After Weeks of Promises in the Press, Where Are the Football Super-Spreader Events? – RedState

There may be no better illustration that the press abhors positive pandemic news than the reality that America is returning to normalcy in a relatively safe fashion. This month, both college and professional football teams returned to the field of play. The difference — the fans were also permitted to return to their seats and cheer their teams on, and this upset plenty of the correct people.

Throughout the media, we had commentary on the dangers this posed, with hectoring voices noting how few of those in attendance had masks on. One of the more amusing comments was seen on CNN, where Ana Cabrera was clearly shaken by the images. “I just can’t get over the pictures of those outdoor stadiums,” said Cabrera, visibly rendered by the visuals of fans attending games. Better still was her medical expert guest.

Cabrera brought on Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He, too, was supremely bothered by the crowds enjoying themselves, “People are cheering and enthusiastic, exhaling with vigor; if there are people infected, they can infect people around them … Nobody was wearing a mask … I’d be very surprised if we didn’t have outbreaks.”

Not to be outdone, America’s foremost authority, our Contradiction General Dr. Anthony Fauci also came on CNN to declare that, “I don’t think it’s smart,” regarding fans returning to stadiums. “We could be stuck in outbreak mode and that’s why I think what you’re going to be seeing is…a lot more local mandates,” Fauci said. Well, give the good doctor credit — he is at least consistent.

Taking a look at some of the biggest crowds on Labor Day weekend — and there were over 70 games played — the outbreak is actually going down. The promises of these games leading to super spreader spikes have been shown to be a bust. Here are the returns on some of the larger crowds, with the 7-day moving average of cases counted on the weekend of the game, and that seen today. SOURCE — The CDC.

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The kickoff game between Alabama and the University of Miami (played in Atlanta) — Attendance 71,829

  • Cases 7-day average 7,876 – 4,651

Kent State at Texas A&M — Att. 97,339

University of Louisianna at University of Texas — Att. 91,113

  • 7-day average 16,847 – 10,447

Florida Atlantic University at University of Florida — Att. 86,840

Notre Dame at Florida State — Att. 68,316

  • 7day Average 16,363 – 8,004

San Jose State at University of Southern California — Att. 54,398

Louisianna State at UCLA — Att. 68,123

  • 7-day Average  13,493 – 7,511

Then on week-2, September, 11

Mercer University at University of Alabama — Att. 95,396

  • 7-day Average 4,632 – 3,142

University of Oregon at Ohio State — Att. 100,482

  • 7-day Average 6,719 – 4,875

University of Toledo at Notre Dame — Att. 62,009

  • 7-day Average 4,399 – 3,133

Ball State at Penn State — Att. 105,323

  • 7-day Average 4,106 – 4,101

In the face of such hateful data points, certainly, you can see the lockdown doctors being perturbed. What is inexcusable however are the journalists who were diligently covering the supposed dangers of attendance but then falling silent weeks later when the results come in. Clearly, they were not covering a story but pushing an agenda. Conflicting facts that interrupt the scripted plotline are dismissed and ignored.





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Weeks After Alleged “Coup,” Tunisian President Gives Himself More Powers

Kais Saied, the constitutional law professor-turned-President of Tunisia, announced on Wednesday that he had given himself additional powers outside of the limits of the country’s constitution, including the authority to rule by decree.

The announcement, published in Tunisia’s official gazette, declared that legislative texts would be “promulgated in the form of decrees signed by the President of the Republic.” It elicited immediate protests from Tunisia’s political opposition, including Rached Ghannouchi, the Speaker of Parliament and leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda (“Awakening”) Movement, a moderate Islamist party that held the most seats in Parliament prior to its dissolution. 

Two months after the July 25 dismissal of Parliament—a move that opposition parties decried as illegal, leading to the country’s political crisis—the current impasse continues. After declaring a state of national emergency to justify his actions, Saied continues to hold near-total power in the country. From the outside, Tunisia’s political class and some of its Western partners, including France, have pushed Saied to appoint a prime minister to help resolve the crisis, but so far he has not.

The Tunisian leader has proposed instead to form a committee amending the country’s political system, scrapping certain parts of the country’s constitution while keeping others intact. Saied has said that Parliament will continue to be frozen, and its members will not regain their right of immunity from prosecution. One of the president’s staffers suggested to Reuters that the country’s constitution might be changed in a referendum, which would be likely to succeed; however, the country’s political parties, as well as its powerful labor unions, pushed against this recommendation.

