Tampa Megachurch Pastor Arrested After Leading Packed Services Despite ‘Safer-At-Home’ Orders

Sheriff Chronister’s full press VIDEO conference “HERE”

Hillsborough County’s sheriff joins State Attorney Andrew Warren and local religious leaders to announce the arrest warrant for a local pastor who led packed services on Sunday, despite orders not to.

The pastor of a Tampa megachurch is facing charges after refusing to close its doors despite a “safer at home” order in effect in Hillsborough County, meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. The sheriff says up to 500 people were in attendance at Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne’s Sunday services.

Sheriff Chad Chronister and State Attorney Andrew Warren on Monday announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Pastor Howard-Browne. He faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency order.

The River at Tampa Bay Church held two services Sunday, Chronister said, and even offered bus transportation for those services. The chuch’s livestream showed a packed crowd cheering and applauding.

“They have access to technology allowing them to livestream their services over the internet and broadcast to their 400 members from the safety of their own homes, but instead they chose to gather at church,” Chronister said during a press conference.

Howard-Browne, 58, was taken into custody Monday afternoon in Hernando County, where he lives, and released 40 minutes later after posting a $500 bond.

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His attorney later took issue with the Hillsborough County order, claiming it allows companies like Amazon to operate while shutting down churches.

“Not only did the church comply with the administrative order regarding six-foot distancing, it went above and beyond any other business to ensure the health and safety of the people,” insisted Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver. “Contrary to Sheriff Chronister’s allegation that Pastor Howard-Browne was ‘reckless,’” the actions of Hillsborough Country and the Hernando County Sheriff are discriminatory against religion and church gatherings.”

Friday, Sheriff Chronister said, deputies had tried to speak to Howard-Browne on at least two separate occasions about the “dangerous environment” the church was creating. He said HCSO command staff went to the east Tampa church, but they were advised by church leaders and legal staff that Howard-Browne was refusing to see them and also refusing to cancel the Sunday church services.

“I think it’s unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment,” State Attorney Warren offered. “One, it’s absolutely clear that emergency orders like this are constitutional and valid. Second of all, leaders from our faith-based community across this country have embraced the importance of social distancing.”

Chronister and Warren also appealed to River parishioners, asking them not to gather in their pastor’s absence. The state attorney even quoted Mark 12:31 in making his point.

“There is no more important commandment than to love thy neighbor as thyself,” Warren preached. “Loving thy neighbors is protecting them, not jeopardizing their health by exposing them to this deadly virus.”

 

Rampaging Monkeys Launching Attacks Are Sign Of Biblical Plague,Claims Rabbi

Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi refers to Deuteronomy 7:22, which states those who follow God’s laws are blessed – while there is a plague promised for those who break them

A rabbi has linked a troop of monkeys terrorising streets in Thailand to a verse in The Bible.

During a recent lecture in New York, Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi said a verse in the bible is related to a recent influx in the east Asian country.

Rabbi Mizrahi, from Israel, referred to Deuteronomy 7:22, which states those who follow God’s laws are blessed, while there is a plague for those who break laws.

The rabbi explains that Thailand appeals to tourists because “there are a lot of not modest things going on there”.

And the masses often feed wild monkeys roaming the streets, but since Thailand is now empty due to the coronavirus, monkeys have no one left to feed them.

Rabbi Mizrahi said the animals are now attacking the locals “viciously” because the animals demand their food from them.

Referring to the passage, he relates Thailand’s problems to 7:22 in Deuteronomy 7, which states: “Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them at once, else the wild beasts would multiply to your hurt.”

Like most countries, Thailand has seen a decline in tourism since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year.

Millions of peoples lives, and travel plan, have been halted in their tracks as borders close in a bid to stop the pandemic.

In Thailand, monkeys are known for marauding the streets and stealing food from residents and unsuspecting tourists.

Earlier this month, hundreds of them were photographed fighting over a single banana that had been left in the street.

The normally well-fed primates swarmed across a street in Lopubri, central Thailand, after they spotted a fellow monkey holding a banana.

