Housing Policy

Harvard Housing Researchers Confirm That Supply and Demand Are Real

Plus: Hong Kong police raid a pro-democracy newspaper, Fed officials change their tune on inflation, and more...

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The pandemic and post-pandemic recovery continue to prove that supply and demand are real when it comes to housing costs. A new report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) has found that a drop in the number of homes for sale has produced double-digit percent increases in home prices.

"The supply of existing homes for sale has never been tighter," reads the JCHS report. "The combination of robust demand and limited supply lifted home prices to their fastest pace in over a decade."

As of February 2021, the number of homes on the market had fallen 37 percent over the last two years, the report found. Only 870,000 single-family homes are available for sale, the lowest since 1982. Meanwhile, home prices rose 13 percent year over year as of March 2021 nationally. Hot metro areas like Boise, Idaho, and Austin, Texas, saw home prices grow by over 20 percent.

Record high building material costs aren't helping matters. The price of new home construction inputs has increased 14 percent over the past year, with softwood lumber prices alone jumping 83 percent, according to the JCHS study. That's added $36,000 on average to the cost of a new single-family home. The Biden administration's tariffs on Canadian lumber are only fueling these cost increases.

Higher demand for homes—produced by a mix of low interest rates, high rates of household formation, and an explosion in remote work—have also contributed to the price spike.

These pandemic-era trends pushing up the costs of homeownership are made worse by America's long-running failure to build enough new housing to keep up with demand.

Housing construction fell 5.5 million units short of historic levels over the past 20 years, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the same day as the JCHS study. The NAR report also found that since 2010, new home construction has fallen 6.8 million units short of what's needed to meet new demand, reports The Wall Street Journal.

"The scale of the problem is so large," David Bank, one of the NAR report's authors, told the Journal. "We need affordable [housing], we need market-rate, we need single-family, we need multifamily."

Rising home prices don't resemble what happened in many big cities' rental markets during the pandemic. The wave of newly remote workers leaving places like New York City and San Francisco in favor of the suburbs or midsize metros in other states saw double-digit percent declines in rents and vacancy rates of 10 percent or more in many urban areas.

Rents continue to fall in seven out of eight of the country's largest metro regions, the JCHS study found, even as national average rents are starting to tick up for the first time in a year.

Whether looking at rising home prices or falling rents, the lesson of the past year is pretty clear: The price of housing is inseparably tied to the number of existing, available units and the costs of producing new ones.

The solution to long-running housing affordability problems in many major American cities, therefore, is to increase the supply of housing. That can't happen until states peel back all the regulatory red tape they've layered onto the construction of new development.


FREE MINDS

Hong Kong police raided the offices of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily on Thursday. The paper said on Twitter that five of its executives, including Editor in Chief Ryan Law, were arrested.

The Hong Kong Free Press reports that hundreds of police officers participated in the raid, the second to hit the paper in the past year. Jimmy Lai, the paper's founder, was arrested in August of last year for violating the city's controversial new national security law. He is currently serving out a 20-month prison sentence.

Press freedom advocates expressed shock and dismay at the raid.

"We have to remind ourselves that until very recently, a free press was regarded as 'normal' in Hong Kong," Yuen Chan, a senior lecturer of journalism at City, University of London and former journalist in Hong Kong, told The New York Times.


FREE MARKETS

Federal Reserve officials are starting to change their tune on inflation. Rising prices that were once dismissed as "transitory" are now starting to cause concern for central bankers.

Bloomberg reports:

"Is there a risk that inflation will be higher than we think? Yes," [Federal Reserve] Chair Jerome Powell told a press conference. He spoke after financial markets were taken by surprise when policy makers signaled they expect to make not one, but two, hikes to interest rates in 2023 from near zero now.

Powell's comments caused stocks and bonds to dip, with The Wall Street Journal reporting yesterday that the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.8 percent lower and the 10-year Treasury yield rose to 1.569 percent, from 1.498 percent on Tuesday.


QUICK HITS

• The House of Representatives passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. It now goes to President Joe Biden's desk for signing.

• China has sent a crew of three astronauts into space to man its new space station.

• North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un described the food shortage in his country as "tense" during a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party central committee, reports The Washington Post. Could those potato production statistics have been exaggerated?

• Dodgy welding is responsible for a subway collapse in Mexico City that killed 26 people, according to a preliminary report on the incident.

• The last lockdown states are lifting their COVID-19 restrictions. Now people want to know if they still have to wear their damn masks.

• A Minnesota man has been charged with murder after allegedly driving a vehicle into a crowd of protestors in Minneapolis, killing one.

• Former President Donald Trump blasted Biden's performance during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity, "We didn't get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing." Sad!

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  1. The House of Representatives passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

    YES! Give me that sweet, sweet vacation day. Oh, and you know, good for whatever it commemorates.

    1. You get federal holidays off? What, do you “work” for a government or bank?

      1. Well it’s one more day he won’t feel guilty for not working.

        1. Hot takes from Sullum

          1. Dude what’s the point of saying this? Is it to show are stupid and crazy you are?

            1. No, it was saying you had a hot take Jake.

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            2. Seeing is how your are the only person in the world that thinks sullum writing is good, it halarious to call you sullum.

              1. He also stated Jeff is an amazing writer below.

                1. I think he meant to say that Jeff is an amazing liar, not writer… or at least that’s what he would say if he was being honest.

        2. I dunno, if nothing else while he is at work he posts better quips on the daily here than about 95% of the material coming from reason writers.

          So he is doing something productive. I think they should send fist a daily entertainment fee.

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                1. A name like “Fist” is considered clickbait there.

            2. I have monthly subscriptions to some pretty unnecessary stuff, half of which I forget I have. I’d throw a buck or two at it

          2. Work? Heh.

        3. “Well it’s one more day he won’t feel guilty for not working.”

          This from a scumbag lefty parasite.

      2. Nothing solves racism more than free federal money.

      3. If you work on Juneteenth you’re a racist whether you get paid or not.

    2. In follow-up legislation, the House reveals the holiday is only for POC.

      1. So long as everyone is deeply reverent for the new holiday and stay completely dismissive of the troops on memorial day we will all get along

    3. Great timing since no one is alive that was a slave or a slave holder. Also, most peoples’ ancestors were immigrants so chances are that most people don’t even have ancestors that were either. What are we celebrating again? The start of slavery or something…..

      1. We celebrate the reasons why rich WASPs get to the working-class “racists”.

    4. Seven days end in -teen. Is this going to end up a seven day affair like Kwaanza?

  2. China has sent a crew of three astronauts into space to man its new space station.

    They must have purchased last year the OSB and 2×4’s to build it.

    1. Cheaper than ply!

    2. Three of them were executives from Apple Daily.

  3. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un described the food shortage in his country as “tense” during a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party central committee…

    Yeah, present tense. As in, ever-present tense.

    1. More proof capitalism is failing.

    2. A reduction in North Korea’s workforce should take care of that.

    3. I’ll bet he has a terrible illegal immigration problem.

      1. *e*mmigration!

  4. The last lockdown states are lifting their COVID-19 restrictions. Now people want to know if they still have to wear their damn masks.

    Until we come up with another way to signal with quiet dignity, I’m afraid the masks are randomly here to arbitrarily stay.

      1. Hmm, maybe womyn should wear these on dates.

        1. I think you’re on to something.

      2. I’m conflicted. I want things to return to normal but I don’t want random people to start hugging me.

        1. What, that’s not normal for you?

      3. If you’re Scandinavian the only choice was always “red”.

        They perfected social distancing hundreds of years ago.

        1. I was social distancing before it was cool.

    1. Come to maskachusetts and you can change “randomly” to “permanently”.

  5. “Federal Reserve officials are starting to change their tune on inflation. Rising prices that were once dismissed as ‘transitory’ are now starting to cause concern for central bankers.”

    LOL

    Another pathetic attempt to downplay the #BidenBoom. So what, middle class families might have to pay more for bread?

