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Cops Find Suspected Murder Weapon After Years of Searching. It Was in Their Evidence Already.

Plus: Judge rejects partisan gerrymander in New York, student loan debt debate heats up again, and more...

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A judge has dismissed murder charges against a man accused of killing a Cincinnati teen after revelations of extreme bungling by local police. After spending more than two years looking for the murder weapon they said would tie Delrico Peoples to the 2019 crime, Cincinnati cops think they've found it—in their own evidence.

On Monday, during jury selection for the case, Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Heile told prospective jurors the murder weapon had never been found. But that same day, "the lead Cincinnati police detective found a gun believed to be the murder weapon as he was going through the evidence," reports The Enquirer. "Cincinnati police have had the gun since 2019, but never had it thoroughly tested to see if it matched shell casings found in Peoples' car or at the shooting scene."

After actually analyzing the gun, police think they've now found their murder weapon. It was seized from another man back in 2019, four months after a stray bullet killed 18-year-old Brandon Phoenix as he waited at a bus stop. At that point, Peoples had already been charged with murder and felonious assault and was in jail.

Testing the gun back then could have helped catch a killer earlier—and saved Peoples from years of prosecution for a crime he may not have committed.

Peoples has admitted to driving the car during the shooting but says he didn't know the man in the back seat who fired the gunshots and didn't know the man was going to do so. Peoples "had no knowledge of why his passenger began shooting, or the identity of his passenger," according to court documents.

Prosecutors asked Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh to delay Peoples' trial as they sorted out their evidence problems. But the judge said no—Peoples has the presumption of innocence on his side and had already been waiting more than two years for a trial.

"I can't justify holding him for a longer period of time, so the State of Ohio can do tests that take four to six weeks," Marsh said. "That's just not going to happen."

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means that prosecutors are allowed to refile them in the future if they deem it necessary.


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Judge rejects partisan gerrymander in New York. Democrats frequently accuse Republicans of partisan gerrymandering of election districts—even though they aren't above doing the same thing themselves. Now, New York's highest court has "blocked the state's Democratic-drawn congressional map Wednesday, concluding that the new boundaries represented a partisan gerrymander that violates the state constitution," CNN reports. "The court ruled that a new map must be created for the 2022 election. New York's primary election is scheduled for June 28, but the judges wrote it will 'likely be necessary' to move the congressional elections to August."


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Student loan debt debate heats up again. The White House is signaling that it may be ready to forgive student loan debt. Meanwhile, Republicans have introduced a bill—the Stop Reckless Student Loan Actions Act —to stop this from happening.

The legislation "would end President Biden's untargeted, budget-busting suspension of repayments on qualifying federal student loans, following 24 months of non-payment and six executive actions extending the payment pause," explains a press release from Sen. Bill Cassidy (R–La.). "The bill would still allow the president to temporarily suspend repayment for low- and middle-income borrowers in future national emergencies and would prohibit the president from cancelling outstanding federal student loan obligations due to a national emergency."

Charles C.W. Cooke thinks this doesn't go far enough and Republicans should end the federal student loan program entirely. "Given the obvious political temptations that program was always going to create, the federal government should never have gotten into the student-loan business in the first place," Cooke writes in National Review:

But it did, and so here we are. If President Biden goes through with his threat, we will have been shown once and for all that the government cannot be trusted to issue these loans on behalf of America's taxpayers, and that it must not be allowed to do so again. In 2010, Congress authorized a loan program, not a system of politically motivated rolling jubilees. If the program becomes that — as it would under Biden's loan-forgiveness scheme — it must be killed. Such a repeal would not only inoculate Americans against this happening again, it would help to limit the government-created increases in tuition that, paradoxically, are being used to justify further federal action.


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• Cliff Maloney Jr., the former head of Young Americans for Liberty, has been charged with two felony counts of rape and two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

• Should senators be barred from running for president?

• A new study examines the impact of coronavirus-related school shutdowns on student outcomes.

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  1. Judge rejects partisan gerrymander in New York.

    Well, it's kind of hard to gerrymander non-partisony, Your Honor.

    1. My partisan gerrymandering fucks over you, your partisan gerrymandering fucks over me.

    2. Let me do it and I'll Gerrymander based purely on how pretty the districts will look on a map.

      1. The prettiest districts are designed by using a Spirograph™️.

      2. 1. Close eyes
        2. Throw a handful of darts at map

  2. “ rebound COVID-19”

    Is there anything the ‘rona can’t do?

    1. Immunology and virology are obviously fledgling sciences.

    2. Pick and roll?

      1. It plays shitty man defense, but I've heard it's really hard to penetrate in the 2-3 zone.

        1. Doesn't foul out or get benched.

      2. Stop Magic Johnson?

        1. That's aids not wuflu

        2. Not foul Lebron?

    3. Balance the budget?

      1. I dunno, it probably gave us a few more years of Social Security solvency . . .

    4. terrible on the screen and roll.

