Political Identification

Poll: Democrats Drop and Republicans Rise, but the Real Juice Is With the Independents

Plus: EFF fights ban on discussing digital locks, Walmart to launch cryptocurrency, and more...

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Democrats lost support during 2021. Throughout each year, Gallup looks at political party preferences in America. For decades, identification with the Democratic Party has outperformed identification with Republicans and last year was no different on average, with 46 percent of those surveyed saying they were or leaned Democrat and just 43 percent saying they were or leaned Republican. But drilling down on the data tells a different story.

At the start of 2021, 49 percent aligned more with Democrats and 40 percent with Republicans. By the second quarter of 2021, this gap had shrunk: 49 percent still aligned with Democrats, but 43 percent now aligned with Republicans. And by the third quarter identification had basically converged, with 45 percent aligning Democrat and 44 percent Republican.

Then, in the final quarter of 2021, things flipped completely. An average of 47 percent of those surveyed in this quarter said they were or leaned Republican, while just 42 percent said they were or leaned Democrat.

What's going on here? The survey itself—composed of telephone interviews with 12,000 randomly sampled American adults—can't actually tell us. All we're left with is room to speculate, and several factors seem plausible:

  • The Trump factor. For all the fanatical loyalty among former President Donald Trump's base, he's a polarizing figure among independents and moderates. It's not surprising that the further we moved from Trump's time in office, the more the Republican Party regained some of its sheen.
  • COVID policies. Many Democratic responses to the pandemic have not been popular, especially in the post-vaccine era. Perhaps as Democrats continued to push mask mandates, school closures, and other restrictions, more people grew disillusioned with them.
  • Grass-is-always-greener syndrome. Whichever party is in power—in this case, the Democrats—has more opportunities to piss people off and gets more blame (fairly or unfairly) for any economic and cultural woes.

Whatever the explanation (and it's probably a bit of all these and more), it seems Democrats became less popular over the course of 2021 and their GOP counterparts more popular. The result was to create an atypically large gap in partisan identification.

2021 was an outlier in Gallup polling. "Both the nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991," Gallup reports. "The GOP has held as much as a five-point advantage in a total of only four quarters since 1991."

Previous times Republicans held a five-point or more lead in party identification in Gallup's poll were in early 1991 and early 1995.

"Democrats held larger, double-digit advantages in isolated quarters between 1992 and 1999 and nearly continuously between mid-2006 and early 2009," notes Gallup. It last had a 9-point lead back in 2012.

Notably, in Gallup's December poll, the gap between Republican and Democratic identification began to close again. In December, 46 percent identified as Republican or Republican-leaning and 44 percent identified as Democratic or Democratic-leaning.

What about independents? Gallup asked those who identified as independent to pick which of the two main parties they leaned toward more; there was no option to identify with the Libertarian Party or other third parties. On average, 8 percent identified as not leaning either way and roughly equal proportions said they leaned Democrat (17 percent) or Republican (16 percent).

The fact that most independents do lean either Republican or Democrat hides an interesting data point: More Americans identify as independent than as either Republican or Democrat.

In last year's poll, an average of 42 percent of survey respondents said they were politically independent, while just 29 percent identified off the bat as Democrat and 27 percent as Republican.

The proportion of independents is up slightly from recent years (39 percent in 2020 and 41 percent in 2019). And it reflects a "broader trend toward an increasing share of political independents [that] has been clear over the past decade," notes Gallup: "At least four in 10 Americans have considered themselves independents in all years since 2011, except for the 2016 and 2020 presidential election years. Before 2011, independent identification had never reached 40%."


FREE MINDS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continues fight over copyright rules. EFF says the rules—part of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)—"violate the First Amendment and criminalize certain speech about technology, preventing researchers, tech innovators, filmmakers, educators, and others from creating and sharing their work."

Section 1201 of the DMCA "makes it a crime to engage in or even distribute information about [circumventing digital locks], even if the circumvention serves an otherwise lawful purpose," EFF's appeal explains. It "is likely unconstitutional on its face, as a speech restriction that cannot survive strict or intermediate scrutiny, or as an unconstitutional speech-licensing regime," EFF argues.


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Walmart is getting into cryptocurrency. Paperwork the retail giant filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lays the groundwork for a Walmart cryptocurrency and a collection of nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Walmart "filed several new trademarks late last month that indicate its intent to make and sell virtual goods, including electronics, home decorations, toys, sporting goods and personal care products," CNBC reports. "In a separate filing, the company said it would offer users a virtual currency, as well as NFTs."


QUICK HITS

• A fourth shot of a COVID-19 vaccine (a.k.a. a second booster) is no match for omicron, an Israeli study suggests.

• A volcanic eruption on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean was strong enough to send shock waves all the way to Michigan.

• A British gunman held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue for hours on Saturday. The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team.

• "Senate Democrats plan to press ahead this week with an effort to push new voting rights protections through Congress, in an all but doomed attempt to enact a key piece of President Biden's agenda," The New York Times reports. The Senate will begin to debate the voting bill on Tuesday.

• The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit punted on Texas' abortion ban.

• States ask to be able to sue Facebook for alleged antitrust violations again.

• OnlyFans "has hired its first federal lobbyists," Politico reports.

• Inside Texas school book bans.

• Former staffers at a Michigan women's prison have filed a lawsuit alleging all sorts of mistreatment and abuse of women imprisoned there.

• In the U.K., "academics who examined the experiences of 22 women who were pregnant while serving time in English prisons have called for alternatives to custodial sentences," such as community or suspended sentences. "The prison environment only adds another layer of trauma for these women and can be dangerous for the unborn child," lead study author Rona Epstein of Coventry University said.

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  1. Democrats lost support during 2021.

    I blame Joe Rogan.

    1. Did you know he is Alt Right now?

      1. Along with Glen Greenwald!

        Fucking clown world.

        1. If you would have told the ten years ago that Glenn Greenwald would be reviled as a far-right pariah, and that the Democrats would give a standing ovation to Dick Cheney, I wouldn't have believed you.

          1. Have they ever been true to any cause, though? The party of slavery that passed Jim Crow laws are all of a sudden "anti-racist"? The party of the war on drugs is now ready to defund the police.

            1. Yep. Sadly the real anti-war people realized quickly that opposing Iraq was simply convenient political posturing against Bush.

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            2. The Democrats are collectivist, anti-liberty, anti-capitalist, technocratic, and primarily cater to the interests of the ultra-wealthy and ruling elites.

              Slavery, Jim Crow, and "anti-racism" all are easily explained once you understand that.

            3. Notice that their "anti-racost" includes segregation, Andy teaching people that blacks are inferior

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              2. Senator Robert Byrd is laying in his grave wondering, "Why the hell didn't I think of this?" Segregation for your own good.

                Hell, I expect by 2030 the Democrat Party will be advocates for separate drinking fountains so that black people don't have to share with all those white supremacists.

          2. ^ I saw someone else making this comparison the other day. It is crazy how insane people have gotten.

            Also how much the parties are flipping. If someone told you 20-30 years ago the Democrats would be in bed with all the biggest corporations, in complete lock-step with big pharma, pro-mandatory vax from said big pharma companies, pro-censorship of everything but approved speech, and taking the side of the elites over the working class you would think it was bizzaro world.

            Or if someone told you Dr. Kings "judged not by their skin color but content of their character" would be considered near hate speech (with the goal being to absolutely label everyone based on their skin color, while dictating their character based on said skin color)

            1. Yep. The Ds are the party of Wall Street, Big Pharma, endless wars, media propaganda, "lockdown" corporations like WalMart/Amazon, and promoting division by race.

              (Some) Main Street Democrats are finally starting to come around to the changes.

              1. No longer "the party of the people", unless of course you consider union bosses with deep pockets to be the people. There are "the woke" and then there are those that are awakening to reality. Nowhere is this more evident than the Democrats taking the side of teacher's unions and school boards over parents, even to the point of sicking the FBI onto parents who demand safety over political correctness.

            2. >>be considered near hate speech

              blows. my. fucking. mind.

            3. The parties aren't "flipping". Democrats have always been in bed with big corporations, big pharma, and censorship; they have always been racist and elitist. It is a traditional feature of the left that it consists of wealthy, privileged, and/or educated people pretending to stand up for the downtrodden while enriching themselves.

              Democrats didn't use to be so extreme or obvious about it, but they can get away with it these days because they have taken over the media and academia.

              1. Obamacare was as clear as it gets. cronies and Democrats actually got working people and the wealthy to believe that mandates on subsiding health insurance based on median income would lower costs. It’s a disaster. the opportunity costs of lost economic growth due to this piece of shit.

