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Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American

Plus: Civil war fantasies, a challenge to California's ban on felons becoming EMTs, and more...

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Democrats reintroduce legislation to mail N95 masks to all Americans. With growing awareness that cloth and surgical masks just aren't cutting it against COVID-19, people are increasingly advocating for everyone to swap these face coverings for more useful N95 masks—and it's about time! Perhaps the advice to mask up in any way possible seemed wise at one point, but for a while now it hasn't been (to echo a popular COVID-era rallying cry) following the science. Research on mask effectiveness now suggests that certain masks—especially the cloth ones many people have been donning—do little more than provide a false sense of security, especially in the face of more transmissible COVID-19 variants like omicron.

So it's great that Democratic leaders are finally acknowledging that the type of mask matters, instead of just instructing people to cover their faces with any old thing. But as with so much of their COVID-19 response, there's a Goldilocks quality here: Everything is either too little or too much. They're going from mask agnosticism to planning to mail N95 masks to every American and ordering U.S. companies to make more of these masks.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D–Ore.) are cosponsoring the Masks for All Act, a measure first introduced in 2020 that would see that everyone in the U.S. is mailed three N95 masks.

"This is a crisis and our response must meet the moment," said Rep. Ro Khanna (D–Calif.), one of more than 30 bill cosponsors in the House. "If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send N95 masks to every American to keep people safe as Omicron cases spike."

But three masks are hardly going to last people very long, especially if they work in public-facing places or are otherwise often in situations with a high risk of transmission. If someone can't afford or can't find N95 masks, the three from the government won't make much of a difference in the long run.

At the same time, some people will not wear masks even if free ones are sent to their homes. And others already have plenty of N95 masks around and/or can easily afford to buy their own. What sense does it make to give masks to these people?

Any mask provision plan driven by the federal government is going to be clunky, and getting masks to those who truly need them could probably be better done by private actors or local governments. But if members of Congress insist, then why not at least focus on providing masks where they can make the most impact, instead of wasting masks on folks who won't wear or don't need them while offering a very limited number to those who do?

Not only is mailing masks to everyone a waste of money and resources, but it could exacerbate mask supply issues (something the lawmakers would attempt to get around by invoking the Defense Production Act to order companies to make more masks).

In any event, efforts to get Americans to upgrade their masks continue to be complicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is still agnostic in its recommendations about what type of masks people should wear.

"The best mask that you wear is the one that you will wear," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at the White House yesterday.

So—despite knowing that cloth masks are weak in the best of circumstances and even more powerless than before against the omicron variant—public health officials continue to encourage what amounts to masking security theater. Cool cool cool.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is also considering mask distribution plans. Knowing its track record, it will probably just add masks to the ever-growing list of things that insurance companies must provide for "free"…


FREE MINDS 

"Let's not invent a civil war," pleads New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. (Agree!)  The alleged evidence for such a divide is incredibly flimsy, he notes. For instance, many neo–civil war promoters have been citing a supposed plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to show how willing right-wing extremists are to commit violence toward their ends. But like so many foiled "terrorist plots" before, this one was orchestrated and egged on by the FBI as a sting, leaving open serious questions about how willing any of the plotters would've been to go to such lengths if not encouraged by federal agents.

"Those doubts, in turn, might be reasonably extended to the entire theory of looming American civil war, which assumes something not yet entirely in evidence — a large number of Americans willing to put their lives, not just their Twitter rhetoric, on the line for the causes that currently divide our country," writes Douthat, pointing out several biases in new civil war theories. These include "an exaggerated emphasis on what Americans say they believe, rather than what (so far, at least) they actually do" and "the way the goal posts seem to shift when you question the evocations of Fort Sumter or 1930s Europe."


FREE MARKETS

Let former felons save lives. A federal court will hear an appeal in a case concerning California's ban on people with previous felony convictions becoming emergency medical technicians. The challenge has "the backing of groups from across the ideological spectrum," Reuters reports.

"A three-judge Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical that a California law barring people convicted of multiple felonies from becoming certified as EMTs is unconstitutional," notes Courthouse News Service (CNS).

The case was brought by Dario Gurrola, who fought California wildfires while in prison. "Attracted to the discipline and physically gratifying work of firefighting, Gurrola paroled out of prison and began the effort to build a career as a firefighter," says CNS. "He passed several firefighting and EMT courses, including a national one, but was unable to receive a certification in California because of his multiple felony convictions. He sued to have the law stricken as unconstitutional but his case was dismissed by a lower court," after which Gurrola appealed.


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• Defense Distributed, creator of the first 3D-printed plastic gun, is making ghost gun software that can get around proposed gun control regulations. "Dubbed the Zero Percenter, because it can turn a completely untouched piece of aluminum into a firearm, the software and a few accompanying components are Wilson's answer to what he considers government overreach," reports Forbes.

• "Supreme Court justices have a history of making factual errors in written opinions for which they have ample time to research and fact-check," notes Radley Balko at The Washington Post. "Some of these errors have had sweeping consequences for constitutional rights. And the court has never bothered to correct them."

• The Canadian province of Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. "Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a 'contribution,'" the BBC reports. "The fee has not yet been decided, but will be 'significant,' he said."

• More cryptocurrency regulation may be coming soon. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler told CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday that "it's within the securities laws" to take on crypto. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a new report on cryptocurrency will be released shortly and Rep. Tom Emmer (R–Minn.) tweeted this:

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  1. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are currently free to mail those masks to anyone they would like. Maybe also add in some garlic to keep the vampires away.

    1. But silver would work for vampires and lycanthropes. We need to be thinking about more versatile solutions.

        1. Taking love for party too far.

          1. I thought electing biden was too much love.

        2. Paul Karason, 62, suffered a heart attack before contracting pneumonia and having a severe stroke at a Washington state hospital on Monday.

          Sounds like a 2013 case of COVID-19 to me.

        3. If Trump's White House had ordered a billion N95 masks from China when the alarm sounded in 2020, hundreds of thousands more taxpayers would be alive today, and the national debt would be several trillion dollars smaller.

          1. How stupid are you?

      1. You vamphobes make me sick. Everyone should be more then willing to let a dracula bite them, for equity.

        1. Dracula identifies as human vamphobe.

        2. Draculas? Check your privilege, Wallach. If we're talking equity then its Blaculas only.

          1. Black Bites Matter!

            1. Thats blacula.

      2. Mailing imaginary silver to everyone? They're trying to do that too.

      3. No no no. It's wooden stakes and garlic for vampires, no full Moons and silver bullets for werewolves. Get your superstitions right! 😉

    2. Think of all the trees that must be cut down to make those N95s. Quick! Call Greta!

    3. N95 masks are pretty much worthless without the fairly extensive training required to get them to fit right and stay on properly. Pre-covid, there were plenty of studies showing that even surgeons often failed to wear their masks correctly.

      1. Equally true of diving masks, but a factor of ten is nothing to sneeze at

        1. When worn incorrectly (which allows much of the air to go around the mask rather than through it), there is no factor of ten.

    4. the only reason to mail the mask is that the mask makers get paid more than they normally would and screw up supply for those in trades that need them upping the price or they are going to go for a national mask requirement. neither one is a good choice

      1. If Free-Market Capitalism were just left alone, there would be N-95 vending machines and N-95 bulk packs in every store and even slogan-embossed N-95s given away as loss leader ad specialties to promote every kind of business imaginable!

        The best thing Government can do about the mask supply is get out of the way!

    5. Wait, given what you just said, why would Lizzie and Bernie want to handle garlic? 😉

  2. Democrats reintroduce legislation to mail N95 masks to all Americans.

    And a razor for all you hipsters to shave your beards so they fit as specified.

    1. The N95 in the illustration has the exhale release valve.

      So it's probably exactly the type the government would send, in all of their immense competence.

      1. The ones banned by most companies?

        1. Considering that the best place to stop COVID from spreading is on exhale (before the water droplets disperse too much), they are banned for a reason.

          The valve turns it from dubious utility to completely useless.

  3. ...a measure first introduced in 2020 that would see that everyone in the U.S. is mailed three N95 masks.

    They better not be made by any pillow guys.

    1. You mean insurrectionists.

    2. David Hogg has a new company?

    3. I would laugh my ass off if they did, and even more if the guy included a Bible with each set of masks. Eeee, the heads that would explode!

      1. talking of irony i just got a Covid check from Newsom, little does the anti gun governor realize I'm using that money to buy guns and ammo

        1. [Ronbback] "talking of irony i just got a Covid check from Newsom, little does the anti gun governor realize I'm using that money to buy guns and ammo"
          I'm here for you - just find me on Gunbroker id "Byron_S"

      2. It would be at cross-purposes, much like the masks embossed with "God Is Good" or "Faith Not Fear." If God is so good and faith is phat and all that, why is there such a thing as COVID-19 in the first place?

        1. You mean with all the Sodom and Gomorrahrizing going on around here?

          H/t Archie Bunker

          1. I thought it was Sodom and Guacamara that Archie was ranting against.

  4. A 3D printer that can make legal guns out of aluminum? If you billet, they will come. Glad to see folks working in aluminum foil gun ban initiatives.

  5. Control+F "inflation" = 0 results

    Thanks for not spreading anti-Biden disinformation the way wingnut.com sites like CNN are today.

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. Keep doing the Lord's work OBL

      1. They should be shutdown for spreading lies. Good to see Reason is still on the same Koch train that OBL is.

    2. In this equation, does F= Chawin' Terbacky?

  6. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is also considering mask distribution plans.

    Theirs has been slipping as of late.

    1. The proposal is a thinly veiled measure to garner support for the midterms.

      1. A Dance of the Seven Veils.

        1. The dance of the three snakes?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBA4coQFuao

          1. You sure that's not a party with Kute Kackl8n' Kammie? 🙂

    2. I always enjoy reading ENB's roundups because, while she is leans libertarian, her world view is completely driven by the overtly (ehem) liberal Blue Check Twitterati. That means the stories she picks are almost always driven by what is at the top of the Liberal Talking points.

      Watching this sudden preference cascade against cloth masks in the media has been more fascinating than watching the spread of actual Covid. We are seeing how a deliberate narrative is being pushed to re-frame science among the chattering classes. The real question is, *why* the sudden shift against cloth masks?

      IMHO, this is all a reaction to the fact that months after lockdowns, mandates and super-ultra vaccination, the health pronouncements of these "public health experts" have meant exactly Jack and shit to the actual shape of this virus spread. And Jack died on a ventilator 6 months ago.

