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Utah Second State To Adopt Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations Law

Will home cooking become the new dining out?

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Earlier this month, Utah became the second state in the country to implement a law that allows home cooks to sell prepared meals from their homes. That very good law, H.B. 94, legalizes what have become known as Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs).

Utah joins California as the only states with MEHKO laws. These laws are intended to provide low-overhead income potential to out-of-work chefs, stay-at-home parents, recent immigrants, potential restaurant and food truck owners, and students—anyone, really, who has "made side hustles out of their kitchens" before and during the pandemic.

While California's first-in-the-nation MEHKO law broke important ground when it became law in 2019, its implementation has been a mess. That's largely because the law requires municipalities to opt in to the law in order to be covered by it, I explained in September.

"While a handful of counties and cities have expressed interest in adopting the law in their own jurisdictions, no California city or county save Riverside County—not one—has adopted the law and drafted rules to implement it," I wrote.

Thankfully, that's changing.

"Despite fears from a number of sectors, most of which are exaggerated and some of which are not real at all, we are happy that more jurisdictions are opting in to Homemade Food Operations laws: 7 cities and counties in California, so far, and the State of Utah," says Peter Ruddock, California Policy & Implementation Director with the COOK Alliance, the nonprofit group that led the fight for California's law. "This isn't a game for the impatient. It will likely take a while to get these laws widespread, but COOK Alliance is committed to the effort for the long haul."

Ruddock is right that the fears expressed by some opponents of MEHKO laws are often exaggerated or just plain made up. At a public hearing this month in Solvang, for example, one interested member of the public urged the city council to ask county lawmakers to reject plans to opt in to the California MEHKO law.

"The Chamber is adamantly against microkitchens," Solvang Chamber of Commerce leader Tracy Beard told the city council, citing the purported dangers of vehicle traffic that homemade food could cause, along with the "impact [on] the future of gated communities here" that barbecued ribs and fried chicken could have. Beard also called the MEHKO law "nonsense," and urged the city council to "[p]rotect our struggling local restaurants by refusing to pass the proposed MEHKO ordinance."

Although the Solvang council bought those arguments, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors rejected those and similar arguments this month and voted to opt in to the state's MEHKO law.

While California's MEHKO law is flawed (for reasons other than those cited by Beard), Utah's law isn't perfect, either. Like in California, Utah's law also contains permitting and inspection requirements, which irks some. And Utah's law doesn't allow buyers to consume the food in the home where it was produced, meaning home supper clubs aren't legal.

Thankfully, Utah dispensed with California's awful opt-in requirement. Instead, Utah's law caps the number of permits a municipality may issue at a percentage tied to the number of restaurants in a given municipality (15% in larger cities, and 70% in smaller ones). Hypothetically, that means if the state's most populous county, while includes Salt Lake City, has 1,000 restaurants, then the county health department could issue up to 150 MEHKO permits. Under the law, though, the cap will be lifted in a year.

As Ruddock (of the COOK Alliance) noted, we're still in the early days of MEHKO laws. Other states have considered adopting their own MEHKOs. For example, as I noted in a column last month, Washington State has considered a similar law. (That bill stalled, meaning I still have to buy my favorite homemade tamales on the black market.)

MEHKOs—like cottage food laws and food freedom laws—provide more choices for consumers and budding food entrepreneurs alike. That's why I hope MEHKO laws continue to spread to every state in the country.

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  1. Impact on gated communities? Why can’t they adopt their own rules on who they let in?

    1. Isn’t the Capitol now a gated community?

  2. The New York Times Paulie Krugnuts says “Don’t you worry your little heads about skyrocketing inflation, hour long gas lines (or no gas at all), that disastrous April jobs report that incredibly showed increasing unemployment taking place at the same time as increasing demand for labor, or, well, anything else you ignorant little peons think you see going on: the economy is about to take off like a supersonic rocketship, starting at any moment now.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/opinion/us-economy-growth.html

    Let’s assume for a moment that it turns out that Krugnuts is actually right and the economy really takes off. Do you think he knows he’s a great argument for massively reducing the amount of government spending that has been happening lately and that we shouldn’t even think of passing Biden’s insane budget proposal? For some odd reason, Krugnuts somehow left that part out of his analysis, ROFLMAO.

