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No, Schools Aren't Accommodating Students Who Identify as Animals

Plus: Biden wants to ramp up military and law enforcement spending, study challenges conventional wisdom about social media misinformation, and more...

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"Litter boxes in schools" rumor strikes again. When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.

Republican politicians should probably heed that same rule of thumb when it comes to tales of kids identifying as furries.

The narrative goes like this: Schools are now so accommodating of transgender students and different gender identities that they're also recognizing as legitimate when students identify as animals. They're forcing teachers to address them by animal-related pronouns. They're even making absurd special arrangements—litter boxes in bathrooms, low-to-the-floor tables—to accommodate these pet-identifying pupils.

Nebraska state Sen. Bruce Bostelman (R–District 23) is the latest lawmaker to repeat this urban legend. "Schoolchildren dress up as animals—cats or dogs—during the school day; they meow, and they bark….And now schools are wanting to put litter boxes in the schools for these children to use. How is this sanitary?" he said Monday during a televised debate, before backtracking hours later amid school district denials.

"It was just something I felt that if this really was happening, we needed to address it and address it quickly," he said.

So far this year, similar myths have made the rounds in Iowa, Michigan, and Texas, prompting the same denials from school administrators.

"The rumor is that our schools have litter boxes in the restrooms to accommodate individuals who are self-identifying as animals," Casey Burlau, superintendent of Iowa's Carroll School District, wrote in a February letter to parents. "This is simply and emphatically not true."

In Michigan, Meshawn Maddock, chairwoman of the state's Republican party, posted on Facebook in January that "kids who identify as 'furries' get a litter box in the school bathroom." (This is not true.)

Michelle Evans, a Republican running for Texas' state House of Representatives, claimed in January that cafeteria tables were being lowered in middle and high schools "to allow 'furries' to more easily eat without utensils or their hands (ie, like a dog eats from a bowl)."

It was not true. ("It is not even a possible option with our cafeteria tables," a school spokesperson told McClatchy News.)

Why do these stories keep cropping up? Probably because they line up perfectly with conservative fears about transgender and non-binary students and the propaganda war some Republicans have waged against accommodating these students.

It's reminiscent of how lawmakers for years insisted that same-sex marriage legalization would lead to people marrying animals.

But the ridiculous rumors weren't true then, and they aren't true now.

Somewhere, there are probably are students who identify as animals. Maybe fairies and witches, too. Who know? It's a big country. Teenagers are often odd, confused, and searching for a way to stand out.

But the idea that this is either widespread or some offshoot of gender anarchy lacks any evidence.

And the idea that school districts would actually install litter boxes or other animal accoutrements for these students is just nuts. It's mind-boggling that anyone would believe it. But it lines up so perfectly with certain sorts of "youth today!" freakouts and anti-trans fears that I expect we're going to keep seeing such rumors for a while.


FREE MARKETS

Biden's bloated budget plans would raise taxes while increasing funding for the military, police departments, the FBI, and ICE. President Joe Biden has released his proposed federal budget for 2023. You can find the whole thing here. Under the $5.8 trillion plan, "taxes would rise by $2.5 trillion, marking the largest increase in history in dollar terms," and "the deficit would be $1.15 trillion," notes Fox News.

The proposal also "includes significant increases in funding for the military and police departments," The New York Times points out. The $773 billion in proposed military spending would be a 10 percent increase over this year's budget. Police departments and anti-violence initiatives would get $30 billion, and the Department of Justice and the FBI would see extra funds for specific types of law enforcement.

Biden's plan would "set aside $367 million for the Justice Department to support police reform, prosecute hate crimes and protect voting rights," the Times reports. "More than $17 billion would go toward cracking down on gun trafficking and nearly $70 billion for the F.B.I. to drive down violent crime. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which Mr. Biden promised to overhaul during the campaign amid calls from progressives to abolish it, would receive more than $8 billion."

Biden would also nearly double the budget for the Space Force.


FREE MINDS

New research challenges conventional wisdom about social media and misinformation. "Contrary to popular narratives, it is not clear whether using social media for news increases belief in political misinformation," the researchers report in
The International Journal of Press/Politics.

For the study, the researches looked at news exposure on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp in Mexico during the 2021 midterm elections. "None of the social platforms analyzed exhibits a significant association with misinformed beliefs," they found. "We conclude that the study is consistent with the 'minimal media effects' paradigm, which suggests that efforts to address misinformation need to go beyond social platforms."


FOLLOWUP

The Chamber of Commerce says court was right to toss Facebook lawsuit. In a new filing, the Chamber of Commerce has asked "a D.C. appeals court to reject an appeal by a big group of U.S. states to revive their antitrust lawsuit against Meta Platform's Facebook," Reuters reports:

The Chamber, along with the Computer and Communications Industry Association and Business Roundtable, argued that the district court judge hearing the case was right to toss it out because the states had waited too long to file their case.

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last July dismissed the states' lawsuit against Facebook, saying they delayed in challenging the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

The judge left room for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to refile its lawsuit against Facebook, however, and the FTC did so in January. (See also: Facebook's 'Monopoly' Was Always Doomed.)


QUICK HITS

• A federal court said former President Donald Trump "more likely than not" tried to obstruct Congress in certifying the 2020 election results.

• More on the massive amounts of fraud that took place under the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help businesses and workers make it through the pandemic. Experts say theft accounted for "as much as $80 billion—or about 10 percent—of the $800 billion handed out," reports NBC News. "That's on top of the $90 billion to $400 billion believed to have been stolen from the $900 billion Covid unemployment relief program … And another $80 billion potentially pilfered from a separate Covid disaster relief program."

• After spending 28 years wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, William "Ricky" Virgil has now died before his lawsuit against the cops who he says framed him can proceed. "His civil trial had been set to begin last August in federal court in Covington," Kentucky, notes WCPO Cincinnati. "But U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning agreed to delay the case so the officers could appeal. They say qualified immunity shields them from liability and a jury trial."

• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has signed a controversial bill limiting what schools can teach about gender and sexual orientation:

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  1. No, Schools Aren't Accommodating Students Who Identify as Animals

    Beto has found his next plank.

    1. Since they don't care when a tyranny does it Will the schools take it seriously if is "dog" rape? I hear that's an award winning topic on the left

      1. Good autocorrect turning modern tranny to tyranny

        1. Seems apropos.

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    2. No, Schools Aren't Accommodating Students Who Identify as Animals ...yet.

      FTFY

      1. You just wait till species-change operations are deemed "medically necessary", and your health-care insurance needs to cover them! Calling "cat-man" Dennis Avner!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking_Cat

        (I got ripped off and had to pay for my own SQRLSY-ification species-change surgeries... I will apply for back-pay after these changes go through. Prepare to PAY-PAY-PAY for health-care insurance!!!)

        1. Government supplied fur implants, prosthetic tails and the dental work to create true, nut crackin' buckteeth are on the way SQRLSY.

          The Lizard People are winning, though. Why? Because they can afford their own transitions.

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3524063/Transgender-woman-Eva-Tiamat-Medusa-ears-nose-removed-dragon-lady.html

          1. OMG, Sir, you have out-done me! I will have to save this link for future tirades!

      2. Was hoping someone would say that, was not disappointed.

        1. Too easy.

      3. a) humans are animals too.
        b) in this age of post-revolution sexual freedom, I'm surprised we don't see more of an uprising for pro-bestiality, pro-necrophilia, pro-. Epstein's story will be remade as a mould-breaker leading us into a late-roman-empire future, mark my words.

        Here's to decadence! Apres moi, la deluge!

    3. The fact that it's a headline essentially confirms that it's true.

      1. This is exactly my reaction. The thought never even germinated, but now that ENB says it’s not happening, I know it is.

    4. Not even one litter box in the entire country?

      1. Has that been meticulously verified?

      2. If there weren't so many people who are apparently adamant about discussing anal with kindergarteners, it would probably be harder to believe that some school district had actually installed one, somewhere.

