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No, Tennessee Isn't Hoarding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for the Unvaccinated

Plus: Internet freedom at 11-year low, charter school enrollment up 7 percent, lawyer behind abortion lawsuit speaks up, and more...

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A widely reported rumor suggests that Tennessee will only offer promising monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated. The idea is spawning outrage, since it implies that people who took personal precautions (and public health officials' advice) are being deliberately disadvantaged if sick, while those who chose not to receive a life-saving vaccine are getting special privileges. There's just one problem: It's not true.

That hasn't stopped the "news" of Tennessee's unvaccinated-only treatment-rationing from being touted in a number of national headlines. For instance: "Tennessee will now DENY vaccinated COVID-19 patients access to monoclonal antibody treatments as federal government begins limiting shipments of the drugs," the Daily Mail says.

OK, but that's the notoriously tabloidy Daily Mail. Let's check in with a mainstream news publication like USA Today or NBC News or Insider and…oh. "Tennessee limiting monoclonal antibody treatment to unvaccinated residents," reads an NBC News headline. "Tennessee Recommends Vaccinated Residents Lose Access to Monoclonal Antibody Treatment," claims USA Today. "Tennessee to reserve monoclonal antibody treatment for unvaccinated," touts an Insider headline.

What's really going on?

The state simply issued guidelines about monoclonal antibody treatment prioritization should a shortage arise. This guidance recommends prioritizing people most likely to suffer severe COVID-19 cases leading to hospitalization.

This is a group that could include people with compromised immune systems, those over 65 years old, pregnant women, people who are vulnerable due to underlying health conditions—and, yes, the unvaccinated. But it's in no way limited to the unvaccinated, nor is anyone suggesting they should automatically get priority.

Here's what the Tennessee Department of Health actually said:

Our recommendation to monoclonal antibody providers or individual facilities across the state is if they need to prioritize distribution of the treatment, the NIH (National Institutes of Health) guidelines are the recommended approach for that prioritization, including prioritizing those who are most likely to be hospitalized. Ultimately, this comes down to providers' clinical judgment to ensure those most at risk are receiving this treatment.

NIH guidelines on monoclonal antibody treatment, issued September 3, recommended monoclonal antibodies "for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 and for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) of SARS-CoV-2 infection in individuals who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19."

At the moment, there is no shortage of monoclonal antibody treatment—in Tennessee, or nationally, according to the NIH website—although the agency does warn that "logistical constraints (e.g., limited space, not enough staff who can administer therapy) can make it difficult to administer these agents to all eligible patients."

Should it become necessary "to triage eligible patients," the agency suggests prioritizing people who already have the disease, "unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19," and "vaccinated individuals who are not expected to mount an adequate immune response (e.g., immunocompromised individuals)."

NIH also notes that "providers should use their clinical judgment when prioritizing treatment" and stresses that "when there are no logistical constraints for administering therapy, these considerations should not limit the provision of anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies." (Emphasis theirs.)

The prospect of treatment rationing comes in the wake of the Biden administration changing how states may get their hands on monoclonal antibodies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will now allocate monoclonal antibody supplies to state health departments based on state need and "on COVID-19 case burden," rather than letting states order directly from its supplier, it said.

The move is "an effort to more evenly distribute the 150,000 doses that the government makes available each week," reports Politico. "Demand from a handful of southern states has exploded since [August], state and federal officials said, raising concerns they were consuming a disproportionate amount of the national supply. Seven states — Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama—accounted for 70 percent of all orders in early September."


FREE MINDS

Internet freedom continues to backslide. Globally, internet freedom is at an 11-year low, according to the latest annual report from Freedom House:

The environment for human rights online deteriorated in 30 countries this year, while only 18 countries registered net gains. The largest decline occurred in Myanmar, followed by Belarus and Uganda. Ecuador experienced the largest improvement, followed by The Gambia. The United States ranked 12th overall, while Iceland was once again the top performer. For the seventh consecutive year, China was found to have the worst conditions for internet freedom.

Freedom on the Net is an annual study of human rights in the digital sphere. The project assesses internet freedom in 70 countries, accounting for 88 percent of the world's internet users. This report, the 11th in its series, covered developments between June 2020 and May 2021….

Free expression is under unprecedented strain around the world. In 56 countries, a record 80 percent of those covered by Freedom on the Net, people were arrested or convicted for their online speech.

The U.S. saw its fifth consecutive year of a dropping digital freedom ranking.


FREE MARKETS

Charter schools gain from traditional public schools' pandemic problems. There's been evidence that homeschooling and private school enrollment have ticked up since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools suggests charter school enrollment has grown too.

"Based on data collected and analyzed by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, during the first full school year of the COVID pandemic, the charter sector is likely to have experienced the largest rate of increase in student enrollment increase in half a decade," says the group's new report. "Public charter school enrollment increased during the 2020-21 school year in at least 39 states, the only segment of the public education sector to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data compiled by the National Alliance. All told, nearly 240,000 new students enrolled in charter schools during that period, a 7% year-over-year increase."

You can read the full report here.


FOLLOWUP

Lawyer behind abortion lawsuit speaks up. The man suing a Texas physician for performing an abortion describes himself as a libertarian who is bringing the lawsuit because he respects what the doctor (who very publicly admitted to his action) is doing.

Proponents of the Texas abortion ban "wanted to insulate a legislative enactment from judicial review, and I think that's just wrong. I think it's totally wrong," said Oscar Stilley, the man behind one of two new lawsuits against abortion doctor Alan Braid. "[Braid has] got some principle. I like that. And I respect that. I see what he's doing. He wants somebody filing a lawsuit," Stilley told KXAN Austin.

Texas Right to Life—which championed the law allowing people to sue abortion doctors—is not pleased.

Meanwhile: Texas enacts another abortion-limiting law. This one—slated to take effect December 2—bans the prescription of abortion-inducing drugs at seven weeks of pregnancy. The cutoff was previously 10 weeks.


QUICK HITS

• A new Government Accountability Office report looks at federal efforts to influence American diets. "The federal government is trying to help with more than 200 efforts to address these diet-related health conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease," it says. "But there is little government-wide coordination between agencies and programs."

• Democrats are trying to pass an eviction moratorium law.

• Los Angeles is banning protests within 300 feet of a protest target's home.

• The U.S. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

• A ban on school mask mandates in Texas is drawing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. The office "is investigating the Texas Education Agency after deeming that its guidance prohibiting mask mandates in schools last week may be 'preventing school districts in the state from considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities,'" according to the Texas Tribune.

• A court says North Carolina's voter ID law is unconstitutional. "A three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court ruled 2-1 that North Carolina's voter ID law violates the state constitution" and "blocked enforcement of the law," Ballotpedia News reports. "The court's order represents its final judgment on the matter."

• Cathy Young chronicles the transgender bathroom access controversy at a Los Angeles spa.

• In which the American Civil Liberties Union explicitly supports restrictions on civil liberties.

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  1. A widely reported rumor suggests that Tennessee will only offer promising monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated.

    The shoe is on the other foot!

    1. I wonder why this Misinformation isn’t being censored?

      1. Because it causes rage. Rage is fun. Rage is what we exist for.

        1. And by we, we mean media.

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      2. All the narratives fit to print? Outrage dies in darkness if not stoked daily?

    2. But medical treatment, just like all other “rewards” in a righteous, progressive society, should be allocated based on social scores and ideological purity, right?

      1. The irony is that I would have been perfectly fine with Tennessee hoarding this stuff for unvaccinated patients only. If the Branch Covidians want to deny medical treatment to people who haven’t gotten just this specific “vaccine,” I’m fine with denying the same to people who took this shitty, leaky prophylaxis and ended up getting sick anyway.

    3. But if the vaccines really save lives like ENB claims, then why do the vaccinated even need the mAb treatment?

      1. Because the vaccines aren’t perfectly effective. And probably because they are fat.

        1. At least we can keep scaring the young and healthy by never mentioning obesity nor age.

          https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/

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          https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32257114/tampa-bay-buccaneers-put-antonio-brown-covid-19-list

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  2. Internet freedom continues to backslide.

