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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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VIDEO: Ohio mother arrested and tased for not wearing mask at son’s middle school football game held outside

A woman was tased and arrested at a football game after she reportedly refused to wear a face mask. Unbelievable video shows a mother in the stands during her son’s middle school football game getting into a physical altercation as a police officer struggles to arrest her in Logan, Ohio.

According to the Ohio Star, Alecia Kitts drove an hour and a half to watch her son’s seventh-grade football game. While she was rooting for the visiting team from the Marietta City School District, she was reportedly approached by a police officer for not wearing a face mask. In the video, Kitts appears to be properly socially distancing from other families in the stands, which is outside.

The encounter gets physical as the police officer attempts to arrest the mother, and she resists. The woman repeatedly tells the officer to “get off of me!” She screams, “You’re not arresting me for nothing, I ain’t doing nothing wrong!”

After two minutes of struggle, the police officer is seen tasing the woman.

The people in the stands are taken aback that the woman is tased.

“Tasing this lady over not wearing a damn mask,” a witness can be heard saying in the video.


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“Sources indicate that Kitts was charged with criminal trespass and released on her own recognizance,” the Ohio Star reported.

Tiffany Kennedy, the woman who filmed the video, claimed that Kitts had not been warned about not wearing a mask prior to the cop approaching her. Kennedy alleged that Kitts has asthma and that’s the reason why she was not wearing a mask. From the video, Kitts appears to have an American flag-themed mask in her back pocket of her shorts.

Kennedy pointed out the female officer who is seen running toward the Logan police officer and Kitts at the end of the video was not wearing a mask.

The Logan Police Department confirmed the encounter and told the Marietta Times that the incident is under investigation.

Logan athletic director Theresa Schultheiss told the Times that Kitts and her mother were the only two in a crowd of 300 fans who were “having issues” complying with the state’s mask requirement.

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” Schultheiss said. “Everyone that came through ticketing tonight was reminded, we had regular announcements over the PA reminding you that mouths and noses needed to be covered and we had signs at the bathrooms.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) issued a mandatory face mask order on July 22.

All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

  • At an indoor location that is not a residence
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

The order requires only those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
  • Those who are officiants at religious services;
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.
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NFL threatens coaches who ignore mask rules on the sidelines

With week 1 of the NFL season nearly in the books (two Monday night games are yet to be played), the league is threatening coaches who fail to comply with newly installed COVID protocols.

What happened?

Before the 2020-21 NFL season began, the league issued COVID protocols requiring everyone with access to each team’s bench area — except players — to wear face coverings at all times. Coaches and staff are allowed to don masks, face shields, or neck gaiters.

After some personnel were seen on television not wearing masks or wearing them improperly, including L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, the league published a warning for all coaches and staff: Comply with the mask requirements or face discipline.

NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent sent a stern memo to every team Monday morning with a reminder that they are required to follow league edicts and state and local government regulations, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero
revealed.

Vincent began by praising teams for doing what they could to make the season possible, then quickly shifted to reprimand mode: “[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.”

“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.

Then came the threat — though he never made clear what the consequences would be.

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

ESPN’s Adam Schefter
reported that if disregard for the mask protocol continues, “fines will ensue.”

Speaking of face shields…

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid chose to wear a face shield for his team’s season opener against the Houston Texans on Thursday. Though he did follow protocol during the game, his face covering was a popular point of discussion as the game wore on and his face shield continued to fog up.

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Reporter asks press secretary why it’s OK for the president to have thousands of people at his outdoor rallies. She explains: These are ‘peaceful protests.’

In the wake of President Donald Trump holding another outdoor campaign rally where many attendees did not wear face masks, the media wanted to know why the White House believes such rallies are OK when states have said they are not allowed.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany used the left’s own “peaceful protests” canard to clearly explain that the president was not doing anything his political opponents were not already doing.

What did she say?

President Trump has been holding — and has scheduled several more — outdoor campaign events with thousands of attendees. On multiple occasions, large portions of the audience have been seen not social distancing and often not wearing masks. This, of course, has been a source of ire and criticism from members of the media who are positioning themselves as people who are very concerned that the campaign is allowing such seemingly reckless behavior.

For example, after Trump’s Aug. 27 RNC speech at the White House, CNN repeatedly characterized the convention session as a “possible super-spreader event.”

And following President Trump’s campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Tuesday, the media were aghast that the president would hold an event with so many people who might be putting their health at risk in a state where public gatherings are supposed to be capped at 50 people.

During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, a reporter demanded to know why the president insisted on holding outdoor rallies with thousands of attendees when governors have declared a ban on such gatherings.

“Why did the president have thousands of people, many not wearing masks, at a rally last night in a state that has limited outdoor gatherings to 50 people? Why is he going to Nevada this weekend to hold similar outdoor rallies?” the reporter asked, noting that the events are “in violation of his administration’s own guidance and of the best advice and guidance of local officials who he has said should have final say in these matters”

McEnany was ready for the question and made it clear the president believes that if the rally sauce is good for the liberal “peaceful protest” goose then it is good for the GOP campaign gander.

“People have a First Amendment right, if they so choose, to show up and express their political opinion in the form of a peaceful protest, which is what the president held,” she explained.

Then she called out the media’s double standard when it comes to their treatment of BLM protests versus Trump rallies.

“There’s a real double standard here, CNN had on a guest, apparently a doctor, Rob Davidson, who said, ‘Now, true, there are social distancing issues’ with regard to the protests we’ve seen around the country, ‘however, this is a public health crisis — they are marching against systemic racism,'” McEnany revealed, citing an interview Davison gave Anderson Cooper on Aug. 28.

