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USPS Gets Hit With Lawsuit Over Social Media Snooping

Plus: Whistleblower on drone killings sentenced to federal prison, Biden carries on Trump's legacy on trade and immigration, and more...

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Lawsuit filed over USPS surveillance. The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing over a secretive social media surveillance program conducted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

As Reason noted in the August/September 2021 issue, USPS has been running an Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), in which U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) agents are tasked with monitoring the likes of Facebook, Parler, Twitter, and Telegram for information about protests and more. Agents with iCOP "assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools and employ facial recognition software," Yahoo News revealed last April.

But not a lot is known about the iCOP program—which is where EFF comes in. For now, the group is simply seeking more information about the program. After USPIS ignored EFF's requests for this information, the group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, seeking more on the iCOP program's creation, operation, and policies, including what it does with the data collected and how it shares this information with other agencies.

"We're filing this FOIA lawsuit to shine a light on why and how the Postal Service is monitoring online speech," Houston Davidson, EFF public interest legal fellow, said in a statement. "This lawsuit aims to protect the right to protest. The government has never explained the legal justifications for this surveillance. We're asking a court to order the USPIS to disclose details about this speech-monitoring program, which threatens constitutional guarantees of free expression and privacy."

"People self-censor when they think their speech is being monitored and could be used to target them. A government effort to scour people's social media accounts is a threat to our civil liberties," added EFF senior staff attorney Aaron Mackey.

You can read the full EFF complaint here.


FREE MINDS

Prison time for whistleblower on drone killings. Daniel Hale told the truth about America's secret drone assassinations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. For that, he's been sentenced to federal prison. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, Hale was "sentenced to 45 months in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to passing along classified documents to a reporter that were subsequently published in 2015," as Reason's Scott Shackford notes:

Hale's leaks were intended to show that the drone assassinations under President Barack Obama were not what the American public believed them to be. The government insisted that its secret "kill list" of terrorists was carefully vetted, and the drone strikes were only deployed to kill those the government and military believed it was unfeasible to arrest.

The reality, Hale revealed, was the drone strikes regularly resulted in the death of innocents, and the government covered it up by automatically classifying anybody killed as "militants" even when they weren't the targets of the strikes. This allowed the government to insist that civilian casualties were being kept to a minimum.


FREE MARKETS

Biden continues Trump's bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration. Today, President Joe Biden will give a speech about new "Buy American" rules, reportedly raising the minimum amount of a product that must be made in the U.S. (from 55 percent to 75 percent) in order to be considered American-made. Biden will give the speech at a Pennsylvania plant of Mack Trucks—a foreign-owned company (it belongs to the Swedish Volvo Group) that relies on imported steel from Europe to make its trucks.

"'Buy American' rules are just another form of protectionism: they've been found, for example, to act as a barrier to entering the U.S. market and to raise domestic prices in the same way that a tariff does," writes Scott Lincicome at the Cato Institute.

Special provisions in the rules, moreover, make them a particularly‐​generous handout for the U.S. steel industry (to steel consumers' clear detriment). The restrictions also encourage foreign retaliation against U.S. exporters, and, far from improving federal projects, routinely confound them (via higher prices, more paperwork, project delays, etc.). Indeed, according to one recent (and quite relevant for today's purposes) study, "Buy American" restrictions tied to federal transportation subsidies raised the price of domestically‐​produced transit buses and discouraged the purchase of more efficient foreign‐​made buses, thus lowering the quality and use of public transit (frequency and coverage), increasing traffic congestion, and harming the environment.

The Biden administration is also carrying on many of former President Donald Trump's bad immigration policies. Last week, it announced that it would process 100,000 fewer green card applications this year than are allowed to be processed.

"Without drastic revisions in the glacial processing times, President Biden will have presided over one of the largest cuts to legal immigration in U.S. history — and almost no one is talking about it," notes the Cato Institute's David J. Bier in The Washington Post:

While Biden will own this unwelcome distinction, former president Donald Trump staged this disaster last year by barring most immigrants sponsored by their family members from entering the United States. This caused 120,000 family green card slots to go unused.

Green cards permit holders to permanently live and work in the United States, and immigration law provides two primary routes to obtain them — sponsorship by family members or by employers. If fewer family-based green cards are issued than are allotted, the law requires that the unused family-based number from one year be added to the cap for employment-based green cards in the following year — in this case, an additional 120,000 slots (on top of the annual 140,000).

But here's the problem: If those additional employment-based slots aren't used by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, they are lost forever. And the administration is now saying that most won't be, largely because of bureaucracy and a lack of preparation by the federal government.


QUICK HITS

• "Thirty-two unaccompanied immigrant children who were deported to Guatemala despite a judge's order have yet to be brought back to the US to apply for asylum, six months after the government admitted it was in the wrong," reports BuzzFeed.

• More federal whistleblowers have come forward about conditions at shelters for unaccompanied migrant kids.

• State leaders are starting to scapegoat immigrants for rising COVID-19 rates.

Gawker is back!

• Organized labor is divided over vaccine mandates.

• Federal anti-gun task forces are drawing criticism, as some communities see an onslaught of arrests. "In this day and age with so many studies, so many evidenced-based resources surrounding violence interruption and strategies to reduce violence, it's crazy to see folks that do not live in our community take it upon themselves to call in the [federal government] to criminalize us," activist Stanley Martin told Time.

• Google is banning sugar daddy apps.

New research from the University of Toronto suggests about 28 percent of people with previous suicide attempts are now mentally healthy. "Our findings indicate a significant minority of individuals with a history of suicide attempts go on to achieve high levels of happiness and psychological flourishing," said lead researcher Esme Fuller-Thomson. Social support and lack of insomnia or chronic pain were key factors.

• Is there anything Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan can't blame tech platforms for?

• A good ruling from the FTC on right to repair:

Restricting consumers and businesses from choosing how they repair products can substantially increase the total cost of repairs, generate harmful electronic waste, and unnecessarily increase wait times for repairs. In contrast, providing more choice in repairs can lead to lower costs, reduce e-waste by extending the useful lifespan of products, enable more timely repairs, and provide economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses.

• Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is back on her wealth tax gambit.

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  1. The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing over a secretive social media surveillance program conducted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

    Hopefully they mailed the papers over with enough stamps.

    1. Still a good chance the documents will be “delayed”.

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    2. For years, they said that the USPS had been rendered obsolete with the advent of email and the fax. But now we see that even they are capable of adapting. As libertarians, shouldn’t we be proud that the federal government is doing its best to remain relevant?

      What’s next? Is the federal reserve going to monitor the border once bitcoin makes their mandate obsolete?

      1. Capitol Police decided to expand to the states. That is the one that is really onerous.

        1. ++

        2. And now Nancy ordered the Capitol Police to arrest people not wearing masks.

          https://mobile.twitter.com/RepKatCammack/status/1420727107735461888

          1. Shooting in the face is next.

            1. Lying Jeffy approves this message.

        3. We’ll call them the Congressionals, like in the movie.

      2. As libertarians, shouldn’t we be proud that the federal government is doing its best to remain relevant?

        No. It would be like a Grandpa wearing chartruse bair. Believe me, I’ve seen it, and it ain’t pretty.

      3. They’ve been obsolete since Lysander Spooner.

    3. Nobody would use the USPS for something that important.

      1. Makework for union featherbedding drones.

    4. It will thrown out on no standing/no harm grounds.

    5. Can’t they at least stick to spying on what mail we send and receive? Stay in your lane.

    6. Presumably, the EFF used an assumed name and a drop box out in the country.

  2. A former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, Hale was “sentenced to 45 months in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to passing along classified documents to a reporter that were subsequently published in 2015…”

    Did people not already know what we were doing with drones?

    1. The reality, Hale revealed, was the drone strikes regularly resulted in the death of innocents, and the government covered it up by automatically classifying anybody killed as “militants” even when they weren’t the targets of the strikes.

      I hope Americans weren’t naive enough to believe anything but this was going on.

      1. If they weren’t militants, they wouldn’t have been near all of that flying shrapnel.

        /neocon

      2. Look, man. Obama said that he had Top Men vetting those kill lists. Top. Men.

      3. “drone strikes regularly resulted in the death of innocents, and the government covered it up by automatically classifying anybody killed as “militants” even when they weren’t the targets of the strikes.”

        We call this: the Obama doctrine

        1. Collateral damage.

          1. Any group of more than 3 males between the ages of 12 and 65 is bound to be terrorism related, no matter the presence of soccer balls.

        2. Unqualified immunity.

      4. Tbis is like that skit (I think it on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In) where two barflys in a bar in Dublin, Ireland are talking about “The Troubles” and one of them says: “All I do is aim m’ gun and whoever I hit, that’s a Protestant!”

    2. Hopefully they used UPS or some other courier to get the papers delivered.

    3. Vaguely. Hale knew specifically.

  3. RIP, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, and the legendary inventor/salesman Ron Popeil.

    1. That is sad, loved many a ZZ Top song back in the day.

      1. But wait there’s more. For a limited time you can get a Bass-o-Matic with your Cheap Sunglasses and be a Sharp Dressed Man.

    2. Does Ronco offer a $19.95 casket? And if you promise to tell a friend…

      1. I figure they’d just use the Ronco dehydrator.

        1. But wait, there’s more….

      2. There actually are inexpensive thick cardboard caskets that are ornate and are a great alternative to the monsterously jacked-up rates of funeral hime buzzards.

    3. He’s got legs, he no longer can use them

  4. “raising the minimum amount of a product that must be made in the U.S. (from 55 percent to 75 percent) in order to be considered American-made”

    I dunno, seems like more of a truth in advertising thing.

    1. I guess even my Wrangler is now an “imported” vehicle. And so is every other car built by GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

      1. I once had a guy tell me he only buys American cars. He was shocked when I told him that is crystler is owned by fiat and us Ittallian

        1. Maybe he should have bought a Toyota… built in Tennessee. Heck, they even make a ton of the parts there. Of course, I don’t know where they get the steel. Probably from some evil nation like Canada…

  5. Biden continues Trump’s bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration.

    BREAKING: Democrat Continues Democrat Policy

    1. And this is why, despite Trump’s protectionist actions, the Steel Workers of America (et al) still lined up to shill for Biden. The Democrats never had a problem Out-Protectionist-ing Trump. They learned their lesson about taking the blue collars for granted in 2016.

      1. It wasn’t the workers who shilled for Biden, it was only the Union leaders. There were many articles on the workers voting for Trump over Biden. But the union leaders care more for politics than they do their workers.

        1. +

    2. If only Biden had posted some kind of campaign platform on some sort of website, or run some TV ads explaining what he had in mind….

    3. ENB posting her Ls online.

  6. Biden continues Trump’s Biden’s bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration.

    FTFY. Let’s not go thinking that Biden was ever a free trade guy.

    1. Fifty years in government just wasn’t enough to figure him out.

      1. I thought it was 180 years.

        1. Only 120 years, if you believe Biden.

    2. Neither was Trump. Which means his supporters should be backing Biden’s protectionism.

      1. This is what you think logic is.

      2. As per usual screetch doesn’t see the obvious.

    3. Which was a continuation of Obama policies. Actually less deportations under trump than Obama first 4 years

  7. Thirty-two unaccompanied immigrant children who were deported to Guatemala despite a judge’s order have yet to be brought back to the US to apply for asylum, six months after the government admitted it was in the wrong…

    Without reading the article, I’m going to guess that’s not the only thing that didn’t happen as a result of violating a court order.

  8. “Social support and lack of insomnia or chronic pain were key factors.”

    And yet we make it pretty hard to get prescription level sleep aids and painkillers….

    1. Yeah. You have to get a prescription.

      1. If you do get a prescription often you have to go through things like drug testing and the doctors cutting off the meds.

        But nice of you to take up for the government appointed gate-keepers!

        1. Bullshit. I had problems sleeping, the doctor wrote a script, I got it filled. Easy. No testing, No cutoffs.

          And this has nothing to do with supporting government restrictions. But you knew that.

          1. (internet) Anecdotes rule!

          2. Also, how long did you get the script?

            1. About 5 inches.

              *rimshot*

          3. It depends on the drug, and it also depends on when you were doing this. In the last 10 years, the federal government has cracked down pretty hard on any drug remotely addictive or habit forming. So Queen is correct here that the government has meddled pretty heavily here.

            1. Depends on location. Very few medications are at the level QA is claiming with a broad brush.

              1. But among the medications that ARE restricted, Pain relievers and Sleep Aids are among the most regulated. Because they also tend to be addictive.

                And it is a fact that the US has exacerbated this problem by cracking down on Doctors that it felt were too loose in prescribing these meds.

        2. How the hell does a doctor get appointed to their position by the government?

          1. Lol, there’s this thing called a ‘license.’

            1. Lol, that’s a certification, not an appointment, dummy.

              1. Pedant’s progress!

                Can anyone without the certification practice, er, dummy?

                1. Yes. Not legally. But that doesn’t seem to matter to you with your immigration stance. Many practice unlicensed.

                2. Well, there’s that little matter of going through medical school, too, but you seem to have missed that.

    2. And yet we make it pretty hard to get prescription level sleep aids and painkillers….

      Just visit the local dealer outside your trailer park.

  9. More federal whistleblowers have come forward about conditions at shelters for unaccompanied migrant kids.

    Thank God Vice President Harris isn’t around to see this.

    1. Biden tasked her with addressing this. She owns this.

      1. He handed her this, then he tossed her in the East River.

    2. We got rid of mean tweets and kids in ‘cages’ all due to TDS-addled assholes!
      Makes ‘me proud!

      1. “Cages” are now immigration centers.
        Same place, better name.

    3. She is trying to stay away lest she be photographed gloating over the suffering.

  10. State leaders are starting to scapegoat immigrants for rising COVID-19 rates.

    We all know that it’s unvaccinated natives AKA Trump voters.

    1. “illegal” is always omitted when referring to those who move here under cover of darkness across the desert.

      1. “Job seekers”.

    2. what I don’t understand is why doesn’t the government give them a vaccine when they enter. there must be a reason why they aren’t and it could only be so they can spread them throughout the red districts to spread covid

      1. More right-wing victimhood. Don’t let any facts contradict the narrative;

        https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/13/politics/immigrant-detainees-vaccine-dhs/index.html

        1. Lol, a total of 10,000 doses for more 100,000k immigrants/month.
          CNN =/= Facts
          Meanwhile many are refusing the jab.
          https://nypost.com/2021/07/15/30-percent-of-migrants-in-border-facilities-refused-covid-shot-report/

          1. As if White Mike, Sooper Geeneus, ever let the facts get in the way of his lefty simping.

            1. Mike is a HO2-ed down version of Tony.

          2. How does this keep happening to White Mike?!?

          3. Meanwhile, Ron above spent zero time investigating whether his claim, “the government [doesn’t] give them a vaccine” before using his claim as the basis of repeating the conservative-as-victims narrative. The conservative-as-victims narrative is used, of course, as justification for any actions they would normally be ashamed of.

