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Plus: fight against FOSTA continues and Tennessee trooper reports Democrat for visiting falafel restaurant.

David Herraez Calzada Westend61/NewscomDavid Herraez Calzada Westend61/NewscomAnother "human trafficking operation" that wasn't. One hundred and twenty-three missing Michigan minors were found during a one-day "sex trafficking operation," the New York Post reported yesterday. Similar statements showed up in other news headlines across national and international news. What the associated articles fail to mention for multiple paragraphs is that only three of the minors are even suspected of having been involved in prostitution.

Officials said the operation—a joint effort of the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, Michigan State Police, and multiple local Michigan police departments—identified three "possible sex-trafficking cases" among the 123 minors that were located on September 26, according to a press release.

What's more, all but four of the "missing children" were not actually missing. In the remaining cases, minors were listed in a police database as missing but had since been found or returned home on their own. "Many were (homeschooled)," Lt. Michael Shaw told The Detroit News. "Some were runaways as well."

The one-day "rescue" sweep was a long-time in the making, with police beforehand "investigating their whereabouts by visiting last known addresses, friend's homes and schools."

Nothing in the U.S. Marshals report on the operation makes mention of any arrested kidnappers, "traffickers," or other adults involved in endangering or exploiting any of the missing minors that were identified. Which makes sense—very few missing children are actually abducted. And when runaway teens do engage in sex for money, the vast majority do not have "pimps."

FREE MINDS

Falafel Watch List? Tennessee state trooper Anthony Bull thought he had Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean good when he caught Dean attending "a Muslim event" while assigned to the Tennessee candidate's security detail. Bull reported this information to the campaign of Dean's Republican opponent, Bill Lee.

But it turns out the "Muslim event" was a falafel restaurant, where Dean held a meet and greet. A Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security investigation revealed the mix-up and Bull was removed from security duty.

FREE MARKETS

Fight against FOSTA continues. Electronic Frontier Foundation and Woodhull Freedom Foundation are appealing a dismissal of their lawsuit challenging the feds' attempt to hold online publishers responsible for "facilitating prostitution."

QUICK HITS

  • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced via Instagram this morning that he's registered as a Democrat.
  • The gender gap in main-party polling continues to grow.

* This post has been updated to add recent statements from Michigan State Police about the "missing children" it helped recover.

Photo Credit: David Herraez Calzada Westend61/Newscom

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced via Instagram this morning that he's registered as a Democrat.

    Gasp!

  • ||

    Hello.

    Bloomberg is the most anti-climatic nanny in the world.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    It would have been more shocking if he revealed he was registered as a Republican.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    He did after he was a registered democrat.

    Its why the term RINO is around.

  • Don't look at me!||

    It would have been more shocking satisfying if he revealed he was registered as a Republican dead person.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Ballot selfie battles continue in some states.

    despair? is it in states of despair?

  • Don't look at me!||

    State of shock?

  • General_Tso||

    State of confusion

  • General_Tso||

    State of confusion

  • loveconstitution1789||

    State of Instagram?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    CNN POLL: Democrats have a 13-point lead over Republicans on the 2018 congressional ballot (54% to 41%) among likely voters.

    MEN prefer Republicans 50-45%
    WOMEN prefer Democrats 63-33%https://t.co/VA7XcMIxmg
    — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 9, 2018

    Hillary is a shoo-in for president this November!

  • Bee Tagger||

    a wide enough margin could be the key to discovering time travel and allowing us to start again at 2016 with Hillary as president.

  • Don't look at me!||

    IT WAS HER TURN!

  • Rat on a train||

    stolen seat

  • Red Tony||

    I hate to go all loveprostitution, but I don't trust CNN's polling. Looking at the aggregates RealClearPolitics puts together, CNN's polls are routinely about +5 Democrat when compared to other polls.

    For example, CNN's Tennessee poll, 9/11-9/15, showed the Democrat with a 5 point lead. A poll taken by Fox News at the end of September and one by CBS/YouGov at the start of October had the race at +5 Republican and +8 Republican, respectively. While it's possible that public opinion shifted by 10 points, I think it's unlikely–especially since a Fox News poll that concluded on 9/11 had the Republican with a 3 point lead.

