20 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-28-23

  1. Plaintiffs should change their strategy – sue the companies that mandated the jab as a condition of employment.

    By mandating the jab, those companies have implicitly snared themselves in liability for the consequences.


    “U.S. authorities rejected multiple people who sought compensation for COVID-19 vaccine injuries, despite diagnoses from doctors, documents show.

    Letters from U.S. officials reviewed by The Epoch Times show officials contradicting doctors who treated patients as they turned down requests for payment.

    Cody Flint, an agricultural pilot, was diagnosed by four doctors with a severe adverse reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Shortly after being vaccinated, Flint experienced intense head pressure, which led to problems such as perilymphatic fistula, the doctors said.

    Flint sent a slew of medical files, including evidence of the diagnoses, to the U.S. Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), which compensates people who prove they were injured by a COVID-19 shot.

    But administrators for the program rejected Flint’s application in a denial letter, saying they “did not find the requisite evidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination caused” the conditions from which he suffers.

    Flint, in his 30s, felt his first symptoms within an hour of vaccination. An onslaught of severe symptoms followed while he was flying two days later.

    “One second I went from having burning in the back of my neck and tunnel vision to the very next second I was slumped over in my airplane. The best way I know to describe it, it was like a bomb went off inside my head,” Flint said.

    CICP administrators told him that “compelling, reliable and valid medical and scientific evidence does not support a causal association between the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, perilymphatic fistulas, increased intracranial pressure, Eustachian tube dysfunction, hearing loss, or loss of eyesight.”

    Administrators cited no studies or other evidence in their letters.

    Flint said that the determination was wrong, pointing to a number of papers detailing post-vaccination intracranial and other neurological issues. He also noted a study that said intracranial pressure can cause perilymphatic fistulas.

    Nair also said the panel concluded: “given the timeline of symptoms, it was not plausible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to have caused the otologic and vestibular issues experienced by Mr. Flint.”

    “It’s just all comical to me,” Flint told The Epoch Times. “I get the shot, I’m injured within 48 hours, and they say that that makes it implausible.”

    The case highlights how people who experienced problems after vaccination have struggled to get money from the federal government, even when doctors diagnose vaccine injuries.

    Flint is one of 76 people who were rejected as of April 1 because administrators determined they did not “show that a covered serious physical injury was sustained as the direct result of the administration” of a COVID-19 vaccine.”

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  2. Sure thing clown….

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  3. No sure how the Bidern -Trump comparaision undermines the statement that 217 Republicans voted to undermine veterans’ health care. They still voted against it.

    As for the comparison – most of the economic figures given were worldwide. Inflation is ranging from 6 to 9% in the developed world. Housing costs have soared everywhere and in fact its more expensive to live in my blue collar rust belt city than it is to live in almost anywhere in the US (I believe NYC is the exemption). Most inflation is in fact housing, transportation and corporate greed not economic policy. On the other side of the ledger, Trump’s numbers benefited from dropping into the negative in 2020 which of course also makes Biden’s numbers look worse as he had an artifically low starting gate due pandemic closures.


  4. Only 76 people in the entire US were denied compensation? That’s absurdly low unless not too many people applied for compensation in the first place. In that case, the panic over side effects was overblown. If the number of applications was high and only 76 were denied, the process was probably fair and gave the claimants the benefit of the doubt.

    French is behind a paywall so it’s difficult to judge anything he said here. The rumors on the left regarding Carlson’s firing centered on the Dominion lawsuit. Apparently, in the discovery process FOX discovered some material (emials, memos, texts, etc) from Carlson. The material was redacted since it had nothing to do with the Dominion lawsuit. This material led to his firing. Whether the material related to other pending lawsuits or were simply too shocking for even FOX executives isn’t known.


  5. In reference to the Montana decision to censure a legislator for saying the party will have blood on its hands, I watch my recently elected provincial representative given her inaugural address (10 min speech to introduce yourself to the legislature) . In her speech she claimed the govt’s policies had led to the death of her constituents and the gov’t knows their policies cause harm and doesn’t care. In addition she claimed disabled Ontarians were comitting suicide through MAiD because the gov’t had made living conditions intolerable. No comments, censure or complaints from the government. Clearly conservatives here have a thicker skin or more likely they don’t want to cause controversy and have people pay more attention to her. Besides we’d send her right back to the legislature – She won 55% of the vote, Liberals 20%, Conservative 13% Other (green etc) 12%.


