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Brickbat: Pointing the Way

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Auckland, New Zealand, resident Geoff Upson doesn't like potholes, and he really doesn't like it when Auckland Transport is slow to repair them. So when he sees a pothole he spray paints around it, usually just a circle. But sometimes he paints a penis and testicles around the pothole. Auckland Transport has threatened to press criminal charges against Upson for vandalism and graffiti on roadways.

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Brickbat: The Long Arm of the University

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The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has suspended three students after someone reported a photograph on social media showing them at an event not wearing masks. The event was off campus and outdoors. The school barred the three from taking final exams, which means they gained no credits for the semester and lost their tuition.

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  1. Was the snitches name Karen? I don’t use a smart phone or antisocial media. I think I made the right choice .

    1. The lesson here is “stop surveilling yourself.”

      1. Karen: *pins victim to the ground* Stop surveilling yourself! Stop surveilling yourself! Stop surveilling yourself!

  2. That’s strange. I’ve been assured by Reason’s resident Real Libertarians™ that vaccines and masks are entirely voluntary and that failure to be a good little sheep is proof that you’re a selfish cunt. It’s hilarious how quickly RESISTANCE went from a patriotic duty to a thoroughly detestable display of unmutual behavior among 400 pound couch zombies who fancy themselves modern revolutionaries.

  3. I’d be disappointed if situations like this lead to massive acts of violence, as some young persons are pushed and pushed by these leftist, statist, controlling bullies.

    But I wouldn’t be surprised.

    1. Are you kidding? People 18-30 are the most terrified of COVID despite being in the lowest risk category and the most supportive of masking and lockdowns. It’s the piece of shit zoomers and millennials perpetuating this stupid shit.

  4. The families have hired a lawyer and plan to file a lawsuit.

    I hope the lawsuit includes the requirement that everybody involved in this decision take remedial classes in keeping your nose out of other people’s business. Where the hell does the university get the notion that it’s any of their business what students do off-campus and on their own time?

    1. Where the hell does the university get the notion that it’s any of their business what students do off-campus and on their own time?

      Don’t worry, as long as it’s private fascism it’s totally OK.

      1. It’s not private. UMASS is a state university.

  5. Massachusetts is one of the most, if not the most, restrictive members of the Warsaw Pact states.

    1. “Everything is illegal in Massachusetts.”

      1. Be fair. Some stuff is compulsory.

    2. MASS, NJ, CT, DL, RI, NY, MD, for the East Coast

      CA, WA, and OR for the Northwest

      HI goes with that bunch

      Chicago is like their East Berlin flyover

      Have I missed any?

      1. The entire state of Michigan.

        1. I’d agree with much of the lower penninsula. IME, the UP, while still politically obnoxious, is not culturally in line with Chicago, MA, NJ, NY…

        2. I live in a red county that also happens to be a 2A sanctuary [yeah, I know, symbolic but still]; the SE section of the State [Flint, Saginaw, Pontian, Detroit, and–politically–Ann Arbor] is a Democratic waste land. Very difficult for anything but to win a State wide election, but us irredemables fight on.

        3. Nah. You’re focusing too much on Whitmer during Covid. Michigan is a middle-of-the-pack state in terms of tax burden — nothing like CA, NY, IL, etc. It has moved most state employees to a 401K, so there’s no pension bomb about to go off. It actually is now a right-to-work state and has Republican majorities in both houses. It also has the advantage of its biggest, bluest city making up a only a small fraction of the state’s population (at ~600K, Detroit makes up about 6% of the total), so it’s no longer terribly influential, unlike Chicago in Illinois. In terms of Great Lakes generally, from blue to red, I’d rank them this way:

          NY > IL > MN > PA > MI > WI > OH > IN

  6. That will teach them not to wear the St Christopher medal magic mask.

  7. “Maybe a little harsh but like I understand it because you’re not supposed to be doing that,” one student told WBZ Friday night.

    “The town of Amherst made it really clear they don’t want any big parties,” another student said.

    The nation’s future.

    1. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because, like, I understand that people shouldn’t be congregating in groups like that.

  8. Well, the message got through, cause I saw a runner on the beach in Massachusetts this AM with a mask on. She was running alone, in the wind.

    Hey, at least she was being safe.

    1. People outside of the northeast and west coasts really have no idea what it’s like here.

    2. Running while wearing a mask on is NOT safe. People have died from it… not to mention that female track runner who collapsed last week in Illinois.

      1. IL? I saw one in OR, was there one in IL too?

      2. Even the CDC says you should not exercise with a mask on. These people are nuts.

        1. Even the CDC says you should not exercise with a mask on. These people are nuts.

          1. (People in Massachusetts, I’m referring to [at the moment].)

    3. I’d probably run into a tree if I tried to run with a mask. Those little wires threaded through the top of the mask are quite inadequate to seal around the bridge of my nose, so my breath escapes there and my glasses fog up.

  9. You have to watch what you sign. Colleges and Universities have “Student Codes of Conduct”. When you sign one you agree to obey the institution’s rules at all times in all places. It isn’t only colleges and universities, school districts have them as well. When your kids start back to school tell them to not sign anything that they can’t bring home for you to review. If the school gives them a hassle have them notify you. Students have been punished for doing things that were perfectly legal, during Summer vacation because it went against the School’s “Code”.

    1. The only way any of this is going to change is that if the cost of the “wokeness” or whatever you want to call it, exceeds the sense of virtue and moral superiority [and of course power] the administrators derive from it. .

      As one of my favorite college professors liked to say, “everyone has a price.” Find theirs and make the sons of bitches pay.

      1. I agree, it does not matter if you win or lose, use their favorite weapon against them…sue sue sue. When the lawyer fees start piling up the board of trustees will step in and start quashing this crap. Until then they will see no downside to doing this to the students.

    2. Unfortunately, I know from my experience in college, that if you refuse to sign it, they will kick you out. I held out for a week refusing until I was informed of such.

      My refusal was based on the fact that they could kick me out for breaking the rules regardless of if I signed it, so it was nothing more than some odd forced compliance exercise.

    3. The university also signs though. If they don’t let you take the tests to get credit for your classes, they need to refund your tuition.

  10. Skip college loan debt.
    Become a long distance truck driver.
    Money’s just as good (over $100,000/yr with good credentials), no debt, no indoctrination.
    Only down side is a bunch of regulations from the feds, but you get that everywhere now.

    1. One of my neighbors is an independent long haul trucker; I call his truck “the money machine.”

  11. Social media is just societal corrosion – if you continue to use it you’re feeding the beast and the amoral billionaires who run it.

    Also, let’s note something here, that these corporations might seem like American companies to the gullible, but they are not and their interests don’t align with yours.

    1. True, and true.

      They are not your friends.

  12. It’s called ZooMass because students like to party.

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Brickbat: It's Official

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The Rochester, Minnesota, school board has declared "Black lives matter," "Brown lives matter," "Indigenous lives matter," "Stop Asian hate," and the pride flag to be official "government speech." According to the board's attorney, that means the school system does not have to allow any speech opposing those statements. "So here with adopting the messages that you're adopting as government speech, you're saying these are the messages that we're communicating as a school district and by doing that we're not also creating a forum to allow other types of speech to enter the forum," said board attorney John Edison.

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Brickbat: Grand Theft Auto

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It took six months and the intervention of a local TV station, but officials in Washington, D.C., finally dismissed $5,000 in speeding tickets and penalties issued to Doug and Nancy Nelson, tickets for violations that were actually committed by the people who carjacked Doug Nelson and stole their vehicle at gunpoint. "I got a police report," said Nancy. "How simple is that to say, 'Oh, these are victims, let us help them.'" Police recovered the vehicle pretty quickly, but the tag was missing, and the city refused to issue a new one until the tickets were paid. That meant the couple has been unable to drive their only vehicle for the past six months.

