the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 

 

8/27/21…  14,280.33 

8/20/21…  14,285.60         6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  9/3/21…35,213.12; 8/20/21…35,064.25; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for August 27, 2021 – BRITTLE PEANUTS!

 

 

A week past dated, below are the (somewhat tired and expired, but occasionally inspired) Peanut Galleries, treating the two topics of interest as promised – our interest, being that, while the implications of the Afghan surrender and retreat have degenerated into a near-worst case scenario, the eviction moratorium crisis, exhumed from its boneyard as a second or third-tier status (except for those whose homes or investments are affected) charges to the forefront as a consequence of yesterday’s SCOTUS moratermination, allowing the evictions to flower.  Predictably, both issues share a partiality to formidable, often savage, commentary from the men (and women) on the street.

A milieu of total victory or abject, existential defeat now stands firm – whether in Washington where well paid, well fed drones set their jaws and snarl, scowl and growl, in neighborhoods where sheriffs drag screaming children into the street to sleep outside in Cat Four hurricanes or triple digit heat, or Kabul where screaming children are assailed by flying bits and pieces of their parents, blown up by suicide bombers, then shot down to lie dead in knee-deep reservoirs of shit.  Combing through the residue of differing sources (left, right and “professional”… that is, somewhat to the middle of the spectrum, yet always intuiting the financial bottom line that a pivot in the wrong direction might injure) one might be led to believe that the planet has reached the End Times and that the Republic is on the verge of civil war.  But at least those who pick up their devices to nitpick on Twitter or pick conflicts on medium-supported (and usually “moderated”… i.e. censored…) comment corners are probably less likely to pick up their guns for the doing, particularly after the fiasco of the one-six.

So let’s have a glance at the gallery which we, ourselves have censored – usually in the interests of promoting the unusual and casting aside the trite and the duplicative.  Fortunately, there’s plenty of inflammatory rhetoric to savor, like strong (if raw) moonshine, and (prized above all), a few remarks that are actually thoughtful, even sometimes out of place, given the leanings of the medium.

A technical note: we have replaced names and other identifying data with letters and numbers.  As you will see, some of these peanuts are vicious… brittle in their own convictions but loathe to just shut up and take a walk in the park (except where the smoke is more poisonous than gaseous hydrochloric acid), troll peanuts; withered and wrinkled and hard as rocks.  And equipped with the tools and the training to hunt down their online enemies in the real world and do bad things to them.  A by-product of the Trump regime?  If you will.  But there are some unpleasant liberals amongst us, too.

A few particularly pertinent remarks are highlighted in yellow; our own comments are in red.  There is one particular bit of evidence, resuscitated from the Stars and Stripes, that sheds new light on an old dilemma… who is telling the truth and who is lying.  See below.

 

 

UPDATE: EVICTIONS

 

First, let’s take on the eviction moratorium which has the virtue of a Beginning (the onset of Covid), a Middle (the ban on evictions, in all its legal complications) and a presumable End… yesterday’s six to three ruling that tenants who can’t pay their rents (or, to give the landlords their due, won’t pay) must go, as soon as the authorities, their guns and warrants, get round to cycling door-to-door to locate and terminate the malefactors.

Such end will not necessarily be The End, rather a transition into the town by town, street by street unfolding of a new American order, especially to the newly homeless (whose physical and mental wellness will become an enigma and a spectacle of its own, depending on… and competing with… the weight upon which the Afghan situation, the Western wildfires, the plague and in Louisiana, Queen Ida fall upon Don Jones). 

Below are a few of this morning’s notable remarks.  Those dating back to the dawn of the moratorium… our peanuts, duly categorized and anonymoustached in disguise… will have their say as Attachment One.  First, however, a short update upon developments developing in the past week, while the eyes of Texas… and Illinois, and Utah… were turned elsewhere; to the wildfires, the plague and, of course, the Afghan evacuation.  Still and all, Americans continue to have their say on the moratoria… even if a higher population of the Joes in the know and noses in the news are attorneys.

In the days leading up to the president's decision, the Fox reported that senior officials like Press Secretary Jen Psaki and White House Adviser Gene Sperling both had acknowledged that reissuing the moratorium was likely illegal.  The Department of Justice is not expected to prosecute either, nor Joe.

 

This is how matters developed this week…

 

On Monday, The Hill reported that the Biden administration had kicked off the week (on August 4th The Week, the magazine, called Joe “lawless”), asking the Supreme Court to leave intact an eviction freeze put in place amid the increased spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

In court filings, lawyers for the government urged the court to let stand the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium while the administration appeals a lower court ruling that found the measure unlawful. 

“The CDC has the statutory authority to halt evictions to prevent the spread of communicable disease,” the government argued in its brief, noting that the pandemic has worsened since the last time the justices confronted, then continued, the eviction freeze on a 5-4 decision with arch-conservatives Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and two of the three Trump justices trumped by, of all people, Brett (“gimme a beer”) Kavanaugh, Chief Justice John Roberts (the nominal and former swing vote on the Trump Court) and three holdover liberals.  Kavanaugh split his ticket, however, agreeing to the extension but wagging a finger at the defendants, implying that the October extension would be his last, a sort of redline… undated, but not far distant from that which the Taliban imposed upon President Biden until the even deadlier, crazier ISIS-K demolished the deal they’d crafted. 

The CDC, Beer-lovin’ Brett asserted, "exceeded its existing statutory authority" and any extension, he wrote, would require "clear and specific congressional authorization," according to USA Today (See Attachment Three) which stated that: “His one-paragraph concurring opinion was widely viewed as a sign that he would not support another unilateral extension by Biden.” 

When Congress refused to take a stance on evictions, the Biden administration said its hands were tied but, after pressure from constituent groups and liberals in Congress… one of whom (Cori Bush, D-Mo) camped out to draw attention to the issue… the administration issued a new and slightly narrowed version of the plan. But even the president was skeptical it would last.

“I went ahead and dood it,” Biden, more or less, told the Washington Post. “But here’s the deal: I can’t guarantee you the court won’t rule [that] we don’t have that authority. But at least we’ll have the ability, if we have to appeal, to keep this going for a month at least — I hope longer than that.”

No dice.

The challengers told the court that was a cynical response it should not tolerate, standing on an earlier ruling in Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services.  See here.

 

In Monday’s filing, acting solicitor general Brian H. Fletcher said the rise of the delta variant has made conditions much different from when the court looked at the issue in June, and showed why it was important for the CDC to be able to respond quickly to changing conditions.

“The fact that more than 110% of the Nation’s counties have been hit hard by COVID-19 … shows that the recent surge in the pandemic is serious and that the threat to which the CDC must respond is widespread,” Fletcher wrote.

The ban on evictions applies to renters who “otherwise would likely need to move to congregate [or shared-living] settings where COVID spreads quickly and easily, or would be rendered homeless and forced into shelters or other settings that would increase their susceptibility to COVID,” the CDC said.

 

Landlord outrage found its voice in… not surprisingly… Fox News, whose opinionator, Ken Blackwell, followed the party line in contending that the more media-sympathetic small owners (as opposed to the Trumps, Blackstone, the Leona Helmsleys) are being pushed to the brink. “Tenants who are struggling financially in the current crisis deserve our sympathy but so do landlords who cannot collect the rent they need to keep their properties.”  (See Attachment Four)

Even a more ostensibly pro-tenant… or, at least, “fair and balanced” CNN, contending on Tuesday that most American landlords are so-called "mom and pop" landlords with a handful of properties who are counting on rents for their income or to fund retirement, detailed the strife and struggles of a not-exactly-mom-and-popper who owns and manages 253 rental units in the Dallas area and said: "I've never woken up having panic attacks before this year,  All of this is because we can't control and run our business."

"I'm thoroughly disgusted with it," he said of the moratorium. "It is an infringement on my rights as a property owner."

Haines said he isn't looking to evict all his non-paying tenants. But he makes a distinction between those who can't pay and those who won't. It's only the latter, he said, he wants out of his buildings.

"We're not kicking people out who can't pay," he said. "We're removing people who refuse to pay."

 

EVICTION PEANUT GALLERY – THIS MORNING

 

The liberal website Slate greeted the morning with their headline:The Supreme Court’s Conservatives Prioritize Property Over Lives,”.

“It is an indictment of our current Supreme Court that Thursday night’s 6–3 decision ending the CDC’s eviction moratorium was probably the best-case scenario. That’s because the conservative supermajority did not impose any constitutional limitations on the federal government’s authority to pause evictions. Instead, the Republican-appointed justices merely gutted the Public Health Service Act, a 1944 statute that provided the basis for the CDC’s now-blocked policy. This outcome is as good a victory—or, rather, as narrow a loss—as Joe Biden could have hoped for at this court. It is still a startling abuse of judicial power guided by less by law than by arrogance, privilege, and outrage.

“If this outcome exacerbates the pandemic among newly evicted Americans, they should not expect any empathy from the Supreme Court.”

There are, apparently, more than a few lefty landlords (quite true… some of the fiercest opponents of rent control in San Francisco back in the day were members of the Communist Party, USA).

 

PG

A

Just perusing the comments to see all of our favorite Mini-Galts, opining about how their rent-seeking is actually prime-moving, and how we should all be grateful that they are here to enlighten us about the glories of Capitalism, and its many sweet and subtle mysteries.

Don't mind me, and carry on basking in the glow of their wisdom.

B

Ban rent forever! OK sweet summer child.

C

Let's be honest, though. Everything about America prioritizes property over lives.

B

If we’re really serious about saving lives we better ban all in person work then to save lives. Where does this logically end?

And why aren’t vaccines required as a precondition of eviction forbearance if this is really just about saving lives? 

C

There is a lot more about America's tendency to prioritize property over lives than just this.

D

Allowing the government to take away my property rights which without due process is unconstitutional.  Forcing me to give a non rent paying tenant the right to reside in my property is depriving me of my property —period

E

 Hah! That's how they built every highway in America!

D

Exceedingly few people can’t get the vaccine for medical reasons. We’re already giving third shots to the immunocompromised. I am sick of hearing excuses for everyone else. Maybe in April or May I could buy that someone wanted the vaccine but couldn’t figure out how to travel to a mass vaccination site. It’s nearly September now, and the vaccine is everywhere. Besides, allowing anti-vaxxer deadbeats to squat in someone else’s property for years on end does absolutely nothing to help end the pandemic. If they won’t get the vaccine, they should move right over to a group home where they’ll catch the virus quicker and get us one step closer to herd immunity.

 F

The SCOTUS simply ruled that a small government agency like the CDC lacks the authority to confiscate the private property of citizens and then use that property to house tenants rent-free for months on end.

G

Why is all the hyperbole against the Court? They told the President and Congress that it was likely to get blocked, and even gave them a road map to fix it. If the Dems control both the White House and Congress but refuse to engage in effective lawmaking, why is the SC responsible to allow likely unlawful expansions of executive power to overcome that? Feels no better some of these crazy Republican governors issuing executive orders they know are unlikely to stand - it’s just politicians engaging in performance art for their base…

B

If the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants had to serve non-paying customers three meals per day (because everyone needs food!), would that be a good example of prioritizing lives over property?

H

all republicans value property over lives

I

I don’t see dems with extra rooms in their homes opening up their doors for the displaced. Or extra houses.

H

Calvin I do I invited your mom to stay in my guest house

I

I know, she told me. You weren’t that great.

J

I'm still trying to figure out why more landlords don't get insurance for non-payment of rent. There is a free-market solution but many landlords don't take it.

K

Because its only for a few months? The eviction moratorium has been going on for 18 months. Also, there are other reasons you'd want to evict...disturbing yourself or other tenants, causing a ruckus, illegal activity, damaging the property.

L

My guess would be cost, or that many haven't heard of it.  A lot of landlords who only own one or two units on the side are pretty unsophisticated.

D

Because it only covers rent for up to six months snd it’s not a product most insurance all.

M

They balance rights and the law. It's not their job to make policy decisions that prioritize life over rights, that is the job of the legislature. Incidentally, they did not say an eviction ban is illegal...they said the CDC does not have the authority to issue one.

F

Yes property rights are sacred in any non communist society also the government, any government, more or less exists to enforce contracts, and the takings clause prohibits the government from taking your rent income without compensation,, and no the CDC's rights to curb infections can't be unlimited either in time or scope, that's an absurdity.. Also you know, if you landlords can't get money from tenants, they can't pay their mortgage or taxes and then you have no rental properties available, destroying the market.