Ennahda immediately rejected the latest announcements, with Ghannouchi declaring that the country’s constitution could not be changed outside of the normal process of law. 

Saied, who was elected to the country’s presidency in 2019 with seventy-two percent of the vote, has remained broadly popular throughout the political crisis. Repeated polls have suggested that upwards of eighty percent of Tunisians support his actions, which are regarded as needed to break up the country’s political paralysis. Saied has insisted that he does not intend to become a dictator and simply wishes to reform the country’s political system.

Prior to the crisis, Tunisia had also faced an enormous spike in COVID-19 cases, one justification for Saied’s declaration of national emergency. However, the country’s case rate has since receded.

Trevor Filseth is a current and foreign affairs writer for the National Interest.

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Two weeks to flatten the curve to show me your papers | Andrew Lawton joins Ezra Levant

What started in Ontario as a two week imposition of restrictions to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 has now turned into a show me your papers society as vaccine passports became the rule of the land on September 22.

To discuss Ontario’s newly enacted vaccine passport, True North’s Andrew Lawton joined yesterday’s edition of The Ezra Levant Show.

Responding to Ezra’s assertion that Canadians aren’t likely to have issues with children or booster shots, Andrew replied:

A lot of those people who did everything in good faith thinking that the government was operating in good faith are now saying ‘well hang on, when’s it ending? Is it, you know, 16 shots to flatten the curve?’

At a certain point these are the questions that people will have. Children [being required to be vaccinated], boosters, all of these things .

When you have a vaccine passport — Justin Trudeau tried to do this during the campaign, to say, ‘no, no, no it’s not mandatory you have a choice. No one is forcing you to get vaccinated.’

When you start closing off civil society to people who do not get vaccinated, you are effectively mandating vaccinations. So I don’t buy into the semantics that a lot of the lockdown mongers have been giving us on this.

The full interview with Andrew Lawton, and full episode of The Ezra Levant Show, are available to subscribers of RebelNews+.





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‘I Don’t Care About 6 Weeks’

A doctor in Europe who runs a telehealth service that serves residents in Texas has vowed to continue prescribing women abortion pills in violation of a new state law.

Abortions in the Lone Star State are now barred after the detection of the child’s heartbeat, which is usually at six weeks gestation. After the U.S. Supreme Court refused to strike down the law earlier this month, Texas became the epicenter for out-of-state outrage.

That outrage has not changed the fact that women can’t legally terminate a pregnancy after a certain date.

But one woman who provides health services for women from out of the country said Wednesday she will simply ignore the law.

During an interview with CBS News, Netherlands-based physician Dr. Rebecca Gomperts said she will help her patients in Texas abort their children from home at up to 10 weeks’ gestation. Without having to face any consequences, Gomperts explained, she simply does not care about what the new law says.

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“I don’t care about six weeks,” Gomperts, who runs the pro-abortion organization Aid Access, told CBS News. “It’s another law that is not based on any scientific evidence, human rights, common sense.”

“I will provide [prescriptions for abortion pills] until 10 weeks of pregnancy like I’ve always done,” she added.

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The oral medications mifepristone and misoprostol are commonly prescribed to trigger a miscarriage up to 11 weeks into a pregnancy. The two medications have been in use for years, and Aid Access uses them in other U.S. states, including California and Massachusetts.

It isn’t clear yet if Texas will respond by revoking Gomperts’ ability to practice medicine in the state. It’s also not clear yet what, if anything, state officials can do.

CBS News reported the doctor currently has a way to skirt around the law: She sends her patients to internet-based pharmacies.

Once Gomperts prescribes them abortion pills, they can receive them by mail.

The doctor told CBS News she is not concerned about jurisdiction issues since she is on another continent. She directly sees patients remotely in Texas as well as in Austria.

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“Where I work from, it’s legal to prescribe the medications. And so I’ll do that,” Gomperts said. “And the pharmacy that I refer to is allowed to mail the medicines, on a prescription of a doctor, to the women.”

“So [the new Texas law] has no impact on what we do,” she added.

A U.S.-based Aid Access employee described to CBS News how easy it is for women to take abortion pills and then avoid detection in the event they visit a hospital after complications.