Coronavirus Patient Shares ER Story As Cautionary Tale For Other Young People: ‘This Is Real’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Health officials say the coronavirus is particularly dangerous for senior citizens and people with underlying respiratory issues.

But one Brooklyn woman is sharing her story to show that others are not always immune.

“I have never smoked. I have never had asthma. I have never had a respiratory issue. I exercise regularly. My diet is pretty damn clean. I have never drank alcohol. I have no relevant underlying medical illness to speak of (save for the migraines – and the sinus issues). I should have been unaffected. This virus doesn’t care,” Samantha Ment wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

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Trump Vaunts His TV Ratings Amid Virus Pandemic

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to vaunt the television ratings of his daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States.

“Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high… the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY,” the president tweeted.

“President Trump is a ratings hit,” he said quoting, the first sentence in an article in The New York Times.

What Trump omitted, however, was the remainder of the sentence.

The full sentence read: “President Trump is a ratings hit, and some journalists and public health experts say that could be a dangerous thing.”

The newspaper went on to say that Trump “has repeatedly delivered information that doctors and public health officials have called ill informed, misleading or downright wrong.”

Trump ignored those comments and focused on the numbers saying viewership for his briefings was similar to that of Monday Night Football or the finale of the hit show “The Bachelor.”

The president also lashed out at the media.

“The Lamestream Media wants us to fail,” he said. “That will NEVER happen!

“Polls are showing tremendous disapproval of Lamestream Media coverage of the Virus crisis,” he said. “The Fake News just hasn’t figured that out.”

Trump has been holding lengthy daily briefings around 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) from the White House briefing room accompanied by top medical experts and Vice President Mike Pence.

While cable and broadcast TV networks were initially showing them live in their entirety, some have since cut back, citing what Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, for example, called “misinformation.”

While Fox News has generally continued to broadcast the briefings in full, other networks including CNN have sometimes cut away before Trump leaves the podium.

FAUCI PROJECTS ‘100,000-200,000’ DEAD

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hotspots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the dire prediction of fatalities on CNN, adding that millions in the U.S. could become infected.

By midafternoon, the U.S. had over 135,000 infections and 2,300 deaths, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the true number of cases is thought to be considerably higher because of testing shortages and mild illnesses that have gone unreported.

Worldwide, more than 710,000 infections were reported, and deaths topped 33,000, half of them in Italy and Spain, where hospitals are swamped and the health system is at the breaking point.

New York State — where the death toll closed in on 1,000, up by more than 200 from the day before — remained the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, with the vast majority of the deaths in New York City. But spikes in infections were recorded around the country, not only in metropolitan areas but in Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens.

“This is not going to get better soon,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The virus is moving fast through nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other places that house elderly or otherwise vulnerable people, spreading “like fire through dry grass,” Cuomo said.

Since the U.S. saw its first major outbreak of the coronavirus earlier this month — centered at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington — a stream of facilities have battled infections among residents and staff.

A week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 147 nursing homes in 27 states had patients with COVID-19. The problem has only worsened since.

In Woodbridge, New Jersey, an entire nursing home relocated its residents after two dozen were confirmed infected and the rest were presumed to be. In Louisiana, at least 11 nursing homes, largely in the New Orleans area, have reported cases. In Mount Airy, Maryland, a death linked to the virus was recorded in a home where 66 people were confirmed infected.

Residents’ loved ones are being kept away to try to slow the spread of the virus.

“I have a feeling that I very likely may never see my mother again,” said James Preller, whose 94-year-old mother, Ann Preller, is a resident at Peconic Landing, a retirement community near Green Point on New York’s Long Island where seven have died in the past two weeks.

 

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Sick Map ——— New York Medical Workers Decry Lack of Virus Protection

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Scared New York Medical Workers Decry Lack of Virus Protection

New York (AFP) – Medical staff in America’s coronavirus hotbed New York are struggling with long hours and a dire need for protective equipment — and as infections surge, they increasingly fear for their own safety.

Doctors and nurses are working around the clock caring for patients hit by the fast-spreading infection, risking their lives on the front lines of the global crisis.

The same week the United States became the new epicenter of the pandemic — with about 120,000 confirmed cases of infection and 2,000 deaths — Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital, succumbed to a fatal case of the COVID-19 illness.

