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That Feel When The Feds Notice You: Big Tech Facing Several Anti-Trust Probes

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While social media applications like Twitter and Facebook continue to battle allegations they engage in “viewpoint discrimination”, a bigger — arguably potentially much more disruptive — investigation is beginning to take shape, and Big Tech ought to be thinking of ways to tighten up.

While Google has been negotiating an investigation into their business practices from the Department of Justice, and Facebook has been the subject of a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation, it was announced last week that state 50 attorneys general from across the nation decided to launch their own antitrust investigation into Facebook.

Now comes word that legislators on the House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee, who have been investigating antitrust allegations related to potential anti-competitive behavior from Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, have ramped up their investigation and asked those companies to supply them with internal documents to aid in their work.

“Today’s document requests are an important milestone in this investigation as we work to obtain the information that our Members need to make this determination,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who chairs the subcommittee and is leading the antitrust investigation, said in a statement.

“We expect stakeholders to use this opportunity to provide information to the Committee to ensure that the Internet is an engine for opportunity for everyone, not just a select few gatekeepers.”

“This information is key in helping determine whether anticompetitive behavior is occurring, whether our antitrust enforcement agencies should investigate specific issues and whether or not our antitrust laws need improvement to better promote competition in the digital markets,” added Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the full Judiciary Committee.

Apparently one goal of the request is to bring to light dealings and processes these companies have previously jealously guarded as highly secretive.

The letter to Google parent company Alphabet, for instance, asks for records relating to “Google’s algorithm that determines the ranking of search results, including but not limited to how Google’s algorithm accounts for Google content or services and how Google’s algorithm accounts for non-Google content or services that compete with Google’s offerings.”

But the larger goal is to try to determine how these companies gained market power, if they used tools and business practices to discourage competition and market entry, and whether or not the market power they’ve enjoyed is actually harming consumers.

Free speech on social media may become a bit player in a much larger drama involving the relationship of Big tech companies with their users.

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Here’s Why Banning Vaping Is a Big Mistake and Trump Should Reverse Course

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If you’ve been following the news this week, you probably heard about the Trump administration adopting a ban on flavored vape. This came in response to hundreds of reports (and six deaths) related to vaping. There’s also been a concerted effort to paint vape as uniquely harmful to kids.

The ensuing outcry has mainly been the result of articles and press stories like this.

The problem is that almost none of what we are hearing is actually true. Remember, vaping is not new. Yet, out of nowhere, we all the sudden saw several people die from illness caused by vaping. What could actually be causing this? CNN tells us in the article while running with such a misleading headline.

Eventually, Adam said that he went from vaping over-the-counter e-liquids to vaping THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive component of marijuana. Adam would get the THC from “a friend” or dealer.

Over time, Adam said that he developed shivers and couldn’t control them. Then, the vomiting began.

“I was just nonstop throwing up every day for three days,” he said. “Finally I went to the pediatrician.”

At first, doctors did not connect Adam’s symptoms to his vaping. He was given anti-nausea medication, but he said that his vomiting did not stop. After visiting various physicians, he finally saw someone who asked if he was “Juul-ing” and using THC.

Nearly every current case that’s being looked in this rash of new vaping illnesses involves the use of THC. This actually has nothing to do with vaping itself. There is no actual link between lung disease and inhaling water vapor mixed with nicotine.

There’s also not even much evidence that kids vaping is somehow more prevalent than tobacco use was before vaping was an option. Yes, we’ve seen a drop in smoking among teenagers. It’s not a coincidence though that it has tracked with a rise in vaping. In other words, kids are trading a deadly habit for one that’s largely harmless unless you mix it with illicit substances.

Sure, we’d all love them to not use nicotine products at all, but isn’t it preferable they vape and not die of lung disease?

Given the actual facts of these cases, why is Trump acting rashly on this? It could have something to do with Melania Trump’s opinion on the matter, as she’s been waging this fight for a while.

This is why many of us opposed Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama’s interjections into public policy. First Ladies are not elected. They shouldn’t be shaping government decisions. Melania Trump seems like a perfectly lovely woman. She’s not the President though.

The biggest issue here is what the alternatives are. Banning flavored vaping (leaving only tobacco flavored) means a lot of people are going to end up back on cigarettes. 480,000 people die every year from illnesses related to smoking. That’s not even counting chewing tobacco. Banning the majority of vaping products because six people died doing it wrong will ultimately end up in hundreds of thousands of more deaths over the next decade.

