Coronavirus

Rand Paul, Thomas Massie Dine at Restaurant Shut Down for Ignoring COVID-19 Mandates

"My servers are not lesser people," said owner Eric Flannery. "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) made an appearance at Big Board, a bar in the H Street neighborhood of Washington D.C., after the city revoked its liquor license and then shut it down for refusing to enforce COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates. Paul and his staff visited the restaurant on Tuesday night, shortly after D.C. Health posted a closure notice on its front door.

"I'm proud of the owner for not submitting," says Paul.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) attended as well. Both thanked the owner, Eric Flannery, for protesting the idea that the government could force restaurant servers to inspect customers' medical records.

"I'm just a little old bar owner," says Flannery, reciting the names of his regular customers. "I've been down here for ten years, and I love everybody who comes."

The Big Board followed all the city's COVID-19 requirements from the outset, but at this point in the pandemic, the mandates are an infringement on his restaurant's welcoming ethos, says Flannery. He is particularly passionate about allowing his staff to forego masks.

"My servers are not lesser people," he says. "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease."

If checking vaccine cards was so critically important, the city could send agents to do that, he says.

"I don't have the people for that," he says. "I just know that I'm doing the right thing and this place is supposed to be open."

The Big Board is far from the only D.C. establishment to decline to follow the city's masking and vaccination requirements, but it is the first to do so vocally. Flannery made his stance clear on Twitter, and reiterated it during a recent Fox News appearance, which provoked the government's ire. (Disclosure: I donated to the Big Board's GoFundMe.)

D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has issued 50 verbal warnings to various restaurants whose staff failed to mask up at all times. Customers, of course, don't wear masks while they're eating and drinking. Intentionally or not, such requirements are creating a second class of serving staff who must follow stricter rules than other people, even though there is no scientific support for the idea that one group is more prone to disease than any other.

Both Paul and Massie tell Reason that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's enforcement of the mandates was illegitimate.

"Congress has allowed you to make these rules, and you've shown yourself unsuitable," says Massie.

When asked what message he had for Bowser, Paul says she should be impeached. "We have a bill in the House and the Senate to take away the authority to enforce these mandates," he says.

The Big Board served burgers, fries, and water—no booze, alas, in light of the liquor license suspension—to the lawmakers and their staffs.

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  1. Good for them. This crap needs to stop.

    1. Tom Massie is probably the smartest guy in the house. We need more engineers and hard scientists who have made a living in the real world instead of moron lawyers, DIE advocates, and liberal art majors. In fact, we should have a rule..you have to pass at least two semesters of calculus-based physics and differential equations before you are allowed to run for federal office. Even better throw in a class on Austrian Economics and you would get rid of most of the idiots and scum bags running the country.

      1. No more than a dozen Congress people could pass diffy-iffy.

        1. Fuck off, paedophile.

      2. I'm assuming Paul didn't take diff. eq. to become a doctor, so he's out, but people like Zuckerberg and Musk would, presumably (I'm unaware of their actual scholastic record), be in? Presumably there are a metric shit ton of global warming experts, both bought-and true believers) that can pass a diff. eq. class. I'm dubious of the results.

        1. Zuc dropped out freshman year

          1. Do you know the classes he's taken? I'd be hard pressed to say that any competent programmer couldn't grasp linear algebra and matrix operations or diff. eq. even if they didn't take.

            Either way, toss Zuc out, there's still several metric tons of global warming experts and silicon valley programmers that can pass a diff. eq. test and tell you with a straight face (whether bought and paid or true believer or not) that will tell you "Wear a mask. Follow the science."

            1. programmers today don't take math classes. Things have changed since my days in the 80's when comp sci was taught in the math depts for the most part. Code written today is sloppy.

              Margaret Hamilton today's programmers are not.

            2. Programming doesn’t even require a logic class.

              Linear algebra and matrices are electrical engineering and maybe assembly programming, but a comp sci degree doesn’t require learning any of those things.

