27 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-11-21

  1. And the establishment RINOs play along…..

    “Vaccine And Mask Coercion Is A Purge Of Republican Voters, And Republicans Are Letting It Happen

    Republicans are still by and large allowing their own voters to be purged from employment and schooling based on their evidence-informed convictions that oppose reality-defying leftist groupthink.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/09/vaccine-and-mask-coercion-is-a-purge-of-republican-voters-and-republicans-are-letting-it-happen/

    “Myriad Republican lawmakers are standing idly by, letting their voters be threatened with not being able to support their families or access education due to their medical and political beliefs about the just response to COVID.

    After a lull in the push to implement vaccine mandates and vaccine passports this spring — conveniently when the majority of state legislatures are in session and therefore could be more responsive to voter concerns — the issue is back with a vengeance.

    Both private and public institutions are reinstituting counterproductive and ineffective COVID responses like masks due to another round of media-ginned fear about variants that are less dangerous than the original. Vaccine passports, mandates, and pressure are therefore surging again, with “learning” institutions that are really social conformity systems pushing experimental genetically based therapies, social restrictions, and face coverings, even on children who are at less risk from COVID and Delta than they are from the seasonal flu.

    The COVID Threat Isn’t What People Are Being Told
    As with the initial COVID outbreak, the mounting hysteria and pressure are far out of proportion to reality. Now, the vast majority of high-risk people have accepted experimental protections against COVID, death rates are low, we know of effective therapeutics for hard cases, and there is plenty of hospital capacity. Daily COVID deaths are now one-fourth the average daily deaths from heart disease and one-third the average daily deaths from cancer.”

    We have been promised “back to normal” for more than a year, and what we are instead getting is more of the same use of that promise to force us into harmful behaviors and social re-engineerings. Republicans are largely out to lunch on this, or worse, helping.

    Half of Americans have by now taken the full course of COVID-19 therapy shots. For those who weren’t manipulated into this decision, that is their prerogative.

    But it should also be the prerogative of the other half of Americans to decide that they prefer the risks of a case of COVID-19, which are low for the vast majority of the population, to the risks of trying novel treatments overseen by highly politicized health agencies that have proven they put politics before science. So even if federal agencies remove the “emergency use authorization,” as they’ve been hinting at for some time for naked political reasons, everyone with eyes to see is aware that process is so highly politicized that Americans can have no confidence the decision was made on reliable and objective data.

    Governments, employers, and schools are using the United States’ long history of vaccine research and acceptance to push people into subjecting their highly personal health decisions to government and employers, as well as essentially forcing people to identify themselves as the kind of free-thinkers very powerful people are currently identifying as “dangerous.””

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  2. This isn’t the “moderate” some of you rubes thought he might be. Why you would think that when he spent 8 yrs. in the most radical admin ever, is ridiculous.

    “Federal judge to Biden admin: No, you can’t force doctors to perform abortions and sex-change operations”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/08/10/federal-judge-to-biden-admin-no-you-cant-force-doctors-to-perform-abortions-and-sex-change-operations-n407864

    “Round One goes to the Franciscans [see update], but it’s going to be a long fight. As the Obama administration proved with the Little Sisters of the Poor, progressives will go the distance to impose mandates on religious organizations. A federal judge issued a permanent injunction yesterday that restores conscience protections for health-care workers and facilities, including the right to refuse abortions and sex-change operations:

    A federal court has blocked President Joe Biden’s mandate that would require doctors to perform transgender surgeries against their consciences.

    Judge Reed O’Connor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, granted “a permanent injunction” to the Christian plaintiffs “to be exempt from the government’s requirement to perform abortions and gender-transition procedures.” …

    The ruling permanently enjoins Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra “from interpreting or enforcing” the law “in a manner that would require them to perform or provide insurance coverage for gender-transition procedures or abortions, including by denying Federal financial assistance because of their failure to perform or provide insurance coverage for such procedures or by otherwise pursuing, charging, or assessing any penalties, fines, assessments, investigations, or other enforcement actions.”

