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CDC Director Redfield: Agency is reviewing whether to reduce quarantine time guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly considering adjusting its guidelines on how long people should quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID. The Wall Street Journal reported that the agency may shorten the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to between seven and 10 in an effort to encourage more people to follow the guidelines.

Additionally, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told Yahoo Finance that the agency will reduce quarantine time recommendations in an interview Wednesday.

“I do anticipate that we will come out with recommendations that look at a shorter period of quarantine, and a shorter period where you would test out of quarantine,” Redfield said.

According to Redfield, the CDC is currently analyzing data to determine whether the change is appropriate. He expects “in the next week or so that data will be completely analyzed and then recommendations will be made based on that data.”

A spokesman for the CDC told Fox News Tuesday that no changes have been finalized.

“CDC is always reviewing its guidance and recommendations in the light of new understandings of the virus that causes COVID-19 and will announce such changes when appropriate,” the spokesperson said.

Current CDC guidelines explain quarantine “is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others,” whereas the term isolation is used for keeping someone who tests positive for the virus away from others, even those they live with.

The CDC recommends that any individual who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 stay home for a period of 14 days after their last contact with that person. Those who have had COVID-19 within the past three months are excluded from this recommendation and don’t need to quarantine.

“People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms,” the CDC states.

Under the proposed new guidelines, a person would only have to quarantine for seven to 10 days provided they tested negative for COVID before ending their quarantine. Henry Walke, the CDC incident manager for COVID-19, told the Wall Street Journal that once a person tests negative, the likelihood that they will go on to develop the infection “is pretty low.”

“We do think that the work that we’ve done, and some of the studies we have and the modeling data that we have, shows that we can with testing shorten quarantines,” Walke said.

Though there is a risk that testing may miss some infectious cases, Walke indicated that the agency hopes people “better adhere to quarantine if it was, for example, seven to 10 days.”

Progress on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus continues. Last week, Pfizer applied for emergency approval from the Food & Drug Administration for their vaccine, which has shown to be 95% effective in trials.

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Now Pennsylvania alcohol sales to stop at 5 p.m. day before Thanksgiving in bars, restaurants — and many are fed up with ‘stripping of rights’

On top of Pennsylvania officials already mandating strict COVID-19 restrictions applying to Thanksgiving such as required wearing of masks when multiple families gather in private homes, the powers that be in the state added more to the merriment Monday.

Such as?

For starters, Pennsylvania restaurants and bars are ordered to suspend alcohol sales at 5 p.m. Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving — until 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, KDKA-TV reported.

The very early last call likely won’t make for very festive happy hours around the Keystone State once work lets out.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the “biggest day for drinking” and acknowledged bars and restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic — but that this one-night ban is necessary, the station reported.

“The thing that we can’t do is ignore reality and say, ‘Yeah, you folks, for no fault of your own, have been hit hardest by this virus.’ But the virus is what’s doing this. It’s not me. It’s not the administration. It’s not the government,” Wolf said in regard to the 5 p.m. alcohol sales cutoff time, KDKA noted.

Wolf also said police will step up enforcement efforts and “issue citations and fines, and possibly undertake regulatory actions for repeat offenders.”

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said other mitigation measures are “targeted protections for businesses and gatherings,” an advisory for Pennsylvanians to stay at home, and enforcements on public health orders like the recently strengthened mask mandate, the station reported.

How are folks reacting?

It appeared that while some Twitter commenters were in favor of the new restrictions, quite a few others seemed fed up with it all:

  • “I don’t even drink and this is wrong,” one user wrote. “What’s the science behind this?”
  • “Seriously what is your f***ing problem? You are a f***ing a**hole! This will destroy a huge night for business!” another user noted.
  • “Why?!?! This s**t is getting crazy,” another commenter said. “What’s the SCIENCE with this stripping of rights???”
  • “Maybe the liquor stores could just self-identify all their stock as Root Beer,” another user quipped.
  • “Will there be a special stimulus for all the service employees who were counting on a big night like Thanksgiving Eve to make up a bit for all the losses they’ve already taken?” another commenter asked.
  • “The raw and arbitrary exercise of power is an intoxicant,” another user declared.
  • “How people continue to vote for Democrats is beyond me,” another commenter wrote.
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Horowitz: A severely symptomatic lie about asymptomatic spread

The American people were very patient in March as novel and irrational theories were posited regarding the uniqueness of SARS-CoV-2 — even to the extent that those theories forced a dramatic change to their lifestyles. However, eight months later, these same draconian policies are still in place after the theories undergirding those policies appear to be false. Nowhere is this more evident than with the theory about mass asymptomatic spread.

We have been told that every human being must be treated as a leper — a liability that must be shunned, isolated, and distanced in perpetuity. This mentality has affected every aspect of our lives. Why have we never done this in all our history, which has included viruses with much higher fatality rates? It was all supposedly because of the novel idea that most people spread this particular virus without showing symptoms, so we are all suspect for carrying and spreading the virus at any given time. That theory was always extremely speculative and unfounded, but a new study shows that eight months later, it is simply not true.

Beginning in May, the Chinese government conducted the largest mass testing for COVID-19 of anywhere on the globe. Out of 10 million people tested in Wuhan, just 300 were positive and were all asymptomatic. None of them spread it to their contacts. That is zero out of 1,174 contacts. According to the study, published in Nature Communications, none of those who tested positive produced live virus in the cultures. This explains very easily why none of them seemed to infect others.

We can dismiss this at our own peril simply because the study came from China, but let’s not forget that the Chinese stand to benefit from the rest of the world panicking over asymptomatic spread and purchasing more personal protection equipment, a market dominated by Chinese companies. Moreover, this study harmonizes with other research and the prevailing common sense for decades.

