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Get a Warrant, Supreme Court Tells Cops Who Seized Guns From Home Without Due Process

Plus: On SATs and bias, what changed when Texas lifted its mask mandate, and more...

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Warrantless seizure of guns from a home is not OK, the Supreme Court reminded police officers on Monday. This applies even if someone is undergoing treatment for mental health issues.

The case, Caniglia v. Strom, involved a domestic dispute between Edward Caniglia and his wife. "During an argument with his wife, petitioner Edward Caniglia placed a handgun on the dining room table and asked his wife to 'shoot [him] and get it over with.' His wife instead left the home and spent the night at a hotel. The next morning, she was unable to reach her husband by phone, so she called the police to request a welfare check," the Court explains in its summary. It goes on to explain that:

The responding officers accompanied Caniglia's wife to the home, where they encountered Caniglia on the porch. The officers called an ambulance based on the belief that Caniglia posed a risk to himself or others. Caniglia agreed to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation on the condition that the officers not confiscate his firearms. But once Caniglia left, the officers located and seized his weapons. Caniglia sued, claiming that the officers had entered his home and seized him and his firearms without a warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

A federal district court sided with the cops who had seized Caniglia's guns without a warrant. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit affirmed this decision, saying that a "community caretaking exception" to warrant requirements made it OK. But the Supreme Court disagreed in a unanimous decision.

"The Fourth Amendment protects 'the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,'" notes Justice Clarence Thomas in the Court's opinion. And "the 'very core' of this guarantee is 'the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion," he points out, citing the 2013 case Florida v. Jardines.

"To be sure, the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit all unwelcome intrusions 'on private property,'—only 'unreasonable' ones," adds Thomas. "We have thus recognized a few permissible invasions of the home and its curtilage. Perhaps most familiar, for example, are searches and seizures pursuant to a valid warrant." And police are sometimes permitted to enter under exigent circumstances, such as a need to offer emergency assistance to an injured person or to prevent imminent harm.

Yet none of those circumstances applied in this case. And the "community caretaking" exception applied by the 1st Circuit doesn't work, suggested SCOTUS. In that case—Cady v. Dombrowski—police without a warrant searched an impounded car for a firearm.

An impounded car is different than a home, and "what is reasonable for vehicles is different from what is reasonable for homes," the Supreme Court concluded. Not only that but "Cady expressly contrasted its treatment of a vehicle already under police control with a search of a car 'parked adjacent to the dwelling place of the owner,'" wrote Thomas:

Cady's unmistakable distinction between vehicles and homes also places into proper context its reference to "community caretaking." This quote comes from a portion of the opinion explaining that the "frequency with which . . . vehicle[s] can become disabled or involved in . . . accident[s] on public highways" often requires police to perform noncriminal "community caretaking functions," such as providing aid to motorists. But, this recognition that police officers perform many civic tasks in modern society was just that—a recognition that these tasks exist, and not an open-ended license to perform them anywhere.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected arguments for exceptions to the requirement that police obtain a warrant before searching a home. "We thus vacate the judgment below and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion," the justices wrote.


FREE MINDS

Should we do away with the SATs? Many progressives think so, arguing that the test is a poor measure of cognitive ability or perhaps even "white supremacist." Leftist writer and The Cult of Smart author Freddie deBoer challenges their conceptions, including the idea that "SATs/ACTs don't predict college success," that they only measure test taking ability, that they "just replicate the income distribution," that they're easily gamed by tutoring, and that losing the SATs will help colleges expand racial diversity.

"Any useful discussion of these issues has to start with getting past the mountains of fake facts and folk wisdom that progressive people have been peddling" about them, suggests deBoer. "If you're anti-SAT/ACT, say so—but stop making empirically indefensible claims."


FREE MARKETS

Nothing changed when Texas lifted its mask mandate: 

A number of states are dropping mandatory mask requirements in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance. For instance, New York will start letting private establishments make their own mask decisions:

Virginia lifted its mask mandate last Friday. Massachusetts' mask mandate will end on May 29. Kentucky's mask mandate will be repealed as of June 11.

Elsewhere, "state investigators will no longer inspect retail businesses for compliance with the Ohio mask mandate, which will be revised Monday to allow fully vaccinated Ohioans to drop their masks in most indoor locations," reports The Enquirer.

National chains including Target have said they'll stop requiring customers to wear masks in states where it's not mandated. Masks "will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated," said Target.

Some stores have even been removing mandates a little prematurely:

L.A. County's director of public health Monday said officials have been contacting a number of retail chains to emphasize that existing rules that require everyone to wear masks indoors in a store remain in effect in California.

The education effort came after the Trader Joe's in South Pasadena posted a sign in front of its store on Friday that gave permission for vaccinated shoppers to enter its market without a mask — a policy that violates California orders.

California's mask mandate will remain in effect until June 15.


QUICK HITS

• The Supreme Court will hear a case concerning a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks.

• Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is costing the state hundreds of millions in legal fees to defend his erstwhile racial profiling. "The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols in metro Phoenix a decade ago are expected to reach $202 million by summer 2022," the Associated Press reports.

The Atlantic looks at how Vice President Kamala Harris is doing so far. "If Biden's presidency succeeds, Harris will be on a glide path to the Democratic nomination and potentially the White House," writes Edward-Isaac Dovere. "If it doesn't, her vice presidency could end her political career."

• In July, "roughly 39 million households will begin receiving automatic payments" as part of the new child tax credit program, CBS News reports.

• Sex work is part of the gig economy, writes Farmingdale State College sociology professor Angela Jones, in a piece on her research into online sex work communities and how "the internet has helped improve sex workers' lives, including by keeping them safer."

Medical marijuana is now legal in Alabama.

• Trump's trade war is now Biden's trade war.

Gun buyback programs don't work.

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  1. Warrantless seizure of guns from a home is not OK, the Supreme Court reminded police officers on Monday.

    I’d hate to be those police when they receive their punishment.

    1. I obviously agree with the decision here, but why should the cops be punished? An appellate court thought their behavior was fine. Granted, the cops’ conduct was so wrong it hurt. (Unanimous Supreme Court decisions—and very short opinions at that!—are what we like to call ‘a clue’.) But when did we start expecting police officers to know more about criminal procedure, than actual federal judges?

      (If you want to say, “Great! Punish the judges too!”, I’m listening.)

      1. Because there have to be personal consequences to deciding to violate constitutional rights or there is no incentive to check one’s behavior at that crucial point where the proverbial state rubber hits the metaphorical individual road.

        And, yes, I would be agreeable to all the way up the figurative government automobile to where Mitt Romney’s dog rides. I’m disappointed that legislators can only be punished at the ballot box for failing to uphold their constitutional oaths.

        1. I propose a relegation system like they use in English football leagues. If you’re a judge that gets overturned so many times by a higher court, you get relegated to a lower court. Eventually you could be banned from being a judge at all.

          1. I didn’t know they did that. I like that system. Have to look into it more.

            1. One of the funniest parts of European soccer. Big storied teams getting threatened with having to drop down a division if they lose too many games, and have to play in the equivalent of AAA the following year.

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        2. Yes, in theory, but in this specific example they knew the law as well as a Federal judge, and they didn’t actually hurt anyone.

          For all we know, the wife asked them to take the guns. I’m not reading all that.

          1. Didn’t hurt anyone? How about theft?

        3. Fist, if it’s a close enough case that an entire panel of people who are paid to discuss this stuff for a living, thought the conduct wasn’t unconstitutional, the conduct’s not so obviously unconstitutional that people should get hammered when they do it. It isn’t an obvious right or obvious wrong thing.

          If you sanction people for making good faith mistakes, or at least, mistakes where a group of judges thought that the mistake wasn’t unconstitutional, you’re going to end up with a group of people who are afraid to do anything. Which is why modern policing in the US is devolving towards anyway. So, yay?

          There isn’t an obvious scoreboard, glowing in the heavens, that objectively tells us what conduct is acceptable, and what conduct isn’t. It’s an accumulation of subjective judgments of how the law should be interpreted and applied. And in this case, it’s not just one nutty judge who thought this was OK; it was a group of them that signed off on it. If they, with their years of likely Top-15 law school education and experience on the bench, got it wrong, what hope does Officer Friendly, with maybe a two year C.J. degree, have?

