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No, Gov. Cuomo, Journalists Shouldn't Be an Extra-Protected Class: Reason Roundup

Plus: Rand Paul has "never been prouder" of Trump, the Women's March clashes with the Park Service, and Vegas' first Stripper Parade & Expo is coming soon.

WARNER BROTHERS / Album/NewscomWARNER BROTHERS / Album/NewscomNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must not be getting enough attention this week. Apropos of nothing, Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that they should "make assaulting the press a felony" in the State of New York. "Last year saw heinous and deadly attacks against members of the press," he continued, adding that "journalists must be protected from the threat of physical harm" while doing their jobs.

Hmmm. Here's a thing that Cuomo, as governor, should know: It's already against the law in New York to assault anybody—including journalists, even! Depending on the severity of the assault, it can even be a felony.

This system—determining severity of punishments based on severity of offense—makes sense. Meting out more severe punishments based on who is victimized doesn't. In fact, it kind of goes against everything the U.S. criminal justice is supposed to stand for. (I said supposed to.) And not only is it highly immoral to suggest some people are more deserving of protection than others, but it also seems likely to breed even more resentment about media and, if anything, make members of the press more likely to face "the threat of physical harm."

Lastly, a law like this would open it up for government officials to determine who is and isn't a journalist, in an era when anyone with smartphone can cover breaking events. Do you trust state officials to get those determinations right? Really, it's kind of a lose-lose situation either way, as recognizing that formal affiliations aren't needed to be counted as a journalist (good!) would lead to more enhanced criminal sentences for simple assault (not good!).

Cuomo's nonsense suggestion, as attorney David Menschel tweets, "is a good example of the kind of thing I mean when I say mass incarceration is a *style of politics*. We have to learn to stop using the criminal law to pander and to ostentatiously demonstrate our belief that something is wrong."

If Cuomo really "wants to be a Press Hero," suggests Reason's C.J. Ciaramella, "he can support the improvement of NY public record laws, which are very bad and an embarrassment to the state."

FOLLOWUP

Rand Paul has "never been prouder of President Donald Trump," as the White House confirms that withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria is still on.

People have been using the recent killing of four Americans in Syria to try to goad the administration into committing to boots on the ground forever. But yesterday Trump told a meeting of Republican lawmakers that he had no plans to reverse his decision on Syria or Afghanistan.

"I have never been prouder of President Donald Trump," Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) tweeted after the meeting. "In today's meeting, he stood up for a strong America and steadfastly opposed foreign wars. Putting America first means declaring victory in Afghanistan and Syria. President Trump is delivering on his promises!"

FREE MINDS

Women's March organizers say the government shutdown has forced them from the National Mall to Freedom Plaza, in front of the White House. But the National Park Service said it was march organizers who requested the location change. "Any assertion that the National Park Service has encouraged any organizer to cancel their First Amendment demonstration is patently false," the agency said in a statement. More:

The National Park Service has been clear that our process would protect those fundamental rights by processing applications for First Amendment events that had been submitted prior to lapse of appropriations. Permits for First Amendment demonstrations that are currently being processed include the Indigenous Peoples March, March for Life, and Women's March.

FREE MARKETS

Expo to celebrate exotic dancing. The first ever "Las Vegas Stripper Parade & Expo" will take place in Las Vegas this upcoming August. AVN describes it as a "large-scale public celebration and a professional B2B conference produced by women and catering specifically to exotic dancing professionals."

Organizers Polly Superstar and Cory Mervis are launching a crowdfunding campaign to prepare. ""Crowdfunding this project enables us to stay true to the vision and prioritize the real needs of the stripper community," said Superstar.

QUICK HITS

  • State cannabusinesses can breathe a sigh of relief: Attorney general nominee William Barr said during confirmation hearings yesterday that he wouldn't go after state-licensed marijuna suppliers.
  • The movement for a second Brexit vote is growing in the U.K. "Political leaders from the Scottish National Party (SNP), Wales' Plaid Cymru, the Green party and Liberal Democrats are calling on their fellow opposition party, Labour, to join them in calling for a second referendum on Brexit, known now as a 'People's Vote,'" says CNBC.
  • Anastasia Vashukevich—the Belarusan woman who claimed her tryst with oligarch Oleg Deripaska earned her dirt on Russian meddling in the U.S. election—will be released from Thai prison after spending nearly a year there on prostitution charges. An author, social media star, and seduction coach who goes by "Nastya Rybka," Vashuckevich was arrested along with a group of "sex educators" who have for years given classes in and around Russia.
  • Creepy or cool? "When the patch is applied for several seconds, microscopic needles break off on the surface of the skin and administer the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel over a period of time."
  • We won't recreate Gawker exactly as it was, but we will build upon Gawker's legacy and triumphs—and learn from its missteps," says Bryan Goldberg, founder of Bustle and owner of a resurrecting Gawker.
  • A primer on the Channel 4/Netflix series Derry Girls, which you should all watch.
  • Watch former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, now with VICE News, interview Ann Coulter.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Rand Paul has "never been prouder of President Donald Trump," as the White House confirms that withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria is still on.

    But secretly it's because of the shutdown that he's proud.

  • ||

    Hello.

    "...known now as a 'People's Vote,'"

    As opposed to the first one which wasn't about people but about vampires, zombies and aliens.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Continuing the EUs glorious tradition of holding votes until the damned plebs get it right.

  • juris imprudent||

    To be fair that is an improvement over the older tradition of one more war and we'll finally have the borders right.

