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With Ports Clogged, Some Retailers Are Looking for Alternative Supply Chains

Plus: Columbus Day vs. Indigenous Peoples Day, the Biden administration prepares to regulate cryptocurrencies by executive fiat, and more...

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With ports clogged and supply chains snarled in advance of the holiday shopping season, some major U.S. retailers are taking unprecedented steps to get goods onto store shelves. That includes chartering their own cargo ships to import goods.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart, Target, Costco, and Home Depot are among the major retailers to adopt the "if you want something done right, do it yourself" approach to importing goods. Worker shortages and COVID-19 protocols have slowed trans-Pacific shipping considerably—it now takes about 80 days to transport items from Asia to the U.S., about twice as long as it did before the pandemic, the Journal reports.

While some politicians are quick to blame the global system of trade for the ongoing supply chain issues America is experiencing, it's clear that many of the bottlenecks are domestic issues. For example, major ports in Europe and Asia operate around the clock, but American ports run at about 60 percent capacity because they close at night and on Sundays. Even when dozens of ships are waiting to be unloaded, inflexible union rules that govern dockworkers' and truckers' hours make it difficult to meet swelling demand.

By chartering smaller, private ships to carry their goods, retailers like Walmart are hoping to bypass the backlogs by landing at smaller ports up and down the east coast. That will cost more money—and those costs will be passed onto consumers—but that's better than running out of inventory during the Christmas rush. Home Depot, for example, is relying on chartered ships to deliver only a small percentage of its overall inventory with a focus on high-demand items like plumbing supplies, power tools, holiday decor, and heaters, the Journal reports.

Getting goods onshore is only half the battle. There are plenty of other bottlenecks to be navigated, like a 25-mile freight train backup that occurred at a major shipping facility outside Chicago earlier this year. At the port in Savannah, Georgia, The New York Times reports that workers are "running out of places to put things" as they unload ships, snarling both ground- and sea-based transportation.

Frustratingly, it isn't at all clear how long it will take to resolve what The Atlantic's Derek Thompson has deemed "the Everything Shortage":

The coronavirus pandemic has snarled global supply chains in several ways. Pandemic checks sent hundreds of billions of dollars to cabin-fevered Americans during a fallow period in the service sector. A lot of that cash has flowed to hard goods, especially home goods such as furniture and home-improvement materials. Many of these materials have to be imported from or travel through East Asia. But that region is dealing with the Delta variant, which has been considerably more deadly than previous iterations of the virus. Delta has caused several shutdowns at semiconductor factories across Asia just as demand for cars and electronics has started to pick up. As a result, these stops along the supply chain are slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that they work in overdrive.

None of the problems facing supply chains are interminable or unsolvable—just annoying. As the Journal's reporting indicates, the profit motive is doing its best work to keep goods flowing by getting companies to think outside the box. And the current mess is in some ways an illustration of how remarkable the modern world of global trade really is: something that you can only fully appreciate when it isn't working quite right.

FREE MINDS

It's the second Monday of October, which means it's time to celebrate…America's most confusing quasi-national holiday. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Friday declaring October 11 to be Indigenous Peoples Day, which means the federal government will join dozens of cities and states in honoring the contributions of Native Americans today. Of course, federal workers will have the day off because October 11 is Columbus Day, at least according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Which is it? Why not…neither? Christopher Columbus is no hero—or, at least, he's not an American hero. Italian-American communities should be free to celebrate his legacy however they want, of course, but elevating him to the level of having his own federal holiday has always seemed more than a little weird. We force George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to share, but Columbus gets his own?

And while Native Americans have been undeniably given short shrift throughout American history, co-opting Columbus Day as a way to recognize the accomplishments of Native Americans is always going to be at least a little bit awkward—and hardly makes up for centuries of mistreatment by the United States.

Creating new federal holidays isn't a bad idea—Juneteenth, for example—and surely there is some other date or dates on the calendar that could become Indigenous Peoples Day (or weekend?) instead. And anyone upset about dropping Columbus from the rotation should look up the origins of the holiday: President Benjamin Harrison declared the first Columbus Day in an attempt to end violent discrimination against Italian immigrants. Federal holidays always have a political angle. But the only thing being accomplished by the current messiness is the creation of more grist for the culture war, which is the last thing America needs.

The federal bureaucrats should have to work today. National unity demands it.


FREE MARKETS

The Biden administration is considering an executive order that would include new regulations for cryptocurrencies and the appointment of a "crypto czar."

Bloomberg reports:

The proposed directive would charge federal agencies to study and offer recommendations on relevant areas of crypto—touching on financial regulation, economic innovation and national security, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing plans that are still under consideration.

The initiative will also aim to coordinate agencies' work on digital currencies throughout the executive branch, the people said. The plan would push departments that have given scant attention to crypto to focus on it.


QUICK HITS

• Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights over the weekend. The airline blamed air traffic control issues and a staffing shortage. Despite widespread speculation on social media that Southwest pilots were refusing to work due to the airline's vaccine mandate, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said there were no "official or unofficial job actions" taking place.

• A nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy has been charged with trying to sell secret information about America's submarines to an unnamed foreign nation.

• Obama campaign whiz kid David Shor says Democrats are heading for a wipeout in 2024.

• Closing nuclear power plants has forced some places to rely on dirtier options to backstop renewable energy.

• Even oatmeal is getting more expensive.

• A profile in courage from Rep. Steve Scalise (R–La.):

• Democrats threw lots of money at voters in the hopes of buying their loyalty. That doesn't seem to have worked.

• When Facebook and Instagram went down for several hours on October 4, traffic to Pornhub spiked.

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  1. With ports clogged and supply chains snarled in advance of the holiday shopping season, some major U.S. retailers are taking unprecedented steps to get goods onto store shelves.

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    2. 1930’s Supply Chain Problems: Starving people and Holodomore.

      1940s Supply Chain Problems: People boiling shoe leather for food in besieged cities.

      1970s Supply Chain Problems: No gas to get to work.

      2020s Supply Chain Problems: I have to shift to GENERIC toilet paper, and Johnny may not get that PS5 I promised him.

      Stop the merry-go-round, mommy. I want to get off.

      1. I have said this before and will say it again- the “Supply Chain Problems” are a perfect vignette into how we get massive government.

        People don’t like change. But change is constant. People see temporary fluctuations in the market as “Failure” and want to jump in and stop it.

        Everyone looks at the disruption and claims they know how to properly plan this complex eco-system. Folks on the left claiming “This is why the profit motive doesn’t work, it causes companies to only support the haves while the have-nots miss out.” And folks on the right screaming, “This is why the profit motive doesn’t work, it created the Just in Time supply chains that have failed us- when we should have manufacturing in the country!”

        Given the amount of disruption leveled on the country by stupid government mandates, at any other time in history we’d be starving in the cold. But instead our biggest problem is STILL death due to obesity in this country.

        1. Death with obesity.

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        2. “I have said this before and will say it again- the “Supply Chain Problems” are a perfect vignette into how we get massive government…”

          That’s true enough, but in this case the problems are also the direct result of government over-reach.
          In CA, we have a tin-pot-dictator wanna-be who assumes he’s the smartest guy in the building, for pete’s sake! He isn’t; he’s a smug lefty who has never dirtied his hands running a business, like most of the D-shits in Sacramento.
          When he knee-capped the economy back in spring if 2020, I wasn’t alone in pointing out that it’s easy to stop a business; take away the license or the money. Poof!
          Starting that same company back up is another matter entirely; even the most basic business needs goods from other businesses, so they must await the functioning of their suppliers (see my post at 10:40).
          Now take a business, producing complex equipment at the far end of the supply chain, and watch that simple ‘shut down’ take months to years to correct.
          This is not a ‘crisis’; this is the perfectly predictable result of on more attempt at planning an economy, in this case claiming to be an effort to contain a bug which would have caused far, far less damage than the ‘planning’ will end up causing.
          STUPID FUCKING LEFTY POLITICIANS! There ain’t enough rope to string ’em up

          1. Be fair. Most “better educated” people have no idea where things come from or how to make them. Why shouldn’t they seek leaders who promise things will appear by edict?

            1. It’d be fair if there WAS enough rope…

            2. Youre probably arguing with a moron and probably on the right track, but at some point in the past i read an article about how no single human has the expertise to make a simple pencil.
              If more people would accept their ignorance, the worls would be better off.

          2. Completely agree- even though in a free market you might have disruption, it is far more often the case that when you see a “market failure” there was probably a bunch of government activities at the root of it.

            For example, everyone likes to wail about the Greedy Banks trading around “Sub Prime” mortgages back in ’06. But you cannot ignore that Government Sponsored Entities owned nearly 75% of the residential mortgage market, and the Government was pumping absurd amounts of money into that same market.

            1. The ‘S-P’ mortgages were a product of government actions, attempting to ‘desegregate’ the housing market.
              Hell is still the destination of that road paved with good (if stupid) intentions.

            2. Overt, that’s BS. Of the subprime mortgages that failed, over 85% were with private mortgage companies not under federal regs, the biggest being Countrywide. Then the understaffed SEC did the matador review of bundling this screw up into securities, which is what brought in the WS crash.

              You guys are as ideological as Marxists and just as rigidly wrong.

              1. Joe,
                You.
                Are.
                Full.
                Of.
                Shit.
                Fuck off and die.

              2. “…over 85% were with private mortgage companies not under federal regs, the biggest being Countrywide…”

                And here’s Joe at but one of his slimy attempts at ledgermain:
                Note those companies were “…not under federal regs…”, which ignores that the S-P loans were *GUARANTEED* by the US government.
                Yes, the steaming pile of lefty shit is hoping you won’t see the man behind the curtain; it might show this asshole to be…
                Full.
                Of.
                Shit.
                (it needs to be repeated on a regular basis)

              3. Joe, you seem to have a habit of telling people they are wrong and then citing something that doesn’t contradict what they said.

                Overt did not claim that most of the sub prime mortgages were owned by the GSEs, only that most of the residential mortgage market was.

                You either aren’t that bright or honest, or you need to pay closer attention to what people are actually saying.

                1. “You either aren’t that bright or honest”

                  Ding ding ding.

              4. “Overt, that’s BS. Of the subprime mortgages that failed, over 85% were with private mortgage companies not under federal regs, the biggest being Countrywide.”

                Please Joe, stop with the Democratic Underground propaganda. Freddie and Fannie, GSEs, were responsible for 90% of residential mortgages originated in 2007. That they forced the remaining 10% of the market to fight over bad scraps doesn’t change the fact that they were far and away the LARGEST player in the market. And it was a role they could ONLY play because they were backed by the federal government and didn’t need the same capital requirements as private companies.

                It is LAUGHABLE to look at GSEs representing 90% of a market and saying that it was those wreckers and kulacks who ACKSHEWALLY created the problem. It is absurd.

                1. The vast majority of sub prime were “non conforming” loans that did not meet GSE standards.

                  They found their way to the big non-bank Wall St investment firms like Bear, Merrill, and Lehman in the packaged Mortgage Backed Securities that were sold all over the world They eventually crashed and Bear/Lehman/Merrill Lynch all failed.

                  This had nothing to do with FNMA or Freddie Mac – who wouldn’t buy exotic loans like negative Am, balloon loans, no doc, etc.

                  1. “This had nothing to do with FNMA or Freddie Mac – who wouldn’t buy exotic loans like negative Am, balloon loans, no doc, etc.”

                    SPB, you are absolutely positively full of shit.

                    62% of Fannie’s loan acquisitions were Negative Ammortization- 72% of Freddie’s.

                    https://www.thebalance.com/did-fannie-and-freddie-cause-the-mortgage-crisis-3305659

                    This is what happens when you flood ANY market with free money, as the government had been doing to housing since about 1998. By keeping interest rates low, it was increasingly hard to make money simply by servicing debt. At a certain point you have more money than good risks to lend it to. So you start taking on more and more risky investments. This happened everywhere in the country- from Freddie to Countrywide.

                    “They eventually crashed and Bear/Lehman/Merrill Lynch all failed.”

                    Yeah, and what the fuck happened to Freddie and Fannie, SPB? THEY FAILED. Because THEY TOO were full of risky debt, offset by risky derivatives.

                    It takes intentional delusions of epic scales to look at an industry where **90%** of the market was run through government sponsored entities and to scream “Private market problems!!!” And yet that is what Democrats specifically have been trying to do since 2009. They throw up all these smoke screens of small factoids to distract from the big picture. But the big picture is clear- in a market DOMINATED by federal finance regulation and sponsorship, the Government must be the first place you look.