            1. Wow. You came back in to double le down at being wrong. 30% of 100k leaves 70k asking for vaccines. They are provided 10k to hand out. Do the jeff math.

              1. Dee’s still counting how many hydrogen atoms are in a water molecule.

        2. “”More right-wing victimhood.””

          When it comes to victimhood, the right has a long way to catch up to the left.

    3. Scattering covid positive immigrants all over the country in no way spreads the disease says The Science (aka Fauci).

    1. The job of invading people’s privacy and lying to destroy lives for fun and sport is never done I guess.

      1. Not as long as there are teen girls.

      2. Cohen has made a career out of it!

      3. I thought the Post Office was in charge of this now.

  11. “Biden carries on Trump’s legacy on trade and immigration”

    Nope. Orange Hitler literally ran concentration camps. He put kids in cages — something no Democrat would ever do.

    I was paying attention in January. Biden liberated and dismantled the concentration camps on day 1.

    #LibertariansForBiden

  12. Organized labor is divided over vaccine mandates.

    Labor left vs woke left?

    1. Big tent vs thunder dome.

  13. Federal anti-gun task forces are drawing criticism, as some communities see an onslaught of arrests.

    Who would have thought that Democratic leadership would be weaponized against them.

  14. Google is banning sugar daddy apps.

    How wonderfully paternalistic.

    1. Who’s your daddy now?

      1. Go Daddy hardest hit …

  15. Hey look, it’s one of those US Capitol “tourists” in trouble again.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/politics/capitol-insurrection-guns-stockpile-fired-cop/index.html

    Washington CNN —
    A Virginia police officer who was fired after storming the US Capitol was jailed Wednesday by a federal judge because he ordered a large stockpile of guns and ammunition after his January arrest, and posted online in support of future political violence.

    Thomas Robertson, a retired Army Reservist who later worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department, was one of the first rioters charged by the Justice Department.

    […]

    Prosecutors say Robertson called for more violence after January 6. He allegedly posted online that “the only voice these people will now listen to is violence,” so people should “buckle armor or just stay at home.” After that, prosecutors said, Robertson started purchasing more weapons.

    “I have learned that if you peacefully protest than you will be arrested, fired, be put on a no-fly list,” he allegedly posted on an online gun forum last month. “I have learned very well that if you dip your toe into the Rubicon… cross it. Cross it hard and violent and play for all the marbles.”

    He seems nice.

    1. He should get mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole.

      Of course, he should keep his voting rights while behind bars. Because he won’t technically be stripped of his citizenship.

      #LibertariansForViolentFelonVoting

      1. Are you kidding? What if he votes for the wrong person?

    2. Has Reason been more critical of the violence over the summer then they’d have a right to criticize what happened on Jan 6, but they weren’t. It’s not fair. Not only that, but these unidentified people weren’t arrested in droves. That means that arresting the nice folks who peacefully rioted on Jan 6 just isn’t fair. Logically that means that if Reason had been more critical, and more arrests had been made, then it would be perfectly acceptable to be critical of those peaceful rioters and it would be perfectly acceptable to prosecute them. The as it stands, IT JUST ISN’T FAIR! NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR! NOT FAAAAIIIIIIRRRRRRR!!!!!!

      1. We get it. You must defend the left at all costs. Even if it means defending jeff when he posts about someone being preemptively arrested for future actions. Totally libertarian with your thoughts there.

      2. If an unarmed protestor had been killed by police at some other protest last year, would the response in the media (including Reason) have been the same? Would prosecutors handle it the same way? You know the answer already.

        1. Good point. I mean, what’s the difference between demonstrating in the street and storming a federal building? No difference at all.

          1. Portland set a federal building on fire you retarded fuck.

            1. But only unimportant white people inside, so OK.

            2. Over, and, and over again. Several nights a week they’d start a fire in the lobby, or light a dumpster on fire and run it up against the wall of the building, forcing a riot declaration (they have to clear the mob so the fire crews could get there).

              I don’t hear much about prosecuting them, though.

      3. Are you Charlie and want to make them “go away” when you roll your eyes?

    3. Yeah, that’ll show him. What a nut. Arrested for Free Assembly and Free Speech. That’ll really tamp down on extremism. I bet he loves Big Brother now

      1. 1A and 2A? Pfft

    4. “large stockpile of guns and ammunition…”

      “37 guns”…photo of one AR.

      Fake grenades, uncapped pipe, and some wires.

      Robertson is correct about dipping your toe in the Rubicon. That is the lesson we all learned after Jan 6.

      There’s two sets of rules. Crystal fucking clear.

      1. There’s two sets of rules. Crystal fucking clear.

        Of course there’s two sets of rules.

        Trying to obstruct Congress certifying the peaceful transition of power, is different than trying to obstruct, say, a local school board meeting.

        They both involve the act of “obstructing” but that is where the similarity ends. One of the acts of obstruction is more profound and more dangerous to the overall health of the Republic than another. One of the acts of obstruction deserves to be taken more seriously than the other. Wouldn’t you agree?

        1. I mean protesting at the Capitol is way worse than setting a federal courthouse on fire with people inside.

          Weren’t you cheating when the riots forced Trump into his bunker? Do you consider USSC nominee votes official business or were those protestors fine?

          You seem to be inconsistent.

        2. You don’t get it, jeff.

          There weren’t mass arrests of the unidentified rioters over the summer which makes it completely unfair to prosecute the identified peaceful rioters on Jan 6.

          IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!!!

          Has there been mass arrests over the summer then it would be a different story.

          1. Please defend keeping people who committed no vandalism or violence in solitary confinement for 6 months as they wait for a trial regarding committing no violence or vandalism.

            Makes you seem totally libertarian.

        3. So all of the people that did the same thing in 2017 got arrested and held without bail right?

        4. Weird you compare it to a school board meeting instead of a Supreme Court confirmation.

          Actually not weird for you.

          1. It is classic Jeffy.

            Here is a what if scenario. Now let’s act as if the what if scenario is true and form our bias based on the what if scenario. Wow. Truth is revealed!

      2. So, let’s be clear on what you are saying in that comment: are you saying you now advocate violent resistance to the Biden Administration?

        If so, what is your ultimate goal / end game?

        1. Let’s be perfectly clear, not only are you a Bidette in good standing you’re next in line to be his Groom of the Stool.

          1. It’s just trying to be a good little stasi

    5. Now do a random antifa or BLM mostly peaceful “protestor”.

      1. Because disrupting Congress and trying to thwart the peaceful transition of power is exactly equivalent to vandalizing a random gas station.

        1. No, murdering people and destroying private businesses that had nothing to do with your claimed grievance is far worse, you wannabe totalitarian clump of cells

          1. It all depends on the context and the particular situation.

            Do you think, say, murdering a politician, and murdering your random gangbanger in Chicago, are exactly equivalent? They are equivalent in terms of loss of life. But they are not equivalent in terms of the profundity of the crime and the consequences and the (presumed) intentions of the murderer. We even have a different word to correspond to the murder of someone important – assassination, to signify that the two types of crimes are not equivalent.

            This is why your false equivalency between BLM protests and Jan. 6 protests rings so hollow. The latter tried to undermine the democratic transition of power. That is a lot more concerning than some random act of vandalism.

            1. fat jeff tripling down on murder as less serious than taking selfies at the capitol.

              1. What an ass.

            2. It all depends on the context and the particular situation.

              Do you think, say, murdering a politician, and murdering your random gangbanger in Chicago, are exactly equivalent? They are equivalent in terms of loss of life.

              What the fuck?

              One of you took pot shots at a bunch of the sainted politicians you’re venerating. Another opened fire at the cops guarding a protest march. A BLM protest march and killed about a dozen. Another bunch of you killed a cop who was defending his business, trying to immolate the lefty mayor that was letting you get away with things, tried to burn down courthouses and police stations.

              But all of you are whining over a protest at the Capitol where another one of you murdered a woman with impunity IN the damned Capitol.

              What’s wrong? Didn’t get to slaughter everyone?

              Cross the Rubicon? Dip a toe in it? I wish we could find the damned thing and get this shit over with already.

            3. BLM and Antifa violence wasn’t political.

              —Jeff

            4. “Do you think, say, murdering a politician”

              What politician died, you lying sack-of-shit? The only physical attack in the last few years was Team Blue shooting up a Republican baseball game, or Team Blue breaking their ribs in sneak attacks.

              Are you trying to insinuate that protesters with plastic flagpoles and their own limp dicks posed a threat, that somehow the Whitehouse attackers and the Kavanagh hearing attackers didn’t?
              Don’t you remember your Sicknick and zip-ties narratives turned out to be lies?
              The protesters were the only ones murdered as I recall.

              “and murdering your random gangbanger in Chicago, are exactly equivalent?”
              Wow, talk about hatred for the proles. Does this come from your deep seated racism, Jeff?

              1. I’d argue that, odds are, the gangbanger stole far less from me than a politician.

            5. Do you think, say, murdering a politician and murdering a child in the backseat of her mother’s car are equivalent?

              https://www.wjcl.com/article/you-killed-a-child-armed-protesters-in-georgia-fire-into-car-striking-8-year-old-girl/33213890#

              Especially since no politicians were murdered- or even physically harmed in any way- but a child actually was murdered?

        2. Maybe, maybe not; but attacking a federal court house is.

        3. 2 billion in damage. 2000 officers hurt. 30 people killed.

          To push a political message. To force government change. To upend peaceful democratic processes.

          Youre a fucking idiot.

          Blm was essentially vote this way or we burn your city down. Literal terrorism.

        4. You mean like in a SCOTUS hearing?

          1. That’s different because fuck you – t. Jeff

      2. This continued insistence that BLM protests and the Jan. 6 protests should be treated exactly the same in every way is just a massive whataboutism and completely stupid.

        It is a way to avoid talking about what the Jan. 6 rioters did and how terrible it was. It gives cover to the people who actually tried to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in this country.

        Here is a clue: BLM protestors and Jan. 6 protestors have been treated differently because they committed different types of crimes.

        1. Blm committed arson, murder, assaults, rapes, etc. Youre right.

          1. They burned a guy alive in Minneapolis.

        2. Anyone repeating the BLM whatabout talking point knows the difference. (Well, maybe not the one commenter here, Dillinger. He’s as dumb as a rock and seems to believe everything Newsmax says.) They just don’t care because it was folks from their partisan team that did the deed.

          1. Boots on Nancy’s desk.
            The horror.

          2. “It’s all partisan and Newsmax!!!1!”

            You’ve actually got nothing I see.

          3. Fire extinguisher.

          4. You set the example, dead man walking

        3. Where “disrupt the peaceful transition of power” = “protest in favor of pausing the vote certification so apparent irregularities could be investigated and the results fully audited”.

          Not saying I agree with them, since they had 2 months to prove their case and almost completely failed to do so, but to call it an “insurrection” is an obvious overreach if you stop to consider what an actual far right insurrection attempt might have looked like.

          1. “disrupt the peaceful transition of power” = “protest in favor of pausing the vote certification so apparent irregularities could be investigated and the results fully audited”.

            No, that is not the same. No one would be complaining or raising a fuss if the mob hadn’t literally broken into the Capitol. But they did, and they tried to stop the certification of the votes by sheer force of numbers.

            1. No one would be complaining or raising a fuss if the mob hadn’t literally broken into the Capitol.

              Like with the Kavanagh hearings? Where they temporarily stopped the proceedings to confirm a supreme court justice?

              1. Jeff doesn’t know it, but they also arrested a few people during certification in 2016 when they were protesting. It stopped the process temporarily as well.

                1. Well, in 2017.

            2. The certification of the votes already happened dummy. Congress is largely a dog and pony show, the states already certified. There is a constitutional question on if the Congressional part is even required.

              Stop majoring in leftist history, it is rotting your brain.

        4. disrupt the peaceful transition of power in this country

          This is a damned lie.

          Nothing that was done that day did or could have disrupted the transition of power. It simply does not work that way. Ask the Joint Chiefs who they were going to report to after 1/20 if that theater vote on 1/6 didn’t take place.

          SQRFKR drug out his Trumptator fan fiction even before the election and you supported him too. But no government agency was ever going to support Trump once he lost the election. The Secret Service would have arrested him if he didn’t vacate the office.

          Pretending that this was an insurrection is one of the worst blows ever to the cause of liberty in the USA.

          1. Why were they in the capitol then? Did they need a new lectern or just wanted Pelosi’s desk to be in their Christ(not the fake LDS Christ)mas cards?

            1. They wanted to demonstrate the displeasure of the People at the People’s House. They were protesting honestly. That will not be tolerated by the anointed elite.

              1. Breaking windows and doors is “protesting honestly?”

                Attacking police is “protesting honestly?”

                Having a noose and chanting “hang Mike Pence” is protesting honestly?

                Your a fascist like most Mormons. You’re just better at hiding it.

                You know Joseph Smith was a proven charlatan?

            2. How many Mormons have you killed?

              1. If you’re a cop you have to tell me?

                I know that’s BS, but why do you want to know?

              2. None. The little bitch won’t even come out to Denver at my invitation, after telling me he’d stab me in the temple if he knew where to find me.

          2. This is a damned lie.

            Umm, the peaceful transition of power was actually disrupted, for a few hours, when the mob broke in to the Capitol. Perhaps you saw it on live TV?

            So no it’s not a lie, it’s an actual fact.

            If no one had broken in, if all they did was protest outside (albeit noisily and tastelessly), almost no one would be complaining, or would be having a hissy fit about it today, or would be mumbling darkly about “threats to our democracy from right-wing terrorists”.

            The reason why people were, and still are, upset was PRECISELY because they DID disrupt the peaceful transition of power.

            It is also why so many people reject this false comparison to whatever BLM did. Yes they did some horrible things, but they never threatened the democratic process itself. That places what the Jan. 6 rioters did on an entirely different plane.

            Pretending that this was an insurrection is one of the worst blows ever to the cause of liberty in the USA.

            Maybe they should have thought of that before they decided to ACT LIKE insurrectionists.

            1. There was a riot on January 20th?

              That’s when the transition of power actually occurs.