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  1. Looks like the city gave this couple only half of what they wanted. Next they can try giving them justice, time, energy, and a boatload of apologies.

    I hate being before Fist.

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  2. Just another day at government work.

    1. Good enough for it

  3. So the police didn’t seize the car to pay off the tickets? They’re slipping. I mean, the car was guilty of being involved in a carjacking.

  4. Just out of curiosity, since the city had been maintaining that the victims were responsible for paying for any traffic violations committed by the car jackers, what if the car jackets had run someone over? Would the victims have been charged with vehicular homicide?

    It’s a thorny legal road to go down. Is there a limit to the legal infractions that you can be charged with when someone else steals your property and uses it to violate the law? Professional hit men (hit persons?) would understandably start stealing any weapons they need so they would remain legally blameless.

    1. Don’t give the gun grabbers any ideas. They already want to sue gun makers for people using their guns in crimes.

      1. My thoughts [about repealing PLCAA] exactly

      2. ++ Oregon is working toward the goal of having gun-owners liable for the crimes committed by people who steal their guns.

    2. If I remember correctly, the law is written to explicitly hold owners of vehicles responsible for someone else running someone over while driving the vehicle owners car. It was put in place because it’s so hard to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were driving your own car in a hit in run situation. Mind you this is my imperfect recollection.

      1. Well, in that case, the concept is because of circumstantial evidence about who is driving. If someone says “I lent my car to Bob” and Bob says “I wasn’t driving”, there’s reasonable doubt as to who the driver is. You get around this by ticketing the owner of the car and saying that they were responsible for anything their borrowers did by letting them drive.

        Here, we KNOW who the driver is, the thief, and the owner can’t be responsible since they didn’t have a choice. So none of these policies should apply.

        1. That’s why laws that require those enforcing it to rely on discretion are a bad idea. Sometimes there isn’t an option, because a bright line would be inherently and obviously unjust. But the default in making laws, should be an elimination of discretion.

    3. Whatever happened, it should be on the government to prove that the person receiving the ticket was actually driving. Like with speed cameras where the picture needs to show the face of the driver.

  5. In D.C., it’s all about the Benjamins.

  6. The laws the law…

    The police are here to serve and protect, it’s your own fault if you think they mean you.

  7. Reason 356 why DC should be a state.

    1. That makes no sense at all. I get that there are good arguments for making DC a state but the fact that they have incompetent government? Like pretty much every other municipality everywhere?

      1. That makes no sense at all.

        Make sure your sarc-o-meter is plugged in and turned on.

    2. Yeah. The state of Maryland.

  8. Eliminate license plates and driver’s licenses.

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  10. Next they will be investigated for taking selfies at the capitol building.

  11. I see these people on Facebook whining about how the police never get any respect. How the our hard working government officials never get any respect.

    Why do they think they deserve any?

    1. For the life of me, I do not understand why anyone is drawn to Facebook in the first place. Other than to post pictures of themselves, their grandchildren, and pets [none of which I want to see], and to bitch and complain [I get my fill of that right here].

    2. I see these people on Facebook whining about how the police never get any respect. How the our hard working government officials never get any respect.

      Why do they think they deserve any?.

      The police seem like the least culpable assuming that the tickets were issued automatically by cameras.

      It doesn’t seem to me like the police are the ones refusing to issue a plate for the tickets.

      It seems like the people who don’t deserve respect are the prosecutors and the judges who didn’t dismiss the violations due to them being the victims of carjacking.

      I believe all of this could have been avoided if the victims could have simply gone to court to contest the tickets, and everyone agrees to dismiss them.

      I’ve seen legit red light tickets get dismissed by judges who were in a generous or good mood so it’s not like they don’t have discretion. That, to me, is where the problem lies.

  12. soft-audition for Statehood.

  13. How does someone in a stolen car get a speeding ticket? Wouldn’t the plate come back as stolen?

    1. Speed cameras. Which are often run by private companies, so they don’t care about anything they aren’t getting paid for.

  14. Someone was guilty of somethings….

  15. This is bureaucrats doing what bureaucrats do.

    One might get more sympathy and understanding from a robot endowed with AI than some of these bureaucrats.

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Brickbat: How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

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Two firms have been fined $50,000 for leasing dogs in Massachusetts. Credova Financial and Nextep Holdings were providing customers with lease-to-own agreements for dogs, which is legal in some states but not Massachusetts. To settle a legal action filed by the state, the two companies agreed to waive more than $126,000 in remaining lease payments and transfer ownership of dozens of dogs to people who had leased them.

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Brickbat: Chickie Run

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Four District of Columbia police officers were injured and two patrol cars were totaled after the officers engaged in a drag race while on duty. "They decided to drag race each other on Anacostia Avenue at 5 p.m. in the evening," said Sixth District Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah. The officers have been placed on leave pending a full investigation of the incident.

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  1. Fast and Furious 8 : Dumb Asses in Blue.

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  2. Honing their offensive driving skills. There’s a pandemic, anyway. The streets should be empty of civilians.

  3. And nothing else happened.

    CB

  4. Within a decade it will be camel races.

    1. As in ‘I don’t know what WW III will be fought with, but IV will be with sticks on stones.”

      Seriously, what decent person would want to be a police officer in places like DC? I think we already know the answer to that rhetorical question, and it is only going to get worse.

  5. The officers have been placed on leave paid vacation pending a full investigation of until the media forgets about the incident.

    1. What incident?

  6. But they are trained for high speed driving and other special driving techniques, that’s why they’re allowed to drive around using their cell phones in their patrol cars. Just because it appeared they were looking down at their phones long enough to miss the 3 cars running the red light and half of their own green light they were actually performing necessary work to protect the public. It wasn’t candy crush, til Tok or text messages, they promise.

  7. I got really bad Durriyyah the last time I ate Habeebullah.

  8. More evidence for the justification of DC statehood.

    1. Right, then they’ll need state troopers on top of the metro cops! And a whole new union for the staties! Why didn’t they think of this sooner?

  9. I used to drag race all the time when I was a kid, never smashed up a car.

    1. You didn’t have the training and lightning-fast reflexes of a police officer.

      1. Or maybe he was smart enough not to race in traffic. I don’t know DC geography well, but it’s a few square miles in the center of a vast urban agglomeration. Any street that isn’t narrow or crooked, will get heavy traffic.

  10. GIRL POWER! They forgot to mention that it was a black female cop. Selective reporting, as usual. If it was a white male, they would have published his photo and his address for BLM.

  11. This is red meat for reason, but I am skeptical. The picture of the cars shows them facing in opposite directions, with damage that does not look severe enough to total the cars. I suspect there is more to the story.

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Brickbat: The Thing That Wouldn't Leave

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The Albany, New York, city council is considering a "good cause" eviction ordinance. The law would place a limit on rent increases and allow landlords to evict tenants only for specified reasons, such as failure to pay rent and "substantive" lease violation. Debbie Pusatere, president of the New York Capital Region Apartment Association, said the law would take away "the ability for the landlord to bring harmony to the building for the good tenants. If you think about what will happen down the road, the good tenants will leave and the bad tenants will stay."

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Brickbat: Food for the Soul

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Officials in Des Moines, Iowa, have ordered the owner of a property hosting a community food pantry to remove the shed housing the pantry or face a fine of $750 and $1,000 for each additional offense, with each day the shed remains on the property counting as an additional offense. City officials say the building violates zoning law, which limits "accessory structures" to side or backyards. The North Des Moines Community Fridge, which organized the pantry, says the city should have more pressing issues than dismantling a food pantry.