“So if you’re allowed to march in aggregate in those protests, you are also allowed to show up at a political rally,” she concluded. “You have a First Amendment right in this country.”

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Couple arrested and removed from NYC ferry in handcuffs for not wearing face masks: ‘We’re being targeted’

A Brooklyn couple was arrested and taken off a New York City ferry in handcuffs on Saturday after they refused to wear face masks.

A couple were planning on traveling from Manhattan to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge via a city ferry, according to Gothamist. The captain of the ferry instructed the husband and wife to put on face masks or disembark from the vessel. The couple refused to do either. Face masks have been mandatory on New York City ferries since April 17.

For approximately 45 minutes, the couple went back-and-forth with ferry employees about wearing a mask until two NYPD cops showed up. The couple asserted they were exempted from a state face mask mandate because they suffered from a medical condition. Police asked to see proof they had a medical condition, but they reportedly refused.

“He’s shaming us,” the maskless man reportedly said. “Because we can’t wear a mask, we’re being discriminated against.”

“We’re being targeted,” the man reportedly told police.

“If we were f***ing black, I can guarantee you that guy would never come out and tell us put a mask on,” she allegedly said, according to Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz, who documented the mask standoff and eventual arrest of the couple.

“Right, because Black Lives Matter,” the husband allegedly added.

“This has been going on since March, and my husband is f***ing pissed off,” the woman allegedly said. “Every time I have to commute to Manhattan, it’s a f***ing process.”

One frustrated ferry-rider screamed to the police officers, “Take them off the boat, we gotta go!”

After a brief moment of resisting, the man was handcuffed, and the passengers on the ferry erupted in applause. As the couple were removed from the ferry, the crowd of about 90 people could be heard yelling, “Thank you, NYPD!”

“Mostly everyone complies,” an NYPD cop at the scene allegedly said. “And then you get a few knuckleheads who don’t.”

A New York Police Department spokesman said the couple got a summons for disorderly conduct.

An NYC Ferry spokesperson told the New York Post that the agency “is continuing to investigate the incident in question.”

“The safety of our riders and crew is our number one priority,” the representative said. “We sincerely thank the NYPD for their rapid response to last night’s incident, and we greatly appreciate the professionalism of our crew along with the patience of our riders.”

The woman reportedly said that she was considering suing NYC Ferry. The couple claim that they had already sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for being forced to wear face coverings on New York City public buses.

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Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden reacts to being banned from Delta for not wearing a mask: ‘Everyone has gone crazy’

Robert O’Neill, the ex-Navy SEAL who has been credited with killing Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 raid, has been banned from flying Delta Air Lines for not wearing a face mask.

On Wednesday morning, O’Neill shared a selfie of him on a Delta airliner with the caption: “I’m not a p***y.” The former Team Six member was not wearing a face mask in the photo, which violates Delta’s policy.

O’Neill’s tweet was removed five hours after being posted, which he claims was done by his wife. On Thursday afternoon, the former Navy SEAL tweeted: “I just got banned from @Delta for posting a picture. Wow.”

“Part of every customer’s commitment prior to traveling on Delta is the requirement to acknowledge our updated travel policies, which includes wearing a mask,” Delta spokesperson, Anthony Black, told Business Insider. “Failure to comply with our mask-wearing mandate can result in losing the ability to fly Delta in the future.”

O’Neill claims that he had his mask in his lap. He reacted to the ban by saying, “Everyone has gone crazy.”

“Thank God it wasn’t @Delta flying us in when we killed bin Laden… we weren’t wearing masks,” O’Neill snarkily wrote on Twitter.

O’Neill has been vocal on social media about his opposition to wearing face masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. On Thursday, O’Neill shared an article from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy titled, “Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data,” which was written by two “experts on respiratory protection.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that people wear face masks. “To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain,” the CDC website says.

O’Neill was seen wearing a face mask on a commercial airliner in July.

Airlines including, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, started requiring face coverings for passengers in May. By mid-June, the airlines began enforcing the mask mandate and started removing flyers for violating the policy.

Delta Air Lines began banning flyers for mask violations in July, and over 100 people have been placed on its “no-fly list.”

“We’ve been steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy,” Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said on the “Today” show in late July. “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing a mask, we insist that you do not fly Delta into the future. We already have 100 people put onto that list.”

O’Neill did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek.

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Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has a history of mocking ‘dumb ass’ masks; now he faces Delta Air Lines ban for not wearing one

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who has been credited as the person who killed Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 raid, faces a potential ban by Delta Air Lines after he posted a photo of him not wearing a face mask on a recent flight.

In a since-deleted tweet, O’Neill proudly shared a photo of himself on a commercial airplane where he was not wearing a face mask, which has been mandatory on Delta Air Lines since May and enforced since June.

O’Neill captioned the photo: “I’m not a p***y.”

There is a man in the background wearing a United States Marine Corps hat, and many Twitter commenters accused O’Neill of disparaging the man with the USMC hat.

New York Times deputy editor Dan Saltzstein replied, “I don’t know this guy but: counterpoint, you might just be because you’re not willing to sacrifice and be a little uncomfortable for your fellow humans (including that marine behind you)!”

Saltzstein said he deleted the tweet “because I broke my own rule about name-calling.” He added, “I honor O’Neill for his sacrifices to his country and his heroism. It’s sad that he can’t extend the same for the safety of his fellow passengers.”

O’Neill responded, “This was not a dig at the Marine behind me. I love Marines.”

The former SEAL Team Six member’s original tweet was deleted. O’Neill claimed that his wife deleted the polarizing tweet.

O’Neill added, “I am not the bad guy. I killed the bad guy.”

Actress turned activist Alyssa Milano reprimanded O’Neill for not wearing a face mask.

