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Apple Surrendered Former White House Counsel Don McGahn's Account Information to Trump DOJ

Plus: Rep. Joaquin Castro wants Hollywood to hire more Hispanics...or else, lawmakers inch closer to an infrastructure deal, and more...

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The Trump administration might be over, but its ability to generate controversy continues. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that in February 2018 the Department of Justice (DOJ) subpoenaed Apple for the account information of former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn and his wife.

The company complied with the subpoena, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Times. A nondisclosure order prevented it from notifying the McGahns about the request until May of this year.

This news comes on the heels of revelations last week that the DOJ under former President Donald Trump had subpoenaed Apple and Microsoft for the account information of journalists and Democratic lawmakers as part of a leak investigation.

Targets of these subpoenas included Reps. Eric Swalwell (D–Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D–Calif.) as well as reporters at CNN, the Times, and The Washington Post.

Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz said in a statement to the Post on Friday that the DOJ had asked the company to cough up subscriber information for 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses. Sainz said that Apple had no knowledge of the nature of the investigation and that it only turned over subscriber information, and not pictures or the content of emails.

Microsoft also told the Post it had handed over subscriber information for an unnamed congressional staffer in response to a DOJ subpoena.

Democrats have expressed outrage at the subpoenas."President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media. It is increasingly apparent that those demands did not fall on deaf ears," Schiff said to Vox in a statement.

Schiff stoked controversy in 2019 when he included Rep. Devin Nunes' (R–Calif.) phone records in an Intelligence Committee report on Trump's impeachment.

DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has said that he will probe whether these requests for lawmakers' and reporters' records violated the department's policies and if the underlying investigation was "based upon improper considerations."

U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland will meet with the heads of media outlets today to discuss these subpoenas. The DOJ also announced Saturday that it will stop secretly collecting journalists' records. Press freedom groups praised that policy change while also demanding more details on its specifics.


FREE MINDS

Rep. Joaquin Castro's (D–Texas) latest crusade is to increase Hispanic representation on the silver screen, and he's willing to play hardball with the entertainment industry to get the job done. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said state lawmakers should require film studios' casts and crews to be more representative of state populations as a condition of receiving subsidies and tax credits.

Said Castro:

Let's take New Mexico. My good friend, Michelle Lujan Grisham, who proceeded me as chair of the Hispanic Caucus, is the governor there. I expressed my concern on this issue to her. New Mexico is about 43% Latino. Well again, you're talking about an industry getting tax breaks from a state where 43% percent of the taxpayers are Latino. Yet that group of people only has access to 3 or 4% of the work, in front of and behind the camera.

I just think at some point, as policymakers, you've got to ask yourself, how does it make sense to make all these people subsidize their own exclusion? We cannot subsidize our own exclusion.

I do think part of the answer is a diversity inclusion rider. In fact, I think the diversity inclusion riders are essential and necessary in any kind of tax credit or tax incentive program for the industry. Because the industry has not demonstrated that it's going to be a good actor on its own. I think more lawmakers are waking up to this reality.

Another option would be to eliminate the special benefits state governments provide to the film industry. Of course, doing that would give lawmakers less leverage to boss private businesses around about their hiring practices.


FREE MARKETS

Sen. Susan Collins (R–Maine) said Sunday that a gas tax hike would not be part of any bipartisan infrastructure deal. Instead, the senator re-upped the idea of imposing a new fee on electric vehicles.

"Right now, they are literally free riders because they're not paying any gas tax," she said, according to Politico. Slapping electric vehicle owners with a new fee has been a mainstay of Republican infrastructure proposals in the party's negotiations with the Biden administration. Given how small the electric vehicle market is, a fee on these vehicles is unlikely to pay for much new infrastructure spending.

The White House has proposed paying for its own infrastructure plan with a corporate tax hike, an idea that has zero support among Republicans.

A bipartisan group of 10 senators, five Republicans and five Democrats, said in a statement last week that they had reached an agreement on a framework for an infrastructure package that's both fully paid for and does not include tax increases. Politico notes that this framework doesn't include a final price tag or what exactly those pay-fors might be.

Liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias suggested in a Bloomberg column over the weekend that lawmakers should pass a big infrastructure spending bill and then figure out later how to pay for it all. What could possibly go wrong?


QUICK HITS

• A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by current and former employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging its requirement that they all be vaccinated against COVID-19.

• Speaking of vaccines, San Francisco's latest public health order requires workers at hospitals, skilled nursing homes, residential care facilities, shelters, and jails to have their shots, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. People who obtain medical or religious exemptions to this requirement will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

• President Joe Biden is trying to shore up support for NATO during his first overseas trip after his predecessor spent most of his time in office demonizing the alliance. The Quincy Institute's Stephen Wertheim argues in a New York Times essay this morning that liberals should have no love for the organization either.

• Vice President Kamala Harris' non-answer to a question about whether she'll visit the U.S.-Mexico border deemed "cringeworthy."

• An eight-party coalition has succeeded in ousting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in office.

• Actor Ned Beatty has died.

• The trial of former Myanmar President Aung San Suu Kyi starts this week. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient was ousted in a military coup earlier this year.

• Shortages continue to plague America's post-pandemic economic recovery.

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  1. Shortages continue to plague America’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

    The cure? Another variant wave scare.

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      1. It doesn’t. It’s because of corporations being all corporation-y. And climate change.

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  2. Vice President Kamala Harris’ non-answer to a question about whether she’ll visit the U.S.-Mexico border deemed “cringeworthy.”

    [Insert insane cackle here.]

    1. She’s taking lessons from droolin’ Joe.

    2. No, no, no. She just meant that she’s pissed Sleepy Joe won’t buy her a ticket to Europe so she’s refusing to go to the border until he does. Typical woman.

  3. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by current and former employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging its requirement that they all be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The law, like the science, is settled.

    1. The law is settled for libertarians: employees must do as ordered by their employers or be fired because businesses are not the government.

      1. Thankfully the ideology doesn’t preclude complaining about it.

        1. Have you read this site? Complaints about the complaining

          1. And now we have complaining about the complaints about the complaining.

            1. #triggered

    2. The science of COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed for it, is “settled” enough for it to be perfectly reasonable for a hospital to require its employees to be vaccinated.

      1. 29 year old pro soccer player Christian Eriksen might disagree

        1. The real question is: Do you want an un-vaccinated nurse (never mind a religious un-vaccinated nurse) treating young cancer patients who have suppressed immune systems. Not to mention a large number folks who take medicine for arthritis (immuno-suppressive meds) who often show up at the hospital.

          Nope, the nurse needs to take the risk or work somewhere else. The private employer needs to make the decision and I’d rather go to a hospital that reduces risk for it’s patients in an informed way.

          I guess you haven’t noticed that the incidence of COVID has reduced in places with high rates of vaccination.

  4. https://twitter.com/TheInsiderPaper/status/1404409044111142912?s=19

    NEW: Russia President Putin says “I’m surprised that we have not yet been accused of provoking the Black Lives Matter movement” by the U.S. in interview with NBC

    1. Why, when he has fellow travelers already doing it right here in the US?

    2. No surprise required. Since we have proven that Putin installed Trump in 2016, and since Trump is responsible for all racial offense, starting with slavery and continuing through police training programs that encouraged shooting black people, the connections are obvious.