    1. This is the Wall Street Journal on the details of Biden’s spending plan.

      Debt held by the public would rise to 111.8% in 2022, surpassing the level seen in the wake of World War II. Debt would continue to rise in the following years, reaching 117% of GDP in 2031.

      Administration officials have said its proposals would add to deficits over the next decade but that higher spending would eventually be offset by revenue from tax increases on wealthy individuals and corporations.

      Officials emphasized that net interest payments on the debt as a share of economic output will remain below the historical average over the next decade, thanks in part to historically low interest rates that have declined in recent decades.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-budget-plan-fiscal-2022-11622169489?

      Someone please inform the Biden administration that inflation expectations are a component of interest rates, and the main reason we haven’t had really bad inflation in recent decades is because we weren’t spending like it was World War II.

      The Biden administration, and their fans like Krugman, are saying that it’s okay to start hitting ourselves in the head with a hammer more frequently, again, and harder–because we haven’t been having terrible headaches, recently, like we had in the past.

      They fail to mention, however, that the reason we haven’t had so many bad headaches, recently, is because we haven’t been hitting ourselves in the head with their hammer as often or as hard we have in the past, and once the Biden administration starts hitting us in the head, again, that’s likely to change.

      Oh, and someone might want to point out that as we soak the rich and raise taxes on corporations, they’re not likely to invest in growth at the same rates as they did when taxes were lower. The consequences of Biden’s foolish policies are both foreseeable and foreseen.

      1. FWIW, this chart of Gross Debt to GDP goes back to before World War II.

        https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/government-debt-to-gdp

        1. P.S. You need to click “Max”.

          1. This is the real deal “hockey stick chart”, especially it you look at it from 2001 on, isn’t it?

            Oh, and this is also kind of funny, earlier this morning about a day after writing that Times piece about the economy, he wrote a Twitter post that basically says “Our GDP growth going forward will probably be just fine, but who really cares about that, and besides our policies don’t impact it that much anyway.” You can’t make this shit up.

      2. Democratic spending is awful. Wouldn’t it be nice if the opposing major party, the Republicans, offered rational, fiscally-responsible, sane policies and candidates who acted like honorable, competent, sane adults.

        1. Hi. I’m Mike. I pretend to hate government spending. But I only attack the right about their spending. I ignore and push narratives from democrats instead!

          Do you ever recognize your own disingenuous nature?

        2. I know, right?

          One team says: Let’s spend shitloads of money that we don’t have!

          And the other team says: Dr. Seuss! The election was stolen! Trannies in the wrong bathroom! Jewish space lasers!

          1. I really would like an “adult in the room” party.

            1. Why? You wouldn’t be invited.

          2. If you think one team only says spend shitloads of money we don’t have and not – China good. We need Critical Race Theory. You need to be Woke. We have 800 genders and counting. Only government can solve your life.

            Well your head is in the sand.

            As for Dr.Seuss or any thing that offends the snowflakes now, the past is there for a reason. To learn not to hide. The Red team isn’t the ones banning it. Election stole – even 25% of democrats thing it was. Notice the media and your democrat overloads have been quiet about all the court cases won about it for the audits? The way to prove it isn’t stolen is to be transparent..but we are talking dems here.

            Trannies in any bathroom – well your a pervert like Biden so I can understand how that isn’t an issue for you. Plus, you live at home in a basement.

    2. Assume he is right…I can believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, that the Hooter’s girl likes me..but Krugnuts right? Too much of a stretch

    3. I think even Keynes would be shocked. While he did support deficit spending during a recession he at least had the common sense to support spending cuts during good times. Increasing spending just as economy started recovering is a whole new level of stupidity.

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  4. Did someone say Utah??? Cue KAR

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  7. “This will impact the future of gated communities here,” Beard said. “We need to stop the nonsense right now.”

    Um, to which nonsense are you referring?

  8. New evidence just came out to support the theory that covid-19 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    Last week, we learned from an intelligence report that three lab workers at the Institute were hospitalized with severe flu symptoms in November of 2019. (The first victims of covid-19 weren’t identified until December). Today, we learned that the wife of one of the lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was among some of the first people to die of covid-19 in December of 2019.