    I blame no net neutrality.

    1. You mean there’s still an Internet after Net Neutrality died? /sarc

    2. I blame people who will not voluntarily conform to desired norms, forcing the government to impose controls.

  3. Charter schools gain from traditional public schools’ pandemic problems.

    Homeschoolers pounce as public schools continually fuck up their one job.

    1. Ah, but homeschoolers and charter schools are two different people. The charter schooler begs: “Big Brother May I?” for the privilege of using tax dollars building a charter school and keeping the charter is not guaranteed.

      A homeschooler wrests the authority of Big Brother right out from under him and asks for no subsidies or bailouts.

      1. States do have individual education accounts that home schoolers can apply for. Arizona has been slowly expanding it.

        1. Well, if that’s the case, if I had kids and were were a homeschooler, I would never want one and would ring the Plague Bell to warn my fellow homeschoolers away from the accounts.

          Who is the mascot for promoting these accounts, The Kiddie Catcher from Chitty-Chitty! Bang-Bang!? 🙂

      2. In many states you still need permission to homeschool. Have to follow some standards set by the public school system.

        1. Even then most of the them you can get around it. I know that California has some of the most restrictive home school rules in the country, but you can just get around it all by founding your own private school, which costs nothing and has zero oversight from the state other than attendance.

  4. The man suing a Texas physician for performing an abortion describes himself as a libertarian who is bringing the lawsuit because he respects what the doctor (who very publicly admitted to his action) is doing.

    I’m beginning to suspect this whole thing was a setup.

    1. Hey, if you can get $10,000 for signing a few papers, why not?

      1. Oh, now this is damn rich!:
        The anti-abortion group that championed Texas’ vigilante law is upset 2 people suing over abortion aren’t making ‘valid attempts to save innocent human lives’

        After Texas Right To Life supported a bill that effectively says that what they consider “human life” to be worth $10,000 plus legal fees, they are shocked, shocked that someone actually took them at their word! The nerve of some people! /sarc

    2. Proponents of the Texas abortion ban “wanted to insulate a legislative enactment from judicial review, and I think that’s just wrong. I think it’s totally wrong,” said Oscar Stilley, the man behind one of two new lawsuits against abortion doctor Alan Braid. “[Braid has] got some principle. I like that. And I respect that. I see what he’s doing. He wants somebody filing a lawsuit,” Stilley told KXAN Austin.

      I just hope that Oscar Stilley respects Dr. Alan Braid enough to give back his $10,000 plus legal fees if this ends up in court and Stilley wins.

      1. Less the legal fees and lawyer’s cuts, of course.

        1. No, no. Legal fees included. Paying for those jackals on somebody else’s behalf is real respect.

      2. Probably not, he says getting a 10k payday was part of the reason he filed the suit (apparently he’s been disbarred in Oklahoma and needs a source of income)

  5. But there is little government-wide coordination between agencies and programs.

    The new Department of Homeland Dieting will be armed to the teeth and have broad powers.

    1. I can’t wait for the DHD screening stations at supermarkets and restaurants.

      1. I think it was Denmark that tried something similar where a person would walk around the store and make suggestions instead of what was in your cart

        1. Somebody like that probably wouldn’t make it out of my store alive!

          The EBTers on electric carts would first surround the Nanny State person with their multiple carts of absolute junk, them crush the person to death under sheer massive bodily weight!

      2. ‘Put your arm in the cuff for blood pressure and blood sample analysis for permission to purchase selected food items.’

    2. the new DHD swat teams will midnight raid your home while you midnight raid your refrigerator

    3. …armed to the teeth… Well done. They are chomping at the bit to take a bite out of obesity.

      1. Sounds like they’re just sitting around and chewing the fat.

        1. Ain’t that the tooth!

    4. But those powers will pale in comparison to those of the Department of Government-Wide Coordination.

  6. Democrats are trying to pass an eviction moratorium law.

    When will property owners realize that scum like them are no longer welcome in Nancy Pelosi’s America?

    1. Gee, why are so many homes are staying vacant?

      1. Gee, why are landlords requiring 6 months of rent up front?

        1. 12 months and be required to carry an expensive rent guarantee insurance policy.

          1. Some D-bag celebrity was bitching about this a few weeks ago. He was looking for an apartment for his son, and all the landlords wanted 6 months to a year of rent up front.

            Of course, his take was this is because landlords are evil.

            1. Demand payment for things is certainly evil. Also probably racist and sexist.

            2. when you have an IQ of around 80, basically nothing makes sense to you.

            3. Totally understandable, but I also recognize it is a difficult barrier for most renters. I get people being mad. They are just mad at the wrong people.

              1. That’s the problem- they’re mad at the wrong people, and the wrong people will end up being regulated and penalized for it. That’s not going to do anything good for renters.

              2. They are just mad at the wrong people

                Feature, not bug. Now we can push for a government solution to this totally-not-government problem.

            4. That douchebag was Andy Richter.

              Empathy for him is really, really low.

              1. Richter is one of the biggest shitlib garbage bags in Hollywood, and that’s saying something considering the company.

                That asshole has no right to complain that his little juicebox-drinking, cloven-hoofed spawn has to pay several months of rent up front to get his own place.

                1. Did his stomping around on this issue register on the Richter scale?

                2. Hey now! No insulting of cloven-hoofed people! They can’t help who their asshole parents are.

                  Also, I’m led to understand, Clove-apods are a fiercely independent, ambitious, libidinous bunch who eat through the paperwork bureaucrats are so notorious for producing. The Cloven-Hooved make perfect Libertarians. 🙂

    2. “peasants with a couple of cows or five or six acres [~2 ha] more than their neighbors” were labeled kulaks

      Vladimir Lenin himself described them as “bloodsuckers, vampires, plunderers of the people and profiteers, who fatten themselves during famines,”[4] declaring revolution against them to liberate poor peasants, farm laborers, and proletariat (the much smaller class of urban and industrial workers).

      Does any of this sound familiar?

      Are we seriously supposed to stand idly by as this Democratic Congress voids millions of private contracts? Not only is this not a delegated Constitutional power, it is expressly forbidden for the States to interfere in private contracts. There is no better example of why the 10th amendment exists.

      1. Agreed! They have no more right to void leases than they have to void marriages they may not like. “Love Is Love!” and “A Deal Is A Deal!” need to be banners side-by-side with “Don’t Tread On Me!”

    3. This could turn every apartment complex into a lodging franchise named Doctor Zhivago Arms.

  7. Los Angeles is banning protests within 300 feet of a protest target’s home.

    EVEN THE MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTERS?

    1. Does this mean that police will bust BLM skulls Met Gala-style when they come to burn down a black neighborhood, or will this law not apply to the peasants?

      1. It will be based on the social score of the target individual’s race, gender, and class. Burning down a shop owned by a Korean-American will probably be OK.

        1. As long as there isn’t a white person within 300 feet, because then it would become an anti-Asian hate crime.

      2. As long as they’re in Portland, OR and their target is 1700 mi. away in Minneapolis, MN, I don’t see a conflict.

        Unclear on whether, if I’m standing at the edge of the McCloskey’s property, 300 ft. from their home, whether I’d be banned. Assuming I’m targeting the McCloskeys and not Derek Chauvin of course.

  8. Bidens administration continues to lie about expelling Haitians and others at the border as his administration simply imports them into the interior with solely a promise to appear. Many not even being checked for covid or given vaccinations. Of course Americans can lose their job for the latter.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/illegal-immigrants-from-haiti-being-released-in-u-s-contrary-to-dhs-chiefs-deportation-claims

    1. 200k a month for illegal immigrants is partially why support for Biden has collapsed with independents.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/independents-biden-immigration

  9. The U.S. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

    Looks like the government is going to get back some of those COVID relief dollars they shoveled the airlines’ way!

    1. Or at least make flying less convenient and more expensive.

  10. A ban on school mask mandates in Texas is drawing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

    Send in the National Guard to escort those mandates into the schools.

