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Brickbat: Before You Go

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Qatari officials took all of the women off of a flight scheduled to leave for Australia and strip-searched them. An infant, believed to be newly born, had been found in a restroom at the airport terminal, and officials were reportedly examining the women for signs that one of them had recently given birth.

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Brickbat: Virginia Isn't for Lovers of Privacy

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Virginia's Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that barred the Fairfax Police Department from using automatic license plate scanners. The Supreme Court ruled that because the system doesn't include personal information such as phone numbers or addresses it doesn't violate the state's privacy law. The court noted that law enforcement can cross-reference license plate data with other databases to obtain such information. But because that other data isn't part of the license plate scanner data it isn't illegal.

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Brickbat: Tripping Out

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The Gloucestershire Constabulary in England says it will patrol routes out of Wales looking for Welsh drivers who appear to be taking long trips. Cops will stop them and order them to turn around. If they don't, police will report them to their Welsh counterparts for possibly violating a 17-day ban on nonessential travel that Welsh authorities say is necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Welsh government has also closed most businesses for those 17 days and restricted high schools to online instruction only.

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Brickbat: That Was Then, This Is Now

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During her successful 2018 run to become Chicago's mayor, Lori Lightfoot campaigned on a promise to reduce the city's dependence on fines and fees to balance its budget, noting they fall disproportionately on the poor and minorities. Now, Lightfoot is facing the possibility of a more than $1 billion deficit in 2021 and her budget proposal calls on police to ticket anyone driving as little as 6 mph over the speed limit clocked using speed cameras. Currently, only those driving 10 mph or more above the speed limit get ticketed. Her proposal would have drivers receive a warning for their first violation and a $35 ticket for each additional time they are caught driving 6 to 10 mph above the limit.

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      1. She’s the offspring of Don King and Beetlejuice.

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  5. Chicago government could always take a second look at the graft line items in that budget.

    1. So, maybe a tax on graft? Or fines for collecting graft without a city permit?

    2. Read a story that people are freaking out about eliminating the rule that a city garbage truck has to have three people, or that the driver has to empty cans. Also that “motor truck drivers,” or the guys who drive other workers to job sites then sit in the truck until it’s time to drive them back, be eliminated in favor of letting people drive themselves. Seriously, the Chicago stereotypes are real.

      1. I used to do an annual trade show in Chicago. We used to have to call a staff IBEW electrician just to plug something into an outlet at our booth.

        1. You really can’t tell the difference between parody and “reality” any more.

      2. Years back, the Villiage where I lived gave everyone rolling bins for trash and recyclables designed to be picked up by a robotic arm on the truck.

        1 truck, 1 driver and the driver never gets out of the truck on the route. If you don’t put your bin where the truck can reach it, you don’t get trash pickup that week.

  6. Time to skip out on the debt and move the whole city ten miles up the road. I’d suggest heading east.

  7. The only thing this incompetent mayor has accomplished is getting a lot of poor black Chicagoans killed.

    And her response is…Oh, let me write more speeding tickets? AYFKM?!

    1. That criminals in Chicago regularly kill one another and innocent bystanders if the fault of Indiana where their guns come from. If it weren’t for those darn guns legally owned by people like me there would be no crime in Chicago.
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  8. I don’t envy a chicago politician’s position. They’re stuck between the unions who will absolutely mobilize the dead to vote them out, and the ordinary voters who don’t have any more cash to hand over.

    1. If the ordinary voters had any sense, they’d get the fuck out of town and leave the union workers to cannibalize each other.

      1. Fuck that. They come to the collar counties and vote Democrat here.

        Build a wall!

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  11. Now, Lightfoot is facing the possibility of a more than $1 billion deficit in 2021

    It never occurs to cunts like here to reduce spending, does it?

    Christ, what a bitch.

    1. Reduce spending? What are you, some kind of anarchist? Deficits don’t matter! Get with the Republican program!

      1. Republicans are welfare statists and Democrats are warmongers. ¿Qué hay de nuevo?

    2. Yeah, women. What are ya gonna do? Men, now men would cut speding, don’t you know. If only men were allowed to be in charge of city, state, and federal budgets…, deficits would just be a thing of the ….

  12. Is it just me, or are politicians these days even more full-on incompetent than in past eras?

    Apart from being a predictably corrupt cog in the Chicago machine, mayor Lightfoot is just a grade A idiot.

    Rahm was evil and corrupt but at least he appeared to have some kind of rational thought process.

    1. Yes, they’re getting more stupid.

      Say what you want about the prominent elites practically anointing politicians in the past, but they got to that elite level by accomplishing stuff, working hard, and having a brain on their shoulders.

      So when they elevated someone of their class to be a leader, they were picking a man (and, occasionally, a woman) who also had earned his way into office.

      Today, not so much. Union cronies, sycophants, partisans, and credentialed morons get pushed to the top. It’s a world where Buttigieg and Beto, men who accomplished nothing, but had the right credentials, get ahead.

      Any of our country’ Founders could run circles around the idiots in politics now.

      Lightfoot got ahead simply by being black, female, and credentialed, then promoted by sucking up to the right crowd. She never actually accomplished anything and is literally the dumbest person in any room.

      1. Nonsense. See Lori Lightfoot’s recommendations while working on the Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards, her work on the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, and especially her work on the Chicago Police Board and Police Accountability Task Force.

        1. Oh, she also graduated from that bastion of affirmative action the University of Chicago Law School.

          1. A person that dumb could not possibly get advancement without being female, black, and a lesbian.

            Like Buttigieg and Beto, a resume based on ordinary credentials isn’t a sign of competence or greatness. It’s literally the evidence of my point, that an idiot can get ahead by having the right paperwork and identity.

  13. How the hell does any city get a one billion dollar deficit? Oh wait, Dick Cheney told me that deficits don’t matter.

    Republican, holding bong: “Where did you learn to deficit spend?”
    Democrat, angrily: “I learned it from you dad! I learned it from you!”

    1. Omygosh! Did you think that up all by yourself? Very clever.

  14. Murderous Mayor Lori — how about a death tax on the victims of unchecked street violence in your city? You have made Chicago a national leader in that category.

    1. Is this the first time you’ve heard of violent crime in Chicago or the first time you’ve heard of Chicago?

      1. Is this the first time you’ve heard that Chicago has had it’s deadliest weekends in 50 years, and has surpassed 600 dead from street violence?

        Stop feigning shock that someone calls out the Mayor. It’s all on her and her policies. Her arrogant, negligent, and condescending efforts at police reform are twisted by her personal animus toward the PD, and the citizens of Chicago are the ones suffering for it. Stop defending her.

        (and that’s not meant as a defense of the Chicago PD)

        1. “It’s all on her and her policies.”
          Chicago had a serious violent crime problem long before Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor. The exact numbers of shootings and homicides in Chicago for a given year aren’t actually known, though. The data supplied by the Chicago Police aren’t trustworthy. Nothing supplied by the Chicago Police is trustworthy.

          Every Chicagoan should have an animus towards the Chicago Police Department. It is a disgrace and embarrassment to the city. The illegal drug trade and the violence accompanying it flourish in Chicago in great part because the Chicago Police are part of it.

  15. I am incredibly disappointed to find no one joking about Mayor Lightfoot depending on heavyfooted people to balance her budget.

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  16. As long as she has the police set up barricades around her block to keep the presents out she doesn’t care. I would call her an evil nigger dyke cunt, but that would be too kind. And Chicago still has “black sights” so congrats to that

  17. it’s a [speed] trap!

  18. Streets of Chicago: Unsafe at any speed.

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  20. Don’t forget to shorten the yellow lights!

  21. I was mixing her up with Gail Lightfoot.

  22. Meh. Another reason to avoid Chicago as if I needed yet one more.

  23. Wow, the comments here are even worse than usual.
    Lightfoot’s speed camera ticket proposal is the same as the original plan under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The only difference is that the city, apparently, didn’t actually ticket ($35) anyone caught by automated speed camera driving 6 to 10mph over the limit.

    Lori Lightfoot is one of the only people in Chicago to ever accomplish anything close to serious police reform in Chicago.

    Ordinary Chicago voters broke with no cash left to hand over?
    Nonsense.

