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Germany Bans the Unvaccinated from Restaurants, Shops, and Public Venues

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Germany is excluding the unvaccinated from much of public life and U.S. policy makers are floating new restrictions of their own in response to rising COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant. On Thursday, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced that Germans who haven't been vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection will be barred from entering all but the most essential businesses.

They will no longer be allowed to enter shops, restaurants, museums, movie theaters, and other public venues, reports Deutsche Welle. Private gatherings of the unvaccinated will also be limited to one household. Additionally, nightclubs and music venues will be forced to close in areas of the country with higher cases counts.

This is "how we get out of this crisis," said Scholz, who will take over as chancellor next week, at a news conference. "If we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

Some 69 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated, compared to 59 percent in the U.S.

Federal and state lawmakers in Germany are expected to vote on these restrictions in the coming days. They will also consider mandating vaccines sometime next year.

In neighboring Austria, the government has imposed a populationwide lockdown to contain a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Those restrictions were supposed to last for 10 days, but were recently extended to a cumulative 20 days. The country is also in the process of crafting a populationwide vaccine mandate.

Protests have flared up across Europe in response to the new pandemic restrictions. The New York Times reports German protests have been relatively small, attracting only a few thousand people. Tens of thousands of people have flocked to the streets of Vienna in protest of Austria's impending vaccine mandate and lockdown, reports Politico. In the Netherlands, riots broke out earlier this month at protests organized against the county's vaccine passport system.

Things are a little more tranquil here in the U.S. Nevertheless, the Biden administration, which has already imposed travel restrictions and testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., has hinted that tougher measures might be on the way.

"Nothing is off the table," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a news conference on Tuesday in response to a question about whether the administration would consider requiring people be vaccinated to board domestic flights or shipping at-home COVID-19 tests to all Americans.

Today, President Joe Biden is also set to announce tougher travel restrictions that will require people coming to the U.S. to be vaccinated and be tested for COVID-19 both before and after they enter the country. He'll also announce a nationwide campaign encouraging booster shots, and a new policy requiring health insurers to cover 100 percent of the costs of a COVID-19 test.

Masks are also here to stay in a few of the country's more hypochondriac jurisdictions. Oregon's state government is reportedly in discussions to make its indoor mask mandate a permanent rule.

San Francisco health officials have said that the city's own masking requirement isn't going anywhere anytime soon.


FREE MINDS

A Texas law restricting censorship by social media companies has been blocked by a federal judge. The Houston Chronicle has the details:

A federal judge in Austin Wednesday blocked Texas' social media censorship law, which prohibits large social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users "based on their political viewpoints." The law, known as House Bill 20, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 9 and set to take effect Thursday.

However, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote in his ruling that the measure interferes with platforms' First Amendment right to moderate content disseminated on their platforms. Pitman called content moderation "the very tool that social media platforms employ to make their platforms safe, useful, and enjoyable for users."

Pitman also said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several times that private entities have the right to exercise editorial judgment and choose what they want to publish, and "cannot be compelled by the government to publish other content."

The ruling shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Reason's Jacob Sullum described the law in September as "blatantly unconstitutional."


FREE MARKETS

Congress passed a short-term budget resolution yesterday, averting the possibility of a government shutdown. The House and Senate both voted on Thursday evening to fund the federal government through February 18, reports The Washington Post.

The vote came after a tense week of negotiations during which some Republican senators had proposed letting the current spending authorization expire—thus shutting down the government—unless the new budget resolution excluded any funding for Biden's vaccine mandate.

Ultimately, senators were allowed to vote on an amendment to defund those mandates—which cover members of the military and private sector workers at companies with over 100 employees—which failed 48–50.

The new budget resolution includes $7 billion in funding for resettling Afghan refugees.


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• Actor Alec Baldwin gives his first interview about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie Rust. Baldwin accidentally fired a prop gun on the set that had been loaded with live ammunition, hitting two crew members, and killing one.

• Gas prices have fallen a whopping two cents. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hilariously thinks that's something to brag about.

• In response to the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C., California is spending nearly $100 million to turn its own Capitol complex into an unbreachable fortress. Seems excessive.

• Did everyone get their Bank of America Wrapped?

• Physician assistants want to be called physician associates. Doctors say they're not quite ready for that.

• Port congestion is not improving, says National Review's Dominic Pino, despite claims from the Biden administration that it is.

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  1. A Texas law restricting censorship by social media companies has been blocked by a federal judge.

    WHO CENSORS THE CENSORS?

    1. "We are not publishers, we are a Neutral platform!"

      "we need to have editorial control as publishers!"

      I used to think Orwell invented Doublethink.

      1. All Congress needs to do is to require each platform to declare whether it is a publisher or public platform. Then hold them to the restrictions of that choice.

        1. Or let the platforms' users and advertisers decide if they want to continue to use a biased platform or not. It's a self-correcting problem.

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          3. So youre ignoring the contractual issues? Why should these companies not follow standard conteact or advertising laws?

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          4. But someone might post something that contradicts the official narrative!

      2. I used to think Orwell invented Doublethink.

        Nope. He just described it honestly.

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    3. Why does anyone need to.

      Besides, all this has been solved. We have TRUTH Social now.

      1. Not yet, dummy.

        1. He knows. He's being dishonest as usual.

  2. Ultimately, senators were allowed to vote on an amendment to defund those mandates—which cover members of the military and private sector workers at companies with over 100 employees—which failed 48–50.

    lol

    1. And that's how you put on a show.

      1. Who were the who abstained? And fuck McConnell.

        1. Thune in SD and Hagerty from TN

          1. I wonder why? They could have made Harris come down and vote... Maybe that was the reason? Don't want to give her the opportunity to look like she is doing something?

            1. Would have put it fully on democrats. But depends on the rule for amendments as it is set up at introduction of the bill. Sometimes they require 60 votes to pass an amendment.

              My guess the rules here said a amendments required a majority so 50/50 fails.

              1. 50-50 means VP breaks tie, though.

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    1. It’s no longer free if I donate.

    2. They'd have a point if the donations went to the comment section.

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          1. sarc’s Beast Ice Mute Bowl should be ranked choice voting.

            1. That would be more equitable for the stakeholders. At least its not an electoral college setup.

              1. sarcasmic is the ultimate arbiter and only he knows the real results.
                The above is solely for betting purposes.

                1. "sarcasmic is the ultimate arbiter..."

                  That's spelled "asshole".

          2. No particular order?

            Dammit!

            1. Simply by posting the contenders you've committed an act of violence against sarc and jumped to the top of the leaderboard.

              1. What are the muted idiots blathering about?

                1. Like you’re not really reading it.

                2. The trolls are apparently competing to get muted by you. I’d consider it an honor.

                  1. MUTE MIKE! HE REALLY WANTS IT!

                    1. I'll admit I'm shocked. I never expected Dee to ask to be muted.

                  2. A lurker friend of mine has told me about that. She also learned that I live in a cardboard box. I thought that was interesting.

                    1. Lol. Don't lie about having friends. You have been caught peeking multiple times.

                    2. A lurker friend of mine has told me about that.
                      Funny way to say "I peeked"

                      sarcasmic has friends, they're just "lurkers" who mysteriously won't say anything here but will email him privately, lol.

                      This is second grade stuff.

                  3. All someone has to do is ask and I'm happy to oblige.

                    1. Post your list and rank the choices.

                  4. And by trolls Dee means most of the commentariat. That’s why Dee and sarc have become a couple, because there’s hardly anyone left to talk to.

                    1. Everyone else is a troll except for White Mike, sarc and the fifty-centers.

                      Sure White Mike and sarc have bragged about trolling, but they're not the problem, it's all of you.

                    2. In the Greenhut article I responded to one of the lefties directly about the topic and along comes squirrel and sarc to jump in and shit all over. I even bothered to ask sqrl a direct question related to the topic. And more shit in response.

                      But they’re not trolls.

                3. Peek a boo

            2. Sorting isn't worth the effort.

          3. if you have multiple screen names, can you win more than once?

            asking for a friend.

            1. Is your friend Tulpa?

              Are we all Tulpa?

    3. "Don't give your money to The Church. The Church should give it's money to you." --George Carlin as Jesus.

  4. Actor Alec Baldwin gives his first interview about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie...

    The gun fired itself, just as we suspected all along.

    1. "Suddenly a shot rang out!"

    2. He’s the real victim here.

    3. If a car can drive itself, why can't a gun fire itself?

    4. "You're fired!"

    5. My understanding is that he claimed he would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger--he simply wouldn't ever do that.

      Instead, he says he pulled the hammer back with his thumb and let it go.

      If you can see the real difference in that distinction, you may have a career in politics. It's sort of like that time Bill Clinton claimed he didn't have sex with Monica Lewinski--because blowjobs aren't technically having "sex".

      1. Alec doesn’t understand that flagging someone with any gun, regardless of finger position, violates the first rule of gun safety. Or maybe he does. And maybe he pulled the trigger. But had he followed rule no. 1, nobody would be dead from his negligent behavior.

        1. Alec may have been the only person with any real money to go after on the set, and since he was the one holding the gun, the families of the victims and the victims who . . . um . . . "were shot" are going to sue the fuck out of him.

          He's trying to get it out there to any potential jury members that he didn't pull the trigger.

          I linked this a couple weeks ago, but it applies to this episode especially. Remember that scene in Chicago, during the press conference, when the defense attorney is trying to impress it on the reporters that "they both reached for the gun"--because that means it was self-defense?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUFdnPLHX-g

          That's what Alec is trying to do here.

          He didn't pull the trigger!
          He didn't pull the trigger!
          He didn't pull the trigger!

          Alex wants that in the press in a really big way.

          1. Always point a firearm in a safe direction.

            If anything/everything goes wrong, it isn’t a life that is lost. Alec failed to provide the required standard of care.