Dr. Fauci himself, before this became political and a tool for control, stated very emphatically that “the driver of outbreaks is always a symptomatic person.” “Even if there is some asymptomatic transmission, in all the history of respiratory viruses of any type, asymptomatic transmission has never been the driver of outbreaks,” said Fauci in a January 28 press conference.

The World Health Organization said in May that asymptomatic spread was “very rare.” Then, like any time a major scientific figure reveals the truth, the WHO suddenly recanted that position when the media raised a howl.

A U.S.-based study from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Department of Biostatistics, observed similar low rates of transmission among the asymptomatic. Researchers found symptomatic individuals transmitted the virus at rates 28 times higher than asymptomatic individuals. Another Chinese study from May found very weak transmission capability among asymptomatic infections.

We also know that as many as 50% of flu cases every year are asymptomatic, yet we never panic or assume they are drivers of community spread.

Thus, putting together all the information we have now observed from this virus, paired against “all the history of respiratory viruses of any type,” why are we still pushing illegal, illogical, and immoral lockdown policies all based on a premise of mass asymptomatic spread that is rooted in zero evidence?

This study also lays waste to the entire premise of mass testing using high levels of amplification known as “cycle thresholds.” What this study shows is that testing asymptomatic people with high cycle thresholds usually means that they merely have traces of the virus in them that are scientifically insignificant. “Virus cultures were negative for all asymptomatic positive and repositive cases, indicating no ‘viable virus’ in positive cases detected in this study,” concluded the authors.

In September, a study on cycle thresholds funded by the French government was published and found that the accuracy of PCR tests using 35 cycles of viral RNA amplification is only about 3%. You know what that means? 97% of those people testing positive are likely false. As the New York Times reported in August, most labs in the U.S. use 40 cycle thresholds! Thus, there are very few people who are actually contagious and most of them have evident symptoms. The notion that perfectly healthy people can’t get together for Thanksgiving is insane.

A state’s power to quarantine extends only to the sick, not the healthy. To take away someone’s liberty based on these fault tests without any due process violates the Constitution. How sad that it took a court in Portugal to recognize this right before any American court. Recently, a Portuguese judge ruled that any positive test that used more than 25 cycle thresholds is not reliable and cannot be used to force quarantine. He also questioned the entire legal premise of quarantining the healthy. What happened to the land of the free?

Truth be told, we are seeing the same perfidy regarding the efficacy of mask-wearing and school closures. Both policies are still being promoted with religious fervor despite a lack of evidence that they slow the spread one iota. Despite an uninterrupted stream of data and research both before and during the epidemic discounting these archaic views, Western governments are dogmatically reverting to the superstitious, accusatory, and panicked responses of the Dark Ages during the Black Plague.

“In summary, the detection rate of asymptomatic positive cases in the post-lockdown Wuhan was very low (0.303/10,000), and there was no evidence that the identified asymptomatic positive cases were infectious,” concluded the Chinese study. “These findings enabled decision makers to adjust prevention and control strategies in the post-lockdown period.”

In other words, following the data and the scientific research after eight months of torture has landed us in the same position we started this year – quarantining the healthy is counterproductive and achieves nothing in stopping the spread of a respiratory virus. The Chinese government learned to move on from authoritarian lockdowns of healthy individuals. The Western world, on the other hand, is still stuck on stupid, as the Chinese laugh all the way to the bank.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom goes into isolation with entire family following COVID-19 exposure

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that he and his family have entered self-isolation after exposure to someone with coronavirus.

What are the details?

In an early Monday morning series of tweets, Newsom wrote, “Late Friday evening, @JenSiebelNewsom and I learned that 3 of our children had been exposed to an officer from the California Highway Patrol who had tested positive for COVID-19.”

“Thankfully, the entire family tested negative today,” he continued. “However, consistent with local guidance, we will be quarantining for 14 days.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom and his family will continue to be tested during their period of self-isolation.

The California governor concluded his announcement by thanking necessary workers who are required to place themselves in a position of risk on a daily basis during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“We are grateful for all the officers that keep our family safe and for every frontline worker who continues to go to work during this pandemic.”

What else?

Newsom has been under fire after having attended a large, indoor — maskless — birthday dinner party held earlier in the month.

The scandal erupted amid the embattled governor’s recent announcement on Thanksgiving-related restrictions on California families.

He has since apologized for attending the dinner party, hastily professed the importance of mask-wearing, and placed the entire state under a limited lockdown order for 30 days.

The California governor issued the order on Thursday following a statewide spike in COVID-19 infections.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement on the move. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

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VIDEO: Protesters in Huntington Beach fight back against Newsom’s curfew and California lockdowns

Protesters gathered in Huntington Beach to resist California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new coronavirus curfew. The protest, which mostly party-like atmosphere, saw demonstrators merrily dancing and singing.

On Thursday, Newsom issued a new COVID-19 curfew that prohibited “non-essential work, movement and gatherings” in the state’s “purple tier,” which are counties where there are more than seven cases per 100,000 residents. California considers these areas to have “widespread” coronavirus outbreaks. Most of the state, which has a population of 40 million, is labeled as having widespread outbreaks, including all of the major metropolitan areas.

The order states that California counties in the purple tier must prohibit members of other households from gathering “between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.”

The order justified the curfew by stating, “Activities conducted during 10:00pm to 5:00am are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).”

The order provides an exception: “This order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness.”

The curfew went into effect at 10:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, and will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. PST on Dec. 21, but “may be extended or revised as needed.”

Many Californians felt the curfew is too rigid and took to the streets of Huntington Beach to rally against the Democratic governor’s new restrictions. On Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered in defiance of Newsom and to show their support for President Donald Trump.