    Racism and sexism aren’t good substitutes for something intelligent to say, but it’s good for readers to get some indication what type of person a commenter is. The bigotry makes you sound like morons.

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Brickbat: Genghis Who?

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The Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in France has postponed an exhibit on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, citing what it says is censorship by the Chinese government. The exhibit was being put together with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage began to demand control over the exhibit, demanding that certain words and phrases, including "Genghis Khan," "Empire," and "Mongol" be removed and asking for control over exhibition brochures and maps. Museum officials say they believe the demands are linked to the Chinese government's crackdown on ethnic minorities, including Mongols.

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  4. Study with the *original* Khan Academy!

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    1. But what about diversity and gender studies?

      1. I’m pretty sure those are covered under the “Semester Abroad: Pillage and Rape Everything You See.”

        Fun factoid: some studies estimate that as many as 1 in 200 men alive today are descendants of Ghengis Khan. Apparently he liked the rape part of “pillage and rape.” A lot.

        1. Maybe it wasn’t Genghis but his no-good son Hunter Khan.

          1. Santino “Sonny” Khan.

      2. Diversity? We’re all descendants of Genghis Khan. That’s how it works.

  5. Place obligatory Wrath of Khan references here.__________________

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  6. Time to put together an exhibit on Chinese censorship. It would be more informative to the public.

    1. Brilliant!! I’m sure the Smithsonian will love this idea….not.

      1. They might. Earlier this year the Smithsonian produced material critiquing white culture. And progressive sources describe Asian-Americans as white, so…

        1. “And progressive sources describe Asian-Americans as white, so…”

          My wife and I were just discussing this; why don’t Asians make the intersectionality cut? I suppose it is because they spend too much of their time making the most of opportunities, getting ahead, and being successful. If anyone ever embraced a privilege…

          1. Success knocks you down a rung in intersectional theory. Asians are BELOW ordinary whites.

            Weirdly.

  7. So what is French for “Fuck you” and why isn’t it relevant? How can the Chinese stop them from putting on an exhibit on “Genghis Khan: The Man Who Fucked A Billion Weak Pussy-Ass Chinese Right Up The Ass And They Liked It Ha Ha Ha” if they want to?

    1. But they really wanted to display the loin cloth worn by the Great Kahn.

    2. va te faire foutre

      1. I was told that it was “baise toi.” But according to google translate that’s the more literal translation, I guess. Baise toi apparently means “fuck yourself” which might make it the more accurate translation for the literal meaning of the phrase as commonly used.

        What’s weird is when you put “va te faire foutre” into google translate and translate to English it comes back as “kiss my ass” and “baise toi” comes back as “fuck you,” but when you do it the other way (English to French) “fuck you” comes out as “va te faire foutre” and “fuck yourself” comes back as “baise toi.”

        *shrugs* Weird. And I’ve obviously wasted more time on this than any sane person should.

        1. Are there any honest to God French persons on here who can clear this up, please?

          1. OK, no French person would ever say “baise toi”, it’s just stupid sounding. It’s like saying “you fuck” instead of “fuck you”. Now, va te faire foutre is much more vulgar than kiss my ass, so I don’t know why Google offers that as a translation. It’s more like Fuck you and translates literally as Go fuck yourself. So there you go.

          2. Spent five minutes looking it up. Apparently the fucking French don’t have a fucking exact equivalent word for fuck.

            https://lovefrance.info/french-swear-words/

    3. “The exhibit was being put together with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. ”

      Maybe they wanted to use artifacts from China?

  8. The Donald had better expand his harem QUICKLY if he wants to out-do The Khan!!! (The Khan had 921 kids if I recall correctly).

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  9. Many who see Trump as fascist ignore happenings in Hong Kong and Xinjiang

    Shahi Hamid at The Atlantic writes—Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means:

    How do americans decide what to be outraged about? It seems like ancient history now, but that was one of the questions The New York Times inadvertently raised in June when it appended an editor’s note to an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton—a piece that some on the Times staff saw as presenting a physical danger not only to the country but to themselves.

    The op-ed called for American troops to be sent to “restore order” to cities experiencing violent protests. Outside and inside the Times, it was widely condemned as “fascist” or fascist-adjacent. More recently, though, the Times published an op-ed of a similar vein, except this time readers had the opportunity to glimpse what actual fascism looks like. Fascism, in today’s context, isn’t mere authoritarianism, but the attempt to suppress all dissent, public or private, in the name of the nation; it is the expression of a regimented society that elevates order as both the means and end of all political life.

    The October 1 op-ed, by Regina Ip, a member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, captured such sentiments well. Ip laid out the case for a new Chinese-backed security law that would effectively criminalize anything that might be perceived as “subversion.” Included was one of the most disturbing passages I have read in an American publication:

    To some, the new national security law is especially chilling because it seems simultaneously vague and very severe. But many laws are vague, constructively so. And this one only seems severe precisely because it fills longstanding loopholes—about subversion, secession, local terrorism, collusion with external forces. One person’s “severe” is someone else’s intended effect.

    This time, though, no staff revolt occurred, even though Ip’s article was an elaborate, if refreshingly frank, endorsement of real fascism.

    Outrage is always selective. I could have written about something else, but I decided to write about this. The question remains: Why did readers who were infuriated by Cotton’s argument seem to shrug off Ip’s?

      1. The left is emulating the chicoms. You’re on the wrong side. Also dailykos is the biggest pile of shit. Let the mocking begin.

      2. Condemning fascism and then quoting the Daily Kos is like doing the same in the 30’s and quoting Der Stürmer.

        1. Speaking of the devil, it’s become a bit harder to keep tabs on what the neonazis are doing, with the Daily Stormer and similar crap being deplatformed.

          Monitoring your enemies is easier if they stick to the same ISP for more than a few months.

    1. Everything inside The State.
      Nothing outside The State.
      Nothing against The State.

      B Mussolini, 1922

      “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting [but not necessarily owning] all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”

      The Chinese, while allowing for the existence of economic capitalism while maintaining absolute communist control are, to me, a perfect example of fascism. But in the US is only means whomever a progressive does not like or agree with.

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  12. Museum officials say they believe the demands are linked to the Chinese government’s crackdown on ethnic minorities, including Mongols.

    Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Chinese that Diversity Is Our Strength. How will they ever survive without it?

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  14. Eventually someone will tell Winnie the Pooh to fuck off. I’m hoping it will be the Chinese people.

    1. Thanks to technology the Chinese are perfecting the eternal authoritarian state. If the Chinese people are going to liberate themselves they have five years at most.

      1. The leaders like money and the trappings of wealth. To maintain it they must spread it around and constantly acquire more.

        That requires constant maintenance of business relations with the outside world and a semi-porous society.

        The CCP wants a tighter grip and they’re clearly adversaries of the peasants and ethnic minorities, but China will never be closed off like North Korea or engage in genocide.

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  17. You’d think France would have their own problems celebrating the Mongol Hordes.

    How about a museum to Charles “The Hammer” Martel, who saved Western civilization from Muslim invaders in the 8th century?

    1. You’d think France would have their own problems celebrating the Mongol Hordes.

      Why the Mongol hordes never made it to France. And they were enemies of the Muslim sultans.

      1. Why the Mongol hordes never made it to France. And they were enemies of the Muslim sultans.

        ^ This. 14th-century Europeans saw Ghengis Khan as an avenging angel sent by God to punish the heathens.

        1. *Your mileage with Kievan Rus may vary…

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Brickbat: Say No More, Say No More

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Some British couples who do not live together won't be allowed to have sex or even sleep over at each other's homes under new restrictions that recently went into force to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Couples who live in "high risk" Tier 2 areas who do not live together and aren't part of a support bubble can meet only outdoors and must maintain a distance of six feet. A support bubble is a household of one person and a second household of any size. A person can be a member of only one support bubble. Those who live in Tier 2 areas are also barred from traveling to lower-risk Tier 1 areas to socialize indoors.