    O’Connor’s decision rests on a number of points, not the least of which is his rejection of the government argument that the case is moot. The Trump administration changed the HHS rule in 2019 governing these issues to protect religious liberty. The Biden administration and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra are in the process of changing the rule again, which O’Connor notes hardly makes this issue moot. Indeed, O’Connor points out that HHS has already reinterpreted Section 1557(a) to expand its enforcement to include the objectionable procedures:

    Even assuming the HHS Secretary has the power to reimagine Section 1557(a)—or the 2020 Rule for that matter—by administrative fiat,7 the 2021 Interpretation, while succinct, did little for clarity. According to the 2021 Interpretation, incorporating all of HHS’s compliance measures, Section 1557(a) should be interpreted to read, in relevant part, as follows … [quotes interpretation]

    If this sounds entirely unworkable or, at worst, materially indistinguishable from the 2016 Rule, you’re not alone. Compare the 2020 Rule and 2021 Interpretation, 86 Fed. Reg. 27,984, 27,984 (May 25, 2021); with the 2016 Rule, 81 Fed. Reg. 31,376, 31,466, 31,467 (May 18, 2016) (defining “sex” discrimination under Section 1557 to include discrimination based on “gender identity,” and promising “[i]nsofar as the application of any requirement under this part would violate applicable Federal statutory protections for religious freedom and conscience, such application shall not be required.”). The 2021 Interpretation effectuates a legal Penrose staircase to enforce Section 1557 in the near identical way as, if not an enhanced version of, how the 2016 Rule dictated.

    In other words, the government argument on mootness is at the very least disingenuous. O’Connor then turns to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claim by the plaintiffs, and finds that neither side disputes the damage that will take place under HHS enforcement of this interpretation. The remaining question is whether the government has narrowly tailored its rule for only the smallest infringement possible, and at that O’Connor scoffs. Furthermore, he notes that a smaller-scale exemption led to another RFRA violation in an earlier case:”

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  3. These aren’t the “moderates” you were looking for either.

    “Here Are Joe ‘Moderate’ Biden’s 10 Most Insanely Radical Nominees

    The rioter-bailer, Russia hoaxer, anti-vaxxer, border evader, and pro-baby-killer vice president is just one heartbeat away from leading the free world — and there are plenty more radicals where she came from.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/10/here-are-joe-moderate-bidens-10-most-insanely-radical-nominees/

    “Do you remember when Joe Biden and his friends in the corporate media promised he would be a beacon of civility and unity if we would just elect him president? Fast-forward to the end of July, and a Senate committee advanced to head up the Bureau of Land Management a Biden-selected eco-terrorist who once booby-trapped trees with spikes in a potentially murderous screw-you to the logging industry. Last week, Biden announced on live television that he intended to break his oath of office by violating the Constitution with another eviction moratorium.

    In light of all the radicalism, it’s worth noting Stone-Manning and the embrace of lawlessness weren’t one-offs. As conservatives warned from the get-go, Biden has proved to be a Trojan horse for the ambitions of the party’s far-left faction, as his Cabinet picks and agency nominees testify.

    Here are the top 10 most radical Biden nominees, in no particular order, that further reinforce this reality.

    1. Tracy Stone-Manning
    We’ve already touched on the eco-terrorist. Stone-Manning, whom Biden nominated to head the Bureau of Land Management and whose nomination the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced on July 22, took part in an Idaho tree-spiking incident in 1989.

    Tree-spiking, a form of ecoterrorism indulged by some far-left environmental activists, features metal rods hammered into trees that turn into deadly projectiles when processed for logging. Intended to instill fear among people in the timber industry by setting traps of steel that explode on impact with a saw, this tactic has also injured firefighters who already face the dangerous job of extinguishing deadly wildfires.

    “Contrary to many stories in the news, Ms. Stone-Manning was not an innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in this case. And she most certainly was not a hero,” wrote Retired Special Agent Michael Merkley or Stone-Manning’s involvement. “She was vulgar, antagonistic and extremely anti-government.”

    2. David Chipman
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said confirming Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would be like putting “Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department.”

    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who survived a politically motivated shooting in 2017, called the nominee out for “alarming ignorance” and “clear anti-gun bias,” with Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida adding the pick is “no better than Beto O’Rourke.” Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins called David Chipman “unusually divisive,” and Sen. Ted Cruz blasted him over “disturbing” allegations of racism against black ATF agents and participation in Chinese propaganda.