                    1. Those mortgages were eventually rejected by the GSEs because they were shit.

                      But Wall St wanted all of them! To pack into MBS.

                      Analysts scrambled after Bank of America said Friday that mortgage putbacks could cost the bank $7 billion to $10 billion, or zero, as it works with private investors who are eager to unload onto the bank their securities backed by poorly underwritten mortgages.

                      https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2011/01/bank-of-america-mortgage-putbacks.html

                      They forced BoA to buy their illegal crap back.

                      The FAILURE of the GSE’s are the fault of the private market – namely Countrywide, GReat Western, IndyMac, and all the other shops that offered “innovative” loans.

                      To recap – the private market created shit that even the GSEs couldn’t take and found suckers like Bear and Lehman to buy their crap.

                      The Greater Fool theory worked without the government involved.

                    2. “Those mortgages were eventually rejected by the GSEs because they were shit.”

                      “eventually”? Fannie and Freddie went under because they had bad debt. The only reason they exist at all was because the Federal Government back them.

                      “They forced BoA to buy their illegal crap back.

                      The FAILURE of the GSE’s are the fault of the private market – namely Countrywide, GReat Western, IndyMac, and all the other shops that offered “innovative” loans.”

                      I am fucking ecstatic! All it took was two posts to get you to drop your “I’m a libertarian” bullshit and start blaming the private market. You are so predictable.

                      “To recap – the private market created shit that even the GSEs couldn’t take and found suckers like Bear and Lehman to buy their crap.”

                      To recap: You pulled an article from 2011- 3 years after the meltdown- to suggest that this was the private market causing the melt down.

                      Fannie and Freddie had all sorts of bad debt on their books. They knew what kind of debt it was, because it was all disclosed as shown in my article above. Everyone knew that it was risky debt. However they, like the fully private market, thought they could hedge these risks by selling derivatives as an insurance policy. The problem for them, like all the other companies out there, was that those derivatives could not protect them from a massive pop in the housing bubble.

                      Liberals, and liberals pretending to be libertarians in some bizarre concern troll dance that only fool themselves, always focus on the selling of bad debt instruments, but the ROOT ROOT cause was the housing bubble. That housing bubble was caused by the Federal Government shoving TOO much money into the economy, keeping interest rates low, giving preferential tax treatment to loans, and encouraging a “Lend to everyone” strategy. Banks would have been unwilling to lend to bad risks if they had to service mortgages, but unfortunately GSEs were there to absolve them of these bad ideas and they did it by continuously loosening the definition of what made loans conforming.

                      But thank you, SPB for my annual bout with you and your stupid Democrat Talking Points. Please google for more articles from 3 years after the fact.

                2. Freddie and Fannie, GSEs, were responsible for 90% of residential mortgages originated in 2007.

                  FNMA and FMC didn’t originate mortgage loans. You have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the market works.

                  Fannie Mae does not originate or provide mortgages to borrowers. But it does purchase and guarantee them through the secondary mortgage market. In fact, it’s one of two of the largest purchasers of mortgages on the secondary market. The other is its sibling, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or Freddie Mac, another government-sponsored enterprise created by Congress.

                  https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/091814/fannie-mae-what-it-does-and-how-it-operates.asp

                  1. I didn’t say that they originated them, SPB.

                    I said they were **responsible** for 90% of the loans originated in 2007. THEY PURCHASED THEM.

                    1. I personally witnessed quite a few LIAR loans.

                      The mortgage agent would say “Just make up an income – at least $50,000. We take everyone. Home prices only go up”.

                      This was a classic market mania.

                      No one read the applications.

                      I argued with progs who wanted to blame the banks for lying.

                      No, it was the applicant who signed off on the loan who lied.

                      And the cap on for Fannie was something like $290,000 for a home.

                    2. You want to say that Fannie and Freddie were responsible purchasers- but they went under. So then you say “Well Fannie and Freddie were responsible, but it was all those damn lying banks er no lenders er applicants”. But Fannie KNEW they were buying negative am loans. They KNEW that they were buying loans with less than 10% down. That was a risk they undertook. That wasn’t due to lying it was due to a market that was so full of money and low interest rates that the ONLY way they could make a profit was to go after these more exotic vehicles.

                      I have no affinity to the banks that blew up- or for the GSEs. They were participating in the market with their own free will and blew up. But individual businesses and their leaders fail all the time. The catastrophic meltdown in ’07 was caused by a bubble. And that bubble was created by our government’s easy money policies. That pumped up the bubble, and the Government’s implied support of the GSEs allowed them to federalize the risk that the government was creating.

              5. “not under federal regs”

                Possibly the dumbest thing ever posted here.

        3. Talk about missing the point. Current supply chain problems are a direct result of stupid government and union rules. Get the assholes out of the way and things would run just fine.

          1. And environmentalist, part of stupid government but deserve their own shout-out. Maybe stopping every and any project for environmental reasons isn’t a winning strategy.

            1. Follow California’s lead:

              Ban gas appliances, ban gas powered lawnmowers and leafblowers, mandate electric cars (by 2035), shut down all of your nuclear plants, start removing your hydroelectric dams to save the fish, and then wonder why you have power outages.

          2. I wonder if in California the other bottleneck is communities that dont want ports working 24/7 just like when they move next to an airport and limit number of hours of flight

    3. Learn to code! Or learn to work 12 hour shifts in an electronics assembly factory.

      1. Yes, if only everyone could join the pajama class and code from home, all our problems would be solved.

        1. Worked for the Eloi.

    4. Does the Reason Editor attempt to examine the government regulation or bureaucracy that is causing this back up? Because that could be a good opportunity to try and win back some libertarian cred without looking like an idiot for supporting the Biden regime for the last year.

      1. Which they have not done.

        1. Which they have not done.

          Thanks for the laugh, Mike. Never stop white knighting you crazy diamond. Now let’s read Slade, Dahlmia, Boehm Riggs, Ciaramella, Weissmueller and Welch’s posts on the matter:

          “I will cast my ballot for Joe Biden in Michigan, a swing state, because there is no bigger libertarian cause right now”

          “Who do you plan to vote for this year? Joe Biden. The nationalists said the libertarian-conservative consensus is dead, and I take them at their word. Also, Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.”

          “I will vote strategically… for Biden.”

          “I will cast my first ever vote for president for Joe Biden in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.”

          “I’ve been vacillating between sitting out this election, as I did in 2016, or voting for Joe Biden. The strongest argument for the latter choice is that it’s an opportunity to support the repudiation of both Trumpism and AOC” (lol)

          “I’ll be voting for Joe Biden, primarily for three reasons: (1) A feeble president Biden seems like an opportunity to erode the power and glamour of the dangerous cult of the presidency and also push socialists, nationalists, and identitarians back to the margins, creating space for a more libertarian-friendly coalition to emerge.” (Oh wow! lol)

          “If it was going to be close in my state, I might have considered holding my nose and voting for the person most likely to supplant the eminently fireable incumbent.”

          https://reason.com/2020/10/12/how-will-reason-staffers-vote-in-2020/

          1. Dee’s not ashamed to just blatantly lie for the narrative.

            1. Like turd, this asshole’s dishonesty is not calculated. Again like turd, it is simply a result of being entirely too stupid to recognize when s/he’s lying.
              I’m sure it comes as a complete surprise every time s/he’s called on the same, damn, lie.

          2. Oh come on guuyzz, openly stating you intend to vote for someone doesn’t mean you actually support them and their policies compared to the alternative. Everybody knows that’s not how logic works.

      2. Why the hell they’re still shipping shit to California when California is doing everything they can to make shipping shit as difficult as possible is beyond me. Hell, they’re offering huge bonuses to truck drivers willing to work in California and the truck drivers are just laughing in their faces, you couldn’t pay a truck driver enough money to get them to work in California.

        1. Because the only other major west coast port is in Seattle, which isn’t much better.

          1. And Canada only allows sailboats crewed by transgender First!!! Nations people.

          2. Mexico!

          3. What is Portland? Oh wait…

            1. It’s also a lot smaller, on a TEU-basis, than the big CA ports, or either Seattle or Tacoma. I do wonder why more of it isn’t diverting to Mexico, e.g., Lazaro Cardenas, and being rail-shipped from there. Probably a giant PITA to add another country to the mix, NAFTA aside, and then there’re the shrinkage…

              1. My first guess would be added customs and the like, but if NAFTA takes care of that, then perhaps it’s just a lack of infrastructure investment. Who would have foreseen that California would become such a communist shithole when railroads started upgrading their lines for double stack container traffic in the 1980s?

            2. Portland isn’t great for shipping stuff in. The city is quite a ways inland. No way PDX could handle the uptick in traffic.

        2. And for the record the vast majority of truckers are not represented by unions. Their working hours are regulated by the federal government. But even that has little to do with port backups. If the ports were open drivers would work nights.

          1. And for all the complaints in that article about there not being enough truckers, I can state from personal experience that the rates they’re paying to have cargo moved have gone down about 25% over the last 4 to 6 months. And if there was money to be made doing drop and hooks on cargo racks, the guy that runs the company I’m working for would have us doing it.

        3. 55 mph, everywhere in the state. It’s fucking retarded.

      3. Yes, they do point out how domestic laws keeping ports shut down, and union rules reducing hours, keep the shortage in place.

        To get a job at the ports you need to be a part of the Longshoreman’s Union. This is more exclusive than a Country Club. Generally you need to have family already in the Union, or you work for years as a “casual dock worker”- which is an exercise in frustration. You essentially show up in the morning at the dock-hall, and they hand out jobs to all the union members. If there is work left over, you might get something. But right now, there just is not enough TIME in the day on the unloading equipment.

        1. In china the loading and unloading and is controlled by computers using hand held scanners the Unions are not allowing that, they still use clip boards, this takes far longer to load and unload.

      1. Yes, the Chinese take such good care of the environment.

    5. Domestic manufacturing?

      When Sam Walton started his ‘Buy American’ plan – WalMart was smaller than KMart and Sears. Five or six years later, WalMart became more concerned with its international growth – and made sourcing entirely about price.

      I think some retailer might be able to leverage Buy Local marketing – but not a big/existing player.

      1. I unload trucks at Walmart and it never fails to amuse me that Yankee Candles are made in Vietnam and imported.

        But Walmart’s choice isn’t just price – it’s also a deliberate lack of quality. We sell stuff that will need to be replaced every year (fans for instance) or clothing that wears out after a month (shoes in particular).

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  2. Today in propaganda… All news organizations are reporting that Southwest Airlines cancelled flights due to weather and that it totally wasn’t a sick bout because the union spokesman says so.

    Meanwhile, “alternative” news organizations did some actual journalism and report that actual employees of southwest tell a different story. They say it totally is the vaccine mandate.

    But don’t worry, this is too important. So the fact check police will make sure nobody sees or hears that.

    1. Btw… The airline claimed weather and flight controller shortages. The FAA quickly released a statement saying that there was no such issue with the flight control system. And other airlines said there was no such major weather disruption.

      Wait. …. Wasn’t southwest the airline that initially refused to implement the mandate.. Only to change course after receiving direct pressure from top administration officials?

      I wonder if that is relevant here?

      1. The shitlib Marxist journalists expressing bafflement at what is clearly a strike action has been one of the more amusing by-products of this incident.

        1. It’s the new New Left. They no longer support labor, but they don’t know if it’s appropriate to just come out and say it.

          1. Yesterday I saw posts literally calling people who refuse to work domestic terrorists.

      2. Maybe a little

      3. What’s a progressive activist supposed to do? Support unions and strikes, or support vaccine mandates and big government?

        1. Party uber alles.

          Party says mandate. Union does what party says.

          Workers should just do as they are told.

          1. Was about to say. The last year should have made it obvious; the Party says murder minorities and burn down their neighborhoods, so the footsoldiers murder minorities and burn down their neighborhoods. Doesn’t matter that minorities are oppressed and downtrodden victims, what the Party says goes.

            1. It’s the very nature of riots that they can very well happen spontaneously. No marching orders needed.

              1. Yes.

                And they can also be centrally planned and coordinated.

              2. Except for the millions of dollars funneled into them.

                  1. It was cited repeatedly bird.

                    1. “It was cited repeatedly bird.”

                      This asshole’s entirely too stupid to remember getting busted for the same damn lie yesterday; you think a pile of shit that dumb’s gonna remember cites?

                  2. https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/04/group-that-harassed-kyrsten-sinema-funded-by-leftwing-billionaire-george-soros/

                    Can find these for BLM and antifa if you weren’t so damn ignorant. There are literal videos of protestors talking about getting paid.