  • Mickey Rat||

    That is a low bar for "better".

  • Dillinger||

    thought "because of the shutdown" was going to be the end of the sentence.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad
    That's right. It's class war masquerading as something else, but people have seen through the mask.

    Understanding this won't make the conflict less intense, but it might make it clearer what's really at stake. What's happening in America is an echo of what's happening in democracies around the world, and it's not happening because of Trump. Trump is the symptom of a ruling class that many of the ruled no longer see as serving their interest, and the anti-Trump response is mostly the angry backlash of that class as it sees its position, its perquisites and — perhaps especially — its self-importance threatened.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The Left Won't Stop At Alex Jones. The Slippery Slope Is Real, And We're On It
    The same people who ceded control of public education, the federal bureaucracy, the media, movies, and music to the left have once again found another hill not worth dying on. "It's only social media," they say. Yeah, fear not. Around 2.5 billion people use Facebook and Twitter. What's the worst that can happen if we just let the left have them?

    ...We need to stop whistling past the graveyard and realize the left is seeking total victory. They do not want to compete in a marketplace of ideas. Their goal is to silence dissenting voices.

    Look down at where you're standing at this very moment. That is where you draw your line in the sand. Do not give them another inch.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • GryFalcon||

    OMG, did you know that Google write ALGORITHMS to find things on the internet? And, they don't always catch everything and then THEY HAVE TO FIX IT until they can fix their algorithms? Who knew all this was going on in a business that makes it's money writing algorithms to search for information? All those poor people searching for information on abortion will have to find actual reliable information on medical procedures like information from the NIH or Mayo clinic, and directions for where to go to in your local area to get an "abortion" -- instead of strangers ranting about their opinions on abortion in the top ten search results and places to go to NOT get an abortion, just like they would find information on heart surgery and places to go to to get heart surgery -- because, you know, people forget that IT'S A MEDICAL PROCEDURE. But, don't worry, if you scroll down, your pro-life sites and creepy videos and crazy rants are all still there, safe and sound. If someone WANTS to look at them, all they will ever have to do is to google "pro-life" and there it will be, right at the top of the list. Thank you, Google, for making search results relevant, so that everyone will find what they were looking for. Pro-lifers, have no fear. If you will only learn how to use search terms properly, you can still find all your stuff. It didn't go anywhere.

  • Nardz||

    Useful idiot announced

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Hihn did just get banned and his posts removed this morning.

    A new Hihn sock should appear poste haste.

  • Dillinger||

    wow dude.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Rich||

    HATE CRIME!

  • JWatts||

    "According to insiders, a (female) vice president of Procter & Gamble recently told a 100-strong meeting: "I will never promote a straight, white man again.""

    Unless there's actual proof, I'm going to call bullshit on this story. With that big a group you'd have someone willing to go on the record about a VP making such an outrageous and probably illegal statement.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No way that's true without repercussions.

  • Nardz||

    "Trump is the symptom of a ruling class that many of the ruled no longer see as serving their interest, and the anti-Trump response is mostly the angry backlash of that class as it sees its position, its perquisites and — perhaps especially — its self-importance threatened."

    Finally someone else sees it.
    Yes Trump is an existential threat to these people because he threatens their self-conceit above all else.
    They are not the nobles they imagine themselves to be and, without the blood to set them apart, can no longer skate by on incompetence and hollow credentials.
    They are being forced to realize that most "below" their station are quite a bit more capable than themselves.
    They lust for neo-feudal structures to insulate and enshrine their position- and this above all else is the purpose of progressivism

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    "They lust for neo-feudal structures to insulate and enshrine their position- and this above all else is the purpose of progressivism"

    That's why they love open borders

  • GryFalcon||

    Are you kidding? Trump IS the ruling class. Rich and entitled, and puzzled as to why he cannot just issue an edict as president and have what he wants. Demanding loyalty oaths from his appointees and terribly confused as to why, when he breaks the law, he can't just order the prosecutors to stop investigating him. Great admirer of such autocrats as Putin of Russia and Kim Jung Un of North Korea.

    Trump is not hero of the common man. He is the Plantation Owner.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Much like your hero FDR.

  • Nardz||

    Progressives are so fucking stupid. Desperate too.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Rich and entitled, and puzzled as to why he cannot just issue an edict as president and have what he wants.

    Based on the actions of his predecessor, it's not hard to see why he'd think this.

  • Yellow Tony||

    He likes McDonald's.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    He likes ketchup on his steak.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Everyone says they like people who defy convention, until they actually do so.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Speaking of plantation owners...

    The Democratic Party, the Party of slavery.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    It is ALSO the other way around.

    The cultural majority sees that their status is threatened by the pace of rapid change, and they vote for Trump in a vain attempt to stop this change and secure their status as the cultural touchstone in society.

  • NealAppeal||

    Before OBL has to remind you, the 'cultural majority' voted for Hillary.

  • Just Say'n||

    Yes. They are upset that working people lose jobs in coal mines, because their profession offends the sensibilities of rich people who live hundreds of miles away from them. They are upset that an endless amount of rent seeking pours into cities while industry leaves their rural towns.

    But, your super brave for defending a parasitic elite.

  • BYODB||

    Pretty much exactly this. The working blue collar types that were once the bread and butter of the Democrat party switched sides and elected a 1995 Democrat who was clever enough to switch parties. Trump didn't leave the Democrat party, the Democrat party left Trump.