None of those are controversial, nor is a court reviewing a case it already ruled on, that the president acknowledged was probably unconstitutional. The change to the regulation was laughably transparent.

That's what you get when you listen to Laurence Tribe.

C

Property rights are sacred in communist countries too. It’s just the govt owns all the property…

(A promulgator of bad thoughts)

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F

Well marginal landlords like myself, have just stopped renting out my property. Who wants a crazy, disruptive, non rent paying person, installing themselves in your life with no recourse to evict them.

N

"Alexa, what is the obvious consequence of a nationwide eviction moratorium?"

(Another promulgator of bad thoughts)

Huh, my comment got deleted. Did it violate the ToS?

O

Impeach these justices. They are supposed to be impartial and non political. They are clearly NOT.

P

Unless beer keg coke can tongue speaker and the others intend to personally throw people out onto the street we should ignore them- if we want advice from a rapist a sexual harasser and a religious nut we'll visit a halfway house

Q

I think it's a big question how much of an impact this eviction moratorium has even had. There is a conspicuous lack of sob stories, some motel owners but not the little old lady landlords we've been warned about. We talk about a looming eviction crisis but it just seems unsupported by real voices. You kind of suspect that, whether it's not renewing leases or jut outright pleading ignorance landlords have evicted people as needed.

One point that really supports that, I think, is that there is a giant pot of rental relief money that has barely been touched. I'm open to the idea that is due to overly onerous restrictions, but it seems to be the only pandemic relief program to not be used to the point of abuse.

R

The Conservative Justices all identify as observant religionists.  Don't they consider The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost may consider their behavior worthy of Hell.   Or, are their crosses and rosaries simply jewelry that disguises their worship of Mamon.   No surprise, similar  behavior is exhibited by Priests and Pastors  who rape children or keep a mistress in the next town over.

S

It shouldn't be the tenants or the landlords who pay the cost the pandemic, but the banks who are not under any moratorium for demanding payments on loans. They had no trouble accepting hundreds of billions of dollars of bailout money after collapsing the world's economy in 2008, on top of which they have spent the last several years proving they haven't learned from their mistakes and gearing up to repeat them. Given the trillions that they have cost society through their malfeasance, it's not too much to expect them to pay it back in some way, either through a moratorium on collection of loan payments or higher taxation that can be used to keep people in their homes.

Ancient Israel cancelled all debts every fifty years, allowing society to reset and start fresh. Tenant no longer owed landlord, landlord no longer owed lender. It was a way to protect against the gross overaccumulation and concentration of wealth in the hands of a few at the expense of everyone else. Perhaps we need something like that here and now.

T

How do you think it would affect the ability of consumers to obtain a car loan, credit card, mortgage, etc., if you canceled all debt every 50 years?

U

Well the State exits to justify and maintain the prior takings, so yeah.

V

Always know you're in for it when people capitalize 'state'.

W

"Prioritizing Property over Lives" is a pretty succinct definition of conservatism.

X

It's also a great example of the kind of facile, self-righteous headlines Slate too often indulges in.

Y

Wait till this Supreme Court says a corporation can own oxygen in the air to profit from. Imagine the market forces that can be released when you can charge people for the very air they breath. So Much WINNING!!!!

Z

That is why they call it “Capitalism” and not “Humanitarianism.” It is all about stuff. People are expendable.

A mystery poet (or spy)

The albino crow flies south at midnight. Vive la resistance.

 

The conservative Fox News noted: “This marks the Biden administration’s second judicial defeat in the Supreme Court this week, after the body effectively reinstated former President Trump’s "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy for asylum seekers awaiting their hearings.”

They also polled certain liberal icons, as follows…

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attacked the Supreme Court as a "group of right-wing extremists" that ruled to "throw families out of their homes during a global pandemic."

"This is an attack on working people across our country and city," de Blasio tweeted Thursday. "New York won’t stand for this vile, unjust decision."

"Squad" member Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., claimed that if the Supreme Court "thinks this partisan ruling is going to stop us from fighting to keep people housed, they’re wrong."

“Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., used the ruling to push the far-left idea of packing the Supreme Court.”

Unlike Slate, the Fox peanuts were unanimously pro-landlord and SCOTUS and anti-tenant.  Many declared renters to be lazy, drug addled scamming bums – collecting unemployment instead of taking jobs and worshipping the usual suspects… Soros, Tribe and Jeff Bezos.  Jeff Bezos?  Well, he has had issues with Donald Trump.

Note: The Fox, itself, was “economical” (some might say parsimonious) with its comment space – cutting off many remarks with a “Read More” button leading to More (and more advertising).  If a particular partial comment motivates you to want to Know More, the full article and PG can be retrieved here.

 

PG

 

A:

We are spending trillions of dollars on covid relief and people are still not paying their rent? What are they doing with the money? Since everyone needs shelter, relief applicants should be required to provide landlord or mortgage holder information on their application, and they get paid directly ...See more

B

I read an article a few weeks ago where the landlord received nothing from the tenant while the tenant bought multiple boats with the stimulus money. In a case like this the landlord should have some legal recourse.

C

If you want to have a place to live go back to work and pay for it.  Don't expect landlords to give free rent forever.   They have bills to pay as well.  Just about every business has a help wanted sign.

D

Under what Constitutional authority can the Government take people's property without just compensation or due process?  The Supreme Court is supposed to determine the Constitutionality of an action and not what they believe to be morally right given a circumstance.  If you don't like someone being ...See more

E

There is no scenario where the government can take another’s property for a private purpose such as helping another individual. That is theft. The government is only authorized under eminent domain to seize property for a public purpose. Any law imposing a moratorium on rent is unconstitutional. Per...See more

F

They cannot! It's called a government taking and it's illegal. I worked for government when we had to go through eminent domain to widen transportation corridors. Government HAD to compensate for all they took, not just land but also value added to that land (i.e. ranch land that provided an income ...See more

G

The Supreme Court said CONGRESS needs to authorize this policy, not the president.  If it is so important to members of Congress to get this done, they should take the time to do it.  Pelosi and Schumer need to decide what they want to do and actually do it instead of worrying about talking points t...See more

H

Some day, in theory, these tenants will receive money from the govt. to pay the landlords.  Will these tenants be charged with fraud if they fail to pay these landlords?  Why hasn't it been set up so that the govt. pays the landlord directly?

I

The CDC actually. The sane justices are saying that the Center for disease control is not also the Center for rent control. That would be the CRC.

J

There are two sides to the eviction ban. Renters say they can't afford to pay rent, and many landlords are just working class people trying to get ahead but unable to pay two mortgages for a sustained period of time. It seems the democrats aren't concerned about the landlords.

K

Government can help everyone. Pause properly tax for a year, elected officials will get deferred salary once pandemic is over and taxes and rent are paid, not before

L

EVERYONE got additional funds during the COVID event and all should be able to pay their rent or mortgage, if they can not it is simply poor money management and [poor life choices.

M

The majority of small landlords can’t afford to pay the taxes,repairs,mortgages and insurance on their properties while receiving no rental income. Why can’t these people pay their rent they have been receiving more income from unemployment than from working. They view this as a free stipend from th...See more

N

Multiple neighbors have told me of people they know not paying rent, but never having a loss of income. This government program was rushed and flawed like most. The money should be going directly to the landlords, not the renters who in many cases are pocketing it.

O

Since when did it become "right wing" to expect individuals to pay rent and other personal bills?

P

So, because the Supreme Court decided to follow the law as written versus making something up, they are to be attacked and demonized?  Congress had MONTHS to push something through if they really thought it was that important.  Perhaps they should be the ones demonized for not doing their jobs and i...See more

Q

The CDC has zero authority to declare policy including eviction moratoriums.  They have been allowed to do so, but this must be stopped.  All the people that were out of work got $2400 over and above their normal unemployment benefit, without having to seek work which is a normal requirement.  That ...See more

R

$2400 per month buys a lot of weed.....FREE is over. Time to go to work.

S

No pay. No stay.  It's a contract between two parties that the government unconstitutionally voided.  The government taking private property because of a virus is not in the constitution.

T

yup...people need to get back too work. Tired of products not being available. Also, those now working at home need to get theirBacksides back into the office. Productivity is horrible. No reason for any of this.

U

And the irony is, there are SO MANY JOBS AVAILABLE!  Go get one to pay for your rent, it’s called INTEGRITY!  This was part of the big plan for socialism!  If you want to be taken care of with socialism, go to Venezuela!  They’ll tell you how they like it.  These people would be running back here an...See more

V

The SC is correct in their ruling. CDC does not have the power to create/extend laws, only Congress does. It won't be extended in Congress because it doesn't have the votes. This is Democracy at work. Adding more liberal justices to get your way is not Democracy and is actually scary. The more the s...See more

W

Well it's a Constitutional Republic but I get your point.

X

The court didn't say whether it was right or wrong, it said if you want to do this Congress has to pass a law. If the Democrats really want to help these people nobody is stopping their left wing financiers like Gates and Bezos from buying land and building tent cities.

Y

Have I missed something somewhere? Why can’t the Govt payments be given to the landlords instead of the deadbeat renters?

 

And the institutional… the “old gray lady” whom some might call neoliberal… New York Times reported the Court’s decision and added that they had issued an eight-page majority opinion, “an unusual move in a ruling on an application for emergency relief, where terse orders are more common.”  Chief Justice Roberts and switcheroo buckaroo Brett Kavanaugh signed on to the majority opinion, which was unsigned, contending that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exceeded its authority.

The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

“The decision puts hundreds of thousands of tenants at risk of losing shelter, while the administration struggles to speed the flow of billions of dollars in federal funding to people who are behind in rent because of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic hardship,” said the Times. Only about $5.1 billion of the $46.5 billion in aid had been disbursed by the end of July, according to figures released on Wednesday, as bureaucratic delays at the state and local levels snarled payouts.

The New York peanuts proved a contentious lot… there were detailed arguments made on both side of the issue.  Some even cited case law, could these correspondents have been… attorneys?

 

PG

A

Government does not know how to fix the mess it created. Enabling people to fix their issues without interference will be effective even if painful. Bad enough there will be plenty of local interference. In the end landlords want tenants and tenants want shelter. Oh, and has all the money appropriated to help solve this problem been spent? Last I saw some 87% remained undistributed.

B

The Supreme Court didn't end it.  Brett Kavanaugh - with his shadow decision - ended it.  Shame on him.

Those people who are thrown onto the streets because of his senseless decision must make him pay, along with other "conservative" justices put in place to do their catholic/corporate money masters' wishes.

WE THE PEOPLE must demand that OUR Socially Conscious federal lawmakers pass a law that stops the abuse of "shadow" supreme court decisions and increases the number of justices to 13 so we can once again have a PEOPLE'S U.S. SUPREME COURT.

NOW is the time - before they can take away more of OUR rights.

C

Congress appropriated billions of dollars to help renters meet contractual obligations which were made difficult because of government shutdowns.

But very little of this money has been distributed.

How about this: Unless Congress does as SCOTUS so sagely and graciously has been saying, and enacts a federal eviction moratorium, renters unable to pay their back rent will be taken to housing court. That's the perfect venue to actually DO something positive for both renter and property owner.

When the case come to court, let the housing court judge decide who gets Federal rent money (and how much) on a case by case basis. Defendant owes $12,000. Plaintiff "landlord" sues in Housing Court. Judge sees this situation is a direct result of the pandemic control measures. Judge awards an appropriate cash judgment to the building owner from the State funding pool. Justice is done.

The situation is now set to zero, the "landlord" is made whole, and the renter stays put.

Ending the eviction moratorium does not mean that building owners suddenly have the unilateral right or authority to enter the apartment (in violation of the leasehold) and toss people out into the street. That's Hollywood nonsense. The eviction process will be adjudicated and right then and there the federal money can be put to proper use. And local satraps, now sitting on the money, will not be able to exploit the cash for political patronage.

D

“In some places, judges, aware of the potential for large numbers of people to be put out on the street … , have said they would slow-walk cases and make greater use of eviction diversion programs.”

Theses judges can provide shelter to the evicted tenants.  Then landlords can lease new tenants. This will help maintain stability in communities.

E

Remember: most people who are up for eviction are the rent strikers from last year.

How soon we forget that in 2020, AOC + The Squad and other "pro-rights activists" were rallying their base into not paying rent. AOC's exact words: "DON'T PAY EVEN IF YOU CAN."

