20 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-13-21

  1. According to the Wisconsin Jobs and Energy Coalition it would take 2,100 trucks to move the product that goes through the Line 5 pipeline. That would be 90 trucks per hour leaving the terminal every hour to travel east. Imagine the traffic congestion and road wear from that. Until we no longer need fossil fuels, it will be transported some how.

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  2. Good news for personal freedom lovers, bad news for Dems and Covid scolds….

    “Appeals Court Halts Biden OSHA Employer Vaccine Mandate Pending Consideration of Permanent Injunction

    “IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OSHA take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/11/appeals-court-issues-preliminary-injunction-halting-biden-osha-employer-vaccine-mandate/

    “On November 6, 2021, reported on the temporary stay of the Biden employer vaccine mandate issued under the purported authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5th Circuit Appeals Ct Halts Biden Employer Vaccine Mandate “Pending Further Action By This Court:

    The Biden administration has imposed a vaccine mandate on all companies with over 100 employees, originally due to start in December now pushed back to January.

    The mandate was accomplished through an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard, which arguably is beyond OSHA’s authority. Because the issue is an agency action, a group of plaintiffs invoked a federal appeals court rule that allows an application for a stay of agency action directly in the Court of Appeals.

    You can read the Motion for a Stay and Motion for Expedited Consideration, filed on November 5, 2021, in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals….

    The Court just issued an emergency stay pending an expedited briefing schedule ….

    That briefing concluded, and the 5th Circuit today issued its Order putting a longer-term hold on the mandate pending consideration of a permanent injunction.

    The Opinion started by noting how rare the procedure used by OSHA was:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “reasonably determined” in June 2020 that an emergency temporary standard (ETS) was “not necessary” to “protect working people from occupational exposure to infectious disease, including COVID-19.” … This was not the first time OSHA had done this; it has refused several times to issue ETSs despite legal action urging it do so…. In fact, in its fifty-year history, OSHA has issued just ten ETSs.1 Six were challenged in court; only one
    survived.2 The reason for the rarity of this form of emergency action is simple: courts and the Agency have agreed for generations that “[e]xtraordinary power is delivered to [OSHA] under the emergency provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” so “[t]hat power should be delicately exercised, and only in those emergency situations which require it.” Fla. Peach Growers Ass’n v. U.S. Dep’t of Lab., 489 F.2d 120, 129–30 (5th Cir. 1974).

    This case concerns OSHA’s most recent ETS—the Agency’s November 5, 2021 Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Mandate”) requiring employees of covered employers to undergo COVID-19 vaccination or take weekly COVID-19 tests and wear a mask.3 An array of petitioners seeks a stay barring OSHA from enforcing the Mandate during the pendency of judicial review. On November 6, 2021, we agreed to stay the Mandate pending briefing and expedited judicial review. Having conducted that expedited review, we reaffirm our initial stay.

    Here’s the key portions of the Opinion:

    We first consider whether the petitioners’ challenges to the Mandate are likely to succeed on the merits. For a multitude of reasons, they are.
    We begin by stating the obvious. The Occupational Safety and HealthAct, which created OSHA, was enacted by Congress to assure Americans “safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” See 29 U.S.C. § 651 (statement of findings and declaration of purpose and policy). It was not—and likely could not be, under the Commerce Clause and nondelegation doctrine8—intended to authorize a workplace safety administration in the deep recesses of the federal bureaucracy to make sweeping pronouncements on matters of public health affecting every member of society in the profoundest of ways….

    On the dubious assumption that the Mandate does pass constitutional muster—which we need not decide today9—it is nonetheless fatally flawed on its own terms. Indeed, the Mandate’s strained prescriptions combine to make it the rare government pronouncement that is both overinclusive (applying to employers and employees in virtually all industries and workplaces in America, with little attempt to account for the obvious differences between the risks facing, say, a security guard on a lonely night shift, and a meatpacker working shoulder to shoulder in a cramped warehouse) and underinclusive (purporting to save employees with 99 or more coworkers from a “grave danger” in the workplace, while making no attempt to shield employees with 98 or fewer coworkers from the very same threat). The Mandate’s stated impetus—a purported “emergency” that the entire globe has now endured for nearly two years,10 and which OSHA itself spent nearly two months responding to11—is unavailing as well. And its promulgation grossly exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority.