    1. Civil rights are being violated by the state banning a local school district from violating civil rights?

      1. Yes. They’re stripping the Mask Karens of their constitutional right to tell everyone else how to live their lives.

        1. end public school. problem solved.

          1. What, and give PARENTS control over their kids’ educations? What are you, some kind of domestic extremist or something?

      2. I’m as confused as everyone else. How can it be a civil right for the
        school to mandate masks? The legal arguments don’t make sense, or perhaps it is just the triple and quadruple negatives in the title sentences.

        1. They’re using the ADA to enforce mask mandates. They didn’t give two shits about disabled children when they weren’t delivering equal education to them during the school closures. But now they’re concerned.

  11. A court says North Carolina’s voter ID law is unconstitutional.

    I wonder how the court would rule on any vaccine passports that crazy conspiracy theorists said were coming.

      1. One of the best from the Bee.

    1. I love courts ruling on what they THINK the reason for a law is. Not anything in the law itself.

      This is why the judiciary is losing its legitimacy.

  12. UW-wisconsin to require all faculty to participate in political anti racist events or forfeit pay raises and bonuses.

    https://campusreform.org/article?id=18183

      1. Even death penalties as a result of the child being inconvenient to the mother?

      1. Achieving utopia, one pogrom at a time.

    1. Now this is what Academic Freedom looks like.

    2. So forced speech instead of free speech is the new rule

      1. Duh. Silence is violence.

    3. The mandatory book burnings will be held in the fall.

  13. In which the American Civil Liberties Union explicitly supports restrictions on civil liberties.

    The 2nd Amendment doesn’t count as a civil liberty.

    1. Free speech can also be upsetting.

      1. Civil rights in general, if you’re unvaxxed.

  14. No, Tennessee Isn’t Hoarding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for the Unvaccinated

    No, the hoarder is Sleepy, Creepy, Crazy, Cranky, Tankie, Corn-Pop, Lunch-Bucket, Basement-Bunker,Pudding-Cup, Shotgun Joe Biden (Fuck Be Unto Him.)

    Why is it that private individuals who rationally stock up on plentiful provisions for emergencies are condemned for “hoarding,” yet when Government does the same thing (this time to the detriment of private individuals,) it is somehow alright?

    And has anybody ever thought that maybe the solution to the problem might just be to make more monoclonal antibody treatment? Why not let the Doritos Division of Frito-Lay take care of medicine? “Crunch All You Want! We’ll Make More!”

    1. Crazy Uncle Joe Biden is 10 of the 11 Dwarfs, all by himself?

      1. He must have expropriated the bodies of the original Seven Dwarves, by Executive Order of course, then got Janet Yellen of The Fed to 3-D print 4 extra Dwarves to add to the original Seven, then expropriated them.

        (You know this also means he strokes Snow White’s hair in her sleep. *YIKES!*)

        Stick around. If he stays in office for any amount of time and does more off-the-wall stuff, I’ll add more adjectives.

  15. Donald Trump sues niece Mary Trump, New York Times reporters over disclosure of tax documents

    In a statement, Mary Trump said: “I think he is a loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that he thinks will stick. As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.”

    Trump Family Values!

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/22/politics/donald-trump-sues-mary-trump-new-york-times-tax-disclosure/index.html

    1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd lies when the truth would serve; turd is a pathological liar. turds lies get corrected and turd repeats them within a day or so.
      turd lies; it’s what turd does.

      1. But enough about Nancy Pelosi, I thought we were discussing Trump.

    2. “The walls are closing in”

      Another bombshell.
      We’ve reached the tipping point.
      It’s the beginning of the end.

      #TrumpRussia
      #ItsMuellerTime

      PS — I need to thank you once again for warning us about the SECOND INSURRECTION BY RIGHTWING EXTREMISTS on 9 / 18. Although the loss of life that day was unprecedented, I escaped without injury by refusing to leave home.

      #9/18WasWorseThan9/11

      1. Don’t forget about the police arresting an undercover fed!

    3. I know, right? Why can’t they have Biden family values? Hunter stepped right up to the plate to take care of Beau’s wife.

      1. And he keeps drugs out of the hands of children by disposing of them all by himself

        1. Which should not be negated by his gun being dropped in a trash can next to be a school.

      2. We all know how hard much Hunter loved his niece.

        1. And he supports sex workers. That’s a big A+ around here.

    4. Your precious Biden Family Values, Buttplug:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyvAMERxqog

      1. Hey Buttplug! When Hunter was fucking his underage blood niece, did he remember his old man’s example?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XqF4wA-dco

  16. House votes on party lines to suspend debt limit to cover 5 trillion in proposed new spending.

    https://justthenews.com/government/congress/house-votes-suspend-debt-limit-avoid-government-shutdown

    1. When will the House vote to forgive federal debt?

      1. Same day China, sends some nukes our way?

    2. It doesn’t avoid a shutdown until the Senate passes it and it crosses the President’s desk.

      1. Thanks captain obvious.

  17. A widely reported rumor suggests that Tennessee will only offer promising monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated. The idea is spawning outrage, since it implies that people who took personal precautions (and public health officials’ advice)

    So people don’t believe vaccines work?

    1. There’s just one problem: It’s not true.

      That hasn’t stopped the “news” of Tennessee’s unvaccinated-only treatment-rationing from being touted in a number of national headlines.

      I for one am shocked the media fell for a lie.

      1. “Fell for”,good one, Jesse.,

        1. They whipped their reporters to push the story like a Texas rangers at the border.

    2. The vaccinated took the preventative medicine route. Our healthcare system shouldn’t be unduly burdened by their poor choices.

  18. Democrats are trying to pass an eviction moratorium law.

    Where “evictions” includes “recall elections”?

  19. “This is not a Democratic debt. It’s not a Republican debt. It is our debt. It is the debt of the United States of America. We don’t welch on our debts. We pay our debts,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

    “We do, however, continue to spend like there’s no tomorrow.”

    1. We don’t welch on our debts. We pay our debts leave it to a future congress after I’ve died to pay our debts.

      FTFY

    2. The Hoyer should behave responsibly.

    3. Sure, this is “our” debt as long as some other richer, younger, dumber people pay it off.

      1. 1. Government is the things we choose to do together.-Barney Frank
        2. Government spends beyond its means and intends future generations pay for it.-Steny Hoyer
        3. We have chosen to spend beyond our means and intend future generations to pay for it.-Mantra of elected officials

        They aren’t delivering anything they haven’t told us before. At least on this point they’re being logically consistent.

        1. But mostly (as in most of human history), government is how we fuck people over with official sanction.

          1. It’s always just a question of who and how hard.

    4. When you’re 29 trillion in debt, what’s more responsible than borrowing another 5 trillion?

      1. The sad thing is that, compared to the rest of the world, we are still considered to be a good risk.

        1. Only because you print the money.

  20. A widely reported rumor suggests that Tennessee will only offer promising monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated.

    Why would the vaccinated need a therapeutic treatment for a disease they can’t catch?

    1. It’s almost like, by getting vaccinated, getting sick, and then demanding treatment, they’re consuming more than their fair share of *our* healthcare system.

      1. JFree school of triage.

    2. Speaking of “therapeutic treatment”, has anyone seen any research into this? IIRC, when the pandemic began, many epidemiologists (and even “health care professionals”) said they would much rather have a good treatment than a vaccine.

      1. Official notice: your disinformation violates social conformance guidelines. Please cease your seditious speech.

      2. Unfortunately, coming up with a good treatment has been far more difficult than coming up with a good vaccine. We spent a good 9 or so months throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what would stick, but other than that steroid that the UK discovered, everything else has to be given when the illness is so mild most won’t bother seeking treatment in order to have much effect on the final outcome. Whereas we were able to come up with several vaccines that have a near perfect track record of keeping people out of the hospital in that time.

    3. Monoclonal antibodies are 1 step up from ‘horse pills’ to the left-leaning hivemind, given their intense dislike for the treatments, they likely are not going to use them. So, why the concern on their part? More ‘risk aversion,’ more ‘going to fuck over the other team because Trump bad?’ Both, something else?