You do realize you may be a-symptomatic and give the virus to other people that could potentially kill them,” she wrote. “I think that makes you a sociopath. Besides, p***ies are actually so strong that we can deliver human beings out of them. Please, I’m begging you, wear a damn mask.”

A Delta Air Lines spokesperson told the Intercept that O’Neill might face a ban for not wearing a mask.

“We’re aware of this customer’s tweet and are reviewing this event,” the spokesperson said. “All customers who don’t comply with our mask-wearing requirement risk losing their ability to fly Delta in the future. Medical research tells us that wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate.”

Delta Air Lines has banned anti-maskers from taking flights. The carrier’s CEO, Ed Bastian, said the company had placed over 100 people on its “no-fly list” because they didn’t adhere to the face mask mandate.

“We’ve been steadily and rather aggressively stepping up our enforcement of the mask policy,” Bastian said on “Today” in late July. “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing a mask, we insist that you do not fly Delta into the future. We already have 100 people put onto that list.”

O’Neill said the photo was an “attempt at a joke” that “did NOT go over well.” He also said that he does wear a mask.

In an Instagram post from late June, O’Neill and his wife Jessica are seen wearing face masks in an airplane. The caption reads: “The airline makes them mandatory. We make them f***ing cool.”

In the past, O’Neill has voiced his skepticism of the effectiveness of face masks against COVID-19.

O’Neill shared a study that found that bandanas and neck gaiters could be more harmful than not wearing a mask at all.

“‘Mask’ is easier to say than ‘Placebo,'” he wrote in June.

On June 28, O’Neill tweeted, “I’m on a @SouthwestAir flight right now. They just announced, ‘Facemasks must be worn at all times unless you’re actively eating or drinking.’ Wow. Thanks for keeping the sheep safe!”

“There are now stores with mirrors next to face-masks so you can try them on and see how you look. Let that sink in,” O’Neill wrote last week.

Also last week, the former Navy SEAL said, “You know that s**t you’re wearing on your face is novelty, right?”

“I know more about biological warfare than most of you. We were trained. These dumb ass masks do nothing. Nothing,” O’Neill wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

“China told you to wear a mask. Look down … you’re wearing a mask. I’m not,” O’Neill claimed in a since-deleted tweet.

“I shook thousands of hands and gave thousands of hugs this week,” O’Neill said on Wednesday. “I flew on some planes. I’ll be alive next week.”

“I’m not afraid of the mob,” he said on Wednesday. “Come get some.”

A spokesperson for O’Neill did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Intercept.

Comedian and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan received similar backlash in June after he declared that wearing face masks is “for bitches.”

“Because that’s what men do, we make fun of things. Anything,” Rogan explained. “Anything that seems like you’re not taking chances. And that’s what the mask is.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the use of cloth face masks can help slow the spread of coronavirus.

“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus — particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

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Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight because 3-year-old autistic boy wouldn’t wear a mask

A Texas woman claims that she was removed from a recent Southwest Airlines flight because her 3-year-old son with autism wouldn’t wear a face mask. Despite having a doctor’s note explaining the boy’s condition, the airline booted the family off the plane for violating the company’s strict coronavirus face mask policy.

“He was screaming. He was throwing a fit. He was screaming, ‘No, no, no,'” Alyssa Sadler told KPRC-TV about her son’s refusal to wear a face mask during a flight from Midland, Texas, to Houston. “It was just not a good morning.”

A flight crew member informed Sadler that the plane would not depart until her son wore a face mask. “The mask is not going to work,” Alyssa said. “He’s not going to wear the mask.”

Sadler notified the crew member that her 3-year-old son has a sensory processing disorder and doesn’t like his face touched. She presented a note from the boy’s doctor that documented his condition, but that wasn’t enough.

“They’re trying to talk to him, tell him, ‘You have to wear it. It’s not an option,’ and I’m trying to explain to them, you know, he doesn’t understand what you’re saying,” Sadler explained.

After the boy refused to wear a face covering, the captain returned the plane to its gate. Sadler, her son, and her 1-year-old daughter were kicked off the flight. Sadler and her children flew to Midland to visit her husband, who is working a temporary job.

Sadler was wearing a mask and said she wears a face covering “everywhere” she goes. However, she believes there should be certain exceptions for people with disabilities. “I think there needs to be something in place for children or even adults with disabilities who can’t wear a mask. They should have some kind of exemption,” she said. “I mean, no 3-year-old, who is autistic and has sensory processing disorder, is going to put anything on their face.”

“We communicate this policy to all customers at multiple touchpoints throughout the travel journey, so we regret any inconvenience this family experienced,” Southwest spokesperson Dan Landson told USA Today. “If a customer is unable to wear a face covering for any reason, Southwest regrets that we are unable to transport the individual.”

Southwest Airlines said the family received a full refund. A family member will pick up the Sadler and her children on Thursday to drive them back to Houston.

In June, Airlines for America, an industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers would be “vigorously enforcing face covering policies.” The airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.

“Each carrier will determine the appropriate consequences for passengers who are found to be in noncompliance of the airline’s face covering policy up to and including suspension of flying privileges on that airline,” the Airlines for America statement said.

On July 27, Southwest Airlines updated its COVID-19 mask policy to state that all passengers over the age of 2-years-old must wear face masks while flying. The airline also eliminated a prior face covering exception for flyers with medical or disability conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.

“Effective July 27, due to the safety risk of COVID-19 transmission by individuals not wearing a face covering, Southwest will require that all Southwest Customers wear a face covering or mask over their nose and mouth, and there will be no exemptions to our face covering requirement, except for children under the age of two,” the airline declared in a press release. “If a Customer is unable to wear a face covering or mask for any reason, Southwest regrets that we will be unable to transport the individual.”

