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CDC Extends Trump-Era Migrant Expulsion Policy, Citing Delta Variant

Plus: Enough about FOSTA's "unintended" consequences, another blow to the FTC's Facebook case, and more...


Despite pledges to dismantle former President Donald Trump's immigration policies, President Joe Biden and his administration keep extending them. On Monday, the administration announced another extension of a rapid expulsion policy instituted under Trump, which denies people the right to apply for refugee status on humanitarian grounds.

The announcement came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head Rochelle Walensky, who cited concerns about "severe overcrowding" at detention facilities "and a high risk of COVID-19 transmission." She explained that the agency was issuing a new order extending Trump's March 2020 invocation of Title 42 to block certain travel across U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico and to quickly expel people attempting to enter.

Title 42 of the Public Health Service Act gives federal authorities the right to impose broad disease mitigation measures. Last year, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration used this to justify a ban on most border crossings at ports of entry and Border Patrol stations near the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders, and to say that people attempting to cross "will immediately be expelled to their country of last transit," instead of being held for processing before a decision.

Immigration advocates had hoped the Biden administration would reverse course. Instead, it presided over a drastic increase in the number of expulsions, apprehensions, and people deemed inadmissible.

Last October, 63,005 people at the southern border were subject to expulsion under Title 42. In January, it was 62,531 people. But since then, the numbers have steadily and significantly ticked up: 72,317 in February 2021, 107,105 in March, 110,696 in April, 111,296 in May, and 103,014 in June.

There's also been a steady increase in "apprehensions or inadmissibles" at the southern border. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection explains that "apprehensions refers to the physical control or temporary detainment of a person who is not lawfully in the U.S. which may or may not result in an arrest" and "inadmissibles refers to individuals encountered at ports of entry who are seeking lawful admission into the United States but are determined to be inadmissible, individuals presenting themselves to seek humanitarian protection under our laws, and individuals who withdraw an application for admission and return to their countries of origin within a short timeframe.")

Last October, 6,044 people were subject to apprehension or deemed inadmissible. In June, it was 75,402 people.

Walensky cited the Delta variant as the latest excuse for extending these policies. "While scientists learn more about Delta and other emerging variants, rigorous and increased compliance with public health mitigation strategies is essential to protect public health," she said Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several other groups will resume challenging the Title 42 policy in court. The Trump-turned-Biden-era policy "restricts immigration at the border based on an unprecedented and unlawful invocation of the Public Health Service Act," the groups state.

"We gave the Biden administration more than enough time to fix any problems left behind by the Trump administration, but it has left us no choice but to return to court. Families' lives are at stake," said Lee Gelernt, lead ACLU lawyer on the case.

"It's beyond cruel to use an obscure public health rule to turn away families seeking safety without due process and functionally shut down our asylum system — it's illegal," said Karla Marisol Vargas, a senior attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which is part of the suit. "People have a legal right to seek safety in America and our government has the resources to safely process them into the country to have their cases heard. Initial promises on the part of the Biden administration to phase out Title 42 for only family units will not do enough. It is time to double down on the push to end Title 42 and force the government to follow the law."

CBS News notes that "the U.S. expects to record about 210,000 migrant apprehensions along the southern border in July, which would mark the highest monthly total since 2000, according to government data submitted to a federal court. It also expects to record 80,000 apprehensions of parents and children traveling as families, and 19,000 of unaccompanied minors—an all-time high."

The Biden administration has made some progress on getting rid of Trump-era immigration policies. It "quickly terminated the Trump administration practice of requiring migrants to wait in Mexico for their U.S. asylum hearings" and "discontinued the long-term detention of migrant families," points out CBS News. It "refused to expel unaccompanied children under Title 42, a practice that three judges found to be unlawful," and "has allowed 16,000 migrants deemed to be at-risk in Mexico to enter the U.S. under Title 42 exemptions." Yet it "has also vigorously defended in federal court its ability to continue Title 42, which it has used to expel the vast majority of migrant adults and some families with children encountered at the southern border."

Reason's Fiona Harrigan noted in July that while Biden "has made some welcome changes to his predecessor's immigration policies," he has also "kept many in place—and enacted questionable ones of his own. Case in point: Biden is now allowing a trickle of asylum seekers to enter the U.S. from Mexico, but it's unclear why some people may come and others may not."


"Enough About FOSTA's 'Unintended Consequences'; They Were Always Intended." At techdirt, Kendra Albert rips into the idea that the negative consequences of the 2018 "sex trafficking" law FOSTA—which criminalized the hosting of any ads that facilitate prostitution—were unintended. "The narrative of 'unintended consequences' is utter nonsense," Albert writes.

Negative effects on sex workers (and there were many) were not "unintended." The text of the law explicitly criminalizes the promotion of prostitution and it's hard to argue that an interpretation of the law that was clear from its text is unintended. Sex workers and trafficking survivors were very clear about the likely outcome of FOSTA/SESTA prior to its passage. Finally, this narrative is contradicted by what the organizations that supported FOSTA say about their own goals.

More here.


Another blow to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust case against Facebook. Carl Shapiro, the FTC's economics expert on the Facebook antitrust lawsuit, "has parted ways with the agency, two individuals familiar with the case said—adding yet another impediment to the regulator's largest court fight," Politico points out. "The FTC is now looking for a new expert, just three weeks before the agency must decide whether to file the new version of the Facebook lawsuit after a D.C.-based judge threw it out last month."

Shapiro hasn't said why he left. "But he has criticized new FTC Chair Lina Khan's aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement," notes Politico, "and she in turn has faulted the agency's traditional reliance on economists' analyses in its fights against alleged monopolists."


• Hospitals in a number of states and cities are being totally swamped with COVID-19 patients (and limiting visitors) once again.

• Seventy percent of U.S. adults have now taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

• New York City says public employees must be vaccinated:

• Mask mandates are returning to San Francisco and to all of Louisiana.

• More than two years after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's arrest, a Florida judge has agreed to the destruction of the massage room video featuring Kraft. "Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with prosecutors and Kraft's attorneys that the recording given to him before he ruled it inadmissible at trial was not part of the permanent court file and will be returned for destruction."

• A large cache of documents—released by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Gothamist and WNYC—details police misconduct among New York City police officers, "ranging from dishonesty to brutality to inappropriate associations with criminals."

• "One-third of white-tailed deer in the north-eastern United States have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2—a sign that they have been infected with the virus," reports Nature.

• A new book explores the hidden history of woman-led slave revolts.

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  1. Despite pledges to dismantle former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, President Joe Biden and his administration keep extending them.

    But for compassionate reasons.

    1. Everything a Democrat does it for your own good. You don’t always know what’s good for you, but Top Men do. Why won’t people realize this.

      1. But fun to see the liberal health cowards clash with the liberal open borders types. Who will win the title of “Most Caring”?

        1. She explained that the agency was issuing a new order extending Trump’s March 2020 invocation of Title 42 to block certain travel across U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico and to quickly expel people attempting to enter.

          How many divisions does the Pope have? The CDC can order the tide not to come in all it wants, but how are they going to enforce their order?

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      2. ML….Congrats to the Women’s Canada soccer team for bitch-slapping that useless Rad-feminist Rapinoe. That woman is a disgrace to the US olympic team.

        1. Sometimes Top Women come in second.

          1. Or last, if they played in a boys high school tournament.

            1. If you can’t play above the rim you can’t get paid above the glass ceiling.

        2. Thanks. I actually engineered that win myself.

          1. This should get White Mike running.

    2. “But for compassionate reasons.”

      And no mean tweets!

  2. Immigration advocates had hoped the Biden administration would reverse course.

    Bless their hearts.

    1. Yeah he reversed trump and went full obama

    2. Fuck that….we can and must deport every illegal alien we can find back to their country of origin.

      1. Or back to Sweden, despite their repeated objections that they aren’t from Sweden.

  3. Masks work, but you still need to get vaccinated.
    The vaccine works, but you still need to wear a mask.

    Simple summary; bullshit.

    1. Hey! What is social distancing, chopped liver?

      1. That better not be goose liver.

      2. Social distancing is standing outside the range of a BLM molotov cocktail.

    2. And yet the masses accept it.

      1. The masses know that it’s bullshit, they just can’t do anything about it.

        1. You give the masses far too much credit, for either paying attention or understanding (or both).

          1. What is most enjoyable is when the masses babble about the ignorance of the masses without ever realizing that they ARE the masses.

    3. You remind me of grandpa claiming that the hospital “put antibodies in his blood.”

    4. And not least because we know the masks don’t work — if by “masks” we mean what the overwhelming majority wear, can afford to buy, and can afford the time to put on. The paper and cloth masks, easily slipped on and off, would work against transmission of this virus if it were efficiently spread on droplets, but it’s not. Just as all the attention to handwashing and surface cleaning, which is valuable against transmission or other acquisition of many infections, turned out to be useless against this one.

      But the vaccines and sort-of-vaccines using the new technologies do work by all accounts, and rather well by the usual standards of vaccines. And of course, so does natural immunity — or the vaccines and sort-of-vaccines would’ve had no hope of working!

      1. The most illuminating data was actually an EPA test of the efficiency of various mask types. Most of them were ~25% efficient at removing particulate. The only ones that were any better were full-surround ones like a gaitor, and even those were only ~40% reduction. Masks will help in the most marginal of cases where you barely get enough viral load to infect you. However, most people are infected by close contact with coworkers or family, where you spend enough time in close proximity that the reduction is meaningless.

    5. The vaccines work very well, based on the data. Hospitalizations and deaths among the vaccinated are extremely rare.

      Mask mandates don’t work at all, based on the past 16 months of data. States with mask mandates had pretty much the same case rate and hospitalization rate and death rate curves as states without mandates.

  4. “It’s beyond cruel to use an obscure public health rule to turn away families”

    “Oh, very well. The rule will be widely-published and explicitly posted at the border.”

    1. As opposed to being on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused toilet with a sign on the stall saying “Beware the Leopard”.

    2. But putting people out of work or destroying their small business or forcing them to house tenants who refuse to pay rent because of ineffective public health rules is totally okay.

  5. “People have a legal right to seek safety in America”

    I have been assured that we have no rights when crossing a border.

    1. Or getting on a airplane
      Or owning a restaurant

    2. I like how she ignored the basic tenets of what conditions that seeking of safety covers in both American and international law.

      1. Only when convenient. In all other instances she’s quite a fan.

    3. People have a legal right to seek safety in America

      Unless they’re Cuban.

    4. People have a legal right to seek safety in America

      Ben Franklin penned it right there on the Statue Of Liberty and John Hancock signed his name at the bottom.

    5. they may seek all they want but there is no rquirement that it be given


      a) Authority to apply for asylum
      (1) In general
      Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section or, where applicable, section 1225(b) of this title.

  6. I’m betting Shapiro has a new board membership at Facebook lined up. Anyone giving odds?

    1. Ten years ago I would’ve laughed and said “nobody would be that obvious”, but nowadays I realize that they just don’t give a shit.