    We’re Koch / Reason libertarians. We’re not concerned with the middle class. Instead, our priority is to maximize the wealth of billionaires — and by that metric the Biden economy is a smashing success.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires
    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. 2021 is forecast to grow at least 7%.

      Considering the Con Man averaged 1% GDP growth over four years this “Biden Boom” you reference has some truth to it.

      Granted trillions in stimulus is feeding the boom. Biden should thank Donnie Debt Lover.

      1. So you still think the president is to blame for a Chinese pandemic that democrats chose to force lockdowns in.

        At least you’re consistent.

        1. And proudly, defiantly stupid.

          (BTW, when can we expect the TDS vaccine?)

          1. Never. Variant X is whoever the most popular gop candidate is.

          2. According to the “vaccine pressure” theory, that would just increase the odds of a new Trump variant. We could end up with something like TJDS (Trump Junior Derangement Syndrome).

            1. I am/was “shrike” by the way. I saw the subject came up several days ago when I was too busy to reply.

              1. You are and were a turd, turd.
                Fuck off, die, and take your cherry-picked lies with you.

            2. “According to the “vaccine pressure” theory, that would just increase the odds of a new Trump variant. We could end up with something like TJDS (Trump Junior Derangement Syndrome).”

              According to TDS addled asshole, this makes sense.

        2. I don’t know why this is so confusing to you. Donald trup traveled back in time, assumed the identity of fauci, the worked with the CCP to develop the virus.
          Its like you never even saw documentary 12 monkeys!

        3. Consistently stupid.

      2. Do you think Biden’s full-term GDP number will surpass even Obama’s, who created the strongest 8-year run is US economic history?

        Remind me what Obama’s GDP number was so I can decide if this is a realistic goal.

        #IMissObama

        1. <3%

      3. Fuck off and die, turd.

      4. Biden’s genius was to plan his first year the year after politicians locked everything down. He’s always at least 12 steps ahead of everyone else.

  6. A Minnesota man has been charged with murder after allegedly driving a vehicle into a crowd of protestors in Minneapolis, killing one.

    I suspect QAnon.

    1. Speaking of QAnon, researchers believe they know who one of the main QAnon “influencers” is:

      https://thehill.com/policy/technology/558435-researchers-unmask-major-qanon-influencer

      “In a new report, researchers linked the Twitter handle ‘qthewakeup’ to Jeremy ‘J.J.’ Sicotte, a documentary filmmaker.”

      1. Speaking of Blue Anon….

      2. Kinda like unmasking the main “influencer” for believing in the bogeyman, or sasquatch.
        QAnon is a proggy fairytale created to frighten Wine Moms.

  7. https://www.thewashingtontime.com/nyt-reporter-claims-teachers-cant-explain-juneteenth-to-students-in-fear-of-critical-race-theory-backlash/

    ““its kinda amazing: juneteenth is gonna be a federal holiday for reasons teachers won’t be allowed to explain to their students out of fear critical race theory backlash,” Wesley tweeted. “

    1. Kind of funny. They always get on the same page. The agreed upon strawman of the intellectually dishonest is officially:

      “Because of CRT legislation, we CANT EVEN TALK about race or slavery.”

      This was predictable. It is also a dishonest, bad faith argument.

      1. These anti-CRT laws make it more difficult to talk about race or slavery in the classroom. Because your average Fox News-addled parent thinks that CRT means “any discussion about race that makes me uncomfortable and sad” and will go complain to the school board about “indoctrination” and demand that the teacher be fired even if there was no CRT involved at all. The law creates a chilling effect in the classroom. So teachers who want to avoid all of that will just avoid the topic of race and slavery altogether.

        1. Yes, he used the word “they” in his post which included you.

        2. One side of the argument HAS said they dont want the racist CRT stuff taught and have given examples. The laws put forward HAVE addressed this exact stuff, are readable, and dont do any of the stuff the left is arguing.

          The other side (the dishonest one) says racist fox news republicans WILL PROBABLY extrapolate this to be about anything involving race, and people WILL PROBABLY not allow any discussion of race. They also say that the legislation itself “bans talking about race, whitewashes american history” etc.

          One side of this debate is using concrete examples, and has clear cut goals in mind that are completely reasonable.

          The other side is arguing against hypothetical, potential, hyperbolic uses of the law and public sentiment, that does not exist at all (a clear strawman).

          1. “One side” has no idea what CRT is, and thinks that it means any discussion about race that contradicts their biases.

            1. Yes jeff. We agree you lie about CRT. You point to the political definition used by a group expanding CRT and ignore the actual material being pushed by CRT groups.

            2. One side has no idea what opponents actually think and no idea what the legislation actually says, and has no desire to actually find out, because he would rather spout mindless, absurd DNC talking points, because he is impotent and stupid in real life and that’s the only way he can feel superior and good about his failure of a life.

              1. Basement Lives Matter!

              2. He’s also fat.

                1. Obese. Fat can be non obese.

            3. I believe the definition of CRT is when one side of the argument gets to move the goal posts wherever they please before, during and after the conversation and gets to make whatever outlandish accusations of thought crimes they wish without offering any evidence outside of unfalsifiable claims. Also, to argue against any of it is simply more evidence that it’s true.
              It’s essentially a racial identarian fundementalist game of heads I win, tails you lose.

            4. In my experience (which I’ll admit may be unusual), the people opposing CRT seem to have a better idea of what it is than most of the people who are jumping on the “anti-racism” bandwagon. One side says “hey, this doesn’t seem right and is actually pretty racist”. Another side says “‘anti-racist’, well I don’t like racism, so that must be good.”

        3. Well said Jeff.

          1. So, as full of shit as any of your posts.

            1. It’s hard to believe you can read Jeff’s comment and not be impressed by it even if you have some disagreement with it. And look at your comments. Jesus.

              1. Lol. Good stuff. OBL level parody.

              2. You’re the only one impressed by stupidity.

                1. He’s too stupid to recognize it.

              3. Hahaha, oh wow.
                Jacob’s carrying water for chemleft now.

                Not too many writers will openly fluff a Media Matters fifty-center working the comments thread.

        4. The game you’re playing here is obvious.

          Deggans’s essay serves as a perfect illustration of the cynical Motte and Bailey game that is currently being played by America’s self-appointed “anti-racists.” While in their Motte, the sponsors of critical race theory and its equally ugly relatives insist that all they truly want is for America’s schools to do a better job of teaching the history of American racism. On Twitter yesterday, Berkeley’s Robert Reich provided a solid example of this position with the claim that, by opposing the adoption of CRT in schools, the Republican Party is “trying to ban educators from teaching about the anguished role racism has played in the shaping of America.” In the safe haven of the Bailey, however, such defensible-sounding arguments are quickly swapped out for a set of considerably more extreme contentions, such as the claim that unless a person spends his days actively dismantling whatever “structures” a handful of “experts” have decided are problematic — including himself and his work, if necessary — he is in practice aiding and abetting racism. Clearly, Tom Hanks thought that he was playing inside the Motte. Clearly, he was not.

          Critics of this grotesque tactic are invariably informed that they do not actually understand what critical race theory or modern “anti-racism” really are — and, as such, that they are in no position to oppose its adoption by America’s schools.

          1. Ive been saying this since they started making these arguments against the legislation. It’s a clear Motte and Bailey. With some very useful strawmen thrown in to pad it out.

        5. No it doesn’t, your a retard

      2. I happened to tune into a conservative talk radio program the other day, and sure enough they were talking about CRT. The idiot host literally thought CRT was being taught to 8-year-olds. That is just stupid. It is using “but for the children” to scare people and sow fear.

        CRT is really just a stand-in for viewpoints on race that makes people sad and angry, regardless if it has anything to do with Critical Race Theory or not. We are supposed to believe that the Civil War and abolishing slavery solved everything, the Civil Rights Act of 1965 solved everything, the playing field for everyone is now perfectly level, the legacy of slavery and racism is completely over with, and “CRT” is code for any disagreement with that narrative.

        1. https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1349473511463555073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349473511463555073%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fnews%2Fcalifornia-elementary-school-critical-race-theory

          “First, the teacher told the eight- and nine-year-old students that they live in a “dominant culture” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian[s]” who “created and maintained” this culture in order “to hold power and stay in power.”

