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He's on Montana's Sex Offender Registry for Consensual Gay Sex—and the State Wants To Keep Him There

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Convicted under unconstitutional sodomy laws, they're still fighting for freedom. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws criminalizing oral sex and sodomy were unconstitutional. For hundreds of years, these laws had been used to prosecute people for same-sex sexual activity and, less frequently, to prosecute unmarried people for having sex. With the advent of sex offender registries, sodomy convictions could come with not just imprisonment for a discrete time but a lifetime of stigma and foreclosed opportunity. But that's all behind us now, right?

No—as Randall Menges' story makes clear. Montana is fighting to keep Menges on the sex offender registry for gay sexual activity he engaged in nearly 30 years ago.

Now 45, Menges was convicted as a teenager for having consensual sex with two other male teens. Menges was then 18, and they were both 16 (which was then the age of consent in Idaho, where the acts took place). Idaho prosecutors charged him with "crimes against nature," which the state treated as a ban on anal and oral sex. Menges wound up serving seven years in prison for it. Upon release, he was added to Idaho's sex offender registry and, when he moved to Montana, to that state's registry—a designation that has cost him work and friends, he told The New York Times.

Finally, last week, a federal court declared that Menges' punishment is unfair. Menges was on the registry "because he was convicted of engaging in oral or anal sex with a person of the same sex, not because he had oral or anal sex with a minor or because such contact was nonconsensual," wrote U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen. "Under Montana's constitutional scheme, having consensual intimate sexual contact with a person of the same sex does not render someone a public safety threat to the community. Law enforcement has no valid interest in keeping track of such persons' whereabouts."

"In sum, Montana has no rational basis for forcing Menges to register as a sexual offender," wrote Christensen.

"It should not have required a lawsuit to enforce the Supreme Court's command from 18 years ago," said Menges in a statement. "But I'm happy that it's over."

The judge ruled that by this upcoming Friday, "The state of Montana must: Remove Menges from Montana's Sexual or Violent Offender Registry; expunge all records indicating Menges was ever required to register; and alert all agencies, such as courts, police departments, sheriff's departments and the FBI, that Menges' registration information is no longer valid," the Daily Montanan reports.

But Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen's office said he will appeal the court's ruling. A spokesperson for Knudsen said it "weakens our state's sex-offender registry law, making kids and families less safe."

Yes, in the year 2021, Montana is effectively contending that failing to brand someone who had consensual gay sex as a sex offender is a danger to families and kids.

Of course, prosecutors say that this is simply about process. Since Menges is also challenging Idaho's requirement that people with sodomy convictions register as sex offenders, and that case is ongoing, he has no right to challenge his registration in Montana, state prosecutors argued.

"Montana hasn't enforced its sodomy prohibition since 1997 and even formally repealed it in 2013," notes Menges' lawyer Matthew Strugar. "And Montana never required people convicted under its old sodomy prohibition to register as sex offenders. But Montana does require anyone with a conviction from another state that is registerable in that state to register if they move to Montana. So, despite taking measures to decriminalize gay life in Montana, the state still enforces Idaho's backwards and homophobic treatment of old sodomy convictions"

Menges isn't alone in his struggle. His case "comes amid a larger struggle over laws that have historically been used to discriminate against L.G.B.T.Q. people," notes the Times:

Today, eight states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books but only three states — Idaho, Mississippi and South Carolina — have laws requiring sex offender registration for people convicted of sodomy, said Matthew Strugar, one of Mr. Menges's lawyers.

Last September, Mr. Strugar, along with the A.C.L.U. of Idaho, filed a federal lawsuit challenging Idaho's law on behalf of Mr. Menges and another man who was forced to register as a sex offender because he was convicted 20 years ago in another state for performing oral sex on his wife.

For now, the Montana ruling applies only to Menges' Montana registration. But it could have broader implications. "The decision suggests that states cannot require sex-offender registration based on convictions under outdated and now unconstitutional 'crimes against nature' laws," University of Montana law professor Anthony Johnstone told the Times.


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Are we in a new age of cultism—or a new cult panic? Jesse Walker explores this question in an excellent feature from the June 2021 issue of Reason:

America has always been haunted by cults, but the hauntings are more acute at some times than others. "From the 1970s through the 1990s, from Jonestown to Heaven's Gate, frightening fringe groups and their charismatic leaders seemed like an essential element of the American religious landscape," Ross Douthat wrote in The New York Times in 2014. "Yet we don't hear nearly as much about them anymore, and it isn't just that the media have moved on. Some strange experiments have aged into respectability, some sinister ones still flourish, but over all the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms."

Seven years later, it is Douthat's diagnosis that feels antique. Cults themselves may or may not be more common now than in 2014, but we're awash in a flood of cult stories, cult rumors, and cult rhetoric. It's still "nothing like where things were in the early '90s," says J. Gordon Melton, a professor of American religious history at Baylor. But "dislike of cults has never really gone away…and we've seen a heightening of that over the last couple of years."

Read the whole thing here.


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  1. Americans don’t want schools to punish off-campus speech.

    What Americans want has got nothing to do with it.

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    2. Silly, Americans want Facebook to punish off-campus speech. And maybe Uncle Joe.

  2. The New York Times’ Ben Smith explores “how hundreds of ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won’t be talked out of it.”

    Mix the type that would be winners at Jeopardy! with today’s social justice culture and you have a recipe for a mob that would refuse to acknowledge being wrong on white supremacy claims.

    1. Smart people are dumb!

      1. Memorizing trivia is equal to developing the theory of relativity.

      2. Many actually are. Their knowledge makes them think they are difficult to fool.

        The Amazing Randi wrote quite extensively on that a while back. Extremely intelligent people are relatively easy to fool with magic tricks, while normal folks are more willing to say they don’t know.

        1. Jim Jones and Aum Shinrikyo were full of people who had doctorates in physics, chemistry and medicine.

          I think ordinary “dumb” people are better able to instinctively discern a hustler, than those whose IQs override instinct.

    2. Anyone see tennis superstar Rafa Nidal on 60 minutes last night?
      He was asked how many times he broke his racket in a fit of rage during a match. He said “zero” while holding up thumb and index finger in circle with other three fingers extended. “White Supremacist” from Spanish Mallorca. Bet he gets cancelled today?

      1. Well, since all Spaniards are now officially White, then yes.

    3. The article says they’re “smart people”, but the ability to qualify for “Jeopardy” doesn’t mean they’re smart.

      1. They are clearly less “nice” than they are “smart”

    4. Author Ben Smith goes to great lengths to continually reemphasize how smart and how nice the “concerned” Jeopardy Facebookers are. They are clearly neither. They are the worst kind of smug asshole virtue signalling concern troll conspiracy derps. What is the point of “ReportIng!” this to the ADL?. Stupid fvckin asshats

      1. The exchange sounds like a typical autistic argument on Reddit.

        Which makes a lot of sense.

    5. 4chan’s greatest prank ever. And the fact that a wide swath of college-educated people fell for it shows just how pointless a degree really is.

      1. The worst part is that they all knew it was a bullshit prank, but they still decided to run with it anyway because it let them call even more people “racist”.

  3. But Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office said he will appeal the court’s ruling. A spokesperson for Knudsen said it “weakens our state’s sex-offender registry law, making kids and families less safe.”

    I’m guessing Knudsen thinks a loss on this weakens his chances for higher office.

    1. Rival ad: *grey color photo* “Knudsen allowed a 45 year old man who had sex with two 16 year old boys off the sexual predator register! Do you want that kind of thinking representing Montana?”

      1. Montanans, like people everywhere, get the government they deserve.

  4. The war on drugs and alcohol prohibition, which drove users into the arms of criminal dealers and unsafe markets with their riskier substances, stand as object lessons.

    Ha, you’re going to try to sway Biden with anti-prohibition talk?

