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Conference cancels keynote speech by Stanford biophysics professor Michael Levitt because of his skepticism regarding COVID-19 lockdowns

Stanford professor and Nobel laureate Michael Levitt has been disinvited as a keynote speaker at a conference dedicated to his field of expertise, allegedly because of his controversial views regarding the efficacy of many of the measures that have been taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Levitt is a professor of structural biology at Stanford and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013.

According to Levitt, he was disinvited due to concerns expressed by other speakers about his views on the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet, Levitt noted that the conference was not expected to discuss the pandemic and that he did not plan for his remarks to include any discussion of the pandemic.

Levitt has sparked controversy this year by arguing that the lockdown measures instituted to combat the coronavirus pandemic would likely lead to more deaths than the pandemic itself. He has also argued that many countries are vastly overcounting coronavirus deaths, and that it is unjustified to include all individuals who died with the coronavirus in the official death counts.

He has also caused controversy by asserting that controlling the panic associated with the pandemic is as important as controlling the pandemic itself.

Recently, he has also waged a crusade against what he perceives as a scientific censorship campaign that is being waged, with the help of Big Tech, against anyone who does not toe the current line on how to control the pandemic.

Levitt has also aggressively championed the work of his Stanford colleague Dr. John Ioannadis, who has faced criticism for estimating that the infection fatality rate of COVID-19 is much lower than was believed at the start of the pandemic.

The organizers of the Biodesign Research Conference did not return a request for comment on this story.

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Commentary: America will be memory-holed if we do not act

I’ve been telling you for months that Sweden is the way. It has been the control case for the efficacy of lockdowns and masks, and with each passing day it serves as a light in the darkness defining the path to true science, public health and precious freedom.

But in a world of petty tyrants and jesters, Sweden may as well be the lost city of Atlantis. It has been memory holed by no less than much of the scientific community itself in too many Western countries (including our own), as well as progressive dreamers who just a year ago would have celebrated Sweden’s secular accoutrements.

Because this was never about science. It was about power and control.

Which brings us to our next control case that is being flushed into oblivion because it doesn’t serve the interests of dystopian wanderlust. That would be our very country. The United States, the only country ever founded on a creed, has been striving in various forms since the 18th century to prove that the better angels of our nature could win out so that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

But if I may be so bold as to go further than President Lincoln, the national dream has always gone well beyond simply not perishing while holding its place as just one option among equals. No, flourishing, and fantastically so as a shining city on a hill calling out to all mankind, has always been our land’s God-breathed rendezvous with destiny.

That’s why, like with Sweden, it must be memory holed by its domestic enemies, the rot within us that is on a relentlessly suicidal journey. There simply can’t be road maps left lying around that point people the way to true north when the transgendered, upside down world of their warped minds are now so close at hand. Thus, it shouldn’t surprise us that one of the primary ways of burning those road maps is by following the devil’s lead.

In other words, they lie like their spiritual father — the father of lies.

Namely, if they are guilty of something, they will try to hang you with it. Joe Biden and his son in bed with Ukraine and China becomes President Trump’s colluding with Russians. Journalism as persistent left-wing propaganda and group think becomes Twitter and Facebook claiming conservatives are the real source of bias. To the point of censoring the spokesperson for the President of the United States and one of the oldest newspapers in the nation, the New York Post. Amy Coney Barrett claiming she loves the Constitution and that she will interpret it as it is written becomes “The Handmaid’s Tale” come to life. Webster’s Dictionary even rallied to the cause of chaos last week and changed the definition of the word “preference” overnight, in order to keep the crazy train running on time.

It is a “Did God really say?” memory hole of unknowing and unreality that we are currently choking on just as we did all the way back at the beginning of creation. The dishonesty is so thick that, as with some pilots who become disoriented because they don’t trust their instruments, regularly people passively taking it all in are literally spiraling to their death while thinking all along they are on the straight and narrow. We have been given paradise, yet we think it chains.

America used to fight against that tide with extreme prejudice, and its citizens’ First Amendment rights were its primary weapons. Where there was a loud voice of decay and decadence ringing out, eventually there would be a counter and more often than not, the good would win out in the end. It’s how slavery, American’s original sin, was defeated. If America could prove true to its founding word against that scourge, its status as a control group for self-government could survive anything, couldn’t it?

Not if we sit passively by and no longer care to take our turn as a people to stand a post for liberty. If we act, we will win and prove once again that this “Republic, if we can keep it” is a far greater calling in our hearts than “trust the experts while we Netflix and chill.”

But we must act. Because it isn’t the Constitution itself and its implied civic machinery, as vital as it is, that is the control group. That is merely the weapon, and it doesn’t come with an autopilot. We, the people, are the control group. And as with guns, the weapons of government can be wielded by either righteous or wicked men.

So which are we? And what are you prepared to do?

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Top WHO official to world leaders: Stop using lockdowns’ to control COVID; ‘Terrible, ghastly, global catastrophe’

A top official at the World Health Organization is urging world leaders to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method” against the coronavirus.

What’s the background?

When COVID-19 struck the world, most countries responded by enacting strict nationwide lockdowns. The decision plunged the world economy into an immediate recession, the consequences of which are still being felt even months after most countries have lifted their strict lockdown measures.

In fact, experts estimate the pandemic, and the ensuing lockdowns, plunged around 100 million additional people into “extreme poverty.”

From the Wall Street Journal:

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown between 88 million and 114 million people into extreme poverty, according to the World Bank’s biennial estimates of global poverty. The reversal is by far the largest increase in extreme poverty going back to 1990 when the data begin, and marks an end to a streak of more than two decades of declines in the number of the extremely impoverished, which the World Bank defines as living on less than $1.90 a day, or about $700 a year.

What did the WHO official say?

Dr. David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy on COVID-19, told the Spectator last week that lockdowns are not the answer to COVID-19.

“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said.

“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted,” he added. “But by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

Nabarro pointed to the devastating economic side-effects of the lockdown as evidence for why world leaders should not enact further lockdowns.

“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry in the Caribbean, for example, or in the Pacific because people aren’t taking their holidays,” he explained. “Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

“This is a terrible, ghastly, global catastrophe, actually,” Nabarro added. “And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method.”

“Develop better systems for doing it,” he continued. “Remember, lockdowns have just one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

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Jane Fonda says ‘COVID is God’s gift to the left’ because it could hurt Trump’s re-election chances

Actress and activist Jane Fonda says the coronavirus pandemic is a huge opportunity for Democrats, calling the outbreak “God’s gift to the left” because it could hurt President Donald Trump politically.