          Happening in CA now, the testing grounds.

          1. In Buffalo, New York, the school district’s “Emancipation Curriculum” told children that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”

            1. #notme

              (but, if this madness keeps up, I will accept the role assigned and show them what true racism looks like)

              1. That, of course, is the goal.

          2. The post goes on to state,

            Lots of books will make you feel comfortable with your whiteness and whiteness in general, even for people of color. White fragility needs to take a back seat. Fall back Karen. It’s time to talk about dismantling white supremacy culture and bringing folks of color (the global majority) to the center.

            Kendi defines a racist as anyone who supports “a racist policy through their actions or inaction.” In the chapter devoted to capitalism, he argues, “Capitalism is essentially racist,” and “racism is essentially capitalist.” Kendi makes clear that racism occurs when there is any disparity between races, no matter how minor.
            ….
            NEP Executive Director LaShawn Routé Chatmon states:

            With structural inequities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic, now worsened by further evidence of racial terror being waged against Black bodies… We can no longer deny the violence, pain and loss that is being disproportionately beset upon Black people and Black communities. . . .

            As a former history teacher, I know that these are not isolated incidents but rather a continuation of a long history of anti-Black oppression our communities have had to endure. Its roots are structural and interrelated; our education, healthcare, and justice systems are equally imbued with the same roots of white supremacy and othering.

            https://www.realclearpublicaffairs.com/articles/2020/07/16/critical_race_theory_in_k-12_education_498969.html

            Jeff is just ignorant.

            1. Ignorant at best. An authoritarian Marxist ally?

          3. You are proving my point. That is not CRT. Do I need to post the link again? CRT is an academic discussion about structural racism and interpreting laws in that vein. That classroom discussion is about power, privilege, and identity. You want it banned because the discussion makes you uncomfortable.

            1. Lol. See. When you post something that contradicts him, jeff just claims no true Scotsman.

              Jeff is a fucking idiot.

              1. Jeff’s a walking fallacy machine.

                The weird thing is that he knew he was lying in his original post. He knew that there are stories in the media that contradict his assertion. He knew that we’d call him out on it… But he still lied anyway.

                I think the gaslighting attempts must be just part of his job as a paid shill.

            2. You are proving my point, and another.

              First of all, the amorphous and ever shifting definition of CRT is meant to be that way by the left so they cant be held accountable for it. You can post your stupid link again, but it was their take on it, it wasn’t CRT. You still dont know what it is. I really dont know why you are posting the american bars take on it? But its a sanitized take meant to be as acceptable as they can make it sound (and it still doenst look great). Their goal is to keep it ambiguous such as they can say that anyone who argues against CRT is just a closet racist.

              Second of all, thank you for proving my point. If its not “CRT” if thats what you are calling CRT today, perfect! You should have no beef. Because that means CRT isnt banned! Great! The only thing that is banned is going “hey 3rd grader, you are white and therefore of the oppressor / white supremacy class; you are black or have some non-white cis orientation (the bad oppressor type), so you are oppressed, by the whites, who strive to keep you under their boot”

              Ive told you multiple times before. The anti-CRT legislation isnt really banning even CRT at all (or race discussions, or slavery, any of it). It says you cant make racial generalizations based on nothing but skin color (you know racism).

              Unfortunately for the people who tend to push CRT, they always END UP at blatant racism, even though you could teach CRT (and can in the states with legislation too) without going this far. But just by coincidence, all the classrooms that delve into it seem to be taught by an activist that wants to segregate kids by their oppression levels based on skin color. Funny that.

              1. Ive told you multiple times before. The anti-CRT legislation isnt really banning even CRT at all (or race discussions, or slavery, any of it). It says you cant make racial generalizations based on nothing but skin color (you know racism).

                Jeff could try to read some good old-fashioned long-form journalism on the subject, but that would get in the way of his standard practice of uncritically accepting left-wing talking points as objective fact.

                In these fights, conservative parents see themselves as pushing back against left-wing racial activism – critical race theory, in their minds – that is intentionally shrouded in murky diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In this view, activists used Floyd’s tragic death last summer to further worm their way into the nation’s classrooms. These concerned parents point at example after example of kids being forced to write essays about systemic racism and their so-called white privilege, and staff members being urged to rat on their colleagues for not being racially sensitive enough or for failing to fully buy into the new ideology.

                The Left responds that most schools aren’t teaching critical race theory, which they describe as an obscure graduate-school analytical tool and a right-wing bogeyman. Rather, they say, they just want to address systemic racism by presenting students with a clear-eyed view of history and an understanding of how racial oppression and privilege are woven into America’s institutions. The whole dustup, they say, is just a desperate effort by Republicans to whitewash the nation’s often uncomfortable history and to fire up their base for political benefit.

                In Kentucky, both sides of the debate accused the other of being uninformed. Neither side spent much time engaging with the other.

                Opponents of the Highlands High social-equity course worry that injecting a divisive, racially charged ideology into the community will end up tearing it apart. They worry that the millstone that is the nation’s often racist past is being hung around the necks of white children.

                1. It goes back to the study that showed global warming skeptics actually understood the science better than adherents. It is the same thing.

                  Jeff can’t be bothered with facts. He stops at the narrative.

                  1. Jeff is no true scotsman

                    1. He eats enough for several scotsmen.

              2. First of all, the amorphous and ever shifting definition of CRT is meant to be that way by the left so they cant be held accountable for it.

                It is TEAM RED that wants to call every race-based idea that they disagree with “Critical Race Theory” as guilt by association.

                CRT was developed by Marxists!
                Teaching kids about race and privilege is CRT!
                Therefore teaching kids about race and privilege is Marxism and therefore bad!!!! Go down to your school board and demand that this awful theory gets expunged from the classroom!!!!!!!

                It is little different than how Team Red wants to call every government program that they disagree with “socialism”, which is equivalent to Communism, which is equivalent to the USSR, so anyone who supports Section 8 vouchers is therefore automatically a Stalinist. That’s the idea here.

                I really dont know why you are posting the american bars take on it?

                Because CRT is centrally a study of the relationship between structural racism and THE LAW. Do laws that purport to be race neutral on their face actually promote racism? The CRT scholar would say yes, if the law generates inequitable racial outcomes.

                1. It is TEAM RED that wants to call every race-based idea that they disagree with “Critical Race Theory” as guilt by association.

                  Something not being done, but the left claims is being done so they can ignore actual examples.

                  CRT was developed by Marxists!

                  Yes, critical theory was developed by marxists. You stating this as if it isn’t true really just shows how ignorant you are.

                  Teaching kids about race and privilege is CRT!

                  Strawman argument that has been refuted multiple times directly to your face yet you keep repeating it because if you don’t everyone knows you are full of it.

                  Therefore teaching kids about race and privilege is Marxism and therefore bad!!!! Go down to your school board and demand that this awful theory gets expunged from the classroom!!!!!!!

                  Two false premises leading to a false conclusion. Good work fatty.

                2. Man, you gave it to that strawman good. He won’t shit right for a week.

            3. Whether or not that is “real” CRT, it is exactly the stuff that the laws are trying to stop. So let’s not argue about the definition. Is it good or bad to teach young children that race is the most central fact about a person and that people are defined to a large degree by the racial groups they belong to? Seems like a pretty disgusting thing to teach anyone if you ask me.

              1. seems like a pretty disgusting thing to teach someone.

                seems like a very disgusting thing to teach 2nd/3rd graders.

          4. I mean, CRT is even pushing racial segregation as schools start openly segregating unless parents push back.

            https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/douglas-anderson-school-cancels-race-separated-student-diversity-meetings-after-outcry/ar-BB1eeWKD

            Jeff is just a left wing idiot.

          5. Let’s hear your lesson to third graders about power, privilege, and identity.

            1. Why? You’ll just dismiss them. This material has been collected for a few years at this point. You choose ignorance.

            2. the San Diego Unified School District introduced training which told white teachers they were guilty of ‘spirit murdering’ black children.