        5. Right. BLM protesters killed a child in the back seat of her mother’s car.

          Jan. 6 protestors attempted to disrupt the certification of the election, which was certified anyway, and power transitioned on the scheduled day and time.

          Totally different, I agree.

    6. So he bought legal guns and you cheer his arrest.

      Was it the preemptive arrest for thought crimes that made you moist?

    7. He’s not wrong, you fat clump of cells

      1. Are you a personal acquaintance of Mr. Robertson? It wouldn’t surprise me.

        1. And it wouldn’t surprise me if you were dead within the year, dimwitted clump of cells.
          I’ll put $20 on heart attack.

          1. Says the guy who can’t go a day without two minutes of Twitter rage.

            1. I don’t place wagers on the death of anyone, but it’s more likely that Nardz dies of a rage stroke before I die of any natural cause.

              1. He just wants you to die because of politics. He’s all but admitted that he’d cheerfully go around murdering his political foes if he could get away with it.

                1. Fucking hypocrite.

                  sarcasmic
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                  I was going to add something about people who might be splattered by the mess, but nobody cares about your alone ass. Shit. Nobody will know you’re missed until they shut the power off and things start to smell.

                  1. ‘Cause sarc had a bad day
                    He’s drinking one down
                    He’ll make a death threat just to turn it around
                    He say you don’t know
                    But he’s telling a lie
                    He worked on a bottle, and then went for a drive
                    He had a bad day
                    Breathalyzers don’t lie
                    He’s logging back on, and raging inside
                    He had a bad day
                    He had a bad day

                2. Apparently, Idaho Bob is now openly advocating political violence.

                  1. Who is that?

                  2. Bitch, shut the fuck up.

                    No where did I advocate violence, openly or otherwise.

                    1. https://reason.com/2021/07/29/usps-gets-hit-with-lawsuit-over-social-media-snooping/#comment-9018007

                      “Robertson is correct about dipping your toe in the Rubicon. That is the lesson we all learned after Jan 6.”

                    2. Shocking. White Mike lied.

                  3. Cite?

                  4. Mike Laursen, the little stasi bitch, has been advocating political violence for at least 6 months.
                    You deserve to have it visited upon you.

                    1. Haha you advocate violence all the time!

                      Did I hurt your little fascist feeling when I called you a traitor yesterday?

                      You’re a backwards, anti American TRAITOR!

  16. A good ruling from the FTC on right to repair…

    Unanimous? Lobby fail.

  17. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is back on her wealth tax gambit.”

    Savvy, well-informed people vote Democrat knowing they’ll be terrific for the richest people on the planet. Clueless, low-info voters only pay attention to what Democrats say rather than what they do. That’s why Warren and Bernie and AOC are useful to have around — gotta trick poor people into voting to make Jeff Bezos and Charles Koch even richer.

    #OpenBordersLiberal-tariansFirstLaw

    1. Even Glenn Greenwald, the worst journalist on the planet, seems to understand this.

      After spending 5 years promising a “political revolution,” Bernie not only became the most loyal Biden campaigner but repeatedly told his supporters to get in line.

      I realize it’s counterintuitive to describe democratic socialism as an effectively pro-billionaire philosophy. But the facts are undeniable. The US’s most prominent democratic socialists support the same political party that most billionaires do.

      #InDefenseOfBillionaires

      1. I asked a Biden voting Bernie loving friend of mine before the election “do you really think that people like Jeff Bezos and the owners of Google are supporting Biden because they think his administration would cost them money?” He really didn’t have an answer to that question or the follow up “do you really think people like McRaven and Brennen who literally support waging war for fun and profit would be supporting Biden if there was any chance he was going to do the right thing on civil liberties and foreign wars?”. His only answer to either question was to stop talking to me for about six months.

        Socialism is absolutely a billionaire’s ideology. Super rich people and large corporations have been in love with government power and regulations for decades now. At some point after or during the New Deal, they figured out that they could subvert any law or capture any regulation to work in their benefit. If nothing else, government regulation creates compliance costs that large corporations are able to absorb the costs of compliance better than their smaller competitors. Government regulations act as a enormous barrier to entry and thus always work to the benefit of large, established companies.

        1. His only answer to either question was to stop talking to me for about six months.

          Should have brought it up again after he got back in touch and asked him if every figured out the answers to the questions you asked.

          1. I didn’t. I know what the answer would be; not talking to me for another six months. He knows the answers. He just doesn’t want to say them out loud or face the implications of the answers. My poking him further isn’t going to change that.

            1. Time for a new friend.

        2. At some point after or during the New Deal, they figured out that they could subvert any law or capture any regulation to work in their benefit.

          That’s not new. It’s been happening for … ever.

          1. It is. But in the 19th Century the American super rich didn’t understand that for some reason. After the progressive trust busting reforms of the early 20th century and certainly after the New Deal, they learned otherwise.

            1. You put the blame on the companies. What about the legislators who were more than happy to write special favors into legislation? The could have told those super-rich to get fucked. But they didn’t. So why are you putting all the blame on those seeking favors. Aren’t those granting the favors equally guilty, if not more so since they have the power to say “No”?

              1. They both deserve blame. It is a symbiotic relationship. The legislators take the corporate money and tell the public they are looking out for the little guy and going after the big evil corporations and then pass laws that do the exact opposite. The corporations then benefit and pony up more money to the legislators.

                The counter intuitive truth is that big business eventually equals big government. Whenever a business gets big enough to excerpt significant influence on the government, it will inevitably use that influence to get government to pass laws that help it and hurt it’s competitors.

                1. Let’s say you work for a company that sells nice stuff, and someone asks you to steal a bunch of shit for them. And you do. Who is at fault? Is the person who asked you to be a thief to blame, or you for being a thief? You could have said “No.” You had all the power. I’d say you get 100% of the blame.

                  And I say the same with regards to politicians and bureaucrats who do special shit for businesses. They’re 100% to blame because all they have to do is say “No.”

                  1. It is just human nature. They should say no and the companies shouldn’t ask. But if everyone always did the right thing, we wouldn’t have any problems. Sadly, that is not the case.

                    1. Why shouldn’t the companies ask? Of course they should ask. It’s totally in their self interest to do so.

                      Unfortunately it’s also in the self interest of the person with the power to say “No” to say “Yes.”

                  2. I know it’s not the point, but I find it disturbing how common it is for politicians to sell out for really cheap. Like a politician handing out millions in favors for a $10,000 bribe. Happens all the time.

                    1. Volume.

        3. They just have to socialism harder.

        4. Socialism is rebranded feudalism, with less restrictions on the lords

          1. It really is. It is also just an industrial age version of tribalism. Tribalism offers a person the security of being taken care of by the tribe at the price of sharing the fruits of whatever they do with the rest of the tribe. When you think about it, that is all socialism is; you agree to give the government whatever you make or earn and the government agrees to take care of you regardless of how much you actually produce. You get security in return for giving up opportunity and freedom.

        5. If there was only some historical example of a western society that embraced socialism, fascist collusion of government and big companies, and extreme party love ideology with a twisted racist hierarchy based on stupid delusions.

      2. After spending 5 years promising a “political revolution,” Bernie not only became the most loyal Biden campaigner but repeatedly told his supporters to get in line.

        I’ve said it before, but this is because Bernie is the biggest jobber in politics. He’s like the Brooklyn Brawler, getting paid to put up token resistance before looking up at the lights for the 1-2-3.

      3. From parody account to wise seer

  18. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is back on her wealth tax gambit.

    She still exists, huh? Her dropping out of the race didn’t even garner her a cabinet position?

    1. Had Biden nominated Warren to his cabinet, Republicans would still control the US Senate (as the Republican MA Gov would have temporarily replaced Warren with a Republican).

      1. They need Warren in the Senate so the rank and file Dem voters think they are still anti-billionaire.

      2. If Charlie Baker had replaced Warren with a clone of himself the balance of power shift would be on paper only.

  19. “I want to see us tax wealth, however your wealth is tied up. It shouldn’t make a difference whether you have real estate, or whether you have cash or whether you have a bazillion shares of Amazon.”

    “Real estate”, eh, Senator? How about selling off some of Uncle Sam’s land to pay off the Debt, improve infrastructure, *and* help poor people?

    1. It shouldn’t make a difference whether you have real estate, or whether you have cash or whether you have a bazillion shares of Amazon.”

      Mark Hanna: So if you got a client who brought stock at eight, and it now sits at sixteen, and he’s all fucking happy, he wants to cash it and liquidate and take his fucking money and run home. You don’t let him do that.

      Jordan Belfort: Okay.

      Mark Hanna: Cause that would make it real.

      Jordan Belfort: Right.

      Mark Hanna: No, what do you do? You get another brilliant idea, a special idea. Another situation, another stock to reinvest his earnings and then some. And he will, every single time. Cause they’re fucking addicted. And then you just keep doing this, again, and again, and again. Meanwhile, he thinks he’s getting shit rich, which he is, on paper. But you and me, the brokers?

      Jordan Belfort: Right.

      Mark Hanna: We’re taking home cold hard cash via commission, motherfucker.

      Fortunately, in our new Zimbabwean future, everyone will be millionaires so everyone will be getting their wealth taxed.

      1. The necessary move in all of that is to stop indexing the income tax brackets. Up until the Reagan tax reform of 1981, the income tax brackets were not indexed with inflation. So throughout the entire great inflation of the 1970s, people were continually moving into higher tax brackets when their wages were in fact declining due to inflation. It was a very insidious and evil thing and something the Democrats at the time were very unhappy about giving up.

        Inflation is one of the worst and most evil economic phenomena. It really doesn’t effect the rich. Rich people are able to invest in tangible assets that hedge against inflation and thus emerge from it just as or more wealthy. Inflation destroys the middle class because they are wage earners who don’t have the disposable income to hedge against inflation through the purchase of fixed assets. Inflation harms those on fixed incomes even more. Biden and the Democrats are creating inflation to benefit their billionaire supporters at the expense of the middle class and retirees. They are all about the little guy like that.

    2. Fuck that. Most of the federal lands were stolen from the states. States should get the land back first. Rast coast as relatively little federal property outside DC.

      1. Fuck THAT.

        California is 60% federal land (or something like that). I do not want to give the assholes in Sacramento any of that. They’ve ruined this place already. Let ’em argue with the federal bureaucrats if they want mire public largess to control.

    3. So she’s advocating for a federal property tax, and for federal capital gains taxes on unrealized gains. That’ll be popular.

      1. Not to mention raiding your IRAs.

  20. And, in before Ken tries to come here and tell us that the 17 Republicans who voted on cloture on the infrastructure deal yesterday aren’t “legitimate Republicans”, or that ~1/3 of the Republican caucus voting for cloture along with Democrats does not constitute a “bipartisan” vote.

    1. GFY. You spent 8 hours a day for a month posting that CRT was never taught in schools. Lying shitweasel

    2. What happened to the 25 you were wishing for yesterday? Need help with those goal posts, steaming pile of lefty shit?

    3. Wait a second, Jeff. There was terrible news for libertarians and you are singling out the only angle of that news that looks bad on republicans?

      This is my shocked face.

      1. We are not allowed to criticize Ken or Republicans?

        1. Ken should pay you rent for you allowing him to live in your head.

        2. A hypocritical fraud like you? No. You have no right to criticize Ken.
          Everything you’ve accused him of so far, you’re always doing and he’s been innocent of.
          You’re a troll and a harasser and you need to leave him alone.

        3. We are not allowed to point out chemfat’s and your own partisanship?

      2. I didn’t offer an opinion on the bill itself. I’m mocking Ken and his continued slide into MAGA territory.

        1. Everything to the right of Marx is MAGA territory to an extremist ideologue like you.

        2. And I’m mocking you for being 100% obsessed with the right as the left picks your pocket. It is really sad.

        3. LOL. No you’re not. You’re being the usual troll you usually are.,

    4. Let’s see if Jeff can be honest..

      Using today’s senate of 50-50.

      On a bill a vote goes 48 dem, 3 repub while no os 2 dem 47 repub.

      Is the no vote bipartisan as well?

      Bipartisan has always treated the party as the actor, not an individual inside of one party. Even the dictionary agreed with this as recently as 3 months ago (they updated it about a month ago).

      The definition jeff prefers makes absolutely no sense as one can argue that both the yes and no votes are bipartisan votes. At that point the word has no meaning.

      1. “Let’s see if Jeff can be honest…”

        You’d have better odds with turd or Tony.

    5. Where’s the bill? Nobody’s seen it yet, fat ass.

      1. jeff’s goalposts are favored for pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR race.

  21. Our findings indicate a significant minority of individuals with a history of suicide attempts go on to achieve high levels of happiness and psychological flourishing…

    Is the world ready for study results interpreted in the best possible light?

    1. “Oh, very well. It turns out those high levels of happiness and psychological flourishing are just delusions.”

  22. “In this day and age with so many studies, so many evidenced-based resources surrounding violence interruption and strategies to reduce violence, it’s crazy to see folks that do not live in our community take it upon themselves to call in the [federal government] to criminalize us,” activist Stanley Martin told Time.

    I don’t know about your studies and evidenced-based resources, Stanley, but that’s what these “folks” *do*.

    1. Wait! There are issues that a massive and intrusive (and expensive) federal program can’t fix?

  23. DoJ continues its attack on the states threatening criminal and civil actions on any state that pushes any form of election integrity.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice-department-escalates-warning-to-states-over-gop-voting-laws-and-election-audits

    The first memo contends the Justice Department will scrutinize states that returned some voting laws to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Yes. Voting rules changed just a year ago are being mandated to be kept by the DOJ.

    1. Thankfully, Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings or a vote on the left wing race baiter Merrick Garland after he was nominated to replace RGB on the SCOTUS.

    2. Let them take it. State governments get sued for a living just like the federal government. They are thus no more deterred by the threat of being sued than the feds are. At most this provides a fig leaf for states that didn’t want to do audits in the first place to refuse to do so. But any state government that actually wants to conduct an audit will wipe their asses with this and continue what they are doing.

      1. Right now it is Ga leading the response against the DoJ. And this is right after the USSC ruled in the Arizona case that these changes were fine, that disparate impact using just broad statistics is not a valid determination of bias.

        Bidens DoJ is openly ignoring USSC rulings not even 2 months old.

        1. They are. And DOJ’s dictates are only as good as the courts’ willingness to enforce them. No federal judge cares what DOJ thinks about the law. They have their own opinions and are bound by the opinions of the appellate courts above them. This memo is just a publicity stunt. It has no force or effect at all.

          1. Youre missing the long game.

            The DoJ forces changes, ot takes years to go through the system. One federal judge at the lowest levels can force a state to adopt the DoJ measures for years as it winds its way through the courts.