Fonda — a surrogate for the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden — laughed after making the remark.

What are the details?

“We can stop fascism,” Fonda can be seen saying on a video published by the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday. “This is a crossroads, it’s an existential crossroads, and we are people who can help determine which way humanity goes.”

“What a great gift! What a tremendous opportunity,” the actress said with glee. “We’re just so lucky. We have to use it, with every ounce of intelligence and courage and wherewithal we have.”

Fonda then paused before declaring, “I think COVID is God’s gift to the left,” and chuckling.

She then admitted, “It’s a terrible thing to say,” reasoning, “I think it was a very difficult thing to send down to us, but it has ripped the Band-Aid off who [Trump] is and what he stands for and what is being done to average people and working people in this country.”

Calling for action, the actress added, “We can see it now, people who couldn’t see it before, you know, they see it now and we have a chance to harness that anger.”


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Fox News noted that “The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has killed over 200,000 Americans and over one million people worldwide. It has also crippled the American economy and crushed many small businesses across the nation.”

According to The Hill, Fonda has used the Band-Aid metaphor against Trump before. The outlet reported that she told CNN’s Don Lemon in June, “When Donald Trump was elected, and the Band-Aid was torn off, people could see very blatantly the racism in this country that’s always been there.”

As TheBlaze previously reported:

Fonda, 81, has been a liberal activist for decades. She earned the nickname “Hanoi Jane” after she posed affectionately for a photo with enemy troops during the Vietnam War while Americans died. In recent years, she has apologized for the image, telling the Frederick News Post in 2015, “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”

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ready — COVID response doesn’t even rank in top 5 most important issues to voters. Economy stays No. 1: poll

If you consume only the mainstream media and follow only the social media posts Facebook and Twitter let you see, you probably think the sole issue impacting the 2020 presidential election is the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and nearly every other liberal-leaning outlet want Americans to believe that the only things that matter this election are that President Donald Trump refuses to wear a mask, Vice President Mike Pence failed in his leadership of the White House Coronavirus Task Force (not to mention his reported opposition to having plexiglass at the vice presidential debate Wednesday night), and the White House is a COVID cesspool.

But it turns out the issues American voters consider most important in the election are the issues they’ve long considered the most important, a new Gallup poll revealed. And the No. 1 issue for voters hasn’t changed: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

That’s not to say the coronavirus response isn’t important to voters — it is — but it sure doesn’t rank where one might expect considering the level of coverage it has received.

What are the top 5 issues?

Of 16 issues Americans said were either “extremely important” or “very important” to their vote for president, the economy came in as the clear top issue at 89% (44% “extremely”; 45% “very). It was followed by terrorism and national security (83%), education (82%), health care (80%), and crime (79%).

Top 5 most important issues for 2020 election

No. 1: Economy — 89%
No. 2: Terrorism and National Security — 83%
No. 3: Education — 82%
No. 4: Health Care — 80%
No. 5: Crime — 79%

Where did the COVID response rank?

Don’t let the fact that the coronavirus response’s ranking is seemingly incongruous with the media coverage it has received fool you.

The fact that other topics were considered more important does not mean the coronavirus is not a concern for voters. In fact, more than three-quarters of Americans say it’s an issue important to their vote.

The response to the coronavirus came in sixth place on the most-important-issues ranking (77%), followed closely by race relations (76%).

Partisan breakdown

When broken down by political party, the results are not terribly surprising.

For Democrats, the five most important issues are health care (95%), coronavirus response (93%), relations (89%), climate change (88%), and the economy (85%)

Among Republicans, the top five issues are the economy (93%), terrorism and national security (93%), crime (85%), education (79%), and gun policy (76%).

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Joe Biden uses President Trump’s stay in hospital to push president to force mask mandate — starting with interstate travel

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday used President Donald Trump’s stay at Walter Reed Medical Center to renew his calls for the president to institute a nationwide mask mandate, beginning with interstate travel and federal facilities.

What did he say?

President Trump posted messages and videos during his stay at Walter Reed over the weekend while being treated for the coronavirus.

Early Monday, he began tweeting campaign messages on taxes, guns, law and order, the economy, the military, religious liberty, abortion, health care, and more. He also reminded supporters to register to vote and volunteer for the campaign.

While the president was continuing to recover at Walter Reed, Biden used a campaign stop in Miami Monday to renew his call for a nationwide mask mandate.

Back in August, Biden announced his support for the mandate, declaring, “Every American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” and calling for the government to institute a nationwide mask mandate, which, he claimed, would “save over 40,000 live in the next three months.” He reiterated support for that plan during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Just a few weeks later, Biden walked back the demand for a mandate and admitted that it would likely be unconstitutional.

Asked about a mask mandate during an interview on “Politics Unplugged,” Biden said, “Here’s the deal, the federal government … there’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government could issue such a mandate, I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.”

Fast-forward a month and the Biden campaign is using the president’s coronavirus diagnosis to once again call for the federal government to force a nationwide mask mandate.

“Now that he’s busy tweeting campaign messages, I would ask him to do this: Listen to the scientists, support masks, support a mask mandate nationwide,” Biden said to applause before a live audience in Little Havana.

“Require masks in every federal building and facility and interstate travel,” he continued.

“Urge every governor in America to do the same,” Biden added. “We know it saves lives.”

“Experts say that universal masking could save, between now and January, 100,000 lives,” he stated. “You know, I backed that mandate months ago. He should back it now.”

The former vice president did not bother to add his subsequent admission that such a mandate would be unconstitutional.


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Biden also said the Trump administration on Friday rejected a mask mandate for public transportation.

He was referring to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rejection of a petition — not a government-created policy plan — from a labor union connected to the AFL-CIO asking for a department-wide policy requiring, as The Hill reported, every passenger on a DOT-approved vehicle to wear a mask.

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Commentary: The media’s insane reaction to Trump’s balcony appearance proves that they WANT you to live in fear

To hear the media tell it, President Donald Trump tried to kill us all yesterday.

In case you missed it, after being cleared to leave by the medical professionals who were caring for him, Trump returned to the White House — his home — on Monday and emerged onto his own outdoor balcony, removed his mask, and waved.

