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Teen Cigarette Smoking Went Up Following Flavored Tobacco Ban 

Plus: Debate over critical race theory bans, Oklahoma City takes on major occupational licensing reform, and more...

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"Restrictions on flavored tobacco product sales are increasingly popular," notes Yale School of Public Health researcher Abigail S. Friedman in JAMA Pediatrics. Five states "and hundreds of localities have implemented them in the past few years alone." They're generally instituted under the banner of protecting teenagers, who are assumed to be more likely than adults to dig flavored smokes and vapes.

But do these bans really encourage healthier behaviors among young people? New evidence suggests that they do not. In fact, they could actually drive up cigarette smoking rates among teens and young adults.

"Given the relative health costs of smoking vs vaping nicotine, flavor bans that increase smoking may prove harmful," Friedman points out.

In newly published research, she looked at youth smoking rates in San Francisco, which banned flavored tobacco products—including flavored cigarettes and flavored vaping liquids—in June 2018. Previous research suggested the ban actually increased cigarette smoking in 18- to 24-year-olds while decreasing overall tobacco product use in 18- to 34-year-olds. Friedman wanted to measure the ban's effect on high school students under 18.

Using data from the 2011-2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), Friedman was able to look at under-18 cigarette smoking rates in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Florida's Broward, Palm Beach, and Orange counties. This allowed her to compare youth smoking in San Francisco with districts that did not ban flavored cigarettes and vaping products.

"Comparing recent smoking rates by wave revealed similar trends in San Francisco vs other districts prior to 2018 but subsequent divergence," writes Friedman of her findings. "San Francisco's flavor ban was associated with more than doubled odds of recent smoking among underage high school students relative to concurrent changes in other districts."

"While the policy applied to all tobacco products, its outcome was likely greater for youths who vaped than those who smoked due to higher rates of flavored tobacco use among those who vaped," she adds. "This raises concerns that reducing access to flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems may motivate youths who would otherwise vape to substitute smoking. Indeed, analyses of how minimum legal sales ages for electronic nicotine delivery systems are associated with youth smoking also suggest such substitution."


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Are bans on teaching "critical race theory" (CRT) in schools against the First Amendment? A growing number of states have seen Republican legislators introducing such measures. (Ohio is the latest to see such a bill introduced, the Texas Senate just approved one, and Tennessee's governor just signed one.) These bans have drawn ample criticism from the left. But a number of heterodox thinkers, including Thomas Chatterton Williams and Kmele Foster, also have qualms about them:

"The past year has convinced me freedom of expression has to be nearly absolute," added Williams. "Hitchens is right: 'Every time you violate or propose to violate the free speech of someone else, in potentia, you're making a rod for your own back.' It always comes back at you."

They, in turn, have also received pushback from folks also outside the typical U.S. left-right culture war spectrum:

Meanwhile, others are calling bullshit on the idea that these bills properly define critical race theory in the first place:


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• Tennessee's governor has "signed into law measures to divert more people away from state prisons and to expand support services for people who are leaving prisons after serving their sentences," reports the Tennessean.

• More criticism of Florida's new law banning some social media from booting politicians.

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• Colorado is following in Ohio and Maryland's footsteps with a lottery for only people who have been vaccinated.

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  1. Teen Cigarette Smoking Went Up Following Flavored Tobacco Ban

    SAVED FROM VAPING

    1. I read the article, still didn’t understand how or why teen cigaret smoking increased.

      1. I don’t think it does. The last paragraph in that section comes closest but really doesn’t. Maybe because non-flavored, or tobacco flavored vapes just don’t taste that good so might as well smoke the real thing. Maybe because the more you try to forbid something the more teens will want to do it.

        1. Maybe because non-flavored, or tobacco flavored vapes just don’t taste that good so might as well smoke the real thing.

          See below about flavored cocktails. Depending on habits, cigarettes are cheaper and while fruit flavoring may be worth paying extra for, it’s not the reason why people drink flavored cocktails.

          1. Well, they could vape “straight” tobacco flavored vapes but they move to smoking cigs. I’m an ex-smoker who moved to vaping over-the-counter products. I did not smoke menthol but the mint and menthol vapes are far better than the tobacco flavored ones. I won’t get into how wHitler has done her level best to ban all flavored vapes here in MI on her way to (I’m sure) banning them all outright. Nor how the Feds recently banned the shipping of vapes thru the USPS and how other private shippers have just fallen in line.

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      2. It assumes the only reason people vape is because of the fruity flavors and that cigarettes and vaping are equivalent cost-wise, both economically and in terms of health.

        Imagine being surprised that, after you banned margerita and daquiri mix, consumption of straight tequila and rum went up.

      3. Well, it’s a correlational study so we can prove what happened but not necessarily why. That said, the cause is fairly clear and it’s because unflavored vaping basically isn’t a thing. That forced the folks who needed their nicotine fix back to traditional cigarettes.

        The net result is that the policy hasn’t significantly changed nicotine consumption (which is addictive but not especially harmful) but increased aggregate exposure to the tars and carcinogens that can hurt you.

        1. Agree.

  2. Are bans on teaching “critical race theory” (CRT) in schools against the First Amendment?

    As long as they balance it with teaching the theory of evolution.

    1. No, you don’t understand. Censorship isn’t censorship, but using taxpayer money to pay grifters to preach their political ideology is censorship.

      1. That should be not using taxpayer money to pay those bastards is censorship.

      2. Public schools are teaching well enough students to think for themselves that CRT won’t be considered unassailable orthodoxy.

        1. “Think for themselves “.
          LOL

          1. I crack myself up sometimes.

        2. The money needs to follow the student. Then you can send your kid to whichever madrasa fits your preferred brain washing.

          1. Sounds like balkanization.

            1. Fine. Then we’ll just pick one and force everyone else to follow.
              Not as many people are secular humanists as evangelical Christians or devoted Catholics, so lets pick one of those.

            2. It might sound like it but that’s exactly what we’ve done for several generations now with the GI Bill. The much feared balkanization has mysteriously failed to appear.

          2. The money needs to stay with the parents or the guardians, then let them send the money and the student where desired.

            Yes, some will send students to schools that teach CRT, “Creation Science,” “New Math,” and other such nonsense, but students will also have the option to unlearn it once they grow up as well.

      3. I remember when David French pretended to be a conservative and not just a lackey for whatever billionaire wishes to pay him this week.

        He’s only “conservative” as long as darker skinned folks are getting killed.

        1. He got kicked from nro for being too anti trump which is amazing. He was broken in 2016

        2. Remember when then toyed with him running for President and found him too cuckish so they went with McMullin instead?

      4. If anything being taught is free speech and not paid work, then teaching Mein Kampf as a good program should be equally acceptable, as well as KKK dogma.
        Equating a social theory with evolution only demonstrates the liberal arts bias of a journalist. One can be tested, the other not.

        1. Can it be tested, really?

          Don’t get me wrong. I think evolution is correct, but there are only limited experiments that can be done on a human time scale to support the theory.

          And then all somebody has to do is come up with the competing “theory” that God planted all the fossil evidence.

          1. That’s a Caw Caw Dee.

      5. This 100%. The same thing happened under w bush with embryonic stem cells. He banned government funding of embryonic stem cells. Peiple could still willingly donate to the research, but Gov would not fund it.

        1. I remember how disgusted I was with the media narrative back them. Bush hadn’t “banned” anything. He just stopped federal funding.

          Now that level of lying seems almost quaint.

    2. Um, the government is going to decide what is or is not taught in a government run school

    3. If the ban is on having it as part of the curriculum, then no. Banning teachers from talking about it at all might be a problem.

      1. Why should teachers be allowed to talk about Critical Race Theory (in the classroom, I assume you mean) if it’s not in the curriculum? I can’t imagine there’s a constitutional issue with a school district firing a teacher for teaching Shakespeare in a math class.

        1. Or reading aloud mean tweets.

        2. I’m thinking more a student asks about it or wants to know what it is in an informal conversation outside of instruction time. I don’t know. I suppose no one would bat an eye if it were made a firable offense to promote other flavors of racism, and CRT really belongs in the same category.

          1. None of the bills do what you’re suggesting would be bad.

            1. Yes, now I have seen more of what they actually say.

              1. Maybe you can tell Jeffy.

                1. Somebody posted the actual text of one such law. I think perhaps he can’t be helped.

          2. I suppose that scenario could present a First Amendment issue. But as you said, garden-variety racism from teachers isn’t tolerated even on their own time and I’m pretty sure that passed constitutional muster (though I’m no constitutional scholar, so maybe it’s just never been tested).