      3. This would have been a good idea 125 years ago, but these days the majority of qualifiers would be a bunch of autistic bugmen with little understanding of how to actually talk to people. It would end up like that Simpsons episode where all the "smart" people are put in charge of Springfield and absolutely nothing works.

        1. That Simpsons episode describes exactly the city where I live. Most of the city council and mayor are Ivy alumns, and nothing works.

        2. "I was wondering," said the Savage, "why you had them [epsilons/deplorable citizens] at all–seeing that you can get whatever you want out of those bottles. Why don't you make everybody an Alpha Double Plus while you're about it?"
          Mustapha Mond laughed. "Because we have no wish to have our throats cut," he answered. "We believe in happiness and stability. A society of Alphas couldn't fail to be unstable and miserable. Imagine a factory staffed by Alphas–that is to say by separate and unrelated individuals of good heredity and conditioned so as to be capable (within limits) of making a free choice and assuming responsibilities. Imagine it!" he repeated.
          The Savage tried to imagine it, not very successfully.
          "It's an absurdity. An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-Moron work–go mad, or start smashing things up. Alphas can be completely socialized–but only on condition that you make them do Alpha work. Only an Epsilon can be expected to make Epsilon sacrifices, for the good reason that for him they aren't sacrifices; they're the line of least resistance. His conditioning has laid down rails along which he's got to run. He can't help himself; he's foredoomed. Even after decanting, he's still inside a bottle–an invisible bottle of infantile and embryonic fixations. Each one of us, of course," the Controller meditatively continued, "goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous. We should suffer acutely if we were confined in a narrower space. You cannot pour upper-caste champagne-surrogate into lower-caste bottles. It's obvious theoretically. But it has also been proved in actual practice. The result of the Cyprus experiment was convincing."
          "What was that?" asked the Savage.
          Mustapha Mond smiled. "Well, you can call it an experiment in rebottling if you like. It began in A.F. 473. The Controllers had the island of Cyprus cleared of all its existing inhabitants and re-colonized with a specially prepared batch of twenty-two thousand Alphas. All agricultural and industrial equipment was handed over to them and they were left to manage their own affairs. The result exactly fulfilled all the theoretical predictions. The land wasn't properly worked; there were strikes in all the factories; the laws were set at naught, orders disobeyed; all the people detailed for a spell of low-grade work were perpetually intriguing for high-grade jobs, and all the people with high-grade jobs were counter-intriguing at all costs to stay where they were. Within six years they were having a first-class civil war. When nineteen out of the twenty-two thousand had been killed, the survivors unanimously petitioned the World Controllers to resume the government of the island. Which they did. And that was the end of the only society of Alphas that the world has ever seen."

          1. ^^see this^^

            This is why Huxley and Orwell were socialists. Because, in their heart of hearts, they believe people are insects. Capable of functioning only in tightly defined slots. They were, and are, wrong.

            1. The perils of small minds grabbing for large solutions.

      4. I’d settle for Algebra 2, basic statistics, and 7th grade civics as requirements. Maybe a general economics course too.

        1. I would be Ok ditching the math for more civics course requirements. 🙂

        2. Boolean algebra should be in there too.

      5. Let's not jump the gun too fast. Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter were engineers, too.

        1. Which is why I had one Austrian Economics class.

          Funny you should mention Jimmy Carter. I went to Georgia Tech and my economics prof told a story that when Carter was President, he was at Tech and asked the prof about what to do about the oil shortages. My prof said get rid of price controls and let the market work. Carter didn't like that answer very much and thought we needed to conserve and create synthetic fuels (remember that insanity?).

      6. So smart he posts memes with quotes from neo-Nazis. It's likely he didn't intend to do so even as the quote was easily debubked. But he's just one of the many clowns who wants to do government by Twitter.