      Since I live in the area, I have spent a good amount of time watching the epidemiologists at UCI slice this data. And over the last few weeks, their messaging has all been framed "here is why Omicron isn't following our models for masked vs unmasked population." In order to explain away YET ANOTHER failure of their models, they have to find a scapegoat. And that is Cloth Masks.

      Part of me hopes that one day ENB will realize just how much she and her circle of Blue Checks are being used to form and push narratives. But the other part of me enjoys having this window into their warped reality.

      1. And they won't acknowledge they called others conspiracy theorists for saying their current narrative over a year ago, but will in fact defend it. Twitter will keep those they banned off for stating the new narrative too early. Those who were wrong about the science will claim science merely evolved despite others pointing out the wrong science prior.

        It will indeed be interesting to watch.

        1. I've love the whole "the science" narrative all along. Just like climate change is "settled science". There are very few absolutes in science, but some of them oddly appeared to align with the party agenda.

        2. "If you're one step ahead of everybody else, you're a genius. If you're two steps ahead of everybody else, you're a lunatic."

        3. Those who were wrong about the science will claim science merely evolved

          If you admit you got it wrong, then you have proven that you were not really an 'expert' when you made your incorrect pronouncement. But if the Science! has evolved, well that sounds even more Science!-y, doesn't it.

          This is the reason why you can always assume that an appeal to authority is a logical fallacy. Actual scientists draw their conclusions from data, not from other scientists.

      2. Me too = seeing a window into their warped reality

      3. Part of me thinks/hopes her choice of stories is just to push engagement on the site. Serving up red meat for the jackals to tear apart.

        1. That's plausible - her roundups certainly appear to generate more discussion than the guest roundups did while she was out on leave.

      4. Perhaps Freddie deBoer had it right, and COVID panic is a form of inter-elite competition. (And ENB is a dedicated player.)

        1. Yeah that is a possible alternative explanation- once everyone has masks, you need a fashion statement to differentiate you from all the plebes. Before, wearing a mask- especially a gucci mask- was a good display of piety. But time has moved on, and we need to show that we are a cut above the rest.

          But why send N95s? Why send EVERYONE 3 disposable masks? Perhaps because it cements the N95 as the Gold Standard, while only the truly privileged will be able to get a stable supply?

      5. How well do N95 masks work when you wear them below your nose and pull them away from your face to yell into your speaker phone?

        1. Statistically no different than the other types of masks, but you do feel superior for having one.

    3. mask makers want their cut of the covid relief billions

  7. For instance, many neo–civil war promoters have been citing a supposed plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer...

    Does a clash between the people and federal law enforcement bureaucracy count as a civil war?

    1. No, just treason. Unless the theme has been approved by the local Equity Council.

    2. Civil War supporters like kamala and maxiene waters?

  8. see that everyone in the U.S. is mailed three N95 masks

    *each day*, one presumes.

    1. Until the money's gone!

  9. N95 masks are unlikely to be particularly more effective because hardly anyone is going to wear them properly because they really do significantly restrict breathing. And no one should be wearing them for hours at a time anyway.
    Everybody's going to get omicron. Get over it. That's good news.

    1. Exactly, and this is too little too late. This kind of measure would have been much more useful initially or with delta. Granted with OG covid we didnt have a surplus of PPE. Certainly with delta they could have made an argument.

      But Omicron is a nothingburger of a cold. Its the best thing that has happened in terms of COVID for society. Vax, non-vax, everyone is getting it, and almost no one is dying from it. It will pass. Everyone needs to put on their adult pants and move the fuck on.

      1. The covid cultists are all in. No presentation of facts will sway then at this juncture. They will be wearing masks for 30 years.

        1. Considering the detriments to their health from wearing a mask all day every day, most of them won’t live another 30 years.

        2. In my area (Northern VA, too close to DC) the Branch Covidians often say they like masks for reasons having nothing to do with Covid. The funniest (to me) reason is the single women who don't like men flirting with them. I find myself wondering when they're going to go with full Islamic-style covering.

          1. "I find myself wondering when they're going to go with full Islamic-style covering."

            Womens' rights! Womens' liberation!.....

            to be allowed in public while wearing a garbage bag covering all their skin

          2. Year 1: "I love this mask! I don't have to suffer from The Male Gaze anymore!"

            Some time later: "I don't know how I ended up alone, but my furbabies are better than any man, anyway."

          3. I've found some women look much better in masks than without.

            1. I'd rather see for myself.

        3. My kids are going on a camp out this weekend, and the freaked out parents all demanded masking again. Outdoors. In the fucking sunny desert.

          They had no opinion on the fact that kids would be carpooling to the camp site, or that they'd be cooking and tenting together. But the kids did need to wear their god damn masks all day while hiking and working in the desert.

          These people are completely driven by feels and totems, and I resent the fucking hell out of them for claiming that they somehow are the "science based" class.

      2. What do you mean too late? The mid-term campaigns are just getting started.

      3. "Granted with OG covid we didnt have a surplus of PPE. Certainly with delta they could have made an argument."

        While I suspect (see my post above) this sudden interest in N95s is because the usual suspects need a scapegoat for their failure to stop Omicron, another possibility is exactly this: Dozens of companies ramped up mask production last year and now they need people to keep buying their shit.

        1. I wonder how many billions of dollars have been spent on mostly useless masks through this whole thing? And how many have been thrown in the garbage (I've tossed at least a couple hundred because I'm not going to use one for more than a day and I have to at work).

          1. Probably a similar amount to the 10's of thousands of ventilators that were built.

            1. There was a video making the rounds recently of thousands of ventilators being compacted at a Florida landfill.

      4. https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/10/politics/covid-disappearing-trump-comment-tracker/

        Trump has declared at least 38 times that Covid-19 is either going to disappear or is currently disappearing.

        1. Hey, when are you going to apologize for lying about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?

          1. There is no such thing. It is called The Republican of the year. If you notice, there is no "Man" in the award. Trump won the Republican of the year award. Most 4th graders would spot that instantly. He told many times that he won the Man of the year award if you would he watched ANY of the videos I posted. Maybe they wouldn't work for you because it looks like you cannot comprehend very good, maybe at a 2nd grade level.

            https://lastnighton.com/2020/05/22/jimmy-kimmel-trump-michigan-man-of-the-year/

            1. .. because it looks like you cannot comprehend very good...

              Cringeworthy.

            2. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
              Why the sophistry?
              You're essentially lying, Sqrlscasmic.

              1. Are you a mind reader? You are correct, for the first few times he said it wrong, but he kept saying it after being corrected many times about it. With most people who aren't the President it's no big deal but when a President does it, lots of alarms go off, especially one who lies 0.87 times per HOUR. Then there is the thing about not conceding his election loss and making up lies about how fraud lost him the election. 60 courts turned him down including 10 judges who he handpicked, not including 3 on the Supreme Court. Then there is his insurrection "essentially". Obviously you couldn't find any evidence to refute me, yet you continue to call me a liar with no evidence or justification.

        2. You are the only person here who gives a fuck about Trump's predictions regarding covid.

          1. I agree, his predictions were pitiful, and people did die.

    2. Can I use them sanding drywall and bondo?

      1. Sure, as long as you have a reasonable (i.e. imaginary) fear of COVID exposure.

    3. the only way everyone could omicron is iff the mask they give out are tainted with it. its not like they have never done anything like that before. ever heard of blankets for indians, infected that is

      1. How does one omicron, anyway?

    4. Don't they have to be correctly sized and fitted for them to be effective? So they're just going mail out a random assortment of masks to everyone, with no regard for size or fitment?

      1. Yup. And pretty much no one will wear them properly even if they are the right size.

      2. Dude, do you even government?

        1. No. My goal is for every level of government to forget I even exist.

  10. A federal court will hear an appeal in a case concerning California's ban on people with previous felony convictions becoming emergency medical technicians.

    Leave the nicking by EMT's of personal items to the professionals.

    1. The ban is on people who have TWO prior felonies.

      I love my local EMTs, but I don't really need felons casing my house.

      1. Oh please. EVERYONE has a lot more than two felonies. It's just that a few of us have been caught.

  11. Man. Sarc and brandy are going to rage at this news about masks. Of course most of us have been saying this since last year based on population data showing no correlation between masks and infection rates and 100 years of data and studies.

    And n95 won't work either as people won't wear them correctly. Especially children.

    Likewise 3 masks is not a long term solution. They do need to be replaced and stored properly.

    https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/how-long-can-you-wear-kn95-n95-kf94-mask-before-replacing

    1. Yup. N95s are about the best mask that is widely available. But they are uncomfortable. And they need to be fitted right (there are different sizes). And they need to be replaced after some time, and if soiled. Adults will likely wear them like they wear their cloth face diapers: poorly.

      This is one of those things that works pretty well in theory. In practice it works poorly. Its like leaving a fat person with a weeks worth of vegetables and a weeks worth of cheetos and ice cream, telling them "OK you have the vegetables and can exercise, so just eat your veggies, work out" and come back a week later completely shocked that they just ate cheetos on the couch and only got fatter.

      Human behavior is one bitch of a confounding variable.

      And ya, kids will not keep these things on at all, 100% guarantee there.

      1. But we have lab setting tests and models that show they work! Ignore real world data!

        1. Join the COVID metaverse!

          1. Remember the World of War craft corrupted blood incident?

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrupted_Blood_incident

            1. That was a real plague.

        2. In the real world, N95 masks made on difference in cases.
          https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/more-masks-fail-more-we-need-them

        3. The killer is that the FDA's own medical device regulations require real world usage testing by the intended audience, and not just bench testing.

      2. The kind of people who advocate hardcore masking often seem to be the sort that are "educated" but don't understand one damn thing about people. Covid is only the latest thing where human nature confounds all of their Great Plans.

        1. But COVID has been extremely effective at exposing human stupidity (and malicious intent).

    2. Will be funny watching all the progs heads explode when videos surface of conservatives burning theirs Biden masks.

      1. Or wearing them casually, with "Let's Go Brandon" stickers.

  12. As CNBC summarized, prices for several key items rose significantly between December 2020 and December 2021:

    Gas — 49.6%
    Used vehicles — 37.3%
    Hotels — 27.6%
    Furniture and bedding — 13.8%
    Meat, poultry, and fish — 12.6%
    New vehicles — 11.8%
    Eggs — 11.1%
    Domestic services — 9.4%
    Stationery — 9%
    Jewelry — 8.8%
    Major appliances — 8.4%
    Margarine — 6.7%
    Electricity — 6.3%
    Apparel — 5.8%
    According to more data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “real average hourly earnings” — which consider the effect of inflation — decreased by 2.4% last year. For an American earning $50,000 per year, inflation is therefore causing a $1,200 pay cut.

