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Florida's Social Media Bill Was Supposed To Protect 'Free Speech.' A Judge Says It Violates the First Amendment.

Plus: How Trump lost in 2020, Amazon seeks recusal of FTC chair, and more...

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First Amendment protects right of social media companies to boot politicians. Florida's controversial and authoritarian new social media law has been temporarily blocked by a federal court. The measure—championed and signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May—bans large social media providers from deplatforming political candidates, beginning July 1.

It also prohibits social media providers from suppressing or prioritizing any information "posted by or about a user" who is a candidate for political office, and from suppressing or adding addendums to posts by a "journalistic enterprise" based on the outlet's content. Those that violate this directive would face fines of up to $250,000 per day (though some of Florida's favored companies, like Disney, are exempted from the law).

On Wednesday, Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that the law violated the First Amendment.

Florida's assertion that it is on the side of the First Amendment "is perhaps a nice sound bite," wrote Hinkle. "But the assertion is wholly at odds with accepted constitutional principles." 

"The legislation compels providers to host speech that violates their standards—speech they otherwise would not host—and forbids providers from speaking as they otherwise would," noted Hinkle in his decision. Moreover, "the Governor's signing statement and numerous remarks of legislators show rather clearly that the legislation is viewpoint-based."

The social media measure also runs up against provisions of the federal communications law Section 230, which—as Hinkle points out—"expressly prohibits imposition of liability on an interactive computer service—this includes a social-media provider—for action taken in good faith to restrict access to material the service finds objectionable." 

The judge granted a preliminary injunction against the law, as requested by tech industry associations NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, and ordered the state to "take no steps to enforce" the portions of the law that violate the First Amendment or are preempted by Section 230.

"The legislation now at issue was an effort to rein in social-media providers deemed too large and too liberal," concluded Hinkle. But "balancing the exchange of ideas among private speakers is not a legitimate governmental interest."


FREE MINDS

How Trump lost 2020. An interesting and detailed new report from Pew Research Center dissects the demographics of the 2020 election. "A number of factors determined the composition of the 2020 electorate and explain how it delivered Biden a victory," notes Pew. "Among those who voted for Clinton and Trump in 2016, similar shares of each – about nine-in-ten – also turned out in 2020, and the vast majority remained loyal to the same party in the 2020 presidential contest."

Trump did gain in 2020 among women and among Hispanics. But this was offset by Biden's gains among men, suburban voters, and white non-college-educated voters.

The juxtaposition saw a significant narrowing last year of the voting gender gap seen in 2016:

Biden made gains with men, while Trump improved among women, narrowing the gender gap. The gender gap in the 2020 election was narrower than it had been in 2016, both because of gains that Biden made among men and because of gains Trump made among women. In 2020, men were almost evenly divided between Trump and Biden, unlike in 2016 when Trump won men by 11 points. Trump won a slightly larger share of women's votes in 2020 than in 2016 (44% vs. 39%), while Biden's share among women was nearly identical to Clinton's (55% vs. 54%).

Last year's election also saw boomers and older voters become a minority:

After decades of constituting the majority of voters, Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation made up less than half of the electorate in 2020 (44%), falling below the 52% they constituted in both 2016 and 2018. Gen Z and Millennial voters favored Biden over Trump by margins of about 20 points, while Gen Xers and Boomers were more evenly split in their preferences. Gen Z voters, those ages 23 and younger, constituted 8% of the electorate, while Millennials and Gen Xers made up 47% of 2020 voters.


FREE MARKETS

Amazon wants Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan recused. The new FTC head has been a very vocal critic of Amazon in the past, including publicly opining that the company is "guilty of antitrust violations and should be broken up." In a motion filed Wednesday, Amazon suggests there's no way Khan can or will be impartial in any antitrust probes into the company.

An Amazon spokesperson, Jack Evans, told CNBC that while "Amazon should be scrutinized along with all large organizations," it still has "the right to an impartial investigation," and "Khan's body of work and public statements demonstrate that she has prejudged the outcome of matters the FTC may examine during her term and, under established law, preclude her from participating in such matters."


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• Ask Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward anything—today on Reddit at 3 p.m!

• The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer have been indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan. "The specific charges against the company and its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, were not immediately clear," The New York Times reports. The indictment is slated to be unsealed later today, after Trump Organization lawyers and CFO Allen H. Weisselberg appear in court.

• Dysfunction inside Vice President Kamala Harris' office: "In interviews, 22 current and former vice presidential aides, administration officials and associates of Harris and Biden described a tense and at times dour office atmosphere," reports Politico. "Ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals and decisions are dragged out. Often, they said, she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue."

• Why aren't people looking for jobs? In a new survey from job search site Indeed, 25 percent of out-of-work folks without college degrees cited COVID-19 concerns, 20 percent said they had enough financial cushion for now, 20 percent said child care precluded it, and 12 percent said unemployment insurance made it unnecessary.

• The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Biden administration over the transfer to ICE of people being detained at a New Jersey jail.

• Matt Taibbi and Jane Coaston debate the power of Fox News.

• Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have instituted asymmetric criminalization of prostitution.

• Bill Cosby is being released from prison:

• Starting today, "Virginia becomes the first state in the South where it's legal for people 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of pot."

• New Orleans and North Carolina are also advancing marijuana decriminalization or medical marijuana legalization measures.

• U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D–Wash.) is pushing back against South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for allowing private funding of a National Guard deployment. "The one thing we're going to do on the Armed Services Committee is we're going to put pressure on the secretary of defense and everyone else to say, 'This should not be happening. How do we make it stop?'" Smith said on NBC's Meet the Press yesterday.

• D.C.'s city council voted this week to ban the sale of menthol and flavored cigarettes.

• New Mexico stands alone:

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  1. First Amendment protects right of social media companies to boot politicians.

    CORPORATIONS AREN’T PEOPLE.

    1. If anti-racism is acceptable racism to counter perceived racism (but certainly isn’t critical race theory, just looks, sounds, and acts like it), I posit a ‘controversial and authoritarian’ law is acceptable to counter authoritarian practices by publishers and platforms. The irony factor is a plus. That said, I am not for government regulation or interference, although it seems that it may be the only option in some cases recently.

      1. Whatever kicking somebody out of a bar or off a social media platform is, it’s not speech.

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      2. “Rule of law” in this country has become complete farce.
        The courts have abdicated their duties for the sake of political favor.
        Legislatures are dominated by the pathologically corrupt.
        Bureaucrats are mandarins waging war upon the American people.
        Any and all rulings, legislation, regulations should be seen in such context, whether you like it or not.
        Believe in and follow laws, rulings, regulations as you will, but it will not stop the left from taking your property, liberty, and life – it’ll just make it easier for them.

    2. But are corporations government? And vice-versa?

      1. Isn’t the United States of America labeled a corporation?

      2. There is less distinction than there used to be.

      1. Thanks captain obvious. You’re almost to remedial level civics.

        1. Hey, look, Mikey passed the 7th grade!

          1. How many years in Mormon Sunday school before you learn about blood atonement?

            They don’t teach that? Oh the church lies about it? Like polygamy, racism, the holocaust and other things that make the church look bad?

            1. asshole flag

    3. Corporations ARENT people like a sole proprioritorship or partnership. They are public trust company creations of the legislatures.

      They cant vote or be guaranteed nonexcessive bail like persons can be.

      With that being said, regulation is out of control. So are company bailouts, and govt covering for corporation moral hazard.

      It will all even out. Commies at unreason wanted the party of slavery so theyll get communism good and hard.