      1. Can't take a charge.

    5. Shoot threes?

      1. Free throws?

    6. Apparently, the only thing it can't do is go away.

    7. But can it hit a free throw?

    8. This whole thread is out of bounds.

      1. T it up!

  3. Should senators be barred from running for president?

    Given our current situation, yes.

      1. "Unexpectedly" my ass

        1. "Unexpectedly" in the same way that letting the free market work unmolested leads to "economic miracles"; it just magically happens for no reason whatsoever.

      2. Useless data.

        Reason's leading economics expert says we're in the best economy ever because the two most important metrics — rig count and the Warren Buffett Net Worth Index — are doing great.

        #LibertariansForBiden

        1. The 10¢ increase in spittin tobaccy pushed us over the edge.

          1. The Biden economy might be unique in world history in that literally every available item except spittin' tobaccy has either remained the same price or gotten cheaper.

            #InflationIsAWingnutMyth

          2. It's gotten so bad I can't even find snuff anymore at all.

        2. OBL...The Matzo Index begs to differ. 🙂

    1. How about a lifetime elected office limit instead of term limits? You get to be a politician in any capacity for 10 years max and then you're out.

      1. Just elect representatives by lottery, like jury duty.

        1. A straight up rando for Congress could not be worse than what we currently have. But you could also use the lottery to choose 10 candidates that meet minimum qualifications and let the voters choose among those.

          Better yet, create a basic civics test and only allow candidates that score 100% to stand for election.

          1. The last part just leaves room for those in power to twist the test to favor those who think the same as them.

            There is no objective civics.

            1. Objectively, you could at least test on the text of the federal Constitution, the Constitution of state of the candidate and the rules of order for the body for which the election is being held. I would love to see some questions regarding what constitutes a violation of the Constitutions, but I have to agree those would be more subjective.

        2. That's a better idea than mine.

        3. That would really suck if you got picked.

          *opening mail*
          "You've been summoned to the US Senate to serve as US Senator representing your state for a term of 6 years. A per deim of $15 will be provided. See the back of this page for parking instructions."

      2. I've been thinking about that.

        Add in a maximum of 10 years in the federal bureaucracy - 15 total, for position above a certain pay grade.

        10 years, portable defined contribution pension, and then off to the private sector with you. Or you start in the private sector and move to the public later. Either way, no more lifetime employment.

        1. Can we name it the anti-CryptKeeper bill?

          1. The perfect title would be the Fuck Joe Biden Act. 50 years in federal office with one 4 year hiatus is too damn long.

  4. The White House is signaling that it may be ready to forgive student loan debt.

    You're already going to get blue districts in November, idiots. This doesn't buy you anything politically.

    1. I love how this is NOT being presented for what it is: The single most regressive spending policy in history. Making high school grads pay the bills of doctors and lawyers should be viewed as borderline criminal.

      Making the responsible support the not responsible --- while the same not responsible then brag about how awesome their education was et al --- should lead to mobs delivering their own justice to these people.

      1. I work with a lot of new docs and midlevels every day. Some of them are making upwards of $200 and hour and almost every one of them complains about their student loans to me at some point as a reason they need a raise.

        1. By that logic if I take out a 5 mil loan for a house my employer should give me a raise so I can afford it

          1. Rev., I could tell you stories about how innumerate many of our doctors are that would make you turn to crystals and moxa for treatment before letting these people touch you.

            Do you know what they call the person who graduates last in their medical school class?

            Doctor.

            1. That meme only is valid if you think the standard for graduation is inadequate. Every graduating class is going to have someone graduating last.

              1. And your point is valid only if significant numbers of med students wash out before graduating.

              2. It's also valid if you consider that it's a joke rather than an indictment of medical education.

                And as I said before, the level of basic math skills amongst doctors I work with does sometimes make me question "the standard for graduation" from medical school.

                1. I know too many doctors to respect someone solely based on them being a doc

                  1. If I have to argue with my PCP about statistics on why I need cholesterol meds (higher than average since I was a kid, genetic not a problem, and studies actually agree woth me not her) I'm going to lose it. She has no idea how statistics actually work. She just says "this statistic means better" without any inspection.

                    Medical studies are wildly variant. And she refuses to admit this.

                2. I'm sort of the opposite. I think it's too limited how many MDs schools graduate and they should open up the numbers more. The big thing is being a doctor perhaps should go back to being something like a trade once more. It's slightly different from a trade, but it's in that category.

                  1. They should open up enrollment and make it harder. They should have an "everyone gets in, not everyone can finish" mentality.