            1. The gun was in his hands. It’s his fault.

              1. Exactly. He is not a child or mentally retarded. You choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.

                1. Don't tell anyone over in the abortion threads that.

              2. He wasn’t even pointing the gun at them. The gun pointed itself suddenly.

                1. Was the victim vaccinated?

                  1. Not sure, but the gun wasn’t, so I blame it. Just like a certain infamous SUV.

          2. I believe Baldwin may be telling the truth on this one, he didn't pull the trigger. He just dropped the hammer on a live round, which replicated the action of pulling the trigger. With an assist from the media who insist a gun can't just go off without the trigger being pulled, Baldwin is insinuating that since he didn't pull the trigger he's not at fault and that it must have been the red SUV's gun's fault. Baldwin may be an ignorant fuck, but I'm pretty sure he now knows very well exactly how a gun works.

            1. Baldwin may be an ignorant fuck, but I'm pretty sure he now knows very well exactly how a gun works.

              Sure, it's not like this is the first time he's used a gun in a role. This is all about covering his ass legally.

            2. No transfer bar? How old was the gun?

              1. It was a replica of a Colt Peacemaker. They didn't have transfer bars in those days.

          3. "and since he was the one holding the gun,"

            Even more so he was the Executive Producer responsible for the hiring and firing of people on that set- including the person who was supposed to be ensuring that proper gun safety was followed. And evidently he had reason to know that this person was grossly negligent and/or incompetent after numerous mishaps earlier in the filming.

            Whether it was he who pulled the trigger (or hammer) or some other actor on the set, Baldwin should burn for his absolute negligence as the leader of that film. His sloppy gun skills are secondary to the fact that he failed the NUMBER ONE duty as executive: to ensure the safety of his employees.

    6. I notice they keep referring to how ancient the revolver was, as if that would make it more likely to fire by itself. Not!

      1. Yeah, if it was single action, it's harder to go off by accident. If you have to pull the hammer back AND pull the trigger, it is less likely to go off by accident. Newer guns have a trigger safety, but you also don't need to pull the trigger back as an independent action.

        1. It was reportedly a single action Colt. While it takes two actions to discharge an SAA revolver, typically, the trigger pull will be light once the hammer is cocked. But depends on that particular gun. Also, there is no decocker. So dropping the hammer out of the cocked position with a live round requires care.

          1. By "requires care", you mean it shouldn't be pointed at someone?

            1. No, look into the barrel so you can see if there is a round in there.

              1. For all you sock puppet operators, he is joking.

                (yeah, I feel compelled to protect the stupid)

            2. It should never be pointed at someone unless say they are using deadly force to assault you at say a mostly peaceful riot.

              Dropping a hammer on a live round requires care to avoid a negligent discharge (ND). Proper muzzle direction control prevents an ND from becoming a deadly discharge.

          2. "So dropping the hammer out of the cocked position with a live round requires care."

            Yes, it does. Use both hands if you have to.

            1. Iirc, one of the high end Euro revolvers (Manhurin or Korth?) has a DA/SA model that includes a decocker like the hammer fired Sigs. Slick looking.

        2. Yeah, if it was single action, it's harder to go off by accident.

          False.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldHPNnsp-cs&t=208s

        3. There are civil lawyers salivating at this interview. If I was his lawyer I'd fire him as a client just to not get any shit on me. Just the bits of that interview I've seen, if his counsel didn't say something along the of "aww hell no, don't do it! If you do that interview, I'll no longer be able to be your counsel. Dumbass." There's a reason for the fifth amendment... You go A-bald incriminate yourself. Sociopathic clown thinks he can can do a softball interview and not come across bad in this... lol

      2. It does make it a lot more likely to go off if you are fiddling with the hammer though, if it's old enough that it has no transfer bar or other safety feature.

    7. As I posted yesterday he is using the shaggy defence
      We saw you on the set
      Wasn't me
      You were holding the guuun
      Wasn't me
      We even saw you aiming
      Wasn't me
      Your finger on the trigger
      Wasn't me

      1. Even caught him on camera?

        1. Wasn't me

    8. You mean "his prop weapon discharged" (replacing "service" with "prop" from police speak)

      1. There are civil lawyers salivating at this interview. If I was his lawyer I'd fire him as a client just to not get any shit on me. Just the bits of that interview I've seen, if his counsel didn't say something along the of "aww hell no, don't do it! If you do that interview, I'll no longer be able to be your counsel. Dumbass." There's a reason for the fifth amendment... You go A-bald incriminate yourself. Sociopathic clown thinks he can can do a softball interview and not come across bad in this... lol

  5. "Germany is excluding the unvaccinated from much of public life and U.S. policy makers are floating new restrictions of their own in response to rising COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant."

    Thank goodness we have the First Amendment in this country, which protects our right to freedom of association.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    ----First Amendment.

    P.S. Do you or don't you support vaccine mandates?

    1. One suspects the "peaceably" part is up for grabs as a technicality. "How can people be said to assemble 'peaceably' if devastation to society is possible as a result?!"

      1. Are you being facetious?

        1. Nope. Just speculating on future SCOTUS activity.

          1. Oh, yeah, they're liable to penaltax it--or at the very least, they're unlikely to upset precedent. And quarantine actions like this, apparently, have a long history in America. None of this is new.

            https://www.lawfareblog.com/long-history-coercive-health-responses-american-law

            I say they're unlikely to upset precedent, however, even as we're bracing for them to revise Roe v. Wade. The idea behind the employer mandate and the lockdowns seems like they should still be related--and a lot of people think the employer mandate won't stand.

            1. There's nothing Roberts loves more than the status quo and hates more than controversy. The man uses the Washington Post as his Bible.

              He'll fight like a tiger to ensure that the establishment gets their way on mandates and abortion.

      2. Going out in public unvaccinated is LITERALLY violence. You're LITERALLY murdering everyone you come in contact with. You have LITERAL blood on your hands.

        1. You could meet Jeff while walking the wrong way in the grocery store. Think of all the poor Jeffies out there.

        2. This was supposed to be the year vaccines brought the pandemic under control. Instead, more people in the United States have died from Covid-19 this year than died last year, before vaccines were available.

          Didn’t SleepyJoe say that any who presides over so many deaths shouldn’t be president?

          1. Yup. I picture him looking in the mirror in the morning saying, "Fuck Me."

    2. There were no arson or assault. So they weren't mostly peaceful protests Ken.

    3. I support the execution of all that support the vaccine mandates

    4. and once again, the government response makes little sense. The OMG variant so far seems more mild, the cases detected have been in vaccinated people, and the vaccines seem even less effective at stopping it than previous variants. So of course, shut everything down, except for the vaccinated.

    5. Depends on the mandate. I don’t support the OSHA mandate, but do support the mandate for military personnel.

      1. And, because I know I’ll be misquoted in the future, I’ll say I do not support _mask_ mandates.

        1. Haven't you learned yet that what you say doesn't matter? When you tell people what you support or don't support you're full of shit. The trolls know what you really think, and they'll call you out as a liar if you dare to disagree with them.

          1. I have a bit of the football-kicking Charlie Brown in me. I acknowledge it’s a character flaw.

            1. The idiots on this forum cured me of that.

              1. Which caused you to leave here in a tantrum to glibertarians forever. And by forever you meant a week.

            2. I’m sure that Charlie Brown has never heard of Chris cuomo either despite participating every day in an online forum where he has been talked about plenty.

              Lol. Goddamn sarc, you should dump this guy. Won’t help, but still…..

      2. "I don’t support the OSHA mandate, but do support the mandate for military personnel."

        Which, of course means that Mike is not a libertarian. Forcing people to vaccinate whether they are employed by the federal government or employed privately is immoral.

        Let's be clear- whether or not the Federal government has the power to force people to undergo a medical procedure to protect others, the Federal government *shouldn't* do it. It is morally wrong.

        1. Ah yes. The purity test.

          1. Sarc- it isn't about purity, it is about basic principles. If a person said they supported the government mandating women be on Birth Control while in the armed services, would you think that is a libertarian position to take?

            1. If someone doesn't support those principles 100% of the time in the exact way that you interpret them, then they're not a pure libertarian. And if they're not a pure libertarian, they're no libertarian at all.

              1. I no longer give a shit whether my libertarianism is pure. Being active in the Libertarian Party cured me of that.

                1. I've always thought of the Libertarian Party as a bunch of stoned anarchists. Am I far off the mark?

                  1. The Libertarian Party serves a useful purpose by keeping libertarians who love debating how many Rothbards can fit on the head of a pin busy with conventions and central committee meetings. Which keeps them away from libertarians who are interested in some practical results in their lifetimes.

                  2. “stoned anarchists”

                    That’s one contingent. Infrequent bathers who live in Mom’s basement are a big contingent.

                    I’ve never lived in the South, but my impression is that a lot of the LP membership there are much like our conservative-leaning friends here in the commentariat.

              2. How about dealing with the argument. Is it libertarian to expect a woman to go on birth control as a condition of employment?

                1. Sarc won’t actually answer any direct questions about topics because he knows he’d forget and contradict himself later. Or have to defend Dee if she said the opposite later, evidently.

                  But I’m the troll for calling them on their bullshit.

          2. And by the way I note that you don't try to, you know, discuss the point. Just deflect my criticism. Why is that?

            1. Because Mike is more libertarian than most of the asshats on this forum. Sure he isn't 100% pure libertarian, but he's more libertarian than any conservative who still thinks Trump won the presidency.

              1. So tribal politics. Gotcha.

              2. I just hope you see what you are doing here, Sarc. You have become almost obsessively hostile to Ken because he has the gall to say "Support the GOP right now because they are the more libertarian alternative to the existing administration." Numerous times you have complained that he is making a false choice.