      1. No vote, no tax! It’s like we didn’t go to war over this very thing.

      2. Where have you been traitor?

        1. Oh look, it’s Joe McCarthy’s demented nephew.

          1. I’m thinking Eric Cartman’s fat ex con uncle.

            1. That’s my favorite Xmas episode!

              We should hang out and watch it buddy!

              1. I see the asshole has shown up X2

    4. So you’re going to stop taxing them and forego subjecting them to criminal penalties? You’re willing to go back to the old rules that only individual officers or employees can be sued? And you’ll accept the problem that when you know someone at the company did it but you can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt which someone did it, that no one will be held accountable?

      Those are the other legal consequences of the “corporate personhood” fiction. We call corporations people because it lets us hold them accountable as an aggregate entity instead of having to trace the individuals. But they get rights along with that legal fiction. It’s a package deal.

      1. The old rules are kill or be killed.
        The new rules are some get to kill, you get to be killed.
        Every day we accept this hoping they won’t come for us today.

      2. Honestly I’d be ok with going back to the old way. I don’t see how it’s fair to punish some corporate employees because what another employee did just because you can’t prove who did it. Where else do we say it’s okay to punish the innocent because we can’t find the guilty?

    5. What difference does that make? Corporations are made up of individuals and individuals have a right to decide what speech to allow on their property. Are you saying those platforms are unowned commons even though the corporate owners pay for their maintenance?

  2. Trump did gain in 2020 among women and among Hispanics. But this was offset by Biden’s gains among men, suburban voters, and white non-college-educated voters.

    Trump couldn’t overcome the dead vote gap.

    1. Biden also nailed the comatose nursing home vote.

      1. Obviously they related with him.

    2. One of the few cases (the only case?) where there was proven fraud of voting for a dead person, the dead person voted for Trump:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/04/pennsylvania-bruce-bartman-voter-fraud/?outputType=amp

      1. Proven.

        1. Who has incentive to find voter fraud? Trump’s super competent legal team, I suppose.

          1. Another way of saying “I have no proof of fraud but will assert it happened anyway”. Not exactly a strong argument.

      2. Your time on earth will soon come to an end, and it will be entirely due to the conditions you defend and create that leave no other options.
        Parasites must be dealt with or all is lost.

      3. So no widespread zombie voting.

      4. There have been thousands of proven cases in just double voting alone White Mike.

        1. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/08/910653086/georgia-reveals-double-voting-cases-but-no-evidence-of-malign-intentions

          Georgia’s top election official sounded the alarm Tuesday because he said 1,000 people voted twice in the state’s elections so far this year — although when pressed, he acknowledged he didn’t know whether any of them did so intentionally.

          That is one state. White Mike loves being ignorant.

    3. Or the dead letter gap.

    4. Exactly. He lost because the democrats are way better at cheating. Plus facebook and google helped Biden… lol.

  3. When will Fauci answer for his crimes?

    1. He already did. How is he ever going to spend all the book advance money and award money.

    2. What crimes? Fauci can walk on a pool of vaccine, don’t you know.

  4. The new FTC head has been a very vocal critic of Amazon in the past…

    Probably got shipped the wrong color Dockers one too many times. I know the feeling.

    1. Someone I know who works at the FTC says she’s a horrible boss. Autocratic, yet ignorant. Morale there is low.

      1. Good. The country would be better off if everyone resigned en masse and the FTC did nothing for a couple of years.

      2. She’s 32 years old and has never been in charge of anything. But she wrote an article on how Amazon keeping prices low for consumers makes it a monopoly so of course she should be in a position of power regarding how the government regulates the economy.

        Don’t just blame Biden though, plenty of Republicans love her “break up big tech” ideas and voted to confirm her.

      3. “Always wrong, but never in doubt.”–the de facto state of the Brahmin leftist.

  5. Dysfunction inside Vice President Kamala Harris’ office: “… she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.”

    “And don’t even get me started about her damn cackling!”

    1. She’s Selina Meyers without the redeeming social qualities.

    2. Someone in the DNC is clearly out to torpedo Harris’ chances in 2024. First the no-win border assignment, now the unflattering media profiles start.

      1. For once I approve of something done by the DNC.

  6. How Trump lost in 2020

    Time magazine already covered it.

    1. What difference, at this point, does it make?

      1. The fact that commies at unreason still feel the need to justify election fraud and never cover any of the endless evidence and examples of said election fraud, means they know Trump won too.

        We went thru this during the Trumps best president in US History administration. Everything unreason said about politics was the opposite in reality. Nothing has changed.

        1. Endless “evidence” that was presented in court where they were laughed out of the room?

          It would be funny if it weren’t so sad how hopelessly deluded all you dumbasses are for believing a con man so much.

          1. It is fun watching how ignorant you guys remain. Trump’s campaign won over a dozen lawsuits were judges agreed election rule changes were illegal.

          2. Endless “evidence” that was presented in court where they were laughed out of the room

            Oh look, Tony’s sock is working off of old DNC talking points again. Tell us where the evidence was ever “presented in court” again, you cheap shill.

    2. This pretty much covers it. In most years, old people vote, and young people forget to vote or don’t bother. Except this year it was much easier since all you had to do was mail it in, literally. In some states helpful volunteers even collected the ballots for you, with no bus ride or free cookies required.

      “After decades of constituting the majority of voters, Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation made up less than half of the electorate in 2020 (44%), falling below the 52% they constituted in both 2016 and 2018… Gen Z voters, those ages 23 and younger, constituted 8% of the electorate, while Millennials and Gen Xers made up 47% of 2020 voters.”

      1. Also, wealthy donors gave millions upon millions of dollars to 5 major cities in battleground states, ensuring that every single potential democrat voter was able to get their vote in. You don’t need fraud when a billionaire can pay $50,000 per democrat voter to ensure their ballot gets counted, while rural voters are left without similar services.

        I was saying this at the end of last year: if conservatives were smart, they would realize that they will lose every national election going forward if they do not correct this. State by state laws that require equitable financing of election commissions (you must fund rural and urban districts equally, for example) will do more to ensure electoral competitiveness than any of their obsessing over fraud. But I suppose it is much easier to gripe.

  7. Ask Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward anything—today on Reddit at 3 p.m!

    When is she finally going stop accidentally bending over all those open paint cans?

      1. I believe that was a weak attempt at colored-hair-shaming.

        1. Ah. Thanks.

        2. There is much to be said for mocking colored hair among the wealthy.

          1. I think the PC term is African-American hair.

        3. YOU MADE THE JOKE WEAK BY EXPLAINING IT.

        4. We don’t say “colored hair” any more, the proper nomenclature is hair of color.

  8. In more the elections are fraud free and cleanest of all time…

    Chaos from NYC with ranked choice voting continues. Glenn Greenwald had a tweet out yesterday of all the typical leftist newsites disparaging the candidate who noticed the 100k extra votes. And still refused to retract even after the board of elections admitted to the 135k vote error.

    The real issue? NYC still doesn’t even know the total number of votes cast and will now keep counting until the second week of July.

    The first measure of fraud protection is knowing how many votes were cast prior to counting. In all of the areas where there are equations on votes the local agencies couldn’t state how many votes were cast and those areas seemed to have the random large big one candidate batches. This is the same thing that happened in NYC.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/nyc-primary-disaster-could-undermine-democratic-argument-for-election-overhauls

    1. No widespread fraud.

      1. It was very localized to specific counties…. so agree?

        1. The other thing we know is that every state has Democrats and their fraudsters poised to do the same thing if vote numbers were ever close.

