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50 Years Into the War on Drugs, Drugs Are Winning

Plus: The federal government gets a jump-start on celebrating Juneteenth, the masks come off in California, and more...

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We're now 50 years into the war on drugs, and drugs continue to post their Ws. On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared that "public enemy number one is drug abuse."

"In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive," the president said at the time, announcing more funding for anti-drug efforts, the creation of a new anti-drug organization within the White House, and calling for "the American people [to] all join in" on the fight.

Decades later, most people seem to have switched sides in this conflict. Some 60 percent of Americans said they support the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in an April 2021 poll conducted by Pew Research Center.

Gallup found an even higher 68 percent of people supported marijuana legalization in a November 2020 poll. That's up from about 16 percent in 1971.

Nixon stressed in his remarks 50 years ago that the fight against drugs needed to be bipartisan. Today, members of both political parties are increasingly willing to live and let live. That Pew poll found 47 percent of Republicans support the legalization of recreational marijuana, alongside 72 percent of Democrats.

The shift in public opinion has been complemented by the slow rollback of drug prohibition in the states.

Just yesterday, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. Once Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signs it into law, the Constitution State will become the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

As of early April, about 138 million Americans live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, according to U.S. News and World Report.

And while the increasingly widespread legalization of marijuana is the most obvious sign of drug prohibition on retreat, there's also been progress in liberalizing the law's treatment of other substances, too.

On Thursday, the Maine House of Representatives approved a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of all drugs. That legislation is modeled off a similar law approved by Oregon voters in 2020. That same year, Oregon voters also approved a ballot initiative that legalized psychedelic mushrooms.

Other cities, from Denver to Washington, D.C., have passed measures decriminalizing mushrooms or deprioritizing enforcement of their prohibition.

Of course, it's not all good news when it comes to ending the war on drugs. Plenty of people still remain incarcerated for possessing or selling illicit substances. Millions more have had their lives upended by a drug arrest or conviction.

And even though marijuana policy might be getting better across the country, that progress has been counteracted by the federal government's crackdown on opioids, which has deprived patients of needed pain medicine and led to a massive rise in fatal drug overdoses.

That aside, there's still plenty for supporters of drug legalization to cheer.


FREE MINDS

President Joe Biden signed a bill yesterday making June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. Zuri Davis explained the history and importance of the day for Reason in 2019:

Juneteenth, America's other day of independence, is celebrated by black Americans in commemoration of the day the last of the slaves heard the news of the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, two years after the proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger led 20,000 troops to Galveston, Texas, and read from Order No. 3. Jubilation followed, and the day lives on as a joyful memory of a moment when the nation's founding ideals were finally applied to black Americans.

The bipartisan bill Biden signed establishes June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day (not to be confused with the other Independence Day on July 4). The legislation passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate. Only 14 members of the House voted against creating the holiday.

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R–Mont.), one of the new holiday's few detractors, took to Twitter to explain his opposition to commemorating the end of slavery.

Thanks, Matt.

On the flip side, federal employees were so eager for the new holiday that they preemptively gave themselves June 18 off, despite the fact that Juneteenth is not a floating holiday and falls on a Saturday this year.

That's a little ironic given that the original Juneteenth wouldn't have happened if federal employees hadn't shown up to work. Nevertheless, the official creation of a new holiday to celebrate the end of slavery kicking off a one-day government shutdown feels like a win for libertarians.


FREE MARKETS

California's post-pandemic reopening is continuing apace. The state's top workplace safety regulator announced that vaccinated employees no longer need to wear masks. The San Francisco Chronicle has the details:

The standards board for the California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, voted 5-1 Thursday to replace stricter rules in effect since November to stop the spread of the virus in work settings. Those rules included strict masking and physical distancing, among other requirements. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Thursday that allows the rules to be implemented as soon as they are filed with the California secretary of state. Normally there would be a 10-day review period before the rules become active.

The new standards dictate that unvaccinated employees have to keep their masks on indoors, in line with state health department and federal recommendations. Those who haven't received the shots can also request N95 masks from their employers to reduce the chance of being infected with the virus.

Earlier this week, Newsom lifted all capacity restrictions on businesses statewide.


QUICK HITS

• Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes the U.S. media for their unfair portrayal of Biden.

• A reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, live-tweeted an incredible feat of strength and endurance:

• Los Angeles County is considering an ordinance to ban the feeding of peacocks, which have apparently become a nuisance in some neighborhoods.

• The European Union is recommending its member states lift their ban on nonessential travel from the U.S.

• A national "right-to-repair" bill has been introduced in Congress, reports Vice. See Reason's video on the topic from 2018.

• A graduate student tried to correct a misleading COVID-19 narrative. Rebekah Jones tried to ruin his career for it, the National Review reports.

• Porn production appears to be a felony now in Texas:

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158 responses to “50 Years Into the War on Drugs, Drugs Are Winning

  1. We’re now 50 years into the war on drugs, and drugs continue to post their Ws.

    But only with the help of free will and human ingenuity.