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Walmart, Home Depot and other retailers walk back face mask mandates, will serve maskless customers

Some of the biggest U.S. retailers have instituted mandatory mask policies over the past two weeks to combat the spread of COVID-19, including Walmart. The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from some of America’s biggest corporations, called for companies to require face mask mandates for customers of retail locations and restaurants. However, a week later, many companies are walking back their mask mandates following several highly publicized incidents centered around wearing face coverings.

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other nationwide retailers said they would serve customers even if they violate mask mandates, according to CNN. The change in policy is to prevent confrontations between customers and employees.

The companies want to avoid negative publicity and potential violence stemming from customers refusing to wear face masks in stores. This comes after multiple events where customers became irate, including one instance where a man brandished a gun at a Walmart employee because of the mask mandate.

A Florida man threatened to kill a fellow shopper at the Walmart in Royal Palm Beach on July 12. The man, Vincent Bruce Scavetta, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this month, two women confronted a man in a store because he wasn’t wearing a face mask. A woman trashed a Target store in Arizona because of the mask mandate. A Texas woman was angry that a 7-Eleven convenience store required face coverings, so she spit all over the counter.

An incident of a maskless Florida man clashing with a Walmart employee in Orlando went viral in June. In May, there was a tense encounter between a man who refused to wear a mask and a Costco worker. Two California men were caught on video attacking a Target security guard because he told them to wear a mask.

A Walmart training video recommends that its employees deal with anti-mask customers by letting “them continue to shop” and avoid any physical altercation.

“With every requirement there are exceptions that have been established to avoid escalating the situation and putting our associates in harm’s way,” a Walmart representative told CNN. “Our goal is to keep associates from a physical confrontation in the stores.”

“We will not ask our associates to put their safety at risk by confronting customers about wearing masks,” a Lowe’s spokesperson said.

Home Depot said its mask policy is like the company’s shoplifting policy, and no employee should put themselves in danger. “It’s too dangerous to forcibly or physically deny entry,” a spokesperson for the home improvement company said.

“In the event of non-compliance [the store] will expedite their transaction and provide them with other options for their future needs,” such as delivery and drive-thru, CVS said.

On Friday, McDonald’s announced that starting on Aug. 1, everyone is required to wear a face mask when visiting any of its restaurants.

“[I]n order to protect the safety of our employees and customers, we will ask all customers to wear face coverings when entering our US restaurants effective August 1,” McDonald’s said in the press release. “While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers.”

McDonald’s added that employees would receive “de-escalation training” to deal with customers who refuse to wear masks. The fast-food behemoth said it plans to “take care” of patrons who refuse to wear masks in a “friendly, expedited way.”

You can see a list of stores that have mandatory mask policies here.

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Plainclothes Miami cops ticket people who don’t wear masks, fine anyone who doesn’t wear face coverings properly

The Miami Police Department assigned 39 police officers to enforce the city’s mandatory mask order. In the last two weeks, the mask police started handing out citations to anyone who didn’t wear face coverings and even doled out fines to people who wore masks, but were not wearing them properly.

Miami-Dade County residents are required to wear face masks in all public spaces inside and outdoors. According to a Miami Herald article published on Thursday, the Miami-Dade Police Department have issued 162 citations to people caught violating the county’s mandatory mask order.

The coronavirus mask police handed out fines for noncompliance with the face mask order at convenience stores, barbershops, and country clubs. The fine for not wearing a mask is $100.

The Miami Herald reported that a woman was walking from a Publix grocery store in North Miami Beach to her car in the parking lot. Johanna Gianni took off her mask after exiting the store and was quickly approached by a police officer.

The cop issued her a ticket for not wearing a face mask in a public space. Gianni said the parking lot was nearly empty, and there was no one around her when she took off the mask.

The woman showed the police officer that she had a mask in her hand, but she was still given a ticket. She said the ticketing felt like a “set-up to catch shoppers after they followed the rules where it really mattered, inside the grocery.”

“I think they should make a judgment call,” Gianni said. “If you’re in the middle of a crowd and you’re walking without a mask, I get it. But if I’m walking back to my car in a semi-empty parking lot, I think you could cut me some slack.”

Dean Gonzalez has a similar story, except he was actually wearing a face mask when he was ticketed by the Miami mask police. Gonzalez was leaving the North Miami Beach Publix when two plainclothes cops approached him.

Gonzalez claims that he was wearing a face mask, but it slipped down “a little bit” while he was on the phone talking to his mother, and exposed his nose.

“You have to wear it properly,” one of the officers is heard saying on the video that Gonzalez recorded. “If you’re not wearing it properly, it’s like you’re not wearing it at all.”

The cops threatened to arrest him if he didn’t accept a $100 civil citation.

“Believe me bro, if you have a problem, this is directly from the mayor, so if you have to take it up with him,” the other officer told Gonzalez.

“It was like a trap,” Gonzalez told WPLG-TV. “It was a mask trap.”

“Use a little more common sense than ticketing people with masks on their actual face,” Gonzalez said. “Why don’t you go after people who have no mask.”

Ronald Setoute was inside a barbershop in North Miami waiting to get a haircut when he says he pulled his face mask down to his chin so that he could take a drink of water. Setoute alleges that a cop walked in and said he wasn’t wearing his mask properly, and then wrote him a ticket for $100.

Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Alvaro Zabaleta said the citation is a new “tool” for police officers to use to enforce the zero-tolerance face mask order that was rolled out in the county’s “New Normal Guidelines.”

“Our intentions are basically to get a strong message of the importance of wearing these masks, the importance of social distancing, the importance of following the CDC guidelines, the importance of listening to the emergency orders,” Zabaleta said.