      2. At the school I’m planning on opening, we’ll be teaching that the Earth is the center of the universe, that the moon is made of green cheese, that Christopher Columbus was the thirty-third President of the United States, that Australia is a fictional country, that 12 is the highest number scientists have ever discovered, and so much more! Freedom of speech is so much fun when you discover that it covers indoctrinating students with deliberate lies.

        1. Kyrie Irving could be the schools basketball coach.

        2. Open your own school, and you can feel free to teach those things. (Good luck getting parents to enroll their kids.) Teaching them in a public school, if the state legislature decides it doesn’t want them taught, would be another matter.

          1. That’s the point, chuckles. Freedom of Speech is not a blanket authorization for the Government to produce any curriculum it wants regardless of content.

          2. That’s the root of the problem, though. The parents that want to send their kids to the Jerryskids Academy still have to pay for the public school that promotes dangerous heretical nonsense like heliocentrism, and totalitarian government officials get to impose their values on children whose parents can’t afford to pay two tuitions.

        3. They would still out preform most Chicago public school kids

        4. That’s ridiculous. Christopher Columbus was not our 33rd president. Just Secretary of State.

          1. I thought he was the governor of Ohio.

        5. Don’t forget the greatest discovery by mankind was peanut butter.

  3. There are many misleading descriptions of various state “anti-woke” bills. Any description of them as “banning critical race theory” is generally so incomplete as to be misleading.

    Should be easy to get around, I guess, if they’re outlawing the wrong thing.

    1. By ‘anti-woke”, French means “People who are busy banging my wife while I watch”.

      Man, neocons all come across as rampant kiddy-diddlers.

      1. French didn’t get to watch the Baptist preacher bang his jailbait future wife and it just tears him.up

    2. Holy crap, you are brilliant.

  4. …the Council unanimously repealed 85 percent of our city’s occupational licenses (16 of 19).

    Braiding fatality case rates about to rival COVID.

    1. What part of “unanimously” was unclear to you?

      Why do you threaten our democracy??

    2. Died with braids vs died from.

    3. Only a hair net can protect you and those around you.

  5. OMG! Russians are still hacking American politics! Here they managed to hack a verified Twitter account with over half a million followers to spread lies about Biden.

    In actual policy terms, Biden is tougher on China and softer on Russia than Trump.

    “Softer on Russia than Trump”?! Mueller literally proved that Drumpf was Putin’s Puppet. How could Biden possibly be softer than that?

    #TrumpRussia
    #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

    1. Because he is soft in the head?

        1. ^^^Literal truth here.^^^

        2. Lol

        3. This is an A+ line.

    2. Isn’t it amazing how the Russians stole an entire election with a 150k in Facebook ads, but then America went on to have the fairest election in history with the biggest voting percentage in 150 years.

      1. Just what are you implying here? That there’s something “off” about this sequence of events:

        Russia hacks 2016 election — on the watch of brilliant, tech-savvy President Obama.
        Russian intel asset Drumpf is installed as President.
        2020 election is the most secure in our nation’s history, despite taking place with Russia effectively controlling the Executive Branch.

        I promise you there’s nothing strange about this. It’s literally exactly what happened.

        1. When can I preorder your book?

          1. I imagine if he wrote a book every citation would be Chem Jeff or tony

            1. White Mike is crying right now. Yesterday the thread where he completely didn’t know what the words elitism and hypocrisy mean was a sight to see.,

              1. Or retroactively. I rated it a top 5 thread of Dee’s stupidity.

              2. Insisting that taking a vacation when you haven’t banned vacations, is the exact same thing as fine dining when you just outlawed fine dining for the peasantry, was another HO2 moment.

        2. I know, right? My voting place filed my ballot by the three-card Monte method.

  6. Tennessee’s governor has “signed into law measures to divert more people away from state prisons and to expand support services for people who are leaving prisons after serving their sentences…”

    As long as the prison industrial complex continues to be fed, they can afford “reforms” without sending cops after fewer people in the first place.

  7. Much of politics is performance art, but nothing approaches the far left and critical race theory.

    Pretending that the debate over whether or not to teach critical race theory to elementary school kids is a first amendment battle is as ludicrous as a Tom Green gonzo comedy bit.

    These are political entities mandating that students be instructed that white people are inherently racist opressors and black people are inherently victimized. The city of Oakland is not some academic minion struggling to speak freely, they are the Jack-booted thug. Pretending that the next Jack-booted thug up the food chain is violating that Jack-booted thug’s first amendment rights by telling him he’s not allowed to order his underlings to indoctrinate children into a racist ideology has to be one of the highest levels of ironic performance art in history.

    1. If identical things were taught about any other group, Reason would not be trying to justify it.

      1. I don’t get the impression at all they’re “trying to justify” teaching CRT.

        Just that these bans are the wrong tool to deal with it.

        1. Try again. This time remember you are both the star of this movie and the primary victim of a giant conspiracy.

          1. Like Russia, or like the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?

            1. Dol has the proof!!!

    2. It’s full clown world shit.

    3. Exactly, this isn’t some controversial political theory or new math we’re talking about here. Critical Race Theory is old Scientific Racism warmed up and served in a critical theory gravy.
      They’re teaching kids the exact same shit the Nazis did, with only the names reversed.

      1. So what’s the big fuss? That all turned out ok.

      2. It’s not like you could submit mein kamph to one of thir social science journals and get it submitted right?

        1. *sits down, removes glasses*

          …I have some very solemn news for you.

      3. And even if it were just new math, states have every right to control what gets taught in public schools. They’re not throwing people in jail for talking about CRT on their own time – it’s just not part of the school curriculum. I fail to see the 1st Amendment implications.

    4. These are political entities mandating that students be instructed that white people are inherently racist opressors and black people are inherently victimized.

      In the past, there were political entities mandating that students be taught that slavery wasn’t so bad, that the slaves actually didn’t mind it so much, that the institution of slavery was actually a civilizing force for black people, and that white slaveowners were nice to their slaves. I don’t want the “white people are all bad” version of history taught, but I also don’t want the “slavery wasn’t so bad” version of history taught either.

      Maybe what’s needed is school choice instead.

      1. Citations?

      2. The false dichotomy is strong in this one

      3. I went to school back in the olden days, and in no way was such an idiotic idea ever presented. You are full of shit.

        1. It feels right to him and allows him to rationalize away the terrible behavior of his beloved left.

        2. https://www.theroot.com/we-found-the-textbooks-of-senators-who-oppose-the-1619-1846832317

          Check out some of these gems, from actual public school textbooks of the time:

          So it’s understandable why he learned history from The History of South Carolina, published from 1840 until 1970 by three generations of descendants of pro-Confederate William Simms. While Simms’ early versions opined about the “irresponsible, uneducated, unmoral and, in many cases brutish Africans,” Graham likely used the 1958 edition where Mary C. Simms Oliphant, Simm’s granddaughter, had a much more progressive view.

          “Most masters treated their slaves kindly,” wrote Oliphant. “Africans were brought from a worse life to a better one. As slaves, they were trained in the ways of civilization. Above all, the landowners argued, the slaves were given the opportunity to become Christians in a Christian land, instead of remaining heathen in a savage country.”

          The textbook also notes that South Carolina’s enslaved seldom revolted, which Oliphant says “speaks well for both whites and Negroes.” Apparently, she had no clue that South Carolinians were scared shitless of slave revolts since the Stono Rebellion, the 1739 revolt that influenced America’s “slave codes” more than any other event in colonial history. Yet, of the Civil War, (which she calls the “Confederate War”), the Post and Courier dissected Simm’s interpretation: “The relationship between the whites and Negroes on the plantations was at this time very friendly…For more than four years the women and children had remained on the land with only the Negroes to protect them.”

          During Reconstruction, Oliphant praised the Klan for keeping justice alive. “The sight of the mounted klansmen in their white robes was enough to terrorize the Negroes,” she explained. “When the courts did not punish Negroes who were supposed to have committed crimes, the Klan punished them.” While South Carolina was a majority-Black state until 1940, the only Black person identified by name in the 1958 edition is Denmark Vesey, who was executed for organizing a slave revolt.

          1. Re-posting something from the black version of the Daily Stormer, on something that hasn’t been used in 50 years, doesn’t exactly make your case, tubbo.

            1. Chem Jeff radical statist loves his false dichotomy arguments, if he didn’t use that or strawman he would never talk…

              1. Well, sometimes he just straight up lies.

          2. This actually demonstrates how they were wrong.

          3. This is what you said

            there were political entities mandating that students be taught that slavery wasn’t so bad

            Show is the mandates or you were lying.