The death of the 48-year-old crystallized fears of many medical workers who’ve lamented severe shortages of necessary supplies, including plastic protective gowns and hospital-grade masks.

“It’s abysmal,” said Andrew, a psychiatry resident in a New York hospital who spoke on condition his name be changed.

He is now quarantined at home with a likely case of the virus himself.

“There’s not enough money, there aren’t enough tests, there’s not enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for people who are dealing with this — not just the doctors, but nurses, ancillary staff, janitors — everyone in the hospital who are getting huge exposure to the virus,” he told AFP in an interview punctuated by coughs.

About 20 health care workers protested their working conditions on Saturday morning outside the city’s Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

“We risk our lives to save yours,” one of their signs said, appealing for “#PPENow” — masks, goggles, gloves and other protective gear.

– ‘Hopelessness’ –

Diana Torres, a former colleague of the late Kelly at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital group, said hospital staff are “devastated” that he “paid the ultimate price.”

The mother of three told AFP there are units of the hospital filled to the brim with coronavirus patients.

She works in a rehabilitation section of the facility and personally has handled at least three patients known to have the virus —

Lack of testing makes it impossible to be sure

Donald Trump And The Fed Are Destroying The U.S. Dollar

 

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It’s been an historic week for the U.S. with president Donald Trump signing a record $2.2 trillion coronavirus-induced emergency stimulus package.

The massive cross-party rescue deal is designed to help Americans and businesses cope with the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. dollar has taken a beating, however, dropping almost 4% against a basket of currencies this week—its biggest weekly loss since the height of the global financial crisis over 10 years ago.

This week’s losses come on the back of the dollar index’s biggest weekly gain since the financial crisis, with the dollar surging as investors scrambled for the world’s most liquid currency amid crashing stock and debt markets.

“In short-term, huge dollar demand because short-covering, but it won’t last,” Wall Street veteran and founder of Wyoming-based crypto bank Avanti, Caitlin Long, said via Twitter, adding she expects the U.S. Federal Reserve’s balance sheet to top $10 trillion before the coronavirus crisis is over and predicting the dollar’s eventual crash.

 

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Fox News Poll Shows Joe Biden CRUSHING Trump By 25 Points in Swing Counties

 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 27: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to voters at the East Las Vegas Community Center on September 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Biden is still the front-runner in most national polls but his lead over U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is narrowing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

A new Fox News poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by a crushing 25 point margin in counties that were close in 2016.

The poll shows Biden with a commanding 49-40 lead over Trump nationally and an eight-point lead in battleground states, but things are considerably more dire for Trump in counties where Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were within 10 points of each other in 2016:

The race remains a nine-point advantage for Biden over Trump when looking only at those voters extremely interested in the election (52-43 percent) and the former vice president has an eight-point edge in battleground states (48-40 percent).

However, Biden’s advantage grows to 25 points, 57-32 percent, in close counties (where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in 2016).

The timing of the poll is encouraging for Biden as well, since it was taken during a week in which Trump saw Americans buoy his approval ratings to the highest of his presidency amid the coronavirus crisis, a sign that the rallying effect might not translate to support for Trump’s reelection.

The poll also found massive support for Biden’s pledge to choose a woman as his running mate:

Meanwhile, by a three-to-one margin, voters like Biden’s commitment to choose a woman as his running mate. Overall, 63 percent approve of his promise to pick a female, while 20 percent disapprove (17 percent unsure). There is no gender gap, but voters under age 45 are 10 points more likely than those ages 45 and over to approve (70 vs. 60 percent). Among Democrats, approval climbs to 86 percent.

Although Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is still carrying on a virtual campaign, Fox News did not poll Sanders against Trump in this survey.

You can read the full results and crosstabs here.

Promised Drive-Through Testing Sites Haven’t Materialized

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump promised a network of drive-through covid-19 testing sites across the country where people could be tested “very safely, quickly and conveniently.” In a Rose Garden news conference, chief executives of Target, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS said they would work with the government to provide space in store parking lots.