    “The wife of a Wuhan lab researcher working on deadly viruses apparently died of Covid in December 2019, according to a bombshell US report”.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1442962/Coronavirus-COVID-19-origin-lab-leak-China-Wuhan-virus-Joe-Biden-Trump-latest-news-vn

    I’m starting to see Dr. Fauci as something like a Janet Reno figure. She famously resigned as Attorney General in the wake of the Waco travesty, but the Clinton administration refused to accept her resignation, presumably, because that might make it seem like someone in the Clinton administration had made a mistake. Much better to stonewall, especially when the media is behind you!

    At this point, considering that Dr. Fauci’s NIAID funded the research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that made souped-up coronaviruses transmissible to humans for research purposes, he should have been forced to resign a long time ago. It doesn’t really matter if that research was the actual origin of covid-19–just like it didn’t matter if Janet Reno personally manned the vehicle that pumped flammable gas into the Waco compound.

    Making viruses, with gain of function enhancement, transmissible to humans at a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record was a woefully incompetent thing to do, and as the person in charge of the agency that funded such dangerous research in such a reckless way, he should resign. It would be one thing if we were talking about someone at the NIAID going rogue and disobeying orders. This funding was an official action by the NIAID, and Dr. Fauci is responsible for the official actions of the agency he oversees.

    This wasn’t someone breaking policy. This was a result of policy.

    1. but the Clinton administration refused to accept her resignation presumably, because that might make it seem like someone in the Clinton administration had made a mistake.

      Personally, I think the deeper truth of the Fauci scandal is even worse than Waco. I think that many Dems and Deep Staters besides just Fauci were complicit in the origins of the pandemic and set out to make it as bad and last as long as possible. There is just too much evidence to ignore. From the timing of that phony impeachment trial last year, to ridiculing Trump for trying to stop it in the beginning, to all of the ineffective lockdown measures that made everything worse (like not letting people go outside, even though we knew in the beginning that there was virtually no transmission outdoors and Vitamin D prevents severe cases) to the increased mail in ballots. Even as I’m writing this list, I keep thinking of more “happy coincidences”, more than I can possibly include. So I’ll just end with this…..

      Biden WOULD NOT be president if it wasn’t for the virus. Fauci is the tip of the iceberg. Maybe he’ll be the scapegoat.

      1. I’m reluctant to attribute something to nefarious motives when bureaucratic incompetence would explain it just as well–especially considering that bureaucratic incompetence is the norm. It can be hard to tell the difference between an evil genius and an indifferent idiot in a bureaucracy.

        There are open questions about whether Fauci’s NIAID funded this research in China at a lab with lax safety standards because it was so dangerous, no one in the U.S. could get it funded–whether because of regulation, ethical concerns, or fear of liability.

    2. Your conclusions and interest in the matter are purely political. A double whammy to criticize Fauci and China at the same time.

      1. The things I’m saying are true or false regardless of anything having to do with me personally. If Dr. Fauci’s NIAID recklessly funded dangerous research at a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record, he should be forced to resign regardless of my motives or anything having to do with me.

      2. P.S. See my post below. You seem to be unaware of the facts.

  9. The flu or workers are a dead end. There was flu going around at the time and the symptoms are indistinguishable. There is no way to rule in or out the hypothesis. Even if they have antibodies that could have been acquired later.

    By the time a test was developed traces of the origin were washed away like footprints on the beach.

    You will never find an index case because nobody knew it existed. You only know about those diagnosed after it had spread.

    The only way to possibly prove anything is from the lab data itself which is another dead end because you will never find it even if it existed. It may never have existed if the mutation was created in error and unknown to the lab itself.

    What is happening is the Woozle effect. “It is possible” “it might” becomes “it is” like the children’s game of telephone.

    Even if you find it in an animal at this point it is so widespread that you don’t know if it is reverse transmission from humans.

    1. Thank you for stating the obvious, rational truth. The truth, “We’ll never know”, is useless to partisans.

      1. Mike Laursen
        May.28.2021 at 12:11 pm
        Flag Comment Mute User
        All the coroner said is that he was not directly killed by the rioters. Nobody has said it was non-related.