                    We have also seen crt start to be implemented in med school curriculum, such as the med students complaining about the phrase I can't breath being on an exam

                    1. Yeah, I mean more on the enrollment side for sure. I actually am open to making it more rigorous. I just see this weird thing where it's numbers limited and people they deem otherwise capable of doing the work, are denied that. It's classic cartel action.

                      The increasing reliance on NPs (at least where I live, don't know if this is state-to-state) feels like working around a lot of the issues with the current Medical School system. That is, we have a different credential for the people who do the 95% cases of identifying skinned knees and strep throat and possibly more rigorous credentials for specialists and surgeons and whatever.

                      This is all a completely basic analysis though. I'll admit I haven't read that much into it. But the medical school system we have now has a lot of signs of being a cartel.

          2. I have literally had employees come to me under this circumstance. "I just bought a house, so you owe me a raise"

            1. If the employee is coming to you asking for raise because they have new expenses, that may mean they are coming to their current employer first before searching for a better job if they think they can get it, not because they feel entitled to a raise.

              1. If an employee is that dumb you can probably find better

                1. It is only dumb if the employee leads with his need rather than the value of the work done for the employer. Feeling out where you stand with the current company is not a bad idea before starting a job search.

              2. Let's just say you are right. It doesn't change the fact that they are displaying an obvious lack of knowledge about how prices are set.

                Labor, like any other price, is not set based on costs. It is set based on what the market will bear. An employee who comes to me and says "Pay me more for the same work" understands value less than a person who comes to me and explains how they have become more valuable to the company, and are therefore deserving more money.

                1. That is how I negotiated my raise. Here is the money my work brought it let's talk raise

                  1. It's how I helped my brother negotiate his raise.

                    He got a significantly better off but it would have required him to move and he didn't want to but would for the money.

                    So I sat him down and made him think about what he would want to stay. And to remember that he's the most qualified guy they have and the only one that could do certain work.

                    Told him to take that in and ask for what he wanted. If they said no, no problem - that other job is waiting.

                    Funny thing though - after he did that several other people came in and just asked for raises - boss told them no. Because they couldn't walk away.

                2. Let's just say you are right. It doesn't change the fact that they are displaying an obvious lack of knowledge about how prices are set.

                  Not to mention nuclear levels of entitlement. "You owe me more money because of a personal expense that I made" indicates that these shits should have been beaten more as children.

              3. Then that employee is dumb.

                You go out, you do some interviews, you see what you can get - then you know your value and can put that on the table when negotiating with your current employer.

                Without that, you can't walk away. And if you can't walk away you're not negotiating, you're begging.

          3. Dude, I've seen people in the military justify their added expenses from having a family as to why they *deserve* the extra money you get when married.

            One dude told me I made more money than him - I made 2/3rds of what he did at the same rank, I just wasn't raising a family.

            1. I think a lot of people would be shocked at the amount of money even a junior NCO like an E-5 takes home these days, especially if they're married.

              There's still this WAY outdated notion from the Carter years that the military is "underpaid." Fuck no, they aren't. They're not only getting base pay, but tax-free BAS and BAH to cover living expenses and housing. I think the rules have changed a bit, but when I was in, it was common to rent a dirt-cheap apartment and bank whatever housing allowance you had left. And that's not counting Tricare, which has helped hooked many a dependapotamus.

              The days where even senior NCOs had to get second jobs just to pay the bills have been over for decades now.

              1. Oh, and let's not forget the last 30-plus years of deployments, which come with various financial perks like no federal income tax and family separation pay (if you're a GS civilian, you don't get those, but you can easily justify working overtime AND holidays due to being in a "combat zone" and make money that way). "That comes out of OCO funds" should have been the DoD's motto during that time.

      2. Making anyone pay someone else's bill is criminal

        1. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody powerful lobbies of upper-middle class professionals endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else the working class.

          1. Government is the biggest gang

        2. If by criminal you mean the socialist/communist ethic of appropriating all wealth in order to give every mouth breathing humanoid a "fair share" then OK.

      3. And note, still nobody is saying anything about the ridiculous cost of tuition and the obscenely large endowments held by tax-exempt institutions.

        1. Academics are also one of the Democrats most loyal demographics. The perverse incentives that result in more money in the Universities coffers from the student loan program is not something that left leaning MSM journalists are going to call attention to.

          1. If the Republicans weren't stupid, they would have at least had a congressional committee investigating this years ago. If they're any smarter now, they should have such a committee lined up for if they win control of congress next year.

            1. They have had these, but it just isn't sexy. It isn't about racism or gays or whatever, so the culture is not outraged by it.

              The tuition bubble is an unseen cost of loose loan policies. Trying to make the public care about unseen costs makes them change the channel.

              1. They have had these

                Do you have a link for this? I've never heard of this before.

                Trying to make the public care about...

                That's the whole point of a congressional investigation. When was the last time a congress investigated something and that investigation resulted in anything more than free press on the issue they were investigating?