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Brickbat: He Can't Breathe

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Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, have charged Shashank Yadav with spreading misleading information after he tweeted an appeal for oxygen for his dying grandfather. Officials insist there is no oxygen shortage in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, though media reports indicate that COVID-19 has overwhelmed the healthcare system. Yadav did not reveal what his grandfather was suffering from. Officials said the grandfather died of a heart attack.

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Brickbat: Don't Rock the Casbah

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An Algerian court has sentenced Said Djabelkhir to three years in prison for insulting Islam, the state religion. Djabelkhir, an Islamic scholar, has argued the animal sacrifice during the Muslim festival of Eid is based on a pre-Islamic pagan ritual. He has also said parts of the Quran, such as the story of Noah's Ark, might be more myth than history.

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    1. The Gods require sacrificial animals to be healthy and well fed. Thanks, Naomi. Baal will be pleased with my dog.

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  2. Islam thrives on ignorance and intolerance, even to its adherents and scholars.

    This guy is fortunate that he wasn’t just killed for speaking about their plagiarized book.

    1. Salman Rushdie, Ibn Warraq, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, and many others can attest to this as well.

    2. Remember Islam’s paragon of virtue is a murdering slave owning pedofile.

      1. Chemjeff?

    3. Islam will come around eventually. Christianity did after all. Christianity (post-Constantine) was European and Europe was a bunch of savages at the time Islam was the center of enlightenment. Even after Martin Luther different sects were busy trying to kill each other off. Getting tossed into prison for doubting an interpretation of a holy text? Christianity is full of it.

      So yeah, Islam is dominated by a region full of nomadic savages. The gulf between the wandering sheik and his bootlickers and the kings of some wealthy petro-nations is very short. Barely a generation in some cases. But other than time, how is much different from the current kings and queens of Europe whose recent ancestors were going to war againt Catholics (or Protestants).

      Oh hell [sic], it wasn’t that long ago, under the exact same religion, that nations like Iran and Afghanistan were fully modern nations with cars and educated women in dresses and tech conferences and stuff. Part of the fall I blame on the CIA, and part of it I blame on the House of Saud and its weird sect. But in the Middle East the forces of ignorance defeated the forces of enlightenment.

      We face the same problem here in the West. Both Red and Blue tribes (and their equivalents outside of North America) are splitting into Savages vs Civilized.

      1. Ain’t got 900 years to wait for it.

      2. Islam was the center of enlightenment because it conquered enlightened nations.
        It’s “holy” men soon put an end to that, much like in the fallen Roman empire.

      3. I lived in Iran when there were miniskirts in north Tehran and chadors in south Tehran. That proximity – far more than the CIA – is what caused the revolution.

      4. To paraphrase Denis Diderot, the portion of the world under Islam (Dar Al Islam) will never be free until the last King and Dictator are strangled with the entrails of the last Mullah and Imam.

  3. And yet Christians are considered the threat to freedom by the left in this country. And white guys. I’m a white male and consider myself a classical liberal . Guess that makes me alt right, what ever that is.

    1. Anyone who says classical liberal and alt right are the same or related terms doesn’t know what one or both terms even means—-or they are doing it deliberately to try to alter the meaning of words a la Nineteen Eighty-Four.

      1. “…or they are doing it deliberately to try to alter the meaning of words a la Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

        WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!

    2. Well, Islam did crib a lot of it’s barbarism from the other Abrahamic religions, as well as their Monotheistic predecessor, Zoroastrianism, so there’s that.

      1. “Nah, this stuff isn’t getting to me, people getting their hands cut off, slavery, beheadings, old ladies and children being raped and systematically oppressed… Nah, that doesn’t bother me. But you know what does bother me? You know what makes me really sick to my stomach? It’s the cribbing of other peoples’ narratives over 2000 yrs. ago. Nobody, I mean nobody, cribs other peoples’ narratives.”

        1. Whoever says that? I say to Hell with all of these Grim Fairy Tales and the atrocities and tyranny they bring to the world.

          1. Even when called out on it, you can’t avoid prioritizing the policing of thought ahead of the policing of action. Fuck your oppressive religion.

            1. LOL Wut???

    3. The Elect were always a Remnant. Most of those who call themselves “Christian” are just members of Church Club. How many are unable to distinguish between Church and Party? Between Church and Culture? How many can state the tenets of their faith without resorting to a Sunday School song?

      “Christians” who think Jesus was a Republican are the problem. “Christians” who think the Will of God comes about through legislation and executive orders are the problem. I don’t say this lightly, as I have dear family members who fall into this camp.

      The Cultural Religious Red Right is indeed a threat to liberty. So is the Cultural Secular Blue Left. Classic liberals are despised by both camps.

      1. The Cultural Religious Red Right is indeed a threat to liberty. So is the Cultural Secular Blue Left. Classic liberals are despised by both camps.

        The subset of things contained in Sunday School verses is much smaller and much more desireable than the subset of things not learned in Sunday School.

      2. Any time people use Biblical text for the advancement of legislation, watch out! It can end up being no different here in America than in some middle eastern Islamic state.
        What with over 40,000 churches, each one proclaiming to be the final word of God, does it not seem likely that sooner or later, one of them will become politically powerful enough to influence government?

        There have been a lot of attempts to some how place the creation of America on some invisible deity and the creation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by someone who claimed to be that deity’s son. I mean, it gets really weird with the painting that shows the Christ figure holding the Constitution. Whoever came up with that one needs to be isolated from the rest of us.
        Religion is just another way of controlling people and feeding them unprovable history, false hopes and and unsupportable promises.
        If that’s what some people wish to involve themselves with, it’s their right but don’t try to force it on me.

  4. He was tried after seven lawyers and a fellow academic lodged complaints against him for disrespecting Islam.

    Replace Islam with CRT and you’re looking at the West’s future.

    1. Who does respect CRT these days? They’re heavy, take up a lot of room, and the screen size is basically limited by those first two factors.

      That said, CRT TVs and monitors are still a joy compared to critical race theory, which is a contagious form of idiocy. Ask a geneticist about the biological basis of race if you don’t believe me.

      1. I see what you did there. I’m old enough to remember Cathode Ray Tubes, as well as some of my Grandpa’s radios powered by vacuum tube technology. Quaint, but microchips and LCDs are best in performance and energy use and more Earth-friendly.

        1. I’m old enough to remember Cathode Ray Tubes,

          So’s my 7 yr. old.

          Quaint, but microchips and LCDs are best in performance and energy use and more Earth-friendly.

          Reative to the amount of carbon the US emitted when it started producing LCDs, it emitted about half when it started producing CRTs. LCD TVs and the chips that go into them require a clean room to manufacture, which are themselves pretty environmentally intensive. CRTs can be built and assembled in your average barn. That’s not to say we should all forego LCDs or microchips but that the assertion that LCDs are more environmentally friendly runs contra to at least good portions of the ‘we need to get our emissions back down to pre-industrial levels’ narrative.

          1. In terms of electricity used, heat generated, plus space and materials used, CRT loses to LCD, though you are right that LCD does have it’s unique trade-offs too.

      2. When I tried to dispose of two CRTs properly the guy said no one takes them find a dumpster and chuck them in.

        1. CRT’s are vacuum tubes, so take them to a vacuum cleaner recycler

          1. Hoover or Electrolux?

        2. Sounds proper to me, since, so far,everything we produce comes from the Earth and eventually goes back to the Earth.

    2. Or they could both be our future, depending on the jurisdiction. Hamtramck and Dearborn, Michigan, Islamberg, NY and Holy Islamville near Clover, South Carolina all come to mind.

      People who support the unlimited majority rule of Democracy should be very careful what they wish for, since demographics can easily change overnight.

  5. Sharif won’t like it.

    1. He thinks it’s not kosher
      Fundamentally he can’t take it
      You know he really hates it!

  6. Only three years? He’s lucky to be part of a religion that is somewhat compassionate, and lucky not to be, say, Jan Hus.