      3. At least a dog house for a little puppy furry roleplay.

    5. Gotta admit, it feels like the sort of trolling that sneaks into politics regardless of reality.

      I also got a hard core uneasy rider vibe from the quote:

      > "It is not even a possible option with our cafeteria tables," a school spokesperson told McClatchy News

      like "I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife!"

      1. My cat jumps up on the table all the time.

  2. "Biden would also nearly double the budget for the Space Force."

    Ugh. You shouldn't link to Michael Tracey. He's a phony progressive and a discredited #TrumpRussia denialist.

    1. Yeah, he's pretty great.

  3. Biden's bloated budget plans would raise taxes while increasing funding for the military, police departments, the FBI, and ICE.

    Well, who the fuck could have foreseen any of that.

    1. Mr Magoo?

      1. C'mon, Man! Biden is Mr. McGoo....

        The Mister McGoo Show--Intro
        https://youtu.be/OkTyyYPFuPE

        Though I have heard others identify him as The Cryptkeeper in Tales From The Crypt.

        The Story of Tales From The Cryptkeeper: EC Comics, the HBO Show, the Game Show & Its Many Deaths
        https://youtu.be/LPs435bN0e8

        1. he's six months away from the creepy guy in Poltergeist II

    2. Anyone watching public polls and thinking about November?

      1. I don’t voted based on what others think.

        1. Not even the people you vote for?

    3. Helen Keller?

  4. Biden's plan would "set aside $367 million for the Justice Department to support police reform, prosecute hate crimes and protect voting rights..."

    I'm sure all three of those descriptions are accurate.

    1. I'm sure all three of those descriptions are accurate.

      As is "Set aside". Wait, that might be the only accurate part of the statement.

  5. Contrary to popular narratives, it is not clear whether using social media for news increases belief in political misinformation...

    I've yet to come across an inaccurate meme.

    1. Great conclusion:
      "...efforts to address misinformation need to go beyond social platforms."

      To what? Implants and direct brain control? Aversion therapy delivered by algorithm?

  6. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has signed a controversial bill limiting what schools can teach about gender and sexual orientation"

    It's much worse than that. The bill literally makes it illegal for anyone to say "gay" anywhere in the state of Florida. My progressive friends are a thousand times more outraged about this than about (allegedly) high gas prices.

    #GenitaliaAboveAll

    1. Yeah but.....Do we really want to sexualize 5, 6, and 7 year olds, OBL?

      1. Buttplug is way ahead of the game.

        1. Man, take THIS phrase out of context

          1. Are we sure there isn't a kids book on sex toys?

            For the FBI plant in the forum: I am not googling that.

  7. And the idea that school districts would actually install litter boxes or other animal accoutrements for these students is just nuts.

    But is it REALLY nuts? I think my criteria for "nuts" would at least require being surprised if it actually happened, and at this point I really don't think I'd be surprised if it did.

    1. I look at it as it’s just a trial balloon they send up once in a while to see if we are ready for it.

      1. ^THIS^

        It was a trial balloon. And it's failure to fly means we need more news stories and reality shows that feature petplay --more than we've been getting anyway.

        It's like all the NOMAPS stuff thats oozing from the cesspool our media has become.

        Soon we'll have a supreme court justice sympathetic to the NOMAPS cause. After that, it's not long before consent is outlawed as 'racist'.

    2. That's what people aren't asking themselves - what is it about the current climate that makes people think litter boxes is something that could be legitimate?

      1. Official transvestite story hour at the children's library?

      2. People like ENB and Mike, etc. don’t understand why anyone could think that could legitimately happen.

        1. When you spend so much time lying to yourself and others about what’s actually happening, it’s easy to convince yourself of what can and can’t happen in the future.

    3. The idea that schools would let full grown men compete against girls in sports is nuts

      1. Hey, girls can have nuts too.

        1. Are you a biologist?

          1. Touche!

            (just don't touchez les nutz)

          2. a real bi-ologist wouldn't care which sex is which.

            1. I see what you did thar.

      2. I don't think they should be allowed to compete if they have any portion if thier cock or balls remaining.

        Otherwise all they need to do is go off hormone blockers for a few days and they get a performance enhancing drug boost.

        Also, the ladies shouldn't have to see a dysfunctional cock in he locker room.

    4. It used to be thought of as nuts that teachers and school administrators would actively undermine parental authority and seek to become substitute parents by promoting gender and race marxism, and yet you have several of them actively bragging about it on social media while the school districts and news media deny that it's even taking place--such as that one lunatic in Austin who claimed 20 out of 32 of her students had some sort of "gender non-conforming identity," or the bitch who said the American flag made her uncomfortable and she encouraged her students to "pledge allegiance to the queers."

      When you get whistleblowers like that guy in Indiana who showed actual examples of training materials on how to insert CRT pedagogies in school curriculums, suddenly their co-workers are "uncomfortable" working around them, specifically because they exposed what a bunch of mendacious asshole groomers these people are.

      What these creeps are doing is exploiting the general immaturity of children to influence them in a particular political cult of neomarxism, one that's been increasingly radicalizing over the last 30-40 years as the associated academic theories filter down and are mainstreamed in schools and corporations across the country. Most non-leftists naively though they could shelter their kids from this shit by simply living in a "conservative" area, but what's come out is that school district and PTAs tend to attract left-wing political activists that put in these curriculums and policies right under the nose of the parents.

      The hand-wringing you see about this being a "dumb culture war issue" or "moral panic" is the left expressing fright that their political monopoly is being challenged. The solution to that is to push back vigorously on their narrative, never take any argument of theirs at face value, and push them out of these arenas by getting involved in them yourselves.

      And if it causes the public school system to become crippled by chasing off teachers and administrators, it shows just how rotten the whole edifice actually is, and should be replaced with something that fosters high-trust relationships between educators and families, rather than deceptive pedagogical practices and political grooming.

      1. mendacious asshole groomers

        If that is not already a band name, I will be severely disappointed.

        The solution to that is to push back vigorously on their narrative, never take any argument of theirs at face value, and push them out of these arenas by getting involved in them yourselves.

        A call, according to Merrick Garland, to engage in domestic terrorism.

        Try not to have any firearms in plain view when the FBI arrive.

        1. If you don't have them in plain view, that probably means you have them concealed, so any twitch of your hands will justify the G-men in letting a hail of bullets loose in your direction.

          May as well just turn yourself in and reduce the risk of becoming a "m-fing accident," as the late Richard Pryor put it.

    5. I'm just glad ENB was able to devote most of today's article to this pressing issue. Unsurprisingly it turns out those horrible republicans are promoting this panic. Thank God we have Reason keeping us abreast of this threat to democracy. That whole WW3 thing can wait for another day.

    6. In two weeks, we'll get "Well, there WERE schools using litter boxes........." or even better "Schools SHOULD use litter boxes for animal-identifying students".

  8. Most of what goes on in DC doesn’t register with marginal or swing voters but this cuts through the noise and affects people daily.

    BREAKING NEWS: Center of the Universe not Actually Center of the Universe, Its Actions Still Fuck Up People's Lives

  9. “When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.”

    Thanks for the chuckle with the first sentence, ENB.

    1. Yeah ENB really should practice that one, how many of her stories have turned out to be compleatly false?

      1. Trolling readers is always fun.

    2. It would help if her "debunking" consisted of anything beyond simple denials from those in charge of the leftist institution in question, but no.

      1. "CRT isnt taught in schools, according to professional expert on race relations Nicole Hannah Jones"

        1. That response is just their hair-splitting. CRT isn't taught in elementary school; it is implemented.

          1. So schools aren't providing litter boxes for furries, they're just setting out dog bowls of water by the fountains?

      2. "The FBI says they're totally not corrupt. That settles it." /ENB

        1. "Police investigation confirms shooting by police was justified"

      3. Or if her debunking involved more than just the most outrageous claims. These freakishly absurd claims aren't real therefore modern gender theory isn't exactly a logical progression.