  7. “One-third of white-tailed deer in the north-eastern United States have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2—a sign that they have been infected with the virus,” reports Nature.

    Cue “herd immunity” jokes.

    1. But the deer have staunchly opposed mask mandates and social distancing.

      1. Deer will buck any mask mandate.

        1. Hence the horns of the dilemma.

    2. Deer don’t wear masks, and their infection rate is lower than ours.

      1. Ah, but have you every seen an obese deer?

        1. *ever*

          *** gets coffee ***

            1. 😎

              How about a rabbit wearing eyeglasses?

              1. That would be hare raising to see.

    3. Did were the positive cases forced to be by the eldest deer, or are they fit enough for it not to matter?

    4. I think they should line up for free “vaccination”
      *loads rifle

      1. If we believe the fakelore about our noble indigenous peoples, eating an animal transmits something about its spirit, so eating venison should be the same as getting a COVID vaccine, right?

        1. They certainly would fawn over venison.

      2. Your method seems to be very effective at preventing COVID infections but I’m concerned about the side effects.

        1. Side effects may include more food for people, an easier time maintaining a garden, and taxidermy

    5. Wait until the deer variant jumps back to humans. In the future in addition to bird flu, and swine flu – we will have ruminant covid, and feline covid. The news media can’t wait.

  8. While Biden/Harris may have extended Trump’s policy, unlike Trump they’ll only expel the immigrants who they believe might vote Republican in the future.

    That’s why the Dept of State said that all Cubans would be returned to the Communists if/when the US Coast Guard found them in boats, rafts or swimming to Florida.

  9. Another Reason whataboutism article. Masks don’t prevent variants of TDS.

    1. Neither do condoms.

      1. Though condoms do prevent minivans.

        1. But only a Trumptatorshit can TRULY, properly prevent illegal sub-humans from voting!

          Imagine what conservaturds would say if Der BidenFuhrer told his Attorney General, “Just say that all of the illegal illegal sub-humans are entitled to vote, and I’ll take care of the rest.”

          A Trump bombshell quietly dropped last week. And it should shock us all “Just say the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me and the [Republican] congressmen”…

          1. If only he knew that the cabal of media, businesses, government officials, and protest leaders were already coordinating their “cleanest election ever!” narrative behind the scenes, as Time Magazine admitted.

            Trump’s Big Lie and Hitler’s: Is this how America’s slide into totalitarianism begins?

            The above is mostly strictly factual, with very little editorializing. When I post it, the FACTS never get refuted… I only get called names. But what do you expect from morally, ethically, spiritually, and intellectually bankrupt Trumpturds?

            Totalitarians want to turn GOP into GOD (Grand Old Dicktatorshit).

            1. The only big “Hitler”-type lie going on is the one that you and your Demokratisch Partei push on the stolen election, Reichsminister Sqrls.

            2. Also, Salon isn’t much different in intent from Der Stürmer these days, Herr Sqrls Streicher. Particularly telling that you chose to quote from it, you Nazi-loving fuck.

              1. Time for some SQRLSY loves the Nazis quotes:

                “SQRLSY One
                September.30.2020 at 12:53 pm

                Yes! This FURTHER proves that Hitler was NOT a racist!
                Since even Hitler wasn’t a racist, we can pretty firmly conclude that racism isn’t a “thing” at all!

                “SQRLSY One
                November.1.2020 at 8:51 am

                Here, this is a pretty good match! Every asshole is a good, right, and TRUE, benevolent asshole!
                “My spirit will rise from the grave and the world will see I was right.”
                ― Adolf Hitler

                SQRLSY One
                November.15.2020 at 3:00 pm

                Flute Police are authorized to use everything up to and including field artillery, and nuclear weapons, to enforce The LAW, dammit, citizen, so OBEY!
                Unauthorized civilians are NOT allowed to play the WRONG kinds of flutes!!! Capisce?
                “Germans who wish to use cheap plastic lung flutes should join the SS or the SA — ordinary citizens don’t need these deadly lung flutes, as their having cheap plastic lung flutes doesn’t serve the State.”
                ― Heinrich Himmler

                1. (Originally posted under “SQRLSY One”, who isn’t low enough to deliberately, obviously engage in identity theft)
                  Mother’s Lament
                  Bimbosday, 43 Bimbobember 2020 at 6:66 PM
                  I lust after being abused by power-mad politicians, because I am power-mad myself! And I suffer under the utterly stupid illusion that power-mad politicians will feed me, like a doggy under the table, a wee few, tiny scraps of their vast powers. Biden came up here to Canoodlestanistanistanistanistan to noodle me and my poodle, and give me nookie, with my Wookie and my bookie, but all that Biden would do, is smell my hair! So I lust after Der TrumpfenFuhrer to come up here and grab my pussy good and hard!

                  Hey MammaryBahnFuhrer… Gaining many converts and perverts lately? For your org, “Expert Christian Theologians for Identity Theft”?

                  1. People can go check them out themselves, Sqrlsy. The dates are there and they’re definitely you.
                    No zero instead of a “O”

                    1. Hey Mamma the Highly Esteemed, Expert Christian Theologian!
                      Have you figured out yet, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Many of us are waiting with bated breath!
                      Also, how is Your Followership building up? I mean, for Your “Expert Theologians for Worshipful Methods of Identity Theft”? Where do we subscribe to Your Newsletter?

                    2. On the off chance that anyone cares, AND gives a shit about CONTEXT (which liars like Mamma are entirely too dishonest to give a shit about), what was going on here, is that right-wing nut-jobs were being right-wing nut-jobs ass usual, and arguing that Proud Boys could NO WAY EVER be racists, because they accepted members of non-white races! So I pointed out that Hitler allied NAZIs with Japanese “Yellow Aryans”… So Hitler wasn’t racist, either!
                      Disproving stupid ideas with MORE stupid ideas, using the same so-called “logic”, escapes the mentally handicapped among us, though…
                      CRY MORE over imaginary hurtings of Your Precious Baby Feeeeelings, cry-wolf racism-mongerer whiner-crybaby!

                    3. In Mamma fesses to her being an identity-thief and sock!
                      chemjeff radical individualist
                      March.21.2021 at 4:27 pm
                      Uh oh, I think you left your sock on.
                      1. SQRLSY 0ne
                      March.21.2021 at 5:06 pm
                      Yeah, sigh.

                      Hey MammaryBahnFuhrer, Expert Christian Theologian! Did Jesus appear to You in a vision, and tell You that ID theft is a GREAT, wonderful thing? Or ARE You Jesus, returned to us, maybe?

                    4. Dict tater Reichsquirreler Squirroebbels uses a squwasticka at the end of his name.

                    5. People can go check them out themselves, Herr Sqrlsy.
                      They can see the context themselves.

                      Funny how you lied and blamed somebody else at first and now you’re crying about context.

                    6. Damn, sarc went all in on the bigotry today.

                2. He loves dictatorships due to his penchant for tating dict.

            3. Calling anything from Salon, who are known primarily for trying to mainstream pedophilia over the last ten-plus years, factual is like claiming that blueberry waffles are actually ice cream.

            4. I see that ALL of ye Trumpturds refute ALL web sites that you don’t like, by name-calling and NOT reading the cited material! Wow, counting ALL of the web sites that you have refuted, by NOT reading them, you must know EVERYTHING by now! I wish I could be All-Knowing like You!

              Vladimir Putin
              Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House
              Exclusive: Documents suggest Russia launched secret multi-agency effort to interfere in US democracy

              1. And now it’s the Graunaid he’s quoting.

                Let’s look at their wikipedia page:

                “The paper’s readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion,[10][11] and its reputation as a platform for social liberal and left-wing editorial has led to the use of “Guardian reader” and “Guardianista” as often-pejorative epithets for those of left-leaning or “politically correct” tendencies.[12][13][3]”


              2. Two more things, Reichsminister Sqrls:

                1. Russia and every other country on earth have attempted to influence American elections since America was founded.
                America has done the exact same thing in every Russian election since Russia started having multiparty elections.

                Making this seem unique is part of your Big Lie.

                2. The Russian observation that “A Trump win “will definitely lead to the destabilisation of the US’s sociopolitical system” and see hidden discontent burst into the open”, was definitely right.
                But it was you establishment Democrats that did that, Sqrlsy. Not Trump. Not the Russians.
                It was all you.

                1. In case any readers don’t fully “get it” here, what is going on is that MammaryBahnFuhrer is playing the game of, “Well, everybody does it, so it’s OK if me or MY guy does it!”

                  Der TrumpfenFuhrer can secretly invite his foreign-agent buddies to come and play in the USA electoral sandbox, etc., as long as, of course, it benefits Der TrumpfenFuhrer. And Der TrumpfenFuhrer and minions can also lie about their dirty secrets. Now if the foreign agents help out an OPPONENT of Der TrumpfenFuhrer (to even a tiny extent), Der TrumpfenFuhrer (and MammaryBahnFuhrer, etc.) will be screaming bloody murder!

                  This is hypocrisy of course, as well as unprincipled dishonesty!

                  1. In case any readers don’t fully “get it” here, what is going on is that MammaryBahnFuhrer is playing the game of, “Well, everybody does it, so it’s OK if me or MY guy does it!”

                    Did what, Reichsminster Sqrls? What is Trump supposed to have done? That article was about Russian attempts just like they’ve always done. It wasn’t about collusion like your trying to infer.

                    “Innocent readers” can see through your Big Lie Sqrlsy. They can tell that you’re trying to misrepresent events for propaganda purposes.

                    1. Speaking of Big Lies…

                      Trump’s Big Lie and Hitler’s: Is this how America’s slide into totalitarianism begins?

                      Refute any of the FACTS from there, for once?

                    2. There are no facts in your link. The whole thing is a Big Lie from top to bottom. And you know it’s a lie.

                      But of course that’s what you’re here for. To lie and break up conversation by trolling and shitposting.

                2. What is ignored is that Der TrumpfenFuhrer and henchmen willingly benefited from this kind of foreign interference (and even stoked it up; witness his use of Congressionally already-approved aid to Ukraine, with which to twist arms), and then lied about it. THAT (not continuous on-going meddling by some or many nations in the affairs of others) is why sensible and honest people have issues with Der TrumpfenFuhrer and many of His lackeys.

                  The threat is NOT yet over!


                  Trump’s $100 million threat to democracy

                  1. *It’s an article bitching about the Trump’s campaign legally obtained war chest and legal funds*

                    Lol, WTF Sqrlsy.
                    What about Bloomberg’s $1 billion threat to democracy? What about Biden’s $500 million threat to democracy?

                    You were too fucking stupid to actually read that nutty garbage before you posted it, weren’t you. How fucking embarrassing for you.

                    Seriously everyone. Read Sqrlsy’s link and then come laugh at the retard.

                    1. At least what sites you call “leftist” are honest enough to label their sources as anonymous, when they are that, and unproven when they are unproven, etc.