              According to a whistleblower, teachers attended an online training course by ‘critical race theorist’ Bettina Love, who declared: ‘Racism runs deep in America and blacks alone know who America really is.’

              1. #SupportTheNewLiberiaMovement

            3. They are little kids. They don’t need a lesson about power, privilege and identity. The only way to improve race relations and disparity is if future generations don’t see race as a primary factor by which to judge people. But the opposite is being pushed by a lot of people right now. I don’t oppose this shit because I am uncomfortable about discussions about race and racism. I oppose it because I do care about improving race relations and disparities and this shit is only going to make those things worse.

              1. As we had discussed the other day, I almost feel like it is obvious they want things to get worse, so they can amp up the dialog/action.

                These people are intent on de-individualizing every person, and simplifying them to a jersey based on their race. Making race the absolute end-all. And pitting the teams against one another. It seems pretty clear where they want things to go.

                Furthermore, they essentially want a reversal of the civil rights act. To enact all of this “equity” stuff, you would have to, as they desire, not allow for meritocracy. If you allow meritocracy, a department of engineers will likely end up being male and Asian/Indian (a majority anyways). To enforce equity, you literally have to discriminate based on skin color and gender to get the “right” number of every race and gender represented. They are fine overturning the civil rights act, as long as the results end up in their favor.

                Things seem like they are going to get worse, and it is pretty clear who is driving toward that cliff at 100 mph

                1. Yes, I agree that the CRT true believers want to make things worse. When you see all human interactions as about power dynamics among groups then it’s pretty easy to justify doing whatever you need to to empower your own group.
                  But there are a lot of useful idiots to their cause who actually think they are fighting racism and somehow don’t see how that’s not what’s happening.

                2. In a nutshell. Whatever they call it, it’s race hustling on a grand scale.

            4. “”Let’s hear your lesson to third graders about power, privilege, and identity.””

              I laughed out loud on that one. What do third graders know about power, privilege and identity? Which bullies to avoid at recess?

            5. And that’s exactly the problem. You believe that THIRD FUCKING GRADE is a forum to have conversations about “power, privilege, and identity”. Not Graduate School. Not College. THIRD FUCKING GRADE.

              Sorry, but I fundamentally disagree that lesson plans in “identity” are appropriate for K-8, or even K-12. Because I would argue that the whole current concept of “identity” is poison.

              This is what the fight is. It’s not over CRT explicitly. It’s how CRT has corrupted our last decade of college graduates and is now corrupting our schools.

              1. Teaching kids to read, write, do math, and think for themselves is counter to what progressives want

            6. Id rather someone actually teach them multiplication tables and verb conjugation, you Marxist hack

            7. Here ya go, Jeff. Ahem…..

              “Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair!” ™

              “Now class, let’s move on to some math problems.”

              1. Wasn’t Lying Jeffy sticking up for the “2+2=5” bullshit awhile back?

                1. Yes, despite no numerical base system can make that evaluation true. This was pointed out to him dozens of times.

          6. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/11/students-at-u-denver-separated-by-race-for-post-election-caucuses/

            I can literally post hundreds of examples and Jeff will deny them. He will either ignore or retreat to “thats not real CRT” like he does when denying failures of socialism.

          7. Hey, leave Jeff alone. In his child-mind, only his side is allowed to spout tribal nonsense and revel in ignorance of facts.

            1. chemjeff’s “side” is libertarianism, not liberalism or progressivism. He has made that clear in his history of posts. He is one of the most non-tribal commenters here.

              1. You, like chemmjeff, are a retarded subhuman

              2. That’s some seriously funny squawking, Dee.

              3. Lots of ankle-biting GNATs out today.

                1. And several TDS-addled assholes, TDS-addled asshole.

                2. He made up that acronym too, that’s how special he is.

                  Notice how White Mike had to mute everyone not in his bubble so he can truly believe his views are the one true view and not be exposed for the leftist fraud he is.

              4. No, it is not libertarianism. Ask him. He constantly sites two identities… globalist libertarianism and socialist libertarian. Two terms up to basically push socialism.

                You are committing the same fraud he is White Mike.

              5. “He is one of the most non-tribal commenters here”

                The post where you realize that the White Mike and chemjeff socks are operated by the same guy.

                Calling chemleft “non-tribal” is like saying Tom Perez is apolitical when it comes to the DNC.

              6. GFY

              7. Jeff is such a radical individualist to be so obsessed with collective guilt and grievance.

                Makes sense mike.

        2. #ThingsThatDidntHappen

    2. Yeah, it’s idiotic. But if they quoted the actual text of the better laws, the stupidity would be obvious. No one criticizing them actually cites what the proposed laws say because they mostly just say “don’t teach kids to be racist”.

      1. See Jeff’s post as an example. They did this in Arizona a decade ago. They always lie.

      2. In fact here is Reason pushing the narrative pushed above about the arizona law.

        https://reason.com/2017/01/16/arizona-republican-demands-a-safe-space/

    3. They’re not going to be able to explain Juneteenth because soon it’ll be illegal to suggest that Democrats had anything to do with slavery–especially exteeeding it years after it was illegal and having to be forced, by the military that was sent by a Republican president, to finally stop it.

      We have to celebrate Juneteenth because Democrats didn’t end slavery even AFTER they’d lost the Civil War.

  8. “We didn’t get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing.” Sad!

    We got a lot of journalistic tweets about how Biden stared the Russian down to a quivering pile of emasculated anxiety.

  9. Our neocon allies are giving Biden rave reviews for showing Putin who’s boss this week.

    Biden wiped the smirk off Putin’s face according to leading neocon intellectual Max Boot.

    #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

    1. That can’t be real.

    2. Bill Kristol opines, Great to have a president who meets with Putin and puts America first.

      Now, some alt-right white nationalists will tell you that Kristol’s ideology actually puts “Israel first.” Don’t believe this anti-Semitic trope. Just because Kristol wrote an entire book advocating the Iraq War, there’s no reason to question his patriotism or foreign policy wisdom.

      #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons

      PS — Kristol was, of course, a coworker of Reason.com’s editor-in-chief KMW at The Weekly Standard. So the neocon / libertarian alliance actually predates Drumpf.

      1. I think the direct quote from Putin was “we were never challenged”.

        Kinda hard to square those two statements.

        And Putin went unchallenged as he spoke to the media, free from restrictions, for 45 minutes.

      2. More sharp analysis from CNN’s Chief National Affairs Correspondent.

        Joe Biden carried himself with a seasoned air of confidence that new presidents seldom possess.

        Seasoned. Air. Of Confidence.

        #BidenIsAsSharpAsEver

        1. “#BidenIsAsSharpAsEver”

          That’s GOOD!

        2. Biden handed putin a list of 16 industry centers better not hack or else. That is strength.

          1. As opposed to the last guy who asked Russia to hack his opponent **granted, if they were listening.

            1. Seems lefty asshole are incapable of posting without lying.

              1. Ok “find the missing emails”. Emails can’t be found by Russia. They would have to hack into so computer to “find them”. Whatever though. Trump is probably getting indicted for something. Good enough.

                1. And you double down on the idiocy. Good work.

                2. “Ok “find the missing emails”. Emails can’t be found by Russia. They would have to hack into so computer to “find them”. Whatever though….”
                  Yeah, ‘whatever’. IOWs you’re a stupid fuck who invents meanings and hopes to find other fucks stupid enough to agree with you.

                  “Trump is probably getting indicted for something. Good enough.”
                  Yeah, change the subject; always good for making your point.
                  Still hoping they’ll nail him on a jaywalking charge after being investigated for three years by hundreds of people who hate his guts?
                  You don’t measure up to pathetic, you contemptible pile of stinking shit

                  1. People confuse Hillary’s emails which where deleted while under subpoena and the DNC emails which were hacked.

                    1. Again, the whole point of the joke was that Hillary’s emails had already been obtained by Russia and everyone else, since they were on her private server that plenty of people knew about, so foreign governments could find them in their old files despite Hillary deleting them just after they were subpoenaed.