While the four retailers have a combined 26,400 U.S. stores, this vision of a proliferation of coronavirus testing sites has yet to materialize. Walgreens and CVS have opened one site each, while Walmart last weekend opened two drive-through testing locations near Chicago. Target hasn’t opened any. Rite Aid, which joined the effort later, has opened one drive-through facility in Philadelphia.

Like much of the nation’s coronavirus response, the burden of organizing and operating these testing sites has fallen to state and local governments. On occasion, they’ve enlisted the help of private industry. But an array of logistical challenges, ranging from a shortage of testing supplies to funding, has meant only a small fraction of Americans can get diagnosed for covid-19 in a way that is routine in South Korea and elsewhere.

 

We have to change how we are approaching this, or we will just hope that people will stay isolated or pay attention, said Garrett Contreras, the fire chief in the Bay Area city of Hayward, who managed to launch a testing site Monday after he personally appealed to scores of pharmaceutical companies to provide equipment. “I mean, how did some knucklehead fire chief from Hayward find a lab? It’s just wrong.”

A senior administration official, speaking anonymously to share internal deliberations, said the administration’s initial drive-through testing ambitions had to be scaled back because of the lack of tests nationwide. Another initial challenge was trying to minimize long lines at the drive-through testing sites, this official added, so the sites were encouraged to use their own discretion to filter individuals, such as limiting tests only to first responders and medical professionals.

Now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved some self-swabbing kits, the official added, retailers are working those kinds of tests into their planning.

In a statement Friday, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said federal officials have been “actively involved in dozens” of mobile sites across the United States, providing supplies or personnel to roughly 30 of them.

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L.A. County Board Of Supervisors Seek To Remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva As Head Of Emergency Operations

Read this first and then I’ll show you something that JUST MAY, be related to his situation.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is taking steps to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva as head of the county’s emergency operations center during the coronavirus pandemic, a move he called “a pure power grab at the worst time possible.”

Gee, I wonder why they are after his ass all of a sudden, the guy has been an asshole for years. It couldn’t possibly have something to do with this could it?

 

LA sheriff clashes with county lawyer over closing gun shops

 

March 24, 2020 at 5:49 p.m. PDT

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff said Tuesday gun shops are not essential businesses and ordered deputies to make sure they were closed during the coronavirus crisis — a move that was contradicted hours later when the county’s top lawyer said the shops could be open.

Los Angeles, the nation’s largest county with 10 million residents, enacted a stay-at-home order last week that required all nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the virus.

The county order — and an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom — did not specifically mention gun shops, prompting the Los Angeles County counsel’s office to issue a statement late Tuesday saying it has “opined that gun stores qualify as essential businesses.”

It was not immediately clear what the conflicting guidance meant for gun stores.

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Democrats Delayed Stimulus Bill To Tighten Ban On Trump Family Profiting

 

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SOURCE:  POLITICO

The Senate was about to approve the largest recovery bill in U.S. history on Wednesday night when Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hit pause, realizing something was missing — revised language designed to bar President Donald Trump from getting money for his own businesses.

Democrats and Republicans had already agreed to a rewritten clause, but the update had somehow not made it into the final printed legislation, according to two people familiar with the situation.

For two hours, Schumer and fellow Democrats held up the bill — written to boost a faltering economy amid the coronavirus outbreak — while the stricter language was inserted. The Senate passed the $2 trillion package just before midnight.
The change was meant to close a loophole in the original clause that barred loans to businesses that were at least 20 percent owned by presidents or their children, spouses and in-laws. The updated language extended the ban to businesses in which several family members collectively have a 20 percent stake, even if each person’s individual stake is below the 20 percent threshold.

For Democrats, it was a small victory after three years of fruitless efforts to block Trump from linking his private business interests with America’s highest public office.

“Now is a time to come together as a nation to provide a desperately needed lifeline to American families,” said House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y). “It is not time to bail out the private businesses of President Trump and his family or any other top policymakers.”

The Trump family business interests have not been immune from the economic devastation that has blanketed the country. Hotels and tourism have been among the hardest-hit industries, and the president’s properties have suffered. Across the country, his hotels and resorts have either partially or completely shut their doors, likely costing his family millions of dollars even as they lay off thousands of employees.