    2. You would have objected to Typhoid Mary being removed from her work as a cook.

      1. Never mind that she is notorious for not presenting symptoms to a major disease yet willfully and maliciously spreading it...

        Now, about jabbed Karens presenting no sumptoms but still being infected during their whine brunches...

  2. Intentionally or not, such requirements are creating a second class of serving staff who must follow stricter rules than other people, even though there is no scientific support for the idea that one group is more prone to disease than any other.

    Even if there was scientific evidence, what about this little thing called liberty?

    1. Yeah. In some communities the message "If the science says they should be second class citizens, then second class citizens they shall be." would be exceedingly tone deaf (and morally incorrect).

      1. Eugenics is bound to make a big come back soon.

        1. Yes, progressives will gleefully bring back eugenics. Death is the essence of progressive DNA; death of liberty, death of freedom, and the death of spirit.

          The death of the body is just an afterthought for them.

    2. You've been screaming masks are good even if they only protect a tiny bit for a year. Fuck off.

    3. And when Typhoid Mary applies to cook or wait on tables?

  3. "My servers are not lesser people," he said. "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease."

    Rand Paul is the COVID carrier. The servers might want to mask up in self defense.

    1. So you're saying the vaccines don't do shit?

      1. I am saying once again, that if a person does wants to prevent personal infection it up to them to mask up, vaccine, or to self quarantine.

        I am opposed to mandates.

        This is entirely consistent with libertarian philosophy (once again for me).

        1. I am saying once again, that if a person does wants to prevent personal infection it up to them to mask up, vaccine, or to self quarantine.

          Except that's not what you said. You said "Rand Paul is the COVID carrier. The servers might want to mask up in self defense." Implying that the same immune system that the vaccines *need* to generate sterilizing immunity can't generate sterilizing immunity and otherwise ignoring the fact that the servers have vaccination as an option (that they may've already exercised).

          It's pretty clear you don't care about anyone's physical condition or medical science or truth or facts. You just want people to wear masks because you think they should be wearing masks. And true to your assertions, you slip your pantyhose-thin libertarian mask and act like people can't see your true face.

          1. Look, we know only one fact - that Rand Paul has (or had) COVID.

            As you quoted me I said the servers MIGHT want to mask up as in a voluntary action to do so.

            Since we don't know the immune status of the servers this is an entirely reasonable view.

            Nowhere do I attempt to impose a rule or mandate.

            1. Look, we know only one fact - that Rand Paul has (or had) COVID.

              I'm not entirely clear that you even have one fact or even really know what a fact is.

              Since we don't know the immune status of the servers this is an entirely reasonable view.

              Only if you're responsible for their health, which you're not. In which case, it's literally an unreasonable view.

              1. Rand Paul becomes first senator known to test positive for coronavirus
                Paul's Twitter account said he "is feeling fine and is in quarantine."

                https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/rand-paul-becomes-first-known-senator-test-positive-coronavirus-n1166111

                1. That was nearly two years ago. Are you implying he may still be contagious?

                  1. This is a great lesson in perception.

                    The POV of the story was "server could infect politician" - as evidenced by "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease."

                    My immediate reaction was 'Politician could infect innocent server'.

                    Completely different.

                    You see, I don't like politicians or used car salesmen. Fuck them. Mu concern is for the server (presumably the blonde in the foreground).

                    1. So then you are implying that he's still contagious after nearly two years.

                      Better shut down all the restaurants and lay off all the servers, since I'd wager more than half of Americans have had Covid at some point in the last two years and they could all still be contagious

                    2. "This is a great lesson in perception." - It should be, but the facts don't matter to you.

                    3. “ You see, I don't like politicians ”

                      Unless they have a (D) after their name, then you can’t stop opening your cocksucker, demfag.

                  2. Pluggo is wondering if you said two years ago or two year olds.

                  3. Fact - /fakt/ - noun.
                    ...
                    [LAW]
                    the truth about events as opposed to interpretation

                    That would seem to assert that a fact is the opposite of an implication.