                It only works when the wealthy have the SALT deduction to break even. SALT - pretty much the number one reason they hate Trump.

                FUCK ROBERTS

            4. If someone told you 20-30 years ago the Democrats would be in bed with all the biggest corporations, in complete lock-step with big pharma, pro-mandatory vax from said big pharma companies, pro-censorship of everything but approved speech, and taking the side of the elites over the working class you would think it was bizzaro world.

              Only if you were a total fucking moron.

              The bulk of "20-30 years ago" was the Clinton Era, and only someone whose brains were entirely fossilized would have failed to notice during the Clinton Administration that the Democrats were the party of coordinated industrial policy, Lee Iaccoca, and GM-endorsed Hillarycare. Or of political correctness, Tipper Gore, and Catharine A. MacKinnon. Or of coastal degree-holders over the "Archie Bunkers".

          3. If you would have told the ten years ago that Glenn Greenwald would be reviled as a far-right pariah, and that the Democrats would give a standing ovation to Dick Cheney, I wouldn't have believed you.

            Why in the world not? Were you the recent victim of a concussion back then?

            1. In 2012? During the Romney/Obama battle?
              Did you have powers of prognostication?

              1. Who needs prognostication to predict a long-established pattern would continue?

                The rehabilitation of previous demons is something I'd already personally seen with Nixon, and then with the first Bush; why wouldn't it happen when Cheney was safely retired and needed to be used as a contrast to the current demon?

                And the Greenwald treatment has simply repeated the treatment of Hitchens, which itself was a continuation of a far older pattern; any lefty who actually has principles and sticks to them instead of carefully toeing the current party line is certain to get attacked as a right-winger. That Greenwald actually had principles and would stick to them isn't something I could specifically predict, but starting with the postulate that he stick to principles, it was inevitable.

      2. Rogan openly supported Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie. Also he likes a lot of Yangs ideas (UBI). He had all of these people on with great convos and was very friendly to them. He actually turned down Trump.

        But ya, total alt right according to the media because he doesnt regurgitate the party line like a good little bitch (cough* patton oswalt)

        1. Really, turned down Trump? I think Trump on Joe Rogan would be fascinating.

          1. Trump wanted to debate Biden on Rogan, IIRC. Rogan seemed to just not want the headache.

            Rogan has also had great convos with Dan Crenshaw and others on the right/libertarian.

            1. Edit: It was Rogan who threw it out there re: 4th debate on his show (probably high at the time) and then Trump took him up on the offer.

              https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/opinions/joe-rogan-moderate-trump-biden-debate-opinion-stewart/index.html

          2. Ya Trump's peeps reached out to him and Rogan said nah. He talked about it when he had Krystal and Sagaar from Breaking Points on. Partly the whitehouse wanted it limited to a shorter version and he wanted long form only.

            But also something about how people would probably lose their shit and he didn't want people to feel bad or something like that (likely didnt want to alienate a huge portion of people).

            But regardless, good ol alt right Rogan, supports progressive policies but doesnt tongue bathe the democrats, biden, and the ever-incorrect CDC so he is alt right now

          3. First I’m hearing this, but one of the reasons Rogan is so popular is because his interviews come across as normal conversations. I’d guess Rogan didn’t think Trump could do that for three hours.

            But yes, it would be fascinating.

    2. What about Fred Rogan of Rogan's Heroes?

      1. Sorry, Fred Roggin, Roggin's Heroes.

  2. For all the fanatical loyalty among former President Donald Trump's base, he's a polarizing figure among independents and moderates.

    Fortunately Biden/Harris has escaped that fate.

    1. Hah

    2. I’m just glad we’ve had a return to normalcy, as promised.

      1. And competence. Don't forget the competence.

        1. And continence.

          1. And Jello Pudding for dessert, not as the main course to help the meds down.

    3. And Obama never had a fanatic loyalty group. No teachers forcing students to sing his praises at all...

  3. Many Democratic responses to the pandemic have not been popular...

    ...with the virus, which is quaking in its boots.

  4. "The prison environment only adds another layer of trauma for these women and can be dangerous for the unborn child,"

    Pregnant men can go fuck themselves.

      1. "'He was rightly classified as a man' in the medical records and appears masculine, Stroumsa said. 'But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.'"

        I don't think they understand what "rightly" means.

        1. If only we had an unambiguous term for a person who is capable of being pregnant. Alas, there is none.

          1. In the not too distant future, there will be bottle babies grown in tissue culture flasks, so this will all be a moot point. Of course dog breeders and abortionists will be up in arms.

            1. In the year 2525?

            2. Will there be clinics where women with bpd can go to smash those flasks?

              My test tube baby flask, my choice

          2. If only we had a concept that people be treated equally under the law. If we only had a concept of punishment fitting the crime. Then men whose congenital infirmities are exacerbated by prison or even involuntarily develop infirmities *because* of prison would/could get a fair shake relative to women who develop a voluntary, temporary condition circa incarceration. Alas, women's rights are human rights.

        2. An English tailor asks if it hangs rightly or leftly before he makes the pants..

          1. "Just make the knees extra baggy."

      2. Wife worked in a hospital lab up until a few years ago, but at the time she would every so often tell me stories of having to deal with "men" with positive pregnancy tests and so forth and sometimes when something looks really whacked up they'll ask the doctor or nurse why a male/female patient is showing up results that look like they belong to a female/male and have it explained to them that the person is transgender, but a lot of times they don't mention anything. It saddens me because actual medical gender apparently isn't something that's noted in a patient's profile and treating people as if they are something they are not doesn't do them any good.

        1. Probably just a severely enlarged prostate.

    1. Pregnant men can go fuck themselves.

      So THAT'S how they do it.

  5. "A British gunman held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue for hours on Saturday. The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team."

    Of course we must keep the real victims in mind — American Muslims who will have to deal with Islamophobia as the racist media seizes on the gunman's vaguely Middle Eastern sounding name.

    1. That is not even parody.

      1. Nope, not even close.

    2. I don't remember where I saw this:

      "President Joe Biden told reporters Sunday authorities 'just don't have enough facts' to speculate why a man targeted a Colleyville, Texas synagogue..."

      But he's sure Rittenhouse is a white supremacist.

      1. Did you know Rittenhouse CROSSED STATE LINES?

        #StateBordersAreSacred
        #(NationalBordersNotSoMuch)

        1. Clearly violated the State Line Principle.

          By all of 4.3 miles.

        2. Did Akram teleport to Texas, bypassing state lines?

      2. Based on what the Ds have said about Winsome Sears, it's likely that this WILL be blamed on white supremacy.

          1. This is worth copy/paste:

            More than an hour before Nessel’s appearance, ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky reported that the hostage-taker was demanding the release of Siddiqui, who is known as “Lady al Qaeda” and is serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas federal prison for trying to kill American soldiers. The effort to secure her freedom through violence is not a surprise—Muslim terrorists associated with ISIS and al Qaeda have been working to free Siddiqui for years, and Muslim groups in the United States such as the Council on American Islamic Relations have long advocated for her release.

            Nessel made no mention of the chance that the attack on the Texas synagogue was carried out by a Muslim terrorist, speculating only that it was “domestic terrorism.”

            The attacker was a British foreign national, identified on Sunday as Malik Faisal Akram. He was killed during the standoff, and all hostages were rescued.

            Nessel was not the only Democrat hesitant to pin the attack on Muslim terrorists. President Joe Biden in a statement late Saturday night after the situation was already resolved said we still needed to learn the “motivations of the hostage-taker.” Biden also pledged to stand against “the rise of extremism in this country,” even though the attacker was not radicalized in the United States.

            It is unclear whether Nessel had any Bloody Marys prior to the interview.

            1. " President Joe Biden in a statement late Saturday night after the situation was already resolved said we still needed to learn the “motivations of the hostage-taker.” "

              Interesting, he was comfortable labeling Rittenhouse a white supremacist with little to no information in a clear self defense case...very interesting.

              1. During a interview at noon on Sunday, Biden refused to say any words like "muslim, terrorist, anti-semitism" to describe the anti-semitic muslim terrorist, and instead claimed the incident demonstrated that America needs more gun control laws (which violate the 2nd Amendment and only increase the number of illegal guns and criminals who posses them).

                1. Yet Biden and the talking heads in the media still have nothing to say about the Waukesha massacre.

                  1. Wauke-what? Oh, that guy was just lost and needed directions. As he was fleeing from another crime.

    3. He drove there in a red SUV.

      1. "red SUV"

        Was it a Cherokee? Liz Warren may be behind the whole thing.

        1. He should have used an Escape…

          1. Hey Chumby, weren't you the one who posted the joke about buying a red Jeep Cherokee from Lizzy W, and did a title search and learned it was actually a white Suburban?