In spite of the fact that Trump was, yet again, a) outside, b) on the premises of his own home, and c) not within six feet (or, from what I could tell, 60 feet) of anyone, the condemnation of Trump was swifter and perhaps more hysterical than usual.

CNN predictably led the pack, with one on-air host actually suggesting that the shot of Trump removing his mask shouldn’t be shown because “that’s going to kill people.”

Actually, it’s not at all clear that CNN led the pack, because some reactions were even more hilariously over-the-top.

Of course, it goes without saying that diseases — even airborne ones — require proximity for transmission. A person who has COVID-19 (or any other contagious disease) does not just breathe a noxious cloud of disease that disperses infinitely until it finds someone to infect.

There’s a maximum distance that disease-carrying aerosol droplets can travel in the air, and it’s less than 6 feet, which is how we came up with the whole 6-feet-of-social-distancing thing. Which is also why the president standing outside of his own home with no people even in visible range represented literally zero threat to anyone.

Compare, if you will, the contrast with how the president’s behavior was received with the way defiance in the face of literally any other disease would have been received. If a person who has cancer posts that they aren’t going to let fear of cancer dominate their lives, they are rightfully lauded as brave.

Same goes for people who have HIV, or Hepatitis B, or whatever. If you get a disease, even a contagious one, you’re not SUPPOSED to cower in fear of it. You should take reasonable precautions to prevent spreading it to others, yes, but no one is lauded for going inside and hiding indefinitely, as President Trump is apparently now expected to do.

A different set of rules applies, however, to COVID-19. According to the media, you’re supposed to cower in fear of it. Consider the statement that so many have objected to: Trump did not say that you should not fear COVID, or take any precautions regarding COVID whatsoever; rather, he said that you shouldn’t allow fear of COVID to dominate your life.

To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit,” every time you step out your front door, you incur risks. You incur risks that you will die in a car wreck, catch an infectious disease (other than COVID-19), get mugged, or have any number of other terrible things happen to you.

Now, your response to that can be one of three things. One, you can just sit in your house and live in fear — which will probably not extend your life anyway because you’ll soon be dealing with crippling depression and a bevy of health problems that are caused by inactivity. Two, you can completely ignore all dangers and take no precautions at all to protect yourself, which is also not advised. Three, you can determine that you’re going to take reasonable precautions like driving the speed limit, wearing seat belts, and carrying a reasonable means of self-defense, but not let fear of the outside world dominate your life.

The president’s message Monday encouraged Americans to take the third course when it comes to the coronavirus. For all of American history, this has always been considered the laudable course of action.

And let’s be real for a minute: We are never going to rid ourselves of the coronavirus completely. Even after a vaccine is developed, it’s going to remain around and be dangerous to vulnerable populations, much like the flu. No magic pill is coming that is ever going to make this disease vanish from the face of the earth, now that it’s been loosed on the world. We are all going to have to decide whether we will allow fear of it to cripple us indefinitely, or if we will determine that, while we should take reasonable precautions to prevent unnecessary spread of this disease, we won’t let fear of it dominate us.

I don’t agree with everything Trump says, or even most of the things Trump says. But I agree with him 100% on this. And before this year, I couldn’t have imagined anyone disagreeing with the principle.

Sadly, it appears I was wrong.

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Joe Biden declines to promise transparency with health details: ‘Every detail would not be made available’

Democratic nominee Joe Biden admitted Monday that he would not be transparent with Americans about his health should he win election on Nov. 3.

Biden’s comments came after Democrats and the media heavily criticized President Donald Trump and his team of doctors over the weekend for seemingly dodging transparency about the president’s health during his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

What did Biden say?

During an NBC News town hall, Biden explained that, if he were president, circumstances may arise where details of his health would not be publicly disclosed.

“I can understand there could be certain circumstances relating to national security, where every detail would not be made available in the middle of a particular crisis,” Biden said, the Washington Examiner reported.

In fact, Biden said that presidents are due special circumstances, explaining “sometimes for a president, that would come after the fact,” referring to the disclosure of personal health details.

As the Examiner noted, Biden has mostly steered clear of attacking Trump over what the president’s critics claimed have been
issues of transparency surrounding his health.

Perhaps that is because Biden and his campaign have been hit with similar accusations.

What is Biden’s record of transparency?

From the New York Times:

[B]eyond the public examples of safety precautions, Mr. Biden’s health protocols have remained largely under wraps, with his campaign saying
little about what steps it is taking to protect the 77-year-old Democratic nominee.

His aides will not answer questions about whether Mr. Biden is tested daily; they say simply that he is tested “regularly.” Until this weekend, they
had promised to inform the public only if he had a confirmed positive case. Then, on Saturday night, after two days of refusing to provide details
about Mr. Biden’s testing procedures, the campaign committed to releasing the results of all of his tests.

In fact, Biden’s campaign has downright refused transparency regarding COVID-19.

Over the weekend, Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the Biden, was asked about the campaign’s contingency plans if Biden does test positive for COVID-19. She did not mince words.

“Much like I wouldn’t discuss our security plans here on national television, I’m not going to talk about our inner workings of our health plans,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Meanwhile, doctors who spoke with the New York Times reiterated that, in the age of COVID-19 and elder candidates, transparency is key.

Being dodgy with information “engenders trust in the community, it helps allay fears and concerns,” Dr. Kelly Michelson of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told the Times.

Teneille Brown, a professor of law at the University of Utah, added, “We have a real loss of trust in communication coming out of our leaders. It would do a great deal to rebuild trust for there to be absolute transparency about timing, risk, exposure.”

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Leftists, media lose it after Trump exits Walter Reed, even suggest criminally charging Trump

Leftists, journalists, and media personalities were not happy that President Donald Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday to greet supporters outside the hospital — socially distanced, of course.

Trump has been hospitalized there since Friday after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

What did they say?

The president’s critics complained that Trump was putting lives at risk by leaving isolation. The Washington Post’s “conservative” blogger even said Trump should face criminal charges if Secret Service personnel become infected with COVID-19.

“I would hope that if any harm comes to those agents the attorney general of MD will indict Trump for reckless endangerment, assault (yes the virus he gives off count), etc.,” the Post’s Jennifer Rubin said.

“The GOP is a death cult. There is only one pro-life party and it’s not them,” Rubin later added.

The Lincoln Project, a band of Republicans who oppose Trump, claimed Trump “willing (sic) endangered innocent people in order to feed his small ego.”