    1. I see you deliberately left out inflation on chewin' tobacky...the only product that has experienced any inflation of note. The rest of those items are due to price gouging and monopolies, not inflation.

      1. Well that is obviously causing all the other inflation since common blue collar workers all use it driving up costs.

    2. By the way, this is why it was hilarious reading a certain poster say how great a time it was to buy a car on credit. Paying 12% more at low interest for a car is not a good investment lol.

    3. turd will be along soon to lie about this.

    4. Ah, that's the non-existent inflation that wasn't happening last year.

    5. Given that luddite progressives want to undo our modern lifestyle, the amount of inflation for each category looks suspiciously like their priority list.

    6. Producer prices increased by nearly 10% for the year ending in December, the highest rate of growth since the Labor Department began keeping records.

      The producer price index measures the average change over time in selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. The 9.7% increase is the highest increase since it first started being measured more than a decade ago.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/prices-rise-by-record-9-7-over-past-year-in-producer-index

      1. I'm guessing that's a significant understatement, or more should have been factored in in 2020. Wholesale costs have skyrocketed for almost 2 years, there is no way consumer inflation will be short lived. Even if shipping catches up, there are so many higher costs baked into doing business that prices will have to stay high for a long time.

    7. >For an American earning $50,000 per year, inflation is therefore causing a $1,200 pay cut.

      Not if they don't buy a car or stay in hotels...

    8. "For an American earning $50,000 per year, inflation is therefore causing a $1,200 pay cut."

      I believe the average American got 1200-2000 ish bucks (cant remember the figure off the top) more per year under the Trump tax cuts. Biden is just trying to set that straight.

  13. Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

    Baby steps toward taxing excess body mass.

    1. Perhaps Quebec lawmakers will poutine some exemptions to protect their cultural cuisine.

    2. Shhh. Don't tell the Democrats.

      1. Democrats would enact a fat tax the same way they want wealth taxes: target the privileged, i.e. thin people.

    3. the Tim Horton lobby will never let it happen.

  14. Trump Rips ‘Gutless’ Politicians Who Won’t Say If They’ve Had Vaccine Booster: ‘Say It’

    They should proudly admit, as so many prominent Democrats did, if they are skeptical of Trump's rushed vaccine.

    1. Not a politician but I will say I won't get the every 10 week booster. My risk profile is lower than the common flu. Not modifying my life around that risk.

      1. But how will you get your microchips with the latest software updates?

        1. I have a phone.

          1. My data speed has gone WAY up this year.

  15. Defense Distributed, creator of the first 3D-printed plastic gun, is making ghost gun software that can get around proposed gun control regulations.

    I was hoping the government wasn't going to have to outlaw aluminum.

    1. Good too see folks still siding with aluminum.

      1. C, you're on a hot roll today! 😎

      2. Will this 3-D printing make hats shaped like fedoras?

  16. "Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American"

    Meanwhile in COVID-crazy Denmark, the Media is actually coming out and apologizing for how uncritically it treated Government officials' health proclamations:

    https://twitter.com/bariweiss/status/1481410034894467074

    God damn it, they are going to make me say it...gah...erp...People, can't we be more like Denmark?

    1. There has been a slow awakening it seems as the mass hysteria subsides. Problem is that the hysteria granted government large powers so they will hold onto it.

      1. New crisis in 3, 2,1...to distract from all those power grabs.

        1. I'm thinking in the spring they'll roll the Murder Hornets back out.

          1. That's assuming we allow people to vote again. With this current crackdown on voting rights, we're all fucked. I can't afford an ID, buying a stamp is racist, and I'm probably going to die of thirst without water in the voting line.

          2. We need common sense hornet control.

      2. The danger is that the "awakening" is done without contrition. The powers that be are doing their very best to declare victory (ish) as they come out of the pandemic. "We all pulled together and beat this thing, and anything that didn't go to plan was due to variants and those were due to the wreckers and kulaks not vaccimasking!"

        1. Lol. Reminds me of the South Park episode where Canada goes on strike, fucks everything up massively and then throws themselves a big party to celebrate victory…….

          ……. Shortly before being set adrift. We can only hope.

    2. In this case, no. Absolutely not. We need to perfectly emulate every single aspect of the Nordic Model, except for this one specific thing.

    3. Hmm, what about voting rules in Denmark?

    4. It's generally a good idea.

      Curious to see how much that list gets turned upside down next year.

      1. I would prefer we adopt Estonia's governing. Also their women.

    5. "People, can't we be more like Denmark?"

      I vote that we start importing more Danish women. I think that's a good first step.

      1. Unlimited immigration for women with bmi of less than 25.

        1. BMI is racist.

        2. In the immortal words of the not-so-secretly homosexual Freddie Mercury, "Fat bottom girls, they make the rockin' world go round!"

    6. Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American

      They will all get lost in the mail.

      1. Mark it “Return to sender” and put it back in the mailbox with the flag up.

        1. Taped to a concrete block.

        2. Send it back? Just resell it on the black market.

          1. It’s wreckers and kulaks like you that will spoil it for everyone.

          2. Millions of returned packages would send a message.

            Alternatively, though costing each of us money in postage, send them to the White House.

  17. Supreme Court justices have a history of making factual errors in written opinions for which they have ample time to research and fact-check...

    Remember, though, that we have to trust absolutely the courts on decisions that back our priors.

    1. If the supreme court says it, it becomes true.
      Get with the program!

      1. But what if the Supreme Court contradicts The Science (as embodied by Fauci)?

        1. Just a religious mystery beyond your feeble ability to understand. You should believe harder.

          1. I used to be Irish Catholic, too.

            https://youtu.be/HcrkHnelxq0

  18. The Canadian province of Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

    Just execute them already.

    1. (since the plague refuses to do it)

      1. How dare they not die.

    2. Be patient.

  19. "The best mask that you wear is the one that you will wear," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said

    "The best vaccine is the one that you will take."

    "The best preventative is the one that you will use."

    "The best anti-exposure protocol is the one that you will implement."

    ...

    1. The best tax rate is the one you will pay.

  20. More cryptocurrency regulation may be coming soon.

    Yeah, regulate that Doggy Coin!

    1. Cum Rocket hardest hit

    2. Cryptocurrency can only be mined by computers using renewable electricity.

    1. High Priest Fauci will escape any sanction. His Branch Covidian cult will see to that.

  21. ""Supreme Court justices have a history of making factual errors in written opinions for which they have ample time to research and fact-check,""

    I recall that one of the big Pre-Heller gun-control cases reasoned, (paraphrasing) "The 2nd Amendment allows you to own a weapon that would be used in a militia for the purposes of collective defense. And since a sawed off shotgun is not useful for military service, it can be banned". In fact, the sawed off shotgun had only a few years earlier seen service in the American military for "Trench Sweeping" in The Great War's France campaign.

    1. There has been another of anti gun historical revisionism in briefs to the USSC.

    2. In fact, the sawed off shotgun had only a few years earlier seen service in the American military for "Trench Sweeping" in The Great War's France campaign.

      I'm sorry but this is such a factually-wrong ass-backwards interpretation it feels like you've been possessed by the ghost of Micheal Hihn. The factual inaccuracy is that the 2A isn't written to limit the weapons civilians can own but guarantee their right to own the weapons they have, however they came about them.

      The argument you're referring to sounds like the debate over the NFA and the gun(s) you're presumably referring to, the Winchester 1897 (or 1912) "Trench Sweeper" or "Trench Gun", have/had 20" barrels, longer than the minimum 18" barrels regulated by the NFA. 'Sawed off' is practically synonymous with 'two shots' and the 1897s were called 'Trench Sweepers' because of their 6-round capacity. The use of sawed-off or short-barreled shotguns on the battlefield is virtually undocumented in American military history. The proximity of the muzzle to the shooter makes them relatively dangerous for breeching doors and their low range, relatively strictly anti-personnel function, and low ammo capacity render them largely useless otherwise. They were almost certainly used in one-and-two-off cases in stagecoaches or in cases of mob action, but certainly never purchased, issued, and carried.

      As someone who owned multiple 18.5" shotguns until a tragic boating accident, I can tell you that American citizens since 1897 have been able to own a Winchester 1897 and similar shotguns, without restriction.

      1. 'Sawed off' is practically synonymous with 'two shots'

        Being clear, an ~3" shotgun shell would make a linear 6-round magazine 18" long. Cutting the barrel significantly below 18" would guarantee your were shooting the end off the magazine, unless you were using a double (or triple) barreled shotgun.

        Vertical-stack-fed shotguns are not at all unheard of, but you said pre-Heller and 'few years earlier/The Great War' indicating a point in history in which they were. Which drives back at my correction of your argument; you're arguing that SCOTUS was wrong about it's military use and, therefore, the shotgun in that historical frame, should be legal. I'm saying civilians will always invent and use weapons in a range far wider than the military will apply them and have a right to do so, whether the military chooses to use them, historically or contemporaneously, or not. This is born out in practice elsewhere; militaries by convention (officially signed or just respectfully observed) aren't supposed to use frangible anti-personnel rounds in combat (e.g. hollow-point bullets), these conventions are interpreted, almost universally, as exempting civilians for sporting or personal defense and domestic peace/security forces.

      2. " The factual inaccuracy is that the 2A isn't written to limit the weapons civilians can own but guarantee their right to own the weapons they have, however they came about them."

        To be clear, I was not arguing that this was the correct interpretation of the court case. It was what the judge had reasoned in the court case.

        "In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a "shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length" at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense."

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Miller

        As for the history of the shotgun, that is quite interesting, and a quick review of the literature indicates that in fact short barreled shot guns were not in use in WWI as many gun control opponents had said.

        1. Yeah, you can't functionally shorten the 1897 Winchester to the length of a shotgun discussed in Miller. Again, there may be cases of (e.g.) airmen carrying a sawed off shotgun under the pilot's seat or similar, and I'd be surprised if they weren't relatively common in stagecoaches, but a sawed-off shotgun, on the field of battle, is inferior to even a bow at any range much beyond about 20-30 ft. unless you have a chainsaw for a right hand.