    1. He’s lucky GIA didn’t end calling the shots there.

      (No, not the people whose initials are on that piece of paper from the jewelry store.)

    2. Probably because Algeria has somewhat more Secular influence. In Saudi Arabia or Iran or any place controlled by ISIS or Hezbollah, it would definitely be like the Bugs Bunny cartoon: “Hassan Chop!”

    3. Both Christendom and the Islamic Uumah had moments in their histories when they waxed and waned on tyranny and persecution. Sometimes Christianity was sorse, sometimes Islam was worse. Religious freedom and Secularism pulled most of the teeth of Christianity, (though they still try to grow back.) Now it is Islam’s turn.

  7. At least he did not challenge the Holy Book of COVID, and blaspheme in front of the CDC.

  8. A preview of the upcoming trials for criticizing Critical Race Theory, Modern Monetary Theory, Democratic Socialism, etc.

    The religion of the rulers shall not be mocked.

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  10. what are we gonna do now?

    1. Don’t go to Algeria, for one thing.

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News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly…

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Raphael Andre, 51, came to the Open Door shelter in Montreal, where he got a meal and a shower. Staff say he would have stayed the night, but due to local rules they had to turn him back out onto the street, where he froze to death. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Quebec has barred the shelter from allowing people inside after 9:30 p.m.

Following complaints from some parents, Ritenour, Missouri, school district superintendent Chris Kilbride says he may reconsider a policy of sending armed police officers to the homes of students who are failing classes to discuss the reasons they are failing.

In March 2020, the government of Singapore rolled out its TraceTogether cellphone app, which can tell when two phones have been close to each other. It promised the app would only be used when someone tested positive for the coronavirus. The government now says the system is also used for criminal investigations. Singapore residents are required to download the app to enter many workplaces and stores.

When Topeka, Kansas, police came to Michael Scott Dodson's home seeking Michael Eugene Dodson, he told them they had the wrong man. He offered to show them his ID and asked to see their warrant. Instead, one of the officers shoved Dodson up against his truck, pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. A few minutes later, they realized they had the wrong guy. They apologized, then gave him a citation for interfering with a police officer.

It took two years and the threat of a lawsuit, but -officials at Harrison High School in Westchester, New York, have allowed Luke Wong to found a campus chapter of the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom. Wong was turned down twice, for reasons he claims were never made clear to him. He says one -administrator suggested he join the debate club or write an op-ed for the school newspaper instead. After the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom took up his case, the school relented.

Hong Kong Broadband Network has blocked access to the news site HKChronicles because of a police order. HKChronicles, which covered last year's pro-democracy demonstrations and documented police abuse of protesters, became the first website blocked under a new public security law imposed by the Chinese government.

Authorities in Egypt have arrested a pastry chef for making cupcakes with penis- and vulva-shaped icing decorations. The arrest came after photos of women eating the cupcakes at a private birthday party at a Cairo club were posted to social media.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an amber alert telling people that Chucky, the killer doll from the Child's Play movie series, and Chucky's son Glen were missing. Officials say it was a test of the system that was accidentally sent out.

Jeanne Pouchain has spent the last three years trying to prove to the French government that she is still alive. In 2017, during a long legal dispute, Pouchain was declared dead by a court in Lyon after a former employee claimed she had died. As a result, Pouchain can no longer get a driver's license, a bank account, or health insurance.

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Two Hialeah, Florida, motorcycle cops are facing several counts of official misconduct. Prosecutors say Ernesto Arias Martinez and Armando Perez issued multiple citations to drivers they never even pulled over. One woman says she received a letter from the state telling her her license would be pulled because she had not paid six tickets. All were issued on the same day.

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Brickbat: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Nosy Neighbor?

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In Bulverde, Texas, Brian Johnson decided his daughters Indiana, 10, and Phoenix, 8, should learn about business and start saving money. During the February snow storm that shut down much of the state, the girls gave the extra eggs laid by chickens they raise to neighbors. After it was over, their father set up a bank account and the girls began selling the eggs and saving their money. Well, until someone ratted them out and they got a cease-and-desist letter from the city. "The selling of chicken eggs or any other animal products produced on the property, from a residentially zoned lot is a violation of city ordinance, regardless of the age of the person conducting the sales," the city said in a statement sent to a local TV station.

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Body cam video shows two Colorado Springs, Colorado, police officers using their Tasers on Chad Anderson Jr. as he stood in his daughter's hospital room after he refused to give them his phone. Anderson's lawyer says the man was not under arrest and the cops did not show him a warrant for his phone. Anderson's daughter was accidentally struck by a vehicle as his fiancée pulled out of their driveway, and cops were trying to take his phone as part of an investigation of how the girl was injured. Andersen was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. Those charges were later dropped. Neither he nor his fiancée were charged for the daughter's injury. The police department declined a local TV station's request for comment, citing Anderson's lawsuit against the department.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit last spring, Louis Goffinet, a teacher in Connecticut, started a Facebook fundraiser to buy groceries for families affected by the disease. He raised more than $40,000, which he used to fund 140 family grocery trips, 125 family dinners, 80 Thanksgiving pies, 31 Thanksgiving dinners, and rental assistance for five families, as well as helping 20 people buy Christmas gifts for their children. And this February, the IRS sent Goffinet a 1099-K form, telling him the money he raised was taxable income. He owes $16,000, but with the help of an accountant he hopes to fight that bill.

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  1. I remember seeing a bumper sticker as a kid that said “Don’t steal. The government hates competition.”

    It also hates people competing with it to provide charity, especially because it exposes just wasteful they are at such things. To accomplish as much as this one guy did, the government would have laid out not 10x but at least 100x as much cash.

    Showing them up that badly might start giving folks ideas:.ideasike taking away responsibilities from them when it’s clear they handle them badly.

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    2. This is disincentivising charity. Jump through hoops in order to give freely. What are the chances this guy gives time, energy and effort for those in need again? How many lives did he touch? It’ll be zero next year.

      1. “It’ll be zero next year.”

        Lesson learned.

  2. The bastards haven’t had time to send my refund after 2 and a half months but they can go after a guy helping people out quick. I got last years refund the end of January this year. Good thing I don’t need the money.

    1. I can’t even get them to answer the phone.

  3. You know what’s even more patriotic than helping your neighbors during a national crisis? PAYING YOUR TAXES.

    Best leave charity to the experts: the United States Congress.

  4. Keep in mind the whole concept of withholding is based on the idea that the government comes first. Before you take care of yourself and your family, before you put a roof over their head or food on their table or clothes on their back, the government gets their’s first. The most important part of your job is making sure the government gets their’s first.

  5. He didn’t build that!

  6. Devil’s Advocate: At the same time, we have BLM founders and grifters buying multiple homes in swanky melanin challenged communities and fancy new cars.

    The rules about 501c-3 charitable (which really only need a lot of docs if you take in more than $5k in income and aren’t a church. Yeah, yeah, guy should be able to bring all kinds of money (~$40k i un this case) in a personal pay pal account, because ‘Imuha libertarian!’ or ‘I help peeplz!’.

    But, by Heaven, you’ll get a lot more support for libertarians if you act like laws to matter AND follow the laws (I mean, beside gun control laws and smoking bans and covid shutdowns and big biz being allowed to freeze out conservatives) until they are changed and not making excuses for a guy for the ‘Feelz’. Might as well be a liberal democrat or an anarchist totalitarian (BIRM) at that point.

    1. The guy’s a teacher. This is probably a case of being ignorant of the law more than deliberately flouting it. It’s obvious to me you would be required to pay taxes on the money taken in because my family has a healthy skepticism of government and shares information like this with the younger generation, but this guy may have never had someone point out that this is how our system works to him. And once the money is spent, it’s not like he can take back some of the food to help pay the tax bill.