            1. That happuned to be someone else. I like the message that it drives home.

      2. How dare you! He was driven there BY a red SUV.

    4. killed by an FBI team
      Which probably set up the plot.

        1. Dead dogs wag no tails.

        2. But they still manage to vote for Democrats.

          1. Vote early, vote often, vote even without vital signs!

    5. We’ll probably never know what the real motive was.

    6. “…..eventually released….”

      I heard the rabbi on the radio saying he hit the scumbag with a chair and they escaped.

      Well, I guess if Waukesha can be called a “car crash”, then an escape can be called a “release”. Lol. Weird times.

  6. Perhaps as Democrats continued to push mask mandates, school closures, and other restrictions, more people grew disillusioned with them.

    Democrats are not used to the populace being more resistant to paternalism than is their base.

    1. I like to think that the insane spending and attempts at a political purge have something to do with it too. Or I really hope so anyway.

      1. ENB would have to acknowledge the political purge exists before she could speculate on it’s effects.

  7. Perhaps as Democrats continued to push mask mandates, school closures, and other restrictions, more people grew disillusioned with them.

    "Perhaps"?! "Disillusioned"?! What an understatement!

  8. It "is likely unconstitutional on its face, as a speech restriction that cannot survive strict or intermediate scrutiny, or as an unconstitutional speech-licensing regime," EFF argues.

    Depends on which Court you get.

    1. Kavanaugh Klown Kourt

  9. Walmart "filed several new trademarks late last month that indicate its intent to make and sell virtual goods, including electronics, home decorations, toys, sporting goods and personal care products," CNBC reports.

    Would someone *kindly* explain why anyone would purchase an NFT personal care product? Is that a dildo for your avatar, or what?

    1. Would someone *kindly* explain why anyone would purchase an NFT personal care product?

      At home COVID-19 test.

      1. "Nine Fungus Test"

  10. Paperwork the retail giant filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lays the groundwork for a Walmart cryptocurrency and a collection of nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

    All their display desktops will be secretly mining.

  11. "A British gunman"..."Malik Faisal Akram"

    Is this the new "SUV crashes into parade" story?

    "British national holds up synagogue" is what I am seeing from our benevolent overlords...I feel like there is more to the story than that...

    1. C'mon, Jimbo...Only white males commit hate crimes.

      1. Angry white males being the most dangerous beings on the planet.

        1. Jeez can white men be anymore racist. Taking the spot from black men with library cards is just another sign of white supremacy on the rise.

      2. "A British gunman"... (mumble) "Michael Francis McCram" (mumble)

    2. Holds up synagogue for the purpose of pressuring the government to free a Pakistani convicted of terrorism related charges, and known for being a financier of Al Qaeda.

      1. They will get fired if they point out that he is a brown muslim.

    3. "A British gunman"

      Fake news. Brits can't own guns.

      1. The NRA gave it to him after he got here, is what I’m hearing.

        1. Or from a Trump farmer at a MAGA rally.

        2. They did it to divert attention from Letitia James' lawsuit.

  12. A fourth shot of a COVID-19 vaccine (a.k.a. a second booster) is no match for omicron, an Israeli study suggests.

    CAN WE JUST CANCEL ISRAEL ALREADY?

    1. This is going to be tantamount to occupying the West Bank as fair as the US left is concerned.

    2. Need to try a fifth!

      1. Mandatory daily time-release vaccine pills. Better yet, something like birth-control implants.

        1. Delivered by insulin pump.

        2. They need to make a vaccine that spreads by respiration.

          1. According to the leaked DARPA report, that was how the whole covid outbreak may have started. It was supposed to a be a virus spread amoung bats to immunize them and prevent the evolution of a really deadly variant.
            https://theintercept.com/2021/09/23/coronavirus-research-grant-darpa/

          2. They did. It's called natural immunity.

            1. Never mind all the deaths and ICU hospitalizations from COVID, eh? Who cares that the vaccines have saved millions of people from that fate.

              1. 1. Those numbers are highly exaggerated

                2. they are already dead now whoever they are. time to admit the rush-order Trump vaccines dont work and rely on natural processes.

                You're about the last person in this country to realize those things it seems..

                1. Mike Liarson is a squawking bird named Dee and should be treated as such.

                2. “You're about the last person in this country to realize those things it seems..”

                  You really don’t realize you are the one with fringe ideas about COVID-19 vaccines? Putting aside who is correct and who is wrong, you do realize you have fringe views, don’t you?

                  1. You simply declaring that widely held-ideas backed by research and many experts are "fringe", because they conflict with the Democratic Party narrative, doesn't make them actually fringe.

                    Some days I swear Laursen thinks he's CNN.

                  2. Fringe views, eh? Like:

                    Vaccines affect women's menstrual cycles?
                    Vaccines do not stop transmission?
                    Not believing that COVID started in a wet market?
                    Vaccines do not give you immunity against COVID?
                    Hospitals are counting COVID cases wrong? (With, not from)
                    Cases is not an accurate way to quantify the severity of COVID.

                    Stuff like that? Today's fringe view is tomorrow's truth.

              2. Notice what I mention below. No contrition from Mike for all the times he tried shaming people for doubting the effectiveness of vaccines- and all the times he insisted people needed to jab to protect grandma. No contrition for advocating masking to stop the spread, or lockdowns for the same.

                No, he has shifted to the last refuge- acting all snarky about the last argument they have left.

              3. I'll pose the question again. Is White Mike really that stupid or is he gaslighting?

                1. Mike Liarson is a squawking bird named Dee and should be treated as such.

              4. I assume the millions of lives saved was derived using the same formula as the millions of jobs Obama saved.

              5. Your statement can never be verified. The same % of people who got Covid and had mild to asymptomatic cases are the same percentages of people with the jab. In other words, it did not fucking work.

                1. That’s ridiculous. Any ICU nurse or doctor will tell you the ICU units are mostly treating unvaccinated people.

                  1. “Mostly”

                  2. In the places I have checked, it is closer to 50/50 in absolute numbers.

                    See for example: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data

                    195 people are unvaccinated. 213 have gotten at least one shot. So in fact, Mike is wrong. Smug, but wrong.

                    Yes, being vaccinated means you are 5 - 10x less likely to be hospitalized. But roughly 7-9 out of 10 adults are vaccinated in a lot of these areas.

                    But don't let facts slow you down Mike. You were smug when you insisted masking worked, that vaccinations would stop the spread, and prevent infection. Now you will continue to smugly assert you know the facts even when you don't.

              6. ^this guy M.L. is such a hoot! bless this guy's heart.

                1. Back at ya!

          3. I think that's an interesting idea to discuss(Not getting into all the stuff that could go wrong ,rights, and other factors just the thought itself)

            1. Thanks. There are, of course, all kinds of freedom and ethical issues, but, with the state of the art in genetic engineering, could a vaccine be made that fights “fire with fire” when it comes to a virus that spreads through respiration?

              It’s worth a short sci-fi story, at least.

              1. Read “The Stand”

      2. Pfizer CEO already said 2 more boosters this year.

        1. "Moneymoneymoney, MON-ey!"

    3. It has been one big bait-and-switch since March 2020. From the beginning of Covidgeddon, the self assured, "Science Commands It!" predictions of authorities and their enablers was matched only by the sanctimonious scolding they laid on anyone who expressed skepticism of their crypto-religious rituals.

      I am still waiting for even the barest contrition from those who insisted that flattening the curve through mass home-incarceration (aka lockdown); stopping the spread through mandated face coverings; school closures to contain the outbreaks; vaccinations to develop herd immunity; vaccinations to slow the spread; boosters to slow the spread. Just the barest admission that they were wrong when they wagged their finger and invoked shame.

      But no. They have shamelessly and silently dropped all references to stopping the spread, containing the virus, or developing herd immunity. But boy, oh boy, will they continue with their mocking sanctimony as they stress the importance of the vaccine in protecting against a hospital stay- hoping you won't remember all the other predictions they got wrong in the past.

      Remember that all the sanctimony and shaming in the past came because The Science! (tm) was sure that lockdowns, masking, and jabbing would actually protect the public health. You had a moral obligation to protect grandma, you see? But now all that justification has crumbled, and their sanctimony is about a personal decision about how much protection you need or want from COVID.

      1. "It's only for (pffft) two weeks (snort)"

        "It's going to to be forever, isn't it?"

        "Maaaaaaybe..."

        1. Endemic pandemic. AKA cold and flu.

      2. I would like to see a little contrition too. But I doubt we will. Unless lots of people demand it. But I'm seeing more people wearing masks alone in their cars again. And still encounter people who think you are killing grandma if you don't have a mask on in the grocery store. Not a good sign.