    They’re not wrong. Chipman, who clocked in 25 years at the ATF and is now a senior policy adviser at the anti-gun group Giffords and was formerly on the advisory council of Everytown for Gun Safety, admitted during a Senate committee hearing that he supports a ban on AR-15s, a modern sporting rifle that is ubiquitous in the United States. As a lobbyist, Chipman fought for handgun licensing and registration and universal background checks. In fact, thanks to gun-grabby politicians and would-be ATF director, Americans can’t get their hands on guns fast enough. Sales have been soaring at the prospect of a Chipman confirmation.

    After news broke of Chipman’s appointment, the nominee locked his Twitter account, probably taking cues from other inflammatory Democrats whose Twitter conduct jeopardized their careers.

    Chipman’s scorn for gun-owning Americans runs deep. In April, he compared first-time gun owners who purchased firearms during overbearing lockdowns to zombie preppers, and mocked them as being like Joe Exotic from “Tiger King.”

    “Secure that gun locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet, and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear,” Chipman said.

    During Senate testimony, Chipman refused to say whether he would prosecute the president’s son Hunter Biden for an illegal gun purchase — a gun Hunter later misplaced after his girlfriend tossed it in a trash can near a school. Speaking of misplacing guns, GOP senators have reason to believe Chipman lost his firearm as an ATF agent.

    Chipman was also a case agent in the 1993 Branch Davidian compound siege in Waco, Texas, which resulted in 82 deaths. He has also falsely claimed that Waco cult members “used 2.5 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters.” Evidence from a Waco follow-up investigation showed no helicopters were shot down.

    3. Catherine Lhamon
    Biden nominated Catherine Lhamon to be assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, a post she held during the Obama administration, where she was in charge of enforcing Title IX against sex discrimination.

    During her 2013-2017 stint there, however, Lhamon eroded due process rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses. She pressed schools to implement a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard and keep legal representation out of the process. For sexual misconduct cases, Lhamon also pushed universities to embrace an adjudication model that relied on a single campus administrator.

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education blasted Lhamon, saying her Office for Civil Rights “gutted due process protections and violated the First Amendment.”

    The office did so through so-called Dear Colleague letters, which are essentially excuses for unelected bureaucrats to legislate. The resulting campus kangaroo courts were so egregious that even some leftist icons condemned them. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously denounced them “for not giving the accused person a fair opportunity to be heard.”

    As The Federalist’s Eddie Scarry wrote, Lhamon would change the due process standard, swapping “presumption of innocence for ‘possibility’ of innocence.””

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    And there’s plenty more…..

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  4. Enjoy!

    “There Are More Than 50 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19”

    https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2021/08/10/there_are_more_than_50_long-term_effects_of_covid-19_789293.html

    “For many people who contract mild, moderate, or severe COVID-19, the disease’s effects don’t disappear when the infection fades. A systematic review and meta-analysis published Monday to the journal Scientific Reports found that 80% of cases result in at least one long-term symptom.

    The authors of the report scoured more than 18,000 publications, seeking studies assessing the long-term effects of COVID-19 with at least 100 subjects. They found fifteen studies, which collectively followed 47,910 patients for as long as 110 days post-infection. They then pooled the data to discern the prevalence of chronic side effects.

    “The five most common symptoms were fatigue (58%), headache (44%), attention disorder (27%), hair loss (25%), and dyspnea [difficult breathing] (24%),” the reviewers reported.

    In total, they turned up 55 potential long-term symptoms. Other notable chronic effects included loss of taste (reported in 23% of cases), loss of smell (21%), cough (19%), sweating (17%), and hearing loss (15%).”

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  5. Move along, nothing to see here.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!

    This article contains disturbing information about medical experimentation on humans.

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    “Investigate Now: Federal Grants Sponsored Possibly Live Baby Harvesting At University Of Pittsburgh

    The facts we have at hand should be enough to get the attention of the federal authorities and elected officials responsible for ending this nightmare.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/09/investigate-now-federal-grants-sponsored-possibly-live-baby-harvesting-at-university-of-pittsburgh/

    “Another week, another discovery that the U.S. government attempted to cover up scientific experiments on viable babies—with by far the most condemning evidence yet and increasing calls for federal investigation. On Monday, Judicial Watch and David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the details of a $3 million grant the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave the University of Pittsburgh to create a fetal “Tissue Hub” to dismember and distribute the organs of full-term aborted babies, selected by race, for inhumane experiments.