                And then right here, you make EXACTLY the opposite argument here. That it is better to support Mike, and ignore a bad position, because he is "more libertarian" than others.

                1. Actually no. That's not what I'm saying at all. Ken has become obsessively hostile to anyone who dares to say "Boo" about the GOP. I'm simply pointing out his hostility, irrationality, and the fact that he's more emotion than reason. He has become what he hates.

                  As far as Mike goes, for you to say "He's not a truelibertarian because he thinks COVID should be added to the long list of things soldiers are forced to be vaccinated against" is a perfect example of a libertarian purity test. For the record I disagree with him on that.

                  1. Nobody’s buying this sarc.

                  2. "Ken has become obsessively hostile to anyone who dares to say "Boo" about the GOP."

                    No he hasn't. He is never "obsessively hostile" to people saying boo about the GOP. He is constantly trying to make the case that we need to pick the least weevil.

                    "He has become what he hates."

                    Maybe he has, but your desire to circle the wagons around the left every time they are criticized indicates to me that you have the same condition.

                    1. our desire to circle the wagons around the left

                      Come up with one example and I'll eat my shorts. You're just regurgitating troll vomit. I might defend libertarians when they're accused of being leftists, but not all disagreement with conservatives equals support for leftists.

                      I thought you were smarter than that.

                      I'm beginning to think I was wrong.

                    2. MUTE HIS ASS SARC!

                  3. I don't think you are quite fair to Ken. I don't agree with everything he says (and can't be bothered to read a lot of his lengthy comments). But he makes his point clear and makes clear why he thinks what he does. He hasn't convinced me to start voting Republican in every election, but I don't think his point is completely ridiculous or unreasonable. Or as hostile as you seem to think.
                    Maybe you are right and it's pointless to engage in politics, but I think we are at a point where there are two very different paths to follow and I do agree that the path favored by the left is a lot more dangerous and destructive than that favored by the right. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I really think there is a choice between normal bullshit from one side and some really bad things from the other that will be hard to recover from.

                    1. He completely dehumanizes anyone who disagrees with him in a way to make debate impossible. He's preaching. Literally preaching about a choice between being hero or villain. With him or against the world. Progressives are the root of all evil. Republicans are the cure. He's off the rails dude.

              3. If you ever catch me being 100% pure about any political philosophy you have my permission to shoot me on the spot.

                1. Again, this is Mike pretending to be a reasonable, middle of the road guy. But he is not. He is a concern troll who is not interested in discussing libertarian issues, but rather waging the standard Team Blue battles to ridicule people on the right.

                  This whole "100% pure" thing is a canard. I called him out about a judgement that is against libertarian values. He is advocating for forcing people to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of employment and rather than just explain why it does or doesn't pass standard libertarian beliefs on free choice and liberty, Sarc and He want to turn this onto a referendum on whether one ought to be a pure libertarian or not.

                  1. Which, of course means that Mike is not a libertarian.

                    That wasn't me. Yeah you didn't use the word true but it was implied. You're making this about him.

                    Pardon the paraphrasing but you said something like "He quoted the Rolling Stone and then said he doesn't read the Rolling Stone! That invalidates everything he ever said or will say in the future!"

                    You going to tell me that's not an ad hominem?

                    Lighten up. Some people here really do mean harm. I'm not one of them. Mike isn't. You aren't. I doubt Ken is intentionally. But there are others who are just plain mean. My only request is that you don't feed them and don't become one. Tall order around these parts, but I request it anyway.

          3. That’s not a purity test. Forcing someone to get stuck is absolutely a form of aggression.

            How the fuck do you and Mike not see that?

            1. I think they do see it. And it gives them the jollies.

        2. Fuck off Nate. You wanted to be muted. You got it. Go play with the trolls.

  6. Gas prices have fallen a whopping two cents. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hilariously thinks that's something to brag about.

    That tweet comes with a sarcastic slow clap.

    1. NO MORE HAPERINFLATION!

    2. Not if turd posted it, it wouldn't.

      1. Especially if he posted it.

    3. How about smokeless tobacco prices? My stash is gettin' low.

  7. Australia implements lockdown and checkpoints to track 3 teenagers who escaped from a quarantine camp. All 3 teenagers tested negative for covid. All 3 were merely contacts.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2021/12/02/three-teens-who-escaped-from-aussie-covid-camp-all-have-one-thing-in-common-and-its-not-the-virus-n1538282

    1. Isn't that from the 5th Mad Max movie?

      1. The one where the villain is Toe Biten?

  8. Germany is excluding the unvaccinated from much of public life...

    You know who else excluded from society those they saw as unclean menaces?

    1. Cuomo?

    2. "Hello, Mr. Wilson!"

    3. The Puritans?

    4. Trick question. The answer is still Germany.

    5. Shirtless and barefoot people

      1. *Every business everywhere

        1. That's what drive-thrus are for, dumbass.

        2. Created to exclude poor blacks from stores. A policy with deep roots in racism.

          1. No dumbass back then conservatives didn't need a pretext to exclude black people. Jim Crow was law. They didn't even need to hang a sign it was understood the black couldn't shop in the store.

            1. Jim Crow wasn't everywhere retard. It was a Southern thing, but Northern and West Coast store owners could be just as racist.

              1. Never forget that when Welcome Back, Kotter first aired in 1975, it was the Boston ABC network affiliate that refused to air it because it showed an integrated classroom.

              2. CA had the most Jim Crow laws. Many aimed at Asians.

            2. If you don’t know history, you are doomed to repeat it.

              With the passage of the Civil Rights Act, businesses could no longer turn away customers for the color of their skin.

              But they could turn them away for something else.

              See, it’s no secret that in the 1960s, shoes were a sign of wealth. Not everybody could afford them, and if you couldn’t afford shoes, you didn’t wear shoes. Here’s the thing, it’s also not a secret that historically (and currently) minority communities are much poorer.

              Prime example, according to the US census, about 12.5% of the American population was African American in 2018. Logic would hold that, in an equal society, about 12% of people below the poverty line would be African American. Turns out that number was 21.4%. You can get more breakdowns of how poverty isn’t equally distributed here. Our point is that the demographics of poor people doesn’t line up with the demographics of the rest of America.

              Businesses used “no shirt, no shoes, no service” as a way to sidestep anti-discrimination laws. Technically, they weren’t discriminating against marginalized groups, they were discriminating against people who didn’t have shoes. It just so happened that not having shoes meant you were poor, and it was way more likely you wouldn’t be rich enough to own shoes if you were part of a minority group. Thus, businesses were able to maintain a racist status quo, without really saying so.

              1. Conservatives are still at it. Still defending racist dress codes.

                "A sneaker-clad Latino state senator in Rhode Island is objecting to his chamber’s jacket and dress shirt edict as a form of white oppression. Female lawmakers in Montana complain proposed rules dealing with skirt lengths and necklines are overly sexist.

                And an Iowa state representative wore jeans on the floor last month to highlight the irony of Republican leaders refusing to mandate face masks in the chamber as the coronavirus pandemic rages while still banning jeans and other casual clothes.

                With women and people of color elected in larger numbers in many states, legislatures are being forced to confront longstanding dress codes that are increasingly viewed as sexist and racist.

                “These rules make it OK for us to judge people based on the way they dress or how they look, and I just feel that’s super problematic,” said Jonathon Acosta, the 31-year-old Democratic state senator from Rhode Island. “I assure you that what I wear does not influence the quality of the work I produce.”

                The National Conference of State Legislatures hasn’t tallied how many legislatures are considering or have adopted rules addressing attire this year. But the Denver-based organization said roughly half of all state legislatures had some sort of formalized dress code in 2019.

                Debates over dress have also come up in Congress. Objections from female lawmakers to a longstanding ban on sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes in the House prompted former Republican Speaker Paul Ryan in 2017 to promise a review, though it’s unclear whether the rule was updated to reflect contemporary standards. Spokespersons for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t respond to phone and email messages seeking comment Wednesday.

                On the other side of the globe, a Maori lawmaker won his battle against wearing a tie in the New Zealand Parliament last month. He derided the tie as a “colonial noose” and wore a traditional hei tiki pendant instead.

                Wearing unconventional clothing can be an effective “statement of resistance” or solidarity in the political arena, but dress codes also play an important role in preserving decorum, said Rhonda Garelick, a dean at the Parsons School of Design in New York."

                https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-aud-nw-dress-codes-racist-sexist-20210325-pxpyyjelkzhpze245x4cv23lnu-story.html

                1. You are so fucked up it isn’t funny.

                  1. Total projection from you.

                    Lets get back to biz mfer. Welcome to the Team. I'm glad that you acknowledge the racist motive behind conservative support for certain dress codes. Now let's not get too wild here and claim requiring people to wear shoes or shirts is racist. I don't agree with that but there are plenty of dress codes that are in fact completely pointless and racist.

                    1. Like mask mandates.

                  2. Nah, it’s pretty funny.

                    1. Strazele is hilarious. love it.

                2. “These rules make it OK for us to judge people based on the way they dress or how they look, and I just feel that’s super problematic,” said Jonathon Acosta, the 31-year-old Democratic state senator from Rhode Island. “I assure you that what I wear does not influence the quality of the work I produce.”

                  So some Juicebox faggot is ass-blasted because he can't wear his Levis to work?

                    1. Masskless chaps?

                    2. Chumby wins again!

                3. "Conservatives are still at it. Still defending racist dress codes."

                  No you got that wrong, Strudel. Let me help you.

                  "Hey DLAM, I didn't realize that 'No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service' laws were bigoted, racist policies. I was wrong to deny it. It made me look a little foolish."

                  When you don't do these things, and then dump all the google results you found when obviously trying to search for a rebuttal, it makes you look foolish. Transparently foolish.