 

Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s South Florida home away from the White House, has closed. The restaurant at Trump’s Washington hotel, a popular gathering spot for candidates, lobbyists and congressional aides, isn’t serving food or drinks. And the spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is not accepting customers.

“Various facilities are temporarily closed given local, state and federal mandates,” a Trump Organization spokesman said. “We anxiously await the day when this pandemic is over and our world-class facilities can reopen.”

Trump, who has met with various industries looking for bailouts, including hospitality executives, has said he would like to re-open businesses by mid-April, despite public health officials warning that much more time is needed.

Some of Trump’s properties were initially slow to respond to government calls to limit business activities that involved large gatherings of people. Some kept advertising banquets and spa services, for instance. Other properties remain open in a limited capacity and are still promoting some activities, such as rounds of golf.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington remains open even though only about 5 percent of its rooms are occupied, according to John Boardman, executive secretary-treasurer of the D.C. affiliate of Unite Here, which represents 172 employees at the hotel. About 160 employees, including bartenders, housekeepers, doormen, were laid off, he said.

Earlier this week, Trump didn’t rule out accepting the taxpayer money from the expected stimulus package.

“Let’s just see what happens because we have to save some of these great companies that can be great companies literally in a matter of weeks,” he said. “We have to save them.”

The White House and Trump Organization did not respond to questions on Thursday.

Schumer pushed the original provision about the president’s businesses during negotiations with Republicans and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Both sides later agreed to change the language to address the collective ownership issue.

Yet the tweak was somehow missing from the final bill. A Republican source familiar with the situation said it was an oversight and that both sides were fine with the updated language.

“To suggest it is anything other than a clerical error is wrong,” the person said.

The clause doesn’t just address the president. It also pertains to the vice president, the heads of executive departments and members of Congress.

The new language was designed to prevent Trump, his adult children, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, or even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is also personally wealthy, from selling their stake in a company to a family member to escape the bill’s restrictions.

The bill also was missing a second provision that Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had pushed, indicating that the Treasury Department had to publish the companies receiving the loans every seven days.

“We told Republicans it was unacceptable to omit strict prohibitions on Trump businesses having access to the Treasury lending, as well as critical transparency measures, and that we would hold up the bill until they included them in the final text,” Schumer told POLITICO. “They relented and these important accountability provisions were successfully added to the final bill.”

Which Patient Gets The Ventilator? Doctors May Have Tough Choices Ahead

Dr. Arthur Jey, an emergency room doctor who works at a Sutter Medical hospital in downtown Sacramento, said there are ongoing discussions about how to ration care at his facility, but if there is a shortage, he plans to also ask patients if they want to be ventilated.

He said he has often been surprised by older patients who tell him firmly that they don’t want any additional medical measures.

“We think a lot of people want to live no matter what, but over the years, I have been taken aback by so many people who have said, ‘No, I’m OK.’” he said. “There are people who would say, ‘You know what, save somebody else.’”

He said the fundamental question medical providers will ask themselves in these tough situations is: “Do I think I can pull them through?”

If the answer is no, then it will go to someone else, he said.

“It’s terrifying.”

 

LOS ANGELES — It’s a choice most doctors never thought they would have to make: Who lives and who dies.

But in coming weeks, if COVID-19 continues to surge, such decisions will be inevitable.

The coronavirus will attack so many people’s lungs that thousands could show up at hospitals gasping for air and will need to be hooked up to machines that breathe for them. But there won’t be enough ventilators for everyone, forcing doctors to make impossible calls about which lives to save.

“You have an 80-year-old and a 20-year-old and both need a vent and you only have one. What do you do?” said Dr. Christopher Colwell, the chief of emergency medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Across the U.S., there could be as many as 31 patients requiring ventilation for every machine available, according to an article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The shortage could be just as severe in California.

Statewide, there are about 9,500 ventilators, a total that includes recent additions made by state leaders and others in anticipation of increased numbers of COVID-19 patients. The federal government’s national stockpile, which states can tap when their local supplies run low, has an additional 16,000.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not said how many ventilators he thinks California will ultimately require, but studies in China found that between 2% and 6% of people with COVID-19 needed to be on ventilators.

