48 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-17-21

  1. While the rear echelon $#@%^#^% ^%&$^%$^ continue to screw things up, the real men and women of the US military step up.

    Now, and then.

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  2. Follow the experts!

    Oh wait……

    “WaPo White House Correspondent Says Biden Wanted Afghan Exit So Badly He Didn’t Listen To The Generals”

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/08/15/white-house-correspondent-biden-wanted-afghan-exit-didnt-listen-generals/

    “Washington Post White House correspondent Anne Gearan said Sunday that President Joe Biden was so caught up in wanting to get out of Afghanistan that he ignored advice from top generals.

    Gearan joined a panel discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the Taliban’s rapid takeover of much of Afghanistan in the wake of the Biden administration’s accelerated exit from the country.

    “Anne, what’s the divide? Clearly a divide between the Pentagon and the president,” host Chuck Todd began.

    “Do you expect this to have long-term fallout between the White House and the Pentagon?” Todd asked, adding, “And I think the Pentagon is whispering, ‘We didn’t want to do it.’”

    “They didn’t want to do it,” Gearan replied, saying that Biden’s relationship with the top generals had not been the best from the very beginning.

    “Biden took office very skeptical of the generals, as he likes to call them, for exactly the point you make,” Gearan continued. “He thinks Obama got jammed — that’s his word — during the surge and he was determined not to be jammed himself.””

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    More….

    “Intel Officials Say They Warned Biden That Afghanistan Would Collapse if U.S. Withdrew, But He Ignored Them”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/16/intel-officials-say-they-warned-biden-that-afghanistan-would-collapse-if-u-s-withdrew-but-he-ignored-them/

    “n the weeks leading up to the sacking of Kabul, the Biden Administration was “consistently informed” that the Taliban could quickly overwhelm the country and take the capital,” according to anonymous intelligence officials.

    Multiple U.S. officials warned that a debacle reminiscent of the 1975 fall of Saigon (when helicopters had to evacuate diplomats from the U.S. embassy’s rooftop as the North Vietnamese Army stormed the South Vietnam capital) was in the making.

    Joe Biden, nonetheless, plowed ahead with the plan, insisting that such a result was “highly unlikely.”

    “[U.S.] leaders were told by the military it would take no time at all for the Taliban to take everything,” an anonymous U.S. intelligence official told ABC News. “No one listened.”

    Other intelligence sources said that Biden and his team of advisers had reached their decision about the U.S. military’s withdrawal — which was all but completed on July 4 — based on a variety of factors that went beyond Kabul’s fate.

    A senior congressional official who asked not to be named in order to discuss sensitive briefings told ABC News that intelligence officers had warned the U.S. leaders about a swift and total victory by the fundamentalist Taliban militants who had held power in Kabul during the late 1990s up until after the Sept. 11 attacks.

    “The intelligence community assessment has always been accurate; they just disregarded it,” the official told ABC News, speaking about the Biden administration.

    Just over one month ago, Biden said in a press conference that it was “highly unlikely” that the Afghan government would fall to the Taliban after the U.S. left, and forcefully denied that he had been briefed to that effect.

    “The Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped, as well-equipped as any army in the world, and an air force, against something like 75,000 Taliban,” he said. “It is not inevitable.”

    A reporter noted that his own intelligence advisors were warning him that the Afghan government would “likely collapse,”

    “That’s not true,” Biden shot back. “They did not. They didn’t reach that conclusion.”

    He went on to say that the Afghan government “clearly” had the capacity to sustain the government, and there was “no comparison whatsoever” between this withdrawal, and the 1975 withdrawal from Saigon.”

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    Joe Biden folks, wrong on everything.

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  3. Wrong on everything….

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    See that, they’re moderates, just like Joe Biden…

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  6. Appalling is a good word to describe this debacle.

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  7. This question seems long overdue.

    ““Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?””

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  8. Oh HRW…….

    Looks like your numbers from the weekend are wrong.

    “Early indicators suggest Democrats’ House majority is in jeopardy

    Barack Obama and Donald Trump got “shellacked” in their first midterms. Early signs indicate Joe Biden might face a similar fate in 2022.”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/early-indicators-suggest-democrats-house-majority-jeopardy-n1276703

    “Democrats with proven track records of winning tough districts aren’t running for re-election. Republicans are enjoying early fundraising windfalls. And, as Donald Trump and Barack Obama both learned the hard way, midterm elections almost always break against the president’s party.