                    Ultimately, the fact is that Rand Paul had COVID. The fact that SPB2 uses the fact to imply Paul has COVID leads me to believe that SPB2 doesn't know or doesn't care what facts are.

                    1. Ask him about the facts behind his original account posting child pornography.

            2. I see you subscribe to the Jeff version of life where other people are responsible for protecting you from nature.

              This has never been true, no matter how you want to fucking twist it.

      2. They enable the progressives to separate people into the appropriate categories.

        1. Compliant subjects who get them and thus will obey.
        2. Free citizens who won’t and thus pose a threat to their authoritarian agenda.

        1. Free citizens who won’t and thus pose a threat to their authoritarian agenda.

          Yes, I keep seeing those people on the Herman Cain Award list.

          1. No, you don’t, because the overwhelming majority of people survive the goddamn virus.

          2. He died of cancer.

            1. Maybe he caught it at a bar from Rand Paul.

              1. Can’t prove he didn’t. Just sayin’.

    2. Shut up, you faggot nazi.

      1. That’s obviously for the child porn enthusiast.

      2. Suck Tulpa's dick, you miserable little Trump-fag.

        1. Stop jerking it to kiddie-porn, you future bullet-eater.

    3. I hope the next kid you try to badtouch is armed.

  4. The Big Board served burgers, fries, and water—no booze, alas, in light of the liquor license suspension—to the lawmakers and their staffs.

    Dude, they're Senators from Kentucky. I can't imagine that A) they didn't bring their own liquor and even if they didn't, B) Jim Beam and every one of their Kentucky Bourbon competitors isn't falling all over themselves to provide liquor at the snap of a finger.

  5. Woodford Reserve..yes

    1. Not sure what this is in response to, but I'll allow it.

      Friends gave me a bottle a while back and I enjoyed it. It's quite good at a nice price.

      1. Very good bourbon. Having a problem getting to sleep? Just a few ounces and you will sleep for eight hours.

  6. 208 years ago, the British had the right idea.

  7. Of course they don't have to take any responsibility for any long, painful deaths they cause because, as I have just noted, the deaths tend to be long. Also in an isolated room with no cameras in it.

    The Republican party has become more barbaric than any barbarian in any history book. Pure, reactionary vileness. Literally spreading disease to own the libs. Bug chasing for politics.

    Good luck with that, you fucking Darwin victims.

    1. The Republican party has become more barbaric than any barbarian in any history book.

      Certainly Republicans are sociopaths but "more barbaric" than any in history?

      Not even close.

      1. Even the guys who handed out spallpox blankets weren't willing to take a smallpox for the team.

        1. Too bad that "safe and effective" vaccine hasn't stopped the jabbed from catching COVID.

          1. It's stopped them from dying from it.

            1. Except vaccines are supposed to prevent you from even catching the illness in the first place.

              I mean, I understand why you want to grade these "vaccines" on a larger curve than the Earth's circumference, but at least my other vaccines actually work.

              1. No they're not. You're just moving goalposts so you don't have to face the reality of how wrong you've been so consistently, and how many human deaths that means you've stupided in favor of.

                I suggest a long hard look at your personal problems and leave me out of it.

                1. You're just moving goalposts

                  Ha! Pot meet kettle...

                2. No they're not.

                  Yes, they are. This is the whole point of vaccines. It's what vaccination means--or used to mean before your putrid comrades changed the definition.

                  The MMR vaccine PREVENTS children from getting Measles Mumps and Rubella. It PREVENTS them from carrying and spreading them. The Polio vaccine PREVENTS polio, it PREVENTS the carrying and spreading of it. As do the vaccines for diptheria, pertussis, and smallpox.

                  The covid vaccine MAY prevent some variants, it DOESN'T prevent carrying or spreading. It MAY cause the severity/ duration of the illness to be less than it might have been if unvaccinated.

