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Kentuckians Left Without Abortion Access After Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto

Plus: The end of travel mask mandates, pundits out of touch with how normies use social media, and more...

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Kentucky is currently without abortion access, as the state's only two abortion providers have suspended operations while they challenge a new law that they say makes it impossible for them to provide abortions legally.

The law—House Bill 3, passed in March—made abortion illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It also instituted several new restrictions on abortion provision before this cutoff, including a ban on abortion pills being shipped in the mail or otherwise provided outside a physician's office.

"Instead, the patient must visit a physician in person to receive the first dose and it requires her to be counseled that the procedure may be reversed after the first pill, an assertion which medical organizations say is not based on any evidence," notes the Louisville Courier Journal.

The 15-week ban got the most attention, but it's the other provisions that currently make it impossible for Kentucky's abortion clinics to continue operating at all, say the providers. These provisions include requiring the state's Cabinet for Health and Family Services to create an elaborate certification process for anyone making, shipping, or dispensing abortion pills.

"We cannot comply with the many, many, many, many burdens within the bill," Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood, told the Associated Press.

That's in part because the regulations took effect immediately—before the processes for complying with them were even in place.

"The law requires that providers are, for instance, registered with the state, certified with the state as providers who can dispense medication abortions. That program doesn't exist yet, so there's no way for providers to be certified at the moment," Heather Gatnarek, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Kentucky, told NPR.

Similarly, there are other forms required that would apply to all abortions, including the sort of regular reporting form that gets submitted to the state for each procedure.

The new form doesn't exist yet. The penalties range widely throughout many of these provisions. Again, the bill itself is 72 pages, so we're talking about a number of different requirements here. And the penalties range from criminal liability, you know, Class D felonies, which in Kentucky is punishable by one to five years, financial penalties of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of dollars. And some of the provisions include mandatory loss of licensure.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, vetoed the legislation on April 8.

But the state's GOP-controlled General Assembly voted to override the governor's veto.

Now, Kentucky's two abortion providers—Planned Parenthood and EMW Women's Surgical Services, both located in Louisville—are challenging the law in federal court, in two separate lawsuits. EMW Women's Surgical Services is being represented by the ACLU.

"The lawsuits argue that the law would create unnecessary abortion requirements while simultaneously making those requirements impossible to comply with given the immediate effective date of the law, forcing providers in the state to stop offering abortion services," explains the ACLU in a press release. "Because the law is impossible to comply with, it amounts to a de facto abortion ban, thus violating patients' federal right to abortion under Roe v. Wade."

"The Kentucky legislature was emboldened by a similar 15-week ban pending before the Supreme Court and other states passing abortion bans, including in Florida and Oklahoma, but this law and others like it remain unconstitutional," said Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in a statement. "We urge the court to block this law immediately and ensure that people in Kentucky can continue to access abortion care."

Both Planned Parenthood and EMW Women's Surgical Services have ceased operations for the time being. That means there is currently no access to abortion within Kentucky.

"We will not be providing abortion care until there is relief from the court," said Nicole Erwin, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood. "Any patients seeking abortion care in Kentucky are still advised to reach out to us for their first appointment so that we can coordinate care in Indiana or another state that can provide the care they need."


FREE MARKETS

The travel mask mandate is "unlawful," says a federal judge in Florida. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) rule that people must wear masks on buses, trains, subway systems, and airplanes. "Our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends," wrote Mizelle in her ruling.

"Mizelle's ruling brings an immediate halt to the mandate, though the government could ask the court to stay the judgment while an appeal is made," notes Reason's Robby Soave. "In either case, it's not clear how much longer the CDC planned to keep the mandate. It was initially set to expire today, but the agency extended it for two additional weeks."


FREE MINDS

Great thread about social media and how the average person uses it compared to how its chattering-class discontents do:

Christian Hoffman, a professor at the University of Leipzig, goes on to note that politics is only a small portion of social media activity and that most social media users say they enjoy using it for things like connecting with friends and family and staying abreast of local community news. "To understand what broke our public discourse, maybe the elite should start looking closer to home instead of projecting their weird use experience onto society?" comments Hoffman. "Analyses jumping from 'people enjoy sharing cat pics on Insta' to 'democracy in peril' leave out a huge party of the story."


QUICK HITS

• President Joe Biden has declared that materials used in federally-funded infrastructure projects must be produced in the U.S.

• Book banners are targeting public libraries and publishing houses.

• Richard Bernard Moore, a 57-year-old man on death row in South Carolina, has opted to die by firing squad. Moore was given a choice of electric chair or firing squad because the state struggled to get the drugs to do lethal injections. The state "is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution," Moore said.

• "U.S. immigration officials detained more than 5,000 migrants from Ukraine at the nation's land, sea and air borders in March," reports The Washington Post. "Many, if not most, Ukrainians have been released into the United States via humanitarian parole, which allows people to stay temporarily, and they continued arriving this month, though updated figures were not available."

• Social media language is adapting to thwart policies that down-rank discussions of certain topics. "For instance, in many online videos, it's common to say 'unalive' rather than 'dead,' 'SA' instead of 'sexual assault,' or 'spicy eggplant' instead of 'vibrator,'" notes Taylor Lorenz.

Infowars has filed for bankruptcy.

• Flavored tobacco bans don't work.

• New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he's once again considering putting metal detectors in subways.

• Florida's rejected math textbook brouhaha "is perhaps the quintessential deployment of CRT as a right-wing bugaboo," suggests Philip Bump at The Washington Posst. "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing critical race theory as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated critical race theory. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

• In Kansas, "Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed conservative Republicans' proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports and a GOP proposal aimed at making it easier for parents to try to remove materials from public school classrooms and libraries," reports the Associated Press.

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  1. ...the state's only two abortion providers have suspended operations while they challenge a new law that they say makes it impossible for them to provide abortions legally.

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        1. Can’t murder your inconvenient children!

          What’s the country becoming?

          1. Know where else they murdered inconvenient people?

            1. Next up; How maintaining a properly approved sleep pattern and perfect diet and exercise prescribed by Right-Wing Dictators led to a natural abortion and how all those must be enforced by Gov-Guns.

    2. Those crazy hicks in flyover country. How do they expect to prosper if they stop killing babies?

      1. We might have unlimited abortion rights in the civilized part of America but our population keeps growing because of our open border and sanctuary cities / states policies.

      2. We need more people! Allow unlimited abortion and unlimited illegal immigration!

        1. Since about 60% of abortions in the US are performed on blacks (who vote overwhelming Democrat), allowing unlimited abortions will benefit Republicans in the future.

      3. Isn't it strange that if you have your baby in the bathroom stall of the 7-11 and immediately throw it in the dumpster that this is considered a crime? Or if a pregnant woman loses her baby to a drunk driver that the law asks her if she planned to keep it before they decide whether or not to charge the drunk driver with vehicular homicide?

      4. What baby????????
        The delusions the Pro-Life crowd carries is astounding.

    3. Bus fare from Lexington to Chicago - where abortions will always be available - is $100 round trip. Airfare is about double that.
      If abortion advocates are so concerned, help pay for the ticket.

      1. They probably will.

        That said, if you can't get away from your job without losing it then it kinda makes it a different thing.

        But that's ok- we know you're not really pro-life. All your ilk are pro-birth and that's it.

        1. All your ilk are pro-birth…

          Literal monsters.

          1. Uterally monsters. Clitoral Hitlers.

            1. It's the Handmaid's Tale come to life.

        2. Or he's anti-murder. But you do you.

        3. I'm certainly not pro-life when it comes to white leftists.

          1. If we can physically cancel anyone we feel imposes an unreasonable burden on ourselves, then can we use that to address those that create social tax burdens?

            1. Only if they are living inside your body. That's a pretty unambiguous line.

              1. I hear plenty of whining from wanna-be children/utopian socialists that having to spend some number of hours per day in order to earn money and support themselves is an unacceptable burden. Not so unambiguous.

              2. No, you just need to accept the current blue state insanity that's pushing post-birth abortions then expand it to include an expanded definition of parasite and service providers

        4. Then how would they have time to get an abortion locally?

          1. Just run in on their lunch break.

        5. "All your ilk are pro-birth"

          You know that you're dealing with a monster when they talk like this is a bad thing.

        6. "But that's ok- we know you're not really pro-life. All your ilk are pro-birth and that's it."

          Yup. Pro-birth only. Accept they also tend to run adoption services. And child care services.

          But hold on to your beliefs. Far better for you than reality is.

        7. Hmm, that’s what I’ve been getting at when I’ve asked abortion banners here if, once they interfere in a woman’s life to force her to have a child, if they will continue their involvement by making sure that child’s life has all its basic needs met. There is always some argument why that’s not their responsibility.

          1. once they interfere in a woman’s life to force her to have a child, if they will continue their involvement by making sure that child’s life has all its basic needs met. There is always some argument why that’s not their responsibility.

            I'd be interested to hear that argument, Mike. Another one to contemplate is what if abortion were not encouraged and even, these days, celebrated as an inherent right for women - only. Might that have an effect on the process of educating the vulnerable, personal responsibility and the potential value of all life in consideration? The idea of an abortion as a fix for any and all feelings of oops, look what I done has been twisted in our society.

            Here is another thought, that I've mentioned before.
            The woman gets pregnant.
            She doesn't want the baby, even if the man does, she aborts he has no say.
            The woman decides to keep the baby, Gov and society are all in on pinning that responsibility on the man for the next 21-26 years of his life, even though it may affect HIS life trajectory for that life. No recourse, oh, jail is the recourse.
            Is it really about Pro-choice or just Her-Choice?

