12 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-17-22

  1. But like NY, NJ, PA, and many others, they won’t prosecute her negligence and malfeasance.

    “State Auditor: Whitmer Admin. Undercounted Michigan Nursing Home COVID Deaths by 30 Percent”

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/14/state-auditor-whitmer-admin-undercounted-michigan-nursing-home-covid-deaths-by-30-percent/

    “ichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration drastically undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths in the state, according to a state auditor general report reviewed by Fox News.

    The damning report, which is expected to be released on Monday, reveals suspicious similarities to how former Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo hid nursing home deaths in New York.

    Republican State Rep. Steven Johnson, the chairman of the Michigan House Oversight Committee, spoke with Fox News Digital in a telephone interview on Thursday. Whitmer [like Cuomo] is “well known” for her executive order “to place COVID-positive patients into nursing homes,” Johnson said.

    “And when we were looking into this to see just how deadly that policy was, the nursing home death numbers we received from the department weren’t including everything,” Johnson said. According to the report, the administration undercounted nursing home deaths by 30 percent, although some reporters estimate the number is at least 40 percent.

    According to a report by the New York State Attorney General’s Office last January, the N.Y. State Department of Health may have been undercounted nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent.

    Johnson told Fox that there are “some serious questions that have to be asked” about the alleged undercounting, and that “it does appear the people of Michigan were misled as to just how many nursing home deaths there were” due to Whitmer’s fatally flawed COVID strategy.

    “Seeing that it’s actually 30 percent higher is quite significant — we’re talking about thousands of lives that were not initially included in the department’s count,” Johnson said.

    Johnson said that the MI House Oversight Committee “plans to hold hearings on this in the near future.”

    Elizabeth Hertel, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, argued that the auditor general’s report is inaccurate because the analysis did not use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition of a long-term facility COVID death.

    “A reportable long-term care COVID-19 death is defined by the National Healthcare Safety Network as a resident who died from COVID-19 related complications and includes resident deaths in the facility, and in other locations in which the resident with COVID-19 was transferred to receive treatment,” Hertel wrote.

    “Residents not expected to return to the long-term care facility are excluded from the count. MDHHS has always required long-term care COVID-19 deaths be reported consistent with this standard set by the federal government,” she continued.

    In other words, as blogger Ace of Spades points out, once a nursing home resident got so sick he/she had to be sent to the ICU—and then died—the state didn’t count that as a nursing home death.

    ” … once she’s gotten you so sick, due to her policy of cramming covid-positive patients in your room with you, that you’re finally sent to the ICU with little expectation that you’ll ever come back, she says you’re no longer a resident of the nursing home,” Ace wrote. “People who are not expected to return to the nursing home because they are expected to DIE are removed from the list of ‘nursing home residents’ to lower the numbers of ‘nursing home deaths.’”

    Cuomo hid nursing home deaths in a similar fashion, according to N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James.”

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    Yes, and NY is doing nothing about it.

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  2. Good.

    Now the rest of you companies should too.

    “Following SCOTUS Ruling, GE Suspends Its Covid Vaccine and Testing Rules
    Building a world that works actually requires employees to do the work.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/following-scotus-ruling-ge-suspends-its-covid-vaccine-and-testing-rules/

    “General Electric announced that it has suspended Covid vaccine or test requirement for employees after this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

    The Boston-based maker of jet engines, wind turbines, and medical scanners confirmed the decision Friday via e-mail. GE is the first major company to announce a halt after the court’s decision to block the centerpiece of Biden’s push to boost COVID-19 vaccinations.

    GE holds a number of government contracts, so its 56,000 employees in the US originally fell under a separate vaccination mandate for federal contractors. The company paused that requirement in December — after a federal judge temporarily blocked the rule from going into effect — and then planned to comply with the vaccine-or-testing mandate for private employers.

    After the decision came down, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh vowed to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers against Covid.