    This isn't the only example. A better one might be Missouri, where 8 out of 9 polls taken since the start of July have shown either a tied race or Hawley (R) with a two or three point lead. The only outlier? CNN's poll (9/25 - 9/29), which gives McCaskill (D) a +3 lead. (By way of comparison: a poll between 9/11 and 9/15 done by Trafalgar showed a +3 lead for Hawley; a poll by Fox News done immediately afterwards [9/29 - 10/2] showed a tied race; and a poll done during CNN's polling period [9/26 - 9/27] that covered more than twice as many likely voters showed Hawley with a +2 lead.)

  • Red Tony||

    It's completely possible that CNN's polls are correct and everyone else's are wrong. But I think they have a sampling error; whether it's intentional or unintentional, I don't know, but I don't believe CNN's polls because they constantly swing.

    (And before Palin's Buttplug wanders in with "butwutabout FAUX NUUS!" without reading the above rationale for not trusting CNN's polling, Fox News pretty much falls in line with the other polls being taken. If Fox has a sampling error, chances are good that everyone else has a sampling error too.)

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    The aggregates (RCP, 538, Pollster) are the only ones worth paying attention to.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I hate to go all Red Prostitution, but fuck you Buttplugger!

  • ||

    I hate to go all loveprostitution, but I don't trust CNN's polling. Looking at the aggregates RealClearPolitics puts together, CNN's polls are routinely about +5 Democrat when compared to other polls.

    Personally, I found this to be funnier than ~75% of OBL's stuff.

    "I don't want to come off as a kook but there might be a chance that CNN leans slightly Democrat."

  • Red Tony||

    Well it's not that CNN leans Democrat, it's that their polls lean Democrat. Every other poll, from NBC to Fox News, generally seems to fall in the same range of results; sure, it varies depending on race, but two polls taken simultaneously will be within three points of each other. Polls over the course of a month may show some change, but no more than five points–and those five will be a trend, showing climbing support/lowered support for a certain candidate as the month goes on. And then there's CNN, constantly bucking that trend in favor of Democrats.

    What I'm saying is that every other poll, regardless of the political positions of the company that puts them out, generally falls in the same range. CNN, meanwhile, constantly goes about +5 Democrat when compared with these polls. That's a problem.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    And I cynically suspect it's not accidental. They don't want to tell you the news, but want to be influencers, and cherry picking or even manipulating the numbers would be perfectly justifiable if it would hurt Trump and promote Democrats.

    These doubts became apparent in November 2016, and I would not be at all surprised if the same happens this election. I assume the majority of news outlets are biased, and am surprised whenever they are not.

  • Sufi||

    not loveprostitution it's rejecting the false trafficking narrative.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Why would any man vote Democratic now?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Like to be accused of sex crimes via unsupported screaming?

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    The greasy-haired Bible-Beating redneck trash that is the GOP is certainly one reason.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    He said any man, not proglydyte, password-forgetting, burner-email using soyboys like you, shriek.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Yeas.

    Real men, not pathetic manginas.

  • Fancylad||

    Say Buttplug. Just out of curiosity, what would you do with all those millions of evil xtian proles if you had the power? What would you do to stop them?

  • Bee Tagger||

    Bloomberg announced via Instagram

    ouch, shots fired across the bow of bloomberg.com

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Sen. Rand Paul says he'll seek to block future U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

    2nd Amendment for him but not for the Kingdom, eh?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Capitalism = climate change = genocide

    The Mask Slips
    Meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote on Twitter this morning that "The world's top scientists just gave rigorous backing to systematically dismantle capitalism as a key requirement to maintaining civilization and a habitable planet." He said that as en endorsement of the latest UN climate report, which Grist claims "shows civilization is at stake" if we don't... bring Western Civilization to an end.

    "Adaptation" to climate change is allowing planetary suicide.

    The only way to adapt to a civilizational-scale risk is to prevent it. The only way to prevent climate change is by radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions: 50% by 2030, 100% by 2040.

    Anything less is genocidal.

  • Brian.bs||

    And we look to North Korea for guidance on how to live in this non capitalist society.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Say what you want about Juche, at least it's an ethos, man.

  • ||

    The Mask Slips

    It's not really mask slipping. At least, the mask has been blatantly and fully off for quite some time. At this point it should be fully regarded as bait and switch or just outright fraud.

  • LynchPin1477||

    If their goal is prevent the worst predictions of climate change from coming to pass, then they have a safe, reliable, mature technological solution at their finger tips in nuclear power. If they aren't endorsing nuclear power as *the* solution, then they are at best concerned about other things in addition to climate change, and may very well not be concerned with climate change per se and are only using it as cover to push another agenda.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But it turns out the "Muslim event" was a falafel restaurant, where Dean held a meet and greet.