          Texas and Florida as examples. Once Trump knew he won the legal vote count and announced it, the Democrats at election offices and in the MSM sprang into action to commit targeted election fraud to steal election 2020.

  9. D.C.’s city council voted this week to ban the sale of menthol and flavored cigarettes.

    Wow. Are there any, um, POC on that council?

      1. Mighty white of them to have their brothers’ and sisters’ best interests in mind.

    1. I don’t know, but plenty of POS I’m sure.

    2. Retailers in Arlington are celebrating.

    3. Hey, if you can’t fuck with people and try to control their lives, why even have a government?

    4. Banning the legal sale of menthol cigarettes in DC will sharply reduce DC tax revenue and greatly increase illegal sales of smuggled cigarettes (from low tax states) by gangs that now control sales of illegal drugs and guns in DC.

      Seems like DC Council wants to increase the power of criminal gangs, and have more cases similar to Eric Garner, who was killed by NYC police (who were arresting him for illegally selling single cigarettes on a sidewalk).

      1. Garner wasn’t selling cigarettes that day, it’s only why the police recognized him. He had just broken up a fight.

  10. Often, they said, she refuses to take responsibility for delicate issues and blames staffers for the negative results that ensue.”
    Sounds like presidential material to me.

  11. The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer have been indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan.

    The Al Capone of Russian asset US presidents.

    1. Cuomo indictment for not paying taxes on use of the governors mansion is in the works im sure.

    2. And the Jacobin council of US cities.

  12. “Ask Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward anything—today on Reddit at 3 p.m!”

    Darn it, I’ll be busy then. Otherwise I’d ask how awesome it was to work with leading neocon intellectual Bill Kristol at The Weekly Standard.

    #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons
    #(AtLeastTheyreProImmigration)

  13. More proof that CRT is simply teachers teaching about racism and history….


    Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR)
    @fairforall_org
    Breaking:
    @SLF_Liberty
    has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Evanston School District. The school engaged in racial segregation, depicted “whiteness” as a devil, and taught that whites are inherently oppressive.

    Read more here: https://fairforall.org/profiles-in-courage/

    1/6

    Teachers were separated by race, instructed on the problems with “white talk” and “white privilege,” and required to participate in “privilege walks.”

    2/6

    Students as young as kindergarten were separated by race into “affinity groups,” told to participate in “privilege walks” based on their skin color, and given books depicting “whiteness” as a devil that “mess[es] endlessly” with “all fellow humans of color.”

    3/6

    The children were also taught “whiteness is a bad deal,” white people send “overt and subliminal messages” that they are “superior” and black people are “bad, ugly, and inferior,” and color-blindness is racist.

    5/6
    The school website proclaimed 5-year-old children, “especially while children,” are not “racial innocents.” The complaint alleges these discriminatory and hostile practices violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection guarantee.

    6/6

    Shockingly Jeff seems to be full of shit again.

    1. WTF is a “privilege walk”?

      1. *** searches ***

        There’s an app for that: “Click to start game”.

      2. Say 5 Robin D’Angelos and repent.

        1. Won’t work. Christianity has several ways to get rid of the Original Sin everyone inherits from Adam and Eve. You can take steps to be forgiven for sins you commit yourself.

          But there is no mechanism under Wokeism to expunge the original sin inherited by all white people from slaveholders. And you can never atone for being born melanin deficient.

          1. Original Sin does not exist any more than Woke Sin.

            *Tips fedora* M’Lady.

    2. You haven’t heard? White people aren’t even human, they’re parasites. White people are no more human than Jews were in Germany circa 1938. But you’re a racist if you notice the connection between Hitler and today’s progressives.

      1. Time for the New Liberia (and Nuevo Libertad) movement: free one-way transport back to edenic homelands, free of white people and their evil oppression. Also maybe free of rule of law, reliable food and energy, and personal safety.

        1. At the risk of sounding like a concern troll, I’d like to just send the black and white people who are proponents of CRT to Liberia. The socialists I want to deport to Argentina.

          1. Or is it Venezuela?

            1. Cuba is closer.

              1. What’s Peru, chopped liver?

        2. The history of the Americo-Liberian dominance is a hoot. It turns out that Blacks are perfectly capable of antiblack racism.

          1. It turns out that Blacks are perfectly capable of antiblack racism.

            Especially since Africans were the ones who provided the slaves for shipment in the first place. That’s a big reason why this focus on slavery as America’s Original Sin is so stupid. What was going on in the US wasn’t any different than had been practiced around the world for millennia. The idea that slavery is an abhorrent practice was entirely an Enlightment-influenced pretense, and pushed mostly by white Christians in the early years of the abolition movement.

            1. There wouldn’t of been demand for blacks to enslave as many other blacks without Europeans.

              Mormon bigot piece of trash.

                1. Now you’re it rummy!

              1. Tell that to the Berbers, you hicklib pederast. Look up the Zanzibar slave market while you’re at it.

                1. The Arab slave trade didn’t take many slaves from west Africa you uneducated Mormon piece of shit!

                  You racist Mormons are all the fucking same. You better keep being a pussy and not give your real address cuz I’ll fucking kill you inbred Mormon kids.

              2. There wouldn’t of been demand for blacks to enslave as many other blacks without Europeans

                If KAR didn’t have a sarcasmic-level education he would have known that the Islamic slave trade in Africa dwarfed the Atlantic slave trade. And that was just Africa, as late as the 1850’s, Islamic pirates were raiding Europe for slaves from the Crimea to Ireland.

      2. Anti Semitic and Holocaust denier!

      3. Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.

        Oh, I think there is. When does the Department of Antiracism convene their own Wansee Conference?

    3. “Shockingly Jeff seems to be full of shit again.”

      Make that “still”.

    4. Where is Tony at today? He dug deep into the “this is only happening at colleges, not K-12”.

      Sure is hard to gaslight what with the internet being available

    5. Now the real question is will anything come of the lawsuit. The court system has been allowing school systems to engage in blatant discrimination for decades as long as the school can put together absolutely any excuse to say they’re doing it to combat racism.

  14. Ideas are ignored or met with harsh dismissals…

    He is the president. Harris should at least pretend to hear him out.

  15. Starting today, “Virginia becomes the first state in the South where it’s legal for people 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of pot.”

    “*Told* you the South would rise again!”

  16. No wonder SPB is a fan of the Lincoln project.

    Wilson
    @TheRickWilson
    Oh there are some very very dirty boys in Washington who like to have their little backsides paddled by trained professionals.

    1. Talk about a self-own considering his ex-boss there.

  17. Why aren’t people looking for jobs?

    Hand or blow? Because I’m always on the hunt for either.

    1. A year of free money and not working should have given you plenty of opportunities to offer those services.

    2. What’s a Z job though?

      1. It’s when someone runs over your dick in a Nissan sports car.

        …it’s not very popular.

    3. Weird, I’d have figured you more for fisting…

  18. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Biden administration over the transfer to ICE of people being detained at a New Jersey jail.

    Look, detaining people is like Viagra for the president and vice president. Let this happen for their spouses’ sake!

  19. Silicon Valley is cracking down on Robert Malone, pioneer of the mRNA vaccine. For explaining the risks especially to children.

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/cancel-culture/big-tech-cracks-down-mrna-vaccine-pioneer-who-warns-about-their-risks

    1. Twitter suspends NYT columnist for rightly stating the new equity narrative is built on racism.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/twitter-suspends-ny-times-columnists-account-after-he-denounces-equity-as-racism

      1. Wait till they find out cancel culture is based on racism.

  20. U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D–Wash.) is pushing back against South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for allowing private funding of a National Guard deployment.

