Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The parade of Covidiots is endless (Mike Braun fondles Chicago cops)

Welcome to Trump's COVID legacy

Meet U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-Indiana)
masked up and ready for work

The Hill, 10/19/2021
Indiana's GOP senator: Chicago police who defied vaccine mandate 'deserve respect' © Greg Nash Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said he would "welcome" Chicago police officers seeking to defy the city's vaccine mandate. 
"Our police do the hardest job in the world, and they deserve respect — not losing their pay or being fired for refusing to comply with a ridiculous vaccine mandate," Braun said in a statement to Fox News. 
The senator added that the officers "deserve respect" and encouraged the "3,000 Chicago cops defying this government overreach" to come to his state of Indiana.

One of CPD's greatest hits.

10/15/2021 update starts here

Screenshot from WMUR viedo via YouTube

Boston Globe, 10/14/2021
At least Thomas Gallagher, whose presentencing report suggested he had been watching “too much Fox News” leading up to the insurrection, had the decency to apologize for being part of the mob of thousands who invaded the Capitol to try to stop Congress from formally recognizing the election of President Biden. 
So what’s the excuse for the four Republicans who sit on the five-member Executive Council? They rewarded the outlandish and menacing behavior of anti-vaccine demonstrators by caving into their demands, refusing to accept $27 million in federal money that would help vaccinate the most vulnerable Granite Staters.

October 14 update starts here

AlterNet, 10/14/2021
 An Alaskan Republican lawmaker who was banned from an airline due to her refusal to wear a mask on the aircraft has contracted COVID-19. In a Facebook post shared on Tuesday, October 12, Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold (R) revealed she'd tested positive for COVID-19. "It's my turn to battle Covid head-on... game on! Who do you think is going to win? When I defeat it, I will tell you my recipe," Reinbold wrote.
10/13/2021 update starts here

He suggested that the county use a portion of its American Rescue Plan funds — approximately $22,000 — to build a series of promotions that highlight “local voices” and the “recommendation of folks in the community” to boost vaccination efforts. The commissioners in a 2-1 decision rejected the proposal during Wednesday’s meeting. 
A second motion for the effort failed for lack of a second.

43% of all Warren County residents are vaccinated compared to 59% statewide.

October 8 update starts here

Meet Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, 
masked up and ready for work
Photo credit:  Idaho Reports (mask added)

NBC News, 10/6/2021
"Today, as Acting Governor, I fixed Gov. Little's Executive Order on 'vaccine passports' to make sure that K-12 schools and universities cannot require vaccinations OR require mandatory testing. I will continue to fight for your individual Liberty!" tweeted McGeachin, who is elected separately from Little and is running to take her fellow Republican's job next year under the campaign slogan "Make Idaho free again."

October 6 update starts here

Meet New Hampshire state representative Key Weyler, 
masked up and ready for work

Sununu’s statement comes after Weyler, 79, emailed colleagues materials full of COVID conspiracy theories, including a discredited, false report that claims COVID deaths are driven by a plot orchestrated out of Vatican City, Washington D.C. and London. 
“It’s all one huge puppet theatre, where the majority of the people — even most of those who are complicit — haven’t got the slightest clue what is going on, and how everyone is being played,” the report states. 
Among other false claims, the report says some COVID vaccines include “living organism(s) with tentacles.” 
House Speaker Sherman Packard has remained silent on whether Weyler will be stripped of his post and downplayed Weyler’s decision to share such material.

October 4 update starts here

Meet Idaho GOP State Senator Steve Vick,
masked up and ready for work

Idaho Statesman, 10/4/2021
In the Legislature’s Federalism Committee on Monday, lawmakers recommended draft legislation by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. Vick’s bill would charge government officials with a misdemeanor if they violate a state law on immunization, which allows residents to decline to get immunized without “threat of penalty by the federal government.” 
The bill would penalize individuals, not agencies, for the violations. Anyone with a misdemeanor can face up to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine, or both.  [emphasis added]

Yup!  It's insane.  It's fucked-up.