        1. Modern gender theory isn't crazy*

          Left out 2 words.

      4. "The Hunter Biden laptop story is Russian disinformation according to the same guys that knowingly fed us Russian disinformation for the last four years."

        1. Hey, trust the experts . . .

    3. It's a pretty great self own.

      1. She did specify "good".

  10. "This nugget in the @NBCNews poll jumps off the page: 62% of Americans believe they’re 'falling behind' and can’t keep up with the cost of living."

    Ridiculous. I refuse to believe 62% of Americans are regular spittin' tobaccy users. And Reason's leading economics expert says that's the only item whose price has increased.

    NBCNews is just another wingnut.com operation spreading anti-Biden disinformation.

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

  11. A federal court said former President Donald Trump "more likely than not" tried to obstruct Congress in certifying the 2020 election results.

    He didn't set up doubt in election integrity beforehand as well as the Democrats are doing ahead of the midterms.

    1. He tried to obstruct by...giving a speech.

      OK. Sounds pretty bad.

      1. More likely than not.
        They've finally got him.

        1. Walls closing in.

        2. Bombshell revelations.

    2. Sure. Whatever. Trump made setting up doubt in election integrity his full-time job and administrative #1 priority for at least a year before the election took place.

      1. Were you sober in 2016?

        1. Dee lies. It’s what she does.

        2. Our resident shillposter has a unique ability to forget everything that happened before the latest news cycle. It's White Mike's superpower.

        3. Ah, going for the personal remark because you have no real rebuttal.

          1. Whining about no rebuttal to a statement that contains no facts. And he wonders why he draws personal remarks?

            1. Dee imagines her squawking deserves serious thought, and not just mocking.

              She’s wrong.

          2. That’s not a personal remark. That was a question.

            You fucking moron (now that’s a personal remark).

      2. Did you meticulously verify this?

      3. There was another guy with a similar take prior to the Election.

        Joe Biden: "We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

        Just this year too on the upcoming Midterms:
        “It depends on whether or not we’ll be able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election,” Mr. Biden said during a White House press conference.

        https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/19/biden-warns-midterm-elections-could-easily-be-ille/

        1. Not even close to the continual, concentrated effort of Trump to paint the upcoming election as fraudulent in advance, to the neglect of doing his job of Presidenting.

          1. And he doubles down! In response to facts he simply repeats his first statement with additional exaggeration, as if everyone who doesn't know exactly what he is talking about is an idiot, but still with no facts of his own.

            This should be known as a hyperfallacy.

            1. WHAT PART OF CONTINUAL AND CONCENTRATED DON’T YOU GET!!!

            2. Next?

              Seriously emphatic punctuation.

          2. continual, concentrated effort

            The projection is strong with this one. Shall we talk about the continual, concentrated effort to impugn, negate, make illegitimate and impeach the prior president for the entire 4 years he was in office? That was a mighty effort!

            1. Are you saying that you believe Trump did not engage daily in casting doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election? Or are you just engaging in whataboutism, saying that it's OK that he did that because Democrats did it, too?

              If the latter, did I say anywhere that I excuse anything the Democrats did?

              1. Daily? No.

              2. Are you saying that you believe Trump did not engage daily in casting doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election?

                Nope, I don't see anywhere where I said any such thing. What I did point out is that there was an awful lot of similar election prep coming from the other party along with the continual, concentrated effort to impugn, negate, make illegitimate and impeach the president for the entire 4 years he was in office. All of which made it difficult for him to run and do Presidenting at the same time. Christ they were trying to impeach him after he was out of office. WTF?
                Also, Trump had the media actively working to damage his campaign. So yes, I believe he had ample reason to question the integrity of the 2020 election, before, during and after it was secured.
                That isn't whataboutism, it's whatthef*isthisism.

                1. They tried to impeach him because he kept abusing his office.

          3. ^Because it was true. Multiple state legislatures bypassed their own constitutions to make mail in voting more lax. It was obvious beforehand that shenanigans would occur.

            Fun anecdote: the night before the election all my proggie lib friends were absolutely convinced the Republicans were going to steal the election .

            1. And the night before the election none of them trusted the vax either.

      4. Covid "mandates" were used across the country to illegally "fortify" the election. Most secure election ever. But you already knew that you pretentious ass.

      5. And there was no widespread basis for those fears, apparently.

        1. “widespread”

          ISWYDT.

        2. They have clearly denied such.

          The 2020 election was so fraud-free they don't even see the need for any kind of voter verification beyond a hearty "Si, tha iss mee. My nem wha you sayed.".

          1. ^Trollific +

  12. We sometimes have difficulty telling actual news from satire. Ten years ago we would have scoffed at unisexual restrooms in elementary schools, but here we are. The top NCAA woman swimmer has male junk. The Eau Claire school district seems to be something from Babylon Bee but is apparently real.
    In this news environment who can tell what is real?

    1. The top NCAA woman swimmer has male junk is a woman with a penis.

      1. Definitely. I can't believe how many people are undervaluing the ladydong Lia possesses. I guess they are jealous that they don't own one.

        1. It's an exceedingly feminine penis.

          1. Hourglass shape.

          2. It will be after NBC airbrushes it.

      2. The top NCAA woman swimmer finished second.

        1. Nicely done.

      3. A distinction without a vagina.

    2. Didn't Babylon bee run a story about an elementary student taking kids to a gay bar, and then it happened?

      1. Babylon Bee says a lot of shit that comes true. Kinda like the Simpsons.

        1. Like with stupid, the human supply of freakiness is infinite.

        2. They just use their time machine to snag a copy of the NYT from 6 months in the future and copypaste from that.

          1. Unfortunately the range on the machine has been reduced of late, and they're down to only two weeks ahead of the curve these days.

    3. Well, if you are a state legislator you could maybe pick up the phone and call the school district in question to ask if here is any truth to the rumors you have been hearing before you make an idiot of yourself on TV.

      1. Fire extinguishers and zip ties.

      2. Or if you're White Mike you could troll the Reason comments section and try to convince everyone not to believe their lying eyes.

      3. Like facts matter to you.

  13. More on the massive amounts of fraud that took place under the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help businesses and workers make it through the pandemic.

    Everything after the comma should be in scare quotes.

    1. How can you call it fraud when they were practically handing out bags of money on the street corners?

      1. More on the massive amounts of fraud that took place under the Paycheck Protection Program, "designed" to "help" "businesses and workers" "make it" through the "pandemic".

        You're right.

    2. But there's no way there is massive amounts of fraud in anything else that the federal government does right? Right?

      1. Just like companies well-known for amoral avariciousness are absolutely not to be subjected to skepticism wrt vaccines, which they provide ethically, out of the goodness of their hearts.

        Or so I hear from people who have reviled "Big Pharma" for years.

  14. After spending 28 years wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, William "Ricky" Virgil has now died before his lawsuit against the cops who he says framed him can proceed.

    One of those cops? Hillary Clinton.

    1. Only if he was a super predator

    2. So, do we count this as a death "from Clinton" or "with Clinton"?

      1. From "I'm with Clinton?"

  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has signed a controversial bill limiting what schools can teach about gender and sexual orientation...

    Gay.

    1. Weird she does not mention what age school children are impacted. That might be relevant.

      1. Why should that matter? In the eyes of the "gender activists", if the kid can read, talk, listen, see, or function at all, they need to know about buttsex amongst consenting men. If they are really young, the graphic pictures of it are necessary to help them comprehend. I'm certain they are doing this with nothing be excellent intentions.

      2. To be fair, it is included in the blockquote.

    2. It's the most mundane and uncontroversial bill I could imagine. You can have incidental conversations about family units, you just can't teach about sexual orientation or identity to young kids.

      That includes, by implication, the fact that teachers can't have a unit teaching that the proper family has a mother and a father. They literally can't teach that from K-3, and it's completely fine.