People waved American, Gadsden, and “Trump 2020” flags as cars honked their horns in support of the anti-lockdown rally. People were chanting: “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and “Latinos for Trump!” Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song, “God Bless the USA,” was blaring during the protest.

California sheriffs have already come out and said that they will not enforce Newsom’s curfew.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes issued a statement that his officers would not be enforcing the COVID-19 guidelines.

“Earlier today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM,” Barnes said in the statement. “Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders.”

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Barnes declared.

On Thursday, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, “We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators. We’re not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens.”

Many Californians are still furious with Newsom for disregarding his own coronavirus restrictions and guidelines by not social distancing and not wearing a face mask while eating at a swanky restaurant with several members of different households last week for a birthday party.

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Democratic Minnesota Governor’s 4-week lockdown banning ALL social gatherings, sparks protest at Tim Walz’s mansion

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday a rigid month-long lockdown order that bans all social gatherings of people who do not live in the same household, even if participants wear face masks and practice proper social distancing. On Saturday, Minnesotans went to Walz’s mansion to protest the drastic lockdown orders.

Walz’s severe new coronavirus restrictions, which went into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place until Dec.18, will shut down bars, restaurants, and breweries, except for takeout, delivery, or walk-up service, according to the MinnPost. The order will also close gyms, indoor sports facilities, theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, go-kart tracks, and other entertainment businesses for an entire month.

Retail businesses, barbershops, and salons are permitted to stay open, but may only operate at 50% capacity.

All youth, high school, and adult sports leagues are prohibited for the next four weeks, but college and professional teams are exempt from the order.

In one of the most extreme measures ever implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota will have draconian measures regarding social gatherings.

From the Minnesota Department of Health:

Social gatherings are groups of people who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose – even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes planned and spontaneous gatherings as well as public and private gatherings. Most commercial activities are not considered social gatherings, so this change will not impact most industries.

The harsh restrictions come with punitive penalties, including fines of up to $1,000 or 90 days in prison.

“Any business owner, manager, or supervisor who requires or encourages any of their employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or interns to violate this Executive Order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $3,000 or by imprisonment for not more than a year,” Walz’s order states. “In addition to those criminal penalties, the Attorney General, as well as city and county attorneys, may investigate and seek any civil relief” of up to $25,000 per occurrence.

The stringent restrictions were not welcomed by many Minnesotans, and some who demanded freedom protested against the new lockdowns outside of Walz’s mansion in St. Paul. Many protesters waved American and Trump flags outside the Minnesota governor’s residence while they chanted: “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

The crowd hung signs of infamous dictators from history on the fence of the property. Others held signs that dared Walz to arrest them for attending a Thanksgiving gathering with their family.

A car parade protest drove by the governor’s mansion and honked their horns.

The crowd also sang “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee).”

Earlier this week, Walz stated, “I’m not going into someone’s home on Thanksgiving. But if you’re gathering with a lot of people not in your family on Thanksgiving you are really speaking volumes about what the values are here in Minnesota.”

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: It’s ‘frightening to me’ that ‘arrogant’ sheriffs won’t enforce my COVID restrictions over Thanksgiving

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ripped sheriffs in the state who’ve recently declared they won’t be enforcing Cuomo’s COVID-19 restrictions over Thanksgiving — particularly the one that bans gatherings of more than 10 people.

“I don’t believe as a law enforcement officer you have a right to pick and choose what laws you will enforce,” Cuomo said Wednesday during an Albany news conference.

What’s the background?

Cuomo announced new restrictions last week in response to the COVID-19 surge, saying gatherings in the state would be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences.

“New York follows the science,” the far-left Democrat said of his decision. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m.”

But Cuomo didn’t say how the new restrictions would be enforced and left those decisions up to local authorities — after which Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said he wouldn’t be doing any cracking down.

“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.

Then Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said there won’t be any Thanksgiving enforcement of Cuomo’s restrictions, the New York Post reported, adding that Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said Monday that goes for his jurisdiction as well.

“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Zurlo said in a news release, according to the paper.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said his office would also ignore the indoor gathering limit, the Post reported.

The governor fires back

Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that an executive order “is a law” and that the issue “has been litigated.”

He then spoke as if he was a sheriff defying his COVID-19 restrictions: “Well, I don’t believe in that law, and therefore I won’t enforce it.”

Cuomo, speaking as himself, said such an attitude “is, frankly, frightening to me as an individual, frightening to democracy. It’s arrogant, and it violates your constitutional duty.”

He added that the opinion of an officer about a law “doesn’t matter” and that such agents have sworn to “enforce the laws.”

Cuomo also spoke as if he was an officer who doesn’t want to enforce domestic violence statutes: “That’s a family affair. They had a family fight, and I don’t think it’s the state’s right to come in and say you shouldn’t treat your wife that way, you shouldn’t treat your husband that way.”

“No,” Cuomo said, responding to his own scenario. “There’s a law, and you have to enforce the law, or don’t call yourself a law enforcement officer.”


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Anything else?

Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions have also irked politicians in the state, including Staten Island Republican City Councilman Joe Borelli, who tweeted last week he’s planning on having a party with over 10 guests — daring a crackdown, the New York Post reported.

When pressed on how his restrictions could be enforced, Cuomo acknowledged that it’s largely an honor system, the Albany Times Union reported.

“Nobody is saying knock on doors and count heads,” he added, according to the Times Union. “But you come across a gathering for one reason or another and there’s 20 people there, you say, ‘This can’t happen.'”

A Cuomo spokesman later clarified that Cuomo isn’t encouraging police to make arrests but to take steps to ensure that illegal gatherings are broken up, the Times Union added.

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Masks now required inside Pennsylvania homes when members of different households gather

A new Pennsylvania COVID-19 mandate requires the wearing of masks in homes when members of different households gather, the Associated Press reported.