New York Times (arrows added)

October 1 update starts here

Meet Dave Bronson, Anchorage Mayor (and UW-Madison grad)

Photo credit:  Municipality of Anchorage (mask added)

Washington Post, 10/1/2021
A Jewish council member pushed back, arguing that the yellow Star of David symbol is antisemitic and offensive. 
Then the mayor made a shocking defense: “I think us borrowing that from them is actually a credit to them,” Dave Bronson said, referring to Jewish people. 
The national blowback and condemnation from local Jewish community leaders against the Republican mayor was swift. Bronson backtracked his words and apologized.

The fact that a supposedly educated person would make such an idiotic statement is indefensible.

Alaska set a record for highest 7-day average of new Covid cases son September 27, 2021.  Four days ago.

September 27 update starts here

Tom Blackmer, maskless

Screenshot from Dallas Morning News Coronavirus Update email

Rowlett, Texas, straddles Dallas and Rockwell counties, both of wbich, like the majority of Texas's 254 counties, are at extremely high risk of Covid spread.

September 20 update starts here

AL.com, 9/17/2021
One of the last videos the married couple posted on their now deleted YouTube channel was about how they wouldn’t get the vaccine. 
It was later reposted on Vaxx Mann’s channel, which is connected to a website titled SORRYANTIVAXXER.COM, dedicated to sharing stories of people who have gotten COVID and died, or came close to dying after sharing their anti-vax beliefs. 
“I’ve got my own passport. It’s called the ‘Bill of Rights,’” Dusty said in the video around the 41:30 mark. “I think this will be all behind us in a couple of years.”

All but 1 of Alabama's 67 counties is at extremely high risk of Covid spread.

September 19 update starts here

Meet Roger Slagle, chairman of the Horry County (SC) GOP

Photo credit:  Facebook ("mask" added")

Newsweek, 9/18/2021
"That the leaders of the Horry County Republican Party believe it is appropriate to advocate for medical treatment for any illness is simply insane," Rice wrote. "Especially in the middle of a plague, and in opposition to the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and 95% of the physicians in the country. Folks, talk to your doctor if you want medical advice."

September 18 update starts here

The doctor is in

Idaho Statesman, 9/7/2021
Much of the interview centered around COVID-19 and treatments Cole claims are effective against it. That includes ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that has soared in popularity to treat COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though, has not approved ivermectin for that use and said doing so could be dangerous. 
Cole also expressed doubt about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it “investigational” and unproven to work. He recently said he tested positive for COVID-19, the Idaho Capital Sun reported. Cole has said he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19. He’s publicly called the vaccine a “clot shot” and “needle rape.” 
Elmore Commissioner Bud Corbus said he talked to 10 local doctors, all of whom disagreed with Cole’s viewpoints on the pandemic and its possible treatments. He read aloud emails from doctors describing the surge of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, and how the number of sick and dying patients far exceeded earlier stages of the pandemic. 
One doctor said: “I have had more patients die from this in the last month than from a year ago.”

Elmore County set a new record for highest 7-day average of new Covid cases on September 15, 2021.

All but 2 of Idaho's 44 counties, including Elmore, are at extremely high risk of Covid spread,

September 16 update starts here

Meet Waukesha County Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow, ready for another day's work. (Scott Walker appointed her to the Waukesha County Circuit Court in 2011.)

As instructed, the retired Marquette University chemistry professor showed up on Aug. 23 at the Waukesha County Courthouse at 1 p.m. 
But to his surprise, he said, he was only one of three people among about 40 in the Jury Assembly Room wearing a mask. He said also noticed a lack of social distancing and tried to pull his chair as far aside as he could to watch the introductory video. 
When it was over and the administrator solicited questions, Wilkie said he asked, "Why are there no masks?" 
He said the answer was basically that just were no rules requiring masks. 
"I decided immediately if you're going to be this cavalier about my health, I'm not staying," he said. And he left the courthouse. 
On Friday, Wilkie got a letter from Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow ordering him to appear in her courtroom Oct. 5 "to explain why you have deliberately disregarded an Order of the Court." It cites state law that allows her to impose a $500 sanction if she finds he was in contempt of court.