    “Regardless of the ultimate outcome of these proceedings, OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers,” Walsh said on Thursday.

    OSHA still has general authority requiring employers to maintain a safe workplace and can fine businesses if they fail to do so. The agency has investigated thousands of Covid complaints with millions of dollars in proposed fines since the pandemic began. ”

    Given Vermont as an example, I am unsure exactly what policy Walsh thinks will work in an occupational setting that will stem the transmission of Covid in any meaningful way, especially as employees are just as likely to get exposures away from the workplace.”

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    Because Fauci is fraud.

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  3. Like I said…. a fraud.

    “The New Fauci Emails May Be Even More Damning Than You Think

    The Intercept’s Ryan Grim reviews February 2020 timeline of how coronavirus lab-leak theory was suppressed for “international harmony”.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/the-new-fauci-emails-may-be-even-more-damning-than-you-think/

    “Legal Insurrection readers may recall that in October of last year, I reported that the government had turned over nearly completely blacked-out emails in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Daily Mail.

    The UK publication eventually obtained a cache of 32 emails about the secretive teleconference between British and American health officials at the heart of the “dramatic change” in how top scientists first talked about the origins of the coronavirus during the first week in February, 2020.”

    “Those emails are at the core of some recent exchanges between Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci that have been particularly heated.

    Rand Paul on Tuesday night called Dr. Anthony Fauci for being a ‘menace’, a ‘political creature’ and not a scientist after their showdown during a Senate Health Committee hearing earlier that day.

    The Kentucky senator insisted to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that there is a probability of ’90 to 10′ that the COVID-19 virus was engineered through gain-of-function research in a lab in Wuhan, China and subsequently leaked from that lab. He has also blamed Fauci’s department of the National institute of Health for helping fund the lab and it’s gain-of-function research.

    Fauci, the nation’s top immunologist and White House go-to on the coronavirus response, has repeatedly denied these claims to Paul’s face in a series of terse back-and-forths during committee hearings over the last nearly two years.

    Bombshell email revelations now show that even leading Western experts admitted that a Wuhan lab leak is the most ‘likely’ cause and origin of the COVID-19 virus.

    Top UK government health adviser Sir Jeremy Farra, who publicly denounced the theory as a ‘conspiracy’, admitted in private emails to Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins in February 2020 that a ‘likely explanation’ was that the virus was man-made.

    As Ryan Grim (Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept) notes, the Republicans in the U.S. Congress have been privy to the unredacted portions of those emails. His assessment is that the emails are even more damming than we think, especially in light of the scientific discussion supporting the lab leak origin that was provided in the exchanges that occurred in early February of 2020.”

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  4. Senile Biden wants companies to ignore the Supreme Court ruling on his illegal mandate.

    “Biden Attempts to Circumvent Supreme Court, Calls on Private Companies to Mandate Vaccinations”

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/14/biden-attempts-to-circumvent-supreme-court-calls-on-private-companies-to-mandate-vaccinations/

    “On Thursday, after the Supreme Court struck down Joe Biden’s most comprehensive vaccine mandate, Biden called on private companies to defy the Court’s ruling and mandate vaccinations on their own.

    As The Hill reports, Biden’s remarks came after the Court voted by a 6-3 margin to strike down the nationwide mandate for private companies with over 100 employees. The mandate, which would have been implemented and overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was deemed unconstitutional after critics argued that it had not been approved by Congress first, and was instead enacted unilaterally by Biden.

    “As a result of the Court’s decision, it is now up to States and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees,” Biden said, “and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.”

    He also vowed to find other ways to work around the Court’s ruling, claiming that their decision “does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy.”

    “I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law,” he continued angrily. “This emergency standard allowed employers to require vaccinations or to permit workers to refuse to be vaccinated, so long as they were tested once a week and wore a mask at work.” Biden called this sweeping mandate “a very modest burden.”

