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July 23, 2021

“… we will see more of this.”

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Washington DC Police Chief: City Is ‘Coddling’ Criminals After Latest Shooting

BY JACK PHILLIPS July 23, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Washington D.C.’s chief of police said the city’s criminal justice system is too lenient on criminals and is now contributing to a recent spike in crime that included a shooting near the popular Logan Circle this week.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee told reporters that courts are “barely open” and cannot process violent offenders, responding to the incident at Logan Circle—a popular restaurant district in downtown Washington.

“The justice system that we have right now is not functioning the way that it should,” Contee told reporters on Thursday. “The courts are not open. That is a fact.”

Throughout 2020, he said, violent criminals “have not been disposed of” and are now in the “community” rather than in jail or prison.

“The real issue is, we have a vicious cycle of bad actors who do things, no accountability, and they end up back in community,” Contee said. “I guarantee you, when we lock up whoever did this, they will be no stranger to us.”

Over the past year or so, left-wing activists have called for “defunding the police” amid an escalation of anti-police rhetoric. Some cities, including Washington in June 2020, went through with such policies and cut funding to their departments.

Courts across the United States have seen operations cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

D.C. court spokesman Douglas Buchanan disputed Contee’s claim on Friday and told media outlets there isn’t a backlog of violent offenders being turned back.

But Contee further argued that police want to help people but “cannot coddle violent criminals.”

“You cannot. You cannot treat violent criminals who are out here making communities unsafe for you, your loved ones … They might not want a job. They might not need services. What they may require is to be off of our streets because they’re making it unsafe for us … If not, then we see more of this,” he added Thursday.

Video footage from the Logan Circle incident showed people seated at restaurants as gunfire rang out. Police haven’t yet identified suspects in that case.

Days before that, three people were injured in a shooting near Nationals Park during a Major League Baseball game. That incident sent both players and fans scrambling for cover, according to footage posted online.

Overstepping Authority… again

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Federal Court Rules CDC’s COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Is Unlawful

BY JACK PHILLIPS July 23, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

A federal court on Friday ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overstepped its authority by halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cincinnati-based U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed (pdf) with a lower court ruling that said the CDC engaged in federal overreach with the eviction moratorium, which the agency has consistently extended for months. Several weeks ago, the CDC announced it would allow the policy, which was passed into law by Congress, to expire at the end of July.

“It is not our job as judges to make legislative rules that favor one side or another,” the judges wrote. “But nor should it be the job of bureaucrats embedded in the executive branch. While landlords and tenants likely disagree on much, there is one thing both deserve: for their problems to be resolved by their elected representatives.”

The ruling upheld one handed down by U.S. District Judge Mark Norris, who in March blocked enforcement of the moratorium throughout western Tennessee.

Under the moratorium, tenants who have lost income during the pandemic can declare under penalty of perjury that they’ve made their best effort to pay rent on time. The CDC claimed the measure was necessary to prevent people from having to enter overcrowded conditions if they were evicted, which would, according to the agency, impact public health.

Previously, the CDC’s lawyers argued in court filings that Congress authorized the eviction freeze as part of its COVID-19 relief legislation, while simultaneously asserting that the moratorium was within its authority. Those arguments were rejected by the three-panel appeals court on Friday.

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Demonstrators call for a rent strike during the COVID-19 pandemic as they pass City Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 1, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

“What’s the difference between executive-branch experts and congressional ones? Executive-branch experts make regulations; congressional experts make recommendations,” the appeals court wrote. “Congressional bureaucracy leaves the law-making power with the people’s representatives—right where the Founders put it.”

But last month, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rejected a different plea by landlords to end the ban on evictions.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh had written in an opinion (pdf) that while he believes that the CDC had exceeded its authority by implementing the moratorium, he voted against ending it because the policy is set to expire July 31.

“Those few weeks,” he wrote, “will allow for additional and more orderly distribution” of the funds that Congress has appropriated to provide rental assistance to those in need because of the pandemic.

The CDC moratorium has faced pushback from property owners as well as the National Association of Realtors.

“Landlords have been losing over $13 billion every month under the moratorium, and the total effect of the CDC’s overreach may reach up to $200 billion if it remains in effect for a year,” said the organization in an emergency petition to the Supreme Court.

It’s not clear if the CDC’s attorneys will appeal the ruling. The Epoch Times has requested a comment from the agency.

Facts Are Stubborn Things…

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Sen. Cotton introduces ‘Fund the Police Act’ to continuously fund state and local police

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According to reports, the fund would be used to continuously support federal grants to local and state police. Cotton’s plan would also give $1 billion each to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, known as Byrne JAG grants, and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office grants.

On an annual basis, the DOJ law enforcement trust created by Cotton’s legislation would be supplemented by $500 million to go toward Byrne JAG and COPS grant programs. In a recent statement, Cotton said:

“Democrats are eager to rewrite history and hide their advocacy for ‘defunding the police,’ but creating a bailout cash fund and funding law enforcement are not the same thing.