      1. Were there any actual incidents of gender and sexual orientation having been taught in K-3 Florida public schools?

        1. Apparently, if teachers are now freaking out. If there weren't any, then this bill does nothing and nobody would be complaining.

          1. If there weren't any incidents, then this bill is pandering to conservative fears.

            1. So many fears that hundreds of activists have to decry a bill you say doesn't do anything since nobody is teaching sex to minors.

              1. Mike suffers from fear of conservatives.

            2. So what?

              And cost-free, too, making it much better than the pandering the left always wants, which always seems to require the greasing of many grifters for them to be properly pandered.

            3. Kind of like the anti-lynching bill then eh? If there's no lynchings happening, why were so many people angry and outraged over it being pas... .oh wait.

              1. I mean, it was utterly pointless virtue signaling so I was irritated. Unlike that, though, I actually believe there are people pushing their agenda to teach about sexuality to young kids, so I find this less irritating and pointless.

                You can look online for lesson plans about teaching sexuality to K-3. They exist. I can't easily confirm their prevalence or usage but it's not a non-existent concern.

                1. I'm in agreement. that was my point. the howls and screams from the "dont groom our kids" bill shows that this was indeed happening and probably accelerating.

                  The deafening silence to the anti-lynching bill is a good counterexample. there are no lynchings happening so the loudest opposition to the bill was more of a perplexed "why bother?" than the screeching fury we see now for the grooming bill.

        2. Are all progressives pedophiles? Seriously. How can anyone defend teaching young prepubescent children about these topics? Especially by a government payed lackey. We used to call this grooming.

          1. Their goal is to sever the bond between children and parents. They will use any available tool. If sex works, they'll use it.

        3. If not, why the hysterical "reeeeeeee"ing in response?

  16. How did Republicans mess up so badly that they pushed away this foreign policy genius?!

    Bill Kristol: I guess the Republican position is that Putin should remain in power?

    From accusing war skeptics in the early 2000s of being "pro-Saddam" to accusing war skeptics in 2022 of being "pro-Putin," his analysis is as sharp as ever. Just like Biden's brain.

    #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons

    1. Fun fact! Reason's editor in chief KMW used to work for Bill Kristol's The Weekly Standard. So the neocon / libertarian alliance predates 2016 by quite a bit. 🙂

    2. No the "Republican" (any one with a functioning brain) position is that forcing Putin out of power in Russia is not worth starting WWIII over.

      1. The Republican position is “owning” Biden for anything he says or does, even if they would have been perfectly OK if Trump had said the same thing.

        And vice versa. Just look at Biden’s doubling the budget of the Space Force (Fuck, Yeah!), which was mercilessly made fun of when Trump created it.

        1. Try to get over Trump.

        2. Like how the GOP "owning" Biden for saying he's going to start WW3? Good thing Reason totally never had like 7 articles fretting that Trump started WW3 because of a dead Iranian terrorist.

          1. I am sure the CJCS is on hold with Beijing as we speak.

        3. Here, Dee has created the motivation for every position all Republicans take.

          If Republicans take a position and give any other reason besides the one Dee has assigned them, she just says they’re lying. No bias whatsoever.

        4. Christ, what an asshole.

  17. .. good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.

    They no longer exist.

    1. It's like she cannot remember the garbage and lies spewed during the Kavanaugh hearings or the "Russia collusiion" narrative she and the rest of our marxist media shilled for.

  18. A federal court said former President Donald Trump "more likely than not" tried to obstruct Congress in certifying the 2020 election results.

    He said that in a tangentially related subpoena hearing to which Trump was not even a party, but sure, go with that. We only lose our shit when conservative judges overstep their bounds.

    1. Was that quip meticulously verified?

    2. It wasn't tangential. The left is trying to break the attorney client privilege with this suit. Trump committing a felony woth the lawyer is the key vector to get that privileged communication.

  19. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence :19

    1. One more day for a new record!

      Come on, ENB, you can do it!

  20. Just 10 years ago ENB would have written this article about how no boys aren't using women's restrooms and no women aren't getting assaulted there.

    Or.

    No men are not breaking orbital bones of women in mixed martial arts fighting.

    1. ENB is a groomer

      1. I believe the term is 'fluffer'.

        1. She can be both.

      2. That one at least had a happy ending when Fallon Fox got stunned and her opponent got on top of her, pounding away, and the referee started reminiscing about his boyhood or some shit.

        Meanwhile, Fallon's trainer, who had enthusiastically approved her brutal abuse of her prior (female) opponents, was yelling at him to stop the fight. Which happened...eventually.

        The crowd was very appreciative.

        1. "heartwarming brutality" is so rare...

  21. "When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact."

    Ya the phrase too cute by half comes to mind. But this highlights that we dont in fact have good reporters, or regular reporters, or journalists. We have propagandists that gleefully put this stuff forward to advance a narrative.

    The Maddow crowd STILL thinks its only a matter of time before the pee tape and the Russian collusion get proved and the walls close in on Trump. We had to listen to 4 years of them desperately trying to will into existence every possible fairy tale they were told about trump, from "anonymous sources", without investigation, because it furthered their political goals.

    1. Even after cnns technical director flat out stated they made up stories

    2. I could argue schools lying repeatedly about indoctrinating kids in gender theory and CRT makes their denials a wee bit useless.

    3. Given the rabid shilling by Maddow and others, I can't help but think that Trump is somehow part of a sexual fantasy.

      1. They really want him to pee on them. It's a very strange fetish, IMO.

  22. A federal court said former President Donald Trump "more likely than not" tried to obstruct Congress in certifying the 2020 election results.

    Couldn't bother reading the actual decision? Judges entire basis for the ruling was asserting Trump knew there was no fraud in the election. A claim he still doesn't agree with. And many others don't either. More than half of the country believes there was fraud in the 2020 election including over 30% of democrats. Yet the judges ruling predicates itself on trump knowing his claims are a lie.

    1. But every article I scrolled by had the headline "Judge says Trump tried to obstruct 2020 election results" so that must be the truth of it

      1. It was all meticulously verified.

        1. And now getting fortified.

        2. The pdf from the DNC assured them of that.

    2. Nobody knows that there was no fraud in the election. It's certainly possible.

      And the idea that "obstructing" congress is some serious crime is absurd. The worst thing that could have happened is that the vote was delayed for a few days. What about all of the other disruptive protests that have happened at the Capitol?

      1. The "obstruction" Trump allegedly committed was pressuring Mike Pence to do...well, something. I don't believe the Constitution grants the VP anything more than an administrative role in the electoral count, but the fact is, that matter is unsettled. Trying to convince him to take action is by no means a knowingly corrupt act of obstruction.

      2. I know with great certainty that there was fraud in the election. I can't be certain of the degree or the full impact but there literally was some, and I believe every election has at least some. So it's impossible for anyone to know that there's no fraud in any election when they all have varying degrees of it.

    3. If that's true then it's idiotic. To this day Trump gets extremely irritated whenever the assertion that there was no fraud is made, and will glom onto any indication that fraud might have occurred. Whatever else might be true about the man, his actions indicate that he sincerely believes he was wronged and that the country was defrauded in the 2020 election.

      1. But delusions held by the right about 2020 are totes different from delusions held by the left about 2016, because...reasons?

        1. One has some factual evidence to support it, the other was based off lies that people have been found guilty of making to FISA.

        2. Because of its being the main focus of current Republican politics. Instead, of, you know, policy proposals or concern with good government.

          1. The Mueller investigation has entered the chat.

          2. If we don't have good elections, what else matters? If the foundation of a building is broken, you focus on keeping the walls up rather than worrying about repainting the living room.

            If people don't trust the election, then we are only going to have more and worse riots.

            1. Distorting the purpose, and level of violence, of various riots is part of the lefty playbook. Therefore, they want more riots.

            2. We DO have good elections. It would make sense for Republicans to make elections their top priority if their concerns about elections were real, but the truth is their concerns are fictional.