      1. Consider:
        “The guy’s a teacher.”
        “[T]his guy may have never had someone point out that this is how our system works to him.”

        Am I the only one who thinks there is a problem with that?

        I think every government employee should be held to a HIGHER standard of behavior or knowledge than the ‘common’ citizen. That includes tax compliance (tax non-compliance by a government employee being a double theft in my mind).

        1. Methinks you are a part of anatomy that rhymes with runt.

          IOW, fuck off, slaver.

          1. Ah, what? That I expect people who depend on money taken from citizens by force to, you know, behave with integrity I am slaver?

            Not at all sure what the hostility is for. But, reason, you know, where people think and use logic rather than emotion.

            1. Lol, welcome to reason comment section. In addition to slaver, at some point you can be expected to be called a trump cultist as well as a lefty shit. Enjoy your time here.

        2. Teachers don’t know anymore than what they teach. think about it we give teachers all sorts of credit but most learn nothing beyond what they teach so a kindergarten teacher really doesn’t know much more than a kindergartner. this is so true and same with nurses, so they know how to put on a band aid they sure as heck know very little about viral pathagens yet the media gives them all sorts of credit during the Plandemic as if they were all expert virologist

          1. Oh, good grief. A teacher knows a lot about childcare, psychology, and such things.

            However, I don’t expect a teacher to know all the intricacies of tax law. Yeah, he should have known that he should have done some paperwork. However, there is a reason that the courts are supposed to show reasonable deference to pro-se litigants who show good faith to perform things correctly.

            The IRS should give the guy the forms to fill out for a 503B or whatever, and then just let it go.

    2. If BLM grifters are buying mansions instead of doing what they said they would with the donations, they are probably prosecutable under fraud and a couple other charges. There’s no reason for the IRS to get involved in “protecting” donors.

      1. the IRS won’t touch BLM they are protected group. Now the NRA or that a different story

      2. BLM aren’t grifters. They’re extortionists.

        “Pay up or we burn you down” is not a con, it’s a threat.

    3. You realize you’ve got the justification backwards, right? You use the good to justify the bad, not the other way around. “If we let this guy off the hook, then we let everyone off the hook.” not “If BLM can fill out forms, we ought to be able to force this guy to as well.”

  7. So he may wind up in jail, and Lois Lerner is free.
    Time to end all deductions, and lower the rate to 5 or 10 percent.
    Cut half the IRS staff.

    1. Nope. You don’t get jailed for non-payment of taxes: just, possibly, for failure to file or falsifying your return.

      1. Of course, if you didn’t pay your taxes because you didn’t think that any of this stuff was taxable, then by definition you have “falsified your return”. So, yeah, this guy is at risk of jail. He shouldn’t be but the IRS has prosecuted worse cases.

        1. if you didn’t pay your taxes because you didn’t think that any of this stuff was taxable, then by definition you have “falsified your return”.

          Omitting an item is not falsifying a return, that is an error.

          So, yeah, this guy is at risk of jail.

          No he isn’t. All he has to do is file an amended return.

          There are only two groups who risk jail:

          1. People who refuse to file or respond to notices for many years even after court warnings.

          2. People who create entirely fake exclusions and deductions showing they intentionally committed tax fraud.

          1. 3. People who get caught hiding income.

        2. A criminal conviction for tax evasion requires proof that you knew you were breaking the law.

          1. Cute.

            mens rea has been dead and buried many, many years.

  8. The form in question was not sent by the IRS and does not designate the income as taxable. The payment processing company notified the IRS that this guy got $41,000. Now he has two options. 1: Tell the IRS that the money was untaxed gifts. 2: Tell the IRS it was taxable business income and shout to the world how evil the IRS is. He chose… poorly.

    1. I do wonder if the IRS stands to make money from all of this pandemic nonsense because of the shift to digital payments.

      It is so much easier to track and tax digital payments than cash, and I know some people who switched from running pure cash businesses side hustles to moving that to venmo or other online systems.

  9. In all likelihood, this was a misunderstanding the IRS did not realize it was a charity, and once they do they will send the appropriate charity forms and drop this.

    If not, screw them. But registration is important to make sure he isn’t pocketing the money he has raised for the families … again this seems like some faceless official didn’t realize what exactly this was and the forms were filed incorrectly so they assumed it was income.

    If he registers this all under a non-profit, it ought to be fine.

    1. This falls under gift rather than charity. I can give you $10,000 tax free whether you use it to feed the homeless or buy breast implants. If you register as a charity my gift becomes tax-deductible to me. If you give me something in return the income becomes taxable to you. Otherwise it’s my post-tax income becoming your post-tax income.

  10. 1. The IRS doesn’t send 1099-Ks any more than the IRS sends W2s. The entity paying the money files the forms.

    Dawn Brolin is a Certified Public Accountant and owns Powerful Accounting. She explained that third party transaction sites, like the one Goffinet used for his fundraiser, are required to issue a 1099-K form if the transactions exceed $20,000.

    2. He owes $16,000,

    He doesn’t owe 16k, that’s what he would owe if he didn’t spend any of the funds on approved expenses which is what he reported to the IRS by not reporting the income at all.

    It’s interesting that Reason both ridicules others for their ignorant fearmongering and engages in ignorant fearmongering.

    1. “Brickbats” takes clips from the mainstream media’s reporting. The original story got it wrong. Obviously wrong if you know your tax law and tax forms, but not obviously wrong if all you know or need to know is your annual W-2.

  11. The original story got it wrong.

    So what? Repeating nonsense because it fits the outrage of your readers is exactly what Reason criticizes in other media.

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Brickbat: Calm Down

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The Minden, Louisiana, police department says it is investigating after video showed officers punching and kicking a man they were trying to subdue. Officers had responded to a call of a man down in the street. They say the man was incoherent and appeared to be under the influence of some substance and when they tried to help him he began to struggle with him. The man's family says he was walking his grandchild to school and had a seizure. The child can be seen nearby in video of the scene. One officer, who was seen in the video kicking the man, has been placed on administrative leave.

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Scottish police gave Maureen Hogg, 82, a £60 ($83 U.S.) fine for breaking a COVID-19 curfew by attending a friend's 70th birthday party. Hogg's granddaughter says Hogg has been vaccinated for the disease as were all of the other attendees at the party. Those people were also fined by police for attending the party.

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  1. I assume somebody snitched or are the cops driving around looking for gatherings. The U.K is is a mess. I’m tired of hearing about it.

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    1. You forget, the UK has government owned surveillance cameras everywhere.

    2. I’m tired of living in it. But it’s also illegal to leave. Reminds me of that country in Europe with the “curtain” around it.

      1. I believe that was the Republic of Iron.

  2. Suicide by COVID or suicide by cop, this grandma killer seemed intent on taking down as many with her as possible. And let’s not forget, local governments need the money.

    1. … local governments need the money.

      Kinda off-topic, but this was given (by a teacher) as the reason why 4 teachers got laid off at my son’s school. “People don’t have jobs, can’t pay their taxes, and so they can’t hire so many teachers.” Except here, the schools are all paid by property taxes: and the county always gets paid their property taxes, whether by the owner or by the big banks buying all the tax certificates with their ZIRP moneys. Sure, the lottery sales might be down, but I don’t think Florida is hurting for tax money at all this year.

      And every time you wander through the halls at the school board office, about half of the admin staff is standing around in the other half’s doorways, talking the scat over their coffee mugs …

      1. And it was probably the four newest teachers regardless of performance or qualifications.

      2. There’s never any news about 4 school administrators getting laid off at anyone’s school.

        1. There’s the old joke about a small school who hires a janitor to work part time. But you can’t have an employee without a supervisor, so they hire one, full time of course. And that requires someone to manage payroll and other HR reporting. Pretty soon someone notices how expensive this is, something needs tobe done to save money, so they fire the janitor.