Waukesha County is currently at very high risk of Covid spread.

September 15 update starts here

The Gazette, 9/14/2021
Landry blasted the proposal in a strongly worded social media statement. 
"The decision of an individual to get a COVID shot is not the President's to make. If Biden attempts to mandate it upon Louisiana citizens, I will challenge his unconstitutional overreach in court," he said. 
Landry has been an outspoken opponent of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly as a condition of attending Louisiana colleges and universities. He maintains students and residents should have the right to choose.

Here's what this 'right to choose' leads to:  60 of Louisiana 64 parishes are at exnremely high risk of Covid spread.


September 14 update starts here

(orange box added to map)

Screenshot from Warren Times Observer email update

The majority of Pennsylvania's counties, including Trumpy Warren County, is at extremely high risk of Covid spread.

September 13 updates starts here

HuffPost, 9/12/2021
Chris Wallace tore into Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) on Sunday for coming out against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, even though his state has mandates in place for several other vaccines. 
“You say it’s a personal choice,” Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.” “In fact, to attend school in your state of Nebraska, children must be vaccinated against a number of diseases. ... They must be vaccinated against diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis B and chickenpox.” 
“Why are those mandates that parents in your state must comply with — and do comply with routinely — why is it that they’re not so objectionable and such a violation of personal freedom, but [President Joe] Biden’s vaccine mandates are?” he asked.

September 12 update starts here

New York Times, 9/11/2021
The lawmaker, Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator, was captured on video in April arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about mask rules. 
After the confrontation, Alaska Airlines said it had notified Ms. Reinbold that she was “not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy.” 
Ms. Reinbold had previously complained about Alaska Airlines on Facebook, saying it was “part of mask tyranny.”

September 11 update starts here

One year ago, Warren County's 7-day average of new cases was 1.  This year it's 14 and rising fast.

Headlines from Warren Times Observer

September 10 update starts here

Quote screenshot from USA Today, 9/9/2021

  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. 
  • Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. 
  • There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. 
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.  [emphasis added]

September 9 update starts here

Batshit crazy stuff
Lowry, a 67-year-old registered Republican, is midway though his second four-year term on the Volusia County Council, representing Deltona, Enterprise and parts of DeBary and Osteen.  
He was a Deltona City Commissioner from 2010 until his 2014 election to the county seat. He attracted controversy this summer for promoting conspiracy theories, including some about the coronavirus pandemic, in a sermon at Deltona Lakes Baptist Church.
 "We did not have a pandemic, folks. We were lied to," Lowry said in the May 30 sermon. 
He referred to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as "Dr. Falsey" — "I did not mispronounce that. That’s the way I wanted to say it." — and labeled him a liar and pervert.


All 67 Florida counties are at extremely high risk for Covid spread.

September 8 update starts here
Headline from New York Times, Alternet

September 8 update, "Ivermectin lovin' judge in Ohio", starts here

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard ordered West Chester Hospital, part of the University of Cincinnati network, to treat Jeffrey Smith, 51, with Ivermectin. The order, filed Aug. 23, compels the hospital to provide Smith with 30mg of Ivermectin daily for three weeks. 
The drug was originally developed to deworm livestock animals before doctors began using it against parasitic diseases among humans. Several researchers won a Nobel Prize in 2015 for establishing its efficacy in humans. It’s used to treat head lice, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and others. 
Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned Americans against the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, a viral disease.

Then an adult stepped in to clean up Howard's mess.

Butler County's 7-day average of new Covid cases is as high as it's been since January 23, 2021.