How does that make any sense at all? It simply doesn’t.

This was pointed out in an exchange on MSNBC earlier this week.

You can’t run a country based on emotion and even the best intentions often have far worse unintended consequences. I don’t vape or smoke. This doesn’t affect me at all. But everyone should be able to recognize the stupidity of these latest policy change.

There’s also the aspect of freedom of choice here as well. We are supposed to be conservatives. Banning things over illogical moral panic is not conservative. Trump needs to reverse course on this. It’s a mistake and will only make things far worse.

I’ll end with this video from Steven Crowder, where he takes down the ban in typical comedic fashion.

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YouTuber PewDiePie Withdraws Massive Donation to the ADL and Stands Up to Hard-Left Bullies

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The largest YouTuber on the planet, Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie), became a name associated with the shooting in Christchurch when the shooter said “subscribe to PewDiePie” before walking into the mosque and murdering everyone he could find.

This clearly put Kjellberg into a state of grief that he didn’t talk about much, and despite the reality of the situation being that he had no part in the killing, he clearly carried some guilt. It didn’t help that the mainstream media was pointing at this incident as proof that PewDiePie is the alt-right leader they’ve always said he was.

Fast forward and you have the YouTube star passing the 100 million subscriber mark, which is monumental. To celebrate, Kjellberg declared that he was going to make a large donation to a charity, and chose the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Needless to say, the backlash against the move was massive.

The ADL had previously attacked Kjellberg and congratulated Disney for severing ties with him after a video which displayed Nazi imagery and two men holding a sign that said: “Death to all Jews.” The video was proving that you can find anybody who will do anything online for money, and Kjellberg has denounced antisemitism and bigotry many times since.

What’s more, many of Kjellberg’s fans were upset due to the ADL being a part of various councils that advise social media companies on who and what they should restrict or ban, creating a lopsided political atmosphere on many social networks.

Kjellberg initially defended his choice to donate to the ADL in a Twitter post.

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He has since deleted this tweet, as according to his latest video, he has changed his mind about the entire thing and has withdrawn his donation to the ADL.

“To be fair, I saw it as an opportunity to put an end to the alt-right claims that have been thrown against me,” Kjellberg said.

Kjellberg continued by stating that he felt some responsibility for the Christchurch shooting, but that donating to the ADL was not the right way to go about it. He also mentioned that some things came out about the organization during the time that he learned about, and withdrew the donation.

Kjellberg continued by saying he would have known all this if he hadn’t rushed to make this decision and explained that this decision was made while he was planning his wedding, and with the 100 million subscriber deadline coming up.

“I’m sorry for all the confusion, and I’m sorry for messing this up,” he concluded before going into his intended video.

Despite the mistake that he made, Kjellberg deserves both our sympathy and our appreciation. Not only did he listen to the words of his fans, but in the end, he did the right thing and didn’t take the route of appeasement, which too many people in the spotlight do in order to make bullies stop bullying them.

But I’d like to point out a glaring problem in relation to how people are treated by these bullies, namely in the media.

The Christchurch shooter promoted Kjellberg right before a murdering spree and the media used this opportunity to bully Kjellberg, and pair him with supremacist radicals. I can’t imagine what kind of hurt Kjellberg was feeling when he saw the video initially, and I can’t imagine how it was compounded by articles and tweets sent to him, all declaring that this was his fault.

It’s horrible that people with an ax to grind would go so far as to put the actions of a madman on an innocent person strictly because he ran afoul of them politically a few times.

I want to commend Kjellberg for not caving to these people, as they really don’t deserve to be caved to. More people should follow his lead.

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YouTuber PewDiePie Withdraws Massive Donation to the ADL and Stands Up to Hard-Left Bullies

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The largest YouTuber on the planet, Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie), became a name associated with the shooting in Christchurch when the shooter said “subscribe to PewDiePie” before walking into the mosque and murdering everyone he could find.

This clearly put Kjellberg into a state of grief that he didn’t talk about much, and despite the reality of the situation being that he had no part in the killing, he clearly carried some guilt. It didn’t help that the mainstream media was pointing at this incident as proof that PewDiePie is the alt-right leader they’ve always said he was.