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Brickbat: Free and Open Discussion

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Gloucester, Massachusetts, school Superintendent Ben Lummis says he was disappointed when he heard a teacher had mocked a 12-year-old student for voicing support for President Donald Trump during a classroom discussion of the presidential debate. The teacher asked if anyone supported Trump, and Jackson Cody raised his hand. "Well, Mr. Jackson, I thought I liked you," the teacher said, according to Cody. "Then she asked why I support a racist and a pedophile. She also said, 'I am ashamed of any woman who voted for Donald Trump,' and I told her my mom and one of my grandmothers voted for Donald Trump." The family later retained a First Amendment attorney, and the boy received an apology from the teacher.

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  1. Should have been fired.

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  5. Fledgling bigots and slack-jaws-in-training have rights, too.

    Including the right to get stomped into irrelevance in the culture war. By their betters.

    Carry on, clingers. But only so far and so long as better Americans permit.

    1. “Then she asked why I support a racist and a pedophile. So I told her ‘But I support Trump, not the Bidens.'”

    2. You’d know all about having betters, since everyone is yours.

    3. Agreed, that kid should be removed from school and not allowed to participate in society! That why the US needs a social credit score to propley punish those with wrong think

  6. That kid gets an F for failing to put his pride aside and game the teacher for a good grade.

  7. Sadly, that teacher’s attitude is prevalent in public education today.

    When did it ever become Ok for a teacher to malign a student’s family in class? An apology? Really?

    1. It’s more a requirement than anything, Get used to this it’ll come 10fold after Kamala is Pres. With the addition of re-education caps for those of us who like to think on our own.

    2. A majority of teachers, like a majority of all people in this country, are politically apathetic and see no value in imposing their beliefs onto others.

      1. Bullshit I taught for 25 years in a public school. I have been to conferences all over the country. Imposing their beliefs upon children is seen as an obligation, a glorious mission for the vast majority.

        If I had a penny for every time I heard a variation of this phrase; “So I nailed the little shit by telling her xyz, I don’t care the little fuckers a conservative”, I could retire on Epstein’s island

        1. Oh yeah? Which conferences are recommending that teachers “impose their beliefs upon children”? I would love to see their literature.

          Certainly none that I have been to. The National Council for Social Studies does no such thing. The Common Core and C3 Framework certainly do not suggest that this is the job of a teacher.

          1. The Common Core and C3 Framework certainly do not suggest that this is the job of a teacher.

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          2. You are right they don’t “suggest” they demand. See the exclusion of WWII combat. It’s been eliminated b/c it shows the US in a positive light vis a vie our resistance to fascism and communism. My district has gone even further in pushing the “benefits” of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

      2. Most teachers are natural socialists – they want to work for the government and are so unwilling to take any chance and stand on their own that they actually never left school. You can find some libertarians or conservatives in any educational institution; they are the ones sitting quiet in the back.

      3. Calling BS on that. As a parent of three children in a solid 50:50 purple county in a swing state….where one would expect people to know that political stances are about as diverse as can be, I’ve seen teachers embrace a level of idealogical group-think that is downright scary. And this is in a very top-notch public school district.
        The vast majority of teachers are outspoken leftists who never miss an opportunity to preach to the kids, even when they are barely a decade older.

        1. As a teacher in a solid blue state in a district of 30+ schools I can assure that a majority of teachers are not outspoken about anything, let alone “leftists who preach.” There will always be some people who inappropriately insert their personal beliefs into their job, but that can happen in any profession and it is far from typical in education.

          I am not even sure how you could possibly have gotten such an impression, or what makes you think you can generalize an entire industry of workers, maybe because of certain unions? Never confuse the PR of unions as a reflection of teachers as a whole.

          1. I live in very red state, in a very red county, my daughter attended a country elementary school. Her 3rd grade teacher taught about veganism, climate change, and white privilege. None of these were on any approved curriculum. We are mostly hunters and farmers and of course, white.

            1. Yikes. That is unfortunate. Like I said, there will always be some crazy people out there. I do run into the occasional colleague who treats the job as if it was preaching rather than teaching. As I am sure you know, kids have great bullshit detectors. It is funny to watch the preachers get rejected by the kids when they become tired of listening to it, even in a city of mostly black and Hispanic students.

              1. “”As I am sure you know, kids have great bullshit detectors.””

                No they don’t.

                1. In fairness to the kids, adults don’t have great bullshit detectors either.

                2. Individually, perhaps, but if you put 25 of them in a room there will be quite a synergy.

          2. “Who are you going to believe, some LARPing cunt on the internet or your lying eyes?”

            Fuck yourself with a railroad tie.

          3. “I am not even sure how you could possibly have gotten such an impression” Direct personal experience, which is far more relevant their your preaching and lobbying. Kinda funny how a claimed teacher is arguing against the reality of preachy teachers, but being a preachy teacher.

            1. In that case you simply have a distorted definition of “preach.”

              1. Well then, you could preach to us about the proper definition of “preach”. I’m sure you have plenty of practice.

                1. As a quality instructor, I can only give you the tools that are required to succeed. Your success is ultimately up to yourself.

          4. Who gives a shit how prevalent it is? How about the fact that even one teacher disparaging a child for their beliefs is one too many. Instead of puffing up our chests and doing battle about this statistic or that, solve the actual issues when they occur and move on.

            1. It matters if you are going to use a single, isolated incident as the basis upon which to judge a very large group of individuals. Any libertarian who takes methodological individualism seriously should immediately recognize the fallacy here. Expecting 100% of anything to be absolutely perfect seems a bit unreasonable.

            2. Right. So dal with the teachers who do bad things. Don’t malign the whole profession with huge generalizations.

  8. You would think teachers would carefully avoid any discussion of current politics. When I was a kid, one of my history teachers talked about the shooting of JFK but refused to say anything positive or negative about the JFK administration itself—and this was when Reagan was in office, so it’s not like JFK was recent.

    1. Likewise, a student asked one of my HS teachers whether capitalism or socialism was a better system (it was a serious inquiry) and the teacher carefully responded that he’d had to make that determination for himself (or words to that effect). Said teacher quit a year later to take a bigwig job in the state teacher’s union, so you know where his sympathies most likely were, but in the classroom he kept his own viewpoint to himself and just taught the facts and encouraged thought. Seems like a better way to go to me since we’re pretty much compelling kids to be in school for X years.

      1. If, after 103 years of real-world trials, you still regard the answer to that question as a statement of opinion . . .

  9. Keep in mind the little shit’s name is Jackson Cody and he’s a seventh grader at O’Maley Middle School in Gloucester, Massachusetts so he shouldn’t be that hard to find on social media and you can send him all sorts of threats and imprecations, insults about him and his mother and his family and his dog and his dental hygiene.

    The teacher in question isn’t named in the article, presumably to protect his or her privacy.

    Nicely done, Channel 7, WHDH. You’ve subtly let us know where you stand on this issue.

    1. Blame his dad and lawyer.

      Surely the school didn’t contact the reporter to give notice that one of its teachers is an asshole.

      Someone had to tip off the reporter. Logically, it was someone who should have been protecting the kid, who reached out directly or posted about it on Facebook or some shit.

  10. Next time Jackson should express a less extreme opinion, like the urge to shoot up his school.

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      1. Yeah, but do you have a union with powerful links to local and state government?

    2. No classroom education until there are no cases worldwide for a year. If we just put the world on house arrest for a few months (except for the inner party), we could get through this.

  13. I am sure women will be thrilled to knowthat they can go to This teacher for approval of their political affiliations.

  14. Should Biden squeak by cheating to win, and should Americans stupidly let democrats control the Senate, this is the kind of behavior you can expect permanently. Once back in the leftie rats won’t leave the walls. Best to stomp on them now.

  15. This took place in Massachusetts right, why has she not been indicted for bullying? This is the same state that imprisoned a girl who just texted her ex to go ahead and do it when he threatened to commit suicide so they have some pretty stringent anti-bullying laws on the books. She not only allowed but encouraged other students to humiliate another, if that is not a text book example of bullying I don’t know what is. The family should immediately go down and file criminal not civil charges.

    1. As if those laws were ever intended to punish anyone but the _wrong kind_ of bully. Remembering my school days, putting school administrators in charge of an anti-bullying program is akin to putting mice and foxes in charge of guarding the hens – either they’re too timid and ineffectual to accomplish anything, or they’re bullies themselves, and those laws just gave them _more_ power.