            1. I do understand what you are saying as regards the decision about child support being unilateral. I'm not sure what a better option would be. I don't think we need to make the codependent relationship between government and single mothers stronger, and I don't know that we want to completely untether male behavior from responsibility here either. Though I suppose that if women knew there wasn't any child support coming, they might make different choices.

              1. I'm not for abdicating responsibility either.

                I guess the what if would be - What if the man decides he does not want the baby because of the damage it might do to the trajectory of his life but the woman insists she wants to keep the child. Does the man have the choice of forcing the abortion for the same reason the woman might? That answer is always no.

            2. When you brought up father’s rights, you’ll recall I said you made a good point worth thinking about.

              Don’t see your first paragraph as a strong argument. There may be some extremists who celebrate abortion, but in general no pro-choice or moderate people go around celebrating abortion. It’s generally seen as a heartbreaking thing for a woman to have to choose.

              1. Really? So I'm NOT seeing leftists collectively lose their shit over the prospect of not being allowed to murder children for convenience?

                These lyin' eyes again...

          2. "There is always some argument why that’s not their responsibility."

            Well that's a flat-out fucking lie, Mike.

        8. Gov-Gun FORCED reproduction is what it really is.

    4. It must be nice to live in an area where traveling an hour or slightly more for advanced medical care is considered to big of an obstacle. Come to most of the west, outside the urban areas, where we often have to travel four hours or more for some appointments with specialists. Kentucky really isn't that big of a state.

      1. No one’s forcing you to live in such a backwards, rural shithole

        1. No one is forcing these people to live in KY either.

          1. SM76 lives in incest county, population 12.

            Women in Louisville, Lexington, and other cities should have access to abortion.

            How anyone can claim to be libertarian and be against woman having autonomy over their own bodies is beyond me.

          2. No one’s forcing these people to live in such a backwards, rural shithole

        2. Dox any Widows today, you anti-Semitic fuckstick?

          1. Spreading more lies today I see. ML the aspie incel.

            You cited me criticizing Mormon anti-semitism as evidence of me being anti-Semitic you disingenuous liar.

      2. Paraphrased, "Tyranny and Lack of Liberty is no big deal... Just move to someplace else." .... Amazing in the supposedly "Land of the Free" and from the party that is *suppose* to be for Individual Liberty and Justice such narratives get pushed when their [WE] mob gang of FORCED dictation flavor arrives...

        Even more humorous is Roe v Wade was set by the same party that wants to void it.

    5. I'll bet the coat hanger-industrial complex is behind this law.

  2. The travel mask mandate is "unlawful," says a federal judge in Florida.

    Where are the checks and balances when one judge can single-handedly thwart an administration in such a way that lets them off the hook for an unpopular and counterintuitive policy?

    1. Administrative Procedures Act 🙂

      Team D gleefully cheered the application of APA to thwart policies of POTUS Trump. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Enjoy.

      1. It only took two years to kick out something that while stupid and illegal, wasn't really that big of a deal. The comrades of the left just got the green light to do whatever the fuck they want in an "emergency" since there will be no stopping it for a minimum of years. Same with the eviction moratorium that was only struck down upon expiration.

        1. Ya. Where the fuck were the courts two years ago?

      2. Yep, Rs should be going to court over everything. Use the Ds playbook.

      3. Is it just me or is it odd that Trump administration policies were suspended until the case was decided years later but Biden regime policies remain in effect until the case is decided years later?

        1. The courts under Trump even admitted many of rules followed the proper procedures in making but they found magical animus (without actual evidence) to overturn them.

        2. So if a President says he can't enact some policy by executive order because it would be unconstitutional, but then a week or two later issues the executive order anyway, couldn't you impeach him or or her for violating their oath of office?

      4. The whinging from the left over this has been sugary-delicious. The best one was that the judge who vacated it wasn't considered "qualified" to be a judge by the Bar Association, and now she has a lifetime appointment. Well, shit, Elena Kagan had never actually been a judge (the same complaint leveled at Harriet Miers), yet there she sits on the highest court in the land, regurgitating left-wing jurisprudence.

        Literally nothing these assholes say can be taken in good faith. If the left wants to use its judges to stop laws it doesn't like, the right can do it, too. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

        1. Turnabout is fair play. Team D needs to internalize that aphorism.

        2. Can I hate the player and the game?

        3. It's not really "judicial activism" for a judge to overturn a government act that clearly violates a law (passed by Congress) governing that government act.

          1. That's more like doing their jobs.

  3. Funny how the ACLU doesn't care about California laws trying to control the rest of the nation for pigs, but is in a panic because WV won't let people mail order certain drugs.

    1. Or Kentucky, for that matter - - - - - - -

      Back in a minute, need coffee

      1. That will soon be illegal in some states, too.

        1. Not illegal, just to expensive for the proles.

      2. COFFEE!!!!!! Omg; The 'science' says that leads to a higher probability of natural ?abortion? ( mis-carriage )... NO MORE COFFEE FOR YOU! /s

    2. Well, the ACLU has traditionally stood on the other side of law enforcement. I don't know why a California law would suddenly change that.

    3. Seriously; Did you just use one [WE] mob's tyranny to justify another?

  4. To understand what broke our public discourse, maybe the elite should start looking closer to home instead of projecting their weird use experience onto society?

    YOU'RE NOT THEIR THERAPIST.

    1. If the elite looks closer to home they might come up with the reason is not enough pedos

    2. The whole point is to project their desired user experience onto society, by force if necessary.

      1. Hence the modern definition of elite.

    3. I feel therapists have done more harm by telling everyone they are victims and none of their bad decisions are their fault.

      1. If you don't like it, start your own therapy practice.

        1. The victimization of Americans is almost complete. Enter the Red Guard.

      2. By therapists do you mean Democrats?

        1. I feel most democrats have a therapist yes.

      3. Those are some pretty terrible therapists if that's what they are telling people.

      4. Feature, not bug.

        Like an auto body shop paying people to go around dinging cars at night so people might be more inclined to think they need dent removal services.

  5. Ol' Trump's judge got Basement Bunker Biden in a bind here.
    He would love to use the mask ruling as cover for dropping the mandate, but if he doesn't appeal, he won't be able to go back to full on fascism in the future.
    Lose - lose

    1. I read the first sentence in the voice of the dukes of Hazzard narrator... Did not disappoint

  6. I see ENB is still pushing the pro-pedo stance that removing sexually explicit and age inappropriate materials from class instruction is "book banning".

    1. As a kid, I watched 'Backdoor Sluts 9' and turned out well adjusted. Why can't GOPers just let kids be kids?

      1. Teenage knife fights, young boys in drag on stage, hugging trans library activists who have a criminal history of abusing kids, how to cut off tits of 10 year olds. Just kids being kids.

        1. Just kids being kids…but only the ones who aren’t murdered before they have a chance to engage in those shenanigans.

      2. Ok, Butters.

    2. She's enhancing her resume.

      1. Please Vox, give her a job already!

  7. President Joe Biden has declared that materials used in federally-funded infrastructure projects must be produced in the U.S.

    MAGA!

    1. Never put it past Sleepy Joe to plagiarize another's work.

    2. However, the rules also set up a process to waive those requirements in case there are not enough domestic producers or the material costs too much

      , both of which situations have been implemented by the first-year shenanigans of the administration.

      1. So -
        Waivers for companies that put Hunter on the board?

        1. Hey now. Also Joe's brother, sister, and neice.

          1. It amazes me how you fucknuts talk about Hunter (who has fuck all to do with anything) while ignoring the actual daughter and son-in-law who were actual members of the admin last go around and got massively wealthy while there.

            Old Jared couldn't pass muster on an SF-86 but was given clearance anyhow so he could pal around with the Saudis and Ivanka got trademarks in China suspiciously around the same time Trump lifted the ban on China's ZTE.

            All those CONCRETE things yet you morons drone on about Hunter Biden. JFC.

            1. The trumps lost money during the presidency dumbass.

              Meanwhile Joe flew Hunter around China on AF2 and got hundreds of millions in deals for his investment firms, free credit lines, diamonds, etc.

              Lol.

            2. If it hurts your side, it's automatically good.

              If it leaves you bleeding in a ditch to be eaten by feral hogs, it's even better.

            3. 3/10. Not your best work.

            4. Uh, sure. Promoting a shooting war in a country that has corrupt ties to the Bidens, and likely includes bio-warfare labs, is not (yet) concrete. Kinda like Hunter's laptop in 2020.

            5. His “palling around” got us a bunch of historic peace deals, not 10% for the Big Guy

            6. So you're saying it's ok that the Trump family did all of that?

            7. Far more telling is how quickly the Jared Kushner story hit the media stream in the wake of the Hunter Biden Laptop reveal. Does make you ask yourself why it took almost two years to come to light. Could it be another disingenuous media take on a benign story skewed to offset the focus on the corruption of the current administration? No, probably just another in a long string of coincidences that align perfectly with the needed narrative.

      2. The real power comes not in making the law, but picking who doesn't need to follow it

        1. Ding ding ding! Just like AB5 in CA, the 'leaders' want everything to be illegal and require exemptions if you want to work.

        2. Rhymes with union.

    3. And in unrelated news, the domestic production of materials used in federally-funded infrastructure projects has been suspended pending environmental review by the EPA.

      1. Yes, SleepyJoe opens up some drilling permits, also tightens environmental regulations on drilling.

        1. And charges more for the privilege.

  8. "We cannot comply with the many, many, many, many burdens within the bill," Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood, told the Associated Press.

    "For example, the bill requires a fetus that stutters egregiously be brought to full term."

    1. Must be a REALLY serious stutter if it takes a full term of pregnancy to say something!

    2. How do these people think a fetus stutters? And why do they think it's a condition worthy of termination?

  9. WaPo spent the last week punching up by sending Taylor Lorenz, the girl who cried last week about personal information being put online by trolls, to discover the private citizen running LibsOfTikTok. Went to the woman's family members houses to talk with them as well.