          I’m glad—and really surprised—that the Supreme Court smacked the First Circuit down.

          1. It’s not that the entire appeals court thought that it wasn’t unconstitutional, but that a majority thought they could get away with ignoring the plain language of the 2nd and 4th Amendments taken together. Because “guns are bad”.

            Yes, the Supreme Court should be keeping score and somehow penalizing lower court judges that keep getting it wrong. But the worse problem is that, depending on the issue, 3 to 6 SC justices will also ignore the Constitution.

      2. Because no reasonable person would have thought that they had authority to go into the guy’s house and seize the guns in the first place.

      3. Great, punish the judges, too. Judicial immunity is a bs “common law” standard that flies in the face of the wording several statutes, notably 18 USC 1983 as the dissent in Pierson v. Ray curator and correctly lays out. If the courts and police act in concert to create absurd interpretations of laws to deprive rights, I have no sympathy for either when they get sued or better yet charged.

      4. ANY Government agent, LEO, judge or desk-jockey, who violates the Constitution should be summarily executed in the public square.

        Short drop.

        Time to put some damn TEETH into the Constitution.

    2. A unanimous decision. Probably Trump’s fault for appointing Kagan and Sotomayor.

    3. A-HA!!!! BWWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

      Whew…..

      Oh…. wait…. You actually think they will be “punished”?

  2. Should we do away with the SATs? Many progressives think so, arguing that the test is a poor measure of cognitive ability or…

    WAIT FOR IT

    …perhaps even “white supremacist.”

    1. I heard the SAT used to include the word “yacht”.

      1. “dance company”

    2. I don’t recall any questions on the SAT that referenced former (D) Senator Robert Byrd. Though I do recall at the time of his death that Hillary Clinton referred to him as a mentor. Byrd was an exalted cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. Thankfully, not part of the SATs.

        1. I recall him turning a blind eye to genocide in China as well.

    3. I think supremacy requires being at the top of the pyramid right?

      Are we calling Second Place trophies, or even Third Place trophies, depending on how much you divide the Asian category, supremacy?

      Maybe the person who used that term failed English. Maybe that person needs hu’Whites to be lower, maybe on the bottom of the totem pole, in order to sustain erections. Maybe it’s Maybelline.

      1. Our racial categorization system is idiotic anyway (on multiple levels), so the imminent lumping of Indians, Samoans, and Chinese together with Norwegians would probably be an improvement.

        1. Are you implying that dumping Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Arabs, Russians, and liberal white women into one giant bucket is irrational?

        2. Seriously. That category includes 4 differnt races, if you believe in such things. Caucasoids, mongoloids, austroloids and negritos.

    4. Instead what if we make the sat more relatable to minorities.
      If a 40 costs 3.50 on the first of the month how many 40s can Jamal purchase? If xe space drinking that amount over the 30 day monrh how many Oz per day can Jamal drink

      1. Man, inflation is real. 3.50 for a 40??

      2. It’s always hilarious when some clueless elementary school teacher writes a version of that kind of math quiz, and the news gets a hold of it.

        “How do I reach these kids?!”

      3. Rev, it’s spelled “tree fiddy.” Show some cultural sensitivity, buddy.

        1. I said xe!

          1. So not transphobic, but still racist. Do better.

        2. You’re not going to trick me, lochness monster!

          1. And then the fourth time……

            1. Hey if you’re ever in the NW maybe we can watch that episode or something.

              If you’re not still mad at me.

    5. I am against the SAT. Not because they are “white supremacist,” or favor the well-healed, but because I reject such testing in general. And, please note: I did quite well on all the tests I had during junior high, high school, the SATs, and the GREs, so it’s not about “sour grapes.”

      1. One can note that if you take the gre that generally means you didn’t do well in highschool

      2. My bad I read that as GED

        1. “My bad I read that as GED”

          No problem.

        2. is okay not everybody takes the GER

          1. Unfortunately I actually took that one. Did quite well on it

        3. There’s irony in there somewhere.

      3. What a brilliant argument you’ve laid out. I’m convinced.

        1. I used to argue about it a lot with the profs at the University. Some really sharp folks who had studied the issue were totally in favor of such testing. Some other really sharp folks who had studied the issue were against such testing.

          I have learned some things are not worth arguing about. Some institutions use testing scores, some don’t. It’s likely to stay that way for a long, long time.

      4. I disagree because the SAT is the only reliable measurement that we give that is independent of the high school and gives a value balanced for grade inflation and school achievement.

        For example, many of my schoolmates transferred to an easier high school in order to get into the top ten% or the top ten of the class. They got an objectively worse education but looked better on paper for doing so. The only way to reasonably distinguish this is with a test that is given to all students equally. You can’t use state standardized tests because they are both inconsistent with each other and are too easy to distinguish on the top level.

        If you eliminate SATs, then the only thing left are the soft accomplishments which are WAY too easy to game.

        1. As I said above, there are smart folks on either side of the issue. Each have their reasons.

  3. …that they only measure test taking ability, that they “just replicate the income distribution,” that they’re easily gamed by tutoring…

    Two of those things are certainly what modern education is about. (And yes, probably the other as well.)

    1. I’m far more impressed by someone who games the system than one who let’s the system game them.

      1. Irrational use of apostrophe, doh.

  4. It’s troubling that they thought this was good marketing

    https://twitter.com/HotepJesus/status/1394497074616471554?s=19

    Orwell warned us.

    Alex Jones did too. [Video]

    1. Why weren’t they carrying sidearms?

      1. Soldiers can’t even carry on post unless they are MPs. What makes you think they’d be carrying in public?

        1. Intimidation?

        2. Now you peanuts are worried about concealed carry? Jesus Christ, are you ever satisfied?

  5. Nothing changed when Texas lifted its mask mandate…

    THE RECKONING IS ANY DAY NOW.

    (Taking your pick whether I mean with Texas covid cases or for progressive doomsayers.)

    1. I’m just glad that the Influenza virus picked 2020 as the year to stop killing people. That was really considerate of the Influenza virus to give us a break.

      1. So, when we end up with half-a-million fewer heart disease and cancer deaths in the next few years, will it be a retarded mystery or a heralding of the brilliance of public health administrators’ efforts to get people to exercise more and eat their green leafies (despite decades of failure)?

        1. Biden will have cured them

    2. Mom 2019: “Go get your vaccinations!”
      Citizens: “No!”

      Mom 2021: “If all your friends were jabbing needles into each others’ arms would you?”
      Subjects: “Yes!”

  6. https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1393248440080076810?s=19

    As a journalist trying to figure out what is true and separate that from the rest, I have learned that documents like this are worth their weight in gold in terms of what they tell you about planning/organisation & kill the fantasy that these things happen on their own…
    [Link]

  7. For instance, New York will start letting private establishments make their own mask decisions…

    Emphasizing the word ‘mask’ there.

  8. 2021 USA = 1933 Germany

    Change my mind.

    1. I can’t. I can’t even make an attempt.

      1. Bob if you’re Mormon you’re the Nazi.

        Mormon piece of shit!

        1. Hi KARen!

          So now anyone in Idaho is a suspected Mormon?

          You can’t really be this dumb.

          1. KAR is my one and only mute.

            1. Dont wanna hear the truth about your fake perv god?

          2. If he isn’t Mormon he’s free to say he isn’t. In my experience people in Mormon areas who aren’t Mormon will emphatically say they aren’t Mormon.

            Mormons will not answer or try to downplay how many Mormons there are.

    2. People in 2021 America speek less German…. Ummm and eat less struddle?

      1. struddle

        Strudel that’s been dropped in a small pool of rainwater? Even then I’m pretty sure ’21 USA is eating more strudel than ’33 DEU.

    3. Bien doesn’t have a mustache…

      1. *Biden

      2. That fur on his face is actually some little girl’s hair he is sniffing.

    4. If anyone goes full Nazi it’ll be rightwing idiots like you because you’re delusional and full of hate.

      1. For corporate fascism you need to look at the left. And for literal praises of hitler you can look to CNN, the NFL, and Louis farrakahn.

      2. Yet it is the left stomping their feet crying Iron Dome is protecting too many Jewish people from 3500 rockets fired. It is the left increasing anti Semitic attacks. It is the left seeking to increase federal authoritarianism through court packing, voter regulations, increased spending and taxes.

        Hell. It is even the left dreaming of trains.