    Last time I checked, the National Guard was under the control of the governor unless called into actual service of the United States, so you can add this to the list of things the Democrats want to federalize under the assumption that it’s going to be Democrats running the federal government for the rest of time. Actually, it would be easier to make up a list of things the Democrats don’t want to federalize because just off-hand I can’t think of a thing. But I do have to wonder what exactly it is that gives Democrats such confidence that they’re now permanently in power in Washington, what do they know that I don’t?

    1. But I do have to wonder what exactly it is that gives Democrats such confidence that they’re now permanently in power in Washington, what do they know that I don’t?

      Not just permanently in power, but ideologically fixed/conservative as well. No progressive Democrat of the near/far future would ever overtake the party and call for the extermination of the Jews.

    2. How much private money did Walsh support for the elections with Zuch or DAS offices with Soros grants?

    3. Something about being necessary to the security of a free State.

    4. They have the most inclusive and capable vote fraud organization ever assembled?

  21. Matt Taibbi and Jane Coaston debate the power of Fox News.

    If neither of them used the word “insurrection” then the talk is a complete bust.

  22. Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have instituted asymmetric criminalization of prostitution.

    I say go to jail for the whole half & half, not just for the second act!

  23. “Bill Cosby is being released from prison”

    At first I was going to denounce this as an example of the terrible things men get away with under RAPE CULTURE. After giving it some more thought, I’ve decided my Koch / Reason libertarian commitment to #EmptyThePrisons supersedes any concern about punishing sexual assault. So yeah, I’m actually glad Cosby is free.

    1. “Say his name! No justice, no peace!”

    2. When I first heard this news, I thought they said Bing Crosby and I was so stunned by the news it was like somebody had smacked me upside the head with a bag of sweet, sweet Valencia oranges.

  24. PA Supreme Court overturns Bill Cosby’s conviction. Orders his release.

    They’re puttin’ pops back on the street!

    1. Race based release.

      1. A case study in intersectional politics. Who gets more oppression points, black man or white woman? Discuss.

      2. Please, the only reason he was thrown in jail for giving drugs to fucking groupies whores is because he had the nerve to be a black conservative.

  25. …Virginia becomes the first state in the South where it’s legal for people 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of pot.

    “Legal”

  26. New Orleans and North Carolina are also advancing marijuana decriminalization or medical marijuana legalization measures.

    Good thing the president is unaware of his surroundings or these places would be in federal trouble.

  27. Why aren’t people looking for jobs? In a new survey from job search site Indeed, 25 percent of out-of-work folks without college degrees cited COVID-19 concerns, 20 percent said they had enough financial cushion for now, 20 percent said child care precluded it, and 12 percent said unemployment insurance made it unnecessary.

    Well well well. Looks like ‘both sides’ were right about this one. Many people aren’t returning to work because of COVID fears, and also, many people aren’t returning to work because of low pay (can’t afford child care), and, many people aren’t returning to work because of generous unemployment benefits. Who knew that the explanation for a problem could be complex and nuanced.

    1. I don’t care if someone doesn’t want to to work.
      I don’t want to pay for it.

    2. Well, well, well, jeff’s here to provide a heaping helping of bullshit:

      “… many people aren’t returning to work because of low pay (can’t afford child care),..”

      A wage of $0.00/hour pays for child care, while a higher one doesn’t?
      No wonder you’re the butt of so many jokes…

      1. It’s pretty easy to come up with a scenario where heading back to work is a net-negative strictly due to the cost of daycare. But that predates the pandemic and so is part of the baseline unemployment level, not the stubborn uptick in place since restrictions have started to recede.

      2. If not working you don’t need to pay for child care, presumably.

    3. “Many people aren’t returning to work because of COVID fears”

      This is highly unlikely. The only fear I have seen is from the fearmongers on CNN et al. Even the most liberal stores, and parts of my city, are out, about, unmasked. Over a year of non stop 24/7 fear spewing has people exhausted. Even the true believers are tired of it at this point.

      And of course fear is way down. Infection rates down, death rate down, vaccine available with high efficacy. Summer. The only people “scared” about going back to work are the lazy fucks (see Chicago teachers union) who wanted to maximize the time they got to put their feet up for “fear of Covid”.

      1. Maybe your personal experience is not widely generalizable to the experiences of all of the poll respondents who did indicate significant COVID concerns. Maybe instead of denying what they actually said and accusing them of bad faith (“lazy fucks”), you should try to understand what their concerns are.

        1. For someone who rationalizes all of the lefts shitty takes for a living, you sure don’t understand how people will justify their being on welfare.

        2. Maybe instead of denying what they actually said and accusing them of bad faith, you should try to understand what their concerns are.

          This is rich coming from you.

      2. It makes a good excuse not to go back to work.

        1. If someone can’t go to work for fear of covid, they’re too mentally ill to be employed, and there should be real discussion of involuntary commitment to a mental institution.

          1. I don’t know if I’d go quite that far. But they are severely deluded and probably deeply damaged if they actually believe that.

    4. Maybe you continue to be full of shit. Someone hungry doesn’t care about a virus aith a 0 1% CFR. Stop justifying your obese laden fears.

    5. Can’t afford child care? You mean, can’t afford children.

    6. Whatever the reason in their minds, 95% of them are enabled by unemployment insurance or some other government handout most likely. Only 12% of them are able to recognize it.

      Many people aren’t returning to work because of COVID fears
      All of them are eligible for vaccines. I don’t understand how you explain this disparity.

  28. It also prohibits social media providers from suppressing or prioritizing any information “posted by or about a user” who is a candidate for political office, and from suppressing or adding addendums to posts by a “journalistic enterprise” based on the outlet’s content.

    So… if it is the companies first amendment right to add addendums… and it is their right to filter lut users… then it is the companies speech. Because the 1a protects speech of an entity.

    By this logic the companies should be able to be sued for their decisions that end to defamation or harm.

    Good. End 230.

    1. the property owners (the web site owners) should decide!

      “Website owners = property owners” – SQRLSY One approved!

  29. How Trump lost 2020. An interesting and detailed new report from Pew Research Center dissects the demographics of the 2020 election.

    Very cursory scan but it doesn’t seem to mention the dozen or so rulings about illegal election changes that judges have issued nor the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars into heavily use election areas to specific voting areas only, leading to unequal application of election procedures.

    1. No widespread fraud.

    2. Numerous states, like Georgia, affected by Democrat election fraud have passed legislation to make that fraud harder.

      They did it out the blue with zero election fraud problems being apparent.

      Fun fact: Abrams still has not conceded the 2018 Georgia governor election. Also Democrats have not conceded the 2016 Trump win.

      1. Concession is irrelevant anyway. You don’t win an election on the say so of your opponent.

  30. 25 percent of out-of-work folks without college degrees lied cited COVID-19 concerns

    FTFY

    1. I almost fixed it. You have to imagine the last part in italics with strike-though because THERE IS NO PREVIEW OR A FUCKING EDIT BUTTON.

      1. Do they use or ?

        I think I’ve tried to use before only to discover that it didn’t work.

        1. Well, I tried to put spaces in the tag to keep it from working, but they are too smart for me. Let’s see which tag(s) work:

          Strike
          Del
          S

  31. “Dysfunction inside Vice President Kamala Harris’ office”

    LOL

    You know the Biden Era is going well when the only criticisms involve such petty nonsense. “Border crisis!” “Inflation!” “Unhappy people on the VP’s staff!”