    1. go, drugs!

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    2. The drug war is over. Drugs won.

      Now waiting for the Drug War Crimes Tribunal, to.be erected in an open field outside Nuremberg, PA.

      Twenty woodchippers, no waiting.

  2. …calling for “the American people [to] all join in” on the fight.

    Against themselves.

    1. I join in the war on drugs four, maybe five times a day! I’m doing my part to make sure drugs don’t fall into the hands of children!

    2. I blame Steppenwolf. John Kay said “If I was the president of this land, I’d declare total war on the pusher man” and, obviously, Nixon agreed.

      1. Goddamn I say goddamn the pusher man

        1. Goddamn

  3. Yet another article from the N@tional Pul$e eaten by the Reason squirrels

    ‘I’m Ready To F**K S**T Up’ – Stunning Georgia Election Docs Reveal Discrepancies, Flaws, Lies, And Human Error

    At one point in the document the real-time auditor reveals a temporary staffing agency Happy Faces was being used to supply counting staff. A pair were overheard in an elevator, where one asked if the other was “ready for a long night,” to which the second replied, “Yeah. I’m ready to fuck shit up.”

    The auditor notes: “What is Happy Faces doing to vet the people who they are sending to make sure that they are not sending in people who do actually want to ‘f*ck sh*t up?”

    The document, below, also reveals a string of “chain of custody” issues surrounding ballots and the integrity of their transportation, as well as issues surrounding transparency, lack of access for Republican Party monitors, and incompetent election officials.

    1. https://uncoverdc.com/2021/06/17/fulton-county-early-election-hiring-implicates-stacey-abrams/

      Evidence was presented at the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) hearing on June 16, indicating that Stacey Abrams “financed the main contractor used in Fulton County elections during the Nov 3rd poll and the Jan 5th U.S. Senate runoff,” according to CDMedia.

    2. I added a link below to some of the state auditor report leaked to Just for News. Some stunning items in it.

    3. The expression FSU does not mean, “make lots of mistakes,” it means (metaphorically), “kick some ass.”

      1. Sounds professional either way.

  4. Nixon stressed in his remarks 50 years ago that the fight against drugs needed to be bipartisan. Today, members of both political parties are increasingly willing to live and let live.

    President Biden was only a young man of 28 when this war started, and served and continues to serve bravely on one side.

    1. He’s like those Japanese soldiers on distant islands that didn’t know the war was over and that their side lost.

      1. Apt analogy considering it’s suspect whether or not he’s aware of current events.

        1. Or whether he’s a Japanese soldier or not.

          1. You’re a dogfaced pony Japanese soldier.

  5. Hunter Biden’s art to sell as high as $500K and the buyers will be kept ‘confidential’
    Hunter Biden’s art dealer says ‘sales are always confidential to protect the privacy of the collector’
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/hunter-biden-art-selling-500k

    President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has taken a turn into artistry and the first paintings he’s selling are going for as high as $500,000.

    The first son’s first foray into the art world has seen his pieces picked up by art dealer Georges Berges, who has priced the younger Biden’s artwork between $75,000 and $500,000 depending on the size and scope of the collage artwork.

    That’s a pretty big haul when compared to other artists’ first sales. In fact, Biden’s pieces are worth more off the bat than a piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat that sold for $20,900 in 1984 – $53,770.96 in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation.

    “I don’t paint from emotion or feeling, which I think are both very ephemeral,” Biden told artnet on Monday. “For me, painting is much more about kind of trying to bring forth what is, I think, the universal truth.”

    Biden’s dealer Berges – who represents Sylvester Stallone and was reportedly arrested in California for assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats – plans to promote the art through a private viewing in Los Angeles and an exhibition in New York in the fall later this year.

    1. Hunter Biden called Asians ‘yellow’ in text exchange with cousin
      https://nypost.com/2021/06/16/hunter-biden-called-asians-yellow-in-text-exchange-with-cousin/

      First son Hunter Biden used the racial slur “yellow” to refer to Asian women in a January 2019 text message to cousin Caroline Biden about getting fixed up with someone, according to a new report.

      The Jan. 26, 2019, conversation was preserved on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop and was first reported by DailyMail.com.

      In a screenshot posted by the outlet, Caroline — the daughter of President Biden’s brother James — suggests setting Hunter up with one of her friends.

      “Do you want foreign or domestic,” she asks at one point before adding: “I can’t give you f—ing Asian sorry. I’m not doing it.”

      The next two messages from Hunter read: “Domesticated foreigner” and “Is fine.” The next message reads: “No yellow.”

    2. Well, it is already established that Hunter is an exceptional man, worth millions more as an oil executive than any other person, even if that person has actual experience in the field.