75 of Ohio's 88 counties, including Butler, are at extremely high risk of Covid spread.

New York Times (red box added)

September 7 update starts here

Welcome to another Trumpy county that's at an extremely high level of risk for Covid spread.  (It's where Retiring Guy lived from 1957 to 1968.)

Screen shot from Warren (PA) Times Observer news update email

9/4/2021 update starts here.

KFOR, 9/1/2021 
The doctor said many of his patients aren’t afraid of ivermectin. Many of them have used it on their livestock. 
“Growing up in a small town, rural area, we’ve all accidentally been exposed to ivermectin at some time. So, it’s something people are familiar with. Because of those accidental sticks, when trying to inoculate cattle, they’re less afraid of it,” he said. 
Now, the rural patients are going into their local agricultural or tractor supply store, ignoring the warning signs surrounding the products, and figuring out a dosage themselves. 
“Some people taking inappropriate doses have actually put themselves in worse conditions than if they’d caught COVID,” said the doctor.  [emphasis added]

Oklahoma's 7-day average of new Covid cases is as high as its been since January 28.

New York Times (box and arrow added)

All but 4 of Oklahoma's 77 counties are at extremely high risk of Covid spreadl

9/4/2021 update starts here

New York Times, 8/31/2021
And in South Dakota, Kristi Noem, who like Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Abbott is a potential 2024 candidate for president, has made her blanket opposition to lockdowns and mandates a key selling point. Arriving by horseback and carrying the American flag, she advertised the state’s recent Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which drew half a million people, as a beacon of liberty. 
Ms. Noem brushed aside criticism from Democrats and public health experts about the gathering, which was followed by a local Covid spike, saying on Fox News that the left was “accusing us of embracing death when we’re just allowing people to make personal choices.”

New York Times (arrow and box added)

Once again, most of South Dakota is at extremely high risk of Covid spread.  

9/3/2021 update starts here

Headline from Des Moines Register, 9/2/2021

The majority of Iowa's 99 counties are at extremely high risk of Covid spread.  And Kimmi sez 'it doesn't really matter'.
New York Times (arrows added below)

The 7-day average of new Covid cases in Iowa is as high as its been since January 18, 2021

September 2 update starts here

Anti-masker Marjain Breitenbach, who owns Doughboys Donuts KC in Raytown, made the news in August after customers complained about the sign in his store window that falsely blamed immigrants for spreading COVID-19: “Stop Importing COVID from Mexico Unmask Truth,” it said. 
He and his wife Elisa Breitenbach, whose Facebook cover photo shows her with that sign, are not surprisingly maskless in photos of the Aug. 16 Independence City Council meeting at which a mask mandate was voted down. After the meeting, she posted, “We WON!” 
But did they?

9/1/2021 update starts here

Headline from New York Times, 8/30/2021
While sometimes given to humans in small doses for head lice, scabies and other parasites, ivermectin is more commonly used in animals. Physicians are raising alarms about a growing number of people getting the drug from livestock supply centers, where it can come in highly concentrated paste or liquid forms. 
Calls to poison control centers about ivermectin exposures have risen dramatically, jumping fivefold over their baseline in July, according to C.D.C. researchers, who cited data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Mississippi’s health department said earlier this month that 70 percent of recent calls to the state poison control center had come from people who ingested ivermectin from livestock supply stores.  [emphasis added]

August 30 update starts here

Where the OLL are the Covid Kidz?

An unvaccinated and sometimes unmasked teacher at a Marin County private elementary school set off a COVID-19 outbreak in May that spread to more than two dozen students, siblings and parents, a new report from Marin Health and Human Services has found. 
The report released Friday and published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak shows how easily the virus’ highly contagious delta variant can spread at school — including among elementary students too young for shots — and the importance of masks and other measures as kids return to the classroom.