  5. We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country.

    State official word is sacrosanct.

    1. And still no acknowledgement from Reason that the Time Magazine article exists.

      1. Fortifications are necessary against wrong results.

      2. They also ignore the more than dozen lawsuits where judges agreed last minute changes to the elections under the guise of covid were illegal.

        But besides that…. only fraud free election ever.

      3. The first rule of Fortify Club is….

    2. Yeah, but that official also said “This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5” so I’m pretty sure he’s been fired for making such a racist statement.

      1. Won’t be long before that equation will be put on the no-say list, as it’s offensive and demeaning to those who are too stupid to count.

    3. “State official word is sacrosanct”

      As carved on many government buildings, from the original Roman Empire to the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony. (And Antifa enclaves, it they knew how to carve stone or make buildings.)

    4. 2 + 2 = 4, and the voter registration database of Maricopa County was not deleted. These are simple statements of fact.

      When simple statements of fact become incompatible with your chosen ideology, it’s time to get a new ideology, not try to bully everyone into accepting 2 + 2 = 5.

      And this is why the rest of the world will continue to look at Trump supporters as a cult. It requires disregarding the evidence that your eyes and ears receive, and replacing it with the word of a known conman. It is irrational in the extreme.

      1. “It’s a cULt, heresy, witches, burn them!!”

      2. It was the election results database.

      3. 2 + 2 = 4

        You claimed differently just a couple of months ago.

      4. I’m sorry, can you show us your proof you were actually included in the audit and know what is and is not on the hardware?

        1. He was told so by Top Men!

      5. The Maricopa County recorder says that Trump is lying so it must be true reasons DOL.
        It’s not like his ass is personally on the line or anything if fraud is foun… whoops.

  6. “Americans don’t want schools to punish off-campus speech.”

    Oh yeah? Then how come they voted in fascists?

  7. I knew the Biden Era would be awesome. I just didn’t know it would be THIS awesome.

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch is up $7.74 billion this year, putting his net worth at $64.6 billion — which is good for 14th place on the planet.

    Recall that last year Drumpf’s draconian anti-billionaire policies actually caused Mr. Koch to fall out of the global top 20. Unacceptable!

    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback
    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. I am surprised you haven’t defended Colonial Pipeline yet. Did you know Koch Industries owns the largest portion of that debacle of a company?

      1. Defended them? From who? Are you pro-Eastern Euro Ransomware?

        1. He’ll have to check this week’s Media Matters Enemies List first, but maybe?

      2. Defended one of the safest and environmentally friendly ways to transport fluids long distances?

        I would think their benefits speak for themselves.

  8. Mastercard’s new porn rules hurt sex workers…

    Private company… which we’re free to criticize.

    1. The right to be a sex worker without being disapproved of by a service provider is obviously a more important libertarian value than engaging in controversial speech.

      1. Ot really is too much ro expect ENB to have any principles beyomd the right to peddle vagina

        1. A wannabe whore is perhaps the most fitting representative for this magazine now.

          1. And the only bite she’ll ever get is eunuch (CMW) begging her to peg him

          2. Be kind

      2. It’s arguably an anti-trust issue for an oligopoly in one market to use its power to force behavior in another one.

  9. After the disastrous foreign policy of the Drumpf years, which included literally starting World War 3 by killing that Iranian guy, it’s refreshing to have a President who knows what he’s doing.

    Today the President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, and condemned these indiscriminate attacks against Israel.

    #LibertariansForBiden
    #LibertariansForTheJewishState

    1. Libertarians for picking winners and losers.

    2. Do open borders include open borders for rockets?

    3. Actually, according to Norman Podhoretz, it would be World War V that Trump started. Please try to keep up.

  10. prosecutors charged him with “crimes against nature,”

    because he emitted greenhouse gases during the act.

    1. Dude, carbon dioxide does not come out of the butt. Oh, you meant the heavy breathing….

      1. You forget the deadly methane.

        1. Much worse than CO2, especially in elevators.

          1. Thats diCarbon Oxide to us, fella, pretty much means the same thing

      2. For someone who tries to pretend he’s so smart – you don’t know that there are greenhouse gases other than CO2 that the human body produces?

    2. They could just reframe it as “common sense penis control”.

  11. Montana is fighting to keep Menges on the sex offender registry for gay sexual activity he engaged in nearly 30 years ago.

    It’s nothing personal. Montana law enforcement and corrections are used to sodomites in their system and one more here or there is important to their self worth.

    1. Have you been to Montana? Why the expansive open big blue skies just cry out for a man’s butt to balance things out.

      1. Need moar sheep

        1. “Hey MacLeod, get off of my Ewe.” — Scottish Stones fan.

    2. Three decades ago, Menges fucked a few asses. And ever since Montana has been fucking his.

  12. AT&T is in advanced talks to merge its media business with Discovery, in a deal that would create a juggernaut.

    Good. We need a juggernaut to protect us from that other juggernaut, AOL/Time Warner. I remember when that merger went down and our world has still not recovered from such a stifling of competition.

    1. Someone sounds like they are upset about not getting 500 free minutes of AOL CDs anymore.

      1. I’m out of coasters!

  13. The AT&T deal with Discovery Networks is AT&T spinning off its WarnerMedia properties (HBO, CNN, TNT and TBS) to a new entity. AT&T’s shareholders will receive the overwhelming majority of shares in the new company, but the CEO will be the CEO of Discovery Networks.

    “The new business, which isn’t yet named, will be led by current Discovery Chief David Zaslav. The companies said AT&T’s Jason Kilar will retain his title as WarnerMedia CEO. AT&T shareholders will hold a 71% stake in the new entity, while Discovery shareholders own a 29% stake.

    In exchange, AT&T said it would receive $43 billion of cash, debt securities and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain debt.

    —-WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/at-t-to-combine-warnermedia-division-with-discovery-11621250928?

    This doesn’t just mean that AT&T’s attempt to combine media assets and telecom failed. It means that their cable properties have failed–to the point that they’re selling themselves to be under the control of a much smaller, rival cable company’s CEO, who just successfully launched Discovery+.

    The other interesting aspect of this is that much of WarnerMedia’s failure with those cable networks is reflected directly in the debt AT&T Took on to acquire WarnerMedia in the first place. That debt is staying with WarnerMedia and the new entity run by Discovery Network’s CEO–and that means there is some serious belt tightening coming to underperforming, overly expensive prodction assets like CNN.

    I repeat: AT&T is dumping these properties because the debt hasn’t been serviced by the performance of assets like CNN, and Discovery Networks’ CEO and management wouldn’t have taken on these assets if they didn’t believe there were changes they could make to turn that around.

    Does anybody here think that maybe CNN could improve their performance by appealing to a broader audience than just Trump haters in California and New York City? Discovery Networks has made itself a fortune by selling programming to middle America with things like shows about building hotrods, mining gold in Alaska, and home improvement shows hosted by couples with southern accents based in Waco, Texas and Laurel, Mississippi.

    With all that debt the new Discovery company will be taking on, expect CNN to become more about appealing to an even broader political spectrum rather than focusing on being even woker than MSNBC. All those assets are moving to a CEO that just launched a Discovery+ streaming service that makes Discovery’s channels no longer dependent on cable. Expect the same with CNN.

    CNN has been feeding on the cable subscriptions of people who subscribe to cable but don’t watch CNN like a parasite for far too long, and now that CNN is no longer a miniscule part of AT&T’s gigantic portfolio, but a big part of a new entity that is solely focused on servicing acquisition debt, expect their production budgets to be cut and their focus to broaden. That solution to CNN feeding off of customers who hate them was always the market, and it’s great to see that the solution to that problem is now in the mail.