          1. As an owner of several shotguns, I knew that a sawed off is no good at range. That is why I always believed the anecdotes from the gun control opponents who claimed they were issued to soldiers specifically for use when clearing trenches, where you would be going around corners. But even the trench guns issued in ww1 were 20" long, according to my 10 minute googling.

            1. Again, my understanding was the 6-round capacity was what made them trench sweepers. You could pick off the bulk of the entrenched force with M-1s at range and sweep up the half-dozen stragglers with, effectively, CQB shotguns.

              It also stikes/struck me that trenches were frequently more than 30ish ft. long with more than 30ish ft. between them and 2 rounds would suck balls with no-shit assault rifle (sturmgewehr) fire whizzing over your head.

    3. Ot was so effective that the German Empire complained to the US about its use.

  22. Matthew Olsen, the assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s National Security Division, and Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, testified Tuesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, seeming to distance themselves from the controversial Biden DOJ initiative.

    The action being the schoolboard letter.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/doj-and-fbi-national-security-officials-downplay-role-in-carrying-out-garlands-school-board-memo

  23. "Those doubts, in turn, might be reasonably extended to the entire theory of looming American civil war, which assumes something not yet entirely in evidence — a large number of Americans willing to put their lives, not just their Twitter rhetoric, on the line for the causes that currently divide our country," writes Douthat, pointing out several biases in new civil war theories. These include "an exaggerated emphasis on what Americans say they believe, rather than what (so far, at least) they actually do" and "the way the goal posts seem to shift when you question the evocations of Fort Sumter or 1930s Europe."

    Yeah, the people ready to actually lay down their lives are not talking openly about civil war on social media. The rebels on Twitter, Facebook, and GETTR are nothing more than tourists.

  24. Will no one rid me of this meddlesome vox writer (ENB)?

    1. You could knock her up again.

      1. She's probably fun in the sack and all, but she JUST had her baby.

        Not saying you're wrong. Just that maybe you could let the paint dry a bit.

      2. And risk getting the French pox? No thank you!

  25. "If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send N95 masks to every American to keep people safe as Omicron cases spike."

    This guy doesn't even understand how money works. "If we've spent the money on one thing, surely we could then spend the money on a second thing." No, you moron! It's exactly because you spent $778 billion on the defense budget that you can't afford to spend the money on masks! Jesus Christ! How does this need to be explained to anybody? If you spend the money on one thing you then can't spend the money on something else! It's like saying if you can afford to buy one house, surely you can afford to buy two houses. No! It's precisely because you bought one house that you can't afford to buy a second house.

    1. These people have the understanding of finance that my sister-in-law had when she was in college. Her quote: "As long as I have checks in my checkbook then I know I still have money in my checking account."

      ps. The Feds never run out of checks.

    2. Will my N95 protect me from the Russians and other white supremacists the military is keeping at bay while simultaneously fighting for social justice?

      1. Not sure about that, but it should help defend against the climate change they are protecting us from.

    3. Shit, that's par for the course with those guys. They spend the same dollar multiple times with no apparent awareness of how silly it is. "We'll make the rich pay their fair share and then use it to give everyone free healthcare! And then use it to give everyone free college! And then use it to replace all fossil fuel sources with windmills!" etc. etc.

  26. "If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send N95 masks to every American to keep people safe as Omicron cases spike."

    "If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send every pre-pubescent girl a pony.”

    1. A pony? What kind of abnormal animal is that? And those kids that had their own ponies... In fact, I hate anyone that ever had a pony when they were growing up.

      1. Even if the pony became the pride of Krakow?

    2. Wait a second, aren't they in control of both houses of Congress and the presidency? Can't they just, you know, cut the military budget themselves?

      1. You say this like they didn't just raise the debt ceiling a month ago.

      2. What, and lose jobs in their districts?

    3. And what do you want to send to the pubescent girls?

    4. "If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send N95 masks to every American to keep people safe as Omicron cases spike."

      Given the efficiency of the government, these will arrive right after next Christmas.

      1. Just in time for the 9th wave.

    5. *looks straight in eyes*
      OK, we can't afford a $778B defense budget... no masks.
      *no blink*

      1. Seriously, the superficial, self-defeating stupidity of it is just mind-numbing... Do you *want* to spend more on defense so that we can also afford N95 masks, is that what you're saying?

        1. I mean, didn't they just try this moron's gambit with Trump a couple years ago? Some superficially and laughably-stupid empty threat like 'Revise immigration policy or we won't raise the debt ceiling.'?

    6. What about boys that identify as girls?

  27. "But like so many foiled "terrorist plots" before, this one was orchestrated and egged on by the FBI as a sting, leaving open serious questions about how willing any of the plotters would've been to go to such lengths if not encouraged by federal agents."

    But how can we stamp out wrong-think (or wrong-personalities) if we can't coach people to say wrong-words?

    1. Is this the first time Reason has acknowledged this little incident?

      1. They had some pieces on the FBI's significant involvement last summer.

    2. Exactly like O'Brien in 1984, just a little more proactive.

  28. "Let's not invent a civil war," pleads New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

    Somebody forgot to tell Joe.

    1. Joe knows that Republicans plan to put all y'all back in chains. We'll need Civil War 2.0 to free the slaves all over again.

      1. It has been fun watching the anti trumpets like David French remember how terrible Biden actually is and has been his whole career with inflammatory rhetoric.

  29. The Canadian province of Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. "Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a 'contribution,'" the BBC reports. "The fee has not yet been decided, but will be 'significant,' he said."

    Authoritarianism through taxation. Is there anything the left won't do? Obesity has a greater overall costs, but fatties have to be praised not shamed.

    1. Not to mention the vast vast majority of people will need $0 to get over covid, vaxxed or not.

  30. 'The Canadian province of Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. "Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a 'contribution,'" the BBC reports. "The fee has not yet been decided, but will be 'significant,' he said."'

    At least this guy gets basic economics (if not basic liberty). Taxing certain behavior will encourage less of that behavior.

    So when can we expect new taxes on homelessness, unemployment, dropping out of school, and general stupidity?

    1. I'm not imminently familiar with how taxes work in Canada, especially Quebec, but what exactly stops one from simply checking 'Yes' checkbox on your 1040-EH or whatever the Canadian equivalent is?

      1. The new "Covid Taxation Verification Bureau" that will require every tax return to be accompanied by a certified, notarized, copy of a vaccination certificate that has not yet been designed or distributed. It will then be checked against the government's Covid Vaccination Database, which does not currently exist.

      2. What stops someone? How about when their children report them to the secret police? #seesomethingsaysomething

        1. But never #GetRevengeOnYourMeanParentsForNotLettingYouDoSomethingStupid

        2. I've always said that the scariest thing about 1984 wasn't all the top-down government oppression but utter lack of, urp!, parenting skills.

          1. As for you, genital washer...

    2. Poor Rufus must be losing his mind.

  31. But as with so much of their COVID-19 response, there's a Goldilocks quality here:

    Shoot all trespassers at the door?

  32. JM Rieger
    @RiegerReport
    Replying to @RiegerReport
    REPORTER: The 500 million tests…do we know when those are going out?

    HARRIS: Shortly. They’re going to go out shortly.

    REPORTER: Next week?

    HARRIS: They’ve been ordered. I have to look at the current information. I think it’s going to be by next week.

    1. She is just fucking incompetent = VP Harris

      I mean, I get that it is hard being the first. Really, I do. So I can cut Kamala some slack. But seriously, this nicompoop is a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Can you imagine Kamala dealing with a true crisis on her own, like Covid, Taiwan, NK, Iran, Russia, etc?

      1. She'll call Willie for guidance.

        1. Is that what the kids are calling it now?

      2. The factory the gave millions to produce tests isnt operational for 3 years.

        One report said they had something like 50 million tests in warehouses.

    2. Maybe they are in her cart but she forgot to complete the transaction.

  33. John Hayward has a more libertarian take on the current melding of corporations and governments than Reason has had in decades.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Doc_0/status/1481267894667427847

    John Hayward
    @Doc_0
    Capitalism and self-government are inextricably linked. If the people don't control their property and labor, they have no autonomy that cannot be taken away from them by politicians.

    To keep this link healthy, it is essential to build the highest wall between MONEY and POWER.

    Of course money and power cannot be fully separated - it's terribly naïve to think so. But we should be aware that wealthy people are interested in buying political influence, and if they accumulate too much, they can damage that vital link between free markets and freedom.

    There is a natural tendency in successful free markets for capital to centralize - and political power follows it to become dangerously centralized too. Prosperous endeavors grow, successful investors invest more, and consumers reap benefits from growing corporations.

    === it goes on and is well stated.

  34. "Research on mask effectiveness now suggests that certain masks—especially the cloth ones many people have been donning—do little more than provide a false sense of security..."

    Of course this was known all along, from before SARS-CoV-2 ever appeared. It's kind of amusing the way Brown is finally gradually admitting the truth after Reason has been mindlessly pushing the hijab for going on two years now.

    1. They are effective at one thing: keeping people from telling you to wear a mask. And I suspect that's why most people put on the cloth mask.

  35. Watching Joe Biden try to make support for himself the dividing line between Americans who want democracy and Americans who side with George Wallace and Jefferson Davis, I felt entirely validated for hating the progressives and what they've done, and tried to do, to our country. Joe Biden's joke of a unifying theme is worse than Donald Trump, when the latter was purposely trying to be divisive. The shit Trump would have saved for Twitter, Biden makes into a landmark policy speech!

    On a more positive note, we are much better off than I thought we'd be on January 6, 2021, the monumental event of which had nothing to do with the Capitol riot and everything to do with the results of the Georgia Senate runoff elections coming in from the night before. I thought things would be much worse than they are now, and the reason we aren't isn't because the progressives haven't tried to push their agenda through, it's just that we've been pretty lucky all considering.

    Yeah, the Democrats spent $1.9 trillion on bailing out the big blue states--under the guise of a pandemic bill--and they were able to spend trillions more on infrastructure. Those are both bad things, but I thought they'd have killed the filibuster by now, packed the Supreme Court, added Puerto Rico as a state, passed H.R.1., passed the Green New Deal portion of Build Back Better, and all but nationalized healthcare. Some of them may still happen, but they're less likely now than they were a year ago.

    The main thing holding the progressives back seems to be the fear of a voter backlash in 2022, and it's important that we make that happen. 23 House Democrats have decided not to run for reelection--presumably expecting to lose in 2022. The things the progressive haven't been able to accomplish hasn't been for lack of trying. I'm looking forward to the day when we no longer need to depend on the kindness of strangers like Manchin and Sinema. It ain't over 'til it's over, but things could have been much worse than they are now.