    As if that wasn’t appalling enough, new evidence points to the University of Pittsburgh harvesting organs from born-alive babies as a real possibility—meaning the babies would have died while researchers dissected their bodies for kidneys and other organs.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently handed over the documents thanks to a lawsuit Judicial Watch filed last year on behalf of CMP when the agency failed to deliver records CMP requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    Last month, Daleiden’s group exposed the University of Pittsburgh’s work to graft the full-thickness scalps of unborn babies onto the backs of rodents in a study funded by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID office. The records released this week reveal this wasn’t a one-off incident, unearthing an agreement between NIH and the university to fully operationalize a grotesque baby organ bank funded by federal taxpayers.

    As just discovered this week, the specific terms of the grant were to “develop a pipeline to the acquisition, quality control and distribution” of human babies from all levels of development right up to the age of birth. The University of Pittsburgh’s grant application to the NIH requests funding to “generate an ongoing resource” to fetal tissue from babies 6 to 42 weeks old by establishing itself as the “Tissue Hub and Collection Site” for the “GUDMAP” project. The project supplies researchers across the country with aborted kidneys, bladders, and other organs for experimentation.

    The series of grants, running from 2015 into May 2021, propose that fetal collections “can be significantly ramped up” from previous years—effectively making the university a base for harvesting and distributing baby tissue.

    Pittsburgh claims it has been collecting fetal tissue in enormous volumes for more than a decade, including “liver, heart, gonads, legs, brain” and “kidneys, ureters and bladders.” In 2015 alone, it distributed “over 300 fresh samples collected from 77 cases” and “as many as 725 cases” the year prior. It’s reasonable to assume that this number exponentially increased, since their stated target goal is to have a minimum of five cases of tissue per week for ages 6 to 42 weeks. That’s at least one baby per day.”

    “On Wednesday, the University of Pittsburgh’s spokesman dodged multiple accusations that the organs of born-alive babies were being harvested, possibly indicating that federally funded researchers at the university harvested babies’ kidneys from their bodies while their hearts were still beating.

    The spokesman told Fox News the researchers aimed to minimize what scientists call the “warm ischemia time,” or in the words of the NIH, “the time [an] organ…remains at body temperature after its blood supply has been reduced or cut off.” The Pitt spokesman confirmed Wednesday this was in fact the time after tissue was collected and distributed: “Ischemia time, he said ‘refers to the time after the tissue collection procedure and before cooling for storage and transport.’”

    The Center for Medical Progress explained this could mean “the organs are still receiving blood supply from the fetal heartbeat” during tissue collection. This means the spokesman’s quotes affirm the possibility these babies are being delivered alive and killed by the process of organ harvesting.”

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  6. You know the answer.

    The videos would expose their lies and false narratives about Jan6th.

    “Why Won’t the Government Release Officer Fanone’s Bodycam Video?

    The government used a little trick to prevent video from being formally entered into the judicial record. Federal judges played along.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/05/why-wont-the-government-release-officer-fanones-bodycam-video/

    “At least one federal judge handling several Capitol protest criminal cases is paying attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s show trial about the events of January 6.

    Judge Thomas Hogan, 83, who has served on the D.C. District Court for nearly 40 years, referred to public testimony given last week by four law enforcement officers while he scolded a husband and wife over their involvement in the protest.

    “[H]e begins by talking about the violence, and makes clear he listened to the police officers who testified before Congress last week about their experience, and notes the recent suicide of [a Metropolitan Police Department] officer,” Zoe Tillman, a reporter for BuzzFeed, live-tweeted during the couple’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

    Set aside for a moment how the inflammatory and unsubstantiated accounts by those officers will taint an already highly biased jury pool in Washington, D.C. when trials begin next year; it’s clear the January 6 select committee already is influencing court proceedings. Judge Hogan, and presumably others, will take witness testimony at face value and use it as proof that Capitol defendants, even the nonviolent ones, contributed to “violence” that day.

