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From the Babylon Bee:

Democrats Propose Mandatory Free Speech Buyback For Dangerous Ideas
September 6th, 2019

U.S.—A number of Democratic candidates have seized on a new initiative to make Americans feel safer: a mandatory buyback. “There are a number of ideas out there that just make people upset when they’re said out loud,” said presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. “It’s time to take those ideas off the street. That’s why it’s past time for a mandatory free speech buyback.” …

Many have come out in opposition to this idea, such as President Trump, who says people can take his dangerous speech from his “cold, dead mouth.”

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  1. How about methane credits to create a market that will reduce bean consumption among vegetarians, liberals and Mexican immigrants? It’s only fair.

    And maybe a hot air tax on experts, politicians and academics who add heat to the atmosphere.

  2. inertial says:

    They should introduce free market in free speech using carbon credits as the template.

    Everyone is allotted a few free speech credits, which you can sell to someone with more money than you, like Bezos, or Zukerberg, or Slim. It’s going to be exactly the same as the system we have now, except the hoi polloi will get to make a little money.

    Do you think I can sell my idea to The Economist?

    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
  3. Len says:

    The perfect ‘centrist’ idea.

    I expect Cathy Young to unironically retweet this.

  4. That was actually funny.

  5. Cortes says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    A $1Tn research centre at MIT into Monetising Micro-Methane Capture Technology seems more likely.

    (C) Moi.

  6. These dangerous ideas were no doubt “laundered” into polite society.

  7. Tiny Duck says:

    Funny, but kind of furthers the avoidance of dealing with a very serious problem. It seems like you are taking the side of violence…which is not very Christ-like.

    By the way republicans are about to go into the dustbin of history

  8. Charon says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Perhaps the Dems could trade their ideas in for toys?

  9. This might not be satire in a few more election cycles.

    • Replies: @JudgeSmails
  10. Democrats Propose Mandatory Buyback

    Shoot. I thought this was about all the naturalizations of the last fifty years…

    • LOL: Bubba, bomag
  11. I like it. What’s the going buy back price for race realism going to be?

    It’s more dangerous to the Establishment than an AR-15, so it should be worth more. The people on this site could make a fortune.

  12. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:


    ctrl-F immi = ((crickets))

    Alana Semuels is a staff writer at The Atlantic.
    This article was originally published on February 22, 2018, by The Atlantic, and is republished here with permission.

    I’m hesitant to say “Every.Single. Time. ” , but based on the photo on her website, most likely.

  13. Question here: A couple of days ago I posted a picture of a newspaper headline regarding the 1916 Stanley Cup contenders the Portland Rosebuds, aka “Uncle Sams”. It showed up fine.

    I just went back to that thread and all there is is a broken picture icon. Clicking on that gives a “you are forbidden…” message from the site.

    I’m on another device at the moment. Could that be the problem, or did someone at that site learn of its use here and block us?

    This is Portland, after all. The picture of the Seattle Metropolitans is still there.

  14. J.Ross says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That would definitely be at their end, but not necessarily political. Screencaps avoid issues with links.

  15. Just like with the gun buy-backs, we can beat these people at their own game.

    Instead of selling that rusty old bird gun and that Ruger .22 with the bad action, I’ll sell them a few words that I don’t need anymore. “Nixon: Now more than ever!” “I like Ike” “Go Bobby Riggs!” “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” “”Hey, you’re all a bunch of fags” (OK, I got that last one 2nd-hand from Sean Penn.)

    OK, I’ll take my $240 in cash, please, thankyouverymuch.

  16. 1. I am honestly surprised that the regime doesn’t track down content creators in our thing and offer like 150k a year off the books to stop posting. It’s a tiny, tiny number of people who are having an extremely outsized impact online. Would not add up to much. Weird that they don’t try this. Maybe they have and we just don’t know

    2. Similar point:

    • Replies: @Lurker
  17. Anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    An image URL is going to display from your browser cache if you already loaded it recently, whether or not anyone else sees it. Most web-serving software is configured to refuse image tags invoked from elsewhere than the original host’s domain name.