  16. Any conservatives still supporting the government schools? If so, please tell me why.

  17. this is the problem with politics in general these days….. people find someone who does not think identical to them, and they stop looking at them as a person and instead look at them as an adversary. there was no attempt to understand the kid’s reasons, no attempt to persuade him with other facts or ideas…. just straight to insults and bullying.

    1. this is the problem with Democrats in general these days…..

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  20. This has been going on for a long time. Nearly sixty years ago, in a small Michigan town that was solid Republican since before the Civil War, the elementary school teachers were solidly Democrat. When I was in 6th Grade in 1964, every one of them utterly hated Goldwater and was for LBJ, but it didn’t start there. I was in another state in 1960, but they still talked about that election, and it was clear that they detested Nixon and worshipped JFK. To be fair, given power, Nixon turned out to be a “conservative” who had heard that conservatives were fascists and therefore acted like one, so for once they scored as high as 50%.

    They regretted Adlai Stevenson’s two losses to Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, but never mentioned the more popular Democrat that the party bosses passed over permanently, Estes Kefauver. Let alone how Senator Kefauver became so popular with voters and unpopular with Dem party bosses: he held a series of hearings across the USA investigating links between big-city governments and organized crime – links which he found in every big city, nearly all ran by Democrats. I don’t know if anyone short of Jesus Christ could have beaten Ike, but the bosses would rather lose twice with Stevenson than stand a chance of winning with Kefauver.

    And they also worshipped Woodrow Wilson, never mentioning his blatant racism. (One thing that they, Goldwater, and I agreed on: Racism is BAD. But they could only see racism in Republicans and Klansmen.)

    1. WTF does this have to do with the kid and his teacher in this instance?

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When Geauga County, Ohio, Juvenile Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell ordered two teenage boys to resume visitation with their estranged father, they refused. So Grendell had them locked up in a juvenile detention center for the weekend instead. This concerned Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Gribbons so much that he wrote to the sheriff saying he didn't think they had authority to detain the two. But the boys remained in the detention center. Two weeks after the boys were released, Grendell's constable, John Ralph, filed complaints against the two, charging they violated the state's unruly child law. Those charges were dismissed by prosecutors. Grendell refused to answer questions from a local TV station about the matter, saying his "job as a Juvenile Court Judge is to protect the best interests of the children who come before the Court."

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    Without prejudice. I’m going to guess that the father is well-connected or has some connection with the judge.

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    Unfortunately, that’s how it is in Juvenile Court – the Constitution only selectively applies to children and when you have state actors acting as “child advocates” and deciding what’s in the “best interest” of the child, this is the sort of shit you get. The beatings will continue until morale improves.

  9. Two weeks after the boys were released, Grendell’s constable, John Ralph, filed complaints against the two, charging they violated the state’s unruly child law. Those charges were dismissed by prosecutors.

    It might be noted that the prosecutor dismissed the charges because they said there was no basis for the charges – in other words, these charges were simply CYA charges for an unlawful arrest. The judge fucked up and he knows it.

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  11. Honor thy father, and any authority figure–especially government bosses–or else.

  12. Well, since they are old enough to decide they are actually girls, I think they are old enough to decide who to visit.

  13. As a point of reference, Ohio elects judges.

    While there are good arguments about the risk of political bias among appointed judges, this is the level of competence and accountability that you get with elected judges.

    1. And in case you think this was just a one-off example of bad judgement, http://www.ignorantandunreasonable.com/tag/tim-grendell.

    2. >>Ohio elects judges.

      Texas does too. It’s bizarre. The Dallas judge who threw the hairdresser in jail for dressing hair is up but is a favorite of the machine so he’ll win again.

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Some British physicians are criticizing Health Secretary Matt Hancock for saying the National Health Service could suspend cancer treatment if coronavirus grows "out of control." The charity Breast Cancer Now estimates some 8,600 women may have undetected breast cancer because the National Health Service suspended screenings for four months earlier this year because of the pandemic.

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  3. COVID infection rates per capita are three times greater in the US than the UK, but the COVID death rates per capita are just about the same. So, effectively, you’re three times more likely to die of the same disease in the UK than in the US.

    Way to go UK!

    1. But we (the US) should make our healthcare system more like the UK’s healthcare system.

    2. And to protect against COVID – a disease with a death rate under 1%, that does not even require treatment in most cases – they are neglecting diagnosis and treatment of a disease that will kill over 99% if it goes past the early stages without treatment.

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    1. Undiagnosed and untreated? None.

      Caught early through regular screening and promptly treated? Yeah, breast, prostate, and thyroid… several others are pretty close.

    2. Life has a higher mortality rate than COVID 19.

  6. The inevitable rise in cancer deaths (and heart attack and stroke and every other disease that might be missed for lack of early detection and intervention) will of course be attributed to the coronavirus. That damn coronavirus! It’s already causing an increase in suicides and mental health problems and now it’s going after cancer patients?

    1. And be counted in the virus totals, right? Lockdowns for all!

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  7. The resource allocation problem of this communist system is bad enough, but you get the idea that it’s just as much of a “you can’t have your pudding if you don’t eat you meat” situation. Like we’d better do what the top men say, or we’ll have our “rights” taken away.

    1. It’s not communism. But imagine how much worse it would be if we got the full blown socialist system the Democrats want.

      Instead we have the ObamaCare that the Republicans and Trump fought tooth and nail to… preserve. Sigh.

  8. Just wait for mediscare for all, and watch the death rate get crazy. No no no that won’t happen because the gubermint will just deep six the stats. The CDC is already primed for this. Everyone who dies will be due to covid or gun shot wounds. Mediscare will have cured cancer and heart disease.

  9. Then we can withhold treatment from the people with wrong think too, just like the do in England. Medicare for all who bow down to the government king

  10. But, but… THE PLAGUE!

    It’s sad that this pandemic has become a partisan issue, because it’s real. The Blue side of the issue holds that it’s a plague that kills all it touches, and the Red side denies it exists or if it does, not worse than the flu.

    And so we have spiking heart attacks and strokes and cancer because we were told not to bother our doctor unless we had the sniffles in which case we had to rush to the emergency room and overwhelm it. The fusion of panic and politics.

    But the flu is a good analogy. It’s NOT the flu, but it spreads in much the same way. (Flu cases dropped precipitously after the lockdown). And while it’s not ebola, it’s still four times more deadly than the flu. Wait, you say, that doesn’t sound like much. It is. The flu kills. Most people just puke and shit their pants for a week a or so, but many people die of it. 40,000 people in the US in a bad year. And that’s with ubiquitous vaccinations. And don’t forget the Spanish Flu, which was a flu, hence it’s name.

    But still, not ebola. New York City hospitals got overwhelmed because it hit them by surprise (plus far far more social non-distancing on enclosed subways). But out here in California, half the hospitals and clinics of my doctor’s system are closed. Nurses are being laid off for lack of work. Because we were all told to stay away from the doctor lest we overwhelm him. Sigh.

    1. I’d say the closer analogy is viral pneumonia, which finishes off a significant number of people in the same classes as seem to succumb to Covid-19. In fact, but for certain characteristics peculiar to Covid-19, it would probably be considered an agent of viral pneumonia.

    2. Most people just puke and shit their pants for a week a or so

      This isn’t the flu.

      1. I was going to make the same comment. S/he is conflating a respiratory infection with a gastrointestinal infection.

    3. It’s 40,000 to 60,000 in a usual year and 80,000 deaths from flu in a bad year.
      With 200 of those deaths being among children.
      I’m willing to except you number of Wuhan flu being far more deadly than regular flu, we are still talking about a death rate of under 1%
      Here in South Florida things are back to normal, we are doing elective surgery, and screening for and treating cancer.
      Please enjoy your democratic states which are all still locked down for a disease which has a death rate of under 1%.

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  13. “The charity Breast Cancer Now estimates some 8,600 women may have undetected breast cancer because the National Health Service suspended screenings for four months earlier this year because of the pandemic.”