      1. Soldier, energy expert, investment prodigy, author, iconic artist

        The Da Vinci of his time

    3. Open air money laundering. Gives me an idea.

    4. Painting to be displayed in the John Wayne Gacy art studio.

  6. Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes the U.S. media for their unfair portrayal of Biden.

    “He’s a good guy. Tremendous leader. And the Fake News has treated him very badly. Very badly. Sad.”

  7. 2011, when you were allowed to say this

    Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI ‘entrapment’ questioned
    This article is more than 9 years old
    Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots

    But the issue is one that stretches far beyond Newburgh. Critics say the FBI is running a sting operation across America, targeting – to a large extent – the Muslim community by luring people into fake terror plots. FBI bureaux send informants to trawl through Muslim communities, hang out in mosques and community centres, and talk of radical Islam in order to identify possible targets sympathetic to such ideals. Or they will respond to the most bizarre of tip-offs, including, in one case, a man who claimed to have seen terror chief Ayman al-Zawahiri living in northern California in the late 1990s.

    That tipster was quickly hired as a well-paid informant. If suitable suspects are identified, FBI agents then run a sting, often creating a fake terror plot in which it helps supply weapons and targets. Then, dramatic arrests are made, press conferences held and lengthy convictions secured.

    1. There isn’t a single terror plot that they’ve stopped in the last 20 years that wasn’t a glow-op that they incited.

      1. this RRWP, this is something the FBI was doing to the civil rights movements in the 60/70’s then doing it to Militias in the 80/90’s then muslims after 9/11 and now back to “Racist”. the FBI is well practiced in initiating riots and terrorist actions that would have never happened without the FBI’s help. I’m even wondering how much the FBI has been involved in inciting the BLM/antifa riots. The evils of the FBI are well documented and I’ve never been a believer in their involvement in the Kennedy assinations but now I think they probably were based on their actions of late. the FBI is America’s KGB

        1. It’s like the ghost of Hoover is still running the place. Probably a lot more dress wearing going on nowadays though.

        2. The Secret Service at least was involved in the cover-up after one of their number accidentally popped Kennedy in the skull while preparing to return fire at the shooter who was aiming at Connally.

    2. Just gotta remark, pluralizing “bureau” the French way is over the top — although it might be enough to keep me from adopting “indexes” for a while.

  8. Los Angeles County is considering an ordinance to ban the feeding of peacocks, which have apparently become a nuisance in some neighborhoods.

    Only if you think having your own personal pride parade on your front lawn is a nuisance.

    1. You can just eat them.

      1. thats probably illegal in LA. Peacocks are nusance they shit everywhere they tear up cars and they will destroy roofs of houses and they are noisy

        1. Are they just running lose everywhere? What the hell.

          1. Yes they are. In the Palos verdes area they are everywhere

            1. Opposite coast, but I’ve been held up multiple times by a… ostentation/muster/pride/party… of peafowl hanging out in the middle of the road.

              1. Some geese wandered across the road in front of me the other day like they had nothing to fear from an 80k lbs truck.

                Air horn disabused them of that notion real fast.

      2. There were feral peafowl around when I bought my house. No season, no limits. Prepare like large pheasant.

        1. a .410 does the job?

          1. Yes, at reasonable ranges. I just sniped them with a 10-22.

            1. I used a pellet gun. Got hit them in the head

    2. NBC hardest hit.

  9. If the govt can’t ban guns, it will finance the takeover of all housing by corporations who just won’t allow guns on ‘their’ property.

    Thank you, Reason.

    America Should Become a Nation of Renters
    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-17/america-should-become-a-nation-of-renters

    …As institutional investors increasingly enter the housing market, however, the incentives begin to shift. Large investors can expand or redevelop their properties themselves, because they benefit from a greater number of overall tenants, even if rents themselves dip….

    …The U.S. is not quite there yet, and not just because too many people are chasing too few apartments. To see the U.S. as a nation of renters requires a revision of the American dream of homeownership. This country was always more about new frontiers than comfortable settlements, anyway.

    1. Bloomberg is as Left as they come.

      That being said, homeownership is stupidly expensive. You really need to value your privacy to own a single family. I say this being a homeowner for 20 years.

      1. Not sure I follow. I own multiple units. I make a profit on every one of them I rent. Not sure how being a homeowner is more expensive in totality than renting long term.

        1. Because you bought them in 2012 probably. Try paying the prices now and then try making a return on the rent payments, if you can collect them.

          1. last one I bought was 2016, personal homes. Yes, I’ve noticed my “valuations” have gone up ridiculous amount (almost more than 2008). But the comment is home ownership in general, not buying new now.

          2. It’s called equilibrium housing pricing, my friend. Prices fluxuate over time. I would also suggest looking outside of California and New York if you want affordable housing.

    2. LOL, boy they’ve really wrapped their arms around the World Economic Forum’s “you’ll own nothing, and be happy” agenda with the warmest of embraces.