        1. Saw a lady jogging with a mask on yesterday.

          1. I constantly see people driving around alone in their car with a mask on. Riding a bike down the street with a mask on. Doing yardwork in their front yard, WITH A FUCKING MASK ON.

            Everyone has lost their damn minds.

            1. Those are the people who have succumbed and embraced the great lie.

              1. Their lives are meaningless without it

                1. I had yesterday off. Decided to go out to lunch at a local restaurant that has a nice patio. So did everyone else in town, I guess, as the place was full.

                  I think we're still under a mask mandate. Since mid December, though nobody cares. I want to sit outside, where I ALWAYS sit, but the place is packed to the gills so they ask me to wait. Then the owner's husband comes to seat me. Understand, I'm at the front door. The dining room is maybe 3 steps away. 6 or 8 feet from threshold to threshold. The dude asks "You have your mask?"

                  "No, I want to go outside."

                  "Ummm..."

                  There were at least 100 people in the dining room, not a single mask on any of them. Literally every table was full. This dumbfuck asks a question like that. What am I supposed to do, wear a mask for three steps then take it off? Does the 'rona know that people aren't sitting down and therefore should be attacked, but the ones seated in chairs and booths are off limits?

                  He's the only one who has asked me about a mask in a month. I know how to mitigate risk. If I want to keep risk low I stay outside and away from people because fresh air is the best way of doing so. If I spend time around people I accept a certain level of risk. Because that's life, and how we ALL live, all the time, even during non -rona flu season.

                  I'm not going to pretend my mask, which I will remove in 10 seconds, is going to protect me like a religious rite before going into battle. But for a moment I thought I was going to have to explain this because some people are this fucking stupid.

            2. “Everyone”?

              How many people have you seen doing stuff like this? I’ve seen a handful.

              1. Well, enough have that this shit continues. Of course it's not literally everyone.

                1. The ferocious sea lion struck again.

                  Notice how he lasered in of the word "everyone" and tried to make it literal instead of figurative.

            3. When the weather was warmer, I'd often see people riding bikes with a mask on but no bike helmet.

    4. 4 doses are a latke shots.

    5. We can’t cancel Israel. Biden recently spearheaded a peace accord between them and several ME countries.

      1. He should win a Nobel Peace prize for that!

  13. "Whatever the explanation..."

    I've been told the explanation is that we're letting Grandpa Joe down, and if we just tried harder, everything would be perfect.

    1. Cue 6 months of "This country has just become ungovernable," articles.

      1. Not the whole country. Just the half that doesn't identify as democrat.

  14. Juice? When life gives you Don Lemon…

    1. make Lemon AIDS?
      sry.. that was uncalled for

      1. But so refreshing!

        Your turn now Chumby.

      2. I avoided that thinking it might sour some folks.

        1. No worries. I hear Fauci was the leading researcher during the Lemon AIDS crisis.

          1. Kavanaugh Klown Kourt

        2. So you have your limits.

          That is good. Inspector Harry Callahan said so.

        3. Surprised you wouldn’t still squeeze a little humor out of the subject.

          1. Thought it was already beaten to a pulp.

            1. 'golf clap'

              1. Lemon puns provide some zest to the comments section.

                1. This guy has the juice! Just peels them off one after the other.

                  1. At first he was a bit skittish about such an unseemly topic, but then he just couldn't help himself.

                    1. Worked for a lemon farmer who had a well behaved dog. Was told you first teach them a citric. Then a stay trick. Then a lay down trick. If you train them well, they will grove-l at your feet.

                2. There you go, Chumby put a little Lemon Pepper on it!

        4. I avoided that thinking it might sour some folks.

          So, you were concerned about its overall a peel and lack of zest.

      1. "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back!" Sang by Meatloaf, Written by Jim Steinman (With Lyrics)
        https://youtu.be/LUGe4MVRjGU

  15. The prison environment only adds another layer of trauma for these women and can be dangerous for the unborn child

    Disappointed to see Reason.com's #AbortionAboveAll correspondent ENB repeat that absurd anti-choice expression. There is literally no such thing as an "unborn child."

    Before birth, it's merely a clump of cells. It only becomes a child after it has fully exited the pregnant person's body and the umbilical cord has been cut.

    #ILoveScience

    1. Also included the hate speech "women."

      1. Both are acceptable when convenient. Footprints of the progressive beta transformation of western society.

  16. • OnlyFans "has hired its first federal lobbyists," Politico reports.

    Maybe Trump succeeded in Draining the Swamp, if federal lobbyist have to turn to OnlyFans for a source of income.

    1. With OnlyFans involved, other things can now be drained.

  17. "The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team."

    Released? Really?
    The video I was showed people running away, and one of the hostages said they threw a chair at the kidnapper and ran. So the FBI did nothing but lie (again).

    1. The hostages are lucky the FBI didn't shoot them all as they came out the door.

      1. Lucky none of them were dogs.

        1. You know who would disagree with that?

        2. Ilhan Omar hardest hit.

      2. Well if you eliminate potential future hostages [hey, we just "now" the "the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, right?] then you curtail future hostage situations, amIright?

      3. "The hostages are lucky the FBI didn't shoot them all as they came out the door."

        + 20...25 percent of the hostages. I can live with that.

        1. Well, we're gonna need some new FBI guys

      4. Give them some credit, they're not the ATF.

    2. A lot of them were busy manning 90% fed kidnapping plot teams, hoping to entrap some poor schmuck.

      1. It's hard work planning "insurrections" and racist demonstrations, you can't expect them to be everywhere.

      2. Or attending local school board meetings in anticipation of wrongspeak.

    3. It does read an awful lot like "Hostages were cleared. A gun went off. The perp intersected the bullet's path. And nothing else happened."

    4. I think he released 1 guy, the other 3 fled (includes Rabi) when the Rabi throw a chair. Not sure how the raid went down - not that I care much, it all worked out in the end.

      1. Video of the Rabbi discussing how the last 3 fled.

        https://twitter.com/BGrueskin/status/1483096118405779456

      2. the FBIs false flag came off perfectly...

        1. Except it was planned by some boomer they keep in the basement who still thinks it's 2005

    5. Not following … the FBI lied because ENB misstated what happened?

      1. You're a sea lion. Your understanding of most things is limited.

        1. A most ferocious sea lion.

      2. Just do your usual schtick and call it white supremacy. Then it can all be nicely memory holed.

      3. the FBI lied... because that's all they do.

        1. If the FBI lied about it, why is it common knowledge in all the news stories what actually happened?

          1. Because the witnesses told their story, which contradicted the FBI's statement?

      4. Hey, we found out the limit of Dee’s support for Reason!

        1. lol

    6. I’m sure white mike will be along shortly to whine about conservative victim narratives since we’re not supposed to notice that a kid who was defending himself was called a domestic terrorist by the potus, and guys like this and the Waukesha asshole are supposedly not hateful terrorists.

      1. Enough with the pouncing!

  18. "Former staffers at a Michigan women's prison have filed a lawsuit alleging all sorts of mistreatment and abuse of women imprisoned there."

    If this country embraced the Koch / Soros / Reason #EmptyThePrisons agenda, we'd immediately solve the problem of mistreatment of prisoners.

    #CheapLaborAboveAll

  19. A volcanic eruption on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean was strong enough to send shock waves all the way to Michigan.

    Many suspect the eruption was egged on by US federal law enforcement to disrupt the governor's dinner.

    1. Gretchen Whitmer, the actual face of the brew "Raging Bitch"

    2. There are some videos out of Tonga of the eruption and the subsequent tsunami (part of the existing above water caldera slid into the ocean). Much of their communications with the outside world have been cut off.

      1. A volcano that caused a tsunami? Talk about a self fixing problem

    3. So that's why it's 50 fn degrees in Florida?

  20. A British gunman held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue for hours on Saturday.

    Those Limeys. They hate the Jews.

    1. And everybody hates the Jews.
      But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
      It's National Everyone-smile-at-one-another-hood Week.

      1. +1 Tom Lehrer. Still alive.

  21. “None of these books that are being talked about would meet the definition of obscenity,” he explains. “A book that is obscene is designed with prurient interest. You couldn’t read any of these books cover to cover and say that’s what the book is designed to do.”

    However, all of these books meet the definition of offensive to someone, which these days is sufficient mandatory for removal, right? RIGHT?!

    1. The rules for who you can offend and who is protected from offense change daily. However, white people, religious people (excluding Muslims), and republicans/conservatives are NEVER on the protected list.