          4. Haha. Progs just love living in the past.

      4. Read the slave narratives or their journals from fighting on the confederate side of the civil war.

      5. School choice, and in the meantime we can take some consolation in that many kids ain’t dumb. They realize if they are being taught some bullshit by the public school system.

        I know it’s not all kids, unfortunately, but most likely just about everybody posting here in the commentariat went to public school, and came through with a well-trained bullshit detector.

        1. Except you.

      6. You should rent yourself a time machine to go back and tell them not to do that.

    5. And right on cue:
      “‘All white people are racist’: Brandeis University assistant dean defends critical race theory and says she hates ‘whiteness'”

      Brandeis University Assistant Dean Kate Slater said in a post marking the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder that ‘all white people are racist’ and that she hates ‘whiteness,’ despite being Caucasian herself.

      Slater, who describes herself on social media as a ‘racial justice scholar and educator,’ made those controversial comments to her 5,424 Instagram followers on Tuesday.

      ‘Yes, all White people are racist in that all White people have been conditioned in a society where one’s racial identity determines life experiences/outcomes and Whiteness is the norm and the default. That includes me!’ the educator wrote in all-caps.

      She continued: ‘I don’t hate white people – I hate whiteness.’

      Nuke universities today.

      1. Like I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t mind that white liberals hate themselves for being born white–I just don’t think they should make every other white person hate themselves, too. At the very least, kill yourselves as a sacrifice to St George so there’s one less evil white person in the world.

      2. Except for Abnormal Psychology, no one’s psychological problems should be the basis of a university or other school curriculum.

  8. Why is ENB so invested in teaching the kids CRT?
    It’s like forbidding schools from teaching from Mein Kampf or the Turner Diaries.

    1. Only if you were teaching mein Kampf as a life-defining ideology, rather than a historical document and a warning against future siren songs.

    2. You don’t understand. “Some races are better than others” is a perfectly fine opinion to have, but supporting Trump is disgusting and racist and beyond the pale.

    3. It beats her usual sex and sex worker fare….

    4. The Turner Diaries should be taught… In a 20th Century American vernacular literature course.

  9. Colorado is following in Ohio and Maryland’s footsteps with a lottery for only people who have been vaccinated.

    They know they won’t have to pay, because they will be dead soon.

    1. Yeah, why help out the small businesses and restaurants who racked up a mountain of debt thanks your restrictions (too bad for the ones that actually went out of business, but at least we saved the big boxes and let Amazon grow even more), or even cultural institutions like museums who saw their operating revenue crash?

  10. In Maine, “the legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted Monday to recommend a measure that would decriminalize prostitution.”

    Undercover hardons hardest hit.

    1. Did they figure out a way to tax it yet?

      1. They need to tax that ass, not that hardon.

        1. “I would tax Rachel Welch…But I’m afraid she’d tax me!”
          –The “It’s” Man, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

    2. Isn’t the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee part of the Ministry of Truth?

    3. Turns out the bill that got out of committee removes the fine for the first violation, apparently reduces penalties to civil ones for a subsequent violation, but increases penalties for trying to buy sex.

      1. Kind of funny how it’s more or less the opposite (or complement) of drug decriminalization. Legalize the supply and not the demand.

  11. Colorado is following in Ohio and Maryland’s footsteps with a lottery for only people who have been vaccinated.

    Grand prize is infertility.

    1. Death.

      1. The Shirley Jackson Lotto!

    2. Like a lottery lottery? As in, “I can pay $1 to get less than a one-in-a-million chance to win $1M dollars” lottery?

      I’d say that, between the vaccine and the lottery, they’re unfairly double dipping on the stupid tax but I’m more principally opposed to involuntary taxation.

    3. Agian, you can’t be virile, vigorous, potent, and fecund if you’re hacking up a lung or dead. And the same smarts that supports vaccines does not need a lottery ticket.

      1. It’s definitely a gamble. How much of a chance do I have of coughing up a lung, and how much of chance do you have of long term negative effects of unapproved vaccine.

        I have personal experience with conventional vaccinations (all benign) and I have personal experience with COVID-19 infection. The latter is informing my bet, for now.

  12. Did we discuss John Cerna’s kowtowing to the CCP yet?

    1. Local story. Do not pay attention to Enemies of the State threatening our National Unity.

      I also noticed no whining about Indian police 2AM raiding Twitter’s offices in Delhi, being probably the most aggressive government response to big tech manipulation of national politics yet.

      1. Is that related at all to Greta Thunberg’s father or uncle accidentally posting their color revolution planning documents on Twitter a few months ago during the totally organic and not at all astro-turfed “farm protest”?

        1. I don’t know if they’re directly related, but the same sort of “toolkits” are central to both stories, and the Twitter raid is apparently part of a larger scandal about them.

          https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/delhi-police-raid-twitter-office-india-social-media-giant-labels-tweet-right-wing-political-spox-manipulated-media-video/

    2. I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to use the k-word you racist cultural appropriator.

  13. Bay area Karens, #1:
    “‘It was the only protection that we had’: Why people aren’t ready to give up their masks yet”
    […]
    ““I don’t even care if it’s just performative, to be honest,” Romane says. “I think it just comes down to being a good person and caring about the people around you.”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/It-was-the-only-protection-that-we-had-Why-16195069.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    The paper version had a photo of a truly FUGLY woman claiming it kept men from giving her cat-calls. As IF!

    1. Uh, if the mask is merely performative, then no, you aren’t being nice to peopel around you by keeping it on. You are contributing to their delusion and fear.

      1. “…You are contributing to their delusion and fear.”

        IOWs, exactly what karens do.

      2. “If whipping out my dick and slapping your soup with it is merely performative, you are being nice doing so to people even if they do not want you to”

        1. As long as you care about them.

    2. People be dumb.

  14. “Given the relative health costs of smoking vs vaping nicotine, flavor bans that increase smoking may prove harmful,”

    Shocking news to politicians, bureaucrats, researchers, intellectuals, and any over-educated idiot who spends all their time coming up with theoretical models of how the world should work instead of having a lick of common sense and observing the way the world really works in practice rather than theory. That’s the problem with “experts”, the more abstract their thinking is, the more they’re considered to be an expert until the most expert of experts have no contact whatsoever with the real world. They don’t understand rational actors acting irrationally.

  15. I support banning ENB from crafting school curricula.

    1. Do we have a quorum? I’ll second the motion.

      1. *wheels in tupperware tub full of ballots*

        Somebody called or a quorum?

        1. Fact check: It’s a plastic ballot bowl, not a Tupperware. Liar.

          — Dol

          1. *checks label*

            You are correct. Not enough fraud to alter the outcome. Audit achieved.

  16. It’s good to see more sunshine on CRT. It’s a cancer that needs to be burned out.

    But I’d prefer a more nuanced discussion about what these bills actually say/do. Here’s the NH bill. It is very specific. It does not “ban CRT”. It does say that the State “shall not teach, instruct, or train any employee, contractor, staff member, student, or any other individual or group” these 10 specific things:

    (a) One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
    (b) The state of New Hampshire or the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist;
    (c) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
    (d) An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
    (e) Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;
    (f) An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex;
    (g) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;
    (h) Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex; or
    (i) Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.
    (j) The term “divisive concepts” includes any other form of race or sex stereotyping or any other form of race or sex scapegoating.

    Sorry, but this has nothing to do with “free speech”. This has specifically to do with Government propaganda. And I’m sorry, but educators don’t have a free license to teach whatever they want. Just as Government educators can’t teach that there’s one true God, the shouldn’t be teaching any of this bullshit.

    1. Oh…dammit…EDIT button. I’m not actually sorry at all. Fuck those CRT race baiters.

    2. The funny thing is arizona had this fight a decade ago with attempts to shut down the theory from la Raza and Azatlan in arizona. Democrats went apoplectic on are that banned classes teaching racial superiority.

    3. Yeah, I suspect most of the people crying about this haven’t actually read the bills. They’re just offering up hot takes for Twitter dopamine hits.

      Charlie Sykes whining that Rufo is flat-out stating that the right intends to re-brand CRT into a toxic ideology gives the neocon game away right there.

      1. Why look at primary sources when the Twitter narrative is there for the taking.

      2. Sykes doesn’t want to actually engage in what Rufo is doing. CRT is toxic. Rufo is doing is damndest to tell people how CRT is deployed in the field so that people see that it’s toxic. He’s not simply labeling it as toxic. He’s exposing the raw reality of it so that it’s toxicity is widely recognized.