                      How about YOUR liars, totally partisan MammaryBahnFuhrer? They ONLY tell the truth when dragged into court!

                      Sidney Powell Says She’s Not Guilty of Defamation Because ‘No Reasonable Person’ Would Have Believed Her ‘Outlandish’ Election Conspiracy Theory

                      Which particular lies are you wanting to hear and believe today, MammaryBahnFuhrer?

                    2. You posted a link whining about Trump’s bankroll, and pretended it was about something nefarious.
                      Everyone can see that your the real liar here, Reichsminister Sqrlsy.

                    3. Also, I don’t just call Salon “leftist”. It is extreme-leftist agitprop, and you know it.

                      Salon is an American politically progressive news and opinion website, created by David Talbot in 1995. It publishes articles on U.S. politics, culture, and current events.[2][3][4][5]


                    4. It is a parody magazine for women to read while waiting and getting attended to at the hair and nail salon.

              3. “Appear”, “Suggest”, yeah yeah yeah. So many claims but zero evidence.

                  Here’s What We Know So Far About Russia’s 2016 Meddling

                  Yes, I know… They are all LIES, because YOU don’t WANT to believe them!

                  1. Goalposts shift left, goalposts shift right!

                    1. Goalposts shit DOWNWARD with the “smart pills” that R Mac takes from the BOTTOM of the rabbit hutch! Go GET them, R Mac, you CLEARLY need to take MANY more of them!

                    2. And out of nowhere sarc talks about eating poop, which is one of his favorite pastimes.

              4. I see that ALL of ye Trumpturds refute ALL web sites that you don’t like, by name-calling and NOT reading the cited material!

                So “Mein Kampf” is actually a documentary, and not a polemic?

          3. So many hoaxes, so little time. Democrats are always editing the quotes to lie about what is being said.


              Donald Trump just accidentally told the truth about his disinformation strategy
              Out-take, Trump quote starts it:
              “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”
              Trump was talking about alleged disinformation directed at him and other Republicans. But WOW does that quote explain everything you need to know about his approach to the presidency and life.
              (Sidebar: One can only hope that Trump was unaware that his quote was a near-replication of this infamous line from Nazi Joseph Goebbels: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”)

              …And of course, PLENTY of people like to lie for Trump! Maybe The Donald will allow them sloppy seconds, or sloppy 357th-place or later, as a reward, with Stormy Daniels!

              1. BillyG’s link demonstrated how your link was a Big Lie. If you’d have read it you could’ve saved yourself embarrassment, you stupid fascist fuck.


                  The Federalist is an American conservative online magazine and podcast that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion, and publishes a newsletter.[1][2][3][4] The site was co-founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis and launched in September 2013.[4]

                  During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Federalist published many pieces that contained false information or pseudoscience that was contrary to the recommendations of public health experts and authorities.[5] While ballots were being counted in the 2020 United States presidential election, The Federalist made false claims that there had been large-scale election fraud.[6][7]

                  Source can NOT be believed by honest people!

                  You cited Wikipedia… I can too! Seems to me, Wiki is harsher on THIS source right here!

                  1. And the article refutation the article you cited from CNN, a Democratic Party organ.

                    Even official Democratic Party presidential candidates publicly acknowledge when Tom Perez says “Jump”, CNN asks “How high”.

                    1. Go ahead and believe all the lies you want to believe, Mammary! It is what you will do anyway!

                    2. It’s there on video, Sqrlsy. A Democratic Party candidate is saying it on camera. Everyone can see it.
                      Time to quit lying, Sqrls

      2. No known cure. TDS-infected individuals should self isolate and wear sound-proof masks.

        1. Yes, this! ESPECIALLY the PRO-Trump TDS-infected individuals!

      3. A big enough condom – pulled over the head – might improve TDS.

          MyPillow Guy Punts Timeline for Trump Retaking Power as Conspiracy Theories Get Wackier
          The Lord Trump didn’t return to us as scheduled, but the Second Coming is now re-scheduled.

          The Lord Trump DID return to us faithful ones, but He did it in an invisible way! Hold strong in your Faith in Him!

          The Lord Trump didn’t return to us yet, this is true! It only did NOT happen because YOU were not faithful enough, and didn’t send enough donations!

          The Lord Trump didn’t return to us yet, but He DID miraculously protect us all from the VERY worst forces of Evil, which is Der BidenFuhrer! Hold fast in your Faith… Lord Trump will come back soon now! Especially if you send more money!

        2. Anyone find it strange that sarcasmic came into the crap over a thread with his sock in a thread that has largely been non trolling until his arrival?

          He just can’t help it.

          1. Says the right-wing wrong-nut web-site-grabber! Conservaturds get all up in arms about gun-grabbers, and I agree with them on that one. But then MANY of them (like Der JesseBahnFuhrer) want to nationalize Facebook, etc. (privately owned web sites).

            Do you have any PRINCIPLES, JesseBahnFuhrer? I mean, beyond “what I think is in the short-term interests of MEEEE and MY obviously Totally Righteous Tribe”?

            If the pen is mightier that the sword, then the web site is mightier than machine guns! And YOU want to assign control of them to Government Almighty!

            1. Go to bed sarcasmic, you’re drunk.

  10. “People have a legal right to seek safety in America and”

    “there’s a seeker born every minute.”

  11. Frightening how openly bidens administration tours censoring Americans and others. Mayorkas yesterday….

    Mayorkas responded, “So, we’re working together with them. We’re working with the tech companies that are the platform for much of the disinformation that reaches the American public, how they can better use their terms of use to really strengthen the legitimate use of their very powerful platforms and prevent harm from occurring.”

    He added, “We respect the First Amendment right, but the connectivity between speech and violence, the connectivity between active harm and speech is something that we’re very focused on, and it’s a difficult challenge. But we’re working on it and meeting that challenge, again, because of the great personnel of the Department of Homeland Security and across the federal enterprise.”

    1. “the connectivity between active harm and speech is something that we’re very focused on”

      “, if you catch my drift.”

    2. We respect the First Amendment right, but….
      In other words, you don’t.

      1. I’m sure robbie will be by later to discuss the private companies angle of pushing government censorship. They aren’t even hiding it at this point.

        1. One-party autocrats have other priorities.

        2. JesseAZ, it is starting to get scary now.

        3. IG Farben was a private-ish company.

        4. Even the transparent fig leaf they were hiding behind has been removed.

      2. Yeah, that is a damned telling comment there.

        “I do not want to cum in your mouth, but…”

    3. But Trump’s lawsuit is still ludicrous!

  12. While the FTC retains any work Shapiro and his associates have completed, experts said much of the work will need to be redone by any new economic team hired by the agency in order to adequately defend it in court.


    The assumption that this is someone how a blow to the FTC’s case against Facebook doesn’t make sense to me.

    Politico is saying that this economist was an impediment to the FTC’s prosecution of Facebook. If that’s the case, then why is removing him from the FTC a blow to the FTC’s case against Facebook?

    The FTC goes to the judge asks for more time.

    Facebook had an economist inside the FTC who was opposed to going after Facebook on antitrust grounds from an economics perspective, and now that economist is no longer with the FTC.

    I don’t know whether the reporter from Politico is intentionally spinning this or whether she has no idea what’s going on, but removing someone from the FTC who opposes antitrust action against Facebook is not obviously a blow to the FTC’s case against Facebook.

    I seriously doubt Facebook is celebrating this. Occam’s razor says this guy was pushed out by Lina Khan because of his opposition to going after Facebook and/or Amazon.

    When we read the news, we need to put our critical thinking caps on. Sometimes reporters are assigned to cover things they don’t really understand. Sometimes reporters are biased, and their reporting reflects their biases and their preferred perspectives. Because we want the antitrust case against Facebook to fail, isn’t a good reason to pretend that the FTC removing impediments to prosecuting them is a blow to the FTC’s case against Facebook.

    1. Good break down ken. This is more of the facial type of analysis that goes on with Reasons editors. They tend to stop at the narrative being pushed instead of actually waiting a minute to think of the actual consequences.

      1. Maybe some of these “dreamers” have better critical thinking skills than the Reason staff and could pen better articles. Or perhaps just fall under jobs Americans are no longer willing to do.

      2. In fact, the reason the judge in the case dismissed the FTC’s complaint against Facebook was because, the judge said, there was no economic harm alleged against Facebook. The judge gave the FTC 30 days to refile their case with evidence of economic harm caused by Facebook, and the judge has already approved one extension.

        If there’s a reasonable assumption to make here, it’s that Lina Khan has removed this impediment to their case going forward because the economist at the FTC who filed the original lack of evidence of Facebook’s harm refused to revise his analysis for the FTC’s complaint to show harm.

        The FTC almost certainly will submit a new analysis alleging economic harm by Facebook because of this action. This action probably means that the FTC’s antitrust action against Facebook will go forward once the judge sees the analysis that alleges economic harm by Facebook that should be remedied through antitrust.

        1. Sometimes the simplest and most direct explanation is correct: It could be that the reporter who wrote that story is just a fucking clueless, woke idiot.

    2. Sometimes reporters are assigned to cover things they don’t really understand. Sometimes reporters are biased,

      Ken, it’s all the time.

      1. And, given that readers have even greater ignorance and bias, and prefer their news and analysis to fit, this is all by design.

        1. Yeah.

          Those are different voices agreeing with each other.

          That’s an echo of someone saying something that doesn’t make sense.

          1. Those are [not] different voices agreeing with each other.


    3. The assumption that this is someone how a blow to the FTC’s case against Facebook doesn’t make sense to me.

      It’s a matter of timing. Now Facebook doesn’t have a qualified expert willing and able to make the case, and they don’t have time to find and prepare a new one.

      much of the work will need to be redone by any new economic team hired by the agency in order to adequately defend it in court.

      You don’t really want an expert witness testifying about someone else’s homework.

      1. With the way the D.C. circuit caters to executive interpretation do you honestly think they need a succinct and cogent suit?

      2. “It’s a matter of timing. Now Facebook doesn’t have a qualified expert willing and able to make the case, and they don’t have time to find and prepare a new one.”

        Please see my post above.

        The judge gave them extra time, specifically, to make the economic argument, and he’s already given them one extension. The judge is doing everything he can to give them the time they need to make their economic case, and there’s no good reason to think he won’t give them the time they need now. All they need to do now is find an economist who is willing to go on the record making the case for the economic damage Facebook’s behavior is doing in terms that can be remedied by antitrust. The deadline is not a hard date.

        In fact, the judge is likely to see this development as evidence that the FTC is doing everything they can to comply with his request for an economic analysis that shows economic harm. If the economist they had refused to make such an argument with the available data, he’ll give them time to go find another. The analysis he had, apparently, showed no economic harm at all–which is the basis by which he dismissed the FTC’s case against Facebook, pending a revised economic analysis.