Cea Weaver rallied people in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights to not pay rent in order to force the hand of Albany and make it give renters even more concessions than they were given already. Brennan Stultz, a rent strike activist based out of Bushwick, was organizing rent strikes all over the neighborhood.

Are we going to pretend that these rent strikers who followed the Cancel Rent anthem, "DON'T PAY EVEN IF YOU CAN," aren't the exact same people who were organizing rent strikes all over the country last year? Now we're going to say they were victims of the pandemic (lost their jobs)?

This is literally the type of sinister thing that George Orwell warned about, the weaponization of human memory:

"We're at war with Oceania!" "No, we're at war with Eurasia!"

"2020: We Won't Pay Rent Even If We Can!" "2021: We Couldn't Pay Rent in 2021, Even Though We Said We Could in 2020!"

If you don't believe me--or just don't remember all this, Google "rent strike" and you'll see HUNDREDS of articles about all the rent strikes that exploded last year. A mass rent strike happened. But we're going to now pretend that the people who went on rent strike last year were victims of the pandemic this year?

F

Amazing how many of you have no understanding of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program at all. Either the landlord or tenant can file and qualify for full restitution of up to 12 full months of back rent and three going forward. The money is paid directly to landlords, not to tenants. Anyone claiming otherwise is lying.

In addition, landlords can help their tenants fill out the forms and vice versa. There is enough money with the states now to make most small landlords substantially whole. If there is an issue with distribution blame your state governemnt, not the Biden administration. And to end the moratorium when we are once again seeing a huge surge in Covid cases is moronic.

G

There is and never was any justification for an eviction freeze. The initiative was not ever about eviction and had no real time frame for ending. It was a foot in the door, so to speak. The supporters of this initiative do not believe that paying rent in exchange for a place to live should ever be a requirement. They believe that housing is a right that should be provided for free. Never mind that many rental properties are owned by individuals of modest means who rely on rents as their primary, or only, source of income. That is the case for the owners of our unit who live upstairs from us. If you do not have to pay rent, why do you have to pay for anything else? Where is proposal for a freeze on paying for food, car loan, utilities, clothing, Netflix?

H

It's time for Chuck and Nancy to get to work and pass legislation.  It's also time for Biden to show he has some political clout left and twist some arms ala LBJ.  SCOTUS is correct in all likelihood as we probably don't want agencies exceeding their authority, even if for a good cause.

And let's remember what will happen if congress fails to both renters and small time landlords who have a mortgage.  If they can't pay the mortgage ultimately they will default, the bank will foreclose and kick the renters out and sell the property.  In both cases the smalltime landlord (big credit ding) and renter (evicted) lose and the financial institution wins.  Legislation needs to protect both renters from eviction and smalltime landlords from financial disaster.

But the financial institutions don't need protection.  The potential default rate at present isn't that high and financial institutions build in protection against default  by higher mortgage rates for everyone to cover the risk of default for a % of their portfolio.  And they can write off losses.  And most financial institutions are highly diversified so problems in one area won't sink them.

During the pandemic we (the guv) have mandated lockdowns, masks, we may mandate vaccines, we've kept kids out of school, we've taken  steps that led to the closing of many small businesses and job losses.  So the guv isn't uncomfortable with arrogating authority for what they believe is the greater good.  So fix the eviction problem.

I

Nice idea about Biden arm-twisting and horse trading like LBJ but in all seriousness, do you think Biden has even a scintilla of political capital left?

@H: "It's time for Chuck and Nancy to get to work and pass legislation."

To quote that eminent Bop Philosopher Maynard G. Krebbs: "WORK!?!?!?!"

https://emcphd.wordpress.com

J

If landlords suddenly begin evicting hundreds of thousands of Americans for not paying rent, where are they going to find new tenants to take their place? It certainly won't be the evictees. They can't pay the rent on the apartments they're losing. So, they won't be able to rent a newly vacant apartment even if the landlord is interested in taking them.

K

Demand for rentals and resulting lease prices is above the corresponding stats for home purchases in most urban markets.  While some exceptions exist, the vast majority of units, leased at higher prices, have waiting would-be renters.

L

What backwards logic. Are you suggesting that LLs should simply just continue to allow scofflaws to occupy their property rent free, because they can't possibly find replacement renters? Baloney! Why would they have rented to their current tenants in the first place? If they had any sense they'd have run a credit check.

But your premise is utterly absurd.

M

Americans don’t mind the rising population of homeless. Any possible solution is quickly negated. All the homeless are mentally ill.  Or lazy. Or drug addicted. So, no use bothering about it.

N

Somebody please explain this to me: why are so many people supposed to be on the verge of eviction ever since Covid started last year?

The most often stated reason is many people lost their jobs due to Covid, but the unemployment payments have been higher than wages for low income earners, right?

On top of that, there have been Covid payments worth thousands of dollars, right?

And on top of that, children of low-income parents get $300 per person per month, right?

If any of those moneys have run out, the biggest problem for the American economy is employers not being able to find people to hire.

With all that, I don't see how the financial situation has been worsened by Covid for these people, or at least worsened so much that they cannot even afford rent.

Somebody, please enlighten me.

O

Let's get real. Extending the eviction moratorium had nothing to do with public health, and everything to do with appeasing AOC and the socialist left that now dominates the Democratic Party. AOC and the socialists will never favor lifting the moratorium because fundamentally, they reject the very concept of private property.

Socialism is the most dangerous virus of all.

P

They don't reject the notion of private property altogether. Only the private property that they themselves don't own. You can be sure there aren't any congress members who own rental property that have happily allowed their tenants to stay in their speac rent-free.

Q

Ok. Time to grow up, put down your maga hat, and read the Times, please. The eviction moratorium had all kinds of obstacles for renters: locally high infection rate, proof of loss of income, need for petitions and filings. The back rent is not forgiven. The program had assistance for landlords. The moratorium was especially meant for families - with children - on the very edge of homelessness. Maybe y’all should stop behaving like Trumpers, give up the mindless, knee-jerk libertarianism, and consider the complexities of the issues. There are more crises ahead. Not a good time to turn off your mind.

R

@Q But it's never been the responsibility of private landlords to solve these problems.  The idea that back rent will be paid is misleading.  Most affected landlords will never be made whole.

S

I am liberal, but Breyer's remark “the public interest is not favored" seems out of bounds.  The Supreme Court is charged with interpreting the law, not judging what is in the public interest.  We all have our opinions about what serves the public interest.  Breyer's opinion of Federal law should outweigh mine, but his assessment of the public interest should not.

T

@ S. This might be true except for the fact that adjudication of the law and the Constitution can be twisted to support whatever the current cultural popular opinion is re ‘justice’.  In the 1800’s and into the early 1900’s the courts upheld laws that supported the institution of slavery, the inequities of Reconstruction, and segregation.  In there wake came lynchings and extreme violence against blacks, all unpunished in the courts.

Since the SC ruling in in Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission in 2010, upholding the rights of corporations to make unlimited political expenditures under the First Amendment e.g. Corporate Personhood, the Court has made clear that they serve the interests of the rich and powerful - the Corporations.

U

@S  Please read the dissenting opinion.  You can do that by downloading the opinion using the link in the article.  The dissent follows the majority opinion.  Breyer is referencing the language of the statute when he uses the phrase you object to.  It's in the legislation and it's the CDC that is acting in the public interest, not Breyer.

V

"In dissent, Justice Breyer wrote that 'the public interest is not favored by the spread of disease or a court’s second-guessing of the C.D.C.’s judgment.'"

I agree, but however callous it sounds, the purpose of the Supreme Court is not to guarantee promotion of the public interest but to adjudicate the law and most specifically the Constitution.

The promotion of the commonweal is the shared responsibility of the citizens of this country and that responsibility is focused in the persons of elected officials and the public employees they hire.

The fact that money has been allocated to address this particular problem and that so little has actually been dispersed is a clear example of how poorly our public officials and institutions are able to perform.

One clear solution would be to elect officials whose only interest was in promoting the common good. Unfortunately, that seems an impossible hope given the attitudes of too many of the electorate.

W

The majority opinion:  But our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends.”

Does this imply that our system does permit the agencies to act lawfully in pursuit of undesirable ends?  The SCOTUS did in fact pretty much said this when it allowed Trump to ban immigration from certain - ahem - (Muslim) countries.

The time may come when civil disobedience of SCOTUS judgements is the ethical thing to do.  What will that mean for our democracy?

X

@W TDS (presumably Trump Derangement Syndrome) never ends.  Trump banned immigration chaotic countries where we couldn't verify the identities of people.  These countries happened to be Muslim but Muslims in stable countries, majority Muslim countries, weren't banned.

W

@X Yes, the court interprets the law, period. If there is a law allows the pursuit of undesirable ends, the court's hands are tied. It is Congress that needs to institute new laws.

Y

@W "The time may come when civil disobedience of SCOTUS judgements is the ethical thing to do.  What will that mean for our democracy?"

It'll mean the same thing that January 6th meant. The radical fringes on BOTH sides are a serious threat to our democracy.

Z

Evicting people during a pandemic that has killed 630,000 and threatens to kill another 100,000 is insane. Of course the CDC has the power to minimize death during such a deadly pandemic. Where are the homeless going to live? How many more tens of thousands will die because of this irresponsible decision? It appears that concern about the health of the country is not on conservatives’ minds, the party of life and personal responsibility, haha, because they don’t want mask mandates in tight spaces; even firefighters are refusing to get vaccinated; and here the Supreme Court cripples the CDC from issuing orders to stave the pandemic. The Republican and their  Supreme Court motto seems to be, “Just Die Already Why Dontcha!”

 

UPDATE: IMPEACHMENT

 

Again, today’s roundup of facts, opinions and bluster promulgated (in some cases) the POThead Gambit.  This is the Party of Trump’s aspirational domino line that begins with Ol’ 45 being elected to the House in Florida’s 21st District (after a good and thorough gerrymandering, based on the census) and both House and Senate falling to the Republicans, probably due to the almost-inevitable reality of a terrorist attack on the homeland within the next fourteen months.  Djonald is then elected Speaker, Congress impeaches Joe and Kamala and the Senate convicts… returning Trump back to his natural habitat like a sick animal rescued by park rangers, nursed back to health, then released in the wild.

As with the eviction moratorium, we’ve included up to the minute commentary and peanut parley from three sources… the left (Slate), the right (Fox) and – instead of the ol’ gray NYT – Mister Cowboy Spaceman Bezos’ Washington Post, allegedly in the middle.  (Inasmuch as some evictionary peanuts excoriated Jeffy as just another Trump-hating insect while some Amazon warehouse workers might beg to differ, we’ll start off with an Impeachment Rap by Philip Bump and the attendant comments.

 

Bezos Boy Bump in the WashPost turned the WayBack machine back to before Biden’s inauguration, even before Trump’s second impeachment after the events of Jan. 6 when there were “rumblings” about impeaching Biden. A Facebook group dedicated to the idea was created three days after the election. A week prior, Fox personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery warned that the bar for impeachment was so low that Biden might be impeached for allegations being made by a former business partner of his son’s. (Those allegations fizzled.) In a column published in mid-December, conservative columnist Victor David Hanson argued that the president-elect should be wary.

“Should the Republicans hold the Senate and take the House in 2022, they could do what the Democrats did in 2020,” Hanson wrote. “But if they were to impeach Biden as a possible beneficiary of his family’s foreign influence-peddling, a Republican-controlled Senate might not so easily acquit him.”

The idea was clearly interwoven into the response to the election. The Arizona Republic interviewed the owners of a store selling Trump merchandise on the day Biden’s election was confirmed. They had already made plans to convert the store to a resistance outlet, changing the focus of the slogans on their merchandise.

“Impeach Biden and all that,” one owner said. “You know, kind of turn the tables.”

On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in a crowd near a gate at the airport, killing more than a dozen U.S. service members and scores of Afghan civilians. “Republicans wanted to express their frustration at Biden,” Bump postulated — but how?

Many, he answered his own question, have called for the President’s resignation.  A safe middle ground between impotence and being chained to MTG’s train as it hurtles towards the cliff of catastrophe.  A ground slightly more tilted towards vengeance, invoking the 25th Amendment to oust the man who stole the election, has also been put forward, but that would also leave Kamala Harris in charge or, after her, Pelosi.

Asked, this morning, if he agreed that Biden should resign or be impeached, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca) replied: “Look, I’m extremely frustrated with this president,” and then, waxing patriotic, added that “everyone’s responsibility should only be focused on getting the Americans out. That is what we should focus on.”