      1. Nor are Jews, apparently. That was so 20th Century.

        1. Jews are like Asians, they are protected sometimes (when it serves the left's narrative) and are considered white sometimes (ditto)

      2. Pretty sure all religions except Christianity are forbidden from offense.

    2. The books include gratuitous content and even pictures of said acts! And the stories are centered around that content, not secondary in nature. It is the slow grooming that the democrats seemingly are proceeding with and activists have admitted to.

      1. The linked article talks about a book that has some fairly graphic language describing what seems to be a gang rape. It was removed from middle school shelves.

        What possible educational value does that book have, that can't be met by a different book that does not include graphic sexual violence?

        This whole thing is such bullshit. There's no educational reason why these particular books need to be in school libraries. And given the absolute contempt with which parents have been treated by public school systems lately, parents are right not to trust administrators and teachers to make good decisions about what's appropriate for their kids.

        1. kid your kids out of public school, now. You'd have to be damn fool to give your kids to those monsters.

          1. My kids spent a total of 3 months in public school. Never. Again.

  22. Senate Democrats plan to press ahead this week with an effort to push new voting rights protections through Congress...

    Voter suppression being what it is, Biden barely squeaked by.

    1. The Democrats are always barking about voting rights but treat the actual ballots like used toilet paper.

      Nothing impinges on the voter's rights more than electoral fraud, which nullifies them and is literally the most anti-democratic action possible.

      1. https://twitter.com/ChuckCallesto/status/1483462088198660102?t=eI13n5wPi3OZ7qcQ6D7_9w&s=19

        BREAKING REPORT: December Rasmussen Reports Poll IDENTIFIES that 58% of Voters Now Believe Cheating was Likely in 2020 Election — Up from 54%...

        1. Matt Welch hardest hit.

          1. Don't leave Sullum out, he's been banging that drum from day 1.

    2. So voter repression:

      Requiring an ID?

      Requiring that you actually take the trouble to register?

      Requiring that you be a citizen?

      1. ... and you can't drive-thru at 2:00AM after last call to deposit your neighborhood's ballots.

        1. Written on paper towels.

    3. Voting isn't a right, it's a privilege of citizenship and age.

  23. OnlyFans "has hired its first federal lobbyists," Politico reports.

    The form those bribes will take will eventually lead to blackmails.

    1. Well endowed blackmails.

      1. Well, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, of course.

  24. Senate Democrats plan to press ahead this week with an effort to push new voting rights protections through Congress

    Cool! The proposed legislation is chock full of economy-stimulating government jobs.

  25. Government is asking a judge to force Project Veritas to pay for a Special Master to separate the legal materials collected during a raid on their businesses and homes. This is privileged information already leaked to the NYT, and the DOJ wants PV to spend tens of thousands or more to separate their privilege material. Over a diary. That they had no part in stealing nor publishing.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice/project-veritas-counters-us-attorneys-demand-it-pay-for-all-costs-of-special-master-review-of-seized-materials

    1. The FBI under a Democrat administration would never abuse bureaucratic procedures to punish a journalistic organization the Left finds a thorn in their side.

    2. The FBI is really nothing more than The Party's Staasi nowadays. It's too rotten and compromised to ever be reformed. It needs to be ended.

      1. ^^^ the evidence of this has been accumulating for years now.

        The FBI is a political tool and nothing else.

      2. No longer just a fringe view. But it'll never happen; American bureaucracy is immortal.

      3. Nowadays? How are they different from when hoover ran them?

        1. Back then they were Hoover's Praetorian Guard, they worked for his interests rather than the ruling gentry class'.

  26. What happened to the 82 Billion Congress gave Biden's executive to produce and ship covid tests?

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/republicans-demand-answers-from-biden-on-covid-19-testing-funds

    1. Pfizer tosses on the pile, and all the congressional and senatorial shareholders line up for their taste.

    2. It went into the pocket of some congresscritter's cousuin?

  27. We must now start mass killing of animals to protect people from a cold.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/hong-kong-officials-cull-hamsters

    1. When enforcement officers come by to kill Fluffy and Mr. Pibbles, I wonder if the handwringing boomer erstwhile liberals will finally say "Enough!", or if they'll tearfully hand their pets over.

      I'm betting the latter.

      1. Innocent parents routinely hand over their children to CPS. Mr. Pibbles doesn't have a chance.

        1. They hand their children over because they fear if they don't cooperate they will be taken by force and not returned. Calculation might be a bit different if they were going to kill them. But then again, hamsters are not children.

    2. China has successfully pursued a zero-COVID policy for two years. Just ask them; any reports of outbreaks are isolated incidents originally transmitted through the mail from the West, and quickly eradicated.

      This may seem harsh, but they know what they're doing. We should trust our inscrutable yellow brothers implicitly.

    3. New Olympic event: Hamster shooting!

      1. Probably goes with their other event, raw hampster wok cookery.

        1. Those that intend to eat a hamster dance around the issue of those optics.

      2. Remember when hamster shooting was just funny satire? Outpost.com remembers.

        1. Not satire: The Barnes Varmint Grenade

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSe8N0jBXhs

    4. Now Richard Gere has another reason to hate the Chinese government

  28. "'[A]cademics who examined the experiences of 22 women who were pregnant while serving time in English prisons have called for alternatives to custodial sentences,' such as community or suspended sentences."

    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. They would start demanding more women with penises in women's prisons so they could make get-out-of-jail-free cards.

    2. Imagine the prison black market for jizz-pops. Stick one in, get preggers and go home.

  29. An absolutely stunning look into Seattle's school district and how they push CRT into all of their training. The main woman pushing this earning almost 100k a year in salary and winning awards created a complete biographical fiction on the order of Rachel Dozeal.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/meet-the-seattle-schools-woke-indoctrination-czar-who-married-a-child-molester

    In spring 2018, the math ethnic studies program was piloted in six schools. The school board had approved the pilot program to decrease the achievement gap, writing “1. We affirm our belief that the integration and addition of ethnic studies into the education of Seattle Public Schools’ students can have a positive impact on eliminating opportunity gaps. 2. We direct that the Superintendent incorporate ethnic studies . . . as a high-leverage gap eliminating strategy.”

    On the next state math exam, the performance of black students at those schools plummeted. At one pilot school, John Muir Elementary, black achievement had been rising steadily every year, but all those gains and more were wiped out, with the black passing rate dropping from 28% to under 18% the next school year. At another pilot school, 69% white and with only seven black students, the white students’ pass rates also plunged, from 60% to 36%.

    In spring 2018, the math ethnic studies program was piloted in six schools. The school board had approved the pilot program to decrease the achievement gap, writing “1. We affirm our belief that the integration and addition of ethnic studies into the education of Seattle Public Schools’ students can have a positive impact on eliminating opportunity gaps. 2. We direct that the Superintendent incorporate ethnic studies . . . as a high-leverage gap eliminating strategy.”

    On the next state math exam, the performance of black students at those schools plummeted. At one pilot school, John Muir Elementary, black achievement had been rising steadily every year, but all those gains and more were wiped out, with the black passing rate dropping from 28% to under 18% the next school year. At another pilot school, 69% white and with only seven black students, the white students’ pass rates also plunged, from 60% to 36%.

    She won teacher of the year for the absolute plummeting of grades and math. And seeks to expand it to other subjects.

    Despite the failure of the pilot, the district said it would “prioritize ethnic studies . . . [and] help integrate ethnic studies into all curriculum, content areas, and grade levels.” An option to skip a requirement to take Algebra II, a staple for those planning to go to college, and replace it with a course covering “power & oppression,” became enormously popular.

    1. An option to skip a requirement to take Algebra II, a staple for those planning to go to college, and replace it with a course covering “power & oppression,” became enormously popular.

      And an option to skip a requirement to take a course covering “power & oppression,” and replace it with a course on sexual positions, became even more popular.

    2. Despite decades of the most aggressive equity programs anyone could ask for

      Kshama Sawant: "Hold my beer"

    3. Of course contrary to what the gaslighters say, it is absolutely happening. I think we are almost in the last phase of "CRT isnt even happening" and they have all but completely moved on to "its a good thing for equity"

      And of course, this resulted in what anyone with a brain knew would happen. Grades will go down, moreso in the black students they are trying to give "passing" grades to for wrong answers and not making them show work...bc white supremacy or something.

      As always, stupid, not thought out leftist policy. Everyone that isnt insane activists say "hey I think that is actually going to harm these kids MORE"....and of course a little later on...it harms them more.

      This is why we cannot allow these people to dictate what our children are learning. They want stupid, indoctrinated kids who will be good soldiers in their activist war

      1. On the contrary, let them fuck it up in as big a way as possible.

        IOW, going to have to get much worse before things can possibly get any better.