  6. https://www.theepochtimes.com/fox-news-ratings-drops-56-percent-after-tucker-carlsons-exit_5226040.html

    In the wake of Tucker Carlson’s sudden departure this week, ratings for Fox News’s new 8 p.m. weekday show appear to be on the decline as viewership again tumbled on Wednesday night.

    Data published by ratings service Nielsen show that Fox drew some 1.33 million viewers for substitute host Brian Kilmeade and “Fox News Tonight” in the timeslot that Carlson once occupied. That places the network at No. 2 behind MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

    Carlson would routinely draw 3 million or more viewers. Last Wednesday, on April 19, Carlson drew 3.05 million viewers, meaning Kilmeade’s show this Wednesday is down some 56 percent, the data show, according to multiple news outlets.

    For all of 2022, Carlson averaged above 3 million viewers, second to Fox’s ‘The Five” on the network. Perhaps more significantly, Carlson performed well with the key 25–54 age demographic, netting some 443,000 viewers in that group during the last quarter.

    Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. ET timeslot, which used to come after Carlson’s show, drew 1.7 million viewers on Wednesday, according to Nielsen. That, too, represents a significant drop from the 2.6 million viewers Hannity’s longtime show brought in a week before that.

    As for Carlson, he posted a brief video to his personal Twitter page at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. In about a day’s time, it generated more than 20 million views and 73 million impressions.

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  7. The Globalists now want to gain a tighter control of the narrative – they can’t have powerful voices like Tucker Carlson’s out there. More to come…

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  8. So “they” want an equal rights for women amendment added to the Constitution? The squad wants women to be recognized and empowered. But they have no problem with a man pretending to be a woman having a voice for women? How insane can one get?? “I am woman hear me roar…”

    Gender equality can’t wait, there should be no deadline for that,” Pressley says, adding, “We’re going to go in here, look at our Senate colleagues and demand they do the right thing by the women of this country.”

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  9. HRW @12:29 — this was one take on the firing:



    Tucker Carlson’s Vulgar, Offensive Messages About Colleagues Helped Seal His Fate at Fox News

    Prime-time host called senior executive the c-word in redacted missive; network grew wary of further embarrassment from possible disclosure

    ~ Several weeks ago, as Fox News lawyers prepared for a courtroom showdown with Dominion Voting Systems, they presented Tucker Carlson with what they thought was good news: They had persuaded the court to redact from a legal filing the time he called a senior Fox News executive the c-word, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Mr. Carlson, Fox News’s most-watched prime-time host, wasn’t impressed. He told his colleagues that he wanted the world to know what he had said about the executive in a private message, the people said. Mr. Carlson said comments he made about former President Donald Trump—“I hate him passionately”—that were in the court documents were said during a momentary spasm of anger, while his dislike of this executive was deep and enduring. … ~


  10. And yet another guess on the departure of Tucker:

    A new theory has emerged. According to the source, Fox Corp. chair Rupert Murdoch removed Carlson over remarks Carlson made during a speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary gala on Friday night. Carlson laced his speech with religious overtones that even Murdoch found too extreme, the source, who was briefed on Murdoch’s decision-making, said. Carlson told the Heritage audience that national politics has become a manichean battle between “good” and “evil.” Carlson said that people advocating for transgender rights and DEI programs want to destroy America and they could not be persuaded with facts. “We should say that and stop engaging in these totally fraudulent debates…I’ve tried. That doesn’t work,” he said. The answer, Carlson suggested, was prayer. “I have concluded it might be worth taking just 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to say a prayer for the future, and I hope you will,” he said. “That stuff freaks Rupert out. He doesn’t like all the spiritual talk,” the source said.

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  11. Business Insider w/the long-form version of all the theories:



    7 theories for why Tucker Carlson got fired from Fox News

    ~ From accusations of sexism and antisemitism to his divisive stance on the Ukraine war, here are some of the reasons why Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch may have decided to pull the plug on Fox News’ highest-rated host. …

    1. Dominion lawsuit

    The most obvious reason for Carlson’s departure is the defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion about claims made on Fox News about its voting machines in the 2020 presidential election.

    Fox settled the lawsuit last week for $787.5 million, the largest publicly disclosed defamation settlement in US history. The suit said Fox broadcast baseless claims that Dominion’s machines changed votes for then-President Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

    Despite privately questioning the claims and excitedly talking about Donald Trump’s exit from the spotlight, Carlson made numerous unsubstantiated claims about election fraud on his prime-time show and allowed guests to do the same. Carlson departed days after the Dominion settlement. …

    In addition to the wider embarrassment around the settlement, text messages sent by Carlson and reviewed by Dominion lawyers became increasingly problematic as some of them became public.