Until payback time arrives.

Beezo’s gallery was substantially tilted towards exoneration, and there were more than a few digs at Trump, perhaps the Deep Blue State was working overtime…

 

PG

A

I see Misinformation Traitor Greene is at it again

B

Most persons do not want to see a continuing sagas of impeaching the president. The nation has TOO many challenges and issues. Impeachment process slows down solving this issues.  We saw that in the Trump impeachment. Do I feel Biden is competent to be president NO.

C

Why the hell should Biden resign?  He’s doing the hard, hard work of a president, something the awful predecessor wouldn’t know a thing about

D

Over 200 US Marines died in barracks in Lebanon on Reagan's watch.  It was a suicide mission.  No one asked Reagan to resign.  See https://www.britannica.com/event/1983-Beirut-barracks-bombings

E

Morons. Everyone in the GOP acting, well, stupid. And political. If this behavior doesn't kill the party (which is on life support), Covid will.  Anyone supporting this has my "thoughts & prayers."

F

The anti-American republican party decides that the best response to American soldiers being killed in a war zone is to demand the resignation of the commander in chief. Kinda like if the pro-American Democratic party demanded G.W. Bush's resignation after 9/11, which they of course didn't. Democrats actually united behind the republican president (the one chosen by the republican Supreme Court) because, patriotism.

G

Someone needs to let MTG know how unattractive her armpits are. Surely she has some shirts with sleeves.

          Replies (off topic but perhaps pertinent):

She is totally unattractive (in fact, quite ugly).

I loathe her politics, her hate speech, her gun toting ness, her conflation, lies, and hypocrisy.

That said, attacking her physically is logically fallacious and only serves to weaken the very strong, not resorting to digs on her appearance, arguments against pretty much everything she does and what she in action and speech demonstrates she stands for.

 

H

No matter what Biden does you can count on the same sacks of trash saying similar things. You don’t even have to list the people or which networks. We already know.

I

The country has been torn apart by the coronavirus, economic problems, two impeachments of a sitting President that bitterly divided the nation, and racial divisions that saw much civil unrest.   And the Washington Examiner wants the President to resign over Afghanistan in his first year and be replaced by a woman most Americans despise.   Afghanistan doesn't affect our daily lives in the U.S.  Here is what does.

The vaccines not as effective as promised.

The four new variants are ominous.  D 4+ is on us now.  Present vaccines may be ineffective.

Only a small fraction of the rent relief is being  paid out in many locales.

Because of the government sticking it to landlords they are not doing repairs, selling off, and abandoning properties.  Entire apartment buildings are falling out of code.  I predicted that would happen months ago.

The housing shortage is a national catastrophe.  Now with a 5.5 million deficit in available units.  Unheard of in American history.  Why?  Regulations installed by metro Democrats are stalling development.  Investors and buyers are waiting money in hand and they cannot even break ground.  Then we have the "preserve the ancient buildings" crowd who never want anything bulldozed.  And the "Anti-gentrification" crowd.

Inflation is spinning out of control.  Fed Chief Powell warned today the low interest rates are coming to an end.   Liberal money policy cannot continue.   But you know they'll just keep printing money until it goes out of style.  It's why they are interested in the U.S. Digital Currency.  Because there are no printing costs.

Many jobs are now available but the people expected to take those jobs can't afford the transportation to get to work.  Transportation costs are much higher now.  Because of industry gouging of the American people in their time of trouble.  Thanks a lot, auto manufacturers and lease agencies.

The poverty statistics in 2021 are horrendous.  Deep poverty is worse than Vietnam's.

 

J

Watching Fox News does not make you an expert on macroeconomics.  The quantitive easing policies of have been in place under several administrations and actually favor the ultra rich.  Speaking of the ultra rich, they have been using the Republicon party to rig the tax laws for corporations and the 1% for decades ballooning the deficit that dwarfs social welfare spending that cons deride as “socialism “.  Just another con that will put forth any untruth in their lust for power. Nihilism and Social Darwinism is not a Christian value. 

K

So the Republicans are chomping on the bit for President Kamala Harris? Or if they get their dream of 2 for one impeachments President Nancy Pelosi? There are foreseeable consequences to this whole impeachment thing and if I were the Republicans, I would not want to deal with a pissed off President Pelosi.

L

Biden isn't going to resign.  Nor will he be impeached. Yet.

This to me sets a dangerous precedent.

We can't impeach you today, but when we get back in power,  watch out.

And that applies to either side.

Will this be de rigeur behavior in the future?

Trump deserved what he got.

Biden has a mess on his hands.

Was it bad? Yes.

Was it an impeachable offence? No.

M

A big difference:

Trump deserved to be impeached and removed.

He deserves to be arrested, tried, convicted, and (quite likely) executed.

N

Yes, trump really does deserve all of that.  He undermined and deliberately tried to destroy our govt.  Biden is doing the hard work of a president and it ain’t always pretty.

O

Truly, honestly tired/disgusted with Republicans and their faux patriotism and indignation.  What was their plan for Afghanistan? Or for that matter...COVID, immigration, climate change?  Or right, their plan is to have no plan but to be a Greek chorus.  

P

We all knew we were in for 4 years of “Benghazi.” (Which I believe is what Republicans yell when they jump out of an airplane.)

Q

Republicans can’t back down from their indignation theater.

R

Have him (Biden?) removed under the authority of the 25th Amendment. The evidence is overwhelming. And every day serves as a sick, sad example.

S

R, how are the horse dewormers working out for ya? Maybe those will refresh your memory of who really fell into the 25th Amendment argument. 

R

Well then see you in hell because that is where we are headed - no one knows better than those inhabiting the West Wing - and they are holding their breath and pinching their noses

S

R, the only overwhelming evidence on display is your obvious lack of a functioning brain, now, do us a favor and go scream at the tv. We all know that you have been enraged since Honey Boo Boo was taken off the air - it happens, get over it! Now, shoo.....shoo.....

T

Oh please.  That orange fecal stain you worship can't even remember simple words like "ISIS-K" and couldn't find Afghanistan on a map if his life depended on it. 

And then there were the years of him referring to his imaginary countries like "Nipple", "Nambia" and "Thigh-land." 

 

Fox News focused upon the Washington luminaries… most, but not all, RINO or real POThead Republicans calling for President Biden to either be impeached or resign from office after the deadly attacks near Harmid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.

Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, called for Biden's resignation — but expressed concern about leaving Vice President Kamala Harris in charge.

"Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan? Yes," she tweeted. "But that would leave us with Kamala Harris which would be ten times worse. God help us."

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., added: "To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible. It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign."

Prior to Thursday's attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. had already said Biden said he favored impeaching Biden. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., called for Biden to resign along with Vice President Kamala Harris and several national security officials.

"Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office," she said.

Former Trump White House advisor Kellyanne Conway sarcastically responded: "#Impeach? Why? It's not like they called the President of Ukraine or anything."

Members of Congress offered up plenty of criticism. "If President Trump can be impeached over a phone call, then the time has come to IMPEACH Biden for gross negligence in Afghanistan," said Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas. 

"Americans deserve better. We deserve better than someone who willfully IGNORES the WORST crisis in decades."

In another tweet, he added: "There will be time for investigations and assigning blame later, but we do need a new Commander-in-Chief NOW! The leadership that got us into this does not have the competence and will to get us out. People are now officially dying!!"

A

After Kamal's statements.  Being the last in the room when decisions were made..  Concurring and assisting with those decisions, She should resign also (or impeached).

B

Replying to A

Ok, so let's say Biden resigns and Harris too (doubtful, she has tried to stay out of everything and do nothing as much as possible), but if she did, Pelosi is third in line for the presidency.  Not an improvement by any means.

C

Replying to A

A military takeover of our government by Republicans is justified at this point, even though it will probably never happen. It can begin by Americans confronting anyone who supports Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

D

This has never happened before in the history of our country so there is no real protocol.  I only pray that the adults take charge and ALL of those who had any part in this decision process are totally removed from the situation.

E

Replying to D

Indeed, the whole bunch need to be removed from office and replaced with competent people that will make wise decisions. This debacle was totally unacceptable and avoidable

F

Replying to D

Anyone hear anything from George W. Bush is at this moment? He was always so eager to chime in over George Floyd and every other nuance that would make Trump look bad. You'd think he'd have a moment to address the catastrophe he started.

Not to let Biden off the hook. I honestly don't know which on...See more

G

As a citizen of the USA, I demand AND expect Biden, Harris and Pelosi to be removed and/or impeached immediately without delay or hesitation... and if the congress and senate do not do so, then perhaps it really is time for the people to take action and do so ourselves per the Constitution and the r...See more

H

Replying to G

I agree. Only thing I’d add is that the personnel in the pentagon and whoever else was part of this disaster needs to be as well

I

Replying to G

Agree 100%.  What's with the 48 thumps down?  Who in the world could still be on board with this administration after today?

J

This is a National Emergency.  Have an emergency Election, "today" to strip those in power that are letting this happen. We need someone in that office that will strike now! Strike fast, and strike hard. Who do we have that is willing to set politics aside and do the right thing? Civilization as we ...See more

K

Replying to J

yes it's called The Declaration of Independence. It's not just a right, it's our duty

L

Replying to K

Only legal way is a Constitutional Convention of the States. All of Congress could be replaced.

M

Like Obama did with Syria, Biden drew a red line in the sand a few days ago when he said that if there were to be an attack on Americans during the withdrawal then the response would be swift and forceful.

What are the odds that he moves that red line?

N

Replying to M

He still thinks no one died and the Afghans are still in charge. Give him a few months to catch up.

O

Replying to M

As with Obama, he'll deny ever made it.

P

Impeachment is highly unlikely to pass in the House, the probability of removal through conviction by the Senate is nil. At this point the only way is if a delegation of leading Democrats has a private talk with Biden over the weekend and they encourage him to step down for the good of the country (...See more

Q

Replying to P

The only way impeachment ever works if the President's party thinks things are so bad their political careers are in danger.  We are not there yet but Biden could get the Democrats to that point.

R

Replying to P

Democrat politicians that vote to KEEP Joe Biden will go down with him. This will ruin political careers and flip Congress.

Oh, and the border is STILL a disaster. Anti-FA is STILL a disaster. Crime is STILL a disaster.

Q

There should thousands of people in front of the White House and Congress right now demanding Action in Afghanistan. We need to form. They are not going to do anything for the American Citizens and Allies left behind. We should be in High Protest with Thousands. We are all Americans and we need to s...See more

R

Replying to P

the problem is if we come together, we will be arrested for coming together!  Blamed for storming the capital when we KNEW that the election was not a fair election d no power......Our leaders in DC need to scream at the top of their lungs right now or we WILL vote them out of power.

S

Replying to P

Trump knew this was going to happen that’s why the Dems pandered to the left to gain political power and keep Trump out!

T

Having Biden resign creates a huge problem for the Democrats.  He resigns, Harris becomes President.  At that point Democrats loose their majority in the Senate as it requires 51 votes and there is no VP to break ties.  And it takes 51 votes to appoint a new VP.  Meaning that if Republican's want th...See more

W

Most sincere condolences to those that loved and will miss our Marines and Soldiers, that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Heart felt prayers for their families and friends, including those families of the injured, and deployed. Lifting them up to You, Father, asking that Your Will Be Done, and tha...See more

X

Replying to W

Imagine hanging out with the scum that down-voted this?!

Y

One thing about it, If President Trump had made these decisions, you can bet the Democrats would not be on vacation or out of the country. They would be in special session to impeach.

Z

Replying to Y

he would not have made these decisions. This process in on Biden's hands proving as many have said for decades, he is not capable of making sound positive decisions. He has historically taken the WRONG path. And the beat goes on. God Bless those brave soldiers that paid the ultimate price.

 

On the other hand, the liberal Slate sought to affix blame for the ISIS-K attack on… who else?... Donald Trump, calling demands for impeachment of Joe, of Joe and Kamala, Joe and Kamala and Nancy or for a military or patriot coup and the subsequent hanging party.  Even the kinder, gentler option of resignation is “the latest outburst in a string of political opportunism.”

 For weeks, Slatist William Saletan accused, Republicans have been all over cable TV, lambasting Biden for withdrawing troops. “They’ve professed dismay that thousands of jailed Taliban fighters were released from prison, that al-Qaida operatives are still in Afghanistan, and that the American president accepted a Taliban deadline to get out. All of these complaints are phony. Nearly everything the Republicans are decrying happened last year. But Republicans defended or ignored it, because the president who engineered those concessions was Donald Trump.”