  18. I feel like I’ve won the lottery – practically every idea I have is now considered dangerous, in the current year.

  19. Anon[294] • Disclaimer says:


    The Tarantino movie finally arrived in Japan and I caught it yesterday, really liked it.

    A question for Angelenos. I lived pretty near the Helms bakery as a child. I kept waiting for the rumored appearance of a Helms truck in the movie. It never came. This was what a Helms truck looked like:

    This is what I remember, the rounded box with the little bezel all the way around the roof.

    Internet research informed me that there were other designs used for Helms trucks over the years. So I wondered if the truck that Manson was driving was supposed to be the Helms truck, although that particular design seems to be unknown to Google (maybe I’m not remembering the fleeting glance I got of it adequately). But in addition, the Manson truck had a Twinkies ad on it … didn’t it? Helms didn’t sell Twinkies that I ever remember … did they?

    Did Tarantino just warp off into an alternate Helms universe there for some reason, maybe figuring that Twinkies would better get the idea across to those not resident in Los Angeles at the time? And are Helms trucks not available for rental by movie makers? Collectors seem to have them.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Jack D
  20. OT (but not entirely): This is my favorite video and audio, Summer 2019:

  21. Precious says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I see the image just fine on my computer.

    I could make a lot of money off this kind of buyback program.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  22. Complaint Filed After Door Closes on Drag Performers With Down Syndrome

    A Republican congressional candidate declined to host the performers, questioning whether they could give their “full and informed consent.”

    We are beyond parody at this point. ACLU suing for the rights of drag performers with Down Syndrome. These people hate God and us.

    • Agree: Anonymousse
  23. Kyle says:
    African American writer Walter Mosley quits star trek discovery after being reprimanded by HR for using the n-word in the writers room.

    A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the n-word in the writers’ room,’” Mosley wrote in the Times. “I replied, ‘I am the N-word in the writers’ room.’”

    Ive never been under the impression that writers rooms were “safe spaces.” It seems like they’d be cut throat and highly competitive spaces. Aspergers usually afflicts men, but if it does afflict women I bet a sizable amount of them find their way into the HR department. A lot of HR ladies really don’t “get it.” In our society black people are allowed to use the n-word because, well they just are. It’s not a professional thing to say in a corporate environment, but the writers room isn’t a professional space. HR ladies need to learn to be more judicious and responsible with the power they wield in our most important institutions, large corporations. Too often they’re just being used as useful idiots by people who know how to rig the system and get their coworkers fired.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  24. @Clifford Brown

    Down Syndrome won’t be with us for long, anyway, because they are being aborted out of existence.

    Would a kickback ease the blowback from a buyback? Will hunchbacks piggyback? Or will there be a rollback, giving them a setback, followed by a fallback leading to a comeback?

    Guess I’m just a mossback. Give me your feedback.

  25. Jim Given says:

    Is this article a prank? A hack? A piece of satire?

    Tell the truth – you’re just not quite sure! You read this, and said, “No! That’s too wild! It must be some joke they didn’t tell me about!” But then you thought back over all the loony stuff you’ve read in the papers or online “news pages” that turned out to be completely true.

    Oh, well. Just another prank.
    (But if not?)
    If not, I just won the Lottery!

    I’ll be fearfully rich, with not an idea in my head!
    Just like a US Senator or something-

    • Replies: @International Jew
  26. Gun confiscation is not going to work in the political favor of the confiscators. Why are the advocating for it?

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  27. Bubba says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I got the same broken link and “You are forbidden…” message.

    Lets’ see if the same thing happens with either of these The New York Metropolitans photos.