  21. Free expression is under unprecedented strain around the world. In 56 countries, a record 80 percent of those covered by Freedom on the Net, people were arrested or convicted for their online speech.

    The other 20% were censored by Silicon Valley.

    1. It’s okay because Davos and the Democrats are doing it through pRivAtE c0mpaNiES.

  22. new Government Accountability Office report looks at federal efforts to influence American diets. “The federal government is trying to help with more than 200 efforts to address these diet-related health conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease,”

    And Covid? Time for broccoli mandates.

    1. Time for taxing excess body weight.

      1. Jeff hardest hit. The risk weighs heavy on his mind. And scale.

      2. A largeasse for public funding.

    2. And burger bans.

    3. Maybe some kind of pyramid chart that is totes based on nutritional health and not lobbyists desires

    4. Because past federal government efforts to influence the American diet worked out so well. See “4 food groups”, “5 food groups”, “5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables”, totally not influenced by meat and dairy and grain industries.

    5. This will help thin out the fatties.

    6. Will The Little Bush Boy be exempt, in case he takes after Daddy Bush, who emphatically said: “I do not like broccoli!” 🙂

  23. ” . . . mainstream news publication like USA Today or NBC News or Insider . . . ”

    I got some news for you; those are not mainstream publications, they are democratic party propaganda outlets.

  24. A monocled vaccine? Truly libertarian!

    1. Monoclonal antibodies are an artifact of a conservative Christian patriarchy. Real libertarians support polyclonal rights.

      1. All the same, I hope Rufus is doin ok.

  25. A court says North Carolina’s voter ID law is unconstitutional. “A three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court ruled 2-1 that North Carolina’s voter ID law violates the state constitution” and “blocked enforcement of the law,” Ballotpedia News reports. “The court’s order represents its final judgment on the matter.”

    This is the summary??? Not the fact that the court determined the state had to prove nom racist intent since the petitiners couldn’t find any? They reversed centuries of jurisprudence? That they are forcing a state to prove a negative?? That the law was passed in a bipartisan and multi racial yes vote?? That the voter ID was done through a ballot amendment for the constitution??

    In 2018, voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring voters to present identification while voting and compelling the North Carolina State Legislature to develop those requirements.

    Nothing on the usurpation of citizens rights ENB???

    That was your fucking summary?

    1. I mean the Supreme Court already ruled Voter ID is legal.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna24351798

      So at a federal and state level the law is allowable. At the state level it is required.

      1. Which just shows how far the establishment’s political rot has set in, that these judges feel free to ignore the Constitution and the SC when working with the Party’s narrative.

    2. How could a constitutional amendment be unconstitutional?

      1. Federal judges I believe. Claimed it was federally so, against USSC precedence.

  26. Titans of war left to rust: Eerie pictures show abandoned tanks, fighter jets and warships rotting away in military bases around the world

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10012201/Eerie-pictures-abandoned-tanks-fighter-jets-warships-rotting-away.html

    Soviets definitely had the edge when it came to making their stuff look cool.

    1. Even their fucking trains look cool compared to anything made in America. Trains!

      1. Socialists do love trains.

        1. You’re going to tell me you looked at the article and the pics, and say you don’t think the commies made cooler-looking machines?

          1. Meh.

            Try comparing Russian autos and trucks from the same time periods to western equivalents.

            1. Oh they definitely lose that contest. But aviation is a totally different matter. Even their military ships look cool.

              1. “But aviation is a totally different matter”

                How much do you guys want to bet that sarcasmic thinks those ekranoplans are aircraft?

                1. Maybe this is what people mean when they say I’m clever but annoying.

                  1. Yes, because posting your L’s and misidentifying shit is the hallmark of genius.

                2. Except you’re not clever.

            2. Meh.

              Yeah. Their style is very narrow and niche. If your tastes vary all the way from Glasgow to Brutalist to Bauhaus, they’ve got your number. If, however, you have any taste for anything from Victorian to Classical to Arts-and-crafts to Beaux arts to Italianate to post-modern… steam punk and the like, there’s more for you outside Soviet style than in.

              Their only saving grace is when they were given bullshit goals and told to achieve them by any means necessary. The ekranoplan is the coolest one for it’s divergence from most everything Soviet or Western. Maybe even better to say divergent from anything Western except when they were given similar bullshit goals.

              1. There’s a reason I barely passed art history. *yawn*

                1. I wasn’t exactly speaking to art history but your topic. The train is trivially distinguishable from wider array of trains made elsewhere. The idea that this one train is incomparable to all others is an exceedingly narrow or ‘both sides’ view.

                  1. Incomparable? Not sure what you’re implying.

                    I just think they built some cool-looking stuff. Cooler. Or maybe just cool but different.

                    1. I just think they built some cool-looking stuff. Cooler.

                      The design isn’t uniquely Soviet or non-American. It’s like saying Soviet spaghetti or loaves of bread are cooler than American spaghetti or bread.

                    2. I disagree. Soviet attack helicopters looked cooler than American attack helicopters. That’s my aesthetic opinion. I’m right, you’re wrong.

                    3. And their fighter jets are mad sexy compared to American ho-hum.

                    4. Ground vehicles? They patented low and angular, just watch me.

                      I own an AR. Never owned an AK. But if I did I might like it.

        2. A free train ride if you choo choo choose the wrong narrative.

      2. Prolly because we Americans are too busy building and riding bitchin’ cars and trucks. And Yachts with smooth Yacht Rock playing on the stereo system! Manuel! More towels!

        1. Yacht?

          If I did it right it’s a link to a really dirty song in French. Bassey. Got bass?

          1. I guess you younger whippersnappers can play that and “I’m On A Boat” in the below-deck bar if you like.

            But Yacht Rock is all the great, smooth, mellow, easy-listening songs that make for great nautical living and K-Tel and Time/Life collections of the late Seventies and Eighties! Just search for the “Yacht Rock” series of videos on YouTube to see where the Yacht Rock phenomenon got started.

            Anybody who is anybody, especially if you lived in that time, will love it! No boat required, but it does help.

    2. You just outed yourself as a Stalinist. We already knew, but now just admit you voted Biden.

  27. Limit monoclonal antibody treatments to the vaccinated, and thus reserve the far more effective and veterinarian approved Ivermectin for the unvaccinated. After all, they’re not really sick, it’s just a bad flu.

    1. Bing that covid is more closely related to the cold than the flu, when conservatives compare it to influenza I can only shake my head at their willful ignorance. They feel it’s true, so it must be true. Don’t try to dissuade them with silly facts.

      I used to mock liberals for feeling instead of thinking. After President Crybaby the conservatives are just as emotional as the people they hate.

      1. Nice strawman! Sating the risk is like that of the flu is not saying the two viruses are the same. But good strawman as usual.

      2. I used to mock liberals for feeling instead of thinking.

        Now you simply joined them. Hope nobody makes fun of Biden again. Would be nice to go a day without you in a rage cycle to protect him from criticism.

      3. Now do all the black people who hesitated to take the vaccine since whitey is always trying to inject them with nasty shit.

        1. When there are a bunch of black people on these comments to make fun of, I’ll make fun of them. But since its mostly white conservatives, I’ll pass.

      4. They really have learned to be more like progressives, which we all know are “the world’s most horrible people.”

        1. It’s sad. Right now progressives are more rational than conservatives, and progressives aren’t very rational. Thanks to President Crybaby. Maybe Republicans will nominate someone who isn’t a man-child and go back to being rational, but I doubt it. Trump will be their figurehead until he dies, after which he will be canonized.

          1. I dunno. He was actually booed at his own rally a few days ago for saying that people should get vaccinated. He may have lost control of the monster he created.

            1. Or maybe, just maybe, Trump was a product of populist conservatism, and other people (leftist elitists?) were the cause.

              1. He certainly didn’t arise in a vacuum. There can be more than one cause.

            2. Doesn’t surprise me. Maybe conservatives will coalesce around Hannity or something. Nominate Glenn Beck for president.

              1. sarcasmic knows those names. He knows that they’re bad words on Huffpo, Buzzfeed and Cato. But he doesn’t actually know how popular they are with conservatives or who they represent.