    3. Who me? Putin’s game is to smile in your face while stabbing you in back.

      1. So you’re saying that Black Lives Matter is a destructive organization and movement?

        1. That would assume this adolescent pile of lefty shit was capable of forming a coherent thought.

        2. That’s the game all politicians play.

          1. Should be under Strazele post.

          2. Yeah, Jimmy Carter was the worst, with the fake smile and Machiavellian moves.

            1. And how long did his political career last?

              1. From wikipedia, looks like 18 years. And then his unofficial diplomatic efforts.

            2. What does Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump have in common?

              They were both screwed by Stefan Halper.

  5. The Trump administration might be over, but its ability to generate controversy continues.

    Long live the ability of former administration revelations to distract from current administration issues.

    1. Also, the need for fodder to support C+ journalism students and mediocre stand-up comedians.

    2. How dare they target swalwell all he ever did was sleep with and feed info to a CCP spy, but he has a (D) next to his name so he’s above reproach

      1. This action was way more harmful than a 3 year special council predicated off Russian lies.

        I mean here apple gave up subscriber information!

        1. I have to question why we should be outraged. Investigating people with proper subpoena is a normal thing thing. This is for malfeasance that we know happened and that was significant. It’s not for comparative nonsense like rude commenters.

    3. Like the IRS under Obama, oh wait…

  6. “Democrats have expressed outrage at the subpoenas. “President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media.”

    Any word on whether Joe Biden has considered pardoning Edward Snowden?

      1. They hate leakers?

        They love leakers?

        They don’t want leakers leaking to the press?

        They want to protect leaking to the press?

        Any way the wind blows
        doesn’t really matter to the Democrats.

        1. Hate the leakers not on their team

          Love the leakers on their team

          Leakers from the other team should not go to the press.

          Leakers from their team should go to the press and do so anonymously.

          It’s not anyway the wind blows. The wind only blows one direction with them.

    1. Could this DOJ activity conceivably be from the Mueller investigation? Who else in the DOJ would have reason to confiscate the records of POTUS Trumps White House lawyer.

      And they found bupkis.

      1. Interesting thread on the Twitters this morning about how McGahn and Schiff weren’t personally targeted in any investogation, and the subpoena was for metdata only, to identify who the account belonged to. Someone they had talked to was being investigated, and the FBI issued a subpoena for the subscriber info of the people the target talked to. Neither the FBI nor Apple knew it was McGahn and Schiff until Apple responded to the subpoena, and the subpoena only asked for subscriber info, not for any content info. Just, who does this phone number belong to?

        I don’t know how true that it, as I am not a lawyer, but it’s an interesting angle to the story and would show how grotesquely dishonest the media is, including ENB.

        1. I suppose the Democrats think they’re insulated by a news media that’s all-in on the reign of terror, but this really could blow up in their faces. What if by pursuing this investigation, they find evidence that the Democrats or their allies in the media screwed the pooch?

          1. “”What if by pursuing this investigation, they find evidence that the Democrats or their allies in the media screwed the pooch?””

            They will ignore it and you will not hear about it anymore.

          2. Remember when the CIA was caught actually spying on the Senate?

            https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/cia-spied-senate-committee-msna380981

            Nothing happened. Because Schumer knows they can screw you six ways to Sunday.

          3. I have no doubt if they find any such evidence, it will be labeled misinformation and blocked from all internet platforms and major news media.

            The democrats know they have nothing to worry about. The media will publish whatever they’re fed, and they’ll frame every issue as dishonestly as possible. I’m sure someone at the NYT is aware of the nuances involved here, but just chose not to add that part.

      2. No, it makes total sense trump ordered spying on his own lawyer.

        1. Right. I forgot. Orange Man Bad.

          1. “Orange Man Bad”. A clever sarcastic all-purpose rejoinder to any critique of Orange Man.

            1. It wasn’t in response to a critique of him dumbass.

  7. This news comes on the heels of revelations last week that the DOJ under former President Donald Trump had subpoenaed Apple and Microsoft for the account information of journalists and Democratic lawmakers as part of a leak investigation.

    Let’s see if this spurs from journalists and lawmakers newfound, widespread privacy concerns of the public or just of journalists and lawmakers.

    1. It won’t. If the public has any privacy rights, how would they doxx EMTs for donating to the wrong causes?

      1. I have always wondered what Twitters excuse for that is? You can get dropped for calling a Tranny He because it could cause them harm but it is okay to doxx someone, give out his home address etc. because what harm could that cause?

  8. People who obtain medical or religious exemptions to this requirement will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

    The nudgings will continue until morale improves.

    1. And new tests will include anal swabs.

      1. Chinese porn trying to catch up to the Japs?

      2. Ooh, Jesus Christ

  9. California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy

    The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics. 

    No one anticipated the latest data readout showing the Golden State has no peers among developed economies for expanding GDP, creating jobs, raising household income, manufacturing growth, investment in innovation, producing clean energy and unprecedented wealth through its stocks and bonds. All of which underlines Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement last month of the biggest state tax rebate in American history. 

    By adding 1.3 million people to its non-farm payrolls since April last year — equal to the entire workforce of Nevada — California easily surpassed also-rans Texas and New York. At the same time, California household income increased $164 billion, almost as much as Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania combined

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-14/california-defies-doom-with-no-1-u-s-economy?srnd=premium

    1. Are you planning on doing an article on this subject, Jacob?

    2. Hmm, are California economic numbers like CCP economic numbers?

      1. Didn’t dig deep, but how much is it also from the unemployment fraud that was in the billions for California.

      2. No, they are more like the CCP Covid numbers.

    3. And yet, California experienced a 2.5 million net migration outwards of people in the last twenty years, with dozens of the most productive citizens leaving just last year (leading to weird headlines like “Why rich people leaving California isn’t what you think” … hint, it is). It’s almost like the people actually producing this alleged expansion in GDP aren’t aware of how blessed they are by California’s Catch-22 of strangling regulations.

    4. Growth from increased shipping costs at the ports, silicon valley due to other states shutting down manufacturing…. in your article.

    5. Pod….I mean, Jacob….I mean LoS….The fact is, CA is losing people (and therefore future tax revenue) for the first time in 150 years. The first time, it will be noticed. Then we’ll see it again and again.

      By that time, it will be too late. CA will slide into a financial abyss, thanks to public sector unions, misplaced spending priorities, and CALPERS corruption.

      1. None of the staff at reason gives two shits what you backwards rubes think.

        Especially a genocidal fanatic like commenter xy.

        Fuck Bibi and fuck the new PM.

        Cue ML and Jesse’s lies in 3, 2, 1…

        1. asshole flag

    6. since April last year

      Let’s not think too hard about this cherry-pick.

    7. Why are you bragging on CA? Crazy govt restrictions, anti freedom state. Actual creators and productive people leaving in droves due to mismanagement by the worst politicians.