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    For similar reasons, a stay is firmly in the public interest. From economic uncertainty to workplace strife, the mere specter of the Mandate has contributed to untold economic upheaval in recent months. Of course, the principles at stake when it comes to the Mandate are not reducible to dollars and cents. The public interest is also served by maintaining our constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals to make intensely personal decisions according to their own convictions—even, or perhaps particularly, when those decisions frustrate government official….

    For these reasons, the petitioners’ motion for a stay pending review is GRANTED. Enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard”22 remains STAYED pending adequate judicial review of the petitioners’ underlying motions for a permanent injunction.23

    In addition, IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OSHA take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.”

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  3. The FBI has a problem…..

    They suck, and act like un-American brown shirts for the Democrats..

    Yes Virginia, there is a Deep State…..

    And our media is garbage…

    “Is the FBI Now Leaking Project Veritas Documents to the New York Times?

    “documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/11/is-the-fbi-now-leaking-project-veritas-documents-to-the-new-york-times/

    “James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group recently came under federal attack over their possession of a diary that allegedly belonged to Ashley Biden, which ultimately led to an FBI raid on O’Keefe’s home.

    It was curious when the New York Times seemed to have advanced knowledge of the raid, but now it looks as though the Times is being fed information that may have been obtained through the raid.

    Adam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti wrote at the New York Times about internal Project Veritas attorney-client documents they obtained.

    Project Veritas and the Line Between Journalism and Political Spying

    Hours after F.B.I. agents searched the homes of two Project Veritas operatives last week, James O’Keefe, the leader of the conservative group, took to YouTube to defend its work as “the stuff of responsible, ethical journalism.”

    “We never break the law,” he said, railing against the F.B.I.’s investigation into members of his group for possible involvement in the reported theft of a diary kept by President Biden’s daughter, Ashley. “In fact, one of our ethical rules is to act as if there are 12 jurors on our shoulders all the time.”

    Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying, and internal documents obtained by The New York Times reveal the extent to which the group has worked with its lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.

    The documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations — which typically diverge from standard journalistic practice by employing people who mask their real identities or create fake ones to infiltrate target organizations — to avoid breaking federal statutes such as the law against lying to government officials.

    After the FBI raid, O’Keefe claimed that all of his reporting notes were confiscated along with numerous other documents. Now the New York Times is scouring and reporting on various Project Veritas documents and memos. Are we to believe this is a coincidence?

    The documents show, for example, Project Veritas operatives’ concern that an operation launched in 2018 to secretly record employees at the F.B.I., Justice Department and other agencies in the hope of exposing bias against President Donald J. Trump might violate the Espionage Act — the law passed at the height of World War I that has typically been used to prosecute spies.
    The media recoiled in horror when Trump called them an enemy of the people, but they work so hard to prove him right again and again.

    Tucker Carlson discussed this with attorney Harmeet Dhillon last night:”

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  7. Yeah! A sternly worded letter is sure to do it Joe.

    All while senile Biden dithers and worries about pronouns and pushing CRT on kids.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10195079/Russia-deploys-paratroopers-Belarus-border-region-amid-fears-conflict.html

    “US says Russia will be making a ‘serious mistake’ as it warns it is ‘looking at ways of dealing’ with Lukashenko as UK sends soldiers to Poland after Putin provokes West by deploying troops in Belarus and sending bombers over North Sea

    Antony Blinken said Belarus is using migration as a weapon and said US is ‘looking at tools it has’ to respond

    Kamala Harris condemned Lukashenko’s ‘troubling actions’ on the border and warned ‘world is watching’

    But Belarus hit back, as defence minister said West is trying to ‘initiate conflict’ and he will ‘respond harshly’

    Came after Belarus and Russia held military drills near border, with UK troops deployed to beef up defences

    Russia also flew two nuclear-capable bombers close to the UK with RAF Typhoons deployed to escort them

    US also warned that Russia is preparing to invade eastern Ukraine after building up forces along its border”

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  8. Sure, go with that take…..

    “Op-ed explains why economic woes ‘actually might not be a bad thing’ (besides, it’s YOU’RE fault)”

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  9. Why anyone would trust this clown is beyond me…..