              1. Except for all the evidence you've been given, elections are perfect.

              2. Then why do we have to overhaul the voting rules?

                1. I don’t think we do need to overhaul them.

                2. The one thing I saw in the 2020 election that was highly suspect is that the state of Georgia doesn’t seem to provide sufficient polling places. The length of the lines in some precincts were obscene.

                  I could see an argument for Federal legislation requiring states to provide some minimum number of polling places in any election that has Federal candidates.

                  1. Your one take away is a bullshit leftist talking point?

                    1. I don’t know if I think that is a BS talking point. My red district has barely any lines for voting, but blue districts seem almost designed to make voting as hellish as possible - by democrat SOEs.

                      Maybe “attempting” to funnel as many voters through one precinct makes it easier to commit fraud? Surely not everyone votes in those areas. And I strongly suspect minority districts have been the worst victims of fraud. 2020 seriously makes me think all those blacks voting for the same failed policies over and over again isn’t actually happening.

              3. How does that statement jibe with one side wanting sound voter rolls and verification procedures and the other saying racist things about the poors and minorities being too dumb to get ID??

              4. neither republicans nor democrats (the power players that is) want honest elections. neither of them.

              5. We DO have good elections.

                We don't.

                Trump was not supposed to win in 2016.

                Do you not understand how many votes he had to get to overcome the fraud in 2016? The left didn't know what to do. That's why they kept pushing the announcement back--long after it was obvious to anyone watching.

                And, once you can see that, you can see the strategy for 2020. Undermine confidence in the count. Expand the dates valid votes can come in and how long and under what security they can be counted.

                They had to give themselves time to manufacture enough votes to deny Trump the landslide he was going to win by.

                But they couldn't help but make it obvious.

  23. Bidens embarrassing presser yesterday was even scripted as cameras caught note cards with reporters questions and answer for Biden.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-slammed-for-using-cheat-sheet-while-answering-questions-on-putin-utterly-embarrassing

    1. Oh, that's bad.

    2. It's a conspiracy theory that the dnc and the media are one and the same

      1. "Misinformation" basically means anything that they didn't cook up with the DNC or WEF first, nowadays.

        1. If the DNC and media lapdogs cook it, is it "disinformation"? You know, the good kind?

          1. the good kind of disinformation

            You mean Fact Checking?

    3. Return to norms.

    4. His approval is 40%, lower than trump ever got despite a full on media campaign against him.

      The approval of the media as a whole is even lower.

      More of the country is becoming aware that this is nothing more than a show. We dont have a President, at least not one with a functioning brain anymore. He is basically weekend-at-Bernie's for the DNC and far left to push its goals through. And the "media" isnt there to get information or hold him to account, just to fulfill their "role" in this play acting. They ask the questions written in their script, he attempts to read the answers pre-written by the same people who wrote the question.

      Unfortunately for them his brain is too puddingified to just read queue cards at this point. 25th amendment might be coming if he cant play the role they want

      1. President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 34% in a Gallup poll released Monday, the low point of a presidency that already had the weakest average approval rating of any of his predecessors since the survey began in the 1940s.

        https://fortune.com/2021/01/18/trump-approval-rating-average-popularity/

        1. So SleepyJoe is as bad as trump?

        2. It took 2 weeks of Trump post J6 to get lower than Biden? Guess thats a win?

        3. He spent the vast majority of his presidency in the low 40's, 41-43%.

          His average approval (not a single gallup poll) was in the low 40's. But I was uncareful with my words, and incorrect.

          Biden is now, with full media tongue bathing and collaboration, below where Trump spent the vast majority of his presidency with 2 sham impeachments, Russia gate, and full scale media war waged on him.

          Better?

          1. In a way it feels good to see that the corporate media's full on propaganda campaigns haven't been overwhelmingly successful.

            1. I wouldn't say that.
              Trump's approval should've been 60%+

        4. The American people have resigned themselves to low standards for major-party Presidential choices, and continue to play the sucker’s game of believing they have to support the “lesser evil” instead of demanding competent government.

          1. Yet you defend SleepyJoe.

            1. He defends the Democratic Party

              1. Please link to an example of my defending the Democratic Party.

                1. Does all the times you said they have good intentions count?

          2. So this is why you try to run to the Golden mean. So you can pretend your virtuous in case your side fucks up. Yet you won't criticize that side more than with gentle idioms.

          3. I DEMAND COMPETENT GOVERNMENT!

            *checks government*

            Yeah that didn’t work.

      2. The media (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, etc) are Team D cheerleaders, little more than propaganda mouthpieces for the Team D party.

      3. I guarantee you that the 40% is cooked. All of the peripheral numbers are in the absolute shitter. He polls so badly with independents, and people are leaving the d's in droves. NBC had a poll with 22% thinking the country is heading in the right direction. I have a hard time believing that twice that number think Biden is doing a good job.

        1. They're probably still heavily oversampling democrats using ratios from the Obama years or something.

      4. I'm not sure "puddingified" is a real medical term. But then, I'm not a biologist.

        Who's going to go for the 25th remedy? The Republicans are enjoying the spectacle, and the Dems are facing the reality that they would then be putting *gulp* Kamala Harris in as the Democrat Party President. And what then? (besides having Hillary kill her, I mean)

    5. Good to see Joe achieving his aspirational goal, sort of. Biden speaks as well as FDR walked.

    6. “NATO has never been more united.”

      He actually said “never” about half a dozen times, which is always a good sign he’s definitely telling the truth.

  24. Who determined what a "misinformed" belief is.
    In 2016 the "misinformed" belief was that trump didn't collude with russia
    In 2017 the "misinformed" belief was that the tax cuts help the middle class
    In 2019 the "misinformed" belief was that the wuflu didn't come from a lab
    In 2020 the "misinformed" belief was that the wuflu is 99.96% survivable
    In 2022 the "misinformed" belief is that the US should not get involved in the Ukraine

    Unless they go into some serious detail about misinformed this study is crap, but then again all psychology studies are trash

    1. What were we misinformed about in 2018?

      1. Pick anything on msnbc CNN or nor

        1. Mueller Report?

    2. ^This.
      More misinformation:
      Hunter Laptop wasn't real, Nothing was on Weiner's laptop, Ivermectin doesn't work, Trump colluded with Russia and had a pee pee tape, A video caused Benghazi, Obama didn't spy on Trump camp, Covington kids are racist, Iraq had WMD'S, Russia hacked DNC and uploaded to WikiLeaks, Fast & Furious is a conspiracy theory, MAGA rallies = super spreaders but Floyd riots are virus proof, Kavanaugh is a drunk rapist, Omar didn't marry her brother, Anita Hill story was true, Trump called Nazis fine people, Trump tried to nuke a hurricane, IRS never targeted Tea Party, No Las Vegas Shooter motive, Trump tear gassed Lafayette Square, Brazille never leaked questions, Manafort visited Assange, China never paid Hunter, Baturina never wired Hunter $$, Pelosi's hair salon set her up, W.E.F. is a benign organization, The asymptomatic spread Covid-19, Trump started WW3 with Iran, Uranium One wasn't a scandal, Carter Page was Russian asset, Burisma did nothing wrong, AR15 used in all mass shooting, Jan6 riots were a planned assassination and insurrection, Trump wants to nuke North Korea, Tucker wasn't spied on, POC are to stupid to get an ID, Keystone shutdown didn't affect production.

      1. “No Las Vegas Shooter motive”

        Hadn’t thought about this story in awhile. Anything come of it?

        1. Absolutely nothing. The whole thing basically got memory-holed.

          At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if the FBI goaded him in to doing it.

      2. Uh...didn't Trump float the idea of buying Greenland, and offer to go to Walmart to see if they had one? Because he's so stupid?

        I seem to recall something like that.

    3. Women and wokesters have absolutely taken over the field of psychology. It's no coincidence the field and studies conducted in it have turned into emotional, feelings-over-data drivel.

      1. Also public health.

      2. There's very credible psychologists left because they started to realize how bullshit it all is and went into neurology and harder sciences. The field is utterly meaningless now.