    Which is why, as we have argued repeatedly at American Greatness, the government and U.S. Capitol Police should agree to release more than 14,000 hours of surveillance video captured by security cameras on January 6. If the four-hour melee indeed compares to the worst terrorist attacks against Americans, and ranks among the worst days in U.S. history, the public deserves to see what happened, minute-by-minute, inside and outside the building.

    But it’s not just Capitol complex security video that the government is trying to conceal from the public. In a recent filing, Joe Biden’s Justice Department argued against the release of footage recorded by officer Michael Fanone’s bodycam on January 6. The D.C. Metropolitan Police narcotics officer was one of the four cops who testified last week.

    Fanone, 40, said he was not supposed to be on Capitol Hill that day but that he put on an official, unworn uniform—including a body camera—for the first time in 10 years to help assist his colleagues control the chaos. Fanone also testified he was afraid he would be killed that day—either shot with his own gun or torn limb from limb by Trump fanatics. In one outburst, Fanone called insurrection deniers in Congress “disgraceful” and claimed they were “betraying their oath of office.”

    Fanone is working hard to become a household name. He’s been on a part-pity, part-publicity tour for the past seven months, detailing his harrowing experience and stalking Republican members of Congress. He’s become a regular on CNN; following his testimony last Tuesday, Fanone headed to the CNN studio for an interview with Don Lemon. The two ended the segment with an embrace and expressions of love for each other.

    In a front-cover profile in this week’s Time magazine, Fanone recalled how he phoned the network from his emergency room hospital bed on January 6. “Fanone looked up CNN, called the number that came up on his phone and told the woman who answered that Mike Fanone with the metropolitan police department needed to talk right away to that jerk on the air who was insulting the good name of every police officer,” Molly Ball reported. “The following week, at his urging, the department set up a round of interviews with the Washington Post and major TV networks. Fanone, one of several officers authorized to speak to the press, was the star of every segment.”

    Four months later, Ball writes, Fanone was in a D.C. ritzy wine bar with other cops looking “to meet girls”—Fanone is divorced and living with his mother—when they asked the bartender to turn on CNN. Lemon was airing exclusive footage from Fanone’s body-worn camera. “The bar fell silent as the body-cam footage played,” Fanone told Ball. “And suddenly, for the first time since that day, Fanone was sobbing uncontrollably, shoulders heaving as his buddies put their arms around him.”

    The Justice Department continues to release cherry-picked video clips from its massive trove of digital evidence to support the White House’s narrative that January 6 was a deadly insurrection executed by domestic terrorists. The government continues to blow through discovery deadlines in court; during a hearing last Friday, a prosecutor admitted full discovery obligations in the Capitol breach probe won’t be fulfilled until early 2022 at the earliest.

    Three men have been charged with assaulting Officer Fanone; they’ve been held behind bars since March, denied bail after the Justice Department successfully sought pre-trial detention for Thomas Sibick, Albuquerque Head, and Kyle Young. As is the case in most motions for pre-trial detention, the government used a brief selective video clip from Fanone’s body camera in the case against his attackers.

    But a group of 16 news organizations called the Press Coalition wants to see all of Fanone’s body camera footage from January 6. Media companies including the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and NBC News are suing for access to video evidence in several cases. In June, the group asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson to release “Officer Michael Fanone’s body-worn camera, and . . . surveillance footage for the Lower West Terrace of the United States Capitol.”

    The Justice Department objected to the request. “The government opposes the release of [the] Videos . . . as the government has never submitted those videos to the Court, the videos have never been the subject of any judicial decision, and thus they are not a ‘judicial record’ to which any public right of access might attach,” prosecutors wrote on June 25. “Furthermore, [the Capitol surveillance] Video . . . is designated as ‘Highly Confidential’ under the parties’ Protective Order in this case.” (As I explained here, the Justice Department has deemed all USCP surveillance video as “highly sensitive” government material.)

    The reason Fanone’s bodycam video is not court material is that prosecutors, shrewdly, used screenshots of the videos rather than links to the actual evidence in court filings. “Entering a screenshot as an exhibit does not make the entire video from which the screenshot was taken an exhibit.””

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    Nothing to see here, right?