    In a duopoly, where else would go he go other than the Republican party? I think we'll find that as the years go by, the Republicans will look more and more like 1995 Democrats. They need the voters.

  • BigT||

    "the Republicans will look more and more like 1995 Democrats"

    They'll feel our pain? Or they'll say the era of big government is over?

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    "threatened by the pace of rapid change"

    What rapid change are you referring to, Jeff?

    Is there some sort of large population entering the US that's changing the culture in an unstable way? Please tell me more.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Watch former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, now with VICE News, interview Ann Coulter...

    In a just world this would break the internet.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    He was hilarious on the last Fifth Column podcast.

  • BigT||

    No, he was a drunken fool. While he sometimes is humorous and occasionally has insights or historical perspective, he talks and interrupts way too much. He has TDS in a big way.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Neither of them have fat asses.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Unless Annie is announcing that she is, in fact, an ET from the future, I can't imagine her saying anything of interest to this human.

  • Yellow Tony||

    She's actually a Lovecraftian horror. She enjoys rough sex on top of villages in the evening and raping dreams at night.

  • Dillinger||

    in.

  • BYODB||

    Calling her a Lovecraftian horror isn't fair to the horrors. She makes them go mad!

    Cthulhu prefers Shapiro.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The movement for a second Brexit vote is growing in the U.K.

    Hillary wonders if this idea couldn't be put to use here in the States.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Keep voting until you get it right. See all the damage we do if we don't get our way? Do you want more?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +100

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Supports of democracy throwing a fit when they fall into the 49% group. Go figure.

  • BYODB||

    Most people support the tyranny of the majority for precisely as long as they are the majority.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    When the patch is applied for several seconds, microscopic needles break off on the surface of the skin and administer the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel over a period of time.

    The skin on what body part?

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    It's not the drug that's the contraceptive, it's the needles.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    What Does Socialism Have to Do With Sex?

    Ghodsee discusses several fascinating studies that suggested East German women reported higher levels of satisfaction, even the non-orgasmic kind, than their West German sisters. The division of domestic labor in the East was more equitable, in part because of a system of state-funded creches that allowed East German women to remain a part of the workforce. Because men in the East could not depend upon wealth or economic success to win over a mate, they had to rely upon other attributes, including, Ghodsee argues, a greater sensitivity to the needs of women. Divorce was easier in the East, so women could liberate themselves from unhappy relationships with less difficulty. And, as Ghodsee suggests, the very aspects of East German life that struck the West as the most repugnant—the totalitarian foreclosure of the public sphere—meant that the domestic and private spheres became, perforce, more important and more worthy of care and personal investment.
  • Crusty Juggler||

    Elsewhere in the state-socialist East of the twentieth century, women's rights and freedoms were extended—not with the intention of cultivating women's self-actualization, as Western mainstream feminism sought to do, but for more basic economic reasons. Women made up half of the potential workforce—and more than half in countries where the male population had been ravaged by war. In 1950, fifty-two per cent of Soviet workers were female, compared with twenty-eight per cent of North American workers. While American women were being encouraged to find fulfillment as wives and mothers, Soviet women were being sent to universities to become scientists or trained to become cosmonauts. Women in the Eastern Bloc were, like their Western counterparts, encouraged to have children. But they were entitled to state-funded maternity leave, a provision that, outrageously, still eludes American women. Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, the United States remains one of only a handful of countries that lacks legislation guaranteeing any kind of paid maternity leave. (The others include Suriname and Papua New Guinea.)
  • Dillinger||

    wild sex in the working class, after five it's a gas.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    This is, what, a year old by now? Laughed at then, too.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Tell us all about it!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Elsewhere in the state-socialist East of the twentieth century, women's rights and freedoms were extended—not with the intention of cultivating women's self-actualization, as Western mainstream feminism sought to do, but for more basic economic reasons.

    MORE freedoms in East Germany? Hahaha. These fucking Socialists that work in media say ridiculous things.

  • JWatts||

    Come on now. It was a Worker's Paradise!

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    East Germany was ahead of it's time by allowing transgenders to compete in the Olympics.

  • Furzeydown||

    'Give up your freedoms, the sex is better this way!'

    I need a drink.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that they should "make assaulting the press a felony" in the State of New York.

    THE PRESS IN FREEDOM OF THE PRESS REFERS TO THE PRINTING PRESS AND BY EXTENSION THE MECHANISMS OF SPEECH.

  • juris imprudent||

    Pandy Andy doesn't grok the victim stack.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • ||

    "Watch former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, now with VICE News, interview Ann Coulter:"

    They let him be libertarian there?

  • juris imprudent||

    Apparently not - would he freely associate with Coulter if he a choice?

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Cathy L decides, thank you very much.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Basing statutory rape laws on this set of criteria would be better than picking an age, how?

    How would you know before the fact that you were not statutorily raping your partner? Given the notion that there are people too immature to give consent to sex.

  • 0x1000||

    Well, when morality devolves to statute you've already lost anyway.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Judges are not skilled enough to decide when someone is ready. As flawed as age is as a standard for consent laws, because of variety in human physiology, we should have an age of consent law, because age is an objective standard. A Romeo and Juliet clause allowing relationships between people within 5 years of each other's age will legalize romances between the late bloomers and early bloomers. Set 12 as the absolute minimum regardless of the other party's age and 21 as the age at which you can date anyone who is also over the age of 21. The Romeo and Juliet clause would cover people between the age of 12 and 21.