        The deaths of Sicknick, Liebengood, and Smith are clearly _related_ to the Capitol riots.

        Mike Laursen
        May.28.2021 at 3:14 pm
        Flag Comment Mute User
        _I_ say it was related. Because I am not a partisan hack, and I have common sense, and I can see plain truths.

      2. The truth, “We’ll never know”, is useless to partisans. i don’t know; you’re obviously a partisan, and you find it very useful.

    2. This is ridiculous.

      Shi Zhengli, the scientist in charge of the research, collected 100 coronaviruses from bats in southern China, and then she engineered a souped-up version using gain of function technology. We know this from publicly available and independently verifiable research she published before the pandemic.

      She then applied for a research grant from Fauci’s NIAID to take that souped-up virus and make it transmissible to humans via humanized mice, and we know that because she described in detail what she would do with the money she was granted in the publicly available and independently verifiable application for funding that Fauci’s NIAID approved.

      “Moreover, what are the odds that several workers — who happen to be the researchers on enhancing the pathogenicity of COV RaTG13 and associated COVS all fall very sick together?”

      —David Asher, former State Department official

      https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1442962/Coronavirus-COVID-19-origin-lab-leak-China-Wuhan-virus-Joe-Biden-Trump-latest-news-vn

      Three of the researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology working on Shi Zhengli’s souped-up virus get the flu so badly in November that they need to be hospitalized, and, apparently, one of their wives was among the first people in Wuhan to be a confirmed death from covid-19?

      Have we mentioned that the State Department repeatedly sent cables back to Washington DC warning of safety issues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology after meeting with Shi Zhengli, the same scientist who did the gain of function research on the bat viruses and applied for the grant from Dr. Fauci’s NIAID to make them transmissible to humans? I’ll post the link to that below.

      100% metaphysical certainty about the origin of covid-19 isn’t necessary. Science is about falsifying hypotheses–not proving things to be 100% certain. Regardless, people who want to insist that covid-19 didn’t escape from a lab (for political reasons) are starting to resemble the Flat Earth Society. They have an explanation for everything, but so what? Their beliefs are ridiculous.

      Meanwhile, I’m not asserting that covid-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology with 100% metaphysical certitude or that it was Fauci’s NIAID funded study that started covid-19. I’m asserting with almost 100% certainty that Fauci’s NIAID funded dangerous research at a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record, and Dr. Fauci should be forced to resign because of it–whether that was the actual cause of covid-19 or not.

      Dr. Fauci’s NIAID put a bullet in a revolver, spun the cylinder around, pointed the gun to our heads, and pulled the trigger. That’s more than enough incompetence to force a resignation, and whether Fauci’s gun actually went off or someone else shot us instead is completely beside that point. We’re not doing science. We’re not prosecuting a criminal trial. We’re talking about bureaucratic incompetence. Do you not want people to know that Dr. Fauci is an incompetent bureaucrat for some reason?

      1. “What the U.S. officials learned during their visits concerned them so much that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington. The cables warned about safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help. The first cable, which I obtained, also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic . . . .

        As the cable noted, the U.S. visitors met with Shi Zhengli, the head of the research project, who had been publishing studies related to bat coronaviruses for many years. In November 2017, just before the U.S. officials’ visit, Shi’s team had published research showing that horseshoe bats they had collected from a cave in Yunnan province were very likely from the same bat population that spawned the SARS coronavirus in 2003.

        “State Department Cables Warned of Safety Issues at Wuhan Lab Studying Bat Coronaviruses”

        —-The Washington Post

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/14/state-department-cables-warned-safety-issues-wuhan-lab-studying-bat-coronaviruses/

        1. +1 good links and info

      2. Regardless, people who want to insist that covid-19 didn’t escape from a lab (for political reasons) are starting to resemble the Flat Earth Society. They have an explanation for everything, but so what? Their beliefs are ridiculous.

        So much logic. “Science is about falsifying hypotheses” and then Ken immediately decides to smear those holding an alternative hypothesis, rather than trying to disprove it.