        And yes, he wants people to associate CRT with “toxic ideology”. Because it FUCKING IS. So go suck it Sykes…yes, we’re now labeling your ideology as toxic shit and supporting that label with the reality of how it is practiced.

        1. “We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.”

          No, Rufo appears to be saying in that tweet that the anti-CRT crowd is going to lie about what CRT actually is, by claiming it encompasses every bad idea that people don’t like.

          It is the same as what Team Red did to the term “socialism”. It no longer means what Karl Marx meant. It now means “any economic policy that I don’t like”. So Donald Trump could wage an entire campaign against “socialism” while being the most stalwart defender of the most socialist programs in the US, SS and Medicare.

          If you support lying about what something is in order to demagogue it and drive public support against it, then just say so. But be honest about what you’re really doing. It is your own form of indoctrination.

          1. Like the form of indoctrination you follow?

          2. You really are just a leftist cuck.

            1. “We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.”

              I am no supporter of crt, but chemjeff is using the only interpretation available, if you speak english without a hard partisan accent. All he is doing is using fancier words to describe lying to the american people about what crt is.

              1. Ahh. So you missed his last 2 paragraphs of falsely equating motivations between the two sides.

                But you’re a leftist cuck too.

                1. Nothing in those paragraphs changes the base fact which is that the anti-crt dude was explaining his plan on lying to the American people about what crt is. That is what that is. If you have something specific to counter this, or are willing to accept reality, then all by all means, go ahead. Or just call people cucks, that will convince them.

          3. We’ll see. I agree that simply using CRT as a dumping ground for cultural fights is a dumb plan. And yes, the tweet can easily be interpreted that way. But given his history of work, I suspect that he’s trying to express that the goal is that a lot of the negative ideologies at present are traceable to CRT and that it’s key to call them out as such.

            Twitter is such an awful medium for discussion.

          4. No, Rufo appears to be saying in that tweet that the anti-CRT crowd is going to lie about what CRT actually is, by claiming it encompasses every bad idea that people don’t like.

            Are you saying theories have to be grounded in observable fact or that white people aren’t allowed to lie?

      3. This is the most Twit filled roundup yet.

      4. I suspect most of the people crying about this haven’t actually read the bills

        They don’t need to read the bill to know that Florida is becoming a real-life 28 Days Later Georgia is banning blacks from voting New Hampshire is banning any mention of Critical Race Theory.

        1. THE NARRATIVE IS THE TRUTH

    4. “”(g) An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;””

      Does this include the democrat party?

      What about gang violence?

  17. Biden had US embassies around the world flying BLM flags in honor of the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

    Question:. Is there a president for this level of politicking from the government?

    Could a future Rand Paul administration order every federally owned property to hang banners honoring the Cato institute? Could a Sanders administration order that quotes from Marx be emblazoned across all federal facilities and federally funded interstate overpasses?

    Have we ever seen the government engage in partisan politics at this level, using the state department to display sectarian propaganda as advertising?

    1. Precedent. Dang google, it is a perfectly cromulent word…

    2. Have we ever seen the government engage in partisan politics at this level, using the state department to display sectarian propaganda as advertising?

      No, but you can rest assured that if by some miracle we’ll have a real election in the future, then that future president taking down BLM flags will be condemned as partisan politicking by the usual well funded cabals of powerful people.

      1. At least he is not floodlighting the white house with culturally appropriated symbols of God’s promise to never again flood the world.

    3. Would love to see how they’d criticize supporting any other political movement out there in such a manner. Door has been opened. They will not like where it goes.

    4. It is a complete disgrace and utter travesty = Biden had US embassies around the world flying BLM flags

    5. The real question is: Where the fuck did our embassies around the world get a BLM flag from?

      1. Made In China.

        1. Probably came in the packaging with all the microcontrollers and control boards.

    6. Does the RNC have a money-laundering operation similar to what BLM does for the DNC?

      1. No. Why do you think all the neocons are jumping ship for the Dems?

      2. Screw that, look into publishers paying so much to democratic politicians for their books that don’t sell.

      3. They used to. Trump screwed that up for them.

    7. This is ridiculous. If they want to throw a bone to racial justice, why not officially celebrate Juneteenth? It’s an actual, historically significant day in American history. Hell, they could even make it a federal holiday. Slavery was reprehensible, and the final liberation of slaves in America should be celebrated.

      Instead, they’re flying the flag of a Marxist organization, in order to commemorate the death of a career criminal.

      WTF is wrong with these people?

      1. They hate you and want you dead.

      2. Breaking up the family structure, General. Don’t forget they break up the core family.

      3. If they want to throw a bone to racial justice, why not officially celebrate Juneteenth?

        Fuck that noise. We used to celebrate Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays separately. Now we allot both Presidents together the same number of days as MLK. Walk around the mall in DC and you’ll see Washington’s Memorial, Lincoln’s Memorial, and MLK’s Memorial right there on the reflecting pond. Benjamin Franklin’s Memorial is squirreled away at the post office a block away from the mall.

        ‘Juneteenth’ celebrates neither the emancipation nor the abolition of slavery, but a footnote of the (militarized) advance of liberty. May as well make Cinco de Mayo a national holiday to appease people who deliberately and overtly hold an infinite appetite for appeasement offerings.

    8. Next
      earth day: fly flags of Ted kazinski
      Labor day: fly flags of karal marx

      1. You get them flying SA flags over the detention centers on May 8th and I will very emphatically tip my hat to you.

  18. Bay area Karens, #2:
    (didn’t make the e-version)
    “Lifting Limits Worries Officials”
    Seems they are worried that they’d lose the ability to tell other people what to do.
    Perhaps that’s too embarrassing even for the Shron.

  19. Would the 1A rights of public school K-12 teachers even be relevant in the classroom? Curriculums are set by school boards and state education agencies.

    A K-12 public school teacher in the classroom is a government employee speaking on behalf of the government about a government selected topic. Why shouldn’t it be considered government speech rather than the teachers speech?

    1. Good point.

  20. I’ve posted this before, but it’s important enough to repeat.

    The “lab leak” theory was scientifically disproved over a year ago.

    In fact the Washington Post’s fact checker explained how it is virtually impossible for this virus jump from the lab.

    I hope our allies in Big Tech ban anyone from YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter who continues to spread this Sinophobic conspiracy theory.

    #ILoveScience

    1. Fact checkers haven’t exactly covered themselves with glory over the past twelve months.
      I think half the population thinks “establishment propagandist” when they read the words “fact checker”.

      1. “Fact checkers haven’t exactly covered themselves with glory over the past twelve months…”

        Prolly better starting with the 2016 election.

    2. If Twitter and Facebook are now openly allowing discussions of this debunked conspiracy theory that the virus came from a lab, I hate to say it but there’s no other choice but to de-platform Twitter and Facebook.

      1. It would be the best day ever.

  21. Democrats celebrate Floyd’s 1 year anniversary the way he lived his life…. arson, violence, attacking police.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/police-declare-riot-in-portland-as-protesters-mark-1-year-since-george-floyds-death/ar-AAKoBnC

    1. Considering how many Antifas in Portland are drug addicts, they’re simply honoring their patron saint.

  22. Are bans on teaching “critical race theory” (CRT) in schools against the First Amendment?

    No. It is a religion.

    1. And to clarify. States are free to design the educational courses for their schools. There are a lot of fringe theories that schools don’t teach. Mandating schools stick to educational materials is not against 1a jurisprudence. It is what the states choose to direct educational funds to.

      What school boards were doing was mandating CRT in every school subject. Based on the inference if enb, this would be compelled speech by school districts and also against the 1a.

      CRT, and all critical theory should be banned from primary level education because it is indoctrination, not education. Parents are free to radicalize their kids, teachers are not. There are many instances of school employees advocating hiding CRT plans from parents. That is wrong.

      1. There are many instances of school employees advocating hiding CRT plans from parents. That is wrong.

        The fact they have to hide it is proof that, while teaching what CRT is shouldn’t be banned, the teachers who actually advocate for it should be fired for promoting racist ideology, and the school board members who mandate it as part of the curriculums should be recalled, replaced, and driven out of the community.

  23. others are calling bullshit on the idea that these bills properly define critical race theory in the first place

    Serious question: Has *anyone* “properly defined” CRT™?

    1. Yes.

      Unmitigated bullshit.