                1. "Do you have a link for this? I've never heard of this before."

                  https://republicans-edlabor.house.gov/search/?q=loans

                  A bunch of data in there.

                  " When was the last time a congress investigated something and that investigation resulted in anything more than free press on the issue they were investigating?"

                  All the time. There are congressional investigations and reports released all the time. Usually it is a blip in the news cycle. The only time it catches fire is if it is a Kulture Warz issue, or slow news week.

                  1. I guess, when I initially read your comments, I read "investigation" and thought "hearing". That's what I meant when I said they have these all the time. Always with the committee hearings. I don't know if they actually have done a full fledged investigation, so sorry about that.

                    1. It's not about hearings vs. investigations (that's a distinction that doesn't make a difference). What I'm talking about is getting to bottom of what's driving the cost of tuition and what universities are doing with their tens of billions in endowments, of which I found virtually nothing about in the link you provided. I suspect it's because all the money is going to diversity commissars and other bureaucracy and the endowments are a tax evasion scheme in the same way modern art is, but it would be nice to have the data to prove that in a nice, neat package.

                      Republicans could do themselves and the nation a service by shifting the student loan debacle from a question of how much of the bill taxpayers are going to foot to what's causing the problem and what we can do to fix it.

                      There are congressional investigations and reports released all the time.

                      Right, press. They serve to publicize what the congressmen wanted to publicize. As far as I know, they've never resulted in a criminal indictment or a civil lawsuit or anything like that, it's just another means of conducting politics.

          2. Not to mention how many "journalists" owe thousands on their own student loans.

      4. The single most regressive spending policy in history.

        Single most one-off regressive spending policy in history... if it's one-off.

    2. You're already going to get blue districts in November, idiots.

      That's the thing, maybe they're afraid that they won't.

      1. We have to remind ourselves that many progressives are also unhappy with Biden and Team D for not being progressive enough.

      2. That is true. They did fuck over their school children more than usual.

  5. Some patients are reporting rebound COVID-19 after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid.

    Never jump back in too quick after you've just broken up with your last COVID.

    1. When my wife and I met, I had just broken up with COVID-15 and she with COVID-3.

      1. So, you "met cute."

  6. Serious question: Is Charles Cooke's 'trade' worth doing?

    Forgive student loans in exchange for the Federal government completely exiting the guaranteed student loan business going forward.

    1. No. Because it still fucks over people like me who DID pay my student loan off by sacrificing things for years to do so.

      Doctors can afford to not buy a yacht for a year or two to pay off their obligations. Most of the debt is held by people with post-grad degrees, after all.

      1. Not only that but Democrats have a history of reneging on their side of the promises so you'd just end up with the immediate forgiveness and no exit from student loans.

        1. I love how the media is NOT reporting this as an open bribe to the only group that likes Democrats: young, college-educated people.

          1. They'll bring it up as soon as they figure out a way to "Both Sidez!" this giveaway without pissing off some other core constituency.

          2. AOC has blatantly said that's the whole point of doing it.

      2. Criminal yes, but Equity!

      3. Agreed either those who didn't take anything or those who made choices to pay it off rather than taking loans out for new cars above their means shouldn't be punished for those without that ability to budget.

      4. We'll, most of the debt is held by postgrads who found that the only employment they could get was adjunct professor and they're looking down the barrel of 'you're not tenure-track material, maybe you should go I to industry'.

    2. Why is it that leftists are so hell-bent on taxing wealth but are completely silent about the hundreds of billions of dollars sitting in massive university endowments while poor college grads can't pay off their student loans?

      1. Partisan ideology?

      2. The pols on that side advocating for wealth taxes like Elizabeth Warren was an Ivy League professor and Bernie Sander's wife was a college president (before she helped run the college into the ground through financial mismanagement). That may explain a few motivations.

        1. But lizzi Warren was a feather head at the time

      3. Progs breed in universities.
        They cannot win demographically so they lay their ideological eggs in impressionable children's heads during their educations. Parents are watchful for these breeding attempts during K to 12 (see the fight over CRT), but lose that ability for university.

        1. The alien from Alien is the perfect metaphor for socialism. If you let just one infected guy onto the ship, you are all fucked. It will get loose and then the only way to not be a target is to become a host.

          1. Chuck’s ranting about socialism or Marxism again.

            God damn fucking asshole.

            1. Yeah. Socialism only killed about 150 million people in the last century. It is shameful to expound on something so trivial.

              1. You call everything that you don’t like Marxist.

                I’m a Marxist because I oppose bigotry and discrimination in your opinion.

                1. I wouldn't call you a Marxist. You seem to spout Marxist rhetoric out of complete ignorance.

          2. Gotta support your fascist pals.

            I tried telling aspie incel ML there’s a whole industry dedicated to kidnapping autistic kids and sticking them in camps and institutions where the LDS “lifestyle” is forced on them.