    1. New CNN personalities with southern accents.

      1. I wouldn’t go that far.

      2. Changing don lemons show name was a brilliant move sure to work.

    2. P.S. Jason Kilar, the CEO of WarnerMedia, probably has a golden parachute in his very near future.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_parachute

      You need the guy who was running things before to stick around long enough to help integrate the acquired company’s assets into the new company. Mergers can go badly without someone like that. After the acquired company is fully integrated, you don’t probably don’t need him for much of anything. So why would he stick around to help you when he knowns you’re getting rid of him?

      How ’bout for a big bag of money?

      1. “Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it “money””.

        —-Danny DeVito, Super Genius

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2OeK4MRkM

      2. Better a parachute than a shower.

        1. With the parachute, you could afford as many showers (Russian or otherwise) as you want.

    3. That assumes Discovery will consider CNN an asset. It wouldn’t surprise me if post-merger Warner had their under-performers chopped off.

    4. Biden just dethroned the Welfare Queen by trebling her welfare.
      https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/16/politics/biden-welfare-queen-blake/index.html

    5. I just hope it doesn’t pull down Discovery+: able to satisfy 99% of my wife’s TV consumption, without ads, for $7.99/mo? Priceles… well, actually, $7.99/mo.

      1. I don’t think it will.

        They might add it to HBOMax, as a gimmie, but I agree, that Discovery+ app makes cord cutting a much more attractive option to a whole lot of people.

  14. So the county didn’t delete data right before handing over the machines, or is this a technically wrong if we view the statement under a light where we assume the words don’t mean what they say situation?

    1. Words mean what the speaker wants them to mean. At the time.

      1. date = rape ?

    2. Here’s Donald Trump’s statement. There is nothing in his statement about deleting data from voting machines. He accuses Maricopa County of deleting “an entire database”. (Oddly, he never specifically says he is talking about a voter database.)

      “The entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms. Additionally, seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime. Many Radical Left Democrats and weak Republicans are very worried about the fact that this has been exposed. The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow. The Mainstream Media and Radical Left Democrats want to stay as far away as possible from the Presidential Election Fraud, which should be one of the biggest stories of our time. Fox News is afraid to cover it—there is rarely a mention. Likewise, Newsmax has been virtually silent on this subject because they are intimidated by threats of lawsuits. One America News (OAN), one of the fastest growing networks on television, and the “hottest”, is doing a magnificent job of exposing the massive fraud that took place. The story is only getting bigger and at some point it will be impossible for the weak and/or corrupt media not to cover. Thank you to OAN and other brave American Patriots. It is all happening quickly!”

      1. Okay. And why go to his statement instead of addressing the actual issue?

        1. Because he’s a Bidette.

        2. Lol. Jesse mad that someone is quoting his dear leader while using a critical eye.

          1. No. Jesse asked why point to Trump instead of addressing the actual issue?
            That’s a valid question. Stop trying to change the subject.

            1. He isn’t smart. He looks a fool all the time. Quite funny actually.

          2. He didn’t use a critical eye at all dummy. neither did your post above. You just accepted the leftist narrative as fact.

            You do understand that right?

            1. It’s always the same question with DOL: is he being dumb or dishonest? Or how much of each?

              1. The answer is always yes.

      2. Okay, and what was deleted?
        If the answer is “nothing” then the condemnation is correct and Trump is being ridiculous.
        If the answer is “everything but the voter registration”, then Trump is for all intents and purposes correct, and the condemnation is being ridiculous.
        If it’s somewhere in between, then Trump might be wrong or exaggerating.

        However, I’m tired of people condemning people of being false and deceptive for trivial errors or distinctions without a difference.

        1. “Okay, and what was deleted?”

          No way to tell from Trump’s statement: “an entire Database”. That vagueness and hand waving alone is worthy of criticism. If he has real accusations to make, be specific about them. Vague accusations have been a consistent pattern with Trump.

          1. Gosh, some sort of audit would probably clear that right up, wouldn’t it, White Mike.

  15. It was a good run for a cnn contributer who praised Hitler for 8 years while working for cnn.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/cnn-faces-backlash-over-contributors-pro-hitler-tweets-he-did-good-with-those-jews

    1. Misek works at CNN?

      1. Misek believes there was no Hitler. Slightly different.

        1. DOL’s the one that’s been shilling for Israeli Jew-killing last week, which is actually a far worse position than Misek’s denial.

  16. It took 4 years, but the scalise shooting by a bernie supporter is finally deemed political terrorism instead of suicide by cop. It only took 3 months of questioning from senators for the reclassification by the doj to take place

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/fbi-congressional-baseball-shooting-hodgkinson-domestic-violent-extremist

    1. Local news.

  17. Yes, the AP knew hamas was in their building and have known since at least 2014. Yes the AP willingly lied to everyone about it over the weekend.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1393774456577826821

    1. I’m shocked, I tell you! Shocked!

      1. How many of those AP “reporters” own Che T-shirts?

        1. First and foremost Karl Marx was a journalist.

          1. So was Mussolini, Goebbels and Tintin.

        2. How many of those AP “reporters” admire Hitler for his effective answer to the Jewish Question?

    2. AP were Nazi collaborators and willingly contributed to Nazi propaganda after all other western outlets had left.

      It is no surprise that they knew about hamas operations in that building.

      Let them whine all they want.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/30/associated-press-cooperation-nazis-revealed-germany-harriet-scharnberg

  18. Officer fired for warning of CRT and cultural marxism in institutions.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/space-force-officers-book-marxism-military-soars-bestseller-list

    Biden did say he wanted an investigation into wrong thinking.

    1. So, being acquainted with some people who work at that base, this is a much bigger scandal than most realize. Lohmeier had a pretty sterling rep within the service up to this point. He had back-to-back assignments working as the exec for the base commander, followed by being the aide-to-camp to the current Space Force Chief of Staff, General Raymond, back when Raymond was the Air Force Space Command boss. The brass doesn’t do that unless they’re fast-tracking you to be a General officer.

      This isn’t someone who does things without carefully considering the consequences, so he had to know that coming out with this was going to result in his career getting nuked. The ultimate question is, why would he be willing to endure that, and becoming a lighting rod for political and media controversy, when the Space Force clearly had big plans for his career?

      What’s particularly unusual here is that it was the SpOC commander who actually relieved him of command, not his actual boss in Space Delta 4. SpOC is the equivalent of what the AFSPC commander was before Space Force activated. A squadron commander getting fired by a commander at that level is the equivalent of the Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola firing a district manager; there’s quite a few levels within the chain of command that got skipped over in this case. That means the SD-4 commander either signed off on Lohmeier publishing this, or Whiting is acting as the face of it so all the media heat gets placed on him and the SpOC Public Affairs office, rather than the folks at Buckley (who are in no way properly resourced to handle a media story of this magnitude).

      One other weird thing happened there recently–back in January, the Garrison commander, Col Devin Pepper, suddenly got reassigned with no outgoing fanfare and no incoming command replacement. The mission support commander has been running the base until the new Garrison commander can arrive (or, SpOC promotes him to full Garrison command). Normally, PCS season is in the summer, and while that organization has had out-of-cycle command changes before, it’s never happened to where a support commander had to run the show for nearly half a year.

      FYI, the article that Military published on this is WAY more detailed than anything else being thrown up right now, including that half-ass crap from CNN that chemtard posted last night in the Cult thread.

      1. Thanks for adding more to the conversation. This is something I would normally hope Reason would address. But they must have some reason not to or realize they can’t hide the censorship under the guise of PRIVATE COMPANY.

        This seems to be complete censorship on an idea. Glad his book sales are soaring though.

        1. This was going to blow up regardless, but what’s unusual about this situation is an active officer taking a very public stand on it. Normally, you’d expect him to wait until he got out before publishing something like this. Not having read the book, I’m curious as to what extent his own people were coming to him and complaining about this stuff, particularly whatever was released for the standdown.

