30 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-30-21

  1. They continue with the panic porn.

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    Which is odd, because Biden says the variant is not that bad.

    “Biden: We shouldn’t see much of a surge in hospitalizations and deaths — but wear that mask anyway”

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  2. The Baby Killing Party strikes again.

    Oh, and you’re gonna pay for it.

    Enjoy the suck!

    “House Democrats Pass Bill to Pay for Abortions around the Globe with U.S. Tax Dollars”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/house-democrats-pass-bill-to-pay-for-abortions-around-the-globe-with-u-s-tax-dollars/

    “On Wednesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217–212 to fund elective abortions in foreign countries with U.S. tax dollars.

    For nearly five decades, regardless of partisan control of Congress, every appropriations bill funding the State Department and foreign aid programs has included the Helms amendment, which prevents international aid from directly paying for elective abortions.

    But pro-life Democrats have gone extinct in the House of Representatives. In 2020, House Democrats introduced the “first-ever bill to repeal the Helms Amendment.” All but three Democrats voted to pass the bill killing the Helms amendment on Wednesday night, and the three Democratic “no” votes — Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib — didn’t oppose the bill because it would fund abortion.

    House speaker Nancy Pelosi may have endangered the Democratic majority by having her caucus vote for taxpayer-funding in foreign countries. Multiple studies have shown that taxpayer subsidies for abortion increases the number of human lives ended by abortion, and the policy is deeply unpopular.

    Last year, a Marist Poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus asked Americans if they supported or opposed “using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries.” The result: 76 percent of Americans said they oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries, while 21 percent support it.

    Appropriations bills are still subject to a 60-vote threshold in the Senate, which means that the Republican minority can (and certainly would) block final passage of any appropriations bill that lacks the Helms or the Hyde amendment, which prevents federal Medicaid funding of elective abortion. Every House Republican present voted against the bill killing the Helms amendment on Wednesday night.”

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  3. Just wear all black or put on a BLM shirt and they’ll ignore you.

    “Capitol Police Will Arrest House Staffers, Visitors Who Break Pelosi’s Mask Mandate

    Pelosi is becoming an efficient fascist!”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/capitol-police-will-arrest-house-staffers-visitors-who-break-pelosis-mask-mandate/

    “Welcome to an updated version of Fascist Italy!”

    ““In addition, the UCSP officers who work in the House Division or the House-side of the Capitol Division shall enforce this mask policy on all staff and visitors within the above noted locations,” announced the police. “This includes all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee meetings.”

    The police make an exception for representatives because I guess they’re more special than regular people.

    But! If you see a congressperson without a mask you must report them to Big Brother. You normies can get arrested:

    If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol. Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to arrest for Unlawful Entry, D.C. Code 22-3302.

    If a staffer, who is accompanying a member, refuses to wear a mask, that refusal should be noted and reported to a supervisor who will, in turn, refer the matter to the House Sergeant at Arms.”

    Yep.

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  4. Ouch.

    “Why are we celebrating Simone Biles for quitting the Olympics?

    One of the greatest Olympians gave up when the going got tough. That’s sad, not heroic.”

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/07/28/why-are-we-celebrating-simone-biles-for-quitting-the-olympics/

    “Let’s be honest: Simone Biles bottled it. She performed very badly on the vault – scoring just 13.766, her lowest vault score ever – and she decided to call it a day. She decided to duck out of the entire Olympics. She decided to hang up her leotard and leave the rest of the US gymnastics team to carry on the fight for a medal (they got silver). There’s not necessarily any shame in this, although abandoning your teammates is never a good thing to do. But can we stop pretending that what she did was heroic? That her decision to put her ‘mental health’ before her Olympian duties is worthy of gushing praise? It isn’t.

    Everyone loves Simone Biles, including me. She is one of the great Olympians of our age – a diminutive smasher of social barriers and executor of moves that the rest of us get backache just from watching. But the current celebration of her quitting the Olympics as ‘true heroism’, as better even than if she had won gold, feels deeply troubling. It suggests the cult of the loser is out of control; that society’s valorisation of ‘victims’ over winners is now so entrenched that we even prefer our Olympians when they’re running away from the challenge than when they’re fighting tooth and nail for gold.