    Apparently this expose is bigger news than the Hunter Biden laptop.

    1. Apparently this expose is bigger news than the Hunter Biden laptop.

      FAKE RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!

    2. She's such a disingenuous cunt.

      1. Without even the redeeming quality of being attractive.

    3. WaPo defends the article because the LibsOfTikTok account owner is an orthodox jew.

      Megan McArdle
      @asymmetricinfo
      Interestingly, LibsofTikTok appears to be Orthodox, and to work at a realty that caters to the Orthodox, so I'm guessing the fallout of having her name revealed is going to be pretty minimal.

      1. These people have no shame.

        1. "minimal fallout" as an excuse.

          Suderman must be proud.

          1. Like Obama once said - "Don't think we are not keeping score."

      2. So they're proudly harassing a jewish woman?

        1. You know who else harassed jewish women?

        2. Literal Hitlers.

        3. Orthodoxxing her.

          But yes, it would be appropriate if the people cheering this ended up beaten with iron rods.

    4. Mike Solana
      @micsolana
      the washington post linked directly to libsoftiktok's real estate license. the purpose clearly is to destroy this woman's ability to feed herself.

      1. Jerry Dunleavy
        @JerryDunleavy
        Replying to @JerryDunleavy
        BTW this article links directly to the real estate license of the creator of the Libs of TikTok account, with that real estate license webpage even listing a possible physical address for the creator of the account…

    5. Video of Lorenz harassing the account holders family.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1516403898952695813

      1. Sorry. Just pictures.

      2. While wearing an N95 mask. That says everything.

        1. Only one mask?

    6. LOL I did a google search on her name and voila

      Taylor Lorenz - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Taylor_Lorenz
      Taylor Lorenz (born c. 1984–1987) is an American journalist for The Washington Post.She's the head of Department of Doxxing at the WaPo, she search for and publish private information about private citizens on the internet, typically with malicious intent.

      Her Wiki has since been amended.

    7. Isn't she the one who whined about Greenhut and Carson mentioning her in a piece, after she named dropped them multiple times in attack pieces?

  10. OBL, wingnut.com is talking about inflation again.

    This time, it is office chairs. Prices are up by 33% at Staples. The $229 Hyken chair is now $309. First it was spittin tobaccy. Then it was gasoline. Now office chairs.

    OBL, this is all very confusing. What say Ye?

    #BidenflationIsRagingAcrossAmerica

    1. Stand up desks are cool again!

    2. On the positive side of the half empty glass, wages should also be rising!
      #BidenHelpsAmericanWorkerSalaries

    3. I only know what Reason's leading economics expert Mr. Buttplug tells me. And he says the i-word is a myth and the Biden economy is the best ever.

      #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

      1. Recall that Mr. Buttplug used the Warren Buffett Net Worth Index — rather than GDP growth — from 2009 to 2016 to prove Obama's economy was the best ever.

        According to that metric the Biden economy is even better because the WBNWI is plus $16.3 billion already for 2022.

        #InDefenseOfBillionaires

        1. Also, the rig count / spittin tobaccy ratio remains in bullish territory.

    4. Chair cushions are made from used spittin tobaccy. Think about it.

      1. Damn, never considered that angle.... 🙂

    5. Hey, nobody NEEDS to sit down, especially at the office.

  11. For two years we heard it was the private businesses who wanted to enforce mask mandates. Oddly enough as soon as the evil Trump Judge banned new CDC guidance the vast majority of transport companies, including amtrak, removed mask mandates.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/amtrak-removes-mask-mandate-for-passengers-employees

    1. masks must conform to company appearance standards

      So, only "There's something about a train" masks?

    2. Exactly. Ditto Lyft and Uber.

    3. We'll be back in masks in September, just in time for the fortified midterms.

      1. 203 days, in case anybody's wondering.

    4. There’s video of airline passengers AND employees cheering on planes as pilots announce everyone can take their masks off.

  12. "notes Taylor Lorenz."

    Isn't that the 'reporter' who just doxxed the Libs of TikTok twitter account, a couple weeks after complaining about online bullying and harassment?

    https://notthebee.com/article/wapo-just-doxxed-libs-of-tiktok-the-leftwing-media-has-declared-war-on-conservatives-exposing-radicals

    1. If you have nothing to hide, you don't need to be anonymous on the Internet. If you are a Russia backed troll farm, then anonymity is beneficial to your cause of subverting liberal democracy.

    2. Yeah, it's the same bitch, and that's a long-standing habit of hers. She's nothing more than an in-kind political contributor for the DNC.

    3. Doxxing really is the weapon du jour right now for the establishment left. Reminds me of how they went after people who donated to the truckers.

      Meanwhile, the WaPo continues not to be interested in Ghislaine Maxwell's client lists and the photos on Hunter's laptop.

      1. THAT'S DIFFERENT!

      2. Right Now? CNN hunted down a reddit user who posted the following and threatened to dox him in 2017. He was forced to delete his social media history.

        https://tinyurl.com/4zmp4hmm

    4. So what's this controversy? A twitter account that merely reposts left-leaning videos on twitter, and the account doing the reposting gets banned?

      1. ^ yes

      2. She doesn't even edit them or make comments. She's basically acting as a Tik Tok retweet button. But apparently the WaPo's clients feel that's a big enough threat.

  13. Thank you Reason for exposing right-wing censorship by posting links to unbiased, journalistic sources (WaPo and the NY Times). Public librarians and publishing houses have no ideological slant and have never self censored until these Trumpish rubes started waging another Kulturkampf!

    1. It was a link to the Washington posst! At least spell it right!

    2. From the WaPo Article:

      “It came to my attention a few weeks ago that pornographic filth has been discovered at the Llano library,” wrote Bonnie Wallace, a 54-year-old local church volunteer. “I’m not advocating for any book to be censored but to be RELOCATED to the ADULT section

      So that's not censorship. But the NYT story is about progressives canceling a book from being PUBLISHED.

      Great job both-sidesing this one, ENB.

      1. ENB has been a disingenuous cunt since this became an issue.

        1. ENB has been a disingenuous cunt since this became an issue forever.

          1. ENB has been a disingenuous cunt since this became an issue forever. someone made a joke about a sandwich.

  14. Americans are receiving less refunds than expected due to the forced taking of child tax credits last year. Of course this only applies to those who realized they had to report it.

    https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/some-americans-have-smaller-refunds-or-owe-irs-due-2021-child-tax

    Had a coworker who didn't realize he was getting the credit pushed to his accounts and filed. He attempted to amend his taxes after recieving his refund and had to prepay the entire child tax credit back while IRS goes to amend his taxes, about 4k. He is still waiting for them to adjudicate his returns to receive the remaining tax credit owed leftover.

    1. "We're from the federal government, and we're here to help you"

    2. As was predicted.

    3. This happened to me last year, but with the last stimulus 'check' (direct deposit). I didn't think that I had to claim it on my 2020 taxes, since I didn't receive it until mid-January 2021, but apparently the IRS says that I was incorrect, and they had to amend my return.

      So instead of getting some money back, I had to make a payment. In September. With penalties and interest, even though I filed well before the deadline.

      1. Same. I was super happy about it.

  15. "Many, if not most, Ukrainians have been released into the United States via humanitarian parole, which allows people to stay temporarily, and they continued arriving this month, though updated figures were not available."

    I don't know if Reason.com's benefactor Charles Koch finds Ukrainian labor as cost-effective as Mexican labor. But I'm sure he finds it more cost-effective than US-born labor.

    #WarIsGoodBecauseItCreatesRefugees
    #CheapLaborAboveAll

    1. Now Yair Netanyahu will be able to pay 300 shekels for a Ukrainian escort instead of 400 shekels.
      #SlavaUrkaini

    2. Does Koch need guards for his Mexican labor camps?

  16. Fresh off finally granting very limited oil exploration contracts, Biden rolls back environmental rules put into place to limit environmental regulations that limit development.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/biden-rolls-back-trump-rules-limiting-environmental-reviews-of-infrastructure

    1. Yeah, great job of listening to the public sick of high oil prices.
      Release 20% of the requested lands, at a 50% increase in royalties.

      1. Rig counts from trump contracts made in December before the inauguration prove you wrong!!

        1. It's those greedy capitalists running Big Oil! They're so greedy that they refuse to sell gas at record high prices!

          1. Not selling something is very profitable.

            1. Cuts down on overhead at least.

            2. A barrel in the ground is worth two in the hand...or something

    2. Meanwhile, the other hand is slapping new fees on unexplored leases and shipping millions of SPR barrels to Asia and Europe.

  17. "Now, Kentucky's two abortion providers—Planned Parenthood and EMW Women's Surgical Services"

    Ugh. "Women's" Surgical Services? Meaning they refuse to provide abortion care to transmen and nonbinary uterus havers?

    I literally cannot believe anyone is still using such TERF-y language. It's 2022!

    #IntersectionalFeminism

    1. "EMW Women's Surgical Services"

      So they only abort clumps of cells suspected of being declared female by 'the doctor who assigns gender'?

      1. No, they should get woke, and simply shove a vacuum up some convenient orifice and suck out whatever clumps of cells are oppressive.

      2. I’ve been told that xhe merely guesses, sometimes xhe is right, occasionally xhe is wrong. Don’t know why xhe needs an expensive degree fit this job

    1. He's only grown a little backbone and only after he is no longer in charge of the company. Fuck him.

      1. To be fair, he lost control to the company board ages ago. As soon as the Democratic Party realized that Twitter was a megaphone in the public square they stacked the Twitter board hard. Everyone but Dorsey is tied up with the party.
        This is why the arguments of "Muh private company" are particularly stupid when said about Twitter.