    By the way, Saudi Arabia lets a bride get married at any age with, and only with, her father's permission, and Israel lets each religious group make its own marriage laws. Those are the role models Arvin Vohra was referencing when Facebook users freaked out.

  • Eddy||

    "Age is just a number, Your Honor."

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Still not convinced Drumpf is Putin's Puppet? Max Boot assembles a devastating case in the Washington Post.

    Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset

    And recall according to MSNBC Drumpf may have been a Russian asset since as far back as 1987. Therefore the hacked election of 2016 is the biggest scandal in the history of not only the United States, but the entire planet.

    Fortunately Mueller is putting the finishing touches on his investigation and will remove Drumpf from office by the end of this year.

    #StillWithHer
    #TrumpRussia
    #ItsMuellerTime

  • Just Say'n||

    You sound like Julian Sanchez at CATO. Flexing those small government bona fides

  • JWatts||

    "...and will remove Drumpf from office by the end of this year."

    Wait, wasn't that what you said last year?

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    I look forward to hearing it next year too.

  • BigT||

    In 2025 it will certainly come true.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    This is what happens when you don't move over for law enforcement

    When State Trooper Jack Keller starts his shift, his biggest concern is getting home safely.

    The 'Move Over' law is designed to help law enforcement do just that. It was named after two New York State law enforcement officers.

    "Trooper Robert Ambrose from the New York State Police and of course Deputy Glenn Searles who is from Onondaga County," said Keller. "Both men were killed unfortunately due to an accident involving somebody who wasn't paying attention."

    Yet time and time again, crashes like these continue to happen.
  • Crusty Juggler||

    "Seeing these cars fly by you at 75-85 miles per hour it's quite scary," said Keller. "Imagine when they're coming towards you."

    Whether people are driving too fast, not paying attention, or simply forget about the law, Keller says this is a risk law enforcement takes every day.

    But it's one that's preventable.

    "These are men and women, fathers, husbands, wives that work on the road just like everybody else, and they want to go home at the end of the day," said Keller.

    So next time you're on the road, take the precautions you'd want others to take to ensure you make it back to your family.
  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    Drivers should stop their cars at least 100 yards before where I'm standing. They can then get out and push the cars to at least 50 yards past where I'm standing.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    Old news too.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    In Georgia, its move over or slow down.

    You don't have to move over. You can simply slow down in the adjacent lane to an emergency vehicle.

  • 0x1000||

    In my state we're only required to bow in submission, which frankly seems more dangerous.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders- NY Times

    I loved the comments on this article. Of all places, the New York Times. Goes to show there is indeed some sanity out there, and most of the nonsense about open borders really only comes from a group of fringe libertarians who don't understand how countries work.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Gee what a surprise. Left-wing statists and right-wing statists can find something to agree on!

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    Americans agree on one thing, that this country is worth maintaining. The fact that bothers you says a lot

  • BYODB||

    What a surprise, Jeff can't figure out that his opinion on how states should function would ultimately result in the destruction of rights and enlightenment values.

    When your opinion can be reliably shown to be self nullifying, you might want to rethink your world view.

    Not Jeff, though. He doubles down. It's probably all the meth he's smoked though, or at least I assume that is the 'chem' in 'chemjeff'.

  • Mike Laursen||

    This fringe libertarian understands how freedom works.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    Hey Mike, who protects that freedom you like so much?

  • 0x1000||

    Oooh! Oh! Can I guess? Is it the troops in Somalia?! What do I win?

  • Azathoth!!||

    For "fringe libertarian" read diehard leftist.

    That is all.

  • Just Say'n||

    "Open borders" actually just means pro-illegal immigrant. You never hear any of these people discuss how difficult it is to attain a green card from the Philippines or the wait times to immigrate to the US. It's not a very respectable position.

    An ancap open border position is respectable, but there are like five people who actually hold that position.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    ""Open borders" actually just means pro-illegal immigrant"

    People keep floating different meanings, but this seems to be the general consensus and one I'm comfortable with as well. Jeff comes at me for hating "penniless Guatemalans" when all I want is for him to live in reality. I want more immigrants, vetted through a better immigration system. You two came at me yesterday for judging individuals from cultures outside western civilization. Name one other civilization that's more prosperous and welcoming. Asking individuals that they'd follow the same principles isn't racist or bigoted, it's smart.

  • Just Say'n||

    Just because you come from a bad culture, does not mean that you share those values. When I think of immigration checks what I'm thinking about is checking criminal records. The immigration process takes way too long and immigration quotas are far too low for some countries. These are all issues that a supposedly "open border" crowd would care about, but they tip their hand by only caring about who has come here illegally, rather than correcting the system that makes many innocuous immigrants come here illegally.

  • BYODB||


    Just because you come from a bad culture, does not mean that you share those values.

    This is true, statistics don't necessarily predict the individual.

    When I think of immigration checks what I'm thinking about is checking criminal records.

    And if they come from a nation without reliable crime reporting or honest police forces? From your past posts, I would assume you'd say they can't come but it's worth repeating that most nations don't have either of those things.

  • BigT||

    More significantly, immigrants from former Communist E European countries and Cuba are very conservative on many issues, and are all for the rule of law because they've seen the other.

  • BYODB||

    Possibly so, I won't disagree on that point since it goes hand-in-hand with noting that population statistics doesn't necessarily predict the individual.

    That said, the more of them we accept into the United States the longer the Castro regime will probably last. Execution isn't the only way to remove dissidents from your nation.