                    1. She wallows in her ignorance.

                    2. Rioters were cawmpensated?

      4. They cited electronics and weather to avoid paying for hotels from canceled flights.

        1. One thing I found out this weekend. We had a hard time getting hotel reservations. They are not booking all of their rooms because they are understaffed. Same with restaurants. So everything seems to have a ripple effect.

          1. Yep, finding a room while on the highway has become a nightmare. Based on multiple recent personal experiences it appears the entire State of Georgia remains mostly closed, and the remainder is operating at half staff.

      5. Any good source without an agenda that’s reported this? It’s really hard right now to get a sense of how legitimate the sick-out angle is. Berenson’s reporting has unfortunately been anecdotal.

        1. Source without an agenda?

          How precious.. You want a pony with that?

          This is 2020’s America. We don’t do that anymore.

          1. Ha! In any event…something beyond anecdote and conjecture? If it was really true, it would last either longer than two days or will happen again next weekend. Otherwise, the MSM’s “shit happens” excuse will stand up.

            1. It’s happening today.

              1. There’s still no major insider voice supporting the sick-out narrative. I know it’s NPR, but they appear to address it head-on.

                I mean…when things go kablooie with a flight schedule, it should take a while to clear the backlog. They’re down to 10% today. Smells still like a normal clusterfuck and not a sickout.

    2. Hey! It *was* due to weather! A lot of employees were “under the weather”.

    3. Here in the puget sound it is the ferry workers. With very little acknowledgment of the vax mandate being the reason for crew shortages.

      Love it. And I live on an island. This could be a hassle. That’s ok. More power to em.

      1. Sounds like you should get yourself a kayak.

  3. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Friday declaring October 11 to be Indigenous Peoples Day…

    Joe Biden doesn’t care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork! Italian-Americans will never have their own federal holiday!

    1. They didn’t lose sad enough.

    2. It’s a Sicilian message. It means Joe Biden sleeps.

    3. Doing that on the Friday before, rather than earlier than that thus avoiding the weekly news cycle, therefore allowing him to pander to the woke without giving time for Italian American groups to complain is certainly a profile in courage.

    4. To be celebrated on foot – American Indians did not have horses – also without metals, electricity, or Ford F150s.
      Life sucks. Native Americans did not have Mongol invasions, the Black Death, or even influenza. They did have low-level constant warfare between tribes and constant migrations, if the maps of language groupings mean anything.

      1. Horse culture turned a bunch of living on the edge of subsistence tribes and bands into the peak of their culture.

        All while that same animal was the harbinger of their inevitable demise.

        The Greeks never dreamed of a better tragedy.

    5. How do you say “Fuck Joe Biden” in Italian?

      1. “Avanti Brandon”

    6. Biden owns the Italian vote; he doesn’t care. It’s like Biden campaigning in CA; why bother?

    7. I’m not sure why we have a Columbus holiday anyway — he never set foot in any of the 50 states. They could have gone with Ponce de Leon or Verrazzano or Cabot or somebody else.

      And is the purpose of Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate their accomplishments, or is it meant to be a day of atonement for what the USA did to them?

      1. Umm, yeah, I think it’s that second thing.

  4. The Biden administration is considering an executive order that would include new regulations for cryptocurrencies and the appointment of a “crypto czar.”

    Been a while since we crowned a new federal czar. I just hope that person can make some money off his position.

    1. As long as it is transferred via centrally tracked and reported means, I am sure that will be fine.

      Maybe he can get paid by selling NFTs of his artwork?

    2. Yes, I see czars are back in fashion.

      1. “Fuck Joe Biden and the Czar” – Lenin

    3. Crypto is the new frontier for graft. Billions of dollars made every day, but no government institutions to funnel it through. Some times it takes a Czar to fix those things.

      1. MS didn’t have a DC office until that anti-trust action, now they have hundreds of ‘consultants’. Sometimes it takes a little hint to get the baksheesh flowing.

        1. True story: My wife worked for a startup that had some customers in India. They literally hired a sales rep named Baksheesh to help them navigate the rules in that country.

    4. Maybe Hunter needs a new job.

      1. Fine Arts Czar!

        1. A tsarry excuse for an artist.

    5. Smooth transition from SARS to Czars.

    6. As I’ve said many times, a free nation has no need for czars.

  5. Despite widespread speculation on social media that Southwest pilots were refusing to work due to the airline’s vaccine mandate, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said there were no “official or unofficial job actions” taking place.

    Wink wink.

    1. *cough cough *bullshit*cough cough

    2. We wouldn’t strike! That would be illegal!

      I think maybe they learned from government calling it ‘enhanced interrogation.’

  6. 25-mile freight train backup

    Nice band name.

    1. Nah, just freight train backup. And album cover should be an abdominal radiogram, filled with indigestible objects. Like this.

      1. If I remember correctly, that’s an x-ray of a young man who made the mistake of trying to eat candy corn, he didn’t realize that candy corn is not technically an edible substance.

            1. I assumed he was using the hook to pull out the gerbil.

  7. Italian-American communities should be free to celebrate his legacy however they want, of course, but elevating him to the level of having his own federal holiday has always seemed more than a little weird. We force George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to share, but Columbus gets his own?

    Is Eric being intentionally obtuse here, or is he really that ignorant? Is there not some easy-to-check information on Wikipedia or some other website that goes in to the history of Italian immigration to the US and how Columbus Day came about, or the significance of Columbus’s voyages to the New World in their own right?

    1. Europe did not discover America. Her people were already here. Don’t you even progressive?

      1. Gotta honor their contributions to America and The West like, uh, the wheel, indoor plumbing, sanitation, forestry, metallurgy, material science, moveable type, black powder, and, uh, crying while picking up trash. Without things like paper, gun powder, or concrete European colonizers would’ve died young, living like savages.

          1. Native Americans may or may not have given Europe syphilis. Europe gave them smallpox, influenza, and the measles – each of which often killed over half of a native community by itself – also cholera, bubonic plague, malaria, yellow fever, and many more.

        1. The crying guy was a wop dago.

      2. Obvs, it was a discovery to them, living “their” truth and all that.

    2. Shrug, I honestly don’t see any reason for Columbus to be more lauded than, say, Thomas Paine. But this is where the Kulture Wars get you: Fighting about the importance of one person over another to be enshrined in the Pantheon.

      My local school district shows they actually care about schooling more than a Kulture War. The kids have a day off today for “Professional Planning” (which is, near as I can tell, teachers go to the beach day).

      1. When they categorize it that way, it’s typically a day for the teachers to get one of their mandatory training/indoctrination sessions in.

        My daughter’s off today for Columbus Day, but my wife has to teach because her district stole the day for either Diwali or Eid al Fitr. Which I think demonstrates RRR’s point as much as anything else could.

        1. The point remains though. The faculty doesn’t want to glorify Columbus the Imperialist Monster. And largely conservative (for California) parents don’t like the idea of liberals canceling traditional icons. So the district largely did the needful: gave parents the holiday and letting the faculty work as they mostly want to.

  8. “Obama campaign whiz kid David Shor says Democrats are heading for a wipeout in 2024.”

    LOL

    Biden has liberated Orange Hitler’s concentration camps, delivered the vaccine, shut down the virus, ended the #DrumpfDepression, and handled Afghanistan brilliantly.* He’ll win an even more historic landslide in 2024 than 2020 — unless he decides not to run again, in which case Harris will win.

    #LibertariansForBiden

    * — If you’re not convinced Afghanistan was handled well, remember what Mr. Buttplug (quoting Juan Cole) said: it’s all Drumpf’s fault.

    1. It is silly to even contemplate such things. The elections have been fortified. I read Time magazine, so I don’t have to worry.

    2. Chef’s kiss.

  9. A nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy has been charged with trying to sell secret information about America’s submarines to an unnamed foreign nation.

    The secret being that America still has a submarine fleet.

    1. ….an unnamed foreign nation.
      The FBI

      1. yeah, I caught that. you’d think his lawyers would.

    2. The USS Connecticut nuclear submarine hit something in the South China Sea and is back in Guam awaiting repairs.

      1. Not another vessel either, officially. Which is interesting. And not claimed to be a seamount or the like, either.

        I’d read someone wondering if it was a hunk of O&G equipment sticking out of the seabed, but not otherwise marked.

        The nuclear reactors spy story is another odd one. The guy’s LinkedIn claimed he was a technical lead on the upcoming Columbia-class SSBN. Plus, the FBI are publicly claiming they learned about the plot by opening and reading the solicitation-for-hire package that the failed spy mailed to the foreign power’s embassy. Which seems like a really big deal to let slip. Plus, intentionally not mentioning the country is an interesting twist. Could be a bunch of different ones: India, France, Israel, Brazil. Maybe SK, Japan, Australia. LOL if the Aussies originally were dealing with him, but burned him after getting in on the Virginias…

        1. A former nuclear sub crewman did a video on it before it returned to Guam. Most likely they grounded on a sea mountain or whatever they are called. That area is filled with them and the charts aren’t always great. And they don’t/can’t always run terrain sonar. The pic from Guam did not show any damage above the water line.

          1. Jive Turkey on YouTube is really great for this sort of thing.

            Seamount groundings can be a lot more devastating than what Connecticut reported, see USS San Francisco. AIUI, they were damned lucky (and the Navy’s insistence on continual, realistic damage control practice) to not lose that earlier boat.

  10. That will cost more money—and those costs will be passed onto consumers—
    Jen Psaki: It’s “unfair and absurd” that companies would increase costs for consumers

    1. Jen Psaki: It’s “unfair and absurd” that companies would increase costs for consumers

      These idiots keep Ayn Rand’s works relevant because they keep acting like Ayn Rand villains.

      1. It’s an anti-dog-eat-dog world.

        1. “It’s an anti-dog-eat-dog world.”

          Except when they collude and charge the same!

      2. Hilarious… Because one big criticism of Rand is her cartoonish villains… And yet our real life villains are more absurd than her cardboard cutout characters.

        1. “It’s just a book, son. There’s nobody that evil in real life.”

      3. “It’s not my fault! I need wider powers!”

        1. Meesa propose, that the senate give immediately Emergency Powers to the President

          1. He was going to be a villain but that got nixed.

            1. Would have actually provided some good writing.

    2. More from the Liberal’s Economics Handbook:

      A job is a mechanism for awarding people an arbitrary amount of money.

      Prices are arbitrary amounts of money that evil corporations demand for stuff.

      1. Wages are theft! No, wait. I mean profits are theft! I think. I don’t know. Why are you handing me this coupon for free toilet paper from the co-op all the way across town? What is 1/2 ply?

    3. She talks like she has Biden as a Sugar Daddy.

  11. Obama campaign whiz kid David Shor says Democrats are heading for a wipeout in 2024.

    Not sure that takes a whiz to predict.

    1. He must be some kind of whiz if he can predict that a well-funded cabal of powerful people working behind the scenes won’t be able to ensure the proper outcome is reached.

    2. Getting them out of office will be like taking a whiz.

    3. In related news, surveys and focus groups agree that the sun might rise in the east tomorrow.

    4. It takes an expert to predict we’re even going to have elections in 2024. I’m pretty sure Xi will just appoint government officials, he’s not going to allow elections.

      And mark my words, Xi doesn’t see the West as much of a threat to China, the threat to China and the West both is Islam. And when China sees how Islam’s quest for worldwide dominion is going, where the West not only doesn’t bother fighting Islam but actually welcomes the conquest, he’s in a race to take over the world before Islam does.

      Which reminds me, I saw some retired Lt. Colonel on FOX News of all places, and I didn’t catch his name so I couldn’t google it to find out if he’s a retard or a paid agent of China, but he was advising that if China invades Taiwan it will all be over in a matter of hours before the US can possibly make any moves to defend Taiwan so the United States needs to just see the Chinese conquest of Taiwan as a fait accompli and deal with it. We need to drop the aggressive and confrontational stance vis-a-vis China and learn to work with them as partners.

      As if China hasn’t done everything it could to threaten every country in the neighborhood, including India, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia, all of whom have rather formidable militaries and it’s unlikely that they are all going to be willing to feed the crocodile – they know that whatever assurances China gives that Taiwan is the extent of their ambitions that China is lying it’s ass off, they’re all on the menu. So sure, the US is only going to be willing to send a sternly-worded letter as long as Joe Biden is President, but the rest of the world has recognized that the US is not a dependable ally anymore and they may be willing to take matters into their own hands.

      And fuck Joe Biden, China would be foolish not to recognize that they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take advantage of the fact that the United States is being led by a pack of retards and now is the time to strike.