My bill will immediately fund two federal grant programs to support police officers and establish a trust to maintain these grants for decades to come.”

Rising crime has become a staple in many Democrat-run cities across the country. In New York, there has been more than a 90 percent increase in gun arrests in June compared to the same time in 2020.

Likewise, grand larceny increased by 32 percent, grand larceny auto increased by 31 percent, and robberies increased by 16 percent. A study released in April found that the murder rate is skyrocketing in 12 American cities, all run by Democrats.

The report suggests that the new crime spike is a result of liberal communities handcuffing police, cutting funds, and publicly mocking law enforcement. LELDF President Jason Johnson said in a statement:

“This data confirms that in places where law enforcement saw the most resistance from community leaders and calls for less policing, we saw more homicides.”

He added:

“Progressive prosecutors made it clear that making arrests for drug and weapons crimes that will go un-prosecuted only exposes officers to the risk of disciplinary action, lawsuits, and criminal prosecution. So, to mitigate that risk, police took a more passive approach.”

In March, Cotton and Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) introduced bills in their respective chambers that would make it a federal crime to murder a state or local law enforcement official, calling for a punishment of life in prison or the death penalty for persons convicted of the crime.

In a statement, Cotton said:

“Criminals who cut short the lives of our brave officers should be met with the fiercest penalties. Killing a police officer not only ends a precious human life, it’s also an assault against the safety of every American who lives in the community that officer protects.”

He added:

According to current law, the murder of a federal officer is already a federal crime, but Herrell and Cotton’s proposal would explain this provision to include state and local officers as well. A summary of the bill said, in part:

“While it is already a federal crime to kill a federal officer, the murder of any police officer undermines the fabric of our nation’s society and threatens the rule of law. Anyone willing to kill a police officer would not hesitate to kill a civilian.”

According to statistics cited by Herrell from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, 56 officers died in the line of duty because of “felonious acts” in 2018. In 2019, that number was 48 and in 2020, it rose to 59.

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Fact-checker gives White House “three Pinocchios” for claiming GOP pushed defund the police movement

July 10th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker knocked President Joe Biden’s administration for claiming that Republicans were the ones who wanted to “defund the police” and awarded the White House “Three Pinocchios” on the newspaper’s truth scale.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=LawEnforceToday&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-3&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1413203812303712259&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lawenforcementtoday.com%2Fsen-cotton-introduces-fund-the-police-act-to-continuously-fund-state-and-local-police%2F&sessionId=823d3d8a72bc0f1abd88971268ebe2db1cd32bb8&siteScreenName=LawEnforceToday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

According to reports, recent remarks by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and senior Biden adviser Cedric Richmond seemingly tried to flip the narrative after months and months of leftist Democrats calling to defund or completely abolish police departments across the country. 

In trying to spin the tables, Psaki and Richmond claimed that GOP opposition to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed earlier this year amounted to Republicans supporting defunding the police, since $350 billion of that was allocated for state and local government aid.

The Hill also called out Psaki for elevating the art of “spinning” the news to actually attempting to “gaslight” public opinion. In a press conference, Psaki claimed that President Biden supported the American Rescue Plan, stating:

“It could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country. As you know, it didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=LawEnforceToday&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-4&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1413547146381570048&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lawenforcementtoday.com%2Fsen-cotton-introduces-fund-the-police-act-to-continuously-fund-state-and-local-police%2F&sessionId=823d3d8a72bc0f1abd88971268ebe2db1cd32bb8&siteScreenName=LawEnforceToday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

Pskai tried to characterize the American Rescue Plan as a crime-fighting bill. Richmond pushed the same line during an interview with FOX News:

“Let’s talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass…an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected it.”

He claimed:

“And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which, our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that were needed. So look, Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says ‘defund the police,’ but the truth is, they defunded the police.”

In The Post piece, Salvador Rizzo wrote:

Rizzo noted that the $350 billion Biden referenced was technically earmarked for “state and local aid” with “no guarantee that police would get a slice of the pie.” Rizzo concluded:

“Voting against a one-time infusion of cash is not the same as voting to cut funding, so there is little basis to claim that Republicans are trying to ‘defund the police.’”

In an op-ed published on Monday, July 5th by Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Democrats for trying to “gaslight” the nation as they try to pin the “defund the police” movement on Republicans. He wrote:

“Republicans support the police and Democrats have led a campaign to defund the police. For the Biden administration to suggest otherwise is a cynical, calculated lie.”

He added:

“Democrats know that the politics and the policy of defunding the police are not working for them, which is why they’re desperately trying to blame Republicans. Not only did some Democrats blame calls to defund the police for close races last November and a razor-thin Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate, they know it’s not popular with the American people.”