                He’s like all those YouTube atheists who think Jerry Falwell was the evangelical pope, instead of some guy who paid to advertise his church.

                1. I don’t hide the fact that I used to have a commute where I’d listen to talk radio, as in the country bumpkin and the rodeo clown. Rush before he drove his Red Borchetta into oblivion.

                  It’s not a secret you need to make up stories about.

                    1. It wouldn’t be a sarcasmic post if he wasn’t constantly getting shit wrong and embarrassing himself.

                    2. The whole Fox News is against the vaccine narrative has gotten absurd. I’m not aware of a single on-air personality that hasn’t said they’re vaccinated.

                2. Yeah, I’m not a Hannity fan, but I’m pretty sure he got vaccinated, and told his audience he did.

          2. Right now progressives are more rational than conservatives

            LOL, talk about an assertion not in evidence.

            1. You’re the evidence, along with your emotional conservative buddies.

              1. Someone who uses “I know you are, but what am I” as a rejoinder and sees everything as a middle school social dynamic is hardly in a position to lecture anyone on being “emotional.”

                1. Just calling it how I see it. I used to admire conservatives compared to their liberal enemies because they were more likely to sit back and respond, as opposed to emotionally reacting. They’d say what they thought instead of what they felt. They’d judge ideas on merit instead of the source.

                  That’s not something that can be imperially measured. So I don’t know how to present it as evidence in this court you put me into.

                  But it’s what I see.

                  1. This is the most generic explanation I’ve ever seen.

                    They’d judge ideas on merit instead of the source.

                    When a tree has proven itself to be full of poisoned fruit, it does little good to argue that we should continue to consider the tree to be a reliable source of sustenance.

                    Dismissing information from sources that have continually shown to be deceitful, disingenuous, inconsistent, lazy, and in some cases just flat-out wrong, is based on experience. Especially now that some of these sources are now blatantly admitting that they have a professional responsibility to provide in-kind support for the benefit of a single political party, and that a self-described “cabal” will work together behind the scenes to undermine anyone who rocks the political class’s boat.

                    That’s not something that can be imperially measured. So I don’t know how to present it as evidence in this court you put me into.

                    IOW, it’s just a blanket accusation with no substance to it. It’s just something you feel.

                    1. No. It’s a conclusion I’ve come to after much thought. I’m on the sidelines. You’re on the field. Different point of view.

                    2. No, it is feelings. It is exactly what you cause those you perceive as your enemies as doing. IE projecting.

                    3. Sarc doesn’t find it odd that while he’s on the sidelines, 90% of the people on the field all ridicule him for his unfunny heckling.

                    4. No. It’s a conclusion I’ve come to after much thought. I’m on the sidelines. You’re on the field.

                      Based on your response above, you clearly haven’t put much thought into it at all.

                      And you know who is always “on the sidelines”? Scrubs who don’t have the ability to play.

          3. The fact you think this says everything anyone needs to know about you.

            1. That’s a very irrational statement.

          4. They’ll dig up the corpse of Ronald Reagan (Ronaldus Maximus) and bury Trump there instead.

        2. Reagan was rational. Or at least he played a rational president on tv. My father lost all faith in the system when the people elected a crappy actor as president. I lost all faith in the system when the people elected a game show host. And a crappy one at that.

          1. Poor jeffsarc, still butthurt after all these years.

            Get ready for a supreme ass kicking next year and 2024.

            Your democrats are losing badly.

            1. The proles of all colors absolutely hate them, but they run the machine and have nothing to fear. The American experiment is over.

          2. Reagan at least had a history of politics. He had experience as governor, and with state politics before that. Like him or hate him, at least he earned his chops.

            1. He did a good job of taking less and giving more.

      5. The Right has always said the vaccine will have problems because we have never cured a coronavirus, which the common cold is.

        1. Except they keep calling it a flu. They can’t make up their mind.

          1. Aaaand sarcasmic doesn’t understand that rhinoviruses, parainfluenza, and seasonal coronaviruses are all contagious respiratory illnesses just like influenza viruses.

            1. Well it’s more closely related to the cold than the flu, genius.

              1. Yes it is. That still doesn’t mean that the symptoms aren’t exactly the same.

              2. Cold? Flu? Whatevs.

                The left is far more irrational on covid. . And climate. And race. And wealth.

                Not sure why you do this. Do the “mean girls” really piss you off that much?

          2. No, they compare the lethality to the flu. Not the same thing.

          3. Except they keep calling it a flu. They can’t make up their mind.

            Calling it the ‘wuflu’ isn’t the same as categorizing it as the flu.

            Besides, when we pointed out, at the beginning, that it WAS the same EXACT type of virus that makes up about 15% of all cold viruses, you fuckers had fits.

            In fact, you screeched ‘it’s not a cold, it’s more like the flu! And the flu killed millions!’

      6. Given that ivermectin is not just a veterinary medicine, Brandy’s rather lame attempt at snark seems to put the conservatives on firmer ground than the liberaltarians.

        1. How dare you. I’ll have you know that Brandybuck got his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of CNN.

        2. Still zero evidence that it does jack shit for COVID-19.

          1. Except for all the evidence.

          2. Except in India, but hey, that’s only a nation of 1.5 billion people.

            And of course, there’s these:

            A five-day course of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 may reduce the duration of illness.
            Int J Infect Dis
            . 2021 Feb;103:214-216.

            Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19
            Am J Ther. 2021 May-Jun; 28(3): e299–e318.
            Published online 2021 Apr 22

            If you’re going to spout that kind of bullshit with such a declarative statement, it helps to not have easily searchable studies which show the opposite.

            1. Not just easily searchable, but posted here repeatedly.

      7. Yes, of the several different kinds of the common cold, one is actually a Corona virus. Most colds a extremely mild. But scare tales have been told of a mutated common cold that’s far more virulent. Because it’s so easily transmissible.

        And that’s essentially what COVID-19 is. The difference is that we have a vaccine. Which people refuse to take because they believe the crap that Hollywood Leftist Anti-Vaxxers sold them. Yes folks, anti-vaxx came from the left, and was a thing that trendy affluent types around Hollywood and Santa Monica were peddling.

        1. The largest portion are black people who, honestly, I cannot fault for not having a ton of faith in the medical community. There is a bit of a history there.

        2. And that’s essentially what COVID-19 is. The difference is that we have a vaccine

          Which is fucking useless after 6-8 months, if not sooner. It’s not really a vaccine if you can still get infected with COVID while juiced up, and become just like the dirty unvaxxed before Halloween.

    2. Wow. You are still repeating the media narrative of ivermectin being only for animals. Keep pushing that leftist narrative brandy.

      1. This is an observable fact about bias: biased folks rarely accept facts. Thus the continuing, cascading lies about ivermectin, and ignorant fuckwits repeating them.

    3. Does Nancy use her .gov email when she sends you talking points, or does she have a secret gmail?

      1. Nancy only uses her .gov email for arranging dates, but Brandybuck’s a little too old for her.

    4. I may not agree with you much, but you don’t usually troll. As the narrative of the infallibility of the vaccines falls apart, you lefties have become desperate to keep the attention on yourselves.

    5. And give the Ivermectin patients a complimentary feed-bag with the Pharmaceutical firm logo on it.

  28. China announced that they will stop building coal plants in the developing world. It should surprise no one to find that this commitment is of little or no consequence in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Take a look at the following map, and move the “Year: Future” slide all the way over to the right to see coal plants that are presently under construction or with plans approved.

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-worlds-coal-power-plants

    The United States is currently generating 175,212 MW from coal plants with no new plants planned or under construction.

    Not including the power China is currently generating, has 99,710 MW under construction within China and has plans approved for another 105,996 MW.

    Yes, that’s right–China has more coal plants planned and under construction than we could possibly eliminate in the United States.

    Now, let’s look at the developing world.

    In all of Latin America, there are 770 MW under construction and 1,725 MW planned. Even if China were responsible for building every single MW, the amount of carbon eliminated by not building those plants would be negligible compared to what China is building within in China.