            The left does this constantly. See gun lawsuits.

  24. Right to Repair is a fraud. As is usual with government mandates, faux-libertarians think it just grand, that government knows best, and never consider the root causes or the consequences.

    The consequences are more expensive items which are bulkier and less capable. Adding sockets for chips, for instance, requires extra height, making phones thicker; takes up more area, making phones larger; adds weight; requires more solder; is another point of failure; and takes longer to assemble. No one wants phone which weigh twice as much and take up more space in pockets, so manufacturers will compensate by reducing features. People have already chosen, if you will notice how few phones have removable batteries; people are not willing to pay more for less battery.

    The causes of the “demand” for right-to-repair are that government laws allow companies to forbid customers from trying to repair products they have purchased. You try to repair that John Deere tractor you bought, you need parts, and John Deere will find out and either sue you or get the government to arrest you. Instead of just not allowing that any more, instead of fixing the problem by repealing bad laws, their solution is to pass new laws, mandating products that most people don’t want, as shown by what they demand.

    1. I think that is about right. Everything can be repaired or rebuilt. If it was built in the first place, it is possible to build it again or repair it. It is just a question of how hard that is.

      If I own something, I should always have the right to tear it apart and rebuild it if I want to. The maker of that something certainly has a right to cancel the warrenty on it and refuse to repair it to fix my bad work. And they are under no obligation to sell me replacement parts. I don’t think selling products and then not bothering with selling replacement parts so that people are forced to buy new things when they break should be an illegal business model. I would prefer they sell parts but I can see why some people wouldn’t care and are fine just buying a new one. But my trying to repair it should not be a civil tort or a breach of contract much less a crime. Any contract that prohibits a buyer from working on a product they have purchased is against the public interest and should never be enforced by a court.

      That said, the solution is what you advocate for. I don’t see how forcing every company to make their products possible to repair accomplishes anything.

      1. As I said to retarded alphabet soup, right to repair is not a positive right. It doesn’t void any warrantees or grant anyone the ability to fuck up their product and then demand the manufacturer repair their fuckup for free. It’s explicitly intended to reinforce property rights so that when (e.g.) Apple sells you a phone, they actually sell you a phone rather than just locking you into a lease/parts/service agreement.

        As I said below, Apple has sued people up the repair chain to the point of pulling parts out of old Apple products and selling them in good faith as used/reclaimed Apple parts. Pretty clearly a case of Apple exerting not just ownership, but broad property rights, three and four owners down the line. The pattern of behavior is explicit so that if your phone or laptop breaks, you have to do what Apple says to remedy the problem even though, supposedly, you *own* the laptop. Even if that means paying $1200 for a new laptop just because a $30 battery “got wet”. It’s old-school land barons bullying legitimate smaller business through digital/intellectual property and Right to Repair doesn’t prevent them from buying land, it prevents them from suing to create a trespass to chattels.

      2. Seriously, read up on it. There are cases of 10 and 20-yr.-old (read: out of waranty) recreational boat engines being repaired (and I don’t mean like, rebuilt, I mean like replacing the fuel lines) by people who were engine repair technicians for 20+ yrs. before retiring. The argument manufacturers are making isn’t that they might be held liable for defects/faulty repairs, they are seriously arguing that if just anyone can repair a boat motor, there’s a risk of fuel leakage and fire/explosion (I’m not joking).

        It’s the licensing requirements iteration of regulatory capture that, like FB moderation, seems to be libertarians’ Achilles Heel. Where manufacturers insisting that everyone who touches their product be licensed by them under penalty of lawsuit is OK because it’s not the government creating and enforcing the licenses… directly.

        1. Those liability concerns may be the excuse, but the legal system makes them real concerns. Too many people get away with frivolous lawsuits, wasting everybody’s time and money. The legal system is part of the government, and rather than fix it with loser pays, they come up with nonsense like right to repair, forcing manufacturers to pass the cost on to all consumers, not just the nutjobs.

          1. Those liability concerns may be the excuse, but the legal system makes them real concerns.

            You didn’t read what I wrote. They are *not* making the liability argument. They’re effectively acting as public safety officers simply acting in the public interest (which also happens to cement their own interests into law).

            The legal system is part of the government,

            Yup. And (e.g.) Apple uses them to exert ownership of property that they sold or, as the case actually is/has been, that they sold to someone else who sold to someone else…

            rather than fix it with loser pays

            This stupidity is getting to be mendacious. Small companies aren’t suing and aren’t winning. They don’t sue because margins are thin (they explicitly are not charging Apple prices) and the cost of suing Apple is already too great, and the reality is that Apple is suing them maliciously. You might as well be trying to argue that Loser Pays would’ve prevented/rectified Kelo v. New London. Just dumb.

            1. Dipshit. You admit small companies don’t sue because they can’t afford it. If they had a good claim, loser pays would reimburse them, and a really good claim would probably get layers to work for a contingency.

              1. If they had a good claim, loser pays would reimburse them, and a really good claim would probably get layers to work for a contingency.

                Persisting with the wilfully stupidity. Keep going, you’ll only convince more people of your idiocy. You didn’t read what I wrote. They aren’t suing. They aren’t suing because they aren’t trying to claim Apple’s property or make them redesign anything. Moreover, even when they do have any sort of claim and are suing, they don’t because, unlike Apple, don’t have lots of disposable capital to gamble on cases. Loser Pays doesn’t directly lower the cost and, as such, doesn’t fix the issue.

                I’d love to hear your explanation of I’d love for you to continue to display your stupidity by explaining how Loser Pays would prevent/rectify Kelo v. New London.

    2. Right to Repair is a fraud.

      Instead of just not allowing that any more, instead of fixing the problem by repealing bad laws, their solution is to pass new laws, mandating products that most people don’t want, as shown by what they demand.

      It’s funny how misinformed you are on the topic. Misinformed to the point that you invent a straw man that Right to repair doesn’t do and then posit a better solution, which is exactly what right to repair does do.

      It doesn’t stop Apple from making a zero-port, single-board phone (market economics, logistics, and price stratification does that). It stops Apple from suing me if I, for instance, buy two broken iPhones off eBay, combine the pieces into one working phone, and sell it as a refurbished iPhone.

      And, to be clear, this is being generous to Apple. There have been repair shops that did what I said and Apple sued saying they weren’t officially-licensed Apple parts. When the repair person ‘advertised’ they were used, unlicensed Apple parts, Apple sued saying the repair person wasn’t an officially licensed Apple repair technician. When the repair person ‘advertised’ they were unlicensed parts and an unlicensed repair, Apple sued saying they couldn’t perform the repair because they were unlicensed *and then proceeded to sue the sellers of “unlicensed” products*.

      It’s a clear corrosion of property rights/informed consent where Apple sells you a phone or parts under a contract that says you own the parts when, in reality, they’re renting you a phone or parts and/or leasing *their* parts to you.

      1. You are delusional if you think Right to Repair doesn’t fuck with product design in stupid ways. The stuff you mention has nothing to do with the evil parts of Right to Repair. Read up on it yourself; people are pissed because John Deere and Apple and a zillion others won’t sell them individual parts, and part of Apple’s reputation for expensive quality comes from the fact that they hold their products very closely and don’t let “amateurs” work on them. That’s their business model. Forcing them to sell parts is interference in their business. The Right to Repair nutjobs want Apple’s quality without the expense.

        1. You are delusional if you think Right to Repair doesn’t fuck with product design in stupid ways.

          Except that it doesn’t. There’s no part of Right to Repair that proscribes how products should be manufactured. I defy you to show me the right to repair bill or legislation that does. You’re a lying shitbag and here’s the tell:

          Apple’s reputation for expensive quality comes from the fact that they hold their products very closely and don’t let “amateurs” work on them

          Once Apple sells the product, who’s product is it? What right does Apple have to command who, professional or amateur, works on a product they don’t own? Even in your own sentence, Apple’s property is their reputation and the people being sued go to considerable lengths to comply with Apple’s requests that they not lay claim to Apple’s reputation and still get sued by Apple for using property that both they *and Apple* have are asserting aren’t Apple products by reputation.

          You don’t care about people’s freedom to own a product they legally purchased, to the point that you don’t care, three or more purchasers down the line who buys, sells, or works on the phone (whether they want it to work or not) because your hell-bent on advocating that Apple abuse IP/copyright law to imminent domain physical products they don’t own.

          You didn’t even read my reply. Fuck off with your “read up on it yourself” bullshit.

          1. Apple’s property is their reputation

            Being clear, their held property is their reputation. Marketable product, by definition, is sold to other people. If they’re producing a product for people to use, but not own, then they’re not selling the phone but providing a service, a service that would/should/has been confined to the terms of the warranty/service contract. If Apple says “We won’t support this product after 1 yr.” then they’ve terminated their portion of the service agreement and the product, and its reputation, are no longer held by Apple.

            Your arguments don’t even pass a whiff test by in any other case or by any other metric. Every left and right-leaning liberatarian, as well as quite a number of Democrats and Republicans, would call it an abuse of property rights and the judiciary for Masterpiece Cakeshop to sell a couple an off-the-shelf cake and then, after the sale, assert ownership rights to dictate who can decorate it and how.

        2. “”You are delusional if you think Right to Repair doesn’t fuck with product design in stupid ways””

          Show us how it affects design changes.

          “”people are pissed because John Deere and Apple and a zillion others won’t sell them individual parts, and part of Apple’s reputation for expensive quality comes from the fact that they hold their products very closely and don’t let “amateurs” work on them. That’s their business model. “”

          It has nothing to do with design. Right to Repair is about allowing you to repair something that is, wait for it….. Repairable.

          1. Right to Repair is about allowing you to repair something that is, wait for it….. Repairable.

            Standard Libertarian clarification; not even allowing. Natural law allows you to repair just about anything. Right to repair is about preventing the government/law from stopping you (on behalf of Apple, John Deere, Tesla, etc.).

  25. The study used by the CDC to justify the new mask mandate was rejected by the journal Nature. It also involves the India vaccine, not used in the states.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Alicia_Smith19/status/1420417010752761860

    1. Alicia Smith
      @Alicia_Smith19
      Replying to @Alicia_Smith19
      Also worth noting: The study cited did not even pass peer review, and is under revision..

      Could be the case that the cited “unpublished data” and “ongoing experiments” reach a similar conclusion, but would have prefer that to be made available/completed before guidance change…

      Alicia Smith
      @Alicia_Smith19
      Replying to @Alicia_Smith19
      ???? Update to this:The CDC’s assertion that they have unpublished data showing vaccinated people transmit virus is false

      And that the guidance is based off study showing similar viral load btwn vax and unvax’d,which has major flaws as noted in thread above https://statnews.com/2021/07/27/cdc-recommend-masks-indoors-even-for-those-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

  26. Ron Paul discusses the issues of the Jan 6th show trials.

    https://mises.org/wire/jan-6th-show-trials-threaten-all-us

    As journalist Michael Tracey recently wrote, Special Assistant US Attorney Mona Sedky declared Hodgkins a “terrorist” in the court proceedings not for committing any terrorist act, not for any act of violence, not even for imagining a terrorist act.

    Sedky wrote in her sentencing memo, “The Government … recognizes that Hodgkins did not personally engage in or espouse violence or property destruction.” She added, “we concede that Mr. Hodgkins is not under the legal definition a domestic terrorist.”

    Yet Hodgkins should be considered a terrorist because the actions he took – entering the Senate to take a photo of himself – occurred during an event that the court is “framing…in the context of terrorism.”

    That goes beyond a slippery slope. He is not a terrorist because he committed a terrorist act, but because somehow the “context” of his actions was, in her words, “imperiling democracy.”

    In other words, Hodgkins deserved enhanced punishment because he committed a thought crime. The judge on the case, Randolph D. Moss, admitted as much. In carrying a Trump flag into the Senate, he said, Hodgkins was, “declaring his loyalty to a single individual over the nation.”

    1. Democracy!, like Science!, is now holy doctrine. Hodgkins is clearly guilty of blasphemy.

      1. Is this the new right-wing talking point? “What’s so great about American democracy?”

        1. No. And that’s not what they’re talking about and you know it.
          Besides, you’re the one that believes in “fortified” elections, and that ID to vote is racist.

        2. I don’t know if it’s a new talking point, but you’re clearly practicing the same old lefty deflection.

        3. I like how relaying a fact like America is not a pure democracy is just a talking point to you.

    2. Imagine, post-9/11, being unable to *prove* (in the classic sense of means, motive, opportunity, mens rea, etc.) that someone is a terrorist. Conversely, imagine a court openly “convicting” someone on 9/12/2001, not because of their actions or intent, but because of the context and framing of “They’re a Muslim.”

      1. Or even someone mosquerading as a Muslim.

    3. So much for the “mostly peaceful protest” precedent then.

  27. The Democrats are in serious trouble in the court of public opinion.

    Here are the results of a Gallup poll:

    “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president? (All Americans)

    June 1 -18, 2021 —- Approve: 56%
    July 6-21, 2021 —- Approve 50%

    “Joe Biden’s Job Approval by Party Identification”

    Independents

    June 1 -18, 2021 —- Approve: 55%
    July 6-21, 2021 —- Approve 48%

    —-Gallup

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/329384/presidential-approval-ratings-joe-biden.aspx

    That is a huge drop in Independent voters over a very short period of time, and it’s likely to have an outsized effect in swing districts and swing states.

    The president’s party typically loses seats in the House in a new president’s first midterm, with the median number of House seats lost being in the mid-twenties. Whatever it is that the American people don’t like about Joe Biden, if you’re a Democrat in the House, you probably shouldn’t make any big real estate investments in the greater Washington D.C. area between now and November of 2022.

    It’s hard to put your finger on why Biden is losing support among so many people so quickly. Maybe it’s because of cognitive decline. Maybe it’s because of his bizarre speech comparing January 6, unfavorably, to the Civil War. Looking at another poll, which I’ll link below, it may be that people are disgusted with the Democrats in Congress, as well as Biden’s push for policies there, and it’s spilling over onto Biden personally. It’s probably all of these things.

    1. Maybe polls are worthless.

      1. Not going your way, screetch?

        1. He seemingly has a huge hard on for biden. Rushes to his defense every time.

      2. I like the Ken better who drops pretense of being dispassionate and logical, and let’s his partisan passions show. At least he’s being honest.

        It’s like when Spock has to admit to Kirk that he does have human emotions.