        1. Here’s the coverage of the original dismissal:

          “U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Monday that the lawsuits were “legally insufficient” and didn’t provide enough evidence to prove that Facebook was a monopoly. The ruling dismisses the complaint but not the case, meaning the FTC could refile another complaint.

          “These allegations — which do not even provide an estimated actual figure or range for Facebook’s market share at any point over the past ten years — ultimately fall short of plausibly establishing that Facebook holds market power,” he said.

          —-Associated Press, June 28, 2021

          The reason he dismissed the case was because the economic argument in the filing made the case that the Facebook wasn’t really a monopoly. He invited them to refile the case with a different economic analysis within 30 days, and he’s extended the deadline once already since then.

          The reason the FTC’s economist is “leaving” is probably because he refused to revise his economic analysis for the Facebook filling. Now the FTC is out there looking for an economist who will find that Saddam Hussein was seeking yellowcake in Niger and will show the court phony photographs of mobile WMD labs, too.

          Incidentally, making the argument that companies like Amazon and Facebook were harming the economy with factors that go beyond pricing power was the novel argument that made Lina Khan famous.

    4. Can Facebook call him as a witness? Seems he could be pretty compelling witness for their defense but not sure if having worked for the prosecutor makes him off limits.

      What is potentially good news though is the FTC isn’t relying on precedent (not that we didn’t know per Khan’s own statements) and will be a hard case to sell if they can’t even get their own people on board. Of course the judge could be trying to make history so their is the fear that the regulatory authority FTC does get expanded.

      1. Yeah, I’m sure Facebook will call the old economist as a witness. They’ll use the FTC’s original filing as evidence against the FTC.

        The interesting dynamic here is that Facebook was more or less being cooperative with the antitrust case at the FTC–right up until the Biden administration appointed Lina Khan to the FTC and made her chair.

        Facebook wants to reach a consent decree with speech codes–because that’s what their advertisers want.

        However, once Lina Khan went to the FTC and became chair, the breakup scenario for Facebook became a real thing. Now all bets are off. I’ve compared it to that scene in GoT, when Littlefinger suddenly realizes that he’s the one on trial rather than Arya. Facebook thought the fix was in! They played ball with the Biden administration during the election and everything!

        They were willing to cooperate with the FTC on a consent decree so long as breaking them up into Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp was just rhetoric–and so long as they wouldn’t have trouble making future acquisitions. Facebook’s relationship with the Biden administration and the FTC is much more adversarial now. They will fight the FTC tooth and nail if the alternative is breaking Facebook up and restricting their ability to make future acquisitions.

        Biden probably fucked up when he sent Lina Khan to the FTC. For this reason and other reasons. If she doesn’t recuse herself, any findings by the FTC can and probably will be voided because of her prior bias. Rulings the FTC won have been voided before because FTC members failed to recuse themselves. Biden should have found someone else to go after the FTC.

        1. They will find some text message he sent back in high school an refer to him as a right wing conspiracy theorist trying to initiate an insurrection within the FTC.

  13. Enough About FOSTA’s ‘Unintended Consequences’; They Were Always Intended.

    GASP! Deliberate obfuscation on the part of legislators and the bill’s crafters (whoever they are)? I can’t believe it.

  14. Look i get Reason is ignorantly open borders because they mostly live away from the primary costs of illegal immigration. But illegal immigration is on pace for 2 million crossings this year, 200k crossings just last month.

    7 million open jobs are posted with over 6 million Americans still receiving enhanced UI. Discussions of expanding medicaid in every bill that gets brought up. Omar asking for 1200 a month for every citizen or NON CITIZEN that makes under 75k a year. Expanded welfare and other benefits.

    For reason to be open borders they have to ignore reality and the grand welfare state being pushed by the party they support in close elections. The two ideas can not be supported by a rational libertarian.

    Arizona, Texas, new Mexico all deal with increased schools costs from ESL, trauma centers shutting down from uncompensated illegal migrant care, extensive damage to border ranches, illegal cartel drug and people movement, etc. It is not something a libertarian should support.

    Advocate for free migration only after the welfare state is diminished. Because it is already unsustainable.

    1. Unless their endgame is a complete system collapse. Robby is building ARs so maybe they are playing 3D chess. Some anarcho-libertarians supported Bernie for this reason.

      1. Building ARs and going on Brian “tater” stelters show. Covid fucked him up.

        1. Doesn’t matter….did you see Soave’s haircut? Pathetic. He should fire the hair stylist immediately for cutting malpractice.

          1. It was shear madness.

            1. He really got clipped.

    2. Open borders work great in libertarian paradise. But when you have your legal resident population constrained by minimum wage, income tax and workplace regulations, they can’t complete against illegals even if they wanted to.

      Which is why illegal immigration is such an effective class weapon of the wealthy progressive elites against the working class.

      1. One of the dirty secrets of ACA was that the employer mandate/tax did not cover non citizens. The program actually made it cheaper to hire foreign workers over Americans.

      2. ((Wealthy progressive elite))

    3. Another perspective: at least some on the left are recognizing that illegal immigration does not poll well with most Hispanic Americans, who have been drifting away from voting like they are supposed to.

      So if Biden maintains border restrictions, and Reason wants to look libertarian and critique the Democrats about something, immigration policy looks tempting.

      1. Lol. This has been true for decades. Legal Mexican Americans have long been against open birders dating back to Cesar Chavez. Racist democrats simply think they are all for it.

        Some of the people most against La Raza and LA MeCha are multi generational American Mexicans I know.

        1. Some of the people most against La Raza and LA MeCha are multi generational American Mexicans I know.

          That’s because La Raza and Mecha are openly ethno-nationalist movements trying to recreate a stupid hybrid Tlaxcalan/Indo-Hispanic-style utopia that never actually existed. Corky Gonzales was one of the major leaders on this in Denver in the late 60s, and the result is that the city’s Chicanos think that the ethnic makeup of their neighborhoods in north and west Denver should be forever set in amber–despite the fact that they were the original “gentrifiers,” as those neighborhoods, with a few exceptions such as Goat Hill, were largely Italian and Jewish until after World War II.

          1. Personal “memory” >>> documented history.

            Or, in critical theory-speak, its all about “Lived Experiences”.

    4. 6 million Americans still receiving enhanced UI

      I think that’s more a cause than an effect of illegal immigration.

    5. The welfare state requires immigrants, since it is age based (and not need based). The citizens are getting older and need new younger workers to support them when they start coasting off the public treasury.

  15. “People who do not want to be vaccinated may go elsewhere.”

    People who want same-sex wedding cakes can go shop somewhere else.

    1. We can’t allow their bigotry to go unpunished. The city has unique job opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere, so they are compelled to provide employment to whomever wants it.

    2. Nice try, but the crime is, and always will be, defying the preferred policy of the king.

      1. *preferred policy of the rabbi

  16. …Bill de Blasio announces a new vaccine mandate for new city employees: “Every single new person hired by the city of New York — before they report to work, they must provide proof of vaccination.”

    Also, no fat chicks.

    1. Existing employees are “grandfathered”?

      1. existing employees have a union

      2. You sexist-genderist!

        That’s birthing person of the birthing personed.

  17. Hospitals in a number of states and cities are being totally swamped with COVID-19 patients (and limiting visitors) once again.

    Clicked through the first 3 links… patients with covid not patients in ICU for covid.

    Go fuck your fear mongering.

    1. .. a number of states and cities….
      Some people are saying….

    2. hospitals swamped with respiratory illness

      Patients test positive for Covid.

      Obviously the problem is vaping.

      1. It is more personal getting a cast for broken arm tests positive for covid. Read the articles. Respiratory deaths aren’t spiking.

    3. Drain the swamp?

    4. Not to mention which, it doesn’t take much to swamp a hospital since they’re designed to run at high occupancy rates. You can’t afford to have a hospital sitting around half-empty all the time.

      1. And how many got covid while at the hospital, bet a large number. Why repeating number of infections is a useless metric. Report on number of ICU beds given due to covid respiratory illness.

    5. “Clicked through the first 3 links… patients with covid not patients in ICU for covid.”

      Yup. This is how hysteria happens, and ENB should be ashamed of herself. I summarized the articles she links to and NONE of them say the hospitals are “swamped” (which means unable to operate under a deluge). They are seeing more cases. That is different. ENB is deliberately choosing wording to make people think the hospitals cannot keep up. But here is what the articles say:

      MO NBC – Discusses increased counts, zero mention of being overcrowded or swamped.

      Alabama News – Says that healthcare workers are “exhausted”. But there is NO indication of being swamped. It is 143 patients across the entire city including *9* Hospitals!

      Seattle Times: Discusses getting “quite full” but dig into the data and you see that, “ As of last week, a seven-day average of 84.4% of all ICU beds had been filled, with COVID-19 patients using about 11.3%…7.7% of Washington’s emergency patients had COVID-19…” They are not being “swamped” by COVID cases…Not even 1 out of 5 patients is COVID.

      Tallahassee Paper: Never says they are swamped. It says in all of Leon county, there are 132 people with Covid. That isn’t swamped.

      CNN: Does not say anything other than “50,625 COVID Hospitalizations nation-wide.” Put that in context, there are 6090 hospitals in the US, with 920,000 staffed beds. This is a 5% increase.

      News 4 Jacksonville: The first article to show that a hospital ACTUALLY exceeded capacity. They say they have surge capacity and have activated it- they are not turning down any other patient care, so they actually have enough capacity to do full operations.

      1. In Washington our hospital usage has been flat since we started tracking it in May 2020.

  18. Mask mandates are returning to San Francisco and to all of Louisiana.

    Vaccine deniers.

    1. SleepyJoe said we would be over this by the 4th of July.

      1. On the campaign trail he said it would be over his first day in office.

  19. • Seventy percent of U.S. adults have now taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The referenced Bloomberg article, like dozens/hundreds of others in the past three weeks, also claimed the following:
    “Lower rates of vaccination are most common in areas of the country that strongly supported former President Donald Trump in last year’s election.”

    But in fact, blacks in Democrat controlled cities and states have been less likely than whites to get vaccines. Blacks have had a higher rate of covid vaccination in just 4 states: Maine, Oregon, Idaho and Mississippi, while three of those states have very few blacks.

    Hispanics also have a lower rate of covid vaccination than whites in 43 states.

    But the left wing news outlets continue falsely claiming that white Republicans have not gotten vaccines, and have caused of the recent covid outbreak nationwide.

    1. It is the narrative that won’t die. Even after the NYT finally admitted it was false.

    2. FiveThirtyEight had a whole article about how for whites anti-vaccination sentiment is politics…but for minorities it is all about lack of access.

      You can get a vaccine at almost any pharmacy in the US at this point not to mention hospitals, doctors’ offices, etc. I’m surprised they aren’t paying government pharmacy techs to go door to door at this point. But it’s lack of access that’s the problem.