    In all of Africa, 7,972 MW under construction and 24,560 planned. Again, this is practically nothing compared to what China has under construction and planned within its own borders.

    It gets even worse when we start looking at what India is doing within their borders. India has a rounded 65,000 MW either under construction or planned. When you add it all up, China and India have a rounded 270,000 MW either planned or under construction within their borders, When you add it all up, China and India are currently planning to build or are actually building coal plants that will generate more than one and a half times the United States’ current power generation capacity from coal. Sacrificing our standard of living from more expensive power will do nothing to make the environment better than it is now.

    And if that doesn’t make you mad enough, get a load of this: Emperor Xi’s announcement that he won’t be building out the relatively insignificant coal capacity of the developing world was synchronized with Biden’s announcement, yesterday, that the United States will give $100 billion to countries in the developing world to transition to renewable energy. That’s right: instead of China building coal plants in Africa and South America, those countries will be building renewable energy plants–with the money coming our of your future paychecks.

    It should be noted that forcing Americans to make sacrifices for the good of people in other countries is perfectly consistent with progressivism, which is all about using the coercive power of government to force us to make sacrifices for the greater good as they see it. This batch of policies isn’t the brainchild of Joe Biden or his merry band of handlers. This batch of policies flows naturally from basic progressive principles, and all you selfish people who care more about the standard of living of your own family than you do about animals and people in other countries should be ashamed of yourselves. How dare you!

    1. “(Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday he would work with Congress to double funds by 2024 to $11.4 billion per year to help developing nations deal with climate change.

      The funding would help achieve a global goal set more than a decade ago of $100 billion per year to support climate action in vulnerable countries by 2020.”

      —-Reuters

      https://www.reuters.com/article/un-assembly-biden-climate-idUSL1N2QN1KP

      For those who don’t remember, the reason Kyoto collapsed was over the reluctance of the U.S. to commit to sending $100 billion a year to the developing world for renewable energy by 2020.

      Biden is basically committing us to Kyoto.

      P.S. Yes, last I checked, a treaty still requires two-thirds of the Senate. The progressives don’t care about our rights. The progressives don’t care about treaties. The progressives don’t care about the Constitution.

      1. “The progressives don’t care about the Constitution.”

        Yes, that’s true. Neither did Trump when he tried to pressure Vice President Pence into overturning the election results even though he had zero constitutional power to do so. I don’t recall your speaking out against Trump’s tots disregard for the Constitution.

        1. Asshole nazi mike still displaying his butthurt TDS.

        2. Tell us more about hospitals in Oklahoma, you faggot.

        3. That never happens if secretary’s of states in swing states didn’t unconstitutionally change voting laws to allow mass mail in ballot fraud.

        4. Yes, that’s true. Neither did Trump when he tried to pressure Vice President Pence into overturning the election results even though he had zero constitutional power to do so

          Why didn’t he have a Constitutional recourse?

          Because such a coup has never happened before.

          No one knows what to do.

          As more and more fraud comes to light, and as the left’s inability to actually perform in the role they’ve stolen becomes more and more apparent we are all left not knowing how to fix this.

          And it needs to be fixed.

        5. White Mike’s posts are illogicaw

    2. That’s right: instead of China building coal plants in Africa and South America, those countries will be building renewable energy plants–with the money coming our of your future paychecks.

      And most likely built by China, anyway.

      In any case, it’s all nice platitudes until those countries deregulate their markets and experience their own economic “miracles”. Then all the renewable energy in the world won’t be enough to fill their population’s demand for electricity and those coal plant projects will be back on schedule.

      1. “In any case, it’s all nice platitudes until those countries deregulate their markets and experience their own economic “miracles”. Then all the renewable energy in the world won’t be enough to fill their population’s demand for electricity and those coal plant projects will be back on schedule.”

        Article (which I’m not gonna dig up right now) has BMW casting engines and trans cases in China ‘for local markets only’ (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).
        As management, it behooves you to have casting facilities where, when you flip the switch, the lights come on, and Germany’s ‘green energy’ BS means that’s likely not gonna happen on selected days in the near future.

        1. I wouldn’t read too far into that. It’s a common practice for large multinational corporations regardless of policies in their home countries. When demand in one country grows large enough, at some point it becomes worth it to open production facilities in that country for extra production capacity, saving on shipping costs, possibly saving on tariffs, etc. It’s why, for example, most Asian car manufacturers have production or assembly facilities in the US specifically for the US market.

          1. I certainly understand that, but I also understand that Germany has gone out of its way to make sure their energy supplies are highly uncertain.

            1. That’s probably why Nord Stream 2 is such a priority.

      2. it’s all nice platitudes until those countries deregulate their markets and experience their own economic “miracles”. Then all the renewable energy in the world won’t be enough to fill their population’s demand

        Texas feels you.

    3. “Not including the power China is currently generating, has 99,710 MW under construction within China and has plans approved for another 105,996 MW. ”

      That’s only 206 gigawatts. Why don’t they just buy 170 flux capacitors rated for 1.21 gigawatts apiece?

      1. Because I’m sure in 2085, plutonium is available at every corner drugstore, but in 2021 it’s a little hard to come by?

      2. That 1.21 GW rating is peak power, not a rating for sustained operation.

    4. I’ll give you my fossil fuel power plant when you take it from my coal, dead hands. – China

  29. In which the American Civil Liberties Union explicitly supports restrictions on civil liberties.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! DOG BITES MAN

  30. The largest space telescope in history is about to blow our minds

    The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times as powerful as the Hubble. It will change how we see the universe.

    By Brian Resnick

    When it fully deploys in space, the Webb will usher in a new age of astronomy, scientists say, and show humanity things it has never seen before.

    “The Webb represents the culmination of decades, if not centuries, of astronomy,” says Sara Seager, a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at MIT. “We’ve been waiting for this a very long time.”

    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22664709/james-webb-space-telescope-launch-date-december-science-hubble

    1. My mind was already blown by photos from Hubble showing countless entire _galaxies_ in any direction one points the thing.

      1. Your mind was blown when you discovered masturbation last year.

        1. How dare you! Mike’s been masturbating for decades. Both mentally and physically. Haven’t you ever read a White Knight post?

          I think you owe someone an apology, buckleup.

    2. “The Webb represents the culmination of decades, if not centuries, of astronomy,” says Sara Seager, a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at MIT. “We’ve been waiting for this a very long time.”

      The further you look, the more outdated the data.

    3. Several billion dollars worth of waste.

      1. An astronomically high cost.

        1. Look on the bright side, Chumby.

          If The James Webb Space Telescope at least temporarily stops Eco-Wackos from shutting down modern, electrified, incandescent, flourescent, Light Emitting Diode-Illuminated civilization in the name of fighting “light pollution,” then it is well worth it.

      2. Billions and billions.

    4. Will they call it The Webb Hubble?

  31. Thrills and spills! Adrenaline junkie does a handstand on a roof hundreds of feet above Moscow – and slips as he somersaults on a glass skyscraper roof in nerve-shredding footage

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10016359/Adrenaline-junkie-does-handstand-roof-Moscow-skyscraper-slipping-somersault.html

    Ugh. My stomach just did a roll and a dip to the left.

    1. No one cares about you and white Mike’s dumb off topic distractions you stupid cunt.

      1. Off-topic? Seems the only topic here is “If you don’t love Trump you’re a traitor to God and Man aaauuugghhh!”

        1. TRUUUMPPPPP!!!!!

          – sarc

  32. Among the 16,000 Haitians who are waiting to processed in Del Rio Texas, many of them are reportedly crossing the border back into Mexico–in order to avoid being flown back to Haiti by the Biden administration.

    “Haitian Migrants Return to Mexico to Avoid U.S. Deportation”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/haitian-migrants-return-to-mexico-to-avoid-u-s-deportation-11632313381?

    The Biden administration’s stated intent was to discourage Haitian asylum seekers from even entering the United States by swiftly deporting them to Haiti, and that strategy seems to be working.