        1. Ken wasn’t always a partisan jackass. He was somewhat objective. Then something happened. I don’t know what. But he turned into a minister for Republicans or something. Maybe he’s auditioning to be a talk show host or something. But he used to be interesting instead of a rehash of yesterday’s Hannity.

          1. A Republican Minister quoting Democratic Satan whorshipper’s disfavorable polling on their opinions of the Devil. Satan worshippers don’t need a friend like you to make an enemy like Ken look good in comparison but still you persist.

            1. And people accuse me of hitting the sauce early.

              1. You said he’s a minister, what Republican scripture or religious work is he evangelizing from? Gallup?

                He, in this post, doesn’t even call people confess their sins, convert, and join the Republican flock. Some minister.

                1. Google up “figure of speech” and then get back to me.

                  1. Google “I was wrong” as you constantly are.

                  2. Google up “figure of speech” and then get back to me.

                    So you’re saying Ken wasn’t a minister for the GOP? Huh. It’s almost like my point had nothing to do with pseudo-religious prosetylizing and was really to illustrate that you aspire to useful idiocy.

                    1. Man. I didn’t think that coin analogy was going give you a wedgie.

                    2. Sarc justifying his bullshit again I see.

    2. “It’s hard to put your finger on why Biden is losing support among so many people so quickly. ”

      Lol, no, I’m not sure it’s hard to put your finger on it, what’s hard is, do I have enough fingers?

      1. Queenie needs four fingers now.

      2. How can you count on your fingers when you have cloven hooves?

      3. My reading of Queenie’s statement is that “The problem isn’t putting a finger on reason why Biden’s losing support, but having enough fingers for all the reasons.”

        I mean, technically, when you adjust your polling from one that you baised in favor of empty lots, dead bodies, and straw men to one that reflects actual voters it actually is kinda hard to put your finger on the vanishing support.

    3. Let’s review:

      https://news.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

      Trump’s approval rating among Independents hardly ever crossed the 40% threshold.

      So yeah, Independents must really hate Democrats, giving Biden about 10-20% more support for him than they gave for Trump.

      Another day, another Ken post gaslighting and carrying water for Team Red.

      1. Don’t forget to vote for Republicans! “Mere authoritarians” are less ungood than the double-plus-ungood totalitarian Democrats!

        1. I know, right? This type of post from Ken just demonstrates how much he has become a Team Red lackey now.

          “Biden’s in trouble, his support among independents fell 7 whole percentage points!!!” while completely ignoring that even this lower level of support would have made Trump green with envy.

          It’s all narrative pushing now in favor of Team Red. It’s sad. I miss the old Ken.

          1. 3 lefty shits whistling past a graveyard! How………………..
            pathetic.

            1. I’m sure it’s hard for them to deal with the fact that more and more Americans are coming to the realization that progressives are America’s most horrible people.

              1. Dehumanize the enemy before going to war. Makes it easier to kill them when you view them as mere animals.

                1. Now tell us about the red-neck deplorables in fly-over country who are too stupid to get vaccinated.

                  1. Tell us about how often you beat your wife.

                    1. Was this intentionally posted so someone could bring up your self admitted legal issues?

                    2. Tell us again about your ex’s accusations during your divorce.

                  2. And don’t start saying you don’t beat your wife. You’ve never come out against wife beating. Never once have you said a damn thing about wife beating. That means you beat your wife. Prove you don’t. You can’t. That means you do.

                    1. You seem very concerned with wife beating given your past.

                      Was this topic about wife beating before you interjected? Because that’s the oy way your argument exists.

                      And when are you going to be able to actually criticize biden? 3 years from now when a farther left candidate is there for you to slobber?

                  3. Why are you laying that at sarcasmic’s feet? Have you any evidence he has ever engaged in that kind of rhetoric?

                    1. You mean in this particular thread or any thread?

                    2. Look. It’s up to me to prove I didn’t do whatever they accuse me of. They accuse, and if I don’t refute their accusations to their satisfaction then I’m guilty. The burden of proof is all on me, and nothing I say can meet that burden. Which makes me guilty regardless of what I say. So all I can say to them is “get fucked.”

                    3. I post things Sarcasmic says all the time, like in this very thread.

                      But White Mike and Sarcasmic think that if they muted me, everyone else has as well. LOL.

                2. And sarcasmic has nothing to say about show trials, thoughtcrime, and casting whiteness as original sin.
                  Worthless child.

                  1. Which has what to do with what again?

                3. You can’t dehumanize what isn’t human to begin with

              2. Sure. Progressives are a significant portion of your fellow citizens, family, neighbors, friends. You can try to share the nation with them, understanding their concerns and working with them —- or you can just demonize them.

                1. If only there was a final solution to the Progressive problem…

                  1. Don’t be evil?

                2. Their concerns are I have too much money and freedom. I’ve shared more than enough of both.

              3. Also, Biden has had, well, slightly more positive coverage than Trump in spite of shitting the bed far harder.

          2. “I miss the old Ken.”

            aye

            1. We miss when you didn’t jerk off with you sock puppets.

            2. sarc was never anything than a brain-damaged piece of lefty shit; no one misses anything about him.
              Either he or jeff whines that they really like him on the Glib’s site, but somehow he just has to keep coming back here for the entirely appropriate abuse.
              Fuck off and die, sarc.

              1. He’s just here for attention and to troll. More muting = less feeding the troll.

                1. Some trolls (JesseAz) can never be satiated.

                  1. Poor victim. Literally starts the thread trolling and then cries when called out.

                    1. Just mute him and he can go back to boot licking at the Portland Press Herald.

        2. Just yesterday you went into a thread about the immigration problems under biden and deflected to trump.

          Why are you such a fucking hypocrite?

        3. The highest level of hate-think, though, must be reserved for “RINOs” like Cheney and Romney. Ooh, they’re the worst!!!

          1. They really are.

          2. The highest level of hate think is reserved for mean tweeters.

            1. Those tweets were so very, very mean.

          3. Here’s Dee defending Dick Cheney.

        4. … and at this point, you’ve evangelicized for Republicans (even if sarcastically) more than Ken did in his post.

      2. He’s not wrong. Trump lost somewhere between 3 and 9 points among indys between inauguration and the midterm election and his party got hammered. He got back up to -1 to -3 by the next election and his party almost took back Congress.

        Biden’s coalition is different and likely more reliant on independents due to his moderate pose. A loss of 5 – 13% of support among them when his campaign likely swung swing districts the Dems way is probably going to be brutal.

        1. “He’s not wrong. Trump lost somewhere between 3 and 9 points among indys between inauguration and the midterm election and his party got hammered.”

          I don’t know what this was responding to, but it’s claiming that this is okay for Biden because it happened to Trump, too, that’s ridiculous. The idea that Biden isn’t really tanking because he’s tanking like others have before him is absurd.

          As I said, the president’s party typically loses twenty-some seats in the House in his first midterm. Anyone who imagines Biden is someone atypical in this regard because his radical socialist agenda is so popular needs to dial their expectations back.

          1. The “he’s not wrong” was directed to chemjeff about your assertion that Biden would be in trouble.

        2. The Biden coalition shared one common theme: Not Trump. Especially for independents, that motivation is gone. Should be an interesting mid-term.

        3. Here are all those first term midterms going back to 1910.

          First column is House seats won/lost. The last column is what I see as the dominant issue(s) of that midterm.

          +9 1934 Franklin D. Roosevelt Great Depression Response
          +8 2002 George W. Bush 9/11
          -4 1962 John F. Kennedy Cuban Missile Crisis
          -8 1990 George H. W. Bush USSR Falls, Operation Desert Shield
          -9 1926 Calvin Coolidge 1st Midterm in 2nd Term (Harding Died)
          -12 1970 Richard Nixon Vietnam, Kent State
          -15 1978 Jimmy Carter Energy Crisis, Inflation
          -18 1954 Dwight D Eisenhower McCarthyism
          -22 1918 Woodrow Wilson Broken Promise not to Enter WWI
          -26 1982 Ronald Reagan Recession
          -42 2018 Donald Trump, Donald Trump
          -47 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson Great Society, Civil Rights Act
          -48 1974 Gerald Ford Nixon Pardoned
          -52 1930 Herbert Hoover Smoot-Hawley Tariff, Great Depression
          -54 1946 Harry S Truman Labor Unrest, Price Controls
          -54 1994 Bill Clinton Gun Control, HillaryCare
          -57 1910 William Taft Republican/Progressives Split
          -63 2010 Barack Obama TARP, ObamaCare
          -77 1922 Warren Harding Republican/Progressive Split

          The median is -26 House seats lost.

          Down towards the bottom, there are issues where the progressives and the Republicans were divided against each other. Apart from that, the overwhelming trend is that the more controversial the agenda in, the bigger the loss. The exceptions seem to have to do with rare events that aren’t blamed on the president in question. George W. Bush’s midterm was after 9/11, when Americans everywhere were flying flags from their cars, and before we invaded and occupied Iraq.

          Unless there’s another 9/11 event for Biden between now and November of 2022, we should probably expect to see the House Democrats perform somewhere below the median in 2022. As I’ve said before, I think this is probably the reason why Pelosi promised to not seek the Speaker’s chair after the 2022 election. She doesn’t expect the Democrats to control the House after 2022, so she’s not really giving up anything.

        4. Trump also has the Russian collusion hoax and all of media attacking him. Drops for Joe are more telling.

      3. You crying about about teams as you rush to defend biden and the left every day is hilarious.

        1. Yeah, if the fact is that we’re under a one party controlled government, and the government is increasingly socialist and openly hostile to our constitutional rights–like free speech and gun rights–then the charge that we’re being partisan is absurd.

          Is it possible to oppose the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong without being partisan? They can’t choose to split the power among more than one party in Hong Kong anymore, but we can.

          I’m looking forward to the day when it’s perfectly appropriate for a libertarian to oppose the Republicans in power again. Before we can do that, we need some Republicans in power. Right now, the only power they have is what the Democrats allow them to have.

          If the Democrats stopped being so authoritarian and so socialist, it wouldn’t be necessary for libertarians to support Republicans. It was like that during the Bush Jr. and Obama years. How pathetic is it that libertarians need to look back to those awful days with nostalgia–back when opposing TARP meant opposing both parties.

          Someday, whether the Democrats or the Republicans control the House, the Senate, or the White House won’t really matter anymore. That day isn’t likely to come between now and November of 2022. That day can’t come until the Democrats suffer a humiliating defeat for their authoritarianism and socialism.

          1. Ken: Libertarians totally must side with the Republicans.
            Also Ken: It is absurd to call me a Republican partisan.
            Wow! That’s so logical!

            1. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

            2. It really is.
              It’s like allying with the Mafia to fight a Zombie invasion.

              1. I am not a Ken Schultz fanboy, but the escalation of the direct attacks on pretty much anything he posts has been noticeable. I guess they have to hit him broadside because they can’t snipe at him on a single issue with a throwaway like KAR.

                1. I think they perceive that Ken’s one of the biggest threats here to their narrative. White Mike, chemjeff and Buttplug have been deliberately targeting him for the last two weeks.

                  1. Ken openly declared his support for the Republicans versus the Democrats, so those three are defending their fellow Democrats against him.

    4. In the early May survey, Americans were more optimistic than pessimistic by a 28-percentage point margin. Optimism is now under water by 10 points. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, fewer than half — 45% — now report feeling optimistic about the way things are going, a significant drop from about two-thirds (64%) in the May poll . . . . Optimism is down about 20 points among Democrats and Republicans and down 26 points among independents.

      —-ABC News

      https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/americans-optimism-countrys-direction-year-drops-20-points/story?

      The question the poll asked was whether Americans were optimistic or pessimistic about “the direction of the country”, and., again, between May of 2021 and July of 2021, optimism dropped a whopping 26 percent among Independents.

      Wow. If you’re a Democrat strategist, you should be panicking right now. “Direction of the country” encompasses not only the President but also Congress, and the Republicans aren’t in charge of any of it. Whatever it is the Democrats are doing and promising to do, it looks like the American people are against it.

      We’re dealing with a rabidly socialist, one party government, and I maintain that as the Democrats become increasingly authoritarian and socialist, because of single member districts and the way they function, libertarian capitalists should respond by becoming increasingly Republican. As I type, the Republicans are deciding whether to support or oppose the infrastructure deal, and we should pray to our libertarian gods that they vote to oppose it.

      Whatever public support the Democrats imagine they had for their radical agenda is imploding, and they are desperate to avoid total responsibility for the infrastructure and reconciliation bills by hiding behind the fig leaf of bipartisanship. If the Republicans choose to let the Democrats twist in the wind on their own, the worst outcome is likely to be that the Democrats will suffer come November of 2022 and take the total and complete responsibility for that spending.

      The best possible outcome is that the polls for some of these moderate Democrats are getting so bad, that more than a handful of red and purple district Democrats in the House will refuse to pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. That might be too much to reasonably hope for, but it’s not like the polls are moving in the Democrats’ favor. A 26% drop in optimism about the direction of the country–from Independents? A rational moderate Democrat really shouldn’t ignore that.

      1. and I maintain that as the Democrats become increasingly authoritarian and socialist, because of single member districts and the way they function, libertarian capitalists should respond by becoming increasingly Republican abandoning all their principles and hopping into bed with another flavor of authoritarians.

        1. There really can only be two parties in this country for a host of reasons. Waiting for the collapse of the GOP and trying to fill the void with the Libs (or whoever) instead of attempting to coopt it at a point when it is incredibly weak is likely to be much worse both short and long-term for the country.

          1. Single member districts means only one party wins the seat.

            If the Libertarian candidate doesn’t win a plurality, they aren’t winning anything. They’re just handing the seat to the Democrat.

            Anyone who doesn’t understand that probably doesn’t want to understand it. It’s not hard to understand.

          2. attempting to coopt it at a point when it is incredibly weak

            We’ve seen that story, circa 2009-2012 with the Tea Party. We know how that story ends.

            The “co-opters” do not take over the party, they are assimilated by it.

            And this is increasingly what is happening to Ken. He’s gone from making logical reasonable arguments, to openly shilling for Team Red with deceitful fallacious arguments.

            1. Whereas you, fat ass, secretly vote for team blue while attempting to maintain deniability here. But like the other left liberaltarians you voted for Biden, you know you did, you just cannot bring yourself to admit it.

            2. We also know how the fucking communazi story ends, you piece of shit clump of cells.

            3. WAIT A MINUTE

              I thought the Republican Party “lurched radically to the right” during Obama and “Trump took over and kicked out anyone who disagreed”. That directly contradicts the co-opting narrative

            4. We’ve seen that story, circa 2009-2012 with the Tea Party. We know how that story ends.

              With a temperamentally-friendly, recently non-GOPer as president?