  • Lowdog||

    What about my white, German, female, nuclear engineer friend who can't seem to get a green card to come here? She'd be living with her boyfriend while looking for work. And immigration keeps giving her the runaround.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    "Just because you come from a bad culture, does not mean that you share those values."

    A simple vetting process would clear that up.

    "The immigration process takes way too long"

    It takes a lot shorter amount of time to wait to gain entry here than it takes to find opportunity in most others countries of origin.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "Just because you come from a bad culture, does not mean that you share those values."

    But that's the way to bet. Countries are people. They are what they are because the people who live in them make them that way.

    PEW Research on Hispanic Americans, breakdowns by immigration and foreign birth
    https://goo.gl/WBi1BV
    Hispanics Lean Democratic over 3 to 1
    https://goo.gl/hxSJHi
    Hispanics Want Bigger Government Providing More Services over 3 to 1

    Reason's policy is to import big government voters to America.

    "Libertarian Moment"

  • Mongo||

    I haven't heard the term 'exotic dancer' in about 25 years, ENB.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Women's March organizers say the government shutdown has forced them from the National Mall to Freedom Plaza,

    Trump's plan the whole time.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    More bad economic news.

    Goldman Says Rich People Will Drag Down the U.S. Economy by Spending Less

    #DrumpfRecession
    #UnbanPalinsButtplug

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    State cannabusinesses can breathe a sigh of relief: Attorney general nominee William Barr said during confirmation hearings yesterday that he wouldn't go after state-licensed marijuna suppliers.

    The warm lull of a definite sense of security. Can there be any greater buzz?

  • Just Say'n||

    Barr was involved with Ruby Ridge. But, at least he's going to let you smoke pot to help forget about that time the federal government straight-up murdered a family.

  • BYODB||

    It didn't hurt Janet Reno much that she was involved in killing a lot more than just one family, I doubt it will hurt Barr either. Ruby Ridge is way, way down the memory hole.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    BACON BATTY Brits must limit meat intake to QUARTER rasher of bacon a day – to 'slash early deaths and save the planet

    Under the controversial proposals, adults will be expected to fill their diets with whole grains, soy, veg and nuts.

    It would see burgers, sausages and steaks taxed to make them less attractive – while items such as baked beans will become cheaper.

    Junk food could be banned, while campaigns would promote fruit and veg.

    Scientists say each person must be limited to just one-and-a-half eggs a week, while a daily portion of chicken will be limited to a quarter of a breast.

    Writing in The Lancet, they claim if everyone went part-vegan – or "flexitarian" - it would save 11 million lives a year globally by 2050.

    Brits would have to slash consumption of red meat by four-fifths to 14g daily under the "planetary health diet".

    It would see all adults restricting themselves to a burger a week or a large steak a month.

    We must prepare for the Hun invasion!

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    Damn you're right on top of yesteryear's breaking news, Rip van Winkle!

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    "No, this isn't rationing because we're not calling it rationing."

  • Yellow Tony||

    We must prepare for the Hun invasion!
    No, please, I'm already tired of getting fucked on Arabia even if I play as Magyars.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Scientists say each person must be limited to just one-and-a-half eggs a week

    Ha, I have twice that almost every day.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I usually eat four per day.

    Respect.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Maybe you would live longer, but why would you want to under such a regime?

  • Conchfritters||

    Cool Hand Luke hardest hit.

  • mamabug||

    So this is the 'diabetics die first' plan to save the planet?

    Or maybe the idea is to deprive people of complete protein so their brains stop functioning and they continue to vote for people who think this kind of thing is a good idea.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Assault is already a crime. I love muh press freedom as much as anyone, but "do something" proposals like this usually just result in astoundingly bad laws. I also don't want the government defining who's a member of the "press" class. https://t.co/bI1gQK022n
    — CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) January 16, 2019

    Yeah. Cuomo might forget to exempt police again.

  • Jerryskids||

    Lastly, a law like this would open it up for government officials to determine who is and isn't a journalist, in an era when anyone with smartphone can cover breaking events.

    Who doesn't think this is the whole point of this suggestion? Cuomo's brother knows exactly who is and who is not a real journalist.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The first ever "Las Vegas Stripper Parade & Expo" will take place in Las Vegas this upcoming August.

    Talk about your Vegas Strip. Am I right, people?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The night I was mistaken for a call girl

    did this mean they thought that I was an escort? Or could be mistaken for one? At first, I was incensed. Not because I am judgmental about the world's oldest profession, but because this treatment struck me as outright discrimination. They had classified me, marginalised me, relegated me to the corner by the loos simply because I was an unaccompanied woman.

    My next emotion was unexpected: I found that I was secretly thrilled. Jesus, I thought, I must look expensive. Like sex worth buying. Like one of those groomed women who has time to do Pilates during the day, blow-dry her hair for hours, effortlessly wear a Cavalli catalogue (in London, Celine) and don a Cartier cuff.

    Soon enough, however, I was back to incensed: I asked to speak with the owner to try and rectify the situation. Over he came. I explained that I travelled for work and reminded him that I was a regular at his restaurant. That its receipts accounted for half of my personal tax-line items. That it was a brave thing to do, to eat out on one's own. And this was their response?

    He told me that he could run his business as he pleased, and that I was no longer welcome to eat at the bar, only at a table. Things escalated quickly into an explosive argument. I told him what I thought of him in no uncertain terms and departed into the night with a heavy heart.
  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    And this one, how old is it? Last century?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Things escalated quickly into an explosive argument.