    Biles’ quitting (though no one is calling it that) sent shockwaves through the world media yesterday. She wobbled during her vault, seemed to lose her focus, and didn’t manage to do all the twists and turns she had planned to. Far be it from those of us who can’t even roly-poly anymore to criticise her for this momentary lapse, but we can surely criticise her for what happened next. She stormed out of the stadium. Then she came back. Then it was announced that she wouldn’t be competing anymore. She was going to prioritise her ‘mental health’ and ‘mindfulness’ instead. And just like that, one of America’s greatest sports stars, someone millions were keen to watch at Tokyo 2020, was out. She had benched herself. All, it seems, because of one bad score.

    It’s the ‘mental health’ talk I don’t like. ‘Prioritising mental health’ seems to have become the go-to excuse for people who just can’t be arsed. Already this year we’ve seen Naomi Osaka quit the French Open because she didn’t want to do media interviews, judging them to be bad for her mental health. Prince Harry won’t shut up about his mental health. For him, ‘prioritising mental health’ has become a justification for spilling the beans on his messed-up family to any big media platform that will have him. I’ve lost count of the number of students I’ve met over the years who say the reason they No Platform speakers they disapprove of is because they want to protect their own mental health. ‘What about my mental health?!’ has become a kind of free pass for bad, immoral or narcissistic behaviour, whether it’s talking down your family, censoring people you dislike, or quitting sports competitions when the going gets tough.

    The problem here isn’t really Biles. None of us has access to her mind or soul. We can’t know what’s really going on. No, it’s the absolutely mad response to her quitting. She has been idolised. Her walking away is being turned into a moral lesson for the world. It’s okay to give up! ‘Simone Biles’ withdrawal is more impressive than winning’, says one headline. Is it though? The New York Times has praised her for ‘rejecting stoicism’. But isn’t stoicism central to sport? Especially to the Olympics, which is entirely about self-drive and self-sacrifice to the end of achieving superhuman feats. Michelle Obama got the social-media world hot under the collar by gushing over Biles. ‘Am I good enough? Yes I am. [That’s] the mantra I practice daily’, she said. I’m sorry, but if aspiring sports stars practised this mantra, they’d never get anywhere. Not feeling like you’re ‘enough’, and always wanting to push harder and faster, is what the Olympics is all about. Michelle Obama’s trite, Oprah-style platitudes grate against the singular devotion that the Olympian ideal demands.

    This is what is worrying about the praise for Biles – it looks like further confirmation that our societies are abandoning the virtues of courage, determination and aspiring to victory in favour of celebrating people’s feelings of weakness. So Biles is brave not for all the astonishing things she has achieved in gymnastics, but for telling everyone she has mental-health problems. That is crazy. A similar valorisation of failure occurred after the Euros final, when the ‘three lions’ we were all expected to cheer were penalty-missers Rashford, Sancho and Saka rather than goal-scorers Kane, Maguire and Shaw (not to mention the heroic Jordan Pickford).”

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  5. You have to mask up, these illegal invaders get a pass. Over 200K already since Joe took office , on pace for 1-2 million this year. All released secretly without masks and vaccines, or even a Covid test in many cases, without informing the localities burdened with them.

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    Meanwhile, the idiot we should all be thankful never made it to the Supreme Court is threatening those pushing back against Biden’s idiocy.

    They won’t get tough on the invaders, but they will come after anyone who dares try and stop or slow the invasion.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/29/garland-abbott-migration-501667

    “Garland urges Abbott to undo executive order aimed at curbing migration
    The U.S. “intends to pursue all appropriate legal remedies” if the Texas order is not reversed.”

    “Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reverse his day-old executive order that aims to restrict migration at the border following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

    The attorney general called Abbott’s order “both dangerous and unlawful” in a Thursday letter to the governor. “The Order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the Executive Order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States,” Garland wrote.

    The executive order, issued Wednesday, had the stated intention of “restricting ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities.” In it, Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety to stop and reroute vehicles suspected of violations.”

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    This is BS.

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  6. The NY Times reveals the Dems endgame.

    This is why they allow the invaders to continue to overrun our southern border.

