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Commentary: Mask-wearing fanaticism sure looks a lot like a religion

A prominent Christian pastor tweeted the following this week: “Two seemingly contradictory currents mark our society 1. There is a denunciation of all claims of absolute truth 2. Yet there is also a fanaticism in which one position or group is absolutely right, nothing is ambiguous, and divergent views should be destroyed.”

I feel ya, brother. But nothing contradictory is in fact going on at all. This is the logical destination of attempting to usurp the ultimate authority in all the universe. It is biblically defined double-mindedness perfected. “My truth” can’t help but become “kneel before Zod.”

As a consequence, the Beatitudes are indeed replaced with the Fanaticisms. They are ever-changing, non-eternal, entirely arbitrary power grabs that seek not to instill humility and healing but elevate lies to the level of ultimate justice.

One of the latest Fanaticisms is the wearing of masks. We are waaaaay past science on this one and firmly in the realm of voodoo now. However, it’s a voodoo that only gets more obnoxiously mandatory the more it is proven to be a total fraud.

We’ve had an Ohio mask mandate in effect for at least 112 days. A Maryland mask mandate for at least 106 days. A New York mask mandate for at least 128 days. Yet all of their governors are currently threatening more shutdowns because of a new coronavirus “surge.”

There is absolutely nowhere masks have been shown in real time to be effective at slowing Covid after months of trying. No state. No country. Nowhere. And the science published by the CDC itself even said that would be the case as a public health policy for respiratory infections before Covid came along. But now masks have been necromanced into relevance and false righteousness many times over. We’ve incredulously been told by the witch doctor atop the CDC they are better than a vaccine.

Well, they are a vaccine alright, but not really meant to kill the virus. They are meant to kill us. Our freedom. Our dignity. Our sense of reality itself. The more they don’t actually work but we continue to agree to wear them, that becomes all the more clear. We are telling the universe that our fear is our greatest certainty and the flat earth is our greatest comfort.

No wonder a dementia patient may be on on the verge of becoming president. He is the mask personified. A twice-failed presidential candidate with a nearly 50-year-long track record in public “service” of never making a damn thing better, so why don’t we try him again but only harder this time! What could possibly go wrong?

It is failure incarnate. It is failure sacramentalized. It is failure fundamentalized. The Fanaticisms are taking on all the markings of a religion because that is their dark destiny. The increasingly preposterous will become more and more enviable and inevitable as our governing idols.

That should sound to you like the reverse of the miracle of creation, where impossible grace steps into the void and compels all that is good. If God created everything ‘ex nihilo,’ then the terrible math of the Fanaticisms must use and abuse everything to anoint absolutely nothing at all. The abyss is the destination.

It is the most pathetic grift of all time. And it is working. So sayeth the mask.

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VIDEO: Woman tased on flight during furious brawl over face masks

A viral video shows a police officer taser an airline passenger who engaged in a brawl because she allegedly refused to wear a face mask.

A wild donnybrook broke out during a Spirit Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to the Luis Munoz Marin airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. The video was originally posted online by Twitter user V. Torres Montalvo on Oct. 26, and retweeted by CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who said the brawl was started after a woman refused to wear a mask after the plane touched down in Puerto Rico.

Begnaud reported that Puerto Rico police identified the passenger as Nyasy Veronique Payne, adding that she “provoked an incident by acting in what witnesses called an aggressive, hostile, & defiant behavior.” Police claim that the woman hit 28-year-old Javier Lopez Cruz soon after the plane landed.

The man who recorded the video told Begnaud that the fight broke out because the woman refused to follow the mandatory mask rules instituted by Spirit Airlines.

According to a witness named “Alfredo,” there was a “young man was moving about the plane, switching seats and not wearing a mask.” Flights attendants instructed the young man to stop switching seats and to wear a face mask in accordance with the airline company’s COVID-19 protocols.

Three women were reportedly traveling with the young man, and were also not wearing masks “most of the flight, & were moving around while the sets belt sign was on,” according to the witness.

One of the passengers on the plane alleges that “three men began yelling homophobic and racial slurs at the three women.” According to the eyewitness, one person hit one of the women, which reportedly caused her to start punching passengers.

Police stormed the plane and attempted to squelch the melee, but the woman continued to attack a passenger in the rows behind her. A man is seen grabbing the woman’s head and pulling her hair, and she retaliates by attempting to hurdle over an airline crew member to assault the man. As the man and the woman attempt to exchange punches, another woman is seen slapping someone.

The airline crew and airport police were eventually able to separate the two warring parties, and the woman was arrested. Payne’s bail was set at $150,000, according to the travel website One Mile At A Time.

Spirit Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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Dr. Fauci: ‘Maybe we should be mandating’ masks nationwide

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that it might be time for a nationwide mandate ordering Americans to wear masks in public, in an apparent reversal after he has repeatedly voiced opposition to such a move by the federal government.

What are the details?

Fauci joined CNN’s Erin Burnett for an interview, where she played a clip from earlier in the day of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden explaining how he would “make mask-wearing mandatory” across the U.S.