He then referenced how a recent poll found that only 18 percent of Americans support defunding the police. He added:

“The facts are Democrats have repeatedly called to defund the police and have done so in many cities. As a result, crime is rising and Democrat policies have had deadly consequences.”

The Hill said that the White House was handling the nationwide surge in crime about as well as they were handling the border crisis. Joe Concha, a media analyst, wrote:

“Add rising crime rates with rising inflation and Democrats don’t have much to run on in 2022. As it stands now, 2022 is starting to look much like 2010, during the first Obama-Biden midterm, which resulted in a red wave loss of 63 seats for Democrats in the House of Representatives.”

He added:

“And all the spin from the White House and its lead gaslighter ain’t gonna change that.”

The Biden administration responded to Cruz’s claims by pointed to Republican support for former President Donald Trump’s proposal to excise $170 million from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Rizzo wrote:

“Psaki and the White House are on more solid ground by framing this talking point in terms of the COPS program…That’s the only thing keeping this talking point from being a Four Pinocchio claim.”

According to The Washington Post fact-checking rubric, “three Pinocchio’s” are given to claims that contain “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.” Pinocchios are awarded on a scale of one to four with “four Pinocchios” being the most severe rebuke.

Doctor Calls Out Fauci’s ‘Vaccine Frenzy’ After He Slammed Missouri for Low Vaccination Rates

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 10:22 am

BY JESSICA MARIE BAUMGARTNER July 23, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

An Arizona doctor decried the COVID-19 vaccines as dangerous after National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci criticized Missouri for not having a high enough vaccination rate.

Fauci recently called out Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, stating, “If you have a low level of vaccination, which certain sections of the state of Missouri have, you are going to see an increase in infections, which ultimately might lead to an increase in hospitalizations.”

Over half of Missouri’s adult population has completed vaccination, with 57 percent initiating vaccination. But these numbers are not as high as other states. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Missouri ranks 39 in the nation for vaccine rates. By comparison, the most vaccinated state is Vermont, which currently has 67 percent of its population fully vaccinated.

Fauci painted a grim picture for Missouri and blamed “vaccine hesitancy” for a reported surge in Missouri COVID-19 cases, but not everyone in the medical profession agrees.

Dr. Jane Orient is an outspoken member of the medical community who expressed concerns over the current climate of the industry, the vaccine, and PCR test accuracy. She spoke with The Epoch Times about the data coming out of Missouri: “There are reports of deaths, but then you look at the Department of Health and you see that statistics are going down. There is definitely a vaccine frenzy, and the question is what’s in it and why do they want everyone to take it?”

The Data on Vaccinations

The Mayo Clinic DataMissouri TrackerCDC Tracker, and independent USA Facts tracer are tracking the statistics.

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Orient noted that she believes the data is not being properly recorded on virus cases or reports of vaccine injuries. Neither the CDC nor the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services responded when contacted about these allegations.

Similar claims have led America’s Frontline Doctors to sue to stop emergency authorization of the vaccines. In addition, White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted last week that the current administration is influencing the flow of information about vaccines on social media. A lawsuit has since been filed against Facebook regarding the issue.

“It’s unprecedented from a medical perspective,” she scoffed at the pressure to get vaccinated. “This is not the black plague. We have viral epidemics periodically and they do fade away. And this would have been no different if we didn’t have it counted on the news.”

Her main concern is that the CDC is pushing a shot that has not been fully FDA-approved, not finished clinical trials, and that the side effects are not being taken seriously.

During Fauci’s statements about Missouri, he said “the vaccines have shown to be exquisitely effective, without a doubt” and went on to state “and quite safe.”

The CDC’s own website declares, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

In addition, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services released a fact sheet (pdf) that noted, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.”

But Orient declared, “I think the vaccine is very dangerous.” She explained that the mRNA technology used in some of the shots is new and not completely understood even by developers.

The FDA responded to a request for comment by offering their information regarding Emergency Use Authorizations which have been granted to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, and the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Their explanation does not conclude that the vaccines are safe or effective but that, “Clinical trials are evaluating investigational COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants to generate the scientific data and other information needed by FDA to determine safety and effectiveness.”

PCR Testing

Orient also discussed the PCR tests—which are used to detect COVID-19 and new variants. She detailed that PCR tests are not like standard tests. They can be altered to change the threshold for positive results, producing a large number of false positives throughout the pandemic.

The test itself has been seen as somewhat controversial. The creator of PCR technology, Kary Mullis, originally designed it to replicate DNA, not test for viruses. But it is now the standard of the COVID-19 era.

Variants and Information Suppression

Concerns about COVID-19 variants in Missouri led the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the University of Missouri (MU) to create The Sewershed Surveillance Project. This new science tracks virus genetic material in wastewater and has detected variant strains as of their last testing update.

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This data is being used by officials like Fauci to warn people about the Delta variant and encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But upon further discussion with Orient, she calmly broke down how viruses often change and mutate, and that the current vaccines—like the flu shot—may not be effective against any variant because they were not developed for those strands. “That’s what viruses do. Will it be more lethal? Probably not. How effective are the vaccines? We don’t know.”