    Meanwhile, Biden has delivered the vaccine and shut down the virus, liberated and dismantled Orange Hitler’s concentration camps, restored America’s reputation in the world, and — most importantly from a Koch / Reason libertarian POV — helped billionaires increase their wealth.

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. Journalists live on gossip and outrage so the only reason they’re going after Kamala Harris is because there’s nothing at all to talk about as regards the Biden White House. No hints whatsoever of scandals or abnormal behavior or anything other than dull old boring business as usual with good old Joe.

  32. U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D–Wash.) is pushing back against South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for allowing private funding of a National Guard deployment.

    “To quell the unrest in Sioux City, we will be dispatching South Dakota Mountain Dew National Guard units. Mountain Dew: Do the Dew in the safety of your homes after the state mandated Xtreme curfew after 6PM tonight!”

    1. Tonight’s tear gas was brought to you by : Brawndo , the thirst mutilator!

  33. D.C.’s city council voted this week to ban the sale of menthol and flavored cigarettes.

    Keep voting reliably for the party that demands to be your parent.

    1. CRT tells us slave status is permanent and inheritable.

  34. “Amazon wants Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan recused. The new FTC head has been a very vocal critic of Amazon in the past, including publicly opining that the company is “guilty of antitrust violations and should be broken up.” In a motion filed Wednesday, Amazon suggests there’s no way Khan can or will be impartial in any antitrust probes into the company.”

    Reason staff who have characterized actions in the past, such as Amazon deplatforming Parler in the wake of January 6, as excellent examples of big tech companies exercising their property rights and their freedom of association, should probably explain that position in light of Amazon caring a great deal about whether Lina Khan is on the commission that directs the prosecution of the Amazon case by the FTC.

    Amazon deplatforming Parler because the Democratic party threatened to break them up, because they had just won not only control of the Senate, on January 6, but also had control of the White House, the House, the Justice Department’s antitrust division and the FTC is probably the worst possible, real world example of Amazon exercising their property and free association rights. Rather, it’s an example of rank intimidation by the Democratic party and the government–worthy of Vladimir Putin.

    Property rights and association rights are important and should be protected, but that isn’t what’s happening here. Defending rank intimidation by a one party government as property rights and association rights might be the worst thing you could do to reinforce the importance of protecting those rights in the minds of average people. Rather, we need to denounce rank intimidation by government as the violation of free speech it is. Libertarians will someday look back at this era like the Red Scare, and the time for us to start denouncing the Democrats’ objectives and tactics is now.

    1. P.S. Before Lina Khan was nominated by Biden to be commissioner at the FTC, she was the lead author in the House Democrats’ report–released in October of 2020–detailing how she and the Democrats would break up Amazon and why. Being the lead author of that report is the reason why Biden appointed her to commissioner at the FTC. Anyone being subjected to legal action by a regulatory authority that is already biased against the defendant–before arguments are even presented–is wrong. This commissioner has not only already reached a verdict but also pronounced sentence–before she was even commissioner!

      It’s unlikely that the other commissioners will vote to recuse an appointee in the Amazon case. That isn’t what they did in these situations in the past. There is precedent, however, for the courts to set aside a judgement as the result of a case brought by the FTC because the commissioner was already biased against the company in question before he or she became a commissioner. Suffice it to say, if Lina Khan isn’t recused, the FTC risks the courts setting aside any judgements reached in a case in which she was already biased.

      “Some important government ethics cases have involved court rulings that vacated FTC enforcement actions on the grounds that a commissioner should have been disqualified.

      In a 1966 case, one court said an FTC chairman shouldn’t have participated in a pharmaceutical-industry matter because he had investigated many of the same facts and issues previously as a congressional staffer. And in a 1970 ruling, another court said the same chairman shouldn’t have participated in a false-advertising case because a speech he had given while chairman created the appearance that he had prejudged the issue.”

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-seeks-recusal-of-ftc-chairwoman-lina-khan-in-antitrust-investigations-of-company-11625067962?

      This is exactly what Lina Khan has done. As a congressional staffer, she was the lead author on a detailed report listing all the reasons Amazon should be broken up and why–with specific remedies already spelled out in detail. She apparently published articles that reached similar conclusions as a graduate student. So, don’t expect that if Amazon loses its case, the judgement will necessarily stand.

      And, incidentally, in that same report Khan prepared for the House Democrats, she also argued that Facebook should be broken up for tolerating “misinformation”–among other crimes against humanity. IF IF IF the FTC’s case against Facebook is allowed to proceed, any judgements Facebook is subjected to may be vacated for the same reasons. She may be both a holy terror for big tech companies and a liability to the FTC.

    2. There may be a point that we are targeting the wrong entity for punishment in going after Amazon.

      However, for government entities violating the constitution to intimidate monopoly-like businesses into doing their dirty work (because of plausible deniability), punishment is weak and is done primarily through voting them out. But if elections have been compromised by those same people…

      Is the only option available, in order to hold the federal government in check, to penalize their tools at the state government level? A convention of states is perhaps the only recourse that exists to put down the thoroughly corrupted and totalitarian federal government, from judges to senators and everything in between.

      1. I’ve been advocating a convention of states to implement a balanced budget amendment for a long time. Republican currently control the legislatures of 30 states outright. They may control more in 2022 and 2024. Running a contract with America kind of campaign nationally, on the basis of a promise to hold a convention of states and vote on a slate of Amendments, could really bring about some positive change in this country–and might get people jazzed up about giving the Republicans more state legislatures to control.

        I love this country and the Constitution, and I still want to believe that the American people are fully capable of taking control of their government again, and a convention of states is a thoroughly constitutional and legitimate way to accomplish that. I fear the other ways to reestablish the people’s control of our government may be constitutional and legitimate but messy and destructive. You can consider me a supporter for the idea of a convention of states. There are real solutions to be found in such a strategy.

        1. “Republican currently control the legislatures of 30 states outright.”

          A gaping flaw in your idea is that Republicans also have a history of huge deficit spending.

          1. “A gaping flaw in your idea is that Republicans also have a history of huge deficit spending.”

            A gaping hole in your argument, asshole, is that they are pikers compared to the Ds.

    3. You are probably correct that Amazon feels pressure from Democratic legislators and regulators. There may be multiple factors, but you focus in on the single one that fits into your Red Team allegiance:
      – The management of Amazon is quite likely liberal leaning, and would make the same decision about Parler even without the pressure from the FTC. By the way, the FTC pressure is focused on Amazon’s retail business, not AWS.
      – Maybe, just maybe, Amazon’s claims that Parler did not comply with their terms of service agreement is true.

      1. Unless you have been privy to executive meetings at Amazon you don’t _know_ as much about their motivations as you claim to know.

        1. White Mike swears he isn’t on Team Blue, he just always sticks up for them and attacks anyone he perceives as against them.

  35. Oregon and Washington lift their mask mandates today, leaving federal masking (airports, public transit, healthcare settings) as only place they are required.

    It’s almost like the variants aren’t even destroying whole populations right now.

    1. Didn’t you hear? Everyone is dead.

      1. And all the POC died twice–unfair!

        1. Lifting these mask mandates is LITERALLY GENOCIDE against POC’s.

    2. Apparently, someone doesn’t have Disney+ or they’d know that the variants are a constant threat to the sacred timeline.

    3. In Pittsburgh’s overwhelmingly Democrat 14th Ward (Squirrel Hill), many restaurants and other businesses still post signs telling customers to wear masks, and most of the left wing sheeple still wear masks while walking down sidewalks, riding bikes, and when driving alone in a car.