        1. No, no, you don’t understand. Ken is the Guardian of Logical Thinking.

        2. But conservatives are nothing like those stupid progressives who say the science is settled and personally attack anyone who disagrees with them. They’d never stoop to that level. Ever.

        3. You don’t need to disprove the flat earthers.

          1. You might even mute them.

            1. I refuse to mute anyone I disagree with (even shrike and Tony) as a matter of principle.

              Except KAR because that motherfucker is toxic and can’t make it through half a thread before calling for religious extermination.

              1. Tony and Shrike are only trying to get a rise out of you.

                1) They don’t care whether they’re wrong or right.

                2) They’re indifferent to facts and logic.

                There’s no good reason to read what they write. They’re not even good for batting practice.

      3. “Shi Zhengli, the scientist in charge of the research, collected 100 coronaviruses from bats in southern China, and then she engineered a souped-up version using gain of function technology. We know this from publicly available and independently verifiable research she published before the pandemic.”

        Can you cite a source for your claim that “[Shi Zhengi] engineered a souped-up version using gain of function technology.”

        1. This seems like a more detailed account than Ken’s “[Shi Zhengi] engineered a souped-up version using gain of function technology.”

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/05/18/fact-checking-senator-paul-dr-fauci-flap-over-wuhan-lab-funding/

    3. Yup. That is how conspiracy theories work. The probabilities of certain events occurring transform into absolute certainties.

      “The voting machine could have been hacked” turns into “OMG DEMOCRATS CHEATED”.

      It is the same with this virus. “The virus might have escaped from a lab” turns into “OMG THEY ENGINEERED A VIRUS IN ORDER TO DESTROY TRUMP”.

      1. There are only two kinds of people in the world. Those who support Trump, and those who have actively worked against him.

        Reason obviously had an effect on the election by convincing every libertarian out there to vote for anyone but Trump.

        Scientists in China were actively working with Fauci to engineer a virus to get Democrats elected.

        Makers of voting machines and poll workers conspired to elect Biden.

        If you didn’t vote for Trump then you’re conspiring against him.

        That’s it. Only 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

      2. As opposed to: “it appears some of the voting machines were connected to the internet when they weren’t supposed to be” becomes “THIS WAS THE CLEANEST ELECTION EVER AND YOU’RE A TRUMPTARD IF YOU THINK ANYTHING FISHY HAPPENED”.

        Oh, and Ken didn’t float any retarded conspiracy theories about Trump in these posts. In fact he acknowledged that it was most likely incompetence and not some nefarious plot. But sure, you and sarcasmic and echo can keep collectivizing everyone who disagrees with you as Trump sycophants.

        1. Yeah, anybody who thinks the facts I listed are false because of something having to do with me or Trump is an uninformed idiot. They’re uninformed because these facts have been widely published from “publicly available and independently verifiable” source materials, and stupid because blaming me for these facts fails the first day of Logic 101. Stupid is as stupid thinks, and blaming me for facts that would be the same without me is stupid thinking.

          None of the facts I wrote are in dispute–not even by Dr. Fauci’s NIAID (NIH). Dr. Fauci maintains that his NIAID didn’t fund gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but I didn’t say he did. I said that according to the publicly available and independently verifiable application for funding to the NIAID for her work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they funded her research to make viruses that already had gain of function enhancements added to them transmissible to humans by way of humanized mice.

          And that–at the very least–is true.

          1. “Shi returned to her lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and resumed the work she had started on genetically engineering coronaviruses to attack human cells. How can we be so sure?

            Because, by a strange twist in the story, her work was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). And grant proposals that funded her work, which are a matter of public record, specify exactly what she planned to do with the money.

            The grants were assigned to the prime contractor, Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance, who subcontracted them to Shi. Here are extracts from the grants for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. (“CoV” stands for coronavirus and “S protein” refers to the virus’s spike protein.)

            “Test predictions of CoV inter-species transmission. Predictive models of host range (i.e. emergence potential) will be tested experimentally using reverse genetics, pseudovirus and receptor binding assays, and virus infection experiments across a range of cell cultures from different species and humanized mice.”

            “We will use S protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments and analysis of receptor binding to test the hypothesis that % divergence thresholds in S protein sequences predict spillover potential.”