2020 study confirmed Orient’s conclusion, and detailed, “Ill-informed discussions of mutations thrive during virus outbreaks, including the ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2. In reality, mutations are a natural part of the virus life cycle and rarely impact outbreaks dramatically.”

Fauci and the CDC’s approach to the pandemic has led Orient, among others, to mistrust their politics. She stated, “There’s every reason to suspect that information is being suppressed.”

Neither Fauci’s NIH office nor the CDC responded to her comments, but Orient’s philosophy of medicine has served her for decades. She describes herself as “a 38th-year medical student,” who doesn’t have all the answers but likes to ask questions and find the right diagnosis.

Asking questions is a standard element of the scientific method. Missouri is being criticized by health officials, but its people represent all Americans, including those who are asking about the effectiveness and safety of a new vaccine.

Texas Begins Arresting Illegal Immigrants for Trespassing as Part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Border Security Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 9:20 am

BY TOM OZIMEK July 23, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Authorities in Texas have begun arresting illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border on trespassing charges, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has blamed the Biden administration for the surge in illegal immigration and has put in motion his own border security plan to crack down on illegal crossings.

“Texas has begun arresting illegal immigrants who are trespassing in Texas or vandalizing property & fences. They are now being sent to this jail rather than being released like the Biden Admin. has been doing. We are adding more officers, National Guard & jails,” Abbott said in a tweet Thursday.

So far, at least 10 people have been jailed, with more on the way, authorities said Thursday. The detainees are being held at what had been an empty state prison in Dilley, Texas, about 100 miles north of the border city of Laredo, according to Robert Hurst, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The converted facility will be able to hold more than 950 people, he said.

Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez said that all of those arrested so far have been single adult men. He said he had been advised last week that the number of arrests of illegal immigrants could rise to as many as 100 to 200 per day.

The arrests put in motion plans that Abbott first announced in June, when he hosted a Border Security Summit in Del Rio, during which he said individuals who enter Texas illegally would be subject to arrest for trespassing.

“President Biden’s open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas,” Abbott said in a June 10 statement. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. The state is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a border security summit in Del Rio, Texas, on June 10, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

During the summit, Abbott said he had directed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to work with counties to establish alternative detention facilities to ensure enough jail capacity to house illegal immigrants arrested for trespassing.

“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve,” Abbott said at the time. “This is an unprecedented crisis, and Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”

Illegal immigrants arrested by state troopers for trespassing first began showing up at the former prison on Tuesday. Prison officials said in a statement said that preparations for the Dilley facility included temporary air conditioning—which many Texas prisons don’t have in living areas—and training and licensing jailers.

Abbott has also announced that Texas would continue building former President Donald Trump’s border wall and called on other governors to deploy law enforcement and National Guard members to the southern border.

“In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall,” Abbott said in a June 16 statement. “Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.”

Federal immigration officials recently announced that they had apprehended 188,829 people illegally crossing the southwest border in June, up from 180,034 in May. The figure includes more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors, over 55,000 family units, and over 117,000 single adults.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…How our Republic is Constituted

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Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade in Abortion Case

BY JACK PHILLIPS July 22, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Mississippi’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on July 22 to overturn the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade and argued that the practice shouldn’t be considered a constitutional right.

“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Attorney General Lynn Fitch, a Republican, told the nine justices in a new court filing.

The high court in May agreed to hear Mississippi’s appeal of a 2019 court ruling striking down a state law that prohibited abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. That case—Dobbs v. Jackson—is expected to be argued when the Supreme Court’s term starts in October.

In the brief, the Mississippi attorney general noted that the Constitution’s text doesn’t mention abortion and said adhering to the 1973 decision is “dangerously corrosive to our constitutional system.” The Supreme Court at the time ruled that abortion could be legalized prior to viability, which is generally the 24th week of pregnancy.

The initial brief filed by the state, filed in June 2020, argued that the state’s Gestational Age Act complied with existing legal precedent and suggested Roe v. Wade should be overturned if the Supreme Court could come up with no other way to uphold Mississippi’s law.

The July 22 court brief, however, appears to recast that argument and now targets Roe v. Wade itself and a 1992 follow-up Supreme Court decision—Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“Abortion is fundamentally different from any right this Court has ever endorsed,” Fitch wrote. “No other right involves, as abortion does, ‘the purposeful termination of a potential life.’”

“Roe broke from prior cases, Casey failed to rehabilitate it, and both recognize a right that has no basis in the Constitution.

“Heightened scrutiny of abortion laws can never serve those aims,” the attorney general said, “because the Constitution does not protect a right to abortion, it provides no guidance to courts on how to account for the interests in this context.”