    In a separate ruling the same day, the Court voted 5-4 to uphold another of Biden’s nationwide mandates, this one requiring vaccinations for all healthcare workers who are employed by a facility that receives funding from Medicare and Medicaid.

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, attempting to save face for the administration after the stinging defeat of the OSHA mandate, praised the health care ruling by claiming, without evidence, that the decision would save the lives of patients as well as the lives of doctors, nurses, and others who work in health care settings.” Psaki also falsely claimed that polling shows that a majority percent of Americans support strict vaccine mandates.”

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  5. Trump was right.

    They are an enemy of the people.

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    THIS is Biden’s America.

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  6. Big Tech, another enemy of the people, and Biden’s useful idiots.

    “Big Tech Accelerates Politicized Purge As Biden Issues “Special Plea”

    YouTube takes down Bongino, DirecTV To Drop OANN, while a pressure campaign is waged against Joe Rogan’s Spotify program”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/big-tech-accelerates-politicized-purge-as-biden-issues-special-plea/

    “Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden issued a “special plea” to social media companies to “please deal with the misinformation and disinformation [about COVID] that’s on your shows. It has to stop.”

    The clip is bizarre in many ways, not the least of which is the repeated references to the military stepping up juxtaposed against his “special plea” for Big Tech censorship (who are, apparently, in doddering Joe’s estimation not yet doing enough to censor ‘wrongthink’).

    Watch:”

    “Biden is Commander in Chief of the United States military per the Constitution. He has zero Constitutional authority over social media companies, yet the implication seems clear here: Big Tech needs to step up as the military has done to help fight against “one of the most formidable enemies America has ever faced.”

    Stop laughing. He is serious. And that is horrifying.

    Big Tech, never one to back down from Biden’s leftist government “pleas,” has responded by going to war with conservatives, purging them from social and alternative media just as the military under political hack Lloyd Austin is purging ‘wrongthink’ from its ranks.

    YouTube responds to Biden’s “special plea”:”

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  7. Now about those 270 “doctors”……

    Nope, just partisan shills shilling for Joe.

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    They are the misinformation they say they’re against.

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    But they will play one on TV when MSNBC and CNN has them on.

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  8. That’s racist.

    “THE COVID VAX CARD REQUIREMENT IS ANTI-EQUITY”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/01/the-covid-vax-card-requirement-is-anti-inequity.php

    “As Scott pointed out earlier today, Washington, D.C. is among the jurisdictions that will now require vaccination cards to enter restaurants, bars, and other public places. In D.C., the requirement is for proof of having received one dose or more of a covid vaccine.

    Scott alluded to the disparate impact this requirement will have on Blacks. In D.C., the disproportionately adverse impact on Blacks will be pronounced.

    According to this source from last month, the District’s African-American residents have the lowest vaccination rates of any racial group in the city. According to this source, as of January 10, 2022 the percentage of D.C. Blacks who have received a dose or more of a covid vaccine is only 52 percent, compared to 66 percent of Whites, 73 percent of Hispanics, and 93 percent of Asians.

    Black D.C. residents have the lowest rates of vaccination (one dose or more) across all age groups. The reported rates are extremely low among younger Blacks — 25 percent in the 18-24 category (compared to 36 percent for Whites and 54 percent for Asians) and 35 percent for ages 24-39 (compared to 43 percent of Whites and 50 percent of Asians).

    Customers in D.C. bars fall mostly in these two age groups. If D.C. enforces its rule, around 70 percent of the Blacks most likely to visit a bar will be unable to do so — a significantly higher exclusion rate than for Whites and a vastly higher exclusion rate than for Asians.

    For some who advance “equity” theory, this makes D.C.’s vax card requirement racist, pure and simple, no matter what rationale the city might set forth to justify it. For less extreme proponents, it might be possible, at least in theory, to justify the requirement on health emergency grounds.”

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  9. Some good news.