        1. “Yet it is the left stomping their feet crying Iron Dome is protecting too many Jewish people from 3500 rockets fired.”

          That part has been absolutely surreal. Getting pissed at the Jews for not letting the Palestinians rocket them. Tell me you could have, five years ago, predicted reading that from anyone besides the mimeograph-fluid smelling crank on a Skid Row street corner. Imagine what the next five years will look like.

          1. Oh, it’s predictable.
            Somewhat related to the inherent antisemitism of leftist ideology, Israel is hated because it’s successful, direct, self assertive, and unapologetic. They’ve earned what they have through victory.
            This stands in stark contrast with, and direct opposition to, the Palestinians and fundamentally passive-aggressive leftism.
            This is what guys like Taibbi and Greenwald, for as much as they notice in other areas, miss on this issue.
            And Israel led by Netanyahu is hated with the same passion Russia under Putin is: because they don’t play the Left’s game of victimist bullying. Peer pressure is impotent in itself, and requires the target to defeat itself.
            Israel, Putin, Trump (at his best) expose the dependence of leftism on others for strength.

        2. Don’t forget aiding and abetting the CCP’s literal genocide campaign in Xinjiang.

          1. And Brown-shirt politics. And Pravda-journalism. And fascist regulatory capture…

      3. Tell that to the “we’re from the left and we love censorship and propaganda!” crowd.

        1. God, would you stop shitting your pants? It’s just like Trump is President and you’re one of these annoying Leftists freaking out about Trump’s tweets. Annoying liberals were why Trump got elected and it’s annoying and bitchy right-wingers like you that are the reason Biden is President.

          This is all your fault with all your bitching and crying.

      4. Haha. Well then, douchebag, may I present to you KillAllRednecks? He’s got delusional and full of hate covered. Genocidal too! He represents you lefty assholes to a T. Haha.

        1. What makes you think I’m a lefty?

          I speak for myself and no one else.

          So I assume you’re down to kick it if you’re ever in the NW since the majority of your comments are responses to me or about me.

          What kind of beer do you like?

          1. Haha asshole!

      5. Stroozle pushes corporatism, antisemitism, critical race theory, abortion and eugenics, censorship and book-burning, but it’s everyone else who’s the Nazis.

    5. Get any history of the 1930s in Germany in electronic form.
      Do a ‘change all’ from Jews to conservatives.
      Do another ‘change all’ from SA/SS/brownshirts to social media/education professionals.
      No need to read current news again.

      1. The mao fanboys really need to step their games up.

      2. I believe James Lindsay took excerpts from me in kamph and replaced jew with patriarchy and got it published in a social science journal

    6. Ehhh. It rhymes, but let me know when things like the Spartacist uprising happen. Portland doesn’t count, yet. Nor Minneapolis, though they are trying.

      Or things like prices being denominated in scientific notation occur.

      We’re not far off though. I think we’ve got the Weimar degeneracy on lock.

      1. What do you identify as the significant difference(s) between the Spartacist Uprising and the current situation?

        1. Over a hundred people dead in the space of a week seems to be a pretty significant difference, no?

          1. If you’re a fucking idiot who’s just trying to distract from the issues at hand and can’t comprehend fundamental patterns, sure.

            1. LOLwut? Dude, private armies aren’t machine-gunning each other in the street, like they were in Munich and Berlin at that time. (Or during things like the Battles of Blair Mountain or Athens, here)

              As I said, and bignose agreed with, we aren’t there. Yet. The yet is really fucking important. I do agree with you that the train tracks sure look like they’re leading that way, but we ain’t at the station. Yet.

              Definitely make preparations in case the train does get there though.

              1. I’m not familiar with the Spartacist uprising beyond the Wikipedia article, so you’ll have to fill me in on anything beyond a bunch of communists starting a violent revolution and getting put down by the military.
                100+ deaths in 1919 is pretty comparable to the dozens of deaths today (including several executed or assassinated as purely political targets).
                And the only reason we don’t have larger body counts is because local and federal government gives free reign to leftists so opposition stays away (and when they do show up, we get bodies – Portland, Denver, DC, Kenosha).

                1. “100+ deaths in 1919 is pretty comparable to the dozens of deaths today (including several executed or assassinated as purely political targets).”

                  For one, it’s not 100+ deaths in 1919. It’s 100+ deaths in a single fucking week in a single fucking city. When that happens in the US, let me know.

                  Secondly, no, it’s not pretty comparable, in fact the proportions are totally opposite. 25 people killed in three months in a population of 330M is not even close to 100+ people killed in one week in a population only about 1/5th that size. Acknowledging the vast difference in degree between summer 2020 and the Spartacists doesn’t diminish the tragedy of the deaths that occurred last summer.

                  Not to mention the fact that, unlike Weimar Germany, the US isn’t riddled with poverty having just lost the most destructive war in world history, doesn’t have an economy in complete shambles, and hasn’t just gone through a violent revolution, to mention a few more differences.

                  You don’t have to be a “leftist” to understand that history, just stop listening to dipshits like Joseph Paul Watson and open a fucking book.

            2. I was polite in my response, but yes, aside from the fucking piles of bodies in the streets, the situations are very similar. A stubbed toe is also similar to a broken leg, if you can comprehend the fundamental patterns.

              1. Fuck off, sniveling leftist simp.
                You have no ideas. Your posts are nothing but tut-tutting people who have the ability to form their own thoughts.

                1. I’m more than happy to tut-tut you for talking bullshit about a subject you’ve admitted that you only have a Wikipedia-skimming’s worth of knowledge about. I’m sorry that makes you upset.

    7. Ernst Roehm commanded the SA. Pete Buttigieg only runs the Department of Transportation.

    8. International socialism vs national socialism

      And leaders of the Weimar Republic didn’t send out mean tweets.

    9. Nazi morons like you aren’t in charge?

      1. Pay your mortgage, faggot.

        1. Theres an article on gays and an article on trans today.

          Why don’t you post about how much you hate gays and trans on those articles?

    10. I don’t think you really want your mind changed. But the fact that Congress hasn’t been violently coerced by the paramilitary wing of one political party into signing legislation allowing for the President to assume dictatorial powers is one of many, many differences between the two.

      Doesn’t mean that everything is going great right now, because it isn’t. But saying that the US today is equivalent to the early years of Nazi Germany is absurd, to put it mildly.

    11. Well, for all the shouting about the January 6th Reichstag Fire, we still don’t have an equivalent of the Reichstag Fire Decree or the Enabling Act.

      Further, we have 19 states, including quite large ones (Texas, Florida), where the government is firmly (governor, whole legislature, attorney general, and secretary of state) in the hands of a party opposed to the party that controls the national government. This is unlike 1933 Germany, where the Communists and Social Democrats controlled no significant states, and where the states did not have anything like National Guard units reporting to state-appointed Adjutant Generals.

      Finally, while the rank-and-file German military tended to be anti-socialist, the rank-and-file American military isn’t anti-Republican, and never mind the bullshit peddled by the self-proclaimed Military Times newspaper.

      1. National Guard units are simply federal reserves, controlled by their state minimally.
        The federal government is now monitoring social media posts of enlisted men and conducting ideological purges.
        The IC is monitoring all social media and recently arrested someone for posts they made, while holding dozens of people without bail for trespassing.
        Just look to all of 2020 to see exactly how unrestrained the government and their organs, like Big Tech and blmantifa thugs, feel.

        1. No, they aren’t simply Federal reserves. That may be how they effectively behave under normal circumstances in the US, but if you’re postulating a “1933 Germany” scenario, you’re assuming abnormal circumstances.

          The National Guard in a state where the state government is entirely under Republican control is going to be even more heavily Republican than the normal for the US military, and a handful of nail-hammerings of outspoken troops aren’t going to change that. Faced with an actual 1933 Germany-type scenario where the central government tries to arrest opposition party offiicals and suppress state governments, the combination of the orders being unlawful, the orders being contrary to what the personnel are inclined to do, and the orders contradicting lawful orders from people in the lawful chain of command (the governors and adjutant generals) will cause mass disobedience.

          Particularly since the only way the Democrats are getting control of the Supreme Court any time soon is through means that will be broadly seen as illegitimate.

          “We might wind up in 1933 Germany if current trends remain unchecked for several years” is quite different from “We’re already in 1933 Germany”. The first is arguable. The second, no, is not the current scenario.