        1. It's sociology with a slightly more scientific veneer.

    1. Fauci must answer for his crimes against humanity.

    2. Didn't we find that out two years ago. I distinctly remember people complaining about this.

      1. New emails backing it up.

      2. It was misinformation then.

    3. Its ok, I have seen at least 10 articles recently about how we have more info it def came from the wet markets.

      ...I wonder why

      1. That can't be, ENB just said above that "good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact".

        I'm sure they meticulously verified it before telling everyone that a pathogenic virus is more likely to originate at the local farmers market than the lab dedicated to researching coronaviruses 200 yards away.

        1. Seriously, the fact that most of them never even allowed the lab leak thought to come into their head as possible until Stewart screamed it in their face is evidence that they absolutely arent reporters or acting in good faith

          1. I suggest their faith is fine, just a bit skewed.

        2. Keep in mind, Jerryskids was banging the drum on this right at the outset. He knew the whole story stank of bullshit, but the media had a consensus to manufacture.

      2. Some of those articles are pre-print, which means they haven't been peer-reviewed. And a couple were sourced to funding from NIAID.

        What. A. Surprise.

    4. Although sequences are never fully deleted, according to the agency, Sherry told a researcher who asked for transparency, "As you know, when data sets are withdrawn from the database, that status does not permit use for further analyses."

      Oh, FFS! One surmises Sherry would have us believe bodies can not be exhumed.

      1. She clearly saw through his request for transparency.

    5. Just the News is coming dangerously close to committing journalism.

  25. good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.

    Just like you guys did with Hunters laptop back in 2020?

    1. Or Kavanaugh's "Rape trains" in high school.

      1. Those were credible! Ford had no specifics that could be refuted. It was a slam dunk credible accusation!

        1. If kavanaugh wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice some day he should have worn a body cam in high school.

      2. Listen this is a post-modern world where feelings trump reality.

        If she feels that when someone played tickle fight at a party that questionably happened a few decades ago was literally rape, then she was raped and her trauma is real.

        1. Why does the post-modern world seem a lot like the pre-modern world?

          1. Because one existed before a rigorous focus on the scientific method and enlightenment thinking, and other other is the result of throwing those two things in the garbage can.

  26. <blockquote• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has signed a controversial bill limiting what schools can teach about gender and sexual orientation:

    Ironically, controversial to the same sort of people that would freak out if Creationism was taught - academic freedom for me, not there!

    1. It's mainly controversial for the disgusting, motley assemblage of pedophiles, saucy boys, and lipstick lesbians who make up the bulk of the Resson staff today.

      1. "...motley assemblage of pedophiles, saucy boys, and lipstick lesbians".
        That's a little harsh, don't you think?

        "...mob of miscreants, stoolpushers, knobpolishers, gapers and taintlickers" would be the polite term.

        Oh, sorry. I meant "group of pedagogic experts". The keys are right there together.

    2. It’s controversial if you believe leftist lies about it.

      “When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.”

      Thanks ENB.

      1. * thanks AGAIN ENB.

        1. But Fuck Joe Biden.

  27. which critics have called the “Don't Say Gay” bill

    Do the MSM nitwits who write this shit really believe that the veil of "which critics have called" is enough to pretend they're being unbiased?

    1. You never heard Reason refer to it as the "anti-grooming" bill as advocates call it.

      Probably some reason for that.

    2. MOAR videos of weirdos shouting "gay" for 10 minutes, please!

  28. Why do these stories keep cropping up? Probably because ...

    Pretty hard hitting journalism ENB. Keep up the...work?

    1. It was all meticulously verified.

    2. It’s not supposed to be journalism. It’s a morning links blog post to read with your coffee.

      1. Remember when you claimed a week or so ago that reason doesn't provide editorial content?

        1. Amazing

      2. You are such a simp.

      3. “When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.”

  29. "BREAKING: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill forbidding instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade."

    As I recall, response to questions about sex posed to teachers used to be "Ask your parents". Still seems reasonable.

    1. "Many children do not have parents! Check your privilege!"

      1. You didn't conceive that!

    2. Lefties are not resourceful when confronted with such queries.

      It's like the game developer* who, when asked by his tween daughter how come she could be a girl in Fortnight but not in his game, Battlefield V, was at a loss as to what to tell her. His only option, of course, was to insert blue-haired, bionic-limbed female combat trooper into his WWII simulation. He then cashed in his $10mill stock option and retired.

      Others might have just explained that we didn't let girls fight in that war. Or almost any other in history. But nah...where's the "right side of history" in that?

      1. There's a girl fighting in Battlefield I, the WWI simulation. What's even more comical, she's an Arab.

  30. Teenagers are often odd, confused, and searching for a way to stand out.

    Which is why it is essential that the government subsidize their right to mutilate themselves in their pursuit while keeping parents ignorant of said pursuit.

    1. You believe there are actual cases of American teenagers who manage to have their genitalia surgically altered without their parents’ knowledge?

      1. You are one retarded piece of shit.

        https://presscalifornia.com/2020/04/10/state-bill-would-let-minors-have-sex-change-without-parental-knowledge/

        That is the entire aim of the current liberal left obsessed with modern critical gender theory and parents not mattering.

      2. My wife has to use different names and pronouns for certain students when speaking to their parents about their academic progress and any behavioral concerns than she does during classroom discussion, guidance meetings, etc. These are middle schoolers, and the official policy for those who might be trans/non-binary is Omerta.

        So while the actual mutilation realistically can't take place in secret, the placing of oneself on the path to it certainly can and does occur. And there's plenty of permanent physical damage that typically takes place prior to any surgery.

        1. The California teachers union literally said they want to give teachers the ability help get students medical treatments without parental consent.

          https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/02/24/california-teachers-union-wants-kids-to-pursue-gender-transition-without-parental-consent/

        2. Then your answer to the question I asked is, "No."

          1. White Mike is the worst.

            He is the asshole DA in the courtroom drama trying to use specifically worded questions to tell a lie who objects when the witness catches on and tries to tell the truth.

            1. The question itself was also a non-sequitur, anyway. If the process is a problem then the outcome will eventually be a problem.

              1. You are claiming that the question, "You believe there are actual cases of American teenagers who manage to have their genitalia surgically altered without their parents’ knowledge?" is a non-sequitur in response to:

                "Which is why it is essential that the government subsidize their right to mutilate themselves in their pursuit while keeping parents ignorant of said pursuit."

                What else could you have meant by "mutilate themselves" and "keeping their parents ignorant of said pursuit" than my plain understanding of what you wrote?

              2. OBJECTION!

          2. We get it Mike. You're a pedophile and will defend your right to groom young children with your dying breath.

      3. If not surgically, then how about chemically? Both lead to irreversible body changes.

        1. Are there cases of American teenagers receiving hormone therapies without their parents' knowledge?

          (I actually don't claim to know for sure. I was sure about the answer to my question about surgical alteration.)

          1. Think of the children! Imagine a thousand young trans-persons dying in flophouses all over America having gotten a bad dose of back-alley puberty blockers because their parents would never allow it.

            1. Injected with coat hangers!

      4. CRT ISNT REAL!

      5. Mike Laursen has never heard of detransitioning apparently

        1. De-transitioning is the next big target for "malinformation" classification. Which is "factual statements that cause someone to question the narrative that is best for public health, as determined by "experts", despite being true."

          And Snopes breathes a sigh of relief coz their job was getting more ridiculous by the day.

  31. "that our schools have litter boxes in the restrooms to accommodate individuals who are self-identifying as animals ... is simply and emphatically not true"

    "yet."

    1. I'll continue shitting in the sandbox until this matter is resolved.

      1. Sung to the tune of "Smoking in the Boys Room".

        1. Crap, now that song will stick with me all day.

          1. If you can lick your own crotch, you can get rid of the stickiness.

    2. that our schools [do something]... is simply and emphatically not true

      Where have I heard that one before?