        Musk and Dorsey have been friends for years. I wonder if Dorsey has been surreptitiously helping Musk behind the scenes?

        1. Rogan just came out in support of Musk. I bet he’s got a few dollars laying around to pitch in.

    2. Too little, too late.

  18. The law—House Bill 3, passed in March—made abortion illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

    Almost 4 months to decide to terminate a baby is no access? Since when?

    1. It also instituted several new restrictions on abortion provision before this cutoff, including a ban on abortion pills being shipped in the mail or otherwise provided outside a physician's office.

      Requiring medical supervision for a medicine that does have negative outcomes for many women?? The horror.

    2. "made abortion illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy

      So just like all the wonderfully progressive Nordic countries that they're always holding up as targets for emulation.

      The US and Canada are pretty much the only countries on the planet that let you butcher your kid right up till they crown.

      1. Their model for abortion has always been communist China.

        1. So, up to the 99th trimester?

    3. Since the two existing abortion providers in KY suspended operations, according to the article.

      1. They are free to reopen. Activists can donate for the extra costs needed. Or their customers can.

        Abortion doesn't have to be free or cheap.

        1. I was simply answering your question.

  19. "In either case, it's not clear how much longer the CDC planned to keep the mandate. It was initially set to expire today, but the agency extended it for two additional weeks."

    It was pretty clear the CDC would continue extending it indefinitely.

    1. Only two more weeks to flatten the curve.

  20. I have to spend $400 to see a physician to get a prescription for blood pressure medication, then go to the pharmacy and have a consultation with the pharmacist in order to fill it, but asking a stupid cunt who can't master the art of rubbers to walk into Planned Parenthood to get her free Plan B instead of having it mailed it to her doorstep is a infringement of her constitutional rights.

    1. Now you are catching on - - - - - - -

      1. "asking a stupid cunt who can't master the art of rubbers to walk into Planned Parenthood to get her free Plan B instead of having it mailed it to her doorstep is a infringement of her constitutional rights."

        ENB style libertarianisming is indistinguishable from whatever the Democratic party opinion is on any given day.

    2. Yeah, it's absurd how all these absolutely 100% necessary medical regulations are suddenly mere roadblocks to medical care only in the case of abortion.

    3. I pointed this shit out years ago. OMG, if women people can't get their Morning After pill from a vending machine, it's a human tragedy!

    4. But let's imagine a permanent cure for high blood pressure that requires killing a puppy. Where would the typical Democrat stand on that?

    5. Maybe you shouldn't be required by law to do all that.

      1. I agree. I just don't have any respect for people who only raise a stink when it's their own ox being gored and couldn't give a fuck about the broader issues involved. ENB isn't suggesting we repeal drug scheduling, disband the DEA, do away with state prescription databases that track every prescription written by a physician, she just wants a special carveout for abortion because it's her hobby horse on account of her admitted frustrated ambitions of being a whore "sugarbaby". And in that regard she's a perfectly typical libertarian.

        1. Yeah. Being pro-choice is great. If you apply it consistently and not just to abortion.
          I do favor legal abortion, but the pro-abortion fanatics are ridiculous.

    6. I said similar about requiring abortion clinics having to meet the same standards as surgical clinics, and have admitting privileges. That's standard of care for any same day surgery clinic in most states, but abortion, which is same day surgery and carries some pretty high risks (albeit most are complications free but when the complications do happen they are often life threatening), should somehow be immune to these standards of care?

      I have to get frequent colonoscopies, because of family history, and even this rather benign procedure (if you don't count the prep) I have to sign waiver after waiver acknowledging that there may be complications including death. Seventeen years as a nurse and I've never seen a complication from a colonoscopy but I'm sure they happen. And a colonoscopy is far less risky than an abortion. Also, whoever the fuck named it Go-lightly obviously never had taken the shit. There is nothing lightly about you going after you drink that shit. They should call it "plan on being on the toilet for the next 24 hours".

      1. There's a lawyer or something in Las Vegas with the last name "Golightly". Big billboards. Gave me a bit of a chuckle every time I drove past.

  21. U.S. immigration officials detained more than 5,000 migrants from Ukraine at the nation's land, sea and air borders in March...

    I would hate to be detained midair.

    1. Why are they only detaining the Ukrainian migrants?

      1. Because Democrat pollsters have found that most migrating Ukrainians would vote Republican, which is why they've continued detaining Cuban migrants.

    2. At least you can take off your mask.

  22. Social media language is adapting to thwart policies that down-rank discussions of certain topics.

    CAN'T STOP THE SIGNAL, STUPID MACHINE.

  23. Infowars has filed for bankruptcy.

    Speech victory!

    1. Remember when Reason spent literally 6 fucking months writing several dozen breathless, pearl-clutching articles about free speech under attack when Gawker was put under by the $140 million judgment against them for loudly, proudly, and admittedly defaming someone and publishing stolen materials? Interesting contrast to the treatment of, say, Infowars, or especially Project Veritas, which was illegally spied on for years before outright raids and confiscation of all of their investigatory materials for the crime of... returning Ashley Biden's diary to the cops.

      Well, well, well, how the turntables...

      1. Reason continuing to refuse to cover the Project Veritas story is one of the many reasons they’ll never get another cent from me.

      2. Is that the same Project Veritas that wrote that postal workers affidavit for him, and then he retracted it after a bit of questioning.

  24. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he's once again considering putting metal detectors in subways.

    You get what you pay for.

  25. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork.

    Seems to be a lot of that going around with this controversy.

  26. In Kansas, "Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed conservative Republicans' proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports..."

    God bless this wedge issue.

    1. Follow title IX - no more "men" or "woman" sports, just sports.
      Then start new leagues; XX, XY, and 'other'.

      1. Racist!

      2. The X is for EXTREME! brought to you by Mountain Dew.

    2. Democratic Gov
      conservative Republicans

      Hmmm?

  27. Because government involvement has had such a positive effect on the economy over the last couple of years, why not FUCK UP SOMETHING ELSE?!
    "Congress seeks compromise to boost computer chip industry"
    [...]
    "WASHINGTON -- A global computer chip shortage has made it harder for consumers to get their hands on cars, computers and other modern-day necessities, so Congress is looking to boost chip manufacturing and research in the United States with billions of dollars from the federal government..."
    https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/congress-seeks-compromise-boost-computer-chip-industry-84141651

    1. They should just mandate higher production.

    2. this will solve the problem!

    3. A lot of companies have been moving additional fabrication to the US. Intel is opening 2 such plants in Arizona over the next few years. I believe one is already running in Chandler.

      The problem is, this type of construction really does take time. I think maybe government could help by simplifying regulations for building (though I can't say whether that was a particular issue in Chandler which has always been very pro-business) but it really does take time. I think people don't like that, and honestly, a lot of people don't understand that infrastructure projects necessarily can take years regardless of how much government wastes on it.

      Though, since Taiwan Semiconductor is the largest manufacturer in the world, I suggest the US offer to make Taiwan part of the US. Just airlift the whole island into the Gulf of Mexico.

      1. How about a Giant cultural exchange between Mexico and Taiwan?

        1. We could probably pay a few dozen Mexicans to tow Taiwan over into the Sea of Cortes. Would probably only take a day or so.

      2. Don't those facilities use an insane amount of water in the fabrication process? If that's the case, why on earth would they build plants in the middle of the fucking desert? Why not Tennessee or Indiana?

        1. For the same reason Intel built a plant in Rio Rancho?

          Yeah, fuck if I know either. I wouldn't figure the generally dusty environment would make keeping a clean-room environment like that clean all that easy either.

          In fact, other than the possibility of "they already used up all the water here", I don't know why they're building another one instead of just refurbishing this one.

        2. Intel is getting ready to break ground on one near Columbus, Ohio. Going to take 3 years to build from what I'm hearing, which actually means 5-6 years maybe more with the lead times we are seeing. Construction is booming anywhere within about 90 minutes of Columbus so business is good for me.

          Plenty of water here, so it at least makes sense.

      3. Is the Micron plant in Boise still operating?

    4. “…… dedicates 8 billion to help developing countries adjust to climate change.”

      Yeah, we can afford that. I’m sure they’ll make good use of it.

  28. Yesterday on the Roundtable podcast Welch was pushing Mike Masnick's fascist garbage regarding Musk's attempt to free up speech there, as brilliant.

    Even worse KMW, the person ostensibly running this rag, said that "Twitter isn't a public square", forgetting somehow that's exactly what it's marketed itself as. Even worse she said, and I quote, "a highly censored private platform is a good part of free speech".

    Censorship of the public isn't good regardless if it's done by a church, government, lynch mob, fraternal society, or publicly traded corporation. This current crew isn't just unlibertarian, they're antilibertarian.

    1. I didn't hear the podcast, but JFC, Musk taking over Twitter and loosening up the guidelines for speech IS a version of "muh private corporations" so what... exactly is the complaint here?

      1. You need to remember ENB is an establishment leftist, and not a libritarian. With this framing everything should become clearer

        1. This was KMW, not ENB. Which is even worse.

    2. Even worse she said, and I quote, "a highly censored private platform is a good part of free speech".

      Ha, sure. They dont even believe this themselves. If the platform were run by extreme righwingers who banned you for promoting trans idealogy, or communism, and put warnings on your tweets defending green new deal as "dangerous misinformation" they'd be screaming bloody murder.

    3. This is what really drives me nuts about these guys...If you pushed them on it, they would say a principled stand about Musk's rights. But then they turn around and spend the other 90% of their time making standard liberal arguments.

  29. Bring back Yglesias tweets ENB!

    Matthew Yglesias
    @mattyglesias
    Medieval peasants had no student loan debt, no medical bankruptcies, and never had to worry about high gas prices. What went wrong? Capitalism.