If half of Californians fall sick with COVID-19 and 2% need ventilators, the state would need 390,000 over the course of the outbreak. Even if those cases were spread out over the next year, the state could still require 20,000 ventilators at once.

“It could be catastrophic,” said Dr. Robert Winters, an infectious disease doctor in Los Angeles.

Doctors will have to resort to a wartime-like triage to determine whom to put on the ventilators and whom to turn away. In Italy, hospitals have been forced to deny potentially live-saving treatment to older, frailer people due to a shortage of machines.

These are difficult decisions anywhere, but particularly in America, where families often push for extreme measures to keep people alive even when they are very sick, experts say. And they aren’t choices that medical workers, who trained for years to save lives, want to make.

Colwell, the San Francisco doctor, said he is already considering what to do in such a situation. The city’s hospitals have about 750 ventilators and officials are trying to obtain others from reserve supplies, he said.

“How do I distribute them in an equitable manner that tries to honor the approach of the good of the many versus the good of the few?” Colwell said. “Does it mean lives saved, years of life saved or quality of life?

“There’s not a black and white answer,” he said.

In the New England Journal of Medicine article, a trio of Harvard Medical School experts called decisions about who gets ventilators “the toughest triage.”

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Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Refused to Support #MeToo Sex Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden

Update to this story. Read this story which raises questions about Time’s Up excuse for not helping the accuser. We would note also that in addition to the connection of Time’s Up to the Biden campaign mentioned in the story, Time’s Up CEO is Tina TChen, top aide for Barack and Michelle Obama.

Via The Intercept:

LAST APRIL, Tara Reade watched as a familiar conversation around her former boss, Joe Biden, and his relationship with personal space unfolded on the national stage. Nevada politician Lucy Flores alleged that Biden had inappropriately sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head as she waited to go on stage at a rally in 2014. Biden, in a statement in response, said that “not once” in his career did he believe that he had acted inappropriately. But Flores’s allegation sounded accurate to Reade, she said, because Reade had experienced something very similar as a staffer in Biden’s Senate office years earlier.

After she saw an episode of the ABC show “The View,” in which most of the panelists stood up for Biden and attacked Flores as politically motivated, Reade decided that she had no choice but to come forward and support Flores. She gave an interview to a local reporter, describing several instances in which Biden had behaved similarly toward her, inappropriately touching her during her early-’90s tenure in his Senate office. In that first interview, she decided to tell a piece of the story, she said, that matched what had happened to Flores — plus, she had filed a contemporaneous complaint, and there were witnesses, so she considered the allegation bulletproof. The short article brought a wave of attention on her, along with accusations that she was doing the bidding of Russian President Vladimir Putin. So Reade went quiet.

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Kentucky Mayor Lets Citizens Have It In Facebook Post In Warning To Stay Home, ‘Listen Up Dipshits’


Well, that’s one way of putting it. At least he didn’t threaten people with flamethrowers like the Italian mayor.

Via Washington Examiner:

A Kentucky mayor resorted to profanity to get his warning on the coronavirus across to constituents.

Walton Mayor Gabe Brown posted a message of warning to residents on a Facebook group page Monday, asserting their families may die from COVID-19 if they don’t practice social distancing.

“Listen up dipshits and sensible people. I might not have the best bedside manor. I might not put you at ease like the Governor does, but I don’t care. You need to realize that this is a serious ordeal. In fact, it’s a big f**cking deal. Stay at home,” Brown began his post.

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Senate Stimulus Deal Includes Individual Checks — But Don’t Expect The Money Right Away

Lawmakers struck a $2 trillion stimulus deal early Wednesday that includes sending checks directly to individuals amid the coronavirus crisis — but it will likely take until at least May before the money goes out.

President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still pushing to get the direct payments issued by April 6, a White House official told CNN. The date was floated as a deadline earlier by Mnuchin during negotiations.
But experts say that target is overly ambitious. Under previous programs in 2001 and 2008, the government took longer than a month to distribute checks.
“It is extremely unlikely that people will get payments by April 6 — just two weeks from now,” said Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center. “It is more realistic to expect them in a month or two.”