“First, I’ll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states, and if they refuse, I’ll go to the mayors and county executives and get local masking requirements in place nationwide,” Biden said.

Burnett noted that Biden also wants masks to be worn in all federal buildings and during interstate travel, before asking Fauci if he thinks “this is a good idea.”

“Well, you know, one of the issues that people that talk about mandating not being a good idea because then they’ll say they have to enforce it, and there’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it,” Fauci replied. “But, if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important, and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and say, ‘Ya know, we’re gonna mandate it, but let’s just do it,’ I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly.”

He reiterated, “One of the issues, though, I get the argument saying ‘Well, if you mandate a mask, then you’re going to have to enforce it and that’ll create more of a problem.’ Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it.”

You can view the entire interview below. The portion on mask mandates begins at the 3:50 mark:


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CNN pointed out that “Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate” and cited several instances to back up its reporting.

In July, Fauci told Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), “I don’t like to be authoritarian from the federal government, but at the local level, if governors and others essentially mandate the use of masks when you have an outbreak, I think that would be very important.”

Just last month, Fauci said during a news conference that “a national mandate probably would not work.”

Anything else?

Biden earlier this year promised to impose a federal mask mandate if he wins the White House, but then backtracked, admitting that such a move would likely be unconstitutional and impossible to enforce, regardless. He has since clarified that he would pressure each state to issue such dictates.

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Horowitz: Danish newspaper reveals largest study on masks has been rejected by 3 medical journals

Why not just conduct a randomized controlled trial to test whether masks work against COVID-19? Why assume such a draconian and dehumanizing mandate works as if it’s an article of faith and create such division when we can discover which side is correct? That’s what a group of Danish researchers felt, which is why, over the spring, they conducted such a study. So why have the results not been published, three months later? According to one Danish newspaper, the study has been rejected by three medical journals because the results are too controversial.

Berlingske, Denmark’s oldest operating daily newspaper, published an article on Thursday titled, “Professor: Large Danish mask study rejected by three top journals” (translation from Google translate), which finally reveals the mystery of the disappearing Danish mask study.

“The researchers behind a large and unique Danish study on the effect of wearing a mask even have great difficulty in getting their research results published,” wrote the Berlingske in the subtitle. “One of the participating professors in the study admits that the still secret research result can be perceived as ‘controversial’.”

The article reveals that, thus far, the study has been rejected by the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA, three of the publications that have been posting much of the research on coronavirus.

The CDC, prior to changing its position on universal mask-wearing, had previously cited 10 randomized controlled trials that showed “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.” Now, the CDC and other elite institutions would have us believe that coronavirus is somehow different. The Danes were the first to actually study the effect of large-scale universal mask-wearing specifically against the spread of COVID-19.

The rest of the article is behind a paywall, but Dr. Andrew Bostom of Brown University posted a translation of the text he obtained. The professor who spoke to the newspaper did not reveal why the publications felt the study was “controversial,” but did defend the study as an “outstanding sample.”

The researcher involved told the Berlingske, “The study and its size are unique in the world, and the purpose was once and for all to try to clarify the extent to which the use of masks in public space provides protection against corona infection.”

While the professor did not divulge the results of the survey, he did reveal that it included 6,000 participants, with half of them wearing masks and half functioning as the control group. The study began in late April and was originally slated for publication in August.

The Berlingske article, authored by Lars Henrik Aagaard, also mentions the email correspondence between another of the researchers involved, Thomas Lars Benfield, and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. Earlier this week, Berenson posted a copy of the email from Benfield replying to Berenson’s inquiry about the date of publication.

“As soon as a journal is brave enough to accept the paper,” replied Benfield.

Reporter Aagaard writes that he reached out to Benfield, who confirmed the email exchange with Berenson but asserted that the quote was taken “a bit out of context” and that the study, after being rejected by others, is currently being reviewed “by a respected journal.” However, he didn’t elaborate on why he felt it was out of context and just confirmed that researchers have no plans to leak any of the data to the public until it is published.

On the other hand, Aagaard interviewed Benfield’s co-author, Christian Torp-Pederson, who intimated that the reason behind the rejection is likely what we are all thinking.

After reading this, if you were a betting man, do you think this study shows any degree of effectiveness in mask-wearing against the spread of COVID-19? Remember, this is the only study of its kind. If it truly showed what the media-political-scientific complex wants it to show, why would it not be published expeditiously? This is the most vexing question of our time. Yet nobody seems interested in having a debate or finding out the truth.

The phobia among the political elites against subjecting mask-wearing mandates to the scientific method is not surprising. In July, Dr. Fauci told a group of Georgetown University students that he has no intention of conducting a controlled study in the U.S.

Well, if I were a betting man, I’d say the realm of possibilities likely range from no effect at all to … making the spread worse! Time will tell, but this ordeal raises a larger question: How many other scientific and academic studies covering an array of very consequential policy questions rooted in scientific debate are being censored because they don’t fit the narrative of the political elites? What’s next? Will they ban maps showing the world is not flat?