    And eventually to the best sex I ever had, and a crisp new fifty dollar bill to boot!

  • Conchfritters||

    These are exactly the things a sex trafficked prostitute would say.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    By now Drumpf is so obviously working for Russia that denying it is as foolish as denying climate change.

    Big Winners of the Shutdown: China and Russia

    I love Reason, but my biggest complaint is I wish you would hire at least one fulltime #TrumpRussia correspondent. Surely the biggest scandal in world history deserves more coverage. Especially with Mueller's investigation entering its final stages.

  • juris imprudent||

    Final stages? You're joking right? To uncover the full depth of Trump's perfidy will take decades. It will make Afghanistan look like a NASCAR pit stop. Hey, you aren't trying to aid the great Trump coverup are you?

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    To uncover the full depth of Trump's perfidy will take decades.

    Probably true. But a Presidential term is only 4 years. Mueller needs to produce enough ironclad evidence within that time frame to ensure Drumpf does not serve a full term.

  • Just Say'n||

    I believe he can do it. I saw some fake libertarians question the FBI's use of FISA and I got pissed. We need Mueller to save us from literally Hitler.

    Think about all the people that won't be liberated by American bombs in Syria and Afghanistan thanks to Drumpf!

    #timesup
    #backtheFBI

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Only people with no experience in previous government failures should be allowed to vote.

    Time: Why Older People Shouldn't Vote — and Other Ideas Unpopular With My Parents
    No, old people vote shortsightedly, choosing the least progressive outcome. In surveys in the U.S. and the U.K., people over 65 — compared with people under 30 — were nearly twice as likely to be against gay marriage; twice as likely to be pro-Brexit; half as likely to support legalization of marijuana; nearly five times less likely to want to spend money on education; 60% more likely to vote for Donald Trump; and nearly 50% more likely to say immigrants have a negative impact on society, despite the fact that they are being wheeled around by them. Whether these figures are accurate is irrelevant, since old people are so bad at Googling.
    Their poor choices were always a problem, but it's become far more acute now that there are so many of them. The over-65 generation does not accurately represent our country, because they are overwhelmingly white and actually vote. So, unfortunately, we're going to have to bar them from voting.

  • I'm Not Sure||

    Re: Older people voting...

    "I tried to register for the 2016 election, but it was beyond the deadline by the time I tried to do it," a man named Tim, age 27, explained to New York magazine last fall. "I hate mailing stuff; it gives me anxiety." Tim was outlining the reasons why he, like 11 other millennials interviewed by the magazine, probably wouldn't vote in the 2018 midterm election. "The amount of work logically isn't that much," he continued. "Fill out a form, mail it, go to the specific place on a specific day. But those kind of tasks can be hard for me to do if I'm not enthusiastic about it."

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The next civil war will be over in a weekend.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +100

    All American Patriots have to do is cut cell tower reception and the Gen Zers and Millennials that are Socialists will give up.

  • JWatts||

    What? That sounds insanely stupid. That might actually wake them out of their stupor.

    No, the better solution is just to have Trump say something outrageous. Then they'll be so busy posting links and sarcastic comments to social media that they'll all be absorbed for a day. Then the next day, Trump can say something else outrageous....

  • loveconstitution1789||

    JWatts, our resident insane stupid person.

  • Just Say'n||

    Tim sounds like a little bitch

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    Boy, you sound an awful lot like a scold.

  • Just Say'n||

    I'm sure you'd think the same about Tim if you were told to.

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    I'm sure that means something to someone other than you. Maybe the babies over at glibertarians.

  • Just Say'n||

    You are a rather sad man

  • Mickey Rat||

    Of course, that is all based on the assumption that the progressive policy is not idiotic, sanctimonious, and/or an instrusion on people's liberties.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "There is a large demographic that consistently votes, but they choose things I don't like, therefore their input is invalid."

    They might say they same thing about you, except for being part of a large demographic that consistently votes, that is.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Yellow Tony||

    What the fuck? I'm glad I can read the article and this is hardly the worst offender, but this shit is ridiculous.
    McAfee & Kokesh ticket please!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Shut up.

  • Yellow Tony||

    Don't be like that, baby. Just sit on my ol' yellow lap and we'll talk about how McAfee is the only future for this blue waffle of a country.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I'm anti murderous whale-fuckers therefore I would never support your candidate of choice.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    WaPo: The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of life
    A job in the government has long been underwritten by the understanding that while you wouldn't strike it rich on the federal pay scale, you also didn't need to worry about the corporate world's mercurial whims. The focus was on serving the public, rather than pursuing profits. The pace could be frustratingly inefficient, but it also was not maddeningly chaotic. And the trade-off came with solid health and retirement benefits.

    The 10 Richest Counties In America 2017
    Here's one way to follow the money in the United States: look past the Washington Monument and the Capitol to the D.C. suburbs. Half of the richest counties in America are roughly an hour away from the capital.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Trump's shutdown trap?
    When agencies furlough employees for more than 30 calendar days or 22 discontinuous work days, they must use RIF procedures.

    An employee can be terminated or moved into an available position[.]

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    This would be hilarious (half the Millennial twats that began working in DC during the Obama administration would end up out on their ass), but it's not going to happen.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The Lefty media does not understand why Trump hopes that Democrats refuse to give him border fence money.

    Trump gets Lefty bureaucrats to quit and drain the swamp for him! If they don't quit, then supposedly after 30 days all those bureaucrats can be fired.