                  But, based on the actual way in which vaccines work, it IS NOT a vaccine. It is, at best, an ameliorant.

                  1. Okay, and? If you don't take the vaccine you're 40 times more likely to die of the disease.

                    It either has to be a perfect vaccine that works for all future variants or it's worthless?

                    See what I said about being so stupid people die?

                    1. Okay, and? If you don't take the vaccine you're 40 times more likely to die of the disease.

                      None of my unvaxxed relatives or friends have died from it. Therefore, they didn't need it.

                      It either has to be a perfect vaccine that works for all future variants or it's worthless?

                      No other commonly-used vaccines seem to have this issue. No reason to grade the worthless COVID vaccine on such a curve.

                3. You typed a lot of words there, but it's nothing more than cope and seethe for a failed vaccine that doesn't prevent people from getting sick.

            2. Not even that is true.

              Hahahahahahaha, do you even science bro?

            3. Tony is a spreader of Covid misinformation and should be cancelled from the internet to protect everyone else!

            4. So..vaccines are a personal health decision not impacting public health? Right? Think about that for a second

      2. How barbaric is paedophilia considered?

    2. The Republican party has become more barbaric than any barbarian in any history book.

      Clearly, the science is settled.

      1. Not wearing a mask at a bar. Anyone of them could have been the 21st hijacker.

    3. Good luck with that, you fucking Darwin victims.

      Paul had COVID and survived. Referring to people dying of COVID as "fucking Darwin victims" is pretty barbaric.

      1. But in the final estimation, we're talking about people who are not educated enough to prevent themselves from being victims of online conspiracy theories that make them willing fountains of disease.

        The plagues of the middle ages were dealt with with more basic rationality, and those people didn't know what germs were and thought demons were real.

        1. I've been vaxxed and got COVID anyway. Your citation of the middle ages is pretty rich considering your faith in a leaky, ineffective vaccine.

          1. I've been triple vaxxed and undoubtedly have had COVID all over me multiple times considering the amount of socializing I've been doing.

            What I never got was put on a ventilator.

            1. We were all rooting for covid in that scenario.

              1. You're rooting for covid in all scenarios, right?

                1. I'm certainly rooting for climate change to kill you and your buddies.

                2. Not originally. I opposed Dr Fauci working with the Chinese to craft a superflu.

            2. Which doesn't change the fact that the "vaccine" sucks and doesn't do what a vaccine is supposed to do.

            3. What I never got was put on a ventilator.

              Just like 99.5% of the population vaxxed and unvaxxed.

        2. Tony is sick in the head.

        3. But in the final estimation

          In the final estimation HIV, I mean COVID, doesn't care how rational you are or aren't about any conspiracy theories you may or may not receive one way or the other.

          It must be tough coming to grips with the fact that the God you don't believe in doesn't favor you.

          1. I think it's safe to say that HIV killed fewer people in 40 years than Covid did in 2 because of the difference in ease of transmissibility, but millions of Trump addicts being bug-chasing faggots certainly didn't help matters.

            And by the way, there is no God. You're a worm smorgasbord in waiting. Try let's not waste anymore time being a silly maypole-dancing buffoon who believes in fairies.

            1. I think it's safe to say that HIV killed fewer people in 40 years than Covid did in 2 because of the difference in ease of transmissibility, but millions of Trump addicts being bug-chasing faggots certainly didn't help matters.

              Careful Tony, the refuting of the 30M deaths from HIV relative to the 5M deaths from COVID may anger the Darwin Death Fairies that you maypole-dance around like a buffoon.

              1. Oh, we're counting Africans now? All those promiscuously homosexual Africans?

                1. I said HIV. You assumed homosexual Africans. Your own Darwin-invoking conspiracy, not mine.

                  1. I’m pretty sure that not only makes Tony homophobic, it makes him a racist too.

            2. "but millions of Trump addicts being bug-chasing faggots certainly didn't help matters."