      1. Seconding the Fuck Joe Biden.

          1. Dude. You don’t even meme right.

            Tulpa does not have sex, not as top or bottom. The direction Tulpa fucks is off.

          2. Will never be a thing. But we understand you have a need to not say bad things about democrats.

            1. You can be honest, here:
              “…a need to make a public ass of yourself.”

      2. Fuck Joe Biden

        1. Fuck everyone who refuses to fuck Joe Biden.

          1. We need a fuck Joe Biden mandates.

      3. Taiwan needs SAMs like no tomorrow, backed up by credible anti-amphibian deterrent if they have ANY hope of becoming like a porcupine. We should be sending boatloads of weaponry to Taiwan RTFN.

        1. They also need a Titanium Dome and some training in infiltration and sabotage to use against fighter planes and ICBMs, something the Israrlis could consult them on with great ingenuity.

          1. Israelis, that is. You can tell the keyboard is too small for me.

            1. Well, that’s the way it’s spelled in China.

      4. The other day, I said that the US should unambiguously say it will not defend Taiwan in case of an attack from China. I have zero confidence that we will get ANY competent performance from our Navy after seeing our military’s performance in Afghanistan. It is far better that we let China suspect they can destroy our carrier groups than to really put ourselves in a position where they have to do it to achieve their goals.

        Further, by refusing to support Taiwan, it clears the table for other allies in the Pacific. China is a problem for the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Australia (among others) to figure out. The quicker we stop giving them an excuse to not deal with the problem, the better.

      5. One hopeful note in all this: Red China does have a building bubble.

        It builds whole cities meant for tens of millions that rival and even dwarf U.S. Metropolises…yet in a population of 1.5 billion, nobody lives or works in them. They are ghost cities!

        When this bubble bursts, not if but when, Xi and his minions wouldn’t have many resources to use against anybody abroad.

        1. Or possibly to the contrary, if the domestic economy collapses in communist China, then that would put pressure on Whinnie the Pooh to declare war abroad as a distraction.

        2. If there is one thing that governments are good at, it is throwing vast sums of money at stuff that doesn’t actually produce wealth (but makes a lot of cronies wealthy!) Whether it is houses no one lives in, or ordinance that will explode across the sea, China *will* find a way to spend this money, because to them, the goal is getting money through the sluices not actually producing anything.

        3. yeah, I’m thinking China’s economy is a house of cards, and somebody pulled the first card out…. like the USSR back in 1989

      6. Just let Xi have that little slice of Czech territory. He’s sure to behave himself after that

    5. The first wipeout will be in 2022.

      1. The collective wisdom is that the PRC will wait on getting frisky until after the Olympic Games they’re hosting late-February 2022. Plus—not that I think it’ll be relevant—the weather in the Straits of Formosa gets pleasant enough for a sea invasion in March-April (and October-November).

        I don’t think their economy will allow them to wait that long. I also don’t think it’s wise to bet that the West will come out of this as cleanly as it did for the unraveling of the Soviet Union.

  12. I think of holidays like Columbus day as commemorating an important historical event, not a celebration of the person. There is hardly a historical figure who isn’t some kind of sonofabitch by modern standards.

    1. Columbus was a good navigator and he persuaded the Spanish monarchs to fund the voyage so deserves the most credit for the event.

      1. Columbus was someone who had perhaps the greatest case of failing upwards. He calculated the size of the Earth much smaller than it actually is and it was only good fortune that the Americas were about where he hoped the east coast of Asia was.

        1. The idea that Columbus proved the world is round is just stupid – everybody knew the world was round and it had a circumference of about 25,000 miles, the ancient Greeks had figured that out. Columbus argued that the circumference was about 8,000 miles and that’s why nobody was willing to finance his voyage, they knew he was an idiot.

          1. Knowing and proving are two different things.

            1. The Greeks had PROVEN it over two thousand years earlier, measuring the difference in the angle of the sun between Alexandria and Syene. What did Columbus actually prove? That there was a small island on the other side of the Atlantic ocean…that proves nothing. An empirical proof that you could head in one direction and wind up back at the same point again wouldn’t be given for another 30 years when Magellan circumnavigated the planet.

              I thing Columbus is an important historical figure for proving to Europe that there was a land mass ripe for conquest and ultimately de-emphasizing the mid east for years. But those are political changes rather than scientific advancement.

        2. Actually it was a bit of a case of unit conversion, from what I can remember. He was going off of calculations coming from Arabic sources as they’d become available with increased trade. But their “miles” like 30% bigger than European miles, so he didn’t realize he was shortchanging the size of the earth by a significant amount. People who accurately understood the circumference of the earth knew it was too far to sail to the east coast of Asia.

      2. Yeah, doesn’t matter if he was a good guy. He got shit done.

        1. Columbus established a Spanish claim to the New World. That’s why the Portuguese started scrambling to colonize shit because their “secret” was out.

      3. Queen Isabella *Ahem!* gave him her *Ahem!* jewels!

        “Hare We Go!”
        https://dai.ly/x6gu9tr

      4. He was such a good navigator he thought Cuba was Japan.
        Or he knew better but lied about it to try to protect his rights on trade with the (real) Indies, granted by the Spanish crown.

    2. It generally takes a sonofabitch to get hard shit done.

    3. By woke standards there is hardly anyone who was not a sonofabitch who was born before 1990, and even then its questionable.

      1. Or born AFTER 1990.

    4. There is hardly a historical figure who isn’t some kind of sonofabitch by modern standards.

      Which is the absurdity of the whole “woke” movement. Judge people by the standards of their day, not ours.

      1. I often wonder what the future will judge us for. My best guess is eating meat.

  13. I already told you this a couple of days ago: “everything shortages” are more or less the norm in any country that becomes too lazy, too dependent, and too socialist.

    The more that the United States comes to resemble and behave like the old Soviet Union, the more frequently all of us are going to find ourselves standing in front of an empty store shelf scratching our heads going “where the fuck is all the bread??”

    1. It is odd that the transformation of our nightly news into a modern Pravda has coincided with massive supply problems and empty shelves at stores.

    2. Hey, nobody needs 27 different kinds of food!

    3. It’s the New Normal. But thank government we’re Building Back Better to make sure everyone gets according to their needs.

      1. “Building Back Better”

        Begs the question, better for who?

        1. For the well-funded cabal that ensured the proper outcome?

          1. Top Men, er Womyn, er Birthing and Non-birthing Persons.

            1. The really funny part of that particular abuse of the English language, is that it strips womanhood from those past menopause, or who have had hysterectomies.

              I gave up on the politicization of the language in the seventies when the first wave of “feminists” insisted that changing a three letter string designating males, (“man”) to a different three letter string designating males (“son”) was necessary for “equality”.
              Chairman .vs Chairperson. Ludicrous on it’s face.

    4. For example, major ports in Europe and Asia operate around the clock, but American ports run at about 60 percent capacity because they close at night and on Sundays. Even when dozens of ships are waiting to be unloaded, inflexible union rules that govern dockworkers’ and truckers’ hours make it difficult to meet swelling demand.

      The mightiest, greatest, and most prosperous nation on the face of the Earth has ports that run on banker’s hours and suck up to ancient Puritan morality (the over-hyped, so-called “Protestant Work Ethic”)??? With a bunch of goldbricking, featherbedding, sleep-on-their-shovel Unions running distribution???

      That bunch of crap needs to have been done away with long ago! If you’re gonna be “The City by the bay! The City that rocks! The City that never sleeps!” you need to actually act the part!

      1. San Francisco already got rid of its shipping. It’s all across the bay in Oakland and Alameda, which are still working class.

        1. oakland median home price: 875K
          alameda median home price: 1.2 million

          “working class”

          you know nothing about the bay area

          1. He also is cluically-challenged as to the causes; he’s a fucking idiot, too stupid to know that, and so destined to remain that way.

          2. Dee knows nothing about any area that he doesn’t live in. A sheltered life has left her quite ignorant of the world.

      2. Harry Bridges ran the SF ILWU local during the ’50s and the ’60s; he vowed that none of ‘his men’ would ever unload a container ship.
        Folks in Oakland immediately began construction of container facilities, bulk carriers became fewer and fewer, Bridges’ ‘men’ moved to Oakland or retired.
        He’d been under investigation for years, but it was only after he retired that Bridges admitted to being a commie the entire time.

      3. Simple math. Overtime .vs double time .vs double overtime.
        In college, I remember a desperately need classroom building was worked around the clock (overtime), but only Monday through Friday. No weekend double time.

    5. The more that the United States comes to resemble and behave like the old Soviet Union, the more frequently all of us are going to find ourselves standing in front of an empty store shelf scratching our heads going “where the fuck is all the bread??”

      Old USSR joke:

      A man’s wife sends him to the store to get bread. After standing in line for hours, the store announces they’re out of bread, come back tomorrow. The man says “this is bullshit, some government, can’t even keep bread on the shelves!”.
      And then a sinister looking man in a trench coat and dark glasses walks up to him and says “Easy comrade, that kind of talk could be dangerous to your well being”. And then makes a pistol with his fingers, points it at his head, and “pulls” the trigger. Terrified, the man returns home.

      The wife sees the shocked look on his face and asks “What’s wrong, are they out of bread?”

      “Much worse than that”, the man says, “they are out of bullets”.

    6. In communism people wait for bread
      In capitalism breads waits for people

  14. America’s most confusing quasi-national holiday

    And *adding* to the confusion:

    Is it “quasi-(national holiday)” or “(quasi-national) holiday”?

    1. Is it “quasi-(national holiday)” or “(quasi-national) holiday”?

      It’s bullshit.
      (is there a prize?)

    2. quasi-(national holiday) because the entire nation quasi-ly celebrates it. Before making Juneteenth a national holiday it was a (quasi-national) holiday because it was celebrated in multiple parts of the nation but not all of them.

  15. “That will cost more money—and those costs will be passed onto consumers—but that’s better than running out of inventory during the Christmas rush. Home Depot, for example, is relying on chartered ships to deliver only a small percentage of its overall inventory with a focus on high-demand items like plumbing supplies, power tools, holiday decor, and heaters, the Journal reports.”

    I sure hope Santa brings me plumbing supplies for xmas!

    1. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a new toilet under the tree.

      1. Perfect for woofing in after a Christmas Eve rager with the liquor and egg nog!

        1. Leave sarc out of this.

    2. You have a sinking feeling he won’t?

      1. I am not privy to that information so I am retentive on anal-ysis. What anybody does on their own time is written on the W.C. wall.

  16. “Even oatmeal is getting more expensive.”

    Awwwwwwwwww, are middle class families having a more difficult time feeding their kids?

    Koch. Reason. Libertarianism. Does. Not. Care. About. The. Middle. Class.

    Our economic agenda is simple — make the richest people on the planet even richer. And by that crucial metric, the Biden economy is a smashing success. Even if a box of maple & brown sugar costs 20 cents more.

    #BillionairesForBiden

    1. You better believe billionaires are concerned about the cost of oatmeal – do you even know how much oatmeal a polo pony eats?

      1. The Polo Pony on my shirt was very shy about eating with others. He never ate a thing in front of me.

  17. “President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Friday declaring October 11 to be Indigenous Peoples Day, which means the federal government will join dozens of cities and states in honoring the contributions of Native Americans today.”

    Which are?

    1. Discovering Vespucciland, for one!

    2. The Native-Americans gave the Old World the gift of tobacco smoking.

      1. It’s the gift that keeps giving!

        1. Like The Jelly of The Month Club?
          https://youtu.be/TQXuazYI_YU

    3. Navajo Code
      Corn, Potatoes…

    4. Obsidian blades. Still in use to this day by surgeons, by the way.

    5. Jerky and Pemmican.

    6. Sports mascots and the “tomahawk chop.”

    7. Vegetables. Before the New World was found by Europeans, they had pretty lame vegetables. Does anyone want to live in a world without tomatoes and chiles? Also vanilla and chocolate.

      1. The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash, all arranged on a raised mound so they help each other thrive.

        The Corn trellised the Bean vines, the Squash leaves overshadowed and prevented growth of weeds at the base of the Corn stalk, and the Beans were legumes that gave nutrition to both the Corn and Squash. A seamless feedback loop that sustained many settled tribes.

    8. Hunting the North American megafauna to extinction in the first few thousand years they were here.

      1. That did make things easier.

        1. It was a mammoth task but they were able to accomplish it.

          1. With Saber-Toothed precision.

  18. “Creating new federal holidays isn’t a bad idea…

    Federal holidays always have a political angle. But the only thing being accomplished by the current messiness is the creation of more grist for the culture war, which is the last thing America needs.”