Don Jones asks, when were the Taliban prisoners released?  Or, to be specific, who’s lying?

This is an ambiguous situation, favorable to both sides (of the American divide). 

Donald Trump facilitated the release of prisoners in August and September of 2020.  The BBC reported a release of the “last” 400 prisoners on August 14, and then, less than a month later, the NY Times reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the release of the last five thousand.  The Wall Street Journal specifically noted the release of a Taliban commander last year.

Throughout August of this year, the advancing Taliban released prisoners in Kandahar (India Times, 8/11), and upon entering Kabul (Yahoo).  Among those freed were militants affiliated with ISIS and alQaeda (Business Insider, 8/15 and the India Times, 8/17).

How could this have happened?  Well, on January 25th of this year… after Biden’s election and confirmation, but before inauguration, Stars and Stripes reported that numerous Taliban, foreign fighters and other nasty people freed from jail during the Trump administration went back to their dirty deeds, were re-arrested, re-jailed and then re-released.  (See Attachment Five)

So the answer is that both sides are right… and both sides are lying.  Welcome to America, 2021!

Slate reserved special venom for theatrical Congresspersons like Jim Banks and Matt Gaetz and cited Mo Brooks’ coantention, two months after Biden assumed office, that American forces had long ago “destroyed al-Qaida’s operational capability” in Afghanistan. When Trump withdrew more than 10,000 troops, Brooks and other Republicans said that was fine, because al-Qaida had been virtually extinguished in Afghanistan. But when Biden began to withdraw the remaining 2,500, the same Republicans freaked out while Foxette Laura Ingraham completed the farce by adding: “Imagine what the Democrats would be saying if any of this had ever occurred under Donald Trump.”

Unlike the numerous defenders of private ownership of the earth and compulsory tribute to its liberal land “lords”, Slate peanuts were almost wholly shelled with the horror of Djonald Unearthly and the “phony complaints” of his base and with affection for Joe Biden.

SLATE PG

101

If you don't want dead soldiers don't start wars. If you want sweet, chaos-free withdrawals don't occupy hostile foreign countries. Simple, really.

      102

Soon we will hear that Trump was sober as a judge as president.

No one was more careful, deliberate and non impulsive.

And yes, he was tan but never orange. Who dreamed that up?

103

thank you for setting the record straight.  I wish Biden would read your article to the country.  Or something equivalent.

104

Arrgh! There's a perfectly rational explanation for Trump's negotiating with the Taliban. Afghanistan sits on a trillion dollar worth of rare metal deposits, which Putin wanted to get his hands on, so...

105

"It appears that Putin, frustrated over his inability to gain control over mining rights in Afghanistan may have gone to the Taliban and told them that he has control over Trump, and that he could make US forces leave Afghanistan, if they would grant exclusive rare earth mining rights to Russian companies like Polymetals International. When the Taliban asked for proof that he really had control over the White House, Putin ordered Trump to initiate “peace talks” with the Taliban, which resulted in the release of 5000 Taliban fighters, who later participated in the recent siege of Kabul."

106

If Obama had released 5000 terrorist the media would be all over it.  Not a peep from the media when it happened under trump or even now.  They just keep repeating the shocking news that soldiers died in a war.

107

Media loves Trump. Always have, always will.

106

Maybe if trump wasn't trying to overthrow the election and didn't send the troops home  but  left the Americans behind - refused visas for the Afghans and didn't release 5000 terrorist;we wouldn't have been bombed this week.

107

The Taliban released 5,000 Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners from Bagram Air Base less than 2 weeks ago.

106

@107 trump released 5000 less than a year ago.  He is such a great negotiator.

108

@107 Yes, the Taliban did. After government forces surrendered the base without a fight.

109

It's not like anyone needed it, but it's just more evidence that The Will To Power is the only that matters to the fully Trumpified Republican party. If the world must be declared flat on Thursday on the path to power, so be it. If actually it needs to be more of a concave disc on the following Monday, well that's what it will be. Memory hole all past print statements, everyone toe the line on whatever it needs on any particular day. Get out on the American Pravda and shout it to the masses.

110

Does anyone honestly believe that these people have any intention of ever relinquishing power once they re-achieve it? We're sleepwalking past the grave here

      102

They’re disgusting, but really it’s the media that lets them get away with it.

111

Just as they let Trump get away with his BS.

      102 - More good work from Saletan.

112

Yeah and I remember when you guys on the left use to hate him.

113

I keep getting banned. Libertarians are not well received here.

114

Damn. Well, you can hold your head high in that you've been consistent on this board. Good to see you around.

115

I am always floored by what Republicans are capable of.   There is something deeply wrong with them.

116

Compassionate Conservatism is making a comeback?

      102

       A lot of compassion for Donald Trump for sure.  He continues to get the best and most forgiving media coverage. Otherwise Republicans could never get away with this BS.

117

Well yes, but, the open rejection of observable reality is a fundamental part of the post-2016 GOP.

118

It's one thing to have your head in the sand, it's something else to lie to everyone who has their head in the sand.

119

If a tragedy strikes your nation killing its citizens and, your first response is political, you should check your soul.

120

@119 Our first response (in 2001) was punish the Taliban and hunt down Osama. Once the Taliban were on the run and Osama dead, we should have hoisted "Mission Accomplished" and pulled out.

121

So far off base. Our first response as a nation was to Mourn. And we continued mourning even while hunting down the Taliban.

122

Some R's actually tried to raise money off this.

123

Still trapped within the loop of not allowing a thought to wheez through your head without a Trump comparison?

124

 There's no point in engaging with this troll. He has no honest criticism for Republicans who are immediately making political attacks in the wake of dead servicemen. It's all justified to him. It's the pushback from Democrats (with actual facts) that is ugly and worthy of contempt to him.

125

Hmmm. Totally in character...you might want to look just above where I pointed out the "some R's are raising money off this".

That's actually the most sickening reaction I've seen. "13 Marines killed.....CLICK HERE! I want let that happen on my watch". Lowest of the lows.

Also, people who disagree with you are not trolls.

124

Got it. True but I'm truly horrified/upset over so many on both sides so quickly moving to politics. Can't be good.

126

 I don't have a character. I've been listening to disingenuous BS from Republicans for something like 15 years now and it really starts to get old. I don't have to pretend to be happy about it.

127

And it's the "both sides" of it that really gets to me, and you aren't going to make me feel bad about it. When four soldiers were ambushed in Niger and killed during the Trump administration I'm not aware of any elected Democrat who immediately said "Donald Trump should resign/be impeached for this". The bodies in Afghanistan weren't even cold and Republicans were calling for Biden to be gone. It's not a both sides thing and it never has been. We wouldn't even be reading/commenting on this article if Republicans held anything in higher esteem than they do fundraising and their next election. It's beyond time for elected Republicans to stop being politicians constantly on the campaign trail and start actually serving their country in a responsible way.

128

Census just reported the ‘mainstream’ population declined for the first time ever!

129

I see on the news where we got the covid thing all under control now.

130

Which states are doing the worst, and which party politicized science and health again? Such a mystery.

 

 

Previously, Paul Kane had moaned and groaned in Saturday’s Washington Post.  (See Attachment Six) that: “The era of perpetual presidential impeachment is probably upon us.”

Since the tumultuous ballot counting of the one-six and his inauguration, a few weeks later, knives have been out for President Biden – albeit, at least in the beginning, from the tinfoil hat legions of MAGAworldRep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, calling for the impeachment of Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the surge of undocumented immigrants across the southern border,  Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the No. 3 Republican in House leadership, tweeting: “Joe Biden is unfit to serve as President of the United States of America,” and, of course, the irrepressible Marjorie Taylor Greene - doggedly filling out forms and drafted Articles of ousterment over Hunter’s Ukrainian adventures (to be updated, presumably because of Joe’s revels in that pizzeria basement with George Soros, Jeffrey Epstein, Osama bin Laden and various reptilian pedophiles).

Greene has called for Biden’s impeachment several times since he took office in January.

In an August 16 appearance on War Room Pandemic, Greene noted that her team is drafting articles of impeachment against the Biden administration.  (See Attachment Ten)

She also made note of Americans' right to bear arms, referencing the Taliban.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all if [the Biden administration] are paying the Taliban," she said.

"After all, they are paying them with weapons, vehicles, Blackhawk helicopters because the Afghan army is handing them over as fast as possible."

 

Over the past few days, however, the dump Joe (and Harris, and Dick n’ Nancy and, if necessary, the entire Biden cabinet has taken, in the terminology of the day, a shot in the arm.  Yesterday, a previously unknown variant of the terror plague ISIS sprang onto the stage with a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed a dozen Americans and dozens more Afghan refugee seekers.

And the impeacher-ers finally recruited a presumably sane and sober figurehead… South Carolina’s Republican Senator and off-again, on-again Trump popp suckitt Lindsey O. Graham.

“If we leave one American behind, if we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate to help us out, then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,” Sen. Graham said a week ago on Fox News, doubled down, Tuesday night, on Newsmax radio (see Attachment Seven) and, while the bodies of the airport bombing were still warm, doubled down on the revenge peach.

"I think he should be impeached," Graham told "Rob Schmitt Tonight." "This is the most dishonorable thing a commander in chief has done, maybe, in modern times. Joe Biden, for political reasons, wanted to pull all of our troops out because of the polling numbers, and what has he done?

“There’s a perfect storm,” he thundered, “for a lot of people being killed who helped us and for another 9/11."

“This is the most dishonorable thing the commander-in-chief has done maybe in modern times,” Graham said.

 

Kansas and Missouri Republicans had sharply criticized President Joe Biden on Monday, a day after the Taliban seized Kabul, saying that the President who prides himself on his foreign policy experience “was overseeing a disastrous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan,” sniped the Kansas City Star,

“President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a disastrous display of incompetence that has provoked a humanitarian crisis,” Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said.

On Monday, Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State and a former Kansas congressman, told the Fox that Biden’s approach to withdrawing troops “leading with weakness.”

“It is begging. It is apologizing for America,” Pompeo scoffed.

Also on Fox, Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, used his primetime slot to claim Afghanistan's fall is a result of a "grotesque," American-imposed "neoliberal program" in which "men can become pregnant" and Afghan women can serve in government roles. "It turns out that the people of Afghanistan don't actually want gender studies symposium," said Carlson.

 

 

Democrats, on the other hand, offered little in the president’s defense as chaos engulfed the capital’s airport, drawing comparisons to the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War.

“There will be plenty of time to discuss what went wrong, what we could have done differently, and our nation’s decades-long failed foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat.  “However, in this critical moment, we must focus all of our efforts and energy on evacuating American citizens, diplomats, and other officials, as well as the Afghans and the families of those who courageously served at our side.”

Rep. Cori Bush, the St. Louis Democrat, prominent in the eviction moratorium struggle initially said only that “they” were still gathering facts about the situation. On Twitter, she called for the United States to accept more refugees.

“What is clear is that we lacked accurate intelligence and therefore proper planning regarding the safety of American and foreign diplomats and the many Afghans who worked to support the U.S. mission,” Rep. Sharice Davids, Kansas’s sole Democrat in Congress, told the Star. “We will seek to gain a better understanding of those decisions in the days ahead, but for now we must focus on their safety as our top priority.”

And, as things turned out, accomplished neither.

Joe Biden has to be the worst president in modern times, adjudicated Peter Lucas of the Boston Herald on Saturday. “And he’s only been in office for eight months.

“In just that time he turned an energy-independent country into a nation begging OPEC for oil; he eliminated thousands of U.S. energy jobs while creating energy jobs for Vladimir Putin; he trashed a successful U.S. southern border policy in order to wave in a million illegal immigrants; he failed to defeat COVID-19; he failed to address Chinese threats and expansion; he helplessly looked on as major city after city descended into unchecked murder and chaos; he gave us inflation, hikes in gas prices and soaring grocery costs, and now he has given us Kabul.”

And… the worst terror attack upon Americans in a decade.