          1. AIUI, Lohmeier was an O-5 with 14 years in. Guys who, as you said, are getting fast-tracked to stars, don’t do this. They really don’t do it if they have six more years before being able to retire.

            IOW, this is really strange.

            1. I actually think he’s closer to retirement than that, because he cross-trained from being a pilot.

              1. The more charitable explanation is that he fell on his sword for the greater good. But in both scenarios, he has to see this coming.

              2. ^ Wrong placement. Should have been a response to my own comment.

            2. When did he make O-5? O-5 in 14 years is not what I would consider fast tracking.

              And writing a book about politics while being an active officer has never been a great career move. This says more about the appearance of apoliticality which is highly valued in the military, especially among officers. Officers can and are fired or relived from positions for anything they do that detracts from mission readiness, to sometimes include the actions of their spouses. I’m surprised he was allowed to publish at all.

              While I agree with the Col.’s takes on political correctness, affirmative actions and all the other aspects of progressive cultural politics and the negative consequences for military readiness resulting from them, I am not surprised he was relieved. One cannot criticize the actions and policies of the military in a book, then go out and publish and sell that book for personal profit, and expect to continue to be promoted as usual, or even continue to have a job in the future. I think he very much expected to be relieved, and was counting on the Streisand effect to sell more copies.

              1. When did he make O-5? O-5 in 14 years is not what I would consider fast tracking.

                He was a Captain back in 2015, and took command of his squadron 10 months ago, so it appears the rocket ride started back when he became the Wing exec. Going from O-3 to O-5 in five years is pretty fucking fast.

                Again, based on what people I know at the base have told me about him in the past, this isn’t a guy who would deliberately nuke his career for something as crass as selling books. He had a VERY good reputation within the base community and within the branch at large. There’s a lot more going on at that base than what’s being reported right now, especially with all the weirdness of Colonel Pepper departing without handing over command to a replacement.

              2. Sounds like his major fuck-up was going on a podcast without clearing it through PA first. If he had just published the book and let it lie, I honestly wonder if the whole thing would have blown over.

                1. He has come out and stated that he went through all of the correct channels for the book and was cleared to discuss it. It has nothing to do with his actual work, just his view on ongoing threats to America in his opinion.

  19. In light hearted news…. restaurant owner in small town who remained open during covid posts lists of town residents who tried to snitch on him for being open. Good work.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/05/16/diner-owner-sublimely-turns-tables-on-snitches-to-covid-hotline-we-deserve-to-know-who-we-can-trust-n1447271

    1. Awesome.

    2. Now he just needs to work with other local business owners to formally blacklist these people.

  20. Biden continues to look to mitigate the disastrous effects of the tax increases he wants by trying to force other countries to also increase their taxes.

    https://mises.org/wire/biden-wants-global-minimum-tax-offset-his-proposed-huge-corporate-tax-increase

    1. We are all in this together.

      1. No equity without everyone in pain.

    2. Good luck with that. While he is at it maybe he should attempt to pass a global carbon tax. Save some time, because both will fail.

  21. “He’s on Montana’s Sex Offender Registry for Consensual Gay Sex”

    Meh. In California its the “Sex Achiever Registry”, or whatever the new state program is to recognize and empower sexual preference.

    1. In California you’ll soon be on the Sex Registry if you don’t have gay sex.

      1. Or at least sex with a trans person.

  22. Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct)
    @stephen_richer
    Wow. This is unhinged. I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now.

    Okay… I’m not sure how stupid enb or this rep are…. but a) his computer is not what was handed over to auditors, b) no screen shot or any evidence at all in the tweet (auditors posted screen shots) c) this was the best response they had after 2 emergency meetings this weekend?

    They also didn’t address the 4 lawsuits, doj letter, or continued failure to hand over all material under subpoena. Tweet ignores the boxes with misconstrued on pink slips (each box opened under witnesses)mi. Ignores missing signed seals on ballot batches. Etc.

    This tweet has zero substance… but agrees w the preferred narrative .

    1. The 2+2 thing was the tip off.

  23. I’m surprised there’s no mention of Israel targeting the building that housed the AP bureau and the Al Jazeerah bureau – that could have been an interesting discussion on why a couple of news organizations based in one of the most dangerous places in the world somehow managed to avoid being a target for regular terrorist attacks, almost as if the terrorists viewed them as “one of us”.

    1. Robbie will do the article later to be sure. The fake ap outrage didn’t even last an hour before being debunked.

      1. I have my finger on the pulse of the online left (i.e., I scroll Reddit sometimes) and can assure you they haven’t let this go. If undeniable proof that Hamas was in the building appears, they’ll seamless shift to “of course they were, they have to use tactics like that to avoid apartheidocide!”

        1. Here you go

          https://twitter.com/omriceren/status/1394244491431845892?s=19

          Look how stupid everything has become.

          [Pics:
          Vox: “Yes, Gaza Militants Hide Rockets in Schools, but Israel Doesn’t Have to Bomb Them”
          WaPo: “Israel’s Iron Dome defense system protects Israeli lives. It also perpetuates the Isreal-Gaza conflict”]

    2. Here’s a better discussion:

      Did Israel help Hamas come into power?

      BLOWBACK: HOW ISRAEL WENT FROM HELPING CREATE HAMAS TO BOMBING ITHamas wants to destroy Israel, right? But as Mehdi Hasan shows in a new video on blowback, Israeli officials admit they helped start the group.

      https://theintercept.com/2018/02/19/hamas-israel-palestine-conflict/

      1. Blowback is unintentional, and therefor doesn’t exist. I learned that when I suggested that perhaps people in the Middle East aren’t huge fans of drones dropping bombs on weddings, and was soundly refuted and accused of being a terrorist.

        1. The blowback was the point. The idea is to delegitimize legitimate opposition by helping empowering violent idiots.

          1. They were tricked into launching rockets into Israel.

            1. Stroozle’s pointing out “how tricky and untrustworthy the Jews are. Their tentacles everywhere, manipulating world events behind the scenes”.

              But remember, if you disagree with him you’re the fascist.

    3. It’s just further proof of how lazy modern journalists are. The AP couldn’t be bothered to have an office in a different part of Gaza: no, they had to have it down the hall from Hamas.

      It used to be, that wearing a “Press” identifier was an asset during civil disorder. I was amazed to read of all of the, “Good!” comments I saw in response to the news that the AP office was in that collapsed building.

      1. Why Right-Wing Jews Have Made an Uneasy Alliance with Anti-Semites

        The question isn’t whether this big tent will collapse—it’s how bad the damage will be when it does

        https://thewalrus.ca/how-some-jews-have-made-an-uneasy-alliance-with-far-right-anti-semites/

        1. But it’s your squad who clearly supports Hamas, an organization dedicated to using terrorism to wipe out Israel.

          1. Hamas is a rightwing group of religious fanatics/intolerant fascists. They’re trash. Evil stupid trash. You actually remind me of them.

            1. Your low IQ hive mind is clearly stressed these days

            2. Hamas is a rightwing group of religious fanatics/intolerant fascists.

              LOL, there’s nothing “right-wing” about them. They’re a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was first established as a charity group 100 years ago and then morphed into a bog-standard anti-colonialist organization underpinned by cultural Marxist narratives.

              1. Watching the left drop the mask and openly go all in with Hamas has been fun

                1. I was surprised to learn of this Atlantic (of all places) article from 2014 discussing how Hamas managed their relationship with international media: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/how-the-media-makes-the-israel-story/383262/

                  Money quotes:

                  Hamas understood that journalists would not only accept as fact the Hamas-reported civilian death toll—relayed through the UN or through something called the “Gaza Health Ministry,” an office controlled by Hamas—but would make those numbers the center of coverage. Hamas understood that reporters could be intimidated when necessary and that they would not report the intimidation; Western news organizations tend to see no ethical imperative to inform readers of the restrictions shaping their coverage in repressive states or other dangerous areas. In the war’s aftermath, the NGO-UN-media alliance could be depended upon to unleash the organs of the international community on Israel, and to leave the jihadist group alone.