            1. camps and institutions where the LDS “lifestyle” is forced on them

              We just refer to them as 'home'.

              1. No there are literal camps and schools.

                1. They’re all over Utah. They exist in other far right religious communities, but the vast majority are in Utah.

                  A huge cog in the Utah economy.

                  1. Fuck off, you ban-evading, neo-Nazi pederast. Don't you have widows to dox or kids to fuck?

    3. it is still a bad fucking idea.

      Taking money from all the truck drivers and roofers and restaurant managers in the country to pay off the foolish student debts taken on by all the gender studies majors and sociology majors who mostly come from privileged backgrounds is an absolute crime.

      1. Criminal yes, but Equity!

    4. I think calling it a trade is unfair, since it's predicated on blocking it and recouping the money in other ways.

      His second point from that article:
      Second, a GOP-led Washington, D.C., would have to get the Treasury to recoup the “forgiven” loans so that non-graduates — a majority of Americans — didn’t end up paying for the commercial products that graduates freely chose to buy. There are many potential sources for that money, including the beneficiaries themselves. Tax them. Tax the universities they went to; tax the enormous endowments those universities enjoy; tax as income any gifts those universities are given, however small; and, where possible, remove the nonprofit status of donations so that those who give gain no fiscal advantage. When all that is done, sue the worst offenders for fraud. Clearly, if the government is required to bail out every college graduate in the country, colleges are not doing what they promised they were doing, and they must be immediately investigated. You can’t have it both ways. The current unemployment rate for college graduates is 2 percent, and their incomes are well above average. If those facts are a sign that college is working well for its customers, then there’s no need for a taxpayer bailout. If those facts are irrelevant, then something is very, very wrong with the higher-education sector, and it must be rethought from the ground up.

      This is less a trade, and more Cooke is so pissed off by the idea that he thinks Republicans should go scorched earth on it. Which is reasonable, this is an offensive idea.

      1. He has a huge section as well on tying the move up in litigation if Biden attempts it, as a president does not have the power to unilaterally do this type of move.

  7. SpaceX has already begun its next mission, after its last one landed earlier this week. This is the private space travel company's 16th launch this year.

    Tony says it’s just a shitty little pew-pew-pew rocket company.

    1. Can we raise funds for Tony's trip "to" space?

      1. He'll be heading to Uranus.

  8. No, the Federal Communications Commission can't block Elon Musk from buying Twitter.

    Does it need more guns?

    1. They should talk to the CDC about emergency powers.

  9. Cliff Maloney Jr., the former head of Young Americans for Liberty, has been charged with two felony counts of rape and two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

    Obviously this one must be guilty.

    1. The whole organization was involved.

  10. Should senators be barred from running for president?

    Every one of them, at the ballot box, based on their respective voting records alone.

    1. So now George Will joins the parade of journalists and commentators seeking to save democracy by keeping popular candidates off the ballot.

    2. Plus, we repeal the Seventeenth Amendment.

  11. A new study examines the impact of coronavirus-related school shutdowns on student outcomes.

    The reckoning will never come.

    1. It will at the polls in about 10 years. Which party will benefit most from a wave of voters that are emotionally needy, financially insolvent, and conditioned to depend on government experts?

    2. And how about this: After all that money that went to schools to "re-open" was allocated, we are SHOCKED! SHOCKED I SAY! to find out that it is being used to fund leftist programs like CRT and Gender Queer Ideology.

      https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/elementary-secondary-school-emergency-relief-fund/stateplans/

      There are all the plans. You can go to the California one and see $1.5 Billion allocated for training programs that include "Implicit Bias Training"[1]. Additional funds for "LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency" and "Anti-Bias".

      The New York Plan uses the word "Equity"[2] 61 times, and promises to " dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs,
      and services, and continually update and report progress". Rather than being about PPE or air scrubbers and other infrastructure, the bulk of that plan revolves around "Social-Emotional Learning" which is a bunch of flowery language trying to deal with "structural racism", and further the cause of "anti-racism" and "anti-bias".

      It is infuriating to see BILLIONS of dollars being spent on the destructive culture war shibboleths of the left. Rather than open our schools, they are building massive frameworks of leftist indoctrination with BILLIONS of dollars that will long outlast the school reopening.

      [1]: Implicit Bias training is junk science. Study after study after study has confirmed that implicit bias is not predictive of any behaviors and is not an effective tool for combatting racism. What it is is a way for someone to convince a decent adult that they are not in control of themselves.

      [2]: Equity has become the default codeword for socialist outcomes. It is used in direct opposition to Equality- and is the embodiment of "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." It is question begging in practice, assuming without question that everyone should have the same outcome, and if they don't it is due to "structural" or "systematic" bias.