    The early indicators that showed Democrats poised to make big gains in Congress four years ago now point the other direction, suggesting that the narrow 220-212 Democratic House majority is in serious danger.

    “Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022,” said David Wasserman, who tracks congressional races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

    “But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he said. “Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50 percent and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”

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    Good luck with that. 🙂

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  9. The idiots run the asylum.

    “Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Signs Law Removing Basic Literacy and Math Skill Requirement for High School Graduates

    Standards dropped to accommodate “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/oregon-gov-kate-brown-signs-law-removing-basic-literacy-and-math-skill-requirement-for-high-school-graduates/

    “No, this is not the Bee. Oregon has decided that basic literacy and basic maths competency are not only unworthy goals of K-12 public education but that they shouldn’t even be a requirement to “earn” (really, at this point, just be granted) a high school diploma. Because ‘equity.’

    ‘Equity’ is, to my mind, among the most destructive, divisive, soul-crushing concepts in the ideological universe, the myriad and far-reaching consequences of this systemic cruelty will be felt for generations.

    Apparently, Oregon governor Kate Brown has some inkling of the damage she is doing because she reportedly kept her stance on and even the eventual signing of this bill into law under the radar.

    Oregon Live reports:

    For the next five years, an Oregon high school diploma will be no guarantee that the student who earned it can read, write or do math at a high school level.

    Gov. Kate Brown had demurred earlier this summer regarding whether she supported the plan passed by the Legislature to drop the requirement that students demonstrate they have achieved those essential skills. But on July 14, the governor signed Senate Bill 744 into law.

    Through a spokesperson, the governor declined again Friday to comment on the law and why she supported suspending the proficiency requirements.

    Brown’s decision was not public until recently, because her office did not hold a signing ceremony or issue a press release and the fact that the governor signed the bill was not entered into the legislative database until July 29, a departure from the normal practice of updating the public database the same day a bill is signed.

    We all hear horror stories about students “graduating” high school without being able to read or write, but we think of these as isolated instances and typically occurring in Democrat-run inner cities. Now Oregon is enshrining illiteracy, including maths illiteracy, into actual state law. It’s mind-blowing.

    Oregon Live continues:

    [Charles] Boyle[, the governor’s deputy communications director,] said in an emailed statement that suspending the reading, writing and math proficiency requirements while the state develops new graduation standards will benefit “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

    Latino, Latina, AND Latinx? Someone needs to bone up on their woke speak.”

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    The soft bigotry of lowered expectations….

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  11. The left just love them some hoaxes. Jessie Smollet, Russia, Russia, Russia!, and numerous others, now this too.

    “Hoax: Fired TN Vaccine Chief Reportedly Sent “Threatening” Muzzle To Herself

    “An investigation into the source of a muzzle sent to the office of Dr. Michelle Fiscus was purchased with a credit card belonging to Fiscus”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/hoax-fired-tn-vaccine-chief-reportedly-sent-threatening-muzzle-to-herself/

    “Tennessee’s now-former vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus claims she ran afoul of Republican state officials by urging teens as young as 14 to get vaccinated without parental consent.

    In the brouhaha leading up to her eventual firing for “poor interpersonal communication skills, ineffective management and attempting to steer state money to a nonprofit she founded,” Fiscus claimed to have received a dog muzzle from Amazon.

    She claims to have taken it as a message that she shut up about vaccinations. It has now been revealed by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security who investigated the incident that Fiscus sent the muzzle to herself via a secondary Amazon account using her personal American Express card.”

    Hoax: Fired TN Vaccine Chief Reportedly Sent “Threatening” Muzzle To Herself
    “An investigation into the source of a muzzle sent to the office of Dr. Michelle Fiscus was purchased with a credit card belonging to Fiscus”

    Posted by Fuzzy Slippers Monday, August 16, 2021 at 07:30pm 32 Comments
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    Tennessee’s now-former vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus claims she ran afoul of Republican state officials by urging teens as young as 14 to get vaccinated without parental consent.

    In the brouhaha leading up to her eventual firing for “poor interpersonal communication skills, ineffective management and attempting to steer state money to a nonprofit she founded,” Fiscus claimed to have received a dog muzzle from Amazon.

    She claims to have taken it as a message that she shut up about vaccinations. It has now been revealed by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security who investigated the incident that Fiscus sent the muzzle to herself via a secondary Amazon account using her personal American Express card.

    Axios broke the story, so be sure to review their work. I’m not a fan of their choppy, disjointed layout, so I am going to use a local news outlet.