  9. Virginia lifted its mask mandate last Friday. Massachusetts’ mask mandate will end on May 29. Kentucky’s mask mandate will be repealed as of June 11.

    SCIENCE!

    1. Science varies by location and political persuasions.

    2. I look forward to the deluge of studies showing how masks continue to work even after everyone has taken them off.

      1. *rolls eyes*
        Totemic magic, duh.

        1. Systemic failure of science/Science! In an unbiased search for truth you would seek out the answers you don’t want to find as fervently as the ones you do.

          1. But it’s way more lucrative to set up studies to arrive at a predetermined outcome and stop testing when the desired result is achieved.
            The desired result, of course, being determined by those with the most grand tyrannyboners.

      2. This is literally what they are saying. If the numbers go up — it’s the small number of non-maskers who are responsible. If the numbers go down — it’s the small number of maskers who are responsible.

  10. The entire mask drama is puzzling. I haven’t worn a mask (outside of work) this entire time. Some people wear them, most don’t

    Costco required masks, so I let my membership expire. None of the other businesses I frequent required the things. I don’t even know what the “official” policy is/was. We simply ignored it.

    1. Is that because all the Mormons where you live think their perv god will protect them from Covid?

      Your perv god isn’t real.

      Mormon piece of shit.

      1. Do you boycott potatoes grown in Idaho?

        1. Yeah, it’s not hard because a bunch of tree huggers are also boycotting Idaho potatoes because of their wolf hunts. A bunch of Idahoans only eat Oregon potatoes.

          Which are most likely grown by the inbred rednecks out east that want to secede from Oregon and join Idaho…

    2. You are in Idaho (I presume). You have no idea what it’s like in leftist states. Not wearing a mask is simply not an option here. That’s why you are puzzled; you do not have a proper frame of reference.

      1. Mormons tend to not be able to think outside their narrow, Nazi worldview.

  11. Elsewhere, “state investigators will no longer inspect retail businesses for compliance with the Ohio mask mandate…”

    Whatever will those bureaucrats do now to keep busy?

    1. Police up discarded masks in parking lots?

    2. Search the internet for snide comments about themselves and then proceed to ruin those degenerate’s lives? Back to normal!!!!!

  12. The education effort came after the Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena posted a sign in front of its store on Friday that gave permission for vaccinated shoppers to enter its market without a mask…

    “Education effort.”

    1. This is like the white house announcing yesterday with the AFT they were happy to introduce a campaign to reopen schools when they could simply just reopen schools.

      1. +1,000

      2. Just what do you think gives Biden the power to bypass the states and local government and run the local schools?

  13. The Supreme Court will hear a case concerning a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks.

    I suggest we all get together and agree on a developmental threshold. I DON’T KNOW WHY NO ONE HAS THOUGHT TO DO THIS BEFORE.

    1. Jerimiah 1:5
      I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
      I set you apart before you were born.
      I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

      1. Sounds to me like this God practices a lot of retroactive abortion:

        Genesis 6:7
        7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

        And for more interesting passages on this subject:
        Skeptic’s Annotated Bible/Qu’ran/Book of Mormon
        What The Bible Says About Abortion
        https://skepticsannotatedbible.com/says_about/abortion.html

        1. You do know how in Christianity the new gospels post the resurrection largely replace the ways of the old testament right…. man was given salvation and all.

          You know what. Nevermore.

          1. S/More/mind

          2. Your god doesn’t exist

        2. Lol, someone actually used the Skeptics Annotated. That’s like getting quotes on Islam from the Vatican.

          When your working with a document that cherrypicks from different translations and abbreviates selections to get the meaning that it wants, you’re probably going to lose arguments.

          The point of that website is to convince you, not others.

    2. I thought that was what the 3/5ths compromise was all about?

      1. No, no SAGN: that’s how the tissue sales proceeds get allocated. 3/5 to Planned Parenthood…

  14. Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is costing the state hundreds of millions in legal fees to defend his erstwhile racial profiling.

    Yes, but how much did his profiling make for the county and state in his day?

  15. Gaming the SATs by studying won’t translate into collegiate academic success because there is no studying in college? Or in the real world where investigative effort to solve a work problem won’t result in a better outcome? Preparing for a job or client interview?

    1. Racist

    2. Everything needs to be equally easy for everyone.

      1. So a positive spin on Everything Is So Terrible and Unfair!™️

        1. There is a positive Pollyanna alternative to the growing EISTAU ™ movement. It’s called “don’t worry, be happy!”

          They’re still working on a catchy acronym. Word is, the acronym authority in Canada (?!) has shot down several applications.

          And so, an anxious world waits…..

    3. If you can’t find out if you’re a winner or a loser in the knowledge economy until your employer puts you to the test, WTF was the school doing for 12+ yrs.?

      *turns over flash card*

      Ah, fucking you over to collect a taxpayer-funded pension, I forgot.

    4. That’s a good point. I didn’t prep in any way for SATs and did very well. I also didn’t spend a huge amount of time studying in college and graduated top 10 in my class . So I suppose if the effort you spend prepping for SATs is something you keep up through college, the system works.

      1. I used the study materials provided by the SAT organization, which were included in the fee to take the test. I got 1590 out of 1600. I doubt that any test prep school could have improved that score – and in any case, a 1600 score would not have got me in anywhere that 1590 would not have.

        Rich parents could pay a small fortune for tutoring for their kid, but if he’s stupid he still won’t do well on the SAT. And the only thing a smart kid needs is the fee for the test, reading enough fiction (available at free libraries everywhere) to understand American middle-class society, some effort to study the free materials, maximum effort on the test itself, and _confidence_. AFAIK, money can supply only the first of those items.

  16. If Biden’s presidency succeeds, Harris will be on a glide path to the Democratic nomination and potentially the White House…

    Places like WaPo will fall over themselves making sure you know how successful it has been.

    1. Pretty sure that article has already been written.

  17. Seeing as Harris is still breathing I say she is doing an awful job. If she cared about justice she would dive head first into a wood chipper

  18. In July, “roughly 39 million households will begin receiving automatic payments” as part of the new child tax credit program…

    That’s how you buy the breeder vote (at the expense of their progeny’s future).

    1. The government really should call them something other than “automatic” payments. Many folks find that term triggering.

      1. Military-grade assault payments?

        1. +

        2. I’ve heard of that. That’s the one with the money supply that goes up, right? Or those 80% taxes.

        3. High capacity money clips.

        4. The wallet thing that goes up.

      2. Dang it, sorry, Gray_Jay. I didn’t see your post.

    2. Bribing people with their own money.

  19. “If you’re anti-SAT/ACT, say so—but stop making empirically indefensible claims.”

    I learned in college that any time Black and Brown people do worse on anything than white people, it’s proof of WHITE SUPREMACY and SYSTEMIC RACISM. The SAT is therefore inherently racist.

    #LibertariansForAbolishingStandardizedTesting

    1. Whoa there, buddy. Better stay in your lane. This is dangerous territory.

  20. Sex work is part of the gig economy…

    Giggity economy. AM I RIGHT?

    1. LOL.

      1. Mormon piece of shit

    2. AL-right!

    3. “Tonight we’re doing facials!”

  21. Medical marijuana is now legal in Alabama.

    The president and vice president beg to differ.

    1. Lol. Two definitions of “smoke some pipe.”

  22. Trump’s trade war is now Biden’s trade war.

    The Democrat will stop protectionist policies any day now.

  23. https://twitter.com/KhaledAbuToameh/status/1394503203862024197?s=19

    Hamas has arrested 43 Palestinians for ‘spreading rumors that undermine the stability of the home front’ during the fighting with Israel.

    1. I have been impressed with the capabilities of the Palestinians in terms of propaganda. Their images and stories are everywhere. Not just in the news media, but all across social media. And not just Twitter or Facebook politics. They are all over tick-tock. They are all over Reddit. They show up in places that are designed for non-political content.

      This is a well-organized and well-coordinated campaign. It is very next level.

      1. My very apolitical daughter was talking about Palestine recently cuz social media. She asked me if I thought the Israeli’s were committing genocide.

        1. Your daughter is a cunt.

          I assume this Mormon piece of shit muted me.

          1. Your momma is a whore.

            I hope this genocidal piece of shit hasn’t muted me. Haha.