            What this means, in non-technical language, is that Shi set out to create novel coronaviruses with the highest possible infectivity for human cells. Her plan was to take genes that coded for spike proteins possessing a variety of measured affinities for human cells, ranging from high to low. She would insert these spike genes one by one into the backbone of a number of viral genomes (“reverse genetics” and “infectious clone technology”), creating a series of chimeric viruses. These chimeric viruses would then be tested for their ability to attack human cell cultures (“in vitro”) and humanized mice (“in vivo”). And this information would help predict the likelihood of “spillover,” the jump of a coronavirus from bats to people.

            https://thebulletin.org/2021/05/the-origin-of-covid-did-people-or-nature-open-pandoras-box-at-wuhan/

            Since that was reported, we found out that, apparently, three of Shi Zhengli’s research assistants at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized with flu symptoms in November of 2019, before the pandemic started in December, and one of their wives was among the first people in Wuhan to die of covid-19. As I said before, none of this proves with absolute certainty that Fauci’s NIAID funding was the source of the pandemic, but that wasn’t the point of my argument.

            My point was that Fauci’s NIAID was reckless in funding this dangerous research at a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record, and there is no uncertainty about whether this research was funded by Fauci’s NIAID. Fauci himself has openly admitted that on national television during appearances before the Senate. He’s simply disputed that gain of function itself was part of the experiment they funded, which isn’t even central to the accusations against Fauci and the NIAID. Making this souped-up virus transmissible to humans was reckless enough to justify forcing him to resign–with or without the gain of function research.

            The question isn’t whether he built the gun that he pointed at our heads. The question is whether he loaded the gun, pointed it at our heads, and pulled the trigger, and the correct answer is “yes”.

            1. Re: “the gun”

              https://www.factcheck.org/2021/05/the-wuhan-lab-and-the-gain-of-function-disagreement/

              “(While that’s quite similar, Dr. Stanley Perlman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa who studies coronaviruses and a pediatric infectious disease physician, told us it would be ‘impossible’ to take such a virus and make the kind of changes required to turn it into SARS-CoV-2 in a lab. One would need a virus that’s 99.9% similar, and ‘in theory it might work.’)”

              1. “I’m not asserting that covid-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology with 100% metaphysical certitude or that it was Fauci’s NIAID funded study that started covid-19. I’m asserting with almost 100% certainty that Fauci’s NIAID funded dangerous research at a Chinese lab with a terrible safety record, and Dr. Fauci should be forced to resign because of it–whether that was the actual cause of covid-19 or not.

                —-Ken Shultz

                Is the reason you can’t understand what you read because you’re stupid, or are you stupid because you can’t understand what you read?

                1. re: “can’t understand what you read”

                  You spoke about the gun in the final paragraph of this comment:

                  https://reason.com/2021/05/29/utah-second-state-to-adopt-microenterprise-home-kitchen-operations-law/#comment-8928689

                  I’ll quote your words back, in case you don’t remember typing them:

                  “The question isn’t whether he built the gun that he pointed at our heads. The question is whether he loaded the gun, pointed it at our heads, and pulled the trigger, and the correct answer is ‘yes’.”

                  In that paragraph you make the illogical jump in reasoning that the “gun” pointed at our head, i.e. the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is the same as a virus that Shi Zhengli allegedly made gain-of-function modifications to. I quoted Dr. Stanley Perlman above, casting doubt on the SARS-CoV-2 virus being the same as any that she made any modifications to.

                2. Thought you were muting me.

              2. It was also thought once it was impossible to get to the moon.

                1. Mike I should expand on that because it’s not a direct attack, I just wanted point out that the word impossible is not a good descriptor.

        2. Or votes were tallied 30 minutes before they were picked up

    4. Echo isn’t that every policy though that we got because of Covid? Read the masks articles, read the lockdown articles, read the travel articles. They all say it is possible, it is most likely, probably, should, and could. I think that’s the point that is being missed by many of you we never had hard evidence on many of the measures that were taken to “protect”(punish) us. If we dismiss this then you should be dismissive of everything else besides the vaccine as a waste of time, money and resources.

  10. Effing great. Great way to spread contaminated food.

    Micro managed macro stupidity.