    However, the difference between the way the Biden administration is handling Haitian asylum seekers and asylum seekers from the Northern triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras reveals the Biden administration to be very, very racist on an objective basis. If the press won’t bring these racist policies to the public’s attention, we should probably bring it to the attention of our friends and family.

    Why is the Biden administration reacting so forcefully to keep black people from coming to the United States? Why is the press protecting the Democrats from obvious charges of racism?

    1. Perhaps the current voting patterns in the Brown contingent need more of a D-friendly boost than the Black.

    2. Nice try. Yes, the administration is being inconsistent. No evidence they are being racist.

      1. That’s not what we’re going say, nazi asshole.

      2. No evidence they are being racist.

        Requiring evidence of racism is racist.

        1. Are they flying asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras back to their home countries by the thousands–in the hopes of discouraging their countrymen from entering the United States and asking for asylum?

          That’s what they doing to the Haitians. Why are Haitians being treated differently?

          In the past, weren’t they governed by the same “wet foot/dry foot” policies of the Cubans–which held that if they were encountered in a boat by the Coast Guard (wet foot), they’d be sent back to their home country, but if they managed to make it to Texas through Mexico (dry foot), they’d get a shot at asylum?

          Why are Haitians being treated differently?

          Explaining the evidence away might be one thing, but to say there’s NO evidence of racism or that Haitians are being treated differently? That’s stupid and ridiculous.

          1. P.S. And why the Biden administration is being so very racist isn’t the only question. The other question: Why isn’t the press being critical of this Democrat president’s apparently racist policy? Since when did the press need more evidence than what we’ve already seen to declare anything racist?

            1. But you are playing a definitional game here, which is _illogical_. You very definition of “the press” or “mainstream media” is all the news outlets that are left-leaning. You conveniently ignore all the news outlets, such as Fox News, that _are_ critical of Biden.

              1. “You conveniently ignore all the news outlets, such as Fox News, that _are_ critical of Biden”

                Name one other mainstream outlet that isn’t completely in the bag for the Democratic Party. Just one.

                I’ll wait.

              2. You conveniently ignore all the news outlet, such as Fox News, that _are_ critical of Biden.

                FTFY

            2. Same reason stupid mike is defending it. Team.

          2. I don’t know why they are being treated differently. I acknowledged in my comment that it is inconsistent.

            I also pointed out that you have no evidence that racism is behind the inconsistency. You know, because you pride yourself on being evidence-based and perfectly logical.

            1. Fucking dummy.

            2. I also pointed out that you have no evidence that racism is behind the inconsistency.

              Someone who’s creepily obsessed with his kids’ skin color probably shouldn’t be waving that particular card around.

      3. It’s incredibly racist. But what do we expect from the president who did a eulogy for a KKK leader, wrote the 1994 crime bill, called inner cities urban jungles, or some similar racist phrase, and hired the prosecutor responsible for jailing the most young black men in California history for Marijuana possession, as his vp.

      4. I’m pretty sure you called Trump a racist for his “Muslim Ban”, even though Islam isn’t a race and the vast majority of Muslims weren’t actually barred from traveling here.

        So congratulations on being a disingenuous fuck.

  33. Greenwald goes off on silicon valley suppression of Hunter laptop story.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1440672061802749989

    1. I saw someone refer to Greenwald as a conservative political commentator the other day, which is absurd.

      Greenwald is taking the mantle of Christopher Hitchens, in some ways.

      Hitchens was a Trotskyist. He was a Marxist! Hitchens’ hero was George Orwell, who famously wrote the most anti-communist screeds in history–but was himself a socialist. He was trying to save socialism from the communists, and that’s what Hitchens was trying to do, in his own way, too–save what he considered the true, noble communism of Trotskyists from the heathens like the Clintons. In excoriating the Clintons, Hitchens made a name for himself as an honest voice on the left, but being an honest voice on the left will get you labeled as a right winger and a traitor in the press. His old friend Martin Amis went after him for apologizing for communism back in the day–even as he was enthusiastically supporting George W. Bush’s Iraq War.

      Greenwald isn’t a “noble communist”, like Hitchens, but like Orwell and Hitchens, his willingness to be honest about people on the left seems to have made him a hero on the right. In some ways it’s reassuring to know that history repeats itself like this. After all, who knew people like this could emerge under these circumstances? But then they probably thought the same thing when The New York Times and others were printing horseshit about life in the Soviet Union under Stalin. In other ways, it’s horrifying that history still needs to repeat like this. Didn’t the press learn anything from the Red Scare?

      1. Just for the record, here’s Hitchens responding to Amis against the accusation that he and other (what used to be called) “noble communists”, before the wall came down, defended communism with the full knowledge of the atrocities that Stalin and others had inflicted on his people.

        “I do not mean these to sound like commissar questions, or wife-beating questions either. On the first and perhaps most important one posed by Amis, for example, I find that I never quite know what I think myself about this moral equivalence. Nor did I quite know when I was still a member of a Marxist/post-Trotskyist group, when such matters were debated from dawn until dusk, often with furious or thuggish Communists. However, I do know from that experience, which was both liberating and confining, that the crucial questions about the gulag were being asked by left oppositionists, from Boris Souvarine to Victor Serge to C.L.R. James, in real time and at great peril. Those courageous and prescient heretics have been somewhat written out of history (they expected far worse than that, and often received it), but I can’t bring myself to write as if they never existed, or to forgive anyone who slights them. If they seem too Marxist in tendency, one might also mention the more heterodox work of John Dewey, Sidney Hook, David Rousset, or Max Shachtman in exposing “Koba’s” hideous visage. The “Nobody” at the beginning of Amis’s sentences above is an insult, pure and simple, and an insult to history, too.”

        —-Christopher Hitchens, September 2002

        His review of Amis’ Koba the Dread

        https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/09/lightness-at-midnight/376642/

        It doesn’t matter whether you agree with Hitchens or his defense. The interesting thing is that this is the fate of an honest man on the left. In September 2002, on the one hand, Hitchens was a darling on the right for taking the Clintons to task and enthusiastically advocating for the invasion of Iraq. On the other hand, he’s defending himself from attacks on his left (from a childhood friend)–and apologizing for “noble communists” in spite of the atrocities. Whether he’s right or wrong is beside the point.

        This is the position of an honest journalist on the left. There are only a couple of people I see like that right now, and one of them is Greenwald. The other one is Masha Gessen. Masha Gessen is a Trump hater and a Putin hater, who from the beginning, would write in The New York Review of Books that the idea of Putin and Trump collaborating to defeat the Clinton campaign was a partisan fantasy predicated on nothing. I have a tremendous amount of respect for people on the left who are willing to be honest about these things–and use facts and logic to defend themselves.

        I can count them all on one hand. Greenwald is one.

        1. Ken, Greenwald is an egoist ankle biter who in a binary political world spends all his energy attacking Democrats and even anti-Trump Republicans like Liz Cheney for being an Iraq hawk – Greenwald supported the Iraq invasion and his excuse now is he wasn’t a political commentator then (by the way, in your enthusiasm for “leftists” going against the grain, do you hold similar respect for never-Trumpers?). In short Greenwald cares more about getting on Tucker carlson’s show and attacking other journalists and any democrat, as if only he is pure of heart, while doing nothing for any leftists causes which he supposedly favors. He’s a fraud.

          As to Putin and Trump? Read what the GOP led Senate Intel Committee Report, released in summer 2020 says about that and ten tell me – and Greenwald – there was no Trump/Russia collusion.

          https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

      2. I’m a Greenwald subscriber on Substack. He has always been a consistent critic of the deep state in general and the CIA in particular. When he was working with Snowden he was a darling of the left. When he defended Trump he became a hero on the right. But he hasn’t changed at all. He correctly sees the deep state/MIC as the malevolent force that it is. It’s not a capitalist v. socialist, red v. blue issue.

        1. I’m not sure he was a darling of the left about Snowden.

          In some ways, Greenwald’s willingness to go after Obama over Snowden was like Hitchens’ willingness to go after the Clintons over the execution of a functionally retarded man, the Clintons over Bill Clintons treatment of women, etc.