            1. Why would I mute my biggest fan on here?

        2. The new internet pogrom seems to be effective.

        3. If the Israelis are committing genocide, it’s the most incompetent genocide ever. 53 years and there seem to be more Palestinians than when they started.

      2. It’s almost like the msm hates jews and is willing to lie

      3. They also have the advantage of mysteriously never being blocked by Twitter or Facebook.

        1. When “KILL ALL JEWS” is fine but “masks are stupid” is going way too far…

      4. Shitposting is the 21st century force multiplier.

      5. Its a well run campaign; midget, broom, and whatnot

        1. As long as it’s a sinister midget.

      6. I doubt it’s the Palestinians running this, they’re being coached on how to run an effective propaganda campaign by people who are quite experienced in that regard. And you know why you only see reporting from Gaza and you know nothing gets filmed in Gaza unless Hamas approves it.

        1. They were caught completely red handed working hand in glove with a literal terrorist organization that’s hated even among Palestinians when a Hamas facility was destroyed by Israeli jets and the story was how those evil Jews were targeting the journalists that were colocated with said terrorist organization.

      7. Of course, in some pictures, one has to wonder how people can exist in a war zone without getting a speck of dust on their clothes.

        Far too many of these shots look staged.

        1. wag that dog!

    2. Did they take that one out of the Democrats’ playbook?

  24. Gun buyback programs don’t work.

    Depends on the actual goal, I suppose.

  25. On the SATs, the proggies have won.

    As I have detailed here before, my nephew is a freak of nature genius. He goes to an elite school of math and science that draws from only the best across the state. Even at that school he proved to be elite, finishing first in his class. He also got perfect scores on his SAT, and a five on eight different advanced placement examinations.

    For fun he worked on quantum computing at a university lab after hours.

    He applied to all of the usual suspect elite engineering schools around the country.

    You would expect that he would have gotten scholarship offers to most of them with those kinds of credentials.

    Not this year. This year they decided not to take SAT scores into account. And his elite school decided that class rank makes people feel bad, so they declined to publish class rank this year.

    So being white and mail, he did not get accepted to any of the top universities.

    They have all decided they are taking other factors into account from now on. What does this mean? This means that one of his best friends who goes to the same school but is not nearly as highly ranked as he is got accepted to all of them. She didn’t have any better credentials than he did, but she did fill out a diversity check mark that he didn’t.

    This is the new reality. This is not some hypothetical future, this is what is happening right now.

    1. You sure that it wasn’t that his application got lost in the male?

      1. I’m starting to suspect that Google text-to-speech is deliberately sabotaging me.

        1. It is a mailevolent app.

        2. You should have your supergenius nephew work on that problem.

        3. Everything Is……. well, you know.

    2. I look forward to nobody knowing how to take our technology to the next level.

    3. I’m sorry but I’m calling bullshit on this little anecdote. There is more to the story than you are telling us. Either your nephew is not as smart as you think he is, or he screwed up his application process, or he wasn’t the type of student that these universities were looking for – not because he was a white male, but because he had a one-dimensional application. At these elite schools, every single application is from a student who earned a 4.0, who scored 5’s on AP tests, who ranked high in their class, who excelled academically, so they make choices on who to accept based on other criteria. YES part of it is diversity. But it is also based on things like extracurricular activities, sports, volunteering, internships, apprenticeships, things that can make an application stand out. If your nephew really is brilliant but did nothing in highschool except study and go to school, that isn’t enough to be accepted into these elite universities. He has to demonstrate that he has talents and interests beyond engineering. I’m sorry that your nephew didn’t get into the university of his choice, but without more information, we really can’t say whether it was because of those darn women engineers or not.

      1. Jeff thinks everything that violates his leftist preconceptions is bullshit. News at 11.

      2. Well, you are an idiot. He did not just do well, he scored a perfect score across the board. He is at the top of the curve for every elite School. He would be well above average in SAT scores among acceptances even at the best schools in the country.

        But as blind squirrels sometimes find nuts, you actually did find a nut.

        It seems that they have multi-category scoring systems now. But because his school does not provide class rank, his grades look identical to someone who went to the worst inner city school and took average classes and made straight A’s. Actually, that student probably comes out better since they provide a class rank and he may have finished at the top of his class.

        His extracurricular activities are one varsity sport and his work at the quantum computing lab. As it was explained to him, the extra work at the quantum computing lab counts in the academic category for these folks. So rather than becoming an expert in quantum computing, they would have valued it much more highly if he had volunteered two hours a month at a homeless shelter instead of working several days a week in a quantum computing lab.

        So even in your twisted idea of what reality should be, things have changed quite a bit over the last few years. There was a time that your extracurriculars were a differentiator, not determinative. In other words, if you were an elite student, your time spent teaching reading to Guatemalan immigrants at the shelter would count to differentiate to from other elite students at your same level. They were an add-on.

        No longer. Academics are now only a part of the college admission criteria. They’re not even the dominant part anymore. You can take the average level courses instead of college prep courses in high school and make straight A’s and your application looks the same to these folks. So a guy with 950 on his SAT and straight A’s in minimal courses looks no different than the guy who took accelerated math and science and took AP classes across all of his coursework and had a 1390 on his SAT.

        Now those extracurriculars are not just differentiators. They are a major factor.

        And let’s not forget the last one. The real determinative factor. Diversity. If you can figure out how to shoehorn yourself into a box that they don’t have a check mark for, you leap ahead of all the other categories.

        This is not the hypothetical outcome, this is how it is. A transgender daughter of Honduran immigrants with good grades from a bad school with hours for community service tracked by her guidance counselor is a model applicant with a high chance of getting in. Meanwhile, the son of Vietnamese immigrants who goes to an elite prep school and has equally good grades is a much less viable applicant. That is a bizarre way of doing things, but that is the new reality.

        1. teh only reason I made it into University was because of my SAT’s. there are lots of people like me who learn but are not good students and would rather work than sit

        2. No longer. Academics are now only a part of the college admission criteria. They’re not even the dominant part anymore.

          It’s because these schools stopped teaching college students to be thinkers roughly 20 years ago and started teaching them to be social activists. The radicalization that was percolating through the niche areas of academia in the 90s, fully settled in during the 2000s in reaction to the Bush administration.

          If you’re going through a PhD program, you’re still expected to think with some nuance. But even that’s degrading as the far-left Gen-X and Millennial professors have comfortably settled in to tenure.

        3. Once again. The issue isn’t whether he excelled academically or not. Based on what you’ve told us, it sure seems like he did. But EVERY SINGLE APPLICANT to these elite schools ALSO excelled academically. It is not true that academics doesn’t matter. The applicant’s academic record is what gets that person into consideration in the first place. Students who don’t have excellent academics don’t even make the first cut.

          So rather than becoming an expert in quantum computing, they would have valued it much more highly if he had volunteered two hours a month at a homeless shelter instead of working several days a week in a quantum computing lab.

          Now you are starting to get it. What these elite schools are looking for, is students who are not JUST academically excellent, but also who are not so narrowly focused that academics is the ONLY thing that they do. Somewhere along the line your nephew must have gotten some bad advice that all he had to do in order to be accepted to Stanford was to be excellent at academics. No, that is not, and never was, all that was required.

          Now those extracurriculars are not just differentiators. They are a major factor.

          You know what? Even in the “good old days”, the “extracurriculars” were ALSO a major factor. It’s just that the “extracurricular factors” were often informal, arbitrary, and often bigoted in nature. So all of the elite schools at one time refused to admit blacks, or women, or Jews, or used some such discriminatory treatment. So if an applicant was of the “wrong” race or sex or religion, that was an “extracurricular” that no amount of academic excellence could overcome. But even if they weren’t overtly discriminatory, they would be classist and snobbish, using phrases like “we are looking for students who are a ‘good fit'”, where ‘good fit’ is defined arbitrarily and was really just a euphemism for “we want people who travel in the same social circles as we do”. Here again, one’s social status and class played a major role in admission, despite academics. What has changed now is that these elite schools are actually a lot more HONEST about what really drives their admissions process instead of hiding behind euphemisms like “good fit”.

          And give the college admissions staff a little bit of credit. They can tell from looking at transcripts whether an applicant earned a 4.0 taking AP classes, or whether an applicant earned a 4.0 taking just shop classes.