      The ONLY reason that CA is the economic giant it is, is the only reason CA is great at all anymore. They have the best weather, climate, and landscape in the country. That’s it. People with massive amounts of money are willing to spend tons of it to enjoy these things. But dont fool yourself thinking its anything but that. They are lucky there are still enough billionaires willing to pay the taxes to enjoy the weather.

    8. #1 economy, still cries for federal assistance.

  10. Targets of these subpoenas included Reps. Eric Swalwell (D–Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D–Calif.) as well as reporters…

    You send one of ours to a bugged tower, we send one of yours to the subpoenaed records. That’s the DC way!

  11. “Democrats have expressed outrage at the subpoenas. “President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media.”

    How dare a republican act like a democrat?!

    1. Isn’t this where the Reason crew would be screeching “private company” if the initiator was a Democrat? The data does belong to the company, not the author once it hits their network.

  12. Microsoft also told the Post it had handed over subscriber information for an unnamed congressional staffer in response to a DOJ subpoena.

    A Windows update would later patch this so that the information is given to the correct branch of government.

  13. “President Joe Biden is trying to shore up support for NATO during his first overseas trip after his predecessor spent most of his time in office demonizing the alliance.”

    Wanting other countries to pay for more of their own defense is demonizing the alliance?

    1. Details, Details. Don’t bother them with details.

    2. What is this “pay for” concept?

    3. So is wanting other countries to pay what they said they would pay is demonizing the alliance

      1. If Trump did it? Yes.

    4. Our “NATO allies” were feeding info to the Taliban to avoid being attacked and paying bribes to keep their helicopters from being shot at. Demonized? Our “NATO allies” avoided engaging the enemy and often turned tail and ran when they were engaged.
      The Dutch military has a damn union, guess how useless they are? The Italians are similar, their troops are nothing more than scantily trained conscripts that may have fired a magazine or two. The Germans are tremendous pussies. There is no other way to say it. Years of woke thought has turned them into mush. The Brits brought a useless cowardly Prince, their ONLY focus during that time was protecting Prince Cuck from any harm. I’d rather not speak of the French right now, it is too early to speak of weak, woke, face-kissers.

    5. Wanting members of the alliance to pay what they agreed to is demonizing the alliance, apparently.

  14. The Trump administration might be over, but its ability to generate controversy continues.

    To be fair, this also applies to the *Washington* administration.

    1. Putting down the Whiskey Rebellion–what would Trump do?

  15. [Castro] said state lawmakers should require film studios’ casts and crews to be more representative of state populations as a condition of receiving subsidies and tax credits.

    “I want 55% of those workers to be total assholes.”

    1. Hey, people are entitled to sit around and do nothing on a film set just as much as they sit around and do nothing at home.

    2. As opposed to the 95% currently?

  16. Schiff stoked controversy in 2019 when he included Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R–Calif.) phone records in an Intelligence Committee report on Trump’s impeachment.

    Let’s hope that the Biden administration can get back to the basics of punishing political opponents through the IRS. (His increased agency funding suggests he’s on the right path.)

  17. U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland will meet with the heads of media outlets today to discuss these subpoenas.

    And to explain why his secret subpoenas, should they be discovered, will be completely different.

  18. So Trump was doing every bad thing he accused his political enemies of, just like every other asshole before him? What a shocker.

    1. Yes, investigating illegal leaks by entrenched bureaucrats to undermine his administration is just like spying on someone’s campaign.

    2. Why do TDS-addled assholes always show up under false flags

  19. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by current and former employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging its requirement that they all be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    “In a gesture of goodwill, however, the judge promised to commit seppuku if it turns out the mandated vaccine has long-term harmful side effects.”

    1. Why would a substance that requires special refrigeration just to remain stable long enough to get it to vaccination clinics cause long-term side effects? What would be the hypothetical mechanism?

      1. It degrades into poison at 98.6 degrees?

  20. “Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D–Texas) latest crusade is to increase Hispanic representation on the silver screen”

    How many movies focused on house keepers and landscapers can we watch?

    1. Depends who’s playing the housekeeper?

      1. I can’t stay up with all the language changes mandated by the fascists; is housekeeper the same as ‘French Maid’?

        1. Yeah, but played by a tranny with a line-backer build and hairy legs.

    2. And pool boys. Don’t forget pool boys.

      1. Neither Tom Cruise nor Paul Newman are hispanic.

        1. Does heaston in “a touch of evil” count?

        2. Emilio estivez counts, but Martin and Charlie sheen don’t?

    3. This is gonna cause a major hisPanic in La La land.

      1. We’re there mexicans in that movie?

  21. President Joe Biden is trying to shore up support for NATO during his first overseas trip after his predecessor spent most of his time in office demonizing the alliance.

    He pledges that the United States taxpayer will continue to fund European welfare by taking on their defense costs?

    1. And being criticized by frog cafe loungers as ‘cowboys’.

    2. His pockets are deep,

  22. “A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by current and former employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging its requirement that they all be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

    And that required hand-washing is oppressive and probably racist.

  23. Sen. Susan Collins (R–Maine) said Sunday that a gas tax hike would not be part of any bipartisan infrastructure deal. Instead, the senator re-upped the idea of imposing a new fee on electric vehicles.

    Electric car owners are already paying enough of a price through their self-emasculation, and the shame from whatever coal plant is used to charge their batteries.

    1. No, the Senator is correct. She just hasn’t gone far enough. We need to crack down hard on others who aren’t paying their fair share: bicycle riders and pedestrians. We build entire special lanes and sidewalks for those people and they don’t pay a stinking dime.

      Also a smaller increase on hybrids and other cars with excessive MPG ratings, just to level the playing field.

    2. More like the opposite. They get to show they have money AND they care for the environment. Doubly impressive for any would-be dates. Not to mention getting to zoom around town faster in the HOV lane. (Which should be abolished to speed traffic flow, or at least force the electric cars into the crowded lanes, since they don’t pollute while sitting there. Let the gas guzzlers get the HOV free pass, so they pollute less.)

    3. California law will ban the sale of ICE cars by 2035. It is not as if this is not going to be an issue in the near long term.

  24. OH I don’t think this is the former administration generating nothing burger controversies. It’s the sick addicted left wing news media with nothing to talk about because they can’t criticize the new admin, so they make up horror stories about the old to frighten kids with.

    1. When all you;ve got is squeeing over Biden’s ice cream and Kamala’s pride day festivities, you’re news division should pack it in.

      1. move one apostrophe over and delete semicolon

    2. Plus it’s a distraction from what the DOJ under Biden is doing now.

      1. Not to mention that the DOJ investigating Trump lawyers might lead a skeptical observer to wonder if Trump was ordering the investigation, or the target of it…

  25. …this framework doesn’t include a final price tag or what exactly those pay-fors might be.

    Not even a catchy “shovel-ready” type phrase from these jokers?

  26. https://twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2/status/1404183290895028225?s=19

    New York Times Reports Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller Sought, Then Hid, Special Counsel Surveillance of Trump White House Attorney Don McGhan
    [Link]

    1. Interesting how ENB frames it as Trump being responsible for this, instead of the special council investigating…Trump.

      1. She’s just following orders

      2. Now Reason recognizes the unified executive.

  27. Florida man accidentally sells city water tower

    The sale price was $55,000. City Council unanimously approved the sale.