    Yeah, a meet and greet with OSAMA BIN LADEN.

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    But it turns out the "Muslim event" was a falafel restaurant,

    CODE RED TERROR ALERT!

    God, how I don't miss the Bushpig years and it's terrorist paranoia.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I almost prefer it to the modern form of nearly comatose sublimation to anything claimed to be anti terror.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    ""Bushpig years and it's terrorist paranoia."'

    If you want to see terrorist paranoia in full swing, just look at liberal NYC.

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    Ford to layoff up to 24,000 workers due to Trump's trade war

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/fo.....trade-war/

    Are you sick of "winning" yet?

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    This economy is TERRIBLE! With Sam's Club closing a bunch of stores, and now this? I know Democrats already have so much to talk about for November (Russia, Kavanaugh) but they shouldn't neglect their economic message.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #LibertariansForKrugman

  • Nardz||

    #LibertariansForKrugman

    Nice

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    Seriously, this growth cycle (which began in 2009) has peaked. There will be a recession (two quarters of negative GDP) in the next year - 2019.

  • 0x1000||

    Want to… ahem… bet on it?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I would bet but you'll never pay.

    It takes talent to be wrong as much as you are, make bets, refuse to pay bets after you lose, and then yell when we laugh at you.

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    LovesTrumpsTinyMushroomDick1789 is our resident idiot.

    You are new here, you liar. I lost $20 and paid it via a donation to Reason (which I donate to anyway). Lying won't save you Big Government Trump-tards. You are a fad that will pass.

  • General_Tso||

    He donated to the 'Human Fund'.

    I saw the card.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Poor Buttplugger. Ignored and laughed at.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Lying scumbag.

    How long did you cry your ass off this weekend, rosacea-face?

  • Don't look at me!||

    So it's just cycles, and not who is president?

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    Cycles are inevitable.

    Federal policy exacerbates or mitigates cycles. Trump's corporate tax cut is a mild Keynesian sugar high that has not been effective since it went into effect this year.

  • Nardz||

    You're dressing up like TV characters and clawing at the doors of the SC like zombies. I find this entertaining.
    So... nope, not yet tired of winning

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    She's doing that just because no one in the Senate believed her about Kavanaugh? Seems kind of harsh.

  • lap83||

    now that is funny.......the idea that she has employees, I mean

  • DPICM||

    "is estimated to be about 24,000 workers worldwide".

    If these are not American workers, how do we know that we are not winning? How do we know that positions vacated by workers laid off overseas will not create new positions here for which Americans will be hired?

    That article isn't exactly the searing indictment you suppose it to be.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Minnesota parents have filed "a civil-rights lawsuit that claims Child Protection Services' laws in Minnesota are similar to kidnapping and should not be legal."

    Come from south of the US border and maybe people will be interested in keeping your family together, cheeseheads.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    Cheeseheads are from Wisconsin (Green Bay Packers fans) not Minnesota.

  • lap83||

    he better hope he never finds himself in the upper midwest saying things like that, as if it's not chilly enough up there

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I put that in there so that you people wouldn't fact check any of my other statements. It's the classic flypaper approach.

  • Mongo||

    Minnesodans are squareheads.

  • Bee Tagger||

    WOMEN prefer Democrats 63-33%

    women, always be yellin, right guys?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Shocking Internal Google Docs Prove Their Orwellian Goals and Desire to Squash Free Speech
    Google continues on to admit that tech firms are performing a "balancing act" between two incompatible positions," creating an unmediated marketplace of ideas and creating well-ordered spaces for safety and civility. It says that 100% commitment to the American tradition of prioritizing free speech goes against commitment to the European tradition of favoring dignity over liberty and civility over freedom. One example of this that they use is censoring racial and religious hatred, even when there is no provocation of violence.

    'THE GOOD CENSOR': Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'
    The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a "utopian narrative" that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad behavior" on the part of users. It can be read in full below.

  • Don't look at me!||

    No more wrongthink! All problems are now solved. Peace and harmony around the world.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    At least it's not the government doing this, right guys? I mean, global megacorps could NEVER form alliances with politicians for mutually beneficial arrangements. Silicon Valley technicians and managers are natural libertarians!