    “NY Times Op-Ed Reveals Endgame of Border Crisis: Let Illegals Vote
    “it’s time for Democrats to radically expand the electorate””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/ny-times-op-ed-reveals-endgame-of-border-crisis-let-illegals-vote/

    “In a little over six months, the Biden administration has allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to flow across America’s southern border. Many conservatives have suggested that this is nothing more than a cynical attempt to change America’s electorate by creating more Democrat voters.

    A writer for the New York Times just seemed to confirm that this was the endgame all along.

    The NY Times piece is behind a paywall, but Phil Shiver of The Blaze has posted some excerpts:

    Liberal journalist: There is ‘no good reason’ only citizens can vote

    A guest columnist for the New York Times argued this week that “there is no good reason you should have to be a citizen to vote.”

    According to the Times, the essay is “part of a series exploring bold ideas to revitalize and renew the American experiment.”

    Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, a New York-based progressive journalist and former senior editor of the Nation, claimed in an opinion piece Wednesday that “it’s time for Democrats to radically expand the electorate.”

    How? First by granting permanent legal residents the right to vote. Why? Because, according to Abrahamian, they contribute as much to the country as any natural-born citizen.

    “Nearly 15 million people living legally in the United States, most of whom contribute as much as any natural-born American to this country’s civic, cultural and economic life, don’t have a say in matters of politics and policy because we — resident foreign nationals, or ‘aliens’ as we are sometimes called — cannot vote,” Abrahamian wrote.

    Talk about saying the quiet part out loud.”

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    “It sounds like a good faith argument from someone who just wants the right to vote in a nation where he resides and pays taxes.

    But then you have to read just one paragraph farther to comprehend what it is that Abrahamian actually wants.

    “Considering the Supreme Court’s recent decision undermining voting rights, and Republicans’ efforts to suppress, redistrict and manipulate their way to electoral security, it’s time for Democrats to radically expand the electorate. Proposing federal legislation to give millions of young people and essential workers a clear road to citizenship is a good start. But there’s another measure that lawmakers both in Washington and state capitals should put in place: lifting voting restrictions on legal residents who aren’t citizens — people with green cards, people here on work visas, and those who arrived in the country as children and are still waiting for permanent papers,” the writer said.

    And there it is.”

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  7. Yep.

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  8. And to think some clueless rubes thought a Biden admin would be more moderate.

    @%@#%@#$ idiots.

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  9. Good.

    “House Republicans, Staffers Protest Latest Mask Mandate

    “The fact that Speaker Pelosi is willing to have vaccinated staffers arrested for not complying with her mask mandate while the border remains wide open tells you all you need to know.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/house-republicans-staffers-protest-latest-mask-mandate/

    “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pushed a mask mandate in the House portion of buildings in D.C. The Capitol Police chose to enforce her mandate, threatening people with arrest if they do not comply with Dear Leader’s mandate.

    The mandate does not apply to the Senate portion of buildings.

    House Republicans and staffers crossed onto the Senate side to protest the mandate.”

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  10. If it weren’t for double standards, the left would have none at all.

    “Report Reveals Shocking Double Standards For Bringing U.S. Rioters To Justice

    The sheer similarities and differences between the treatment of the 2020 rioters compared to the treatment of the January 6 riot rioters are shocking.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/29/report-reveals-shocking-double-standards-for-bringing-u-s-rioters-to-justice/

    “One would think a major report from a group representing America’s top law enforcement leaders analyzing the widespread riots of 2020 would have garnered significant media attention. One also would think such a report would garner widespread discussion after the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capital due to the parallels between it and the 2020 riots. Given our hyper-partisan environment, however, one would be woefully wrong.

    Specifically, back in October 2020, the Major Cities Chiefs (MCC) released a comprehensive report full of data from dozens of cities that provides deep insights into the 2020 riots that plagued America after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. The MCC’s “Report on the 2020 Protests and Civil Unrest” served as an excellent after-action report that cities, states, and the federal government could use to reform their practices and, equally importantly, to prepare for future riots.

    With the ongoing hunt for and prosecution of January 6 participants and recent actions by Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi to veto Republican Kevin McCarthy’s choices for the January 6 Commission, the MCC report has become more relevant than ever. The sheer similarities and differences between what happened with and to the participants of the 2020 riots compared to the January 6 riot and rioters are, frankly, shocking.