    1. The funny part is that all of those problems were artificially created by government intervention.

    2. "...Medieval peasants had no student loan debt, no medical bankruptcies, and never had to worry about high gas prices. What went wrong? Capitalism..."

      Babylon Bee's got a new writer!

    3. The man has a good point. Capitalism destroyed serfdom.

      1. He's a goddamn genius.

    4. Lol. Never thought I'd see Yglesias and fundamentalist catholics agree on something

      1. And to think they're doing this with HTML and not with quill pens on parchment in between self-scourgings.

    5. Poverty is so romantic.

      1. Put me back on mute or stop lying about it.

        1. He can’t. Stop lying I mean.

      2. The more telling aspect of that remark is the implied desire to live in a world where a large number of people trade away their economic self-determination and social privileges, in exchange for being kept "safe" by a warlord with a monopoly on force.

        For all their pretense about the wonders of anarcho-communism, Marxists really are royalists at heart.

        1. You think? I figure they feel that it would be like "living off the grid" or something like that. Going Amish. I think they're more caught up in the romantic notion of being one with the earth or some other nonsense, without a thought to who administers force.

        2. CHARLIE DON'T SERF, MAN!

    6. Days since jesseaz reffrenced yglasias: 0
      Days since ENB last reffrenced yglasias: 15*

    7. I think that's a joke. Probably in reference to that fella who was bragging about Serfs only worked about 150 days a year due to the Catholic Church having so many holidays. Saying that we're worse off than serfs because we work more days.

      1. However many Holidays they had still didn't change the fact they thought life on Earth was "a veil of tears."

        Three Cheers For Goddamn Godless Capitalism! I gladly work more days since it means I get more Paid Time Off pay at the start of the New Year! Makes a big dent in bills!

        1. Yeah, I think Iglesias was mocking him.

          I agree though. My life and happiness is made by the choices and exchanges I make of my free will, not being a borderline slave who's supposed to be happy that the Church gives me time off. Life isn't just purely materialism, but there are those on the right who are increasingly moving towards that stance.
          The left has long had it as a major faction.

    8. That has to be some kind of wry joke on how much capitalism improves people's lives.

    9. "And they saved a ton of money on both 5th and 50th birthday parties!"

      1. As well as baby showers.

    10. The peasants didn't have adequate enough health care or live long enough to have medical bankruptcies. Damn! Matt Yglesias is dumb!

  30. No mean tweets, but bullshit by the truckload:

    "Biden requires infrastructure bill’s materials made in U.S., with exceptions"
    [...]
    "Biden is hardly the first president to try to support American industries, like steel, through government purchasing. But “buying American” is easier said than done, according to Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell.
    “This is more of an aspiration and a political statement than really a substantive element of economic policy at this stage,” Prasad said.
    One big obstacle is that the U.S. doesn’t make enough of the materials covered under Biden’s requirements..."
    https://www.marketplace.org/2022/04/18/biden-requires-infrastructure-bills-materials-made-in-u-s-with-exceptions/

    1. One big obstacle is that the U.S. doesn’t make enough of the materials covered under Biden’s requirements...

      No demand.

    2. Interestingly enough, we performed work on a natural gas cryogenic separation plant in WV. The owner required all permanent construction materials to be US made. At another of their sites a 48" valve was rejected upon delivery because a bolt was chinese made. The valve cost roughly $250,000 according to the general contractor we were working under.

      I don't know all the details since we were only doing electrical, but it was interesting that a private corporation would delay completion of a cryo plant due to their principles.

  31. Moore was given a choice of electric chair or firing squad because the state struggled to get the drugs to do lethal injections. The state "is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution," Moore said.

    Really? A bullet through the heart is instant death. Don't see how that's cruel or unusual.

    1. Obviously the solution is to allow the executee *any*method xi chooses. Tickling, holding xir breath, spinning around repeatedly, ... the list goes on and on.

      1. Monty Python: "This man has chosen the manner of his own execution..."

      2. Choose the form of the Destructor.

    2. A murderer is now a constitutional scholar.

      1. About half the people in prison are "lawyers"

        1. And all are victims.

          1. Make that innocent victims.

  32. Sorry, I'll take Jonathan Haidt's extensive research and insights over whoever Christian Hoffman is. Social Media does have non-political uses, but even websites for crocheting grannies start banning accounts to clamp down on misinformation. People are increasingly discouraged from having conversations with any friend who says one "wrong" thing.

    To an extent this trend started with the feminism push of "the personal is political," but social media has been able to rapidly accelerate the forced conversation. A chick can't make an ironic joke to her 3 dozen followers about her trip to Africa without people deciding she's a racist hate-monger. You can't talk about a recent movie that came out without someone accusing you of cultural appropriate or toxic masculinity. Apparently if you disliked one of the recent Star Wars movies, you're part of an evil online neo-nazi cults! Because social media has no boundaries preventing people from turning everything into a social war that's tied back into political polarization.

    1. Um, in many ways the average human is retarded. And the average online human is worse than that.

    2. I also recall when Ravelry decided that yarn was political.

  33. Question to all of the white people that say CRTis good. Do you give AL of your money to black organizations, and do you teach your children that they are evil racists because they are white?

    1. I mean, CRT is a fine concept where it is taught- in grad level courses.

      But I wouldn't imagine you or most here would know a single gd thing about it anyhow.

      1. It’s obvious you don’t.

      2. So that's a no, then?

        1. You think shitlunches gets enough of an allowance to donate to causes?

      3. You're still making the mistake of conflating teaching people about CRT, and DOING CRT to the students.

      4. Just ignore the dozens of primary examples, statements, teachers on tiktok, and other evidence of it being used in grade school.

      5. It’s just teaching about slavery in history, right?

      6. HAHAHAHA

  34. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he's once again considering putting metal detectors in subways.

    What the NYC subways need is a few dozen Bernie Goetz clones.

    1. You must be armed to board the subway.

    2. Is there some sort of metal involved when pushing someone onto the tracks?

  35. Good news for Reason's freedom and democracy loving editorial staff! Democrats are already preparing to "fortify" the next presidential election

    A Democratic candidate recruiting group is pitching donors on an ambitious three-year program to find, train and support 5,000 candidates for local offices in charge of election administration, a sprawling national effort intended to fight subversion of future election results.

    1. "We must fight subversion with subversion!"

      1. They're worried about subversion from the voters.

    2. They know of what they speak.

      We got to see it firsthand here in South Florida. For years, Broward County had the same elections supervisor from the 2000 crapshow, Brenda Snipes. And every year, Broward was one of the last counties in the nation to report results. Even after elections went all electronic (and as such numbers could be tallied instantly), we were the last. Never any numbers reported until the rest of the state was done, including the panhandle which is in a different time zone and polls are open an hour later. Statewide elections were razor thin margins. Democrats won things. Florida was purple turning blue.

      Then the governor replaced her.

      The very next election, Broward reported results right on time. All of Florida was tallied right on time. And suddenly it wasn't really all that purple at all. It was reasonably solidly red.

      If you have your partisan blinders on, or simply have your head in the sand, you might dismiss that. But it is rock-solid evidence to me. The prior crew was corrupt as hell and they were playing with the numbers to throw elections. There is no other explanation.

      We see the identical pattern in other purple states. Ohio fixed their election system, no delays, elections no longer close. Pennsylvania and Georgia "fortified" theirs, outside the law. And they saw huge delays in big population centers. And things swung the other way.

      It really isn't all that subtle. If you cannot see what is happening, it is because you don't want to see it. And now they are saying it out loud... they want to make sure their people are the ones counting the votes and making the rules, exactly as they want to make sure their people get to decide what is news and what is misinformation, and they get to decide who can speak and who must "go build their own internet".

      1. This is 100% on point. Once we went to mail-in voting here in WA, the Ds haven't lost. And in 2004 SIXTY PERCENT of King County voted 'absentee' -- so we didn't know who 'won' until the very last possible day to file.

        Thus, the groundwork was laid.

        1. Lol. Yeah, the retarded socialist Kshama Sawant is quite the comeback kid around these parts. She’s lost twice on election night only to win a few days later. Amazing!

        2. They knew they could get away with it after the governor's race where they forced four or five recounts to finally win, and then sued to stop any more recounts.

      2. Arizona had always been quick for results prior to 2020. Now declared purple. Mostly based off one county.

        1. I should also say that county has historically been 2 to 1 gop to dnc. Yet somehow dnc got way more votes in 2020.

          1. I'll still argue Martha McSally was a very weak candidate. She was not that great when she was my Rep down in Tucson either. I'm not surprised she lost. I'd not take that necessarily as a trend.

            1. Let's not pretend Kelly was ever a strong candidate. Even the left was annoyed at the blown money from Pima County used on WorldView.

              1. I would not ever deem him to be strong. I am fine with Sinema at this point; Kelly was carried in by being a pity candidate put against a weak candidate. I fully expect him to be taken out his next time up.

                Wish Ducey would run.

      3. I got so tired of everyone saying there was "no widespread election fraud" in 2021, when that was what nobody was talking about. Precisely manipulated results in a handful of razor-edge districts; and everyone tells you to ignore your lying eyes.

        This is why killdozers get built.

        1. The best part is the “most secure election in history” just days after the election.

      4. “If you cannot see what is happening, it is because you don't want to see it.”

        Reason really, really, doesn’t want to see it.

      5. We had a problem with 4000+ votes not accounted for in one Montana County. They mysteriously found two boxes of votes, and destroyed the video evidence of the counting, despite law requiring that it be kept for 22 months. Want to guess which county? If you chose ultra-leftist Missoula County you win the prize.

  36. It is almost as if some politicians have as much animus against abortion as other politicians have against private gun ownership.

  37. >... and that most social media users say they enjoy using it for things like connecting with friends and family and staying abreast of local community news. and that most social media users say they enjoy using it for things like connecting with friends and family and staying abreast of local community news.