          1. then they contract the work out to an outside firm

          2. You may think it’s a joke, but I’ve watched the number of people doing regulatory related work double where I’ve worked for many, many years, but the total staff size has remained the same. How’d they do that????

  3. Seems par for the course in formerly Great Britain.

  4. I have a few libertarian friends, plus one left-wing older I know, who are convinced the whole pandemic is just an excuse to get people to accept totalitarian rule.

    To date, I haven’t much bought into that—-not because I trust government by any stretch of the imagination, but because I think it’s far too incompetent, uncreative, and uncoordinated to invent and implement such a scheme. But when I see stuff like this, I start to question whether the conspiracy theories might not have some truth to them.

    1. The goverment yes, the intelligence agencies on the other hand… Look at what they did with the arab spring and ukraine. Now imagine that they had those entire country’s media and communications platforms on board with what they were selling.

      I am a conspiracy theorist and my outlandish theory is the chinese did it to seize power. The virus seems to be pretty harmless to east asians. New york had more deaths than all of east asia. CCP could pretend like the harsh lockdowns are what stopped it from doing damage to convince others to do it, then reap the economic rewards having “defeated” the virus in 4 weeks.
      My alternate theory is the US was involved for the purpose of controlling socialization and legalizing vote harvesting before the election. With the social media companies completely in the bag, eliminating in person conversations gives them much better control of the narrative. The other part of that theory is self evident.

      In reality though, the adage “None of us are as dumb as all of us”, may be the sad truth.

      1. That’s my view as well. China was up and running while the rest of the world was closed, they gobbled up Hong Kong without a word, and now Biden is in office instead of Trump.

        If they didn’t do it on purpose, they sure are lucky.

        1. I don’t know if the Chinese are creative enough to do the science on what you’re proposing (coming up with a bug that preferentially attacks caucasians [aside, what are the infection and mortality stats here in the US by genetic “ethnic” background, vs in the PRC?]), but they’ve certainly taken advantage of the situation in HK as well as with their various military incursions into ROC space.

          1. Didn’t have to do anything with a virus. Just convince the West that its people are in mortal danger. I assume those Chinese videos of people just dropping dead in the streets were shown in the US. They certainly were here in the UK, and yes, this place is as much of a nightmare as the article would lead you to believe.

            1. Not aware of any such videos over here, but I don’t watch much TV, at least of the sort that would go for that.

              Sorry to hear that the UK really is as bad as we cynics suspect.

    2. Did you know the CIA invented AIDs to kill blacks thing was started by one obscure journalist being paid off by the USSR?

      Passive measures are fairly cheap and very effective. And they have to be more so now, what with advances in psychological understanding and ease of communication in the last 50 years.

    3. No need to resort to conspiracy theory when one just needs to remember plain old fashioned human nature.

      Libertarians (and some rare conservatives and liberals) are not like other people. Most people WANT to be ruled and to rule other people. Most people WANT a government to be in charge. Fuck, half the voters picked Trump and then four years later half the voters picked Biden. People are not libertarian, they don’t want a free society. They just want freedom for themselves and the imposition of rule on everyone else.

      The virus is real, some measures to fight the virus are sensible. But government overreacts. No one cares because it’s government. The media loves government because that’s their bread and butter, so of course they never bite the hand that feeds them (only the occasional politician and only when it sells clicks and views). And then you get the people who make it into government who get drunk on their power. You see this best in small local government. Your nice neighbor lady runs for city council because there’s too much dangerous hot rodding going on in your quiet residential street. Now she got her ordinance passed but she’s still in office. And idle hands so she starts imposing rules and rules and rules because idle hands. No actively planned malice there, just wankerocracy.

      Do not attribute to conspiracy that which can be attributed to human nature.

    4. I think the reason is more basic: Trump. The one thing he was really good at was obnoxious tweets, mean tweets, and not responding to the usual political criticisms with the usual abject apologies meaning nothing — he fought back. And Hillary should have won, it was her turn, so Trump was a vote thief on top of everything else.

      The Democrats spent years trying to get rid of Trump, culminating in that first weak and rushed impeachment which went nowhere. The Democrats were tired of looking like fools in the public arena, and their media bitches were tired of trying to cover up their inept powerlessness against such a monster.

      Along came COVID, and they grabbed it for all it was worth. Absent Trump, they never would have locked down and behaved like they did.

    5. You’re thinking of it like a cheetah chasing down a gazelle. Slowly stalking it in the tall grass, circling around for the clearest path, and then sprinting after it, weaving through the scrub brush, zigging when the gazelle zigs, zagging when it zags… you need to think of it more like we’ve stumbled into a hippo’s territory.

    6. Didn’t start out that way but now it’s just a naked power grab.

  5. Somewhere there is a snitch who is celebrating their virtue; since they are all vaccinated, they cannot take credit for saving any lives, but that is not what all this is about.

    And the English are going to have to take some lessons from elsewhere in the world [N. Korea comes to mind]; they are going to have to learn to celebrate their freedoms more privately.

    1. We have church-goers meeting in secret locations, so you’re right there. It continues to be illegal for church services to take place. In fact, the police stormed into a specially-arranged Good Friday “socially-distanced” service and ordered everyone out.

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Hope Cozart says her 11-year-old son Maddox was given an in-school suspension and confined to an isolated cubicle for more than a week at Raymond Mays Middle School in Troy, Texas, because he wore his hair braided atop his head. Cozart says school officials told her the hairstyle violated a rule in the student handbook that says boys' hair "may not be worn in a ponytail, top knot, bun, or similar styles." Troy Independent School District Superintendent Neil Jeter told a local TV station he could not comment on disciplinary actions taken against any student.

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  1. I’m knot a fan of this look on a guy, but that was an over reaction.

    1. Yes, everyone has the Constitutional right to make himself look like an idiot.

  2. I’ve got no problem with schools having gender specific dress and style codes, as long as its enforced consistently and fairly, with warnings and opportunity for kids to fix their errors.

    At some point in life, boys need to learn to dress neatly as boys, to respect their classmates and the learning environment. Same for girls with other girls.

    If they want to look like a douche in a braid, stay home and don’t ruin it for the rest of the kids.

    1. Because this kid got warned and together with his mother ignored the warning, the “suspension” is totally fair.

      White mommy wants the kid to look like his black daddy in braids, lame excuse.

      Braids on boys is gggggghey.

    2. ” . . . gender specific dress and style codes . . . ”
      Currently unconstitutional per the supreme court.

      1. How are girls sports not sex/gender discrimination? It was determined boy’s sports were, and thus girls were allowed to wrestle and play football. I dont understand why we pretend the supreme court actually fairly interprets anything.

    3. I have to disagree on one point. A samurai topnot is very manly, as is a braided Viking mane.

      1. A thousand years ago…

        1. Tell that to the vets at the VA in their ponytails and sandals.

        2. Tell me Willy Nelson isn’t manly again, my friend.
          Them’s fightin’ words in my state

      2. A samurai topnot is very manly

        If you’re a samurai! Otherwise, you are just a posing idiot.

        Of course, if the schools want to stop people from acting like idiots, they should start with the administration.

  3. Cozart told KCEN-TV she was outraged by the disciplinary action at Raymond Mays Middle School, part of the Troy Independent School District, because her son Maddox asked for the hairstyle to celebrate his Black heritage.

    Texas or not, I don’t see the school prevailing. The manbun is heritage.