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  7. Dear me what depth of evil lies in the hearts of man? That post on the human experimentation makes me sick to my stomach…what must we expect when we see judgement upon our nation? How I pray hearts will repent and turn from wicked ways…therein lies our hope. I am sad that I am holding out no hope at this point and it seems we have reached the point of no return… 😔 one now Lord Jesus….

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  8. As husband said when I read it to him, “The Aztecs had nothing on us”.

    And it explains the inaction on our part against China for exactly the same thing.

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  9. Good news!

    I guess they thought that they were elected to take a taxpayer-funded vacation, fly around and take selfies! They need to be made examples of… hopefully, Gov. Abbott and the Speaker will follow through…

    The behavior of Dems in stalling election audits and election reform speaks far louder than any words they say.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/texas-supreme-court-allows-for-arrest-of-democrats-who-dont-show-up-to-captiol_3942391.html

    “The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday voided a lower court’s order that restricted Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s authorization to arrest and detain state Democrats who fled the state in July to block a GOP-backed voting overhaul bill.

    The high court issued a stay of Travis County State District Judge Brad Urrutia’s order, giving Democrats until Thursday to issue a court filing in response.

    Phelan and Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, had asked the court to overturn the order by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. They had asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn Urrutia’s order, arguing that he stopped them from exercising their constitutional authority to arrest and detain the lawmakers who broke quorum.

    “Compelling the attendance of its members is a prerogative given to the House by the Texas Constitution,” the two Republican leaders said in their petition to the court.

    In a statement on Tuesday after the Supreme Court ruling, Abbott’s office claimed victory, saying “the Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do.”

    “We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats,” the statement added.”

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  10. The follow-up – arrest them and keep the pressure on…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/texas-house-speaker-signs-arrest-warrants-for-52-absent-democrats_3943069.html

    “House Speaker Dade Phelan on Tuesday signed arrest warrants for the 52 state House Democrats who absented themselves from legislative business in order to block Republican-led election reforms, according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Earlier in the day, the Texas House of Representatives voted 80-12 to bring back the wayward Democrats. Hours prior to the vote, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Republicans were within their rights to force their colleagues to return.”

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  11. Just like with Epstein, Weinstein, and the donor with the male prostitute and meth problems, the left and the media play dumb about Cuomo the perv. They feign surprise at the accusations against him, even though they spent a decade protecting him and attacking his accusers.

    It’s pathetic the level of gaslighting they sink to, as if no one will notice.

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  12. Let’s roll the tape, shall we?

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    My how things have changed, from fanboy to faux outraged media hack.

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  13. Once again Biden shows his anti-American sentiments and policies. Why let American workers and companies benefit by getting out of the way, when you can pump billions to countries that hate us instead.

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  14. But no more mean tweets, right?

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  15. C’mon man….

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  16. So we know its Republican voters who avoid masks and vaccines? Anti vaxxers are fairly popular on the left too. However, the precedent has been set decades ago — employers can set standards and requirements in the workplace; they can require physicals prior to employment, on going drug testing, and in right to work states can fire without cause. Its Republicans who are complaining about this — they favoured these corporate rights. You really can’t be surprised that a vaccine would an employment condition.

    I’m confused how do you force doctors to perform surgeries they didn’t train to do. Obviously a Catholic doctor isn’t going to learn how to perform an abortion thus why would anyone want him to perform an abortion. There must be more to the story here, a quick read suggests insurance is also part of the issue and that makes more sense. And the injunction prevents forcing doctors to perform abortions but doesn’t state that this has actually happened. I think theoretically the proposed changes may allow an administrator to force a doctor to be involved in an abortion but realistically I can’t see it happening. An issue created by fear.

    I’ll preface the next comment by saying I’m personally opposed to abortions in most cases but I’m extremely gratefully that the responsibility and the decision making process is not in my hands. Its a decision between a woman and her doctor.

    And yes I find fetal tissue experiments creepy and/or weird. And if I was given a organ transplant I would also feel weird — using a dead person’s liver?. However, fetal tissue experiments have been done for decades now, in the search for cures to a host of diseases. No matter your personal opinion on the issue of fetal tissue, most of us will donate our own body for organ transplant when dead and some people even donate the body entirely. How is fetal tissue any different from the use of human bodies? In the pro-life argument, they are both human so why don’t we treat fetal tissue similar to human organs? Questions I honestly don’t have the answer too but it does present an other perspective.