    2. It is critical that you’re racist towards wypepo.

    3. Definitions are racist.

      1. I don’t need a strict definition as long as I can get a pretty firm anti-definition. As long as we aren’t teaching kids that one race is inherently superior/inferior to the other or is existentially endebted to the other, I’m OK with that. AFAICT, CRT doesn’t explicitly prevent or forbid that and isn’t necessary to facilitate non-heirarchical racial education.

    4. Chris Wallace?

  24. One of the country’s biggest healthcare providers, HCA, has agreed to share their patients’ data with Google in a multiyear agreement. No need to worry, though–HCA has pinky-promised not to share any personal identifiers with Google unless it’s okay.

    “Nashville, Tenn.,-based HCA, which operates across about 2,000 locations in 21 states, would consolidate and store with Google data from digital health records and internet-connected medical devices under the multiyear agreement . . . .

    Dr. Perlin said HCA patient records would be stripped of identifying information before being shared with Google data scientists and that the hospital system would control access to the data. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed by the companies . . . .

    Personal patient information is protected under the federal health-privacy law, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The law allows hospitals and some other healthcare companies, such as health insurers, to share information with contractors, which must also abide by the law’s privacy protections.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-strikes-deal-with-hospital-chain-to-develop-healthcare-algorithms-11622030401?

    As a general rule of thumb, the information in your medical records is owned by you, and the hospital owns the record of it. When physical records are still a thing, for instance, you can control who can and can’t access your information, but you can’t remove the original physical record from the hospital because the physical record belongs to the hospital. This has more or less remained theoretically true as medical information was digitized, but the lines between physical records and the information itself became blurred.

    There are good reasons to think that Google may be able to do great things with patient data, but trusting Google to respect patient privacy is the fox guarding the hen house. Using algorithms to personally identify you using whatever information is available isn’t just something they could do. It’s what they do for a living. Farmers farm. Painters paint. Accountants account. And Google makes a mockery of privacy by sifting through our data for a living.

    The question isn’t whether this technology and data sharing will spark calls to revise HIPAA to allow companies like this to access our personally identifying information. The reason HIPAA didn’t address this kind of use was because the kind of thing Google is trying to do wasn’t possible when HIPAA was introduced 25 years ago. They’ll want the legal authority to sift through out data with personal identifiers now that they can do things with that data that they couldn’t before.

    And can you imagine all the things progressives would do for the greater “good” with our medical information if only they could use it to its full potential? Vaccine passports are only the beginning.

    1. P.S. Google and HCA aren’t the only companies doing this.

      “Fourteen hospital systems in February announced a newly formed company, Truveta Inc., to sell access to their anonymized records for patients across 40 states. Other hospitals have invested in health-record analytic companies, such as Health Catalyst Inc., which went public in 2019.

      —-Ibidem

      The decisions about whether and how these companies can use our medical information should be made by us rather than by progressive politicians, expert bureaucrats, and Big Tech. If you think using your information for advertising has been bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

      1. Selling of my information for advertising hasnt been that bad. Mostly it results in my seeing a bunch of ads for stuff I’m not actually interested in, with an occasional hit.

    2. This is terrifying. We really are living in a cyberpunk dystopia, just without any of the cool shit.

      1. Is it really appropriate to sell guns to somebody with a medical history that once presented to an ER with chest pain–that turned out to be asymptomatic and probably anxiety according to the ER physician?

        It’s a nasty divorce, and terrible accusations have been made, but not substantiated. No drunk driving convictions or anything like that. Before we grant dual custody, though, let’s look at the father’s medical records and see if there are any symptoms consistent with alcoholism.

        75% of heroin addicts start with prescription opiates, and a huge portion of opiate addicts obtain them through a legal prescription, either on their own or from a family member or friend. To fight addiction, why not flag individuals who have been prescribed opiates and test them periodically afterwards?

    3. As a general rule of thumb, the information in your medical records is owned by you, and the hospital owns the record of it. When physical records are still a thing, for instance, you can control who can and can’t access your information, but you can’t remove the original physical record from the hospital because the physical record belongs to the hospital.

      We need to get rid of the stupid third-party records rule. The idea that your records aren’t “your” records because you’ve freely shared them with a third party rather than the idea that your records are still your records because this “third party” is acting as your agent is simply a pernicious end-run around the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

    4. Just remember, folks, the CIA and NSA helped fund the development of data mining tech just for this sort of purpose.

      1. Maybe they could identify victims of human trafficking from their medical records!

        I bet ENB would write about that.

        Show up with an STD? There are algorithms that can be written to find flags associated with human trafficking activity, I’m sure.

        1. She will right up until such algorithms do something obvious like identify XBiz as an STD superspreader event. Then she won’t know what to do except void peoples’ agency harder (remote-only XBiz, mandatory condom use at all times for attendees, both, who knows).

          1. XBiz

            Sorry, The XBiz Awards ceremony.

    5. What we need is a law abutting HIPAA the way S230 reinforces the 1A. Google needs to be protected from all the HIPAA trolls just waiting in the wings with alleged abuses of their privacy. Can’t have a healthcare internet without a 1A to protect the healthcare internet.

      1. Well done

    6. I dunno. It’s hard to get worked up about sharing of anonymized data.

      1. “anonymized”

        Lol, the hell it is.

        1. Anonymized is not secret. I may not know who posted https://reason.com/2021/05/26/teen-cigarette-smoking-went-up-following-flavored-tobacco-ban/#comment-8922239 on May 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm, but depending on what I want to do with the infrmation, the label ‘8922239’ is as good as any and I can proceed to fuck with them, overtly or secretly, under the blanket of anonymity.

      2. We decided this was White Knight, right?

        ’cause Mike’s got that same special kind of stupid.

        1. Yes, it’s Dee.

        2. As others have pointed out, Ken’s definition of “stupid” is “has different opinions than me.”

          1. In this case I’m “stupid” because I’m not buying into Ken’s paranoia about progressives.

  25. “Today, the City of Oklahoma City has made a bold statement about occupational licensing reform, as the Council unanimously repealed 85 percent of our city’s occupational licenses…
    — Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) May 25, 2021”

    This is a positive step for reasons that might be ignored: The woman who cuts my hair has a city license, and during the worst of the lockdown orders, I had to ‘knock three times’ to get in; if the city pulled her license, she’s out of business.
    No license required? Nothing to lose.

    1. I haven’t had a haircut since last spring. Won’t get one until nobody is wearing a mask. It’s my little statement.

      1. I’m making the same statement, except with deodorant.

        1. I can tell, even through the screen!

      2. The woman who cuts my hair has a city license, and during the worst of the lockdown orders, I had to ‘knock three times’ to get in; if the city pulled her license, she’s out of business.
        No license required? Nothing to lose.

        Should’ve applied for a gun dealer’s license.

  26. How about “You cannot be a defender of free expression and ban Intelligent Design”?

    1. Or to really blow their minds “you can’t be a defender of free expression and ban the Torah”

  27. Free speech also in life’s protection from compelled speech. By the first amendment, I have the right not to finance teaching bullshit to children.

    1. Many CRT based courses apparently involve compelling white participants to agree with the CRT thinking that they are inherently racist. Resistance against such compelled speech was what “white fragility” was referring to.

  28. Boy, the fugazi libertarians of Reason REALLY don’t like the fact that parents are increasingly aware of the kind of hateful bullshit that Joe Biden, Block Yomomma, and their minions are trying to push on their poor children and are fighting back against it.

    It may be that Welchie Boy and all the junior grade Welchie Boys are so consumed with white guilt that they can’t even conceive that others may not be.

  29. https://twitter.com/marclamonthill/status/1397522506198753280?s=19

    “What do you like about being White?” I asked this question to anti- Critical Race Theory advocate Christopher Rufo. He stated that Whiteness was always only painted as negative, so I asked him to offer something different. Peep his response: [video]

    1. There was never going to be a right answer to that question.

      1. Disagree: “Having passed the 13A.”

      2. There isn’t anything about being white besides having relatively little melanin in your skin. Possibly being more efficient at producing vitamin D.

        1. Not having sickle-cell disease is nice.

        2. Possibly being more efficient at producing civilized, prosperous societies.

          1. bro.
            #WakandaKangz

  30. >>Are bans on teaching “critical race theory” (CRT) in schools against the First Amendment?

    your question should be whether “critical race theory” should be in the fiction section.

  31. Special Grand Jury Will Hear Evidence In Trump Investigation
    May 26, 20215:05 AM ET

    Manhattan’s district attorney has convened a grand jury to decide whether to indict former President Trump. The DA may have found evidence of a crime — either by Trump or someone close to him.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/05/26/1000400915/special-grand-jury-will-hear-evidence-in-trump-investigation

    LOCK THAT MOTHERFUCKER UP!