    “Dr. Fauci Warned About Coronaviruses in 2003 – But Didn’t Act On It”

    https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2021/11/12/dr_fauci_warned_about_coronaviruses_in_2003__but_didnt_act_on_it_803252.html

    “Few would argue the United States, or any country for that matter, was prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, even though, starting in 2003, the U.S. devoted $5.6 billion to fund Project Bioshield, running through 2013, and another $2.8 billion of funding through 2018. Project Bioshield was designed to prepare the United States against a bio attack, including provisions for the stockpiling and distribution of vaccines.

    Though Covid-19 was a new virus, congressional testimony from 2003 paints a concerning picture about what we knew – and when – about the family of viruses from which it originated.

    “I am particularly interested in learning how Project BioShield would assist in addressing the current public health emergency created by the epidemic known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS],” said Tom Davis, chairman of the Committee on Government Reform. “More than 2,000 suspected cases of this mysterious disease have been reported in 17 nations, including the United States, with 78 fatalities. So far, there is no effective treatment or vaccine to combat this deadly syndrome.”

    Among those testifying to the committee in 2003 was Dr. Anthony Fauci, then and now the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci told the committee:

    SARS, standing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, has now spread through several countries, at least 17 countries. There are over 2,200 cases, and about 80 deaths. There have now been 100 cases in the United States in 27 states. This is a new disease. It is what we refer to as an emerging microbe, an emerging infectious disease. The data from the CDC and from other laboratories indicate that the corona virus, which is an interesting group – it is a very common virus. It is what causes about 10 to 20 percent of the common colds. There are two groups of corona viruses. This is likely a member of a new third group. It has not been definitively demonstrated that this is the, or the only, cause of SARS, but the evidence is mounting every day from a variety of approaches that we are taking.

    According to testimony in 2003, Fauci confirmed SARS was an emerging infectious disease of which data indicated it was tied to the coronavirus, the cause of 10-20 percent of common colds.

    “It has the capability of being a very severe syndrome,” Fauci continues. “The death rate in this is 3.5 percent, which may sound small, but when you think about the possibility of infecting hundreds of millions of people, this can turn out to be a major public health threat. In fact, in parts of the world it already is leading to such draconian measures as quarantines and isolation in several countries.”

    Fauci continues: “The CDC has done a magnificent job thus far,” Fauci said in 2003, “and we know that they will continue to, in not only identifying and tracking but essentially now moving ahead in collaboration with the NIH and a variety of other agencies, the FDA, in developing diagnostic therapeutics and on our way to a vaccine.”

    How is it that in 2003, Fauci claimed the CDC, in collaboration with the NIH, was doing a magnificent job and would work toward therapeutics and an eventual vaccine – and yet this country was basically blindsided, with few known therapeutics and no vaccine, 17 years later? The medical advice that became the norm and remains the norm in many parts of the United States is, if you become infected with COVID-19, stay home, and wait to see if you get sicker. Looking back on Fauci’s words, it appears our health officials missed the mark on a grand scale.

    Even more concerning: in 2003, it was disclosed that monoclonal antibodies have changed the way we treat everything from heart disease to cancer – yet such treatments were not being pushed like they are now.

    Fauci’s words throughout the 2003 hearing are troubling in light of where we are today with COVID-19.”

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  10. There it is – there is no longer (and never was) any scientific basis for forcing people with natural immunity to get the jab.

    Trust the SCIENCE!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/cdc-no-record-of-naturally-immune-transmitting-covid-19_4102046.html

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/11/09/why-politicians-and-bureaucrats-are-so-threatened-by-the-people-covid-couldnt-kill/

    “This is why the public health establishment won’t talk about, much less abide, natural immunity. They have no use for it. Indeed, it stands in the way. Those who have it don’t need the government to force the vaccine on them. They can survive on their own power.

    That unique power is a poke in the eye to rulers who presume complete control. Despots, Canetti explains, “regard survival as their prerogative” and are therefore especially hostile to the challenge presented by survivors. To the health care despots who seek the ultimate power over others, the COVID-19 survivor’s natural immunity represents the greatest threat of all: the power of the individual.”

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  11. Not a single instance…..