Also this week, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) advised all residents to wear masks inside their homes to protect against families spreading COVID-19 to one another.


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Miami mayor asks residents to wear face masks at home

A Florida mayor advised residents to wear face masks at home to try to reduce coronavirus transmission between family members.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) is urging residents to wear a mask inside their house because COVID-19 spreading among families is reportedly the most common type of transmission.

“Our messaging has always been, if you’re outside or if you’re indoors you need to wear a mask and you need to socially distance,” Suarez said on Thursday during a COVID-19 press briefing.

“I would tell our residents — and this is voluntary, this is not something that we can mandate — that they should consider, particularly if they have a multigenerational household, wearing masks indoors, at times, with their multigenerational residents and also respecting social distance when they’re at home,” he added. “Because again we’re seeing the largest center of spread being our house.”

“The mask in public rule is working: we went from a high point of 125 new cases a day. We are now at 20 new cases a day,” Suarez said. “The curve is flattening.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) encouraged residents to practice proper social distancing in their own homes with their families.

“Something that I want to stress to is that, even inside the house, even inside your home, because we have such a high level of positivity rate here in Miami-Dade, you also need to start thinking about maintaining a distance also from your loved ones for a while,” Gimenez said during a press conference on Thursday. “Yes, I know It’s a sacrifice, but do so because, again, just because it’s your son or your daughter or your cousin or your mother or your father, doesn’t mean they don’t have [COVID-19].”

Miami-Dade County has over 101,000 coronavirus cases, more than doubling the next highest Florida county – Broward County. Miami-Dade County has 1,379 COVID-19 deaths, compared to 580 coronavirus deaths in Broward County. The majority of Florida’s COVID-19 infections are in South Florida.

Florida has nearly 415,000 COVID-19 cases, which is the third-most in the United States, and 5,778 coronavirus deaths, which is eighth-most in the country.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) believes the state is headed in the right direction as far as the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would much rather be in a plateau than be in an escalation,” DeSantis said on Thursday. “We clearly stabilized with the cases. We’re definitely trending in a better direction. We’re trending much better today than we were two weeks ago. I do think that we are going to head in a better direction here shortly.”

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Want a Big Mac? Good luck getting one without a face covering as McDonald’s joins the face-mask movement

Iconic fast-food chain McDonald’s announced this week that all of its customers will be required to wear masks.

The hamburger joint joins Costco, Target, and Walmart who have instituted mask requirements in all of their stores, regardless of mask mandates in the various states their stores are in.

What did McDonald’s say?

In a press release Friday, McDonald’s declared that, beginning Aug. 1, anyone visiting their restaurants will be required to wear a face mask.

It doesn’t matter if the state the restaurant is doesn’t currently require masks, the company said, the “safety of all” is more important.

“[I]n order to protect the safety of our employees and customers, we will ask all customers to wear face coverings when entering our US restaurants effective August 1,” the press release said. “While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers.”

What if a customer still is unable or unwilling to wear a mask? McDonald’s said they have a plan to “take care of them,” albeit in a “friendly, expedited way.”

Oh, and they’ve also created “de-escalation training” for employees in case mask-less customers make a scene:

The intent of this policy is to take a proactive approach and focus on quickly finding solutions when customers are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering. In those situations where a customer declines to wear a face covering, we’ll put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way. Additionally, we will provide training for our restaurant staff to ensure they are prepared to address this new policy in a friendly and positive way. We also will re-share resources for our and our franchisees’ employees who want to revisit de-escalation training.

Anything else?

The press release added that it was extending its ban on dining room use for another 30 days. The chain currently allows people to enter the restaurants to order food, but they are not allowed to eat there.

The company also said they are adding more protective panels in the dining areas once they are open.

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CDC emphasizes reopening schools is ‘critically important for our public health’ in new guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines on schools reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. In the new guidance unveiled Thursday, the CDC emphasized that sending students back to school was “critically important.”

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said.

The CDC released “new science-based resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and caregivers when schools open this fall.” The resources, which include advice and checklists, are available on the CDC website.

“The CDC resources released today will help parents, teachers and administrators make practical, safety-focused decisions as this school year begins,” Redfield added. “I know this has been a difficult time for our Nation’s families. School closures have disrupted normal ways of life for children and parents, and they have had negative health consequences on our youth. CDC is prepared to work with K-12 schools to safely reopen while protecting the most vulnerable.”

“Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement,” the U.S. national public health agency stated.

“The harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant,” the CDC website read. “Aside from a child’s home, no other setting has more influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school.”

“The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risk to school-aged children,” the CDC said on its website. “Reopening schools creates an opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets – our children – while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.”

“With states, cities, and communities around the United States experiencing different levels of coronavirus transmission, jurisdictions should ensure appropriate public health strategies are in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the first step in creating a safer school environment,” the CDC stated.

“Children appear to be at lower risk for contracting COVID-19 compared to adults,” the agency said. “While some children have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up nearly 95% of reported COVID-19 cases.”

“Early reports suggest children are less likely to get COVID-19 than adults, and when they do get COVID-19, they generally have a less serious illness,” the CDC continued. “As of July 21, 2020, 6.6% of reported COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1% of COVID-19-related deaths are among children and adolescents less than 18 years of age in the United States.”

The CDC advised education officials to “consider community transmission risk” before reopening classrooms.

“Evidence from schools internationally suggests that school re-openings are safe in communities with low SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates,” the CDC stated. “Computer simulations from Europe have suggested that school re-openings may further increase transmission risk in communities where transmission is already high.”

The CDC also admitted that “there is mixed evidence about whether returning to school results in increased transmission or outbreaks.” The guidance referenced steady declines in coronavirus cases in Denmark schools, but there was a “surge of new cases and outbreaks in schools after reopening and relaxing social distancing measures” in Israel.