    1. Is it really any more dangerous than a restaurant staffed with nose-picking college students?

      If anything, its small volume of customers will limit the spread of contaminants.

      My objection to a home cooking business is not cleanliness; it’s practicality. I don’t want the added traffic or garbage. Same reason I don’t want to live near a drug dealer or meth lab.

      1. Re: garbage, I mean that in the same way I don’t want illegal apartments (which bring more people, more traffic, more occupancy, with the illegals not contributing to property taxes) in my residential neighborhood.

  11. O/T: Team Red is focused on the most important issues of the day – like playing the National Anthem at sporting events!

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-lawmakers-bill-national-anthem-played-pro-sports-teams

    Texas lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that will penalize professional sports teams if they do not play the national anthem before games.

    The Republican-backed bill would require government entities to enter a written agreement with professional sports teams affirming that they will play the national anthem. Teams that do not comply with the agreement could lose their state and local subsidies or be barred from entering into future contracts with the state.

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was a staunch advocate for the bill, dubbed the “Star Spangled Banner Protection Act.” The measure was first introduced in February after the Dallas Mavericks briefly stopped playing the national anthem before their home games.

    “Texans are tired of sports teams that pander, insulting our national anthem and the men and women who died fighting for our flag,” Patrick said in a statement in April. “The passage of SB 4 will ensure Texans can count on hearing the Star Spangled Banner at major sports events throughout the state that are played in venues that taxpayers support. We must always remember that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

    Land of the free indeed – except when it comes to national anthems.

    1. Must. Swear. Fealty. To. The. Federal. Government.

    2. God damn it Texas.

    3. Team Blue only cares about the long weekend. Not self centered at all putting her picture up

    4. If they’re going to feed at the taxpayers’ trough, they should reflect the values important to taxpayers.

      Otherwise, leave the subsidies behind.

  12. Impact on gated communities? Why can’t they adopt their own rules on who they let in?

  13. The Biden administration, and their fans like Krugman, are saying that it’s okay to start hitting ourselves in the head with a hammer more frequently, again, and harder–because we haven’t been having terrible headaches, recently, like we had in the past.

    They fail to mention, however, that the reason we haven’t had so many bad headaches, recently, is because we haven’t been hitting ourselves in the head with their hammer as often or as hard we have in the past, and once the Biden administration starts hitting us in the head, again, that’s likely to change.
    https://wapexclusive.com ,Oh, and someone might want to point out that as we soak the rich and raise taxes on corporations, they’re not likely to invest in growth at the same rates as they did when taxes were lower. The consequences of Biden’s foolish policies are both foreseeable and foreseen.

  14. “That very good law, H.B. 94, legalizes what have become known as Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs).”

    The question Reason is why is there a law preventing anyone from selling whatever they want at home or for that matter anywhere? “Very good law” Thank you overlords for allowing me to do what I wish on my own property. Overlords are so benevolent.

  15. Wait, CA allows this but doesn’t allow gig work. I’m trying to figure out the insurance requirements (if someone gets food poisoning) or how the government gets their cut here

    We shouldn’t need a law to sell/trade/whatever with our neighbors

  16. Utah joins California as the only states with MEHKO laws.

    Uh…Texas’ “Cottage Food Law” predates both of those by about a decade. It initially went into effect Sep. 1, 2011), and has been expanded multiple times since then. As of Sep. 1, 2019 it was updated to permit pretty much everything that the UT and CA laws do. And unlike the CA one there is no local “opt-in” requirement, so it has been the law throughout the state from day 1.

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  18. Reason, I’m confused. Having a law allowing MEHKO seems to be an intermediate position between laws banning home sales and having no laws regarding home sales. Kansas, for example, has no laws regarding home sales. Isn’t less government better?

    1. Reason, I’m confused.

      So is the author, clearly.

  19. Let’s assume for a moment that it turns out that Krugnuts is actually right and the economy really takes off. Do you think he knows he’s a great argument for massively reducing the amount of government spending that has been happening lately and that we shouldn’t even think of passing Biden’s insane budget proposal? For some odd ,
    https://wapexclusive.com ,reason, Krugnuts somehow left that part out of his analysis, ROFLMAO.

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