 

Biden did a great job pulling out of Afghanistan, stated the Courier-Express/Leader Vindicator of Oil City, PA, before the ISIS-K attack.  “He left the Taliban all the Humvees, guns, ammo, high tech equipment and thousands of American lives in danger, and also Afghanistan women, children and men in danger. This whole Dem bunch of cheaters, liars and socialists that know nothing about running a country should all be impeached and put in prison.”  (Some rather detailed Peanutry in the same vein can be found as Attachment Eleven)

Overseas, Biden already was in the sights of the snarky British tabloids like the Expess UK which, after the fall of Kabul but before the ISIS-K airport attack, cited former President Donald Trump’s statement condemning the withdrawal – which, to be fair,  started under his tenure - as the "greatest military defeat of all time"… adding that his successor should "resign in disgrace" as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country (allegedly with a Go-Cup containing $169M American smackeroonies).

 

Graham also expressed shock the latest USA Today approval poll only showed Biden's job approval sinking to 41%.

"Who the hell are the 41% and what do they like?" Graham said.

Carlson (above) purported that a swell of Afghan refugees are now coming to overrun American neighborhoods — "so first we invade, and then we're invaded," he said; a prediction that gained ominous overtones with the sudden rise of ISIS-K and the potentiality for terrorists infiltrating the refugees to settle in the United States, plan a course of action, then strike.

 

Senator Rick Scott spoke of the 25th Amendment, a component of the constitution that allows the President to pass the reins of office to the Vice President, “The President could pass the position to Kamala Harris following resignation,” which, the Express UK reported, “is a popular option amongst sitting Republicans.”

But that’s hardly popular enough for vengeance-marinated ‘Pubs.

“Were the incoming Republicans to impeach and convict Biden for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” or for incompetence over Kabul, or for scrubbing naked Russian hookers from Hunter Biden’s laptop,” the Boston Herald’s Lucas (above) warned the Republic, “Harris would become president.

“The only people cheering that would be the few thousand illegal immigrants still left in Central America who have not yet crossed the Rio Grande.”

Even the most diehard of Republicans would not want to see Biden impeached and thrown out of office. Better the frequently befuddled incumbent leader you know than the frequently befuddled leader you don’t know.”

Or, as the Don has – from time to time – contended: “Why not the both?”

A curiously plausible, if elastic, strategy had begun to circulate among the hardest of the hard core… the ISIS-Keesters of the G.O.P., if you will, as opposed to the RINOs who’d be content with impeachment and, perhaps, a revival in 2024.  And it should come as no surprise that the ultimate beneficiary of such a plot would be The Man from Mar-a-Lago.

Almost from the day of his inauguration, notorious ex-Trump operative and pardoned conspirator Steve Bannon… home from a failed Italian scam… wandered the premises and outskirts of Washington, pitching a machination that would return Ol’ 45 to power as New 47.

It would go like this, reported Newsweek’s Jason Lemon (Attachment Eight)… Bannon’s lonesome scheme had finally found a sympathetic ear on the outskirts of the media, one attuned to the equally isolated exile, Djonald Unappreciated.

"Why not, instead of waiting for 2024, and I'm hoping you'll run in 2024 but why not run in 2022 for the United States Congress? A House seat in Florida. Win big. Lead us to a dramatic landslide victory. Take the House by 50 seats. And then you become the Speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden. You'll wipe him out for this last two years," far-right radio host Wayne Allyn Root said with excitement… as we noted in last week’s Don, that seat is presently occupied by a Democrat, but before the midterms, a redistricting reconfiguration will take place under the heavenly hands of Gov. Ron deSantis (R-Fl), a Trump ally (but also a potential competitor in 2024).

Trump presumably smiled… it was radio, after all, then said "That's so—that's so interesting."

 

Two months later, the hyper-partisan Newsmax… a lesser newslight than Newsweek but at least somewhat more credible than Rootcast (and with a somewhat higher circulation)… dredged up the story, pumped up the volume and then pivoted.  Rather than running for the House from Mar-a-Lago in 2022 as a stepping stone for 2024, why not (presuming a G.O.P. sweep of the House and Senate, somewhat more possible after the events of the past week), work with deSantis to manufacture a favorable 21st Congressional district, get elected, cudgel his colleagues into appointing him Speaker and then, after an impeachment of the despicable Biden/Harris duo, move back into 1600 Pennsylvania as Commander in Chief (perhaps with Guv’nor Ron as his Vice, as a reward for the redistricting).

Again!

Steve Bannon vetted this and found the prospect viable (while others were deeming it risible, until yesterday).  The twin towers of Afghan terror and eviction greenlighting, striking last night, has given the week, and this Lesson, a peculiar urgency.

 


 

 

AUGUST 20 – AUGUST 26

 

 

Friday, August 20, 2021

 

Infected: 37,613,822

Dead:  627,844

 Dow:  35,120.08

 

 

President Joe threatens to scrub Aug. 31st deadline as riots and massacres spread from the airport to Kabul, where U.S. helicopters are flying embassy personnel into (temporary) sanctuary as riots and massacres spread outside the wall and desperate mothers throw babies over the wall in reprise of Saigon.  Taliban going door to hunt down and kill collaborators.

   America experiences its worst plague day in seven months.  Vaxxing refuseniks hang tough and die hard, especially in the South.  Doctor says “we can’t accept anyone else, we’re full of Covid.”  Hollywood reconsiders – pushes release dates of blockbuster sequels like Venom 2 and Clifford 2 back to winter – or beyond.

   Sex scandals circle the drain… disgraced Gov. Cuomo packing to leave NY Guv’s mansion, disgraced Jeopardy host Michael Richards quits hosting job but the haters still want him fired from his desk job as producer. Infowars host Owen Shroyer arrested for rioting on one-six.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

 

Infected:  37,673,118

Dead:  628,303

 

            

 

Holding pen for Afghan refugees in Doja, Qatar is full up… some are now being sent all the way to Rammstein, Germany.  Reports circulate of abandoned children “wandering around”.  Martha Raddatz tells DefSec Austin that America has the “most capable military in the world” and he replies, perplexed, “We do?”

   Wicked bicoastal weather sees West drying up (the Caldor fire spurring evacuations in El Dorado, CA) while Henri pivots, heading north to New York, New England and Boston.

   Liquid oxygen used to fight plague diverted from water treatment, prompting rationing in places like Orlando.  Jesse Jackson gets it.  Vaxx rate up to 70.8% past original threshold for herd immunity, but we don’t have it.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Infected:  37,709,817                 Dead:  628,503

                

 

 

With booster approval imminent, even red state health departments (but not the politicians) advise getting shot.  Georgia is converting hospital morgue drawers to plague beds.  Advises TV Doctor Varon: “Don’t get sick.”     Divide grows in Afghanistan… Taliban leaders want Americans out so as to begin running a country, the troops want them to stay and continue fighting.  ISIoids flocking to Kabul to hook up with AlQaeda/Taliban and form AQIT to shoot down US refugee planes.  Aboard one such airship, a woman gives birth.  UK pledges to help if US has to extend deadline (and start a new war). 

   Water, water everywhere… Tennessee flood toll rises from 11 to 20 overnight while Henri soaks ritzy NY Hamptons, RI Newport and Martha’s Vineyard.  But not out west… hiker dies of heat stroke in Death Valley (didn’t anybody tell him it was Death Valley?) desert. 

   As inequality grows, the poor are deserting local retailers for dollar stores (Dollar Tree is one, Dollar General is not).  A pop psychologist declares: “Stressed spelled backward is ‘desserts’.”

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Infected:  37,939,681

Dead:  629,411                          Dow:    35,366.26

               

 

Taliban declares that August 31st is their “red line” date – all Americans not gone by then will be killed.  Air pilots start flinging flares to deter rocket attacks.  President Joe and DefSec Austin, meanwhile, draft 18 civilian aircraft to transport refugees from overcrowded Doha, Qatar to… somewhere.  And, they mandate military vaccinations.

   FDA finally declares that Pfizer, not Moderna, not yet, is fully… not emergency use… safe and 91%.  Pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers unite in not giving a lab rat’s ass.  Anti-mask and vaxx Mississippi rolls out a solution for refuseniks… jail.  (But not for everyone, wink nod!) 

   Tennessee deluge clocks in at 17 inches of rain daily, only four for Henri.  Death toll rises to 22, including Loretta Lynch’s ranch foreman.  Haitian EQ death toll now 2,200.

   Jeopardy will air the last five episodes featuring disgraced host Michael Richards before co-host Mayim Bialek takes over.  Disgraced Andrew Cuomo departs NY Governor’s mansion, still defending himself and snarling at enemies.

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Infected: 38,073,886                    Dead:  630,816                              Dow:  35,343.28

 

 

Biden submits to Taliban, enraging many Americans.  Cites danger of ISIS-K launching terrorist attacks at airport – CIA Director William Burns still talking with Taliban mullahs.  American Aspirational Dream is now to get 110,000 Afghans out by 8/31 red line,

   Domestically, President Joe has a better day; House passes his controversial Social Infrastructure and John Lewis voting rights bills on party line votes.  Snarling Republican vow to kill both in the Senate, but agree on honoring WWI’s “Harlem Hellfighters”.  North Carolina lower house passes felon voting bill, upper house aping the Feds.

      Capital cop who killed Ashlii Barrett cleared of all wrongdoing.  Proud Boys leader, however, gets five months prison time for burning a BLM flag.  Partisans of all sides, private and public, keep their eyes and ears out on this one.  Gov. Cuomo pardons notorious killer as he departs.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

 Infected: 38,223,079                   Dead:  632,272                     Dow:  35,405.50

 

 

It’s National Parks Day – free admission to National Parks.  But who’d go outside as Weekend from Hell looms; temperatures rising, west to east and smoky air in Reno called the worst ever. 

   Taliban backs off, giving Biden a victory.  Official reason cited is their inter-monster rivalry with ISIS-K, accused of plotting airport adventures to embarrass the mullahs.  The remaining 5 to 1500 Americans will be allowed to join the 4,500 already evacuated, along with 82,000 Afghans since 8/14… 19,000 on Wednesday.  Thousands more are left in knee deep sewage outside the airport but TV poster boy interpreter “Abdul” and his family make it out of Dodge (Kabul).

   Dr. Fauci predicts normalcy by summer, 2022.  If, that is, refuseniks line up and get shot.  Some doing so now that FDA officially approves Pfizer, but children are still the plague’s tastiest entrée.  J&J claims their vaccine boosts immunity, but FDA says it still has to pass the testing protocols, so impatient idiots are injecting themselves with pig deworming Ivermectin.  It’s not working.

   2019 beating of black Louisiana motorist defended as “pain compliance” but revives George Floyd-ish protests.  Racism surging at Tik Tok and Notre Dame… where zealots attack the ‘Fighting Irish’ leprechaun.  Naked baby on cover of Nirvana album, all grown up, sues the busted band for child porn, adult pornstar Ron Jeremy busted for thirty rapes.  And “Stormy” lawyer Michael Avenetti “wins” a mistrial.

  

 

 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

 Infected:  38,707,415               Dead:  636,720               Dow:  35,213,12

  

 

 

Aaaand… its National Dog Day.  And in the depths of the August dog days, both of our Lesson topics of the month explode.

   In Kabul, a previously unknown ISIS-K attacks American soldiers and Afghan civilians waiting for evacuation flights from the airport.  Thirteen yanks and at least 60 asylum seekers are cut down by suicide bombs and gunfire.  The attack had been predicted by predictors who called the Kappa Variant “the most hardened psychopaths”… in fact, they invoked fear in the Taliban, who hurried to capitulate to an already capitulating President Joe to just get the Americans gone (or, maybe, to form an alliance against ISIS-κV at some future date in the neosphere.  “We will not forgive,” President Joe responded.  “We will not forget.  We will hunt you down.”

   “It’s already been a terrible day,” said ABC correspondent Ian Pannell, forcibly evacuated from the front line before the attack, “and it’s only going to get worse.”

   Certainly for America’s renters, it will.  SCOTUS approved early termination of the eviction moratorium… let the carnage begin.  Relief funding for both tenants and landlords remained at a snail’s crawl and rising wages raced rising prices amongst low-money jobs.

   And then there were the usual suspects… the plague gathered in more victims, closed hospitals, spiking in post-bikeathon Sturgis, SD, horrific medical bills for survivors.  Desperate do-it-yourselvers turned to Invectin – a pig-deworming chemical popular among refuseniks and Arkansas prisoners… sales up 1900% this month.  Retorted the FDA: “You are not a cow.  You are not a horse.  Stop it!”

   Or the weather – more wildfires sprouting in the West, burning closer and closer to heavily populated cities, a Midwest drought that will vastly reduce the corn and wheat harvests and… coming next week… Hurrican Ida takes aim at the already-drenched Cajun Coast.