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Horowitz: Argentina is world’s worst COVID-19 hot spot despite 200-day lockdown

Who would have thought that in the 21st century numerous countries would revert to dark age thinking concerning viral epidemics? In Argentina, officials were so paranoid and panicked over the virus that not only did they lock down the country for over 200 days, they ordered all bodies of the deceased in some areas be cremated.

The result? They are now in the worst position of any country … after having destroyed their society for 200 days to stop it!

On Tuesday, NBC
reported that Argentina had the highest positivity rate of confirmed COVID-19 testing of any country in the world. Their positivity rate is just shy of 60%. They also have the world’s highest seven-day rolling average of new fatalities. While the media is claiming they are being lax about enforcement, the reality is that they had one of the earliest and most draconian lockdowns. They had a mask mandate in place since April 14. They even forced cremation of some of those who died from the virus against the will of Jewish residents who asked for a proper burial.

Yet, the strategy of locking down and wearing masks to somehow avoid the spread of a virus from the living is as primitive and sophomoric as the dark age fear of dead bodies spreading the virus. As their Latin American neighbor, Peru, learned, lockdowns only work until it is actually time for the virus to spread in a given area. At that point, nothing works until it runs its course. Peru has the overall highest per capita fatality rate
despite having what some considered the strictest lockdown.

Argentina, like many of the countries around the world that barely experienced any virus deaths during the first few months of the pandemic, thought that their draconian policies enabled them to dodge the bullet. But when spring turned into summer, they began experiencing growth in cases that later intensified, as we have seen in many countries that first escaped the virus. Argentina
was praised by the liberal media for following the science and imposing a “strict COVID-19 lockdown,” which “saved lives.”

Israel is another prime example of a country that had a strict lockdown early on and a continuous mask mandate, yet the virus is now spreading quickly. The plaudits that were lavished upon their leaders was as premature as praising a baseball team for its performance after the first inning.

While we are busy counting COVID-19 deaths in many of these countries without any regard as to whether those deaths were avoidable, we know that the lockdown deaths are 100% man-made. After locking down for over a half year, Argentina has nothing to show for it but an economy on the brink and massive poverty.
Nearly half of all its citizens are now living in poverty and their rate of inflation is over 40%.

Contrast this to Sweden where its
economy and mental health is in intact with fewer deaths and it becomes clear that lockdowns were the worst public policy decision in modern history. All pain and no gain.

As Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s new coronavirus adviser, recently
said, “Lockdowns are a luxury of the rich.”

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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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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.


Woman arrested for not wearing a mask.

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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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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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CDC director says masks are more effective against COVID-19 than a vaccine. Months earlier, he said the opposite.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that masks are the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — even more effective than a vaccine.

Director Robert Redfield, testifying before a Senate committee, urged everyone in America to wear masks in public, saying the pandemic could be controlled in six to 12 weeks if everyone complied.

“These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have,” Redfield said. “And I will continue to appeal to all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings. I’ve said it, if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, we’d bring this pandemic under control. These, actually — we have clear scientific evidence that they work, and they are our best defense.

“I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because immunogenicity may be 70% and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will,” Redfield continued.

The messaging from the federal government about face masks has been — and continues to be — all over the map. In February, Redfield testified before Congress and was specifically asked if healthy people should wear masks.

Redfield answered, “no.”

Redfield and other top public health officials have repeatedly stressed to the public that the purpose of masks is not self-protection, but rather preventing a person from spreading the virus to others. His Wednesday comments directly contradict that and could further undermine public confidence in a pending vaccine that people are already wary of.

“Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.” Redfield wrote on Aug. 25. “The role of face masks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.”

Adding to the confusion, President Donald Trump defended the fact that he doesn’t often wear masks during a televised town hall event Tuesday night.

“A lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. “A lot of people think that masks are not good.”

Immediately before he said that, the president criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has no governmental role or authority, for not instituting a national mask mandate.

“Well, I do wear them when I have to, and when I’m in hospitals and other locations,” Trump said. “But I will say this: They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it. And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden–they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.”

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Police haul man out of school board meeting about mask mandates for not wearing a mask

Police had to physically remove a South Dakota man from a school board meeting Monday night because he refused to wear a mask. One of the primary topics of the meeting was public opposition to the district’s mask mandate, according to the Mitchell Republic.

The man who refused to wear a mask was Reed Bender, who had reportedly attended meetings in the past and spoken against mask mandates. Bender would not put on a mask even though the district offered to provide him one. When Bender wouldn’t comply, Superintendent Joe Graves called the police.

The Republic reported that Mitchell police officers arrived about 20 minutes later and attempted to speak with Bender to get him to wear a mask. Bender still refused, so the officers tried to physically remove him from the library where the meeting was being held.

Bender still wasn’t ready to go without a fight and began resisting officers as other attendees urged him not to resist the officers, for fear of how the encounter might escalate. At one point during Bender’s resistance, one officer pulled out his Taser, apparently on the verge of using it to subdue the uncooperative man.

“You’re not going to tase me in front of all these people,” Bender told the officer. “I want people to video this while their cops, of minority descent, have to do this to everybody.”