      For the past two months, I’ve refused to wear a mask anywhere.
      As a result, I’ve often walked into businesses and have been told of their mask mandate policy, which I’ve responded to by telling them that since masks don’t reduce risks of contracting the China virus, my policy is to refuse doing business with any idiot who tells me to wear a mask.

  36. “Bill Cosby is being released from prison”

    Already happened. Maybe tomorrow they’ll break the news about Rumsfeld.

    1. So boring y’all. Fauci, CRT, whatever the hell Ken wrote, you guys are not even close to triggering me.

      1. Nobody cares about you.

    2. My bad, didn’t mean to reply to your comment which is exactly decent snark.

      1. Actually not exactly. Jeebus why have you forsaken me

        1. Fuck off and die, lefty shit.

    3. Does this mean the law and precedent are more important than #MeToo?

      I thought that was fundamentally unpossible.

      1. Well, the women were drugged, and I learned from Robin D’Angelo and Wokesters that INACTION=CONSENT, so they really have no case anymore anyway.

  37. “Ask Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward anything”

    You…fools!

  38. Value Property Islamabad

    1. I say zero.

  39. “Florida’s controversial and authoritarian new social media law has been temporarily blocked by a federal court. The measure—championed and signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May—bans large social media providers from deplatforming political candidates, beginning July 1.”

    Help me out. Are we baking cakes or not?

    1. You’re basically a segregationist, sorta.

      1. According to CRT, since I support individual autonomy and use math and objective reasoning, I am definitely a white oppressive racist.

      2. You’re basically a waste of carbon molecules, fully.

  40. New Mexico is now the last state with mask mandates.

    Even the Gila Monsters know this is stupid.

    1. They are desperately trying to protect their indigenous population. Just not from the problems endemic in their communities like chronic unemployment, alcoholism and incest.

      1. There’s that Mormon bigotry we all know!

        1. Asshole flag

  41. Oregon and Washington lift their mask mandates today

    Of course they did. They have their next big scare locked and loaded.

    The most hilarious thing I have heard in a while was NPR interviewing Spanish speaking migrant workers about the dangers of working in the heat. I was in Monterrey in December and it hit 95 degrees.

    1. Oregon farm worker dies during heat wave

      https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/oregon-farm-worker-dies-heat-wave-pacific-northwest/283-85b9cb18-4c17-435a-8a7c-3efce4f6545d

      ST PAUL, Oregon — A farmworker died of heat-related causes while working at a nursery in St. Paul on Saturday, according to Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

      “I can confirm that we have open investigations with Ernst Nursery and Farms and Brother Farm Labor Contractor regarding this fatality,” said Oregon OSHA spokesperson, Aaron Corvin.

      Corvin said details reported to the state indicated the employee who died was working on a crew moving irrigation lines. At the end of the shift, he was found unresponsive in the field.

      “This is a tragedy,” said Corvin. “We don’t want to see this.”

      Hilarious, isn’t it? A farm worker literally died in the field. What a knee slapper!

      1. “Hilarious, isn’t it? A farm worker literally died in the field. What a knee slapper!”

        Do you ever post without a helping of STOOOPID”?

      2. Yes, because if not for racism, global warming, and Fox News, no person wold ever die.

      3. A farm worker literally died in the field.
        This has never happened in the history of farming.

      4. Oh my god, someone died. Lock down the country Jeff. It’s not like people die every day.

  42. Good veto by Gov. Mills. Of course, no mention in her letter of the inequality under the law of making sex work ‘legal’ for the person selling and illegal for the person buying, but whatever. Who cares about those assholes?

  43. The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer have been indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan. “The specific charges against the company and its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, were not immediately clear,”

    Some people did some things.

    1. Pretty sure they caught someone who knows Trump jaywalking in ’86.

    2. They’re not immediately clear to the prosecutors, either. They’ll let us know when they find something.

  44. Yet another reason to get vaccinated, even if you’ve already had COVID:

    SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines induce persistent human germinal centre responses

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03738-2

    1. The dynamics of antibody secreting plasmablasts (PBs) and germinal centre (GC) B cells induced by these vaccines in humans remain unclear.
      And you assume it’s a good thing.

    2. Come on, chemjeff, you are citing a study that doesn’t even mention how Bill Gates has embedded microchips in the vaccines.

      1. Which one of you is Jim Carey and which one is Jeff Daniels?

    3. The only people who were ‘concerned’ that vaccine effectiveness would be short-lived were the leftist Karens who wanted the mask mandates to continue in perpetuity.

  45. https://nypost.com/2021/07/01/old-gwen-berry-photo-shows-her-beaming-while-holding-us-flag/

    “The image — which was posted to Berry’s old website in June 2015 — shows her exuding joy as she holds up the flag after she achieved her dream of representing the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Fox News reported.”

    Hmm what changed. I guess the prospect of getting fame, notoriety, and commercials/endorsements for last place if you cry systemic racism and have a toddler tantrum. Kaep showed her how to make a career out of mediocrity

    1. It’s because Trump.

      1. It’s because she realized she never going to medal in the Olympics. So this is her new path to fame.

    2. Do confederate flags all over Trump rallies trigger you? Funny that I never heard a thing from Fox News about all those Confederate flags at Trump rallies but a black woman turns her back and it’s 24/7 coverage. You mfers are pieces of shit. I’m sorry but it’s true. That or you’re stupid.

      1. “…That or you’re stupid.”

        This from a pile of lefty shit whose IQ won’t warm your fridge…

      2. I dont personally like or support the confederate flag. One flag only, IMO.

        Now whatcha got bitch? You used up your “BUT TRUUUUUUMP” so you pretty much already lost this one. You still have your “RACISM!” card to play to signal you completely lost

    3. Fame, notoriety, endorsement deals, or maybe heartfelt conviction.

      1. Haha. Yeah. You see it all the time. Kids grow up as flag waving proud Americans only to decide that America sucks as they become adults.

        Oh, the oppression! Where’s my fainting couch?

  46. Meanwhile in LA:

    Police bomb squad botches the disposal of seized illegal fireworks: They put them all in their ‘bomb-proof’ vehicle and tried to detonate them all at once. It did not go as well as they planned. But don’t worry: There’s video.

    https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/07/01/it-felt-like-a-really-hard-earthquake-9-people-injured-in-botched-illegal-firework-detonation-by-police/

    1. LOL . Pretty sure soaking them in water would have been easier.

    2. Hahahahahahahaha

      1. We are setting off fireworks again this year that put small community firework events to shame.

        BOOM!

        People who still live in commie enclaves like Commifornia make me laugh.

    3. Maybe if the LAPD gets defunded, they can make some money back by posting their idiocy on Youtube.

  47. The big story on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal and Biden’s $3 trillion budget reconciliation bill continues to NOT be about the Republicans–since both bills can be passed through reconciliation without a single Republican vote. Rather, the big story is the progressive Democrats’ opposition to both bills for being too small.

    And both Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are lighting those bills on fire.

    “House Democrats Jamaal Bowman and Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri spoke at the protest, calling for more climate policies, including a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps, to be included in the infrastructure proposal . . . .

    Ocasio-Cortez sounded the call for a Civilian Climate Corps, a New Deal–style jobs plan, to be included in the infrastructure deal. She told the crowd, “They want you to think, ‘Oh this is a new idea, this is too ambitious, this is too crazy.’ How about this? The last time we introduced the Civilian Climate Corps in this country, we hired and mobilized a quarter-million people in three months” . . . .

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus, among other left-leaning groups, have been calling since infrastructure negotiations took off for $10 trillion over a decade to combat the climate crisis.