    First, the left, its media sycophants, and dead-ender anti-Trump Republican Rep. Liz Cheney have spent inordinate amounts of time focused on the fact that the January 6 riot occurred at the U.S. Capitol, as if that building alone serves as the sole symbol of U.S. democracy.

    The left and corporate media have always been supportive when people burn or disrespect the U.S. flag, or when left-wing extremists storm Senate buildings to shut down the democratic process involving appointing conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The left-media-Cheney outrage would appear far less politically driven if the 2020 rioters didn’t also focus, as the MCC report notes, on government buildings and “other iconic public buildings” including city halls, which in our federalist system are equal symbols of U.S. democracy. Here’s the report documenting that.”

    “Now here’s a prime example of dissimilar treatment for far worse actions. The January 6 riot involved no guns or fires among protesters, only makeshift weapons like flag poles, batons, and objects from the area.

    In contrast, the 2020 riots involved guns, incendiary devices, lasers, paint bombs, and fireworks that were used to torch buildings and cars, hurt police officers, and destroy meaningful parts of many U.S. cities. Despite the far greater violence and destruction the 2020 rioters perpetrated, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) haven’t hunted those rioters down with anywhere near the vigor and vim used against what are in many cases at most trespassers.

    In stark contrast, the left and the media continue to falsely claim law enforcement officers were killed on January 6. While some law enforcement officers were certainly injured during that riot, the numbers and severity are far below the law enforcement injuries from the 2020 riots.

    More than 2,000 law enforcement officers were injured during the 2020 riots, with numerous officers being shot and one, retired captain David Dorn, brutally murdered while protecting his friend’s shop from rioters. The 2020 rioters also shot other protestors.

    In contrast, the only person violently killed on January 6 was the unarmed protester Ashli Babbitt, at the hands of a Capitol Police officer whose identity still remains unconfirmed by public officials.”

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    A real journalist would question the differences.

    But sadly the MSM contains few real journalists.

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  11. Aj — not all tabloids are bad but daily mail is definitely bad if Wikipedia won’t accept it; not to mention its horribly written.
    Amusing video — but is anything really accomplished here except mocking a man’s addiction? I believe the Biden video is from the Clinton. I think it speaks volumes about Biden that he evolved his position learning from both family tragedy and the complete failure of the Clinton anti-crime policies. If he had the same position 30-40 years later, I’d worry about his cognitive abilities. We all change and evolve our thinking.

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  12. People need to grow up — its a mask; its not a ball and chain. It hardly affects you and it may benefit others around you. It was quite common in my neighbourhood even before Covid to wear a mask when sick especially among Asian immigrants. Its a courtesy. The Republicans are acting like Karens.

    Meanwhile, children are being held in over crowded conditions for mere act of crossing an imaginary line. Central America is one of the most violent places on earth (war zones may in fact be safer) and these children leave on their own seeking safety. The Republicans cry oppression because of a mask mandate while children are held in jail like conditions just for seeking safety. The party (and the democrats arene’t innocent either) has its priorities out of whack.

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  13. Without cable tv, I stopped watching sports. I do miss watching he Leafs lose but….overall I’m fine without the bread and circuses. For people to pile on athletes because they make choices they feel is best for them is self centered. If they do not wish to entertain you, then they do not have to. Over the last few decades, we’ve become more aware of the long term damage high level athleticism does to the body. Concussions, disease, metal breakdown, depression, etc are common. I support any athlete who decides its no longer worth it. Sure Biles is not a hero for walking away but she’s not a loser — she’s an extremely accomplished athlete who recognized when the strain was too much. The era of 14 year old girls performing on broken or twisted ankles for our entertainment is thankfully over.

    Biles is of course a hero for helping to expose the cover up of sexual abuse in US gymnastics. The stoicism the author argues is central to sport has in the past led athletes to endure not just injuries and mental health issues but to also ignore abuse by coaches, trainers, etc

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  14. This is rather long (it was shared this way on Facebook), but it is from a former gymnast who explains what may have happened with Biles.

    ISTM that with all that she has already done, and all the training, Biles’ decision to not continue was not an easy or rash one, but based on her own health situation. (And yes, mental health is not merely “feelings”, but affects us and our bodies more than many want to think.)