    1. So she and her son were both aware of the school dress code, and wanted an exception made for him for racial reasons?

      1. Top knots have also been traditional Chinese hair styles for both men and women for centuries. The rule is both sexist and racist and should be abolished. Nobody should need an exception for such a clearly silly rule that serves no purpose other than to give authoritarians another tool to punish non-compliance.

        1. Cultural appropriation?

          1. As a native Hoosier, I have what I believe is a fair compromise: Maddox can keep the braids so long as he and everyone who shares his heritage stops culturally appropriating basketball. I’m could understand Texans feel similar about American Football. If Maddox still wants to participate in sports and celebrate his heritage, he can take up stick fighting or donkey racing.

      2. It’s clear sex discrimination, which puts the school district in violation of Title 7. Just because a dress code exists doesn’t mean it can be enforced without violating someone’s civil rights. School district should end up with a huge fine and a court smackdown from this.

        1. Title 7 speaks to employers/employees. Unless Maddox is employed by the school, I think you mean a different title or just violates the CRA more broadly.

  4. 1. None of the forbidden styles involve braiding the hair. So the style he was punished for was NOT “similar”. Sue the bastards! (for wasting public resources on bullshit)
    2. Per the supreme court, there is no longer any such thing as a “boy” or “girl”, so the silly-ass rule is unconstitutional. Sue the bastards!

    1. It’s not that there’s no such thing as a boy or girl, its that the state isn’t allowed to treat them any differently.

    2. My understanding is that the ‘Independent’ in ‘Troy Independent School District’ means the people in some small region of TX paid taxes and elected people to put these rules in place. And, being independent, the school isn’t governed by any municipality or state. If the rule can be sued out of existence there, I see no reason why it and similar rules couldn’t be sued out of existence at a charter or private religious school.

      1. It may be independent but it’s still governed by the state. Specifically, it may not be part of the Texas State Board of Education (assuming such an entity exists) but legally, it is a subordinate arm of the Texas state government, inheriting the sovereignty and obligations thereof.

  5. None of this would have happened if Texas hadn’t dropped all of its COVID restrictions and put billions (billions!) of students in mortal danger.

  6. I think this has been gone over before but, can a Texan inform us as to the specific meaning of the word ‘Independent’ in ‘Troy Independent School District’?

    I know Chicago Public Schools will let Maddox braid his hair and celebrate his black heritage all he likes and I’m pretty sure that’s the point.

    1. The “ISD” simply means that it’s not run by a city, but has its own school board and superintendent. Almost all of the schools in the state are. This doesn’t change the fact that it’s a tax supported government entity subordinate to Austin. It’s really not that complicated.

      1. This doesn’t change the fact that it’s a tax supported government entity subordinate to Austin. It’s really not that complicated.

        Do you really think the FedGov, or anyone outside the school district, Austin, or the State of Texas should give two shits about one kid who can’t get a haircut because he’s black? Chicago Public Schools is a money sink so bad that the city, state, and now country are chipping in to foot the bill. Are you enjoying your simplicity?

        1. Not complicated at all:
          “Get rid of taxes. Get rid of public schools.” is a pro-libertarian argument.

          “Get rid of public schools unless they let kids celebrate their cultural heritage in completely arbitrary fashion.” is a pro-social justice argument.

        2. Dude, you asked a question. I answered it. The legal arrangement isn’t complicated, and they are a government entity. Trying to tie yourself into knots to say otherwise is ridiculous and rather ignorant.

  7. Can we spread this man-bun ban to adults too? I mean it seems like a bit of a constitutional overreach, but perhaps if we just call it a tax like Obamacare!

    Did you in 2021 at any time, as a male, wear your hair in a bun? If you answer yes, you pay an extra $2000 on your taxes.

    Seems a great way to get rid of the scourge of man-bun wearing douches.

    Of course then the douches would just be undercover and amongst us until they found some other equally annoying way to advertise themselves. But hey then something else to tax!!! National Debt eliminated!!!

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  9. Public schools are becoming nothing more than petty fiefdoms for idiots and the criminally insane.

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Brickbat: Easiest Arrest Ever

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One Loveland, Colorado, police officer has been put on paid leave and another moved to desk duty after a 73-year-old woman sued the department for an arrest in which her attorney says she suffered a broken arm, dislocated shoulder and sprained wrist. The attorney says the woman has dementia. Staff at a local Walmart called cops after Karen Garner reportedly tried to shoplift $13.88 in merchandise. Garner left without the merchandise. Body cam footage shows Officer Austin Hopp calling to her outside the store. When Garner refused to speak to him, he grabbed her and threw her to the ground. As Garner repeatedly says "I am going home," Hopp and Officer Daria Jalili handcuff her.

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  1. “Community members are concerned about this. We are concerned about this too. That is why we are taking swift actions, we placed those officers on leave status,” said Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer. “I have to look at that as something very serious.”

    Swift action 10 months later, only after the suit was public, despite witness complaint to a supervisor at the scene.

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  2. 73 years old and she still hasn’t learned that walking away from a cop automatically leads to state violence?

    The cop deserves to be thrown in jail for abuse of authority.

    Still, the old woman is an idiot.

    1. You’d have to be crazy to disobey a cop like that.

    2. Did you miss the part where she has dementia? She probably didn’t understand what was going on. She likely was quite sure she had paid for the merchandise, or that the cop was her high school crush and they were still in high school, or maybe even imagined she was the owner of the store and had bought all the stock wholesale. If you’ve ever come in contact with someone with dementia, you’d know that their grasp of reality is basically no longer there.

      1. Shes probably Uncle Leo-ing it, and this was not her first time ‘forgetting’ to pay.
        That is the only sane reason the store would call the cops

      2. My reading of the article indicates she had returned the merchandise before police arrived on the scene. Even if she was in her right mind, I could understand being embarassed and not wanting to be scene in public, let alone arrested. Especially for shoplifting from a Walmart.

    3. she has dementia and most people can see that except for cops they seem to be blind to people with mental issues.

    4. Have you ever had someone shoot at you, coward? Huh? You cant have an opinion about police unless youre a cop you nig loving scumbag!

      1. Being a roofer is more dangerous. Why are American cops such pussies?

  3. She’s a white woman. Who cares?

  4. Karen arrested?

  5. The last time I had a case in municipal court, fully half of the other cases were misdemeanor theft from the local Walmart (under $100). The very first thing they did was motion to move all of the Walmart – involved cases to the front of the docket so they would only have to swear in the Walmart security guy once.

    1. The next logical step is to set up a “quickie” court at the checkouts.

      1. Make Walmart security private contractors/3rd party and just call them Good Samaritans. Then give them shoot-on-sight authority and enjoy the legal protections.

    2. Kind of disgusting that big box stores, but especially Walmart, have outsourced their store security to taxpayers.

      Some communities spend millions on police response, processing of criminals, etc. because they have a Walmart.

      In turn, Walmart saves millions by not hiring sufficient workers to prevent theft.

      1. Ever work retail security? The default setting is to get a discription or video and call the Police. Too many Liberal politicians have made apprehension by security too risky. Non security employees are trained to call security if they see somerhing. They can be fired if they try to apprehend a shoplifter.

        Walmart and other stores pay local taxes, unless local politicians bargained them away, and are entitled to Police protection. How about putting the blame on the people who think that shoplifting isn’t a crime? Then of course you have politicians and Union shills who lead them to believe that it isn’t.

        1. My takeaway from this experience is that Walmart has a policy of prosecuting *everyone* who they think might be stealing or running a scam on them. Some of these were kinda funny.

          Gal tried on more lipstick than allowed? Arrest her ass.

          One guy was accused of stealing a $5 T-Shirt and running off. He apparently crossed the street before the cops stationed at Walmart caught up with him and tackled him. They also charged him with resisting arrest and assaulting them since apparently one of his legs hit one of theirs when they tackled him, which counts as kicking. I guess. BTW, all the cops testified that this happened within city limits (the theft, the odd kick, wtf ever) but the city limits stopped as soon as this guy crossed the street. They tackled him in the neighboring municipality. First time I witnessed Testi-Lying. And it was obvious, but no one said anything.