    That;s okay, as long as they don’t die from COVID. /SARC

    1. The longer they put it off, the better their chance of dying from COVID, Cancer, or both becomes.

  14. Music can treat anything. However, some people think this is myth. We can try the vinyl for a decent music.

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When Dade City, Florida, police found Gwen Donahue, a 74-year-old dementia patient who had wandered away from her nursing home, they made sure to run her name through their database They found she had a warrant from nearly a decade ago, and rather than return her to her nursing home, they arrested her. Donahue's daughter says the warrant stems from a DUI. She says her mother completed all of the terms of her sentence except a two-hour online course, so the judge issued a warrant that none of the family was aware of. It took the family nearly a week to get a judge to sign a release order to get her out of jail.

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Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, District Attorney David Prater has charged two former detention officers and their supervisor with cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy. Prater says the three forced inmates to listen to the song "Baby Shark" for extended periods of time. "It was unfortunate that I could not find a felony statute to fit this fact scenario," Prater said. "I would have preferred filing a felony on this behavior."

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A spokesman for the Milton Keynes town council in England has apologized after a staff member of the Crownhill Crematorium reprimanded a man who moved his socially distanced chair to comfort his mother during a funeral service for his father. The council operates the crematorium. "We are sorry to have upset this family," the spokesman said. "We don't usually step in if a guest needs to be comforted by another family member and in this instance should have taken a more considered approach."

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The Boulder County, Colorado, Public Health Department has banned people aged 18 to 22 from gathering together in any size group, both indoors and outdoors. Officials say the edict is aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to ban homeschooling and to impose government control on religious and cultural institutions and sports associations. Macron says the moves will be part of a draft law he will introduce later this year to combat radical Islam and religious separatism in France. Under his proposal, starting with the 2021 school year, all children over age 3 will have to attend a school registered with the government unless the child has a medical exemption.

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  1. So it’s oppressive government against radical Islamist .I’m sitting this one out.

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  2. France has loved persecuting religion since the Huguenots. Sports fills that role for some Frenchmen today, so no surprise that it is included.

    1. The linked article didn’t specifically mention sports, just “associations, which receive government funding,” and I don’t know whether the commas are significant or not. Does it mean all associations receive government funding, or just that the rules affect only those that do?

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  3. I think Macron heard about the leader of Belarus being referred to as Europe’s last dictator and said, “Tenez ma biere !”

    1. Actually laughed out loud. Thanks!

    2. Should be:

      “Tiens, tiens ma bière. Ça va être cool”

  4. This’ll probably tick up his approval rating. The French dig that nanny, central-state stuff.

    1. I don’t know that they dig nanny stuff per se, but like the Turks, they’re always afraid a religion will impose on society generally, so they strike pre-emptively.

      1. However, the Turks have reason to be worried given recent events. Somehow I can’t see Sharia-on-the-Seine anytime soon. (That doesn’t mean the Islamothugs won’t continue their murderous ways in La Belle France.)

        1. The Islamathugs already proved they can kill as many citizens with trucks as with guns. This was their alternative to banning trucks.

  5. How about deregulate the labor market a little so the immigrant youths can find jobs — and thus integrate mainstream society — more easily?

    When les cochons fly?

    1. Just cross the border. I hear there are good paying jobs in Geneva.

  6. Maybe they could have just avoided this situation by throttling immigration? I know, crazy thought.

  7. How long before that comes here to the US?

    1. When does Harris become president?

      1. The twelfth of never?

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    2. Public schoool Zoom classes mandatory by penalty of firing squad

      But Black lives totes matter!

  8. Macron can’t figure out how any student will find a bride with no non-relative teachers around.

  9. Somewhat of a victory of the radical Muslims. Now those few Christians and others who homeschool have to even more submit to the state.

    Doesn’t Germany already ban homeschooling?

    1. Doesn’t Germany already ban homeschooling?

      Ach mein Gott…

    2. Yeah man, the Germans STILL have a big boner for fascism! From the inter-tubes, imported below… As I understand, also, if you are a member of a church (or other religious org) over there, the Government Almighty collects taxes from you to transfer to the church! As you might imagine, church membership is low…

      Homeschooling has been illegal in Germany since 1919. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled against a German family from the state of Hesse that has been fighting for years for the right to homeschool their children, a practice that is illegal in Germany.Jan 10, 2019

      1. This is true in many European nations. We ‘Muricans assume a separation of church and state, but over there the church is part of the state. And good arguments as to why that explains the innumerable churches, denominations, and offshoots in the US, but the lack of such and declining membership over there.

        Europe has basically two denominations: Roman Catholic and Lutheran. Others exist, but are seen as dangerous cults, even though many of them originated there before they fled to the New World. In the British Isles it’s a bit different. Catholic and Anglicism, or Catholic and Presbyterian, etc.

        1. Christianity took a different turn there. There, it’s, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s…and you know what? It’s all Caesar’s!”

          It went thru a similar period (except for a few Dissenter types, i.e. Quakers and Amish) in the USA in the 1940s and 1950s, when religion was part of the mix that kept “us” separate from the Nazis and then the Commies. The church was then very pro-state, and the state very pro-church.

          1. Lutheranism and Catholicism are the Big Two in Germany, but the Reformed (Calvinist) tradition is popular elsewhere, such as in the Netherlands. Scottish Calvinism became “Presbyterianism” when it arrived in America. For a libertarian nonbeliever like myself the paradox is that European tax-supported churches are less popular than unsubsidized sects in the US.

        2. When I went to a German school as a kid, there was a class period for “religion”, and the options were Catholic, Protestant, and Other. Being an atheist, I of course selected Other, and it was a study hall where I hung out with the Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu kids.

          -jcr

      2. But they think it’s antifascism! They’re afraid fascists or whomever will try to separate from society, build up their strength, and then take over. Funny, but it looks just like antisemitism in form, only it’s supposedly to keep the antisemites down.

  10. There will be ONE TRUE RELIGION left, to worship in the schools!

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    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    My Nannies tell me so!

    GAWD does love me, yes indeed,
    Keeps me safe, and gives me feed,
    Shelters me from bad drugs and weed,
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    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
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  11. AUX BARRICADES!!!

  12. all children over age 3 will have to attend a school registered with the government unless the child has a medical exemption

    I foresee a boom in mental health examinations.

    1. With an exemption for the political class, of course.

  13. Gawd, it’s like the French Revolution never ended. How long until Macron confiscates church property (and old French tradition)?

    1. Some of that has already happened.

      [quote]

      The law separating Church and State, passed on 9 December 1905, established state ownership of cathedrals and parish council ownership of churches built before 1905. The inevitable result has been serious differences of opinion between clergy and government over the administration of religious buildings.

      [.quote] https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/church-and-state-disagree-over-management-of-religious-heritage-in-france

  14. “…all children over age 3 will have to attend a school registered with the government”

    So The United States is the only developed nation that doesn’t mandate government certified quality education. C’mon man, we can do better than this! We need this to stay competitive, unless you just don’t care about our children’s future!

    Why do you hate children?

    1. They’re noisy and messy.

        1. They bring their fat friends to family dinner.

    2. The US has an unrivaled No Child Left Behind Common Core conditioning system in place. Even the delinquents become conditioned.

  15. this is one of the most absurd things i think i have ever seen. can you be more blatant that you see government schools as the way to indoctrinate the youth to your way of thinking? forcing Muslims into the schools to indoctrinate them, and assuming that homeschooling is how they are being indoctrinated the other way is literally the excuse for this. (because, no other way parents could possibly radicalize their kids during all that time the kids are not at school. religious backgrounds can totally be crushed that easy.) this is one step from the re-education camps the communists of China put the Uyghurs through.

  16. So, the justification for more government control over people’s lives is that it will help control a problem created by – wait for it – government?

  17. Seems we have another believer in the theory; if brute force isn’t working – you aren’t using enough.

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Brickbat: Garbage In, Garbage Out

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Three more officers of the Los Angeles Police Department have been charged with falsifying information they placed into a state gang database. "In all three cases, the defendants are accused of writing on the (interview) card that a person admitted to being a gang member even though body-worn camera video showed the defendants either never asked the individuals about their gang membership or the individuals denied gang membership if they were asked," according to prosecutors. A total of six officers so far have been charged with entering false information into that database.