    1. "I thought things would be much worse than they are now, and the reason we aren't isn't because the progressives haven't tried to push their agenda through, it's just that we've been pretty lucky all considering."

      We frankly got very lucky that Manchin is beholden to WV voters and the agenda they wanted to push would have been suicide for him to sign on to. Very fortunately, soon the house/senate will be flipping red and we wont have to worry about anything passing from biden...

      other than more accidental shits in his depends

    2. It is not over yet, Ken. Agree that progs are a cancer on the Republic.

      1. And they need to pay with their seats.

    3. "...The shit Trump would have saved for Twitter, Biden makes into a landmark policy speech!...'

      When Joe is 'immortalized', it'll be some mud sculpture in a kid's backyard.

      1. And a commemorative scratch botch and sniff children’s book.

    4. Perhaps Joe is simply appealing to the new elite establishment-oriented Democratic Party. He can say divisive things in an official speech (cultured) instead of mean tweets (uncultured). He can castigate peons who tried to undo the 2020 election (uncultured) but endorse the security apparatus that tried to undo the 2016 election (cultured).

      Besides their partisan biases, these progressive elites demand a certain level of cultural propriety.

    5. Biden and his handlers are so far left wing and so stupid they don't realize that their decision to repeatedly and falsely accuse white Americans and all Republicans of being racists is only going to encourage more white Independents and Democrats (and all Republicans) to vote for GOP candidates (and against Democrats) in 2022 and 2024.

      While Democrats and BLM activists falsely accuse the GOP of racism, it was the Democrat Party that:
      - was controlled by Southern slave owners,
      - expanded slavery into midwestern states,
      - seceded from the Union and attacked Ft. Sumpter,
      - killed hundreds of thousands of Union troops who fought to free the slaves during the Civil War,
      - destroyed Reconstruction by imposing Jim Crow racist segregation in Southern States,
      - mobilized and praised the KKK for violently enforcing Jim Crow,
      - interned tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII,
      - greatly expanded welfare programs making poor Americans (especially Blacks) dependent upon Big Brother and destroyed their families, and
      - discriminate against Asians for admissions to Ivy League and other schools.

      In sum, Biden and the Democrats have been falsely accusing Republicans of the systemic racism the Democrat Party has imposed on racial minorities for the past 200 years.

      1. Yeah, they don't seem to connect the dots between treating average Americans like shit and average Americans thinking that they'll be treated like shit if they vote for progressives. The progressives have been telling the white, blue collar, middle class how much they hate them every chance they get since halfway through the Obama administration, and after a while, average Americans started believing them. Biden is still ringing up charges on that credit card, and the bill will come due November--although Biden is probably planning to retire shortly thereafter. He won't be the one paying up.

    6. Biden, Davis and Wallace - all Democratic Party members.

    7. Once again, in a campaign speech, Joe Biden blithely threatened to air strike innocent American civilians on home soil.

  36. Glenn Beck, who is unvaccinated, announces he has Covid and that it’s “moved to his lungs.”

    Come on Glenn… you’re doing it wrong. You need to triple your dose of horse dewormer, buy a copy of “The Joe Rogan Workout” on VCR, and— especially important— drink your own urine. Do this before it’s too late!!

  37. Ha. Fox News wants to push a narrative that it's Biden's fault that "grocery store shelves are empty", and to do that, they use a stock photo from... Fukushima after the 2013 disaster there.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-airs-11-year-old-photo-of-empty-shelves-in-japan-to-slam-bare-shelves-biden/

    Remember all those commenters who pointed out that the infamous "kids in cages" photo that was laid at the feet of Trump was actually from Obama's admin? That they used this example to pontificate at length how corrupt and awful and partisan the news media had become? Remember?

    1. *2011 disaster

    2. Everything is Biden's fault. Everything.

      1. And sarcs first comment is about how wrong he was on masks. But about how to protect Biden.

        Lol. Another not a leftist

        1. "Bowf sides" sarcasmic only shills for Democrats because Trump or something. Not because he actually is one.

          How dare you insinuate he's not 100% neutral, Jesse.

          1. https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-michigan-man-year-no-award-1454776

            Not another one !! Looks like a lot of lying being proved.

            1. The only lying there was by the writer and you, but let me ask you this Sqrlsybot, Why are you trying to change the subject?

              1. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-michigan-man-year-award/

                Get a 2nd grader to read it to you and explain that lying by you and trump is bad. Ask them why you should apologize to people who you have falsely called liars.

                1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
                  Why the sophistry?
                  You're actually lying, Sqrlscasmic.

                  1. You need to work on your calling me a liar, with no justification. I can now say you lied about trump.

      2. It's All Team Blue's Fault
        That is Rule #1 of right-wing Reason.

        Even when Team Red acts badly, it was because Team Blue made them.

        1. Team Red is like William Shatner. Can never tell if they're acting badly or badly acting.

          1. Quick you two. Protect the left!

            Lol.

            1. Ah, the arrival of the muted steaming piles of lefty shit. Fuck off and die, assholes.

            2. sarcasmic is like dbruce. Can never tell if they're trolling badly or badly trolling.

              1. Considering he doesn't know what sarcasm is we can just say no matter what his intentions are, it is all dumb.

              2. I thought you would more easily understand how many times Trump lied about his "made up award" on video.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP_RyBcNaIo

                Trump’s claim is vague enough — he hasn’t provided an exact year or the name of the organization that supposedly honored him — that it makes it nearly impossible to entirely disprove. But the responsibility to back-up political claims rests with the politicians who made them, and in this case, neither the White House nor Trump’s presidential campaign has provided any information on the president’s boast.
                Side note: Trump puts ALL his awards on the walls of his golf courses, even his fake March 1, 2009 "The Apprentice" Time magazine cover, which they forced him to take down, nobody has ever seen this Man of the Year Award. If any such proof ever emerges, we’ll update our story. I just checked, and there is no update to his lie.

                Google: "trumps Michigan man of the year award lie" which will give you dozens of sites that prove that Trump lied, despite your ignorant claims.
                Snopes: Given that multiple news organizations tried and failed to find proof of Michigan’s so-called Man of the Year award in the years since Trump first started making this claim, we rate this claim as “False.”

                1. Trump: "I got a Michigan man of the year award"

                  dbruce and establishment media sophists: "He's lying! He actually got the Michigan Republican Man of the Year award! Worse than Hitler!"

                  This is why everyone hates you retarded clowns. This is your "Trump thinks aircraft are invisible" debacle all over again.

                  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImlRwHQqL0

                    It's too bad you can't tell the difference between Republican of the year and Man of the year. See Man and Republican ... those are different. One is a real award, and the other isn't. Go get a 4th grader and show the two to him and notice how fast he can tell the difference. Maybe this is an "invisible" thing? You've just added another lie, there is not a Republican Man of the Year award! There is a Republican of the year which Trump won. There is no Republican Man of the year. YOU just made that up, adding to your list of lies. Hitler never tried to pull off stupid lies like you.

                    1. Hey, when are you going to apologize for lying about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?

                2. What you don't understand is that no one gives a fuck. Do you think this is the Trump fan club or something? That people will not support him anymore if he lied about some stupid award that doesn't matter? From what I can see, the people here who supported Trump for the most part were under no illusion that he is completely truthful and good in every way. Merely that he was a lot better than the alternative that had any chance of winning.

        2. It really is all Team Blues fault.

          Team Blue is the aristocracy. You're the DC bureaucrats, captains of industry, billionaire plutocrats, trust-fund babies, the media mavens, university administrators, and, since the purge, the generals.

          Team Red is everyone else. How is a pharmacist in Des Moines as responsible as your gang?

          1. How dare libertarians blame the party that controls government!

          2. https://wrkr.com/fact-check-did-donald-trump-win-michigan-man-of-the-year/

            Any more lies? You are starting to look a lot like Lyin' don.

            1. So when are you going to apologize for lying to us about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?

              1. No such thing. There is a Republican of the year award, which trump won. He claims many times as you have seen on the many videos I sent you, that he won the Mich. Man of the year award. One has Republican and one has man. I don't know how much clearer I can explain it. He won the Republican one. He lied, many times like in the videos I showed you, about the Man of the year. I can see you are confused but there must be a 2nd grader you can ask what the difference is. One has 3 letter and the other 10 letter. The one with 3 letters (Man) is a lie trump made up. The other has 10 letters (Republican) is an award he truthfully won.

                https://jeffpearlman.com/2019/08/16/michigans-man-of-the-year/
                This video is trump lying about the 3 letter (man) award he made up in his mind.

                1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
                  Why all the sophistry?
                  You're lying to us repeatedly.

                  1. You can't even prove one lie, let alone multiple. It is a good start when you admit trump lied. It still leaves your lying about trump and me unnecessarily with no proof.

      3. You have posted some fairly libertarian comments lately. Shame to see you backslide into hyperbolic ranting.

        Jeffy and white Mike are not your friends. They bring out the worst in you.

        1. It was a joke. Take a sedative.

          1. Lol. No it wasn't. You do this daily.

          2. Jokes are funny. It was intended to troll responses from the commentariat. As such, it was completely disingenuous and not intended to advance the conversation in any way, hence my criticism. You can be better.

            1. Yes dear, whatever you say.

              1. Mute him sarc. He criticized your actions accurately.

              2. That would be quite the witty response, except for your previous admissions that you are a divorced guy who struggles with his relationship with his daughter. The background info makes it a sad confession, bordering on pathetic.

                I have been married 29 years, talk to both my adult kids weekly, and get treated with respect at my job. You might want to try being something other than 'sarcasmic'.

                1. You don't know my relationship with my kid, you don't know my relationship with my employer, and you don't know my ex.

                  Make it all about me if it makes you feel good. Impress the trolls with a bunch of personal attacks. Tell me about my relationship with my kid, my relationship with my employer, and about my ex.

                  Whatever gets you off.

                  1. It was a joke. An aid to help you in understanding the frustration of being trolled with insincere posts. I didn't write it for the entertainment of others. It's more a Golden Rule thing. I would hope that at the point I become a shitposting troll, others will dredge up all my stupidity and throw it in my face until I come to my senses or abandon commenting.

                    Your 3 follow up responses that amount to nothing more than 'I know you are but what am I', seem to imply that you simply don't get it. It takes maturity.

