust fervor. For instance, Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) has just a dangerous new “trust-busting” bill. The measure “not only increases the opportunities for future officials to derail perfectly harmless business activities; it runs the risk of bogging down commerce in regulatory processes,” writes Katherine Revello.”

    House Dems PASS a bill but the REAL problem is a bill Hawley PROPOSED.

    1. Both sides my man, both sides.

    2. Something weird has happened at reason.

      I had it down to TDS. We had a bunch of left-libertarian whose former selves were so terribly offended by trump that they could not convince their libertarian selves to think rationally.

      But although there has been a bit of movement away from teamthink, they still are far from the libertarian bulwark we used to love.

      Drudge Report underwent a drastic transformation into a lefty spin site, theoretically down to a change of ownership.

      I wonder if something similarly top-down is in effect here?

      1. >>Drudge

        is that still a site?

        1. Wow, I don’t know how many years ago I visited that place.

          I heard rumor that Matt Drudge sold it to some big media corp, who turned it into another DNC party organ.

          1. the headlines changed tone almost overnite in about 2015 and I never went back … same w/Faux News

            1. Fox really lost their fastball since giving Ailes the boot. No matter how many blondes they decant from their cloning tanks to read the news.

              1. Where can I get one of those clone tanks? Because I really, really need one for reasons.

      2. https://www.vox.com/2019/7/1/20677441/soros-koch-end-interventionist-wars-military

        Might have something to do with it.

        I think it’s top-down driven. Doesn’t just affect current employees either, judging by that tweet from Balko in today’s Roundup. It’s really disappointing.

        1. Eh, beat me to it.

        2. “The new outfit, launched yesterday, is called the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and it’s funded by liberal billionaire George Soros and libertarian billionaire Charles Koch. Its mission: to make the case against foreign wars.”
          And yet they teamed up with the neocons to defeat Trump. IIRC ENB told us a while back that libertarians aren’t anti war anymore because everybody’s bored with the whole thing. We’ve moved on to protecting the liberty of Munchausen moms to mutilate their minor children.

      3. I don’t think Koch getting in bed with Soros at the same time this is happening at Reason is a coincidence.

      4. I disagree with the assesment. Not that I doubt the assertion of Reason-Koch-Soros allegation, an order may’ve come down from above, but that Reason was doing a pretty shitty job of wearing masks before Trump was elected.

        1. I can agree with that, but I think they really kicked it into high gear since 2019. They always were pushing a lazy, ‘both sides!’ viewpoint, but they weren’t out and out lying like they have been.

          Reasonable people can differ.

          1. Yeah this. You can find an out and out lie on this website almost daily now. ENB accidentally admitted several months back that there’s a narrative being pushed here.

  36. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved an antitrust report targeting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The report, released last October, “was approved by a 24-17 vote that split along party lines,” notes Reuters. But Democrats aren’t alone in their antitrust fervor.

    The House Judiciary Committee has 41 members, 24 Democrats and 17 Republicans. Care to guess how that 24-17 vote breaks down? But sure, both sides.

    1. It is truly bizarre to live in a time where the kafka-esque reporting of Pravda is quaint.

      People are literally reporting that up is down and black is white on a daily basis these days.

    2. How is that even possible in a 51-49 Congress?

    3. >>But Democrats aren’t alone in their antitrust fervor.

      except for this vote … when they literally were

  37. I heartily endorse the proposal to expand the number of justices on our big, beautiful Supreme Court, making it even bigger and more beautiful!

    Boom, problem solved.

    1. How unsuprising that AmSoc would imitate someone who has trouble paying mortgages.

      1. Check sarc meter calibration; I think whoever that is is suggesting that with a Trump endorsement, it’s never gonna happen.

  38. 2 days in and nothing about the left’s attempt to pack the USSC? Just once I’d like to see Reason cover a local story…

    1. Went away with Pelosi saying she wouldn’t bring it to the floor for a vote. To the Memory Hole!

    2. Yeah
      .. for some odd reason a fu frontal attack on an independent judiciary is not of interest to libertarians? Really?

      And this is a target rich environment with the laugh out loud dishonest rationalizations that the Democrats are offering..

      1. They’re not packing the court, they’re unpacking it after Trump packed it!

        1. Greatest spin ever.

  39. ENB raises the important issue of abortion, one of the policy issues on which I’ve long sided with pro choice Democrats, and a policy issue GOP leaders are still held hostage by Christian Fundamentalists and Conservatives, who want to ban all abortions.