  • chipper me timbers||

    "One example of this that they use is censoring racial and religious hatred, even when there is no provocation of violence."

    Of course they will helpfully define what constitutes 'racial and religious hatred'. I'm guessing that supporting Trump's wall will be included. lol

  • ||

    Google continues on to admit that tech firms are performing a "balancing act" between two incompatible positions," creating an unmediated marketplace of ideas and creating well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.

    Considering the recently news about GooglePlus let's go with 'trying to create' rather than 'creating'.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    People in Pennsylvania prisons can now only get black-and-white printouts of their kids' drawings, after being converted into a searchable electronic document and reviewed. The DOC is paying a company $376,000 per month to eliminate "personal mail." https://t.co/8G9sMJlx9d
    — The Appeal (@theappeal) October 9, 2018

    You called them people? SOFT ON CRIME.

  • albo||

    There's a crackdown because convicts are being sent mail that has be soaked in drugs. Guards are getting sick, and obviously the prisoners get drugs to use and sell inside.

  • Cathy L||

    Lol

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Cathy L does not think that happens.

  • Mongo||

    The last incident I heard of this was determined to be mass hysteria on the part of the prison guards.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I represented clients who were charged with smuggling drugs into prisons.

    Firstly, you would be shocked at how many drugs and homemade inebriants there are in prison. (Even for drug law ending Libertarians)

    Second, you would be surprised at how drugs get into prisons.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    A lot of guards sickness is actually from the dawning realization of the cruelty they are complicitly a part of.

  • Ron||

    whats the cost difference between scanning in color vs scanning in black and white? there is no difference so why black and white?

  • General_Tso||

    Color copies run about .20 per compared to .10 for b&w (corporate rates). About 1/3 of that is actual cost.

    (I'm a disgruntled Xerox employee)

  • Zeb||

    Really? How many guards have been sickened because of this?

    Sounds like the stories I heard in elementary school about drug pushers showing kids pretty pictures soaked in LSD to get them "hooked".

  • loveconstitution1789||

    If you believe the facts about drugs found and used in prison, then these drugs have to get into prison somehow.

    Why wouldn't prisoners and their helps use methods that work?

    Why wouldn't you put tabs of LSD under stamps? Soak paper in water-drug solutions? Use water-drug solutions to seal envelops?

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    A ream of cocaine?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    500 shits to the wind.

  • Don't look at me!||

    $376,000 a month ? Wish I would have thought of it.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    How long have you had this identity?

  • Drave Robber||

    Gotta ask Tony if it works the other way around.

  • Red Tony||

    Quantum physics has nothing to do with time travel. I'd explain it, but I don't understand it either. Especially since they just threw me back here through a hole.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    they just threw me back here through a hole.

    I'm sure it was a glory-ous hole.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    That's Yellow Tony.

  • Rat on a train||

    You can only know your gender or sexual preference at any given time?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Heartbroken mum of teen who killed himself after withdrawn rape allegation found hanged at family home
    The family of grief-stricken Karin Cheshire, 55, said she 'could not see a future' without son Jay Cheshire, 17, who took his own life after allegations of rape were made against him.

    The complaint was withdrawn after two weeks but were said to have deeply affected Jay.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Don't look at me!||

    Excellent..
    ( said in Monty Burns voice)

  • damikesc||

    Every Dem SHOULD...none will, though.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    It's a irresponsible statement that everyone who considers themselves as civilized should denounce.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    The intel agencies said the Russians were trying to sow division among the American people. Hillary's call for no civility plays into the Russian plan.

    Also why would Hilary think the lack of civility would end once the dems were elected? If the lack of it is a useful tool, bet the republicans will use it too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Blame sloppy government science for American dietary confusion, writes Nina Teicholz.

    The bacon levels are going to rise steadily until we completely lose Florida if we don't do something now!

  • MiloMinderbinder||

    Another "human trafficking operation" that wasn't. One hundred and twenty-three missing Michigan minors were found during a one-day "sex trafficking operation,"

    Human Trafficking ≠ Sex Trafficking

  • Don't look at me!||

    What else are humans good for?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Portland Police Want To Charge Driver With Crimes After Escaping Mob Protest – Violent Protesters Considered "Victims"
    Now police are encouraging the protesters to come forward as "victims" so they can charge the driver of the car with crimes. The police refer to the violent thugs as "pedestrians."

  • damikesc||

    Perhaps its time for a Republican to mimic Eisenhower and send in the National Guard to protect the civil rights of Americans.