    1. Most expensive bottle water ever?

    2. Florida Man up to his usual hijinks.

  28. Perhaps you thought CA gov’t couldn’t get less connected with reality?
    “Leading Democratic Challenger in Newsom Recall Kicks Off Campaign With San Francisco Rally”
    […]
    ” State of Emergency: Ending homelessness within 60 days by deploying the National Guard.
    State of Emergency: Housing Crisis: State to takeover all building and safety/ development for expediting building permits immediately.
    State of Emergency: Creating future schools to immediately provide a free path to financial, vocational, high school, and college education in one platform by 18, debt-free.
    State of Emergency: Transportation: immediately authorizing and requiring private proposals for tunnels, variable toll-roads, mass transit, roads, and ending high-speed-rail funding.”

    1. Link:
      https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leading-democratic-challenger-in-newsom-recall-kicks-off-campaign-with-san-francisco-rally-301310391.html

      I guess maybe ending moonbeam’s choo-choo is supposed to pay for the NG to somehow ‘end homelessness’?

      1. “Ending homelessness within 60 days by deploying the National Guard”

        Once they are dead, they are no longer homeless.
        But the Guard will be mostly peaceful in “eliminating” the homeless.

        1. They may go the Dr Zhivago route.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq__Z-Z_Ofs

    2. I thought they were going in a totally different direction calling in the Guard, but oh well.

  29. I just think at some point, as policymakers, you’ve got to ask yourself, how does it make sense to make all these people subsidize their own exclusion? We cannot subsidize our own exclusion.

    Thereis an answer in there, but Castro’s not going to find it.

  30. President Joe Biden is trying to shore up support for NATO during his first overseas trip after his predecessor spent most of his time in office demonizing the alliance.

    Given that the purpose of NATO was to guard against communism and that battle was lost years ago, what purpose does NATO serve? It’s just another example of the adage that there’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program.

  31. https://twitter.com/NewGranada1979/status/1404323127316811777?s=19

    VIDEO: Massive Anti-Mask /Anti-Lockdown motorcycle rally in Brazil. [Video]

  32. Bidens G7 visit was error free. He had world leaders laughing (not at him), knew the differences between syria and Libya, and new how long exactly he has been on office. This is the respect the US needs on the world stage.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/biden-errors-ahead-putin-meeting-polish-official-warns

    1. Part of his global rebuild plan is 40 trillion in new global spending on gender and racial projects. Biden seems determined to fix US inflation by causing global inflation.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/6-takeaways-from-bidens-g7-speech-from-fulfilling-a-40-trillion-need-in-other-nations-to-gaffes

  33. Posted yesterday.

    Biden is set to enshrine a media narrative in a historical site around Pulse Nightclub. In statement he states LGBT were targeted despite court evidence and multiple books stating the motivation was simply terrorism. The Google search used after deciding Disney World was too secure was simply the top hit on “Orlando club”. But narratives matter more than facts.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-bill-pulse-nightclub-national-memorial

    1. Did you deliberately flunk out of your Intersectionality class? If so, you probably did not learn how to (1) identify the most oppressed parties involved, and (2) create an explanation that emphasizes the victimhood of those parties.

      1. Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™ pretty much covers both points.

        1. Maybe you wouldn’t consider everything so terrible and unfair if we hung out?

          If you don’t like hockey or simpsons that’s fine.

          What shithole Subaru of Portland do you live in?

        2. I’ll be fair. Seeing how backwards you are odds are you live in shithole Clark county or the shithole part of Clackamas, but you could live anywhere. Hell I grew up in nopo(before it was gentrified, but you’re probably too young to remember that) and had a backwards racist rube of a neighbor.

          There’s dolts like you all over. My money is still on Clark county though. That’s the number 1 shithole round here.

          1. Your obsession with where people live is boring.

            1. I’m sorry I’m not as entertaining as the snuff films you usually watch ya sicko

                1. Why not just mute me rummy

                    1. Rummy flag

    2. Ahhh but if they say it’s a targeted gay club they can list it as right wing terrorism and not Islamic terrorism.

  34. White Mike and ENB crowed the other week when a lawyer stated tear gas was used at Lafayette Square. This was supposed to justify the narrative pushed when Trump walked across the street to the church…

    Problem…

    The only tear gas used was by D.C. metro, not park police, and it was a few blocks away.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/14/flashback-dc-mayor-honored-at-dnc-for-riot-response-new-reports-reveal-she-not-trump-teargassed-protesters/

  35. Thread

    https://twitter.com/DrKarlynB/status/1404207860729487364?s=19

    So here’s my current understanding of what happened with @Jarvis4Gov’s hostile takeover #LPNHCoup:

    On June 8th, the LPNH executive committee voted to expel a member that doxed Jilletta. Jilletta abstained from the vote.

    1/x

    1. Oh, this would be the party that is sending out tweets like “let’s bring back child labor”. Terrific, just what libertarians need. /sarc

      1. Youre a socialist.

        1. He’s a radical stateist

        2. Nonsense. The sentiment expressed above was the very personification of radical individualism.

      2. I sat through so many Libertarian Party committee meetings where the committee members had no concept whatsoever of picking one’s battles or of how their press releases might go over with the average person.

        1. Sure you did.

        2. Why am I not surprised.

          1. That Mike Liarson made up a fake story? I guess you’re not as dumb as I thought.

    2. Jilletta then created a NEW LEGAL ENTITY. She registered it with the state and declared it the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire as of yesterday.

      She also declared that all members of the LPNH – people who had paid dues – were no longer members of the party.

      LOL–sounds like what happened when SDS was taken over by the Weatherman radicals.

      1. I had nothing to do with your father diddling your son. Neither did the gays. Your anger and bigotry is misplaced. You should hate your heterosexual father for cumming on your son’s face.

        Considering the damage he did and you being a fascist it’s better for everyone if your family just died.

        Traitor

        1. Lol he mad

          1. Why would I be mad?

            It’s comforting to know bigoted traitos like you hate me

            1. *traitor

            2. Who wouldn’t hate a drug-addicted hicklib pederast?

              1. Not a drug addict or a Pederast.

                Traitor

                1. Your posting career says otherwise.

                  1. Well you’re mistaken.

                    I’m pretty sure you’re Mormon.

                    I know for sure you’re a traitor.

                    1. flag for the asshole

                    2. Can you count past 12?

                      How have your loser 12 step meetings been going?

                    3. I know for sure you’re a hicklib pederast.

              2. Hey Red: are you Mormon? It would explain why you hate me so much, your bigotry, your backwards ness, and your hatred of drugs and alcohol.

                Why is a fascist like you on a libertarian website anyway?

                1. Hey KAR: were you molested as a child? It would explain your constant references to dick-sucking and child pederasty.

                  Why is a hicklib like you on a libertarian website anyway?

                  1. So you are Mormon?

                    1. Senile rummy

                    2. So you are a hicklib pederast?

    3. She has an interview with a Mises caucus officer on her Youtube page.

    1. Don’t worry, the army of IRS auditors is coming for the 60% of small businesses that survived the lockdowns.

  36. Lol.

    President Joe Biden is trying to shore up support for NATO during his first overseas trip after his predecessor spent most of his time in office demonizing the alliance.