    Progressives have been clear that they won’t support a bipartisan bill unless it’s linked to a separate, bigger spending deal. “No reconciliation bill, no deal,” Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted this week. “We need transformative change NOW.”

    —-The Nation

    https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/sunrise-infrastructure/

    Bernie Sanders has always been a firebrand, but in addition to that, he’s now the chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Let that sink in for a second. You want a reconciliation bill. If it isn’t big enough for Bernie, you’re not getting it. If you want an infrastructure bill, he and another progressive in the Senate is all that’s needed to stop it.

    The primary threat to Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and his $3 trillion budget reconciliation bill is not the Republicans in the Senate. It’s the progressives in the Democratic party–like AOC and Bernie Sanders. AOC was on TV earlier this week explaining that the $6 trillion she wants to spend on climate change isn’t all in one year. It’s over ten years–so, it’s not really all that much!

    Whether we’re talking about Biden spending $3 trillion on climate change to eliminate fossil fuels from power generation in 15 years or AOC’s bill to spend $6 trillion fighting climate change in 10 years, we’re talking about the Green New Deal. She’s even calling for the creation of a New Deal program like the Civilian Conservation Corps for climate change. Don’t get lost in the accusations of “bipartisanship” for this spending (no Republicans have actually voted for this spending yet). It’s a distraction.

    The fight is between progressives in the House (where the Democrats only have a nine vote majority) and the progressives in the Senate–on one side–and the more pragmatic Democrat leadership–with Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer–on the other. How sorry is it if Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer are what passes for moderate Democrats these days?!

    Anyway, the Democrats don’t need any Republicans to vote for any of this spending to get it passed, and nothing the Republican do can stop it from happening. If Biden wants any of this spending at all, however, they will probably need to capitulate to AOC, Bernie Sanders, and the progressives Democrats. It isn’t about the Republicans, and it won’t be until after the midterms in 2022. It’s a fight between progressives and establishment Democrats.

    1. The quicker America experiences hyper inflation and the idiot masses start starving, the quicker civil war 2.0 will be over.

      I for one cant wait until Democrats hold up in their homes with pitch fork totting americans outside.

      1. The fact you’re gleefully talking about civil war 2.0 tells me you’re not a patriot at all. What the fuck is wrong with you?

        1. The fact that you seem to be oblivious that these progressives proposals will lead to economic devastation, needless destruction, and maybe violence is astounding to me!

          I’ve long suspected that the reason progressives openly advocate economic destruction and needless suffering isn’t because they’re evil–but because they’re too stupid to understand the consequences of their policies.

          And you seem to be another example of that kind of thing. Suffice it to say, that if a fat chunk of the American people react to having their standard of living destroyed by the policies of the Democrats and the progressives, that violent reaction will be a consequence of those policies–whether lc1789 wants it to be violent or not.

          1. “I’ve long suspected that the reason progressives openly advocate economic destruction and needless suffering isn’t because they’re evil–but because they’re too stupid to understand the consequences of their policies.”

            I agree with this. If you truly believe progressives are stupid, not evil, as you say above, then why do you repeat your daily hate mantra, “progressives are America’s most horrible people”?

            1. “I agree with this. If you truly believe progressives are stupid, not evil, as you say above, then why do you repeat your daily hate mantra, “progressives are America’s most horrible people”?

              Are you trying to look stupid, or are you stupid?

              1. I actually answered the question yesterday in a post replying to someone else. Here’s the abridged version.

                We used to have the 50 Cent Army, which was about Chinese shitposting. If you said something critical of the Chinese government on a high profile website, a bunch trolls with broken English would show up and start defending the Chinese government using the most absurd arguments imaginable. They’d argue the Tiananmen Square Massacre never happened like they were from the Flat Earth Society. Their point wasn’t to argue with you or change your mind. They just wanted to respond to your comments with so much shit that you wouldn’t say bad things about the Chinese government anymore.

                You could literally write something simple like, “China has an evil government”, and see five comments responding to that comment in more or less the same stupid way within a couple of minutes. If you’re saying something bad about China, they’d just as soon trash the thread.

                “The 50 Cent Army consists mostly of paid bureaucrats who respond to government directives and rarely defend their government from criticism or engage in direct arguments because “… the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject.”

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

                The progressive shitposters are doing the same shit for the same reason–only they’re doing it for free, sort of like Moonies that hassle you at the airport or when Jehovah’s Witnesses come knocking on your door. The progressive shitposters aren’t trying to reason with you. They don’t care about facts. They don’t care about logic. They aren’t here to learn anything. They don’t care whether they’re wrong or right. Their only intention is to ruin threads and distract people.

                Just like with the 50 Cent Army, you don’t have to try very hard to make the progressives shitposters come running either. Just write something like “Progressives are America’s most horrible people”, and the progressive shitposters will lock onto your leg and hump it leg like a retarded Chihuahua. It’s hilarious. And it exposes them as shitposters. They don’t care what you say unless it’s something bad about progressives and Democrats, and that’s all they seem to care about. And they don’t care about the facts, or whether what they say makes sense. They just want you to stop saying bad things about progressives and distract you.

                This is also why they should be muted. Why read the posts of people who don’t care about the facts, don’t care about logic, don’t care about whether they’re wrong or right? They aren’t even good for practice. Why read the posts of Chinese bureaucrats whose only intention is to distract you with stupid shit? Why read the posts of progressive shitposters whose only purpose is to react when people say bad things about progressives? There’s nothing to learn from them. There is no reason to think they care about facts and logic, must less are susceptible to its influence.

                They’re human bots. I’ve seen White Knight argue that basic logical fallacies are wrong. For goodness’ sake, mute them already.

                1. Appreciate the logic, but my only ‘mutes’ so far are the “click here” bots.
                  ‘Know your enemy’ and all that.

                  1. Tag! You’re it!

                    No asshole flag backs!

                    1. Asshole flag

      2. My urge to say, “I told you so” to the progressives and ignorant and stupid people who listen to them has never overwhelmed my love of this country or my desire to see people avoid senseless suffering.

        I don’t want inflation, taxes, socialism, and economic mismanagement to destroy our standard of living–just so I can show people that what they wanted was stupid–and because I’m not an elitist, I still believe we can persuade average Americans to do the smart thing, on the one hand, and that progressives are America’s most horrible people, on the other.

        1. Yeah, what this country needs is more demonization and divisiveness. We certainly don’t want civility or dialog. Go Ken!

          1. Where’d you get that from?

            1. “progressives are America’s most horrible people”

              Never mind that progressives are a good portion of your friends, family, neighbors, and fellow Americans. Never mind that Ken himself says elsewhere they have bad ideas rather than being evil. Never mind trying to engage them in constructive dialogue or educating them or civilly debating them — nah, let’s demonize ‘em!

              1. “…Never mind trying to engage them in constructive dialogue or educating them or civilly debating them — nah, let’s demonize ‘em!”

                Honesty is such a bitch, right asshole?

      3. Civil war 1.0 did not do so well for our state LC.

        Tell me more about that winery you own with your family. Have not seen much local wine. Perhaps you could recommend something. And the corn and other things you grow. Oh you said it is not organic but you sell it as such. I don’t care but fresher food tastes better.

        You also spoke about investments. That is important for some like me concerned about inflation. Can you provide insight into that? They say on investment sites hold onto good real estate and blue chip stocks to ride out the storm.

      4. Goddamn you’re one inbred hick!

        Traitor!

    2. Oh, so the bill is not bipartisan because some Democrats aren’t on board, therefore only the Republican Party supports the bill. This is the definition of bipartisan you were insisting on yesterday.