  • Ron||

    Proof that the police are working with Antifa to create a new legal system where Antifa is in charge of what the police do

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ballot selfie battles continue in some states.

    In my day it was planking on the ballot box.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Great news for libertarians! Maybe we didn't lose the Kavanaugh fight after all!

    Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment is possible if Democrats win the midterm elections, Cory Booker says

    Everybody here needs to vote straight ticket Democrat next month. The #BlueTsunami Congress can remove not only the illegitimate President, but also his illegitimate Supreme Court picks.

    #LibertariansForBooker

  • ||

    Supreme Court picks

    Why stop at Trump and Kavanaugh?

    #ImpeachGorsuch
    #Becausewhythefucknot

  • Cathy L||

    What the associated articles fail to mention for multiple paragraphs is that only three of the minors are even suspected of having been involved in prostitution.

    I assume they also fail to mention that these children weren't "missing" but were runaways who have now been forcibly dragged back to their parents?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Another "human trafficking operation" that wasn't.

    Next up: ENB decries Soul Asylum's Runaway Train video.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    This will be Reasons finest article since Tucille's scathing critique of Semi-Charmed life.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Bill and Hillary Clinton to Start 13-City Paid Speaking Tour After Midterms

    I wish I could attend, but I don't think it'll stop by my town.

    Of course conservatives are pouncing on the supposed hypocrisy of continuing to put Bill Clinton out there in the #MeToo #BelieveWomen era, given what the progressive / libertarian alliance just did to Kavanaugh. But that's a false equivalence. Bill Clinton is not up for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Neither is Keith Ellison. Brett Kavanaugh, however, is.

    #StillWithHer

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Trump should nominate Bill to the Supreme Court when the next vacancy opens up just for the lutz.

  • damikesc||

    Remember, Democrats HATE the Clintons. Say so all of the time.

  • Ken Shultz||

    MEN prefer Republicans 50-45%
    WOMEN prefer Democrats 63-33%

    Seems to suggest that men are five times more likely than women to prefer independents or be swing voters.

  • Cathy L||

    You know you can click through and see the actual results, right?

    Men: 50% R, 45% D, 2% neither/other, 4% undecided
    Women: 63% D, 33% R, 1% neither/other, 2% undecided

    Of course, I'm not sure how you got "five times more likely" when you were only missing 5 points from the men's side and 4 points from the women's side.

  • Don't look at me!||

    If there has been anything learned, it's that we should take polls super seriously.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "I'm not sure how you got "five times more likely"

    Women: 63+33=99

    100-99=1*

    Men: 50+45=95

    100-95=5*

    1%* times 5 = 5%

    Also, there's a qualifier in what I wrote, right at the front of the sentence, "Seems to suggest". Hard to miss, really.

    Meanwhile,

    Men: 50% R, 45% D, 2% neither/other, 4% undecided

    50+45+2+4 = 101%

    Women: 63% D, 33% R, 1% neither/other, 2% undecided

    63+33+1+2 = 102%.

    Or, maybe you'd prefer to look at it this way:

    Men: 2% + 4% = 6%

    Women 1% + 2% = 3%

    Either way, those numbers seem to suggest that men are twice as likely as women to be independent or swing voters.

    3% times 2 = 6%.

    You don't really need a man to explain everything to you, do you?

  • Cathy L||

    Women: 63+33=99

    I think I found your problem.

    You don't really need a man to explain everything to you, do you?

    No, I don't.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Yeah, I just woke up, I've been sick, and I screwed up. It's happened before, and it'll happen again.

  • Cathy L||

    Yeah, so instead of getting butthurt next time try reading what someone is saying and realizing you might have made a mistake.

    Apologies are also nice when you act like a moron and then a dickhead about being called out, but you're obviously allergic to that.

  • Ken Shultz||

    This isn't the first time I've read your shit. Assuming your criticism was front loaded horseshit was a pretty good assumption given your track record. Broken clocks, twice a day. Whatever observation there was of you in that wasn't just based on what you wrote here today.
    I made a semi-dyslexic addition error.

    You want an apology because I assumed you were being your typical self?

    Blow it out your ass.

  • Bubba Jones||

    One thing I have learned about women is that I wouldn't assume that what they say (poll) correlates highly with what they do (vote).