What are the details?

Dr. Rachel Levine, the state health secretary, said Tuesday the order applies even if people are physically distant, the AP noted. But Levine acknowledged that officials are relying on voluntary compliance rather than on enforcement, the outlet added.

The order applies to every indoor facility, in addition to private homes, the AP said.

More from the outlet:

A separate order mandates that people who are traveling to Pennsylvania from another state, as well as Pennsylvania residents who are returning home from out of state, must test negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival. The order does not apply to people traveling back and forth for work or medical treatment. People who refuse to be tested will be required to quarantine for 14 days, Levine said.

Again, the state has no plans to enforce that measure, but is asking for voluntary compliance.

The AP said health officials blamed the spread of the virus in part to small indoor gatherings, and Levine noted that how Pennsylvania does in the coming weeks and months will depend largely on the public’s willingness to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“In the end, people will have the consequences of their actions as well as their families and their communities, and if they do not wear masks, if they do not social distance, then those communities are going to see even more spread of COVID-19,” Levine added, according to the outlet.

The numbers

The state is reporting more than 5,000 new infections per day, up more than 115% in just two weeks, the AP said, adding that more than 2,700 people are now hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19 — not far from the state record of about 3,000 in early May.

The AP said Pennsylvania will run out of Intensive Care Unit beds next month at the present admission rate, according to models from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

And the rate of positive COVID-19 test results, as well as deaths, have been rising, the outlet added.

While Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a state-at-home order and closed “non-life-sustaining” businesses early in the pandemic, the AP reported that Wolf and Levine have consistently said they don’t intend to implement another broad-based shutdown.

But Levine on Tuesday did not rule out more mitigation measures, the outlet said.

“Whether we have to do anything else really depends upon you. It depends upon the public, each one of us taking our responsibility for the common good of everyone in Pennsylvania,” Levine said, according to the AP. “And if we all do our part, and we stand united, then we might not need any further mitigation measures.”


Penn. bolsters mask, COVID test rules amid surge

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Michigan’s Republican House speaker will not allow impeachment vote against Gov. Whitmer

The Republican leader in the Michigan House of Representatives ended talk of impeachment proceedings against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday amid an ongoing debate about the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus restrictions.

Earlier, three Republican members of the state House introduced a resolution for impeachment against Whitmer, charging that her executive orders were unconstitutional and accusing the governor of “using state resources to reward political allies.”

“Today I introduced Articles of Impeachment against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer,” Rep. Beau LaFave tweeted Wednesday.

“The four articles of impeachment against Gov. Whitmer include failing to respect the separation of powers by exercising power granted to the legislative branch, violating the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issuing executive orders against the interests of the people and state, and using state resources to reward political allies,” he wrote.

The Michigan Constitution’s impeachment process is similar to how impeachment works at the federal level. The state House of Representatives would file articles of impeachment against the governor and hold a vote. If a simple majority of lawmakers votes to impeach, then the state Senate would conduct a trial. Two-thirds of state senators are needed to convict.

But according to House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, impeachment proceedings will not advance in the House while he is the leader.

“It’s no secret that I have disagreed with this governor. I have debated a lot with this governor. I have many differences with how the governor has handled COVID. We have a time and place to deal with differences — that’s at the ballot box. The voters of the state of Michigan will have a chance to choose in 2022,” Chatfield said in a statement reported by WOOD-TV.

“Republicans are not the party of people who impeach just because they disagree with someone. We just saw that in Washington. We’re not going to do that in the state of Michigan. With the facts that we have, the impeachment resolution is not going to get a vote on the House floor. It’s not the right way to deal with this situation or this disagreement.

“The idea of impeachment would face another, likely insurmountable, obstacle even if it did proceed,” Chatfield continued. “In the Senate there are 22 Republican and 16 Democrats. It would take 25 votes to convict. Even if the process was to make it out of the House, which it clearly will not, getting the votes in the Senate would be difficult if not impossible.”

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem worries about how ‘neighbors are treating neighbors’ over masks

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem challenged media narratives on the rise of positive coronavirus cases in her state Wednesday, denying that her refusal to implement a mask mandate or strict lockdown policies is the cause of surging cases.

Speaking to reporters, Noem said South Dakotans are tired and exhausted from the pandemic and that she worries about how people are treating their neighbors who have different opinions on masks, social distancing, or lockdowns.

“At this point, frankly, I’m getting more concerned about how neighbors are treating neighbors and how people are treating each other in their communities,” Noem said.

“I’ve consistently said that people that want to wear masks should wear masks and people who don’t shouldn’t be shamed because they choose not to. It has been clear from the beginning that I’m not in favor of mandating mask-wearing. I don’t believe that i have the authority to mandate that and that people can use their own personal responsibility to make a decision when it comes to masks.

“I don’t want to approach a policy or a mandate, looking to make people feel good. I want to do good,” she added when asked how she would respond to medical professionals calling for a statewide mask mandate.

According to KELO-TV, South Dakota reported 30 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday. The total number of positive coronavirus cases reported in the state since the pandemic began is 68,671. Of those positive cases, 48,757 people have recovered and 19,240 people still have active cases. There are currently 593 South Dakotans hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gov. Noem urged South Dakota residents to continue practicing personal hygiene and following guidelines from the state Department of Health on hand washing, social distancing, and mask-wearing. Though the health department recommends mask-wearing, Noem reiterated it is beyond her authority to mandate mask-wearing or implement legal penalties on South Dakota citizens who don’t wear masks. She also discussed how South Dakota’s per capita positive case rates compare to other states, noting that some states with mask mandates are actually doing worse than her state.