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  1. And yet the most dangerous gang in California sits in Sacramento and they run around scot free.

    1. We have one in Lansing just like that. The Gretch is a notorious tyrant hereabouts and she just tagged her homies in the Department of Health to get around some high court decision so she can fuck with us some more.

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  2. Apparently systemic incentives are in place to enter as many into the database as law enforcement can get away with. The data is suspect and can’t be relied on.

    1. You’re not talking about rona deaths?

  3. Trying to get recruited by the FBI?

  4. And nothing else happened.

    CB

  5. California has bad government? Yawn.

  6. The officers are set to be arraigned in February. Braga faces up to three years and eight months in jail, while Uribe and Garcia each face up to three years.

    Holy shit, they’re actually taking this seriously!

    The board also said its expectation “is that any officer filling out a police report or field interview card does so with the utmost care and accuracy” and that the cases brought by Lacey reflect the department’s “rigorous internal investigative processes.”

    Three other LAPD Metro officers were charged by Lacey’s office in July. One of them, Braxton Shaw, stands accused of falsifying information on 43 field interview cards. His attorney has said Shaw did nothing wrong.

    An additional 18 officers remain under investigation. Of those, 11 are assigned to their homes, and seven are assigned to desk duties.

    Well, maybe not if they’re still claiming they have “rigorous internal investigative processes” when the evidence clearly indicates just the opposite.

    1. After what braga did to Star Trek, he deserves far more than that

      1. Braga’s a piker compared to Alex Kurtzman.

  7. For a moment, I thought the GIGO headline referred to Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s tripe.

  8. So if the Mayor declares the city to be a Sanctuary City, but the local police identify more immigrants as being part of gangs without evidence (and prosecute them harder and/or turn them over to CBP), do they lose their Sanctuary City status? Asking for a friend(‘s Sanctuary City).

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  12. This is bullshit. Cops do plenty of dumb things, but entering someone who is obviously a gang member into a gang member database isn’t misconduct. Criminals lie and it’s not a good use of cops’ time to ask criminals to identify who they do crimes with.

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Brickbat: Stirred Up

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The British government has banned plastic straws, cutlery, and stirrers, as well as cotton swabs in what officials say is an effort to reduce pollution. People with certain medical conditions will still be able to ask for plastic straws in restaurants and buy them at pharmacies.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, responsible for regional transportation planning and financing in California's San Francisco Bay Area, has voted to make permanent telecommuting practices adopted to reduce the spread of coronavirus. "There is an opportunity to do things that could not have been done in the past," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a member of the commission. The plan would require  "large, office-based employers" to have at least 60 percent of their employees working from home on any given workday.

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  1. Once the tyrants get a new power they are loath to give it up. I’m afraid many ‘laws’ like mask wearing, reducing the amount of people allowed in some businesses and such are here to stay.

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    1. Can’t they just order 60% of the employees to move closer to their work?

      1. Why not just order them to have 100% of their employees work from home on *every* given workday? Oh your business is retail? Too effin’ bad! We need this. For the roads.

      2. The end goal is to have employee barracks and mess halls co-located with businesses so no one has to travel at all, except members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and politicians of the correct party.

        1. The end goal is to have employee barracks and mess halls co-located with businesses so no one has is allowed to travel at all

          Minor correction, but it’s an important distinction. You’ll have no say in the New Normal.

          You will comply or be destroyed. Resistance is futile.

        2. You’re assuming incorrect parties will be tolerated?

        3. And the employees can buy what they need from the company store (now called Amazon), paying just a small fee to the company mailroom to have it delivered to them.

          1. After the franchise wars all restaurants are Taco Bell.

            All stores are Amazon.

            All phones/plans are NSA-Google.

        4. the irony is that if they just stopped zoning and planning all together, employees would be living closer to work. right now Silicon Valley has clusters of 6 to 8 story office buildings with huge parking lots, that (used to) fill up with workers Mon-Fri from 9-6, then set vacant at nights and on weekends. no restaurants, shops, or residences anywhere near. there should be restaurants and shops on the ground floor, apartments/condos above that, and office space higher up. then people could take their elevator to work and walk to lunch or get groceries or hang out at bars and coffeeshops before stumbling home.

    2. of course an unelected regional transportation planning commission can’t shut down businesses. you need an unelected county level health officer for that.

  3. Ha, and at first I thought this rule was only being applied to the commission and its staff.

    1. No, no, no. They get swank new offices.

        1. And 60% less congested commutes.

          1. And a 10% raise in the form of a work-on-site differential.

          2. No doubt they’re also factoring in air pollution, the cost of road repair and upkeep, fewer police and emergency with fewer accidents, etc. It’s just a gift that keeps on giving. Just think of how much taxes will go down!

            Wait, why are you all laughing?

  4. I wonder if they have considered the implications for company incorporation, office location, and employee location, and what it means for their tax base?

    If companies have to have 60% remote workers, they can incorporate and have headquarters anywhere, including out of state.

    If employees don’t have to go into an office, they can be anywhere, including out of state and out of country.

    Subject to timezone differences, of course. The biggest problem I have found is trying to coordinate with people more than 3-4 time zones away. 10 or 12 hours is a real impediment.

    Silicon Valley’s strength comes from all those people in one small area. IFFFFFF remote working can survive 60% remote workers, the need to cram everyone into Silicon Valley drops like a rock.

    I don’t think these clowns have considered any of what they are asking.

    1. To be clear: I don’t think they will succeed. Lawsuits and the practical limits of reality will prevent this from working. I only marvel at their incredible lack of foresight.

      1. Lack of foresight is one of the main requirement for becoming a bureaucrat. The other question is, what will they do with all the mostly empty commercial real estate that results from this mandate? Being California, I doubt they would allow it to be used/converted to housing…

        1. The bottom will fall out of that commercial market, property tax revenue will drop like a rock, much faster than income taxes will drop from employees moving out of state, or from companies relocating.

          1. Leading to the need to raise taxes on “the rich” to make up the difference.
            There are no unintended consequences to socialists.

            1. don’t worry, the wealth tax legislation has already been drafted.
              and the reparations board has been established, to help distribute the new revenue.

        2. The other question is, what will they do with all the mostly empty commercial real estate that results from this mandate? Being California, I doubt they would allow it to be used/converted to housing…

          They might be stupid enough to think they can mandate that it be converted into “free” housing for all the homeless. Instead of letting them shit on the sidewalks in downtown San Fran they can just go shit all over the place in the now abandoned commercial buildings. So long as they’re out of sight and out of mind so the good little limousine liberal progtards can go on living in blissful ignorance in their little proggie utopia bubble.

      2. Why even bother with lawsuits? The rule is unenforceable. You don’t know who’s working where, nor from where.

        1. Yup. What are they gonna do? Show up at the office and count the number of people? Multiply by 1.5 and tell them that number of people work remotely. If you really want to fuck with them, 1/3 of your employees are 100% remote, 1/3 are 50% remote, and 1/3 are 100% in the office and that you rotate the three groups every quarter. And don’t even get me started on the satellite office out in Fresno!

          1. Everyone in San Fran knows that no one wants to work in Fresno.

          2. voluntary compliance is all the rage here

      3. I only marvel at their incredible lack of foresight.

        And they wonder why their “five year plans” always fail so spectacularly.

      4. Just think of the extra buracrats they would have to hire to ‘police” these companies to confirm they are abiding by the laws. then of course there will be government handouts to companies so they can by every home employee a computer and then the government will have to increase internet accessibility as in more infrastructure. its a win win if you work for the government anyway

    2. They’re also going to lose the landlords who’ll realize it’s unprofitable to maintain office buildings as real estate investments in their municipality.

      Without landlords and occupied offices, a whole host of taxes won’t be paid. Building and health inspectors won’t issue annual occupancy reports and collect fees. Kickbacks won’t flow from renovations and new construction. Lobbyist donations will cease.

      This policy is doomed to fail.

  5. Cool. Will they be telling 60% of tourists to stay home, too?
    “Time dated visas will be issued to anyone wishing to enter the Bay Area. Heavily armed agents will patrol SFO and turn back any illegal tourists.”

    1. BUILD THE WALL!

      1. Who needs ancient technology like walls when you’ve got dozens of local companies willing to help you use remote biometrics?