      1. Vaccine deserts.

        1. They had plenty of vaccines in the poorer neighborhoods, but somebody shoplifted them.

      2. Yeah, the whole “lack of access” line is complete and total bullshit. WalMart gives the J&J shot, and unless these minorities are out in the sticks in the American West (which is actually less of an issue because the lack of density keeps major outbreaks from occurring), pretty much any minority within driving distance of a Walmart can get the shot. Oftentimes, you don’t even need an appointment, you can just walk in.

        Because upper middle class and wealthy white liberals were crawling over each other to get the vaccine, in their tiny, pig-ignorant minds, they think anyone who deliberately won’t get the shot is some right-wing knuckle-dragger.

        1. “they think anyone any white person who deliberately won’t get the shot is some right-wing knuckle-dragger, and any non-white who doesn’t get the shot is somehow being oppressed by racist, right-wing knuckle-draggers.”


          1. Yeah, that’s a far more accurate descriptor. The mentions of “MUH FREEDUMBS/MUH GUNZ/muh big penis-compensating trucks” that tend to accompany their complaints gives that right away.

            I’m actually curious to see if, in about 10-20 years, Hispanics come to the realization that they’re basically just brown-skinned rednecks and end up forming the core of a reactionary conservative movement, especially if they gain another ten percentage points in the population. Most of the Latino cultural Marxists I see tend to be college-educated strivers parroting what white liberals have been feeding them, rather than members of the actual working-class. Given their historic voting patterns, I’m not sure how likely that actually is, though.

            1. You are in Colorado- my wife is a 7th generation hispanic from the area. Her family is rabidly democrat, but when you talk to them about all the issues, they clearly have more in common with Weld county politics than the Denver politics they claim to support. It is going to take awhile for them to admit that the Democrat party has left them behind.

              1. That’s a state where it could legitimately happen, although I’m skeptical. When I talk about the Latino population being deeply conservative, it’s primarily in the fact that they don’t particularly like change, and they REALLY don’t like outsiders imposing their own culture on their spaces. That actually works to the benefit of Denver’s white liberals, who tend to be cultural tourists that love diversity at a distance, but won’t actually live in these neighborhoods. Like a lot of deep blue cities, Denver remains very ethnically balkanized despite the fact that most of the residents vote for the same party.

                Democrats have been very effective at harnessing Latino communitarianism and racial grievances over the decades, and this population tends to keep these long-ingrained habits out of sheer ennui. A lot of these voting habits were started in the early 20th century, and it takes black-swan type of events to sway their votes. That’s why New Mexico is an odd bellwether state in that, if a Republican presidential candidate manages to win it, then he’s probably winning the national election in a landslide (Ford and Bush II are the exceptions).

            2. The left has done a great job of branding conservatives as racist, and of attacking conservative minorities as traitors to their race.

              As long as that characterization continues I don’t see conservatives getting many minority votes.

              1. They gained minority votes in 2020….

                1. I know that. And it’s a good sign that the Democrat monopoly on minority votes is slipping.

                2. Oh, and congrats on making a comment that wasn’t a personal attack. Didn’t think it was possible.

                  I’ll just chalk it up as a mistake.

                  1. fuck off and die, lefty shit.

                  2. I see a comment from Sevo. That’s muted.

                    All I can say dude, and I mean this sincerely, is that when I want your opinion I’ll breathe deep when I take tomorrow’s morning deuce. I’ll even stand up before flushing before taking the big huff. Then I’ll be set for a year.

                    1. All I can say, steaming pile of lefty shit, is that you are due every bit of bile you get from most everyone here.
                      Fuck off and die, asshole.

                  3. Oh look you can’t help but be a victim.

                3. But Trump did poorly with the “multiple votes cast” demographic.

            3. I dont know how things will shake out in the future, but I think hispanics are finding they have more in common with republicans than the left. The left assumes they all want open borders, but it usually is just the opposite. When they come legally, they actually get pissed off about people who didn’t go through the process.

              Also the immigrant mentality is almost the polar opposite of the current american left. Hard work, meritocracy, love of capitalism (so you can actually improve your lot). These things are almost universal among immigrants and hated by the left. Democrats want victims, they want weak sheep that will follow orders, take whatever money the govt offers them, and get in line. Also with their love of socialism (and often communism with the AOC crew), this is an absolute turn off to people who might know someone or themselves saw how poor socialism makes a society.

              Many are religious, which the left openly ridicules and mocks. They just dont have a natural home among the democrats. It isnt necessarily with the right, but I feel like they are moving more that way.

              The company that mows for us are all hispanic (and dont speak much english), often would show up in MAGA hats, no joke. Trump bumper sticker on his trailer. Our cleaning lady brought her two kids with her to help one day because she was behind. 18 yo girl and 20 yo boy. They wouldn’t shut up about how awesome trump was. Which was funny, because I dont particularly care for the guy and didnt bring him up. But it was eye opening.

              1. I highly suspect that Trump’s caudlillo energy had appeal to some of these folks, even if they didn’t particularly like the guy. Hispanics aren’t exactly known for soft-footing their opinions, and tend to gravitate to politicians who love talking shit. If you see a Hispanic who’s tone-policing, the chances are pretty good that they run in white/upper middle class circles, rather than among the blue-collar classes.

      3. Hey they don’t know how to drive or use the internet!

  20. More than two years after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s arrest, a Florida judge has agreed to the destruction of the massage room video featuring Kraft.

    They were loathe to give up such prurient erotica.

    1. Kraft gets a happy ending to this embarrassing incident.

      1. It couldn’t come soon enough for him.

        1. Given the timeline I wouldn’t say this was premature.

          1. You have to give his lawyers a hand; jobs like these can end with a big mess.

            1. Think it will stand up in court?

              1. Rich jerks like that always get off. Unfortunately his masseuse won’t get any satisfaction.

                1. Am surprised because it was a sticky situation he was able to pull out of.

                  1. Did they find any hard evidence?

                    1. No, just a hot, gooey mess.

                    2. The cops showed a lot of spunk finding it. It really rubbed Kraft the wrong way.

                    3. He wasn’t held for long and afterwards he was discharged.

      2. I’m sure it was very hard for him.

  21. …details police misconduct among New York City police officers, “ranging from dishonesty to brutality to inappropriate associations with criminals.”

    I would hate to be those police right about now when nothing happens to them.

  22. Did you guys hear about the Biden administration wanting to overturn the 2020 election results? Looks like they’re contending that the election was unfair.

    A National Labor Relations Board official recommended nullifying the results of a closely watched vote in which Inc. warehouse workers in Alabama had rejected a plan to join a union, according to the labor group involved in the case.

    The recommendation by the NLRB hearing officer is a critical step in a process that could lead to a new vote to supplant the results of the one held in April. The findings will be reviewed by a regional NLRB director overseeing the case, who could make a final decision in a matter of weeks.”

    71% of the workers voted against joining the unions, but you should see the conspiracy theories they’re throwing around!

    From the story:

    “Employees said they heard from co-workers that the facility could shut down if workers voted to unionize.”

    “The company also sent workers text messages to discourage them from voting for the union. The RWDSU also texted employees and sent them leaflets through the mail.”


    How can this have been a fair election–when people were communicating with the voters?

    1. hahaha. But was it FOREIGN misinformation?

      1. It wasn’t only communication with outsiders!

        “Employees said they heard from co-workers that the facility could shut down if workers voted to unionize.”

        The voters were communicating with each other, too!

        You can’t have a fair election under those circumstance. How do we know that what they were saying to each other was accurate information?

        Was any of this communication happening on social media?

        1. I’m sure White Mike and chemjeff will be here to condemn it all in 3… 2… 1…

    2. Conspiracy theorists. Labor insurrectionists!

    3. Sullum better have 50 articles about this.

      1. If he has one, I’ll be amazed. They seem awfully not terribly worked up over what Biden is doing.

      2. He had 126 articles condemning Trump’s challenge by my count.

    4. “Employees said they heard from co-workers that the facility could shut down if workers voted to unionize.”

      That may or may not be true in this case, but I assure you that many workers have experienced that first hand. Back in the day, my dad was an executive tasked with union busting. They’d shut down a location rather than risk letting a union get a foothold in the business.

      When they expanded into union-friendly states, they’d form multiple companies to isolate the union employees from each other.

      1. Is that not a legitimate reason to vote against joining a union?

        Facilities with higher labor costs are more likely to be shut down for reasons that have nothing to do with union busting, too.

  23. One-third of white-tailed deer in the north-eastern United States have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2—a sign that they have been infected with the virus…

    Remember when humans couldn’t get tested?

    1. How did the deer catch it?
      Anti-lockdown protests? Failure to social distance? Refusing to wear masks?

      1. How did the deer catch it?

        Bear week.

      2. Congregating at the local watering hole, without wearing masks.

    2. Now tell me how vaccinating everyone is going to end this virus once and for all, when it can now shift and tumble around the wild animals, mutating as it goes.

      People need to understand that COVID is here to stay. There is no magic bullet. And expecting everyone to cower in bunkers and wear masks perpetually will never change that because their fucking cat can give it to them after a night prowling the park.

  24. A new book explores the hidden history of woman-led slave revolts.

    The nagging.

    1. And how many does the book include from outside the US and before the first cotton plantation?

  25. “Every single new person hired by the city of New York — before they report to work, they must provide proof of vaccination.”

    Yet another benefit to being married!

  26. Tennessee law update: Lot of pushback from these people on a law that says “dont be a bigot”

    “The new state law, passed during the waning days of this year’s legislative session, prohibits educators from including or promoting certain concepts. Those include teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another; ascribing character traits, values, moral or ethical codes to a specific race or sex; that the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist or that a meritocracy is inherently racist or sexist.”

    But Beth Brown, president of the Tennessee Education Association, remains critical of the law itself.

    “The new law implies Tennessee educators teach feelings, not facts. It suggests teachers float theories and agendas as part of teaching practice. These ideas are false. This law was a fix to a problem that does not exist,” Brown said in a statement.

    1. “Those include teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another”

      “Good morning children, today we’re going to learn how one race or sex is inherently superior to another.”

      I think a lot of teen Grrl Power novels are going to be in trouble… or maybe not.

      1. Joe Biden assured me that literally anything a man can do, women can do better.

        But for some reason men are still lifting the heavy shit, doing the manual labor, killing the spiders, bringing home more money, and checking on all the scary noises at night.

    2. ““The new law implies Tennessee educators teach feelings, not facts. It suggests teachers float theories and agendas as part of teaching practice. These ideas are false.”

      Explains the outrage over “Don’t teach racism”

      1. Would be like a priest furiously objecting to a church order that there should be no inappropriate touching of altar boys.

        “What is the point of this order!?!? How can we even have a church service if we can’t have altar boys?”

      2. White kids are supposed to feel ashamed for being white. How can they be taught to hate themselves without being told how they have oppressed blacks, killed natives, and built an entire country with racism?