    “Hannah Renno

    The US women won a silver medal in gymnastics in Tokyo today. By many standards and opinions, this will be considered a “failure.” I would like to share my perspective on why this is a massive victory.

    Many have heard the media reports that began emerging exactly five years ago, while the women were competing in Rio. Since then, the depth and breadth and staggering quantity and severity of the abuse–sexual, physical, psychological, emotional–has been exposed. Some of it has been punished. Much of it has not yet been. But “the system” that allowed this, perpetuated this, and directly caused this needed to change.

    The system has changed. Some. A new national team coordinator was named, and he has tried to foster openness and mutual respect. I had a lot of hope for his tenure, and the majority of national team gymnasts would testify that the culture is improved. Progress!

    But, without losing my non-gymnastics audience in details and nuance, his leadership skills have been severely lacking. He has not adequately outlined the selection criteria for Olympic or World Championship qualification. When asked to identify his strategy beforehand, he said one thing, and literally did another. When asked by media why he made this change, his answers were dismissive and uncompelling, and his tone was disrespectful. In short, his strategy was, “Well we don’t really need to worry about it, because we have Simone.”

    Imagine being 24 years old and being labelled as the greatest of all time. Admittedly, she has endorsed that branding with Goldie the rhinestone Goat on her leotards, but frankly, it’s justified. Imagine breaking record after record at Olympics and World Championships and US Championships, and literally re-writing the Code of Points (she has four skills named after her already, and will have a fifth if she decides to compete her already-famous Yurchenko Double Pike). Imagine being the face of NBC for months leading up to the Olympics.

    It’s all an honor. It’s all deserved. It all comes with lucrative endorsement deals.
    And it’s all A LOT of pressure.

    Does the common man know how badly gymnastics hurts? Or do they make it look deceptively easy so you don’t think about their pain?

    So if we treat this as a math equation, so far we are adding together:
    – Surviving sexual abuse by the doctor that your sports federation hired, plus
    – Competing for an organization (USA Gymnastics) that has lied and withheld and destroyed documents that would be incriminating in these cases, and still in a legal gridlock with a massive lawsuit and bankruptcy, plus
    – Giving repeated interviews that say a primary reason you are still competing is to hold the governing body accountable for its abusive actions, plus
    – Being “led” by a leader whose whole strategy is “Don’t worry, nobody can beat us when we have Simone,” plus
    – Being led by a leader whose wife can’t refrain from being a keyboard warrior whining about all the (justified) criticism of her husband on the very eve of this epic meet today (don’t look, it’s sickening), plus
    – Pressure amplified by media outlets and social media, plus
    – Real physical pain, plus
    – Real physical exhaustion, plus
    – Real physical DANGER (I can’t describe to you how complex, impressive, and downright dangerous these skills are that she is competing), plus
    – Her own self-imposed goals and pressure, equals…

    A very stressful life indeed. Under the Olympic microscope. With three of your best friends by your side, really hoping you can all hack it and earn the gold medal that is expected, and is even being treated as a foregone conclusion.

    I read a quote from earlier this year that Simone couldn’t wait until the Tokyo Olympics. Not for them to start; she couldn’t wait for them to be over. What a mindset to be handling all this multifaceted pressure under.

    My guess–and admittedly, this is purely speculation based on what I saw and what she said in interviews afterward–is that she lost air awareness in her vaults. Some people call it “The Twisties.” It’s like an inner ear equilibrium problem when you are flinging flipping flying twisting through the air at 100 mph. If you don’t know where you are in your twist, then you have no idea when/how you will hit the ground. If you don’t know how to prepare for the landing, it can hurt you. Very badly. Usually it stems from stress and lack of confidence in a skill. But once it happens once, it is very difficult to just “go back to normal.” Sometimes it takes weeks. Or months.

    My old teammates will remember this story, I’m sure. On December 1, 1998, I was training whip-two-and-a-halfs on floor. I was almost 15, and I had already competed 2.5’s for a year, but the whip into it was new. I remember struggling with it, and I remember being frustrated and scared. I remember that I had done nine of them, because normally we stopped after about five repetitions of each tumbling pass. I couldn’t wait to be done with them.

    The next thing I remember, my coach was spoon-feeding me jello.

    It took me quite a while to orient myself, but I finally concluded that I was in a hospital. My hands were tied to my bed. An IV was running. Monitors were beeping. And my coach was feeding me by spoon.