    4. Nuh uh.

      — Jeffy

    5. Jesus Jesse...How do you SF a quote?! 😉

      In any case, I have heard that the best thing to do is leave school curriculums to the teachers. Sure, they put 6 schools' students a year behind in math for their nonsense- and those kids are now behind their peers and must spend more time getting caught up- but something something teachers are experts...

      1. my phone cut/paste goes nuts sometimes. Sometimes it links the whole article instead of a paragraph.

    6. So it was incredibly successful in closing the performance gap. Mission acomplished

  30. OnlyFans "has hired its first federal lobbyists," Politico reports.

    If Nancy Pelosi creates an OnlyFans site, it might actually turn me off to soft core porn forever.

    1. Granny Box-Wine would definitely be in the strange fetish niche.

      1. Beyond my pale.

    2. Who said anything about soft core?

      1. I threw up and not just a little bit in my mouth, more like that scene in Stand by Me with Lardass. Thanks Mac.

        1. You may want to a avoid her latest release Feet on the Desk. As well as her dom offering Fill a Buster where mistress Nancy uses a minority whip on subs of color. Sarc enjoyed the all-male scenes in Bi Party Sam. Have gave it two thumbs up.

          1. You see why ideas are dangerous. This... now it's out there. Rule 34 dictates that it is real, or under rule 35 it will be made.

            This is on you.

            1. You may also look for Shrieker of the House

            2. No Sperm Limits

              Run Off Erection

          2. Now, Chumby, even Pansexuals have limits.

            Politicians are a cock-block attached to a chain and as big as The Great Wall of China, The Berlin Wall, and Trumps' Big Beautiful Wall put together!

            I would go water-logged in the Great Salt Lake or The Dead Sea if I watched anything so horrific as all that!

            My rating is two fistsful of Saltpeter down! 🙂

  31. Australian produced Tik Tok telling kids as young as 14 they don't need parents permission to get covid vaccine.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/watch-viral-tiktok-shows-young-australian-girls-going-on-vax-date

    1. The great thing is that the chick still can't go see SpiderMan for another 4 weeks :p

  32. The prison environment only adds another layer of trauma for these women and can be dangerous for the unborn child...

    Criminal justice has made it clear that if it can't do the time an unborn baby shouldn't do the crime.

    1. Clump of cells criminals.

      1. Aka Clumpsters .

        A group of them squawking is known as a Clumpster Fire.

  33. The Trump factor. For all the fanatical loyalty among former President Donald Trump's base, he's a polarizing figure among independents and moderates. It's not surprising that the further we moved from Trump's time in office, the more the Republican Party regained some of its sheen.

    This is the factor that Brooks was pushing, but the data doesn't support it. The drop occurred in Q3 after Afghanistan and the media no longer being able to lie about inflation. If it was about Trump they would have seen the change in Q1 and Q2, but the drop coincides almost exclusively with well covered Biden failures the media couldn't keep a lid on. It also coincides with mandates.

    1. If I understand his meaning, the thought was that Trump was a big deal in the first quarter, but he's gone away since them. On the other hand, everyone is seeing the discrepancy between how the government treated the riots and are beginning to question it. People who keep bringing up Trump are getting questioned by the moderates (and most people are actually moderate) as to why they won't move on. If I read the wind right, Democrats seem to plan on campaigning this year on "anti-Trump", but that's going to pass over the heads of most people as they no longer care that much about the man.

  34. More Americans identify as independent than as either Republican or Democrat.

    And so they should. The Republicans have bent over and spread their cheeks for the Democrats everytime they were given a little push.
    Nobody supports the Republicans anymore because of their good ideas, they don't have any. Republican support comes from people looking for somebody, anybody, to stop the Democrats and their Davos friends from destroying Western civilization.

    The Republicans have so far failed at even this.

    1. ^ 100%

    2. More Americans identify as independent than as either Republican or Democrat.

      You’re right. But that’s not gonna stop the vast majority of them from dutifully voting for a Republican or a democrat, or more realistically several of them, in the next election.

  35. • A British gunman held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue for hours on Saturday. The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team.

    British. Huh. No discussion of his motivations or who he was asking for release? Just some random british guy?

    1. I have a feeling if he was white he would be labeled:

      Trump supporter
      White nationalist
      White supremacist
      Anti-semitic
      Domestic terrorist
      Racist

      But since he is an intersectionally-oppressed minority, he is labeled "British". Fucking LOL. These people arent even trying to hide it

      1. Don’t forget Brexit supporter.

    2. He literally called for the release of a muslim terrorist from prison as his motive.

      Biden: " we can't know what his motive was"

      1. But she was his sister. Could be a domestic issue.

  36. • Inside Texas school book bans.

    Link discusses books hosted in school libraries, not banning books.

    What the hell. Just a pure lie. A lot of books are no in school libraries. They are limited in size and scope. And yes certain material has always been left out of those libraries.

    What a terrible take.

    1. So here's my cri de couer to fellow conservatives: Banish this book from your library. Purge it from your consciousness. This book should never have been admitted into civilized company - Dalmia

      It's pretty clear that Reason isn't against banning books/speech. Just like open borders, they oppose banning some books/speech, other books/speech are mandatory.

  37. When are midterms again?

    1. Not soon enough; meanwhile we must depend on Manchin and Sinema to hold the fort.

      1. we must depend on Manchin and Sinema to hold the fort

        Good metaphor. Feels like Bastogne in Dec of '44. Where's Patton when we need him?

        1. To quote Major Winters of the 101st Airborne in Band of Brothers:
          "We're paratroopers, Lieutenant. We're supposed to be surrounded."

  38. The rise of independents is a reflection of increasing unhappiness of the public with politicians. The problem is that the politics of divide and conquer continues to work well. Canidates play to party extremes in primaries and leave voters to select the best of two bad choices in the election. The answer is to get more centrist candidates from both parties or from a new party. Not likely to happen, but I can hope.

    1. The game in a two party system is to convince voters that the other guy is evil. Thing is, they're both right.

      1. The game in an uneducated golden mean system is to claim everyone is equal so you don't have to made an educated statement on anything.

      2. They may be both evil, but the Republicans are Boss Hogg-level evil and the Democrats are Cthulhu.

        Quit pretending they're the same, dipshit.

        1. Dunno which steaming pile of lefty shit is getting your reply, but you're hoping to 'educate' an orangutan; they are all stupid in deeply profound ways. Too stupid to differentiate Trump from Biden except for mean tweets.
          They are simply too stupid.

    2. In the late 90s early 2000s, everyone was complaining that the Ds and R/s were one and the same. Looks like they got what they wanted

      1. Biden's old pal George Wallace said there wasn't a dimes worth of difference between them.

    3. The funny thing is there is nothing stopping voters from party hopping. For example, a Democrat or independent living in a red state can join the Republican Party, just long enough to vote for the most moderate or least Trumpanzee candidate, then change their registration back for the general election.

      Even though this is totally legal in every state I know of, voters don’t tend to use the tactic.

      1. Not a leftist guys.

        1. This might work in a purple state, but most states are deep red/blue, so there isn’t much incentive for moderates to run in the first place. The GOP governors of blue states are essentially democrats who won by promising not to raise taxes quite as much as the dem candidate, and Joe Mancin is trying to hang on in what is now a very red state by acting like a republican.

      2. Back when I listened to right-wing radio I recall some host encouraging voters to register for the opposing party so they could spoil the primary. That might be how Biden got nominated. I don't see how he could have been anyone's first choice.

        1. The media had already anointed him long before as most electable and their voters fell in line. Couldn’t have those filthy Bernie Bros pick the candidate.

        2. Was there even a Democrat Primary in 2020? Seriously, who ran against Biden? As far as I can tell, Biden was anointed. I'm wondering who the Democrats will run in 2024. Best I can come up with is CA Gov Newsom. Can you think of anyone else?

            1. HA HA HA HA HA!!! That would ensure a Trump landslide, which might be exactly what the stupid party is looking for.

            2. Talk about a shallow bench.

          1. Biden is not going to be viable running again, if he even lives that long. Harris is unpopular and has way too big a history as a pro-police prosecutor who open supported jailing people for their children's truancy.

            If I had to pick a matchup, I would put a dime on Newsom vs Desantis, but it's likely neither will want to go for the big spot.

            1. No, the dems have to pick a bipoc candidate and Kamala is too unpopular. So I predict it will be Corey Booker.

              1. If Corey Booker becomes president I’m moving to Australia.

                1. I hear they have nice camping.

            2. The best GOP ticket for 2024 would (and will likely) be Trump/DeSantis, as that also paves the way for DeSantis to succeed Trump in 2028.