Fast forward and you have the YouTube star passing the 100 million subscriber mark, which is monumental. To celebrate, Kjellberg declared that he was going to make a large donation to a charity, and chose the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Needless to say, the backlash against the move was massive.

The ADL had previously attacked Kjellberg and congratulated Disney for severing ties with him after a video which displayed Nazi imagery and two men holding a sign that said: “Death to all Jews.” The video was proving that you can find anybody who will do anything online for money, and Kjellberg has denounced antisemitism and bigotry many times since.

What’s more, many of Kjellberg’s fans were upset due to the ADL being a part of various councils that advise social media companies on who and what they should restrict or ban, creating a lopsided political atmosphere on many social networks.

Kjellberg initially defended his choice to donate to the ADL in a Twitter post.

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He has since deleted this tweet, as according to his latest video, he has changed his mind about the entire thing and has withdrawn his donation to the ADL.

“To be fair, I saw it as an opportunity to put an end to the alt-right claims that have been thrown against me,” Kjellberg said.

Kjellberg continued by stating that he felt some responsibility for the Christchurch shooting, but that donating to the ADL was not the right way to go about it. He also mentioned that some things came out about the organization during the time that he learned about, and withdrew the donation.

Kjellberg continued by saying he would have known all this if he hadn’t rushed to make this decision and explained that this decision was made while he was planning his wedding, and with the 100 million subscriber deadline coming up.

“I’m sorry for all the confusion, and I’m sorry for messing this up,” he concluded before going into his intended video.

Despite the mistake that he made, Kjellberg deserves both our sympathy and our appreciation. Not only did he listen to the words of his fans, but in the end, he did the right thing and didn’t take the route of appeasement, which too many people in the spotlight do in order to make bullies stop bullying them.

But I’d like to point out a glaring problem in relation to how people are treated by these bullies, namely in the media.

The Christchurch shooter promoted Kjellberg right before a murdering spree and the media used this opportunity to bully Kjellberg, and pair him with supremacist radicals. I can’t imagine what kind of hurt Kjellberg was feeling when he saw the video initially, and I can’t imagine how it was compounded by articles and tweets sent to him, all declaring that this was his fault.

It’s horrible that people with an ax to grind would go so far as to put the actions of a madman on an innocent person strictly because he ran afoul of them politically a few times.

I want to commend Kjellberg for not caving to these people, as they really don’t deserve to be caved to. More people should follow his lead.

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Watch: Democrats Harass Police at Houston Debates

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Democrats have gone off the deep end in their radicalism, and they show it in a myriad of ways. In Houston, during the Democratic debates, they showed it by harassing police officers.

As a video posted by Elijah Schaffer shows, Democrats stood behind a barrier as they shouted “f**k the police” at them. They also accused them of working with the KKK, and being “American Gestapo.”

One girl with a bullhorn is seen saying that the Houston Police Dept. works with ICE to deport illegals.

The blatant disrespect they show would suddenly take a back seat in the presence of a real threat. They themselves would call the police should a gunman show up and begin attempting mass murder.

And this yet another reason as to why I can’t take these leftist protesters seriously. They hate the police and compare them to the Gestapo, yet they want police to be the only people who are armed. It defies all logic Even more hilarious is the fact that many of the Houston police are Hispanic and black, yet somehow they work with the KKK?

Reporters say, however, that this group was relatively small and that most Democrats were carrying around signs that supported their favored candidate. The problem for all of them is that their favored candidate has more or less made themselves subject to the radicals in the party that behave much like the protesters here.

The Democrats need a reckoning if they’re going to make their party remotely approachable again, and it’s going to have to start by making sure that protesters like these are kept to the back of the room in a dark corner where nobody has to look at them. Every party has its radical weirdos, but only the Democrats have made theirs mainstream.

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Beto and His Gun Grabbing Allies Are Triggered by a Tweet and Show Why They Can’t Be Allowed to Have Red Flag Laws

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A rather pathetically desperate Robert Francis “Beta Beto” O’Rourke played to the cheapest of the Woke seats in the house last night on the subject of gun confiscation. Blithely tossing aside a position he embraced less than twelve months ago (see Brandon Morse’s Fraud: Presidential Candidate O’Rourke And Texas Senate Candidate O’Rourke Disagree On AR-15 Ownership).

This is Beto in full splendor last night:

He sort of strikes me as a middle schooler playing someone who wants to be a presidential candidate. YMMV.