                  I mean seriously, do you think that others saw you get completely get schooled by DLAM, and then think it was all made better by your copy-pasta? Because everyone lurking in the comments is laughing at you. Everyone.

                4. Sex isn't a race. (Though if it were, it should be a marathon, not a sprint.)

              2. Actually, requiring shoes could be a very rational way to avoid injuries and liability, especially in establishments where broken glass, plates, or pottery could be a risk. Also, maintenance may not "do blood."

                Also, shirts could be a requirement because fewer people bathed back in the day...and fewer people knew how to scupt their bodies to be attractive, regardless of "race" or even class.

                Anyway, Aren't You Glad You Used Dial?
                https://youtu.be/h2Nu42agnCc

                (I'd love it if that Office Manager asked me to help her with the "hard to reach" spots! 😉 )

    6. Just have the unvaccinated wear yellow stars - five pointed, let's not make this too obvious - when they venture outside. That's so we will know whom to throw things at.
      Literally blood on their hands! Like the blood of Christ.

      1. Still wouldn’t be comparable to what was done to the Jews. The oppression is easily avoided by getting vaccinated; try becoming un-circumcised.

        1. Saved. Oppression is okay as long as it is easy to submit. Got it.

          1. Those Native Americans should have just converted to Christianity. It's easy, just a quick dip underwater.

        2. This is such a bizarre formulation. It isn't quite excusing oppression...but sure isn't finding fault with it.

        3. You can. Sort of. If you snip off the tip of your dick the skin remaining wraps around what is left of the shaft. Reverse circumcision was practiced by Jews during Roman times so they would be allowed to participate in public life (baths, games).

        4. Also, Germany first excluded Jews from shops in the same way. The camps came later. You need to understand the entire timeline to see just how similar they are. Just comparing the end game of the past to the current state of the present is being willfully ignorant.

          1. I really don’t have to. Anybody who is comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust is an asshat.

            1. That’s because you’re willfully ignorant and a shallow thinker.

        5. "Still wouldn't be comparable to what was done to the Jews."

          Give it time?

          1. Give it time.

          2. Or better yet, and hear me out, fight it now before the precedent is set for future actions that go farther.

    7. Bardahl?

      Dial soap?

      Eureka carpet sweepers?

    8. The Jews?

    9. Y'know who else got a lot of Germans to ask each other for papers?

  9. Democrats are getting desperate. They are trying yo make president Pete a thing

    https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/stacey-lennox/2021/12/02/democrats-try-to-make-president-pete-a-thing-because-obama-blew-up-their-bench-n1538010

    A guy who couldn't even win a state wide office.

    1. Checked out his video profile on Netflix or was it Amazon. In any case, he comes across as a thoughtful, intelligent person. Of course, the show presented nothing about his positions on any issues which would largely negate those judgments.

      1. his video profile on Netflix or was it Amazon.

        Did they show him healing the sick or feeding five thousand?

      2. He's certainly not an idiot--his father was the leading scholar of Italian commie scumbag Antonio Gramsci at Notre Dame and was the first to translate his prison journals into English in 1970 (that alone should set off blaring red alarms, because the cultural Marxism that Gramsci proposed has been the lever by which the left has destabilized American society for the last 50 years), and Pete himself was an intel officer in the Reserves.

        He's being pushed as presidential material for the same reason Obama was--because he checks off certain IdPol boxes and is relatively unthreatening in his public presentation, so the media feel they can sell him better to suburban housewives than some screeching queerfag dangerhair that wants to sodomize their kids.

        He also has a lot of really shady connections to Democratic-aligned dark money orgs--his campaign manager had worked with a VC firm who funded the voting app that turned the Iowa caucus in to such a fiasco, for instance.

    2. I said half-jokingly in 2020 that the Dems' best qualified candidate was a small town mayor. Now it appears that it is the Transportation Secretary who presided over a stalled supply chain and responded by taking extended family leave to address the crisis.

      But when your VP is less popular by double digits than the least popular President of all time, you have to turn somewhere.

      1. But watch. The Democrats went with Hillary even though they had clear evidence she was a tremendously unappealing candidate. Because Hillary had power over the party machinery and she was a woman.

        The Dems have a history of doing really stupid things as far as candidate choice.

  10. Germans who haven't been vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection will be barred from entering all but the most essential businesses.

    So, only the "most essential businesses" will soon be infected with COVID-19? *That* will teach the virus!

    1. But what about the people who work at the most essential businesses? What happens when they all catch the Omegacron and die?

      1. Same thing as last year, all the grocery store clerks and truck drivers died.

    2. and how does Germany get away with pushing the misinformation that natural immunity is effective? Can't Twitter stop them?

      1. Because third reich’s a charm?

  11. In response to the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C., California is spending nearly $100 million to turn its own Capitol complex into an unbreachable fortress.

    Seems closer to a proper response to Antifa riots.

    1. If it is to end in fire, then they can all burn together.

  12. Biden touts his amazingly strong economy.

    "It's not because of luck," Biden said. "We averted potential crisis by figuring out what needed to get fixed, and then we brought the people together to do the hard work of fixing it."

    1. “Nonfarm payrolls increased by just 210,000 for the month,” CNBC reported, noting that the “Dow Jones estimate was for 573,000 new jobs.”

      1. Everyone already has 2 jobs!

        1. Voting in midterms then also voting in Presidential elections? Or mail-in voting and also in-person voting?

        2. But 3 jabs.

        3. You can do a 3rd job. It sucks, but you can.

          1. Some may find that hard to swallow.

    2. ...and then we brought the people together to do the hard work of fixing it."

      So when do they start?

      1. And who has he actually brought together?

    1. there's no way 'only' 10% of the covid handout was lost to fraud. Earlier estimates range upwards of 25%, and seems like I saw papers stating that >10% was sent to overseas recipients.

      But, really ... where is the motivation to actually get good numbers on something like this? With the people administering the programs? You gotta be kidding me; it can only make them look bad and worse.

      Interesting, you don't see the WaPo running an article showing that more gov't waste happened in that one program, than all the money they could ever hope to throw at, say, illegal immigrants children separated from their parents.

  13. Arctic Ocean started to warm decades earlier than scientists thought
    https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/11/24/arctic-warming-atlantification/2141637764455/

    Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The Arctic Ocean has been warming since the beginning of the 20th century, fueled by a process known as Atlantification, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

    The new research highlights the connection between the North Atlantic and Arctic between Greenland and Svalbard, a region known was Fram Strait, where warmer, saltier water from the south has been steadily infiltrating northern waters.

    "Pinpointing the exact timing of the onset of Atlantification in the Arctic can give us some important clues as to the exact driving mechanisms behind this phenomenon," study co-lead author Francesco Muschitiello told UPI in an email.

    A more precise Arctic warming timeline will also allow scientists to compare the history of climate change in the Arctic to changes in volcanism, solar activity, freshwater, greenhouse gases, aerosols and more.

    1. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/12/03/pielke-jr-slams-kerry-emanuels-latest/

      Absolutely amazing & somewhat sad

      Observations of hurricane activity apparently don’t show the right trends.
      So this new paper re-invents history by using modeled historical hurricane activity to find the right trends.

      Predictably, gross misinformation follows

      1. They literally did this with historical temperature records from Australia. They replaced actual measured temps with modeled Temps of what they should have been.

      2. You thought the memory hole was just for newspapers?

      3. Same thing with the temp data from the 30s

      4. My favorite has been leftists claiming the west's current 20-years-and-counting drought is due to man-made climate change and not the region's millennia-long history of being an arid region to begin with.

        1. What drought? I live in CA and if there is a drought why is Newsom dumping 50% of the water in the resivors into the ocean?

          1. Keep in mind that the CA population has just about doubled since the last serious drought in the 1970s, while the state government has spent exactly zero funds or effort to increase water storage in any manner whatsoever.
            Yes, we have a drought, but the water shortage problem is government-made.

    2. Atlantification

      "Everybody knows that Atlanteans were big time climate change deniers and look what happened to them!"

      1. Also anti-vaxers.

  14. Physician assistants want to be called physician associates. Doctors say they're not quite ready for that.

    I think instead maybe we should see other people.

    1. It’s not you, it’s me.

    2. Assistant to the manager.

    3. Primary Care Physician is a career that exists solely because of regulatory capture. Most of what they do could be replaced by an app and by making common prescriptions OTC.

    1. Well, that should hold up in court.

      1. Their photocopier only works with baby sealskin sheets. Very expensive copies.

    2. I’ll donate to the go fund me.

  15. "If we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

    Despite all data showing no correlation between vaccination rates and virus spread.

    1. You can’t forget about the FEELZ quotient in leftist thinking.

  16. Port congestion is not improving, says National Review's Dominic Pino, despite claims from the Biden administration that it is.

    I think most took his claims as further proof it wasn't.

    1. The numbers cited by biden for the 40% decrease are for ships within 40 miles. Untold is he forced ships to leave that zone under pollution regulations.

      1. It's amazing how that happens. It's just like, "99% of our employees are vaccinated!" Unmentioned: because we fired all the rest of them.

  17. In response to the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C., California is spending nearly $100 million to turn its own Capitol complex into an unbreachable fortress. Seems excessive

    , until you factor in the federal COVID grants.

  18. https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/11/rittenhouse-verdict-has-leftist-rioters-worried-it-fundamentally-changed-the-culture-of-protest/

    This is still America, much to their chagrin, and in the absence of police protection and intervention, the American people can and will protect themselves and their fellow citizens from lawless mobs bent on mayhem, violence, and destruction.

    We saw this in Chicago where the Latin Kings and other Hispanic and Latino street gangs stepped up to protect their neighborhoods, and we saw this in Minneapolis where heroic black citizens coordinated a lawfully armed defense of their neighborhoods against the violent leftist mobs bent on destruction (yeah, oddly, they think they are defending against “white supremacists,” but however mislead by leftist propaganda, they did the right thing for the right reasons, even if against the wrong perp–no “white supremacist” burned Minneapolis or any other city, that was all the Democrats and their team).