Regarding policy reasons for abortion, Mississippi argued that times have changed since 1973 and 1992, respectively. The attorney general noted that in recent years, scientific advances have shown that an unborn child has taken on the human form before viability, and alternatives including adoption and contraceptives are more readily available than ever.

“The march of progress has left Roe and Casey behind,” the brief states. “Those cases maintained that an unwanted pregnancy could doom women to ‘a distressful life and future,’ that abortion is a needed complement to contraception, and that viability marked a sensible point for when state interests in unborn life become compelling.”

Conservatives for decades have fought against Roe v. Wade, which recognized that a constitutional right to personal privacy protects a woman’s ability to get an abortion. The court in its 1992 decision reaffirmed the ruling and prohibited laws that place an “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion.

Abortion opponents are hopeful the Supreme Court will narrow or overturn Roe v. Wade. The court now includes the addition of President Donald Trump’s third appointee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longstanding proponent of abortion, in September 2020.

An opposing brief from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, is due by Sept. 13. The clinic previously argued that 50 years of precedent and court rulings have established Roe v. Wade’s viability.

“Before viability, the State’s interests, whatever they may be, cannot override a pregnant person’s interests in their liberty and autonomy over their own body,” the clinic wrote in 2020.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Science and Sense verses Power Grabs and Politics

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DeSantis Rejects Federal Mask Guidance for Children: ‘Not Doing That in Florida’

BY JACK PHILLIPS July 22, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida won’t implement mask mandates on public school children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, coming after federal health officials have suggested that unvaccinated kids and school staff should wear masks while in class.

“There’s been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids,” DeSantis said during a bill signing event in Fort Pierce on Thursday. “We’re not doing that in Florida, OK? We need our kids to breathe.”

“Parents obviously can equip their kids to go to school however they want, but there shouldn’t be any coercive mandates on our schools,” he said, adding that masks are “terribly” uncomfortable for kids.

Previously, a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) study published in April found that children are at a low risk of developing COVID-19 and also don’t play a significant role in the spread of the virus. A study in March from the CDC found there were more virus-related illnesses in Florida school districts that didn’t implement mask-wearing, although the study found that at the time the instances of school-related COVID-19 cases were small statewide.

DeSantis said he and Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Republican, would back a special legislative session if the federal government mandates masks in schools instead of merely issuing guidance. Instead of wearing masks and lockdowns, DeSantis has urged Floridians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He said Florida districts would keep mask wearing as optional.

“As of right now, all the school districts are going in that direction. But there is going to be, it looks like, a campaign from Washington to try to change that. I’ve talked to Chris Sprowls, if we need to bring (lawmakers) back in to be able to do something from the legislative perspective, he’s all in,” the governor said.

But there may not ever be a federal mandate for children having to wear masks in school. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would likely recommend and not force children younger than 12—the cutoff age for COVID-19 vaccines—to wear masks.

There Is A Price To Playing Politics, And It Is Paid By The Public

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 9:08 am

Department of Justice Opts Against Probing Michigan, Pennsylvania Nursing Home COVID-19 Policies

BY ZACHARY STIEBER July 23, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

The Department of Justice has chosen not to investigate how the governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania ordered nursing homes to accept residents who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Steven Rosenbaum, a top Department of Justice (DOJ) official, wrote letters on Thursday to the offices of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, both Democrats, to inform them of the decision.

“We have reviewed the information you provided along with additional information available to the Department. Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA investigation of any public nursing facility within Michigan at this time,” Rosenbaum informed Whitmer in the letter, which was obtained by The Epoch Times. CRIPA refers to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.

“If we were to open a CRIPA investigation at a later date, we would follow the procedures required by CRIPA, which includes written notice to the jurisdiction,” he added.

A similar missive was sent to Wolf’s office, the Associated Press reported.

The DOJ in August 2020 requested data from the governors of Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey regarding how the governors ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive residents despite concerns from a variety of groups and officials about the policies potentially leading to more deaths.

“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said at the time. “We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”

The governors of New Jersey and New York have apparently not received letters like the ones sent to Whitmer and Wolf. The offices of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both Democrats, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Large percentages of people who died from COVID-19 in the four states resided in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, including about 3 out of 10 in Michigan—which may be an undercount.

Michigan’s attorney general, also a Democrat, previously rejected calls for a probe into the Whitmer administration’s policy, though the accuracy of the death count is being investigated by Michigan Auditor General Doug Ringler.

Bobby Leddy, a spokesman for Whitmer, said in a statement to outlets that “at no point were nursing homes ever forced to take COVID-positive patients.”

“Instead, we made the smart decision to require that residents who contracted this deadly disease be kept as far away from others as possible to prevent more people from getting sick,” he added.

Wolf’s office did not pick up the phone or return a voicemail.

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Emergency medical workers are seen unloading a patient outside a nursing home in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18, 2020. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Michigan Rep. Steve Johnson, a Republican, told Bridge Michigan that he was not surprised President Joe Biden’s administration decided not to investigate fellow Democrats.