August 29 update starts here

Screenshots from YouTube video (red border added)

WBAY-TV reported that the district implemented a mandatory mask policy on Monday. A group of 20 to 30 people showed up at the school board meeting Wednesday to protest the policy. The group refused a police officer’s order to don masks and an argument broke out with mask supporters in the audience.

The logical follow-up question for parader Scott Behrmann, who is interviewed in the video, is "Freedom of choice to do what?"  

Kill people?  Spread the virus?  Keep our kids out of school buildings again?

Winnebago County's 7-day average of new Covid cases is as high as it's been since Janaury 28, 2021.

August 28 update starts here

Screenshot of YouTube video showing Dr. Stock 
speaking at school board meeting

Just in case you're wondering, the school district is located in a county that is 95.7% white and where Trump received nearly 70% of the vote in 2020.

Headline:  New York Times, 8/27/2021
His appearance has since become one of the most-viewed videos of coronavirus misinformation. The videos — several versions are available online — have amassed nearly 100 million likes and shares on Facebook, 6.2 million views on Twitter, at least 2.8 million views on YouTube and over 940,000 video views on Instagram. 
His talk’s popularity points to one of the more striking paradoxes of the pandemic. Even as many doctors fight to save the lives of people sick with Covid-19, a tiny number of their medical peers have had an outsize influence at propelling false and misleading information about the virus and vaccines. 
Now there is a growing call among medical groups to discipline physicians spreading incorrect information.

Indiana's 7-day average of new Covid cases is as high as it's been since January 17, 2021.

The number of new Covid cases in Posey County -- Mount Vernon is the county seat -- is spiking.

Most of Indiana's 92 counties -- including Posey County, represented by the extremely southwest damgle -- are at extremely high risk.

Stone-cold COVIDIOCY!

August 28 update starts here

Screenshot from Dallas Morning News Coronavirus Update email

August 25 update starts here

New York Times, 8/23/2021
It’s so bad that the Tennessee Medical Association had to issue a statement in support of the exhausted heroes who for the past 18 months have been risking their own lives to care for strangers. “The enemy is the virus, not health care workers,” the statement read. 
This is what some of us have become here in the American South: people who need to be reminded that our doctors are not our enemies. 
Things have gotten this terrible for one reason: Our elected leaders keep making an already bad situation much worse. Consider Tennessee’s governor, Bill Lee. When a handful of school districts here began to issue mask mandates to protect children too young to be vaccinated — as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — he issued an executive order allowing disgruntled parents to opt out, effectively rendering all mask mandates unenforceable.  
This is a new low even for Mr. Lee, whose failures during this pandemic are too manifold to be enumerated in this small space.

8/23/2021 update starts here

Greetings from the Trumpy borough of New York City, Staten Island (a.k.a. Richmond County)

But these were not just any vaccine resisters. They were nurses, medical technicians, infection control officers and other staff who work at a hospital in Staten Island, which has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection of any borough in New York City.  [emphasis added]
Scientists and medical professionals point out that those who refuse vaccines are potentially endangering the lives of patients. “Vaccinations are critical to protect our patients, our staff and protect the general community,” said Dr. Mark Jarrett, chief medical officer at Northwell Health, which is the state’s largest health care provider and runs Staten Island University Hospital. “It’s a tough issue, but it’s our professional obligation to always maintain that whatever we do, it’s for the safety of our patients.”


Original 8/22/2021 starts here

Nutburger priest.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, a vaccine skeptic and a vocal critic of Pope Francis, announced his diagnosis Aug. 10. Four days later, his staff tweeted he was on a ventilator but more specific details about his condition remained unclear.  [emphasis added]
He has built a reputation as an outspoken conservative, drawing attention in 2004 when he said he wouldn’t give Holy Communion to then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry because Kerry supports abortion rights. In 2009, he chastised the University of Notre Dame over plans to give then-President Barack Obama an honorary degree because Obama, too, supports abortion rights. 

Note that the adjective 'good' does not appear before the noun 'reputation'. 

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