    If you watch the Washington Post video report on black Minneapolis’ residents rightly organizing to protect their neighborhoods while legally armed, you will see strong, organized, and determined people who reject the destruction being wrought in their neighborhoods. Sadly, you will also see citizens who have no other recourse but to protect their neighborhood in the absence of a viable police presence because police have been told to stand down by Democrat officials.

    Progressives apparently think that pulling police will just loose the mobs on a cowed and terrorized American populace, but that is not what happens. The Latin Kings, the heroic citizens of Minneapolis, and the heroic citizens who defended Kenosha prove that faced with a lawless vacuum, the lawful will step into the breach.

    1. The Latin Kings, the heroic citizens of Minneapolis, and the heroic citizens who defended Kenosha prove that faced with a lawless vacuum, the lawful will step into the breach.

      That doesn't necessarily prove that lawful people will step up to do what the government is failing to execute under their social contract. The Latin Kings are a violent criminal gang cartel that preys on their own neighborhoods; they just didn't want a bunch of black interlopers taking their stuff. The only thing these three examples have in common is that the existing institution failed to live up to its responsibility to prevent riots and protect property.

      That's not to say that communities shouldn't figure I'm all for bringing back the practice of "well-regulated militias" that meet up organize and drill on community defense plans, especially if you live in a blue state where the coddling and enabling of criminals is considered sound public policy.

      1. *That's not to say that communities shouldn't figure out how to work together to defend themselves if the order breaks down.

  19. In response to the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C., California is spending nearly $100 million to turn its own Capitol complex into an unbreachable fortress. Seems excessive.

    Wait til you find out about the political prisoners.

    1. Political prisoners? What political prisoners? We don't have political prisoners. Stop spreading that Dangerous Disinformation before you get a visit from the police!

    2. "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; but when the government fears the people, there is LIBERTY." - Thomas Jefferson

      I hope he's right.

  20. Germany banned a demographic from public spaces? I’m shocked!

    1. According to misek, that never happened.

      1. Don't mention the war!

      2. Sorta like Von Braun kept aiming at the stars but hitting London, the Nazis were only de-lousing the Jews, but couldn't get the gas settings right.

        1. After the 1930s, his career skyrocketed.

          1. Explosive growth.

    2. When it comes to playing “Let’s Revisit A Part of Our Nation’s Past” I really must say, they’re showing appalling taste. I’ll leave it there…

    1. sarcasmic swears this didn't happen and the internment camps are just ministering to the sick.

      Fun fact: The woman who filmed that was forcibly interned in the camp even though she didn't have Covid. She was merely in contact with a someone who had Covid. That's why she was interned for two weeks in the camp.
      sarcasmic thinks that this is okay.

    2. I find it amazing a Libertarian mag isn't all over this. It should be top billing everyday. It is appalling how fast 'never again' becomes 'well, this time it is different." Then there is the whole Uighir genocide in China nobody seems to care about either. Just keep buying cheap China made crap.

      1. I find it amazing a Libertarian mag isn't all over this. It should be top billing everyday

        I'm sure a libertarian magazine would be all over it.

        1. Damn, I felt that burn from here.

        2. But you can donate to this magazine and maybe get an NFT. How cool is that?

      2. Or you could buy cheap machetes in bulk from the People’s Republic of China and do your own genocide. Just ask the Interahamwe…

    3. Also, I'd be slitting those gaurds throats while they are sleeping.

      1. At a minimum, they should be ostracized from ordinary community life by those who should now be their former friends and reluctant family.

    4. Extremely cynical take: Reason doesn't care because they know the majority of the unvaxxed tend towards religious, and so they silently hope that the camps eliminate it.

      1. So the new ACLU position. "Civil liberties unless you're a gross redneck or god botherer".

  21. This is "how we get out of this crisis," said Scholz, who will take over as chancellor next week, at a news conference. "If we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

    Doesn't seem so obvious. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that it won't make much difference to anything. I wonder if anyone will figure out that the vaccines don't work that way.

    1. 65% of people are vaccinated and case counts are higher than last year, so the answer is self evident. The vaccines do seem highly effective at reducing severe symptoms and death, but that effectiveness wanes after a few months and may be even less effective against new variants.

      1. The new variants are CAUSED by mass inoculation with ineffective
        "vaccines".

        1. It's amazing how much this part of how variants come about is ignored.

    2. The new lockdowns will certainly slow the spread. Until the lockdowns are lifted. Rinse, repeat.

  22. Thread:

    https://twitter.com/YossiGestetner/status/1466174129577631745?t=zBZWxt9Qao7okZaMv2znfg&s=19

    According to science denying vaccine fanatics, natural immunity is totally irrelevant as a factor; early care is mocked despite its upsides; more and more jabs are needed, and needed more frequently (see above tweets).

    So in their mind/plans, what’s the end game to COVID-19?
    [Thread]

    1. More money for big pharma, directly from the govenment?

      1. Seems to be the only logical answer

        1. Don't forget fear-mongering to fortify elections and make the progressives feel righteously panicked.

    2. your car won't start if your vaccine isn't up to date?

    3. For the very first time last night I saw plastic “Vaccine Card Holders” on sale at 7-11 (this was in Santa Clara, CA)

  23. private entities have the right to exercise editorial judgment and choose what they want to publish, and "cannot be compelled by the government to publish other content."

    ... although his own ruling frames them as publishers, rather than conveyors of information.

    1. Yep, and they can be held legally liable for what they publish. You can't be Verizon when it suits your purposes and the NY Times when that suits your purposes.

      Choose.

      1. THIS^ And Congress needs to make them choose and declare their status. And then hold them to it with gusto.

        1. or let customers and advertisers decide if they want to use the platform. trust the market.

      2. Which is why Section 230 is fine. It just needs to be applied correctly based on the actual behavior of these firms.

  24. How about that- you want to enjoy societal benefits you should probably do something for society.

    Ie. stop being a FREELOADER. Get a shot and rejoin society if you want. If not, fuck off to the woods and leave the rest of us alone. Enjoy your "freedom" out there.

    1. nah, as always I will happily line up next to you at the grocery store, with no mask, smiling at you. Without a booster jab. And your choices are fuck off and cry at home or smile back and wave. Anything else will get your teeth kicked in.

      A reminder, this free country is not yours. Go live in a socialist shithole if you want socialist shithole policies.

      1. Shitlunches really should just move to Germany.

    2. How about you kill your evil self

    3. The only reason anybody would "fuck off to the woods" is because that's where they'll be burying you.

      1. Dunno which muted steaming pile of shit that is, but I wouldn't go piss on his grave; no standing in line for me.

        1. Raspberryfaggot

          1. It's Tony, so yeah.

            1. Tony’s booster. That’s why his jabs are all ineffectual.

    4. How about that- you want to enjoy societal benefits you should probably do something for society.

      So when are you going to get a job and pay some taxes, loser?

      1. "How about that- you want to enjoy societal benefits you should probably do something for society."

        How about you fuck off and die, asshole; I don't owe you so much as the time of day.

        1. (aimed at the muted pile of shit, Not Dlam)

    5. >>stop being a FREELOADER. Get a shot

      you set your bar of hilarious with this.

    6. Now do illegals who take $billions in resources without contributing to society.

  25. I am not that troubled with the spending deal; it holds spending more or less flat (less than 1% increase in total). There is still the debt limit to address, and that is where Senator McConnell can show his worth (again).

    Drag out that debt limit process and force weekly, or bi-weekly votes to increase the limit. Ideally, that will happen all the way to next November.

    1. Or just let the debt ceiling function as a ceiling, and stop raising it. 30 trillion is a nice round number, with a 3.3% buffer for real emergencies (the national debt clock just ticked over to 29.0 trillion).

  26. https://twitter.com/MichaelPSenger/status/1466457833159884805?t=IFYOQkr0zoujEOyyj8Pqtg&s=19

    So to clarify: 21 months in, western governments still haven’t been able to expand hospital capacity to avoid lockdowns for the COVID variants they’ve known were coming, but they have been able to construct an entire system of government quarantine camps in multiple nations?

    1. Priorities.

      I wonder if they'll fire unvaxed camp guards.

    2. "western governments still haven’t been able to expand hospital capacity but they have been able to construct an entire system of government quarantine camps in multiple nations"

      So it turns out those Xeroxed conspiracy pamphlets left in the waiting area of your local oil change shop were true after all.

      1. It's the 20s. The difference between conspiracy theory and reality is a couple of months.

    3. In fact, our capacity has dropped because of the stupid mandates. They're going to blow up the healthcare system we had to stay home for two years to save.

  27. "If we had a higher vaccination rate, we wouldn't be discussing this now."

    Yes indeed. If more people would just voluntarily do as they're told, there would be no need to force them to do as they're told. It's their own fault, really, that we are forced to use force.

    And Joe Biden completely agrees. Why should the vaccines be a partisan political issue? Just fucking do as you're told! What's so hard about that? It's just a few ignorant and evil people who want to make this an issue about "freedom" and "liberty" and "individual choice" and other nonsense like that when your highest priority should be the welfare of the collective and there's nothing even remotely political about that.

    It's just like his Build Back Better plan to spend a shitload of money we don't have on hare-brained schemes that aren't going to work in order to solve non-existent problems while enabling a stunning amount of graft and corruption - it's all just common sense that no reasonable person could possibly object to.

    1. This is what Jeff has been advocating for for a year.

  28. https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1461676902175944707?s=20

    Christina Wyman: Parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones educated. It’s sort of like entering a surgical unit thinking you can interfere with an operation because the patient is your child.