“The good thing is that the general auditor and the Republican House are there to make sure that the people of Michigan have a proper accounting of nursing home deaths,” Johnson said.

A probe in New York by Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, found a severe undercount in the number of nursing home resident deaths from COVID-19, which helped stoke calls for Cuomo to resign along with multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Cuomo has refused to step down.

James said it was not clear whether the state’s policy forcing nursing homes to take back COVID-positive residents led to an increase in deaths.

The Pennsylvania House Government Oversight Committee is probing how the Wolf administration handled nursing homes during the pandemic.

No investigations of state officials appear to have taken place in New Jersey.

Officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey announced last year they would start investigating nursing homes themselves amid the climbing death toll in the facilities.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said then that people could be charged.

“We will hold nursing facilities and caretakers criminally accountable if they fail to properly provide care to our loved ones,” the Democrat said. “While we salute and appreciate nursing home staff on the front lines during this pandemic, we will not tolerate those who mistreat our seniors and break the law.”Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieberFollow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

House Democrats Block Bipartisan Bill Declassifying COVID-19 Origins

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 9:06 am

BY JACK PHILLIPS  July 22, 2021 Updated: July 23, 2021biggersmallerPrint

House Democrats blocked consideration of legislation that would require the U.S. Director of National Intelligence to declassify information and data related to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and that namely targeted what role the Wuhan Institute of Virology played in the outbreak.

In May, the Senate Republican-backed COVID-19 Origin Act was passed unanimously in the Senate. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) brought the Senate bill to the House floor on Tuesday night before Democrats voted it down.

“The best disinfectant is sunlight and that’s what we can provide today,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who helped bring the bill to the House floor, said of the proposal. “The bill first establishes that we must identify the precise origins of COVID-19 because it is critical for preventing a similar pandemic in the future.”

Wenstrup said that the measure is “not controversial by any means” and noted that “not one senator objected” to the legislation when it was up for consideration in the Senate in May.

According to the text of the bill, identifying the origin of COVID-19, caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, is crucial in preventing a similar pandemic in the future from occurring. The bill also noted that Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus even acknowledged in March that more investigation into the theory the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, is warranted.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), another co-sponsor, said Tuesday that the purpose of the bill would require the Director of National Intelligence’s office to declassify “any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology” and COVID-19. In a tweet, LaHood said Democrats blocked their request.

The final vote on considering the measure was 216 against and 207 in favor.

House Democrats’ action came as CCP officials said they would not comply with a second World Health Organization probe into the pandemic’s origins. For months now, the Chinese regime has said the virus was first transmitted from an animal to a human at a Wuhan wet market, and they’ve denied the pathogen originated from the Wuhan lab.

The vice minister of China’s National Health Commission chief, Zeng Yixin, on Thursday said WHO’s suggestion does “not respect common sense and violated science,” noting further that Beijing “cannot accept this kind of plan for origin-tracing.”

When asked about CCP officials’ comments during a briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that recent Chinese officials’ comments denying the WHO probe are “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”

“We have certainly seen the [CCP’s] comments, again, rejecting phase two of the WHO study. We are deeply disappointed,” Psaki said. “Their position is irresponsible, and frankly, dangerous. It’s not a time to be stonewalling.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office for comment about Tuesday’s vote against the measure.

July 22, 2021

As If We Need More Proof (From This Guy) That A Person Can SAY ANYTHING!

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Biden Claims Fully Vaccinated People Cannot Get COVID-19

BY LORENZ DUCHAMPS July 22, 2021 Updated: July 22, 2021biggersmallerPrint

President Joe Biden claimed that Americans who get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will gain complete protection against the disease, preventing hospitalization and death.

“You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” Biden said Wednesday while speaking at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. “If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die,” he added.

The president said his comments accurately capture that the COVID-19 vaccines have proven that they are able to provide protection against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus and that there is evidence that they can reduce the severity of the illness—explaining a small percentage of people fully vaccinated who caught the disease.

But the president largely omitted so-called “breakthrough cases” that have been widely reported.

As of July 12, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said federal health officials have tallied 5,189 people fully vaccinated against the CCP virus who required hospitalization. The CCP virus is a contagious virus that originated in China and causes the disease COVID-19.

In the latest update, the agency said 1,063 fully vaccinated patients have died, amounting to 19 percent of the total. It noted that 26 percent of fatal cases were reported as asymptomatic or not related to COVID-19. About 75 percent percent of hospitalizations and deaths from breakthrough cases occurred among individuals over the age of 65.

The CDC update also came as Israeli officials said in late June that during a recent outbreak of COVID-19, about half of the adults infected in the recent outbreak were fully vaccinated.

In an update on May 1, the CDC said health officials have “transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause.”

sudden spike of 12,313 reports of death among those who received a COVID-19 vaccine to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System was deemed an “error” and revised to 5,913.