      1. Was it when they clever-as-an-8-year-old snuck CRT in using the quibble that it, TECHNICALLY, was 'not on the curriculum"??

        OF COURSE it's "not on the curriculum", how can your activist friends and campaign contributors make any money just putting it "on the curriculum"? It's got to be a "contracted consulting specialist in anti-racism and social justice" or some shit like that. You can grift more money that way, and it's "not on the curriculum".

    3. The statement of 'not true' with a hyperlink to the NYT has *got* to be trolling.

      1. Why? They Meticulously Verify everything they publish. Like the 1619 project, for example.

      2. “When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.”

        I’m wondering how many times I can just appropriately post this quote?

  32. "And the idea that school districts would actually install litter boxes or other animal accoutrements for these students is just nuts. It's mind-boggling that anyone would believe it. But it lines up so perfectly with certain sorts of "youth today!" freakouts and anti-trans fears that I expect we're going to keep seeing such rumors for a while."

    But to some of us, encouraging young people to explore alternate gender realities is just as nuts.

    1. Yes, but as a libertarian, do you consider that your personal opinion and consider it a matter between parent and child when it doesn’t concern _your_ child?

      1. Can a 6 year old consent to a sexual relationship with their parents?

        You say really stupid shit mike.

      2. Libertarians for parents mutilating their children!

  33. "No, Schools Aren't Accommodating Students Who Identify as Animals"

    And why not?

    1. The hot new trend in my wife's school is for students to demand that they be addressed by their gaming tags, some even notionally changing their gender identities in order to force the outcome.

      If a policy doesn't start from a foundation of "kids are stupid and shouldn't be indulged" then it is bound to be a disservice.

      1. I see you insist we address you as “claptrap”.

      2. Hmm, how about we remind children that they do not have the same autonomy and rights as adults? If they insist, perhaps we can also impose adult responsibilities.

      3. This concerns me about my own grandchildren. And the idea of the Meta verse and so much emphasis on a virtual reality. It is way to easy for these kids to go off into a virtual world where all of their wants, needs and personal identifying qualities can be picked from a menu. Indulging those fantasies, and pulling them back to their real, far less vibrant than video, selves does not seem life affirming.

        1. There are normal lives to be had for kids, but there are a lot of people helping to let them live in some kind of fucked up fantasy world. Unfortunately, the ones that don't have stable home lives are indulging in make-believe from an early enough age that the real world will be a fickle bastard. If you can't decide what gender you are, and it changes regularly, how are you going to be a functioning member of society.

  34. The policy, which critics have called the “Don't Say Gay” bill, has drawn intense national scrutiny.

    Obviously the solution is for DeSantis to formally name it the “Don't Say Straight” bill.

  35. 'A federal court said former President Donald Trump "more likely than not" tried to obstruct Congress in certifying the 2020 election results.'

    Is this our new legal standard, "more likely than not"?

    Can we say that the DNC and allies more likely than not broke laws during the 2020 election?

    1. It only works in one direction.

    2. Is this our new legal standard, "more likely than not"?

      "It is better that 501 guilty men escape than 499 innocent men suffer." is just how democracy is supposed to work.

    3. The only question the judge was actually ruling on was whether to release John Eastman’s emails, which technically belong to the university where he was on staff.

      A lot of the news stories and commentary I’ve seen don’t mention this fact, or don’t get around to mentioning it until several paragraphs into the story.

      1. Why is that?

    4. “Can we say that the DNC and allies more likely than not broke laws during the 2020 election?”

      No, and as the most examined Presidential race ever we must now say the election was remarkably free of the DNC and its Allie’s having broken any laws.

      Trump lost because he had just spent four years proving over and over again every day that he is an offensive, self-centered asshole.

      1. Don't forget that he ordered an insurrection and Pence's execution by fire extinguisher squad.

      2. Except for the 2 dozen cases a judge ruled election officials illegally changed election laws....

        1. And the dozens of cases that judges threw out for lack of standing before the election and mootness afterwards without ever ruling on the merits.

          1. And the hundreds of thousands of ineligible votes found so far

            1. But other than that, y'know... Nothing. Nothing at all. Nothing widespread, anyway.

      3. I mean Ga is fine investigating illegal ballot harvesting from DNC aligned groups.

        1. Holy crap, I unmuted it because I was curious and I thought I had accidentally scrolled off to an OBL post. And then I remembered that looking under rocks for worms isn't as entertaining as when I was five, so I remuted it.

  36. > good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.

    But good reporters are damned hard to find. How did these Republicans get hoodwinked into the absurd situation? They read about it in the media.

    And like reporters, good politicians are hard to find too. It's pretty damning when the chairman of a state party puts out trash like furry scare. She should know better. But it fits her "they're all out to corrupt our kids" narrative so she shut her brain off and ran with it. We've seen Democrats do equally stupid shit. Any politicians who puts out a press release like this should be immediately up for recall.

    Dear gawd, next time I go visit my mother she's going to bring this up and I'll have to explain to her how there aren't litter boxes in the school restrooms. Jeepers cripes I just want to strangle politicians, or barring them, maybe some light woodchipping.

    Yeah I know furries are creepy. Yeah I know they are messed up in the head. I had to set up a convention at the same time a furry convention was packing up. Creepy as fuck. Some dude was selling dog and horse dildos. And a few corners of them really do "identify" as animals. But that doesn't mean there are litter boxes in public schools. Jesus Christ, don't be so stupid as to believe that. Don't be voting for any politician who believes it either.

    1. The issue is they will try and use this as an example of "see, everything you guys say about schools is false" despite well documented evidence of CRT and gender dysphoria propaganda being distributed and taught in schools.

      1. And people won't believe the refusals because there's a history of lying. They're still claiming that CRT isn't being taught in schools when CRT principles literally are. There's even a text that Ted Cruz asked KBJ about called "An introduction to Critical Race Theory" after she claimed that CRT wasn't being taught in high schools.

        And perhaps actually literary CRT isn't being taught, but we understand what is-the principles that CRT advocates for ARE being taught in schools. It's like saying that schools aren't teaching physics because middle-schoolers aren't being explain the Theory of Relativity. The principles are being taught that are consistent with it, prepping students to become proper little racists and to focus on race first at the exclusion of individualism. They're teaching that meritocracy is white supremacy.

        So why would normal people believe them when they say there aren't litter boxes?

        1. “There's even a text that Ted Cruz asked KBJ about called "An introduction to Critical Race Theory" after she claimed that CRT wasn't being taught in high schools.”

          IIR, she actually said she didn’t even know what CRT was, or something similar, before he reminded her of this. Perjured herself in her confirmation hearing.

    2. "Dear gawd, next time I go visit my mother she's going to bring this up and I'll have to explain to her how there aren't litter boxes in the school restrooms."

      Don't worry, with ENB's track record there are probably a thousand schools installing litter boxes in the school restrooms right now.

  37. But the idea that this is either widespread or some offshoot of gender anarchy lacks any evidence.

    "Oh, very well. There is no *widespread* furry accommodation."

    1. Look, the people involved don't elect a board or carry membership cards so, as far as we're concerned, they don't exist. Do you want to waste money investigating and reporting facts or do you want journalism?

  38. "General Strike Throws India Into Confusion"
    [...]
    "The strikers’ list of 12 demands includes freezing all privatization plans and providing universal social security for workers in the so-called informal sector of the nation’s labor force, like rag pickers, street sweepers and rickshaw drivers. The informal sector makes up an estimated 80 percent of India’s 470 million workers..."
    https://pressnewsagency.org/general-strike-throws-india-into-confusion/

    We want more free shit and we want it now!

    1. “What do we want”?
      “We don’t know for sure but we want it now”!

  39. Republicans are lying sacks of shit. I am shocked at this revelation

    1. Has that been meticulously verified?

      1. CNN tells me that it in fact has

    2. Classically, there is lying by commission and omission.

      For this to be lying, there has to be a third kind of lying, which is not caring whether what you are saying is true or not. Special case of omission, where the speaker doesn’t mention that they made no effort to verify what they saying?