    I remembered going to gymnastics the night before (was it the night before?). I thought through the rotations I had done, remembered tumbling, and thought, something must have happened on floor. I didn’t have the energy or clarity to ask for more information.

    I remember very little of the next few days. Final exams were the following week, so I asked for my parents to bring my textbooks so I could study. When I opened my Biology book, the words were literally swimming on the page, and it felt like someone stuck a knife in my skull. I closed the book, and went back to sleep.

    I was discharged from the ICU after three days, when my brain swelling had subsided. I slept for most of the next week. I had colossal headaches and crushing fatigue. Somehow, I completed my exams, and two weeks later, I was cleared to go back to the gym for conditioning.

    Long story short, I underestimated how painful that would be, and while I ended up having a very successful season, it was MONTHS to regain my confidence on twisting skills. I simply didn’t trust my body to know where it was in the air. (On that fateful day, instead of 1 flip and 2.5 twists to my feet, I had done 1.25 flips and 2 twists flat to my back, completely missing my feet on the floor.)

    Simone looked lost in the air. The same thing had happened in her last warmup vault before competing, which she had crashed into the ground. Instead of 1 flip and 2.5 twists to the left, you can see that by the end of the first twist, her head is at neutral, and in the last half of the twist (she did 1.5 total), her head is toward the right. Your head should never be to the right if you are twisting left. She was completely disoriented.

    Miraculously, she landed on her feet in a deep squat, and touched neither her hands nor butt to the ground. She saluted, walked off, and looked stunned.

    I’ve already seen several armchair gymnasts today calling her cowardly. That she’s not mentally tough enough to handle the pressure. That she caved. That she gave up. That she wasn’t willing to risk/sacrifice for her team. That she failed.

    I’ll tell you one excellent thing about the new gymnastics regime in the United States. Simone said she was not safe to compete. And they listened. And they supported her.

    They did not shuffle her off the floor to hide her. They did not pressure her to continue. They did not relegate her to permanent banishment and judgment. They listened.

    Who knows what would have happened if Simone competed the rest of the meet today. She says she was not at all confident that she could complete her routines safely. I think most people think, like, maybe her ankles are in jeopardy. Or she’s just trying to avoid the embarrassment of a fall. Or the embarrassment of not winning a gold medal.

    I hope my example provides insight that losing air awareness is literally life threatening. Her brain and spinal cord are genuinely at risk. Nevermind an Olympic medal.

    So in my eyes, today was a victory. Simone had the privilege of thinking, feeling, and deciding. Her teammates had the privilege of rising to the occasion on the biggest of stages, under the brightest of lights. Jordan Chiles, who was not slated to compete on bars or beam today, stepped in and NAILED IT when it mattered. Grace McCallum has now hit eight for eight routines in the Olympics, with a silver medal to show for her courage and consistency. Sunisa Lee crushed the world’s hardest (literally) bar routine when the pressure was massive. And she excelled on floor as the last American competing, when their “defeat” was already almost certain.

    I hope people take advantage of the privilege of watching this 24-year-old’s life unfold on their TV screens. She’s tremendous when she soars, and she’s tremendous when she speaks. Every day until today, she’s showed us that she *can.* Today, she told us that she can’t, and I respect her all the more.

    It remains to be seen whether she will compete in her remaining FIVE events this Olympics. She’s due up for the all-around competition in two days, and for all four event finals in the days after that. She is allowed to compete, and she is allowed to withdraw. Or she can choose some of each.

    I hope she feels respected, empowered, admired, and love. I hope she feels confident in her gymnastics and in her decision-making. I hope she leaves here with heaps of perspective and no regrets. And I hope she forever cherishes what that silver medal today means for her, her teammates, the gymnastics community, and anybody who has EVER felt that the external pressure to “carry on” is too great to survive.”

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  15. Well if it’s no big deal, how about we just send them on thru to Canada?

    You guys can pay for them.

    And way to sugarcoat breaking numerous US laws. This invasion is criminal activity.

    This here, is dereliction of duty.

    Impeach this senile old fool.

    “Biden Spokeswoman Admits Biden Is Releasing COVID Positive Illegal Immigrants Into Communities…”

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  16. “People need to grow up — its a mask; its not a ball and chain.”