    Nashville News 4 reports:

    An investigation into the source of a muzzle sent to the office of Dr. Michelle Fiscus was purchased with a credit card belonging to Fiscus, according to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

    The report states that the muzzle sent to Fiscus was purchased with a credit card in the name of Dr. Michelle D. Fiscus.

    “Based on the information provided to us by Amazon via subpoena, and on information derived from interviews, there is no evidence to indicate the dog muzzle was intended to threaten Dr. Fiscus,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Special Agent Mario Vigil wrote in a memorandum closing the investigation. “The results of this investigation indicates that purchases from both Amazon accounts were charged to the same American Express credit card in the name of Dr. Michelle D. Fiscus. At this time, there appears to be no threat toward Dr. Fiscus associated with receipt of the dog muzzle. This case is closed.”

    Fiscus was Medical Director of the Tennessee Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program at the Tennessee Department of Health before she was fired on July 12.

    For her part, Fiscus denies sending the muzzle to herself, but she does not address the use of her American Express card for the purchase.”

    It’s not clear what she hoped the muzzle hoax would do in terms of saving her job, but she did admit that she was using the national attention as a “platform.””

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    It was…….

    Magic! 🙂

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  12. Yep.

    “Hunter Biden’s Russian Prostitute Videos Indict Both His Father And U.S. Intelligence Agencies”

    “The issue here is not Hunter’s addiction or illegal behavior. Rather, it’s the intense corruption of the media and intelligence agencies, and how greatly our current president is compromised.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/13/hunter-bidens-russian-prostitute-videos-indict-both-his-father-and-u-s-intelligence-agencies/

    “A Russian woman, a drug dealer, and two of his compatriots may have stolen a laptop from Hunter Biden in 2018, Hunter told a prostitute in another sex video, leaving the president’s son concerned he may be blackmailed because of his father’s political position.

    While the salacious video of Hunter Biden released earlier this week exposes more details about the troubling lifestyle of the president’s son, it reveals much more about a corrupt and complicit media, a corrupt and incompetent intelligence community, and a corrupt and compromised Joe Biden.”

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    “Connections to the New York Post Story
    Like the videos, emails, and text messages recovered from the MacBook Hunter Biden abandoned at a Delaware repair shop and reported on by The New York Post in October 2020, the footage published Wednesday by The Daily Mail exposes recent disturbing and illegal behavior by the president’s middle-aged son.

    But like the New York Post’s earlier reporting, the issue here is not Hunter’s addiction or his illegal behavior. Rather, the latest video reveals the corruption—and more—of the media and the intelligence community, while also establishing how greatly our current president is compromised.

    When the New York Post broke news of the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned MacBook shortly before the election, corporate media framed the story as misinformation and refused to report on it. Leftist-controlled social media outlets went further by de-platforming The New York Post and blocking the sharing of the article.

    The corporate media’s bias in favor of then-candidate Joe Biden was clear to all but the most hardened partisans on the left, but Wednesday’s reporting from The Daily Mail now reveals another reality: that while the corrupt media ignored the story, even a hooker saw the significance of a missing laptop containing Hunter Biden’s sex videos.

    Did he worry about being blackmailed? the prostitute asked, followed by Hunter acknowledging that was a genuine concern since his father intended to run for president. The elder Biden announced his candidacy just two months after his son’s first computer went missing. Yet when The New York Post reported the existence of the Hunter Biden sex videos on the abandoned laptop, corporate media ignored this huge political scandal.

    Media-Intelligence Collusion
    The corruption revealed, however, extends much beyond the media, to the intelligence community. Here, recall that after The New York Post reported on the contents of the Hunter Biden MacBook, “50 former senior intelligence officials,” led by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, “signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’”

    That letter, clearly intended to turn the Biden scandal into a Trump-Russia scandal, now takes on a new significance in light of The Daily Mail’s reporting.

    Hunter Biden believed that sometime in the summer of 2018, Russians stole his laptop, which contained videotapes of Biden engaged in sex acts with prostitutes. Either U.S. intelligence knew of this or they didn’t, but both scenarios are equally damning.

    If U.S. intelligence agencies knew of this fact, then why would “50 former senior intelligence officials” proclaim to Americans that The New York Post story had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation?” Simply put: to counter the scandal and influence the election for their preferred candidate.”

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    Yep.

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  13. Recently, the subject of natural immunity from having had Covid vs. immunity from the vaccine was discussed here.