              Your seething is delicious.

              1. As delicious as the tears of the relatives of countless conservative anti-vax radio shock jocks?

                1. Why are you such a miserable and bitter piece of shit packaged in a human body?

                2. No, as delicious as the tears of Rosenbaum and Huber's relatives.

      2. Tony is a piece of shit, so what do you expect?

      1. Well, yes, normal life is deadly. Sooner or later, it kills EVERYONE.

    4. Tony, when did you decide to go full retard?

      1. Natural state of being. No conscious thought or decision involved.

      2. no choice, its built into his DNA

    5. "Good luck with that, you fucking Darwin victims."

      Mmmmm, the bitter bile of the loser who finally realized that their doom is impending.

    6. Ah! Nothing like an article cross-dressing a couple of mystical fascist GOP girl-bulliers into what they aren't to start a pissing match between Totalitarian Tony and the Hitlerjugend Landover Baptists. Isn't there enough of that on network teevee?

      1. Hank, you need to use fewer adjectives. It would really improve your writing.

    7. It's a purge little man. And folks like u r the reason behind it. As this is also an IQ test. For humanity to get to the Golden Age..., the ignorant and stupid must be dealt with. So thank u for getting all those shots and wearing your diaper every where u go. U r doing an awesome public service. Good luck in Hell.... Your cell is waiting for u. So keep getting them booster shots. Tick tock u gullible little turd.
      The Phucko Knows

  8. Get bills rolling to abolish liquor licenses.

  9. Breaking: Whoopi Goldberg suspended by ABC!

    THEY IS CENSORING HER LIKE TWITTER DID TRUMP!

    Good for ABC. They don't want some stupid ass speaking for them.

    1. LOL really? That is hilarious

      1. What the fuck is ABC? And what the fuck is a Whoopie Goldberg?

        1. Your world must be a happier place for not knowing what either of those things are. I envy you.

        2. its her culturally appropriated hollywood fake name; aka Caryn Elaine Johnson

    2. Not a fan of The View, but I think it's a bit much for a case of foot in mouth disease.

      1. The View is Harpy Hour.

        1. The Four Horsewives of the Progpocalypse.

    3. Do you think your employer would fire you for child porn?

  10. In related news, The New York Times is running a pathetic scare graph on its front page under the headline, "U.S. Has Far Higher Covid Death Rate Than Other Wealthy Countries"

    The frightening graph shows deaths in the United States skyrocketing past the number of deaths in Germany, which registers in at just over 20 deaths per 100,000. The United States has a death toll that's probably just above 30 deaths per 100,000--it's hard to tell because the U.S. death rate soars completely up and out of the chart.

    Meanwhile, 20 deaths per 100,000 translates to 0.02% (two-hundredths of one percent), and 30 deaths per 100,000 translates to 0.03% (three hundredths of one percent). Are we supposed to be alarmed that our death toll is 50% higher than Germany's at such a small number?

    I can think of all sorts of reasons why the U.S. rate might be higher. Maybe we value our freedom more than they do. Maybe it's because we have more people who are not vaccinated. Maybe it's because we have hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers flooding across our borders, and they don't. I don't know what the reason is. I'm sure there are numerous reasons for the difference in those statistics. I'm not sure that difference is all that significant.

    I'm not sure there's a good reason for the New York Times to present the stats in such a sensational way either--unless they're just trying to sell outrage pr0n.

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

    1. It’s most likely that Americans are fatter and thus have more comorbidities.

      1. Or it could be the financial stress of continuing to have to foot the bill to defend the descendants of war criminals.

      2. It is mostly because the government paid hospitals to classify deaths as being COVID related. Our actual death rate is the same. But when you pay hospitals to classify deaths as COVID related, a lot of deaths get classified that way.

      3. Yet another legacy of Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's coping strategy of putting national nutrition policy under the watchful eye of the sugar industry.