      Who could have imagined that over a decade of “quantitative easing” and rock-bottom interest rates during an economic boom, encouragement of unlimited immigration, the lowest housing construction figures in decades, and a years-long exodus by Californians and New Yorkers sporting liquidity from the nation’s most expensive housing markets, could have resulted in skyrocketing housing prices?

      1. The quest to make us more like Europe continues. Leftists in the US don’t realize how little the average European actually owns.

        1. I think they do know. That’s the point.

    3. You can have my house when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of … my second amendment rights.

  10. The European Union is recommending its member states lift their ban on nonessential travel from the U.S.

    Speaking for the United States, I’m going to say no, that’s not necessary.

  11. More bad global covid news.

    COVID-19 cases surge in Africa, less than 0.8% of people fully vaccinated, say officials

    Tragic. So many vulnerable Black bodies.

    Fortunately we Koch / Reason libertarians have the answer. Since Biden delivered the vaccine and shut down the virus in the US like he promised, we should invite the entire population of Africa to immigrate to the US. They can get vaxxed, then stay and provide cost-effective labor for billionaire employers like Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch.

    #OpenBorders
    #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

  12. But mah private corporationz!!!

    https://twitter.com/Wizard_Predicts/status/1405707513119531009
    Twitter colludes with your government to censor your speech.

    @pnjaban
    and
    @RonColeman
    have the receipts!

    1. https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1405742834951491592

      California Democrats have access to a rapid response team at Twitter, which takes down tweets at the request of Democrats.

      1. Look, just because corporations and a major political party that happens to be in control of the federal government currently are colluding together doesn’t mean it is fascism… at least it won’t after the leftists get through rewriting the dictionary and wiki.

    2. So stop using their service.

      1. Yeah! Just because everyone else is unknowingly getting all of their information from partisan propaganda doesn’t mean you have to!

        There really can’t be any externalities from this situation… So what are you guys worried about!?!

        1. All you have to do to make problems go away is bury your head in the sand!

  13. A graduate student tried to correct a misleading COVID-19 narrative. Rebekah Jones tried to ruin his career for it…

    The nation has its foremost COVID scientist on the ‘Rona Attack Watch beat.

    1. According to the article, he’s not her first victim. She should be in prison.

    2. I read the whole NR article and she sounds psychotic. Some of the finer points:

      “Jones jumped into the viral twitter thread, not to argue about Taylor’s methodology, but to accuse him and his academic adviser of sexual harassment, thereby stifling the original tweet, which was putting his tracker on the map.”

      “Jones makes a habit of deleting past tweets before arguing that she had never sent them in the first place, the academic told Taylor. Reached for comment, Jones also denied defaming Taylor and his adviser.”

      “I know people who refuse to even be anonymously involved in conversations about her because they’re afraid she’ll harass them,”

      “Jones had been kicked out of the FSU program for having sex with an undergraduate and lying about her criminal record.”

      1. Leftists are psychotic, yes.

        1. She’s not leftist psychotic. She’s an actual psychopath. No empathy. An old school, narcissist personality disorder psychotic. The craziest of crazy chicks.

          You know, where being nutty goes way past happy go lucky, and just a moment before it hits stabby go crazy… that sounds like the state of all her relationships from what I read in that article.

          Matches up with how she works in the world, though. Narcissists love the attention, love feeling powerful, and now she has a way to get herself on television and wield her followers, which has got to feel good to someone like that.

      2. I bet she’s the most incredible fuck in the se…

  14. https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/1405630097583972354

    Did you ever think we would see so-called “reporters” like
    @BrandyZadrozny
    bemoaning FREEDOM OF INFORMATION and demanding the public only believes the official government line on everything?

    WATCH THIS state propagandist who sounds like a valley girl.

    1. https://twitter.com/Heritage/status/1405617437752664080

      Freedom of Information Act requests aren’t just for media elites. It’s pretty incredible that an NBC reporter thinks parents shouldn’t use them to get transparency.

      Especially to get information about schools pushing poisonous concepts like critical race theory on kids.

      1. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1405659379198836745

        CITIZENS: stop imposing “onerous” requests on state officials for information. And parents need to stop showing up at school board meetings with questions and concerns about what their kids are being taught.

        FOIA requests are only for employees of media corporations like Brandy.

    2. This will be Jeff’s new line of attack by next week. FOIA laws are exposing corrupt documents through asks for CRT based materials in schools. He will argue those laws need to be ended to stop the GOP and Conservatives from lying about CRT.

    3. LOL, that “The Right’s Fixation With Race” tagline on the MSNBC clip is the ultimate in projection and gaslighting. Talk about flipping the “Librulz R Da Reel Racists” meme on its head.

    4. I like how one of her complaints has that one of the groups using foia request was also trying to get rid of the drag queen Story Hour glad you can defend pedophiles

  15. Remember the couple from St. Louis that brandished guns at BLM . . . um . . . [enthusiasts] during the . . . uh . . . George Floyd inspired [festivals] last summer? Well, they pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.