                  When Hamas’s leaders surveyed their assets before this summer’s round of fighting, they knew that among those assets was the international press. The AP staff in Gaza City would witness a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering reporters and other civilians nearby—and the AP wouldn’t report it, not even in AP articles about Israeli claims that Hamas was launching rockets from residential areas. (This happened.) Hamas fighters would burst into the AP’s Gaza bureau and threaten the staff—and the AP wouldn’t report it. (This also happened.) Cameramen waiting outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City would film the arrival of civilian casualties and then, at a signal from an official, turn off their cameras when wounded and dead fighters came in, helping Hamas maintain the illusion that only civilians were dying. (This too happened; the information comes from multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of these incidents.)

                  I evidently subscribed after they stopped publishing anything other than left wing orthodoxy.

                  1. Great find! +10 for making us all (except whatshisface) smarter!

                2. Stroozle’s for corporatism, abortion and thwarting the Jewish menace, but it’s everyone else who’s a Nazi.

              2. Proof: The DNC far left squad endorses and repeats their PR campaign.

    4. One would think that the story would be how a purportedly objective news organizations were colocated with an avowedly antisemitic terrorist organization making up one side of the conflict they’re reporting on, but I’m not journalist.

  24. Menges was then 18, and they were both 16 (which was then the age of consent in Idaho, where the acts took place). Idaho prosecutors charged him with “crimes against nature,” which the state treated as a ban on anal and oral sex. Menges wound up serving seven years in prison for it.

    Come back after they’ve spent 14 min. standing on his neck. Until then GTFO.

  25. https://twitter.com/VP/status/1394065129424277508?s=19

    Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.

    1. Related, and totally pathetic example of brain washing.

      “ Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.
      He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November. It did not budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Joe Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Glickman said he planned to stay the course.”

      1. Unfit to live

      2. The fact that he got the bug despite doing all that stupid shit never once deterred him!

      3. With any luck people like this will commit mass suicide and put themselves out of their misery

      4. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November

        This has crossed over into the realm of religion.

  26. For those who missed it over the weekend, Science, one of the two most prestigious scientific journals in the world, published an open letter signed by 18 of the world’s leading virologists, last week, calling for new investigations into the origin of covid-19.

    The two theories were not given balanced consideration. Only 4 of the 313 pages of the report and its annexes addressed the possibility of a laboratory accident (4). Notably, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus commented that the report’s consideration of evidence supporting a laboratory accident was insufficient and offered to provide additional resources to fully evaluate the possibility (5) . . . .

    We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data. A proper investigation should be transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest.

    —-Open Letter published in Science, May 13, 2021.

    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6543/694.1

    This letter was prompted by recent revelations regarding Dr. Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funding research at the Wuhan Virology Institute to make gain of function viruses transmissible to humans, as well as Dr. Fauci’s public responses (amounting to a non-denial denial) to Rand Paul’s questions stating that the NIAID didn’t fund the gain of function research itself.

    The existence of this letter in Science has a number of implications. That it isn’t just conspiracy theorists and Fox News claiming that covid-19 could have escaped from a lab may be important to some intellectually challenged people, but the real significance is that it means there is no longer a scientific consensus about the origin of covid-19. Some of the leading virologists in the world are saying that there is not enough data to exclude covid-19 coming from the lab, and without any bats confirmed with the virus, they’re saying that isn’t enough evidence to support the scientific statement that it jumped species naturally either.

    As climate change deniers are happy to point out, just because there’s a scientific consensus, doesn’t mean the consensus is true. If the only available evidence suggests something that is false, then scientists are supposed to tell us the wrong thing. This is the fundamental problem of science. Because everything we think is true today can be shown to be false with future discoveries, all scientific conclusions are tentative, with a certain amount of uncertainty attached to them.

    That being said, however, it is impossible to cite a scientist’s statements as an authoritative source for the origin of the virus if there is no scientific consensus on the topic–because of the appeal to authority fallacy. And given this letter from some of the world’s leading virologists, there is no longer a scientific consensus on the subject of the origin of covid-19.

    Dr. Fauci’s authority on the subject depends on there being a scientific consensus, and if there is no scientific consensus on the origin of the virus, then anybody–including Dr. Fauci–now quoting the scientists who said in the past that it jumped naturally from bats is violating the appeal to authority fallacy.

    1. Fauci funded the project that created the virus.

      1. I found out on Sunday that Fauci was not under oath when he was under questioning from Rand Paul. Would love for him to come back to Congress under oath this time.

        1. I bet – 250 that he eighter pulls a “my fingers were crossed” or “it’s opposite day” defence

      2. We don’t know that to be true.

        We know that Facui’s NIAID funded research at the Wuhan Virology Institute that was intended to make gain of function coronaviruses transmissible to humans, and we know that funding such research, with gain of function viruses, was incredibly reckless in a Chinese lab with a poor safety record. We also know that there is now no scientific consensus on the origin of covid-19.

        And that’s all we need to know to call “bullshit” on Dr. Fauci.

        1. Doctor Fauci and Mister Hide.

    2. Ken, when will Science realize that Covid is entirely the fault of Trump and this is just a conspiracy theory that was investigated thoroughly by the honest and independent press last year.

      Hopefully I don’t have to put /s in.

      1. One of the questions being asked right now is about when it became against policy to do gain of function research at the NIH, and who it was that made the policy switch.

        Last I heard, gain of function research became against policy during the Obama administration and was made acceptable again sometime during the Trump administration.

        It isn’t clear whether this policy was implemented or revoked with the input of the White House or anyone higher than the people at the NIH. The change in policy does appear to have been at a time when Dr. Fauci was at NIAID.

        1. According to the articles I linked, it became forbidden in 2014, but the restriction was lifted in 2017. But the restriction wasn’t really done away with, it was permitted in 2017 for the funding agency to waive the prohibition in cases of public health interest, which apparently was used to mean “when they wanted to do it anyway.”

          1. Was it lifted by Dr. Fauci?

          2. I know the answer is that we don’t know yet.

    3. “There are certain requirements that should be met for an argument from authority to be legitimate:

      1) The authority is an acknowledged expert in the field under consideration.

      2) The statement of the authority is relevant to their field of expertise.

      3) There is a general agreement among experts in the field under consideration.”

      —-Appeal to Authority Fallacy

      https://fallacyinlogic.com/appeal-to-authority-fallacy/

      I repeat, in order to avoid the appeal to authority fallacy, the statement being made must reflect the scientific consensus on that statement. If there is no consensus, the statement is made without the benefit of authority. There is no scientific consensus on the origin of covid-19, and Dr. Fauci’s statements on the topic–past or present–carry no authoritative weight whatsoever.

      Fauci’s statements need to be thoroughly scrutinized, and anyone who believes what he says because of his position or because he’s a scientist is doing so irrationally. If it helps, some of the world’s most prominent virologists aren’t taking his word for it either.

      It might be added that Fauci’s NIAID funding research that makes gain of function viruses transmissible to humans in a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record was incredibly reckless.
      They did it with our hard earned money, no less! Regardless of whether the NIAID funded research was actually the origin of covid-19, funding that research was reckless like playing Russian roulette a la The Deer Hunter is reckless and stupid regardless of whether you win or lose. Dr. Fauci, certainly, has no business making qualitative choices on our behalf or anyone else’s.

    4. Finally, in this time of unfortunate anti-Asian sentiment in some countries, we note that at the beginning of the pandemic, it was Chinese doctors, scientists, journalists, and citizens who shared with the world crucial information about the spread of the virus—often at great personal cost (8, 9).