              1. Won't happen.
                Most strategic would be Trump agreeing to retire after 2 years and turn it over to DeSantis, but not gonna happen.
                The establishment, both sides, is already doing their utmost to drive a wedge there.

          2. He wasn't anointed until he cut a bunch of deals before Super Tuesday.

        3. I wonder if it had anything to do with candidates dropping out right before Super Tuesday in exchange for positions in the administration?

          The DNC primary isn’t about what voters want.

          1. Nor is the general.
            Legitimate elections are over.

            1. Folks will now just mail it in…

          2. The party worried about democracy hanging by a thread sure seems to have a lot of superdelegates in the primary process.

        4. I figured he won the primary on pure mediocrity and name recognition.

      3. The funny thing is there is nothing stopping voters from party hopping....

        Even though this is totally legal in every state I know of, voters don’t tend to use the tactic.

        The depths of your ignorance are limitless. The spoiler vote has always been significant and in recent years, it's been nuts. Take a look at the 2016 primaries. DJT picked up 172 delegates in CA by getting 75.3% of the primary votes. Throughout the South, where they were frothing at the mouth for him, he got no more than 50%. Hillary lost IN to Sanders because so many jumped to get DJT the 57 delegates and vice versa.

        I have said since 2016 that Democrats are the reason DJT got elected. They thought he was the worst of the opposition. They were right.

    4. What, no bully pulpit about how anyone less than a deep shade of blue must learn to accommodate those who know better?

  39. "...For all the fanatical loyalty among former President Donald Trump's base, he's a polarizing figure among independents and moderates..."

    Yep, TDS-addled adolescents focus on personality. Maybe one day, they'll grow up.

    1. "Maybe one day, they'll grow up"

      Ha.

  40. And the country supports Republicans more than Democrats. Sorry, democrats: democracy has spoken. Hate the game, not the player.

    1. I don't think this is true. The Republican have a far greater tendency to loss the popular vote while still winning. You are right it is the way the game is set up. In the same way the playing to the extremes is effective even if it makes most people unhappy.

      1. Popular vote in 51 separate elections, most of which are winner-takes-all, is not an accurate method of measuring the popular vote in a hypothetical, counter-factual, single, national election.

        1. This.

          There is no such thing as The Popular Vote™️.

          It’s a made up metric, like income inequality.

        2. I suspect that in such a hypothetical you'd see a far greater push for single-issue candidates and/or one-off parties/coalitions to drag down the share of the major-party candidates, as often happens in France.

          The idea that the Democratic candidate would have just walked away the winner always struck me as wishcasting. Different rules beget different strategies.

        3. I am not just talking Presidential elections, but even at the state levels we see one party winning more legislative seats than the actual breakdown of the votes. In Wisconsin Republicans control the legislature while Democrats won all four statewide seats in the 2018 election. All this suggests that elections are not the truest reflection of the people wishes but are that reflected through the rules of the game.

          1. That's why I trust Gallup polls, which show us that our country being run by democrats now is completely undemocratic. Our government is dysfunctional. Feel free to ignore it. Invalid.

  41. Michigan Democrats tell parents they are NOT 'clients' of public schools, that children should be taught 'what society needs them to know'

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/17/michigan-democratic-party-deletes-post-questioning-parents-role-public-education/6553763001/

    1. One of the greatest thing Trump ever did was make the progs expose themselves like this. He drove them so fucking crazy that they can no longer keep their shit together, and they just keep stepping on their dicks and saying outrageous shit like this.

      TDS is annoying AF, but the benefit is that one of it's symptoms is basically political tourettes, and it will end up being terminal for the progs.

      1. ^ excellent observation, and totally on point.

        So fun to watch the stalinists lose their shit.

      2. Yep. Trump caused A LOT of people and institutions to expose themselves.

        1. Yes. I think his first and only term really exposed him to how deep the corruption runs and he wasn't prepared for it as a political outsider. A second term would have been glorious, with even more deep state heads on pikes. Which is why they worked so tirelessly and desperately to remove him from office.

          1. Also why Reason’s coverage and support of Biden was so disappointing.

            Free Minds, Free Markets, and the IC running the government!

        2. I would not be surprised to find out, years from now, that trump was a social experiment to find out what it takes to get people to completely abandon all the principles they pretend to hold.

          How else to explain Brandon and kammy?

      3. ^^^^ Yes X1000 (Cronut)

  42. Democrats lost support during 2021...What's going on here?

    AYFKM?

  43. voting rights protections

    When did neighborhood drop boxes for unsolicited mail-in ballots become a "right"?

    1. BIGOT!!

  44. ENB, just a little language tutorial.

    "For all the fanatical loyalty among former President Donald Trump's base, he's a polarizing figure among independents and moderates."

    The word you're looking for is "repellant" or "repelling." Trump is a polarizing figure IN GENERAL -- sending people to opposite ends. But "among independents and moderates" he is a repelling figure.

    1. Lol, that's why he routinely polled better with independents and moderates than Bush, huh?

      1. And why his 2020 performance was so much improved over 2016...

        1. He didn't have the fortification and ballot harvesting game of the DNC let alone the media propaganda machine they have.

    2. Sometimes she responds to these kinds of posts.

      But don't expect her to make you a sandwich for your effort.

    3. You seem to be showing some bias here in your use of the word "moderates".

      Support for Trump doesn't not make anyone radical. Radicalness is a function of the extent to which people support change. Americans who support Trump because they want things to remain as they are don't suddenly transform into radicals because they support Trump. To the extent that moderates support Trump, he represents the moderate vote.

      Biden, on the other hand, tried to implement the most radical agenda we've seen since Johnson's Great Society--maybe going back even further to FDR's New Deal. Progressives who support the radical change in his agenda, from the expansion of entitlements to the Green New Deal, are not moderates because they oppose Trump. They're radicals because they support radical change.

  45. "Whatever the explanation (and it's probably a bit of all these and more), it seems Democrats became less popular over the course of 2021 and their GOP counterparts more popular. The result was to create an atypically large gap in partisan identification."

    Ultimately, I'd chalk this up to the same factors that, historically, drive people to vote against the president's party in his first primary. Going back to World War I, the general rule is that the president's first midterm is a referendum on the new president--and what he tries to do with his mandate. Regardless of whether people should identify the party with the president, that's what they tend to do, and the more radical the new president's agenda is, the more seats his party loses in his first midterm. The first column in the table below is House seats won/lost by the president's party in his first midterm. The last column is what I see as the issues that dominated that midterm.

    +9 1934 Franklin D. Roosevelt Great Depression Response
    +8 2002 George W. Bush 9/11
    -4 1962 John F. Kennedy Cuban Missile Crisis
    -8 1990 George H. W. Bush USSR Falls, Operation Desert Shield
    -9 1926 Calvin Coolidge 1st Midterm in 2nd Term (Harding Died)
    -12 1970 Richard Nixon Vietnam, Kent State
    -15 1978 Jimmy Carter Energy Crisis, Inflation
    -18 1954 Dwight D Eisenhower McCarthyism
    -22 1918 Woodrow Wilson Broken Promise not to Enter WWI
    -26 1982 Ronald Reagan Recession
    -44 2018 Donald Trump Donald Trump
    -47 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson Great Society, Civil Rights Act
    -48 1974 Gerald Ford Nixon Pardoned
    -52 1930 Herbert Hoover Smoot-Hawley Tariff, Great Depression
    -54 1946 Harry S Truman Labor Unrest, Price Controls
    -54 1994 Bill Clinton Gun Control, HillaryCare
    -57 1910 William Taft Republican/Progressives Split
    -63 2010 Barack Obama TARP, ObamaCare
    -77 1922 Warren Harding Republican/Progressive Split

    It is reasonable to suspect that the explanation for why Americans are more Republican than they've been since 1991 is because Biden's agenda was more radical than any Democrat president for a very long time--maybe going back to 1966. Last I checked, 23 (twenty-three) House Democrats have already decided not to seek reelection in 2022, presumably because they expect to lose. If Biden's agenda were more radical than Clinton's or Obama's, then we should expect to see the Democrats lose more Clinton's 54 seats or Obama's 63 seats.

    The slaughter the Democrats are facing in 2022 would probably be worse if they had been more successful in actually implementing Biden's agenda, but they're continuing to push for that agenda, e.g. Build Back Better and voting legislation, even after it's failed. Usually, we'd expect moderates in red and purple districts to pay the price for the new president's radical agenda, but if Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer keep pushing this agenda, Representatives in deep blue districts will feel the pain, too.