    “Virginia’s New Attorney General Launches Probe Into Loudoun County Schools Over Sexual Assault Cover-Ups”

    https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/16/virginias-new-attorney-general-launches-probe-into-loudoun-county-schools-over-sexual-assault-cover-ups/

    “Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced on Saturday that his office has opened an investigation into Loudoun County Public Schools for covering up multiple allegations of sexual assaults dating back several years. The announcement came hours after Miyares was sworn into office alongside Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears.

    “Loudoun County Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl,” he said in a statement. “Virginians have dealt with the horrific aftermath of these scandals, without understanding how or why they were able to happen. Virginians deserve answers – they want transparency and accountability.””

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  10. More good news….

    “Baltimore State’s Attorney finally indicted”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/01/14/baltimore-states-attorney-finally-indicted-n441500

    “We’ve provided plenty of coverage here for many years about Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, not much of which painted her in a very good light. She first rose to national attention during the botched handling of the Freddie Gray riots in 2015 and later drew criticism for her attacks on the Baltimore police and her “decriminalization” of many crimes. But in recent years, she more frequently made news for all of the ongoing investigations into her personal conduct and allegations of inappropriate or even illegal personal financial dealings. (Her husband, the current City Council President, has been caught up in them as well.) This week, the hammer appears to have finally fallen, and Mosby was indicted on multiple counts, though not over the allegations previously made against her. Prosecutors believe they have her for abuse of a COVID relief program and committing perjury when filing applications for mortgages. (NY Post)

    Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, was indicted on Thursday on federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes.

    Mosby, a Democrat elected to her post in 2015, is accused of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related financial hardship from COVID-19 in order to request early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her city employee retirement account.

    In both instances, the indictment stated, Mosby fraudulently cited a federal CARES Act provision allowing for emergency distributions of up to $100,000 from her retirement plan in the event of a furlough, layoff, quarantine, reduced work hours, lack of childcare or impact on one’s own business caused by COVID-19.

    The current charges do seem to be related, if only tangentially, to some of the previous allegations, but it’s a long and twisted tale. Back in 2020, the State Attorney and her husband, Nick Mosby, were hit by the IRS for somehow “forgetting” to pay significant amounts of their taxes for at least three straight years. It was a rather stunning “omission” when you consider that the couple’s combined annual income (paid entirely via the generosity of the taxpayers) adds up to nearly half a million dollars per year, and that’s before all of the “expenses” that the city covers as a benefit of their jobs.

    By the spring of 2021, a federal investigation had already suggested that the Mosby’s were doing quite well for themselves, considering their seeming inability to pay their taxes. In the preceding six months they had somehow managed to purchase two vacation homes in Florida worth a combined total of more than a million dollars. (Good work if you can get it, eh?)

    They couldn’t stop asking for money, however. The Mosbys launched a legal defense fund in August of last year, asking the public to help pick up their attorneys’ fees. When the media began seriously reporting on these allegations, Marilyn Mosby threatened to sue a local Fox News station for covering the stories. Imagine the nerve of reporters talking about potential fraud by an elected official!

    Now the chickens may be finally coming home to roost. That brief history lesson I just provided should offer the context required to understand the charges being filed this week. Rather than getting her for tax evasion (which may still come at some point), the feds discovered that her purchases of the two Florida vacation homes were allegedly handled in violation of the law in a couple of ways. In order to come up with the down payments, Mosby tapped into her city retirement plan by claiming hardship under the COVID CARES Act, which allows for such withdrawals to help people who lost their jobs or were otherwise financially impacted by the government’s pandemic shutdown orders. Neither Mosby nor her husband has ever missed a single, taxpayer-funded paycheck through the entirety of the pandemic.