Democratic strategist and talk radio host Chip Franklin called Trump “f***ing insane,” adding, “200,000+ dead and he’s putting more Secret Service at risk.”

Lynn Comella, an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wrote in a since-deleted tweet that Trump “is on a killing spree. What’s going on at Walter Reed? Who allowed this public health travesty?”

Feminist Liz Plank wrote at NBC that Trump’s brief exit from isolation revealed the “dangers of toxic masculinity.”

Even an attending physician at Walter Reed, Dr. James P. Phillips, lashed out at Trump.

“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play,” Phillips said.

Meanwhile, the White House Correspondent’s Association blasted Trump for leaving the hospital without reporters in tow.

Zeke Miller, president of the WHCA, said:

It is outrageous for the president to have left the hospital — even briefly — amid a health crisis without a protective pool present to ensure that the American people know where their president is and how he is doing. Now more than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so they can be reliably informed about his health.

What did the president’s medical team say?

According to the White House, Trump’s doctors approved his brief hospital exit and “appropriate precautions” were taken for those in proximity to Trump.

“Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do,” Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, said.

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Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over COVID infection: ‘You have become a symbol of your own failures’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper had a stern message for President Donald Trump on Sunday, three days after the world learned of Trump’s COVID-19 infection.

During a monologue on “State of the Union,” Tapper excoriated Trump for “failed leadership” and “undermining” efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“Many Americans are likely feeling both sympathy and anger today, emotions that don’t necessarily mix well,” Tapper began. “Sympathy for all of those suffering, including President Trump, who remains at Walter Reed Medical Center. But also anger because so much — so much of all this pain could have been avoided.

Tapper continued:

So many of us since March have been doing everything we can to preserve the health of not only ourselves and our families, but our communities, our neighbors, you. Social distancing, wearing masks, holding events remotely, weddings have been canceled, jobs lost, children are missing out on in-person education, and their ability to see friends. It’s a real crisis. It’s going to leave scars. 208,000 Americans have died. Thousands of Americans have lost loved ones without being able to properly mourn or even say good-bye. But we’re in the middle of a once in century pandemic. Health experts say this is what we need to do in order to get to the other side.

“Regardless of the sympathy we may feel, we also know the president has been undermining these efforts, expressing disdain for health regulations and those who abide by them,” Tapper claimed.

Tapper went on to say that “Americans who don’t listen to science or medicine” are making “it worse for all of us” — and he claimed those individuals are “are taking your cues” from Trump.

Then the CNN journalist tore into Republicans for gathering together last Saturday, many of them maskless, during Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination announcement.

“My god. How are future generations going to try to make sense of these images of the Republican leaders of the nation acting like this during a once in a century pandemic with more than 200,000 Americans dead?” Tapper said.

“It’s not just through failed leadership or setting bad examples. You are all now literally risking spreading the virus yourselves,” he continued. “The president and his team have been behaving as if the pandemic is over. This callous indifference to the wellbeing of the citizens the president swore to protect, it’s no longer just theoretical, it’s no longer well, they might get the virus.”

Then, Tapper directed his speech directly to Trump, who remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is battling his COVID-19 infection.

“Sick and in isolation, Mr. President, you have become a symbol of your own failures. Failures of recklessness, ignorance, arrogance. The same failures you have been inflicting on the rest of us,” Tapper said. “Get well, and please, for the rest of us who don’t get to go to Walter Reed, get well and get it together.”

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Top Republican: Pelosi refused to implement COVID testing as Senate Dems use COVID to delay Barrett hearings

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise claimed Saturday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thwarted efforts to conduct widespread coronavirus testing on Capitol Hill.

The allegations come as Senate Democrats attempt to use COVID-19 infections circulating between Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill to delay Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation.

What did Scalise say?

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), the ranking member on the House Committee on House Administration has been urging Pelosi to implement “a comprehensive health monitoring system and testing program for our Capitol Hill campus in order to help us do our part to stop the spread of coronavirus.”

But she has so far refused to take action, Scalise explained on “Fox and Friends.”

“I mean these protocols have been out there and the testing capabilities have been out there for a long time. They were offered to the speaker and she turned it down,” Scalise said. “I think it’s something that should have been in Congress for a few weeks now. But ultimately that’s what the speaker decided to do.”

What’s the background?

Three Republican senators — Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.) — have tested positive for COVID-19.

The development is significant because it may indicate a COVID-19 outbreak among lawmakers over the coming weeks. More importantly, Lee and Tillis are two senators who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee and will have a role to play as Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin next week.

Consequently, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is attempting to use the virus outbreak to delay Barrett’s confirmation process.

In a joint statement on Friday, Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “this already illegitimate process will become a dangerous one” if Barrett’s confirmation hearings are not temporarily delayed.

“It’s critical that Chairman [Lindsey] Graham put the health of senators, the nominee, and staff first — and ensure a full and fair hearing that is not rushed, not truncated, and not virtual,” Schumer and Feinstein said.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday that Barrett’s confirmation hearings will proceed as scheduled.

In a statement, McConnell said he would seek “consent agreement for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks.” If Democrats agree, Senate floor activity would be halted until at least Oct. 19.

But, McConnell said, Barrett’s confirmation process would be unaffected by any delay.

“The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham,” McConnell said.

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Trump speaks from Walter Reed as more updates indicate his health is improving: ‘Substantial progress’

President Donald Trump addressed the nation in a four-minute video late Saturday, explaining that his health has improved since arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“I came here, I wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now,” Trump said. “We’re working hard to get me back. I have to get all the way back because we still have to make America great again. We’ve done an awfully good job of that but we still have steps to go and I have to finish that job. I’ll be back, I think, I’ll be back soon.”

“We’re going to beat the coronavirus, or whatever you want to call it, and we’re going to beat it soundly,” he later added.

Indeed, Sean Conley, D.O., the president’s physician, released another update Saturday evening indicating Trump’s health continues to progress as he battles coronavirus.

President Trump continues to do well, having made substantial progress since diagnosis. This evening he completed his second does of Remdesivir without complication. He remains fever-free and off supplemental oxygen with a saturation level between 96 and 98% all day.

He spent most of the afternoon conducting business, and has been up and moving about the medical suite without difficulty. While not yet out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic.

The plan for tomorrow is to continue observation in between doses of Remdesivir, closely monitoring his clinical status while fully supporting his conduct of presidential duties.