    What a shit take. Telling the other nato countries to pay into their agreed to budgets isnt demonizing them. It is telling them to honor alliances or contracts.

    1. The latest complaint is that NATO isn’t a “protection racket,” but that’s precisely what it is. The whole point was that the US would spend massive amounts of military funding and keep troops in the region as a deterrent to the Soviets to invade western Europe.

      1. And to prevent ww3.

        Nazis like you are a lot less likely to invade Poland, Denmark, Belgium, or the balkans if you know you’d have to fight all of NATO.

        1. Didn’t stop them last time.

          1. NATO wasn’t around then.

            Don’t you usually try to sound smart?

            1. asshole once more

              1. Senile rummy can count

            2. NATO was started to counter the Soviets, you ignorant hicklib pederast.

  37. • Vice President Kamala Harris’ non-answer to a question about whether she’ll visit the U.S.-Mexico border deemed “cringeworthy.”

    Deemed? It was.

    1. Deemed cringeworthy…. by CNN.

      First the “border crisis” assignment, now the open ridicule.
      Someone is trying to clear Harris out of the way for the 2024 presidential election.

  38. I need to start flying around the country, again, pretty soon, so I broke down and got myself vaccinated last week. As I was laying around the next day feeling like crap from the shot, I couldn’t help but get more and more ticked off at Fauci, his NIAID, and the way our government lets bureaucrats off the hook for their incompetence. Thanks for nothing!

    When talking to my old folks, as always, they were quick to remind me that I shouldn’t feel sorry for myself; after all, they knew people who died. One was a nurse who kept working when her hospital was packed. She brought it home to her family, where it killed her husband, the father of her two children. I won’t even get started on all the people who lost their jobs. I’m sure there are people in this thread who’ve suffered terrible losses because of the pandemic and the progressive response to it.

    We have the means at the ballot box to punish the politicians for the lockdowns, but we really shouldn’t let the bureaucrats who recklessly funded this dangerous research, at a lab with a terrible safety record and ties to the Chinese military, get away with it either–just because, you know, they’re experts. If the stupid reverence of some of our fellow Americans for the false authority of experts is ultimately to blame for this, then popping that stupid bubble must be part of the solution. And if the best way to achieve that is to press the case for holding the irresponsible individuals accountable, then that’s what we should do.

    Far as I can see, the evidence points to the scientific conclusion that covid-19 originated from experiments at a lab in Wuhan by Dr. Fauci’s NIAID–that were funded, on purpose, and as a matter of their official policy. That funding was incredibly reckless. I can’t believe Dr. Fauci is still in a position of authority! Until he’s held accountable, I think we should start referring to the virus as “Fauci-19”.

    Whatever credibility Dr. Fauci still has with the American public needs to be destroyed. I don’t see how the NIAID and the NIH can legitimately restore their credibility with the American people while Dr. Fauci is still in charge. How can progressives both insist that it’s important for the American people to believe the experts in our bureaucracies and continue to defend the credibility of Dr. Fauci?

    1. “Far as I can see, the evidence points to the scientific conclusion that covid-19 originated from experiments at a lab in Wuhan [funded] by Dr. Fauci’s NIAID”

      —-Ken Shultz

      Fixed!

    2. If you really wanted to assign proper blame where it is due for gain-of-function research, then you should probably educate yourself on how grants work at the NIH. Hint: Dr. Fauci doesn’t sign off on every single grant.

      But you won’t, because this crusade of yours isn’t really about assign proper blame, it is about undermining a Team Blue hero.

      1. “If you really wanted to assign proper blame where it is due for gain-of-function research, then you should probably educate yourself on how grants work at the NIH. Hint: Dr. Fauci doesn’t sign off on every single grant.”

        If you really wanted to be seen other than the lying piece of lefty shit you are, you wouldn’t keep inventing excuses for bureaucrats.
        Hint: The guy in charge takes responsibility for what happens there, asshole.

      2. Fauci was in direct communication with Eco Alliance who was funneling this money. His emails directly mention gain of function. He knew.

        You love ignorance jeff.

        1. The application to the NIAID for funding from the researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology specify that they’re taking engineered viruses and making them transmissible to humans through the use of humanized mice. Here is the actual text from the publicly available application for funding to Fauci’s NIAID:

          “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.”

          —-Excerpts from the grant applications to Fauci’s NIAID in 2018 and 2019 that were ultimately given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

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

          That is a smoking gun from the original source. Fauci’s NIAID can’t claim they didn’t know they were funding research to make engineered viruses transmissible to humans because it’s all detailed in the publicly available and independently verifiable request for funding that Fauci’s NIAID approved.

          The other thing they can’t deny is that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was known 1) to have a terrible safety record and 2) to do virology research on behalf of the Chinese military.

          Regardless of whether covid-19 originated from this research, Fauci’s NIAID should never have approved funding for such dangerous research at a lab with ties to the Chinese military and a terrible safety record, and because Fauci is in charge of the NIAID, he should be held accountable for that reckless decision and those incompetent policies.

          The argument showing that the science points to the research being the source of covid-19 takes a different form and references other facts, but it isn’t necessary to show that covid-19 originated from this research to show that the NIAID behaved incompetently under Fauci’s supervision.

        2. Liberaltarains like chemtard radical deathfat like to pretend they don’t know how these government funding operations for connected cronies actually work anytime it makes their lefty boos look bad.

          1. Chem Jeff isn’t a libritarian

            1. No, he’s not. Still seems like he would get sick of embarrassing himself like he did here, yet he perseveres!

              1. He doesn’t care whether he’s right or wrong, which is one of the reasons people should just mute him.

          2. I don’t bother reading chemjeff’s comments anymore, but in his defense, he may not be smart enough to know how funding operations for connected cronies work.

            It’s an excellent observation that this came into play in a big way when scientists were still defending the natural origin theory. The NIH hands out $47 billion a year to thousands of researchers at thousands of universities every year, and biting the hand that feeds you has bee a great way not to get fed since forever.

            You don’t need to be a scientist to know that if the voters come to believe that covid-19 originated from an experiment funded with taxpayer money through the NIH, they might want their elected representatives to cut off taxpayer funding for the NIH. And if that’s how you get your bread buttered, why would you want that?

            1. The NIH hands out $47 billion a year to thousands of researchers at thousands of universities every year

              Do you think that Fauci approves each and every one of those?
              Do you think the NIH director approves each and every one of those?
              You don’t know how grant funding works at scientific agencies.

              1. WTF are we paying him half a million a year?

              2. Uh, shouldn’t the head of an agency have an idea of where said agency’s largesse is being sent?

                Talk about a self-own.

              3. Where did Ken say he had to approve everyone?

                Ken actually linked to evidence about the fact that Fauci was involved in these grants as he was directly communicating with Eco Alliance. Why are you ignoring public information?

                1. Lying Jeffy likes to lie.

              4. The evidence supports that he did sign off on this research. But even if he didn’t, he probably should have looked into it before he denied it happened.