          And it bears mentioning that your response to your nephew’s rejection was to blame diversity. Not all of the other factors that go in to the college admissions process. I guarantee, whatever schools that your nephew got rejected from, they would also have had a whole bunch of white male engineering students. So instead of saying “It is too bad my nephew was outcompeted by other white male students who were also excellent in engineering but who also had a wider array of talents and interests”, you immediately blamed the women and the marginalized students for taking your nephew’s spot. This is what privilege looks like.

          1. It is funny seeing talking points refigured and regurgitated as if they are facts.

            As I said, in a former world The number one factor was academics.

            Now, they simply have a threshold. You can get 10 points for academics. This is similar to the ASVAB for the military. They use this test to qualify and categorize their recruits.

            It is different than an SAT in the skills and abilities it attempts to measure, but the idea is the same. The difference is that the ASVAB is not discriminatory beyond a certain point. If you are the kind of a student who would get into Duke, you are going to trivially be able to get every question on the ASVAB correct. So the entire top 25% of the curve looks identical.

            With their new criteria, the entire top 10% of the academic curve looks identical. So the differentiator for the top 10% is extracurriculars.

            Except you can get only 10 points for your extracurriculars. So how do they differentiate? Does volunteering 2 hours a month at three different charities count more than working 10 hours a week at one charity? Probably. How do they count people who work jobs? Our local high school has extensive connections with local businesses and many students intern as a part of their high school. Does that count more than working at a print shop after school for cash because your family needs it?? Well that last bit goes into the diversity category.

            Don’t worry though, this will all get gamed soon enough. They worry so much about people preparing for SATs being an unfair advantage. But what do you think this is going to do? This was only shocking because they made the change after applications came in this year. In the future, people will figure out what these criteria actually are. People with means will figure out how to check those boxes. All of these Asian tiger moms are not going to sit around watching their brilliant son go to southwestern Missouri State instead of Harvard. They are going to figure out how to check more boxes. Or different boxes.

            And then we will be right back where we started. Except for this group of kids will still have a different path. They planned for one set of criteria and their lives were judged based on a different set. Once things are adjusted again, the same group of people will come forward and claim that it is oppression. And they will put forth a new set of criteria. One that allows them to make subjective calls without running a foul of federal law.

            And then we will start the cycle all over again.

            1. He got screwed by the mailstrom of university wokeness. But we also know that despite these extra hurdles, he will most likely dominate in his career.

            2. So, I hope you know I’m completely agreeing with you, but let’s be real, there is a system and it has rules, and not being capable of successfully gaming it is a failure in its own right. And a genius, a real one, not a kid that has a rain-man like hyper developed ability in a single area, would be easily able to overcome it.

              Someone should have counseled your nephew on this because it IS NOT unique to academia, though that is where it has been the most obvious.

              You should have been that someone, but your posts have this vague feeling of naivety, almost as though you don’t fully understand that there has not, in modern memory, ever been a system in academia where the very best and brightest are always given the top spots.

              So, I don’t really know why there is a problem here. You know games have always been played, and that interfacing with people who value things other than ability have always existed. Properly preparing your nephew would have, in my mind, encompassed these ideas, and made it clear to him that it’s something he could break free of EVENTUALLY, but that at many times before that, it is simply a part of the process.

            3. “How do they count people who work jobs?” Negatively. They only want “diversity” of skin color, not of socio-economic class. If you had to work while in school, you’re not the upper-middle-class type they want. Worse, most teenage jobs are blue-collar, and working those jobs one is apt to have learned some facts about the world that the colleges attempt to isolate their students from, and even developed a few blue-collar opinions. The leftists running college admissions really want to avoid diversity of opinion.

          2. Jeff dear.. you can stop sounding like a complete moron by going and investigating average SAT/ACT scores and GPA at these colleges. They aren’t perfect grades. You could also educate yourself on things like the diversity pushes. You can also educate yourself on how this actually harms applicants accepted under lowered standards.

            https://nypost.com/2015/12/08/college-quotas-are-actually-destroying-lives-of-minorities/

            But you’re an idiot who doesn’t need facts to prove something you feel.

        4. So, your supergenius nephew can’t figure out how to either locate some diversity points in his family background, pretend to be undecided sexually, or lie.

          That really calls the supergenius claims into question, IIBH.

          1. Maybe he also has a conscience and low tolerance for bullshit.

      3. Sounds like boring right-wing victimization bullshit.

        1. Uh huh. And you’re a victim if people more successful than you don’t pay your bills for you. Talk about boring!

          Haha. What a doosh.

    4. As someone who hires a lot of engineers…. those schools you think are top engineering schools really aren’t. They are pseudo scientists who think their skills are higher than what you are. I regularly interface with a group at MIT who often miss basic engineering principles.

      No, not all of them are bad, but I’ve seen much better engineers from state universities

      1. He will be fine. Raw IQ scores have been shown to be very predictive of future income levels.

        The thing he will be missing out on is the networking. There is a reason places like Stanford end up spinning off these startups run by 20-year-old kids. You put a bunch of these freak of nature brains in one room and sometimes magic happens.

        It happens in other places as well. The company I used to work for had a core formed by a bunch of frat boys from a State University. The CEO used to sell the rest of them weed in college. The better part of a decade out of college, a business opportunity cropped up and he got the old gang back together and started a company. Now they all have FU money.

        I know a maybe dozen people who made tens of millions of dollars on their own. One learned the business from his family and went on to make over a hundred million dollars on his own. A couple are athletes. One is a singer and songwriter. The other handful started companies from a group of friends that met in college.

        Very few people are going to inherit a famly line of business that they can adapt to their own personal career and fortune. Very few are going to reach fame and fortune as a singer songwriter. Having the genetics to be an elite athlete is even more rare.

        But having an in with a group of friends from college that happen to start a business that succeeds? There are a lot of people who can do that. I know from first-hand experience, because several of the people I worked with were morons. Well, that’s an exaggeration. But Lord knows they weren’t all that gifted either. There were three or four brilliant people in the group and a couple of hangers on. But they got paid, just the same.

      2. No joke. The engineers we have from Purdue, Michigan, and Texas A&M way out preform the Cal tec and MIT group

    5. She didn’t have any better credentials than he did, but she did fill out a diversity check mark that he didn’t.

      Quantum computing genius can’t figure out, in 2021, to check the checkbox with ‘F’ next to it in order to recieve all the intersectionality bennies? Perfect SATs indeed.

      1. Better than that, his first day at the elite School of math and science they went around and made everyone tell their pronouns. This was as an underclassman in high school.

        My genius nephew replied, “you can determine my pronouns through the application of the standard rules of the English language.”

        I laughed my butt off at that one. Then he told me the response he gave in the second class where it came up.

        He said his pronouns are “Banana, potato and kumquat”.

        Yeah, probably for the best he isn’t headed to Berkeley.

        1. If I like you I will use your name. Otherwise your pronoun is bitch.

        2. This is what I’m talking about when I say he isn’t the genius you and he think, or at least, he isn’t applying his genius correctly.

          A genius would use these things to his benefit, not show his ass and give the game away.

          He’s just good at certain facets of academic subjects. And, since there aren’t really any “standard rules of the English language.” that address a situation like a post-operative transexual, he isn’t even good at all of those.

          One of the things we do is teach our kids (and nephews, etc) to live in the world. To run it. To rule it. To win IN IT.

          This is something that so many people don’t get. Being right, and telling everyone, and making them know it, is sometimes, counter-intuitively, a loss. And the inability to grasp that isn’t something to be celebrated.

          Deception and patience are tactics. The goal is the goal. If the goal is resistance and complicating your efforts, then fine.

          Is that his goal? Is making himself a pariah but finding a way through it and making eventual success his goal? Doing it on your own terms is fine, and laudable, but as adults we should have learned that sometimes the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, and how to know when that is the case.

          1. And, since there aren’t really any “standard rules of the English language.” that address a situation like a post-operative transexual,

            they – pronoun

            \ ˈt͟hā \
            Definition of they
            1: those ones : those people, animals, or things

            JFC, you fail 2nd grade.

            Is making himself a pariah but finding a way through it and making eventual success his goal?

            He’s a pariah by virtue of the fact that he’s exceptionally intelligent. Moreover, as has been shown over and over and over again, he can and will be made a pariah whether he complies or not. You say the juice is worth the squeeze but that’s a false dichotomy. He’s got a choice between productive, non-productive, and anti-productive. Teachers infantalizing kids, especially him, because of the slimmest minority of kids who demand to be infantalized is anti-productive. Even non-productive is reasonable in comparison.