      “To be sure”?!?!?

      This is fucking science God Dammit!

      1. I suppose they could be referring to the anti-Asian sentiments in China…

        1. They’re referring to the anti-Asian violence that has seen a huge uptick on the streets of the United States. They’re trying to inoculate themselves against charges of racism, which, let’s face it, is the typical response of progressives against anyone who questions the authority of their favorite bureaucrats. They don’t want to be cancelled from their universities for questioning the statements of a progressive icon, and they’re right to be concerned about that.

          1. >> has seen a huge uptick on the streets

            you’ve seen this? I have not.

            1. I know it’s a progressive talking point right now.

              I’m seeing advertising denouncing anti-Asian violence on TV.

              https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/story-group-tracking-anti-asian-hate-incidents-rcna662

              Regardless of the statistics, people who work at universities are right to be concerned about being falsely accused of making statements that could be linked to anti-Asian violence, and that is presumably why they made those statements about opposing anti-Asian prejudice.

              Do you have any doubt but that progressives would stoop to accusing scientists of stoking anti-Asian hate if progressives thought it served their interests to do so?

              1. Does it concern the progressives that blm and anti-Asian violence are mutually connected?

              2. no no I’m just saying they created the windmill at which to tilt. there is no anti-asian violence, just a bunch of hooey about stopping it so they can have another campaign

                1. Asians have been a target for violence for a very long time, with the LA riots targeting Koreans in 1992 as a prime example. I suspect there is something to the suggestion that social justice warriors are concerned that they’re losing the support of Asians, particularly over the issue of affirmative action. Still, these scientists trying to insulate themselves from charges of stoking racism against Asians are probably wise to do so–even IF IF IF the present campaign to stop violence against Asians were completely a politically calculated fabrication. Accusing people of racism for political reasons is how progressives roll.

                  1. Accusing people of racism for political reasons is how progressives roll.

                    The open statement is appeasement and doesn’t dissuade progressive trolls.

                    “At the beginning of the pandemic, it was Chinese doctors, scientists, journalists, and citizens who shared with the world crucial information about the spread of the virus—often at great personal cost (8, 9). We should honor that cost as well as the cost paid by the tens of millions of lives claimed by this virus [as well as the freedoms sacrificed by those who will survive], to discover the root cause of this pandemic and take steps to prevent future outbreaks before they happen.”

                    In fairness, it would surprise me exactly none to learn that something similar was submitted and got amended prior to publication.

          2. They’re referring to the anti-Asian violence that has seen a huge uptick on the streets of the United States.

            I know what they’re referring to. Editorializing in a scientific journal to CYA is still editorializing in a scientifc journal. The opposite of racism isn’t anti-racism; we should want to know how the virus was created and escaped no matter what shade of yellow it paints those responsible.

    5. The best summary I have seen so far is Nicholas Wade’s, which gives a very detailed explanation that you can track if you remember high school biology. Some of the links are interesting, if very much more detailed, and amount to an eye-opening overview of the types of things happening in genetic manipulation these days.

      For instance:

      The GeneArt® Seamless Cloning and Assembly Kit enables the simultaneous and directional cloning of 1 to 4 PCR fragments, consisting of any sequence, into any linearized vector, in a single 30-minute room temperature reaction.

      Enough reagent for 20 reactions, plus control, available for $479 from your friendly, neighborhood Thermo Fisher Scientific. DNA isolation lab sold separately.

    1. I sometimes suspect that Twitter Jack is old Uncle Screwtape fucking with humanity.
      He’s got a good enough goatish beard for it.

    2. PRIVATE COMPANY THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT as long as they don’t do it to sex workers.

  27. “And Montana never required people convicted under its old sodomy prohibition to register as sex offenders. But Montana does require anyone with a conviction from another state that is registerable in that state to register if they move to Montana. So, despite taking measures to decriminalize gay life in Montana, the state still enforces Idaho’s backwards and homophobic treatment of old sodomy convictions.”

    Is there any better proof that lawyers like playing a stupid game of technicalities regardless of any connection to justice?

    1. Qualified Immunity? Asset Forfeiture? Section 230?

    2. It’s like Governor Ptomaine put it in Blazing Saddles: “We’ve got to keep our phoney-baloney jobs! HARUMPH! HARUMPH! HARUMPH!”

      Maybe next thing you know, they’ll extradite Iranian LGBTQs found in Montana or even carry out the stoning on the Ayatollah’s behalf.

      So much for my plans to move to Montana a raise me a crop of dental floss!

      1. So is the pygmy pony on the market now?

        1. Only to a good, loving home. No proxy inquiries or sales “for a friend.” 🙂

    3. True justice in this case would be putting the Attorneys General of Montana and Idaho onto a “Sadistic assholes who should never have power over another being” registry.

      1. ^^^^
        1000x This!

    1. He appears to be living in your head rent free, lard ass strudel.

    2. A WaPo cite? From those liars who spent three years supporting a fake dossier?
      Lefty shit is gullible and stupid.

      1. 3? they still report it as fact. They’ve never returned the awards. Some even still repeat the 2000 selected not elected lie.

    3. That’s not Ron Klain.

      “Bannon is a puppet-master”
      Lol, not even his mom would believe he was capable of that.

    4. Didn’t the Washington Post publish literal CCP paid propaganda?

  28. I don’t understand what the AZ GOP and Trump want this this silly audit of theirs, which they seem determined to invalidate and cheat at every turn. Do they actually think they can overturn the election? Are they as stupid as the Birthers who thought they could overturn the election? Oh wait, they are all Birthers. That such people are running the AZ GOP is profoundly sad.

    Next door in California a bunch of Birthers, including that nutbag dentist, tried to make literal inroads into the party by crashing the convention. The party forcibly expelled them. But McCarthy and Nunes have caved and are more than willing to let the birthers run the party.

    The GOP is literally the best thing that has happened to the LP since Nixon.

    1. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Trumpsters deleted the database themselves. After all, if the evidence didn’t prove their assertion then they’d look foolish. Better to made unprovable accusations. That way you can never be proven wrong.

      1. After all, if the evidence didn’t prove their assertion then they’d look foolish.

        What are you talking about? They’ve only completed like 25% of the audit, yet there are massive irregularities in the ballots they’ve already looked at. Or are you going to say that the Trumpsters did that too?

        Before audits: “NO EVIDENCE OF FRAUD”
        After audits: “THE TRUMPSTERS SOMEHOW FALSIFIED THIS EVIDENCE OF FRAUD!” (with no evidence)

        There’s a pattern there with you people, and it’s not a concern for objective truth and evidence

        1. “you people”

          Fuck off.

          1. lol

            1. What people am I, exactly?

              Please, tell me. Who did I vote for? Was I happy with the outcome of the election? Do I like the current president?

              Go ahead and answer those question without asking me what I actually think, and argue against your answers while ignoring what I say.

              That’s what JesseAz and others do, and it’s why their replies to my posts dangle like the turds stuck in taint that they are. They’re muted.

              Feel free to join the club.

              1. Sarcasmic, you are arguing with an insane person.

                1. Himself?

                  1. Sarcs bitter, angry and deluded, but probably not insane.

                2. Chipper you are and you are arguing with an insane person.

              2. You’re in the group of people who think any and all election challenges are by people who are obsessed with Trump as you are, as evidenced by the fact that you think they are all somehow secretly conspiring to falsify evidence of fraud.

                The fact that you also think this position makes you some kind of innocent, objective bystander is just funny.

                1. Wrong on all counts, but thanks for playing.

                  If you want to know what I actually think, ask.

                  1. Nope, that’s you in a nutshell.
                    I think you’ve forgotten that you’ve left a pretty big paper trail in the comments.