    “CDC Admits Crushing Rights of Naturally Immune Without Proof They Transmit the Virus

    After formal demand, the CDC concedes it does not have proof of a single instance of a naturally immune individual spreading the virus.”

    https://aaronsiri.substack.com/p/cdc-admits-crushing-rights-of-naturally

    “You would assume that if the CDC was going to crush the civil and individual rights of those with natural immunity by having them expelled from school, fired from their jobs, separated from the military, and worse, the CDC would have proof of at least one instance of an unvaccinated, naturally immune individual transmitting the COVID-19 virus to another individual. If you thought this, you would be wrong.

    My firm, on behalf of ICAN, asked the CDC for precisely this proof (see below). ICAN wanted to see proof of any instance in which someone who previously had COVID-19 became reinfected with and transmitted the virus to someone else. The CDC’s incredible response is that it does not have a single document reflecting that this has ever occurred. Not one. (See below.)

    In contrast, there are endless documents reflecting cases of vaccinated individuals becoming infected with and transmitting the virus to others. Such as this study. And this study. And this study. And this study. It goes on and on…

    “But it gets worse. The CDC’s excuse for not having a shred of evidence of the naturally immune transmitting the virus is that “this information is not collected.” What?! No proof! But yet the CDC is actively crushing the rights of millions of naturally immune individuals in this country if they do not get the vaccine on the assumption they can transmit the virus. But despite clear proof the vaccinated spread the virus, the CDC lifts restrictions on the vaccinated?! That is dystopian. ”

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    There are links galore….

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  12. “The facts about natural immunity are simple. Every single peer reviewed study has found that the naturally immune have far greater than 99% protection from having COVID-19, and this immunity does not wane. In contrast, the COVID-19 vaccine provides, at best, 95% protection and this immunity wanes rapidly. I am no mathematician, but a constant 99% seems preferable to a 95% that quickly drops. And, while the vaccinated readily transmit the virus, not so for the naturally immune.”

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  13. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) received your September 02, 2021, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on September 02, 2021, seeking:

    “Documents reflecting any documented case of an individual who: (1) never received a COVID-19 vaccine; (2) was infected with COVID-19 once, recovered, and then later became infected again; and (3) transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to another person when reinfected.”

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  14. This is creepy, and totally inappropriate.

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  15. So then why the need to force this on kids…..?

    “Six healthy children died of Covid in a year, but lockdowns fuel youth health timebomb

    New data reveal devastating impact of pandemic restrictions on children’s health, while also showing limited impact of virus”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/11/six-healthy-children-died-covid-year/

    “Covid killed just six healthy children during the pandemic, while lockdowns have fuelled a timebomb of health disorders among the young, new data showed.

    The research examining more than 3,000 deaths of under-18s in England in the year since the first lockdown found a “tiny” proportion were linked to Covid.

    Just 25 deaths were caused by the virus, and only six of those involved children without underlying conditions.

    The same year saw more than 1,100 heart deaths among children, along with almost 1,200 fatalities linked to neurological conditions and more than 450 deaths among under-18s with respiratory conditions, according to research published in the journal Nature Medicine.”

    “Meanwhile, a separate study from the University of Oxford showed a 17 per cent fall in diagnoses of childhood cancers in the months following the first lockdown.

    Researchers found that those diagnosed during the pandemic were twice as likely to be admitted to intensive care before diagnosis, suggesting that the disease was more advanced, when survival chances are worse.

    In addition, “alarming” NHS statistics showed that the number of children waiting for treatment for eating disorders has doubled in the past year. The official figures showed more than 2,000 children and young people waiting for treatment in September 2021, up from 860 in a year.

    Experts said that the slew of data painted a devastating picture of the long-term harm inflicted on children and the problems being stored up for the future.

    Dr Camilla Kingdon, the president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said that the study showed “very, very tiny numbers” of children dying from Covid.

    Meanwhile, successive lockdowns and social distancing caused far greater consequences “through lost education, mental health, and other collateral damage”, she said, with much of the impact yet to be seen.

    “There was a view that kids weren’t affected by Covid. But what we would constantly try to point out – and which some of this data shows – is actually, these are wider issues that are no less detrimental to children and may have a more long lasting impact actually, then the virus itself,” she said.”

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