                1. The evidence supports that he did sign off on this research

                  Such as?

      3. “…undermining…”?

        Haha. Wow. It’s all a conspiracy.

        1. Haha indeed friend

          1. Wearin’ out the flag, asshole

    3. “got myself vaccinated last week”

      Congratulations! Smart decision!

    4. “One was a nurse who kept working when her hospital was packed. She brought it home to her family, where it killed her husband, the father of her two children.”

      That is awful. Sorry to hear about it. But, how is that a consequence of politicians and their lockdowns?

      1. Caw caw!

      2. “..,,,, politicians and their lockdowns?”

        He was talking about origin. You couldn’t follow that?

        1. Friend

        2. Dee is very dumb.

          1. Not as dumb as you for admitting you watch Mormon gangbang necrophiliac porn.

            1. 2X asshole flag

  39. Hey, Ken:
    “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World”
    by H. R. McMaster
    Read it? Comments?

    1. I haven’t read it. If it’s becoming a big topic of conversation, I will.

      From what I’m reading, this is a typical assessment of the book’s contents:

      “In Battlegrounds, the potency of current threats facing America are real and the solution clear-cut: we need to shed our “strategic narcissism” — the preoccupation with defining the world only in relation to US interests — and confidently project American power abroad.”

      —-Los Angeles Review of Books

      https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/america-the-coercive-on-h-r-mcmasters-battlegrounds-the-fight-to-defend-the-free-world/

      That’s neoconservative vs. pragmatism/realism stuff, with him on the neoconservative side–and you know where I am.

      Vietnam was not in the best interests of the United States. Maintaining our position in Lebanon was not in the best interests of the United States. Invading Rwanda was not in the best interests of the United States. Occupying Iraq was not in the best interests of the United States.

      Regardless of whether Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Sudan, and others are vicious dictatorships, bringing them together into an alliance with Israel so they can defend themselves against Iranian aggression–we we don’t need to defend them anymore–is in the best interests of the United States.

      I think we’ve had conversations before about how confining ourselves to doing thing that are in our own best interests is a restriction on foreign adventures rather than enabling. When you consider the costs and benefits of a given occupation, they’re rarely good investments. It’s usually only justified when it’s done in self-defense.

      I haven’t read this book, but it looks like Dubya era neconservatism for a new generation, and people from that era who came to association neoconservatism with Republican conservatism were always wrong to do so. I maintain that progressivism is all about using the coercive power of government to force us to make sacrifices for the greater good as progressives see it, and this kind of aggressive neoconservative foreign policy is compatible with that in every way.

      We’ll libertate the people, and If the people don’t want to be woke, we’ll just have to force them. Doesn’t really matter if you’re talking about Montana or Iraq, does it? Doesn’t really matter if we’re talking about homophobes or vicious dictators. The left has been looking for a foreign policy beyond internationalism since Reagan brought about the end of the Cold War, and neoconservatism is it.

      1. THX.
        A lot of his argument assumes that the CCP or the Russians *can* provide a better living standard for their populations; that question seems to have been answered.

      2. Good comment. Laughed out loud at ‘If the people don’t want to be woke, we’ll force them.’

    1. Well it’s true – for the most part, the people who complain the loudest about CRT don’t even know what it is. They think it means “whitey is racist” when that is not the case.

      But to Team Red, CRT in 2021 is what “ObamaCare” was in 2011. How it was described was not what it actually was, but what they wanted to portray it to be in order to scare people and obtain power.

      1. Wrong, fatass.
        You’re a drone.

        1. I have posted it before, but here it is, what CRT actually is:

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

          While recognizing the evolving and malleable nature of CRT, scholar Khiara Bridges outlines a few key tenets of CRT, including:

          Recognition that race is not biologically real but is socially constructed and socially significant. It recognizes that science (as demonstrated in the Human Genome Project) refutes the idea of biological racial differences. According to scholars Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, race is the product of social thought and is not connected to biological reality.
          Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions, like the legal system, that replicate racial inequality. This dismisses the idea that racist incidents are aberrations but instead are manifestations of structural and systemic racism.
          Rejection of popular understandings about racism, such as arguments that confine racism to a few “bad apples.” CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or “colorblindness.” CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.
          Recognition of the relevance of people’s everyday lives to scholarship. This includes embracing the lived experiences of people of color, including those preserved through storytelling, and rejecting deficit-informed research that excludes the epistemologies of people of color.

          Nowhere does that say “whitey is racist”. Try again.

          1. https://twitter.com/robkhenderson/status/1404374397868199938?s=19

            Step 1: It’s not really happening

            Step 2: Yeah, it’s happening, but it’s not a big deal

            Step 3: It’s a good thing, actually

            Step 4: People freaking out about it are the real problem

          2. CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or “colorblindness.”

            Nowhere does that say “whitey is racist”.

            LOL

            1. Racism is codified in law. It’s called afermitive action, and hate crime laws

          3. Lol. Jeff uses the politicized self described definition instead of bothering to look up the actual materials being utilized in practice. No wonder he thinks he can call himself a libertarian.

            1. No, that is a moron, being promoted by a right-wing grifter, to demagogue the shit out of the issue and stoke fear.

              1. You keep running defense for an exposed set of ideas where hundreds of examples exist now in the public realm.

                You’re an idiot jeff.

              2. So that was a training being put on by right wing grifters? Were the people in the audience actors?

                1. I don’t know what type of event that is. I even doubt it is any sort of “diversity training”. The person in that picture is a writer and an artist, and if that is her actual opinion, also a racist moron.

                  https://ashleighshackelford.com/

                  How do we know what type of event this even is? Maybe it is some sort of discussion. Maybe she is promoting her latest book. We don’t know and Schlichter isn’t about to tell us either. He wants you to believe that this is some type of CRT-inspired “diversity training event”. He is counting on you not to do any research and to just accept his narrative at face value. Don’t fall for his schtick.

                  1. You don’t know what type of event it is, just that it was promoted by a right wing grifter.

          4. So, CRT is exactly what critics of CRT say it is?

          5. “”Nowhere does that say “whitey is racist”. Try again.””

            Does it have to actually say it?

            “”CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.”

            So who is reproducing racial inequality? People of color are the victims so who is it implying is in charge?

          6. >>the evolving and malleable nature of CRT

            if malleable and evolving, not yet a thing.

            1. Clump of cells?

              1. Don’t tell me your anti-choice?

                It’s ok we can agree to disagree

                1. asshole flag

          7. So race isnt biologically Real, but we have to defer to the experience of POC. Which are real?

            Also, with race not being real, when will Sweden and Japan get their Sickle Call research? Why has the NBA been so discriminatory to Asians and MesoAmericans?

          8. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1404495114316267525?s=19

            The idea that a powerful, invisible force of white supremacy and racism is woven into the fabric of our society and that it is secretly pulling levers that control people’s lives is the very definition of crazy conspiracy theory. None of the Q stuff is even close to that insanity

        2. “I don’t hate whites. How can you hate a group of people for being who they are? Europeans are socialized to be aggressive people and raised to be racist.”
          -Ibram X. Kendi (formerly Ibram Rogers)

          “White identity is inherently racist. I strive to be ‘less white.”
          -Robin DiAngelo

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

          Don’t listen to pedo Jeffy (who is probably a Reason staff writer sockpuppet anyway) everyone. Listen to the pointy tip of the spear on all this bullshit.