    It’s pure panic porn theater HRW. It’s BS.

    DC mayor orders everyone to mask up. Why?

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    If I was in DC I’d be more worried about the gang bangers than Covid.

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  17. A response to Garland’s idiocy above….

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  18. Bingo!

    That’s exactly what they want, then they can crack down and limit rights again.

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  19. More fear/panic porn masquerading as journalism.

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  20. HRW asked why conservatives single out Chicago. I told him they’re an easy target, run entirely by Dems, with the strictest gun rules in the US, and as bad as Iraq. Hence the new “Chiraq” moniker.

    But I’ll admit it, I was partially wrong. They’re not as bad as Iraq.

    Chiraq is actually worse.

    https://johnkassnews.com/the-city-of-anarchy/

    “The City of Anarchy: Calling Chicago “Chiraq” is now an insult to Iraq”

    “Every Monday in the city of anarchy, on what Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot once called “Accountability Mondays” without irony, the media tallies the number of the weekend murdered dead and the wounded.

    And the Democrat politicians point fingers at each other.

    More than 70 people were shot this past weekend, with 12 dead. Over the July 4 weekend, more than 100 people were shot, among them more than a dozen children, and 19 were killed. And so on, weekend after weekend, weekday after weekday.

    Violence, the fear of violence and its after-effects are the top issues in Chicago.

    More than 2,000 people have been shot this year, more than a 60 percent increase compared to 2019. The crime website heyjackass.com, puts the number at 2,064 shot and wounded so far, reporting that 428 have been shot and killed.

    “Another bloody weekend,” tweeted my friend Tom Bevan, co-founder of Real Clear Politics “Calling the city Chiraq is now an insult to Iraq.”

    He did provide the headline to this column. But let’s understand why it is an insult to Iraq. Chicago’s crime statistics, as bad as they are, don’t tell the full story. There were 970 murders in 1974—a record year for homicides—but Chicago’s population then was more than 3 million and half the city was considered middle class.

    In the nearly 50 years since then, Chicago has continued to shrink and decay—beset by woefully inept governance and poisonous policies that ground down all but the most connected of the politically connected. ”

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    Democrats need to own this. THEY built it.

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  21. A little while ago, I read that Simone Biles has confirm that it was indeed the “twisties” (losing “air awareness”) that she had experienced. She said it usually take a couple weeks for her to get over that.

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  22. I agree the Olympics is a corrupt bloated mess that is declining in interest. However, lets not dump on the athletes. Trump was mocking the US women’s soccer team the other day and his audience applauded — what happened to America First?

    I still wonder why Chicago; why not St Louis, New Orleans, Detroit etc. Chicago is 10th in gun deaths and 17th in violent crime among large cities. There are much smaller cities with far more violence per capita. Outside of the actual war

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  23. If I understand correctly, Abbot doesn’t want the federal gov’t to transport migrant children through and in Texas due to Covid concerns. Thus he wants state law enforcement to interfere with federal law enforcement. A bit confusing given that Abbot has relaxed Covid restrictions and has said Covid is no longer a big deal. If Covid isn’t a big deal, he doesn’t have a reason to prevent the federal authorities. But if it is a big deal, he’s not taking any measures to prevent its spread in Texas. Stats do indicate Texas does have a problem.

    As for masks; sure some of it is hygiene theatre but it does work as a preventive measure and its fairly cheap and simple. Now, I’ve watched American politicians wear masks but then take it off to speak ….. so its pretty useless since speaking tends to send salivia, germs, etc a bit further. In school this year, I wore a mask in the classroom all day including when I spoke. Its not a big deal…you get used to it. As I said yesterday, death rates tend to increase about two weeks after case rates increase. Its a little too early to see the full effect of the delta variant.

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  24. (8:49) I must have read the same piece the other night as Kizzie read (about the ‘twisties’ and what happens mid-air). It sounds potentially pretty dangerous, I can see why it would be a red flag for an athlete.

    And I agree with hwesseli about death stats, it is a bit early yet although so far it would appear to be an encouraging factor.

    But the death rate data does follow behind the case numbers and other info that is coming in this early in an outbreak. So we’ll all be waiting to see (and hope things stay calmer on that front).

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