          Bonus: One crazy gal who, as far as I could tell, wasn’t attempting to steal anything – She ran out of the front door, apparently trying to ditch her abusive boyfriend – but with a cart full of stuff. Abandoned the cart in the parking lot, got in the car (his car), and ended up leaving the car and climbing onto the roof of a Jack-in-the-Box a half mile away. SWAT teams and everything.

  6. Actually, she’s quite lucky to be alive. Cops today have no problem beating people to death or shooting them, or tazing them to death or choking them to death, or whatever they feel the need to do so.
    people who say, Well, if you don’t comply with their orders, this is what you’ll get” simply have no idea of the actual truth. Even complying will be no guarantee you won’t be tased, pepper sprayed, beaten or shot. Just the idea that you can be treated like a common criminal for even talking back to a cop has now become reality.
    ” If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground , Just do what I tell you.
    Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge, don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of walking aggressively towards me”- officer of the Los Angeles Police dept.

  7. They’ll be getting sensitivity training on how to recognize mental illness. Which pretty much covers nearly every american these days. So best bet is just let them get away with it until they pull out a gun.

    1. buckleup says, “not enough beat up grannies! More, daddy state, more!”

  8. if the covid doesn’t get you security will

  9. I find no problem with this arrest. A policy of ignoring small thefts would both be morally wrong and force businesses to close, as is now happening in San Francisco.

    I do believe police should not use force that is unnecessary or way out of proportion to the alleged crime, but breaking an arm of someone who wouldn’t stop does not necessarily meet that standard.

    Notice that this suspect did not get any preferential treatment because she was white. Which is why BLM will not mention her.

    1. I think they could have reasonably interviewed her and talked to security at the store, but if she is actually leaving and isn’t taking any stolen items with her, why bother with the force?

  10. Gotta give them enough time to plan out where they’re going to go on their paid vacation to be punished.

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Brickbat: Don't Come Back

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Australia's borders have been closed since March 2020 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and Health Minister Greg Hunt says he can't guarantee the borders will reopen, even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease. "We still have to look at a series of different factors: transmission, longevity [of vaccine protection] and the global impact, and those are factors which the world is learning about," he said during a press conference. Some 36,000 Australians remained trapped overseas because of the border shutdown.

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  1. Is this Aussie drunk on power or just drunk ? Foster’s or Toohey’s?

    1. Two things:

      1) Foster’s is an export brand; no one drinks it in Australia (there may be exceptions but they don’t count because they’re un-Australian). Toohey’s is a NSW brand; you can get it in other states but, you’d be surprised how parochial we are when it comes to beer. I’m from Victoria so, I generally drink Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught.

      2) Greg Hunt is a politician so, he’ll only drink beer when he’s pretending to be a man of the people. Pollies here usually prefer to drink wine, like chardonnay or shiraz (syrah to you Yanks). Occasionally, they’ll drink spirits but, only when someone else is picking up the tab.

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  2. …even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease.

    I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
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    Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the blunder?
    You better run, you better take cover.

    1. Who can it be knocking at my door?
      Go away, don’t come ’round here no more
      Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
      I’m very tired and I’m not feeling right
      All I wish is to be alone
      Stay away, don’t you invade my home
      Best off if you hang outside
      Don’t come in, I’ll only run and hide

      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
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      Who can it be knocking at my door?
      Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor
      If he hears, he’ll knock all day
      I’ll be trapped and here I’ll have to stay
      I’ve done no harm, I keep to myself
      There’s nothing wrong with my state of mental health
      I like it here with my childhood friend
      Here they come, those feelings again

      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?
      Who can it be now?

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      Why do they follow me?
      It’s not the future that I can see
      It’s just my fantasy
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  4. Health Minister Greg Hunt says he can’t guarantee the borders will reopen, even if the entire country gets vaccinated against the disease

    I believe he’s stepping on Dr. Fauci’s lines. Fauci’s only up to the Stage 4 lies, that the numbers have to be lower before we can safely re-open, and hasn’t yet announced that the number has to be zero and every single person in the country has to be vaccinated before we can safely re-open, let alone saying that even then we still can’t safely re-open. Maybe it’s the time difference between Australia and the US – isn’t it already tomorrow in Australia?

    1. Not so much tomorrow as stuck in 1984.

  5. “Some 36,000 Australians remained trapped overseas because of the border shutdown.”

    Aussies stuck in other nations, who get deported from there? They will be forced to forage for grasses and shrubs to eat, in stateless areas, such as the DMZ between North and South Korea, or, for another example, in a long, skinny concentration camp between rows of walls on the USA-Mexico border. Aussies, too, now, are illegal sub-humans!

  6. more than 36,000 Australians trapped overseas, unable to return due to caps on the number of quarantine spaces.

    “We can’t guarantee any more of our vast land is available for quarantine spaces.”

  7. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  8. Will this lockdown theater [and I call it that because it is as much if not more about virtue than virus] go so severe and so long and require an absurd level of risk aversion, that finally enough of us rebel against it [and the overreaching governments behind it]?

    And we will no doubt “hit a wall” at a point in the very near future; this will occur where everyone who WANTS to be vaccinated is, but around 30% will refuse; will that necessitate that we remain arbitrarily on shut down indefinitely? I also realize there are citizens who love showing that “they are on the side of science” and “progressively minded” who wouldn’t mind if this went on forever, as well as authoritarians like Whitmer who seem to get off on ever increasing amount of power and the ability to stymie fundamental rights.

    If this does result in a general rediscovery of what matters to us and that we cannot take fundamental freedoms for granted, and perhaps a house cleaning of politicians who seem to thrive on squelching those freedoms, that might not be such a bad thing.

    1. It’s why they have to keep the fear porn going with the virus variants. They have to somehow convince people with a near-perfect vaccine that they still have something to fear from the virus.

      If rational viewpoints can reach voters, voters will ultimately put the kibosh on this. Australia will have an election no more than 13 months from now. At some point, politicians will start feeling the heat.

  9. Australia’s borders have been closed since March 2020

    So it’s returned to its roots as a penal colony.

  10. Monday was the start of quarantine free travel between Oz and NZ. No covid in either country, details finally worked out and plane loads flying both ways.

  11. The die is cast for these fools. They have to stay locked down.

    However, Zero Covid mentality will not outlive reality.

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Brickbat: Caught on Tape

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In New York City, Brooklyn prosecutors say they will ask for as many as 90 convictions in cases investigated by police officer Joseph Franco to be thrown out. Prosecutors in the city's other boroughs are expected to also ask that cases, most involving low-level drug offenses, handled by Franco be thrown out. Franco was charged with perjury and misconduct after investigators in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office found video that showed several drug buys Franco claimed to witness did not happen or he was not in a position to see them if they did.

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Brickbat: Run It Off

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A man in the Philippines died after police forced him to do 300 squats for breaching a COVID-19 curfew. Darren Manaog Peñaredondo left his home to buy water. But he was caught by police and forced to perform exercises in punishment. Human Rights Watch says people violating COVID-19 restrictions in the Philippines are being abused, saying that officials locked five young people in a dog cage and have forced people to sit in the midday sun for breaking the rules.

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Brickbat: Can I Take a Look at Your Photos, Too?

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The British government is allowing pubs to reopen, with one catch. Drinkers will have to present their phones to pub staff to show they have registered on the National Health Services COVID-19 test-and-trace app. The app alerts people if they have been close to someone who tested positive for the disease. Pubs that don't comply with the requirement may be fined up to £1,000 ($1,370 U.S.).