          Snowden would have been a hero on the left if he’d come out under the Bush administration, but he made Obama look bad–and that was the unforgivable sin. To the extent that Greenwald was responsible for making Obama look bad, he was associated with that sin.

          Take a look at this article about Snowden and Greenwald in the New Republic in 2014:

          “Would You Feel Differently About Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange If You Knew What They Really Thought?”

          https://newrepublic.com/article/116253/edward-snowden-glenn-greenwald-julian-assange-what-they-believe

          1. Among other sins, that article goes after Greenwald for defending the free speech rights of people who said things that progressive don’t like.

          2. Read most of that. Greenwald et al it seems are victims of “paranoid libertarianism”. Got a chuckle of that.

        2. When he was working with Snowden he was a darling of the left. When he defended Trump he became a hero on the right.

          The Snowden case is actually when Greenwald’s stock on the left started to decline, because the revelation embarrassed a Democratic administration (it was Clapper, after all, who lied to Congress about the spying on Americans). He was at his peak of influence when he went after Bush, and especially after Bradley Manning did the Wikileaks dump, as he has been consistently one of Manning’s greatest media champions.

          Greenwald as classic progressive who despises neoliberals like the Clintons, especially Hillary, and pompous, unreflective shits like the Obamas. That’s why he’s such a stan for AOC.

      3. Progressives are so far left now they don’t recognize an actual liberal, and assume he’s a right-winger.

        1. It’s his honesty that makes him seem othered. And by honesty, I’m talking about his commitment to facts and logic. If I ever agreed with Christopher Hitchens on any issue, I can’t remember it–except for his honest commitment to facts and logic. Progressive journalists don’t use facts and logic because facts and logic won’t support progressives views.

          As George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, Glenn Greenwald, and Masha Gessen demonstrate, however, people on the left can be honest, but they’re likely to be ostracized by progressives for it–and they may be embraced by the right for it, too.

          If you hate communism, you like George Orwell. I hate communism, but I liked reading Christopher Hitchens. If Greenwald is being honest in his criticism of the Biden administration, why should I care if he’s on the left? If people are committed to facts and logic, I want to read what they have to say–especially if they disagree with me. It’s just really hard to find people like that on the left these days–although they all seem to be getting chased into the same place (Substack).

          1. The Hitch was best at popularizing and putting in modern terms the arguments against Theism, as one of The Four Horsemen of Atheism (along with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett.)

            His Far-Left days in politics and in particular his support of Iraq War II were something I could do without.

    2. It’s a great writeup and video and shows the absolute craven and credulous left in this country who deny all reality and elect senile old men as president and CIA spooks to run the media.

  34. I don’t see much about how Canada voted to keep taking it in the ass.

    I’m not convinced we won’t reelect pedo-sniffer.

    1. Those election results appear to sowed the seeds of Justin’s destruction. He doesn’t have a majority anymore, and that means he needs the support of the radical left to govern.

      The further Trudeau goes to the left, the more Canadians he loses. If he doesn’t go further the left, his governing coalition falls apart. Trudeau may not have been sent packing yet, but he lost.

      1. Justin and the Liberals hung on even though the Conservatives had 20% more votes, because there are more members of parliament per capita given to Quebec and the Maritimes. West of Yonge Street the people are definitely under-represented.
        And remove Quebec from the equation and the Liberal Party would have only been elected once in the last 100 years.

  35. OK, but that’s the notoriously tabloidy Daily Mail. Let’s check in with a mainstream news publication like USA Today or NBC News or Insider

    Is anyone stupid enough to believe that “mainstream” news publications aren’t tabloids?

    1. Yeah they complain about those sources, and then they go on to quote Politico.

      And all of them made up lies a year ago about the Hunter Biden story, in which they quoted liars like Clapper and Brennan and Panetta. That “Russian disinformation” story was pure bunk, mainstream press ran with CIA agitprop, Twitter banned it, it was pure collusion between government, big tech and media.

  36. A new Government Accountability Office report looks at federal efforts to influence American diets.

    It’s about fucking time somebody was held accountable for that fiasco! Telling us we should be eating more transfats and more carbohydrates and making sure we get plenty of sugar? But sadly, after 50 years I suspect the statute of limitations and/or death has rendered this investigation into the federal governments efforts to influence our diets is moot.

    1. Transfats unhealthy.
      Transfats healthy.
      Transfats Assistant director Department of health.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/66890686@N02/51249184821/in/dateposted-public/

  37. “Democrats are trying to pass an eviction moratorium law.”

    If by now you’re still supporting the democrats and their far left minions, you are a traitor.

  38. Plus: Internet freedom at 11-year low,

    Private corporations running things their way at 11 year high.

  39. That’s going to be hilarious, demonstrating in front of someone’s home 100 yards away from that of the person you’re demonstrating about!

  40. Cathy Young on transgender bathrooms: “thorny questions with no easy answers.” So how come DJT was able to come up, just off the cuff, with a very easy answer?: “I think they should use whatever bathroom they want to use.”

    If someone doesn’t like another “type” using the bathroom they prefer, they themselves can always use the other “type” bathroom. What’s so hard about that?

    1. CrEaTe YoUr oWn oUtHoUsE.

  41. In another twist, it turns out Merager is a registered sex offender with indecent exposure convictions in 2002 and 2003

    Well, where’s a registered sex offender supposed to go to the bathroom — on an uninhabited island under a bridge? If we try to keep them away from everybody, there are bound to be adverse consequences.

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  43. I may repost this for a couple of days. This is how I think the faux-libertarians, the distractors, the fact check falsifiers, the shitposters, and the disingenuous cunts like White Mike and the Fire Extinguisher of Doom should be dealt with:

    https://reason.com/2021/09/22/dont-import-vaccine-mandates-for-domestic-travel/#comment-9117480

    Simply muting them is probably the best option.

    1. In retrospect, White Mike and the Fire Extinguisher of Doom puts me in mind of a grunge band of rich kids from Northern Virginia whose entire repertoire consists of references to the injustices inflicted on America on 1/6.

      “Helllllo, Fairfax! We were there when it all went down, man! We call this one, Hey Man, Nice Shot!

      1. Joe Friday is another Mike Laursen sockpuppeting account, BTW. He uses it to evade soldiermedic and Ken’s mutes.

        That said, it was enjoyable to see you hand his ass to him again. I got a chuckle out of it.

  44. You completely missed the forest again on the monoclonal antibodies. You forget that we live in a propaganda state.

    The Biden administration just cut access to Monoclonal antibodies to Florida and other southern states… But particularly Fkorida.. For entirely partisan reasons. Moments after a Biden speech bragging about how important the drug is and citing results from Florida, the administration reversed course and said it was blocking access to purchases already made by Florida in the name of equity.

    doesn’t is has been at the leading edge on much of covid policy, and has attracted the ire of the DNC establishment and the nation press because of it.

    When he was first to line up massive testing programs and purchase a quarter million tests… They freaked out and simultaneously excoriated him for corruption for getting the tests and for being a science denier who eschewed testing.

    Now, because the predicted wave of death due to the delta variant has been averted in Florida, perhaps due to a fabulously aggressive posture with monoclonal antibodies, they are moving to block his strategy. For the last couple of months, anyone in Florida could get free monoclonal antibody injections at testing sites… Immediately.

    That is why you are seeing the Tennessee story. Biden is playing politics with human life.. Withholding medicine already contracted for delivery in the hopes that Floridians will die so that he can point to this as a DiSantis failure. they need a counter narrative to hide the noise coming out of Florida about this, so they planted this story in their propaganda machine.

    I am not sure how pulling the plug on a very successful state initiative to save lives isn’t newsworthy, but we live in a world where you can get an Emmy and be hailed as a hero for killing off about 15,000 people in nursing homes, so I suppose anything is possible.

  45. “Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett, arguing that restrictions on guns in public spaces are appropriate to make public spaces safe for democratic participation, including First Amendment activity such as assembly, association, and speech.”

    Of course, this doesn’t apply to police, since they have to shoot dogs and people of color. Bodyguards for the elite will probably be exempted as well.

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