Bender resisted a bit more after that, but the officers were able to restrain him and escort him out.


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“Never in my entire career as a superintendent have I had that happen before,” Graves told the Republic. “The board said there is a masking mandate and everyone in the school building must wear a mask. We gave the gentleman fair warning of that and offered him a mask. He refused, so the board had to enforce the mandate.”

Bender was not arrested or charged with any crimes, but the Mitchell Police Division said the incident is still under investigation and a final decision has not yet been made.

Despite heavy public opposition in the district to the mask mandate, some school board members are steadfast on the matter.

“A survey wouldn’t change my mind, the medical professionals have recommended (masks), and my wife cares for and has treated several patients who have had COVID-19,” board member Kevin Kenkel said. “She has seen the long-term effects on people. Even if 75% said we don’t want masks, I would still vote in favor of masks.”

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‘Americans are being PLAYED’: Chad Prather explains the ‘idiocy’ of mask mandates

Chad Prather explains his take on COVID-19 mask mandates and the BLM riots that have ravaged American cities.

“It’s about control, control, control,” Chad asserted. Next, he tore into Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, calling his mask mandate “complete idiocy,” and reminded viewers that the issue is never the issue.

“Who told you that you need a mask?” Chad asked.

He went on to say that Americans were not interested in wearing masks during any flu season, the tuberculosis outbreak, or any other threat to public health. Why now with the masks? Because the issue is never the issue. It is about control.

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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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Horowitz: Coronavirus casualties from Sturgis biker rally super-spreader event don’t make news because they didn’t happen

Over 460,000 motorcyclists descended upon the Black Hills of South Dakota for the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, the largest event in the entire country this year – without masks or sacred social distancing protocols. Yet no epidemic of coronavirus was ignited by this mother of all mass gatherings, contrary to media predictions.

With nearly every state still partially shut down, South Dakota, like Sweden, never had a shutdown or a mask mandate. Then, in the second week of August, the state hosted the largest, most raucous event in the country. Initially, the media laid the groundwork to spread pandemic panic porn about the impending spread of the virus. Now you don’t hear much about it. Why not? Because there is no epidemic to speak of.

Meanwhile, countries with the strictest lockdowns and mask mandates, like Peru and the Philippines, have more deaths than any other country. The enduring lesson? Lockdowns and mask mandates play absolutely no role in mitigating a virus that seems to spread where it spreads, when it spreads, and to whom it spreads based on its own patterns.

South Dakota is our version of Sweden. Governor Kristi Noem refused to implement lockdowns or mask mandates. The state ranks #40 in coronavirus deaths per capita and has the best economy in the country to show for it.

The media and public health officials predicted the state would blow its streak by allowing a large national gathering to take place from August 7 to August 16. “Come mid-August to late August, early September, Sturgis will have one hell of an imprint on this country,” warned Michael Osterholm, head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the neighboring University of Minnesota. The Sioux Nation tribal government even employed efforts to block bikers from their lands.

In fact, so strong was the fear of spread that halfway around the country, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu was so spooked by images of Sturgis that he mandated mask-wearing on gatherings of more than 100 people in the “Live Free or Die” state, which previously had no mask mandate of any sort.

So where is the monumental imprint on the country? There are zero deaths reported, and I have only seen one hospitalization alleged to be associated with Sturgis attendance. The epidemic generated by the rally was so powerful that they evidently had to conduct mass testing to discover a “CASEdemic” of over 100 casesand all those tested in one city were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

Let’s put that in perspective: According to the COVID Tracking Project, there were 464,000 positive cases confirmed nationwide from August 7 to August 17. That is roughly 1,400 cases per million people. Compare that to just over 200 cases per million among Sturgis attendees, at least thus far, and we can see that the massive nationwide imprint predicted is imperceptible, even if we focus on testing of asymptomatic individuals.

In other words, South Dakota likely achieved a meaningful degree of herd immunity, just like Sweden, and has done a good job shielding sicker people. It has been reported that attendance at Sturgis dropped among the senior population, which was smart, and likely explains the almost nonexistent rate of hospitalizations caused by attendance.

But more broadly, it demonstrates the reality that masks and lockdowns simply make no difference in the trajectory and timing of the epidemic. Had Gov. Kristi Noem taken the advice of the doomsayers, she would have tanked her state’s economy. Instead, her state is riding high. Two weeks ago, Governor Noem politely rejected federal assistance with unemployment, noting that her state had the lowest unemployment rate and had already recovered 80% of the lost jobs. “We’re the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended unemployment benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation,” she said.

If Sturgis in South Dakota broke every rule of the COVID-19 cult with success, then Peru is the polar opposite. The country used heavy-handed law enforcement to force one of the longest and most draconian shutdowns. In mid-March, President Martín Vizcarra ordered all cars off the road and an 8 p.m. curfew, and residents were only allowed to leave their homes even during the day for food or medical care. Mask-wearing was 100% mandated everywhere. This was imposed for 15 weeks. In other words, everything the media and leftist politicians have asked for.