    Police and prosecutors manipulating the judicial process? Cops hiding digital evidence? And people act surprised and outraged. This is normal behaviour.

    And how are Texas Republicans going to keep their democratic colleague in the House? Tie them down? Will they gag them so they cant object or even resign? The Republican majority in the House is too small to avoid quorum rules and can be subjected to filibuster techniques. According to McConnell et al, the way to avoid a filibuster is to engage in negotiations and reach non partisan solutions. Maybe Texas Republicans should listen to their federal counterpoints.

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  17. The behaviour around Cuomo, Epstein, Trump and Gaetz is non partisan — people try to pretend its not there while subtly warning others of problems. Look at the US gymnasts organization or Jim Jordan and Ohio State. Sexually harassment and systemic sexual assaults should not be a partisan issue. Of course Cuomo has no legitimacy but lets not pretend this is a Democratic issue — Gaetz, Trump and Jordan also have no legitimacy. When either side ignores their own issue — we can remember the speck vs branch in the eye analogy.

    Gvien Biden’s call for more oil production, we can stop saying he’s a climate change extremist; just another capitalist politician stuck on the need for cheap energy.

    Given the weird price spikes and drops in the last 18 months (see lumber prices), inflation needs to be judged in the long term in order to smooth out 2020’s effects on data.

    As I said yesterday, Florida’s data is weird and haphazard. Yesterday they reported no cases. DeSantis needs to report his state’s data in a consistent matter rather than blame other agencies for taking his data at face value. Poor data management is the issue not other people or agencies. On wonders if DeSantis is doing it on purpose to avoid responsibility.

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  18. Taking a stand…more will be lining up to do so I believe…
    https://www.wibc.com/blogs/mock-n-rob/watch-teacher-quits-in-front-of-school-board/

    Inflation? We just paid 200 dollars more than previously to have our septic cleaned…and that was the lowest bid…the other company was 400 more!

    I suppose the names noted above would appear to have a difference in affiliation and character. The D’s are hell bent on destroying our nation with socialism…the R’s are not…..

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  19. Do it.

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    Tase them all.

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  20. Democrats built this.

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    They need to own that %$#@.

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  21. This is the inevitable conclusion to their asinine policies.

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    The people who keep voting for these idiots deserve what they get.

    Where is the American media on this?

    Oh that’s right, they’re carrying water for those responsible.

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  22. Core inflation rate in the US is slightly above 4% — higher than the norm of the last decade but to be expected given the rapid economic growth following 2020. Canada’s inflation is about 2.5% — with less of an economic surge than the US this makes sense (less decline in 2020 means less recovery in 2021)

    As I said yesterday, turning your back on someone is immature at best. If police want to be taken seriously as a profession they have to start acting as professionals. If they don’t like the policies, they have a powerful union use it or just quit. At least the young lady complaining about her school board had the adult response of quitting a job she no longer agreed with it — imagine if she turned her back to the school board and sulked like the cops.

    As for the young lady, at least 25% of new teachers quit in the first five years. This is an Ontario stat, I imagine in a place where the pay and job security is worse, the rate would be higher. For many young people, teaching is a rude awakening and not what they thought it would be.

    If an equity workshop makes her upset, I can’t imagine how a classroom filled with children who won’t listen or work will make her feel. Given my experience I would think the equity program was either the spark or the excuse for her to quit.

    White able bodied middle class women do control the education system; that is a fact. Does it need to change — depends on the school board and the school’s demographics. Teachers from various backgrounds expose students to different ideas and teachers who match the demographics of the students are helpful. However, its often the hidden demographics of class and immigrant experience that connect students or at least in my experience. However, being told in an equity workshop that it needs to change should not make you quit, there is probably more to the story.

    Finally, a stronger union would probably help her and others in terms of job retention. When my board introduced mandatory equity lessons they were quickly told by my union that although they liked the direction of equity education, it was not in the curriculum nor could teachers be forced to use specific lesson plans. The board quickly relented and said it was up to teacher’s discretion and lesson plans could reflect local circumstance. She might also adopt the cynicism of 25 yr experience teachers who ignore the latest fad and just teach in a way they know works but she would have to stick around for a few years to learn this lesson

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