        1. I blame anti-smoking progressives for obesity and COVID. Most countries where smoking is tolerated more than here have fewer fat people and have had better COVID outcomes.

          1. There's literally one country that fits both criteria, and the French culture, as you well know, has a certain je ne sais quois.

            1. There's literally one country that fits both criteria

              Which two criteria? If the two criteria are smoking tolerance and COVID outcomes, it's interesting that you seem to have disregarded China out of hand. A culture that, as you well know, has a certain... they can't say what.

      4. It’s the fatness thing. Want to know why Mississippi’s death rate is so much higher than Colorado’s? There’s your answer.

    2. I used to pay my monocle polisher $0.01/hour. I gave her a two penny per hour raise. A freaking 200% increase in her wages! With such a bump in pay she can afford her own mansion, monocle and polisher!

    3. Do you really think people "value freedom" to the extent that they are willing to needlessly die a painful, prolonged death for the sake of a freedom so trivial it's literally a small piece of cloth?

      Or perhaps do you think their mental freedom-safety calculators aren't working quite so precisely as they'd probably wish in retrospect?

      Because most every goddamn one of those fat dead fucks goes hysterical over a book about trans kids.

      1. jeff goes hysterical over books about trans fat. Because when he eats the pages it does not taste as yummy as the pictures portray.

      2. Again, it must just kill you that the God you don't believe in only cares about you more or less 0.01% than it cares about Herman Cain and arguably the same or less than Rand Paul or Glenn Beck.

        1. Do you have any remote idea how unfathomably large the universe is?

          Anyone with a passing notion of cosmology would find these ancient tribal imaginary friend stories to be too embarrassing to admit to being within stoning distance from.

          1. Anyone with a passing notion of cosmology would find these ancient tribal imaginary friend stories to be too embarrassing to admit to being within stoning distance from.

            You say that like the Universe has any bearing on how much you hate yourself.

            Imagine going to such great lengths as to prove the non-existence of God in order to declare yourself better than Herman Cain. Only to have to admit that, in the absence of God, you really aren't.

            As always, the only part that confuses me is why you haven't put a bullet in your own brainpan.

            1. Tony’s self hatred is only outweighed by his utter contempt of the rest of humanity.

              1. He's been seething sooooo deliciously, lately. 😀

          2. Do you have any remote idea how unfathomably large the universe is?

            The universe is smaller than the human mind. Because the human mind looks at the universe, in all it's splendor, and tries to see what's beyond it.

            And is is because of that fact, Tony, that the gods pay any attention to you at all.

      3. Considering the masks don't work, either, any mask mandate is hardly trivial.

        1. i agree, government repression is never trivial.

      4. you were wrong, your little pieces of cloth dont work, and the "fat is fit" lazy sloth progs are going to die of COVID regardless of what you do about it because they are fat sloths.

        Get the fuck over it, take your L, no one is listening to you and the wanna be authoritarians.

  11. "(Disclosure: I donated to the Big Board's GoFundMe.)"

    Disclosure: So did I.

  12. Rand Paul is maybe the one true liberation in Congress. I applaud him for his speaking out against the vile repression this virus has brought on the Citizens of the US.

    1. Sorry, libertarian.

    2. You don't have to be a libertarian to be annoyed about ventilators being shoved down your throat for a month, but fine take credit anyway. You always do.

      1. shoved down your throat for a month

    3. Randal Paul is an Alec Jones impersonator and member of the Hoover-Nixon-Bush-Trump party. Randal is only slightly more libertarian than that mystical altruist who ran Germany for a dozen years.

    4. Massie is far more libertarian than Paul. The best was Amash, but the Trumpalumpas pushed him out for having principles.

  13. When Republicans take back Congress, they must end DC's home rule. The people there are incapable of properly governing themselves and we cannot have our nation's capital like this.

    1. When the National Socialists again control Germany, home rule will be replaced by another expanding Reich extolling Positive Christianity.