    1882 New York Metropolitans

    1962 New York Metropolitans (Mets)

    According to the Google Skin Censors, the 1962 Mets seem to be more “diverse” than the 1882 Metropolitans. So the 1962 Mets photo may live on, but I have my doubts about the 1882 Metropolitans photo lasting much longer on the site.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  28. Anon[166] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: A Fox News report from the Bahamas says one of the ruined areas on Abaco Island was a poor section were Haitians lived. Boy, even when Haitians move to a better country than Haiti which happens to be run by blacks, they still can’t seem to make themselves richer.

    It looks like Grand Bahama and Abaco will have to be abandoned. In this day and age, it’s just too expensive to keep rebuilding the infrastructure when a hurricane levels all the structures on an island every few years. Utility companies will find the costs too high, the natives don’t have the money to keep rebuilding. In the old days when you could slap your hut back together you could do it, but now the island dwellers want all the mod cons, and that’s not so easily replaced anymore. Look at Puerto Rico. They still haven’t recovered.

  29. @Precious

    I see the image just fine on my computer.

    It doesn’t show in Chrome on either the HP laptop or the HP desktop. It shows in Brave on the latter. The Mrs. has the Kindle at the moment, so I can’t check Silk.

    Does Google allow sites to block others using Chrome?

    • Replies: @Bubba
  30. Bubba says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Doesn’t show on the latest Safari revision…

  31. @Jim Given

    The way you know it’s not real is that the process of taking away our right to free speech — without compensation — is already well underway.

  32. pontius says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I predict more greenbacks for wetbacks.

  33. @Anon

    To live on the beach in a hurricane zone, you either need a shack or a fortress. A normal house in-between is too expensive in the long run.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Jack D
  34. @Bubba

    The problem wasn’t with the headline, which was innocuous. It appears that the site it came from didn’t like crossposting at iSteve. So banning goes both ways– they can block you from posting on their forum, and they can block you from linking to their forum. Creepy.

    Or maybe it’s just that Chrome– and new, improved Safari– sucks.

    • Replies: @Bubba
  35. Dan Hayes says:


    The HR ladies should travel on NYC subways to hear plenty of n-words, of course only permitted from blacks!

  36. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    After how Tarentino smashed that guitar, collectors of anything are loath to deal with him.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  37. Lagertha says:
    @Tiny Duck

    you need to write more grammatically for us who speak 10+ languages to care about you, and your ethnic grievances. Name your town/state…name the town you accuse, and state the grievances that you perceive are against us, in the state that you accuse.

  38. @Tiny Duck

    Funny, but kind of furthers the avoidance of dealing with a very serious problem. It seems like you are taking the side of violence…which is not very Christ-like.

    By the way republicans are about to go into the dustbin of history

    Ok, who are you and what have you done with TD?
    This is yet another supposed post by the Duck with no misspellings or mangled grammar.
    Did you really think you could get away with it?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  39. @Redneck farmer

    This might not be satire in a few more election cycles.

    Slippery slope and all that.

  40. Mr. Anon says:

    “Beto” O’Rourke is such a fraud that even his nick-name is phony. This guy is like the RA in your dorm in College, if he never grew up.

  41. Mr. Anon says:

    I did not think it possible to have a collection of candidates as putrid as the 2020 Democratic field. Even the Republican field of 2016 was not this bad. I can only look back on the Democrats of 1992 with nostalgia. I would take any one of them, chosen at random, over this clown-college of woke commisars today.

  42. Mr. Anon says:

    Ok, who are you and what have you done with TD?
    This is yet another supposed post by the Duck with no misspellings or mangled grammar.

    Hadn’t you heard? The price of model airplane glue went up.

  43. Olorin says:
    @Tiny Duck

    So you’ve pivoted away from stumping for Leonard Pitts and toward stumping for Christ?

    Got it.

  44. Don’t give ’em any ideas.

  45. Clyde says:

    UK needs a buyback program on machetes. Here is an immigration derived psycho POS who chopped off the hand of a British native. >>>

    Makes you want to cry. The judge made excuses for this POS. And to think that England had an Empire and once ruled much of the world.