                    2. “People confuse Hillary’s emails which where deleted while under subpoena and the DNC emails which were hacked.”

                      turd still confuses her emails with setting up an illegal (and insecure) comm system to subvert the FOIA.
                      At first, I thought it was perhaps an act, but turd has proven himself well-enough equipped with “stooopid” for that explanation to suffice.

                    3. “Again, the whole point of the joke was that Hillary’s emails had already been obtained by Russia and everyone else, since they were on her private server that plenty of people knew about, so foreign governments could find them in their old files despite Hillary deleting them just after they were subpoenaed.”

                      Hell, the bright kid down the street probably had copies of her comm withing five minutes of plugging that server in.
                      Jeff is whining that Trump ‘gave permission’ to hack HRC’s comm, when he was simply admitting the obvious: The Russkis and for that matter, the Bengladeshis, intelligence already had it.

                    4. Nardz,

                      Can you cite anything that say the emails on her private server were hacked? Everything I’m finding is about her emails on the DNC server.

                      Servo
                      “”turd still confuses her emails with setting up an illegal (and insecure) comm system to subvert the FOIA.””

                      Yep. funny how people want to ignore that her private server was an attempt to keep her communications for FOIA requests. She was subverting the peoples ability to hold an elected official accountable.

                    5. Thanks Jesse.

                    6. “People also found her emails on the dark web.”

                      My 10-YO nephew found them in 10 minutes or so; I guess the asshole LoS figures Trump was suggesting Putin hack *his* email account!

                3. Yep Julian assange started wiki leaks in 2006 to get trump elected in 2016, now that is some 4d chess

                4. “Emails can’t be found by Russia. They would have to hack into so computer to “find them”.”

                  That.
                  Was.
                  The.
                  Point.

                  Hillary using a personal email server with sketchy security made her emails quite likely to be hacked and stolen.

                  THAT WAS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE COMMENT.

                  1. Jacob isn’t very bright.

            2. The sad part is you took an obvious joke as direction. Who approved the recent Russian pipeline again? Who approved sales of missile defense to eastern europe? Who agreed to sell weapons to the Ukraine? Wasn’t the democrats.

  10. https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-joy-reid-critical-race-theory-racist

    “Just because I do not want critical race theory taught to my children in school does not mean I’m a racist, damn it!” a tearful mother exclaimed as she choked up.

    Reid laughed.

    “Actually, it does,” the ReidOut host grinned.

    1. Don’t worry. Folks at reason assure me that this isn’t something really worth worrying about.

      1. I feel like aside from having people speaking up to their school boards and having the clearly racist CRT stuff banned, white people in general just need to start giving “racist” the weight and gravity the activists and lefties do…almost none.

        It used to be a horrible, disgusting claim that would entail someone secretly going to klan meetings, or throwing around the N word every other sentence. Now its simply, “you disagree with my policies, and I am or *ally* with persons of color”. It has almost no meaning, its time to just start rolling our eyes at it.

        Next up: white supremacist

        1. It’s just a word they throw around because it used to have some meaning….no one cares when they call anyone a Nazi anymore because they called George Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney Nazis when it was their turn.

          A black woman becomes editor of a magazine and because she commented on having puffy eyes and looking Asian…she’s out. Hunter Biden uses the N-word casually…and there has been nary a word about it anywhere. It’s about power. And the language they use reflects that language is power. George Orwell must be spinning is his grave.

      2. Reason.com’s leading defender of CRT chemjeff has been knocking it out of the park lately with his vigorous defenses of teaching public schoolchildren this important area of academic research. No doubt he’ll be here shortly to explain why Joy Reid is right.

        #LibertariansForCRT

        1. Cotdammit

    2. Joy Reid is seen by more viewers on fox than on her own network.

  11. Press freedom advocates expressed shock and dismay at the raid.

    [The NBA has left the chat]

    1. The important question is, did China tweet that they were fake news? Because that’s the real threat to press freedom.

    2. At least the chairman didn’t tweet mean things at the press.

      1. No, just put them in prison or in the ground.

        1. What about the Obama presidency?

    3. [The NBA has left the chat]

      But you can catch Steve Kerr over there on the gun-grabbers thread!

  12. Rising prices that were once dismissed as “transitory” are now starting to cause concern for central bankers.

    To combat it we need to raise taxes and tariffs, increase energy costs and, as always, print more money.

    1. And another round of stimulus.

      1. How else are people who don’t produce stuff going to buy stuff?

    2. Brrrrrrrr, it’s getting cold in here.

    3. What’s the cycle again?
      1 it’s not really happening
      2 it is but it’s no bigdeal-we are here
      3 actually it’s good for you
      4…?

      1. 4. It’s really all about racism (?)

      2. 4.

        1. 4. *thump*

        2. Apparently “thump” in brackets does not translate to a known html tag.

  13. Harvard may have someone who understands supply and demand in housing. But the US House of Representatives doesn’t.

    CNN yesterday had an article celebrating a new bill to boost affordable housing and wealth creation.

    They diagnose the problem as greedy rich people gentrifying neighborhoods.

    And they tout a solution from a New Jersey church charity that subsidized a bunch of houses for low income people. They now have an average $300,000 in equity! Wealth they can use to find their kids college. (Unstated… Due to an artificially deflated purchase price and a subsequent housing bubble)

    So they want Freddie Mac to do the same thing.

    So much stupid in such a small space.

    Housing bubble is the problem.

    So…..

    Repeat the mistakes of the mortgage crisis while doing the same stuff that creates housing bubbles and housing bubble crashes….

    CNN thinks it is visionary.

    1. Ponzi schemes work!!

      1. We just need to elect the right Ponzi.

  14. The solution to long-running housing affordability problems in many major American cities, therefore, is to increase the supply of housing.

    OR DECREASE DEMAND. Move to rural America, you fools. (Just don’t vote like you’re still in metropolitan America when you do.)

    1. They already are. New home construction went from $90/sqft to $190, and existing homes last 2 days on the market before selling for over list price. (Rural NW Florida).

      We country folk hate you for plugging up our 70mph roads with new stoplights.

  15. Wait a minute, I didn’t see anything about abortion, sex workers, or whoring in this roundup. What gives? Did ENB take the day off?

    1. The entire week.

      1. Pirate rape fantasy cosplay?

  16. Did we already do this one?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/16/business/victorias-secret-collective-megan-rapinoe.html

    Victoria’s Secret is dumping the “Angels” and no longer “making clothes for men to look at”.

    Instead, they are adopting US soccer icon Megan Rapinoe as the face of the franchise (among others).

    1. I’m sure that’s going to go well for them. Do they think that they don’t sell a lot of stuff to women who want men to like what they look like wearing it?

      1. All that will not matter once the Federal Domestic Partner Equity laws take effect, and the feds assign who will live and fuck together–based on equity, of course.

        1. I have a feeling my “no fat chicks” shirt is going to get me in trouble…

    2. Megan Rapinoe
      @mPinoe
      @tasha_kai00 u look asian with those closed eyes!

      #stopasianhate

    3. Bold move, Cotton. Let’s see how that plays out.

    4. The actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas is part of the rebrand.

      Well, they’ve got their plan B lined up already.

    5. It’s all over television advertising, fat ugly women now is the norm.

      1. Sports ilistrated already slapped a bikini on a beached whale

    6. If anyone’s interested in shorting their stock (everyone should be), the parent company is L Brands and it trades on the NYSE under LB.

  17. “The supply of existing homes for sale has never been tighter,” reads the JCHS report. “The combination of robust demand and limited supply lifted home prices to their fastest pace in over a decade.”

    And, let’s be clear: There is no “housing crisis” in CA nor anyplace else making the claim.
    There is simply a higher demand than supply, admittedly aided by inept government interference.

    1. And also to be clear: all existing housing in these fad areas is affordable, since all units are sold or rented. What the Marxists want is state-funded housing for those who don’t want to earn more (or move).

      1. “And also to be clear: all existing housing in these fad areas is affordable, since all units are sold or rented.”