  6. What cities does that include? Will the nearby cities prosper because of this?

    1. They have no real authority to call for this, nor any way of enforcing it. It is virtue signaling, like having Berkeley ban nuclear weapons from the city, which they did decades ago.
      They run busses and possibly BART, so perhaps they could check IDs before allowing passengers to enter.

    2. Well, we know that the Oakland mayor is a member of the commission and a quick glance at Wikipedia says the commission “was created in 1970 by the State of California, with support from the Bay Area Council, to coordinate transportation services in the Bay Area’s nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma” so I would have to guess that it covers many cities within the greater metropolitan area.

      1. yeah, pretty much the whole Communist Bay Area. tech workers are already fleeing to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, etc.

      2. “Coordinate transportation services” doesn’t seem to carry any authority to compel businesses to make specific personnel decisions. Nor did I find, in a couple minutes of searching, anything to indicate that their authority has expanded to include such in their scope.

  7. “There is an opportunity to do things that could not have been done in the past,”

    This was the objective all along.

    1. Please stop this ride. I want off

      1. The only way off is in a straight jacket after you start shooting people. If you still choose to get off, please do the rest of us a favor and make sure you shoot the driver.

    2. Exactly. “There is an opportunity to do things…” And use “systemic racism,”: “environment,” “pandemic” or a “mass shooting” as a vehicle for your real agenda.
      Otherwise we will never see the Star Trek future of progressive dreams, where everyone has to get with the program and obstacles like the Constitution are whittled away to nothing.

      1. /nerd on

        Star Trek had a Federation which ran off a charter. Its Star Fleet operates by strict guidelines. It’s hardly a place without rights and liberties guaranteed in writing.

        /nerd off

  8. “Josefowitz tried Wednesday to amend the mandate to allow for walking to work or taking transit, but opponents said any delay to the plan could cause the commission to miss a key funding deadline or fall short of targets for reducing emissions.

    “If we start amending this plan at this late hour, do you have any rabbits in your hat that’s going to get us to the finish line?” asked Jim Spering, a commission member from Solano County, north of the bay. Commission staff said they had no such rabbit”

    Ah, so it’s about the money. And magic

    1. hey, we can reduce air pollution by destroying the local economy! and secure our funding!

    2. It’s also about adding things at the last minute, and then saying that those things can’t be changed, because such changes would be at the last minute:
      “Though a broader project planning for 2050 has been in the works for months, the work-from-home mandate was a late addition and came before commissioners only two weeks ago, said Nick Josefowitz”

  9. We’re here to take your wealth for tax day.

    I have no wealth because I’m in commercial real estate.

    What do you mean? Give us the cash or we send in your friendly government leg breakers.

    You told people to stop sending their workforce to the office. That caused a drop in commercial property values when no one needed it. So I have no wealth.

    We’re glad we solved that landlord problem. *starts leg breaking *

  10. I can’t wait for the official Metropolitan Transportation Commission “guidelines” on diet and fashion.

    1. Well white is racist, and black [if you are not a POC] is appropriation, so it’ll be beige. Have fun blending in.

  11. What really concerns me is how willing so many are to relinquish even fundamental freedoms [in MI freedom of association comes to mind, even with one’s own family, never mind travel] in return for a false sense of security. And the willingness with which so many engage in ratting out those who don’t. Those decrying these things are literally becoming voices in the wilderness. I fear the future does not bode well for liberty, and by the time we cross the proverbial Rubicon I think it will be too late to take it back without a high degree of violence.

    1. the Rubicon was crossed back in March

      1. Well it was January of the year 49 BCE, if you want to split hairs.

  12. There’ll be no need for the Metropolitan Transportation Committee to implement this using regulation.

    When all the cars are self-driving and hooked into the mandatory traffic control net, it will just be code. And the MTC will obviously be writing the code.

    1. Actually it will be Ford, Chryslus, Toyota, Mercedes, etc. that will be writing the code. I know the people writing the code, they are not the government. While government will have a hand in some things, just like the government sets safety and emissions standards, it’s not going to be government writing the code that gets this all to work.

      The idea that government can flip a switch and 60% of the population will automatically be working from home is conspiracy fantasy. Except maybe in China. But we are not China nor will we ever be.

      Doesn’t mean the Karens are the MTC aren’t dreaming of it, but dreams aren’t real.

      1. Actually, it would be far simpler and far more doable, for the MTC to control the FastTrak system. And stuff like that HAS been talked about. Because they can mandate the use of FastTrak and stuff, but they are NOT in the position to nationalize all the automobiles and manufacturers.

      2. that’s an easy fix. just require cars sold in California to have a California kill switch. the private companies then write code that disables your car 5 days a week.

      3. OK, of course you’re right that MTC won’t be writing the code on your car. They won’t even be writing the national standards for the code, when such standards are made mandatory.

        However, I’m fairly confident the national standards will include a required remote shutdown feature at multiple levels (no entry to particular areas, no starting a trip, stop at the next convenient safe point, outright immediate stop). And the MTS will have some level of access to those features. That’s the code I’m talking about.

        1. As an example, the government does not write the code on your smartphone. But they do mandate that there be a non-blockable presidential alert feature.

          They’ll have even stronger safety justifications when it comes to cars.

  13. When do they start handing out waivers for favored companies? And when do companies start using “loopholes” to get around this, like maybe breaking up their office into smaller work units? Tomorrow?

    1. Government office workers still need to show up and clock in as usual. Rules are for other people, just like gym closures are for other people.

      1. It’s understood that government workers can’t sit at home doing nothing. They have to be in the office to really waste everyone’s time.

        1. My job used to take me to a federal office building.

          First time I walked through there I was shocked. Wasn’t jaded yet. A good half of the people were standing around talking. Most of the rest were literally asleep at their desks. I didn’t see a single person doing anything remotely resembling work. What was really odd was the way they’d greet each other. They’d hold up a number on their fingers. I was like what the… Turns out it was the number of years they had left until they got their pension, at which point they’d get another government job and double-dip. It’s sickening if you think about it, so I try not to.

          1. even the lefties are getting worried about the pension obligations. they will soon consume most of the budget. hence the need for federal bailouts.

    2. I can’t wait to see what loopholes the big tech companies come up with, and the ways the government will manage to screw things up for other parts of the economy by trying to close those loopholes.

  14. Politicians think that since they can do all their “work” from home, so can everyone else.

    The Intarwebs and other technology means not as many people need to do the daily commute into the city, but that does not negate the reason that firms exist. “Big offices” exist because people need to communicate in close proximity. The wheels of office productivity are greased when you can ask Sally in the next cubicles for the latest TPS report figures, rather than having to schedule yet another WebEx meeting where half the time is spent getting WebEx working. Or ping her via Skype4Bidness and hope she sees the tiny orange dot blinking.

  15. be fun to see which court has to strike it down

  16. And their legal authority to make such a rule is what, precisely?

  17. Proof democrats are authoritarians jackasses and should be removed from power.

  18. When people work from home its easier, less personal and safer to fire them.

    back before internet i would go and meet all the consultants needed. and we would talk create real relation ships and discuss pluses and minus of a project and come to an understanding. Now its send a pdf and now it this or nothing and no relation ship or discussion of the day like weather and family. it is not as good as it used to be and that is not a good thing since people grow from relation ships even in business it forms community that we are trying to absolve and possibly for nefarious purposes. if you have no community you have no one to understand or reason to protect from government over reach. I think this is a real issue that needs expanding on

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The Berkeley, California, City Council has unanimously voted to bar junk food from the checkout lanes of local supermarkets. The new law bars food items with over 5 grams of added sugar or 250mg of sodium as well as drinks with high levels of sugar or artificial sweeteners from checkout aisles.

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  2. It’s a first step but it would be better “to educate” people against junk food.

    1. If your not smart enough to figure out a healthy diet on your own, too bad. Excepting children of course.

      1. And, your children are *your* responsibility.

        See how simple that is?

    2. Education isn’t enough. Junk food needs to be moved to be over the counter with tracking like pseudoephedrine.

      1. With daily limits, and paperwork reporting you to the authorities for your bad decisions. Don’t forget denying out of state purchase. We don’t want people going across state borders to get their fix.