    Ironically, while most Conservatives and Republicans oppose allowing more illegal immigrants into the country (especially since most will vote Democrat in the future if/when given the right to vote), conservatives in the GOP still want to ban all poor single women (who have the vast majority of abortions in the US, including blacks who have half of them) from having lawful abortions. And yet, most of those fetuses, if not aborted, will also vote Democrat in the future.

    But this is not really a racial issue, as poor whites and Hispanics account for the other half of fatherless children, who face similar economic and struggles as fatherless blacks.

    Conservatives are correct that the biggest problem facing the poor in America has been the breakup of families, especially fatherless children. So it makes no sense to ban single poor women from having abortions, as doing so will just increase the number of fatherless children, who are more likely to drop out of school, commit crimes, become single mothers and dead beat dads (and vote Democrat).

    Politically, had it not been for legal abortions during the past 5 decades, Trump wouldn’t have won the election in 2016 (as Hillary would have got millions of more black votes because blacks would account for 16%-17% of the US population (instead of 13%).

    Now that Dems control the White House, House and Senate, they could/should be able to generate enough votes in Congress to enact federal legislation making Roe v Wade (or something similar) the law of land, which would also make abortions more accessible and affordable for poor women in Red States.

    But during two previous occasions when the Dems had control of the White House and both chambers of Congress (during the Clinton and Obama administrations), there were no efforts by Democrats (or liberal Democrat feminists) to make Roe v Wade into federal law.

    It appears that Democrats (and left wing feminists) would rather continue using Roe v Wade to oppose SCOTUS nominees by future Republican Presidents (instead of enacting legislation to ensure that women in all states have the right and access to abortions).

    1. It’s almost like people that are against abortion don’t feel that way for political reasons, but moral ones.

    2. >>pro choice

      the time for the choice passed.

      1. Organisms have been fucking for 1.2 billion years for the express purpose of reproduction, but somehow today’s dumb cunts are always shocked by the natural result.

        If you had heterosexual penal-vaginal intercourse you made a choice to create another human being. There’s at least a trillion generations of precedent. It shouldn’t be unexpected.

        1. Just say no.

    3. Pro-choice is one thing. Pro-paying for someone else’s choice is another.

      People shat in holes and wiped their arses with leaves for millennia but we have plumbing, toilets and paper now.

      1. …well, until environmentalists are done…

  40. One would think that a libertarian publication would at least mention who is actually responsible for pregnancies.

  41. I am very disappointed with Radley Balko’s tweet. He is a hero of mine and his reporting has been critical to the criminal justice reform movement. His tweet is simply incorrect and a case of seeing what you want to see.

    1. I should have scrolled down… Me too, Cyto, me too.

      Consider his employer though. Do you think Balko has the freedom to make any other kind of statement about that shooting? I don’t think he’d be canned for a pro-police statement—even as the evil white male he is—but I don’t think it’d be good for his career.

      As I said, it’s really disappointing.

      1. I expected a few dozen “me too” responses to that comment.

        It just goes to show how much of the old guard was chased away by four years of TDS around here.

        I was a reason magazine subscriber for several years before I began posting online. I actually started posting on political sites at The Agitator. I started posting here because of the community there. (The Agitator was Balko’s old website in the before times).

        There was a powerful thread of police reform and criminal justice reform running through the commentariate back then. Almost all of those people are long gone.

        And no, that is not a good thing.

        1. I expected a few dozen “me too” responses to that comment.

          In an hour and a half on a Friday? I responded up above as well.

          1. Chuck do you consider your wife your property? I knew a few mormons who thought like that.

            Mormons are usually horrible people.

          2. And if 3 people.. just 3 people walked in and sang a bar of Alice’s Restaurant….

  42. >>Trump-era family policy directive … officials believe may have resulted in an estimated 180,000 unplanned pregnancies

    the right to not fuck shall not be infringed.

    1. Blaming Trump for getting knocked up is pretty ridiculous.

      “Whenever I see that Orange monster on tv I just wanna fuck. It’s weird?”

  43. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1383080694767845376?s=19

    Wherein the Guardian says a huge genocide was good because it reduced carbon emissions. Iron Law of Woke Telegraphing?
    [Link]

    “Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” is a staggering pull. Framing Genghis Khan as one of history’s “greatest eco-warriors” is positively alarming.