    We’ve provided plenty of coverage here for many years about Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, not much of which painted her in a very good light. She first rose to national attention during the botched handling of the Freddie Gray riots in 2015 and later drew criticism for her attacks on the Baltimore police and her “decriminalization” of many crimes. But in recent years, she more frequently made news for all of the ongoing investigations into her personal conduct and allegations of inappropriate or even illegal personal financial dealings. (Her husband, the current City Council President, has been caught up in them as well.) This week, the hammer appears to have finally fallen, and Mosby was indicted on multiple counts, though not over the allegations previously made against her. Prosecutors believe they have her for abuse of a COVID relief program and committing perjury when filing applications for mortgages. (NY Post)

    Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, was indicted on Thursday on federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes.

    Mosby, a Democrat elected to her post in 2015, is accused of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related financial hardship from COVID-19 in order to request early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her city employee retirement account.

    In both instances, the indictment stated, Mosby fraudulently cited a federal CARES Act provision allowing for emergency distributions of up to $100,000 from her retirement plan in the event of a furlough, layoff, quarantine, reduced work hours, lack of childcare or impact on one’s own business caused by COVID-19.

    The current charges do seem to be related, if only tangentially, to some of the previous allegations, but it’s a long and twisted tale. Back in 2020, the State Attorney and her husband, Nick Mosby, were hit by the IRS for somehow “forgetting” to pay significant amounts of their taxes for at least three straight years. It was a rather stunning “omission” when you consider that the couple’s combined annual income (paid entirely via the generosity of the taxpayers) adds up to nearly half a million dollars per year, and that’s before all of the “expenses” that the city covers as a benefit of their jobs.

    By the spring of 2021, a federal investigation had already suggested that the Mosby’s were doing quite well for themselves, considering their seeming inability to pay their taxes. In the preceding six months they had somehow managed to purchase two vacation homes in Florida worth a combined total of more than a million dollars. (Good work if you can get it, eh?)

    They couldn’t stop asking for money, however. The Mosbys launched a legal defense fund in August of last year, asking the public to help pick up their attorneys’ fees. When the media began seriously reporting on these allegations, Marilyn Mosby threatened to sue a local Fox News station for covering the stories. Imagine the nerve of reporters talking about potential fraud by an elected official!

    Now the chickens may be finally coming home to roost. That brief history lesson I just provided should offer the context required to understand the charges being filed this week. Rather than getting her for tax evasion (which may still come at some point), the feds discovered that her purchases of the two Florida vacation homes were allegedly handled in violation of the law in a couple of ways. In order to come up with the down payments, Mosby tapped into her city retirement plan by claiming hardship under the COVID CARES Act, which allows for such withdrawals to help people who lost their jobs or were otherwise financially impacted by the government’s pandemic shutdown orders. Neither Mosby nor her husband has ever missed a single, taxpayer-funded paycheck through the entirety of the pandemic.”

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  11. Part of the scientific method is to reevaluate in face of new data, information, etc. The Fauci quote qiven in your posted tweet was from May and June prior to Omicron. A new variant changes the facts on the ground and would also change the predictions. In addition the quote is cherry picking — Vermont has a surge as do most places, vaxxed or unvaxxed, but they continue to have the lowest dearth rate per capita in the US (tied with Hawaii). And despite the surge, Vermont is 47th in the nation in cases per capita. Vaccines work. Vermont also has the 4th highest Covid test rate in the country, so its data is far more accurate than places like Kansas and North Dakota. Much of the data in some US states is suspect as testing has diminished and various rationales — political and personal — are used to suppress data. Our provincial conservative gov’t is taking its cue from these states and will no longer release information on covid cases in schools unless its above 30% in a class or 30% of the staff.

    That being said I think places with high vaccination rates and low hospitalization rates should start to treat Covid especially the Omicron variant as the flu as opposed to something different. The only reason our gov’t closed down restaurants, etc in the last two weeks was due to the hospitalization rates not the actual covid rates. And the hospitalization rates are driven by the unvaccinated — the very people who complain about closures and gov’t control are driving the closures. When 10% of the population occupy 50% of the covid beds and force closures, the unvaxxed are lucky Canadians are polite.

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