    3. Yup. The left have become fascists. They have become what they call others.

      1. They always have been. Just lately, they are admitting it, because they think it is too late to stop them.
        We will find out in November.

        Welcome to the revolution.

        1. Yet…be fat, get corona and blame it on everyone else. Good times.

          1. Good luck with your TDS.

    4. They did have a more ambitious bill requiring the National Enquirer to run front page stories like “You’ll never guess how fat Bat Boy got” but then the fatties and their allies started organizing against fat shaming and their was counter protests by a group called NO MA’AM. Finally the Berkeley city council had to issue an apology and hire a fat person to sit on council to make sure fat peoples voices were being heard and drop the whole thing. It was a total disaster.

    5. Oh,oh, here’s an idea! A food pyramid! The Top Men could establish how much of what foods everyone eats, then mandate that all government indoctrin…er I mean schools, teach it to all the children. Problem solved!

    1. A recursive bot?

  3. The healthy checkout ordinance is essential for community health, especially in the time of COVID-19…

    The rona’s been a boon to the tyrant industry.

    1. Nannies and Karens, too.

      Hmm, maybe a new Axis of Evil?

    2. especially in the time of COVID-19

      I hear the ‘rona loves caramel.

    3. If I ran the store I would replace the candy bars with porno magazines, cigarettes and booze.

  4. “What is good for Berkeley customers is also good for our businesses.”

    Which is why we have to force them to do this thing at gunpoint, they’re just too goddamn stupid to know what’s for their own good.

    As a public sector consultant, for the past 16 years Kate solved problems for agencies in 31 California counties, eight states and fourteen nations. Her firm improves systematic access for people and brings agencies to provide legal resources and improve outcomes in foster care, domestic violence, child support and child custody cases. People who benefit from Kate’s work include Native American foster youth in North Dakota, defendants without lawyers in Serbia and people returning to their communities from prison.

    All that and she still found time to become an expert at running supermarkets?

    1. Kate = Karen
      Karen = Mao

    2. They can hold two opposing thoughts in their head at once: that capitalists think of nothing but money, and that capitalists are too damned stupid to see the potential money right in front of their noses.

  5. This opens up a new market for trench-coat-clad poor people right outside the grocery store, dispensing “loosie” candy bars from their coat pockets! A good way to get your feet on the lowest rungs of the job ladder, bypassing the minimum wage laws!

    (Good luck with the cops, though, who might strange you to death, especially if your skin color’s not quite right, for selling those “loosie” candy bars).

    1. Well, being stranged to death is one thing, but getting strangled to death is another! To be honest about it…

    2. Halloween is peak time for loosies.

    3. Dark chocolate lives matter!

      1. There will be demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week

    4. Don’t be ridiculous!

      Every petty crook (aka individual) know the answer is candy in the left pocket for sale, donuts in the right pocket for bribes.

      1. Hah! Good one! I have read of meter-readers who carry doggy treats to bribe the backyard bad-dogs, so that said meter-readers won’t get bitten… So why NOT donuts for the cops?!?

    5. Cops will be cool. Just stock some donuts in the trench coat.

  6. Can they also ban the “unhealthy” magazines and batteries.

    1. But those batteries are delicious!

  7. Come on, Berkeley. Protecting people from junk food is not enough. Since we know that capitalism and commerce are bad for people, how about banning all sales items from the checkout area to eliminate “impulse buying”, the worst form of free market predation.

    Instead of capitalist temptations, people should spend their time in line as god and Marx intended: reading the latest propaganda posters and clutching their ration books.

  8. Just eliminate checkout lines altogether.
    The citizens of the people’s republic should just drop off their list of food requests at their assigned distribution center on the way to work (on foot of course). That way the list can be reviewed and approved, and the items that are in stock bagged for them to pick on the way home. Much more efficient, and allows the request list to be scored for the appropriate levels of sugar, salt, and whatever is on the list this week. Based on the propriety of the list, their social conformity score can be updated, and applied to their eligibility for food and shelter, as well as the possible need for reeducation.
    Keep voting for democrats and paradise awaits.

    1. should just drop off their list of food requests pick up their assigned rations
      The technocrats know what is best for you.

      1. Depending, of course, on what was delivered last night. Strikes, marches, breakdowns, and poor central planning might mean an increase in onion ration, but no bread or toilet paper (again).

        1. Relevant:

          In Soviet Russia a Muscovite man is sent off to the store by his wife to bring home some bread. Naturally the queue goes on for miles and when he finally gets to the counter, all the shelves are bare.

          He loses his temper. “I’m sick of this stupid country, I fought in the war only to be unable to buy bread! I’m sick of this government and sick of the communists!”

          Two shadowy men in trenchcoats pull him aside and say “Calm down, comrade. You remember what this sort of outburst would cause back in the bad old days…” and mimes a trigger being pulled against his temple.

          Back home, the man’s wife looks at him returning empty-handed and asks, “They’re out of bread again?”

          “It’s worse than that. They’re out of bullets.”

          1. I’d heard a version where he goes stomping off to shoot Stalin, but comes back an hour later, complaining the line was too long.

    2. why should anyone have to pay? just ban checkout lines, and let people take what they need. the store owners can apply for government stimulus funds to replace inventory when needed, and no one will get filthy rich hoarding profits.

  9. If the good citizens of Berkeley are too stupid to pick a snack, how can they possibly be smart enough to elect a city council? Clearly they need to cancel the next election and begin and education program.

    1. I would bet they would be pleased to follow your suggestion.

  10. The new law bars food items with over 5 grams of added sugar or 250mg of sodium as well as drinks with high levels of sugar or artificial sweeteners from checkout aisles.

    The Girl Scouts are far more conniving and ruthless than people suspect.

  11. Do non-Commies even live in places like Berkeley anymore?

    1. How could they without going insane?

  12. Consider this story before you vote for a Democrat.

    1. The sad part is that people will consider this story before voting for a Democrat, because they seem to want what’s coming to them good & hard. They’re the same people who said they felt safer having their own bags searched on 9/12/01. I used to think communism and authoritarianism flourished in places like Russia and China because that’s all they’ve ever known for thousands of years, just under a different name. When you grow up asking permission and living by the grace of a tyrant, you tend to accept the tyranny. On the other hand, I used to think we with western values would continue stringing up any tyrant who tried that kind of crap on us. Now I see people openly clamoring for it.

      1. It is easy to understand. Freedom is scary. People want to feel safe.

      2. What they really want is restraint on themselves. When they’re not actually in the store, they think they want to not have those choices in the checkout line. Plus, they want the children who accompany them not to have those choices.

        1. Stores already have “no candy” and “no sexy magazine covers” checkout lines to cater to parents who are crap at saying no to, nor stifling the whining of their whelps, and don’t want the little darlings seeing something they would have to explain.

  13. The reason cops are violent is that they eat too much coffee and donuts. The Berkeley Council should mandate wheatgrass juice and rice cakes for police instead of coffee and donuts.

    1. The Berkley Council knows that the cops still have guns.

  14. Whew! At least they didn’t ban the tabloids, the last source of real news…

  15. They can have my Twix bar… when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

  16. Used to be a big fan of federalism, and opposed to an “it’s everything” view of the commerce clause.

    However, it might be time to limit the authority of places like Berkeley to interfere in the sale of items that are legal in interstate commerce.

    To avoid screwing up not-so-bad states and cities, it could be run like the old Voting Rights Act. Particular jurisdictions – all of California, for instance – could be deemed to have a history of interference with interstate commerce, and they’d be subject to a preclearance regime on all new commercial regulations.

    1. That train left the station when the Supreme Court said it is just fine for the government to tell us what to buy, when to buy it, how much to pay for it, and we can be taxed if we DON’T buy it.

      1. Of course, and not much can be done about federal regulation. But when it comes down to states vs feds the SC has been pretty reliably in favor of pre-emption, just not commandeering.

        Or they could do the usual trick….attach strings to federal funds. But now the condition would be you don’t get the money unless you *don’t* have laws against X.

  17. Thank god they’ve solved the homeless problem so they have time to deal with this.

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