    “Natural immunity or vaccine? New CDC study shows COVID-19 vaccines offer more protection

    A CDC study from Kentucky found that those who had COVID-19 in 2020 and were fully vaccinated were less likely to catch it again than those unvaccinated.”

    https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/natural-immunity-or-vaccine-new-cdc-study-shows-covid-19-vaccines-offer-more-protection/512-cb25aabe-055c-4094-8ac8-fd879097cef7?amp_js_v=0.1#_=_

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  14. This was interesting and enlightening. We so easily forget that the way people of cultures think can be very different from our way of thinking.

    “Why Afghan Forces So Quickly Laid Down Their Arms

    Opposing Afghan factions have long negotiated arrangements to stop fighting — something the U.S. either failed to understand or chose to ignore.”

    “The power of kinship led to a common arrangement whereby extended families have protected themselves by sending one son to fight with the government army or police (for pay) and another son to fight with the Taliban. This has been a strategy in many civil wars, for example, among English noble families in the 15th-century Wars of the Roses. It means that at a given point, one of the sons can desert and return home without fearing persecution by the winning side…

    Thus, as in medieval Europe, Afghanistan has a tradition to which the Taliban have adhered closely — and which helps explain the speed of their success. The Taliban will summon an enemy garrison to surrender, either at once or after the first assaults. If it does so, the men can either join the besiegers or return home with their personal weapons. To kill them would be seen as shameful. On the other hand, a garrison that fought it out could expect no quarter, a very strong incentive to surrender in good time.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/08/16/afghanistan-history-taliban-collapse-504977?fbclid=IwAR3k5MrEsP7G9q2On2Y5m3MYSGqnuLrN3Hn5lpfR8L4IZrxyhP_IsRP0T2Y

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  15. That was supposed to be “people of different cultures”. I was sure I had “different” in there until I re-read after posting.

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  16. One last thing to share:

    From Mariposa County Public Health Dept.

    “We’ve been hearing a lot of questions about bad side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine that can happen years after a vaccination. We wanted to share some important information about this.

    ◾ No non-live vaccine has ever been shown to do this.
    ◽ Biologically, scientifically, it doesn’t make sense.

    ◾ The vaccine leaves the body within 72 hours. The antibodies created by your own immune system are what stick around.

    ◾ Serious side effects are RARE and the vast majority occur within 6 – 8 weeks.
    ◽ These side effects have proven to be extremely rare and the benefits still outweigh the risks.

    ◾ In contrast, COVID-19 has been proven to cause long-term health problems in many.”

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  17. Kizzie at 11;14: a lot of people knew that but politicians were determined to ignore it. And it works well for the men, not so well for the women and girls. Or for the Christians. And others.

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  18. Kizzie @ 11:08: I tried your link, but I was “access denied.”

    You should know by now not to trust the CDC.

    The experimental injections do not actually impart immunity or inhibit transmissibility of the virus. In other words, they are not designed to keep you from getting sick with SARS-CoV-2; they only are supposed to lessen your infection symptoms if or when you do get infected. As such, these products do not meet the legal or medical definition of a vaccine.

    In the USA, it takes an average of 12 years for an experimental drug to travel from the laboratory to your medicine cabinet. That is, if it ever makes it. Only 5 in 5,000 drugs that enter pre-clinical testing progress to human testing. One of those five drugs that are tested in people is actually approved. Then, along came COVID-19 – your instincts should tell you that something is terribly wrong here…

    No vaccine for HIV after 40 years of research. No vaccine for cancer after 100 years of research. No vaccine for the common cold. A certain virus mysteriously appears and within a year they have a ‘vaccine’, and we are all expected to immeiately take it? Hmmmm….

    Covid is essentially a bad flu that was made more transmissible and nastier with a spike protein.
    The spike protein remains with you indefinitely. In effect, you have modified your own genetic make-up without actually gaining immunity and without reducing transmissibility.

    More people have died from the experimental injections in the last seven months than all other vaccines combined over the last 30 years. Many tens of thousands more people now have long-term health problems after taking the injections. The experimental injections are far more dangerous and deadly than the virus itself.

    Most new reported Covid cases are coming from people who have already been ‘vaccinated’ for COVID-19. In Mass, 74% of recent Covid cases were those who had been fully vaccinated, yet it’s still being claimed that new cases are being driven by the unvaccinated? It doesn’t add up. There are similar results in Europe. In Israel, 90% of new Covid cases are people who are fully vaccinated.