    Um, asked and answered.

    1. “Creating new federal holidays isn’t a bad idea…

      Creating federal holidays is a bad idea. Ask the Romans.

  19. Democrats threw lots of money at voters in the hopes of buying their loyalty. That doesn’t seem to have worked.

    A TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK MEANS A TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK, NOT A FOURTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR CHECK.

    1. Weird how that’s already down the memory hole.

  20. “Even oatmeal is getting more expensive.”

    Wilford Brimley has a sad.

    1. But that’s impossible! All the experts ASSURED me that inflation wasn’t real!

      1. Meanwhile BTC up 30% in the last month. SOMEBODY is expecting some inflation.

    2. “DIABEEETUS!” (He obviously didn’t have enough Quaker Oatmeal or he could’ve sluiced the excess carbs out. I know whatof I speak here.)

  21. When Facebook and Instagram went down for several hours on October 4, traffic to Pornhub spiked.

    Gotta stroke to something, I guess.

    1. PornHub doesn’t give you shit about Political Correctness or Wokeness, and the only Intersectionality involved is of gonads and/or orifices…so I’m led to understand.

  22. Home Depot, for example, is relying on chartered ships to deliver only a small percentage of its overall inventory with a focus on high-demand items like plumbing supplies, power tools, holiday decor…

    FAKE NEWS. Home Despot already had its Christmas decorations out in September.

    1. This is true… Halloween stuff was on display in August! Legit… They had the inflatables up before the end of August.

      1. At my store, with all of it’s tattoed, Reaver-looking freaks pierced in anything that will take a needle and Trigglypuff hair in all irredescent colors of the visible light spectrum, it’s Hallowe’en and Day of the Dead every damn day!

      2. Yeah, stores used to put the Christmas stuff out after Thanksgiving.
        I went into a store on Halloween evening (around 6 PM) to stock up on Halloween candy, and it was already gone, with the Christmas stuff being put out. They didn’t even wait for the next day.

  23. Jesus Christ, you dumbass! You’re supposed to have some distance between the item about Steve Scalise refusing to say the election wasn’t stolen and the item about the Democrats attempting to buy votes! You can’t put those two items right next to each other!

    1. What no McAwful still refusing to say the 2000 election wasn’t stolen over the weekend

    2. Might also have mentioned he was shot by a progressive activist.

  24. And the current mess is in some ways an illustration of how remarkable the modern world of global trade really is: something that you can only fully appreciate when it isn’t working quite right.

    Um, I like things that do work right.

  25. Democrats are heading for a wipeout in 2024.

    Good thing the Dems have proven the Election Process is all above-board, so we know those results’ll be The Will of The People!

    1. Well, the Trump camp have failed to show the elections were not above board. Trump did manage to get himself in legal trouble, though.

      1. He won over 15 court cases for illegal rules changes you retarded fuck.

        1. Link please Jesse.

          This should be good!

          1. Asshole, who knows? Maybe for once you wwon’t be shoedd to be the lying piece of shit you are.
            Fuck off and die.

  26. I am sick and tired of the Republican Party’s relentless attacks on America’s sacred Constitutional norms and institutions. That’s why I agree with Ian Millhiser — we need to abolish the Senate.

    1. Yep, the Senate is clearly the most undemocratic thing, besides the concept of minority rights, individual rights, the Bill of Rights (and most of the rest of the Constitution), the Supreme Court (actually any court), and just about all legal and social agreements that might interfere with direct mob rule.

    2. Don’t forget the Electoral College.

  27. “Obama campaign whiz kid David Shor says Democrats are heading for a wipeout in 2024.”

    Shor also predicted Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic nominee.

    1. And why wasn’t Sanders the nominee?

      What occurred within the party apparatus?

      I wonder if there is a lesson to be had there??

      1. An election occurred. Biden beat Sanders.

        1. Those two things were not related.

          1. Hey, quit bursting autistic bubbles!

          2. Shouldn’t you be surveilling a pizza shop?

            1. Fuck off and die, shitlord.

            2. Heh, that one made Stroozle mad.

          3. To paraphrase 2020 Obama, “We had a primary election. It wasn’t particularly close. And Hillary Clinton is the nominee.”

        2. It is amazing to me how little reform occurred within the DNC after Hillary got caught rigging the entire party apparatus.

          The very next election, party bosses controlled everything from the top… Pushing dangerous renegades like Tulsi Gabbard aside before they could gain any traction, and pushing Kamala Harris to the front… Until she proved too unpopular to even survive that… So she was quickly sidelined and they brought Joe back to the front.

          And not a word from Bernie or the far left… Almost as if a deal had been struck.

          1. Bernie sez: “Hey, how do you like my new lakefront house?”

          2. Don’t forget Big Gay Al & what’s-her-name dropping out of the race and endorsing Biden right before Super Tuesday.

    2. Shows how clueless he is. Bernie Sanders was the least billionaire-friendly Democratic Presidential contender. And Democrats are now the party of billionaires.

      Bernie never had a chance.

  28. Biden and his people need to wake the fuck and start blasting mfers. Executive order these mfers until they can’t see straight. Overload the system.

    1. ^This is how the shooting starts.

    2. Time to enforce some fucking Unity, right?

      1. Tried it. Didn’t work. Time to fight. Fuck your feelings.

        1. Time to fight who?
          I want you to be specific.

          1. Sinema and Mancin, apparently.

        2. Please, oh please, do. Im lookimg forward to it.

    3. Yeah Pod, whatever. Or is it Sullum? They all sound alike.

    4. Shove a rusty garden shovel up your ass, shitlord.

      1. He might get tet-anus.

  29. The conquistadors were basically a Christian version of the Islamic State. If you got Mickey Mouse version of history like most Republicans you might not know that.

    1. Shitlord is basically a government school 6th grade dropout.

    2. The conquistadors got that way by having the experience of having to free themselves from being colonized by an Islamic theocracy. But Al-Andulus is greatly romanticized as a tolerant, inclusive society by many historians.

      1. A lot of stuff, like the Spanish Inquisition can find their genesis way back in Al-Andalus, particularly the Caliphate of Córdoba.

        The treatment of the Jews post expulsion is also a good example. The Jewish community in Spain was truly ancient, possibly having existed since Phoenician times. During the Caliphate they functioned in administrative roles, often identifying native Christian communities for Jizya or suppression.
        So when the Castilians finished the reconquista (except for the Emirate of Granada) the Jews were treated like the Islamic conquerors and offered expulsion or conversion.

      2. It was a shit time from all of Father Abraham’s most vicious sons. Why else was it called The Dark Ages?

        1. Read a fucking book, son.

          1. You got the time period wrong.

          2. The “Dark Ages” concept was late Medieval chronological snobbery.

          “The concept of a “Dark Age” originated in the 1330s with the Italian scholar Petrarch, who regarded the post-Roman centuries as “dark” compared to the “light” of classical antiquity.[1][2]… The concept thus came to characterize the entire Middle Ages as a time of intellectual darkness in Europe between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. This became especially popular during the 18th-century Age of Enlightenment.[1]

          The majority of modern scholars avoid the term altogether due to its negative connotations, finding it misleading and inaccurate.[8][9][10][11] Petrarch’s pejorative meaning remains in use,[12][13][14] typically in popular culture which often mischaracterizes the Middle Ages as a time of violence and backwardness.[15][16]”

          1. One, I have read books on the subject, and check your 23AndMe before using such familial terms with people you’ve never even met.

            It was all a “Dark” age for Reason and Freedom until The Renaissance opened things a little, followed by The Enlightenment opening things much more.

            Yep, I’m a snob about letting my thoughts get sullied by being a Handmaiden of Theology and letting my work get plundered by a Lord or a King and letting my life remain as “a veil of tears” and so would be any self-respecting Modern. The facts of how life was in that time don’t care about scholarly feelz on what the terms should be.

        2. “Why else was it called The Dark Ages?”

          Um, because it wasn’t.

        3. Because there are relatively few historical records from the time.

    3. Brought to you by the Zinn book on history for retarded children.

      1. Actual LOL. Thanks.

      2. It never fails to amaze me how historically illiterate these lefties are. It’s like they read a Slate article 20 years ago, and now know all about it.

          1. JFC, that’s embarrassing.

            1. You should be embarrassed for supporting Mormons you evil piece of shit.

                1. I thought I was Sarc?

                    1. I’m fine with y’all fascists thinking I’m Sarc.

                  1. R Mac is a dishonest sack of shit like JesseAz and Mother’s Lament.

                    Worth less than hairs shaved from a bull’s balls.

          2. You shouldn’t be giving anyone a history lesson. You believe Native Americans came from Israel.

            1. Cool your tits Shrike. I know that you’re butthurt because they think that some of the Jews are Indians and not subhuman auxiliaries like your Nazi pals, but you’ve still got an Israel to hate.

              1. Are you really gonna keep lying?

                You cited me criticizing Mormon anti-semitism as evidence that IM antisemitic. You can’t be that stupid.

                Israel=/=Judaism. Kind of bigoted to assume it does.

                Burn in hell you lying fascist scumbag. You are an awful human being.

                1. Fuck off drunk ass sarc. Even after day drinking all weekend you can’t take Monday off?

                  1. Keep thinking I’m Sarc you stupid fucking asshole

                  2. Excuse me for correcting ML’s lies. Not my fault he’s a compulsive lying fascist.

                    He’s a horrible human being and so are you.

                    1. Poor R Macdonald had a farm

            2. That is not what anyone believes.
              Feel free to smear some more shit on yourself and see if that gets more people to listen to you.

              1. According to the BOM Levi was from Israel? Don’t the Lamanites or Nephites(or one of the made up groups. I get them confused) descend from him? And Native Americans descend from them? According to the BOM native Americans were once white and are dark because of sin?

                1. So have you read the Book of Mormon? Or did you just accept someone else’s lie and repeat it?

          3. You’re too stupid to realize your pervert god has been proven false. Stupid fucking Mormon

            1. 2 posts? I smell desperation. And shit. A whole lotta shit.

              1. I smell a stupid lying mormon

                1. What was it about the 8th grade that you can’t get past?

    4. Funny you should mention the conquistadors. The conquistadors were Spanish, and Spain had been conquered by the Muslims in the 8th Century and not reconquered until the 16th century. How do you think the Spanish learned about the Islamic State?

    5. If Republicans aren’t getting their history correct* , isn’t that a fault of the Union ran Public School System?

      *which I doubt at least in a frequency different than any other group

    6. And the empires they conquered were basically the new world version of even more awful things. Personally I’d much rather be conquered by the Spanish than the Aztecs. Much less likely to become a sacrificial victim that way.

      1. Yeah, the Aztecs were one of the most brutal cultures throughout history.

      2. Cortez didn’t even conquer anything. The thousands of Tlaxcalteca who followed him did.
        Everyone within 500 miles of Tenochtitlan wanted the destruction of the Aztec Triple Alliance. They made the Nazis look like flower children.

  30. There were thousands of flights cancelations this weekend. Airlines said bad weather, but unfortunately we have weather reports. Reports are there was a sick out over covid mandates.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/11/days-after-forcing-covid-shot-on-workers-southwest-airlines-cancels-1800-flights/

    1. unfortunately we have weather reports

      Careful with that Disinformation.

    2. It wouldn’t surprise if it was truly a sick-out. But The Federalist isn’t able to do much to substantiate that theory.

      1. Employees understand how to not make a protest action a fireable offense. Sometimes you dont need the actual smoking gun.

        1. Yep. They’re coloring within the lines — for now.

      2. A sick-out is an illegal strike. So officially acknowledging it as such is impossible…. Workers can get fired.

        The Union has their hands tied. They are beholden to the party for all things political, and they get protection in return.

        So unless the company wants to pick a political fight, they cannot publicly acknowledge it either… And doing so would also put them on the hook for accommodations.

        So I guess it all depends on how much proof you require.

        Employees hinting that this might happen, filing suit, weather only causing problems for 1 airline and a problem with the FAA that the FAA denies….. Quacks like a duck.

      3. Finding out you will be fired in a month can cause you to need a mental health day. Nobody is faking anything.

  31. To avoid offending anyone, we should just number the holidays.
    Lazy federal employee free day off number 1,
    Lazy federal employee free day off number 2,
    Lazy federal employee free day off number 3,
    Lazy federal employee free day off number 4,
    etc.

    1. Soinds like a winner to me. Truth in advertising applied to Government too.

    2. Or

      Big Government Day 1
      Big Government Day 2
      etc.