    “Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.

    Mr. McCloskey, who announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, was unapologetic after the hearing . . . .

    “I’d do it again,” he said from the courthouse steps in downtown St. Louis. “Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family” . . . .

    Because the charges are misdemeanors, the McCloskeys don’t face the possibility of losing their law licenses and can continue to own firearms.

    —-WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/st-louis-couple-who-waved-guns-at-protesters-plead-guilty-to-misdemeanors-11623965535?

    1. True absolution can only come through contrition.

    2. It may or may not surprise you to hear that he’s running as a Republican. His campaign slogan is, “I will never back down”.

      https://www.mccloskeyforsenate.com/

      The fines they paid were less than it would have cost them to defend themselves in court, and there don’t appear to be any downsides to their pleas apart from the fines themselves. I don’t think he backed down at all.

      If he doesn’t win the primary as a Republican, you’d think he might run as a Libertarian. To win the Republican nomination, he needs to win against the ex-governor of Missouri, the current Attorney General of Missouri, and the Libertarian nominee for governor in 2020.

      That last one suggests he might have big competition winning the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate against someone who recently won the Libertarian nomination for Governor, but the real question is: Is the Missouri LP too woke to nominate someone who brandished a gun at a BLM festival?

      1. They were asked to give up their guns as well. Are you versed on if plea agreements with a court like this can trump future 2nd amendment rights?

      2. He would have lost in court because its legal to have guns and be on your own lawn with a gun until you start to point a gun at people that was their mistake. being lawyers they should have know that or maybe thats not his specialty

        1. The only gun that was pointed was by the wife. The gun at the time was inoperable, having its firing pin reversed to be used in a court as an exhibit. The law only penalized pointing of operable weapons.

          So no he wouldn’t have lost.

        2. It’s only a crime if a jury says so, and juries are like a box of chocolates.

          1. All brown?

            1. What am I, chopped liver?

      3. You know who else said “I won’t back down”?

        1. Tom Petty?

    3. Interesting. Shooting unarmed trespassers: some of the same commenters who say the McCloskey’s were totally justified are the same people who say Ashli Babbitt was an innocent who was murdered.

      1. Except in one case it was private homeowners defending their own property and they didn’t shoot anyone. In the other case it was agents of the state shooting an unarmed protestor on public property.

        1. “…and they didn’t shoot anyone” is irrelevant at the point someone is pointing a gun at someone else.

          1. Wow… You have truly hit rock bottom of idiocy.

          2. You.
            Are.
            Full.
            Of.
            Shit.

          3. Holy shit Dee. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t actually shoot anyone?

            I bet the people there that weren’t shot would beg to differ.

            1. I would not convict anyone, regardless of circumstances, of shooting white Mike.

        2. Ashli Babbitt was not shot because she was trespassing. She was shot because she was at the front of a violent mob with apparent intent to harm Congress members and Vice President Pence.

          1. You.
            Are.
            Full.
            Of.
            Shit.

          2. Why are all of your beliefs so reliant on unfound assumptions on your part? Fire extinguishers, bear spray, etc. You always rely on non facts to justify your beliefs.

          3. Mike Laursen is today and every day at the front of a violent mob with apparent intent to harm all Americans.

      2. They didn’t shoot anyone.

        1. Irrelevant once someone has pointed a gun at someone else.

          1. Really. You’re going to die on that hill. Pointing a gun at someone is the same as shooting them with it. So, every police officer ever who has approached a scene with their gun drawn – it’s irrelevant whether they shot anyone or not.

            Nevermind that the McCloskeys had a total of 1 gun among them and it was never pointed at anyone. The one the wife was holding was a replica for use in court. It’s still probably a crime – you know, like misdemeanor harassment (what she plead guilty to) – but it is by no stretch the same – or even in the same league – as shooting someone.

            1. Yup, stand by what I said. Pointing a gun at someone is initiating the escalation to firing it.

              1. 3rd user mute. You are just too silly to bother with.

                1. She’s a squawking bird named Dee.

      3. When did the McCloskey’s shoot someone?

  16. Yesterday, @GregAbbott_TX signed HB1540 into law, making it a FELONY in Texas to hire someone to have sex, either with you or another person.

    Don’t Sex with Mestas.

    1. That’s how he rolls.

    2. So here is the actual bill…

      https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1540/id/2320455

      I literally so nothing to the effect as described in that felony. The only things that changed were rules on human traficking, such as paying for someone when that person is under duress such as by withholding passports and such. Also stops targeting of people in a treatment center, like a youth home or rehabilitation center.

      I do not see the words in the linked tweet at all in the bill.

      1. Reason is nothing if not consistently dishonest

        1. They gotta actually read the bill they’re reporting on? C’mon man. Some guy on Twitter saved them the trouble.

  17. The state’s top workplace safety regulator announced that vaccinated employees no longer need to wear masks.

    SCIENCE.