“Across the country and around the globe, cases are increasing. Over the past week, cases are on the rise in 48 states,” Noem said. “Some have said that my refusal to mandate masks is a reason why our cases are rising here in the state of South Dakota, and that is not true. Others have said that my refusal to advance harsh restrictions like lockdowns is another one of the reasons why our cases are rising and that is also not true.”

“There are 41 states that have some kind of mask mandate. Cases are on the rise in 39 of those 41 states,” she continued. “Now, some in the media are saying that South Dakota is the worst in the world right now, and that is absolutely false.”

Noem claimed several states that have implemented mask mandates are experiencing higher rates of spread for the virus than South Dakota.

“If you look at Wisconsin, they’ve had a mask mandate since August and they have a higher rate of spread than the state of South Dakota. You look at Montana, they’ve had a mask mandate in place since July. Both of those states have higher rates of spread than the state of South Dakota. When you look at Wyoming, it has the highest rate of spread in the nation.”

She pointed reporters to research from Johns Hopkins University that tracks new confirmed coronavirus cases per 1,000 people as daily counts as reported by each state. The research shows that there are several states with higher new case rates than South Dakota.

Reporters challenged Noem’s claim on social media. According to the New York Times, South Dakota has the second-highest amount of cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.

Ian Fury, a spokesman for Noem, replied to one columnist with the Argus Leader with a link to the Johns Hopkins research showing Wyoming, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana having higher confirmed case rates per 1,000 people.

During her press conference, Noem also mentioned that South Dakota remains below the national average mortality rate and has the “7th lowest case fatality rate in the country.”

The governor emphasized that residents should still take the virus seriously and that elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions are most vulnerable to fatal complications from contracting COVID-19. These groups need extra protection from the virus, Noem said.

She urged people to be diligent with their personal hygiene and to stay home if they feel sick.

On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls City Council adopted a mask mandate but did not enact a penalty for those who refuse to wear masks. Amid demands from medical experts and commentators that Noem adopt a mask mandate, she observed that imposing a mandate without enforcement is virtually the same as issuing guidelines without a mandate, as her administration has done.

“I’m going to continue to trust South Dakotans to make wise and well-informed decisions for them and for their families,” she said. “And I’m also reiterating my request that we all continue to show each other respect and understanding for everybody who makes choices that we may or may not agree with. And I ask that we all trust each other and remember that we’re all human beings working to get through this challenge together.

“Our greatest enemy is the virus,” Noem said.

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Medical association officials dined in style with Gavin Newsom — apparently without masks — despite governor’s own COVID-19 ban

First, there were the
photos of far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom dining unmasked in a fancy French restaurant with a large group of unmasked guests — quite the faux pas considering the controversial COVID-19 dining restrictions the Democrat has instituted.

But now Politico is reporting that California Medical Association officials — of all people — were among the guests seated with Newsom at the “opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month.” Sacré bleu!

What are the details?

CEO Dustin Corcoran and top CMA lobbyist Janus Norman were at the famous Napa fine-dining restaurant with the governor to celebrate the 50th birthday of lobbyist and longtime Newsom adviser Jason Kinney, a CMA representative told the outlet Wednesday morning.

Both Norman and Corcoran are friends of Kinney, as is Newsom, who referred this week to his 20-year friendship with Kinney, Politico said, adding that a photo obtained by
KTTV-TV clearly shows Norman seated to Newsom’s left:


Image source: KTTV-TV video screenshot

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The presence of CMA brass could amplify criticisms of the dinner occurring despite coronavirus restrictions that have limited Californians’ movements and constrained businesses. While Newsom and Kinney’s lobbying firm have said the meal abided by public health rules, it has struck a chord with Californians who have assailed the upscale soiree as hypocritical as coronavirus cases surge.

The state has issued guidelines prohibiting more than three households from gathering privately — a limit clearly exceeded by the French Laundry dinner. However, the state has intentionally allowed restaurants to seat people from more than three households together.

Doctors and other health care workers have been vigilant since the pandemic began in asking Californians to stay at home — a call that has ramped up in recent weeks as hospitals across the nation fill to capacity.

CMA spokesperson Anthony York told Politico in a statement that “the dinner was held in accordance with state and county guidelines.”

Newsom and Kinney’s lobbying firm, Axiom Advisors, said it was an outdoor dinner, the outlet reported, adding that Napa County restaurants were permitted to hold indoor service at the time of the Nov. 6 event.

The CMA has been a powerful lobbying presence on the state level, Politico noted, adding that its Sacramento officials are longtime friends with Kinney. The CMA spent $2.1 million last year lobbying state leaders, the outlet reported.

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Kayleigh McEnany blasts ‘Orwellian’ COVID-19 Thanksgiving restrictions

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday blasted some state coronavirus restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings as “Orwellian,” decrying threats of arrest from some state officials for those who gather for dinner in greater numbers than the state will permit.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” McEnany was asked by co-host Steve Doocy about “suggestions and guidelines” issued by some governors that limit the size of private gatherings because of spiking coronavirus cases as families prepare to celebrate the holidays.

“I think a lot of the guidelines you’re seeing are Orwellian,” McEnany said.

She pointed Doocy to CDC guidelines on wearing a mask and social distancing before arguing that Americans, as a free people, should be trusted to take care of themselves without threats from the government.

“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with COVID for many months,” she continued. “But it’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say, ‘If you gather in numbers more than six, we might come to your house and arrest you, and you get 30 days of jail time.’ That’s not the American way. We don’t lose our freedom in this country. We make responsible health decisions as individuals.”

Last week, Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week “freeze” to slow the spread of coronavirus. The freeze went into effect Wednesday, limiting the size of at-home, social, and worship gatherings. Additionally, in-door dining has been shut down at restaurants, workplaces that are able have been ordered to mandate work-from-home, and gyms, museums, zoos, and indoor recreation facilities have been closed.