                2. Know what? Never mind. It will be easier to mute and ignore you. There’s no point in having a conversation with someone who will tell me what I think, and then argue with me when I tell them they’re wrong. I’ll give you one chance to not be an ass, and after that it’s off to permanent ignore.

                  1. LOL. You’ve been added to his Hihn list where he will tell you you are muted daily. Congrats!

                    1. I’m starting to worry about poor sarc. Something seriously wrong with him.

              3. “What people am I, exactly?”

                A wife-beating drunk who is starved for attention, and regurgitates stuff he heard on CNN because he thinks it makes him sound smart?

              4. You’re someone so full in denial of your actions the last few years that you are spiraling and broken. 3 years calling everyone you disagreed with a trump cultist. Last year defending the left and creating hyperbolic strawmen of the right to attack. Continued to attack only the right this year in threads about Biden’s bad plans.

                You’re broken.

        2. So what exactly do you expect the audit to accomplish? You say there are “massive irregularities” without saying what they are, but what do you think the result will be? Do you think Arizona gets to invalidate it’s own election, and in turn invalidate the CERTIFIED national election? Do you think Trump will get back into office or something?

          Seriously, what do you expect to happen?

          1. No. I don’t think the election will be overturned and I don’t give a shit. BECAUSE. I. DON’T. GIVE. A. SHIT. ABOUT. TRUMP. I care about voting fraud being punished one way or another because I don’t want to be in a banana republic. It’s that simple.

            1. But this will go over your head and you’ll still think this is all about Trump because he lives in your head and you see no reason for that to change.

              1. They really don’t understand the importance of secure elections. They’ve ignored the more than dozen lawsuits overturning last minute rule changes, lawsuits regarding democrats essentially removing conservative poll watchers, etc.

                It is amazing the rationalization they’ve taken to cleanest election ever territory.

                1. DOL literally said he didn’t care that a judge ruled that the Michigan SOS violated election laws.

          2. “Seriously, what do you expect to happen?”

            They will either find evidence of fraud or no evidence of fraud. Either outcome is valuable on their own merits and for their own sake.

            That’s the whole point of audits anyway, which is why so many organizations have annual audits.

            All elections should be audited regardless of fraud accusations.

            The fact that you and Stroozle are so against this tells me that you’re actually worried that Team Blue really did fiddle with things.

            1. Overturning the election is probably not possible, but if the officials get away with massive fraud this time, they’ll steal the _next_ election, too. But what are the actions that should be taken once fraud – or even simple incompetence – is uncovered?

              I’ve been wondering about that since 2016. Trump won very narrowly in Michigan, and the Green party demanded a recount. (I assume that was a stalking horse for Hillary.) The recount effort didn’t get very far before it was canceled, but it did audit Detroit’s ballot boxes – and 26% of them were invalid, with no seals, broken seals, missing signatures, or the number of ballots in the box not matching the number written on the box. If the recount had gone ahead, would those ballots have been excluded or what? But nothing whatever happened to correct the problem. The same people were in charge of counting the ballots in 2000. Whether they were cheating or just careless in 2016, they learned that they could cheat massively and get away with it…

      2. Because you’re an idiot. They deleted it a few days before receiving it.

    2. Ok, Karen

    3. Cite any law or federal court case specifically defines the phrase natural born Citizen.

    4. You could try reading their website and finding out. For example:

      Do they actually think they can overturn the election?

      No. They have been very clear on this. They want to find areas that are susceptible to fraud and fix those areas.

      You know, you could educate yourself on these things, but you seem to prefer just repeating narratives as fact.

  29. the first time I saw The Cult they opened for Billy Idol @the Spectrum in April 1986. also the first time I saw an opening band outplay the headliner

    1. Color me jealous.

      1. handful of times down here in Dallas too but it seems like it’s been 17-18 years now since the last … always a great show.

        1. I don’t know if I’d go now. My musical taste has gone off the rails last few years.

          Last three shows I saw were Joy Formidable, Ladytron and Phantogram.

          1. some bands require perpetual attendance … Cult, Candlebox, Black Crowes … Dead & Co coming in October … my phish tix apparently carry over from 2020, so to Arkansas in July! (yay?)

            1. I’m not so big on watching old people on stage. Seeing Steve Miller Band back in the 90s cured me of that. Buch of ancients standing around with a great light show. I’ll pass. Maybe if I still did hallucinogens, but I haven’t touched those since Lemonwheel.

            2. That and I prefer small shows over arenas.

              Tickets that were cancelled in 2019 were Glitch Mob, Pack A.D. (I’m still pissed about that), while Ministry has rescheduled.

              Try some new music.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boy6adw7FbM

              1. >>Try some new music.

                lol literally have on 4/18/71 Grateful Dead @Cortland, NY … I’ll try yours after

              2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMRU6COFhkc

                It’s just two ladies, a guitar, a drum set, a couple mics, and a fuckload of attitude.

                1. ya that’s all good.

                2. That just sounds awful.

                  1. Aaaaaaaaand the new Tulpa gets muted.

              3. Small shows are almost always better than arenas.

    2. Billy Idol is at the top of my list of artists I would instantly ban from the radio at the snap of my fingers.

      1. only one I leave on anymore is Eyes w/o a Face … in 1986 he was a big deal everybody loved White Wedding & Rebel Yell … and he was nailing Leeza Gibbons

        1. Leeza Gibbons–another Hollywood hottie that jacked up her face with plastic surgery.

      2. At the time he was the awesome.

  30. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1394315957699497987?s=19

    Red herring. They have (not “should have”) the same rights. We are not entering into a “privileges granted by the state” (Hegelian) model. We’re sticking with our rights endowed by our creator (Lockean) model, thank you very much. Get out of here with this trash. [Link]

  31. Cults themselves may or may not be more common now than in 2014

    Yes they are. I can’t browse my amazon or netflix viewing list without being bombarded with Critical Race Theory categories.

    1. My favorite part is how the CRT tards lumped in East Asians, Indians, and Pacific Islanders in one big racial lump for their “Celebrate (insert minority group here)” signal-fest, despite the fact that they consist of very different ethnic groups and cultures with very little in common.

      The CRT tards are more obsessed with racial bloodlines than the KKK and 19th century European aristocrats ever were.

      1. Stop Asian Hate seems to cover the Eastern Hemisphere.

        1. Everything north, south, and east of the Caucasus Mountain Range anyway.

      2. Only one Asian country wants them all to be lumped together, which lends credence to the idea that the CCP is behind a lot of our CRT nonsense

      3. My favorite part is how the CRT tards lumped in East Asians, Indians, and Pacific Islanders in one big racial lump

        Which is so perfectly symbolized by the history of Pacific Islanders having pointed out back in the ’90s “we’re not Asian – we’re from a totally different place altogether that doesn’t have anything to do with Asia.”

        So what’s the wokester-CRT response? “Oh, I guess that means we need to included Pacific Islander in the name of the group we arbitrarily lump you into – how’s AAPI? We feel that does a good job of showing that you’re a distinct part of the group you tried to tell us you’re not part of, you BIPOC you.”

        1. It makes sense if you think about this in terms of classic divide and conquer strategy. The point isn’t to properly taxonomize cultures or peoples to better understand or serve anyone, the point is to divide people into easily managed groups that are all ready to fight against each other but are all too small to fight against the colonial power individually. Most typically this was done by dividing the native population into a majority group and a minority group and then empowering the minority group to administer the colony as a proxy for the colonial power. In this way, the colonial power was able to control a large population with an extremely small number of colonial bureaucrats and officers by using the institutional power wielded by the minority group to keep the majority group in line, while the minority group was kept in line with the threat of withdrawing that institutional power and leaving the minority group at the mercy of the majority group.

          1. while the minority group was kept in line with the threat of withdrawing that institutional power and leaving the minority group at the mercy of the majority group

            Tutsis on line one . . .