The result? Peru has now surpassed Belgium as the country with the most deaths per capita in the world. At 871 COVID-19 deaths per 1 million people, Peru has 4.6 times the number of deaths per capita of South Dakota, which had no lockdown or mask mandate.

The dichotomy between South Dakota, especially after the Sturgis event, and Peru is one of many data points demonstrating that human non-clinical intervention efforts simply do not stop a respiratory virus from spreading. We are seeing this in the Philippines, Hawaii, Japan, and many other places with strict lockdowns. The virus spreads where it spreads. The only difference is that the Pacific Rim countries appear to be largely immune to the serious symptoms, while countries like Peru appear to have little cross-immunity. But that has nothing to do with lockdown.

At this rate, it’s not just motorcyclists who will descend upon South Dakota. We might all want to move there to fulfill the dream of our Founding Fathers as the last beacon for freedom and prosperity.

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Kamala Harris touts plan for nationwide mask mandate — but says it won’t be enforced

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) reiterated this week that if elected, she and running mate Joe Biden would enact a nationwide federal mask mandate as one of their first initiatives in the White House. However, she said the action wouldn’t have any teeth, promising that “nobody’s going to be punished.”

What are the details?

During an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, the California Democrat confirmed that federal action ordering Americans to wear facial coverings would be a top priority. But when she was asked how it would be enforced, she answered, “It’s really a standard. C’mon, nobody’s going to be punished.”

“Nobody likes to wear a mask,” she continued. “This is a universal feeling, right? So that’s not the point, ‘hey let’s enjoy wearing masks.’ No, the point is, this is what we — as responsible people who love our neighbor — we have to just do that right now. God willing, it won’t be forever. But this is a sacrifice we have to make.”


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Harris’ claim that violators of her and Biden’s mask order would not be punished left folks with questions on social media. One user wrote, “Then it’s not a mandate, it’s a suggestion. We already have that suggestion, so what’s the difference?”

Media outlets reported that Harris had scaled back her ticket’s “mandate” promise, with The New York Times reporting that “Harris framed the mask requirement she and Joe Biden have called for as more of a ‘standard’ than a mandate.”

Biden called for a full mandate two weeks ago during a speech in Wilmington, Del., the New York Post reported. He told his audience, “Let’s just institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately.” He reiterated his call for a nationwide mandate in his address to the Democratic National Convention last week.

President Donald Trump has criticized Biden’s calls for a federal mask mandate, calling out the Democrat for failing to explain how such an order would be enforced by federal law enforcement and asking why he would make such a call over the heads of state governors.

WFMY-TV reported that the the Congressional Research Service says there is “no law enforcement apparatus to independently enforce such orders” even if such a mandate held up in court.

Earlier this month, the president suggested Biden’s push for a federal mask mandate would trample on people’s rights.

“All Americans must have their freedoms,” he said, according to Fox News. “I trust the American people very much. Joe doesn’t know too much.”

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Utah students who don’t wear masks in schools can be criminally charged — even kindergartners

Utah students as young as kindergartners can be criminally charged for not wearing masks in schools in order to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

What are the details?

And while the paper said the office of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert confirmed the potential for K-12 students and staff getting misdemeanors for violating the mask mandate, spokeswoman Anna Lehnardt said it’s up to schools to seek such charges — and that it’s expected they will be rarities.

“It’s enforced on a district and superintendent level,” she added to the Tribune. “But we’re not thinking, ‘Let’s slap a bunch of kids with misdemeanors.'”

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issued the mask mandate for public schools in July. As classrooms have begun reopening across the state this week, though, it’s become a new source of frustration for many parents — with a focus on the enforcement.

During a legislative meeting Wednesday, one mother questioned why there should be potential misdemeanor charges associated with something she sees as a personal choice.

“Our children should not have to suffer criminal consequences for getting an education,” Angie Martin, whose child attends high school in Cache County, said, according to the Tribune.

In addition to the rarity of pursued charges, the paper said schools can encourage students who won’t wear masks to do online school work — and that there are exceptions for the mask-wearing mandate for individuals with medical conditions, as well as during breakfast or lunch periods.

What if criminal prosecutions are pursued?

The Tribune said that if schools do pursue criminal prosecutions, violators could face class B misdemeanors, which Lehnardt said is the standard for public health order violations. And violators can be punished with sentences of up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000, the paper added, which is the same as a first offense for driving drunk.

“We want our teachers to be safe,” Lehnardt told the Tribune in explaining the rationale behind the penalty.

In addition, she said that the mask mandate for schools has no expiration date, as it was issued in conjunction with the Utah Department of Health, the paper said.

Parental pushback

Some parents, however, aren’t down with the mandate and are even attempting to get it repealed, the Tribune said.

Danielle Cottam has removed her five children from school so they don’t have to abide by the order, the paper reported, adding that on Wednesday — during what was supposed to be a school day — her kids played with a crowd of other mask-free kids at a splash pad in St. George.