    Natural immunity is far superior to getting vaccinated, and is what actually leads to herd immunity.

    The so-called ‘variants’ are not from the unvaccinated – why would the virus need to mutate to take on non-vaccinated people? It’s actually mutating to get around the ‘vaccine’. The ‘variants’ are cover for the deaths, injuries, and hospitalizations caused by the injections.

    A ‘vaccine’ so safe that you have to be coerced or threatened to take it for a disease so deadly that you have to be tested in order to know whether or not you have it.

    So the bottom-line choices:
    If I take the experimental injection…
    I can still get COVID
    I can still spread COVID
    I can still die from COVID (though very rare)
    And I CAN die from getting the experimental injection.

    BUT if I don’t take the experimental injection…
    I can still get COVID
    I can still spread COVID
    I can still die from COVID (though very rare)
    But I CAN’T die from getting the experimental injection. Hmmmm!

    There is not now, nor has there ever been a vaccine for Covid-19. It’s not really necessary anyway, since safe, effective treatments already exist. And with a recovery rate of about 99.8%+, where is the pandemic?

    Do not be deceived…

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  19. “Natural immunity or vaccine? New CDC study shows COVID-19 vaccines offer more protection”

    I’m sorry Kizzie, but I have to call BS on this, because it is.

    Man made vaccines are no match for a body’s natural immuno response, and does nothing against a variant.

    Tychicus covered it nicely above.

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  20. Lots of opinions out there. Most of us clearly put more stock in some than others. We may just have to leave this internal argument at that and agree to disagree.

    But we’ll all know more in a year — or whenever this thing is in our rearview mirror — about immunity, how long it does or doesn’t last. For now, the jury and complete data are still mostly out on those issues.

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  21. Wait…. what?

    This makes no sense.

    From your link…

    “A CDC study from Kentucky found that those who had COVID-19 in 2020 and were fully vaccinated were less likely to catch it again than those unvaccinated.”

    They have no way to determine that. It’s ridiculous.

    So how do they know that protection is coming from the vaccine, and not the prior infection and natural antibodies? Every patient is different, did they deep dive on each individual as my medical group is to see if antibodies are present before vaccination, and if not, why not?

    I doubt it. My personal results, though anecdotal, show their assertion to be false. I’m still carrying antibodies 16 months from infection. I have no need at this point for a vaccine.

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  22. I suspect people are too worked up over something with a 99% survivability rate, just as the politicians and media have groomed them to be.

    You have a better chance of dying in a car crash, yet nobody’s freaked out about driving.

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  23. Rent for me, but not for thee….

    Hypocritical hack.

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  24. Burn!

    And it’s funny because it’s true. Trump gets banned, but the Taliban isn’t.

    Enjoy!

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  25. Doesn’t everyone want their own personal late-night propaganda simp?

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  26. A little insulting to throne sniffing toadies, but go on….

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  27. Don’t forget the lung and organ damage it can leave behind. Special reminders.

    What would (and should) have been a straight-forward public health issue arrived at a time when we’re all in a spiral of outrage. So here we are.

    Glad Abbott was vaccinated.

    WSJ

    POLITICS ALERT

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19, his office announced in a news release. The governor is fully vaccinated against the virus and is not symptomatic, a spokesman said.

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  28. Number of auto accident deaths per year: Approximately 38,000.

    Over half a million have died from Covid in less than two years.

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  29. This also has been a good reminder that we simply can’t control everything, right?

    Humility. It should be a lesson out of all of this in the end.

    I don’t see much of that yet, but maybe that virtue still has a chance

    If not, God will remind us (again) somehow …

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  30. A Facebook friend, Donn Taylor, posted this:
    “TWO APPROACHES TO CRISIS: Tweets by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Tom Cotton reveal contrasting approaches to the on-going disaster in Afghanistan.
    Senator McConnell tweeted: “The Biden Administration’s botched exit from Afghanistan including the frantic evacuation of Americans and vulnerable Afghans from Kabul is a shameful failure of American leadership. The United States had the capacity to avoid this disaster.”
    Senator Cotton tweeted: “If you’re an American stranded in Afghanistan, or know one who is, please contact my office immediately: (phone number).”
    Senator McConnell’s approach was that of a spectator, an armchair quarterback. Though his criticism is certainly warranted, it contributes nothing toward improving the situation.
    Senator Cotton’s approach was active and creative, using the means at hand to throw a lifeline to people whose situation might otherwise not even be known. It was a positive action toward saving American lives.
    These contrasting approaches illustrate, eloquently, why Senate Republicans need a change in leadership. Leaders must be active players, not spectators.”