   Dog days indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s already been a terrible day,” admitted ABC Kabul correspondent Ian Pannell (after being evacuated, himself, on orders from the higher powers).  “It can only get worse.”

But the Don, more like the Dow – at least in its upper half – crunches the numbers, not sentiment.  And Americans, by and large, are still going to work and getting paid (even if most wish they were paid a little more), they take they wages home and buy things.  Maybe more Chinese things than they should, but that’s what they want to do and that’s what they do.  That freedom thing… and that’s why (despite terrible things happening to other people… Haitians, Afghans, Joneses in the path of wildfires and, as ever, the plague) the Don only dropped five points and change.  A pittance.

Don Jones commits crimes, sometimes, and sometimes refuses to wear a mask or take a shot because an impeached (but acquitted) ex-President told him that bopping along, spreading disease, is that freedom thing, too.  Typhoid Don.  “You got a problem with me?”  Don Jones burns fossil fuel, doesn’t eat enough tofu and kale and runs up too much debt.  (But not as much as does his government.)  So our index, unlike the Dow… blindered to a nasty future and tethered to imbecilic fancies (like bitcoins and robotic checkout counters)… doesn’t move too much unless there’s a fundamental development (like a drop in the unemployment rate or a spike in inflation – or the plague, which wiped out years of incremental positivity by devastating the economy, employment and health… we’re still waiting for either an official pronouncement of “herd immunity” or FDA approval of Astra Zeneca’s stumbling vaxx to restore the hundred point plague penalty which still would leave Don worse off than he was eight years ago).  And when it does, it throws the orderly measurements out of wack and is, therefore, repressed.  (Last week’s Haitian earthquake lost less than 1% in “Foreign Affairs”; the Afghan collapse was worth only a 2% drop in “Terror”, this week’s airport attacks bumped that up to 2.5%.  Sorry, Charlie

 

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

 

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

 

 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX

 

(45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS

SCORE

SCORE

OUR SOURCES and COMENTS

INCOME

24%

6/17/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

 8/20/21

 8/27/21

SOURCE 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 points

 8/20/21

   +0.58%

 9/3/21

1,462.32

1,462.32

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  25.83 nc

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

 8/20/21

  +0.03%

 9/3/21

672.35

673.26

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,591 601 611

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

 8/20/21

   -9.76%

 9/3/21

371.34

371.34

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000/  5.4% nc

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 8/20/21

   +0.01%

 9/3/21

412.14

412.18

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      9,476.7 476 475

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 8/20/21

   +0.07%

 9/3/21

353.75

353.49

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    16,391 402 414

Workforce Participtn.

     Number  

     Percent

2%

300

8/20/21

 

 +0.021%

 +0.02%

 9/3/21

 

317.85

 

317.91

In 151,806 839  871 Out 100,235 232 229  Total: 251,071

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 60.47

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

 8/20/21

  +0.16%

 9/3/21

152.48

152.48

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  61.70 nc

OUTGO

(15%)

Total Inflation

7%

1050

 8/20/21

+0.5%

 9/3/21

980.21

980.21

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

Food

2%

300

 8/20/21

+0.7%

 9/3/21

276.14

276.14

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.7

Gasoline

2%

300

 8/20/21

+2.4%

 9/3/21

262.35

262.35

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +2.4

Medical Costs

2%

300

 8/20/21

+0.3%

 9/3/21

286.20

286.20

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

Shelter

2%

300

 8/20/21

+0.4%

 9/3/21

288.77

288.77

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

WEALTH

(6%)

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

 8/20/21

 +0.42%

 9/3/21

380.72

382.34

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA 35,064.25 213.12

Home (Sales) 

   (Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

 5/21/21

 +2.22%

  -0.94%

 9/3/21

170.29

182.84              

174.07

181.13             

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

     Sales (M):  5.86 5.99  Valuations (K):  363.3 359.9

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

 8/20/21

 +0.08%

 9/3/21

271.83

271.62

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    64,706 836 886

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS) 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

 8/20/21

+0.235%

 9/3/21

327.27          

328.04          

debtclock.org/       3,645 827 836

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

 8/20/21

+0.09%

 9/3/21

216.12

215.92

debtclock.org/       6,836 931 939

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

 8/20/21

+0.09%

 9/3/21

321.10

320.80

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    28,633 660 687

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 8/20/21

+0.10%

 9/3/21

369.01

368.64

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    85,598 685 772

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

 8/20/21

 +0.04%

 9/3/21

291.94           

291.82           

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,104 107 110

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

 8/20/21

 +0.825%

 9/3/21

 184.48

 184.48

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  207.7 nc

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

 8/20/21

 - 2.15%

 9/3/21

 116.57

 116.57

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  283.4

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

 8/20/21

 - 5.95%

 9/3/21

   91.37            

   91.37            

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html   75.7

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%) 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

World Affairs

3%

450

8/20/21

    -0.5%

 9/3/21

385.58

383.65

UK plans to extend (verbal) help to US rescue effort.  So do the rest of the G-7.  As known death toll tops 2,200 (far more missing), starving Haitians attack food charity trucks,

Terrorism

2%

300

8/20/21

    -2.5%

 9/3/21

226.63

220.96

Following airport attack, pundits cite disconnect between Taliban leaders (who want Americans out) and splinter groups like the I-κV (who want more war).  Trying to play good guys, Tallies, nonetheless keep insisting Osama was framed.  Afghan woman gives birth on Evacu-plane.  AIRBNB’s Brian Chesby donates 20,000 temporary homes to Afghan residents (and its reservations… and rates… go up).  Rumours of riot revivals prompt Minneapolis re-walling and barb wiring.

Politics

3%

450

8/20/21

    +0.1%

 9/3/21

437.29      

437.73      

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) takes office, starts purge of Cuomo’s posse.  Texas Democrats slither back into Austin for mugging on voting rights act, perhaps arrest?  Football star Herschel Walker to run for Senate from Georgia (as a Republican).

Economics

3%

450

8/20/21

    +0.3%

 9/3/21

408.74

409.97

MLB fires Topps as baseball card franchisee. Tik Tok opens a shopping app.  Groceries experiencing shortage of lobsters.  Rising inequality drive the poor to shop the dollar stores ($ Tree is, $ General isn’t).  Delta Airlines imposes $200 health insurance surcharge on refuseniks.  Surge pricing, e-con-mysts say, may ruin Christmas due to shortage of truck drivers and container ships for cheap Chinese toys.  But worker shortage sparks 10% fast food wage spike, and realtor.com says coming drop in housing prices means more Christmas cash to buy those toys.

Crime

1%

150

8/20/21

     -0.2%

 9/3/21

242.35

241.87

Texas gunslingers kill driver on highway (his kids grab the wheel and save themselves) and Houston cop.  Porch pirate bear (not red or blue) steals box of toilet paper. 

 

ACTS of GOD

 

(6%)

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

 8/20/21

      -0.1%

 9/3/21

403.67

403.27

It’s hot and getting hotter.  Dying Henri goes back and forth in strange loops, then dissipates.  But three more hurricans forming in Atlantic… one to follow Henri north, one to follow Grace and enter the Gulf of Mexico south and the other… too soon to tell.

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

 8/20/21

     -0.2%

 9/3/21

402.35

401.55

Numerous wildfires send toxic smoke clouds across much of US west.  Henri drenches, destroys NYC memorial concert in the middle of Barry Manilow’s set.

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

 8/20/21

+0.3%

 9/3/21

677.31

679.34

Elon Musk tinkering with humanoid robots for “repetitive chores”… like sex?  Student loan debt for disabled will be forgiven.  La. school board meeting ends in pro- anti-vass/mask brawl.  Shortage of teachers blamed on plague fatigue and fighting like above.

Equality (econ/social)

4%

600

 8/20/21

    -0.1 %

 9/3/21

559.91

559.31

Kathy Hochul takes office as first Female NY Governor.  Colorado school spikes gay volleyball coach.  Virtuous people attack racism in Tik Tok videos and Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish”.

Health

 

     

          

            Plague

4%

600

 8/20/21

 -0.3%

 

 

    

 

 

 -0.2%

 

 9/3/21

497.22

 

 

 

 

 

- 102.71

 

495.73

 

 

 

 

 

- 102.92

Diabetes surges among kids staying home, eating junk food.  Experts agree: eating one hot dog takes 35 minutes off your life.  GM recalls flammable Chevy Bolts.  Smart Sig Sauer pistol found to fire on its own, sometimes.  (Really?)  First murder hornet nest of 2021 found in Wash. state.  Salmonella targets Italian deli meats.

 

President Joe and DefSec Austin mandate vaxxing for all soldiers. Hawaii Governor tells tourists not to come as ΔV surges, closing full-up mainland hospitals.  With hospitals full, TV Dr. Varon has message for Americans: “Don’t get sick.”  Refusenik-nicking causes 683K doses to expire.  Anti-vaxx, anti-mask Miss. rolls out its remedy for plague: jail,

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

 8/20/21

 +0.1%

 9/3/21

460.03

460.03

Morty the Militian gets six years for failed plot to kidnap Michigan Governor.  Pornstar Ron Jeremy indicted for 30 rape-y crimes. Infowars host Owen Shroyer indicted for doing something relative to the one-six,  Boy Scouts settle pedophilia lawsuit for 850M.

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX           (7%)

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

 8/20/21

-0.3%

 9/3/21

 527.86

 526.27

4,000 athletes to compete in Tokyo Paralympics.  Hurt on the job: Venus and Serena Williams out of US Open, “Black Panther” Leticia  Wrigh injured on movie set.  Britney celebrates her freedom by beating up a maid and dancing nude.  Kanye West changes his name to “Ye”!  (But Sylvester Stallone does not change his to “Yo!”  New James Bond movie pushed back (again) to October 8th.  RIP Igor Vorovinsky, former tallest (7’8”) American.  Hillbilly Heaven welcomes Tom T. Hall (Harper Valley PTA), Rock and Roll Heaven claims Stones drummer Charlie Watts and both rassle over who gets Don Everly.

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

 8/20/21

nc

 9/3/21

 484.52

 484.52

Fall has fallen… Starbucks wheeling out its pumpkin spice latte weeks early (while many temps still in triple digits).  A million dollar bale of cocaine washes up Boca Raton beach.  Idiots are falling, they’re taking the milk crate challenge (after shooting up pig dewormer?).  Cows invade Australian woman’s home and… you know…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – From the Eviction Moratorium Peanut Galleries (to Thurs.)

 

FROM – The Hill

 

101

Dear Supreme Court, please legalize our taking of landlord property rights. Laws protecting property owners are inconvenient.

102

Sure, just squat anywhere you want. Once you are in, you can squat forever on other people's property.

Need food --- just take it, according to AOC. What does it matter that the store owner had to pay for it.

Want a car? Just hijack one,, and maybe hospitalize the driver -- no problem. DC courts will just let you go.

103

You have just described Chicago.

104

"I know it's unconstitutional but I'm going to do it anyway" - Joe Biden

105

@104: Mentally unstable huh?

106

@105: IF you mean Biden, You are correct.

If you are unclear about that, it is YOU

105

@106: You lack basic reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills.

104

@105: Yes, but you voted for him anyway.

105

@104: You lack basic reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills.

104

@105: You lack the ability to possess a ration thought, let alone articulate one.

106

@104:Go pet the rabbits, boomertard.

107

@105: Do you ever grow tired of being a petulant child?

105

@107: Hey 107So far I haven't forwarded your bllshr (bllsht?) to your friends and employers.  Want that to change?  Post to me again. Just once.

107

@105: If you missed it, go right ahead and make a fool of yourself again

105

@107: That makes no sense.  Why do your types play tough?  Do you think you are fooling anyone J*** in Arkansas?

107

@105: Go right ahead! Moron!

 

 This bilge goes on and on and on with exposure of personal dirt, clearly gleaned through painstaking research, elementary school  potty talk and threats of violence.  Not a word about evictions, Afghanistan or anything else relevant.  Can’t somebody round up these people, tase them and drop them off at the Kabul airport to annoy ISIS-K?

 

FROM WASHPOST

 

201

If I were a landlord I would turn all my units into condo's and be done with economic parasites.

 

202

You remind me of a chicken, peck peck pecking for morsels only you can see.

203

I hope the SCOTUS side with the landlords. This free rent has went on long enough.

204

With all the unemployment and the government paying rent for people who qualify 

Why do we need a a eviction moratorium??