    3. Does anybody else hear something that sounds like a . . . squawking bird?

      1. That would be Joe Eagle.

  48. I’d like to see the argument from Florida that justifies the equivalent of mandating a private property must allow every dumbass to speak on their lawn.

    1. Sure, right after the justification that “trespassing” on public property is a good reason to shoot someone in the neck.

    2. Dur private companies hur hur they are like people says nobody ever except shitheads like you.

  49. The Supreme Court just overturned a lower court’s decision and upheld Arizona’s new rules on voting.

    From the majority opinion:

    “The mere fact there is some disparity in impact does not necessarily mean that a system is not equally open or that it does not give everyone an equal opportunity to vote”

    —Alito by way of Reuters

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/voting-rights-breyers-future-spotlight-us-supreme-court-2021-07-01/

    This doesn’t auger well for those who sue over similar laws in other states.

  50. So the judge put a stay on Florida’s law by confirming that social media companies are engaging in speech when they censor a post. Which means that the whole underpinning of section 230 is null and void. Social media companies can be held responsible for what their users post.

    1. No, they are choosing _not_ to engage in speech. Which is one half of what the First Amendment guarantees: no compelled speech.

      1. If social media posts are the speech of the user not the company, then the company is not engaging in speech by being forced to allow social media posts they disagree with. The user would be the only one engaging in speech, but that’s not what the judge just said. He said that a company is engaging in speech when a third party posts on their platform.

        1. Fine, they are being compelled to facilitate someone else’s speech. Pretty sure that violates First Amendment protections, too.

          1. Now do cakes.

      2. Censoring Oxford University virologists and the New York Post from discussing issues that might reflect poorly on the Democrats, isn’t “choosing _not_ to engage in speech” no matter how you slice it.

        Don’t you ever fear that this political collusion you’re enjoying right now could eventually rebound on your side? You should think long and hard about the actions you’re covering for.

  51. “…for action taken in good faith to restrict access to material the service finds objectionable.”

    Violating an inalienable right is never in good faith.

    If you won’t stand up for your inalienable rights it’s easy to see why those in power over you don’t think you deserve them.

  52. “Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg surrenders to Manhattan district attorney, will plead not guilty ”
    […]
    “He (Weisselberg) is now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former President,” the spokesperson said.
    “The District Attorney is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employee benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of bringing. This is not justice; this is politics.”
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-organization-cfo-allen-weisselberg-surrenders-to-manhattan-district-attorney-office-on-indictment/ar-AALEYTa?ocid=uxbndlbing

    Fishing expedition gets a nibble; looks like they’re hoping to convince us that sardine is a shark.

    1. I read an interesting theory today on the Twitters that banks often call their loans to companies who have had indictments, so this is not a serious attempt at criminal prosecution, but designed to induce banks to call all Trump’s loans and bankrupt his entire operation.

      I have no idea if that’s accurate, but it sounds scummy enough to be believable.

  53. Here’s the part where you know that the fraud happened. In the midst of woke zealotry running rampant in the clerisy and in the establishment, white men, the target of the pogroms, suddenly decided to vote for woke’s geriatric standard bearer.

    “Biden made gains with men, while Trump improved among women, narrowing the gender gap. The gender gap in the 2020 election was narrower than it had been in 2016, both because of gains that Biden made among men and because of gains Trump made among women.”

    And it’s not that they think we’re idiots. They know we recognize fraud when we see it.
    They enjoy parading their lack of accountability to us proles. It’s a show of power.

    1. Any new mass unmarked child graves in Canada? Last I saw a new one found.

      You all got rid of an entire generation by slaughter and enslavement of indigenous children. No accountability. No admission of guilt. All under the cover of god and country. That is “we” as far as you are concerned. Or are you still Canadian?

      But “we” who is that exactly?

      1. Except that whole story is complete and utter bullshit and lies from one end to the other.

        1. The residential school was run by the tribe itself.
        2. The purported mass grave is an ordinary cemetery, complete with records.
        3. Nobody was buried in the same grave at the same time.
        4. The “unmarked” graves that were there were only unmarked because their headstones and markers had faded.
        5. The “victims” died of diphtheria, old age, cancer, heart disease and the flu over a period of sixty years.

        This is part of a gaslighting campaign by the Trudeau government and regular grift by the tribes.

        Nobody actually believes it, not even gaslighting shitweasels like you White Mike.

    2. To be more poecific, it was only white men who were the race/sex demographic thst turned against Trump last year.

  54. https://nypost.com/2021/06/30/inside-the-rush-to-reassign-the-genders-of-kids/

    “Single mom Bri was visiting the pediatrician’s office with her 15-year-old, a child struggling with anxiety, when the doctor said: “If you don’t affirm your daughter’s gender identity, or get her the help she needs, and she kills herself, you’re going to feel awfully guilty.’ ”

    That is horrific. Blaming a skeptical and concerned parent for her kid’s potential suicide, to try and terrify her into complying with transmania. I don’t even have the words to describe how incredibly psychotic and evil that is.

    1. What if she gets that “help” and later realizes she fucked up her ability to have children and a normal sex life and then kills herself?

      1. That would be because of transphobia.

  55. Why aren’t people looking for jobs? In a new survey from job search site Indeed, 25 percent of out-of-work folks without college degrees cited COVID-19 concerns, 20 percent said they had enough financial cushion for now, 20 percent said child care precluded it, and 12 percent said unemployment insurance made it unnecessary.

    It’s working. It’s working!

  56. Today in libertarian news and commentary.

    Robin DiAngelo’s nice racism
    The White Fragility author’s latest book is ugly, divisive and very boring.

    You could be forgiven for thinking Robin DiAngelo’s latest effort, Nice Racism, is a mea culpa. Especially given the subtitle: How progressive white people perpetuate racial harm.

    This must be some kind of self-lacerating, super-self-reflective memoir, surely?

    After all, DiAngelo certainly seems nice enough. As an education professor, diversity consultant and author of the best-selling White Fragility, she’s certainly an achingly progressive white person. And thanks to her obsession with race, which, as a writer and diversity trainer, she’s peddled in boardrooms and in the media, she’s probably done a fair bit to ‘perpetuate racial harm’.

    Just think about her argument for a second. Race, for DiAngelo, determines every aspect of our conscious and unconscious lives. Not in the manner of old-fashioned biological racists, for whom racial inheritance flowed through our veins. But in the manner of the new racialists, who believe race is carried through the pathways of culture – the culture, that is, of our ‘white supremacist society’, permeating our minds from birth, and shaping and defining all our thoughts and actions.

    So race, for DiAngelo, is just as all-determining as it was for say, Arthur de Gobineau, or some other 19th-century scientific racist. It’s just she says ‘systemic’ rather than ‘biological’, ‘structural’ rather than ‘ancestral’.

  57. What is the point of writing a negative article about one of the few politicians who didn’t go full blown totalitarian during covidcon? Seems wrong to do if you value freedom or liberty at all. I don’t think trying to regulate facebook or google is worth the effort plus it won’t work… They have too much money and power. I would just advise republicans not to use their platforms, services, and products. Granted it isn’t easy but I quit facebook. I do still use some google crap but I try to limit it as much as I can and always look for other options. Death by 1000000 small cuts.

  58. I wonder if the writer of this article would have called it a Authoritarian law if the social media outlets were Conservative and the ones being banned or suspended were Liberals. I know what I think.

    1. I suspect you would be wrong, but the counterfactual that you propose would require so many things to be different about the world that it probably is a useless exercise in wild speculation.

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