“I should have the kids in school,” Cottam noted to the Tribune. “But I chose to keep them home because of the mask crap. … It’s totally unconstitutional. It’s not even giving us a choice. I think I should have a right to choose whether or not my kids have to wear it.”

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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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Pat Gray explains how Joe Biden’s mask mandate defies the laws of stupidity

On Friday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed,” the guys discussed Joe Biden’s speech about a federal mask mandate that defied the laws of stupidity.

Tuesday, Biden claimed that for the next three months, if Americans are mandated to wear a mask outside of the home, 40,000 lives would be saved from COVID-19.

“Wearing a mask is less about you, but more about preventing others from getting sick,” said Biden , the presumptive Democratic nominee.

In this clip, Pat got heated over Biden’s sense of urgency to save 40,000 lives from a “bad flu” and failed to mention saving lives of the hundreds of thousands of babies aborted every three months in America.

Pat compared Biden’s statement about wearing a mask to save others rather than ourselves to the pro-life argument that a woman’s right to choose is not about her; it is about the baby’s life.

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How Would You Feel About A Nationwide Mask Mandate That Forced You To Wear A Mask In Public At All Times?

I think that this headline is going to upset a lot of people, and it should.  Personally, I believe that if you want to wear a mask you should be able to wear a mask, but if you don’t want to wear a mask you should not be forced to wear one.  And I also believe that we should be respectful of the choices that others have made.  I have seen so many instances where a crazed individual has viciously gone after someone else for either wearing or not wearing a mask, and that should not be happening.  Why don’t we all just chill out and let people deal with this pandemic however they want to deal with it?  To me, that makes a whole lot of sense.  Unfortunately, many of our control freak politicians want to micromanage our behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes the Democratic candidate for president.

On Thursday, Joe Biden stated that he supports “mandatory mask wearing” in every U.S. state…

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, called for a nationwide mask mandate on Thursday, drawing a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who rarely wears a mask himself and opposes such mandates.

“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said at a press appearance in Wilmington, Delaware. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly.”

Biden is suggesting a three month time frame, but three months from now doesn’t even get us to the end of fall.

And if there is going to be a fresh wave of this pandemic, it is likely to peak during the winter.

So in reality Biden will probably still be talking about “mandatory mask wearing” six months from now.  In fact, he will undoubtedly want us to keep wearing masks until a vaccine comes out.

But it is becoming clear that a vaccine is not going to end this pandemic.  In a previous article, I discussed the fact that three separate scientific studies conducted in three different countries have all shown that COVID-19 antibodies disappear very, very rapidly.  So even if a COVID-19 vaccine could be developed that was safe, and even if it produced antibodies, and even if those antibodies were sufficient to confer immunity, that immunity would likely be very, very temporary at best.

It is being reported that any COVID-19 vaccine will probably require more than one trip to the doctor, and if a vaccine will only protect you for a few months at most, that will essentially mean that any potential vaccine is almost completely useless.

And now that we are learning that people can become repeatedly infected by COVID-19, that means that this pandemic is probably going to be with us indefinitely.

If that is true, that would also likely mean that Joe Biden would want all of us to wear masks in public from now on.

Needless to say, I don’t think that too many people are going to go for that.

I am certainly not against masks, but I don’t want anyone telling me that I must wear one in public on a permanent basis.

And a lot of people are starting to question whether the masks that people have been wearing are truly effective.  The following comes from Daniel Horowitz

Mask-wearing in all of the major cities – from Los Angeles to Miami – has been in place and followed by pressure and community shaming for months. Compliance in most of these places has been off the charts, according to the NYT. Yet the virus is still spreading more than before the mandate. The virus is now spreading in JapanHong Kong, and the Philippines, which have near universal mask-wearing. At what point does the mask cult have to provide evidence of the effectiveness of these unconstitutional mandates, and at what point do benchmarks have to be met to maintain such a draconian and life-altering requirement?

Once again, I don’t think that it is wrong to wear a mask at all.  In fact, for many people I believe that it is the correct choice.

But if we let them mandate masks, it will just be a matter of time before they start mandating that we all take the coming COVID-19 vaccine.  Already, many in the mainstream media are quite distressed about the fact that polls have shown that most Americans don’t plan to get the vaccine at all.  The following comes from a USA Today article entitled “Experts worry that a COVID-19 vaccine won’t help if not enough people are willing to get one”

Only about one-third of Americans say they’d be very likely to get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, according to a poll released last month – virtually unchanged since the spring.

I think that it is inevitable that some states will try to make a vaccine mandatory once one is available, and there may even be an attempt to do something on the national level.

This is a red line that must not be crossed, and the American people must never submit to such tyranny.

Of course the authorities will continue to do their best to frighten all of us into submission.  On Wednesday, the director of the CDC warned that we are facing “the worst fall” that “we’ve ever had”

The U.S. now has more than 5 million cases and 166,700 deaths from the coronavirus. And with flu season approaching, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday that things could get a lot more grim.

Robert Redfield said in an interview with WebMD that if Americans don’t follow public health guidance, the country could be facing “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.”

You never know, he may actually turn out to be correct.