    Well duh! That is indeed what the overwhelming number of people use it for. The exceptions come from both sides: Elites whining that about the lack of gates and the unwashed state of the plebes, or wingers insisting on making everything a stupid partisan meme.

    Meanwhile the rest of us get to see pics of the grandkids playing with kittens.

    1. NEEDS MOAR RACISM!

    2. Yup, right now my main use of social media is chatting with family about my aunt’s death. Zero politics.

      1. I thought it was wordle with your Asian in laws while hiding from your black in laws.

  38. ""The law requires that providers are, for instance, registered with the state, certified with the state as providers who can dispense medication abortions. That program doesn't exist yet, so there's no way for providers to be certified at the moment," Heather Gatnarek, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Kentucky, told NPR."

    I'm really unsure how a law can be constitutional in the least if there isn't even a framework in which to comply with it.

    It should immediately be stayed on that basis alone.

    1. Have you been watching banning internal combustion engine, gun guid marking, and such? Assuming a non-existent technology will exist is a OREDERS OF MAGNITUDE more unrealistic than assuming the government can add more bureaucracy. Or that this is anything more than kabuki, as the judicial ban hammer is already falling, if not fallen at the time I write this.

      1. Shyeah. Even without supporting this law, acting shocked seems like someone has been asleep.

      2. It would have to. It would absolutely make no sense to allow a law with no means of compliance.

        (except, have you seen local zoning and building codes?)

        1. Those usually have a means of compliance, just not necessarily the means to do what you actually want. :-/

    2. There is a framework that can comply. Feel free to donate to PP to fund compliance efforts.

    3. Where is the constitution do you read that?

    4. I'm really unsure how a law can be constitutional in the least if there isn't even a framework in which to comply with it.

      Remember how the Texas abortion ban was going to affect gun ownership? Yeah, try renewing your FOID in IL sometime, and you'll learn that despite the phrase 'shall not be infringed' literally appearing in the BOR, the bureaucracy doesn't have to have a functioning framework to fail to comply.

  39. If only there were some way to not get pregnant.

    1. The gun just went off.

  40. Leftists need to start getting yeeted

    https://twitter.com/AlexThomp/status/1516406517729316866?t=wS3cvKkD1sx-7YRw_-Y4aA&s=19

    Showing up at people’s homes is standard journalism that more reporters should do.
    like half of “all the president’s men” is Woodstein showing up at people’s homes.

    1. A woman who posts Tik Tok vids is the same thing as powerful politicians and bureaucrats hiding wrongdoing.
      These guys are pathetic.

      1. Re-posts Tik Tok vids that other people have already posted.

        1. So, I haven't seen any of this. Not a ticktocker, so are you telling me that this account that was banned was literally just reposting other people's ticticks? Not altering them or putting words over the screens for commentary, or dubbing in voices?

          Because I thought the whole point of social media was that you post something then others share it with their "friends" and so on.

          1. "are you telling me that this account that was banned was literally just reposting other people's ticticks? Not altering them or putting words over the screens for commentary, or dubbing in voices?"

            Yes.

            1. But, if you don't want people to share what you say, why are you saying it publicly in a forum meant to encourage sharing things publicly?

              I just don't understand social media.

              Yeah, I think I'm going to leave it at that. I don't understand.

    2. Leftists need to start getting yeeted

      Yeah, if I say something you disagree with, you don't want to show up at my relative's house and if I say something you *and they* think is stupid and disagree with, you *really* don't want to show up at my relative's house.

  41. ...suggests Philip Bump at The Washington Posst.

    They're so evil now, they're actually starting to hiss.

    1. That’s hot.

    2. Literally the noise you hear in the middle of the night.

  42. Yes, there can be CRT in math: https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/socialstudies/pubdocs/Math%20SDS%20ES%20Framework.pdf

    “Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of ​legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise​ people and communities of color. This ​erases the historical contributions​ of people and communities of color.”

    These people are crazy. We want kids to be able to do math, not use it as a propaganda tool.

    1. speak for yourself. The woke communist teachers' union has other plans sir

    2. The original/official statement from FLDOE:

      28 (21 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.
      12 (9 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards.
      14 (11 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards and incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.

      So, a valid literal reading of the statement is that they didn't reject any of the books for containing CRT, (pregnant pause for nonrestrictive/independent clause) just that CRT is a prohibited topic or a strategy they didn't solicit.

      Apparently, Bump (and ENB) could stand to pick up an 6th grade English book too.

  43. Why are the two male feminists at the center of the screen? Can they let woman have any space?

    1. First, shame on you for assuming they aren't women. Second, not without either being unable to read the 'Abortion is a right' sign or having the 'We won't go back' sign get dirty dragging on the floor.

    2. Are you a biologist or something?

  44. "We cannot comply with the many, many, many, many burdens within the bill," Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood, told the Associated Press.

    Now do guns in california.
    Or construction permits.

  45. A question about abortions...

    the summary says there are only 2 abortion providers in all of Kentucky, both in Louisville. For decades abortion rights activists have used this as a big talking point - states like Mississippi and Arkansas and Alabama only have a couple of providers.

    But this seems... untenable. Kentucky is a pretty big state, and only 2 providers, both in one city?

    This is obviously not the whole story. It can't be. Not with the actual numbers of abortions being what it is.

    So what is the real story?

    I know that OBGYN doctors absolutely do not want anything to do with the issue. There is no way they would advertise such services. But that has to be where normal people are going for abortions, right? If a woman has an existing relationship with her OBGYN, she just goes in for a routine procedure and gets a D&C. I have never heard anyone say this, I have never seen it reported. But it doesn't make sense that this small number of dedicated clinics is doing this huge number of procedures.

    1. Most of Kentucky is within a couple hours drive of some other state where it's easier to get abortions. Just sayin'

      1. There's also a bit of a cultural and general physical divide that's a microcosm of larger divide. Yes, DC, the CDC, and FDA issued medical guidance and, yes, NY and CA largely complied. There are two abortion clinics in Louisville but, by law, you can drop your unwanted baby off at pretty much any fire station or hospital anywhere in the state.

        1. Yes, DC, the CDC, and FDA issued medical guidance and, yes, NY and CA largely complied.

          With regard to COVID that is. Around the country and across borders, even international: they make laws in [the capital], not out here.

  46. What's missing is that only some of those textbooks were rejected for having CRT in them. Most of them were rejected because Florida is not using Common Core and has adopted different state standards, but textbook publishers just tried to put fresh polish on the Common Core math. It's not like Florida was hunting super hard for CRT and being overly sensitive; the ones that contained CRT were probably pretty freaking blatant about it. We've seen examples from plenty of places around the country where this happens.

    1. Get rid of public school. Problem solved.

      1. One has to wonder why the people who are super opposed to replacing public schools with vouchers are also super opposed to parents having a say in what is taught in school, and super in favor of public schools teaching kids about white privilege, race essentialism, various gender and sexuality issues and grievances....

        It is almost as if there is a common thread in there somewhere.....

        1. a common core - if you will

      2. I'm more on the fence about public schooling, conceptually. I think it's valuable but it has to be controlled at the local level. I want to remove the DoE, though. We don't need centralized, nationally controlled education.

        1. You certainly don't want an uneducated, illiterate electorate.

          1. Government schooling is no guarantee that you won't get one.

            1. Not when public schools are focused on social grooming and political ideology.

        2. If we are using tax dollars, they should be attached to the student.

      3. In the meantime, use the math books from 1992.

        There is nothing in even high school math that has changed in the last 30 years, and if there is that one kid that's advanced enough to need to know about any new math developments since 1992, they're already going to be taking classes that don't use the standard math textbooks anyway.

        Get HP to write an Android and iPhone app that emulates the old HP-nnGx series graphing calculators (assuming such a thing doesn't already exist), and then you can just use the books that were written with that calculator in mind, for the higher end stuff.

    2. What's missing is the several dozen IQ points each of people who can't remember whether they're wearing their "We're not trying to teach kids CRT" mask.

      If you weren't trying to teach CRT in schools, math class in specifically, why would you care if the state rejects math books with CRT in them? As I said/indicated below, only Nazis or Flat Earthers would insist that the state bear a burden of proof in rejecting math textbooks for containing Nazism or Flat Eartherism.

  47. "For instance, in many online videos, it's common to say 'unalive' rather than 'dead,' 'SA' instead of 'sexual assault,' or 'spicy eggplant' instead of 'vibrator,'" notes Taylor Lorenz.

    Or "taylor lorenz" instead of "dumb bitch"

    1. This has been common on the right for at least 8 years... whenever the "shadow bans" started to be noticed.

      They say things like "the coof" instead of covid. They avoid talking about vaccines or masks directly. They avoid problematic names.

      It is so common that it is sort of an in-joke among the not-woke.

      The Critical Drinker has a recurring line about "an specified virus of unknown origin" delaying production ... complete with graphics. Live stream commentary about legal cases will repeatedly say "don't say that, we don't want to get caught in the algorithm".

      Funny that they want to fight so hard to maintain control of censorship on twitter while claiming no such censorship exists, then note that their fellow travelers have started to use euphemisms to get around the algorithms they love so much.

      1. They don't think of you as a person, so it's OK to lie to you. They don't respect you enough to present consistent arguments. You're supposed to just accept whatever they say at the time they're saying it and shut up and stop bothering them.

        They're truly just unutterably nasty creatures.

      2. The best CD graphic is when he refers to THE MESSAGE.

  48. Florida's rejected math textbook brouhaha "is perhaps the quintessential deployment of CRT as a right-wing bugaboo," suggests Philip Bump at The Washington Posst. "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing critical race theory as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated critical race theory. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    I notice that he didn't claim the books had no CRT math. He just claims the state didn't call out the examples. So, are these books using CRT math? Most likely as they do exist.