      4. Lissen, lissen! These are the people screaming about ScarJo playing Kusanagi – a woman in a full-body prosthesis – because the *character* (who is, physically, a brain in a robot body) is Japanese. Right?

        And then suggested *Korean and Chinese* actress to play the role.

        1. And then waved off the actual Japanese people who were not happy with the idea that two other ethnicities (they got confused ‘but I though ya’ll was Asian’) that the Japanese have a long-standing emnity towards were being pushed and that they didn’t know what they were talking about when the Japs said ‘no, Johansen is fine – she’s hot’.

          ‘Asian’ is the new ‘Oriental’ – its just as ‘racists’ as Oriental in that it ignores the differences between these people and fetishizes them as ‘exotic’ all the same.

  32. Liberals in 10 years: The War on Menthol is racist!!!

  33. “The New York Times’ Ben Smith explores “how hundreds of ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won’t be talked out of it.””

    Want to bet what political party most of these folks belong to? Republican, Independent, and Libertarian are incorrect answers.

    Yes. Democrats. The party that thinks a few hundred unarmed rioters could overthrow the government of the United States would have no problem seeing holding up three fingers on your third Jeopardy win as a White Supremacy sign.

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  35. “He’s on Montana’s Sex Offender Registry for Consensual Gay Sex”

    No, he’s on Montana’s Sex Offender Registry for buggering minors. It’s bullshit because he was only two years older, but it’s still not because of “Consensual Gay Sex”.

    I hate these cheap, clickbait, concern-manufacturing articles, where they try to trick you into righteous indignation.

    1. You can make what you will of Idaho’s age of consent laws, but the man was not “buggering minors” according to Idaho law. The story reads:

      Now 45, Menges was convicted as a teenager for having consensual sex with two other male teens. Menges was then 18, and they were both 16 (which was then the age of consent in Idaho, where the acts took place).

  36. The New York Times
    They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever

    Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.

    He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November. It did not budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Joe Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Glickman said he planned to stay the course.

    In fact, he said, he plans to do his grocery run double-masked and goggled for at least the next five years.

    Even as a combination of evolving public health recommendations and pandemic fatigue lead more Americans to toss the masks they have worn for more than a year, Glickman is among those who say they plan to keep their faces covered in public indefinitely.

    For people like Glickman, a combination of anxiety, murky information about new virus variants and the emergence of an obdurate and sizable faction of vaccine holdouts means mask-free life is on hold — possibly forever.

    LOL, jesus fuck–this past year utterly broke these people. You have to wonder how much the free-floating anxiety engendered by the media and mass society is contributing to this type of maladaptive social behavior that isn’t even based on science.

    I predict within another year, these people will either drop all this out of social conformity, or will end up being pathetically isolated from their friends and family. “Long COVID” is going to end up being a Munchie trend for these people, too, because they can get asspats for it on social media to get their dopamine fix. Who the hell wants to hang out with a hypochondriac other than other hypochondriacs?

    1. The other day I saw someone riding a bicycle while wearing a mask. What the fucking fuckity fuck? How do they breathe? Do they know that the purpose of masks is to prevent them from getting others sick when social distancing isn’t possible? Apparently no, since they’re all alone on a bicycle on the road. Then again half the cars passing the guy had a single masked occupant and closed windows. That I totally don’t get. Wearing a mask when you’re alone in your car? The fuck is wrong with these people?

      I predict within another year, these people will either drop all this out of social conformity…

      I hope you’re right, but what if those idjits are the majority? What if, when mask mandates are gone, a majority keeps wearing the fucking things? Then those of us who only wear masks when we don’t want to be hassled by the cops will be the minority, and subject to the pressures of social conformity.

      Wonko the Sane was right.

      1. I think they will become the hippies of the ’20-’30s, a throwback that everyone just sort of humors and edges away from.

        1. Too bad the hippies of old didn’t hand out masks so the rest of us didn’t have to smell that damn spituey oil they stink themselves with.

      2. And then you screamed something about Trump and the GOP.

      3. I hope you’re right, but what if those idjits are the majority?

        I honestly don’t think they are. In my neck of the woods, and I live in a purple area of a blue state, I’ve noticed a LOT of people around town have ditched them now, unless the stores still have the “please wear a mask” signs up. I think a lot of them were just waiting for someone at the top to say, “You’re good if you’re vaxxed/we have herd immunity/fuck these mask mandates/etc.,” to finally break them off. In the stores, no one was bothering each other over whether they wore a mask or not.

        I suspect by the end of the summer, the vast, VAST majority of people will have stopped wearing them, and they only might make a small, non-mandated comeback later this winter. The people still doing this MOPP4 shit a year from now are going to be looked on as weirdos.

    2. Add to that the fact that some people like masks. I know more than a couple parents whose children welcome the anonymity of wearing the things. They turn it into a fashion statement.

      Heck, I think I may have seen Nardz while shopping the other day. Unless there are others wearing “Trump 2024” masks at the store.

      1. Seek help.

      2. Is nardz a black guy who looks like a house n word? Asking for KARen. He really needs to know.

  37. The AZ guy is a liar or a moron and so is ENB. It wasn’t the voter registration database it was the “Results Tally and Reporting” database from the EMSprimary computer. They may have retrieved it though.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/breaking-maricopa-county-elections-officials-deleted-entire-database-voting-machines-including-election-information-main-database/

    1. The “AZ guy”, who is a Republican election official in Maricopa County, has to guess what Trump was talking about because Trump’s accusation was absolutely vague, just saying that Maricopa County had deleted “an entire Database.” So, the “AZ guy” looked around for the only election database he knew of, and reported to all of us, “Nope. It’s still there. Looking right at it.”

      What the heck does the linked article even mean when it talks about deleting a “database” from a tallying machine? Maybe it has a directly where a SQLite file has the tally from the last time the machine was used. Who knows — maybe if Trump or the linked article gave more than vague, hand waving accusations, we could get to the bottom of it.

      But that’s not what either Trump of the authors of the linked article really want. What they want is to spread unverifiable FUD.

      1. directory

      2. My mistake. I didn’t see part of the article. It does show where a database directory is missing.

        1. My guess is that’s the database Trump was talking about then Dee.

  38. https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1394360821355094021?s=19

    PRES. BIDEN: “Those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price.” [Video]

    1. So what? Why does he care that people who choose to not vaccinate get sick and die? What about those who had it and are now immune? The world is insane.

      1. Because you were told to do so. How can he demonstrate his power over you if he can’t compel you?

        You will submit or you will be destroyed as an example to others.

        1. “How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?“

          Winston thought. “By making him suffer”, he said.

          “Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy – everything. Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.”

  39. This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don’t call this out… pic.twitter.com/5tDy1wsZg6

    — Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct)

    Except that Democrats don’t believe that 2+2 doesn’t equal 5 anymore. To say it equals 4 is white supremacy and colonialism and denies other ways of knowing.

    And no, I am not making that shit up – they’ve actually been pushing this shit, including on Twitter.

  40. • Mastercard’s new porn rules hurt sex workers:

    Private company free to set whatever rules they want for the use of the service they provide, right?

    1. Like, that’s the end of the discussion. Right? I mean, it is for social media.

  41. Menges isn’t alone in his struggle. His case “comes amid a larger struggle over laws that have historically been used to discriminate against L.G.B.T.Q. people,” notes the Times

    When did the acronym “LGBTQ” come to have periods in between the letters?

    1. Does “Q” stand for what I think it stands for? Isn’t using the Q-word abusive? (8-)

      1. ‘Q’ does stand for Queer or Questioning and LGBTQ+ have rehabilitated Queer as long as it is used in a neutral or positive way. It’s all in the context and how it is used.

        1. As for the periods used above? Don’t ask me why those are there. I guess the Woke Trans-Activists think that everybody can have periods. 😉

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