        In SF, the rental market is still soft (which, according to the poo-bahs, it would never be), but the sale market is hotter than ever. Houses often don’t get a ‘for sale’ sign pounded into the ground.
        If I were a (selling) agent, I’d be kicking the asking up at least 10%.

  18. Putin’s comments, yesterday, regarding Ashli Babbitt are getting a lot of press, but the way it’s being referenced, they make it seem as if Vladimir Putin were taking the side of “insurrectionists” on January 6, as if he were emulating Trump supporters. That, however, is not an accurate assessment of what Putin said. Here is the text as transcribed by yours truly courtesy of the video from Reuters. You can listen to listen to the comments yourself at the link below.

    “People went into the U.S. Congress with political demands. 400 people are now facing criminal charges. They are facing prison terms of up to 20, maybe 25 years. They are called “homegrown terrorists”. They are being accused of many other things. 70 people were arrested right there on the spot. Three of them are still arrested. On what grounds? Not quite clear. I mean, none of the official authorities from the states are informing us about it. So, we don’t know that.

    One of the participants, a woman, was shot dead on the spot. She was not threatening, you know, with arms or anything. Why am I bringing this up? Many people are facing the same things as we do. And I am stressing this. We are sympathizing with the United States, but we do not want the same thing repeating here

    —-Vladimir Putin, June 16, 2021

    https://www.reuters.com/world/putin-laments-us-handling-capitol-storming-blm-related-disorder-2021-06-16/

    Putin’s comments, there, were in response to a question about why he was imprisoning his political opponents. His answer is not about how the United States government should support the insurrectionists of January 6. He’s saying that, just like in the United States, Russia sometimes needs to do necessary things–like arrest and shoot unarmed protesters.

    Putin wasn’t highlighting the hypocrisy of the United States in some kind of false equivalency. He was citing the arrest of protesters and the shooting of Ashli Babbitt as proof that sometimes arresting protesters and shooting them is justifiable and necessary. In other words, Putin was emulating the same kinds of justifications and rationalizations that progressives have been offering us for the shooting of Ashli Babbitt since she was shot.

    We’ve always known that progressivism is inherently authoritarian, and seeing an authoritarian like Putin use the progressives’ rationalizations makes a ton of sense. Because progressives haven’t yet been able to fully implement their awful policies, doesn’t mean that we can’t clearly see where their ideology is leading. And their ideological hostility to individual rights leaves no doubt about whether it’s alright to shoot unarmed protesters like Ashli Babbitt. It’s a central aspect of what makes progressives America’s most horrible people.

    1. That has been the exact defense people like Jeff and DoL have used in supporting the murder of Ashley babbitt. They ignore the fact that it was generally a protest and apllaud the government for her murder. To them disrupting or protesting a government entity they support was the violation, not the ability to protest ones government.

      On the other hand they accept the violence and condemn cops for using smoke to clear out protesters committing arson. It is strange the mental gymnastics they freely and without shame take.

      1. Sometimes it’s necessary to shoot unarmed protesters!

        If you don’t, there’s chaos. Do you want chaos?

        Well DO YA?!

        1. So, are you saying you don’t think January 6th invasions of the Capitol had any chaotic aspects?

          1. What invasion?

            1. The funny thing about a particular group of people calling it that is that they will lose their ability to protest inside of the capitol too. Like they did during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The fact that they behaved better will be irrelevant.

              1. Seriously, read the revolver article.
                The stuff they are accused of doing and saying, regardless of if it was FBI undercovers or not, is extremely mild relative to leftist statements and actions.

              2. Yes, that may be so.

                1. The insurrection/invasion narrative is not only false, it’s also hurting their side in the long run. But liberals are really bad at forward thinking.

                  1. It was an invasion.

                    1. Like Hilter’s run into France?

                      You obviously don’t know what an actual invasion is.

                    2. Curious, do you call the protests during Kavanuagh’s hearing an invasion? The protestors were seeking to prevent Congress’s constitutional duty with respect to SCOTUS appointments.

                    3. Mike
                      You’re full of shit.
                      Oh, and muting me is analogous to the infantile practice of sticking your fingers in your ears; exactly as expected from lying lefty assholes like you.

                    4. “Curious, do you call the protests during Kavanuagh’s hearing an invasion? The protestors were seeking to prevent Congress’s constitutional duty with respect to SCOTUS appointments.”

                      You don’t expect a lying pile of lefty shit like WK to show any degree of honesty, do you?

                    5. Interesting, no answer from Dee. Seems like she’s ignored this question before, too.

                    6. Obviously not. It was an invasion of a building, not a country.

                      That was one of the weirdest Godwin’s things ever.

                    7. “Kavanuagh’s hearing”

                      Like I’ve said before, if that’s supposed to be a gotcha because you think I’m a liberal, I’m not.

                      Muting you now, as it is becoming obvious you don’t know how to separate conversation about ideas from ad hominems.

          2. Mike Laursen
            “…January 6th invasions…”

            TDS-addled asshole can’t spell “protest”, or is too stupid to understand.
            Both, come to think of it.

      2. Biden was smart not to be there to face Putin’s answers. What could Joe Biden possibly say about Ashli Babbitt to make the situation better?

        Condoning the shooting wouldn’t work. Condemning it wouldn’t work either. If he’d been there to counter Putin, his best response might have been to fall asleep or feign being deaf.

        1. That crazy bitch got herself killed crawling through that window like a god damn zombie. I probably would have just kicked her in the face but I wasn’t there and hindsight and all.

          1. Yes, maybe that’s why Biden should have been there–so he could say that!

          2. “That crazy bitch got herself killed crawling through that window like a god damn zombie.”

            Lefty asshole defends murdering unarmed protester.
            Is it any wonder you’re held in such contempt here, you pathetic excuse for a human being?

            1. “”“That crazy bitch got herself killed crawling through that window like a god damn zombie.””

              Are you from Texas?

              1. That should have been under Strazele’s post.

          3. You would have pissed your diapers if you saw her, lard ass strudel.

          4. You’re the second commenter I’m muting after the sqirlzy lunatic. You are subhuman.

            1. For Strazzle

        2. The best response would have been for him to say that he regrets that Ashli Babbitt was taken in by conspiracy theories.

          1. Blame the victim?

            1. Congress and the Vice President were the victims in this scenario. Ashli Babbitt was one of the perpetrators.

              1. Yeah the vikings are a feirce warrior people. They can over throw the entire government without any weapons!

              2. What specifically was her act of violence? Being in the front of a mob? And why just shoot her. There were other people in front too.

                If cops opened fired on looters would your really say that got what they deserved? Not saying you support the looters actions. But would you feel the cops were justified?

                I in no way support the riot on Jan 6. But I can acknowledge that the shooting was not warranted.

                1. I’m not going to critique the decisions that the police guarding the Speaker’s Lobby door made in that moment. You can clearly see that at the moment she was shot, she was in front of a mob that were trying to break into the Speaker’s Lobby, and she was trying to crawl through the window.

                  “If cops opened fired on looters would your really say that got what they deserved?” Yes.

                  1. “”You can clearly see that at the moment she was shot, she was in front of a mob that were trying to break into the Speaker’s Lobby, and she was trying to crawl through the window.””

                    Not a death penalty offense.

                    “”“If cops opened fired on looters would your really say that got what they deserved?” Yes.””

                    As someone who is liberatrianish, I would say no. An officer can only fire when their or some’s life is in actual jeopardy. Not perceived jeopardy such as I thought the phone was a gun, but actual jeopardy.

                    I never considered you to be such a boot licker. Perhaps I was wrong.

                    1. I disagree with your standard. And I don’t see how it is boot licking to support the people guarding Congress from a violent mob trying to disrupt the peaceful transition of Presidential administrations in our American democracy.

                    2. “…And I don’t see how it is boot licking to support the people guarding Congress from a violent mob trying to disrupt the peaceful transition of Presidential administrations in our American democracy.”

