Jen the Libertarian
Political and social commentary from a libertarian woman's perspective.
info_outline Powell's Crazy Lawsuit, More Trump Losses, SCOTUS Saves The Churches 11/30/2020
Powell's Crazy Lawsuit, More Trump Losses, SCOTUS Saves The Churches Short week that was not short on craziness - from the jettisoned Powell still going forward with the Kraken, a nasty Third Circuit dismissal of a Trump lawsuit, to SCOTUS weighing in on NYC's house of worship attendance caps
info_outline Recounts, Lawsuits, The Great (Media) Realignment 11/23/2020
Recounts, Lawsuits, The Great (Media) Realignment The Trump campaign continues it push to drag out the election to the bitter end (which is coming soon), the narratives keep getting more and more absurd, and the exodus of talent in the mediasphere continues
info_outline Tech Hearing, TikTok, Walter Wallace, Voting Interference 11/02/2020
Tech Hearing, TikTok, Walter Wallace, Voting Interference Here we are, in the last of the Before Times. This past week we had yet another stupid dumb tech hearing, a ruling on the TikTok ban, another police involved shooting, and some last minute voter disenfranchisement plots.
info_outline The Presidential Debate Dumpster Fire - The Final Round 10/25/2020
The Presidential Debate Dumpster Fire - The Final Round I did it. I watched all the debates from the 2020 election season.
info_outline ACB Confirmation Hearing, Dueling Townhalls, Hunter Biden 10/19/2020
ACB Confirmation Hearing, Dueling Townhalls, Hunter Biden We're nearing the end of the 2020 Election Season and the news cycle is not slowing down. This past week we had a SCOTUS confirmation hearing, two townhalls instead of one debate, and the New York Post trying to do an email based October Surprise
info_outline Trump's Feverish Week, Debate Cancellation, More On Trump's Finances 10/12/2020
Trump's Feverish Week, Debate Cancellation, More On Trump's Finances A week closer to Election Day, a week further from sanity...
info_outline The Presidential Debate Dumpster Fire Round One 10/02/2020
The Presidential Debate Dumpster Fire Round One Well I started making these episodes for the Democratic primary debates so in order to see the series through to the end I decided to give the presidential debates their own episodes.
info_outline Emperor Trump(?), The Barrett Nomination, The Taylor Cases 09/28/2020
Emperor Trump(?), The Barrett Nomination, The Taylor Cases In this week's roundup - Trump makes dumb mouth noises, the SCOTUS nominee is revealed, and the grand jury makes its decision on who will face charges in the Taylor shooting.
info_outline The TikTok Debacle, 1776 Commission, RBG Leaves The Building 09/21/2020
The TikTok Debacle, 1776 Commission, RBG Leaves The Building We may be done with 2020 but 2020 is clearly not done with us. This past week saw frightening levels of overreach from the Trump administration on the TikTok acquisition deal and on what exactly should constitute US history as taught to schoolchildren. And then Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed.
info_outline Trump Talks To Woodward, Deported Unaccompanied Minors 09/14/2020
Trump Talks To Woodward, Deported Unaccompanied Minors It was a short week but we still have stuff to talk about, like how for some reason Trump decided to tell Bob Woodward things he probably shouldn't have and the staggering number of deportations that have happened since March
info_outline It's Time To Talk About Section 230. Again. 09/11/2020
It's Time To Talk About Section 230. Again. Since Congress won't leave well enough alone when it comes to Section 230, we have two presidential candidates who are openly antagonistic towards Section 230, and two platforms have already changed their TOS to reflect the current environment we need to chat about S230 and its importance again.
info_outline The Portland Shooting, Don and Joe Visit Kenosha, Anon Sources 09/07/2020
The Portland Shooting, Don and Joe Visit Kenosha, Anon Sources The story of the shooting of Aaron Danielson in Portland comes to a rather troubling end (?), both presidential candidates visit Kenosha and have very different experiences, and The Atlantic drops a piece on Trump that causes a mini freakout on the topic of anonymous sources.
info_outline The Awful Alex Morse Story 08/21/2020
The Awful Alex Morse Story I bring you one of the most sordid tales of backstabbing intrigue ever. Alex Morse is the victim of one of the grossest smear campaigns I've seen in a long time and the story is a mashup of everything that's wrong with everything right now
info_outline Biden / Harris 2020, USPS Meltdown, Who's Running DHS? 08/17/2020
Biden / Harris 2020, USPS Meltdown, Who's Running DHS? So we now know the entirety of the 2020 Democratic ticket, a controversy / conspiracy involving the USPS and our pending mail voting tsunami, and btw we don't know who is supposed to be running DHS but we know who isn't supposed to be running it and surprise it's the two people who aren't supposed to be running it
info_outline COVID and Kids and School and The Lack Of Decent Data with Matt Welch 08/15/2020
COVID and Kids and School and The Lack Of Decent Data with Matt Welch Matt wrote a piece for Reason about his journey trying to find decent data on the safety of sending kids (namely his own) back into a brick and mortar school environment. Spoiler alert - it was quite the frustrating experience, not made any easier by the media and its current incentive structure.
info_outline Education In The Time of COVID with Corey DeAngelis 08/14/2020
Education In The Time of COVID with Corey DeAngelis Sure everything is bad is right right now and that includes the current educational mess we find ourselves in for the 2020 - 2021 school year but there may be a silver lining here - parents across the country are going to have to join the school choice conversation
info_outline Trump's Very Bad No Good EOs, The Beirut Explosion 08/10/2020
Trump's Very Bad No Good EOs, The Beirut Explosion Trump decided this is the week he's granting himself the power to decide if Tik Tok and WeChat get to operate in the US and to institute his own covid relief plan via EO (none of this seems particularly legal btw), and Beirut suffers an explosion that due to social media we all knew about in real time
info_outline What Happened to Mobilize 2020 with Cliff Maloney 08/07/2020
What Happened to Mobilize 2020 with Cliff Maloney As I'm sure everyone is aware YAL's Mobilize 2020 got canceled at the last minute by the city of Dallas (insert rage emoji here) so I have a brief chat with Cliff Maloney, president of YAL, to find out what happened.
info_outline Bad Economic News, Portland, New DACA Memo, Tech Hearing 08/03/2020
Bad Economic News, Portland, New DACA Memo, Tech Hearing I think I can use this episode's title for every weekly roundup for at least the rest of the year...
info_outline About The Portland Situation with Nancy Rommelmann 07/31/2020
About The Portland Situation with Nancy Rommelmann So as everyone on Earth knows the feds were sent into Portland to do...I don't know what exactly and Nancy went to go document what was going on and report back to us
info_outline Feds Coming To A Town Near You, Immigration Malarky, The Covington Story Returns 07/27/2020
Feds Coming To A Town Near You, Immigration Malarky, The Covington Story Returns Things in Portland aren't slowing down and neither is the trend of deploying Feds to cities who didn't ask for their assistance, the Trump administration is *still* trying to keep illegal immigrants from being counted on the Census and to keep from having to reinstitute DACA, and a return of the Covington story now that settlements are being made
info_outline The Future (And Demise) Of The Antiracism Movement 07/24/2020
The Future (And Demise) Of The Antiracism Movement Where I look into movements that have come and gone in the past (namely girlboss feminism and #MeToo) to predict the future of the current It Movement
info_outline The Twitter "Hack", Portland, The Antiracism Controversy 07/20/2020
The Twitter "Hack", Portland, The Antiracism Controversy Things we learned this past week - root access to Twitter can be bought for an insanely low price, DHS can send CBP into Portland because they feel like it, and libertarians like to fight over dumb stuff