This is such a juvenile statement that one is sort of amazed at the Beto fans who are hailing it as some kind of bold statement. First, there is absolutely no one on the right who has ever doubted the gun confiscation was the end game for this bunch. Their “common sense gun control” proposals are all simply entry points in order to a) prevent as many Americans as possible from being able to possess a firearm and b) building a registry for gun owners so that confiscation can actually be carried out.

This got him a response from a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Republican Briscoe Cain.

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This got an immediate an predictable response from Beto:

Given that Cain is an actual lawyer and O’Rourke is allegedly an English Lit major, I think it is safe to say that Beto jumped the shark here. But Twitter, being the Woke enterprise that it is, deleted Cain’s tweet proclaiming it to be a threat:

And, in a dick move so typical of O’Rourke, he went crying to the FBI:

His allies jumped on the faux outrage bandwagon:

There are two valuable takeaways from this episode.

First, if you read Beto’s tweet and examine the response of him and his fluffers you can see exactly how any so-called red flag law will be enforced. The same humorless, self-righteous, head-up-the-fourth-point-of-contact scolds that you encounter daily on Twitter and Facebook are going to go after your ability to own a firearm if they find any flimsy or, in this case, blatantly dishonest excuse.

Saying “Molon Labe, m-f-er” will, under the red flag regime, get you a visit from the cops and a court date.

The second point is that a lot of people didn’t say what Mr. Cain said, but they very much feel that way. I owned four pistols and eight long guns during the time I lived in DC. None were registered despite the requirement to do so because I don’t obey bullsh** laws. Someone coming to my house to try to “buy back” a firearm should probably visit with a search warrant. More to the point, if you think we are all so potentially dangerous that you have to confiscate our firearms in order to make you feel safe, why do you think we’d go along with that. We’re either dangerous, and we’re going to fight to keep our firearms, or we’ll meekly give them up which means we’re not dangerous in the least.

And there is a third takeaway, this is a fundraising scam:

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Prager U Got People to Comment On “Modern Art” that Was Made by a 2-Year-Old and It’s Hilarious

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Here’s a fun video for your Friday.

One thing that many people in America can agree on is that “modern art” is complete and total garbage. In fact, sometimes it really is just garbage in a literal sense.

Prager U decided it was going to try to see if people in Los Angeles could tell the difference between modern art and paintings made by a 2-year-old.

Spoiler alert: They couldn’t.

Will Witt and Dennis Prager themselves made two different modern art paintings themselves, then had a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old create a painting as well. The similarities were, to say the least, pretty astonishing.

Witt then took the paintings to a sidewalk and asked people to comment on his “modern art.” The results were pretty typical for “progressive” LA. The majority commented on the pieces like they were actual works of art, but one giddy police officer was honest enough to tell the truth.

Watch for yourself.

Modern art is a plague on our society that allows talentless people to create mediocre products that elitists consider masterpieces and sell for millions. This is usually done through making up meanings behind the pieces. You can even see it in the way the people in the Prager U video attempt to decode the meaning of the paintings.

It doesn’t just come in the form of paintings that look like they belong on the refrigerator door. Some “modern artists” create controversial things and call it “art.”

The recent “Ivanka Vacuuming” is a solid example. This was just a display of a woman looking like Ivanka, vacuuming up crumbs that you can throw at her feet.

“Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing,” said the artist, describing her “art.”

These are just tame examples of modern art, however. Some modern artists go beyond paint and Ivanka look-alikes. Bodily functions and genitalia become involved, such as the controversial “Piss Christ.” Elitists look on as people use their own waste to create things and applaud them as visionary.

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Video: Pelosi Gives Bizarre Hot Take on NC-9 Bellwether Race, Says Dem Who Lost Election “Won the Campaign”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly media availability on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After Republican State Senator Dan Bishop won Tuesday night’s hotly contested special election for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, the spin from the mainstream media and Democrats was both predictable and hilarious.

The race had been billed as a bellwether race for 2020 for months in advance of election day. If Democrat Dan McCready won, it would be a repudiation of President Trump. If Bishop won, it would … mean nothing.

In the aftermath of Bishop’s victory, journalists and liberal commentators switched gears by saying the race contained a mixture of good news and bad news “for both sides.” Also, they asserted Bishop’s win was also a repudiation of Trump or something because the Republican candidate didn’t win the solidly red district by overwhelming numbers.