                      I’ve pointed this out many times, and those with an IQ sufficient to warm a room get it; lying piles of lefty shit are either too stupid to get it or they ignore it:
                      If you are to claim to prevent someone from doing a thing, they must have some reasonable chance of doing that thing.
                      The protesters had zero chance of affecting the peaceful transition to a new POTUS; it takes a practiced level of stupid to claim otherwise.
                      TDS-addled asshole ML might just as well claim they were going to teach pigs to fly and shit on Pelosi, and arrest them for that.

                    3. It’s boot licking when you support authority killing people when they shouldn’t be.

                    4. Btw, I’m not saying that just because of your stance on Jan 6, but because of your low bar on when an officer can kill someone.

                    5. “”The protesters had zero chance of affecting the peaceful transition to a new POTUS;””

                      This is what some people do not understand.

                    6. Boot licking is the entirety of white Mike’s philosophy.

                  2. How about the criminals attacking Kemosha Kyle who were enraged he kept a burning dumpster drom igniting gas pumps and killing dozens.

                    Did they get what they deserved? I seem to remember a different take from you

                  3. “I’m not going to critique the decisions that the police guarding the Speaker’s Lobby door made in that moment.”

                    Is this a consistent stance by you?

                    I am betting you critiqued the decision by, say, Derek Chauvin. Facing more dangerous circumstances.

                    1. Not a comparable scenario at all.

              3. “Congress and the Vice President were the victims in this scenario.”

                You’ve already proven your stupidity, but you’re also:
                Full.
                Of.
                Shit.

              4. Yeah AOC practically got raped. By Republicans. They all want to rape her.

            2. She shouldn’t have dressed like that – – – – –

    2. Ashli Babbit was at the front of a violent mob, in the middle of the act of trying to break into the Speaker’s Lobby with apparent intent to harm Congress members and staff, Vice President Pence, and their guests. No amount of dismissiveness or whitewashing changes that truth.

      1. She was also an unarmed protester on public property. If an unarmed protester had been shot by police at some other mostly peaceful protest last summer, what do you think the fallout would have been?

        1. You know, ex post facto, that the mob was unarmed. The people guarding the Speaker’s Lobby did not have that knowledge.

          “If an unarmed protester had been shot by police at some other mostly peaceful protest last summer, what do you think the fallout would have been?”

          I assume you asked this because you think that I am a liberal who supports or looks the other way regarding violence that occurred in protests last summer. That is a wrong assumption on your part.

          1. Btw, if you want to jump on the belief that cops can pull a trigger any time they FEEL unsafe, go for it. It justifies almost every unjustified shooting.

            1. It wasn’t just a matter of whether the cops felt unsafe or not. They were guarding Congress and the Vice President, while they were performing one of the most important acts in our democracy.

              1. I’ve done a lot of guard duty when I was in the Marines. We had very strict rules of engagement. Shooting someone just because they were in front of a mob would have got me in big trouble.

                1. This wasn’t the Marines and they were not guarding a Marine base.

                  1. Wooosh

                  2. btw, I wasn’t guarding a Marine base. I was guarding nuclear warheads and the birds they sit on.

              2. “It wasn’t just a matter of whether the cops felt unsafe or not. They were guarding Congress and the Vice President, while they were performing one of the most important acts in our democracy.”

                OBL’s got some serious competition here!

          2. “You know, ex post facto, that the mob was unarmed. The people guarding the Speaker’s Lobby did not have that knowledge.”

            Now do one of several black guys killed over the last year, you contemptible excuse for humanity.

      2. Mike Laursen is at the front of a violent mob, today and every day, with the apparent intent to harm all of us. No amount of dismissiveness or sophistry changes that truth.
        Time for a reckoning.

      3. “”with apparent intent to harm Congress members and staff, Vice President Pence, and their guests.”””

        Hey we have a mind reader.

        1. At least he acknowledged that he should be shot on sight.

        2. Well, they planned to whip them with the ny-ties! Do I have to connect the dots for you?

  19. Harvard Housing Researchers Confirm That Supply and Demand Are Real

    I trust they had the decency to resign before their tenure was revoked.

  20. Like I’ve said here, CRT is just Manifest Destiny with a new name. I was taught about it and still prefer Western Civilization over others.

    1. This was stupid when Jeff said it. The fact you stewed on it and agreed with the premise 2 weeks later is just retarded.

      1. No, I first said it. Jeff agreed though.

        Why do you hate Western Civilization?

        1. Fuck off and die, turd.

  21. NBC news is unintentionally hilarious in the bolded statement below.

    “Biden told reporters that he didn’t threaten Putin directly but instead outlined 16 areas of “critical infrastructure” that he views as “off limits” to cyber or physical attack. In effect, Biden was drawing a line around them and warning Putin that he would be accountable if Russians — the government or independent entities — abrogated that line.

    “I pointed out to him we have significant cyber capability, and he knows it,” Biden said. “He doesn’t know exactly what it is, but it’s significant. And if, in fact, they violate these basic norms, we will respond … in a cyber way.”

    Biden wasn’t asked whether that means he has just created a rule allowing Russian hackers to attack other targets without fear of U.S. reprisal.

    —-NBC News

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-drew-the-line-on-putin-now-its-the-russians-move/ar-AAL8CgT

    1. Yes, when Biden drew his stupid red line, he told Putin exactly where he should be free to hit us with cyber attacks. The implication is that Putin can now hit us anywhere outside of those 16 areas without fear of retaliation. That’s a boneheaded move by itself!

      Biden also set himself up for a ridiculous embarrassment if the Russians, for instance, come after our energy infrastructure in spite of Biden’s threats and force an energy crisis, like the one we had in Texas. What if like Obama’s stupid red line in Syria, Putin’s cyber army comes after American infrastructure anyway? What is Biden threatening to do–shut the power off in Moscow in the middle of winter?

      Biden might have done better to threaten further sanctions. I can see them hitting a research facility like Mossad does with Iran’s nuclear facilities, but retaliating against Russia’s infrastructure with cyber attacks of our own is not something Biden will actually do. At Biden’s insistence, Putin will get a strongly worded letter from our European allies–along with their latest payment to Russia for their energy bill.

      1. Let’s see. So, Biden didn’t say a word about what the U.S. policy is in regards to cyber attacks on non-U.S. targets. Yet you filled in the blanks with no evidence. Let’s see — that would be a non-sequitur fallacy.

        1. Do you practice ‘misunderstanding’, or are you simply stupid enough so you can do it ad hoc?

  22. Lumber Prices Are Falling Fast, Turning Hoarders Into Sellers
    Prices have dropped from record highs, spurred by the economic reopening and potentially pointing to an eventual return to normalcy

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/lumber-prices-are-falling-fast-turning-hoarders-into-sellers-11623749401

    INFLATION IS A COMIN’ BOYS! RUN FER YER BUNKERS!

    1. Futures for July delivery ended Tuesday at $1,009.90 per thousand board feet, down 41% from the record of $1,711.20 reached in early May. Futures have declined 14 of the past 16 trading days.

      Cash lumber prices are also crashing. Pricing service Random Lengths said Friday that its framing composite index, which tracks on-the-spot sales, dropped $122 to $1,324, its biggest ever weekly decline. The pullback came just six weeks after the index rose $124 during the first week of May, its most on record. Random Lengths described a chaotic rout in which sawmill managers struggled to provide customers with price quotes. It said late Tuesday that its index had dropped another $114, to $1,210.

      Wall St Journal

      What? Wingnut.com says inflation is out of control!

      1. Fuck off and die, turd.

      2. Checks 10-year prices. This latest spike was thrice it’s pre-COVID peak in 2018 but you’re right, nothing to worry about here.

        1. If turd couldn’t pick cherries, he couldn’t make a living.

    2. Build back better. But bring a few wheelbarrows of cash to pay for the lumber.

      Dump a couple of trillion bucks on the economy just as it is reopening, get that fire going good. What we need right now is a return to the good old days of the 1970s.

  23. Oh. That explains the inflation in every non lumber related industry.

    1. Meant for the child rapISt SPB

  24. “These pandemic-era trends pushing up the costs of homeownership are made worse by America’s long-running failure to build enough new housing to keep up with demand.”

    Idiot statement.