      1. "Implicit Bias training is junk science."

        And a pathological science, and that can't be emphasized enough.

      2. Like all primitive cultures, Progressives believe diseases and other maladies arise from improper social behavior and violations of moral doctrine. Thus to defeat COVID they must cleanse society of wrong think.

  12. The White House is signaling that it may be ready to forgive student loan debt.

    Is the White House also signaling that it will then send every taxpayer another stimulus check?

  13. Ohio is the latest state to consider a near-total abortion ban.

    What's round on both ends and high in the middle? A clump of cells, probably.

    1. What's round on both ends and high in the middle?

      A muffin?

      1. A stoned fat chick?

  14. Obviously we Koch / Reason libertarians support Democrats mainly because of immigration. But don't underestimate how committed they are to our soft-on-crime #FreeTheCriminals and #EmptyThePrisons agenda. Here's strong beautiful Black woman Ayanna Pressley:

    The power of clemency is immeasurable. We must do everything we can to #EndMassIncarceration and address the hurt inflicted by our criminal legal system.

    #NoSentencesLongerThan2Months
    #CheapLaborAboveAll

  15. SpaceX has already begun its next mission, after its last one landed earlier this week.

    Its spaceships can now carry up to 280 characters.

    1. Space X has at least demonstrated some competence in getting people and payloads into orbit. NASA's SLS program is apparent purpose is act as financial life support for the legacy aerospace contractors. Apparently they have spent a helluva a lot of taxpayer dollars on a service tower that does not fit the rocket being built, because no one seems to be coordinating all the contractors in the program properly to the actual design.

      1. But did they achieve their diversity goals?

      2. NASA's SLS program is apparent purpose is act as financial life support for the legacy aerospace contractors.

        Average SLS Artemis cost - $4.1 billion per launch
        Average SLS payload to trans lunar injection - 45t

        Average SpaceX Starship cost - under $10 million per launch
        Average Starship payload to Mars - 100t

        I can't see any other use for it.

        1. I can't see any other use for it.

          Buy the SLS, put those employees in charge of Twitter for 5 yrs. and put the Twitter employees in charge of the SLS for 5 yrs.

          1. Twitter type employees are already in charge of the SLS.

  16. But that same day, "the lead Cincinnati police detective found a gun believed to be the murder weapon as he was going through the evidence..."

    That's what they get for not splaying all the evidence out on a table to photograph and tweet out next to serious looking soldier cops.

    1. They do "investigating" about as well as your typical modern day journalist.

      1. How many anonymous minor internet celebrities did they have to harass and doxx to find this gun?

        1. Does that include Alex Baldwin?

    1. Dude's such a failure he can't even virtue-signal properly.

    2. Always plenty of Jello back at home.

  17. Peoples has admitted to driving the car during the shooting but says he didn't know the man in the back seat who fired the gunshots and didn't know the man was going to do so.

    Uhm, color me very skeptical. You had a person in your car and didn't know who they were? Nobody picks up hitchhikers anymore, and what kind of hitchhiker randomly starts firing at random people?

    Reason is now bringing this case to my attention to try to clear someone's name, and the ridiculous and incomplete information they give me convince me he must be guilty. This is becoming an alarming trend. Now it's time to go read up about this case.

    1. What's funny is it goes from a silly defense to a sillier defense. It starts with "couldn't be him they found the gun on someone else months later" as if a gun is surgically implanted; then they clarify he's being charged as involved in felony murder so the ownership of the gun and his arrest date are even less important.

      Go after felony murder as an abused law, by all means, but stop lying to me to make these cases.

      1. Yeah, this sounds like a clear-cut case for felony murder. The judge issued a dismissal WITHOUT prejudice because she wouldn't delay the trial and deny bond for 4-6 weeks for the police to test the firearm. They're going to refile the charges as soon as the weapon is tested and he'll get a new trial. Apparently they never believed he was the shooter, they just didn't know who his passenger was. The gun may not be necessary to convict if they have any surveillance video to tie his car to the crime.

    2. Okay, so it's two vehicles on the street trading gunfire, apparently. Gang related violence, kills an innocent young black man. And Brandon Phoenix sounds like a really good kid, too. You can't tell me the driver is innocent.

      If a random stranger is in the backseat of your car and engages in a gunfight with another car...you would call 911, right? As soon as your passenger is out of the car and you feel safe, you're calling 911 and telling them a criminal was a passenger in a car and you didn't want anything to do with it. But, of course, this wasn't a stranger, this was clearly someone he knew and he was very much involved in the shooting whether or not he fired the fatal shots. He's not innocent, he clearly committed some kind of crime here, even if it's just aiding and abetting.