A press statement from the governor noted that “all of the freeze measures are enforceable by law upon both individuals and businesses,” but emphasized that the governor is “urging voluntary compliance.”

“I expect local law enforcement to continue to use an education first approach, but Oregonians need to understand that these rules are enforceable under law. A large majority of Oregonians continue to do the right thing to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors,” Brown said.

“However, when Oregonians don’t take COVID-19 seriously, and don’t take steps to reduce the spread of the disease, they put all of us at risk. We need all Oregonians to use common sense, make smart choices, and take seriously their individual responsibilities during a public health emergency.”

Violations of the governor’s executive order could result in citation, fine, or arrest, but state law enforcement has been instructed to take matters that far only as a last resort, KATU-TV reports.

Doocy asked a follow-up question, noting that “nobody likes to have anybody tell people what they can and cannot do inside their houses” but that the Trump administration deferred to state and local authorities to enact coronavirus restrictions.

“Ultimately, didn’t the White House say, ‘Do what you want to do?'” Doocy asked.

“Yeah, of course. It’s up to every state to do what they want to do, but there are consequences for those states,” McEnany replied, noting that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have fled the city over the past eight months during the pandemic.

“The American people are a freedom-loving people,” she continued. “We can make good decisions. We can wash our hands, wear masks, socially distance. But we can also decide in our own personal domicile, our own home, whether we can have our family members present at any given time. That is the American way. That is freedom.”

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Three more NY sheriffs tell Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get stuffed over his Thanksgiving COVID-19 ban

Another three sheriffs from upstate New York said they won’t be enforcing far-left Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving coronavirus restrictions on gatherings in private residences, the New York Post reported.

What’s the background?

Cuomo announced new restrictions last week in response to the COVID-19 surge, saying gatherings in the state would be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences.

“New York follows the science,” Cuomo said of his decision. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m.”

But Cuomo didn’t say how the new restrictions would be enforced, leaving those decisions up to local authorities — and Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino apparently took the Democrat at his word.

“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.

“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t,” the sheriff added. “Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.”

Giardino later added that he trusts his residents to use their best judgment while still urging them to take precautions when around those who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Three more sheriffs enter the fray

And now joining Giardino is Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy who said there won’t be any Thanksgiving enforcement of Cuomo’s restrictions, the Post reported, adding that Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said Monday that goes for his jurisdiction as well.

“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Zurlo said in a news release, according to the paper.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said his office would also ignore the indoor gathering limit, the Post reported.

Giardino also said in an interview with the Albany Times Union that Cuomo is “scaring the hell out of people.”

“People have common sense. They are not going to jeopardize family members. They are not going to jeopardize close friends. Most people respect the masks,” Giardino added to the Times Union. “Basically, as a lawyer, former DA and judge, if I got brought into court, I can’t justify it constitutionally. The threat is not so great that we should be limiting who they can have for Thanksgiving.”

What did a Cuomo adviser have to say?

Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi reacted by saying, “We urge everyone to continue to be smart and act responsibly. We know this makes people unhappy, but better unhappy than sick or worse,” the Post reported.

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Michigan state lawmakers call for impeachment hearings against Gov. Whitmer

Michigan state lawmakers are calling for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be impeached for ignoring court orders striking down coronavirus restrictions.

In a Facebook post written Sunday, GOP state Rep. Matt Maddock and several of his Republican colleagues announced they are seeking to hold “impeachment hearings for Governor Whitmer” in the state House of Representatives, WXYZ-TV reports.

The Facebook post lists several reasons why Republicans say Whitmer should be impeached and removed from office including: ignored court orders; ignored due process and the legislature; and “using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes.”

The Michigan Constitution empowers the state House of Representatives to impeach “civil officers for corrupt conduct in office or for crimes or misdemeanors.”

In a statement responding to these GOP lawmakers, Whitmer’s office said the governor “doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks.”

“Governor Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science, and don’t have a plan to fight this virus. Right now, she is focused on saving lives. The governor will continue to work hard for all 10 million Michiganders. This is about Michigan vs. COVID-19. Governor Whitmer doesn’t care if you’re a Trump Republican or a Biden Democrat. We are all in this together,” Whitmer press secretary Tiffany Brown said.

The governor also appeared on TV to address the impeachment calls from state Republicans.

“Part of the problem throughout this pandemic has been that there’s been so much partisanship around this public health crisis,” Whitmer said. “Unfortunately, while we’ve done a lot of outreach with the Michigan legislature, Republican leaders have shown very little seriousness around this issue.”

She criticized Republicans for refusing to wear masks and said “they don’t even know how to protect themselves.”

Whitmer on Monday claimed she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order in response to surging coronavirus cases that have led to an increase of hospitalizations and deaths in the state.

New coronavirus restrictions in Michigan will be put into effect Wednesday. High schools and colleges must stop offering in-person classes, restaurants must end indoor dining, and entertainment businesses such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos must close for three weeks.

The Michigan Supreme Court previously ruled that Whitmer’s first coronavirus-related executive orders were “an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.” These new restrictions come from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services rather than from the governor’s office directly, potentially bypassing the court’s order.

After the court ruled in October, Whitmer said she would use “alternative sources of authority” to implement coronavirus restrictions that “were not at issue” in the court’s decision.

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Justice Alito criticizes ‘previously unimaginable’ coronavirus restrictions, says it’s up to the American people to stand up for their liberties

In a recent speech delivered to the Federalist Society at their annual convention in Washington, D.C., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned that the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to “previously unimaginable” restrictions on American civil liberties.

Alito, 70, also spoke about the dangers posed to free speech by intolerant leftist law schools and defended the legacy of the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers and judges who support textualist and originalist interpretations of the U.S. Constitution in law.