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    (CNN)Former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to be released from prison about three months earlier than initially scheduled, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

    In May 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor in federal court in Manhattan. The charges stem from communications that the former congressman had with a 15-year-old girl on social media sites between January and March 2016.

    Weiner had it coming.

  • Sevo||

    The russkis WIN!

    "Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul"
    [...]
    "While there's bipartisan support for cracking down on unregistered foreign agents, several of the changes proposed in congressional bills could backfire by sweeping in a host of unintended targets, according to critics. That pushback has effectively kept the legislation from advancing as lobbying groups press for revisions."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/
    objections-blunt-momentum-for-foreign-
    lobbying-law-overhaul/2018/10/09/e261e866
    -cc06-11e8-ad0a-0e01efba3cc1_story.html?
    noredirect=on_term=.d337c61713c7

  • sarcasmic||

    I wonder how many people outside Reason understand that "sex-trafficking" means voluntary prostitution.

    The term conjures up images of women being tied up and thrown into the trunk of a car before being sold into sexual slavery.

    Which is intentionally misleading of course.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It really does. I'm sure that many, if you called them on this misleading phrasing, would call it slavery anyway though because they did it because they needed money.

  • sarcasmic||

    Then all work is slavery, because people need money to live.

  • Jerryskids||

    Arbeit macht nicht frei. Haven't you been paying attention to the Democratic Socialists? Everybody is entitled to everything, it's a basic human right.

  • Ron||

    All work is only slavery when you have to pay a portion to the government otherwise work is a free will enterprise that people can choose to do or not do and if you want to live in more than a card board box somewhere you better get a job and be a slave to the government

  • Ron||

    All work is only slavery when you have to pay a portion to the government otherwise work is a free will enterprise that people can choose to do or not do and if you want to live in more than a card board box somewhere you better get a job and be a slave to the government

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    No one tell Anthony Bull where the word algebra comes from. He'll want to ban math.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Chemjeff, you kooky kommie, algebra has nothing to do with Falafel.

  • Don't look at me!||

    If you had ever taken the time to learn how to make falafel, you would know that advanced mathematics are involved.

  • Dillinger||

    truly the only way to falafel.

  • Jerryskids||

    To be fair, it's Tennessee. Chef Boyardee is considered ethnic food in Tennessee, they don't know what falafel is.

  • lap83||

    CNN POLL: Democrats have a 13-point lead over Republicans on the 2018 congressional ballot (54% to 41%) among likely voters.

    MEN prefer Republicans 50-45%
    WOMEN prefer Democrats 63-33%https://t.co/VA7XcMIxmg

    So 50% of their male viewers hate-watch CNN, whereas only 33% of their female viewers hate-watch it.

  • Cathy L||

    Yeah, because likely voters and CNN viewers are the same thing.

  • Fancylad||

    Maybe not, but CNN and the DNC are the same thing, and their viewers would have to be insanely naive not to notice.

  • Drave Robber||

    Falafel Watch List


    Paging Remy.

  • Mongo||

    Is this guy any good? I have never seen even just a snippet of his videos.

  • Ordinary Person||

    Apparently Trump is pulling money from cancer research and transferring it to immigration enforcement. It's costing something like $750 a night to house those little kids he kidnapped. There's a Huffington Post story laying it all out that may interest y'all.

  • Ordinary Person||

    My bad. It's "imprison" not "house".

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Well, that is actually old news.

    It seems as though the problem began when ORR decided to start fingerprinting the relatives of unaccompanied kids in custody who showed up to pick them up from the detention facilities.

    Since many of the relatives themselves are undocumented immigrants themselves, they have been hesitant to come forward to claim the kids.

    Therefore the kids stay in detention centers longer, costing more money than anticipated.

  • Don't look at me!||

    $750 a night? Must be in a Trump hotel.

  • Sarah Palin's Buttplug||

    I read that 1.5 million immigrants will enter the USA in 2018 - up slightly.

    The one thing Trump was supposed to get right is another lie of his.

  • Jerryskids||

    Hey, it's certainly not Trump's fault that the improving economy is attracting more illegal immigrants looking for work!

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    So you're saying that in order to save er jerbs, we first have to sink the economy and lose er jerbs?

    BRILLIANT!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I've seen someone suggest that. I think they were being facetious, but who stranger things have happened.