          1. ” I don’t want to live by those filthy niggers” – Patrisse Khan-Cullors

          2. Has mr X Kendhi seen the violent crimes stats or watched any WorldStar?

      2. You keep lying when you defend CRT. The materials are online and have been released by whistle-blower and angry parents.

        What do you get out of lying?

        1. The CRT being taught in schools isn’t the CRT I know and love, so don’t worry about it.

          — Lying Jeffy

        2. This fuckin’ loser lies because he has dedicated his worthless, pathetic life to waging war on normal mainstream traditional America, and propaganda and lies have been an essential part of war for most of modern human history.

      3. Dude if you really are an “individualist” and if you actually knew what CRT was, it would disgust you.

        It puts people into monolithic groups, based on their skin color (and now they are adding in chosen victim intersectional groups) and labels them oppressor vs victim. It is a race based extrapolation of critical theory which came out of the german marxist loving schools to pit haves vs have-nots. But now the “winners” and “losers” are identified only on immutable characteristics and take nothing else into account. It is bold faced racism. It is the opposite of individualism.

        I’m half Irish, half Portuguese. My family immigrated long after the civil war, were in the lower middle class, and only until this generation we never had any significant money (borderline poverty for a couple generations) and are finally making it. We grew up close to the hood, where it was a normal thing to have a group of black kids jump you and try to steal your shoes if you went down the wrong street. Definitely got a few ass whoopings from being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time with the wrong skin color.

        But tell me why I should let CRT have my kids hold up signs that say “oppressor” while a kid with more melanin gets to hold up with “victim”. This is what is happening in CRT classrooms. It isnt “we need to teach the REAL history”. I am fine with the real history. My kids are learning it. I wont have them making monolithic classifications based on skin color and telling minorities they are forever victims (not OK, and condescending) and my kids oppressors (not OK, and fuck you)

        And this is absolutely what is happening, the fact that you are carrying water for the lefty narrative of “they are just trying to teach the difficult history of america” is telling. You clearly STILL have not taken the time to learn what CRT is.

        Looks up a single James Lyndsay video explaining it. He has spent a significant amount of time learning the origins of both critical theory from the German schools as well as critical race theory, which is extrapolated from it.

        1. ^ This

        2. Dude if you really are an “individualist”

          Chemleft Radical Racist was a bit too on point for a sockpuppet name, so he toned it down a touch.

        3. “Dude if you really are an “individualist””

          Only when it fits his current argument.

        4. It is a different way to view what racism is.

          The traditional view of racism is that a racist is a person who had horrible terrible bigoted thoughts about another group of people based just on race. In this view, racism is a personal, moral failing that could be educated out of people.

          In the CRT view of racism, that is not what it means. In the CRT view, racism is a property of a certain social structure, not necessarily a property of an individual. In this view, think of racism as like a contaminant in the water of a swimming pool. If you swim in that water, you might absorb some of the contaminant. It is not because you are an evil person with evil thoughts. It is because the environment that you are in has propagated certain normative beliefs that you just accept as normal. That is the basic idea.

          Agree with it or not, but at least understand what it actually is.

          1. “It is a different way to view what racism is.”

            Yeah, asshole, like ‘you can keep your doctor’ is a ‘different way to view O-care’.
            Do you understand that there is a reality and then there are lies from shits like you?
            Lies are not a “different way” to view anything; they are LIES.
            Fuck off and die.

          2. As a supporter, you actually manage to make it sound even more retarded and psychotic than its critics could have.

            1. Jeff is a post modernist. He literally exudes the famous quote from Alice in Wonderland about words being what he says they are and nothing more.

              He has no capability to honestly debate as he gets to set the verbiage, setting, etc and then when cornered, just change the definition.

              Here he is trying to make something completely subjective sound objective when it is purely subjective.

            2. Right? Lol.

              1. Great point friend!

                1. asshole again

                  1. Senile rummy again

          3. So, this contaminated pool has a big sign that says “No Coloreds”?

            Haha. Jesus fucking Christ, dude. You suck at metaphors.

            1. Hey friend!

              1. asshole flag

            2. Fat Jeff didn’t just pee in the pool, he shit his swim suit.

          4. This is amazing.

      4. “…But to Team Red, CRT in 2021 is what “ObamaCare” was in 2011. How it was described was not what it actually was, but what they wanted to portray it to be in order to scare people and obtain power.”

        You steaming pile of lefty shit, O-care was pushed through on D lies and was even worse than R claims.
        Do you enjoy making a public ass of yourself, or are you too stupid to understand that you’re doing such?
        Fuck off and die.

  40. https://twitter.com/KateHydeNY/status/1403439324780273665?s=19

    One year we’re asserting our dominance and the next we’re being carried by France. [Video]

  41. Interesting article on the evolution of Team Red.

    https://news.yahoo.com/op-ed-front-row-seat-103034132.html

    1. What specifically was interesting?

      1. The fact that it validated all of his previously held biases? Nah, couldn’t be.

        This was a retelling of all of the assertions made about the evolution of the GOP by Democrat-aligned groups over the past 50 years, with all of the nuance you might expect from the author of “Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court”. Useful? In a way. Interesting? Not to anybody that has watched any political coverage on the evening news over the last 5 years.

        1. It read like an intern from the Lincoln project wrote it.

          1. Probably because an intern from the Lincoln project wrote it.

            1. A girl intern. All the boy interns are on sick leave from a sudden epidemic of bleeding anuses.

    2. The typical lament of a left-wing “journalist” who gets upset when the Republicans don’t roll over and show their belly.

    3. “I think one of the great changes in the last couple of years was the rise of talk radio, which gives you an alternative validating mechanism,” separate from the mainstream media, he told me.

      Are they saying there is such a thing as conservative media? How could this be? I’ve been told that “the media” is all in bed with the Democratic Party.

      1. Caw caw!

      2. “…Are they saying there is such a thing as conservative media? How could this be? I’ve been told that “the media” is all in bed with the Democratic Party.”

        Aw, isn’t that………
        Pathetic.

      3. Well this is a dishonest lie wrapped in a strawman.

        Nobody has ever argued ALL media is in bed. That’s something you just made up.

    4. The evolution of Team Blue:

      – The Trail of Tears and the Indian Removal Act.
      – Dred Scott
      – Tammany Hall
      – Missouri Compromise
      – The Little Giant Douglas and the fight to preserve slavery
      – The Confederacy
      – The Klu Klux Klan
      – Segregation
      – Birth of a Nation
      – Scientific Racism
      – Resegregation of the Civil Service
      – Asian immigration laws
      – Jim Crow
      – Literacy tests
      – The New Deal
      – Japanese internment camps
      – Separate But Equal
      – The Solid South
      – Little Rock Crisis, Montgomery, Greensboro, church bombings, Governor Wallace, Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd, Eugene “Bull” Connor, Selma, etc.
      – Filibustering every single fucking Civil Rights Act
      – The Chicago Machine
      – Housing projects (Black people reservations)
      – Tough on crime legislation (thanks Biden)
      – Gun Control
      – Critical Race Theory
      – Corporatist war on the First Amendment
      – Frauding the 2020 presidential election and the Big “Reichstag Fire” Lie of January 6

      Huh, I take it back chemjeff, you guys haven’t evolved at all. You’re still the same racist election fraudsters that you always were.