  26. The Atlantic looks at how Vice President Kamala Harris is doing so far. “If Biden’s presidency succeeds, Harris will be on a glide path to the Democratic nomination and potentially the White House,” writes Edward-Isaac Dovere. “If it doesn’t, her vice presidency could end her political career.”

    The Biden / Harris Administration is succeeding even beyond my expectations. There are only two possible outcomes for the 2024 election:
    (a) Biden changes his mind and runs for a second term, winning another historic landslide victory
    (b) Harris is the Democratic nominee and wins a historic landslide victory.

    #LibertariansForBiden
    #LibertariansForHarris

    1. I’m ok with either a.) or b.) You think Dear Leader is going to win in 2024?? Hah… yeah right. It’s too bad BERNIE Sanders is heading up the Senate Budget Committee. How did we arrive at this calamity? I don’t know, but I blame bitchy right-wingers like you, mostly.

      1. I’m ok with either a.) or b.)

        A shocking revelation

  27. The Atlantic looks at how Vice President Kamala Harris is doing so far.

    Let me guess – greatest vice-president of all time?

    1. In less than three years, the Atlantic will have Buzzfeed era headlines.

      “20 Reasons your Dog may be White Supremacist” by Ta-Nahesi Coates

      1. I think I read that article from him in it, a couple of years ago. Though you forgot the part, “…and that’s why people like you need to give your stuff to people who look like me.” It’s vital to the unity of the work.

    2. She did solve the border problem.

      1. No border = no possible problem

      2. Laughter is the best medicine after all.

  28. This thread is just hilarious

    https://twitter.com/RebeccaRHelm/status/1393747329522585605?s=19

    “BuT HuMaNs aRe tHe mOsT AdVaNcEd sPeCiEs”
    [Video]

    1. Twitter is a total wasteland.

    2. Wow. I’m speechless on the level of stupidity in that thread.

      1. I don’t see a moral or intellectual reason *not* to bury them all in shallow holes in the intertidal zone.

        1. I can think of two reasons: pollution when the wave action digs out the bodies, and then some cop has to find the killers. Make it DEEP holes.

  29. Seth Abramson outs himself as one of the agents of disinformation the NYT article on private intelligence agencies was talking about.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1393993651328622601

    1. What a piece of shit.

      And MI6 might be the most evil organization that’s ever existed.

      1. DNC?
        CCP?
        DPRK?
        Hamas?
        NYT?
        MSNBC?

        It’s a tie.

  30. Leftist writer and The Cult of Smart author Freddie deBoer challenges their conceptions,

    Sarcasmic is going to be triggered by use of the term leftist.

    1. Taibbi, Greenwald, Stephen Fry, etc. must be absolutely baffling to him.

  31. #BidenBoom update.

    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: $7.95 billion

    Are you a principled Koch / Reason libertarian? Do you want the richest people on the planet to get even richer? Then you need to vote Democrat.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

  32. The Atlantic looks at how Vice President Kamala Harris is doing so far. “If Biden’s presidency succeeds, Harris will be on a glide path to the Democratic nomination and potentially the White House,” writes Edward-Isaac Dovere. “If it doesn’t, her vice presidency could end her political career.”

    If you needed proof the atlantic was just delusional leftists. She got zero primary votes. She has never had high approval ratings. Even now her ratings are falling. Tabbi destroyed her career. She only got vp due to the democratic machine, not voters.

    1. If Biden’s Presidency succeeds? From the same group of people floating 25th Amendment hints about how Biden can’t fucking stay awake past 4 PM, and otherwise acts like everyone’s great-uncle with dementia?

      His Presidency will be announced as successful, whatever happens. He, OTOH, may not even make it to the halfway point in 2022.

      1. 2022 through 2024 will be weekend at bidens

        1. Isn’t it already?

    2. She had the qualifications. Sniffable hair and not entirely white.

  33. “Edward Caniglia placed a handgun on the dining room table and asked his wife to ‘shoot [him] and get it over with.’ His wife instead left the home and spent the night at a hotel. The next morning, she was unable to reach her husband by phone, so she called the police to request a welfare check”

    I openly question the tendency among historians and biographers to give the testimony of people’s wives too much weight. Women are just as capable as men of anything, except maybe accurately explaining what their spouse wants and why. I have worked for, respected, learned from, and admired women in a professional environment. The most impressive people I’ve ever known were women–but we weren’t married.

    In all your life and all throughout history, can you think of a single time when a married man has told people, “If you really want to understand me, you should just talk to my wife. She understands me better than anybody”?

    If your wife ever really understands what you’re doing and why, it’s probably by accident. And if you ever listen to your significant other explain to other people why you do anything, it’s so often wrong, you’d think they were misleading people on purpose. How could she miss that badly, that often by accident?

    I know there’s an old common law practice of your wife not being required to testify against you in court, and it’s billed as a way to protect women from being forced to choose between sending their husband to prison or perjury. I’m not convinced the greater impact of the practice isn’t to protect husbands from their wives’ testimony. It’s sort of like when they put bullet proof glass up at the post office–the real purpose of which must be to protect the general public from postal workers, right?

    I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s had a woman tell you she didn’t want to do something for reasons that didn’t make any sense, and the real reason turned out to be for completely different reasons–that she just didn’t want to talk about. She doesn’t want to go to San Diego for Christmas because the weather is too cold and the drive will add to global warming. She wants to fly to Colorado and go skiing instead! The real reason she doesn’t want to go to San Diego is because she hates your sister, but she’ll never admit that–especially now that you’ve asked about it.

    This seems to be fairly typical behavior cross culturally and throughout history, and we’re supposed to give these people’s testimony weight when it comes to the historical record, witness testimony, and gun confiscation?

    If she can’t accurately explain why you don’t like to hold conversations on unrelated topics during a football game you’re watching–or why she waits until the football game starts to begin these conversations about things that have nothing to do with football–then, no, whether your Second Amendment rights should be violated shouldn’t depend solely on her testimony regarding your state of mind alone.

    1. Tune in tomorrow to see Ken pen a 5,000 word essay on why giving women the right to vote was a huge mistake.

      1. The utilitarian case for that is obvious (read: another argument against utilitarianism).

        But if you read his post as anything other than “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” then there’s something seriously wrong with you.

      2. Why don’t you write a 5,000 word essay on how Ken was wrong in some way?

        1. Not even expert sophists can bullshit with no argument for that long.

        2. I don’t know who you guys are replying to, but why haven’t you muted him or her already?

          1. No need to. He’d take it as him winning.

          2. Some of us only mute spambots and the most bigoted leftists like KAR and Rob Misek. These are the only two real posters that I’ve muted. Don’t want to turn this place into an echo chamber.

            1. I mute people once I’m convinced that they’re consciously rejected reason and don’t care whether they’re wrong or right.

              Whomever wrote that response is one of them.

            2. There’s a difference between muting people because you don’t like their point of view, which is how you get an echo chamber, and muting people because all they’ve got is personal attacks which add nothing to the conversation.

              JesseAz is one of the latter.

              1. I’ve only muted spam-bots and Rev Kirk.

                Live people who make actual arguments are all still visible. Especially people I disagree with – but also everyone else.

      3. 515 words; off by an order of magnitude – typical.

        1. When 2+2=5…

        2. chemtard can’t even walk 515 steps without having to lie down for two hours.

      4. >>a huge mistake.

        it was. omnino.

  34. “community caretaking exception”

    Apparently the Supremes have demolished *that* justification for the January 6 Capitol seizure.

  35. Only on the left is studying extra called “gaming the system”.

  36. How to kill granny and make a bundle:

    “Cuomo set to receive $5.1 million for COVID-19 book”
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cuomo-covid-book-earns-5-million/

    1. Something like $112,000 per book sold

      1. My bad, I think it’s $112 per book sold.
        Book costs $15

      2. Or, $333,333 per granny murdered!

        1. Should have subcontracted it to the mob. It would have cost a lot less.

          1. Even mobsters have standards up to which the people with whom they work must rise. Granny killer is a little too corrupt and dirty even for them.