“Then, working in collaboration with their state and local health departments, school administrators can employ strategies that best match the local conditions and actions that are practical and feasible in their schools to help protect the health and safety of everyone – including students, teachers, and other staff,” the updated guidelines stated.

“Implement multiple SARS-CoV-2 mitigation strategies (e.g., social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand hygiene, and use of cohorting),” the CDC site stated. “Maintain healthy environments (e.g., cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces).”

“Plans for virtual learning should be in place in the event of a school closure,” the CDC recommended.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump said that all schools should be “actively making preparations to open.” However, he warned that some schools in areas with a high COVID-19 positivity rates “may need to delay reopening for a few weeks.”

“If schools do not reopen, the funding should go to parents to send their children to the public, private, charter, religious or home school,” President Trump said. “All families should be empowered to make the decision that is right for their circumstance.”

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, California’s two largest school districts, will not reopen for in-person instruction when the academic year starts in August, and instead will offer virtual classes.

Atlanta public schools’ first nine weeks of the school year will be carried out remotely.

New York City, the largest school district in the country, may use a staggered in-person model for reopening classrooms where students attend school one to three days a week to enable social distancing. However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said he wouldn’t make a decision on reopening schools until days before the school year is scheduled to begin, which is on Sept. 10.

“The final decisions will be made as we get right up to it based on the data we have in front of us,” de Blasio said during a Thursday news conference.

The United States surpassed 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases this week and now has over 144,000 coronavirus deaths.

On Wednesday, Redfield appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and said that would “absolutely” be comfortable with his school-aged grandchildren attend school this fall.

“The only one that there may be some reservation is my grandson with cystic fibrosis, depending on how he can be accommodated in the school that he’s in,” Redfield said. “My other 10 grandchildren, of those, eight of them are school-aged, I’m 100% that they can get back to school.”

Redfield also commented on the ongoing face mask debate.

“If all Americans would embrace that [masks] as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks,” Redfield explained.

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Anti-mask customer drops her pants and pees on Verizon store floor in protest

The debates and fights over face masks have made lots of headlines over the last few months. In July alone we’ve seen McDonald’s workers
assaulted for asking people to wear masks; a mass protest by mask-less parents opposed to a mask mandate for students; Georgia’s governor prohibiting local mask requirements; people spat on, punched, stabbed, held at gunpoint, and killed over mask disputes; the creation of snitch lines to report mask scofflaws; anti-mask vandalism and public fits; and even a pro-mask campaign employing a famous movie slasher.

But a new incident out of Roseville, California, might have them all beat — at least on the craziness scale.

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reported Friday that a woman who didn’t care for Verizon’s company policy requiring that masks be worn in all its stores decided to drop trou and relieve herself on the floor of her local Verizon store.

What’s that now?

In a 911 dispatch call aired by KOVR, a dispatch officer can be heard telling cops that three customers at the Roseville Verizon store were told to put on masks or leave, but they would do neither. And apparently one woman in particular was a real problem.

In the call, the dispatcher said the people would not mask up or leave the property and that the woman gathering the most attention was “refusing to leave, not wearing a mask.”

“They’ve asked several times, and she refuses,” the dispatcher added.


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Then things got weird.

The store called 911 again when the unidentified woman reportedly decided to pull down her pants and urinate on the floor.

According to KOVR, just about three minutes after the initial call, the dispatcher contacted police in the area again, this time with much less pleasant news.

“They’re calling back and advising that that female is pulling down her pants and is now urinating inside the business,” the dispatcher said.


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Members of the Roseville Police arrived on scene and later confirmed the whole incident to KOVR, the station reported. Authorities arrested the woman and said they also found several stolen items from a local Dick’s Sporting Goods in her car.

Several customers offered their take on the woman’s performance.

“Are you kidding me? That’s terrible,” a woman said, adding, “That’s like an animal. That’s what my dog would do.”

“That’s kind of ridiculous,” one man said, “I mean, there’s bathrooms all over the place.”

“That’s totally inappropriate, we’re not animals,” another customer stated. “I’m very disappointed that we, as a society, choose to have disunity and let this coronavirus divide us.”

KOVR noted at the end of the report that a Verizon spokeswoman told the outlet that the incident was not just about the mask policy but declined to add what else was involved.

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Powerful CEO group calls for all companies to have mandatory mask policies

Walmart announced Wednesday that it will require customers to wear face masks in all of its stores nationwide. Other retailers have adopted a mandatory mask policy this week, and a powerful association of CEOs from major U.S. corporations are calling for all companies to require face coverings.

The Business Roundtable is an “association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.”

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon serves as BRT chairman. Other members of BRT include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, and CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo.

On Friday, the influential business association, based in Washington, D.C., called for every company to require face masks.

“Rising infection rates around the country are putting public health and our economy at grave risk,” the statement read. “Failure to bring the pandemic under control will have devastating, long-term consequences for millions of Americans.”

“One of the most effective things we can all do to protect public health and the economy is to wear face coverings in public settings, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain,” BRT said.

“Business Roundtable applauds the many companies that are protecting their employees and customers by mandating the use of face coverings indoors consistent with CDC guidelines,” BRT said. “We encourage every company to adopt this practice and hope that all Americans will adopt the use of face coverings to protect their families, friends, neighbors, and our economy.”

Earlier this month, BRT co-signed a letter along with the National Retail Federation addressed to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The letter requested national guidelines for “imposing location-based mandatory mask requirements in all public spaces.”

The National Retail Federation is also “encouraging all retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and well-being of customers, associates and partners during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The NRF has members from Walmart, Google, Facebook, Macy’s, BJ’s, American Express, IBM, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., and the Ralph Lauren Corporation.