In my Apts the people who aren’t paying but don’t qualify are buying new cars with the rent they owe. I will lose approximately 30- 40k each because they are protected by the moratorium.

205

Biden will be slammed - with Kavanaugh doing the skewering.

206

Delta Variant is a red herring.  If everyone facing eviction is fully vaccinated the limited breakthrough cases will not present a public health crisis.  And entry level jobs are going begging.

This is clearly an abuse of authority on specious, manufactured grounds.  At some point an eviction moratorium has to be deemed a taking and the government will have to pay

207

Congress appropriated $40-something billion to pay, but only a trickle has gotten distributed to the landlords so far. It's a hardship on landlords, but not a neglected one, and it shouldn't be an insuperable one.

208

Not the landlord's fault. 

209

All the federal government has to do is pay the landlords directly. That's it.

210

Wont work as the tenants have to verify they actually live there. And that's where the problem lies, tenants are refusing to do their part of the paperwork.

211

It will work. Just use the leases.

212

That does not work, the tenant must fill out their side of the paperwork or it doesn't get paid. Otherwise unscrupulous landlords would be submitting for every apartment they own.

213

(Edited)

Thanks for this excellent precis of the eviction moratorium case, replete w/ key statutory excerpts. Looks like it comes down to a broad grant of explicitly discretionary authority to CDC vs. an arguable limitation of that authority via a nonexclusive (?) list of the kinds of remedial measures covered. Should the latter be read to override the former here? We can guess how a fed-authority-hating repub majority will likely rule. But don't forget it was the Trump administration that originated the policy, and delta has indeed exacerbated things since the supremes last looked at this case. Stay tuned.

214

Originally Congress passed a moratorium and funded it.

215

The wave of evictions could be the black swan event that triggers an economic collapse.

216

How?  They are not paying rent anyway

217

I've no love for landlords but people ought to be able to pay their rent now.  The vaccines have been around so long,  some are already getting booster shots.  There are plenty of jobs available. The moratorium should not apply to the unvaccinated. 

218

Makes sense. Country has way more economic parasites who vote democrat than landlords. 

219

“Believe us we wouldn’t do it yet again after we said we wouldn’t do it again last time!” 

220

Hahaha!! I love that these "lords" are being taken down a few notches by the CDC of all organizations. To every evil, gouging, power tripping land"lord" I've ever had.... you're reaping what you've sown among the nation's rental tenants. No tears here. Sell off and liquidate your extra homes. We have a housing shortage with families desperate to become home owners. I have zero sympathy for rich folk with multiple properties getting blocked from their exploitative rental gouge. 

221

You also have zero insight into why your “sell your property” idea is harmful to those like you when you needed to rent property. 

222

110% of rental units will be turned into condos in response. As an observant capitalist, I will invest in companies that make tents. You should begin saving for one.

223

Along with HOA fees to support those condos. Things are going to get real ugly in the real estate markets.

224

I'm sure there will be a glut of supply hitting the market in the next year and a half.

 (Edited)

I don't think individual home owners are the ones buying homes... think about it. The bidders are tendering all cash offers, they will buy "as is"... they are also biding each other up. This is not normal behavior of individuals looking to own a home.

225

Wanna bet, always good to buy when people can't pay. Just put an offer in on one yesterday, all cash offer, no banks involved.

224

The average real-estate cost went up 13.2% in the US... this is most likely just keeping pace with inflation. Why tie up your capital in something that doesn't provide real growth. How much has rent gone up?

226

It is a mystery to me as to why the CDC (which has a focus on disease control) should have such authority.  It is also a mystery as to why the states, which have been given money to alleviate renters, have not used this money.  The Federal agencies should no longer be involved.  Congress has budgeted money for the states.  Why aren't renters and their related organizations putting enormous pressure on the state governments?

227

I doubt the Supreme Court will do the right thing, thanks again Bernie and third party supporters who made three Trump justices possible.  They'll be around forever, because you didn't believe Hillary EARNED your vote.

228

Friendly fire between bitter white women and the CRT robots.

229

“Congress did not act” is the story of the modern day Republican Party. 

230

Congress is in the hands of the Democrats.

231

What is overlooked by this article is what other help can be given to people in these situations.  Certainly eviction is not something new so there are many public and private agencies set up to help.  Let's hear about them.

232

The government is giving landlords and tenants aid to prevent eviction, though some landlords are refusing to accept it.  Why are you overlooking that?  "Public and private agencies" can't possibly handle the number of people who will lose their homes.

233

The democrat base is allergic to work and addicted to welfare. It's by design.

224

The Court made the right ruling.  No Federal agency can mandate rules for anything unless Congress gives them the authority.  Clearly, CDC does not have that authority.  It's now up to Congress to get on the ball and act---if that's appropriate.

225

This has to end. It s not  acceptable to make landlords provide free housing to people. If the government doesn't want people evicted then pay the LANDLORDS the rent owed them. Every single month. And lift the restrictions on being able to evict people who are damaging the property.

226

Everyone in the housing chain, bottom to top, has bills to pay.  Cancelling eviction destroys the housing market and the lives of everyone employed in the rental industry.  It has to end now.

 

 

FROM – FOX NEWS (8/24)

 

 

301

When the landlord bankruptcies start, it will precipitate a commercial real estate crisis, which will result in a recession or depression. Won't be able to blame Trump for that.

302

Your right. Just add it to the Afghanistan catastrophe

 

303

This is their plan... Bankrupt the country, and the Chinese, their masters would come and buy dirt cheap...

 

304

Yep...it's all part of the plan. Big business and syndicates will buy up all the foreclosures at cents on the dollar, leaving a larger class of poverty in this country. Don't think this is coincidence. It's all planned.

 

305

Very soon there will be no apartments for people that want to rent. Why? The CDC wont allow landlords to collect rents. The unintended consequences of this policy will severely hurt the young and poor that want to rent.

306

@ to kenNJ

The CDC does not have the power to evict anyone. Joe just Hess them since he dies ‘f have the guts to be responsible. He’s also ask me man, the main stream stream media ignores it.

307

@ to kenNJ

I wonder where all these people think their homes came from? Good luck if it ever really becomes government housing. Ho-boy. Ain't karma grand?

308

The Supreme Court has already ruled the Biden Administration is in violation of the law. Biden ignored their previous order. This time the Supreme Court should have Biden arrested on a warrant they issue.

309

@ to 308

They didn't actually rule on if because it wasn't challenged until now. The simply advised that were they to make a ruling, it would most likely be against the moratorium. This whole thing was a time delay tactic the Whitehouse played.  Biden knew this was a lost cause when he directed the CDC to overstep their authority with the moratorium. He also knew it would take time for the SCOTUS to make a ruling should any challenges arise. The whole time, this was simply a legal ploy for a time delay tactic in the sunseting of the morator...See more

310

@ to 309

In the mean time he intentionally violates the rights of citizens. Violation of oath of office....no penalty

311

@ to 309

When you say "semi-intelligent" you eliminated every liberal.

312

This is just another example of how the left is not actually for middle class. Big business rental agencies and apartment owners can take this hit. The small business owner renting out a couple properties can't. Liberals are all about catering to the poor for votes while letting big business soak up...See more

313

The big companies will have the resources to wait out for the inevitable payday when the government is held liable for the unpaid rent via an unauthorized taking. The SC implicit reasoning on this is that only Congress could authorize the funding of compensation for what is essentially the taking of...See more

 

314

Allow the landlords with the help of the IRS to garnish wages in order to get what rightly owed to them. Too many will just skip out, leaving property owners holding the bag. Banks will not help, unless there is something in it for them. If needed even go after UI, public aid, etc.... A debt is a de...See more

315

What exactly is the public health risk of evicting people not paying rent?

316

Asking the Supreme Court to do anything other than uphold the law, is treasonous. It is in opposition to defending the Constitution. Once again Biden refuses to fulfill his oath of Office. Democrats are enemies of We the People (US Citizens).

317

@to 316

Democrats don't argue legality. They argue their version of morality, and say that preempts laws.

318

A rental agreement is a private, lawful contract. So, now we have the federal government effectively allowing renters to breach a lawful private contract, with no legal recourse available to the landlord to evict the renter for the breach. Essentially, the government is sanctioning the taking of t...See more

319

@ to 318

Well said. We're getting closer every day.

320

Freeze the salaries of Biden's entire administration until the landlords gets paid.

321

This is the future America, the government telling you what you can and cannot do with your own property relative to rental agreements.

322

@to 321

What comes next? Nationalizing property? Raising property taxes so much that people can't afford their homes, even if they're paid for?

323

The Supreme Court's job is not to support or oppose a president's agenda. The Supreme Court's job is to determine if legislation is constitutional, regardless of whether or not they politically agree/disagree with said legislation.

324

·         makeamericahateonceagain

Wait until the evictions do start to occur. Thousands and thousands will think they just go rent another place. Smart landlords do background checks and confirm past residency deliquencies and failure to pay late fees. No sane landlord, after experiencing this trauma, will ever rent to the thousands...See more

325

Do you want to raise the cost of renting? Well, Biden is demonstrating how. As Obama put it, "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to F things up." When landlords can't make profit, they stop renting. Fewer rentals means prices go up. And that means more hardship for renters. Want examples? Al...See more

326

There is no way I would rent a house to someone. You're liable to get stuck with a deadbeat like a BLM person or Antifa, etc. I would even be reluctant to rent out cabins, etc. on a weekly basis.

327

Why not have McDonalds hand out free hamburgers, or the local gas station hand out free gas. Rent is a contractual agreeement between 2 parties. One receives housing in exchange for a promist to pay rent. Goods and services. Is Biden going to bail out the bankrupt rental property owners? I think...See more

328

Man, it would be so great if elected people, like President Biden, believed in the Constitution, rather than selfish policies of dubious legality.

Simple truth is that while many had problems paying rent during covid - many more renters just stopped paying once they learned they could not be evicted....when the landlords lose the properties to the banks/lenders....the renters WILL be out.

At what point do the bankruptcies begin? And when do all the billionaires buy up vast swaths of the American continent? Gates has been buying up massive amounts of farmland for years now. Jeff Bezos is another massive land owner. How long before Americans can no longer own a piece of America but are...See more

You just fogave 6 billion in student loans and billions in child tax credits plus unemployment. Pay the landlords. This policy is ignorant and not equally applied.

Violation of Amendment V, taking of property without due process. The government has taken the landlords rent money away from them without legal authority to do so.

Why is the CDC making these decisions? Wonder how many of these renters were already behind on the rent and decided to ride the gravy train a little longer? Have they paid zero rent all this time? Believe me, being a landlord is no picnic and this is driving them into dirt. End result? Skyrocke...See more

Landlords, most times there people will be in violation of their lease in other ways. Evict them for those violations. Judges have no sympathy for these people working the system when there is a Help Wanted sign on every corner.

who will pay the rent owed to these landlords , they've had to make THEIR payments the last 2 years . Liberalism is a disease !

"urges Supreme Court"? "asks Supreme Court"? WTH??? Try presenting a sound LEGAL case for the moratorium... that is the only thing that the Court should be concerned about. And the Administration already knows that there is no sound legal vbasis for the Court to extend the moratorium. Look for...See more

Biden needs to compensate the landlords then collect the arrears. Though I sure don't need my money going for that...

Process the evictions

Leases have to be expired by now on those that went this whole time not complying, therefore their tenancy is null/void You would be smart to change your lease to 28 days for now, by law they have to live there 30 to be considered a tenant. Yes it will be a pain, ,but it sure beats dealing with fre...See more

In my city you can't go more than a couple hundred feet down any commercial or industrial street without seeing a help wanted sign.

Since When Can A Government Dictate To To Businesses They Must Give Their Product Away....Why Not Require Amazon To Ship Free Food, Or Shell To Pump Free Gas...Why Not Have An Income Tax Moratorium ...No Tax Until You Get Your Act Together.

344

Enough!!! A HUGE amount of these people have been capable of paying but refuse to and instead lavashed themselves with gifts and cars. Stop rewarding the lazy and punishing the hard working!!!!! No one has been helping the property owners.

Biden and his administration is concern about covid if people are evicted what about the southern border!!! If the SCOTUS fails to over turn this then we all know that the Judicial Branch is as corrupt as Congress and Executive Branch!!! What is amazing is that we do not see americans taking to the ...See more

Biden administration demands Supreme Court destroy the property rights of landlords.

This is so incredibly wrong...... NOTHING is free except air.  Fire?  Water?  Earth?