    3. The problem with that is how do you tell the difference between holidays and a normal Friday?

    4. When you get up to day off number 250, we’ll see the country running much more smoothly.

  32. Italian-American communities should be free to celebrate his legacy however they want, of course, but elevating him to the level of having his own federal holiday has always seemed more than a little weird. We force George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to share, but Columbus gets his own?

    What woke bullshit is this?

    1. Creating new federal holidays isn’t a bad idea—Juneteenth, for example

      Libertarians for paid federal holidays for woke purposes?

      1. To be perfectly fair and giving the benefit of the doubt (because I doubt any Reason Editor is libertarian enough to think this but you never know), the less time that government bureaucrats spend working, the less time they have to fuck things up.

        Of course Reason’s boy Biden’s regime is working furiously to counteract that effect by expanding the federal bureaucracy to unprecedented numbers.

        1. But the Federal employees are paid to not fuck up. That sounds like extortion to me.

          1. Isn’t that like paying farmers not to grow stuff?

            1. True enough. That too.

  33. Just for the record, what the racist party refers to as “native americans” came her and killed or ran off the ones who were here before them.

    1. So what humans were in the Western Hemisphere prior to Native Americans? This I haven’t heard before.

      I know the Native Americans exterminated The Wooly Mammoth and The Sabre-Toothed Tiger, but they don’t fit the category of sapient human beings. Please enlighten me here.

      1. They don’t know who the pre-Clovis people were, or how they got here, but they were here 10,000 years before.
        https://www.livescience.com/earliest-conclusive-evidence-found-of-humans-in-the-new-world

        South American Indian genetics show some introgression to an archaic population related to Melanesians and Australian Aboriginals.

        1. I appreciate you teaching me something new. I’m admittedly a dabbler in Anthropological subjects who needs catching up from time to time. I just assumed all people who came over here from Beringia were one single wave and not at different times. Thanks for pointing out otherwise.

      2. Here’s a good place to start on the subject in general. I read it a long time ago, but pretty sure it covers what Mother’s is referring to.

        https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567315771/reasonmagazinea-20/

        1. One, I have read books on the subject, and check your 23AndMe before using such familial terms with people you’ve never even met.

          It was all a “Dark” age for Reason and Freedom until The Renaissance opened things a little, followed by The Enlightenment opening things much more.

          Yep, I’m a snob about letting my thoughts get sullied by being a Handmaiden of Theology and letting my work get plundered by a Lord or a King and letting my life remain as “a veil of tears” and so would be any self-respecting Modern. The facts of how life was in that time don’t care about scholarly feelz on what the terms should be.

          1. Soory, I meant this for Mother re: The Dark Ages.

          2. “It was all a “Dark” age for Reason and Freedom until The Renaissance opened things a little,”

            Cliched nonsense. The Renaissance wasn’t even one thing, much less something happening at one time across the continent. And where it occurred it did not strike like a bolt out of the blue. It was built upon solid traditions of knowledge and inquiry. So much so that in many places nobody can reliably establish a transition date from prior traditions.

    2. The Wiki page on the Clovis people has it that there were Paleo-Indians that came before the Clovis people, as your article affirmed, and that 80 percent of Native Americans can claim the Clovis as ancestors.

      Addressing your assertion above, the Native Americans obviously didn’t expel and kill off the Clovis people who were their ancestors and there’s nothing presented in the article to suggest that Paleo-Indians were victims of expulsion and genocide, but rather overhunting of large wildlife. So, how were the Native Americans genocidal of previous people?

      1. I didn’t mean your article. Rather the article Mother posted on Pre-Clovis people. It’s getting late from my end. Must rest for the next day of Commenting. 🙂

  34. Wait…the ports are not operating 24/7? WTF kind of operations management tolerates that, in 2021? I dunno, maybe offer O/T to clear out the backlog?

    Utter insanity.

    1. I know, right? You’d think our ports were some local artesanal small-town Main Street business the runs when it wants to and usually doesn’t last two years.

    2. Hey, work is oppression! Sensitive woke people are striving for a world without work.

    3. Longshoremen have a pretty sweet deal with their contracts, as they are also compensated into six figure yearly pay.

  35. “For example, major ports in Europe and Asia operate around the clock, but American ports run at about 60 percent capacity because they close at night and on Sundays. Even when dozens of ships are waiting to be unloaded, inflexible union rules that govern dockworkers’ and truckers’ hours make it difficult to meet swelling demand.”

    There’s this thing called common carrier obligations, and they arise from monopolistic like behavior. If the longshoremen’s union controls a handful of ports on the west coast, they’ve all but monopolized trade between the United States and Asia. I’m not arguing that the union should be broken up, just like it isn’t always best to break up any monopoly.

    Longshoremen have freedom of association. It’s just that the results of their choice to collude has given rise to common carrier obligations. Discriminating against customers based on the time of day they arrive may constitute a breach of those obligations–which require them to take all comers at similar prices without discrimination.

    Incidentally, it should be noted that common carrier obligations probably also arise when the four or five players that dominate 98% of the social media market start colluding, too. It probably isn’t appropriate for them to discriminate against customers on an arbitrary basis either–for the same reasons. If you don’t want to be obligated to carry content, don’t collude to deprive other people of their rights.

    Donald Trump may not have a right to use any port he wants for free, but he has a right to use a port, and if the longshoremen are colluding to deprive him of his right to use a port, then an obligation arises for them to treat Trump and everyone else the same without discrimination, and the government may have a legitimate responsibility to protect Trump’s right to use a port.

    1. Longshoreman’s unions and their hours and rules of operation have nothing to do with freedom of association or some spontaneous order, mutually agreed-upon convention. This is a product of union thuggery back by the Federal Government via The National Labor Relations Act, which requires any business to go unionized if a majority of the workers vote to have a union. And only one union can represent the workers of a particular specialized field or trade, so there’s no competition, either between union and non-union workers or even between unionized workers.

      It is legalized mob rule in violation of the individual right to live by production and free exchange…and it violates everyone’s right to do so, not just Donald Trump! Jeebus, who came into being and made him God?

    2. Nobody needs to tweet.

      1. You don’t need to breathe; fuck off and die.

      2. Nobody needs to watch a movie. Nobody needs to mail a letter. Nobody needs to have a beer. Nobody needs to go fly fishing. Nobody needs to watch some porn. Nobody needs to taste the rainbow.

        White Mike, telling you what you can or cannot do since 1985.

        1. “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

          —-Ninth Amendment

          The reason we have the Ninth Amendment is because the framers saw today’s progressives coming from 220 years away. At least that’s one way to look at it. The other way is that there isn’t anything new or different about progressives today. There have always been authoritarians who justified themselves in progressive terms, and the ones the framers were dealing with used more or less the same stupid arguments as progressives today.

          1. I have never, ever, not even once heard “nobody needs to tweet” as a Progressive talking point.

            It is my own thought, from my libertarian brain, that I came up with all by myself. Go ahead and actually give me a counter argument, using logic and facts, why someone needs to post 280-character messages on Twitter.com. While you are at it, explain Twitter’s competitive “moat”.

            1. “…It is my own thought,…”

              Stupid sumbitch has no idea what that word means.
              Fuck off and die, shitpile.

            2. now try ‘nobody needs a cake’

              ‘nobody needs to be served by that bar’

              ‘nobody needs to have a loan for property on THAT side of town’

            3. It is my own thought, from my libertarian brain”

              He thinks if he says it enough we’ll believe him, and ignore the fact he does nothing but post DNC boilerplate.

              1. It is my own thought, from my libertarian brain”

                He cawnjured it up out of thin air.

              2. The idea that our rights only exist if the government says so is the basis of all authoritarianism, not libertarianism, and if she’s saying that we don’t have a right to protest on public property without getting shot for trespassing–because the government says so–then she’s not thinking libertarian thoughts at all.

                1. It’s telling that you think calling me “she” is insulting. Misogynist much.

                  1. Before any misgendering happens, you better post your personal pronouns, cunt.

                  2. It’s not an insult Dee, just a matter of fact.

                2. Oh, baloney. It’s a well-established legitimate power of police officers to shoot someone when they are threatening to harm people the police officer is protecting.

                  1. When they are unarmed, that is called murder. She was not threatening someone. Your strawman needs a silk hat.

  36. There ain’t no “ON” switch after you shut down businesses, #3,058,886:

    “With Ports Clogged, Some Retailers Are Looking for Alternative Supply Chains”

    Lefty shits taken by surprise!

    1. How long before Newsom shuts them down?

  37. There ain’t no “ON” switch after you shut down businesses, #3,058,887:

    “They ordered brooms and got only sticks: New Bay Area restaurants scrambling because of supply chain problems”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/restaurants/article/They-ordered-brooms-and-just-got-sticks-New-Bay-16520043.php

    Lefty shits taken by surprise!

  38. Jay Gruden wrote some racist shit ten years ago, and no one outside of progressives media and the NFL commissioner’s office seems to care.

    “LAS VEGAS — Raiders players offered defense, indifference and a no comment on Sunday when it came to coach Jon Gruden and his 10-year-old inflammatory emails that came to light over the weekend. And Gruden again apologized for his language, including a racist comment, in the missives . . . .

    [Gruden], then working for ESPN as the lead analyst on Monday Night Football, had emailed then-Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen and said NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith, who is Black, had “lips the size of michellin tires” in 2011. Gruden also made a vulgar comment about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32377814/las-vegas-raiders-players-react-jon-gruden-2011-emails-coach-apologizes-again

    The fans don’t seem to care.

    The players don’t seem to care.

    P.S. Just for the record, ten years ago, the name of the Washington Football Team was “The Redskins”.

    1. The Dallas football team is still “The Cowboys”. Yet again the Indians were removed and their removers get to stay.

      1. Those who rewrite history are doomed to repeat it.

        (or words to that effect)

      2. The Cleveland Indians are changing to the Guardians.

    2. Gruden also apparently said some mean shit about Goodell, which is really what this is all about.

      Also, 10 years ago Gruden was barely affiliated with the NFL. I’m not even sure he was on TV at that point.

      Also also, DeMaurice Smith has big lips, and it shouldn’t be a crime to incorporate any physical trait when you’re bitching about someone. I have a big honking Jew nose, mocking it doesn’t mean you hate Jews, it just means you hate my stupid nose.

      1. The next head coach will be black.

  39. In case you’re wondering what the main source of the problem is, here it is right here in a few numbers:

    U.S. Population 2000 (est.) – 281.4 million
    U.S. nonfarm civilian labor force 2000 (est.) – 159.4 million
    U.S. Population 2021 (est.) – 332.7 million
    U.S. nonfarm civilian labor force 2021 (est.) – 153.2 million

    Most people probably have no idea that we actually have a smaller labor force in raw numbers today than we had in the year 2000. And trying to meet a society’s demands and maintain the supplies and standard of living with a growing population AND a decreasing labor force is simply impossible to do forever. Productivity and efficiency can only be stretched so far before they hit the breaking point, and the breaking point is just about where we’re at right now.

    If the able-bodied people of working age in this country, and especially the fucking Millennials in particular, don’t get up off their fat lazy asses, get out of mommy’s basement, and get to fucking work doing something useful pretty damn soon, this problem might become permanent. And robots aren’t going to save us either, that’s a bunch of complete and total bullcrap.

    1. I have this metal sign, in my office, left to me by a guy who worked until the day he died. Sad.

      1. A classic! Though now, it would be “Universal Basic Income” or “Get-Paid-To-Exist” Checks instead of “welfare.”

        1. It’s welfare.
          If it’s freely given from private citizens, it is called charity.
          When compelled by force of arms, it is welfare.

          1. No disputing that. Just chronicling how the euphemisms have changed over the years.

  40. Serious question? What percentage of the commentariate formerly known as Hit and Run are activists astroturfing for some think tank or PAC?

    We have always been infested by sock puppets.. Some obviously handed off from person to person throughout the day… But as the core libertarian crowd has dwindled, it seems to be an inordinately high percentage.

    1. There’s only been on sock puppet. Tulpa. All the others exist only in imagination.

      1. *one*

        Seriously. Think about the work required to run multiple socks. It would be a pain in the ass. Only someone like Tulpa who changes names daily to avoid detection, and has proudly admitted to impersonating people and running multiple accounts, would do that.

        1. Agreed. The whole “sock puppet” narrative around here is simply unwillingness to engage to one’s point. Regardless … I’m thankful for “mute”.

          1. So you don’t think Mike Laursen is also White Knight, Shrike is Buttplug and AmSoc, and Tony is raspberrydinners?
            Because it’s beyond bloody obvious.