“The health and safety of associates and customers is retailers’ number one priority and wearing a face covering or mask is scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the statement from the NRF read. “Workers serving customers should not have to make a critical decision as to whether they should risk exposure to infection or lose their jobs because a minority of people refuse to wear masks in order to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”

Many nationwide companies have already instituted policies of requiring patrons to wear face masks in stores.

Which stores do you have to wear a face mask in?

All of these companies currently have a mandatory mask policy or will require face coverings by Aug. 1.

  • Aldi (Starts July 27)
  • Apple
  • Best Buy
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club (Starts July 20)
  • Costco
  • CVS Health (Starts July 20)
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Dollar
  • H-E-B
  • Home Depot (Starts July 22)
  • Kohl’s (Starts July 20)
  • Kroger (Starts July 22)
  • Menards
  • Panera Bread
  • Publix (Starts July 21)
  • Qurate Retail Group
  • Sam’s Club (Starts July 20)
  • Schnuck Markets (Starts July 20)
  • Starbucks
  • Target (Starts Aug. 1)
  • Verizon
  • Walgreens (Starts July 20)
  • Walmart (Starts July 20)
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Ohio county establishes hotline for people to snitch on anyone not wearing a face mask

A county in Ohio is encouraging the public to snitch on anyone who is not wearing a face mask by calling a hotline. Cuyahoga County, which includes the city of Cleveland, launched a hotline and a website for Ohioans to report their fellow citizens for not wearing face masks on Friday.

“There’s not enough people in law enforcement throughout the county to track down people, chase them around and figure out who we can go after for not wearing a mask,” Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said on Friday.

Many are fearful that the hotline will be weaponized by Karens to report anyone seen not wearing a face covering.

“This is not intended to be going out and finding people not wearing masks,” Budish said of the hotline. “We want people to wear their masks… We want people to do it voluntarily.”

Once a mask violation complaint is made to the hotline, county officials will contact the person or business to let them know that a complaint has been filed. The complaints will also be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city or town.

“If the Board of Health determines certain places are continuously ignoring the mask order, the board may reach out to local authorities to address the problem,” Health Commissioner Terry Allan said, according to Cleveland.com.

Anyone who has multiple complaints or is found guilty of “serious non-compliance” could be investigated by the Sheriff’s Department.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R) issued an order making masks mandatory last week, but the mandate only applies to Ohio’s seven counties with the most COVID-19 cases. Violating the mask mandate is a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, as well as a $750 fine. The mask mandate will be reassessed every week and does not apply to children under the age of 10.

In April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio established a hotline for people to rat on each other for not abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Mayor de Blasio boasted it is “easier than ever” to call the authorities on each other for not social distancing.

“When you see a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced, when you see a supermarket that’s too crowded — anything — you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem,” de Blasio said.

However, within days of the snitch hotline being established, people inundated the hotline with prank messages.

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Justice Dept. warns about fake ‘face mask exempt’ cards being printed by people at home

The Department of Justice is warning that some unscrupulous anti-mask individuals are printing out their own “face mask exempt” cards, but they are completely fake.

The cards are designed to be used by persons who don’t want to wear face masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public,” the card reads.

“Wearing a face mask posses [sic] a mental and/or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you,” it explains.

The card warns of a hefty $75,000 fine if a business or organization doesn’t comply with the fake exemption.

The DOJ fraud alert makes it clear that the cards do not carry any force of law.

“The Department of Justice has been made aware of postings or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the Department of Justice’s seal,” their statement says.

“These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department,” they conclude.

The U.S. is currently experiencing a spike in new coronavirus cases. Some states like Texas and Florida have re-instituted social distancing lockdown measures in order to prevent more cases.

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Joe Rogan questions why media ignores Biden’s ‘cognitive decline;’ says wearing face masks ‘is for b***hes’

Joe Rogan made comments this week about wearing face masks and questioned why the media has largely ignored Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline.”

Rogan joined the highly contentious face mask debate, and provided his opinion on the controversial subject. During a recent interview with comedian Bill Burr on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the massively popular podcast host broached the argumentative topic of wearing face masks.

Rogan asked Burr if he wanted people to “walk down the street with a mask on.” Burr responded, “Let’s not start this Joe. I don’t want to start this bulls**t. I’m not going to sit here with no medical degree listening to you with no medical degree, with an American flag behind you smoking a cigar acting like we know what’s up better than the CDC.”

Burr said he watches the news every two weeks to see what the latest recommendations from health experts as to wear or not wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Even they say you shouldn’t wear a mask unless you’re treating a coronavirus patient,” Rogan noted. “The World Health Organization literally say that.”

The WHO recommends that health care workers, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, and people caring for someone with suspected COVID-19 symptoms wear a medical mask. The WHO also recommends medical masks for at-risk people, including people aged 60 or over and people of any age with underlying health conditions.

The WHO states that “non-medical, fabric masks are being used by many people in public areas, but there has been limited evidence on their effectiveness and WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19.”

“I just love how wearing a mask became like this soft thing that you’re doing — like being courteous,” Burr said.

Rogan commented on wearing a face masks, “It’s for b*tches.” Burr then asked, “Why is it for b*tches?” Rogan replied, “It just is.”

Burr retorted, “Why does it always become like that? It’s always like the man vs. the b*tch.”

The UFC color commentator replied, “Because that’s what men do, we make fun of things. Anything. Anything that seems like you’re not taking chances. And that’s what the mask is.”

Rogan pointed out that not enough people are talking about taking “care of your immune system.”

“No one’s telling you to sleep more, drink water, take vitamins,” Rogan said.

Rogan has been tested for coronavirus twice, and has tested all of his podcast guests since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The conversation about face masks begins at the 5-minute mark.