And it is just a matter of time before a pandemic that is far, far worse than COVID-19 comes along.

But whether or not to wear a mask should be a personal choice, and nobody should ever be allowed to force anyone to take a vaccine under any circumstances.

Unfortunately, many of our politicians believe that it is “unsafe” to leave such decisions up to us.  They believe that they must micromanage our lives for the good of society, and a large segment of the population plans to vote for such politicians in November.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris call for a nationwide mandatory mask order; Trump slaps down the suggestion

The presumed Democratic presidential candidates called for a federal order for mandatory mask mandate that would apply to all Americans nationwide.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made the demand on Thursday and California Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed the policy.

“Every American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden told reporters in a media briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately and we will save lives. The estimates are we will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if that is done,” Biden added.

Harris approved of Biden’s statement.

“That’s what real leadership looks like,” Harris said. “We just witnessed real leadership.”

The announcement was made only a day after Harris was announced as Biden’s vice presidential pick.

Federal vs. local control

President Donald Trump has resisted calls for a federal mask mandate and has instead left it up to state and local governments to determine their own policies on enforcing social distancing guidelines.

When asked to respond to the suggestion from Biden and Harris, he gave a characteristically dismissive response.

“We do not need to bring the full wait of the government down on law-abiding Americans to accomplish this goal. Americans must have their freedoms, and I trust the American people and their governors very much,” President Trump said in his media briefing.

“I trust the American people and the governors want to do the right thing to make the smart decisions and Joe doesn’t. Joe doesn’t, Joe doesn’t, know too much,” he continued.

“Unlike the Biden approach, our approach is guided by science,” he added. “Sleepy Joe rejects the scientific approach in favor of locking all Americans in their basements for months on end!”

The president went on to accused Biden of wanting to “shut down our economy” and “grind society to a halt” through a federal mandate.

A poll in June found that 76% of Americans thought the lockdown was appropriate or didn’t go far enough, while 80% of Americans said that they looked favorably at people who wore masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The U.S. has seen more than 5.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country, and the death toll in the U.S. is at more than 166,000 people.

Here’s the video of the demand:


BREAKING: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris call for nationwide mask mandate

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Horowitz: Kansas health officials present manipulated, deceptive chart to mislead public about mask effectiveness

Whether it’s forcing people to wear a mask on a Zoom call, while at home, or while having marital relations, wearing a mask is the new cult. No evidence is needed to force it upon us, and the more the virus spreads in areas that already mandated masks, the more they double down on their faith in the cloth. As such, it was only a matter of time before they fabricated evidence of its effectiveness. After all, they can’t produce any unfabricated evidence.

On August 5, Kansas Department of Health Secretary Lee Norman tried to prove through a visual aid that the Kansas counties that followed the governor’s mask mandate had fewer COVID-19 cases than the no-mask counties. Thanks to the Republican-dominated legislature, 90 out of Kansas’ 105 counties were able to opt out of Democrat Governor Laura Kelly’s mask mandate. Naturally, it was reasonable for Secretary Norman to try to ascertain which counties did better. What wasn’t natural, however, was the manipulated chart he used to show the media that the mask counties did better, when in fact the opposite was true.

During the media briefing, Norman displayed the following chart on an easel. (This graphic has an added title line, “What Kansas Health Secretary Norman Gave to Media/Public.”)

To the average person, the chart seems to clearly show the cases in mask counties, which are represented by the red line, plummeting from about 25 cases per 100K a day on July 12 to about 5 cases a day in early August. At the same time, the non-mask counties represented in blue appear flat and to land at about 9 per 100K in early August, clearly higher than the mask counties.

As KAKE reported, Michael Austin of the Kansas Policy Institute noticed something was off. He knew from the raw data that the non-mask counties had a lower case rate. Then he realized that this graphic was using two different x-axis lines in the same graph for the two categories. This explains why the chart depicts an impossible flat blue line for non-mask counties even though it appears to go down from 21 to 9. In fact, the cases for mask counties in red are based on the left axis, with a scale of 15 to 25, while those without mandates are based on a secondary axis on the right, with a scale of 4 to 14.

What does the chart look like if you actually placed them on the same axis to reflect the authentic case per capita data, as any honest person would do? Here is the chart Michael Austin sent me:

As you can see, while the mask counties did go down from about 25 to 15, they always remained higher to this day than the non-mask counties, which have flatlined at about 9-10 cases per 100K. In other words, those counties with mandates have about 77% more cases per capita per day than those without the mandate, yet the health secretary sought to depict the opposite.

It’s not that Norman was just trying to show that mask counties had a relatively larger drop in cases. He was actually suggesting that mask counties had a lower rate at present in absolute numbers. At the 15-minute mark of the recording, a reporter asked if he believes that non-mask counties would be able to drop below the mask counties if they began wearing masks like good subjects. Norman replied, “I think it would.” The problem is they are already below the mask county levels! They always had a flattened curve and never needed to flatten it.

One might suggest that even though Secretary Norman was wrong about the rate of cases in mask counties dipping below those of non-mask counties, it still dropped at a relatively sharper pace than in non-mask counties. The problem with this analysis is that the rate of hospitalization was already dropping at least a week earlier in early July.