    1. Any word on those immune from surviving the Communist Chinese Virus?
      Any word on those with breathing related medical issues that contraindicate wearing a “cloth face covering”?
      Any word on the US Constitution?
      Any word on John Galt?

  18. …Juneteenth is not a floating holiday and falls on a Saturday this year.

    Ouch for racial justice.

    1. I have only one objection to “Juneteenth”. That name is so fucking cringey, it takes away any dignity from the actual cause.

      You dont call Independence Day the “Jourth” or Cinco de Mayo “Mifth”. It is millenial cringe at its finest. Call it something that asks for respect.

      1. Would “June’Teenth” be better?

        1. Something that sounds like it wasn’t made up by a 13 year old girl would be a start.

          1. It’s been called that for decades.

      2. It’s not a millennial thing:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

        “By the 1890s, Jubilee Day had become known as Juneteenth.”

  19. https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/ga-investigators-election-day-notes-reveal-chaotic-unsecured-ballot

    The bombshell report, constructed like a minute-by-minute diary, cited a litany of high-risk problems such as the double-counting of votes, insecure storage of ballots, possible violations of voter privacy, the mysterious removal of election materials at a vote collection warehouse, and the suspicious movement of “too many” ballots on Election Day.

    “This seems like a massive chain of custody problem,” the contractor Carter Jones warned in the memo delivered by his firm Seven Hill Strategies to Raffensperger’s office shortly after the election.

    That glaring notation was written around 4:00 p.m. on Election Day, when Jones observed absentee ballots arriving at the county’s central absentee scanning center at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena “in rolling bins 2k at a time.”

    “It is my understanding is that the ballots are supposed to be moved in numbered, sealed boxes to protect them,” he wrote, noting these ballots weren’t.

    He also feared the flow of absentee ballots seemed too voluminous. “Too many ballots coming in for secure black ballot boxes,” he observed.

    …For instance, the Jones report touches on one of the more persistent unresolved mysteries surrounding Fulton County’s ballot processing operation, when officials at State Farm Arena appeared to order most election workers to go home at around 10:30 p.m. on election night, after which a skeleton crew continued to count ballots.

    “News reaches warehouse that Sec. Raffensperger ‘ripped’ Fulton just came through the wire (apparently someone asked about Fulton stopping scanning at 10:30 while every other county is still working and Sec. said ‘Fulton can’t get anything right’),” the notes read.

    Just before 11:30 p.m., Jones notes “confusion about whether or not they’re still scanning at State Farm bc there were reports that the staff there told the rest of the staff and press to leave, but I am still getting number reports.” Jones later arrives at State Farm Arena just before midnight and finds “staff are still scanning on all five scanners.”

    About twenty minutes later, Jones observes: “Order is starting to break down[.] Ralph newly re-scanned some ballots that had already been processed by Shaye.”

    That was not the only instance in which Jones claims to have witnessed potential double-scanning of ballots. Observing counting on the second day after the election, Jones wrote of a machine that had “shut down because it was causing more problems than it was solving.”

    1. But not a suitcase, so debunked.

  20. How Unite Here Turned the West’s Biggest Red State Blue
    https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/unite-here-arizona/

    In the days after the November election, with most of the networks declaring the result still too close to call, Minato and her team worked on vital vote-curing efforts, following up with people whose ballots were at risk of being discarded because they had filled out a line incorrectly or had a signature on the form that didn’t quite match the one in the county’s files. Gomez says that he helped 10 voters cure their ballots. With hundreds of Unite Here canvassers helping to cure several ballots each, a whole heap of votes ended up being counted that would have been discarded otherwise, in a state ultimately decided by 10,457 votes.

    On November 10, when it became clear that her work in Arizona was done, Minato, along with hundreds of other LA organizers, left. Largely under the radar, courting a minimum of publicity, they had helped craft one of 2020’s most extraordinary political stories. They had developed a template for how, with the right kind of organizing and outreach, solidly red states around the country—even those with a long history of voter suppression efforts—could be turned blue.

    1. Also the uptick in illegal ballot harvesting that many local officials noticed.

      1. For those not aware, Arizona banned Ballot Harvesting in 2016. In 2020 democrats rushed the lawsuit to the 9th circuit to overturn the law:

        https://tucson.com/news/arizona_news/appeals-court-arizonas-law-banning-ballot-harvesting-is-illegal/article_ada5b8ae-21b3-5b3d-891e-312ad02e4121.html

        The reason for the 2016 law was documented abuses such as nurses in nursing homes going and essentially pressuring residents to fill out ballots in a singular way. It was a big deal. The 9th circuit overturned the law in 2020 and it is awaiting appeal to the USSC.

        From 2016-2020 I had nobody stop by my house to offer to collect ballots. In 2020 I had nearly a dozen people stop by. In each of these visits they only asked for my wife’s ballots as she fits the profile of a democratic voter (she’s latina after all). They were targeting only democratic ballots in these harvesting schemes. There were reports of ballots being thrown away in Arizona, but not enough to warrant investigation into it.