    Smart phone prices have increased, and are more than I want to pay. So have prices for many consumer goods. Does this mean that “America” has failed to produce enough of these things? Since when am I entitled to buy anything I want–at a price that I want to pay?

    1. Preach it.

      America doesn’t build new housing. Homebuilders build new housing. It is, and should be, a private market– and it doesn’t have any state villain or require any state hero.

      Cities may enact rolls of housing red tape, and yeah I think that’s incredibly stupid, but if it’s what cities want, fine. The price is the price.

      Don’t take the state to task over costs– they’re not driven by costs and don’t understand them.

      Take them to task over property rights. Rights are what they’re there to preserve and protect, and they’re doing a shitty job.

      1. Except housing prices are driven by mortgage rates, and mortgage rates are being suppressed by the Fed buying up mortgage backed securities and US Treasury bonds. So yeah, the state (national government) is to blame for the high prices.

      2. “Homebuilders build new housing.”

        Largely true, but government is traditionally in charge of several areas that can limit the amount of housing that can be built: infrastructure such as roads, sewers and treatment plants, water supply, public schools.

        1. “” infrastructure such as roads, sewers and treatment plants, water supply, public schools.””

          We built houses before those things existed.

          Your first world privileges is showing.

          1. Yeah, I guess so. Call me crazy for wanting my neighborhood to have sewers.

            1. No, we’ll just call you the lying piece of lefty shit which you are.

            2. No, not crazy for wanting them. I get that.
              But a lot of houses have septic tanks. The lack of public sewers does not really limit home building as suggested.

              1. Yes, some number of houses could be built with septic tanks instead of sewers. I imagine that would put limits on possible density.

                1. Only if you move the goal post. You can have a house next to a house and they can both have septic tanks.

                  NYC had very dense population without septic tanks or sewers.
                  Albeit the streets didn’t smell nice. But the lack of did not affect density. And sure we can applaud the change to a sewer system. That doesn’t change the argument.

                  1. A significant portion of NYC only recently got sewers. The lack thereof didn’t really limit much; free land was basically gone by the time the initial build out completed.

                    https://cooper.edu/about/staten-island-bluebelt-study-sustainable-water-management

            3. BTW, in many jurisdictions, the developer is on the hook for all that, back to the original Leviton, but we wouldn’t expect lying pieces of lefty shit to bother with “facts”.

      3. “”Don’t take the state to task over costs– they’re not driven by costs and don’t understand them.””

        Regulations like environmental impact studies, support of unions. The state definitely plays a role in driving costs up. It’s why you can’t build a small public bathroom in NYC for under 2.3 million.

  25. Former President Donald Trump blasted Biden’s performance during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

    I didn’t even know Trump was meeting with Putin! You would think the media would make a big deal out of this since it bolsters the argument that Trump is Putin’s puppet and why would the ex-President be meeting with Putin?

    Unless you meant to say that Trump blasted Biden’s performance during Biden’s meeting with Putin, in which case I’m still confused because I have heard nothing about any such meeting. Did it go well? Did Biden challenge Putin to a push-up contest? Did he sell Alaska back to the Russians for $7.2 million? Did he get confused about who he was meeting with and ask Putin how Emperor Frederick was doing? Most importantly, what did Joe think of the ice cream selection? What flavor did he have? Was it Russian ice cream or did Joe bring his own supply of Cold Stone Creamery? Did he have a waffle cone or a cake cone? One scoop or two? So many questions about the ice cream!

    1. I think Biden gave Putin a pair of sunglasses and bragged about doing his homework afterward.

      1. He also wandered into a cafe looking confused, called “Syria” “Lybia”, and was openly laughed at multiple times.

  26. Federal Reserve officials are starting to change their tune on inflation.

    No, they aren’t. Everyone in the press wants to say they are because it sells more advertising. But there is absolutely no news in what the Fed is doing, has been doing for a year, or will be doing for at least the next year. Stop trying to read the entrails.

    1. Their tune right now is you can loan the government your money at 1.5% interest for 10 years while inflation is at 5% and rising.

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      1. And ShopRite pays better than that these days.

  28. Housing prices are affected by supply and demand, but what really drives them is mortgage rates. And mortgage rates are being held far below market rates by the Fed buying 40 billion dollars in mortgage backed securities every month, in addition to 80 billion dollars in US Treasury notes and bonds, which also help determine the mortgage rates.

    With inflation at 5% or so, who in their right mind would loan someone 600K at 1.75% interest?

  29. Well I looked it up and apparently Biden did have a meeting with Putin but the main item I found about the meeting was that some mouthy bitch asked Biden a question and he had to threaten to smack the shit out of her for her insolence. How dare she? Doesn’t she know Joe Biden is the Scranton Strangler, the Delaware Destroyer, the Wilmington Wild Man? You don’t dare question him, you shouldn’t even speak to him. He once beat the shit out of the notorious Corn Pop, the most dangerous man on the whole of the East Coast, he damn sure ain’t afraid of a pesky reporter. Fortunately for her, five Secret Service agents were able to restrain Joe from going after her and they were able to rush in a six-year old girl from backstage to calm Joe down by stroking his leg hair. But it was a close thing, a reminder of just how dangerous Joe Biden is. He’s like a marmoset or a sugar glider or something, looks all cute and cuddly but if you try to pet him, BAM!, the claws and the fangs come out and he’ll rip your throat right out before you can even blink.

    1. Heh

  30. https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/06/15/jon-stewart-faces-online-pushback-after-going-all-in-on-covid-19-lab-leak-theory/?sh=5198a8e47cc3

    Sad to see the absolute decline of Colbert. He has always hated the right and loved making fun of them (and often did a good job), but I think Trump broke him. He is now so encased in leftist talking points that he couldn’t even join in with Jon in having some fun about the lab leak theory. He looked so uncomfortable.

    But from fawning over Fauci, to acting like the lab leak is Qanon level stuff, to just being such a left wing shill now, he has forgotten how to be funny (this is why woke comedians are completely unwatchable). You have to be able to make fun of yourself, and your tribe. But he is so tribalized from 4 years of Trump, and so scared of the meanies on leftwing twitter, he is beyond saving. To think he took letterman’s show and turned it into the most unwatchable late night program. Sad

    1. https://twitter.com/TheRitaMoreno/status/1405322954062376964?s=19

      I’m incredibly disappointed with myself. While making a statement in defense of Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Colbert Show last night, I was clearly dismissive of black lives that matter in our Latin community. It is so easy to forget how celebration for some is lament for others.

      In addition to applauding Lin for his wonderful movie version of In The Heights, let me add my appreciation for his sensitivity and resolve to be more inclusive of the Afro-Latino community going forward. See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks – RITA

    2. When was colbert funny?

      1. About the time Jon Stewart was; call it the late neolithic. Long before I was born.

      2. the first couple years he played a fake correspondent on the Daily Show. Before it all went full blown Dem-Lefty.

      3. What comedians do you find funny? There sure as shit aren’t any funny right wing comedians.

  31. “Press freedom advocates expressed shock and dismay at the raid.”

    If true, they would express shock at the sun rising in the east.

  32. I look forward to housing joining food and energy as being “out of the basket”.

    It seems the dems tame inflation by taking whatever is getting more expensive out of the calculation, and getting the ‘nonpartisan’ fed to go along with the gag.

  33. “The House of Representatives passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.”

    I can’t comment any better than the Bee
    https://babylonbee.com/news/congress-passes-law-to-recognize-juneteenth-the-day-republicans-freed-all-the-democrats-slaves

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  35. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1405557521536987139?s=19

    JUST IN – Scientists did not come forward sooner to back the Wuhan lab theory because “at the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins.” (NBC)

  36. It is not too difficult to understand that if a virus breaks out in a town that has a virus research lab, the idea that the virus came from the lab is within the realm of possibility. Not to say it’s true, but it is possible.

    Some people acted like is wasn’t possible.

    1. Some people only want it to be true so they can be racist and say Donald Trump was right.

      If those people could kindly shut the fuck up for 5 minutes the rest of us could investigate and understand the real world we actually live in without having to worry about a rise in hate crimes.

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