    The Lefty media is still stuck on the narrative that trump is just a meanie.

  • 0x1000||

    Ahh, so it was Nth-dimensional checkers all along

  • I'm Not Sure||

    Re: The corporate world's mercurial whims...

    From Wikipedia:

    Since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process was enacted, there have been 22 gaps in budget funding, 10 of which led to federal employees being furloughed.

    That's an average of one shutdown every four years. How many busuinesses shut down that often?

  • Mickey Rat||

    "Serving the public" is the lie they tell themselves to feel morally superior when self-interestedly seeking the security of a sinecure.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +1000

  • BigT||

    "The focus was on serving the public, rather than pursuing profits. "

    They damned well pursue personal profits, just not for some larger organization.

  • Sevo||

    "Veterans of the News Business Are Now Fighting Fakes"
    (NYT; I'm timed out)
    So the folks who have been printing fake news are the ones who are going to lead the proles to the golden fields of TRUTH!
    I'm just hoping they'll start by busting the "Russki Collusion!!!!" 'story'.

  • juris imprudent||

    Crowdfunding the Stripper Parade and Expo, one dollar bill at a time.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Ruth Bader Gisnburg cancels out on yet another event: this one was supposed to be in New York City on February 6.

    That's almost three weeks away and she already has to cancel. The vermin in the JournoList who are telling us she's doing absolutely great and couldn't be better look more and more like the lying scumbags that they are every day!

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    I don't know what "the JournoList" is, but I do know there is clear precedent for speculating that a powerful woman "isn't healthy enough for the job." It's textbook sexism. It happened in 2016 when Hillary Clinton faced completely unfounded rumors about her physical well-being. That's why I'm confident RBG is perfectly healthy despite the patriarchy's wishes to the contrary.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Besides the post-election progressive meltdown, watching Hillary's Secret Service detail toss her into the van like a sack of potatoes, after she collapsed from standing in 80-degree weather, was the highlight of the election season.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Hillary Clinton had a minor fainting incident that was wildly blown out of proportion by a biased media. It was just one example of how the media actively worked against her campaign while propping up Drumpf's. The fake scandal over her e-mails was another example.

    Nevertheless, she persisted. And she won by 3 million votes.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Thrown in like a sack of potatoes.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I wonder who Trump will nominate to replace RBG?

    MAGA!

  • BigT||

    RBG will be fine again. She eats aborted babies....er.....fetuses to restore her youth.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    This has always been one of my biggest problem with the notion that democracy guarantees representation and shields against tyranny.

    "They can't be tyrants if we can just vote the bums out of office!" I hope no one still believes that.

    ...When a vote doesn't go their way, they think the fight is just getting started. They will punish the voters for their impudence until they get another vote they like better, at which point they will declare the matter settled forever. They can say "no." You cannot. /end

    Addendum: Be advised that if you persist in displeasing your ruling class, they will replace you with a constituency more to their taste. It is now much easier for the political class in most countries to replace their electorates than the reverse.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Huh. So people like John Hayward here correctly diagnose that Big Government is harmful. And yet they keep voting for big-government types like Trump.

    Something tells me people like John Hayward would be completely fine with Big Government as long as it aligned with his interests.

  • Just Say'n||

    Maybe he values ending war over immigration and tariffs? I know it sounds crazy, but some people think it's more offensive that the federal government murders people overseas for obscure tangential geopolitical reasons.

    Only a madman like Trump would have ended those wars, because he's stupid enough to not realize the consequences.

  • Yellow Tony||

    Expo to celebrate exotic dancing. The first ever "Las Vegas Stripper Parade & Expo" will take place in Las Vegas this upcoming August. AVN describes it as a "large-scale public celebration and a professional B2B conference produced by women and catering specifically to exotic dancing professionals."

    Organizers Polly Superstar and Cory Mervis are launching a crowdfunding campaign to prepare. ""Crowdfunding this project enables us to stay true to the vision and prioritize the real needs of the stripper community," said Superstar.


    Jesus Christ. Let me preface with saying I'm not a prude, obviously. Every one of my posts alludes to some sexual act that makes almighty God blush and bury his head into his sacred pillow. (God is cute! CUTE!) And I wouldn't shame a whore or a stripper because as long as they don't come near me, I don't care. But why would you ever celebrate this kind of crap? This shit is merely a means to an end: it's a method to make money that relies on nothing but your appearance. (Though I will concede you need to put effort into maintaining a body for pole dancing.) It's shallow.
    I hide my power level. So should sluts.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    it's a method to make money that relies on nothing but your appearance.

    Hey prude, if you weren't such a prudey prude you would know that being a top-level exotic dancer takes more than just a fine appearance.

  • Yellow Tony||

    I will refer you to the subsequent parenthesized sentence:
    (Though I will concede you need to put effort into maintaining a body for pole dancing.)
    But I will correct myself and say that I'm a sort of prude with respect to the 3D world. Seeing scantly clad women outside is horrific. Guys are alright as long as they're not fat. Even better if their bellies are gouged, and I can feel the warmth of their insides.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    bury his head into his sacred pillow.

    Oh, is that what those Muslims are doing on the Temple Mount. Face down and backside up. Yeah, it makes sense that G-d is bisexual. A straight dude writing Leviticus 18 makes as little sense as a straight woman forbidding lesbian sex.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    The MSM doesn't give a shit about the war dead until there is a threat to the eternal war. Well, dead babies that can be blamed on the current Emmanuel Goldstein, they care about them...a lot.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump

    Behind the scenes, Michael Cohen hired RedFinch Solutions, then allegedly stiffed it—and his boss

    The Media lies about Polls to favor their candidate FOR FREE.