      Or does this fall more under the sin of sloth? They were just too damned lazy to do any fact checking?

      1. "FACT CHECKING!"

        COVID came from a farmer's market, Conservatives are all terrorists, Ivermectin doesn't work, HCQ doesn't work, Biden doesn't have dementia, Masks work, COVID passports, Cuomo didn't kill old people, Dominion systems were secure, Hunter Biden is an artist, Trump colluded with Russia, Jan 06 was an insurrection, Transwoman are real women, BLM is mostly peaceful, Trump had a pee pee tape, Antifa is an idea, George Floyd didn't overdose, Advanced coursework is racist, 1619 is real history, Hunter Laptop wasn't real, Trump caused asian hate, White rage is the problem, CRT isn't poisonous, All white people are racist, A pipe in ATL stopped the count, Jussie Smollet was attacked, China travel ban was racist, Words are violence, The military isn't woke, The FBI is apolitical, Shokin was fired for corruption, Obama didn't build cages, Iran never got cash pallets, The border is under control, Voter ID is racist, Biden is tough on Putin, Blasey Ford was credible, Swalwell isn't compromised, Kids should get the jab, Teachers had it the worst, WHO is an independent body, The Great Reset isn't real, Renting forever is just fine, Bailouts are necessary, Gain of Function wasn't funded

        1. The sad thing is that a large chunk of those are objectively true.

          1. Not one of those things were objectively true you delusional shithead.

          2. I don't think you're shrike's type, no matter how stupid you try to sound in your posts.

      2. For this to be lying, there has to be a third kind of lying

        No. Absolutely not. When something unverified is conveyed as fact, that is committed lie.

        White Mike continually proves the need for his extermination.

      3. Imagine being Molly or Mike and accusing others of not properly fact checking.

        Unreal.

  40. "Federal judge: Trump and lawyer John Eastman likely committed crimes in attempt to overturn election"
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/federal-judge-trump-and-lawyer-john-eastman-likely-committed-crimes-in-attempt-to-overturn-election/ar-AAVAHRh?ocid=uxbndlbing

    And if he didn't break any existing laws, we'll pass some that he did break!

    1. Thoughtcrimes.

      1. Precrimes

    2. or as Chairman Mao called it, "political errors"

    1. Yes, they are called “furries”. I envy you for not having known about furries before this. 🙂

      1. Sarc wants you to dress up like the Zootopia bunny for the IRL meetup BTW.

    2. Also, a whole lot of people who are three years old identify as animals.

      1. We should allow them to remove their genitals, or at least take animal hormones such that they compromise their own human growth, and glue feathers to their body, maybe even pull out their teeth and replace them with fangs.

        Because according to our prog overlords, if we dont adapt to the delusions of our children, we are literally committing a hate crime

        1. And don’t tell their parents.

      2. It's pretty telling that a tech goon like Mike Laursen thinks that three-year-olds, teenagers, and grown adults all have the same levels of emotional maturity.

        Tellingly, so do groomer pedophiles.

      3. Holy shit. Tell us you're a pedo without telling us you're a pedo. I think we need to add Mike to the registry, if its not already on it. Stay away from kids asshole.

      4. Also, a whole lot of people who are three years old identify as animals.

        no, they do not. They are playing pretend.

        ironic you should make this example because that's exactly what trans are doing.

    3. she's never been a cat how dafuq would she know how a cat feels?

      1. Only way to find out is throw her off a roof and see if she lands on her feet.

      2. How should she know? She's not a biologist!

  41. Kevin Clinesmith, Peter Strzok, and company obstructed Trump.

    Trump gets to obstruct them back.

  42. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has signed a controversial bill limiting what schools can teach about gender and sexual orientation:"

    It's so controversial that it has pretty strong support even among Democrat voters. Turns out, normal people don't think it's appropriate to talk about sex with 5-8 year olds.

    1. Anti-grooming is now homophobic or something.

      1. Weird how the sexualization of children has become a major plank in the LGBTQ agenda. Didn't take long to slip right down that slope.

  43. >>New research challenges conventional wisdom about social media and misinformation.

    social media has not been a thing long enough for there to be a conventional wisdom, and misinformation is not a thing at all.

  44. "When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact."

    UNLESS TRUMP!!!!

    1. The Orangemanbad exemption clause.

  45. For the study, the researches looked at news exposure on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp in Mexico during the 2021 midterm elections.

    Wait, what? In Mexico?

    Why should we assume it tells us anything about politics in the U.S.?

    1. Don’t you dare question ENB’s links.

      1. “It’s just something to read while drinking coffee.”

    2. yeah, mexicans are not the same kind of humans as americans are.

      1. For one thing, they're 97% male/female. So, biologists.

  46. '"More than $17 billion would go toward cracking down on gun trafficking..."'

    Hmmm..

    Assuming that firearms sales return to pre-Covid-government-panic levels of 15 million firearms per year, this means that the government is going to spend over $1000 for each firearm legally sold in the next year to make sure the "bad guys" don't get any of them. And, of course, the effort will largely fail.

    But then, if the goal is to put more agents with badges and guns looking over the shoulders of more citizens, then I guess that would make it a success.

  47. "And the idea that school districts would actually install litter boxes or other animal accoutrements for these students is just nuts"

    Litter boxes are requested (and provided by hotels) to those who identify as animals at the Furries convention here in Pittsburgh (when hundreds/thousands of weirdos dressed as animals come to our city for four or five days each year).

    Meanwhile, left wing lawyers and so called transgender students have successfully sued a half dozen suburban school districts here in Allegheny County demanding the schools provide transgender bathrooms and/or allow mentally ill boys (who want to be girls) to use girls bathrooms and/or locker rooms.

    If people are allowed to change their gender, why shouldn't they be allowed to become a different animal, or a reptile, bird or insect?

    BTW I don't recall ENB or Reason criticizing any group of left wing Democrats, just Republicans.
    .

    1. horsepaste! oh, wait ...

      1. Natural immunity is a Conspiracy Theory.

    2. Millions of years of evolution is better than 6 months work in a laboratory.

      Who would have guessed?

    3. COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has claimed the lives of more than 6 million people since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. In fact, some researchers say the true number of lives lost to the COVID-19 by 31 December 2021 was 18.2 million, which is more than three times the official death toll.

      We keep this up and the entirety of the Russian Army will have died of COVID before they invaded the Ukraine. Science! will have prevailed again! Is there nothing it can't do?

      1. It would be interesting at this point to calculate the losses due to COVID in actual years of life expectancy lost. Considering the number of people for who that is actually a negative number (they were older than the expected average), I suspect the number of years lost is not significant, as opposed to, say, the Spanish flu, that killed people across the spectrum.

        It would certainly shut up the insufferable cunts like Joe Friday whining that we could have done more if only those unmasked anti-vaxxers were not so stupid and evil.

        1. “It would certainly shut up the insufferable cunts like Joe Friday whining”

          Wanna bet?

          1. Touché. When the dialogue is honest, I appreciate getting called out when I write something that obviously false.

  48. it is not clear whether using social media for news increases belief in political misinformation

    on the other hand, it is absolutely clear that consuming MSM news definitely increases belief in political misinformation. They are the primary sources of it! Again and again we see this....

  49. "No, Schools Aren't Accommodating Students Who Identify as Animals."

    I thought this was an article from The Onion.
    I stand corrected.
    People in America is ingesting some really bad weed.

    1. Or really really good weed.

  50. When something lines up so spectacularly with your biases, good reporters know to meticulously verify it before broadcasting it as fact.

    Just to pile on, remember that time way back last month when you obsessively repeated a dozen hoaxes and lies for well over a week in service of your warmongering paymasters, you yellow journalist stupid cunt? Including using video game footage, Syrian war footage, and doctored images with fake Zs on burned out Russian tanks from 10 years ago?

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