    3. Yeah lol. The government still has to prove its case, but this defense does not pass the eye-roll test.

  18. Should senators be barred from running for president?

    No, but pedofiles should be barred

  19. "The bill would still allow the president to temporarily suspend repayment for low- and middle-income borrowers in future national emergencies and would prohibit the president from cancelling outstanding federal student loan obligations due to a national emergency."

    No surprises here. Given that college campuses, especially humanities faculty and students--the most dependent on subsidized higher ed since most of their grads can't earn enough to pay off loans--are both the loudest champions of progressive politics and the incubators for progressive champions in media and government, Biden has to pander.

  20. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence :21*
    Days since jesseaz last yglasias reffrence :1

    1. Days since Fonzie’s last Libertarian Sex Worker reference/thirsty interview: 1

      1. Last shackford grooming article : 0

  21. 'Some patients are reporting rebound COVID-19 after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid. A spokesperson from Paxlovid maker Pfizer told The Washington Post that trial data show "a small number" of people experience this but the rates are similar among people given a placebo.'

    Well, has this "placebo" been tested for effectiveness? Did Trump ever claim the placebo would provide an instant cure? Did Fauci cover up placebo funding?

  22. The White House is signaling that it may be ready to forgive student loan debt.

    Someone needs to remind the Joy Reid/Brian Stelter/Morning Joe crowd of this moment when they talk about working class voters not going Blue in any future elections.

    1. The notice I received yesterday was that my loan repayments were suspended again until the end of August.

  23. In other news, Democrats in Colorado are trying to score points (i.e. buy votes) with another clever tax scheme. The 1992 Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) requires the state to refund tax revenues that exceed an annual total that can grow based on population growth and inflation. After fighting (and finding) ways to keep at least some of the excess in past years, for the 2022 tax receipts the D-dominated house and the D-ish governor announced Big Refunds! The twist is that instead of actual refunds that derive from taxes paid, the New Deal with send everyone in the state a check for the same amount. So the Democrats will "refund" the excess revenue by creating a redistribution plan. Oh, instead of waiting for the normal refund as part of 2022 tax filings, done in early 2023, the checks will go out this summer.

  24. Biden to skip eating portion of correspondents’ dinner to limit COVID risk

    This is the other thing that this gay and Black man who is GOPProud misses about Dear Leader. Do you think he’d let a little thing like a communicable disease that can kill other people stop hym? No way. Shoot, he’d have a rally with 16,000 rednecks, a press conference and then try to rape a 14-yo if he tested positive. I miss the good old days when we had a President who’d run up the stairs, pant, gasp for breath, and then do his best Il Duce impression. That’s the kind of passion the gay Black man can appreciate.

    1. Good morning, American Socia1ist.

      Please update us on your portfolio. IIRC last time you boasted about how Biden was making already rich people like you even richer, the figure you cited was a 30% increase. Has it grown since then?

      #BestEconomyEver

      1. He's like the police academy 6 compared to your original

        1. Police Academy 6 compared to Mark Twain.

          1. Police Academy 6 compared to the Apollo mission's technical manual.

            1. ?
              Press button, go zoom?

        2. So you’re saying I remind you of Michael Winslow?!? Listen, you and me and the rest of the brave patriots here who tell us that libertarianism should just be following whatever the GOP says (strongly agree, BTW) are all Dear Leader fans, but— Jesus Christ— you don’t have to butter me up and all. God. You guys are shameless flirts.

          1. Poor Shrike. So desperate to make this thing work.

          2. No he’s saying you’re garbage and aren’t funny.

    2. "when we had a President who’d run up the stairs, pant, gasp for breath and then do his best Il Duce impression."

      At the very least, one that can go up the stairs at all would be a good start - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5Mwc12LtRY

  25. even though they aren't above doing the same thing themselves

    It's really not that hard to frame out the "pox on both houses" take. But instead, it's ENB grousing "OMG the Republicans are just so so icky, but I grudgingly have to point out that my favorite peeps in the DNC sometimes aren't quite as pious as I think they are." Just give up already and join your tribe. I swear that if it wasn't for sex workers ENB would be happily entrenched in WaPo.

    1. "I swear that if it wasn't for sex workers ENB would be happily entrenched in WaPo."

      Indeed, it's common for Koch / Reason libertarians to eventually reveal themselves as standard progressive Democrats — Dave Weigel, Will Wilkinson, Noah Berlatsky to name just a few.

      #JustHaveToFlipFlopOnTheMinimumWage

    2. Not too much difference between WaPo journolisming and sex work these days.

  26. Charles C.W. Cooke thinks this doesn't go far enough and Republicans should end the federal student loan program entirely.</I.

    this is obviously the right answer. Why is it that the lefties never come up with the right answer? Hmmmmmmm

  27. Would've thought DHS starting a de facto Ministry of Truth MIGHT have warranted a mention here.

    1. New and improved energy efficient memory holes.

    2. What that now?

      1. We are more fucked than ever.

        1. At least we're not more fucked than we ever will be.

      2. “Jankowicz was an advisor to the government of Ukraine. She also stated her opinion that Hunter Biden's laptop, the contents of which were reported by the New York Post, was Russian disinformation.”