              The “co-opters” do not take over the party, they are assimilated by it.

              Incorrect: they become a more important part of the coalition than they were previously.

              The Progressive takeover of the Democratic party works along the same lines. No, the party’s not nominating/electing DSA members for the big prizes, but their nominees pay far more attention to their ideas and throw them quite a few more bones than they used to.

              1. With a temperamentally-friendly, recently non-GOPer as president?

                Wait, what? You think Donald Trump is some sort of Tea Party-esque president?

                Incorrect: they become a more important part of the coalition than they were previously.

                So Team Red cut spending and repealed ObamaCare when they were in charge, because all those Tea Partiers were so much more important now in the coalition, right?

                The big ideas that animate Team Red right now are all decidedly anti-libertarian: building a wall, tariffs, culture war bullshit. None of that is even Tea Party stuff. Get real.

                1. They cut taxes, cut regulations where they could, were largely federalist.

                  But youre too ignorant to understand they are bound in what they can do in isolation.

          3. Perhaps it is true can only be two parties, but principled libertarian politics (or just principled humanity and civil behavior) can transcend the party system altogether.

            1. There was one-party rule in Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution didn’t even pay attention to that limitation; it mocked and transcended.

              1. Are either Czechia or Slovakia better placed today than they would have been if one-party rule never happened? I consider that unlikely.

                1. Completely missed my point about transcending the entire partisan politics game.

                  1. This country is no way close to transcending the partisan politics game. I see a lot of doubling down.

                    I wished we could.

              2. And there was a one party rule in Czechoslovakia in 1968. That didn’t work out so well.
                Two generations of totalitarianism is three too many.

            2. Youre not principled. Youre a lying leftist who protects democrats in every thread even if just mild criticism.

      2. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

        The Democratic Party is the theory that common people need to be told what to do, and the Party deserves to give it good and hard.

    5. After Biden’s approval drops another 5%-10% in August, don’t be surprised if he resigns, citing his failing health (actually he’ll be forced to resign under threats of invoking the 25th Amendment).

      Meanwhile, the pollsters will include even more Democrats (and exclude even more Republicans) in their polls to greatly exaggerate Kamala Harris’ approval ratings.

      1. “Meanwhile, the pollsters will include even more Democrats (and exclude even more Republicans) in their polls to greatly exaggerate Kamala Harris’ approval ratings.”

        And Harris’ popularity is even worse. She can’t open her mouth without sticking her foot in it.

    6. If it falls to just 0.001% support it will still be bipartisan.

    7. The percent who think the country is headed in the right direction dropped by 20%

      1. Yes, and that includes self-identified Democrats.

        And I don’t know how the Democrats can spin this as if it’s somehow the Republicans’ fault.

        The whole federal government belongs to the Democrats. If the American people don’t like the direction of the country, they don’t like what the Democrats are doing. I don’t see any other way to interpret it.

        1. You can see the details of the survey here:

          https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/outside-covid-19-biden-receives-mixed-approval-ratings

          They say Americans approve of things like the Afghanistan withdrawal. I’m not sure how many of them realize that was a Trump thing.

          The way they label some of the issue may be confusing to the people being polled. They say Biden is unpopular on immigration, gun violence, and crime.

          It’s hard to interpret anything about immigration as being about anything other than the situation at the border. What do they mean by gun violence? If you’re unpopular on gun violence, does that mean you don’t like Biden’s stance on gun rights? Does that mean you want Biden to do gun control? And I don’t know how you see Biden being unpopular on crime as being about anything other than what it is. Crime is out of control, and the Democrats have morphed from being about being pro-BLM and defunding the police to being incapable of even talking about crime as if it were a bad thing.

          I think the most interesting part of that issues poll–the part that screams the loudest–is the issues that aren’t there. Biden’s agenda has mostly been about H.R.1, the Green New Deal, and expanding entitlements. He’s up there screaming about how it’s worse now than it was in the Civil War, and he wants to spend $3.5 trillion on climate change, expanding Medicare, etc. Why aren’t people clamoring for that stuff in the polls if they’re so popular?

          Maybe the reason Biden is tanking in the polls is because he’s up there ranting about H.R. 1., and the American people don’t want or don’t care about that. Maybe it’s the same with climate change. Maybe the most significant thing about that poll is that the issues that Biden and the Democrats are militant on are issues that the American public largely doesn’t prioritize. The H.R. 1 voter group may be about as big as the trans-bathroom vote. Some people care a lot about that issue, but most Americans are probably changing the channel to see what else is on.

        2. “And I don’t know how the Democrats can spin this as if it’s somehow the Republicans’ fault.”

          Which is why they might not fortify the midterms as much as the elections of 2018 and 2020.
          R house gives them something to scapegoat.

    8. “It’s hard to put your finger on why Biden is losing support among so many people so quickly.”

      Not really. He was elected because he was Not Trump.

      It turns out that his main policies aren’t popular and have never been popular:

      1. Doubling federal spending.
      2. Jacking up taxes by 50%.
      3. Kicking off rampant inflation.
      4. Hiring tens of thousands of IRS agents to sic them on the populace.

      1. Support for Biden and other Democrats will also decline further due to their latest policy flip flops on covid (i.e. mandating masks for children, and vaccines for adults).

        Many liberals and some lefties haven’t taken a vaccine, enjoy not wearing masks, and don’t want their children to be forced to wear masks at school (or be vaccinated).

  28. Officer Dunn from the jan 6th testimony continues his 5 months of advocacy on the standard liberal networks.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/capitol-police-officer-jan-6-bigger-threat-to-america-than-2020-riots-across-america

    This continues to be nothing more than a narrative push.

  29. Buy American? Meh.

    How about Buy (insert home state here)? Or Buy (insert home county or city)?

    And our ultimate glorious and prosperous future will come when each family clan can supportive itself by living off the land, traveling in small nomadic groups, making stone tools. That will also take care of Facebook.

    1. Now do protective tariffs.

      1. Just wait screetch, there will be a rehashed warmed over article on that very topic at Hit & Run. Then you can smear your feces all over the forum with your “knowledge”.

      2. LOL! I love it when jackass trolls demonstrate their ignorance of history.

        Prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913, the United States government funded its operations mainly through excise taxes, tariffs, customs duties and public land sales.

        Tariffs – the way it was done before the war to never end all wars.

        1. I said “protective tariffs.”

          There’s a difference between a government that polices the borders being largely funded by fees for crossing said borders, and New Balance convincing Congress to tax poor people who want to buy cheap imported shoes to preserve America’s last shoe factory.

          I’ve tried to explain to Tony that there’s a difference between taxes to fund core functions of government, like military and courts, and taxes for the purpose or redistributing wealth. He doesn’t get it. Too obtuse.

        2. Are you going to have a conversation or are you going to fling poo?

    2. Because autarky is an economic system whose time has come!

      1. Is jeff sarc or is sarc jeff, and why do they bother changing handles? Same bullshit regardless.

        1. It is sad at this point isnt it.

      2. Urban hipsters and grievance studies majors hardest hit.

    3. Buy American? Meh.

      How about Buy (insert home state here)? Or Buy (insert home county or city)?

      I’ve always advocated more of a ‘Buy Freedom’ approach. Produce your goods by massacring and enslaving Uighyrs? Your prices go up to compensate. Produce your goods by effecting a soft coup in shared/returned territory? Your prices go up. Produce your goods by jailing journalists and stripping your populace of both their voice *and* their means to arm themselves? Your prices go up. Doesn’t really matter if you’re China jailing journalists, New Zealand banning guns, Mexico banning guns *and* taking a whiff at ‘safe country’ agreements, or Germany shorting your NATO contribution while advocating for tighter crypto controls across all of the EU.

      I agree that it’s not the best possible economic policy, but we took far more interventionist actions to gain our freedom and defeat the Nazis and Soviet Union and I remain unconvinced that it’s not impossible to sacrifice a little economic security for a little bit more liberty.

  30. “Organized labor is divided over vaccine mandates.”

    But united over dues mandates.

  31. “Without drastic revisions in the glacial processing times, President Biden will have presided over one of the largest cuts to legal immigration in U.S. history — and almost no one is talking about it,”

    But Biden is also presiding over the largest increase in illegal immigration, which has surpassed ALL legal immigration.

    Seems like Biden basis all of his immigration policy decisions on whether or not the immigrants in question will vote for Democrats or Republicans after they arrive in America, which is why Biden/Harris invited all of the poorest people from the poorest countries to illegally come to America (with promises of free food, education, housing, healthcare, childcare and covid vaccines), while stating it would return all Cuban immigrants back to Cuba.

  32. Biden continues Trump’s bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration

    Two things about this retarded lede.

    1) tariffs existed prior to Trump. In fact most Democratic presidents have openly pushed tariffs.

    2) retaliatory tariffs are generally different from protectionist tariffs. The latter is done as an initial action while the former is a response to other countries actions. Trumps tariffs were virtually all retaliatory in nature. He even went to the European nations and agreed to drop all tariffs if they did. Reactionary tariffs can have a beneficial mark as they stop anti free market behaviors from other actors. Letting China steal billions of dollars a year in IP is not a noble free market goal, yet Reason believes nothing should ever be done on response.

    In various AI tournaments regarding trade theory and competition the tit for tat strategy has generally won the competitions as the most valid strategy as it is a responsive system that plays to the actor you are dealing with. It stops algorithms set up to steal as nobody will continue to deal with them. In fact this theory has largely been present in free market discussions since game theory started. But Reason isn’t exactly a well versed set of libertarians.

    1. “Biden continues Trump’s bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration”

      My take on this headline is that this was both foreseeable and foreseen.

      I’m happy to criticize Trump’s immigration goals and bad protectionist ways, but anyone who preferred Biden to Trump because they thought Biden was better from a libertarian and capitalist perspective on immigration or trade did so foolishly.

      How many remember the following discussion from before the election in November of 2020.

      With Trump you get the following positions:

      A, B, C, D, E, F

      With Biden, you get the following positions:

      E, F, G, H, I, J

      Making your choice on the basis of positions “E” and “F” is irrational because you get the same thing with both alternatives. Yeah, Trump is bad on immigration and trade. So what? The alternative is the same on those two issues.

      Now let’s talk about the Green New Deal, gun rights, Medicare for All, etc.

      1. Why does it take some libertarians seven months to figure out what we already knew seven months ago? I think I know why.

        There should be a term for people who can’t see things objectively when Donald Trump is standing next to them. And if you can see things clearly now that he’s gone, you might be suffering from that.

        1. When will Ken figure out that the lesser of two evils is still evil?

          1. When will you figure out accepting some good is better than accepting all bad?

            You can live in the nirvana fallacy youre entire life if you want to remain ignorant. Which you seemingly choose.

            Stating the gop is equally bad to the dnc is just idiocy designed to hide your support for democrats. Yes you support democrats. Even in this thread you only attack the right, never the left. Yesterdat you deflected from bidens border issues to trump. Your entire motivation is to trash the right and ignore the left.

            I asked you yesterday to name one policy on the right as destructive as CRT or GND. You can’t.

            Not everything is equal dummy.

            Using your principles you are going to lose reduced regulations, increase your taxes, decrease your rights (especially guns), increase being spied on domestically…

            All because you hated a single person because the media told you to.

            Youre a child.

            1. “What the difference between an ugly birthmark and advanced lung cancer, they’re both bad” – t. sarcasmic

              1. LOL so true.

          2. When will Ken figure out that the lesser of two evils is still evil?

            If the goal is to minimize evil, the choice between the lesser and greater evil is obvious. Conversely, whether you’ve just given up or are actively promoting more evil is moot when you choose the greater evil. Moreover, giving up and choosing ‘NOTA’ (which I have done) while the greater evil advances, while personally sanctifying, doesn’t advance libertarianism or prevent evil (except in the case of certain voting schemes where a majority of votes is required and abstaining effectively prevents both/all evil options).

            1. Doesn’t *directly* advance libertarianism or prevent evil. There’s the potential that your moral rectitude catalyzes others but, even then, it’s a distinction of directly preventing some evil vs. (the slim possibility, especially in an either-or election format, of) potentially preventing both/all evil.

              1. I know people on the left who honestly believe that Republicans are pure, fascist evil; and likewise righties who consider Democrats to be the embodiment of evil.

                Both sides are convinced that the other side is the anti-Christ.

                Did it ever occur to you that maybe they’re both right? That the two parties are different sides of the same evil coin? And that by falling into the trap of choosing one or the other, you’re just a useful idiot advancing evil?

                1. By their fruits you shall know them, sarcasmic. Look at what they actually do, not what they’re accused of.
                  The Democrats have a 160 year history of utter demonic evil that continues even now. The Republicans have a history of occasional ineptitude and moral cowardice sprinkled with buffoonery.

                2. Did it ever occur to you that maybe they’re both right? That the two parties are different sides of the same evil coin?

                  Did it ever occur to you that you were the person to invoke evil into the discussion and then extrapolate that evil to the party system?

                  FFS, Ken’s original point was that Trump and Biden’s relevant positions were largely interchangeable.

                  Good God you’re dumb.

                  1. If the lesser of two evils is evil, and both sides view the other as evil, then isn’t everyone evil?

                    Mencken said something like the job of the two political parties is to convince voters that the other party is evil, and they’re both right.

                  2. I think that’s a large reason as to why half the eligible voters don’t bother. Because they’re like fuck you you all suck. Those are the people who could cause a libertarian revolution at the ballot box.
                    You aren’t going to get them to show up by being rah-rah-rah Republican.

                    1. Lol. Youre a child rationalizing their bad choices.

                      You want to bitch and complain (only about the right based on your history) and then retreat to not your fault when there was an actual decision that would have been less harmful to your freedoms.

      2. That’s all well and good, but beside analyzing Trump’s political positions, you never comment on his lies about the stolen election or his attempts to overthrow the election results.

        1. Did he campaign on that? In 2020 I mean. I know that he and HRC went back and forth on the legitimacy of the 2016 election both before and after. Did you vote for Biden in November because you knew on January 6th Trump would call for people to peacefully protest at the capitol?

  33. Why aren’t the Trumpistas praising Biden for continuing Trump’s protectionism?

    Ohhhhhhhhh duh. It’s not what the person does. It’s who the person is. Trump’s policies were good when he did them, but when the other TEAM does the exact same thing it becomes bad. Not because of what they did. But because of who did it.