                2. I suspect that a lot of what you think is respect is in fact fear. I believe that you lash out at people so they walk on eggshells. I figure you're probably good at what you do but your boss would love to get rid of you because you're an asshole and nobody likes you.

                  See? I can do it too!

                3. I'm sure Mother's Lament and R Mac and Don't look at me and JesseAZ could come up with a bunch of meant things to say. It's the only thing they're good at.

                  But why do you never call any of them out for being malicious assholes?

                  The answer is simple. Politics. They're on your team and they can do no wrong.

                  Which makes you pathetic.

                  1. The answer is simple. Politics.

                    Wrong. The answer is honesty. They don't engage in goalpost shifting and gaslighting. They don't pretend to libertarian viewpoints that they betray by asserting that chemjeff and Mike are the true libertarians.

                    Which makes you pathetic.

                    Notice that I referred to your confessions as pathetic, while you assert pathetic as a character trait. That is how everyone can identify who is observing and who is projecting.

            2. You can be better.

              Not true.

        2. Mocking Team Blue = the duty of any good libertarian
          Mocking Team Red = hyperbolic ranting

          1. See. Jeffy is a bad friend. He is lying.

            1. Weird how you only get upset when only one of the teams is being mocked.

              1. Your definition of mockery seems to be wrong.

                Creating a pure strawman in defense of true information isn't mockery, it is gaslighting and attempting to change the conversation away from criticism of the left.

              2. Funny, jeffy. I would assert that I only get upset when people lie. I would defend even Joe Biden if people were lying about the policies his administration are implementing.

            2. He's absolutely correct from the point of view of the loudmouths in these here comments. "Fuck Joe Biden" is like a mating call around here. Say it enough times and someone will start humping your leg. Say "Boo" about Republicans and the same people accuse you of humping Biden's leg. Lots of leg humping.

              1. Says the guy trying to gets laid by Mike and Jeff.

    3. So this lets you ignore all the photos posted to Twitter? If you debunk one you debunk them all?

      Not a leftist though right?

      1. Just more proof that fifty-centers like Jeff never actually read their own links.

        Fox wasn't choosing the photos, it was posting tweets where people were bitching about empty store shelves, one of which had the misattributed photo that Mediaite is pretending to freak out about.

        It's all toddler-level sophistry for chemleft and his sources.

        1. Meanwhile everybody can remember the media 'accidentally' using footage from a hospital in Italy 2020 and claim it was happening now in the US.

        2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOGQqI3dqrk

          Gives himself a lot of awards, did not win Michigan man of the year award.

          1. It amazes me that you're not embarrassed by that. I'd be red-faced for pushing such sophistry.
            Also, why are you trying to change the subject?

            1. https://www.fox47news.com/news/fact-check-no-evidence-for-trumps-claim-he-was-once-named-michigans-man-of-the-year

              Another video you probably won't comprehend that trump lied, there is no man of the year award except in trumps mouse trap brain. Grab a first or second grader to explain it to you, we're not talking stealth planes here.

              1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
                Why are you lying?
                Why the cheap sophistry?

                1. You would have a good point if it was just an occasional fib here and there. But he is known for lying for years, even with overwhelming evidence against (Obama Birther) and Pinocchio lies. It is good that you finally admitted you were lying about trump lying. You still need to give me ANY proof of me lying.

                  1. Lol. Nobody cares if you’re lying, db.

                    You’ve got a weird fetish, dude. You need a hobby.

                    1. Why would I care if others care if I am lying? Do you care if others care if you lie?

    4. "Remember all those commenters who pointed out that the infamous "kids in cages" photo that was laid at the feet of Trump was actually from Obama's admin? "

      I think one can easily see that using people locked in cages from another time period, under another president, might be more irresponsible/disingenuous than empty grocery store shelves from another time period. Especially since shelves in many stores are in fact empty and we are having supply chain issues, right now. Demonstrably.

      Frankly I wouldnt care if they used a stock photo or cartoon drawing of empty shelves. Are there a lot of stores, right now, under Biden with empty shelves that people in every state have noticed? Yes? OK then I dont really care what photo of empty shelves they use.

      But to shit on Trump all day about kids in cages then use a photo of kids that were in cages, under Obama, and never actually cared at the time, under Obama (because, messiah) then clearly that is a mix of inconsistent and unethical.

      You can see the vast difference here right? Or did you really think this was a "gotcha"?

      1. I suspect Jeff cannot see that difference. And if he could, it would not impede his ideological mission.

        1. Feels very similar to the left trying to score the point on Gorsuch because he might not have been perfectly, technically the most correct (even though he basically was), while not caring at all about Sotomeyor being absolutely off by an extreme amount because she is either not careful, not informed, or informed by bias/misinformation.

      2. Jeff is too stupid to realize this is a fox news report on a trend on Twitter of people posting photos. He thinks attacking fox news means that Twitter trend is false.

        Notice he doesn't say a single word about reality. Nothing against inflation. Nothing against actual photos of store shelves. His only concern is making fox news bad so he can try to claim those 2 issues dont exist.

      3. It's still pretty stupid of Fox news to do this even if not comparable to kids in cages. "Don't misinform our audience", should be plastered in ever news room in the country.

        1. It was a collection of tweets. Don't trust Jeff links.

          Not even defending fox. But the story was about the hash tag on Twitter. Not a reported story about bare shelves.

          1. Should've known

      4. Frankly I wouldnt care if they used a stock photo or cartoon drawing of empty shelves. Are there a lot of stores, right now, under Biden with empty shelves that people in every state have noticed? Yes? OK then I dont really care what photo of empty shelves they use.

        Got it. "Fake but accurate" is acceptable if in service of Team Red.

        1. Its not ideal but it is certainly preferable to your example of the kids in cages scenario:

          "Fake, purposefully misleading and disingenuous" in service of the left.

          Though that sums you up to T. Maybe consider changing your handle to that? Certainly a better descriptor than "individualist" which is basically your polar opposite.

          1. Except I never once said that using "kids in cages" photos from Obama's tenure was an acceptable way to criticize Trump for his policies.

            You however just explicitly endorsed misinformation and lies as acceptable tactics if in service of Team Red.

            Maybe you should grow some integrity.

            1. Got was posting tweets dumbass. Try clicking through to the article.

            2. "You however just explicitly endorsed misinformation and lies as acceptable tactics if in service of Team Red."

              No not really. I was saying that I stand by I am OK with people posting pictures of OTHER empty shelves (the "fake" part) if it is highlighting the problem of actual current empty shelves that are well documented (the "but accurate" part). Just as a stock photo of an empty shelf or a cartoon drawing of an empty shelf would suffice. They are all fine being that there are 100s of stores with empty shelves, its not a morally corrupt thing, its just a technicality. An empty shelf is an empty shelf; where and when the picture was taken is nearly irrelevant in the setting of known current, widespread empty shelves. As the tweets showed.

              What would be morally bankrupt, is never caring about an issue under your partisan pres choice, then taking a picture of said issue happening (at a time that was under your partisan pres choice), and attributing that circumstance to the pres you dont like, then all of a sudden fainting on the couch over it. That would be extremely dishonest. The fact that you cant see the difference here likely indicates you are either slow, or a dishonest partisan with no principles.

        2. Can you admit it is happening jeff?

      5. Go in any grocery store, it’s easy to see the empty shelves.

        1. If so, then it begs the question: to illustrate Biden's supposed complicity in creating empty grocery store shelves, why not just take pictures of those? Why resort to stock photos from Fukushima?

          1. I have a bunch of pictures of them on my phone from my local grocery store. However, recently, my local store empty shelves can also be blamed on the vaccine mandates by our state governor. The snow plow crews over the passes are running on fumes because everyone left due to the mandates (I have a little bird inside the state patrol). The WashDOT website doesn't directly allude to this, but just talks vaguely about "staff shortages".

            Either way, due to massive government mismanagement- either at the national or local level, store shelves are empty-- at least certain shelves are. For instance I seem to be able to get plenty of mops and brooms, but weirdly specific stuff.

            Lunchmeat and bacon products were wiped out.
            There was zero cream cheese on the shelves except for oddball flavored whipped varieties and cream cheese "alternative".
            The bread aisle was almost completely wiped out.
            There seemed to be a reasonable selection of beef, although from a quantity standpoint it looked a little thinner than usual.
            There weren't any damn mushrooms.

            Again, oddly specific. Either way, it seems to me that deplorables in flyover country are responsible for a lot of the food we put on our table. We urban progressive sophisticates would do well to remember that.

            Now, where my caviar at?

            1. Snowstorms aside, do you recall any other time with grocery stores like this?

              1. March 2020? But maybe you include that in "this". A lot more empty shelves then compared to now where I am at least.

              2. It’s not just the snowstorms. WA state ferries have been all fucked up too, with a vague reference to “staff shortages”.

                The staff shortages are because they fired a bunch of people. Same with snow removal. A county with less restrictive covid mandates than the state offered to help clear the passes of snow, but were told, “no thanks.” They left the passes closed for days longer than needed, or normal.

                Yeah, that’s how fucked up things are. They want this to hurt. Pure fucking evil.

          2. As the fox News story said it is all over Twitter with a hash tag. Did you bother to read the article or just the criticism of it?

            1. He is trying to deflect and score a point on any technicality possible as he knows he has lost the larger argument and is basically trying to deflect.

              Wouldn't be surprised if he jumps to the J6 insurrection soon when he gets embarrassed enough

          3. The tweets the article references and the hash tag the article is about does have those. Did you even look at the fox story?

    5. Yeah, there are lazy and dishonest people in right leaning news just as in left leaning news. Not surprising.
      I don't think many here want to claim Fox News is all good and pure. It is remarkable and useful as the only big national news source that is not leftist.

  38. Well well, that's some 4-D chess right there, I suppose.

    https://www.mediaite.com/politics/fox-news-airs-half-a-dozen-segments-on-that-farcical-wsj-op-ed-pushing-a-hillary-clinton-2024-comeback/

    So, the guys who wrote the "Hillary 2024" article yesterday, endorsed Trump in 2016. So by pushing "Hillary 2024", they are really pushing "Trump 2024" because a lot of Trump's support in 2016 came from anti-Hillary votes. Clever clever!

    1. Okay.

      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmxHRXzBbCg
        former Michigan Rep. Dave Trott says pres. trump did not win Mich. man of the year award.

        1. No, he was awarded a man of the year presentation from the Michigan Republicans. Who do you clowns think you're tricking.