            1. Going from memory..

              Tony almost certainly doesn’t sockpuppet. raspberry is just a shitposter. Tony has a consistent voice.

              Shrike has consistently posted under Buttplug for years. No reason to believe he sockpuppets. AmericanSocialist is another shitposter.

              Laursen is nowhere near as insane as White Knight’s posts.

              So yeah, there are a lot of shitposters. But there’s no reason to believe that they are socks. And even if they were…who cares? Mute the “socks” and move on.

              1. Lol, sorry, no.

                It may be to your credit, and I don’t blame you, but you obviously haven’t been paying attention.

                Read any Tony post from two years ago and read one now. It’s obviously not the same guy.
                Mike Laursen spent the first two months after the switch back, saying he’d been posting as WK, FFS.
                And tell me that this isn’t Shrike: https://reason.com/2021/08/31/americas-longest-war-is-over/#comment-9076679

              2. Funny thing is I don’t shit post often, and I only mock people who have a long history of attacking me personally, and are clearly shit posters themselves.

                I often contradict right-wing and pro-Trump narratives. When that gets labeled as “shit posting” by right-wingers it tells you more about them and their sensitivity to anyone questioning their bubble than it says about me.

                1. Anything critical of Trump is shitposting. Not only that, but it’s implicit support for Biden.

                  Logic is shitposting.

                  Math and science are shitposting.

                  News, as opposed to opinion, is shitposting.

                  Anything that contradicts that narrative is shitposting.

                  Duh.

                  1. Or in your case, shitposting is shitposting.

                    sarcasmic
                    September.10.2021 at 12:14 pm
                    I like to stir shit up. So what.

                    Also, someone misusing tu quoque like you are today, might not want to talk about logic.

                    1. Mike’s gonna explain chem to sarc; sarc needs a superior intellect for help.

                2. “I often contradict right-wing and pro-Trump narratives.”

                  You often bring up Trump in articles negative towards Democrats to protect Democrats.

                  1. A few here do that. And just yesterday claimed to not understand the “boaff sidez” replies when they resort to this particular form of whataboutism.

              3. Mike Liarson was White Knight. It’s not debatable.

                1. Dee got cawght sock puppeting.

                2. This is the only sock which ever seemed certain.
                  Most of the rest simply exhibit the sloppy thinking which is entirely too common and easy to confuse between them.
                  turd, OTOH exhibits a particularly distasteful combination of stupidity and egotism; hard to match that, although commie-kid tries.

            2. I guess I mean to say…I don’t understand the purpose of calling out posters as “socks”. Even if it’s true (I highly doubt it), what’s accomplished? Calling them out is practically on the verge of schizophrenic behavior (the boogeymen are everywhere!) Mute the shitposters and move on.

              1. ML is one of the shitposters. One of the big three. I cannot recall a single comment from ML, RM or JA that was about a topic instead of a person. Sevo is insightful by comparison.

                1. That’s rich coming from you:

                  sarcasmic
                  September.10.2021 at 12:14 pm
                  I like to stir shit up. So what.

                  sarcasmic
                  August.12.2021 at 4:45 pm
                  I only show up to watch the clowns duke it out while tossing in this or that provocation. Bread and circuses. This is a circus.

                2. Fuck you buddy. You’re on permamute. I gave you a chance to be something other than a troll who attacks people while ignoring ideas, thoughts or anything else.

                  You failed.

                  And I encourage everyone to mute ML, JA and RM as well. Unless you’ve got the maturity of a teenage girl and like to talk shit about people. Then by all means, mute me instead.

                  1. For someone who is always threatening to put me on permamute, you never actually do, trollboy.
                    You seem to think that it’s some kind of terrible threat. It really fucked you up when Ken, soldiermedic, etc, all muted you for trolling, huh?
                    Probably because you’re so desperate for attention. Being ignored terrifies you.

                    Interesting to see how angry you get about people reposting you bragging about trolling, when you’re trying to pretend otherwise. You’re like a little kid.

                  2. Here’s sarc bringing me up in a post where he complains about posting about people and not ideas, in a thread that I hadn’t even posted in yet.

                    Fucking hypocrite.

              2. “…Mute the shitposters and move on.”

                Do not agree.
                Everyone of them needs to be insulted at every opportunity, but please do NOT engage a single one of them
                The assholes sarc and turd, for example, take any engagement as encouragement to continue a ‘discussion’.
                Do NOT offer discussion; point out they lie (turd) or tell them to fuck off and die.
                Sooner or later, even severely brain-damaged ego-maniacs like sarc will throw in the towel.
                DO NOT ENGAGE! Refer to each of the assholes in the third person.

                1. I don’t know, man. If I was the head of some shadowy organization that intended to gain something by disrupting libertarian dialogues with shitposting, I would pay, not by post, but by reply. So, just consider that by replying to them, even with insults or whatever, you may be getting them paid.

          2. The whole “sock puppet” narrative around here is simply unwillingness to engage to one’s point.

            Hence “the tu quoque brigade.” They’re just trolls who attack people. They never engage ideas. Ever.

      2. *cue the tu quoque brigade…*

        1. In the old days of ephemeral handles, this would have been a glorious melange of pseudo-handles in response.

        2. I know that you looked up the meaning of tu quoque fallacy, trollboy, because you posted a snippet from a dictionary. But you’re still using it wrong.

          1. Not only is he using it wrong, he is trying to use tu quoque preemptively against all logic. Heaven forbid these dipshits read a book on logic instead of just looking up snippets to fling at people.

        3. Oh look. One of the trolls replied. Fuck you ML. I gave you a chance to be honest. You failed.

          1. Cute. Chuck joined the muted troll party. Fuck you too.

            1. Looks like we’re in for five more months of sarcasmic posting his daily mute list again.
              When Ken and soldiermedic muted him for trolling, it broke him. For a guy who lives for attention, good or bad, people ignoring him is the worst thing he can possibly think of.
              I think that’s why he makes such a big deal about making and posting mute lists. He thinks he’s punishing everyone he puts on it.

              But don’t worry sarcasmic, I’ll never mute you. You’re my favorite lolcow and a champion milker.

              1. daily mute list

                Still not as funny/sad as Hihn and his website naming the enemies of Hihn.

                1. Give him time. He continues to present as increasing broken.

            2. Calling me a troll for pointing out that most of his posts consist of nothing but logical fallacies is, of course, an example of the tu quoque fallacy. It proves that the observations are correct.

              He is a fuckwitted troll. I believe what I write.

            3. JFC, you are a huge baby. All of the people you listed post relevant opinions and articles. You constantly whine that no one likes you or your lame ass opinions despite your expert level beer craftsmanship, firearm building abilities, and the financial wherewithal to rent a million dollar lake house to throw a lemon party with your “friends.” Piss off and add me to your list.

          2. “…I gave you a chance to be honest….”

            This slimy pile of lefty shit believes he can tell the truth from his lies; he can’t.
            Get fucked with a rusty garden rake and die, bastard.

    2. “Not I” said The Little Red Hen, or rather the male human identifying as The Little Red Hen.

    3. Serious question? What percentage of the commentariate formerly known as Hit and Run are activists astroturfing for some think tank or PAC?

      I think Shrike, Jeff and Tony post for PAC outfits like Media Matters or some OSF beneficiaries. The Tony moniker seems to have a different operator every so often. The last one was far better educated than the current Tony, and actually engendered some begrudging respect at the time.

      I’m not sure if White Mike is a paid shill, a writer, a temp or ENB’s hubby. Attacking Reason or a writer, no matter how valid the reason or how mild the criticism, will instantly trigger a negative response from White Mike.
      Mike also likes to hint at Reason contacts.

      Sarcasmic is definitely not paid by anyone. He’s just a lonely, retarded troll who ruined his reputation by drunkposting and watching too much CNN.

      I’m not sure if the current Brandybuck is the real Brandybuck, or if someone stole his nick. He sounded like a very, very different person three years ago.

      AmericanSocia1ist, killallrednecks, Queen Anathema, Lord of Strazele, White Knight, Buttplug, MollyGodiva and Joe Friday are all obvious socks of the first four.

      Is Sqrlsy a genuine retard or sarcasmic trolling? I don’t know. There’s solid evidence on both sides.

      Conservatives and Republicans are too stupid and too cheap to run fifty-centers. But if anyone is paid on the right side of things, it would be JesseAZ based on his hyperactivity. However he’s far too willing to shit on the Republicans and conservative institutions and media for that to be true.

      1. You’re full of shit.

        I have too big an ego to sock given my limited time.

        I was ‘shrike’ for 6-7 years until I lost that email/password combo. Since then I have been various forms of Palin and buttplug. The day I changed I told Paul and a poster named Groovus Maximus who I feuded with. I told the latter so he would retain our history.

        He might have been one of those posters who went to the ‘Conservatives Only’ board which I forget the name of.

        Glibertarians I think.

        1. You left out the part of the story where you posted kiddie porn links.

        2. This is definitely you. You can’t pretend that it’s not: https://reason.com/2021/08/31/americas-longest-war-is-over/#comment-9076679

      2. “…ENB’s hubby…”

        Doubt it’s him. He posted here once or twice a long time ago, with way different syntax than the Seagull, and I think Heroic Mulatto may actually have made the guy cry… Admittedly, text is a poor form of interpersonal communication.

        A lot of people got seriously bent during the Trump years, away from how they sounded before. People change. God knows, I have.

        1. I do know. And here you can just call me Chumby.

        2. Who the fuck is heroic mulatto? I got the biracial sovcit shit on lock!

          1. One of the GlibFathers. Academic linguist, IIRC. Long departed from these shores.

      3. “AmericanSocia1ist, killallrednecks, Queen Anathema, Lord of Strazele, White Knight, Buttplug, MollyGodiva and Joe Friday are all obvious socks of the first four.”

        +1

    4. I’ve gotten checks from Soros, Koch, Sheldon Adelson, Tom Steyer, and many more. But I just submit all of yours and others comments to the corresponding party for my check.

  41. Cyto
    October.11.2021 at 9:37 am
    “Today in propaganda… All news organizations are reporting that Southwest Airlines cancelled flights due to weather and that it totally wasn’t a sick bout because the union spokesman says so.
    Meanwhile, “alternative” news organizations did some actual journalism and report that actual employees of southwest tell a different story. They say it totally is the vaccine mandate.
    But don’t worry, this is too important. So the fact check police will make sure nobody sees or hears that.”

    The Chron turned over a page to a lefty activist organization hoping to jump-start a story which has lost traction:
    “California still won’t make COVID-19 workplace outbreaks public”
    https://calmatters.org/california-divide/2021/09/california-still-wont-make-covid-workplace-outbreaks-public/

    Wanna chase away customers? Let these assholes set “outbreak” at 2/100,000 and require the company to send the info to CNN/Chron clone you can find.
    Wanna increase accounting costs and raise prices? Let these assholes require daily reports.

    1. Interesting take… “Lawmaker fails on promise” after proposing a bill that did exactly as promised but was not adopted in that form.

      Tough activist crowd.

      1. And….
        The Chron didn’t have to pay a writer for that half page!
        Win-win!

        1. made some alterations – hope you like

          Sevo wears his MAGA cap like a crown
          He calls his boy Jesus
          Cause he likes The Grand Old Party
          And he donates to the biggest creep around

          Sevo, Sevo needs his money
          Doesn’t have a lot they say
          He spends his days begging
          Under a bridge down by the San Fran Bay.

          He was born a troll for The Donald on Christmas Day
          When the New York Times said your god is dead
          The culture war’s begun
          Stephen Bannon has a son today

          And he shall be Sevo
          And he shall be a small man
          In tradition with the Party plan
          And he shall be Sevo

          Sevo sells cartoon balloons in town
          The Party business thrives
          Sevo blows up balloons all day
          sitting under the bridge watching them fly.

          Fini!

          1. Looks like someone has been eating what Sqrlsy’s been eating.

            1. That’s quality work.

              I’m working on you next. It’s takes 10 minutes tops – after I think of the right song.

              You seem like a Bee-Gees type.

              1. Do something with ABBA, or maybe Elton John.

                1. I did Elton John for Sevo.

                  1. Thought Elton was too old for your liking.

                    1. The bigger question is why does he think Sevo cares if he did Elton John?

                    2. Because turd lies; its what turd does,

                  2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
                    If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
                    turd lies; it what he does.

              2. You can tell by the way I walk
                I’m Ca-nook-i-an. Too much time to talk.

                1. Dumb people are bad at humor.

              3. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
                If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
                turd lies; it what he does.