    1. Are the walls closing in? Or are you celebrating political witch hunts? I can’t tell.

    2. This slimy piece of lefty shit is still hoping they’ll nail him on a jay-walking charge!
      Stuff your TDS up your ass, and make sure your head’s there also for the safety of kiddies anywhere in your vicinity, asshole.

    3. Another bombshell.
      We’ve reached the tipping point.
      The walls are closing in.
      It’s the beginning of the end.

      #TrumpRussia
      #ItsMuellerTime

    4. may have found evidence of a crime

      Or, as everyone (especially in NYC) already knows, he may have found a ham sandwich.

    5. “Manhattan’s district attorney has convened a grand jury to decide whether to indict former President Trump. The DA may have found evidence of a crime”

      Golly. Nothing like putting the cart before the horse there. That’s the craziest shit ever.

      How this doesn’t scare the living shit out of everyone who isn’t part of the circles of power.

  32. I was taught CRT in public high school. We just called it Manifest Destiny.

    1. Exactly. That is what the right-wing reactionaries don’t quite realize. They got their own version of an indoctrination when they went to history class, but it was one that made them feel good about themselves so they didn’t regard it as indoctrination nor propaganda, it was the normative standard.

      1. “…That is what the right-wing reactionaries don’t quite realize…”

        This is what lefty shits believe.

        1. Who the hell even taught manifest destiny in schools since the 1920’s?

          And when it was taught it was Democrats teaching it:
          “Historians have emphasized that “manifest destiny” was a contested concept—Democrats endorsed the idea but many prominent Americans (such as Abraham Lincoln(R),[9] Ulysses S. Grant(R),[10] and most Whigs) rejected it.”

          This poor analogy is just another example of chemleft pulling shit out of his ass again.
          If I were his boss at the fifty-cent factory I’d dock his pay for laziness.

      2. They got their own version of an indoctrination when they went to history class, but it was one that made them feel good about themselves so they didn’t regard it as indoctrination nor propaganda, it was the normative standard.

        So, what you’re saying is, it’s really bad to teach history as an indoctrination into a political philosophy; that we shouldn’t be teaching ahistorical fiction to children just so they come out of it thinking in a predefined way about society. Is that correct?

        1. Absolutely. And that is the choice I would make for my children.

          So the way to do this, IMO, is:
          1. design a history curriculum that is scrupulously fair minded for all points of view, and/or
          2. give school choice to parents to send their kids to any school they wanted, so that they could choose the history curriculum that they agreed with the most.

          1. But all points of view aren’t equal. Especially the points of view that make up history.

            How about:
            3. Design a history curriculum that’s an accurate reflection of historical facts

            1. 3. Design a history curriculum that’s an accurate reflection of historical facts

              From whose perspective?

              1. An objective perspective.

                1. There is, quite often, no such thing as “an objective perspective”.

                  Was the 19th century homesteader “divinely entitled to the land”? Or was the homesteader “stealing land from the Indians”?

                  1. There is, quite often, no such thing as “an objective perspective”.

                    Bullshit. When someone says “there’s no way to be objective”, they’re just making up excuses for dishonesty.

                    Homesteaders settled land in what is now the United States, and this brought them in conflict with native Americans.

                    History teachers aren’t required to attach moral claims to these events. If my money is going to fund public school, then my freedom of speech should allow me to avoid funding the propaganda of bullshit moral philosophy to children.

                    1. “When someone says “there’s no way to be objective”, they’re just making up excuses for dishonesty.”

                      Just meeting Lying Jeffy for the first time?

                  2. The objective perspective is to present both points of view as part of the historical record. It’s possible to present two opposed ideas as part of the historical record.

                    That is, if you’re not an intellectually stunted, dishonest sack of crap.

                  3. Chem Jeff radical statist false dichotomy strikes again

                  4. “Was the 19th century homesteader “divinely entitled to the land”?”

                    Teaching about Manifest Destiny in history would be teaching that this idea was used at the time, to encourage Americans to keep setting west. Not that it was actually true.

          2. That isn’t what you’ve argued in any post prior. You literally misinterpret and lie about historical education to excuse your leftist production of racist indoctrination.

          3. And to clarify. Being taught manifest destiny as a historical motivation doesn’t describe current populations as victims and oppressors.

            Current CRT teaches today’s kids they are victims and racists.

            Youre a fucking racist idiot jeff.

      3. Radical individualist defending CRT.

      4. If that’s what you took from your history class youre a bigger dumbass than I thought.

        History that taught concepts such as white man’s burden and expansionist policies weren’t advocating racism. They discussed a mindset that led to the expansions. It wasn’t celebrated, it was taught. Black kids weren’t taught they were inferior and owed their civilizations due to whitey.

        Youre just lying like usual. And stupid as usual.

        1. Manifest Destiny included teachings that WASP settlers were divinely entitled to the property of others.

          To this day Evangelical Christians believe that the USA is theirs by decree of Gawd.

          This is taught every day in schools and churches.

          1. WASP settlers were divinely entitled to the property of others.

            This is taught every day in schools

            Cite?

          2. No it isnt. It is teaching what their motivations were AT THE TIME. Not currently defending the policy.

          3. To this day Evangelical Christians believe that the USA is theirs by decree of Gawd.

            I’ve literally never heard this being an accepted doctrine in any church. Nor is it taught in schools and churches.

            Are you that desperate that you’re just starting to make up shit again? Are you so stupid as to believe that we’re not aware of what the most common denominations in Americas doctrines are?

            It’s assertions like this that make me wonder if you’re actually some sort of parody.

            1. You have to realize, the only people chemtard knows are left-wingers, so he can’t help parroting their shibboleths.

            2. Judicial use of muting is a game changer

          4. “”Manifest Destiny included teachings that WASP settlers were divinely entitled to the property of others.””

            So what does CRT have in common with this?

      5. Hey retards, we were ALL taught about the history of things like slavery, colonialism, and imperialism, and that these things are wrong and why they’re wrong. This has been part of the core educational curriculum for decades now, and that’s fine, because people SHOULD be taught all these things.

        What we were NOT taught however is that we bear collective guilt for the crimes and generally bad things done by earlier generations. If you guys were real libertarians instead f left-wing shitbags, you would kraft understand that there’s no such thing as collective guilt, because we’re all unique individuals with free will, and responsible for our OWN actions.

        1. Not only do I reject collective guilt I also reject the entire concept of “sin” – which is a form of collective guilt you conservatives are eat up with.

          1. Not only do I reject collective guilt I also reject the entire concept of “sin” – which is a form of collective guilt you conservatives are eat up with.

            So didn’t learn Manifest Destiny correctly in public school and didn’t learn sin correctly in Sunday school, it’s really beginning to look like between you and any given education system, the problem isn’t the education system.

          2. “the entire concept of “sin” – which is a form of collective guilt you conservatives are eat up with”

            Which is why Buttplug is keen on murdering and fucking small children and animals, stealing from the poor and cannibalizing raped dates.

            There’s no such thing as sin in Buttplug’s psychopathic worldview.

            1. And sin is in no way “collective guilt”. Not even a tiny little bit. Not even related in any way.

              1. Only in Barack Obama’s church

      6. Exactly. That is what the right-wing reactionaries don’t quite realize. They got their own version of an indoctrination when they went to history class, but it was one that made them feel good about themselves

        All that fat is clogging up the blood vessels to your brain, just like diddling to kiddie porn fucked up Shriek’s. Either that, or you’re both just straight up lying.

        Manifest Destiny hasn’t been promoted in schools since the Progressive era, at least. I guarantee every single person posting here was taught that it was a cultural belief of most Americans during the 19th century, but evolved after the Indian wars concluded to mirror the imperialist policies of western Europe, which were then used to justify the Spanish-American war and the takeover of Hawaii.

        You two tards could have at least tried something from the 1950s, like “Communism is evil and the US is good for fighting it” as an example of the right-wing indoctrination you supposedly hate.

        I guarantee neither of you fuckheads was ever taught that Manifest Destiny was a positive good.

    2. We just called it Manifest Destiny.

      Uh, if you were taught Manifest Destiny as some sort of contemporaneous policy rather than political/historical artifact, you school should be getting in some hot water. Multiply so if you were taught Manifest Destiny in math, biology, or physics classes. CRT absolutely has a place in notable (-y bad) historical policy (alongside Lysenkoism, Japanese internment, Ebonics, white nationalism and black nationalism). Otherwise, the Nazis were just a bunch of Germans with some ideas and some things happened on 9/11.