          You're too retarded to be here, go back to Huffpo. =====>

          1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-michigan-man-of-year_n_5820a413e4b0aac62485af81

            Did Donald Trump Just Make Up an Award He Won?
            He says he was named "Man of the Year" in Michigan five years ago. But there's NO EVIDENCE of this. The Huffington Post looked through various search engines and newspaper archives and found NOTHING. We checked with The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize Winner David Fahrenthold, who has scrubbed Trump’s bio down to the bone in his reporting. He said he knew of NO such honor. We reached out to the office of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R). NOTHING. We asked the Trump campaign. They didn’t respond.
            Maybe you can go to Huffington post and they they can teach you how to read and watch a video.

            1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
              Why are you lying?
              Why the cheap sophistry?

              1. You never said that in the last few days, are you admitting you were lying then?

    2. Thanks for your Media Matters application Jeff.

      They will reply back to you in a few weeks.

      Or are you gunning for Steltzers job at CNN?

    3. Hillary should just say, “Lies, slander, and Russians are the only reason I’m not president right now. In the name of fairness, equity, and diversity, and basic decency, you must nominate me immediately for 2024, and swear to cancel anyone who opposes me.”

      And they’ll probably do it, the cowards.

      1. Lol. An incumbent president will be getting primaried?

        Oh, right, he was never meant to run in 2024.

        Strange strategy the dems are using. Almost….. scripted? And dishonest? Haha. Couldn’t be.

    4. Yes, that's what sympathetic news organizations do.

    5. Not like that's any less farcical than Tom Friedman pimping a Biden/Cheney ticket.

  39. Research on mask effectiveness now suggests that certain masks—especially the cloth ones many people have been donning—do little more than provide a false sense of security, especially in the face of more transmissible COVID-19 variants like omicron.

    Now?! Now?! The data has always shown this you dumb cunt. And are you really that daft that you think your old t-shirt can filter out delta but not omicron? JFC 'the science' is strong with this one. Have another baby and never come back dipshit.

    1. This reminds me of that VERY recent CNN article (a week or two ago):

      "New study shows obesity correlated with worse COVID outcomes"...

      As if everybody in the medical community did not know that, and wasnt saying it since day zero of COVID.

      1. Soon they will be shocked that the average age of covid death is >70.

        1. CDC director also reiterated recently, a lot, that "people dying of COVID also happen to usually have 4+ comorbidities"

          New info everyone, the people dying of COVID are those that are already very sick. Ground breaking info, hadnt heard that from right wing sources for 2 years straight

          1. Most people are hospitalized with covid, not from covid.

            IFR is only 0.27%

            6 foot rule was totally made up.

            Kids don't spread covid to adults efficiently.

            And you know it is over when your local news starts reporting vaccine side effects. "Local boy, 10, dies of myocraditis, Trump vax to blame."

          2. All info attributed to the right is false.

            All info coming from official (left) sources is true.

            Any questions?

  40. "The Canadian province of Quebec plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. "Premier Francois Legault said during a news conference that people who have not received their first dose of vaccine will have to pay a 'contribution,'" the BBC reports. "The fee has not yet been decided, but will be 'significant,' he said."

    Some of you here, not just the trolls, but some decent, analytical thinkers, have said the rest of us were slipping into hyperbole for comparing Covid incarceration camps to Jewish ghettoes under the Nazis.

    Now we see the chrysalis of a special tax on the unvaccinated in Quebec. This is historically reflective of the special taxation of Jews and their property in Germany. https://voxeu.org/article/confiscatory-taxation-jewish-property-and-income-nazi-germany

    Sure they're not shoving dissidents into ovens yet, but it took the Nazis fifteen years to get to that point too.

    1. Yeah, if Afghanistan was our WWI, Dems fucked up by shooting their Reichstag Fire wad WAY too early.

    2. Keep a close eye on Austria and Germany.

      1. Nobody fucking cares, you idiot. You are the only one talking about Trump.

        1. The stupid thing is that because Trump said he got the "Michigan Man of the Year Award", rather than the "Michigan Republican Man of the Year Award" he's some sort of liar.
          The juvenile sophistry of this is embarrassing.

          1. Jesus Christ. That's what he's been going on about?

            1. He's a lunatic.

              1. Wrong, quit blaming everyone but trump. He lied and tried to blame it on a simple memory slip, which it wasn't, he was called on his lies many times and tried to lie his way out of it. He followed the same avalanche of lies to cover up racist massive lies with Obama.

            2. Muted the dbag a few weeks ago. Sounds like he is staying muted.

          2. Mother's Lament (ML) also known as Judas Iscariot.
            Fact: Republican of the Year Award. (No MAN in the award)
            LIE: Man of the Year award. Trump pulled it out of his ass, lied.
            Fact: I never lied about any of this. Someone should apologize.

            ML January.13.2022 at 3:51 pm
            No, he was awarded a man of the year presentation from the Michigan Republicans.
            Lie number 1, no, he WAS awarded Republican of the Year award. Not MAN, Close but still a lie.
            ML January.13.2022 at 3:56 pm
            The stupid thing is that because Trump said he got the "Michigan Man of the Year Award", rather than the "Michigan Republican Man of the Year Award" he's some sort of liar.
            Lie number 2, No, he got Republican of the Year award. There is no MAN. Close but no cookie.
            Side note: trump has lied 100,000+ times in his life and it is almost assumed when he says something, it is a lie. He is some SORT of liar.
            ML January.13.2022 at 4:00 pm
            Every link is from the same debunked source.
            Lie number 3, No, Google is not a debunked source, InfoWars is.
            ML January.13.2022 at 4:03 pm
            Hey, when are you going to apologize for lying about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?
            Lie number 4, No, just something floating around in his and your pea brain. BTW he never said Republican on his made-up award.
            ML January.13.2022 at 4:06 pm
            Hey, are you ever going to apologize for lying about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?
            Lie number 5, Trump was told many times this award didn't exist, but you lied about it more than he did.
            Didn't you ever learn not to lie? Leviticus 19:11“’Do not LIE. “’Do not DECEIVE one another.
            ML January.13.2022 at 6:11 pm
            Trump was obviously talking about the Michigan Republican of the Year award.
            Why are you lying about this?
            You FINALLY got the award that he won, why didn't you notice he was lying about the Man of the Year award? If he
            hadn't been called on his lie so many times he would still be lying about this fictious award.

          3. How long does it take to get through to retards?
            Fact: Republican of the Year Award. (Notice no "MAN") He got this.
            LIE: "MAN" of the Year award.
            Fact: I never lied about any of this. (You lied twice in 3:56 post)
            The stupid thing is, if you mention "MAN", which means you or trump are lying.

    3. https://www.theroot.com/trump-s-claimed-at-least-6-times-that-he-s-been-michiga-1843587466

      I kind of notice you are NOT citing anything to prove that trump wasn't lying. You might think your opinion is impressive, but it isn't. If this was a basketball game, you would be losing by 90 points, and I would have dozens of dunks. Just sayin'.

      1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about. Why are you lying to everyone?

        1. obviously? I have been pounding you with facts for days and you finally admit that what I said was true, not a lie. I said the same thing many times, it's called truth, you ought to try it sometime and admit I didn't lie.

  41. NEWS: Rep. Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend gave testimony Wednesday to a federal grand jury investigating him for sex crimes, a major development that suggests the Department of Justice may be moving closer to indicting him.

    God, the lengths these FBI informants will go to shame this antiwar Congressman. People will claim— and he will be powerless to respond— that he is a pedophile because he paid to have sex with a 17-year old. What kind of Stalinist, Leninist, Nazi shit is this? As a gay, Black conservative who is GOPProud like Average Joes Milo Yiannopoulos and Caitlin Jenner here is my question— in 3 parts. How many FBI agents were there to a.) plan for Matt Garth to have sex, b.) watch Matt Gaetz have sex, and c.) have sex with Matt Gaetz. These are the questions that the lame stream media— in line with their DNC paymasters— won’t ask. That’s why people are turning to alternative sources of news— like the underexposed Tucker Carlson— who is asking the tough questions like how many grandpas in America are being put to death to save an illegal Haitian immigrant. Probably the answer is 5 or 6. Why won’t the media cover that and, oh yeah, about Hunter’s laptop? I’ll tell you why… it’s because America and NPR especially has become a totalitarian Leftist Stalinist shithole. That’s why.

    1. Hold on to that hope shrike.

    2. You've raged about OBL for years now, Shrike. After obsessing so hard you'd think that you'd have picked up some of his wit and technique, but you're still failing.
      Lefties just can't meme.

      Also, that's a fuck-load of anger you've got going on there. I'm delighted to see it. I hope that it's eating you up inside.

        1. How so retard?

          How am I stupid for calling you and your dishonest links out for lying about what Trump said?

          1. https://medium.com/@pantsonfiredonald/lie-donald-trump-claims-he-was-awarded-man-of-the-year-in-michigan-93527322c084

            Your opinion is pretty weak. Just saying, it is a lie without any proof, like a picture of this sasquatch of awards that you can't come up with one person who has ever heard of it except one of the lyingest people on the earth, good luck with your research, if you even try at all.

            1. The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.
              Why are you lying? Why all the sophistry? Who do you think you're tricking?

              1. You are doing the same thing trump did, trying to BS your way out of the truth.

    3. He slept with a spy named "Fang Fang".

      He shamed himself.

      1. Sorry ignore this. I was thinking Swalwell. Now it makes more sense that the FBI is investigating Gaetz because he's form the wrong party.

        For a moment there I thought the FBI was actually doing their job!

    4. You are not nearly as clever as you think. Tilting at windmills.

      And major media and social media platforms did collude to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story.

  42. "Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American"

    But if you wear all three at once (which I believe was once the advice of Fauci), that'll only get you through one day.

    No, the US government must mail 3 masks every day until we reach zero Covid. Anything less is killing grandma, you heartless cretin.

    Then again, N95s are more efficient. If you wear three at once you might permanently cure yourself of Covid. You'll also cut off all your air supply, and then you'll be dead. But, hey, you won't have Covid. Stop being such a whiner.

  43. Re: Civil War....I certainly hope not. Maybe reason and rationality will spread like Omicron in Washington DC.

  44. Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American

    In their quest to combat both inflation and the pandemic, the Dems figured they would steal a page from Reagan and employ voodoo economics. So they are going to send out magic talismans to ward off sickness.