    1. Aside from the ludicrous arrogance and pomposity of comparing teaching to surgery, you can bet your ass when my son is scheduled for a tonsillectomy and I see the surgeon preparing to amputate his leg I'm going to be busting into the operating room.

  29. You can take the Germans out of the Nazi Party, but you can't take the Nazi out of the Germans.

    1. As I said yesterday, this shit is in their blood.

      1. They make great cars though. I guess you take the good with the bad with the Germans.

    2. Last week, I wrote about my trip to the newly-formed Czech Republic. To get there I had to take an overnight train through Austria — a find memory is being awakened in the middle of the night by an Austrian soldier to “show my papers.”

    3. Hey now! They just want everyone vaccinated, so what’s with the cheap shots?

  30. https://twitter.com/Sethrogen/status/1466565919023403012?t=SgOBlQtnoftDojcCZc439Q&s=19

    We really pissed off tens of thousands of white supremacists with our new show #SantaInc which is now available on HBOMAX! (Please read the responses to this tweet for confirmation)

    1. So that's their sales pitch? "A bunch of people didn't like this movie, that's why you should watch"?

      1. "So that's their sales pitch?"

        I recall different studios pulling a similar move with other movies. For example, if you don't like (or didn't watch) the new Star Wars movies, you're a misogynist.

        1. Chick "Ghostbusters" and woke "Charlie's Angels" top the list of films that we didn't watch because we hate women.

          1. One of the actresses from Ghostbusters (2016) had some thoughts regarding the newer Ghostbusters move - "So insulting. Like f*** us. We didn't count. It's like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) "Gonna redo 'Ghostbusters', better with men, will be huge. Those women ain't ghostbusters ugh so annoying."

            1. Did they do another Ghostbusters remake? I bet it's just as shitty.

              Ghostbusters was great because of who was in it and who wrote it. Not a movie that ever should have been remade.

              1. It's a follow up set 20 or 30 years after the 2nd movie. I think the main kid is supposed to be Spangler's grandson or something.

                1. If it doesn't involve Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman, I don't even want to know.

    2. LOL, was anyone actually watching or caring about whatever new drek LOLweeeeeedduuuuuude Man came up with lately, outside of the entertainment press?

      Seth should stick to pretending that needing to be baked out of his skull constantly just to get through the day isn't an addiction. He's a lot better at that than trolling "white supremacists."

      1. He's a lot better at that than trolling "white supremacists."

        Not really.

    3. A Jewish guy hates Christmas, quelle surprise.
      But if you don't like his movie you're a white supremacist. Seems like he went to the Tony school of rhetoric.

      1. I guess some people made some nasty jokes/comments about Jews in youtube comments. Which is lame and shitty. But we already knew youtube commenters were lame and shitty.

        1. Maybe. But Rogan has gone out of his way to get people to be shitty towards him the last few years.

          1. Oh, I'm sure that's part of it too. Assholes vs assholes.

  31. GOP Sen. Susan Collins supports codifying Roe v. Wade abortion protections into law
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-sen-susan-collins-supports-codifying-roe-v-wade-abortion-n1285202

    After more than a decade (that I've been advocating the codifyication of Roe v Wade into federal law), Sen Collins is the first Republican Senator to call for doing the same.

    Still need to get another 9 - 12 GOP Senators on board, and the abortion war will be largely resolved.

    This process is likely to get ugly within the GOP ranks, as extremist conservative theocrats will viciously attack any/all GOP Senators who endorse legalizing any abortions (even at 1 week after conception).

    1. Or they can follow the law and leave it to the states tk decide

      1. Congress has the legal authority (and duty) to protect women's fundamental freedom, and can also regulate abortion service providers (interstate commerce).

        Besides, SCOTUS won't overturn an historic bipartisan law enacted by US Congress codifying Roe v Wade into federal law.

        1. By compelling pregnant women to cross state lines to obtain legal abortion services, the increasing number of state laws that ban (or severely restrict) abortions establish the fact (and legal argument) that abortion services are interstate commerce, which the US Constitution explicitly allows Congress to regulate.

          1. So your in favor of an all powerful commerce clause. Got it. You can stop pretending to be libritarian now

            1. Not necessarily favoring, just revealing the brutal truth.

              1. Forcing women to cross state lines so they can kill their unborn child?

                One of these things is a lot more "brutal" than the other.

        2. Congress has neither the authority nor duty to regulate abortion. This is a question for the states, and the people to decide.

          1. Perhaps Commenter_XY can provide some evidence and legal arguments to justify his/her assertion, and which state(s) he/she is licensed to practice law.

            1. The 10th amendment

              1. ^ this!

                Although someone tried to tell me at Volokh that the 10th amendment is irrelevant because the 14th amendment takes precedent being more recent. That is Hihn level of idiocy, so I didn't even respond.

            2. >>licensed to practice law

              being licensed to practice law unnecessary for the discussion.

              1. Maybe. But Rogan has gone out of his way to get people to be shitty towards him the last few years.

                1. Wtf. Wrong spot.

              2. Take 2: The first amendment only applies to journalists.

        3. but states have the constitutional authority to determine what is and is not a crime, and what the penalties should be. except for piracy, counterfeiting and treason.

  32. America’s Two-Track Jobs Recovery
    Memo to Ron Klain: Here are the pandemic policies that worked.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-two-track-jobs-recovery-republican-democrat-governors-lockdowns-covid-11638486433

    Lockdowns and other harsh government measures don’t stop Covid, so why is the White House still trying to defend them? “Stronger COVID measures produce STRONGER ECONOMIC outcomes,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain tweeted Wednesday. “That’s why jobs, growth and economic activity are UP this year, significantly over last year.”

    Egad. Jobs and economic growth have rebounded as vaccines became widely available and Democratic-led states finally lifted their destructive lockdowns. But lockdown states continue to suffer high unemployment while Republican-led states that maintained many fewer restrictions have almost fully recovered.

    It’s clear from the numbers, if you’ll bear with us. The Labor Department recently reported that the unemployment rate in October hit the lowest on record since 1976 in West Virginia (4.3%), Georgia (3.1%), Oklahoma (2.7%), Utah (2.2%) and Nebraska (1.9%). Vermont (2.8%), Idaho (2.8%), South Dakota (2.8%), New Hampshire (2.9%), Alabama (3.1%), Montana (3.1%), Wisconsin (3.2%) and Indiana (3.3%) are close to their pre-pandemic rates.

    In some of these states, many unemployed have dropped out of the labor force, which has reduced their unemployment rates. But the labor force has grown in Idaho, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin as well as some others. All these states have GOP governors and legislatures, with the exception of Wisconsin (Democratic Governor) and Vermont (Democratic legislature).

    Nine states, on the other hand, have unemployment rates above 6%—California (7.3%), Nevada (7.3%), New Jersey (7%), New York (6.9%), New Mexico (6.5%), Connecticut (6.4%), Hawaii (6.3%), Michigan (6.1%) and Alaska (6.1%). All have Democratic government trifectas save Michigan (GOP legislature) and Alaska (GOP Governor and legislature).

    1. While payroll jobs nationwide are 2.7% below their pre-pandemic peak, Utah and Idaho have exceeded theirs by 3.5% and 1.6%, respectively. Arizona (-0.2%), Texas (-0.5%), South Dakota (-0.7%), Nebraska (-0.8%), Alabama (-1.2%), Arkansas (-1.2%), Montana (-1.2%), Georgia (-1.3%), Tennessee (-1.7%), South Carolina (-1.8%) and Florida (-1.9%) will do so soon.

      By contrast, New York (-8.2%), Pennsylvania (-5.4%), Michigan (-5.1%), Massachusetts (-5.1%), California (-5%), New Jersey (-4.8%), Connecticut (-4.7%) and Illinois (-4.7%) will take much longer to recover the jobs they lost, if they ever do. The New York City (-10.1%), San Francisco/East Bay (-7.4%) and Los Angeles (-6.6%) regions have even further to go.

      There are about four million “missing” jobs since February 2020 in the 23 states with Democratic governors versus 1.3 million in the 27 with GOP governors even though they have only 15% more population. (State and national data don’t always align.) Incredibly, the missing jobs in California, Illinois and New Jersey exceed all those in the 27 GOP-led states combined.

      What explains this startling dichotomy? One obvious culprit is the extent of lockdowns. Democratic governors tended to favor extensive lockdowns that were especially hard on small businesses. Population migration has also reduced the demand for services. Many offices in New York and San Francisco haven’t fully reopened, so hospitality jobs that depend on them haven’t returned.

      Yet there are also many more missing workers in leading lockdown states. Florida’s labor force has expanded 1.2% during the pandemic while California’s has shrunk 2.1%. There are 950,000 fewer employed workers in California than before the pandemic versus 12,000 fewer in Florida. Put another way, California is missing 40 times more workers than Florida, adjusting for population. This is one reason ships are backed up in Los Angeles, where the unemployment rate is still 9.4%, though the labor force has shrunk by 120,000.

      Government payments also reduced the incentive to work. Most Republican-led states withdrew expanded pandemic unemployment benefits by early July but they didn't lapse in Democratic states until Labor Day. California’s eviction moratorium didn’t expire until October, and Democrats have offered to pay 100% of the back rent for tenants dating to April 2020. The Golden State this summer also sent $1,100 checks to lower-income families.

      We wish this partisan distinction didn’t exist, but the pandemic heightened the economic policy differences between the two political parties. The states have provided a market test, and GOP policies won. Mr. Klain is taking credit for the pandemic policy results in Florida and Georgia, not in New York or California.

      1. This WSJ editorial provides an excellent analysis between the economic impacts of policies in freedom loving GOP run states versus totalitarian socialist Democrat run states (since the Fauci financed covid pandemic and left wing media panic began).