        1. Was it you or that other pile of lefty shit jeff defending this stuff?

          1. I believe it was the radical stateist

    3. If the problem doesn’t exist, then what’s the harm of the law?

      1. This is the “it’s not actually a problem” section of the liberal gaslighting flowchart.

        1. that’s right before the “OK of course it’s happening, but it’s a good thing” I think

      2. Seriously? Blame the victim?

        If you don’t any secrets, what’s the problem with a law that abridges right to privacy?

        Libertarians in support of passing more laws to fix problems that don’t exist?

        1. You are misunderstanding what I think his intent is.

          “If the problem doesn’t exist, then what’s the harm of the law?”

          That is his response to them saying blatant racism (what the law bans) is not a problem. If its not a problem, they shouldn’t be so upset about the law, as it wouldnt inconvenience them.

          Of course as Zeb knows, it actually is a problem, because these leftists are actually acting in openly racist and bigoted ways.

          I think he was being a little bit of a smartass

          1. Poe’s Law. Especially with various similar refrains elsewhere in the thread.

          2. “If” is a powerful word.

    4. Facts are racist.

    5. “This law was a fix to a problem that does not exist,” Brown said in a statement.”
      If “no harm, no foul,” then why the concern, Ms. Brown?

  27. “(Carl) Shapiro hasn’t said why he left.”

    A new boat, a summer house in Tuscany, an apartment overlooking central park, a Manhattan Green Metallic X7 for the wife…

    1. Have you found me posting the anti-Semitic tripe you’ve claimed I posted yet?

      I’m so scared of you finding it. That’s why I don’t bring it up everyday and say I’ll never post again if you find it.

      I couldn’t make another account. Everyone would know it’s me because I’m the only one posting the truth about Mormons.

      Everyone else is a Mormon ass licker, so I’d look like a bet welcher and anti Semitic if I kept posting.

      Please let me know when you can cite it. Until then don’t call me antisemitic.

      The ironic thing is many Mormons are antisemitic and I’ve been calling them out for years.

      1. That’s right sarcasmic, your eliminationist rhetoric and hatred of one religious identity magically excuses you from accusations of eliminationist rhetoric and hatred of another.

        Fucking Mormon-hating, antisemitic sociopath.

        1. Mormons are bad people. That’s why I hate them.

          They are fucking scumbags.

        2. Please cite me being antisemitic.
          Otherwise shut your lying fascist ass up.

          1. You know I’ll find it, you Jew-hating garbage.

            1. Then find it, but stop calling me Jew hater until you do!

            2. You’re the Mormon lover. They don’t like Jews, they baptize holocaust victims even when told not to, and lie about the Holocaust.

              1. Claiming to speak for the Jews? Overt racism. No need for a citation.

                1. It’s not hard to find information on Mormons continuing to baptize Jews even after told to stop by Jewish groups(who don’t speak for all Jews).

                  1. You mean the weird little rituals naming millions of people out of obituaries who aren’t actually even there?
                    Fuck off, you idiotic concern troll.


                      “ The ceremonies first drew public attention in the 1990s when it was discovered they were performed on a few hundred thousand Holocaust victims, which Jewish leaders condemned as grossly insensitive.

                      The posthumous baptizing of Holocaust victims reopens Jewish wounds from being forced in the past to convert to Christianity or face death or deportation, Jewish genealogist Gary Mokotoff said.

                      “The more she digs, the more she uncovers,” Mokotoff said. “It’s not like a chance circumstance.”

                      After discussions with Mokotoff and other Jewish leaders, the LDS church in 1995 established a rule barring baptisms of Holocaust victims except in rare cases where they are direct ancestors. It also bars proxy baptisms on celebrities.”

                      They don’t speak for all Jews, but your insensitivity no doubt offends some.

                      I won’t call you an antisemitic. Just ignorant.

      2. asshole flag!

        1. Senile flag

          1. asshole gets flagged 5 times!

      3. Hi KARen!

        I got your back here, buddy. I never saw you post anything anti Semitic……. You are a fucking idiot though.

        Hope that helps. ……. Hey buddy, what kind of music do you like? Haha.

        1. I like stuff that’s better than the Sex Pistols.

          Thanks buddy!

  28. More hospitalizations in Florida than at any time since pandemic started. Average age is 42. 50% are between 25-55. 96% unvax. Hospitals have already started banning visitors and eliminating elective surgery.

    The state hasn’t even revised the publishing of data from weekly back to daily. Should be an interesting case study for how a libertarian-R handles a pandemic while they are positioning themselves to be a Prez candidate.

    1. Odd how they leave out the death numbers, ain’t it?

      1. When the hospitals fill up with 42 year olds, the death numbers won’t be from covid

        1. WE don’t, as a rule, report on the number of infections for any disease. COVID is, literally, it. Getting sick and getting over it is called life.

          If you want to give the government more power, do so. Do not demand I follow along with your folly.

          1. You really do not have the slightest clue what happens when hospitals hit max do you

            1. They set up overflow beds in convention centers that never get used?

              1. They arrange to transport people to other hospitals?
                They add extra beds?
                They discharge some folks who can be?
                They laugh at cowardly pieces of lefty shit like JFree?

            2. They usually set up overflow units and divert to other hospitals in the area.

              Hospitals and ICU’s are nowhere near where they were last winter when we had the biggest surge. Not even close.

              Also we have a shit load of good PPE (N95s). And an available vaccine to those that want it.

              Unfortunately for the media, and folks like yourself, no one trusts the chicken littles anymore. You have been screaming that the sky is a blazing inferno for months, despite everyday people going outside and playing in the park without immolating.

              1. Hospitals and ICU’s are nowhere near where they were last winter when we had the biggest surge. Not even close.

                Oh well if you say so – then it just means you and your ilk are lying as usual.

                Re florida I just cited the numbers in the first post. 10,200 hospitalized which broke the record set last July. A number which is now wrong as well – because the new number is 11,500 – or 10% higher than yesterday. See how fast the data changes?

                But hey – no surprise your ilk will lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie – about everything. Just like you assholes have done for a year+ now.

                1. There are >56,000 staffed hospital beds in FL, cowardly piece of lefty shit. And plenty of others in nearby states.

                2. Again, sorry if you cant convince the world the sky is falling when they can see for themselves that it aint.

                  But hey, they should probably trust you over their lying eyes, right?

                  1. Jfree’s ilk are pathetic

                3. Poor JFree, always the chicken little. Hospitals in Florida are already backtracking their social media statements.

                  Baptist Health Jacksonville is clarifying an alert posted on its official social media accounts Thursday, saying its hospitals and emergency rooms are not at maximum capacity.

                  A Baptist Health spokesperson issued a statement via email and social media later Thursday, saying the statements made in the original posts were not accurate. The statement attributed the confusion to an “error” and said the intent of the messages was to let the public know that they could expect longer wait times at the emergency room.


                  You keep falling for lies while claiming others are. Hilarious.

                  1. You have to remember that for people from the Empathy Party, cowardice is a virtue. It aligns better with victimhood, and provides justification (in their minds) for massive authoritative attempts to make things better.

                    1. Seems stupidity is also.

                4. Haha. Wow. Jfree is an ornery little statist!

            3. You really don’t understand the hospitals generally run around 85-90% do you?

        2. “When the hospitals fill up with 42 year olds, the death numbers won’t be from covid”

          When pigs fly, we hope they flock over you and shit on you.

          1. California is now restricted air space for flying pigs.

            1. Newsom got nervous.

            2. Only if they’re raised in a cage too small for them to spread their wings out and run around.

    2. Is this the denial of service moment jfree was hoping for?

    3. Let’s give our cowardly piece of lefty shit some numbers!
      Hey, asshole! The Bay Area has again mandated indoor masking, citing a “surge” in cases, article accompanied with a graph showing a ‘frightening’ 11.88 people in 100,000 diagnosed with Wuflu!
      Yes, a bit over 1/100 of 1%, not ill, not being treated, not dead, but simply diagnosed!
      Stuff your PANIC flag up your ass, stick first, so your head has some company, you steaming pile of cowardly shit.

    4. Except the hospitals have PPE, have tests, are not over-run, and deaths are extremely low despite these cases.

      Also, deaths even lower in people who choose to get the vaccine.

      But feel free to continue panicking full on when deaths are, even in florida, very low, and there is plenty of PPE and vaccine for those that want it.

      Or would you rather hold people down and force the needle on them?

      1. They dislike mentioning rising cases but ZERO corresponding increase in deaths.

        1. I dont even get what the argument is anymore. We now desire so much of a nanny state that it isnt enough to have a vaccine that lowers your own risk significantly, and can freely get it. You cant be free to choose to take on the very insignificant risk yourself, because case numbers are higher but barely anyone is dying?

          What does this mean for flu season every year? We normally accepted 30-50k deaths all the time but now all of a sudden someone even getting the virus, even just having it without dying, is meriting a nanny state to take away any possible risk?

          If anything this is highlighting the fact that states like Florida are at least still standing up for peoples right to fucking exist freely without the govt running every part of their lives. I think the lefties that are gambling that this is making Fl look terrible are just highlighting how absolute shit california and Ny have become.

          Add this to the list of reasons people are fleeing Ca and blue states like it and going to Texas

          1. I don’t want a nanny-state. I would prefer the unvax take the responsibility for themselves that they say they want. By having them (in your words) take on the very insignificant risk themselves. By NOT letting them fill up the hospitals with their covid patients so that the vax/unvax who have heart attacks, strokes, head injuries, etc have to die instead.

            1. “I don’t want a nanny state…but, hey, I do want a nanny state” JFree

              1. If you expect anything but hypocrisy from that lying piece of lefty shit, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

              2. Well hey – maybe Florida is a good test case of how libertarians can decide who gets into hospital when it’s full. Presumably along the lines of bring guns/ammo/gold to the ER. And fight/bribe your way in.

                1. Hey, asshole! turd should show up soon to help you with that strawman!

            2. I don’t want a nanny-state.
              You want a totalitarian state. No service for the unclean is you preferred policy. You are sick.

              1. Just certain unclean – other poor health habits are ok.

            3. “By NOT letting them fill up the hospitals with their covid patients so that the vax/unvax who have heart attacks, strokes, head injuries, etc have to die instead.”

              We just aren’t there. With how much the media wants that to be true, they would be interviewing every family that had a bad outcome because the local hospital was filled up with COVID, they would be screaming about every single person that couldn’t get care. The reason they aren’t, is because its not happening. Hospital admits have gone up, and COVID cases have gone up (nothing like what we had last winter, not even close). But deaths are low, and we aren’t triaging people in a fashion such that we cant take care of normal stuff.

              It’s just not happening. It’s a fantasy that the chicken littles want to be true, so they can justify imposing their will on others. They loathe the people and govt of Fl for having the audacity to not bow down to the media and follow along like good sheep.

              1. I agree Florida is not there yet. But it is very clear that the only people who understand what is going to happen in the next few weeks are the hospitals themselves. And they are not in the business of trying to communicate with the general public – esp now that they are hunkering down to close off visitors (because visitors take up nursing time to get into ppe and there ain’t no available nursing time for that).