  45. All joking aside, I explained just yesterday why continuing to support the lies about masks is corruptive and can no longer be tolerated by people of conscience.

    "Forced masking is nothing but theater and results in special-ed kids with masks taped to their heads. It is fucking evil. If you advocate for it, you are an ignorant asshole."

    My entire rant:
    https://reason.com/2022/01/12/facebook-faces-federal-monopoly-lawsuit-again/?comments=true#comment-9301855

  46. >>"This is a crisis and our response must meet the moment,"

    lol St. Pats 2020 called.

  47. in the universe where Hillary beat Trump is her second term worse there than Brandon's first here?

    1. In the universe where the 2016 election was sufficiently Fortified, then probably not. I can't imagine a lab-grown virus would mysteriously escape from a lab and spread among the populace, gripping the world in hysterical panic for years (if not decades) in its wake in that scenario.

      1. Hard to say. And I'm far from convinced that the release was deliberate, though the lab leak seems quite likely. And if it was deliberate I would look at China first. But I think it's more likely that they and others just took advantage of a situation that happened by accident.
        I do suspect that without the extra motivation of making Trump look bad the media and governors of blue states would have behaved a little less ridiculously. But seeing what happened in the rest of the world, I'm not so sure.

  48. "But like so many foiled "terrorist plots" before, this one was orchestrated and egged on by the FBI as a sting, leaving open serious questions about how willing any of the plotters would've been to go to such lengths if not encouraged by federal agents."

    After 14 months, NY Times columnist Ross Douthat (and ENB) are finally admitting that FBI agents and/or informants orchestrated the sting against and framing of so-called right wing extremists in MI to kidnap Democrat Governor Gretchen Witmer (just before the November 2020 election, which contributed to Biden's victory).

    So how many more months will pass before Douthat and ENB admit that Ray Epps and a half dozen coconspirators carefully planned and executed the breaching of the US Capitol on Jan 6, which Pelosi (who is responsible for Capitol security, and rejected Trump's request for national guard troops for Jan 6), other partisan Democrats and left wing media propagandists deceitfully blamed and impeached Trump for causing.

    Similar to the FBI's phony kidnap plot in MI, it appears increasingly likely that Ray Epps and his coconspirators (who breached the Capitol, removed barriers, and repeatedly urged/corralled naive Trump supporters to trespass the Capitol Grounds and then the Capitol building.

    The most comprehensive analysis of the Jan 6 events (and its conspirators and executioners) is at
    https://www.revolver.news/2021/12/damning-new-details-massive-web-unindicted-operators-january-6/

  49. I should point out to the Democrats, that N95 masks are single use. Unless you're mailing enough out to so everyone has a fresh mask every day for the remaining of the pandemic, then this effort is pointless. If people are going to reuse N95 masks they might as well keep reusing their pleated masks.

    In other words, this is nothing more than cheap (expensive actually) symbolism.

    1. If cheap and expensive symbolism was off the table, the Democrats wouldn't even be a party.

      1. True, but ditto for wall building Republicans. #BothSidez

    2. I told Brandy yesterday, a month ago, and in 2020, N-95 respirators require fit testing to be effective.

      Feel free to call them masks though, because like masks, they are useless except as costumes. Particularly for children, who simply don't have enough face to create a seal against.

    3. You defended masking yesterday brandy. No comment on their effectiveness?

      Wow. What a shit weasel.

  50. also I was walking into a Krogers yesterday - take that Lieawatha! - and a paper blowing across the parking lot said something about amazing black progress towards segregation which is confusing

    1. Not just confusing, but helpful. The Democrats are finally getting all the racial segregation they always wanted, and the blacks are doing it for them.

        1. Every link is from the same debunked source. Are you even reading them?

          1. https://theretorter.com/2020/05/21/trump-touts-imaginary-michigan-man-of-the-year-award-while-under-fire-for-his-dishonesty-about-michigan-and-voting/

            I would love to see YOUR "DEBUNKED SOURCE". Or is that another one of your unsourced lies? Maybe "invisible"? Or just another of your lies to cover your other lies and your other lies?

            1. Trump was obviously talking about the Michigan Republican of the Year award.
              Why are you lying about this?

              1. I never lied about anything; you are lying even more trying to claim that. You are even being untruthful trying to cover up trumps lie by saying it was obviously a simple mistake. trump hasn't made a "simple" mistake in 50 years; his lying machine is well tuned. That is what Factchecker.com guessed what he might have done because they can't read his mind. You are the one who copy and pasted it out of their statement (not mine) to make your flawed point.

                1. For as much as Trump is a bloviating narcissist, you sure pick the pettiest things to critique. You must have teeny tiny hands.

                  1. Funny but actually, a bloviating narcissist is one of his best traits. It was a hassle over trump not lying and I was. BTW I have huge hands, there goes that myth.

                    1. BTW I have huge hands

                      Kpow! Mind blown...

  51. I feel like the type of mask you wear is irrelevant to the amount of derision directed in your general direction by Americans who returned to the normalcy of ignoring the guvment 20 months ago.

  52. With growing awareness that cloth and surgical masks just aren't cutting it against COVID-19,

    I guess Democrats finally went to the CDC website.

  53. Typical government. A super-expensive, one-size-fits-all solution to non-problem.

    Also the CDC says not to use N95 masks, so I'm sure Biden will be kicked off social media any day.

  54. Democrats have lost their minds. People are tired of this shit. They are so out of touch if they think this is what people want for Joe Biden’s approval ratings to go back up.

    People want to return to normalcy they were promise if they elected Joe Biden. I promise he broke almost the minute he’s been sworn in.

    1. they think this is what people want

      I think they're past caring what people want.

  55. A discussion about the concept of sortition, how it might be implemented, pros and cons. Worth a read.

    https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22878118/jury-duty-citizens-assembly-lottocracy-open-democracy

    As I keep saying around here, governmental reform is a topic that is waiting for a champion. Neither Team Red nor Team Blue are truly interested in reform if they can't manipulate it in a way that would serve their own interests. Genuine reform has to be championed by outsiders, and libertarians could be among the outsiders willing to take up the cause.

    1. Whatever form in this country when people turn away from the government, not taking it over.

    2. So you advocate mobocracy. Change your name, please. Radical Individualist should not be in your screen name. Not when you advocate and promote statism.

      1. He supports whatever removed the most power from the people to a centralized entity.

  56. ENB should stick to sex worker topics.

    So N95 masks are not that effective vs C19 nut more effective than you old bandana.

    And they need fitted and changed at least daily. What a DUMB idea

    1. Next up, a law that mandates men be clean shaven, because beards ruin the seal where mask meets skin.
      Also beards are sexist.

      1. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/voices-chad-livengood/origin-trumps-claim-he-was-named-michigans-man-year

        Starting to look like there has been a lot of lying, I'm glad it doesn't involve me.

        1. Hey, are you ever going to apologize for lying about the Michigan Republican Man of the year award?

          1. https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/trump%E2%80%99s-claimed-at-least-6-times-that-he%E2%80%99s-been-michigan%E2%80%99s-man-of-the-year-the-award-doesn%E2%80%99t-exist.3533274/

            How do you apologize for something you didn't do? Have you tried googling Republican Man of the Year? Would you then apologize to me for lying about trump lying and for your unsubstantiated claim that I lied?

            1. Why are you lying? The Michigan Republican of the Year is obviously what Trump was talking about.

              Who do you think that you're tricking?

              1. Trying to make excuses for a pathological liar is a full-time unrewarding position and I don't understand the logic. I fail to understand how telling the truth has ever been tricking.

  57. "Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American"

    Treating every American the same ignores the legacy of systemic racism.

    1. You can’t just sit and minorities masks, because that’s treating them as unclean.

      You can’t just send white people masks, because that lets them avoid accountability for their white supremacy.

      There’s really nowhere for them to go here. They’re in a box.

  58. "Supreme Court justices have a history of making factual errors in written opinions for which they have ample time to research and fact-check,"

    This is because the "fact check" process is completely politically driven. Not only are the media not motivated to check any claim which reduces the effectiveness of their own political preferences they actively defend the errors. If we had a healthy media it might work because every position would have a role. But in reality there is only one mass media source not on the far left and that source is ignored by those in power.

    This is why fascism - the combination of government and corporate power - fails even though the combination is powerful. They are powerful specifically because they charge regardless of weaknesses in their plans which a healthy system recognizes and limits itself to deal with.

  59. Sen. Kristen Sinema has rejected Biden's plan to end the filibuster.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-to-press-senators-on-stalled-voting-rights-push-filibuster-changes-11642094650

    WASHINGTON— Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz) repeated that she wouldn’t support rules changes that get rid of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, dealing another blow to President Biden’s push to pass legislation to set guidelines for elections nationwide.

    “While I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Ms. Sinema on the Senate floor. She cited the 50-50 split in the Senate, and Democrats’ narrow majority in the House as voters asking both parties to “work together and get stuff done for America.”

    1. Make no mistake, Sinema is a far left ideologue. However, I think she's smart enough to understand that AZ isn't as purple as the last election would suggest. I'll be curious how "moderate" she behaves once she gets a full 6 year term.

  60. "Democrats Want To Mail 3 N95 Masks to Every American"

    So non-citizens don't get any?

    1. Only if they aren't from the Americas.

  61. If I receive a mask from the U.S. government, I am taking it directly to the county dumpster. Our government has given me no reason to trust them but plenty of reasons not to.

    1. I use them as TP. They don't flush well, so I use them as litter.

  62. The same senators will introduce a bill next week that would send three blindfolds and three sets of ear plugs to every American. "We want to make sure there is complete protection from us," said Bernie Sanders in response to a question from MSNBC.

    1. LOL shades of Tommy.

  63. I'm no GOP apologist, but how do these dumbasses ever expect anyone to vote for them. They really think everybody but them are too stupid to survive on their own. Any democrat that votes supports this is an idiot that doesn't deserve a single vote.

  64. No thanks. You can get them at Home Depot for a lot less than the Feds will pay. It's called free market. I wish the Dems would quit trying to be relevant. They only dig themselves in deeper.

  65. Absolute waste of money. Those who will wear them already have them and those who won't wear them won't even if they're free anyway.

    Super dumb.

  66. "So when will the 500 million N95 masks be ready?"
    "Soon. Very soon. We had a bit of a delay, but now we're on track."
    "Oh, a delay? Over what?"
    "The labeling was incorrect"
    "The label?"
    "Yes"
    "What did it say?"
    "Made in CHINA"

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