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  31. Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? NASB

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  32. My bio family, filled with strong willed but kind non Christians, can have this discussion calmly and accepting. I hope my believing family can as well. This is not an eternal question. It is important and there are more than one side. I want to keep hearing both sides as I continue to think about what God wants from me in this.

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  33. It’s fitting that it’s his VP that this bites in the butt. 🙂

    “Taliban Leader Obama/Biden Released from GITMO in Swap for Deserter Bergdahl Just Resurfaced”

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2021/08/17/obama-released-taliban-leader-from-guantanamo-in-swap-for-deserter-bergdahl-n1470220

    “It was one of the worst trades in history, even worse than Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi or Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac: Back in 2014, Barack Obama traded five Taliban commanders for one American who, we were led to believe, had been captured by the Taliban. Obama did all he could to make the swap seem noble: He said at the time that the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield,” and the five Taliban jihadis were sent to Qatar, where they would ostensibly be kept out of trouble. Seven years later, Bergdahl is known as a deserter, not a hero: In 2017, he pleaded guilty to desertion and was given a dishonorable discharge. And now Khairullah Khairkhwa, one of the jihadis Obama traded for Bergdahl, is among the Taliban leadership that just took Kabul.

    Obama’s deal was fishy from the start. Bergdahl was known as a deserter even at the time the deal was made. Former infantry officer Nathan Bradley Bethea, who served with Bergdahl in Afghanistan, wrote in the Daily Beast that Bergdahl was “a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.” Refuting reports that Bergdahl got separated from his unit while on patrol, Bethea declared: “Make no mistake: Bergdahl did not ‘lag behind on a patrol,’ as was cited in news reports at the time. There was no patrol that night. Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon—including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.””

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    “Meanwhile, Obama’s own intelligence team warned him that four of the five jihadis he traded for Bergdahl were almost certain to return to the jihad. He ignored this. And so Khairullah Khairkhwa was free to join other Taliban representatives in Qatar in 2019, negotiating the terms of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. During those protracted, fruitless, and foredoomed negotiations, Khairkhwa declared in March 2021: “I started jihad to remove foreign forces from my country and establish an Islamic government, and jihad will continue until we reach that goal through a political agreement.” Or, as things turned out, until Old Joe Biden leaves Afghanistan without bothering to have his military, which was too preoccupied with making sure to enforce woke orthodoxy anyway, prepare a coherent exit strategy that would protect our personnel and get them and our weaponry out of the country safely.

    The presence of Khairullah Khairkhwa among the Taliban leadership in Kabul is a vivid illustration of how disastrously wrongheaded, futile, and self-defeating the Left’s foreign policy really is. Jihadis will happily lie to Americans to get what they want, as Obama’s team happily accepted the assurances that the five jihadis freed from Guantanamo for Bergdahl would not return to the jihad. Those jihadis will not see gestures of goodwill as something to be reciprocated, but as signs of weakness in the enemy, a weakness that must be exploited. Now, as the Taliban consolidates its power within Afghanistan and begins to make good on its vow to export its jihad elsewhere, untold numbers of Americans and others will suffer for Obama’s determination to get the traitor Bergdahl back from the Taliban, and to show them what a grand fellow he was by freeing five of their commanders. But preventing the suffering of Americans never seems to have been a high priority for the Obama/Biden team of “experts.””

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  34. Just to put my toe in the water😌….I do not trust WHO nor CDC…. They have proven to be political in nature and I have no doubt that is from whence comes their motivations. Fauci has lied and squirmed his way through this pandemic and the CDC proclaims the no rent extension is for our “health”? It is control …that is clear

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  35. My renters are healthy and they pay their rent on time. I am glad. I cannot imagine all the small landlords trying to deal with non payers while still getting their bills paid. And the large landlords with multiple non payers would be just as ugly.

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  36. Anyhow, I am on the side of disbelieving WHO and CDC, which does not mean I believe the “vaccine” is good or bad. So I look for my info elsewhere and try to find legitimate sources. I suppose that is what happens when you lie enough or intentionally mislead, people stop believing.

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  37. Mumsee – Yes, it surely should be our aim as Christians to debate the Covid issue, and any other issue, in a calm and accepting manner, as you said, and with humility, as DJ mentioned.

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