“Unfortunately, tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply in many law schools, and in the broader academic community,” Alito said. “When I speak with recent law school graduates, what I hear over and over is that they face harassment and retaliation if they say anything that departs from the law school orthodoxy.”

He expressed thanks for Federalist Society members and judges that stood up to an attempt to ban federal judges from being members in the society and for defending free speech. Then, turning to the topic of this year’s convention, he addressed the coronavirus pandemic and its affect on the rule of law.

“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said.

He clarified that he does not mean to diminish the severity of the virus’ threat to public health, and he did not weigh in on the legality of certain COVID-19 restrictions. But he said “it is an indisputable statement of fact, we have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged as those experienced, for most of 2020.”

Think of all the live events that would otherwise be protected by the right to freedom of speech, live speeches, conferences, lectures, meetings. Think of worship services, churches closed on Easter Sunday, synagogues closed for Passover on Yom Kippur War. Think about access to the courts, or the constitutional right to a speedy trial. trials in federal courts have virtually disappeared in many places who could have imagined that?

The COVID crisis has served as a sort of constitutional stress test. And in doing so it has highlighted disturbing trends that were already present before the virus struck.

Alito tied this unprecedented expansion of government power to the ideals of early 20th century progressives, who sought to empower “an elite group of appointed experts” to implement policies that would be more “scientific.” Their “dream,” Alito remarked, “has been realized to a large extent” through the creation of the administrative state.

“Every year administrative agencies acting under broad delegations of authority churn out huge volumes of regulations that dwarfs the statutes enacted by the people’s elected representatives,” Alito noted. “And what have we seen in the pandemic? Sweeping restrictions imposed for the most part, under statutes that confer enormous executive discretion.”

Since the pandemic began, state governors have wielded broad authority to impose coronavirus restrictions by executive order, rather than by laws passed through the several state legislatures. In some cases, like in Michigan, courts have ruled that governors illegally exceeded their authority in imposing coronavirus restrictions without the consent of state lawmakers.

“Laws giving an official so much discretion can of course, be abused,” Alito warned. “And whatever one may think about the COVID restrictions, we surely don’t want them to become a recurring feature after the pandemic has passed.”

He went on to say that the Supreme Court and other courts “cannot close their eyes” when fundamental rights are restricted.

Continuing, Alito lamented that “religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored, right.” He discussed court cases involving the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns that was persecuted by the Obama administration for refusing to provide health insurance plans that provide contraceptives to their employees, and Masterpiece Cakeshop, whose owner Jack Phillips refused to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage. Both cases came before the Supreme Court.

“For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry and it can’t be tolerated even when there’s no evidence that anybody has been harmed,” he said.

“The question we face is whether our society will be inclusive enough to tolerate people with unpopular religious beliefs,” Alito declared, arguing Christians deserve the same protections that religious minorities receive in this country under the First Amendment.

He also discussed coronavirus restrictions that “blatantly discriminated” against places of worship, noting that Nevada opened casinos while restricting worship in churches to 50 attendees.

“Now deciding whether to allow this disparate treatment should not have been a very tough call, take a quick look at the Constitution,” Alito said. “You will see the Free Exercise Clause of the first amendment which protects religious liberty, you will not find a craps clause or a blackjack clause or a slot machine clause.”

Yet the court deferred to the governor of Nevada’s judgment and let the restrictions on churches remain in place.

“Religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second-class right,” Alito warned, before turning to free speech more broadly and the Second Amendment.

“The rights of the free exercise of religion is not the only ones cherished freedom that is falling in the estimation of some segments of the population,” Alito said. “Support for freedom of speech is also in danger. And COVID rules have restricted speech in unprecedented ways.”

He criticized college campuses for discriminating against speakers with certain viewpoints, noting that “even before the pandemic, there was growing hostility to the expression of unfashionable views.”

“You can’t say that marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” Alito said as an example. “Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it’s considered bigotry.”

That this would happen after our decision in Obergefell should not have come as a surprise. Yes, the opinion of the court included words meant to calm the fears of those who claim to traditional views on marriage. But I could say and so did the other justices in dissent, where the decision would lead. I wrote the following: “I assume that those who claim to old beliefs will be able able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes. But if they repeat those of us in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots, and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.” That is just what is coming to pass. One of the great challenges for the Supreme Court going forward will be to protect freedom of speech. Although that freedom is falling out of favor in some circles, we need to do whatever we can to prevent it from becoming a second tier constitutional right.

The Second Amendment is “the ultimate second tier constitutional right in the minds of some,” Alito continued.

In his conclusion, Alito said that while the Supreme Court has done “a lot of good work” to protect American liberties and defend the Constitution, ultimately it is up to the American people to defend their rights.

“… there is only so much that the judiciary can do to preserve our Constitution, and the Liberty it was adopted to protect. As Learned Hand famously wrote, Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women when it dies there. No constitution, no law, no court can do much to help it. for all Americans standing up for our Constitution and our freedom is work that lies ahead.”


Address by Justice Samuel Alito [2020 NLC Live]

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Gov. Gavin Newsom sends his children to private school when many California kids can’t, sparking backlash

California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent his children back to their private school this week, while at the same time, the state has forbid hundreds of thousands of other kids from attending school in-person. Many people saw this development as an unjust double standard.

Newsom said his four children have returned to in-person learning at their private school, according to Politico.

“They’re phasing back into school and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we’ve been doing, so many parents are doing up and down the state,” Newsom said on Friday.

Newsom and his family lives in Sacramento County, where some schools have opened.

“All school grade levels in Sacramento County are permitted to conduct in-person instruction with required mitigation measures maintained (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) in compliance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Sacramento County Public Health,” the Sacramento County website states.