Biden also said that he doesn’t know of any person fully vaccinated against the CCP virus who was hospitalized or has died. The president made the remark as he responded to a reporter who asked him about Americans who have been vaccinated and still contract the disease.

“It may be possible, I know of none where they’re hospitalized, in ICU and or have passed away so at a minimum I can say even if they did contract it, which I’m sorry they did, it’s such a tiny percentage and it’s not life-threatening,” the president said.

Again, his comment conflicts with the CDC’s findings that more than 5,000 vaccinated people were hospitalized and more than 1,000 died as of July 12.

At the time of this publication, 159 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

So-called breakthrough cases refer to cases appearing two or more weeks after a person’s final shot, that is, the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected,” the CDC states on its website. “COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100 percent effective at preventing illness. There will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From NTD News

McConnell Warns of What ‘We Went Through Last Year’ If More People Don’t Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 10:12 am

BY ZACHARY STIEBER July 22, 2021 Updated: July 22, 2021biggersmallerPrint

More Americans should get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 or the country could see harsh measures imposed this fall, the top Republican in Congress said Wednesday.

“It never occurred to me after three highly effective vaccines were developed in under a year that we’d have difficulty getting Americans to take the shots. But that’s obviously where we are,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

“I want to underscore in the strongest possible manner I can, and I say this with some authority, as you all know, as a result of being a polio victim myself and being very aware that it took seven decades to come up with two effective polio vaccines. This was done in under one year. These shots need to get in everybody’s arm as rapidly as possible or we’re going be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for, that we went through last year,” he added.

Many governors in 2020 imposed harsh measures, closing schools to in-person instruction and shutting down businesses. The result was widespread unemployment and a rise in health issues such as drug abuse. Some experts said the lockdowns helped slow the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

President Joe Biden would support states reimposing lockdowns, the White House said earlier this month.

McConnell cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistic in claiming 97 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

The figure was put forth last week by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the agency, in a virtual briefing.

She did not say how the agency reached the conclusion.

In a previous briefing this month, Walensky said, “preliminary data from a collection of states over the last six months” suggested that 99.5 percent of deaths from COVID-19 in those states were among unvaccinated people.

The following week, Walensky clarified that the figures come from several states while claiming they suggested that 99.5 percent of deaths from COVID-19 in the entire country were in the unvaccinated.

The evidence for the claims has not been made public. The CDC has not responded to requests for comment.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. health official, used a different figure in a recent interview. He said approximately 99.2 percent of the COVID-19 deaths were among the unvaccinated.

A spokesperson for Fauci’s agency told The Epoch Times in an email that he misspoke and was referring to the CDC analysis.

McConnell added later that the U.S. economy is well on its way to recovering and does not need a “tax and spending spree.”

“The way to defeat getting back into the position we were last year is to get vaccinated. This is not complicated. 97 percent of the people who are in the hospital now for COVID are unvaccinated. So if there’s anybody out there willing to listen—get vaccinated,” he said.

Other members of Congress have offered a different view.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), for instance, has noted that people who recover from COVID-19 enjoy some measure of immunity. Paul, who himself recovered, has said he will not get a vaccine.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) this week called on President Joe Biden and others to “stop pressuring everybody.”

“If you want people to get vaccinated at a higher rate, just provide the information, step back and let adults manage their own lives. This is a free country. People are going to do what they want to do,” he added.

As of July 21, 56 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Correction: The headline has been updated to more accurately reflect what McConnell said. The Epoch Times regrets the error.Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieberFollow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

Nonprofit Sues HHS to Immediately Stop Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Lawsuit citing whistleblower’s claim that the true deaths following vaccination are much higher than reportedBY LI HAI July 22, 2021 Updated: July 22, 2021biggersmallerPrint

America’s Frontline Doctors—a nonprofit organization—filed a motion on July 19 seeking immediate injunctive relief to stop the emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines for three groups of Americans: anyone under 18 years old, anyone recovered from COVID-19, and those who haven’t received informed consent as defined by federal law.

The motion was filed against Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other defendants in a federal district court in the Northern District of Alabama.

“The emergency declaration and its multiple renewals are illegal,” the complaint (pdf) alleges.

According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, when the Secretary of HHS declares that an emergency use is appropriate, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) may then authorize unapproved use or EUA of the vaccines.

On Feb. 4, 2020, then-Secretary of HHS Alex Azar declared a public health emergency, saying that existing circumstances justify the emergency use authorization.

The complaint alleges that the legal requirements to issue and maintain COVID-19 vaccine EUAs are not met.

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Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16, 2011. (Susan Stierch/CC 4.0)

Firstly, there is no underlying emergency and no “serious or life-threatening disease or condition,” the complaint notes.

According to defendants’ death data, the CCP virus has an overall survivability rate of 99.8 percent globally, “on a par with the seasonal flu.”