      2. The People's Republic of NJ data does not surprise me in the slightest. We have a progressive idiot as governor.

    2. “All have Democratic government trifectas save Michigan (GOP legislature)”

      And it took the legislature in Michigan about a year to get rid of the old emergency powers law that gave the Democrat Governor the power to unilaterally shut everything down.

  33. Some 69 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated...

    Perverts.

    1. Guess they prefer the two jabs treatment.

      1. They have the problem licked.

      2. Getting jabbed, you'll be in and out in no time.

        1. Jabreit macht frei.

  34. https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1466786877109907461?t=i8ZSj0tVUCM6Pz8LUeKJTg&s=19

    Psaki found out about the horrendous November Jobs numbers Live on air.

    Her response was so awkward
    [Video]

    1. repulse, or respect the effort?

      1. That was painful.

  35. Masks are also here to stay in a few of the country's more hypochondriac jurisdictions. Oregon's state government is reportedly in discussions to make its indoor mask mandate a permanent rule.

    Fortunately, if you happen to live in a red state, the odds of having to deal with this nonsense is significantly lower.

    1. So far.

    2. Until Abbott caves again like he did last year.

      Also, fuck Clay Jenkins.

      1. fuck. clay. jenkins.

  36. https://twitter.com/thomaschattwill/status/1466762751175446534

    NYT article very clearly stating that the protests of 2020 were in fact a school and training ground for the theft of commercial goods on a massive scale:

  37. https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/12/02/cia-pedos-walk-free-after-doj-refuses-to-prosecute-foia/

    CIA Pedos Walk Free After DOJ Refuses To Prosecute: FOIA
    Remember in 2009 how an internal investigation into child pornography revealed hundreds of civilian and military employees of the DoD had bought child porn, yet ‘only a handful of cases‘ were prosecuted?

    Nine years later, an internal investigation revealed that “An untold number of Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors have subscriptions to child pornography websites.”

    Now, BuzzFeed News (which ejected one of its own suspected pedophiles last year for plagiarism) reports that the CIA has “secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children), yet while most of the cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime (who also allegedly mishandled classified information), and the rest were sent back to the CIA to handle internally – which meant few faced any consequences “beyond the possible loss of their jobs and security clearances.”

    1. the rest were sent back to the CIA to handle internally

      Wait, what? The fuck does the CIA have to do with prosecuting sexual crimes?

      1. A great way to ensure you're people do exactly what you want them to do.

  38. "Port congestion is not improving, says National Review's Dominic Pino, despite claims from the Biden administration that it is."

    That's spelled "lies".

    1. Psaki psays pshipping psystem’s psound

      1. forgot Psexy

        1. Psexy as pshell. I'd love to feel her tighten hard with the force of a thousand Kegels as I whisper in her ear that I supported Trump.
          Girls love bad boys.

            1. I'd diddle AOC too if she asked nicely. I'd ride her like Seabiscuit.
              If I avoided women for holding mind-numbingly insane political positions up here in Canada, I'd be a very lonely man.

              1. She does resemble Seabiscuit.

                1. I was hoping someone would connect the reference.

        2. No. No I didn’t.

          1. I didn't either because ew ML can totes have that. it just fit the phrase

            1. Gingers have no souls. But they do have three holes.

              1. i love them. except psaki no gracias.

      2. Pshipping pstill pstuck IN Psound! (Pshit Psucks!)

  39. "Physician assistants want to be called physician associates. "

    Why not call them what they are "Data entry clerks in white coats"?
    All a PA has ever done to/for me in a doctors office is ask questions form a laptop script, and key in the responses. Ten the "doctor" comes in and checks to be sure the answers are the ones that trigger federal payments, and splits.

    1. Reminds me of when software testers wanted to be called Quality Assurance engineers, or User Interface designers made a big deal of being called User Experience designers. Call them whatever makes them happy, they are doing so exactly the same work for the same pay.

      1. And they can still be called PAs by the doctors, so it's sort of a wash

        1. Really. If your a doctor, just pay them on the head, call them whatever they want to be called, and go shoot nine holes at the country club.

  40. San Francisco health officials have said that the city's own masking requirement isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

    Absent a Tony! Toni! Toné! reunion.

  41. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1466796031845281798?t=505vDGyaVWX30kkBbddx-g&s=19

    JUST IN - China to create rare earth giant by combining three state-owned firms to maintain its worldwide dominance.

  42. Congress passed a short-term budget resolution yesterday, averting the possibility of a government shutdown.

    oh thank god

    1. Solving long term problems with short term solutions.

  43. >>Olaf Scholz

    too easy.

  44. Good on Germany. Irresponsible citizens should pay the price for their stupidity and selfishness, not the rest of us. That's how it works in successful human societies.

    1. SUPPORT THE GREAT UNPERSONING!!!!!

      You'll make a good slave.

      1. Unicorn, you confuse social responsibility with slavery. Not surprising for a spoiled American snowflake.

        1. And you confuse social responsibility with wanting to lock up those you view as ideologically impure.

          And only faggots say snowflake.

        2. you confuse social responsibility with slavery

          You say social responsibility, but you mean slavery. Your insult demonstrates that know he is correct.

    2. successful human societies lol love it.

      1. You think it was easy Dillenger? You and I are in the luckiest MFing generations of humans over our at least 300k years on earth and some here like to think they are persecuted slaves living in intolerable conditions. We didn't get this far because our ancestors just let destructive and irresponsible tribesman s..t on everyone else because, hey, they were free!

        1. can't tell if you're talking about mandated injections or wiping out the Sioux.

        2. That’s right, the kings and slave owners kept us on the right track!

          1. You snowflakes think you were owed the privileged life others earned for you. Got it.

            1. why you call us names? I was just trying to figure out whether you're siding with the nazis on the injections or the manifest destinarians on the westward expansion.

              1. Lefty shits say snowflakes instead of kulaks because they both fail to understand the metaphor as it applies to them and refuse to acknowledge the history of the Marxist philosophy they espouse.

                What they mean is kulaks.

                1. lol I will accept kulak.

                  1. I prefer wrecker.

            2. You didn’t build that concentration camp

              1. Slave laborers themselves build the camps! If you can’t grasp THAT, you really need to get out of Gulag / Kontz -lager industry…

        3. Surprisingly, this is only the second dumbest post I have read today.

    3. "If only Comrade Stain knew" - Joe Friday 2031

      1. Hopefully we can wash that Stain out well before that happens.

    4. The failure of the vaccines is squarely on the shoulders of the unvaccinated.

      1. The vaccines are not failing you twit, except maybe in your spoiled brat mind, or did you expect them to self-mutate, replicate, and help you lose weight all at the same time?

        1. The vaccines are not failing you twit

          Case numbers in highly vaccinated countries says otherwise.

      2. The vaccines have been a huge success.

        1. Your gaslighting is uninspired. Maybe try smiling when you type.

          1. He's just going through the motions today.

    5. No, the mandate part goes too far. I'm all in favor of encouraging people to wear masks and get the vaccine when appropriate, but it shouldn't be mandated by the state.

      1. Why not chem? Mandates do not result in people getting hog tied and injected, it just limits their ability to infect the rest of us. Any self respecting society intent on surviving should require that, and we do for many other vaccines.

        1. Not everyone can tolerate extended mask wearing. Most people don't practice suppressing their gag reflex or holding their breath to the extent you clearly have.

        2. >>Mandates ... hog tied

          one of these things you misunderstand

        3. "Mandates do not result in people getting hog tied and injected"

          Not yet anyway.

        4. I just realized today that the next logical step for medical researchers, now that they’ve invented mRNA vaccines, is vaccines against respiratory diseases that spread by respiration.

          Would be kind of humorous to see anti-vaxxers masking up so they won’t breath in vaccines.

          1. No, not really.

    6. But vaccinated people have nothing to fear from the unvaccinated...

  45. "They will no longer be allowed to enter shops, restaurants, museums, movie theaters, and other public venues, reports Deutsche Welle. Private gatherings of the unvaccinated will also be limited to one household."

    Well, I guess it's nice to see that the Germans still have ..... "solutions." /sarc

    1. Did Germany (or states in Germany) issue non fakable photo IDs to all citizens who got vaccinated (to show as proof of vaccination)?

      Unless/until that occurs, fake covid vaccine cards can/will flourish everywhere vaccine cards are required to participate in business and social activities.

      While employers may be able to detect fake covid cards, minimum wage employees at retail stores, restaurants, bars, sports events, concerts, etc. aren't going to be able to detect (and won't be held legally accountable for failing to detect) fake covid cards.

    2. Private gatherings of the unvaccinated will also be limited to one household."

      Who is going to be the lucky household?

  46. Manchin Comes Out Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Large Companies
    https://dailycaller.com/2021/12/03/joe-manchin-biden-vaccine-mandate-mike-braun-west-virginia-indiana/

    I've anticipated this news for the past several weeks, as only 41.5% of West Virginians are fully vaccinated, the lowest rate in the US. Manchin isn't stupid.

    1. Well, those 58.5% of unvaccinated West Virginians are the obvious cause of the overwhelming rate of deaths in the state, because ... oh, wait. They are 14th in death rate behind such heavily locked down places as New Jersey and New York, and unlocked places like Florida.

      Huh. It's almost like there is a major confounding variable such as poverty and age, when you look at that death rate chart. Go figure.

  47. Germany Bans the Unvaccinated from Restaurants, Shops, and Public Venues

    Yeah, we do that in this country too. Was that story too local to report?

    1. Germany (who forgot to ban them from parks and hang up signs saying “No Dogs Or Unvaccinated Allowed!”) have their way of doing it, we have ours. I predict separate but equal restrooms and drinking fountains as a starting point.