    1. Mao the eco-hero!

    2. Anyone still have any doubts about where this road is going?

  44. https://twitter.com/DrKarlynB/status/1383109730504114177?s=19

    I would like to send an extra special thank you to the random internet troll in Kansas that sent the FBI to my house this morning. You’ll be thrilled to know that I’m still free as a bird because I didn’t do anything wrong.

  45. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1383072285318340610?s=19

    A journalist for NBC wrote that US special forces are swearing allegiance to Q Anon and creating a separate chain of command to fight pedophiles [screenshot]

    1. Blue Anon believers actually believe this.

  46. https://twitter.com/BrennaSpencer/status/1383057098657894401?s=19

    It’s funny when people say they “did their research” before getting the vaccine.. YOU literally are the research.

    1. So whaddya think, 5 yrs. away from “This is your brain without the COVID vaccine.” commercials?

      1. “no no, leave the mask on”

      2. Yea, she’s cool

  47. https://twitter.com/KyCocaineBear/status/1382760289897185281?s=19

    Everything is back to normal with the “adults back in charge”. [Screenshots]

    1. They only have a small window to take complete control.

  48. https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1383095698762059779?s=19

    What was once dismissed as a conspiracy theory is not openly being admitted. [Screenshot]

  49. https://twitter.com/JackLombardi/status/1382944319506677760?s=19

    Google deplatformed the Maricopa county audit volunteer observer application.

    The audit application was then switched to using wufoo, who also deplatformed them.

    What is big tech trying to hide?

    1. “We were going to have an audit, but couldn’t find any volunteers “.

  50. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1383118214620704775?s=19

    JUST IN – Officer-involved shooting in San Antonio, Texas. Two dead, two injured including an officer. The driver reportedly opened fire on the police officer after a traffic stop.

    1. Do you ever get called an uncle Tom or House n word?

      I’m just curious because conservative blacks get called those from time to time.

      1. Are you afraid of getting sent to a kulak?

        1. KAR’s been stuck on chapter five of The Kulak Archipelago.

          1. Hahaha! Yeah that was a boner. I was really hungover yesterday. I confused kulak with gulag. They kinda rhyme?
            I should be ridiculed for that mistake.

            I’m genuinely curious if Nardz has been called those.

            1. No, you didn’t know what the word meant until you used it then realized everyone was laughing at your stupid ass, so you looked it up.

              1. Because you can read my mind?

                1. It’s not easy. The print is too small.

                  1. Good one!

    2. But ENB just told me this never happens!?

    3. Add it to the Burleson officer shooting a day or so ago, and the Mexia DPS trooper ambush a week before that. Or the officer near Bryan a week before that, who took a bullet in the eye, trying to stop that cabinet factory worker after the worker had shot up the place.

      Things are ripping apart.

      1. Yeah, it’s not just that–gunmen at the San Antonio and Indianapolis airports (the former was shooting at people off of a bridge near Stone Oak before he went to the airport), and someone shot up a FedEx warehouse. Not to mention it’s now rioting season again.

        1. Yeah. Chauvin’s verdict is not going to be pretty.

          Evidently someone tried to stop the FedEx shooter in the parking lot, and got killed for their pains. Sigh, at least they tried. No surprise that, per Heavy and CNN, the FBI had formally interviewed the shooter some time before his rampage.

          Well, at least he was “on your radar.” Give them partial credit…

          1. CNNs been ginning everyone up to riot for the last week now.
            It’s funny that this is the same network that called Trump out for “incitement”.

  51. “The Biden administration is working to reverse a Trump-era family policy directive that…officials believe may have resulted in an estimated 180,000 unplanned pregnancies,” reports Newsweek.

    “Unplanned pregnancies”, heh. Do people no longer know how women get pregnant?

  52. I am very happy to pay my tax dollars of Lydia, or Tonya, or Lordes can have as much sex as she want and not get pregnant. And if she does..hell my tax dollars will pay for her delivery, her baby food, rent and her kid’s education…and I should be happy to do this…NOT.

    Seriously condoms are not that expensive…it is not the publics responsibility to let Tonya bang whomever she wants with no accountability…what total bullshit

  53. “Democratic reactions to the prospect of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan are different than they were last year…”

    And it was just 5 months ago. I wonder how she doesn’t get whiplash from such violent reversals of position.

  54. There’s been a shooting in Austin with 3 dead.

    I’m praying it’s that mormon bigot Chuck and his family.

    It’d be great if that mormon coward got what was coming to him.

    If it’s non mormons dead than my thoughts are with them and their families.

    Hopefully it’s Chuck or mormons dead.

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