    If the state is incorrect and the math books are CRT free, then what's the problem anyway?

    1. "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing critical race theory as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated critical race theory. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

      Funny, the left frequently employs similar methodology with regards to its various accusations of "racism" and "______phobia."

      If the left is upset about it, it's the right thing to do.

    2. From the Florida Department of Education press release: "Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics."
      https://www.fldoe.org/newsroom/latest-news/florida-rejects-publishers-attempts-to-indoctrinate-students.stml

      Wikipedia defines SEL like this:
      "Social–emotional learning (SEL) is a controversial education practice that integrates social and emotional skills into school curriculum. In practice, SEL emphasizes social and emotional skills to the same degree as other subjects, such as math, science, and reading."
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social%E2%80%93emotional_learning

    3. If the state is incorrect and the math books are CRT free, then what's the problem anyway?

      Yeah, it's nonsense being pushed by people too stupid to know if they're wearing their "We need to teach CRT!" or "We're not teaching CRT!" masks.

      A CRT-free math book wouldn't use Arabic numerals and cover al-jabr. The rejected textbooks, and the accepted ones, do. QED.

  49. Florida's rejected math textbook brouhaha "is perhaps the quintessential deployment of CRT as a right-wing bugaboo,"

    Meanwhile, if it's that Maya Angelou thing, I look at it and see not only a hilariously self-parodying piece of propaganda, but also a set of teaching problems of a form that I wonder who thought they would be good to teach any subject. It presents a passage to read along with a set of simultaneous equations, and presents a multiple choice that gangs together answers for the math problem with answers for reading recall or comprehension. If you pick the right answer for either, you have the right answer for the other. WTF? Even if you weren't fucking with students' minds one way sociologically by the stuff about sex abuse and pimping, why would you fuck with them about how to solve math or language problems by tying one to the other? Seriously, it's like people have to think up more complicated and confusing ways to teach subjects just to, I don't know, seem cool?

    It's like ZIP code math, a gimmick that got around 20 years ago (you can Google it) that elementary school teachers and wannabes got all excited about. All it was was doing math problems using ZIP codes as inputs, like find the ZIP codes for 2 locations off a map with limited choices, then add or multiply them. What was the point of using ZIP codes? None at all! They just must've thought it looked cool to complicate matters and pretend it had some application to the real world.

    1. So the actual algorithm was "select two interesting looking 5 digit numbers"... 😀

    2. Do you have a cite where you read about this? As I’ve said elsewhere, I have seen a paucity of actual examples of what was in the rejected math books, either from people who support or oppose Florida’s actions.

  50. By banning many/most/all abortions in more states, the male Puritan theocrats who control the GOP increasingly risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in November in the US Senate and among swing state governor and legislative races (if the SCOTUS strikes down Roe v Wade, whose decision is expected in June).

    Recent polls find that:
    - the vast majority of women still support their right to abortion,
    - nearly twice as many women voters now/still support Democrats over GOP candidates (including nearly all who voted for Biden),
    - preserving abortion rights is now a top priority of Democrats.

    If the SCOTUS strikes down Roe v Wade, abortion rights will become a key issue in many elections in November (and some late state primaries).

    In swing states, moderate pro choice Democrats (who are now expected to lose in November) may defeat intolerant GOP candidates who have endorsed banning many/most/all abortions.

    As a libertarian Republican who strongly supports the abortion rights (for women, but not trannies) recognized by Roe v Wade
    I'll still vote for a moderate Democrat who supports abortion rights against a Republican who endorses banning many/most/all abortions.

    1. I dunno about the rest of that take, but the "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" angle certainly rings true. I dunno why they want to give them the issue at this particular moment. The democrats literally lose on every single issue as things stand.

    2. If the SCOTUS strikes down Roe v Wade, the November 2022 election will increase and create the largest partisan divide yet between female and male voters (with two thirds of women voting Democrat, and two thirds of men voting Republican)

      And if the SCOTUS strikes down Roe v Wade, Republicans won't win nearly as many US House seats (as is currently anticipated) in November, especially in suburban districts (where nearly all women who voted for Biden will vote Democrat in November, with preserving women's right to abortion as a key issue).

      1. You said you'd vote for a "moderate" Democrat. That tells the whole story. You're completely worthless.

        1. Hell, I'd vote for a moderate Democrat too, but I'm pretty sure they all get weeded out by the time they make the national level. I mean, let's face it, even most of the people I've voted for on the LP ticket at one time or another have been rehashed Republicans, so if there was some Democrat that managed to survive being shanked by the DNC and was as libertarian as Ron Paul? Sure, why not. Even under the D banner!

          But, a universe in which a libertarianish Democrat candidate makes it to the national ballot is probably a very different universe from the one we live in.

      2. Women are more pro-life than men, so your whole analysis is hogwash

    3. " I'll still vote for a moderate Democrat who supports abortion rights against a Republican who endorses banning many/most/all abortions"

      Well that's just fucking pathetic

      1. What is pathetic is that male Puritan theocrats are intent to ban most/all abortions by taking away women's rights (similar to militant Muslims who deny women of basic human rights)

        1. Banning it after 15 weeks, which is the law in most European countries BTW (if not earlier) is puritanism intent on banning all abortion? You seem confused. Also, in the poll you mention, most women also support a ban after the first trimester. 15 weeks is after the first trimester, it's into the second one in fact.

        2. Just curious: is it taking away women's (and men's) rights to make them primarily responsible for the care of their born children? And, by Allah, to prosecute parents who kill their children through violence or neglect?

        3. It's 'puritanical' and 'theocratic' to oppose the murder of innocent human lives?

          Ok.

          Well, you be you.

        4. So that is more important to you than inflation+ energy+sending troops to Ukraine+unlimited government mandates initiated from the exec branch = you are pathetic, disturbed, and have sick pruorities

  51. >>access abortion care

    so much care in the killing.

  52. "The Kentucky legislature was emboldened by a similar 15-week ban pending before the Supreme Court and other states passing abortion bans, including in Florida and Oklahoma, but this law and others like it remain unconstitutional," said Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in a statement. "We urge the court to block this law immediately and ensure that people in Kentucky can continue to access abortion care."

    I'm confused by this statement. The Kentucky law with all of its regulatory provisions is unconstitutional, or any 15 week ban is unconstitutional?

    If it's the latter, why is a 15 week ban unconstitutional? The Supreme court stated clearly in the Roe v Wade decision that a woman's right to an abortion was not unlimited. So what are the limits?

    1. I'm pretty certain SCOTUS has upheld the right to abortion until the 24th week, and in cases of rape, incest and mother's health).

      1. "right to abortion"

        Have they ruled that feticide is a constitutional right?

        1. Denying the existence of the rights established by Roe v Wade isn't helpful for rational discussion.

          1. That isn't an answer. Don't be obtuse.

            1. Also, explain how Roe v Wade enshrines feticide as a "right".

              1. I suggest you read some facts about Roe v Wade before opining about it.

                1. Still not an answer. Just deflection on your part.

                2. I suggest you stop being dishonest about what Roe v Wade actually says.

          2. >>existence of the rights established by Roe v Wade

            lol. Because Blackmun *said*, guys!

            1. Hey an emanation of a penumbra can clearly give a third party the 'right' to kill a human being.

              But only so long as the egg donor is ok with it.

  53. In Kansas, "Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed conservative Republicans' proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports and a GOP proposal aimed at making it easier for parents to try to remove materials from public school classrooms and libraries," reports the Associated Press.

    Brendan O'Neill, Reason Contributor on why we must defend Women's Sports, feat. Sharron Davies, former top British Women's Swimming champion.

  54. After the mass shooting Saturday night here in Pittsburgh (killing 2 black juveniles and wounding 10 others, whose ages, sexes, race(s) and identities police have refused to reveal), the WaPo reported yesterday that Pittsburgh Police told everyone who had/has videos or other info about the shooters, victims or events to NOT share it with anyone else). That's likely why only several garbled cell phone videos of the event have appeared on the TV news.

    The police still haven't apprehended (nor even identified) any of the perpetrators (of which many are suspected, as 50 gun shots occurred inside and another 40 outside the rental house, with at least one person returning fire at the other shooter(s), and it appears that many/most of the 200 partygoers were black high school students (that were on Spring Break).

    While I suspect that most/all of the shooters and victims (some of whom may have been shooters as well), and that most/all of the 200 partygoers were black teenagers, the Mayor's office, Police and the ENTIRE news media have refused to identify the races, ages, sexes or any other info about the shooters or the victims (and won't reveal which hospitals the victims are located, probably because this is an active gang war situation, especially as long a shooters remain at large and unidentified).

    BTW, in response to noise complaints as early as 9PM, the Pittsburgh Police went to the party at 11PM, told them to turn the music down, and then left (at the same time neighbors said there were cars everywhere and long lines of people waiting to get inside the rented house, which was already packed wall to wall).

    I'm shocked that police would leave a massive party of hundreds of black youths (who weren't legal drinking age).

    So far, the Mayor and Police Chief have blamed guns, AirBnB and the culture of violence for the shooting, but still haven't explained why the police left the party an hour and a half before the shooting.

    And the news media still hasn't inquired why the Mayor and Police still refuse to reveal race(s) or any other info about the shooters, the victims and/or the other 200 people who attended.

    1. I'm shocked that police would leave a massive party of hundreds of black youths (who weren't legal drinking age).

      I'm not. I'm not shocked at all. Can you imagine the bad press had they broken this party up?

      Fuck it. Why risk ending up on CNNs 24/7 coverage?

      1. And the news media still hasn't inquired why the Mayor and Police still refuse to reveal race(s) or any other info about the shooters, the victims and/or the other 200 people who attended.