Sacramento County was allowed by the state to reopen schools as of Oct. 13 after the county moved into the Red Tier 2, which means that there are “substantial” cases of coronavirus, but it is not “widespread,” that would equate to much more stringent restrictions.

Politico noted that the “county’s large public school districts — including San Juan Unified, which serves Newsom’s neighborhood,” have yet to reopen. The report added that San Juan Unified hopes to reopen in January.

There are nine counties, including highly populated Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties that have over 12.5 million residents, that the state will not allow schools to reopen fully for in-person instruction because they have been deemed to have “widespread” coronavirus cases, according to the California state COVID-19 website. Newsom has ruled that these counties may not reopen until they move into the “substantial” tier of COVID-19 cases for two consecutive weeks.

In counties with a lower adjusted coronavirus case rate and COVID-19 positivity rate, local school officials decide whether and when schools reopen. In schools that are not open, students must learn remotely.

“We absolutely believe that the social-emotional learning that occurs in the classroom is the best place for our kids, certainly the best place for their parents as well,” Newsom said. “And so it is absolutely incumbent to do everything in our power to provide support to our districts so that they can safely reopen, emphasis on safely reopen.”

Newsom’s announcement that his children were going back to school raised eyebrows with many, and was met by backlash.

Melissa Melendez of the California state Senate wrote on Twitter, “Kids across California are locked down at home, struggling to get an education. So glad Newsom has been relieved of his ‘challenging distance learning’ situation. Talk about white privilege.”

Buzz Patterson, candidate for California’s 7th congressional district, tweeted, “This is yet another instance of the political elitism in CA. Our kids are still unable to attend but Gavin’s kids can? ‘Let them eat cake.’ Newsom sends his children back to private school classrooms in California.”

“California Governor Newsom is sending his 4 children to private schools with in-person instruction I’m glad his family has that opportunity All families should have that choice,” Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at the Reason Foundation, said.

“Democrat CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has sent his kids back to private school while many Californians still can’t send their kids back to public school. This is who Democrats are. Hypocrites,” conservative commentator Robby Starbuck said. “Vote Republican if you think we need to give parents school choice!”

Adam Housley, former MLB player turned journalist, tweeted, “This is the complete double standard that pisses so many of us off. So your kids can go back, but all the public kids can’t. Differ t standards cause disgust and distrust in government.”

“Gavin Newsom sends his children back to private school classrooms while California public schools remain closed. This is government double standards in a nutshell,” one person wrote.

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Thousands of fans ignore COVID rules to converge at LA Staples Center following Lakers’ championship win; many target cops during chaos

A massive horde of NBA fans took to the streets of Los Angeles after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title. The Lakers won 106-93 over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the finals on Sunday night.

What are the details?

KABC-TV reported that thousands of people showed up on Figueroa Street outside Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and some of them targeted police officers and their cruisers as officers were forced to declare the scene an unlawful assembly.

Days ahead of the Lakers’ win, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti directed citizens to stay off of the streets due to COVID-19 restrictions.

On Friday, Garcetti
said that NBA fans should not congregate on the streets during or after the game — which took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida — either to celebrate a win or lament a loss.

“I encourage you to yell at the top of your lungs inside your homes, maybe even open up the window or step outside your door as we’ve done for our first responders and essential medical workers to thank them,” Garcetti said. “Let’s thank the Lakers when they win, but let’s do it safe.”

Garcetti also warned that disregarding his advice could sabotage “all the progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19.”

“LAPD went into tactical alert and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly,” KABC reported. “Cars were seen performing ‘donuts’ and ‘burnouts,’ some cars were swarmed by fans in the streets.”

The report continued, “Multiple fireworks were set off and there were isolated reports of small groups throwing rocks and bottles at police.”

The station noted that local police and California Highway Patrol officers shut down ramps leading to the downtown area during the melee.

Bleacher Report on Monday
noted that many of the fans “began throwing beer bottles and other ‘projectiles’ at uniformed police officers that swarmed the area.”

“The few isolated incidents soon grew to a large mob of sports fans which soon made their way down the streets of Los Angeles turning over police cars and breaking into local businesses,” the outlet reported. “Some innocent bystanders became injured in the incident as the hoard [sic] came rushing down the streets.”

The outlet added that police arrived on the scene en masse “with riot gear and shots of tear gas which were thrown into the mass of hysterical fans.”

The Daily Mail also reported that “witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that officers also fired ‘beanbag rounds’ at one point, which sent some people running.”

(H/T:
The Daily Wire)

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California bans singing in church

California has banned singing in places of worship in the latest COVID-19 pandemic-related restriction. California’s Department of Health issued an order Wednesday that temporarily prohibits worshipers from singing and chanting in a church, synagogue, or mosque.

“Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations,” the order states.

“In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” the order adds. “Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.”

“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets,” the order reads.

The order suggests that places of worship encourage congregation members to participate in singing activities that are held over the internet instead of in-person.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that shouting or singing can easily spread coronavirus. The CDC found that a 2.5-hour choir practice in Washington attended by 61 persons evolved into a superspreader event because of people singing. The CDC notes that 32 people at the March 17 choir practice caught coronavirus, and there were 20 probable secondary COVID-19 cases. Three people were hospitalized.

The order also instructs places of worship to stop offering self-service food and beverages and to not hold potluck dinners or any family-style eating events.

California has seen a 20% spike in COVID-19 cases over the past week. On Thursday, the Golden State set a new daily coronavirus case record with 9,352 confirmed COVID-19 cases. California has nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, trailing only New York, which has over 420,000 cases.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed course with the state’s reopening plan this week when he shut down bars, wineries, museums, movie theaters, and inside restaurant dining in 19 counties for three weeks.

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