      If you were taught it as running policy and continue to propagate it as such, then you’re part of your own problem.

      1. Seriously.
        What school has taught Manifest Destiny as a valid ideology in the last one hundred years?

        These guys are utter morons.

        1. Obviously Manifest Destiny became obsolete during the mid 20th Century after we completed the land grab of the Western US.

          Today the real evil is religion. When I use the term Christo-Fascism I mean it literally (likewise Islamo-Fascism). The objective is theocracy and rule by Gawd’s law.

          I grew up inside the beast as a Southern Baptist. Those motherfuckers are all sicke in the haed.

          1. Between mislearning Manifest Destiny in the public school system and mislearning sin in Sunday school, this speaks better of the Southern Baptists than it does of you.

          2. “I grew up inside the beast as a Southern Baptist”

            Lol, the fuck you did.

            It’s obvious that you don’t even know the first thing about that denominations doctrines.
            In fact, I’ll go one step further and state that I suspect you grew up in an anti-theist houshold and picked up 99% of your theology from atheist YouTube videos.

          3. Show us where the pastor touched you.

  33. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1397554699914686464?s=19

    Day 3 of Huffington Post’s White House Correspondent insisting that the January 6 Capitol riot (which lasted a few hours, was composed of hundreds of people, where the only ones who died were pro-Trump protesters) was “a far graver threat to the republic” than the 9/11 attacks [link]

    1. If they’re referring to the government’s response to it, it might be. Time will tell.

      But that’s not what huffpo is talking about, I’m guessing.

  34. This raises concerns that reducing access to flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems may motivate youths who would otherwise vape to substitute smoking.

    At least the FDA is addressing this problem by recommending that cigarette manufacturers be required to put more nicotine in their cigarettes so that nicotine addicts can get their fix by smoking fewer cigarettes, thereby reducing the amount of harmful by-products they’re inhaling. Hopefully, we’ll see fewer cases of emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer as fewer higher-nicotine cigarettes are smoked.

    Wait, what? The FDA is actually pushing for less nicotine in cigarettes so that nicotine addicts will smoke more cigarettes? That can’t be right! The FDA must be retarded, must want smokers to get even more emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer, or they’re secretly working for the tobacco companies. And it’s a toss-up as to which of those explanations is the truth.

    1. There is a lot of money in selling cigarettes, so it’s an easy guess.

  35. ENB’s Reason stands solidly for the freedom of your kids to be indoctrinated by eugenicists, and for the freedom of oligarchs to stamp out ideas

    1. I am generally against banning a line of thought or education– even first amendment considerations aside, it may be unworkable. People can simply rename whatever it is they’re teaching, but still teach the ideas. But at the same time, we need to call this shit what it is. People are essentially trying to ban a form of Eugenics being taught in schools, so it’s important to know what it is that’s getting you animated.

      1. Rather than the ban, I believe what you’re indicating is the key. Parents should teach their kids what is moral/amoral regardless of what brand name it comes under. Ideally, schools wouldn’t be foisting propaganda on kids at taxpayers’ expense but, ideally, the kids would be otherwise ‘vaccinated’ against it to begin with.

  36. How exactly is a teacher supposed to teach *accurately and thoroughly* a US History class without also discussing the racism and sexism that was an inescapable part of American history?

    1. By discussing the racism and sexism of American history without making shit up to make it sound worse than it was.

      If you’re going to have a problem with whitewashing history, then you should also have a problem with blackwashing history.

      If you only have a problem with one but not the other, then you’re a part of the problem.

      1. Oh, but based on the New Hampshire law, it would be illegal for a teacher to say that the US is a racist country. So they are supposed to pretend that all of the racism and sexism that occurred in American history, that it’s all been solved and we’ve now reached a state of egalitarian bliss?

        1. “Oh, but based on the New Hampshire law, it would be illegal for a teacher to say that the US is a racist country…”
          Followed by:
          “…So they are supposed to pretend that all of the racism and sexism that occurred in American history, that it’s all been solved and we’ve now reached a state of egalitarian bliss?”

          I’m guessing that jeff is just too stupid to understand the meaning of “non sequitur”.

        2. “Is a racist country” is an opinion which is not part of teaching history and is ideological.

          Students don’t need these systems and brainwashing anyway. Teach them skills like critical thinking, math, reading, writing and watch them succeed. Teach them grievances and neo marxist ideology and watch them fail.

          Learn to fucking argue fatty or go sulk in your basement.

        3. How do you define “racist country?”
          You could say it was a racist country when there was legislation penalizing people for not being racist, but is it now?
          Then again, was it really a racist country if government force was required to keep everyone acting like good little racists?

          1. That would be an excellent discussion to have in a classroom. Unfortunately the New Hampshire law makes it difficult if not impossible to have that conversation legally.

            1. No it doesn’t. Stop with your ignorance.

              1. Haha, that’s some wishful thinking.

            2. CRI would discourage such discussion. At least that’s how I interpret it.

            3. What does it even mean to say a country is racist or not? I would argue that it doesn’t make sense to talk about. A country’s government can have racist policies, for sure. Citizens of a country can as individuals have racist attitudes or preform acts of racist discrimination. Attitudes and actions can be racist. I think the most you can say about a country is that some of its residents or policies are racist.

          2. Do you feel bad yet for calling Jeff one of the few true libertarians here yet?

        4. Oh, but based on the New Hampshire law, it would be illegal for a teacher to say that the US is a racist country.

          A country can’t be racist, Fat Boy. People certainly can.

          1. A country can’t be racist, Fat Boy. People certainly can.

            Well, that is part of the discussion, isn’t it?

            If racist people construct a racist system that produces racist outcomes, is that system still racist even after the original racist people are all dead?

            1. Declaring all white people are born racist is a racist system.

            2. “If racist people construct a racist system that produces racist outcomes, is that system still racist even after the original racist people are all dead?”

              Except that’s not what actually happened… at all.

            3. No. Peggy McIntosh’s essay, which that bullshit idea was built upon, confused her class privilege with racial privilege. It’s based on a false construct to begin with.

            4. Do you know why so many black people have last names of Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, etc, Jeff? I know you do. Because the freed slaves admired these people.

              Just another example of black people not being sophisticated enough to understand how oppressed they are, eh Jeff?

              Typical prog racism.

        5. dafuq does “a racist country” mean? seriously.

        6. So, the US is either “a racist country”, or “all of the racism and sexism that occurred in American history, that it’s all been solved and we’ve now reached a state of egalitarian bliss”? If we’re not teaching kids one, we’re teaching the other?

          How about requiring teachers teach historical facts without bullshit?

          1. So it’s okay to teach that the US was a racist, sexist place in the past, but it’s not okay to teach that the US is a racist, sexist place in the present. So that means all of the racism and sexism has been solved, right?

            1. What I’m saying is, it’s a bullshit oversimplification to say “the country is/was racist”. What does that even mean? Are we racist and sexist until no one is? How much of the population has to be racist and sexist before we say it’s a racist and sexist country?

              You could, on the other hand, teach children the historical facts about the nature of slavery and women’s rights in the United States, past and present, without saying shit like “the country was/is sexist/racist.”

              You’re strawmanning me hardcore to avoid actually addressing the real issue here: that it’s wrong to teach propaganda to children.

            2. no no you said “racist country” not place.

            3. So that means all of the racism and sexism has been solved, right?

              Is the government still promoting racism and sexism?

        7. Read the law, not what Twitter told you the law said dumbass. Also teaching racism as a historical concept isn’t the same as teaching a kid their are a racist or a victim based on heir skin color today.

          Just admit youre a fucking racist and see everything race based already.

        8. How many white New Hampshirians died fighting to end slavery? What other cultures have made similar sacrifices to end essentially a part of human nature since the species evolved?? Just the British Empire and the US

        9. Haha. Yeah Jeff, it’s much better to teach little kids that they’re either victims or oppressors. That won’t make things worse. We should achieve racial harmony in no time.

          If you want people more divided, then they should keep doing what they’re doing.

    2. How exactly is a teacher supposed to teach *accurately and thoroughly* a US History class without also discussing the racism and sexism that was an inescapable part of American history?

      Are you really stupid enough to think this stuff wasn’t discussed until CRT’s “white people are evil” ideology came in to the mainstream?

      1. Yep, the “Little Rock Nine” was totally ignored! No news coverage, no comments in school at the time. Nothing!

        1. At the height of the Reagan era, I was taught that the 19th amendment was a watershed moment in the march for gender equality. I’m amazed my teachers weren’t swept up by federal goons and placed in prison for illegal subversion.