    If Americans are more Republican now than they've been in a long time, it's probably because they identify the Democratic party with President Biden's agenda, and they oppose it. In other words, it's the same dynamic at work in every new president's first midterm, only because Biden's agenda is so very radical, the effect is stronger this time than it usually is in a president's first midterm.

    1. Thanks for all of your effort in posting this; I hope you, and history, are right for 2022.

      But to be fair, the Republicans lost in the mid terms and HW re-election to Slick&Killary 2 years later because of a recession, not Desert Shield or the fall of the wall. And of course "read my lips."

      1. And then Perot, the Great Spoiler.

      2. -8 1990 George H. W. Bush USSR Falls, Operation Desert Shield

        That should be considered a huge win. To have your party only lose eight seats in your first midterm is to outperform--if the mean is 26 seats lost. The recession became the dominant issue in the non-midterm election of 1992, but George H.W. Bush was defying gravity in November of 1990.

        "Acting on the Carter Doctrine policy, and out of fear the Iraqi Army could launch an invasion of Saudi Arabia, US President George H. W. Bush quickly announced that the US would launch a "wholly defensive" mission to prevent Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia, under the codename Operation Desert Shield. The operation began on 7 August 1990, when US troops were sent to Saudi Arabia, due also to the request of its monarch, King Fahd, who had earlier called for US military assistance. This "wholly defensive" doctrine was quickly abandoned when, on 8 August, Iraq declared Kuwait to be Iraq's 19th province and Saddam named his cousin, Ali Hassan Al-Majid, as its military-governor.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War#Operation_Desert_Shield

        1. ". . . if the mean [median] is 26 seats lost"

          ----Ken Shultz

          Fixed!

      3. There was also Murphy Brown taking advantage of VP Dan “potatoe” Quayle.

  46. So roughly 65% of independents claim they don't lean either way? They say that, but they don't mean that. I would say independents lean republican at least 2:1.

    1. Well I do; not because I love Republicans [I certainly do not], but I do detest Democrats.

      1. I will second that. I hate the Republicans less than I hate the Democrats. I cannot truly support the policy of either but the DNC is clearly the most harmful to the union.

        1. Platform, not policy.

    2. Every metric I've seen the last 5-10 years, independents track more closely to Rs than Ds.

    3. Based on what?

  47. A British gunman held four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue for hours on Saturday. The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team.

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown: That is a gross misstatement of facts.

    1. You say this like ENB doesn't routinely describe an armed teen running towards officers as 'unarmed, getting shot in the back by police while fleeing'.

    2. To be completely honest, she may be the victim of mainstream news misinformation. I thought that was more or less the story, too, and I don't know why her description isn't accurate. What really happened?

      1. She gets her news from Twitter so…

        1. So, you're blaming it all on Cheerios?

          1. Reason will cover this soon in a Britbats.

      2. A known Muslim radical from Great Britain was somehow granted a visa to come to the US where he targeted a synagogue to take Jews hostage, demanding the release of a convicted terrorist who tried to have Jews disqualified from serving on the jury in her trial.

        1. The US and GB are part of a treaty that grants reciprocity over not requiring visas for temporary visits. Unless Malik Faisal Akram was on a known watchlist it is unlikely that ICE would have raised any flags.

      3. According to the report I heard, the last three hostages, who included the rabbi, escaped because the rabbi distracted the dickhead by throwing a chair at him.

        Doesn't sound much like Malik Faisal Akram released that many hostages. IIANM he only took four hostages originally which means he only released one hostage. The rest escaped due to heroic action on the part of the rabbi and a serious amount of courage on the part of the two hostages who escaped with him.

  48. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1483442616276598785?t=2wU5FHPG813pWkf67yrSdg&s=19

    A fun phrase you should be thinking more about than you are is "digital gulag." That's what a social credit system will bring. Reeducation through your devices, constantly, if you want to participate in society or go more than a few hundred meters from your home.

  49. https://spacenews.com/nasa-leasing-bill-transformed-into-voting-rights-legislation/

    The Democratic leadership of the House, in an unusual move, then took the Senate-amended bill and stripped out the NASA provisions, replacing it with the text of two voting rights bills and now called the “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.” They did so because H.R. 5746 had already passed the House and Senate, so the amended version could go directly to the Senate floor without the threat of a filibuster from Senate Republicans, who oppose the voting rights legislation.

    1. Ah, the old "Gut and stuff".

  50. https://twitter.com/JewishWarrior13/status/1483470405763534850?t=HrjKzo4R4-gVgz1J40-FuA&s=19

    A jihadist entered the US, FBI didn't know.
    He bought a gun illegally, FBI didn't know.
    Hostages freed themselves, FBI didn't help.
    It was not a Jewish target, FBI Initial comments.
    He was targeting a Jewish synagogue, FBI day after.
    FBI is the premier LE agency in the US.

    1. Maybe he was attempting to implement a mosque mandate.

      1. Jew can't help yourself with these puns, Chumby.

    2. To quote the FBI, he was focused on a single issue -- trying to negotiate the release of his sister from prison. He just happened to be in a synagogue when he realized he needed to enlist non-voluntary associates for the non-traditional negotiations he thought necessary.

    3. He bought a gun illegally, FBI didn't know.

      What, it's illegal for a non-legal resident to buy a gun in the USA?

      Why, I thought that it was legal for teenagers to buy machine guns on the internet in the USA? 🙂

  51. The fact that most independents do lean either Republican or Democrat hides an interesting data point: More Americans identify as independent than as either Republican or Democrat.

    If we pay attention to what they do, and not what they say, then we walk away with a COMPLETELY different narrative.

    1. Yep.

      Because what’s going to happen, is that all but 1% or so are going to dutifully vote for a Republican or a democrat.

  52. So I understand a man in a tweed suit and a bowler hat poured himself a cup of tea, headed down to a synagogue with a bumbershoot under his arm, opened the doors and said, "Pip pip, Cheerio and all that, but I'm taking you lot hostage and I'm not takin' the piss."

    1. Church of England, of course.

    2. English Premiere League hooliganism?

      1. Mo Salah hardest hit.

        1. Dude is a badass

          1. when the best league in the world isn't competition enough for you ...

  53. >>Walmart is getting into cryptocurrency.

    dusty and overcrowded

    1. Watch an increasingly irrelevant retailer fail to stay relevant.

    1. My $0.02 is they fortify Donbass. They don’t have enough troops on the border to take the entire country. They have a legal claim to Lugansk and Donetsk per Kosovo. Absent of Putin’s letter to the editor, they don’t have a claim to the rest of the country. Word from central Europe is that NATO will not intervene. Ukraine desperately wants US soldiers on the border either as a deterrent or to escalate.

  54. Most libertarians will still refuse to vote libertarian. Some nonsense about strategic voting. If you are a libertarian and are still not voting for libertarian candidates - you need to learn about the odds that your vote means shit - you are acting uneducated. We get more influence in the political process by making the major political parties afraid that we might win. If you think you should vote strategically; save yourself some time and skip voting, it's a waste of time.

    1. "We get more influence in the political process by making the major political parties afraid that we might win."

      No, we get influence by making them lose because we didn't vote for them. Of course, if we don't vote at all, they won't know that happened.

    2. When you vote, you automatically lose. To vote is to choose someone to run your life, e.g., make rules (law) that will be enforced without regard to reason, rights, individual choice. "Limited govt." is a myth. How can you get a fair hearing if the govt. that rules you judges itself, its law?

  55. https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2022/01/18/new-poll-finds-45-of-democrats-want-the-unvaccinated-sent-to-internment-camps-59-okay-with-just-house-arrest/

    This could have something to do with why people are rejecting democrats.

    I generally take polls with a heaping spoonful of salt, but if this is even remotely close to true, it's pretty appalling, and it calls bullshit on all those BOWF SIDEZZZZZ articles.

  56. The gunman—44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram—eventually released the hostages and was killed by an FBI team.

    According to the report I heard, the last three hostages, who included the rabbi, escaped because the rabbi distracted the dickhead by throwing a chair at him.

    Doesn't sound much like Malik Faisal Akram released that many hostages.

    1. He was a gentle giant.

  57. If majority rule, i.e., force "authorized" by consensus, was not the universal superstition, dissent would not be fatal. I could drink raw milk, despite FDA warnings that it was dangerous. I could use any drug I wanted, i.e., live freely. The war on drugs would cease, drug cartels disappear, making the world a safer place. Govt. would lose its moral exemption meaning no more double standard for politicians to exploit the public. War would end. A civil society would be born.

    1. So which tyrant should replace the people to make the rules? Go ahead, you can name him.

      1. You’re stepped in totalitarianism that small government and subsidiarity done even enter your mind as a possibility.

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