    2. They should just let the majority of what's left of DC go back to Maryland just like Alexandria County went back to Virginia. Sure the original diamond/square shape was pretty but it was also pointless. Minimize it to just the city of Washington and cede Maryland back the rest including Georgetown and right that early wrong.

  14. I work in the suburbs of DC and had not gone into the city because of these ridiculous rules. When I read about this I offered to take the people I a manage to dinner there after work tomorrow. Send some business to this freedom loving American and thank him.

  15. Look at the difference in who actually gives a shit about businesses and people.

    Rand goes to a place the authoritarians wanted to shut down and treats them like people

    CA politicians and gov enforce mask mandates and close businesses down if they wont listen, then openly disobey the rules in front of the commoners they force the rules on.

    Sorry progs, your time is about to be up, youve pushed the commoners too far and they arent happy with their bread and CRT

  16. Paul and Massie stories are just boob bait for "libertarian" bubbas. These 2 are among the most performative clowns that the US government has to offer. Story written by baiter in chief.

    There are high-quality libertarian critiques and perspectives on the pandemic in Reason. Please focus on quality, not quantity.

    1. I'm guessing you're referencing "test more" Ron Bailey?

  17. May the sewers of Rangoon back up in their hamburgers. With a wee bit of food poisoning we could be rid of two girl-bullying Republican "libertarian impersonators" doing as much to besmirch the LP's reputation as the Beavis and Boothead anarchy act.

    1. Take your meds and fuck off, Hank.

  18. To play Devil's Advocate, did Flannery also refuse to require the use of hair nets in the kitchen? Did he take down the sign in the restroom that all employees much wash their hands?

    Now the flip side, WTF? Why is this about the liquor license? If this were an actual health problem the entire establishment would have been shut down. I've seen Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, I know how the process works. You find a turd in the kitchen you shut the entire place down. What you don't do is take away their liquor license then turn a blind eye to the sammiches and fries.

    So this wasn't about the lack of masks, it was about compliance with authority. Period.

    Personally I want my servers and cooks masked up during the pandemic. But so what? I don't want them having a karaoke bar either, but that's not my choice. I'm not going to go around yanking liquor licenses over it, I don't want to be their king, I don't want to be government, the city government has more appropriate things to be doing.

    Also, Massie is a pretty great guy, but Paul is the very personification of Skwire's Law. I don't think his dad spanked him enough.

    1. Hair nets keep most hair out of your food.

      Masks do fuck all for keeping aerosols out of the air.

      Fuck off, slaver.

  19. "My servers are not lesser people," said owner Eric Flannery. "They don't need to be masked. They don't carry disease." His last audible words as he died on a ventilator.

    1. Pretty sure he doesn't have any 80-yr old servers. U r an f-ing clown show. The CDC says if your under 80..., u have a 99.97% chance of taking a good dump.., and getting on with your LIFE!! This IS a purge of the ignorant and stupid fools. So thank u for doing your civic duty taking them shots and wearing your diaper. Good luck in hell dude... As your days on earth r literally numbered.
      The Phucko Knows

    2. Thank you for this stellar example of why progs are truly vile creatures.

      1. We're the ones in favor of fewer people dying long, torturous deaths. You're the ones who want more of that.

        Rethink your values.

        1. On the contrary, I want white leftists to have quick, easy deaths.

          1. You should really put your erectile dysfunction to better use.

  20. Two Outstanding Senators... If the entire USA Congress was made of REAL MEN like these the USA would still be recognizable as the land of the free instead of the Nazi-Hellhole it has become.

  21. Muriel Bowser...yet another failed Democratic mayor of a major city.

  22. She's a large tortoise that kidnaps princesses.

    1. Start a petition to have her replace Jack Black for the new Mario movie.

  23. I work nearby in Md and am waiting for their reopening. Offering dinner to the people I work with and their partners. Glad to provide some support to this freedom fighter.

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