    1. The right-wing libertarians out here would insist daily that Trump didn’t get enough credit for the occasionally positive things that he did. “You have TDS, you won’t give him credit for tax cuts or cutting regulations!!!!” And now we have these same folks refusing to give Biden credit for the occasionally positive things that he does at least from their perspective. He’s keeping Trump’s tariffs, right? Why aren’t they giving Biden credit for that? The kids are still in cages at the southern border, right? Doesn’t Biden get “credit” for that, at least from their point of view?

      1. Except that Reason and us libertarians did give Trump credit where credit was due, but his followers had their fingers jammed into their ears while shouting “La la la la I can’t hear you you never said that you hate Trump la la la la laaaa!”

      2. “occassionally positive”.

        STFU you gaslighting lefty shill

    2. WHAT ABOUT HUNTER BIDENS LAPTOP?

      1. Not sure you should be using “lap” and “top” in any reference.

      2. Exactly. Reason didn’t run an article a day on Hunter’s laptop. That’s proof right there that every one of the staff hates Trump and voted for Biden. And the only Biden policies that they criticize are the ones continuing unchanged from the previous administration. So even when the criticize Biden they’re really criticizing Trump! Sure there are lots of articles criticizing Biden’s other policies and giving props to Republicans, but they don’t fit the narrative so they don’t exist.

        1. Lol. Youre now defending Joe bidens documented corruption. Holy shit man.

        2. I mean, there was so much documentation out there that transparently showed that Biden accepted bribes that I genuinely thought that it was planted. I thought “No way” because it was so transparent, with e-mails explicitly referencing cuts for the “big man” in such a way that I would have rolled my eyes if it was a spy drama. We had third parties verify that it was real. This confirming decades of suspicions and mainstream articles about Biden’s “soft corruption”.

          Then. Nothing.

          An orgy of evidence and then nothing.
          There wasn’t even a meaningful refutation. Just a “No it isn’t” and blatant censorship of the discussion.
          Of course people are getting upset at how the Clintons and Bidens of our country seem to be above the law. Even Trump was impeached for investigating this.

          1. Just this month it revealed Joe was sending state department documents to Hunter for use in his investment firm as well as hunter lining up lobbying gigs while Joe was VP for Joe.

          2. What’s your point? That every news outlet that didn’t harp on that story hates Trump or something?

            1. GFY. You have zero credibility, and will defend the indefensible

            2. If you can casually ignore the implications to America of what that laptop revealed, you’re even dumber than they say.

              1. He spent years constantly trashing Trump for every made up media story. he can’t be bothered with this story with actual real emails and actual evidence of corruption.

            3. No, but I expect some level of condemnation compared to the crime.

              When Donald Trump was impeached for investigating widely suspected corruption of the Vice President, I expect people to grudgingly accept when the corruption was later proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

              When people go for years talking about “emoluents” as a form of indirect bribery, I expect somewhat similar anger about clear and explicit tit-for-tat bribery.

              I expect internal consistency.

              I can be angry with Trump for riling people up on 1/6 while also being angry at Harris for encouraging people to continue to riot after people had died. This isn’t hard

              1. Why are you expecting “condemnation” from Reason? Reason has never gone around issuing statements of condemnation like some Fox news commentator.

                1. If Reason didn’t run ten articles a day condemning [insert hobby horse here] then that means they [insert strawman here].

                  1. Meanwhile, the closest the Reason staff has ever come to condemning things is making snarky comments and choosing unflattering photos. Condemning is just not their style.

                    1. Condemning is just the latest goalpost move, and the most spellinglyist too because failure to condemn is to condone, preferably with a condom.

                    2. Do you two biden dick suckers not realize sullum put out 30 anti trump stories for one event?

      3. turd lies. It’s what he does. If turd includes numbers, they’re either outright lies or cherry-picked to be worthless.
        Every one of turd’s posts is a lie, like the one above.
        turd lies; it’s what he does.

      4. It showed major corruption while Joe was VP. Next question?

    3. This was stupid the first time you said it.

      Why are you so concerned with bidens perception here. Has he done anything bad? Youre a biden cultist at this point. Along with Jeff.

    4. Many of us aren’t big fans of protectionism, or any number of other policies from the Trump administration that were anti-libertarian in nature.

      It’s just that Biden and his administration are as bad or worse on almost all of these same issues. And a lot worse on a whole host of others that the previous administration was good or OK on (even if it was on accident).

      Republicans: Kinda bad on some issues, OK on others
      Democrats: Kinda bad on some issues, FAR WORSE on others

      1. As the Democrats became more authoritarian and more socialist, it became more and more appropriate for libertarian capitalists to become more and more supportive of the Republican opposition.

        It’s especially easy to support the Republicans in opposition right now because they have no power. We’re not even endorsing what they do because they can’t do anything.

  34. More federal whistleblowers have come forward about conditions at shelters for unaccompanied migrant kids.

    This is the thread sarcasmic immediately deflected to Trump despite this issue being built off the actions of Joe.

    Just pointing that out.

  35. “Federal anti-gun task forces are drawing criticism, as some communities see an onslaught of arrests…

    “All we want to do is really have a seat at the table and be a part of the discussion,” Antonia Wynter, another activist with the Community Justice Initiative says. “If law enforcement’s goal is to bring people to justice that’s fine, but our goal [as community leaders] is to find the root causes as to why crime is happening. We can come in and work together.”’

    Poor Antonia. Doesn’t she realize that the federal cops are the ultimate authority on the roots of crime as well as how to reduce it? After all, their record speaks for itself.

  36. Supreme Court ruled in janus unions can not force membership.

    Shortly after Janus some unions decided to forge employee signatures showing they joined the union. In one washington case this went to court.

    Both the Union and the State admit the card is a forgery. A judge just ruled neither the state nor the union can be held responsible, only the person who forged the card. In the mean time union dues continue to be deducted from employees paycheck despite admitted forgery.

    https://redstate.com/freedom-foundation/2021/07/28/washington-lawsuit-isnt-about-forgery-its-about-the-state-conspiring-with-a-union-to-violate-the-constitution-n417372

    1. So much for conspiracy law and accessory. Suddenly, the only person responsible for a criminal enterprise is the guy pulling the trigger or taking the money. This is going to come as great news for organized crime bosses everywhere.

      1. the guy pulling the trigger *or* taking the money

        Not both, FTFY. Good to see “We were just following orders.” is a valid defense in the National Socialist American Workers’ Party.

  37. Biden continues Trump’s bad protectionist ways on trade and immigration. Today, President Joe Biden will give a speech about new “Buy American” rules, reportedly

    Biden sucks.

    The two things I most hated about Trump were his awful trade policies and HUGE federal spending increases. Biden is no better.

    I guess I will have to be satisfied with Biden’s lack of corruption and lack of nonstop lying.

    A little brain fog senility is not a bad trade off.

    1. turd lies. It’s what he does. If turd includes numbers, they’re either outright lies or cherry-picked to be worthless.
      Every one of turd’s posts is a lie, like the one above.
      turd lies; it’s what he does.

      1. May you spend eternity eating the curdled cheese that grows in Hillary Clinton’s unwashed butt flaps.

        1. turd lies. It’s what he does. If turd includes numbers, they’re either outright lies or cherry-picked to be worthless.
          Every one of turd’s posts is a lie, like the one above.
          turd lies; it’s what he does.

    2. ^ That’s another Impostor Buttplug post. Here’s how you can tell.

      Real Buttplug (RB) spent Obama’s entire Presidency crediting him (correctly) with the then-strongest economy in US history.
      RB’s preferred metric for economic health is Warren Buffett’s net worth increases.
      Buffett is up over $13 billion in half a year under Biden.
      As well as Buffett did under Obama, he did NOT sustain a pace of $26 billion / year growth for 8 years.
      RB economic theory inevitably leads to the conclusion that the Biden economy is even better than the Obama economy — making it the new best economy in US history.

      In conclusion, RB is surely self-aware enough to realize that saying “Biden sucks” contradicts everything he said for years in the Obama Era.

      1. Contemplating whether posts are real PB or an imposter PB posts has to be the strangest hobby ever. Not that you don’t have the right to pursue whatever hobby you like. But wow.

        1. He is mocking the pedophile. OBL is a parody account.

        2. It’s because I get frustrated by the deception. RB’s analysis is consistently excellent. Then Impostor Buttplug tries to ruin his stellar reputation by portraying him as a stupid, sloppy hack who blatantly contradicts himself — sometimes in the very same thread.

          #StopSmearingButtplug

          1. Buttplugs are kinda smeared through function, ain’t they?

          2. I think you mean Mr. Buttplug.
            #libertariansforbuttplugsandothersplecializedanaldevices.

    3. Biden sucks? Then why do you defend him every day including above? You literally run into threads to praise him for the economy, being moderate, not being corrupt despite it all being lies. He just missed the expected growth numbers by 2% today. Red states proved unemployment was tied to Bidens preferred enhanced UI he extended.

      You literally support him every day.

    4. Biden’s lack of corruption ”

      Now that is funny, oh you weren’t joking

      1. Fake scandals made up by GOP ratfuckers don’t count.

        Indictments do count.

        Score is :
        Obama 0 scandals
        Trump 12 scandals
        Biden 0 scandals

        1. That is OBL level paraody there.

        2. Obama 0 scandals
          Operation Fast and Furious
          Operation Unified Protector
          Benghazi
          Obamagate (Watergate x 100. Easily the worst misuse of presidential power in American history)

          Biden 0 scandals
          Pay for play
          Hunter’s laptop
          ‘Robert Peters’
          Social Media Covid censorship
          Burisma

          1. Fake scandals by ratfuckers.

            Trump
            12 indictments
            8 convictions
            2 impeachments

            Suck on that authoritarian cock, you bitch.

            1. turd lies. It’s what he does. If turd includes numbers, they’re either outright lies or cherry-picked to be worthless.
              Every one of turd’s posts is a lie, like the one above.
              turd lies; it’s what he does.

            2. Fake scandals by ratfuckers.
              12 indictments
              8 convictions
              2 impeachments

              Exactly, Plug. Fake scandals by ratfuckers, and you parroted every one.

              1. Hey, they got one guy on an un-paid parking ticket! turd finds that REALLY IMPORTANT!
                ‘Cause turd’s a fucking lefty ignoramus.

          2. Ignoring things like ‘penaltax’; a record number of 9-0 losses doesn’t count as scandals because SCOTUS caught and stopped him.

      2. Trump = Two impeachments and saved by partisan Senate each time.

        Many convictions.

        A Con Man still on the con.

        1. Two impeachments and saved by partisan
          Hahaha
          Trump was the only president in history impeached twice by the Democratic party on evidence that actually completely exonerated him, and you’re calling the senate partisan?

          You’re a fucking joke. Sucking dick for authoritarian establishment psychopaths still isn’t going to save you, Plug. You’re too fucking stupid to make the Inner Party.

        2. turd lies. It’s what he does. If turd includes numbers, they’re either outright lies or cherry-picked to be worthless.
          Every one of turd’s posts is a lie, like the one above.
          turd lies; it’s what he does.

        3. Point of order, the second partisan impeachment was after Trump was out of office.

          1. With the Jan. 6 investigation looks like Nancy is gearing up for impeached iii. After watching Kinzinger’s tearful testimony I’m pretty sure it will be bipartisan.

    5. his awful trade policies
      Like renegotiating NAFTA for the USMCA, right?

      HUGE federal spending increases
      Remember how Trump was refusing to sign the Bills even right before the election, and Team B(lue)uttplug rammed them through anyway, or how some were veto proof? I’m sure that you actually do.

      nonstop lying
      You mean lies like math is racist, Sicknick was killed with a fire extinguisher, 1619 is real history, Hunter’s laptop wasn’t real, all white people are racist, A pipe in ATL stopped the count, Jussie Smollet was attacked by MAGA, China travel ban was racist, etc?

    6. And by “and Biden is no better”, you mean “and Biden is spending twice as much”.

      1. turd lies. It’s what turd does.

  38. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/critical-race-theory-proving-to-be-difficult-wedge-issue-for-democrats/ar-AAMzUMN?ocid=uxbndlbing

    However, of those who had heard of it, 53 percent said they had “very unfavorable” opinion of it, compared to 23 percent who said they had a “very favorable” one. While respondents who identified as Republican had a much more negative view of critical race theory, 85 percent called their views “very unfavorable,” 71 percent of independents also had a similarly negative opinion of it.

    Keep shoving this down the publics throat. Keep defending the indefensible. Large majority of independents are over this woke indoctrination. Best of luck in 2022

    1. The truth is blacks and Hispanics hate CRT as well. CRT pretty much demeans and insults the entire human race.

      1. It really is scary that there are 23% of people in this survey that had a very favorable view. Though I guess there are a lot of racist elites, grifters, and those buried in white guilt.

    2. compared to 23 percent who said they had a “very favorable” one

      Twenty-three percent of Americans are apparently unpardonable racists.

      Best of luck in 2022

      It’s okay, it’s being fortified.

  39. “in which U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) agents are tasked with monitoring the likes of Facebook, Parler, Twitter, and Telegram for information about protests and more.”

    It’s okay because private companies are part of the process.
    If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Jeff and Mike, it’s that censoring and spying on citizens is okay as long as you do it using a “private” company.

    1. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Jeff and Mike, it’s that censoring and spying on citizens is okay as long as you do it using a “private” company.

      See the Right to Repair debate above, it’s not just censorship and spying but imminent domain and trespass to chattels as well. If Apple wants to claim use rights on property sold multiple steps down the line and nowhere outlined in the final sale, they’re just a private company trying to control their property.

      Of course, because they’re so principled, if a billionaire or real estate developer bought up all the land along the border and enforcing trespass/immigration policies far in excess of the FedGov’s they’d just shrug and say ‘Private property what can you do?’ Or if all the wedding cake decorators or abortion providers in a state got together and said, “We won’t decorate *any* gay cakes.” or “We won’t provide abortions to anyone under 25 or without the father’s consent.” They’d just say, “No goverment, no foul.”

  40. Biden carries on Trump’s legacy on trade and immigration

    But at least he doesn’t mean tweet. Also, I understand that he recently was kind enough to inform everyone that his “butt’s been wiped” so… hard hitting stuff for sure. We’re fortunate to have such an intelligent and totally not senile man as our president.

  41. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is back on her wealth tax gambit.

    I wasn’t aware she was ever off that particular soapbox.

    1. She wasn’t, but Twitter decided it was a good story to distract from inflation right now, so Reason is falling in line with their controlled opposition.

  42. For those of you who are skeptical about the prospect of electric vehicles being ready to dominate the market, get a load of this truck:

    “The company says Nikola One is capable of pulling a total gross weight of 80,000 pounds and offers more than 1,200 miles between stops . . . . “This is just the beginning of what’s ahead for America, our company and the electric vehicle market”.