    2. Sevo, the big story there is about him using government employees to do the work for him (at taxpayer expense).

      “Senior aides to the governor reviewed a draft of the book manuscript during weekend sessions at the Executive Mansion this summer and a state employee printed a copy of a manuscript using an office printer, people familiar with the matter said. Democrats who control the state Assembly are looking into the production of the book as part of an impeachment investigation of the governor’s conduct, legislators have said. The state attorney general’s office is also investigating the matter, a spokeswoman previously confirmed.

      Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, previously said that Mr. Cuomo’s aides volunteered to work on the project and “to the extent an aide printed out a document, it appears incidental.” Mr. Azzopardi has said the inquiry by Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, was “just the furthering of a political pile-on.”

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/andrew-cuomo-was-paid-5-1-million-for-covid-19-memoir-tax-filings-show-11621279572?

      State employees worked on Governor Cuomo’s $5.1 million book, but that’s okay–because they were volunteering to work for him on the weekends of their own free will?!

      I’m not buying that.

      I don’t buy that the rising tide of allegations of his sexual misconduct were all fabrications or that his policies during the pandemic weren’t responsible for killing elderly residents of nursing homes either.

      The Democratic Party of New York wants him gone, he’s become such an embarrassment.

  37. “The Fourth Amendment protects ‘the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,'”

    Until this changes gun control will remain a limp dick.

  38. That doormat; just told my wife and daughters what I want for my birthday.

  39. Parler is back on Apple’s app store with some caveats.

    “To satisfy Apple’s rules, Parler said on Monday it will exclude certain content in its iOS app that could be otherwise viewed on the web-based and Android versions of the platform. It also said it has added process algorithms that automatically detect violent content or incitements to violence.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/parler-names-george-farmer-as-ceo-as-it-returns-to-apples-app-store-11621268630?

    The assumption that an algorithm will flag violent content or incitements to violence more accurately or more consistently than people is terribly flawed–if that’s the assumption being made here. For one thing, even if we’re talking about AI, we’re talking about people both writing the initial code and people implementing the take downs. The other problem is that some incitements to violence are legitimately within the purview of polite and honest discussion.

    I don’t have an iPhone, but I’d be interested to see someone post the following text on Parler both from an iPhone and either on an Android phone (sideloaded) or the direct web interface:

    “If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”

    —-Alexander Hamilton

    The Federalist Papers: No. 29

    The legitimate purpose of the Second Amendment is to violently resist and overthrow the government if and when it becomes overly oppressive. Progressives will flag this defense of the Second Amendment as advocating violence, much like they’ll flag support for the border wall as xenophobic, opposition to gay marriage as homophobic, etc. In fact, the founders, who violently overthrew their government, were advocating the use of violence in the defense of liberty with their arguments for the Second Amendment.

    Is that possible on Apple’s version of Parler?

    Alexander Hamilton was with George Washington training farmers to be soldiers at Valley Forge. Alexander Hamilton was there when Washington crossed the Delaware and defeated the Hessians at the Battle of Trenton. Alexander Hamilton commanded one of two columns that defeated Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown and forced the British to capitulate to the revolution. Alexander Hamilton knew the purpose of the Second Amendment well, and it was violence!

    Would Alexander Hamilton have his arguments taken down or his account banned if he made the same arguments for the Second Amendment on Parler today?

    P.S. Is there no polite and legitimate discussion about when to send in the National Guard to put down an ongoing riot?

    1. “Would Alexander Hamilton have his arguments taken down or his account banned if he made the same arguments for the Second Amendment on Parler today?”

      Well, to begin with, he and the rest of the reprobates were white supremacists.

    2. They train the algorithm until it can accurately separate armed mostly peaceful protests from unarmed insurrection

    3. Would Alexander Hamilton have his arguments taken down or his account banned if he made the same arguments for the Second Amendment on Parler today?

      Alexander Hamilton is a Danger to Our Democracy and a Threat to National Unity.

    4. would I, for posting Federalist 29?

    5. The algorithm for determining whether it is incitement to violence is pretty simple.

      This is the thing about these computer science things. Some people get all wound up in the details, but you just have to go to the business unit and get the real requirements. Once you have detailed requirements the code becomes obvious and simple.

      In this case, the code is easy. If: poster==leftist then approved else disapproved.

      See how easy that is?

      And it works every time. Crowder sends people to verify voter addresses in Arizona and posts the results… Banned by YouTube for disinformation. Clinton says Tulsi is a Russian agent…. Fine.

      1. It was in Vegas.

    6. Done. Waiting for “processing”

  40. “First enhanced child tax credit payments to go out July 15”
    […]
    “…The temporary benefit, which will be sent to 39 million households and covers 88% of children in the US, stems from the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package. The vast majority of families will receive the funds via direct deposit, while the rest will get checks or debit cards in the mail…”
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/17/politics/child-tax-credit-payments-july-15/index.html

    First, CNN claims it’s temporary, so we know that’s a lie, and then why am I paying for the kid when I didn’t get to screw the woman?

    1. It take a village to raise a village idiot’s child, and we’ve all got to do our part.

  41. So, how do people do the “vaccine magnet” trick?

    I’m inclined to think the videos are bullshit, but I haven’t seen an adequate rebuttal to them yet.

    1. An explanation I haven’t seen offered, but would make sense, is some kind of adhesive applied just to a small portion of the skin (yet somehow invisible to the naked eye)

      1. That’s what they want you to believe.

    2. There isn’t enough metal in a microchip to hold up a magnet. Chicks arm was probably sweaty.

      1. Microchips are mostly silicon, with a thin metal layer for wiring – and that metal isn’t magnetic. Usually it’s aluminum. Copper, brass, tin, or gold is also used in electronics. None of these materials will be attracted to a magnet.

        Iron and magnetic ferrite is used in the cores of transformers and inductors – but you won’t find them in a circuit small enough to inject under the skin.

    3. I think there would be worse side effects than “magnetic skin” if that much metal was injected into someone

      1. I think a lot of the conspiracy theories coming out about the vaccines are deliberate. There are valid, non-crazy reasons to wait on the vaccine, but someone wants to make all anti-vaxxers look like nutjobs.

        1. *deliberate misinformation

        2. I shouldn’t even say “anti-vvaxxers” because some of us are just waiting on this particular vaccine

          1. I’m good with anti-vaxxer nutjob.

          2. Pro vaccine choice.

      2. Yea I don’t at all think the vaccine is causing it (for one, the whole body should be magnetic since blood circulates, no?), but I’m curious how they do it

    4. No one would ever fake a TikTok video.

      Those girls really do have clothes that just disappear.

  42. My state never had a mask mandate or a lockdown. The city had a mandate that no one enforced and closed indoor dining for two months. That’s it. We’ve had 6800 deaths out of 4 million. The average age is 75.

    1. What was your unemployment rate relative to California and New York?

  43. Clarence is a Robby fan who knew?

    1. It is almost as if Justice Thomas said, “Anita Hill to die on and this case will be it.”

  44. “let’s wait until he leaves in the ambulance and then we’ll take the guns” did not require the Supreme Court wtf

  45. also I’ll tell you what happened in Dallas when Texas lifted its mask mandate – 11 million Karens and their masked husbands got their enormous SUVs back out on the roads and in my fucking way.

    2020 was beautiful for driving 85 mph everywhere.

    1. Some folks prefer to spend their free govt checks at brick and mortar establishments as opposed to ordering things online.

      1. they need to try harder to get there.

    2. White Lexus SUVs as far as the eye can see.

      1. exactly.

  46. https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/1394667830621085699?s=19

    When intersectionality meets reality.

    via @RitaPanahi [video]

  47. I had no idea…you can get the “come back with a warrant” welcome mat on Amazon or Walmart. I just might!

  48. Well, almost a year in and you finally HINT that maybe the masks are worthless.

    Stunning and brave.

  49. >Nothing changed when Texas lifted its mask mandate:

    Maybe that’s because behavior didn’t really change?

  50. https://twitter.com/realDailyWire/status/1394699314509729796?s=19

    Black Lives Matter Declares ‘Solidarity’ With Hamas In Israel Conflict [link]

    1. Why wouldn’t they? Hamas is all about killing civilians and destroying neighborhoods and getting millions of dollars to do so.

      1. Leftist terrorists have also been working with Palestinians since the 60s

  51. Like they would have any trouble getting a crooked judge to sign off on a warrant.

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