  46. @Anon

    If one hasn’t already, I’m sure one of the Democratic presidential candidates* will propose we welcome all Haitians in the Bahamas to resettle in the US, with full citizenship, in a swing state of course.

    *Immediately followed by all the other Democratic presidential candidates. of course. They march in lockstep.

  47. How do we do a buyback of America from the Democrats and their pests pets? Wait, both terms apply.

  48. Jack D says:

    Maybe it was product placement. Hostess is still around, Helms isn’t. And you’re right – to non-Angeleno’s (even to today’s current residents), Helms is no madeleine – it is evocative of nothing. Period detail doesn’t help your movie if it draws a blank for most viewers.

  49. Neuday says:

    If we’re to never mention the nation-destroying perfidy of The Special People it would be better for it to be for cash than fear.

  50. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Just as with earthquakes, hurricane resistance doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive if it’s designed in at the beginning. But a lot of postwar construction was built the same everywhere – the same houses with the same flimsy 2×4 construction and the same blow off in a breeze asphalt shingles were put up in Minnesota and California and Florida and the Bahamas without regard for local conditions. This is the downside of (inter)national markets.

  51. Alden says:
    @Clifford Brown

    A coalition of homeless elderly plaintiffs should sue the ACLU, NAPA and other crusading liberal do gooders for the Hodge and other cases that evicted them from the shelter food meds clean clothes showers bathrooms and medical care they enjoyed in the old mental hospitals and dumped them to die filthy freezing and hungry in the streets.

    Some of them should still be alive.

    • Replies: @TWS
  52. Lurker says:
    @Not My Economy

    Isn’t that how Ricky Vaughn was taken down from Twitter?

  53. Lurker says:

    Problematic lack of diversity in that Helms vid.

  54. @Reg Cæsar

    I think you missed your calling.

  55. Bubba says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That is definitely really creepy and I’ve suspected that happening from previous posts here at iSteve and a few others. The links to snowflake sites disappear quickly. Hooray for the 1st Amendment!

    Totally agree about the supposedly new & improved Safari and in my vulgar opinion (due to Vatican II and the Jesuits removing the mandatory Latin and Greek classes from Catholic education) it really stinks.

    Steve Jobs must be rolling over in his grave with the dearth of any Apple ideas since he passed on. Tim Cook has been quite a disappointment for innovation and any new ideas. As for Chrome – I never use it unless the IT Nazis at my company force me to use it for certain sites when IE or Bing is not working. I despise Chrome for its blackmailing capabilities and potential ease for doxxing simple folks just voicing their disagreement with the so-called cognoscenti (who are all frauds).

    I’m just glad to attend a Tridentine Mass on Sunday mornings that is not held underground … yet.

    I’ve spent many hours in the Horse Brass Pub. Hopefully I will get back there early next year.

  56. J.Ross says:

    I’m not an architect but, short of money and stupidity, aren’t all these solvable problems? Couldn’t we built raised cinderblock bunkers in hurricane country and underground towns in Oklahoma? Isn’t this dumb people choosing to build the wrong style in a place? A lot of the buildings and houses on Okinawa are hideous poured concrete “petit brutalism” — but there’s splendid on the inside, and they’re proof against both earthquakes and typhoons. And in Quebec they maintain market culture through winter in the bigger cities with heated underground tunnel malls.

  57. @Buzz Mohawk

    “Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.” ~ Clint Eastwood

  58. TWS says:
    @Tiny Duck

    Sell your cloak and buy a sword.

  59. TWS says:

    Their political clout is amazing. I’m eagerly awaiting their suit.

  60. @inertial

    Along similar lines, how about free speech offsets? If you want to write a book like The Bell Curve, you must buy offsets such as a hundred years’ subscription to the NYT and a donation to the SPLC.

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