  • DPICM||

    Trump asks Congress to fund a border wall and they don't. Trump tries to put a ban on immigrants from certain countries and the left challenges it in court and blocks it. Trump tries to detain illegals at the border and the left files suit to block it. Trump tries to withhold funding from sanctuary cities to get them to cooperate in enforcing immigration law and the left sues to block it. Trump tries to have ICE conduct increased immigration raids and leftist jurisdictions instruct their employees to actively obstruct and resist these efforts.

    But, yeah. Totally Trump's fault that there's more immigration. What a liar he is.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    There's a Huffington Post story laying it all out that may interest y'all.

    LOL.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>There's a Huffington Post story laying it all out that may interest y'all.

    likelihood low.

  • lap83||

    "Trump is pulling money from cancer research"

    Umm, knowing the typical federal research it's more than likely from studies with objectives like: does climate change cause cancer in federal agents who are really into teen sexting? Not a huge loss

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    "Nothing in the U.S. Marshals report on the operation makes mention of any arrested kidnappers, "traffickers," or other adults involved in endangering or exploiting any of the missing minors that were identified"

    Well now that is not what you hear on the local news at 6 and 11; I mean seriously, who would be interested in just some runaways vs. human/sex trafficking? And just think of the grants and jobs of police and regulatory people who depend on this hysteria, I mean narrative.

    That and Reason obviously hates children. Do you seriously want a bunch of free rangers being picked off the street, drugged out of their minds, and sent to a brothel in Tijuana? Seems this happens every day in increasing numbers! Your child could be next, and probably will be if you don't act now! Elect the most progressive politician on the ballot and they will fix this for all of us, and insure our children's future!

  • damikesc||

    So, no more "No Labels" is no more?

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Dean spokeswoman Paige Hill confirmed that Dean did not go to a mosque, but that the meet-and-greet event had initially been listed on his schedule as a "Muslim community event," as the restaurant owner is part of Knoxville's Muslim community."

    The question was apparently about whether Dean went to a mosque. His opponent was hoping to get a photo of him in a mosque. That's fairly disgraceful in that appears to be trying to leverage prejudice against Muslims to help win an election.

    You know what else is legitimately disgraceful? Being ashamed of having gone to a mosque for fear of being associated with Muslims. Someone should ask Dean if he'd be ashamed of having attended a mosque and if so why.

    For the record, I've attended mosque many times, used to go regularly. Where else would you go if you want to learn about Islam, Breitbart?

  • lap83||

    It definitely plays off Muslim prejudices, but is it dirtier than the average political ad fodder? I think people are more likely to get offended by something like this, and the media loves pointing and laughing at rednecks, so it gets national coverage. But campaign ads always try to convey the opponent as children-eating grandma murderers.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Yes, I suspect having been photographed at a mosque might really hurt a candidate, and plenty of campaigns make similarly awful claims on other subjects--immigration, crime, etc. being excellent examples.

    That being said, we should call them out for their awfulness. If some people want to maintain that unsubstantiated allegations from 35 years ago should disqualify someone from public office because they suggest lingering sexism, maybe we should also look at credible allegations of bigotry happening right before our eyes today.

    The lead in this story isn't about some law enforcement officer being removed from security detail for violating his non-disclosure agreement. It's about turning association with Muslims into a political hot potato.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Michael Bloomberg announced via Instagram this morning that he's registered as a Democrat.

    Democrat party hardest hit.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Ballot selfies

    went to court because not enough to just tell everyone for whom they voted. people suck.

  • TLBD||

    Looking at the poll in the tweet , it seems that everyone believes that they will be better off with Republicans in Congress, but are going to vote Democrat anyway? Most people also believe that the Republicans will win.

    I can see the Democrats having a slight edge, but there is no way that poll is accurate on generic ballot.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Well, people keep insisting that Trump voters were voting against their own interests. So maybe this is just more of the same.

  • Bubba Jones||

    The people I know who support Dems do so because they don't like Trump/Cruz etc as people.

    It bears no relation to actual policy positions or campaign promises. In fact, most of my lefty friends couldn't tell you what Beto actually wants. His campaign ads are incredibly vapid.

    "Ted Cruz is an asshole and no one likes him. Senators hate him."

    Those seem like good features to me.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Their disgusting failed smear job they just tried to pull is going to backfire on them, big time. Nobody likes a witch hunt.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Tennessee state trooper Anthony Bull thought he had Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean good

    thought he had him good how?

  • Intelligent Mr Toad||

    I already falawful.

  • perlchpr||

    It's really weird to see tweets from people I know show up in the AM Links.

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