        This is one of the reasons the left fights hard against ballot harvesting. I’ve posted previously articles from many states of nursing home residents showing as having voted and their family basically confirming the person has Alzheimer or is essentially non responsive. That’s why ballot harvesting laws are generally put into place, only allowing family members to deliver ballots.

  21. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1405866228330151936.html

    There is a vast disconnect between the white-hot debate over police use of force in 2020, and post-Ferguson, and shrugging off Babbitt’s death with “eh, she was involved in a riot, clean shoot, we don’t even have to know who shot her or exactly why.”

    Before Jan. 6, we left off our Great National Debate on the use of force with the Abolish the Police Party insisting it scarcely matters what a suspect was doing when the police used force against them. The biography of the suspect and records of the cops are more important.

    …But strangely enough, nobody in the Abolish the Police Party thinks their seat of political power should be protected by unarmed social workers. They don’t hesitate to call in military forces to protect themselves, but it’s literally unspeakable for YOU to even discuss the idea.

    When the seat of power is threatened, there is absolutely zero concern for the biography of those who threaten it. Nobody cares about their grievances. They are given no “space to destroy.” Their lives were forfeit the moment they crossed a certain line, no questions asked.

    …But all of that said, it’s flabbergasting that we’re supposed to accept violent anarchy everywhere except where the elites are gathered, and on that hallowed ground, the rules of engagement suddenly reverse. It doesn’t matter who you are, and we won’t even ask who the cop was.

    “The police investigated themselves and said it was a good shoot. That’s good enough for us!” Where else is that the final answer? Where else is nothing investigated in public or disclosed through the media? Iron law in the Capitol and anarchy in the Districts, is that it?

  22. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/irs-denies-tax-exemption-to-texas-religious-group-because-prayer-bible-reading-boost-the-republican-party_3861757.html

    An IRS official denied tax-exempt status to a Texas group that encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, because it benefits “the private interests of the [Republican] Party.”

    “You do not qualify as an organization described in IRS Section 501(c)(3). You engage in prohibited political campaign intervention,” wrote Stephen A. Martin, director of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements, in a May 18 letter (pdf) to Christians Engaged, the Garland, Texas-based prayer group recognized by Texas officials as tax-exempt.

    “You are also not operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3), because you operate for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the D party.”

    The “D party” is a reference to the Republican Party, according to a novel “legend” that Martin provided at the top of his letter to the Texas group.

    Martin’s letter was made public on June 16 by the First Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas-based public interest law firm that specializes in religious freedom litigation.

    Martin also noted that the group’s activities “educate believers on national issues that are central to their belief in the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.

    “Specifically, you educate Christians on what the Bible says in areas where they can be instrumental, including the areas of sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, biblical justice, freedom of speech, defense, and borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel relations,” he wrote.

    “The Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the D party and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under IRS Section 501(c)(3).”

    1. “The Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the D party and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under IRS Section 501(c)(3).”

      Interesting; it is the official position of the federal government that the democrats do not (generally) follow Bible teachings.
      Makes you wonder how all those black church members can vote for the devil.

    2. So this means black churches are going to lose their tax-exempt status too?

      1. Haha! No.

  23. https://twitter.com/SgtLynx_fi/status/1405501786857906179?s=19

    Jurgen Conings the former Belgian Army sniper has now managed to evade capture for a month

  24. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1405653717047820292?s=19

    Erm what? We can’t have an EMERGENCY MEETING to discuss why young adults are being hospitalized for post-vaccine heart inflammation because of a holiday that didn’t officially exist until TWO HOURS AGO?

    Black Lives Matter. [Link]

  25. https://twitter.com/AurelianofRome/status/1405805406480388100?s=19

    It is the absence of a conspiracy that should frighten you the most.

    Institutional depravity, if it is driven by the genuine moral convictions of its perpetrators, results in atrocities being committed on an ever larger scale.

  26. https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/1405853008672473089?s=19

    Well… I wasn’t suspicious before but now I’m thinking Wtf

    It’s like if you’re in a meeting and no one says anything then some dude randomly blurts out “I didn’t fart”

    You’d be like, uhhh ok, but did you?

    “@JenaGriswold
    My office just issued rules prohibiting sham election audits in the State of Colorado. We will not risk the state’s election security nor perpetuate The Big Lie. Fraudits have no place in Colorado.”

    1. Woof, talk about “the lady doth protest too much.”

    2. We won’t risk the state’s election security by allowing someone to investigate how secure the state’s elections are!

  27. State auditor report of the 2020 elections in Georgia points out some really troubling aspects…

    Five sequential batches of absentee votes each appeared with the exact same vote count of 392 for Biden, 96 for President Donald Trump, and 3 for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, a count that state officials admitted was a statistical impossibility.