In addition, the White House released two photos of Trump working while isolated inside the executive suite at Walter Reed.

The positive update came after conflicting reports triggered a wave of confusion earlier in the day.

Just minutes after Conley had concluded a press conference updating the media on the president, an anonymous source told the White House media pool that Trump’s health had been worse than what was being said publicly. “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning, and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care,” the source said. “We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was later identified as the anonymous source after he was captured on video and audio asking the media pool to talk off the record.

However, Meadows struck a much more hopeful tune Saturday evening.

Meadows told Fox News that Trump “is doing extremely well. In fact, I’m very, very optimistic based on the current result,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“He’s made unbelievable improvements from yesterday morning, when I know a number of us, the doctor and I, were very concerned,” Meadows explained.

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Trump speaks message of hope after confusion surrounds his health: ‘I’m going to beat this’

Contradictory statements about President Donald Trump’s health triggered a wave of confusion over the president’s health Saturday, leading many to believe Trump’s condition was more serious than what was being said publicly.

But the president seemed to put any confusion to rest Saturday afternoon.

What are the details?

Shortly before noon Saturday, Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, briefed reporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Trump was taken Friday out of an abundance of caution. Conley told reporters that Trump was doing “very well” and that many of the COVID symptoms that he previously exhibited had already dissipated.

Chaos erupted minutes after the press conference when the White House pool reported comments from someone close to the White House contradicting what Conley had just told media.

The source reportedly said, “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

The report came just minutes after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was captured on video talking with the pool reporters, asking them to speak off the record.

Conley’s press conference — during which he was accused of not answering reporters’ questions directly — also sparked confusion.

More from Politico:

Conley and Trump’s medical team also sent shockwaves through the White House and political landscape with their timeline of Trump’s first positive coronavirus test. During the briefing, Conley said it had been 72 hours since Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19, suggesting Trump knew about his status on Wednesday, well before he revealed it overnight Thursday into Friday. That would mean Trump had gone on with his normal schedule, traveling and working in close proximity to aides and staffers, for well over a full day.

Yet again, though, the White House scrambled minutes after the briefing to clarify the timeline from the medical team. Another White House aide said the doctor had meant to say “day 3” instead of “72 hours,” since Trump had been diagnosed Thursday night. Conley made the clarification official a few hours later, releasing what amounted to the fourth statement of the day from the White House.

What did Trump say?

Hours after the confusion began, Trump tweeted that he was “feeling well.”

“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!” Trump said.

Later in the day, Trump dictated a statement through Rudy Giuliani, the New York Post reported.

In that statement, Trump was upbeat and said he felt well enough to immediately leave the hospital.

“I feel I could get out of here right now. But they’re telling me there can always be a backstep with this disease. But I feel I could go out and do a rally,” Trump said. “I am the president of the United States. I can’t lock myself in a room. … I had to confront [the virus] so the American people stopped being afraid of it so we could deal with it responsibly.”

“We have made tremendous progress on treating this disease. Fatality rates are very low compared to [the beginning],” he continued.

“I’m going to beat this,” Trump reportedly said. “Then I will be able to show people we can deal with this disease responsibly, but we shouldn’t be afraid of it.”

“If I had handled it any other way, I would have created more panic, more fear in the American people,” Trump added. “We are making great progress on dealing with this disease and making better progress with the economy than anyone had the right to expect.”

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Schumer rages after McConnell moves to halt Senate activity — but allow Amy Coney Barrett confirmation to proceed

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday after McConnell moved to temporarily halt Senate activity — but still allow Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to proceed.

What did McConnell do?

After three Republican senators tested positive for COVID-19 — Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.) — McConnell announced Saturday that he intends “obtain a consent agreement for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks.”

If the Senate halts activity, McConnell said Barrett’s confirmation process would not be affected. McConnell explained:

The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit. The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene on October 12th as Chairman Graham has scheduled to begin confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham.

Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some Senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually. The Committee has utilized this format successfully for many months while protecting the health and safety of all involved. Certainly all Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings.

According to The Hill, Democrats can object to McConnell’s motion. However, it’s not yet clear how Democrats will respond given the number of COVID-19 infections circulating on Capitol Hill.

How did Schumer respond?

Schumer fumed in a statement that Republicans are “turning an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one” by moving full-steam ahead on Barrett’s confirmation.

“The decision to recess the Senate for two weeks after at least three Republican Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 makes clear that the Senate cannot proceed with business as usual as the virus continues to run rampant,” Schumer said. “If it’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session, it is also too dangerous for committee hearings to continue.”

“Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham’s monomaniacal drive to confirm Judge Barrett at all costs needlessly threatens the health and safety of Senators, staff, and all those who work in the Capitol complex,” he continued. “Their decision to move ‘full steam ahead’ with a Supreme Court nominee who could take away the healthcare of 20 million Americans a month before Election Day is turning an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one.”

Schumer’s statement echoed one that he released Friday with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he used COVID-19 as yet another excuse for why Barrett’s confirmation process should be delayed.

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Backlash is intense against LA Times for news story involving Trump, COVID, Reagan assassination attempt

The Los Angeles Times triggered a tsunami of backlash on Friday after publishing an article that seemingly jeered President Donald Trump for his coronavirus diagnosis.

What are the details?

The Times, one of America’s largest newspapers, published a story Friday that was titled, “When Reagan was shot, country rallied around, but he hadn’t spent months downplaying assassins.”

The article goes on to say:

When President Reagan was shot and nearly killed by a would-be assassin, the country rallied around him. But he also hadn’t spent eight months downplaying the threat of deranged gunmen.

Reagan grew from the experience. In his diary, he wrote he prayed for the man who shot him. The day fundamentally transformed the president’s worldview. He believed his life had been spared by God for a reason — to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Do we expect Trump to evolve, to empathize more with those who caught the virus? To date, there’s little evidence of that, but the example of Reagan might stand Trump and his White House in good stead.

The article was written by Los Angeles Times staff writer Del Quentin Wilber, whose bio identifies him “an enterprise and investigative reporter” — not an opinion writer — for the Times.

What was the response?

The Times was raked over the coals for publishing the sly implication that Trump was deserving of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Many critics pointed to the story, and its framing, as evidence of why Americans do not trust the media.