    2. The c-word

    During discovery in the Dominion lawsuit, there emerged a pattern of vulgar language spewed by Carlson throughout his time at Fox News. One word in particular, though, might have helped seal his exit.

    Carlson repeatedly used the c-word to talk about Sidney Powell, the right-wing lawyer behind many of the 2020 election-conspiracy theories he frequently broadcasted. He was quizzed specifically on his use of that word by Dominion’s lawyers. …

    3. Grossberg lawsuit

    Carlson’s departure came a month after a separate lawsuit was filed by a former colleague centering on his workplace behavior.

    Abby Grossberg, a former booker on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” filed a complaint accusing the host of creating “a work environment that subjugates women based on vile sexist stereotypes.”

    The lawsuit alleges that Carlson treated Grossberg significantly worse than her male colleagues. He was also accused of making antisemitic remarks to Jewish colleagues. …

    4. His Christian faith “freaks” out Rupert Murdoch

    Before being ousted, Carlson gave a public speech, hosted by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, where he made several references to his Christian faith.

    Carlson said he had tried but failed to engage in debate on issues such as diversity, equity and inclusion, and transgender rights.

    “I have concluded it might be worth taking just 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to say a prayer for the future, and I hope you will,” he told the audience.

    An unnamed source told Vanity Fair this rhetoric, which is anathema to News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch, might also have contributed to Carlson’s departure.

    … Indeed, a source previously told Vanity Fair that Murdoch, 92, called off his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith because he had grown increasingly uncomfortable with her outspoken evangelical views.

    5. His divisive Ukraine coverage and Russian support

    Alongside his abrasive language and evangelical views, Carlson’s increasingly divisive stance on Ukraine became a major problem for Fox.

    Carlson has been a vocal proponent of a negotiated surrender in Ukraine that would involve the country giving up most of the territory now held by Russia. While implicitly an attempt to admonish the Biden administration, his views made him a star on Russian state TV, which only airs pro-Putin viewpoints. …

    6. Insubordination

    A common thread running through most of these theories is a pattern of insubordination.

    Sources told the Journal that Carlson was increasingly becoming an “island” who believed he was bigger than the company — something the outlet called a “cardinal sin” in Murdoch’s empire. (The Wall Street Journal is also controlled by Murdoch.) …

    Carlson’s messages, which showed contempt for both management and his colleagues, were a major factor in his removal, according to the Journal. His anger at Fox for failing to publicly defend him also sparked friction, the paper reported.

    7. The Murdoch kids got sick of him

    Ultimately, the ax likely fell on Carlson because his string of issues coalesced into bigger problems that trumped even his millions of viewers for the Murdochs.

    Sources told The New York Times that Lachlan, Rupert’s eldest son and heir apparent, viewed cutting Carlson as a “business decision,” just as he did with the Dominion settlement.

    It could also be an attempt by Lachlan to appease his siblings, Elisabeth and James, who are thought to dislike Fox News’ conservative bent. …


  12. The “c” word accusation comes from a disgruntled woman producer/exec. now suing the company, who never met Tucker personally.

    I’d take that with a grain of salt.


  13. You’re excusing that? It was a transcript and was said. It wasn’t a debatable comment by anyone.

    Gotta love our political bias selective morality in the current environment.

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  14. So if my guy does or says or does something that’s wrong, it’s OK because:

    … he’s on our side, the other person is horrible and so deserved it, our tribe is ‘always’ right, their’s is ‘always’ wrong, always; there’s a higher “political good” to which we must be as loyal as soldiers, no matter what? Political loyalty is now our plumb line?

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  15. Debra – I don’t know if DJ will see that and respond, but I will offer my reply.

    It has happened quite often that someone on the left is criticized for certain behaviors, in word or in deed, while those on the right doing the same thing are given a pass, and even defended.


  16. Some bad things have been happening in the Libertarian Party, with many supposed Libertarians joining the alt-right.

    There is a group within Libertarianism called the Mises Caucus, named after Ludwig von Mises, and they have by and large been taken over by the alt-right. Justin Amash was repeatedly booed by them during a speech, and then he informed them that the statements they were booing were quotes from Ludwig von Mises himself.

    As you may recall, I flirted with Libertarianism for a while before realizing that I am merely a moderate conservative – or something like that – but not a full blown Libertarian.



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