        Sounds like the perfect woman for the job.

        1. She knowingly lied to help swing an election and now she's in charge of facts.

          Wow. They're not even bothering to pretend.

          1. Yep, she knew the laptop was legit and lied.

        2. She look to be pure evil in her official portrait

    3. I would have too. I mean, the head of the committee Mayorkas formed was pushing the 50 IC officials proving Hunter's laptop was Russian misinformation, so what could go wrong?

    4. Still, eight stories later and Reason is pretending it didn't happen.

    5. I just saw this, and immediately came over to Reason to see if it even got a mention in the links.

      I expected they would ignore it, and they didn't disappoint.

  28. Some patients are reporting rebound COVID-19 after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid. A spokesperson from Paxlovid maker Pfizer told The Washington Post that trial data show "a small number" of people experience this but the rates are similar among people given a placebo.

    Kamala Harris, who took four shots of the vax, goes around double masked, is now infected with teh wuhan virus and is taking the drug Paxlovid which is shown to be no better than a placebo and is only EUA for those at high risk.

    That sums up the "pandemic" pretty much.

    1. Where's White Mike to read this and explain why vaccines should still be mandatory?

      1. He must be at the mature adults convention.

  29. "...The White House is signaling that it may be ready to forgive student loan debt. Meanwhile, Republicans have introduced a bill—the Stop Reckless Student Loan Actions Act —to stop this from happening..."

    Maybe, contra brandyshit and other TDS-addled assholes, there might be a difference here.

    1. Repubs need to get better at naming bills. How about:

      the Stop Inviting Loan Leniency for Youth act? (SILLY)

      or
      the Young or Old Urbanites Should Indefinitely Get No Educational Diploma Interest from Taxes act? (YOU SIGNED IT)

  30. Ohio is the latest state to consider a near-total abortion ban.

    I always figured the tide would turn on abortion at some point, I just didn't expect to happen so quickly and so soon.

  31. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/25/opinion/reactionary-new-right.html?smid=tw-share

    Hilarious. Navel-gazing woke proggie worries that self-important lefty censors and rigid cultural rules handed out from on high by woke PhDs is creating a backlash. lol

    1. Anything vigorously resisting the left-wing agenda is always considered "reactionary."

      Yeah, sort of like how an immune system "reacts" to a virus.

      1. But if you Resist(TM) populism, you are literally saving democracy.

  32. excited to see how many equal rights violations are made with the loan forgiveness program

  33. Hmm....the economy shrunk in the first quarter. After an allegedly strong 4th quarter. Sounds like great thing, really.

    1. The 4th quarter was so strong, how could any order compare?

      1. I meant to write "how could any other compare." I like this though, because if I accidentally wrote ad-copy for Biden now we'll know if they just copied and pasted it.

    2. We're in a recession already. But like most recessions, we won't know it for awhile. This one may make 2008 look like good times.

      1. But like most recessions, we won't know it for awhile.

        The ministry of disinformation will see to that.

  34. I didn't recently sit down for an interview with Hunter Biden in the White House:

    https://simulationcommander.substack.com/p/hunter-biden-the-smartest-man-in

    Me: From the endorsement of Chinese energy titans to Ukrainian biolabs and corporate boards, everything you touch seems to turn into unfathomable piles of money. Is it fair to say that it’s Hunter Biden’s world, and we’re all just helpless screaming passengers along for the ride?

    Hunter: “You forgot my painting, but yeah I think that’s fair! It’s been a great run, but the key to any good………businessman……..is the ability to look FORWARD. Not to get too high on what you’ve done yesterday, you know what I mean? The millions of dollars cashing in on my dad’s political office have been great, but they won’t last my whole life. As hard for it is for me to say it, the Big Guy won’t be around forever. At his advanced age, nearly anything could do him in: heart attack, stroke, the dementia winning once and for all, hell - even covid could do it!”

    1. I subscribed to your thing a few weeks ago. Good stuff.

    2. A+. Love the nod to ENB. Maybe she’ll subscribe.

      1. Glad somebody saw the easter egg 🙂

  35. How is everyone out there enjoying their Biden/Block Yomomma stagflation, America's first stagflation since the late 70s, early 80s?

    Tor those of you who aren't old enough to truly be able to remember it, the last great stagflation back then took us years to get out of, and for the most part was absolutely miserable for the bulk of the population. So buckle up and brace yourselves, we're in for a rough ride ahead of us now as we pay the piper for our last 13+ years of excessive, unrestrained profligacy.

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