  • “The corrupt media: ‘Why do they call us the enemy of the people?’ This. This is why,” one person responded.
  • “Its people like you that will get Trump re-elected. Thanks,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think the media can’t go any lower, it does. Ghouls,” another person responded.
  • “A new low in American journalism,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they start to dig,” yet another person responded.
  • “Desperately unhappy people now own & operate many of our formerly great legacy media properties. For shame,” Rasmussen Reports said.
  • “This is shameful. America is better than this …,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said.
  • “This is absolutely vile,” another person reacted.
  • “I thought this was like an opinion piece but it’s a news story? Just an insane way to frame this,” another person said.
  • “Whenever I think I can’t actually be shocked at tasteless framing from the media, things like this get posted to remind you that some media outlets are enjoying the @realDonaldTrump news. These people are unhinged,” yet another person said.
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‘Inject bleach’: Liberals celebrate Kellyanne Conway’s COVID diagnosis with vile comments

Kellyanne Conway, former White House counselor to President Donald Trump who stepped away from her job in August, announced late Friday that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

In response, liberals celebrated Conway’s diagnosis with jubilation and mockery.

What did Conway say?

Conway revealed that she is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is currently isolated.

“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic,” she announced.

Conway is yet another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination announcement last Saturday in the Rose Garden.

In addition to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) — both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee — have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins. All attended last Saturday’s ceremony and were in close proximity with one another.

According to Politico, Conway’s teenage doctor posted a social media video claiming her mother had COVID-19 just minutes before Conway confirmed it publicly.

What was the reaction?

Conway’s positive diagnosis was celebrated by liberals on social media.

  • “I’m so sorry to hear this. Inject bleach and wait until April until this goes away,” one person said.
  • In response to Conway saying her “heart is with everyone affected…,” another person mocked, “That would require you having a heart.”
  • “But you lied to your kid to be able to tweet it yourself after you calculate the political moves first? while exposing your entire family? You are a POS,” another person responded.
  • “F*** you,” another person said.
  • “Then you should have worn a mask. If you take out AG Bill Barr, we’ll forgive you,” another person said.
  • “Hope you recover fully.

    You’re also a sociopath. That, you will never recover from,” one person said.

  • “I didn’t have ‘GOP leadership attempts mass suicide by having a superspreader event’ on my bingo card, but I should have seen it coming,” one person mocked.
  • “Kellyanne Conway says she does not have a temperature. She has Alternative Global Warming,” another person mocked.
  • “All of a sudden, all these newly diseased @GOP members suddenly recognize that Covid is real. They’ve ignored it for 7 months, but here they are finally wishing people affected by it well. Where the hell have you been before hit WH outbreak???” yet another person mocked.
  • “Kellyanne I wish on you alternative good wishes, thoughts n prayers n hope you recover after your alternative treatments. Good luck. You got what y’all deserve not wearing masks, mocking those who listened to science,” another person said.
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NBC News actually reports Sweden never implemented a COVID-19 lockdown but is faring better than other nations, asks if it could be the ‘pandemic roadmap’ for the US

NBC News did something this week that a lot of mainstream media outlets have not: Reported on Sweden’s controversial response to the coronavirus pandemic while simultaneously noting that the country lately has been faring better than many of its European neighbors.

The outlet even went so far as to ask if there are lessons the United States can take from Sweden’s experience.

What NBC News say about Sweden?

The Nordic country has been under fire from much of the world for its refusal to lock down during the global pandemic. But life there appears to be back to normal, Bill Neely reported on Thursday for NBC’s “Today.”


Image source: YouTube/Today screenshot

“It looks like the world we lost,” Neely said. “Cafes and restaurants full. People relaxed. No face masks. No panic.”

The Swedes had very few rules and restrictions on their daily lives, keeping most schools and businesses open while asking people to socially distance. It did, however, ban large gatherings — though that’s one of the very few restorations it imposed.


Image source: YouTube/Today screenshot

And the people there — including some Americans — seem to be good with it. In fact, NBC News wondered if there was a lesson in it for the United States.

Indeed, as the show’s chyron posed the question, “Pandemic roadmap for U.S.?” Neely spoke to Americans currently living in Sweden and gathered some positive takes on how the country is faring compared to the U.S.

Elizabeth Dacey, an American living in Sweden, told NBC she feels safer there than back home.

“I have to say, honestly, I’m glad I’m here in comparison to what I’m watching my family go through in the U.S.,” Dacey said.

Jim Ferulla of New York runs a deli in Sweden and told NBC that he also feels safer in Sweden than if he were back in the U.S.

“I would say they’re pretty much hands-off here in Sweden, as opposed to hands-on,” he said to Neely.

He added that he “definitely” feels safer in Sweden than he would in the U.S., and added, “I’m kind of proud about the way we handled it.”

And what about face masks? Those appear to be few and far between — including in close quarters on public transportation.

Standing aboard a train, Neely noted, “Not a face mask in sight. The government doesn’t recommend them.”


Image source: YouTube/Today screenshot

“Why aren’t they listening to the experts?” some observers might ask.

According to NBC, Swedes do listen to the experts — and their experts are on the same page.

Amina Manzoor, a Swedish pandemic expert, told NBC that in Sweden the government and the experts have been “unified in their message — you haven’t had that in the U.S.”

It seems to be working out for the Swedes now, following the spate of deaths the country saw last spring.

“When the world locked down, Sweden stayed open,” Neely said. “Now some of the countries who had the toughest lockdowns, like Spain, are having a deadly second wave.”

“Sweden is not,” he added.

He went on to point out that the ICU in the nation’s largest hospital, which was overwhelmed in the spring, is now “deserted.”


Image source: YouTube/Today screenshot

And beginning Thursday, nursing homes were opening for visitors for the first time in months.

According to Neely, Sweden’s number of COVID-19 cases is “creeping up,” but the people are not worried.

“Most Swedes are confident their way works,” Neely said.


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Steven Crowder holds rally in Michigan; demands Gov. Whitmer release full COVID nursing home mortality rate

Steven Crowder organized a rally outside of the Michigan State Capitol building Friday, October 2, to raise awareness of the countless COVID deaths that allegedly resulted from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policy.

Watch Crowder’s Michigan Rally Livestream here.

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Commentary: The truth always comes out eventually

First, the darkness.

There’s a lot of it these days, I know. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Wormtongue of a brother, Chris of CNN, stand out in particular.

The lengths they are going to cover up the tracks of their dance with death are remarkable most of all for their desire to actually be seen doing it. In broad daylight and live on camera. The governor never seems satisfied with his last lie on the topic of sentencing the elderly in group living facilities to their deaths from COVID-19, now instead of saying that he was merely following the recommendations of the federal government that it never happened at all.