  48. Some 69 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated...

    Yet the poor vaccinated are besieged by the unvaccinated. As a vaccinated person, I'm literally terrified to be in the presence of the unvaccinated. When I got my polio vaccine, I wouldn't even go outside for fear of contact with an unvaccinated person.

    1. No true Snotsman

      1. A Snotte and Bailey fallacy.

  49. The bottom line: We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers,” Biden said. “We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”

    Vaccinated people, cowering in the corner from the unvaccinated.
    Because vaccines work! They're effective!

    1. Yeah, Diane, I cower in the corner from cockroaches, rats, and other carriers of disease. Don't you, or you like them running across your plate and sleeping in your bed?

      1. I cower in the corner from cockroaches, rats, and other carriers of disease.

        It is easy to imagine you cowering. Almost as much as it is hard not to call you a hard line Stalinist when you engage it propaganda that sounds exactly like them.

        You know that armadillos carry leprosy, right? I am hoping that might be enough to keep you from venturing outside your home and contaminating the populace with your prejudice and stupidity.

        1. Outside his home? There are BEARS out there!

      2. Yeah, Diane, I cower in the corner from cockroaches, rats, and other carriers of disease.

        You know who else compared an undesirable population to cockroaches, rats, and considered them a disease?

        Also, this analogy is so stupid as to be hilarious. Are you terrified of people who are unvaccinated from Diphtheria?

        VCRs for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis and Pertussis booster vaccination increased from 2013 to 2017 while remaining suboptimal across all ages and lower in the adult populations. The analysis also shows that the introduction in 2013 of a pertussis vaccination at 6 years of age was relatively well-established in 2017 while other changes in recommendations were slowly or partially implemented.

        Diphtheria spreads from person to person, usually through respiratory droplets, like from coughing or sneezing. It can also spread by touching open sores or ulcers of someone with a diphtheria skin infection.

        I'm vaccinated, I have no fear of the vaccinated, yet you keep screaming at me, telling me to be terrified of the unvaccinated. So between you and me, which one of us actually believes in the efficacy of the vaccines?

      3. Please do and leave the rest of us alone you twit.

      4. I cower in the corner from cockroaches, rats, and other carriers of disease.

        Dehumanizing the unvaxxed. Good, good. Let the hate flow through you.

      5. Yeah, Diane, I cower in the corner from cockroaches, rats, and other carriers of disease.

        The Ten Stages of Genocide

        (1) Classification: Governments begin dividing people into "us" versus deplorables "them."
        (2) Symbolization: Governments start forcing "unclean" people to wear symbolic articles of clothing, so they clearly stand out from everyone else.
        (3) Discrimination: Governments use laws and cultural power to deny civil rights to certain people.
        (4) Dehumanization: Governments subtly deny the humanity of discriminated groups by comparing them to animals, vermin, insects, or diseases. <------- Joe's post is here
        (5) Organization: The state bureaucracy begins actively designing killing plans for undesirables.
        (6) Polarization: Propaganda is utilized to amplify the differences between "us" versus "them," and interactions between groups are limited.
        (7) Preparation: The victims of future mass killing are identified and separated.
        (8) Persecution: Governments begin forcing members of victim groups into special camps.
        (9) Extermination: The massacre begins, and government actors justify their mass murder as a necessary "extermination" of non-humans who deserve to be killed.
        (10) Denial: The brainwashed perpetrators of genocide deny having committed any crimes — blaming their victims for their own murders.

      6. What's hilarious about this take is you have no idea how many "carriers of disease" you've interacted with every day of your entire life.

        1. Look at the person on your left and look at the person on your right. One of the three of you has herpes. Joe Friday got it from a man whose name he didn't know at a truckstop.

      7. Interesting approach. Personally, I prefer keeping my house clean of rats, cockroaches, and other carriers of disease.

        1. But it was worth it. He'd never been rogered so hard in his life.

  50. In a Sept. 17 update on COVID-19 epidemiology and vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included an analysis of several studies conducted in the U.S. and other countries on vaccine effectiveness against the delta variant.

    “Even if you’ve gotten a vaccine there is still a chance,” albeit a “much lower” one, “that you can get symptomatic infection” after contracting the virus from an unvaccinated person, Offit explained. “There is still a chance that you can get serious infection and there is still a chance you can be hospitalized or die from that infection.”

    1. and....?

      1. It’s good that Diane/Paul is finally learning how vaccines work?

        1. There's a chance you can die. A chance! Just like if you're unvaccinated! Chances! Chances of dying! Don't either of you understand chance?

          1. Numbers, how do they work?

            1. All “chances” are equal.

            2. Pretty well actually.

  51. “Did everyone get their Bank of America Wrapped?”

    Let’s insult our customers!

    Brilliant idea!

  52. Trump says Mark Meadows' Covid claim is 'fake news'. Hours later, Meadows agreed

    LOL… this is exactly the kind of spirit we need here in the modern GOP. Why should we waste time debating policy questions amongst ourselves in the GOP when we can just ask the Great Poobah himself, Donald Trump.

    … which brings me to this: A personal request to Donald Trump: Master, if you are reading this can you formulate a workout tape as well. I want to admire your sheer physicality in additional to your wonderful brain. You have it all Great One— brains, muscles like Adonis and the greatest haircut ever. Can I bask in your glow while I blow my load thinking about your wonderful biceps? Thank you, Great Poobah. Thank you!

    1. Famous sarcasmic quotes:

      "The choice between the NSDAP and the SPD in 1933 was merely giant douche and turd sandwich" - t. sarcasmic

    2. TDS-addled piece of shit shows up to make a public ass of himself again!
      Fuck off and die.

  53. As Reason Contributor Brendan O'Neill said, "We held up our end of the bargain, it's time for our leaders to hold up theirs"

    I got vaccinated back in April because I was told, "If you get vaccinated, you can return to normal." The vaccine is 100% effective and you can't spread the disease.

    After getting vaccinated I was told, "What are you doing? You can't return to normal!"

    Why not?

    Because cases are rising.

    I understand that may be the case, but I'm vaccinated.

    Yes but you can still get sick.

    Why did I get vaccinated?

    Because the vaccine is highly effective!

    Great, so let me return to normal.

    No, you can still get sick AND you can spread the disease!

    I thought you said the vaccine is highly effective.

    It is, it's just not 100% effective, no vaccine is 100% effective you Q-Anon, Trumpy science denier!

    And so on, and so on and so on and so on.

    1. Bud: ‘You can’t come in here!’
      Lou: ‘Why not?’
      Bud: ‘Well because you’re unvaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘But I’m not sick.’
      Bud: ‘It doesn’t matter.’
      Lou: ‘Well, why does that guy get to go in?’
      Bud: ‘Because he’s vaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘But he’s sick!’
      Bud: ‘It’s alright. Everyone in here is vaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘Wait a minute. Are you saying everyone in there is vaccinated?’
      Bud: ‘Yes.’
      Lou: ‘So then why can’t I go in there if everyone is vaccinated?’
      Bud: ‘Because you’ll make them sick.’
      Lou: ‘How will I make them sick if I’m NOT sick and they’re vaccinated.’
      Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘But they’re vaccinated.’
      Bud: ‘But they can still get sick.’
      Lou: ‘So what the heck does the vaccine do?’
      Bud: ‘It vaccinates.’
      Lou: ‘So vaccinated people can’t spread covid?’
      Bud: ‘Oh no. They can spread covid just as easily as an unvaccinated person.’
      Lou: ‘I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. Look. I’m not sick.
      Bud: ‘Ok.’
      Lou: ‘And the guy you let in IS sick.’
      Bud: ‘That’s right.’
      Lou: ‘And everybody in there can still get sick even though they’re vaccinated.’
      Bud: ‘Certainly.’
      Lou: ‘So why can’t I go in again?’
      Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘I’m not asking who’s vaccinated or not!’
      Bud: ‘I’m just telling you how it is.’
      Lou: ‘Nevermind. I’ll just put on my mask.’
      Bud: ‘That’s fine.’
      Lou: ‘Now I can go in?’
      Bud: ‘Absolutely not?’
      Lou: ‘But I have a mask!’
      Bud: ‘Doesn’t matter.’
      Lou: ‘I was able to come in here yesterday with a mask.’
      Bud: ‘I know.’
      Lou: So why can’t I come in here today with a mask? ….If you say ‘because I’m unvaccinated’ again, I’ll break your arm.’
      Bud: ‘Take it easy buddy.’
      Lou: ‘So the mask is no good anymore.’
      Bud: ‘No, it’s still good.’
      Lou: ‘But I can’t come in?’
      Bud: ‘Correct.’
      Lou: ‘Why not?’
      Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’
      Lou: ‘But the mask prevents the germs from getting out.’
      Bud: ‘Yes, but people can still catch your germs.’
      Lou: ‘But they’re all vaccinated.’
      Bud: ‘Yes, but they can still get sick.’
      Lou: ‘But I’m not sick!!’
      Bud: ‘You can still get them sick.’
      Lou: ‘So then masks don’t work!’
      Bud: ‘Masks work quite well.’
      Lou: ‘So how in the heck can I get vaccinated people sick if I’m not sick and masks work?’
      Bud: ‘Third base.

      1. That is actually really funny and quite accurate.

        Which is surprisingly melancholy....

      2. Bravo sir!

    2. So, what’s stopping you from returning to normal?

      I vaguely recall that you might have said your employer requires you to mask up, or something like that, but I may be thinking of someone else.

      What state and city do you live in? What are they requiring?

      Are you actually all that impacted, or just idly complaining?

  54. Don't have a convenient hated minority group to scapegoat so you can impose fascism? Now you can create one! Isn't modern science great?

    1. We essentially turned star belly sneeches into a real thing.

  55. You know who else banned a certain segment of German society from restaurants, shops and public venues?

    1. The 8th Air Force?

    2. Didn’t you use that same comment on another thread today?

    3. Woodrow Wilson?

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