                1. “…But it is very clear that the only people who understand what is going to happen in the next few weeks are the hospitals themselves…”

                  Certainly didn’t stop a cowardly piece of lefty shit like you from showing up with your PANIC flag, did it?
                  Stuff it up your ass stick first, and sit on it.

                2. LOL. We know what will happen. It is a seasonal spike you halfwit. Same as last summer.

                  1. Yep. Hospitalizations in FL peaked early Aug last year, and they will do the same this year.

              2. It’s going to be interesting to see when it breaks. FL did a very good job (or just got lucky) managing through the pre-vax pandemic, but the downside to that is they might not have quite so much natural immunity built up as some other places.

                Considering the speed of the hospitalization growth and vaccine coverage I would expect to start to see this burn itself out before the broader, national wave crests.

            4. Yes, you’re an authoritarian who wants to deprive people of their freedoms if they don’t do what you want them to do.

              We’ve known this since last year.

    5. Where in Florida?
      Nobody around me has seen or noticed a damn thing.
      But best you stay away from Florida, and in your corporate dictated bubble.

    6. Yes the media attacks on a potential candidate continue unabated. I wonder why? They attack what they fear. Maybe they should be afraid. We all know their covid reporting is bullshit now as it’s in collusion with the far left.

      Maybe you shouldn’t be their little rent boy.

    7. And last year at this time what did we see? Florida leading the nation in hospitalizations. IT’S SEASONALITY, STUPID!

    8. Are hospitals still collecting their $13000 bounty for COVID cases? Ching! Ching! Ching!

  29. Reports are that a lot of FTC lawyers are job hunting because they don’t agree with the new antitrust policies. so it’s not a surprise to see an economist leave as well.

  30. Gabriel Malor went onto declare, Plessy v Ferguson was correctly decided.

  31. Nice to see Robby applauding the banning of somebody off of Twitter for providing information he does not like.


    1. Apparently for the Reasonistas, libertarian philosophy only applies to government; and churches, corporations and powerful individuals can silence the opinions of as many other people as they want.

      “Robby may disapprove of what you say, but he will defend to the death your right to shutup, shutup, shutup”.

  32. “White House calls on states to prevent evictions”
    (why would they do that? well, AP buried the lede:)
    “…The focus on states comes as President Joe Biden faces stinging criticism, including from some in his own party, that he was was slow to address the end of the moratorium. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the prospect of widespread evictions “unfathomable.”…”

    The courts ruled the CDC has no authority to do so, and it seems the fed gov doesn’t either, and droolin’ Joe didn’t get the log-rolling going!

    1. I can imagine that the press would be similarly unconcerned if Trump did this about something he lost in the SCOTUS over.

        MyPillow Guy Punts Timeline for Trump Retaking Power as Conspiracy Theories Get Wackier

        The Lord Trump didn’t return to us as scheduled, but the Second Coming is now re-scheduled. You can TRUST us THIS time, for sure!

        The Lord Trump DID return to us faithful ones, but He did it in an invisible way! Hold strong in your Faith in Him!

        The Lord Trump didn’t return to us yet, this is true! It only did NOT happen because YOU were not faithful enough, and didn’t send Him enough donations!

        The Lord Trump didn’t return to us yet, but He DID miraculously protect us all from the VERY worst forces of Evil, which is Der BidenFuhrer! Hold fast in your Faith… Lord Trump will come back soon now! Especially if you send more money!

        The Lord Trump moves in Mysterious Ways! All will be revealed SOON! Especially if you have Enough Faith to DONATE till it HURTS!

        1. spastic gets flagged

    2. Do the various “eviction relief” measures provide payments to the landlords and mortgage holders or are they screwed? I’ve seen conflicting reports that indicate most landlords are in a position to receive aid.

      1. Looks like slim pickins’ to me:
        “Five Government Programs That Will Help Landlords Through the Coronavirus Crisis”

    3. IMPEACH!

  33. (third try; Reason’s web site could benefit from some of that money Reason used to get from me)
    “Colombia coastal city crowded with African, Haitian migrants”
    “NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — A small city on Colombia’s Caribbean shore is being crowded with migrants from Haiti, Africa and Cuba making what they hope will be a journey toward the United States.
    Local official estimate more than 10,000 migrants have massed recently in Necocli, a city of some 20,000 people better known for its beaches, coconuts and burbling mud volcanos…”

    10,000 people do not, at random, choose to go to a distant city; some one or some group is backing this with some serious cash.
    Who in hell is doing that?

    1. Here’s the link, which I think is the reason it wasn’t posting:

    2. was watching a news clip of the illegals walking across the border while border patrol stood by. Based on skin tone they were not from the American continents. Thats not a racist comment its just a fact

  34. “This law was a fix to a problem that does not exist,” Brown said in a statement.”
    If “no harm, no foul,” then why the concern, Ms. Brown?

  35. Seventy percent of U.S. adults have now taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    And if we can get 70% of the remainder to get the vaccine, perhaps we might begin to think about maybe returning to normalcy in a year or so. Sometime shortly before the mid-term elections. Unless another variant pops up unexpectedly.


    ICYMI – A fourth police officer who responded to the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol “has died by suicide,” his family confirmed last night. Kyle DeFreytag passed on July 10.

    1. suspicious Aloysius.

    2. more than likey was a part that the FBI convinced to let people in and he new to much

      1. ^^^ If you ain’t got a witness, you ain’t got shit

    1. Can you give a tl;dr?

      1. Biden’s DOD (Army COE) imminent domains a POC. CRA is no defense against the action.

      2. I can, Moonrocks. The money quote: It’s the difference between securing equality of opportunity regardless of race and guaranteeing equality of outcome based on race. It’s the difference between color blindness and critical race theory.,,,Prohibiting racial discrimination means we must be blind to race. Disparate impact theory requires the opposite: It forces us to look at race—to check for racial imbalance and then decide what steps must be taken to advance some people at the expense of others based on their race.

        This judge is SCoTUS material.

        1. Nice. No wonder Reason is ignoring this.

  37. ENB….No electoral audit update? Looks like AZ is heating up.

    WI, MI and PA are not far behind.

    1. “Hyperpartisan bullshit with no basis in reality.”

      1. Ga has found many cases of maladministration against actual voting laws. Same with Az, Wisc, Pa. Many of them changes done by the executive that judges have ruled were illegal changes.

        But sure.

        1. Not my take, just a guess on how ENB would frame it. Hence the quotes.

  38. The Biden administration on Monday said that it would indefinitely continue the Trump-era policy of swiftly expelling migrants and asylum-seekers from the U.S., citing the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 Delta variant and the highest number of unlawful border crossings in over 20 years.

    Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a new order supporting the continued enforcement of the Title 42 public health authority, which was first invoked by the Trump administration in March 2020 to shutter U.S. borders to migrants.

  39. What a little bitch.

    I would much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much rather be required to show proof of vaccination than be required to wear a mask. And I suspect I’m not alone.

    1. Guy writes for a supposed libertarian magazine and has come up with “show your papers” is the best outcome?

      I think he forgot there is a third option, and its to tell the person asking to get fucked. I would much much much much rather do that.

      1. Well, just yesterday he was cheerleading corporate censorship based on State guidance

    2. He’s a bitch with an extremely bad haircut.

      1. Blasphemer. Robby’s virtue-signaling has nothing to do with his God-tier mane.

      2. HEY NOW!! None of that.

        Robby’s hair is glorious.

    3. Why does this have to be an either/or issue? Robby sounds like chemtard with his false dichotomies.

      The real issue here is that people shouldn’t be taking the left’s framing on this at face value, considering they haven’t been able to maintain a consistent message on this since the beginning other than “Trust our Top Men!”

      The return to these mask rules are a either a flat-out admission that the vaccines don’t work, or are simply a therapeutic that mitigates symptoms, like taking NyQuil or Theraflu when you get a cold.

      If the vaccinated have to wear a mask anyway, what’s the fucking point of getting the shot? Might as well either take your chances with natural immunity, or wait for Novavax to release their more traditionally constructed COVID vaccine.

    4. “I don’t want to wear a mask *or* present a vaccine passport but I’m not brave enough to say so. Despite the fact that I’m not alone.”

    5. The proof of vaccination card they gave me is a joke.

      You could print these off at Kinko’s by the dozen for a few bucks and fill them in with a pen.

      1. Also this. The card I have you could absolutely print out, make yourself, forge.

        I would suggest just letting them require vaccine passports and then just having everyone forge them, but the precedent it sets is too dangerous.

        1. Why go to a bunch of trouble to make it hard to forge a card, for proving you got a free-of-charge vaccination that any sensible person would actually get?

          1. Because you don’t want the vaccine and a bunch of Branch Covidians have been posting their cards with the lot numbers online like the narcissistic idiots they are?

      2. Or just make one and say it is from another area. In the early days of electronic stylus pads for signing on a credit card purchase, I would write “Mr. Fuck You” since clerks never checked to see what was actually written and there was no handwriting comparison software in play. Of course I also showed ID because buying a $20 pair of jeans at Walmart warrants that whereas asking for that at a polling location is utterly racist.

      3. They’ve already arrested people for doing this.

        1. FBI came out months ago saying it was a federal felony they’d be looking out for and prosecuting to the full extent allowed

    6. Why can’t it be both?

    7. Sounds like he gave up

    8. I would much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much rather be raped with a giant cactus than be raped with a rusty mace. And I suspect I’m not alone.

  40. Cuomo’s got his ass in a sling:

    “Cuomo Sexually Harassed ‘Multiple Women’ In Violation Of State And Federal Law, NY Attorney General Finds”
    “New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced the results of a highly-anticipated, four-month investigation into Andrew Cuomo which she said found the Democratic governor guilty of sexually harassing “multiple women,” including government employees, in violation of state and federal law…”

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving pile of shit.
    (link to follow ’cause I’m tired of posting multiple times)

    1. So they’ll be filing charges shortly, right?

      1. There is an impeachment probe against him in Albany.

        The Biden Justice Department dropped their investigation into the nursing home deaths a while back.

        The FBI is still looking into the manipulation of nursing home death data.

        I doubt he could survive a primary challenge in 2022, and if he did, I don’t know that he would beat a Republican. All of that is assuming he isn’t impeached.

        His political dreams are over.

        If only he’d used his powers for good instead of evil.

    2. The investigation press conference is being carried on Fox. Pretty damning, but in the end, it won’t matter.

      1. He is using the Trump tactic – deny and call the accusers “liars”.

        1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. He never posts without lying, such as this.
          If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or distorted such as to be worthless.
          turd is a pathological liar, along with being a pedophile. turd lies; it’s what turd does.

    3. Sevo, we know he will get exactly nothing done to him.


    #BREAKING: New York City to require vaccination for indoor activities, restaurants, gyms [link]

    1. This is systemic racism.

    2. Is there an exemption for mostly peaceful rioters?

      1. There always is… except when the rioters have the wrong (aka non leftist) politics

        1. For example, it will probably be considered peaceful to burn down a business that doesn’t check status.

  42. so, walls work.