    Nikola One’s fully electric 335 horsepower motor features a dual gear reduction at every wheel (6×6). Combined, the truck outputs more than 2,000 horsepower and 3,700-plus ft. lbs. of torque before gear reduction, and nearly 86,000 ft. lbs. of torque after gear reduction . . . .

    Nikola One’s electric motors are powered by a liquid cooled lithium-ion battery pack, which is charged by an onboard turbine. The fuel agnostic turbine automatically charges the batteries when needed, eliminating the need to plug in the unit.”

    —-CCJ Digital, May 11, 2016

    “Electric Class 8 truck promises 2,000 hp, 1,200 miles”

    https://www.ccjdigital.com/business/article/14933130/electric-class-8-truck-promises-2000-hp-1200-miles

    Doesn’t that sound great?

    The future is electric!

    1. Or at least the future was electric in 2016. Nowadays, not so much of Nickola.

      “The founder of the much-hyped electric truck manufacturer Nikola Corp. NKLA, -8.05% has been charged with lying to investors about the supposed technological breakthroughs the company had achieved in order to drive up its stock price, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

      Trevor Milton, 39, is accused of claiming that his company had successfully manufactured working prototypes of electric trucks and pickup trucks that would turn the industry on its head, when he had, in fact, never built anything.

      Prosecutors said that, in fact, the prototypes that had been unveiled didn’t function and were Frankenstein monsters cobbled together from parts from other vehicles. At public events, the vehicles were towed into position and were powered by plugs leading from hidden wall sockets.

      In one instance, in which the vehicle was filmed for a promotional film, tape was used to keep the doors of a truck prototype from opening, prosecutors said. To make it appear the truck was driving, it was towed to the top of a hill and then rolled down to the bottom, according to the indictment.

      —-Marketwatch, July 29, 2021

      https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nikola-electric-truck-prototypes-were-powered-by-hidden-wall-sockets-towed-into-position-and-rolled-down-hills-prosecutors-say-11627572394?

      So, yeah, um . . . I still say the future is electric, but this stuff is best left to investors and entrepreneurs using their own money. Letting the government force us to sacrifice our standard of living based on the promise of technologies that are still half baked and aren’t yet economically efficient enough to maintain our quality of life is a foolish thing to do. The future will get here when it gets here. In the meantime, Tesla is hitting record profits, and the demand for their cars is still strong.

      1. This is SOP for Silicon Valley. Produce an idea with no real concrete plan about how it will work, *somehow* convince people to throw wads of cash at you, then spend the next few years spending that cash, pretending to produce the idea until the whole thing collapses, then move on to the next idea.

        The show Silicon Valley covered this with satirical brilliance.

        1. That culture was discussed in “Bad Blood,” the book on Theranos and its eventual collapse, as well.

    2. Just don’t try charging them up between 4 PM and 9 PM, when renewable energy is less available. We need to keep California Golden!

    3. I’m excited for you to get this truck, but don’t necessarily look forward to hearing even more about it from you

      1. It’s a two part post. You need to read the second half.

          1. After having multiple discussions with Ken about how, while electric vehicles may be the future, they aren’t the future *right now* (and he disagreed with me), I found this post (or set of them) confusing/contradictory.

            1. I think the Rivian will be amazing, and just because this Nikola company was a joke doesn’t mean all of them will be.

              And this really was my point:

              “I still say the future is electric, but this stuff is best left to investors and entrepreneurs using their own money.”

              —-Ken Shultz

              It’s hard enough for private investors and funds to know which of these companies should be invested in and which ones shouldn’t. If you’re like me, and you want to see auto industry evolve, you want them to do so through competition, technology, and market driven demand.

              That really is my point. This company was able to get a lot of money from investors, and they were exposed and shut down. What chance do government bureaucrats have of making the right call?

              The money the Biden administration is “investing” in the green space is likely to be squandered on projects like this. Part of the infrastructure deal spends billions building a national network of charging stations. What a stupid thing to do!

              If the demand for those charging stations were already there, someone would already be funding it privately, and the chances of those chagrining stations doing what the market demands, where the market demands it, are extremely unlikely–because they’re being built by government fiat rather than investors chasing profits.

              1. I think the Rivian will be amazing, and just because this Nikola company was a joke doesn’t mean all of them will be.

                I read a couple of articles in the last couple weeks that pointed out that the upper estimates of the world’s lithium reserves doesn’t account for every car in America today going electric. And, being clear, that doesn’t address every car in the world, population/car sale growth, grid-scale requirements, and ancillary lithium-powered products like tools, electronics, and appliances.

                Now, I freely acknowledge the idiocy of peak oil and the Club of Rome but, at the same time, Henry Ford wasn’t advancing ICE technology in every home in the world to save the world from the mortal evils of coal and whale oil and, like the Club of Rome we aren’t talking about the demise of the ICE 6 decades after its widespread adoption. They are and for the forseeable future, will be an unsustainable luxury/status purchase and to advertise them as threading the needle of mankind’s energy needs into the future is disingenuous. I don’t have a problem with them intrinsically. As I’ve said before, if I could afford an electric motorcycle at a 1:1 price point with an ICE motorcycle (rather than 3 or more:1), I’d absolutely buy one, and I’d freely admit that I did it because of the convenience and lower maintenance costs/requirements rather than the “fact” that the lack of emissions was saving the planet or that electric vehicles were the key to mankind’s sustainable future.

                Circling back to your point, do you think the Nikola company was more able to raise money because Biden likes electric cars or because Elon Musk likes Tesla or because you (both literal and metaphorically) like to say you’ll buy a Rivian (revealed preferences to be discussed after you actually purchase a Rivian). I’m much more inclined to believe that while the former has an effect, the latter (you, metaphorically) were more responsible for the majority of the hype.

                1. the upper estimates of the world’s lithium reserves

                  And I should be clear that that’s theoretical upper limits. As in, if we extracted every last atom of lithium below the Earth’s crust. Not estimates of currently-known reserves.

                2. Circling back to your point, do you think the Nikola company was more able to raise money because Biden likes electric cars or because Elon Musk likes Tesla or because you (both literal and metaphorically) like to say you’ll buy a Rivian

                  Rivian is a going concern because they have the full backing of Ford and Amazon. Amazon wants to build their own home delivery service fleet, and they’re using Rivian’s technology to do it. And, yes, Ford is all in on that project. They know stuff about building trucks that Americans want to buy, and they see Tesla’s stock commanding a multiple on their earnings that values them more than Ford–so they want to emulate that model and attract that kind of multiple for their stock, too. You can’t buy into Rivian. You can only buy Ford’s stock.

                  I think Nikola was mostly about someone taking advantage of speculators in the market, who wanted to get in on the next Tesla before it took off. It was like the dot-com bubble or Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. When the world’s investors are willing to throw their money at businesses based on technology they don’t really understand, people will come along and take advantage of that. I bet there were a lot of retail investors in Nikola.

                  I suspect Biden and company are more victims of this kind of thinking rather than progenitors. It’s Tulip mania, and when the smartest people in the room are doing something stupid, Biden and company don’t have the character or the wisdom to see what’s happening. When Buffet says he won’t buy technology companies because he doesn’t understand the technology behind them, he’s avoiding that common mistake. And really smart people make plenty of dumb mistakes.

                  Bear Stearns and Lehman went belly up buying New Century’s subprime portfolio when they went into bankruptcy circa July of 2007. Those were some of the smartest, most well motivated guys on the planet–far more so than the politicians, bureaucrats, and regulators of the time. When Bear and Lehman went bankrupt in 2008, almost a year later, because of those CMOs they were holding, everyone panicked–especially the government. Moral of the story is that even the best of the private investors are prone to making huge mistakes, and Wall Street has the discipline of playing with their own money. What chance does Biden have to see through all the lemmings and the hype?

                  Biden follows their lead on Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley tells him that automated cars will be here by 2020, and he believes them and acts accordingly. There are companies out there right now trying to make a legitimate business out of charging stations and pre-charged battery trading stations, who may be driven out of business by Biden’s stupid infrastructure spending. And the only reason their new competitors will be in business is to get those government funds. It’s sure to happen. It always happens.

                  Professional hedge fund managers with staffs of technology experts and financial analysts–who get to keep 20% of what the fund earns–have a hard time making the right investment decisions, and Joe Biden and his merry band of green new world believers don’t know shit about what makes a company like Tesla successful. There’s no way they’ll be able to target the right companies or even industries. The ones they should invest in and the infrastructure they should build doesn’t even require their financing.

                  Biden is a lemming that’s rushing in where really, really smart angels fear to tread.

                  1. You can’t buy into Rivian. You can only buy Ford’s stock.

                    Assuming this was in response to my ‘revealed preferences’ comment, I meant buy the actual product, not ownership in the company. My understanding is that you can currently buy, or at least pre-order, a Rivian just not at a dealership. If you spend all day preaching the virtues about Rivian and EV trucks, and then climb into an ICE F-150 when a Rivian is available, as you know, it speaks louder than your preaching.

                    Hard to read Ford or Amazon’s tea leaves. Amazon is pretty clearly all in on dumping their emissions onto the grid and claiming any/all credits for being emission-free (they already advertise as such). There is also is a bit of protectionism going on if any upstart competitors have to invest in an all-electric fleet (with Tesla or Amazon in control of the charging stations) first. Ford, who knows? A hybrid pickup or semi certainly has the potential to be absolutely fucking awesome. Like driving a diesel-electric freight train down the road.

      2. The point was that the truck was vaporware.

        The people who promoted it back in 2016 are being indicted for fraud, and they’re probably going to jail.

        1. So they’ll be facing a battery of charges?

          1. Give em the chair!

        2. Sorry to hear that, Ken. You’ll find another!

          1. I’m still focused on the Rivian.

            https://rivian.com/r1t

            That should be a great truck.

            Amazon and Ford are neck deep in Rivian. They’re not publicly traded (I don’t think). Amazon is ordering their platforms like crazy as delivery trucks, and Ford will use their platform to make F150s eventually.

            They’re really just making the platform–you can slap anything on top of it that you want. The motors are in the wheels. I’ll be interested to see how it does in water and mud. It’ll be torquey as all get out. Should be great off road–so long as it can handle water and mud down in those wheels.

            1. I’d be skeptical about submerging motors that will see on and offroad shock. IP69K is nice but the seals will take a beating.

            2. I’d love one, but up here their range will drop to 50 yards for six months of the year. Canadian winters aren’t kind to batteries.

              1. Not to mention that, at least to start, the price of a Rivian will be 2X the cost of a base model F-150 (and ~1.5X the price of a Wrangler). And, all the off-roading I’ve seen and done, the fact that the Rivian’s base curb weight is the F-150s ceiling (and, again, that the F-150s curb weight floor is well above the Wrangler’s curb weight ceiling) doesn’t bode well for its off-road performance (unless you’re one of those soccer moms that enjoys driving your kids to practice in an off road vehicle).

                Of course, Ken and EV fanboys are going to hype Rivian’s trucks/SUVs as a great off-road vehicle when, in reality, it’s more of a downsized Expedition, Escalade, or King Ranch F-150 at a similar-to-higher price.

                1. I don’t think that’s so at all.

                  The top of the line F-150 has 430 hp and pound-feet of torque.

                  The Rivian has 754 horsepower and 826 pound-feet of torque.

                  That’s sounds fun AF.

                  This guy did eight days off road in the Rivian.

                  https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/features/2021-rivian-r1t-electric-truck-first-drive-review/

                  The technology has a ways to go, but, yeah, that looks like it would be fun in Glamis.

                  1. I tweaked that.

                    The top of the line F-150 has 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. of torque.

                  2. P.S.

                    Take your locking differential and shove it.

                    Each wheel has its own motor. How ’bout that to the tune of 826 pound-feet of torque.

                    Can you switch out the batteries for range? I want to see something like that at King of the Hammers.

                    1. You realize you played the exact gambit that I pointed out? An additional 250 ft. lbs. of torque is great, unless it comes at the cost of an additional 500 lbs. of curb weight. Better both cost and weight-wise to soup up the ICE.

                      Say, for whatever reason, I need 800 hp or 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque, there’s nothing like turbo chargers I can bolt onto the EV motors and I have to (and can? Sounds like we’re not even sure we can switch out batteries.) replace all 4 motors on the Rivian, right? Continuing this along the lines of what I said above, I can drop in a couple of relatively cheap turbos, get the hp/torque I need and practically ignore the additional weight, right?

                      I remain unconvinced of the transcendental “this is the future” aspect of EVs (as long as 100% of us live on this planet and nuclear is a minority power source anyway). The potential for distributed power is interesting but, as I indicated above, not nearly as interesting at the potential for something like distributed hybrid power.

  43. So basically, prison time for exposing government wrong-doing.
    Promotions and bonuses for committing government wrong-doing.

    1. Lucrative MSNBC contracts

  44. The Biden administration is also carrying on many of former President Donald Trump’s bad immigration policies. Last week, it announced that it would process 100,000 fewer green card applications this year than are allowed to be processed.

    You may not believe in borders, I may not believe in borders, but by God they’re a useful fiction.

    1. Yet, at the same time, Biden is refusing to stop anyone from walking over the border illegally. Put it together and the conclusion is that Biden wants people to immigrate but wants them to be in an uncertain and illegal status when they get here. Biden and the Democrats really care about immigrants you know.

      1. Immigrants, labor, the economy… It’s funny to see people like sarcasmic chastise Republicans for their terrible immigration stance in defense of worse ones (and then go on to preach about the lesser of two evils).

        1. In defense? The fuck am I defending?

          1. Everybody *but* Trump, you pathetic piece of lefty shit. You think people here are as fucking stupid as you? We’re not.
            Fuck off and die, lefty asshole.

            1. Why do I need to defend him? He’s got sycophants everywhere. Oh look! There’s one! Right there! Sevo!

          2. Both sides!

  45. Well, we already know that a certain person known for mean tweets tried to burn thousands of mail boxes, right?

    1. Was that before or after he started WWIII with Iran?

      1. Unless the answer is that he set them on fire before going to war with Iran, but collected them and dowsed them with gasoline after the war with Iran, this question is too sensical.

  46. Trump’s legacy on the border was that it was more under control than it’s been in at least 2 decades and our southern neighbors had agreed to share responsibility for it.
    Biden certainly isn’t continuing that.

  47. But not a lot is known about the iCOP program—which is where EFF comes in.

    The EFF wants to protect its Antifa and BLM buddies.

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