“If there’s ever a legal concern or just, you know, a concern of stigma, or they don’t want their family to know, then patients can always just say that they think that they’re having a miscarriage,” Christie Pitney said. “There’s no way that [the hospital] will ever be able to tell the difference between a miscarriage and abortion.”





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Texas governor signs bill banning ‘abortion inducing drugs’ after seven weeks of pregnancy

It’s official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.

We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden’s tyrannical public coercion efforts.

Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.

On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine — many against their will.

While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.

This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new “six-point plan” that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.

Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:

  • A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
  • A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
  • A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
  • A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
  • A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
  • A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
  • A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)

All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers — 2/3rds of the entire workforce!

And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.

While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half’s worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.

And now, it would seem that time has officially come.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration’s blatant dismissal of all Americans’ right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

This is a stunning reversal from Biden’s declaration last December that “I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states’ rights in the process, warning that “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

These are not the words of an “empathetic” leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden’s tyranny is through mass noncompliance.

As we’ve said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.

But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people’s jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.

This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.

Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.

Thank you!

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Iran says nuclear talks with world powers to resume in few weeks

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DUBAI — Iran said on Tuesday that talks with world powers over reviving its 2015 nuclear deal would resume in a few weeks, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

“Every meeting requires prior coordination and the preparation of an agenda. As previously emphasized, the Vienna talks will resume soon and over the next few weeks,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to IRNA.

The world powers held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try and work out how both can return to compliance with the nuclear pact, which was abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018.

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The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president and took office in August.

Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet jointly with Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to the talks, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday.

But Khatibzadeh said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian would meet individually with ministers from those countries on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders and the nuclear deal and the Vienna talks would be among the main topics under discussion, IRNA reported.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Catherine Evans and Angus MacSwan)



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Moderna, J&J booster data ‘a few weeks away,’ Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said the US is a “few weeks away” from receiving data on the effectiveness of booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

“We are definitely paying strong attention to both the J&J [recipients] and those who received a Moderna [shot]. And the actual data that we’ll get [involving] that third shot for the Moderna and second shot for the J&J is literally a couple to a few weeks away,” Fauci told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

In a separate interview with ABC’s “This Week,” the White House chief medical adviser predicted that the data would be available in two to three weeks.

“We’ll be examining it in the same manner as we did with the Pfizer data,” Fauci told anchor Martha Raddatz.

Dr. Fauci said that he expects the committee to revisit the prospect of Pfizer boosters for the general population after more data becomes available.
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The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory panel has recommended a third Pfizer dose for Americans over age 65 and those at high risk of severe infection — but rejected a plan Friday to administer the booster to all age groups.

The panel said more data is needed before it can greenlight boosters for people ages 16 and older and that the two-dose Pfizer regimen is still highly protective against the spread of the Delta variant for most people.

Still, Fauci said that he expects the committee to revisit the prospect of Pfizer boosters for the general population after more data becomes available — including from Israel, where they’ve made a third dose available to most age groups.

The FDA rejected the plan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to everyone on September 17, 2021.
The FDA rejected the plan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to everyone on September 17, 2021.
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“I could predict with some confidence that three, four weeks from now, as we get more data from the Israelis and more data from our own United States cohorts, that there will be a continual reexamination of that data,” Fauci said.



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DCCC buys flight ticket weeks before boss’ vacation

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped $813 for an Air France ticket on June 21, 2021 — just weeks before the committee chairman jetted off for a fabulous vacation in France and Italy.

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) began posting photos of his vacation with husband Randy Florke to Instagram in mid-August.

The DCCC is funded through donations and is tasked with electing Democratic House candidates and helping incumbents keep their jobs. Campaign finance law forbids DCCC funds from being used for personal use.

The pair posed for a smiling picture together in Nice on Aug 10 with the city’s historic lighthouse in the background.

Three days later Maloney stood with a shirtless Florke surfside. “Daddy stop teasing me!” reads a top comment. More photos indicate the pair stopped by the Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for the wedding of Haley Plourde-Cole, a frequent donor to his campaign.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped $813 for an Air France ticket on June 21, 2021 — just weeks before Maloney jetted off for a fabulous vacation in France and Italy.
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“Sean and Randy have been close friends since I worked on Sean’s first campaign as a college student in 2006, and as a staffer serving two governors. I am honored they were able to join us for our wedding,” Plourde-Cole told The Post.