      1. The left party has always been predicated on racism. They just find different ways to push it.

  42. Well again, you’re talking about an industry getting tax breaks from a state where 43% percent of the taxpayers are Latino. Yet that group of people only has access to 3 or 4% of the work, in front of and behind the camera.

    You can tell this dumbfuck has never been to New Mexico outside of Democratic fundraisers in Albuquerque, and has no familiarity with the film industry’s operations in that state at all. It’s a blue-collar state with high crime and crappy schools; most of the crews that are hired aren’t even from the local areas. They’re imported from California because they have experience working on these sets. That’s why the whole “the film industry is providing x number of jobs for the state!” line is such a joke.

    Also, LOL at Castro talking about “my good friend” the NM governor. Bitch, you two are nothing more than fashion friends, or you’d be a lot more familiar with how the state’s culture actually operates. Stay in your San Antonio craphole where you belong.

    1. The Californianas come and stay at NM hotels, shop at NM stores, eat at NM restaraunts, go to NM bars and use NM Ubers.

      1. Which has a negligible effect on New Mexico’s GDP.

        Go ahead and look up where the state gets its income. It sure isn’t from Hollywood drama queens.

    2. Let’s also talk about how going into entertainment is dominated by people from extremely poor (and have no other way out) and well off (who can depend on daddy’s money) backgrounds.

      The working and middle classes have enough to lose that they have options other than to go to Hollywood, but not enough to lose that they can afford to take a risk that they will end up another starving artist like 90+% of the people in the film industry having to wait tables to make up the difference.

      1. Most of these people got where they are by blowing the director.

        It’s not an accident that the ancient Romans considered actors to be on the same social strata as prostitutes.

        1. Like you father made your son blow him?

          1. The hicklib pederast reveals his upbringing.

  43. https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/1404388016823672832?s=19

    A driver ploughed into BLM protesters at high speed last night in the Uptown area of Minneapolis before being dragged from his vehicle and beaten by a mob.
    [Link]

  44. “Actor Ned Beatty has died.”

    Farewell, Dean Martin.

    1. May God deliverance his soul to hevan, where the angle will banjo in his honor

    2. Rest in peace Bobby Trippe. There’s no squealing like a pig in heaven.

    3. you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it.

      1. And let us not forget his performance in one of the greatest war movies of all time – 1941.

        1. loved it. also Otis, Lex Luthor’s dummy.

  45. https://twitter.com/FBIWFO/status/1404091386346065925?s=19

    Our #Diversity Advisory Committees give feedback to #FBI leadership about the success of diversity policies & practices related to underrepresented communities. The #LGBTQ+ & Allies Advisory Committee is just 1 of these important groups. Read on: [link]

  46. U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland will meet with the heads of media outlets today to discuss these subpoenas. The DOJ also announced Saturday that it will stop secretly collecting journalists’ records.

    Oh bullshit.

  47. “Right now, they are literally free riders because they’re not paying any gas tax,” she said, according to Politico. Slapping electric vehicle owners with a new fee has been a mainstay of Republican infrastructure proposals in the party’s negotiations with the Biden administration. Given how small the electric vehicle market is, a fee on these vehicles is unlikely to pay for much new infrastructure spending.

    According to Democrats, they won’t be for long.

    1. “Given how small the electric vehicle market is, a fee on these vehicles is unlikely to pay for much new infrastructure spending.”

      Which why people who can’t afford electric cars need to pony up and pay the tab.

      1. Let’s not even talk about the federal kickback they get because we’;re all friends here.

        1. That was the more annoying bit to me – why bother introducing a new tax when you can just gut the subsidy?

  48. “The company complied with the subpoena, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Times”

    Oh look, another New York Times bombshell that iMpliCAtes Trump built on top of anonymous sources.
    “Sure the last 16 times we did this the allegations turned out to be bullshit, and we were embarrassed, but this time it’s the total truth. Honest.”

    Of course Reason wouldn’t talk about Hunter’s laptop emails because they were only substantiated by the FBI. This was verified by aNonYMous sOUrCes so ENB will pop this at the top of her Roundup.

    Chemleft, White Mike, Brandyfuck, Nuttplug, do you guys stand behind this story?

    1. And the source of the laptop wasn’t anonymous. Anybody will to put their name behind their statement can’t be trusted

    2. Christian Britschgi | 6.14.2021 9:30 AM

      The lack of Twitter links should have given this away.

      1. Are you trying to tell us that Britschgi isn’t post-op ENB?

        1. You can tell when it’s ENB because every story is about hookes, abortion, or hookes getting abortions

    3. Are you implying that I’m not trustworthy?

      1. Well you’re good enough for the New York Times and you’re good enough for Britschigi.

  49. >>Democrats have expressed outrage at the subpoenas.

    lol FISA on line 2.

  50. I’ve had a comment awaiting moderation for three hours now. It contains links to stories that counter the NYT/McGahn narrative. It also contains the word “shit”. Why does Reason do this?

    1. Only one link per post.

      1. Thanks.

  51. Talk about your red herrings! The subpoena for Trump’s White House Counsel was for the Muller investigation. Blaming that on Trump is like blaming Jews for the Holocaust. Do you really think he was aware of or in support of the DOJ walking all over his attorney/client privilege? Get your head out of your backside! This happened during the Trump Administration but it certainly wasn’t at Trump’s behest. This is the type of reporting that supports the phrase ‘fake news.’

  52. Oh well, they’re private companies, and they have total dominion over your content and meta data. Subscription info isn’t private information.

    I remember when Schiff released phone records of republicans, Reason was all like “haha republicans got hoisted by their own petard”

    Now please tell me more about how we should have tariff free, unrestricted trade with China even as they snoop on their own citizens and Americans using tech provided by Apple.

  53. Trump…one word is enough

  54. How would one conduct a leak investigation without a subpoena for such information? The real question is a valid warrant for it.

  55. Libertarians need to let go of the old way of thinking. Any of you heard of public-private partnerships. Meaning… wait for it… the so called private entities are not the private entities you keep advocating for. Technically, these big corporations are bought and paid for by the American people. Too big to fail? ‘Federal funding’ went to bail them out, meaning tax payers had no choice and big government saved them, creating a public-private partnership at the top.

    This isn’t capitalism. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism let’s those businesses that aren’t suppose to make it, fail. Capitalism doesn’t bail out businesses that are meant to fail, they let them fail and a let a better entity take its place. It’s the will of the people who decide what’s to outlast hard times, not the government who takes money from the middle class and funnels it up to the elites. Until people in this country see this clearly we will continue to be enslaved by the oligarchs.

    No entity is too big to fail. And our country is failing because we bought this dirty lie.

  56. How would one conduct a leak investigation without a subpoena as in how for such information. https://www.naijaremix.com

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