  • Rebel Scum||

    What about spying on the press and implicitly threatening to prosecute them for espionage like Der Drumpenfuhrur is doing? Or am I thinking of someone else?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Chocolate Jesus?

  • BYODB||

    No no no, the press assured us that they needed to be spied on and prosecuted it's just that only Obama was uniquely able to judge innocence and guilt. You know, like Solomon!

    Only under Trump, who has done no such thing beyond mumbling things about slander, is freedom of the press truly threatened.

  • Rebel Scum||

    calling for a second referendum on Brexit, known now as a 'People's Vote

    Anything prefaced by "peoples" is leftist, marxist bs. The Brits seem intent on being slaves.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    If the people didn't vote last time, who the hell did?

  • Just Say'n||

    The "wrong people" (aka "working people"). Only the votes of those with gender studies degrees should be counted. Change my mind

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    Twice, within just a few minutes. Who would have thought that you would be a scold.

  • Just Say'n||

    Sorry, I'll try to tout the status quo opinion more like you do

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    Did you look up the word dummy yet? Though you might not need to defend a dummy today.

  • Just Say'n||

    You're like a dumber Chris Cuomo. Congrats?

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    So no then.

  • Azathoth!!||

    This, Sparky--

    Twice, within just a few minutes. Who would have thought that you would be a scold.

    --and your endless repetition of it is the textbook definition of scolding.

    And nagging.

    You used to entertain. Now you're just sad.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    And old people - see my other link here.

  • ||

    Actually, I have the perfect solution for Brexit.

    Since the major problem seems to be the Ireland/Ulster border and Northern Ireland actually voted to stay, why not give them Commonwealth status like Canada and Australia. That way Northern Ireland could stay in the EU and maintain the soft border with the Irish Republic.

    Likewise, since Scotland also voted to stay, they should also get Commonwealth status and negotiate with England for a Customs Union to determine how hard or soft the border has to be. That said I'm petty sure there are plenty on both sides that would be perfectly happy with a 21st century version of Hadrian's wall between them.

  • ||

    The foregoing was present mostly tongue in cheek, not because it is not a serious proposal but simply because it will never happen. And mostly, it will never happen because it is so sensible.

  • BigT||

    Just give it back. Give Ireland back to the Irish .... and charge them for the real estate.

  • ||

    The protestant majority in Ulster wouldn't go for that. It used to be that the Republic was too Catholic for them, now, I think it's too secular for them. :)

  • SQRLSY One||

    "...not only is it highly immoral to suggest some people are more deserving of protection than others..."

    (Above is from the article).

    Special protective laws for large, large numbers of highly specific categories of special people makes the laws more complex, and represents job security for lawyers, judges, cops, jail guards, shrinks, social workers, and the usual gamut of Government Almighty bureaucrats and hangers-on... What is there NOT to love about this, for our superiors and bosses?

    (And please do not forget, we ALL need special protection from unauthorized blowing on cheap plastic flutes!!!)

  • Rich||

    Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that they should "make assaulting the press a felony" in the State of New York.

    They should "make ridiculous tweeting by the governor a felony".

  • Just Say'n||

    If ridiculous tweeting were a crime, Trump would have been in jail by the time he won election

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Most of the Reason staff would be in jail. They tend to tweet ridiculous things.

  • BYODB||

    I'm pretty sure is ridiculous tweeting was a crime, Twitter would have already imploded. That's the only kind of tweet, as far as I can tell.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Has assaulting journalists been a problem in NYS?

  • loveconstitution1789||

  • BigT||

    RBG likely has her personal school of young kids to 'donate' blood to her. And with their parents (leftists obv) enthusiastic consent.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    New York politics is passive aggressive sometimes. The state won't require a license to be a reporter, but it will make the penalty for assault 2 days in jail and the penalty for assaulting a government certified journalists 2 years in jail. Know what I'm saying?

  • sharmota4zeb||


    Expo to celebrate exotic dancing. The first ever "Las Vegas Stripper Parade & Expo" will take place in Las Vegas this upcoming August. AVN describes it as a "large-scale public celebration and a professional B2B conference produced by women and catering specifically to exotic dancing professionals."

    Organizers Polly Superstar and Cory Mervis are launching a crowdfunding campaign to prepare. ""Crowdfunding this project enables us to stay true to the vision and prioritize the real needs of the stripper community," said Superstar.

    Wow, the Kickstarter begins on January 22, which is when a local judge will decide on my pre-trial detention. :)

  • buybuydandavis||

    "No, Gov. Cuomo, Journalists Shouldn't Be an Extra-Protected Class: Reason Roundup"

    I kind of like it when the ruling class are open and honest that they consider themselves better than us.

    Know your place, peasant!

  • buybuydandavis||

    "Far Right Thought Leaders who are holding the President hostage if he doesn't build a wall"

    The idiot propaganda.

    Remember when Bill Kristol was the Far Right Thought Leader holding Republicans hostage for war, instead of Reason's favorite shill for Deep State Globalism?

    Trump promised a wall. Trump supporters want him to deliver on that promise, and will abandon him if he doesn't. We didn't sign up for corporate tax cuts. Build the Wall. Drain the Swamp. That's what we voted for. Ann Coulter is only pointing it out.

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