Other Instagram posts on the trip later placed them in Puglia, Italy, where they visited the art studio of Sudesh Prasad.

“Thank you Sudesh for allowing us a peak at your latest work,” Florke said in an Aug 15 post.

A rep for the DCCC told The Post the Air France ticket was purchased “to conduct DCCC business with Americans living overseas” and that they didn’t pay for Maloney’s trip. The committee, however, declined to offer any specifics about what DCCC business was happening in Europe or who used the plane ticket.

“It’s something that should raise red flags,” Ann Ravel, a former Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission told The Post. She laughed at the committee’s cryptic explanation.

“There are expatriates all over the world. They should be flying to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. There are a ton of expats there,” she said. “I just think it would be incumbent on them to perhaps be more transparent about it.”

Maloney — whose tenure has been marred by stumbles — has an uphill battle to save Democrats’ fragile House majority. Moderates facing tough GOP opponents were unamused by the expenditure.

“Buying flights to France seems pretty incongruous with our goals of protecting difficult seats and protecting our majority, especially given the reporting that some battleground members have been threatened with having their DCCC support pulled just for working to get an infrastructure bill passed,” one staffer to an embattled House moderate griped to The Post.

The DCCC has more than $49 million in its coffers, their most recent filings show.





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Kentucky judge to rule on school choice law in coming weeks

A Kentucky judge said he expects to make a ruling in the next few weeks on a new state law that allows some families to receive grant funding they can use to cover private school tuition or other school-related expenses for their children.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd told lawyers during a virtual hearing Thursday he will try to make a decision by Oct. 11, a deadline requested by officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Last week, the department launched a website allowing organizations to seek certification, which would enable them to accept contributions and issue Education Opportunity Accounts.

Under House Bill 563, which passed the General Assembly earlier this year, individuals and corporations can seek tax credits for contributions to organizations administering the accounts. The tax credits are capped at $25 million per year for five years.

The bill allows account-granting organizations to establish accounts for students whose households meet eligibility requirements. The funds allow for coverage of several educational expenses. For example, families can use the funding to cover costs to send their children to an out-of-district public school. In counties with a population of 90,000 or greater, families can use the grants to cover private school tuition.

The Council for Better Education (CBE) claims the tax credits established by the law would take essential funding away from public schools, with private schools reaping the benefits in some instances.

Eric Harrington, a lawyer representing the CBE said the private school portion runs explicitly counter to state Supreme Court precedent and the state constitution.

“The Commonwealth is obligated to furnish every student in the state an education in the public schools, and it is constitutionally proscribed from providing aid to furnish a private education,” he told Shepherd. “The case can end right there. HB 563 establishes a system to provide aid to furnish the private education.”

However, a lawyer representing families that seek to intervene in the case told the judge that tax credits are not state revenues.

“There are billions of dollars in tax benefits that Kentucky taxpayers are eligible for,” said Joshua House, an attorney for the Institute for Justice. “None of those are being challenged on the face of the complaint. It seems that the plaintiffs really just have a problem with aiding low-income families with their education rather than with tax credits as a whole.”

Shepherd noted some concern about the law limiting private school aid to just the state’s nine largest counties. In Franklin County, which is not one of the counties covered by the law, he said there are three private schools that could have participated in the program. However, he later added that it did not seem “very appealing” to rewrite laws passed by legislators.

House added that plaintiffs in the case did not bring up that stipulation and that the courts do not need to address that matter.

It’s also something that the lawmakers may revisit in the future, House said.



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Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence has foot surgery, out 6-8 weeks

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence underwent surgery on his broken foot Thursday and will miss six to eight weeks, coach Mike McCarthy said.

The injury occurred Wednesday during practice and was to his fifth metatarsal, NFL Network reported.

The Cowboys (0-1) will play the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) on Sunday and could be doing so without four starters on defense. Randy Gregory is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Donovan Wilson has a lingering groin injury and La’el Collins is serving a five-game suspension because of missing drug tests.

Lawrence, 29, was a second-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2014. The two-time Pro Bowl selection appeared in all 16 games the past four seasons and has 45.5 career sacks, 305 tackles and 93 quarterback hits to go with 16 forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media



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