Like I said: Predictable and hilarious.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) gave what was perhaps the most bizarre spin on what happened when she spoke about McCready’s loss on Thursday, telling reporters McCready “won the campaign” but lost the election:

“I’m very proud of Dan MCready. He’s a great patriot, he’s an independent voice for the district he would have represented,” Pelosi said in press conference on Thursday.

The California Democrat said because MCready performed better than past Democratic candidates in previous elections, “he won the campaign. He didn’t win the election, he won the campaign.”

Watch:

As Bonchie noted the day after the election, the election was actually not good news at all for Democrats.

I speak from firsthand experience when I tell you the atmosphere in this state, in the district, was that McCready was going to win in spite of polls showing a close race. Bishop was the underdog. He was outspent. He had much less time to campaign for the seat than McCready. Bishop was hammered by Democrats and local (liberal) newspaper editorial boards for his support of Trump.

Democrats were mad as hell over the tainted results of the November 2018 race that led to fraud indictments against an ABM ballot harvester affiliated with the original Republican candidate Mark Harris. There was a lot going against Bishop, even in a district that had been in Republican hands since the mid-60s.

He won it anyway, and in the process flipped two counties that had gone for McCready in 2018.

This election does not mean that 2020 will be a cakewalk by any stretch for Republicans in 2020. It means there is a lot of work to be done between now and then in Congressional districts across the country. The fight is on.

But spinning McCready’s loss as a “campaign win” is about as pathetic as it gets for Pelosi. Stacey Abrams must be proud.

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Unsolicited Advice: Your Parents Aren’t Dumb, You’re Just a Nag

 

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Welcome to ‘Unsolicited Advice’, the weekly column in which I give advice no one asked for to people who don’t even know who I am. Last week I aimed my word count at Will & Grace stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack. This week I head back to one of my personal favorite advice columns over at Slate, Dear Prudie. 

I read Prudie because the advice is always so bad. I was not disappointed this week in my search for a hate-read. An exhausted Woke Warrior wrote to Prudie asking for advice on how to deal with her (I don’t know if it’s really a “her” but I’m thwarting the patriarchy anyway) progressive parents who aren’t progressive enough.

My parents consider themselves liberal and donate to causes that support racial justice and LGBT rights. They are also in their 70s and way behind the times in a lot of ways. Lately, I feel like every interaction with them turns into me correcting their “unenlightened” statements, and I can feel them getting tired of this dynamic. I want to ease up on them and trust that while they may make an off-color statement now and then, their hearts are generally in the right place, and I’m not going to change their entire vocabulary at this late stage. But I also don’t want to let bigotry or racism slide. I’m conflicted: Do I continue to correct them multiple times per interaction, or can I let some things slide? Some examples would be referring to a Chinese friend as “Oriental”; making a joke about not wanting to “look gay”; and saying, “Well, did he resist arrest?” when discussing a black victim of police brutality.
—Exhausted

Prudie basically told Exhausted to keep fighting the good fight with her dumb, basically right-wing-nutjob parents. Exhausted, you wrote Prudie and not me but this is ‘Unsolicited Advice’ so here I go.

Your parents have both been alive for more than 70 years. I know you think you’re smarter than them, but trust me sugar…they’re not idiots. Unless you’re saying you were raised by idiots and then I guess by association that would make you an idiot.

But you seem pretty sure about your intelligence, and your rightness. One thing I often hear people like you say about the Christian faith is, “I think there could be more out there, but I hate how Christians are just so damn sure about it”,  as if that were some kind of superior argument…to be unsure about what you believe.

You’ve probably made that argument many times against right-wing positions on morals and values. Perhaps you also should not be so sure about things.

I gave this same advice to the woman who wanted to cancel her #MAGA-loving in-laws. No matter how woke you think you are, in 20-30 years some kid will be looking at you and scoffing at your antiquated notions and thinking they hope they don’t end up as dumb and clueless as you when they get old.

Your parents aren’t stupid, Exhausted. They’re probably just…exhausted! It is not your job to educate every single person around you in “acceptable” expressions. What a horridly dour guest you must be, correcting everyone around you the moment they use the wrong word or expression. Your parents come from a different time. I know old Black people who still call themselves “colored” or “Negro”. They’re not racist, they’re just old.