This was the story in every state that got hit earlier and then had another mild wave in June. It mainly hit the highly dense urban areas, the virus raged for about six weeks regardless of public policy, and then it started to decline. Whereas most rural, low-population-density counties around the country simply always had a low, flat curve, rather than a sharp peak. All of the non-mask counties are rural counties, but the largest urban areas, such as the greater Kansas City metro, Lawrence, Wichita, and Topeka, were all in counties that did not opt out of the governor’s mask mandate.

As you can see below, the non-mask counties had roughly the same curve timing as the mask states, they peaked at the same time, and went down at the same time. The only difference is that the incline among the non-mask counties to begin with was lower, so naturally the decline is going to be milder. Isn’t that the flat curve we were trying to achieve?

Thus, as we see today with the late-hit states in southern latitudes like Hawaii, the mandates in place for months didn’t help prevent their peak in cases, and the states that got hit earlier before masking became cool began to decline before the mandate was in place. The virus does what the virus does.

Moreover, the non-mask counties actually did much better per capita than any of the data suggest because they have the anomaly of dealing with the meat-packing plants, one of the most vulnerable places for transmission in the country. Typically, rural counties have far fewer cases per capita than urban counties. However, Kansas has many agricultural processing interests with vulnerable facilities as well as vulnerable populations that have tested positive.

This is reflected in the astounding fact that 41 percent of all cases in Kansas where ethnicity has been confirmed are among Hispanics, even though they are just 11 percent of the state’s population. Their case rate per capita is nearly six times that of non-Hispanics. This is clearly driven by the agricultural facilities.

Then again, you can’t blame liberals for trying to manipulate data to demonstrate the effectiveness of their new religious symbol. As Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said, scientific evidence for mask-wearing to prevent COVID-19 is “astonishingly weak,” and it is “very dangerous” to believe that face masks on their own could control the spread of the disease. And he would know. His country has now achieved in real life what the Kansas health secretary chose to fabricate on a chart, all without mandating masks.

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Wisconsin state employees required to wear masks even when they’re home in virtual meetings

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has taken face mask requirements to a new level, mandating that employees wear the masks even if they’re at home on virtual meetings, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

This department rule is not backed up by any public health guidance, department officials openly admit that the purpose is to virtue signal that masks are important and the department takes them seriously. From the Journal Sentinel:

Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole reminded employees in a July 31 email that Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order was going into effect the next day. That means every DNR employee must wear a mask while in a DNR facility, noted Cole, an appointee of the Democratic governor.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Cole told his employees. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” DNR spokesperson Megan Sheridan told McClatchy.

There is no health-related reason for someone to wear a mask in their own home.

“In general I would tie mask use to transmission risk, and that (being at home on a Zoom call) doesn’t seem to be a good reason to wear it,” said Nasia Safdar, the medical director of infection control at UW Health.

While there’s no actual harm to wearing a mask at home for a virtual meeting, not everyone is on board with the idea of doing something just for appearance.

“I’m more inclined to support things that actually do help as opposed to just putting on an appearance of helping,” GOP state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo told the Journal Sentinel.

Some Republicans in the state want to overturn the state mask mandate, although it’s not clear they have the votes to do so.

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Australian police officer chokes woman during arrest for not wearing mask outdoors in viral video

A police officer in Melbourne, Australia, is now under investigation by the department after the officer was seen on video choking a woman he was reportedly attempting to arrest after a confrontation over her violation of the city’s mask mandate, CNN reported.

According to police, officers were out on patrol when they saw a 21-year-old woman not wearing a mask. In Melbourne, everyone is required to wear a mask in public, even outdoors.

They confronted the woman, who allegedly refused to give her name and address, leading police to arrest her. Once they attempted to detain her, police say she began resisting.

In the process of restraining her, a male officer is seen on video with his hands around her neck choking her and taking her to the ground.


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The woman’s boyfriend told 7News that she had an exemption for not wearing a mask, but police say she didn’t mention that during the encounter and arrest. The typical punishment for violation of the mask mandate is a fine. From CNN:

It is currently mandatory to wear a face covering in parts of Victoria state. Under strict coronavirus measures, those caught without a face covering face a fine of 200 AUD (about $140 USD).

“Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address. She also did not state she had an exemption for not wearing a face covering,” said police in a statement.

The police say, and the video backs them, that the woman became physically aggressive when they initiated the arrest. The woman’s boyfriend, however, believes it to be ridiculous that it even came to that over the fact that she wasn’t wearing a mask outdoors.

“The way that they came up to us all intimidating is itself enough,” he told 7 News. “They’re meant to make us feel protected, right? We don’t feel protected.”

Many public health experts, even those that believe non-medical masks are effective against the spread of COVID-19, typically say that they are not needed in outdoor scenarios where social distancing is possible.

In the United States, there is evidence from outdoor gatherings and crowded beaches — not to mention protests — that there is not a high risk of COVID-19 transmission from outdoor activities.

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