  43. A random person encountering this Hit & Run piece would rightly conclude that left liberaltarians support unfettered immigration even of people with communicable diseases and those who have no life skills and no ability to support themselves. That they support pimping young women and girls on sketchy websites and trafficking from other countries as well. That they love Facebook and all the damage it’s caused over the years in helping destroy our society and that government has no duty to protect against multinational corporations run by amoral billionaires with no loyalty to the US.

    1. No hashtag? I give you 7.5/10 on the OBL Scale.

      There isn’t enough shame to be heaped on Reason.

  44. An outside investigation by the state of New York has found that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. The harassment included unwanted kissing, groping and inappropriate comments. Cuomo also retaliated against women who complained about his awful behavior. Cuomo is clearly a horrible person, and progressives everywhere should be ashamed of themselves for supporting him.

    1. It’s so bad, even CNN is covering it.
      Pretty sure there’s an investigation into his packing the nursing homes, also; we can hope the double down on the scumbag.

      1. He won’t go to prison, but his political career is over.

        Hopefully Gruesome and Whitmer will soon follow him out the door.

        1. Hbut his political career is over.

          I strongly doubt that. But I’ve made horribly wrong predictions before.

          1. Anthony Weiner (D, NY) pulled out and was never able to reserect his political career.

            1. Weiner wasn’t really an anti-Trump icon though.

              1. Nor did Anthony Weiner successfully shepherd New York State through the worst pandemic since the Black Death.

                1. Weiner wasn’t up for the challenge.

        2. Oh no, he’ll just be a multimillionaire with connections that can get him anything he wants!

    2. Fake news. The man is a saint.
      (I’m freelancing for OBL).

      1. #don’tbelieveallwomen

      2. (I’m freelancing for OBL)
        And turd.

    3. The report says he was guilty of “unwanted groping”, which should be the same thing as sexual assault.

      I can’t believe they supported him for so long. How do progressives sleep at night?

      1. “unwanted groping”, which should be the same thing as sexual assault

        Conditional on the (D) or (R) after your name.

        1. Trump proved sexual assault don’t matter.

          1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. He never posts without lying, such as this.
            If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or distorted such as to be worthless.
            turd is a pathological liar, along with being a pedophile. turd lies; it’s what turd does.

          2. What sexual assault???
            Did he pull down the pants of a terrified staffer and finger bang her? Because shit like that should disqualify someone from office, right?

        2. AKA the Kennedy exemption.

          1. Kennedy straight up raped a woman, according to a glowing documentary. A documentary that was unabashedly pro-Kennedy. Straight up raped.

            1. It’s funny because when you say that you don’t need to specify which Kennedy, because they all have raped someone

              1. Even killed a few.

      2. You have often promoted Donald Trump, another politician with a history of sexual assault. Answer your own question.

  45. We have been told that the Delta Variant is worse than the Bubonic plague, worse than even the original Coronavirus strain, if you can imagine that. We locked down our own population for 18 months over the first strain, but suddenly the border should be open because immigrants enrich the country in myriad ways?

    Sorry, the administration, the tech companies, the corporations and the entire establishment writ-large defined this problem, so this expulsion policy is logically in line with that.

    1. Yes but you don’t understand, it’s different. The establishment and clerisy don’t hate the illegals.

  46. how much does “Creepy Governor Touched Me & It Won’t Wash Off” cost?

  47. Here’s how to navigate public life with your vaccination passport.

    Congratulations, you’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Now you have to prove it, and your smartphone can help.

    Across the world, fears about the contagious delta variant are leading more businesses, schools and travel destinations to require vaccination. Like it or not, there’s a real chance that somewhere you want to go will ask to see proof of your shots.

    Let’s say you are planning to visit Hawaii — you’ll need to be vaccinated or show a negative coronavirus test if you want to avoid quarantine. You’ll need proof to work in the federal government, at tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Uber, and a growing list of other companies. And in New York and San Francisco, you’ll need it to go inside a bar, get a seat at some restaurants, or take in a show on Broadway.

    So, how do you do that without carrying your white card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention everywhere you go?

    1. And I’m supposed to flip out because somewhere, an illegal immigrant got sent back to his home country because he has no vaccination passport. Fuck off.

    2. Take a picture of it on your phone and show them that.

      1. Fuck off and die

  48. ‘Every hospital is quite full’ in Washington as delta variant of coronavirus spreads

    Fourth paragraph down:

    While the variant is primarily fueling the rise in hospital admissions, Sauer said hospitals have also recently been filling up with patients from “trauma season” — falls, gun violence and drownings — made worse by wildfires and smoky weather and delayed care, including those whose nonurgent procedures were postponed due to the pandemic.

    1. As of last week, a seven-day average of 84.4% of all ICU beds had been filled, with COVID-19 patients using about 11.3%.

      1. From WaPo:

        Place Hosps per 100k ICU per 100k Weekly Change
        Florida 55 11 +46%
        Washington 10 2 +56%

        Um, full? Full is over 100/20 per 100k based on my experience in the most virus-ravaged part of the country. Based on its published stats, WA has no idea what full even looks like.


      “Healthcare System Readiness” tab

      Our system is exactly as busy as it has been since we started keeping track in May 2020. (Which is, not very busy)

      Note the drop in total capacity that lets you know it’s a real emergency!

  49. Are Evangelicals calling vaccine passports teh Mark of teh Beast yet?

    1. Do you hate Evangelicals too, sarcasmic?

      1. Not speaking for sarc(I’m fine with you thinking I’m him, but I don’t know if he wants to be associated with me), but Evangelical covers a lot of people.

        I prefer “backwards southern conservative Christian rube,” and they can go fuck themselves.

    2. Yes. It is the “can’t buy or sell part”.

    3. When they mandate something like this, I expect some people to lose their shit.

      1. So, a tattoo? Do they also include the vaccine lot number, for you know, historical reasons?

    4. “Are Evangelicals calling vaccine passports teh Mark of teh Beast yet?”

      Is sarc congenitally opposed to honesty?
      Fuck off and die, lefty asshole.

  50. GDP Growth Under Trump Was the Worst Since Hoover

    Lamestream media FINALLY gets around to this story.

    1. Go to prison Jared’s Buttplug.

    2. The ‘story’ historians will write wrt the economy is the amazing speed it recovered. A two month recession. Consider the circumstance (a complete shut down due to a pandemic). That is context needed to put the article in proper perspective.

    3. turd lies. It’s what turd does. He never posts without lying, such as this.
      If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or distorted such as to be worthless.
      turd is a pathological liar, along with being a pedophile. turd lies; it’s what turd does.

    4. Counterpoint:

      In Bloomberg, Justin Fox reports that:

      GDP Growth Under Trump Was the Worst Since Hoover

      If you’re thinking, “well, that’s stupid, especially given the pandemic” then you’re right. And do you know who agrees with you? Justin Fox does:

      This is, let’s be clear from the start, not a perfect way of measuring presidential economic performance.

      Right. It’s stupid.

      Why is this stupid? Because:

      In 2016 the very eminent Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson of Princeton undertook “An Econometric Exploration” of this phenomenon for the American Economic Review and came to the not especially helpful conclusion that: the Democratic edge stems mainly from more benign oil shocks, superior total factor productivity (TFP) performance, a more favorable international environment, and perhaps more optimistic consumer expectations about the near-term future.

      Which means that:

      That sounds mainly as if the Democrats have just been luckier, and perhaps better at inculcating optimism.

      And that Trump’s problem was:

      mostly bad luck.

      So the entire article was pointless from start to finish, then?



        typical conservative reply

        1. But that’s not what the rebuttal said. You really don’t have anything, huh.

          1. He never does. It might help if he read past the headline on the articles he posts.

      2. Poor Buttplug, they’ve assigned him that narrative, he knows it’s a dud but he still has to shill it.
        You can tell by the weakness of his responses and failure to adequately defend his assertions that he knows that it’s a dud.

    5. We’ll just ignore the fact that Democrats “locked down” their populations for 18 months because we’re all friends here.

      1. Apparently we will.

        Sarah Palin’s Buttplug 2
        August.3.2021 at 2:57 pm


  51. Immediately expelling people crossing the border illegally IS due process.

  52. Of course we don’t need a CDC. let our churches and Q’Anon tell us what diseases are coming our way and what prayers will get rid of them.

    1. Right. That’s clearly the only alternative.

  53. We have flu vaccines. People still get flu because vaccine protection don’t last forever, nor can they stop seasonal surges.

    This is the way of life. It can’t be helped. Israel got a head start on vaccination at a national level around January and the effectiveness (at least on preventing infection) is starting to wear off. So by Halloween the number vaccinated people who are admitted to the hospital will tick up.

    We need to take another vaccine shot at that point? Yes, the government might say. So the vast majority of the population who probably got vaccinated for the flu a handful of times in several decades has to decide if they want mrna vaccines in their bodies 10 times in the next 5 years.

    Is delta especially deadlier than regular covid for most people? I see no indication that it is. It spreads faster, and that’s the reason why we’re on the verge of criminalizing unvaccinated people when nothing of the sort ever occurred at any time in the last…. 50 year? 70 years? I could not be cited for going to a walmart when I had he sniffles, but now it should be crime?

    I’ve seen some photos of the unvaccinated people who died due to delta. They’re morbidly obese. If you’re THAT out of shape and you don’t want to get vaccinated, you’re play some sort of a darwin awards game. But for a gazillion young people vaxxed or not, delta will bite them and eventually go away.

    1. People still get flu because vaccine protection don’t last forever, ..
      That’s not what is happening at all.


    “The phone conversation in question took place on December 27, 2020, and largely consisted of Donoghue and Rosen advising Trump that they were unable to change the outcome of the election in his favor. According to Donoghue’s notes, Trump reportedly responded by saying, ‘just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the [Republican] Congressmen.’”

    1. If the anonymous sourced anti-Trump story is in (lol) Vox, it’s got to be true.

      1. White Dumbshit citing a lefty rag as proof is peak Liberaltarian.

  55. Gosh, Ken, Simone Biles ended up medaling after all, despite your writing hundreds of words opining on the topic. How many Olympic medals in gymnastics do you have, again?

    1. White Mike says you can’t talk about gymnastics negatively unless you’ve won a medal.

      Believe it or not this isn’t even close to being his stupidest take ever.

  56. Jesus Fucking Christ what a steaming pile you are. Ken explained a possible reason for Biles’ situation and big ego, low self esteem you are attempting to use it as a tool to somehow try to drag Ken down. I’m confident Ken does not read this type of press from a jealous nobody but instead merely weights it.

    “…writing hundreds of words…” you can’t write two letters, “H” and “O,” with the number “2” without fucking it up. Cheers to you mate.

    Good for Biles. Good for you too since, being the first days of a month, your card is recharged.

    1. Mike Laursen really is a giant piece of shit.

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