But old doesn’t mean stupid. I’m consistently saddened by the attitudes of people I see on the Left who gleefully declare to the world that what they know at 30 is ALL THEY’RE EVER GOING TO NEED TO KNOW and that those who have progressed into their twilight years are useless in their opinions or points of view.

Your parents are saints for continuing to let you speak in their presence, for continuing to engage you on cultural issues. You sound like a nag and frankly, they sound too old to be dealing with nags. Perhaps they’ve just resigned themselves to the fact that they’ve raised a spoiled nag and if they want a relationship with you they have to be willing to put up with your constant speech-policing. Maybe they like being treated like they’re 10 years old by their own child. To each their own.

Your parents are progressives and they’re still not progressive enough for you. I get the impression you’re hard to please.

If you were my child I’d have long ago told you I don’t need your help being “woke”; that I raised a family, worked my whole life, helped my community and served those around; that I am educated both personally and formally; that I am a adult who has loved and lived and fought and had experiences you’ll never be privy to as my child; that I have earned my scars and my expressions. I would tell you that I don’t need you to educate me, I need you to shut the hell up and just be a normal person once in a while.

There’s a scenario here where you don’t say anything, where you don’t make yourself responsible for the reeducation of your dumb, old parents. It’s a scenario where you go their house, talk about the interesting news of the day, and when you hear a word that gives you pause, instead of scolding your loving parents as though you were their superior, you simply acknowledge in your own mind that you know what they meant on go about your day having a lovely time together.

In that scenario, you are grateful for your parents and you treat them with the respect they’ve earned. In that scenario you accept that you don’t know everything and your parents are much wiser and much more experienced than you. In that scenario, you have a great time together. You enjoy each other the way parents and grown children should and you soak up every blessed moment you have with them.

In that scenario you resist being a snobby little asshole in favor of just loving the people who love you.

You can write about it in your diary afterward.

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Joe Biden Won the Contest For the Most Ridiculous Statement At Last Night’s Debate

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Dartmouth College, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Last night, two bad teams got together to pillow fight on Thursday Night Football, yet if you decided to watch it instead of the Democratic Primary debate, congratulations. You made the right decision.

It was full cries of racism, lies about socialism, and Trump bashing, and as per usual, lots and lots of crazy policy proposals. On that front, a surprising candidate took home the award for the most ridiculous one. Yes, Beto O’Rourke wants to take your guns and Elizabeth Warren claims her bazillion dollar programs won’t raise taxes on the middle class, but Joe Biden said something last night that eclipses them all in terms of sheer insanity. Given he’s the supposed “moderate” in the race, that’s not a contest he’s supposed to be winning.

This is Joe Biden, so the first thing we have to ask is whether he even knew what he was saying. This is the same guy who can’t remember what day it is half the time and nearly had his eye explode on national TV. In other words, it’s possible he’ll walk this back.

For the time being though, let’s talk about how nonsensical this is.

Imagine world where “non-violent” criminals like drug dealers, financial scammers, and thieves carry no chance of incarceration. Heck, we don’t even have to imagine it. Just take a flight out to California and witness the chaos caused by the fact that shop-lifters aren’t arrested unless they steal over $900 (Prop 47). What’s that led to? People stealing $800 worth of stuff knowing they likely won’t be pursued and certainly won’t be jailed.

Now, take that outcome and multiply it’s effects by a million and you’d get what would happen if we stopped giving jail time to non-violent criminals. There would be zero deterrent to committing robbery, carrying out white collar crime, or bribing someone in power. The drug cartels would explode even more as nearly every part of their apparatus would no longer be subject to imprisonment.

I’m sure Biden will walk this back. Perhaps he already has. But what this shows though is just how bad he is at this. The guy’s teeth nearly fell out of his head last night as he garbled his words. He talked about record players in a bizarre answer at one point. Am I really supposed to believe this is the guy that’s going to out campaign Donald Trump? No doubt, he starts with major advantages which I’ve laid out before. He’s “ole Joe,” the comfortable, safe pick for a lot of moderates. But this campaign has barely started and if Biden somehow stumbles into the nomination, Trump is going to absolutely work him over. Whether that translates into winning in 2020, I don’t know because Trump has his own issues with voters. What I do know is that Democrats should probably be wishing for someone more capable to take on the incumbent.

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