              4. “…That’s quality work…”

                turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
                If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
                turd lies; it what he does.

          2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
            If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
            turd lies; it what he does.

  42. Creating new federal holidays isn’t a bad idea

    [facepalm]

    1. More state holidays like Pioneer Day.

  43. Columbus Day. Columbus has NOTHING to do with California. Yet there’s a massive statue to Columbus in the California Statehouse. Why? I asked that to the tour guide, and she said no one had ever asked that before (yay, government schools). Turns it was a gift from some wealthy KoC Catholic. I got no problem with that.

    But I wonder how much longer it will be until it gets taken down. It’s not out in the open, but indoors, and I bet most people don’t even know it’s there. So maybe it will survive under the radar for a while longer.

    1. Note that portraits of BOTH Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown both look down upon it.

    2. “The world, she is a round!”
      “It’s flat, like your head!”

      1. Quoting cartoons.

        1. What a maroon.

      2. I bet Mike thinks that people thought that the world was flat before Columbus.

      3. I can’t see what the grayed, ankle biter comments say, but if someone is mocking me for quoting Bugs Bunny, that’s seriously messed up on their part. Bugs Bunny is the antidote to all current woke and cancel culture.

        1. I can’t read it either.

          I hope jeff comes back. With a well-used mute button. I like his thoughts. Problem is that he lets the trolls make him dance, and he’s not a good dancer.

          1. Problem is that he lets the trolls make him dance

            sarcasmic
            August.12.2021 at 4:45 pm
            I only show up to watch the clowns duke it out while tossing in this or that provocation. Bread and circuses. This is a circus.

            sarcasmic
            September.10.2021 at 12:14 pm
            I like to stir shit up. So what.

            1. He was sharing the idea that the goal is shitposting.

          2. Unlike many of the commentariat members, Jeff (a) seems to have a job, (b) actually does his job when he’s working rather than secretly hanging out in the Reason comments section.

            1. Here’s Dee admitting she’s an unemployed loser.

        2. but if someone is mocking me

          An attention whoring shill like White Mike could never stand to not know what was being said about him. This post is proof.

    3. Columbus was in Spain’s employ when found the Americas. Spain’s land claims in the Americas can be traced back to what they built on from Columbus’s voyages. California was a Spanish possession. To say that Columbus had nothing to do with Caifornia is a rather cramped reading of history.

      1. Apparently California isn’t part of the Americas.

  44. >>but elevating him to the level of having his own federal holiday has always seemed more than a little weird

    every month needs a day off & there’s not much going on in October

    1. Halloween can be renamed Slutty Costume Appreciation Day. At least that’s my favorite part of it.

      1. “I’m going as a sexy witch, cavewoman, hot dog, pussycat, etc..” – Every 21-year-old girl ever.

        I actually new a really hot girl in college who never went the “sexy” route and went for scary and gruesome or funny. She once went as a truly grotesque beggar. She enjoyed it because it kept the wannabe Casanovas off her back. A lot of them didn’t know that it was her.

        1. I once had a lesbian boss that invited me to a Halloween party thrown by a gay and lesbian org. There were some really sexy lesbians who didn’t think panties were required for their costumes. I assumed they thought the only men there were gay so weren’t worried about? I didn’t mind.

      2. my s.o. goes the Pippi Longstocking route, so yeah.

  45. >>When Facebook and Instagram went down for several hours on October 4, traffic to Pornhub spiked.

    lol where are all the free women at?

  46. Trump wishes Ashli Babbitt a happy birthday and demands the DOJ reopen the investigation into her January 6 shooting death during rally for her family and supporters
    Babbitt’s family and supporters held a Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt rally on Sunday to mark the Capitol rioter and Air Force veteran’s 36th birthday
    Donald Trump sent a video message to the event calling Babbitt ‘innocent’
    ‘There was no reason Ashli should have lost her life that day,’ Trump said
    Babbitt was shot on January 6 as she tried to break into the Speaker’s Lobby
    The officer who killed her remained anonymous for months due to death threats
    He revealed his identity as Michael Byrd in an NBC interview in August
    Trump previously called Byrd a ‘murderer’ and said the rioters are ‘patriots’
    At the Sunday event Babbitt’s mother held Democrats responsible for her death

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10080167/Trump-wishes-Ashli-Babbitt-happy-birthday-demands-DOJ-reopen-probe-January-6-death.html

    Let us pray to Saint Babbitt. She who, for absolutely no reason at all, was shot by a Capital cop. Let us uphold this martyr to the Trump cause. All she did was try to Stop The Steal. Let us all remember her in silence. Saint Babbitt. She will live forever in campaign literature.

    1. >>as she tried to break into the Speaker’s Lobby

      c’mon dude.

      1. I believe the technical term is “asking for trouble.”

        1. That’s a death sentence in Oberführer sarcasmic’s books.

        2. “I believe the technical term is “asking for trouble.””

          I believe the technical term is slimy piece of shit, slimy piece of shit

    2. If Mike Pence had any balls, he’d hold a press conference condemning Trump for trying to pressure him into committing a blatantly un-Constitiutional act, and siccing a murderous mob on him, and conclude the whole thing with a “Fuck Trump!”

        1. Sadly, not the one we live on.

          1. You mean you want Pence to lie to fulfill your fascist narrative. Fuck you, Goebbels.

    3. I absolutely disagree with her being innocent or being a saint, but I do feel sorry for her. She was reportedly mentally ill, and she got sucked into committing a stupid act, that got her (justifiably) killed, for the sake of a grifting asshole.

      1. That story is new to me.

        I look at it this way. You don’t invite trouble unless you want trouble. Climbing through a barricaded doorway in a federal building defended by a bunch of scared people with guns is asking for trouble.

        She wanted it. She found it.

        1. Just like Eric Garner selling singles, right?

        2. Short form: she was murdered.

          1. Short form: you’re an idiot.

            1. “Short form: you’re an idiot.”

              Short form, bastard:
              You deserve a face full of chainsaw.

            2. Unarmed trespassing does not warrant being shot in the head.

              1. You forgot about the zip ties!

          2. Murder by definition requires malice and forethought. Calling her death murder is just trolling or virtue signaling the the conservatards.

            1. Get fucked with a rusty garden rake, you slimy pile of lefty shit.

            2. The officer staged himself in the corner and waited in ambush.
              Just minutes earlier there were three other guards in front of the protesters. They were doing an ok job of deescalation. Not great but adequate. They someone decided the leave.
              Non-lethal such as oc spray would have been warranted as well as ideal.
              She was unarmed.

      2. We all watched the video, you psychotic fuck. It was cold blooded murder. Period.
        You can’t pretend it was otherwise.

      3. She was reportedly mentally ill

        White Mike asks for cites for facts that he could confirm himself, but is more than happy to post unsubstantiated rumors.

      4. She was reportedly mentally ill,

        Anyone that believes in QAnon is mentally ill. That segment makes up 58% of Trump voters according to one poll.

        1. QAnon is a fairy tale that the DNC uses to frighten Wine Moms and keep them voting Democrat.

        2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
          If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
          turd lies; it what he does.

      5. it’s not that you’re wrong about everything

        You’re hypocritical about everything.

      6. Justifiably? Fuck off. If that’s justifiable then so is every other police shooting we ever hear about here. You really want to keep claiming that that was the appropriate, reasonable, proportional response?

        1. “If that’s justifiable then so is every other police shooting we ever hear about here.”

          Exactly.

          Which is also an indictment of the integrity of every writer here. None have the guts or honesty to say what you so plainly said.

          Principals over principles.

    4. She who, for absolutely no reason at all, was shot by a Capital cop.

      If you want to berate Trump, by all means berate the propagandizing piece of shit. But Babbitt was executed by a cop while she was completely defenseless and was in no way ‘threatening’ him or anyone else. The only cop I have ever seen you defend is this trigger-happy asshole.

      The reason so many people seem diametrically opposed to you is that you are gaslighting shill who proves again and again to be partisan as fuck.

      1. Gotta stick up for your anti-American pals you mormon piece of shit.

        I don’t wish death on non-Mormons, but the stupid bitch shouldn’t of been there.

        /thread

        1. You will never win an argument ever. You just keep shitting your pants and smearing it all over.

          Everyone can smell you a mile away, Shitlord.

          1. Smells like antisemitism, but he swears he only hates one religious minority.

        2. Should the same be applied to the trespassing homeless in Portland?

    5. Let us scorn the slimy piece of lefty shit sarc.
      Fuck off and die a slow painful death, asshole.

  47. Even before Glibertarians there have been cycles of conservative Republican posters here who object to the independent libertarian POV of Reason.com.

    They think libertarians owe the GOP their votes.

    As the GOP strays farther and farther from classic liberal standards these posters claim they are owed libertarian allegiance even more than ever.

    GIT HIM! HE IS EXCAPING THE GOP PLANTATION! is not acceptable.

    1. The GOP are mouth-breathing, greedy little retards. Nobody here thinks that they’re “owed” anything.

      The problem is that they’re the only viable alternative for keeping the second most consistently evil political party in Western history out of power (Yes, the Democrats have been worse even than Franco’s Falangists and Mussolini’s Nazionale Fascista).

      You and your party are absolutely abhorent, Shrike. You’re forces for evil. And if the GOP clownshow is the only thing that can keep you out of power, it will have to do.

    2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar entirely too ignorant to recognize his lies. Nor is he smart enough to know everyone else knows he’s a pathlogical liar.
      If turd posts something which isn’t a lie. it was a mistake.
      turd lies; it what he does.

  48. Does anyone care about USA dependency demonstrated in the headline? Maybe it’s time manufacturing came back home at least to 50%.

    Oh yeah; that’s right – That last 10% isn’t punished enough.. MORE corporate tax please….. /s This is why Communism and National Socialism DOESN’T WORK.

  49. See, if we had built the trains under the Pacific that AOC wanted, we wouldn’t be dependent on ships.

  50. Yes, next some genius retailer will think of procuring goods manufactured in the same country they want to sell them.

    Muh Free Markets theory still allows selling stuff that hasn’t crossed an international border.

    1. You first; start cutting the cork off the trees.
      Are you familiar with competitive advantage? If not, you need to start reading in Muh books.

  51. America is big enough to be several nations, and is a major producer of energy. Dependence on imports to meet demand is inevitable, but at minimum shelves should be stocked with essentials in a pandemic.

    But no one in America cares. They’re all obsessed with cultural war issues and remains blind to pillars of the economy starting to show cracks. If you’re worried about inflation, wide open borders, and shortages in the workforce leading to disruption in supplies, and aren’t amused by tiktok videos of vandals walking out of businesses with stolen loot, you belong to maybe 20-30% of the population that’s sane.

    The rest of the country lives in an alternate universe in which Squid Game rules pop culture and the priority in society is to offer gender neutral toy section. An American president who’s slightly above Wins above replacement would be ordering executive orders or urging congress to shore up any gaps in supplies and logistics, because a little goes wrong in an economy of 380 mil people and things go haywire. We don’t even have that.

  52. Promote free trade that relies heavily on roads, ports and rail BUT ERODES the tax based to pay for them… sometimes you have to laugh.

    Maybe its the half-baked free trade itself thats the problem?

  53. “national unity”? Seriously..there is no such thing today. Trillions in printed money spent to enrich the well connected Democratic “tribes.” No border control, inflation (sorry Yellen it isn’t temporary and by the way inflation is the worst tax on the poor and middle class but sure enriches your friends and relatives at hedge funds and primary dealers).

    As for Columbus Day..why not? He was the first explorer who started the opening up of the Western World from the Eastern World (not just Europe). And given the first modern republic was in the new world of any size in 2,000 years..well that is a good thing. As for having a day for Italian Americans..why not. We have a whole month for black and “hispanic” history..can’t we Italian Americans given our immense contributions (one of the ethnic groups like the Irish who provided the muscle in our industrial revolution..25% of the US Army in Europe in WWII were of Italian heritage (50% were German). We faced not just historical discrimination and the worst lynching in US history BUT then the “woke” liberals hammered us again with racial quotas and political correctness forstalling our success in starting in the 1990s..look at say the media, ivy league, hollywood, academia, and yes democratic administrations..we are marginalized by these sectors. So screw you…we damn well deserve a day..Columbus Day forever mfers..you NYC bolsheviks have been keeping us down for decades..

  54. Biden can’t do anything right, He as to be the most inept wannabe dictator in history. Unfortunately that is bad for American too.

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  56. Cartel’s are getting their drugs and human slaves over the market in greater numbers than ever, maybe that is where US retailers need to look for supplies.
    FJB!

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