    Many control sheets for absentee ballot batches counted during the state’s audit did not check a box indicating the ballot came from a secure container, raising the possibility that ballots were stored insecurely or that multiple batches of ballots were sealed in a single container.

    More than two dozen batches of absentee ballots were identified as having been double-scanned on the tally sheets.

    This is what the state is admitting to. The conclusion from the auditor is of course it was just incompetence despite most of this “incompetence” going in one constant direction.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/georgia-audit-documents-show-unsecured-missing-ballot-batches-ballots

  28. Since Jeff has been gaslighting what Republicans and those anti-CRT believe, here is a reader of multiple links for him to read (he won’t).

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/a-critical-race-theory-reader/

    1. And yes, the group pushing Critical Race Theory is a Marxist group named The Zinn Education Project. They have been pushing critical theory into K-12 education for almost 2 decades. Zinn is of course the Marxist who wrote the people’s guide to history which is a communist version of world events. Jeff also denied these ties yesterday, because he is ignorant and/or lying.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/group-marxist-ties-critical-race-theory-schools

      1. Ive also been assured by many of the left wingers on here that ties to Marxism are fabricated and made to scare people. Something something Brietbart, Tucker, Hannity, Fox news, scare tactics.

      2. I don’t call him Lying Jeffy for nothing.

    2. Dont make him post his American Bar Association watered down (but still not great sounding) version of CRT. He will do it.

      And since it doesn’t explicitly say “burn whitey” all CRT and anything associated with it is absolved and is NOT racist. Your evidence be damned.

  29. On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared that “public enemy number one is drug abuse.”

    No follow up paragraph on how it was the inner city Democrats in the 80s expanding the war due to the increase in crime and dependency in major urban areas? The fact that Joe signed some of the most extensive laws against use while in the Senate? Seems weird to focus on just one person when it has been 50 years.

    1. That kind of both sideism is not tolerated here at reason, it’s about trashing non progressives, you only get bothsideism if the proggies do something awful

  30. California opens up
    except CalOSHA has said employees of retail must wear mask so no California is not open

  31. Los Angeles County is considering an ordinance to ban the feeding of peacocks, which have apparently become a nuisance in some neighborhoods.

    Did NBC say something bad about Sleepy Joe?

  32. No the Chicoms are winning, by sending over fentanyl to border gangs. But yeah open borders sure great thanks!

  33. my favorite headline ever at this place.

  34. Some folks desire to bring back social systems to which they have a romantic attachment and succeed:

    “A Young Cheyenne Leader Was Beaten Bloody. The Response Brought More Pain.”
    […]
    ” On some reservations, Native women are 10 times as likely to be killed as the national average, according to the Indian Law Resource Center….”
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/young-cheyenne-leader-beaten-bloody-121739234.html

    Be careful what what you ask for. AFAIK, most all Amerindian cultures were what we would now characterize as misogynist, at least.

    1. Wait until they hear about Islam.

      1. Pic in the paper this morning: 5 or 6 women (it says) in full midieaval dress, eyes-only visible, protesting in support of Iran’s nuclear effort.
        Go home and cook dinner over some camel dung, woman!

    2. Hey, I remember being told I was racist as fuck for trying to draw attention to this issue by some “friends” that I thought were being too narrow in scope with BLM stuff. Good times.

    3. Noble savages.

  35. Liberals posting their Ls. Former ethics head decries Joe’s abundant use of cronyism and nepotism yo secure lucrative jobs for the families of top aides.

    https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2021/06/18/hell-yeah-im-bitter-liberal-watchdog-walter-shaub-is-utterly-disgusted-that-joe-biden-broke-his-promise-to-restore-ethics-to-government/

  36. If drug abuse is the enemy, then it would seem to me that any decrease of the ratio of drugs “abused” to total drug use is a win. Has anybody tried to figure out whether there’s been a secular trend in the proportion of drugs “abused” out of total consumption? In other words, has the object always been to use drugs better?

    On the other end of the spectrum, is there such a thing as outstandingly good use of drugs, and if so is that changing as a proportion? Or do people care only when something goes wrong? Like when nobody notices the snap of the ball in football unless it’s bad?

    1. >>is there such a thing as outstandingly good use of drugs

      oh yes.

  37. “…Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Thursday that allows the rules to be implemented as soon as they are filed with the California secretary of state. Normally there would be a 10-day review period before the rules become active…”

    Don’t we all love our benevolent tin-pot dictator?!
    Hope he chokes to death on his hair gel…

  38. Can’t remember which book, but when I was reading Chronicles of Narnia to my daughter there was a feast that included peahens.

    Pea fowl are a nuisance?

    EAT THE MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

  39. Nevertheless, the official creation of a new holiday to celebrate the end of slavery kicking off a one-day government shutdown feels like a win for libertarians.

    Truly, federal goons taking another paid holiday is a win for libertarians.

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