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Rogan also took the mainstream media to task for their apparent failure to cover former Vice President Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline.” Rogan made his remarks about Biden’s gaffes and mental lapses during an interview with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein.

“Sometimes people get really tongue-tied, and panic under pressure and words come out all f***ed up,” Rogan said. “That is possible. But there’s a trend.”

“And if you go back to when he was a younger man, that trend didn’t exist,” Rogan said of the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. “You’re seeing a change. And the idea that as you get older, you become less comfortable with the media, less comfortable with speaking publicly, that doesn’t jive with me. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Weinstein, who is often named as one of the members of the “Intellectual Dark Web,” replied, “I agree with you. I see a decline.”

“But irrespective of what that is, Joe Biden is an influence peddler,” Weinstein continued. “He’s not an idea guy, right? He’s the same idea as Hillary Clinton in a different morphology.”

In April, Rogan compared Biden to a 3-year-old and President Donald Trump to boxing legend Mike Tyson.

“It shows you how crazy the system is that they wanted him,” Rogan said on his podcast. “That they wanted Biden to be their guy, that they don’t, they can’t admit that he’s in cognitive decline. I mean, it’s very strange.”

On Saturday, “Joe Rogan” was a trending topic on Twitter for his face mask comment, remarks about Biden, and because an old video of Rogan was resurfaced. In the video from 2011, fellow comedian Joey Diaz talks about exchanging stand-up stage appearances for sexual favors on Rogan’s podcast.

Many users were contacting Spotify to try to have Rogan canceled. In May, Rogan signed a contract with Spotify worth an estimated $100 million.

Many people on Twitter, including Steven Crowder, were doubtful that Rogan would be canceled for the latest “controversy.”

People also tried to cancel Joe Rogan in January after he endorsed Bernie Sanders.

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De Blasio scolds NYPD for failing to wear masks while controlling protests: ‘It’s painful to people because it feels like they’re flouting the rules’

In a stunning display of hypocrisy and low self-awareness, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who himself participated in protests that are themselves a giant violation of the city’s COVID-19 guidelines, scolded New York police officers who, according to him, were not wearing masks during the course of controlling the crowds. On at least one of those occasions, as noted by the featured image in this story, de Blasio was not wearing a face mask at all.

According to the New York Post, de Blasio made the comments on Sunday. In the remarks, which were carried on C-SPAN, de Blasio claimed, “We’ve seen too many officers who just have [masks] off, and it’s painful to people because it feels like they’re flouting the rules.

The issue of masks and face coverings remains the subject of considerable scientific debate, particularly whether such masks are efficacious and whether they might, in fact, be harmful to people who wear them. What is not the subject of scientific debate is the fact that large gatherings of people who are closely pressed together, such as the protests that de Blasio himself has attended, are a violation of city and state guidelines for controlling the pandemic.

Nonetheless, in his remarks, de Blasio chose to focus on masks.

“Everyone is being asked to wear a face covering. That includes police officers. Now I’ll grant you, if you’re trying to communicate to a crowd of people, you might have to take off your face covering. If you’re in the middle of something where there is a legitimate tactical reason to have your face covering off, if you’re drinking water, there are reasons to have a face covering off,” de Blasio continued. “We’ve seen too many officers who just have it off, and it’s painful to people because it feels like they’re flouting the rules. And we say to all the officers out there, ‘I know you have a hard job, but, you know, do unto others.’ … It’s just a human decency thing.”

One might object, of course, that the rules against large gatherings themselves apply to the mayor, as well as the rules about masks. As shown by photographic proof, de Blasio has attended mass public gatherings and rallies in the middle of the pandemic, including one where he did not appear to have a mask handy at all and certainly was not wearing it while he was up on the stage, even during times when he was not speaking.


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Texas bar bans customers who wear masks

You read the headline correctly. A Texas bar is banning customers who wear masks. Quite the opposite of what other places are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.

No mask, no problem, says the owner of a bar in Elgin, Texas. The Liberty Tree Tavern not only warmly welcomes maskless patrons, but it prohibits customers who wear masks. This is sure to cause a stir on the suddenly polarizing topic of people wearing face masks.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe,” the notice outside the Liberty Tree Tavern states, according to USA Today. No mask-shaming going on at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

“It is more of a pushback against the wannabe snitch patrols and the contact tracers they’re gonna hire,” the bar’s co-owner Kevin Smith told KXAN.

“This is still rural Texas,” Smith told the news outlet. Elgin, which is 25 miles east of Austin, has a population a little over 9,000. The small Texas town has recorded only 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Smith acknowledged that the bar was observing Gov. Greg Abbott’s coronavirus restrictions by limiting capacity to 25% and asking that parties stay 6 feet apart to meet social distancing guidelines.

Charles Chamberlain, who is a regular at the Liberty Tree Tavern, said he has been to the bar three times since it re-opened on May 22. Chamberlain chooses not to wear a mask despite being considered high-risk for COVID-19 since he is a survivor of Stage 4 cancer and the H1N1 virus.

“I was quarantined in the Med Center for 12 months during my cancer treatments in Houston. When I quit my treatments the doctor asked me if I was ready to die, and I looked at him and said, This ain’t even living, it’s existing,'” the 58-year-old Texan said. “This quarantine … that’s not living, that’s existing.”

“I’m a Stage 4 cancer survivor. It’s just a choice. He just put that up there to let people know if they aren’t feeling good, then they maybe shouldn’t come,” Chamberlain said. “Everybody is keeping safe distances, they aren’t bunching up.”

“Going to the bar, going to the lake, going swimming with your friends, barbecuing, fishing — that’s living,” Chamberlain added. That’s living indeed.

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