But reality says that Gov. Cuomo plowed about 6,000 COVID-positive seniors back into nursing homes, which contributed to the state of New York all by itself competing for the title of worst hit nations of the entire world. Usually, that would be something journalism would help clear up.

Instead, Chris Cuomo went the fake tough guy route – AGAIN – with Sen. Ted Cruz, who came on his show to declare on behalf of all decent people that the emperor and his court jester brother have no clothes.

“Doesn’t it bother you,” asked Cruz of the Cuomos’ perpetual deceitful incantations over the graves of those they led to COVID slaughter. Well, not only does it not, but they seem to take a perverse joy in letting everyone know with their megaphone that whatever you think of them, you will never be able to hold them accountable for any of it.

But accountability, sooner or later, comes for us all. And in another corner of the world, its heavy hand led to light in the darkness.

Model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend announced via social media that they lost their baby due to bleeding complications in Teigen’s pregnancy. She told of the “kind of pain we’ve never felt before.” She told of how she and her husband called “this little guy in my belly” Jack. She told of how, through it all, they were “grateful for the life we have.”

How humbling to see such grace and clarity flow through the personage of a grieving mother. In some ways, it could be said she lost everything. Yet there she is, showing all of us that somehow, through it all, the good, the true and the beautiful still shine.

Because she covered up nothing. She laid herself bare. She acknowledged the truth. It was a life that was lost. A boy. With a name. Not a statistic. Not a clump of cells. Not a choice. She told him she was sorry his road was so short and so hard. She told him he would always be loved.

This is the way. This is the road to salvation. Whether at the beginning, like dear Jack. Or at the end, like those cursed to live in a nursing home ransacked by Gov. Cuomo, to understand without fail that each and every one of our lives are heaven sent and worthy of dignity and protection from undue harm.

If we did, oh how much of this world would be different. The stupid presidential debates. The streets of our burning and plundered cities. The Supreme Court. The pursuits of science.

Everything.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for COVID-19

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday morning that he and his wife, first lady Pamela Northam, had tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement posted on the governor’s website, said Gov. Northam does not have any symptoms; however, Mrs. Northam is “experiencing mild symptoms.”

The statement added that the governor and first lady plan to isolate for the next 10 days.

Doesn’t Virginia have COVID-19 mandates? How did they get the virus?

According to the governor’s office, the couple was notified Wednesday evening that a member of the residential staff had developed symptoms and had later tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer works within the governor and first lady’s living quarters.

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor used the opportunity to remind citizens of the dangers of the coronavirus.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of.

“We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us — and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians — is to take this seriously,” he added.

Fourth governor to test positive

Northam is the fourth governor to test positive for COVID, CNN noted.

In July, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt became the first governor to reveal he had tested positive for COVID.

Earlier this week, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson and his wife announced they had tested positive.

Last month, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced he had tested positive in a rapid test shortly before a scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump. However, a few hours later he tested negative for the virus in a more sensitive test, the Associated Press reported.

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Commentary: The COVID mandates are about power, not science. It’s time we all stop cowering.

First, remember that there have been violent mobs of people burning and pillaging American cities for months now, including the latest onslaught in Louisville, Kentucky.

Now also remember that large crowds of people have been gathering in the last week to lament the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Then ask yourself this: Under what absurd constellation of civic consciousness could it be deemed just with such a backdrop to arrest a man, merely for singing psalms outside in a town square with his fellow churchgoers?

Well, when the national religion is the mask, my country tis of thee, sweet land of tyranny. Signed, Moscow, Idaho.

That’s where Gabe Rench was handcuffed and hauled to jail this week for protesting the city’s mask mandate, which requires them to be worn in all public spaces — inside or out — where no social distancing is possible until January. Rench, who is running for county commissioner and also hosts a podcast called CrossPolitic, said he emailed the police chief earlier in the week to remind him that his duty was to the citizens — the vast majority of whom spoke out against the mask mandate at a recent city council meeting — and their liberties above all else.

But that same police chief was pleased to look on, though, days later while his deputies arrested Rench as he stood next to his mother and at least 100 others.

“They kept telling me ‘I don’t want to arrest you’,” Rench said of the deputies. “I told them ‘You don’t have to.’ I can’t believe how they are blindly going along with this. They know how dumb this is but they care more about their job and their status and their security than doing what is right.”

And just to put an exclamation point on the preposterous frivolousness of all this, the very same deputies who arrested Rench for not wearing a mask were seen by him after his two-hour stint in jail hanging out in the police station — with no concern for social distancing and not a mask worn in sight.

Example 666 that the mask isn’t fundamentally about public health or science, but raw power and craven idolatry.

In the face of that, Rench sees a powerful Old Testament story of deliverance playing out. Sure, the feeble sheep are everywhere, but amidst that Gideon’s army of 300 is forming. There is no place to hide now. There is no simple box-checking or lip service about what it means to be a Christian or an American.

“God is exposing our cowardice,” Rench said. “As a nation and as individuals. But we can see the 300 now. We can see who will fight. We can see who is faithful. Our police chief needs to be shaken by them. Our city council is obtuse and stubborn and stuck and doesn’t fear the people. But it should.”

In the service of truth and righteousness. And therein lies the rub of all this. The pagan progressive hordes have no qualms about putting their ghastly stamp on the things of this world, whether it be science, education, entertainment, the law, and on and on and on while most of us simply bend the knee and beg to finally be left alone.

But you must know by now that you will never be left alone, not if singing psalms outside of your town square can get you thrown in jail while the anarchist next to you lights things on fire and is celebrated by the press and the NBA.

Not unless you find the Gideon inside of you. Not unless the levers of power come to fear you and your unapologetic pursuit of the good more than all else.

Here you must stand, like Gabe and the brethren refusing to cower. You can do no other.

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NYC to finally issue official ban on pooping in subways and buses

New York City’s government officials are reportedly ready to finally issue a formal ban on defecating in the city’s subways, buses, and transit facilities this week, the New York Post reported.

Currently, the poop ban is just a temporary rule implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wait. There wasn’t already an official ban on subway pooping?

When New York City was being hit by the coronavirus, city officials chose to lockdown the city, force social distancing, and set up a system to snitch on fellow New Yorkers who might violate quarantine regulations.