However, the defendants’ data is deliberately inflated, the complaint alleges, saying that HHS has changed the rules applicable to persons responsible for writing death certificates and requires them to make cause of death determinations primarily attributable to COVID-19. From last March, death certificates indicated “COVID-19 [as] being the underlying cause more often than not.”

The way in which COVID-19 is diagnosed—using magnified values from PCR tests, which were also authorized for emergency use—guarantees “an unacceptably high number of false-positive results,” the complaint continued.

Secondly, COVID-19 vaccines are not effective in diagnosing, treating, or preventing a disease or condition, which fails another requirement for issuing and maintaining EUAs.

The complaint cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): a total of 10,262 CCP virus breakthrough infections (detection of SARS-COV-2, 14 or more days after receiving required dosages) of those fully vaccinated were reported between Jan. 1 and April 30.

“It is important to note that the vaccines were only shown to reduce symptoms—not block transmission,” the complaint added.

Thirdly, the benefits do not outweigh the known and potential risks of each vaccine. Those risks are especially increased in reproductive health, potential death, neurological damage, more virulent strains, and others.

Lastly, there are adequate, approved, and available alternatives to the vaccines, such as Ivermectin, Budesonide, Hydroxychloroquine, and others.

Not Adequately Informed

The plaintiffs also allege that healthcare professionals and vaccine candidates are not being adequately informed, as the federal law requires.

“No one ever provided me with any information regarding possible adverse reactions, nor did they provide me with any information regarding alternative treatments. I did not understand this was gene therapy rather than a traditional vaccine. Again, I also did not understand that the vaccines were not ‘approved’ by the FDA,” plaintiff Angelia Deselle said in a declaration included in the lawsuit.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was established to provide information regarding adverse events potentially caused by vaccines. The complaint pointed out that VAERS is not accurate and the federal government is failing to provide data from other sources such as the military, Medicare, and Medicaid.

According to the complaint, a patient cannot give informed consent without an understanding of the risks.

Under 18 Age Group and Those Recovered From COVID-19

“CDC data indicates that children under 18 have a 99.998 percent COVID-19 recovery rate with no treatment,” the complaint says. “Injecting this under-18 subpopulation with the Vaccines threatens them with immediate, potentially life-threatening harm.”

Last month, the CDC said more than 1,200 cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults were reported following the administration of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s two-shot vaccines.

“There is no public interest in subjecting children to experimental vaccination programs, to protect them from a disease that does not threaten them,” said Dr. Angelina Farella, a pediatrician who has actively practiced for over 25 years, in a declaration. Farella is an expert for America’s Frontline Doctors.

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Syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines lie on a tray during a program without an appointment, in Sant Vicenc de Castellet, north of Barcelona, Spain, on July 6, 2021. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

The complaint asserts that Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 should not get vaccinated.

It cited a recent Cleveland Clinic study that demonstrates natural immunity through prior infection is stronger than any benefit conferred by a COVID vaccine. Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that for those with preexisting COVID-19 immunity, 89 percent of them reported adverse side-effects after receiving the first vaccine injection.

“COVID recovered patients are at extremely high risk to a vaccine,” plaintiffs’ expert Dr. Richard Urso said in a declaration. “They have all the requisite components of immune memory. Vaccination may activate a hyperimmune response leading to a significant tissue injury and possibly death.”

Whistleblower Testimony: 45,000 Deaths Following Vaccinations

Jane Doe, a computer programmer with expertise in the healthcare data analytics field, filed a sworn statement indicating the actual number of deaths following the COVID-19 vaccination is about 45,000.

“It is my professional estimate that VAERS database, while extremely useful, is under-reported by a conservative factor of at least 5. On July 9, 2021, there were 9,048 deaths reported in VAERS,” Jane Doe said in her declaration (pdf).

“I queried data from CMS medical claims with regard to vaccines and patient deaths, and have assessed that the deaths occurring within 3 days of vaccination are higher than those reported in VAERS by a factor of at least 5. This would indicate the true number of vaccine-related deaths was at least 45,000.”

Jane Doe noted that the swine flu vaccine was taken off the market because of 53 deaths reported following the vaccination.

“The evidence makes it irrefutable that Plaintiffs and others in the public will suffer irreparable injury … if this motion is denied,” the plaintiffs asserted. “Finally, the evidence tilts the balance of hardships and public interest … decisively in favor of Plaintiffs.”

In an email to The Epoch Times, the HHS declined to comment on the lawsuit, “As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation.”

President Joe Biden praised the vaccines as safe and effective.

“You know, some people have questions about how quickly the vaccines were developed. They say they’ve been developed so quickly, they can’t be that good. Well, here’s what you need to know: Vaccines were developed over a decade of research in similar viruses, and they’ve gone through strict FDA clinical trials,” Biden said last month.

“The bottom line is this—I promise you: They are safe. They are safe. And even more importantly, they’re extremely effective.”

The Biden administration announced earlier this month that it would start door-to-door outreach in targeted communities to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates.

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