        As you can see, it was politically safer to let the party keep going than it was to break it up and risk getting your name printed in Reason magazine for breaking up a mostly peaceful party with some black revelers.

        Systemic racism is a helluva drug.

        1. I'm not. I'm not shocked at all. Can you imagine the bad press had they broken this party up?

          Systemic racism is a helluva drug.

          To be fair, it is a bit of a self-solving/policing problem. Break up a 200 person party one night and, the next night, you break up a 200 person party at a different location. Let morons who carry guns to a party shoot up a 200 person party and, one way or another, you don't really have to worry about any 200 person parties for a while.

          1. Is there a 'bullet-riddled windows' policing model?

            1. The old term was self cleaning neighborhoods.

          2. I suspect the police who went to and then left the party vividly remember the recent death of an unarmed black man after he was repeatedly tased by Pittsburgh Police in September (which resulted in five firings of police, who are still under investigation), as well as the BLM protests/riots in Pittsburgh in 2020, which turned into defund police protests, and BLM protesters surrounding the former mayor's house making all kinds of crazy demands (even though he praised BLM, as has our new mayor). .

    2. The only reason we now know that the two dead juveniles were black was because their photos and other info were released today.
      https://triblive.com/local/friends-and-family-grieve-the-loss-of-two-teens-killed-at-north-side-house-party/

      So why didn't the Mayor or Police inform the public of this fact before, during or since their press conference on Sunday?

      And why didn't anyone in the news media have the courage to ask the race(s) of the shooters, victims and/or other partygoers?

      1. It looks like the Pittsburgh Police chief will have some more explaining to do about why the officers left the growing party of hundreds of black teens before the shooting occurred.
        https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-chief-on-north-side-party-shooting-thankfully-more-werent-killed/

        When I was a teen (in the 1970s), if alcohol was being served at a party attended by one hundred plus teenagers, the police would have immediately broke up the party and confiscated all the booze (and any weed or other drugs they found).

        .

  55. Social media language is adapting to thwart policies that down-rank discussions of certain topics. "For instance, in many online videos, it's common to say 'unalive' rather than 'dead,' 'SA' instead of 'sexual assault,' or 'spicy eggplant' instead of 'vibrator,'" notes Taylor Lorenz.

    Correcting a massive failure on the part of the forums thus far:

    Let's go Brandon!

  56. "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing critical race theory as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated critical race theory. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    ENB proving, once again, she'll mentally retard herself and others to spite Republicans:

    "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing Nazism as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated Nazism. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing colonialism as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated colonialism. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing Flat Eartherism as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated Flat Eartherism. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    "The state rejected a number of math textbooks and issued a news release citing Toxic Masculinity as a rationale for at least some of those rejections—and then didn't bother to demonstrate how those books actually incorporated Toxic Masculinity. All of the political benefit; none of the administrative legwork."

    Uh, the state gets to reject any amount of math books less than "All of them" for pretty much any reason it wants. The idea that they have to include books they claim have CRT in them or prove that they do/don't is, yet again, CRT retards trying to play the dumb Mott-and-Bailey of say one thing and do another.

    1. There is a case to be made that if these books really were pushing CRT, the state should be happy to publish excerpts showing why they were banned. Even from a political perspective, these conservatives have every reason to say "Yes, it really is happening and I've got the quotes to prove it."

      1. I'm gong to repeat other posters points. If the books didn't contain CRT, why do you care if they weren't selected? Math will still be taught and taught well because we have a hundred years worth of serviceable textbooks on the subject to choose from.

        1. > If the books didn't contain CRT, why do you care if they weren't selected?

          I don't (and I suspect Overt doesn't either) but if they do contain the stuff that's been in the news for supposedly not being in any grade school textbooks, that might be useful data from a PR standpoint.

        2. "I'm gong to repeat other posters points. If the books didn't contain CRT, why do you care if they weren't selected?"

          I care about a legitimate problem- debasement of education- becoming a game of political gimmicks that overplay this issue and remove legitimacy.

          Go look at my previous posts on the subject. I have never denied that CRT is being taught in school- I know for a fact that it is a problem, and I continue to advocate its exposure as a form of crypto-marxism that has no place in schools, except as a warning about intellectual evil similar to eugenics and social darwinism.

          But. BUT! That doesn't make it right to insist that you found a bunch of books with CRT when it didn't really happen. This sort of bullshit is what Hate Crime Hoaxers do, for their own personal ends, and it undermines the actual fight that I am interested in. If indeed the state of Florida said they rejected these books because of CRT nonsense, then I would like to see it- to ensure that they are not coopting this cause with bullshit, and also to get even more evidence that it is happening.

          1. And it would also help make the case to those skeptical that such content is being pushed hard in schools. I think there are a lot of people who would object to "crt" in schools, but don't really believe it.

      2. There is a case to be made that if these books really were pushing CRT

        You're assuming good faith when the prima facie argument of "You can't teach math without CRT." doesn't support it. Not even even "You can't teach math without mentioning race." or "You can't teach math without referring to humans."

        More pragmatically or derivatively, do you *know* they specifically said "Rejected because of explicit CRT content." or did they just get a check in a "Rejected because of prohibited content." from reviewers and people who really, really *checks mask* don't want to teach CRT reply with "Prove you didn't reject this because it includes CRT that you didn't cite."

        1. And even this cedes the point. The State can reject the books because the jackets are the wrong color or the author's name has too many vowels. The argument about does/doesn't contain CRT is being pushed specifically because people want to teach CRT in math class school.

          The fact that they, stupidly, chose math should make this crystal clear. If the left weren't such a parody of itself I'd almost suspect Bump of being a Conservative plant.

          1. Sure enough, statement from FLDOE:
            "14 (11 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards and incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT."

            So, of the 14 books, only one may actually contain CRT and Bump is complaining "Provide citations for each of these books where CRT is being taught." which isn't what was claimed. Fuck Bump.

            1. I am not arguing whether or not the FL government reserves the power to reject books for any content. Sure they do. I also don't think it is wrong or evil for them to curate content according to standards they set (and I would hope this is apolitical as possible).

              They called out CRT, though. Regardless of how I feel about it, there is a possibility that someone slipped that in there for the same reason someone makes up shit about being discriminated against- because they want to be seen as a noble warrior in the Kulture Warz. I hope that isn't the case, and now that they've been called on it, the state should easily be able to present the examples- which would show exactly what states are dealing with.

              Again, I don't especially disagree with anything you said other than that with the government, trust but verify- even if it is a government speaking something I agree with.

              1. Again, I don't especially disagree with anything you said other than that with the government, trust but verify- even if it is a government speaking something I agree with.

                There's nothing to verify. CRT is a prohibited topic. It's in the law. "Books will be banned for prohibited topics, including CRT." =/= "These books are being banned because of CRT."

                If the law says 'too spicy, including Mexican dishes' is a valid reason the FLDOE to reject school lunch menu items, and Bump accuses the FLDOE of disliking Mexican food do they have to prove they like Mexican food? How would you verify that? There may be a case to be had that the report should just say, "prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies[full stop]" or that the CRT shouldn't be a prohibited topic, but Bump's self-retardation isn't even specious (that would be the former semantic argument).

  57. From the picture above: "Keep abortion safe and legal."

    I guess these guys are dropping the "rare" pretense.

    1. Moloch wills it.

  58. Did either clinic attempt to comply or ask for clarity, or did they choose instead to close as a publicity stunt?

    I see that once again people are drawing a false equivalency between a limit on abortion and a complete ban (see bill goodshaw and ENB). This is a common tactic among the pro-feticide crowd. They know that polls show most Americans support some access to abortion, but also support reasonable limits, e.g. after the first trimester. So, they try and scare voters, especially women, by misstating that a ban on abortions after the first trimester is the same as an outright ban. It does sound like KY lawmakers may have screwed the pooch on when the law went into effect (yeah if there is no mechanism for compliance that needs to be created before you can enforce compliance regulations, seems common sense), but a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks would be reasonable to most Americans. So instead play up the banning abortion angle to scare voters.

    I doubt the USSC is going to completely overturn Roe, but I do believe they will uphold the Mississippi law. And most people will get on with life.

    The number of abortions after 15 weeks is so miniscule that it really won't impact anything, and seems pretty reasonable to most people. Fifteen weeks in actually in the second trimester, the fetus is fairly well developed by this time. It's extremely difficult to describe it as a small clump of cells. It's moving around and most mothers can feel those movement by this time. It can't (yet) survive outside the womb, but it's getting close to the period where we have preterm infants survive. All in all, I doubt outside a few militants most Americans would see any problem with banning abortions after 15 weeks.

    1. (yeah if there is no mechanism for compliance that needs to be created before you can enforce compliance regulations, seems common sense)

      You say this like we aren't going on a decade of "You have to pass the law to find out what's in the law." (you racist) and "Nobody's talking about creating vaccine passports."

      1. Touche.

  59. "• Infowars has filed for bankruptcy."

    I still remember the terror when Gawker went under. Things seem more...muted with this news.

  60. "The travel mask mandate is "unlawful," says a federal judge in Florida."

    Here in Pittsburgh, all public school students must still wear masks on school property, on school buses and at all school events.

    Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which demanded the student mask mandate (to protect the teachers) continues to display a huge Black Lives Matter sign on the side of its four story headquarters (with each letter taking up an entire window) that faces an Interstate.

  61. And Kentucky is such a large state too - absolutely impractical for these people to take the TX route and drive to a neighboring state.

    1. You'd think, with all the parts on the lawn, they'd be able to cobble together at least one working vehicle. /snooty Hoosier joke.

  62. judging by the photos of the protesters, they all can avoid pregnancy simply by remaining in well-lit rooms.

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