Several weeks after the lockdown began, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) finally asked for the subway trains to be cleaned every night.

The announcement caught many New Yorkers — and their fellow Americans — by surprise, since they likely assumed daily cleaning of the subway cars was already a practice of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — especially in light of the quickly escalating cases of COVID-19 in the city and the severe lockdown policies the local government had instituted.

As the virus spread through the Big Apple, the MTA also issued some other temporary emergency rules for the subway, including a ban on defecating on subways and buses.

According to the Post, the MTA is set to formally ban going No. 2 in Gotham’s subway trains, buses, and transit facilities on Wednesday.

Other “bodily expulsions” are already specifically named in the MTA’s formal rules as actions that can get a person a $100 fine. This new clarification from the MTA will specifically add “defecating” to the list of no-no’s.

Nasty trains have been a problem for a while

The Post reported that people have long been griping about the nastiness of NYC subway trains and that complaints to the MTA about the “soiled” subway surged in 2019, but the government agency simply blamed the increased notification on riders being more vigilant, not on deteriorating transit conditions.

And it has not been just the public that has complained, the Post noted. Workers are tired of the filth, too:

[T]ransit workers have long complained of nasty conditions on trains. The workers’ union, Transport Workers Union Local 100, launched a “Trash Train” photo contest last October to highlight the filth and protest cuts to cleaning crews.

The MTA issued a statement about the coming pooping ban and other rule changes.

“MTA rules are periodically tweaked to enhance clarity, and that’s the case with the addition of more descriptive language,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton said, the Post reported. “Ensuring the transportation system provides an appropriate quality of life experience for our workforce and customers is a guiding principle and top priority.”

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NFL levies more than $1 million in fines for violating mask rules: Report

Last week, the NFL
threatened coaches who ignore the league’s mask rules on the sidelines during games.

This week, EPSN
reported, the NFL’s higher-ups followed through on that threat and handed out more than $1 million in fines Monday.

What happened?

After week 1 of the season, NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent sent a
stern memo to every team with a reminder that they are required to follow league edicts on mask-wearing.

“[W]e must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments,” he said.

“The NFL-NFLPA Game Day Protocol, which reflects the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staffs and local and state governmental regulations requires all individuals with bench area access (including coaches and members of the club medical staff) to wear face coverings at all times,” Vincent continued.

Players — including players who see little to no action — are exempt from the mask requirements.

“Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs,” he warned.

Turns out he was serious about this.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday night that the league fined three head coaches $100,000 each for failing to wear masks during week 2 games Sunday. The three coaches are Seattle’s Pete Carroll, San Franciso’s Kyle Shanahan, and Denver’s Vic Fangio.

And to make sure the message was sent, the NFL also fined each coach’s team an additional $250,000, Schefter said during halftime of the Monday Night Football matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Following that game, at least two more coaches and their teams could be added to NFL’s list of targets. Raiders coach Jon Gruden wore his face mask around his chin during the game, while Saints coach Sean Payton wore his gaiter around his neck.

Gruden apologized after the game, ESPN said, and revealed he had had COVID already:

Following the Raiders’ 34-24 win over the Saints on Monday night, Gruden, who last week said he felt the league’s memo was directed at him, revealed he’d had COVID-19 and apologized for violating the rules.

“I’m doing my best,” Gruden said. “I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it … I’m calling plays. I just wanna communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I’ll have to pay the fine, but I’m very sensitive about that and I apologize.”

Sean Payton, like Gruden, was seen in week 1 not wearing a mask. And like Gruden, USA Today
reported, Payton has had COVID. In fact, the paper said, he was the “first known NFL figure to test positive.”

Asked about the week 1 mask-wearing hubbub, Payton noted to ESPN’s Suzy Kolber that “as a play caller, you’re allowed to pull it down while you’re calling a play.” To which Kolber quickly added, “but then you need to push it back up.”

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Commentary: Suddenly masks are more effective than vaccines? Thousands of doctors are likely surprised to hear that.

Your doctor has clearly been trying to kill you all along. Or is suicidal. Or both. Other than that, situation normal. Everything’s fine. We’re all fine here. How are you?

I know that because the director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, told me so this week when he said masks are even better than vaccines. Because I simply don’t remember a flu season when I saw doctors regularly wearing masks as a routine preventive measure. Not at casual doctor’s office visits (where the flu is more dangerous to children than COVID). Not at parent-teacher conferences or youth sports games (my God, why do doctors hate children so much?). Not at the golf course (foursome or death wish? You decide).

What utter psychopaths. They spend all day telling you to lose weight, eat better, and stop smoking, only to go out in the world and breathe hellfire into the universe.

Clearly, doctors should never, ever be able to take their masks off from now on, especially since we have learned so much cool woke science since March. I mean, Karen has reliably told me that I have to wear a mask so the virus doesn’t jump the six degrees of separation between me and Kevin Bacon. Meanwhile, should I spend time exercising outside in the vitamin D-packed sunshine, I risk infecting my grandma, who is riddled with co-morbidities.

And I think I can speak for all of us when I say thank Allah for Karen’s nagging persistence on that front. Such a blessing. Redfield is only now catching up with her wisdom.

So what the hell, doc?! You are meeting with my co-morbid grandma and everyone else’s co-morbid grandma in your practice every single day, as the flu just plays Russian roulette with the maskless lot of you? Have you no decency? Have you no shame? It’s just if you were conducting open heart surgery without a mask on, coughing your foulness into a vulnerable chest cavity. May as well at this point. Clearly nothing matters to you monsters.

In a way, we are all chest cavities now. So the doctor without a 24/7 mask on, no matter where he goes and no matter what he does, is basically no better than a jihadist. Are we all clear on this? I mean, it’s just science. And the science, as always, is settled. Until it’s a very fluid situation, of course.

Hard to believe a medical establishment that was finally getting it right on the fact that a man can have a uterus has been so in the dark about the fact we beat the Black Plague with masks.

Perhaps all doctors should now live together in communes if they can’t otherwise embrace the seriousness of their craft. What a failure the Hippocratic Oath has been, not to mandate that doctors wear masks at all times all these years. Clearly, lives of chastity, poverty, and total obedience may be in order to bring greater focus and irrational obsession to keeping me safe from everything I imagine that isn’t remotely real.

The doctor has spoken. All hail the mask. Now pass the Kool-Aid and give me something cool like a comet to worship.

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