        2. “Little Rock Nine”

          A democrat governor trying to keep blacks out of a white high school.

      2. Yes, he is.

    3. Got it you are a retard that doesn’t know what critical race theory is. How about we take all of the crt writings replace black with white and vice-versa and ask if it’s okay to teach.

      1 all black people are inherently racist weather they know it or not

    4. That can be done without so-called “anti-racism” as the vehicle.

    5. The bills don’t do that. Again. Youre an idiot.

    6. discussing the racism and sexism

      If CRT covers both racism and sexism, why is only race included in the moniker?

    7. Day 1: Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™

      Day 2: moving on……

  37. You cannot be a genuine proponent of free expression and want to ban CRT.

    This is a fair statement. On the flipside, you cannot be a proponent of CRT and not be racist.

    1. It was clear to me that Western Civilization was superior to others in terms of adaptation and conquest.

      Such a view is NOT racist although others may misconstrue it.

      1. Sure you can discuss the conquests of Europeans. But why only the Europeans?

        I was not involved with any of that. So why should I feel guilty for the actions of others just because of my race? Trying to make me feel guilty for the actions of others is indoctrination.

        1. Spb isn’t aware of other conquering empires outside of Europe because quite frankly he is stupid. Ignore the ottomans, the hunt, conquests from Egypt, etc.

          1. Mere amateurs compared to the British, Spanish and Dutch empires.

            1. The Mongols would like a word with your ignorant ass.

            2. Lol, the largest empire in history and the planets greatest conquers weren’t Europeans, bub.

              The Mughals and the Ottomans would also like to disagree.

        2. Because cheng is Kahn was a great eco worrior

      2. It was clear to me that Western Civilization was superior to others in terms of adaptation and conquest.

        It was clear to me, well before I got to school and well before Western Civilization relly began that the Romans, the Egyptians, and the Jews didn’t consider themselves to be racially homogeneous.

        It’s astounding to me, in 2021, that anyone with even the dimmest awareness of history, would think that race and CRT as an apolitical theory has anything to do with Western Society. If we go back through history around the world and simply switch everyone’s race/skin color (Christians feeding Romans to the lions, Jews using Egyptians to built temples, Indians colonizing the British Empire), does CRT not apply? If not, then what exactly makes it *critical* or *race* theory rather than just apragmatic white/west criticism?

      3. Fair enough. But I’m pretty sure that describing “Western Civilization” as superior in any way IS racist according to CRT.

        That is victim fetishizing more than “misconstrued”.

  38. Pretty good article.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/one-father-s-stand-against-critical-race-theory-we-re-indoctrinating-our-children/ar-AAKmE5O?ocid=msedgntp

    “”Perhaps the most powerful – and most frightening – of the notes I have received are the several dozen from those who identify themselves as having immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union or from countries in formerly communist Eastern Europe. These emails are never political in nature and are nearly identical in message: These first-generation Americans all write that they have “seen this movie before.” “”

  39. By the way. Here is a much more informative view of what Critical Race Theory actually is. Hint: It isn’t “all whites are racist”.

    https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/

    1. Here is a much more informative view of what Critical Race Theory actually is. Hing: It’s everything is racist.

      That is, Critical Race Theory assumes that racism is present in everything under a doctrine known as “systemic racism.” Quoting from Delgado and Stefancic,

      What do critical race theorists believe? Probably not every member would subscribe to every tenet set out in this book, but many would agree on the following propositions. First, that racism is ordinary, not aberrational—“normal science,” the usual way society does business, the common, everyday experience of most people of color in this country. Second, most would agree that our system of white-over-color ascendancy serves important purposes, both psychic and material. The first feature, ordinariness, means that racism is difficult to cure or address. … The second feature, sometimes called “interest convergence” or material determinism, adds a further dimension. Because racism advances the interests of both white elites (materially) and working-class people (psychically), large segments of society have little incentive to eradicate it.

      1. The critical race theory (CRT) movement is a collection of activists and scholars engaged in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power. The movement considers many of the same issues that conventional civil rights and ethnic studies discourses take up but places them in a broader perspective that includes economics, history, setting, group and self-interest, and emotions and the unconscious. Unlike traditional civil rights discourse, which stresses incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.

      2. Critical Race Theory believes these bedrock liberal principles upon which free societies are built are ways that discrimination can be hidden and maintained rather than overcome. As stated by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo in their Critical Theory education manual Is Everyone Really Equal?,

        [Critical] movements initially advocated for a type of liberal humanism (individualism, freedom, and peace) but quickly turned to a rejection of liberal humanism. The ideal of individual autonomy that underlies liberal humanism (the idea that people are free to make independent rational decisions that determine their own fate) was viewed as a mechanism for keeping the marginalized in their place by obscuring larger structural systems of inequality. In other words, it fooled people into believing that they had more freedom and choice than societal structures actually allow.

        1. Simply put, CRT is just another Collectivist grab for the unearned.

    2. Pedo Jeffy is either ignorant or a liar. While it’s true that there are different factions within CRT, the version being pushed hard by the Obama-Biden administration and their underlings is the most virulent and extreme variety espoused by “scholars” like Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo. The New Yorker, hardly a right wing outfit, ran a piece on them titled “The Fight to Redefine Racism”

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/19/the-fight-to-redefine-racism/amp

      You owe it to yourselves to read this so that there’s no confusion about the true agenda from our leftist BS artists. They absolutely believe that all whites are inherently racist, and that all outcomes and discrepancies performance between different groups are entirely a result of racism. They even want to create a new federal agency called the “Department of Antiracism”.

      1. “Pedo Jeffy is either ignorant or a liar.”

        As usual, it’s really a question of how much of each, cuz it’s both.

  40. Call me crazy, but isn’t deciding what to spend tax dollars on sort of the basic reason we have legislators?

    1. And call me crazy, but isn’t the Constitution supposed to delineate what they can decide to spend on?

      1. And call me crazy, but isn’t the Constitution supposed to delineate what they can decide to spend on?

        The Constitution does no such thing.

  41. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1397576897131945984?s=19

    Been reading how the Soviets treated the “schizophrenia” of not accepting the Soviet Marxist-Leninist ideology (including by lobotomy), and looking at this “whiteness” rhetoric like ????????????

  42. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1397592073751207936?s=19

    It should deeply bother everyone that things that are generally considered to be abhorrent (e.g. racial discrimination and segregation, sexism, anti-semitism, etc.) are considered to be virtuous if done for the “right” reasons.

  43. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1397581851078938634?s=19

    This is from the Smithsonian’s
    National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Graphic]

  44. Flavored cigarette bans, they’re not just for Menthol anymore!

  45. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1397567839234560006?s=19

    It is a weird time in history where our society is engaging in overt racism in order to fight what is claimed to be covert racism.

    1. The real evil is religion. When I use the term Christo-Fascism I mean it literally (likewise Islamo-Fascism). The objective is theocracy and rule by Gawd’s law.

      I grew up inside the beast as a Southern Baptist. Those motherfuckers are all sicke in the haed.

      1. “I grew up inside the beast as a Southern Baptist”

        The hell you did.

        It’s obvious that you don’t even know the first thing about that denomination’s doctrines.

        In fact, I’ll go one step further and state that I suspect you grew up in an anti-theist houshold and picked up 99% of your theology from YouTube videos made by newly atheist 16-year-olds.

  46. Here’s a wild thought for education: Nobody make anybody teach, learn, pay for, or take a stand, take a knee, put a hand over the heart or in the air, or do any other gesture for anything! Let a thousand flowers bloom and let the stinkiest ones die on the vine from non-use!

    Just follow this simple prescription for education and Critical Race Theory, along with a whole bunch of other nonsense, will be a part of the big landfill of ash-heaps of history!

    1. Racist

  47. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/26/capitol-police-sicknick-jan-6-490943

    The mother of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick is requesting meetings with GOP senators to push them to support a proposed bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which Republicans are poised to block as soon as Thursday.

  48. To prohibit minors from smoking, the sale of cigarettes to minors should be prohibited first!
    https://www.mydresshut.com/

  49. “Are bans on teaching “critical race theory” (CRT) in schools against the First Amendment?”

    to

    “You cannot be a genuine proponent of free expression and want to ban CRT.”

    That’s called moving the goalpost. It’s not a first amendment violation to not pay teachers tax money to indoctrinate children with racist dogma. Curricula exist for good reasons. Public schools must be dismantled before relgious and political zealots take them over even further.

    Also you can ban CRT in public school curricula without banning the ideas as espoused by private individuals. What a fucking weasel.

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