$1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for couples, $500 per child

Under the draft bill, single Americans would receive $1,200, married couples would get $2,400, and parents would see $500 for each child under age 17.
However, the payments would start to phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000, and those making more than $99,000 would not qualify at all. The thresholds are doubled for couples.
About 90% of Americans would be eligible to receive full or partial payments, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center. Lawmakers set aside $250 billion for the so-called recovery rebates.
Qualifying income levels will be based on 2019 federal tax returns, if already filed, and otherwise on 2018 returns. (Mnuchin earlier this month delayed the filing deadline until July 15.)
There are provisions in the bill to include those who don’t earn enough to file returns, but some people may be missed, said Gleckman.
Flashback to Great Recession: The President wants to send stimulus checks to Americans

Under the legislation being negotiated, lower- and middle-income Americans would receive just over two-thirds of the benefits, Gleckman said. An earlier version of the bill would have given lower-income households less or no assistance.

How it worked in 2001 and 2008

The Internal Revenue Service has sent out economic stimulus checks before.
In 2001, it took six weeks for the IRS to start sending out rebate checks authorized by President George W. Bush’s tax cut. Then in 2008, amid the Great Recession, it took three months for the checks to start going out after the law was signed by Bush. In that case, Americans were required to file their tax return first, in order to get the check. Once they filed their return, it took between eight and 12 weeks to see the money.
“Certainly from what we’ve seen in the past, it’s taken a pretty significant amount of time to get checks out after a policy is put in place,” said Erica York, an economist at the Tax Foundation.
Those who had authorized direct deposits to their bank accounts likely received their money faster, York said. Those deposits were made over a three-week period in 2008, while paper checks were sent through the mail over a 10-week period.
Americans might receive the stimulus payments slightly faster than in 2008 because more of them now file electronically and provide the IRS with their bank information, Gleckman said. Some 88% of individual returns were filed electronically in 2018, compared with 58% in 2008.
Nina Olson, who served as the IRS’s national taxpayer advocate from 2001 to 2019, said Wednesday that “maybe, just maybe,” some payments could be issued by April 6, likely to people who have already filed their returns.

Coronavirus has impacted IRS staffing

But there are other factors that may slow the process. Even absent the coronavirus challenges, the agency is working with a smaller budget and less staff than it had in 2010.
Now, because of the coronavirus, the agency has shut down its in-person taxpayer assistance centers located across the country at a time when people are sure to have questions about the emergency checks and other changes. Treasury announced last week that it is pushing back the tax return deadline to July 15. Additionally, Congress created a new tax credit designed to refund businesses that are offering their employees coronavirus-related paid leave.
“It’s just a recipe for confusion,” said Olson.
“There can be a lot of complexity involved in something as simple as sending a check out,” she added.
First, the IRS will have to calculate each person’s payment amount. Then, it will need the correct direct deposit information or mailing addresses. To get the money to people who don’t usually file tax returns, it might have to request that information from the Social Security Administration or Veterans Affairs. In 2008, those people were required to file a return anyway in order to get their rebate.
Meanwhile, the IRS will inevitably be fielding calls from Americans concerned about when their check will arrive and whether they took all the necessary steps to receive the money. In 2001, the agency sent out letters to taxpayers telling them they didn’t have to do anything in order to receive their check. But instead of staving off calls, the notice had the reverse effect. It resulted in the agency’s first 1 million-call day, Olson said.
Later in 2008, after the economic stimulus checks were sent out, Olson testified before Congress, telling lawmakers that they should fund a new unit within the agency that would be dedicated to facilitating new and emergency initiatives. She argued that it would free up other employees to focus on improving the existing systems and executing the day-to-day work of the agency — but that never happened.

Virus Briefings Are The New Campaign Rallies For Trump

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a new daily ritual now that the pandemic has put the kibosh on the signature campaign rallies that helped him get elected four years ago: the coronavirus briefing.

Standing on the once-abandoned White House briefing room stage flanked by public health experts, Trump holds court with reporters and directly addresses the American people, providing updates on his administration’s efforts to combat the pandemic and trying to demonstrate that he’s in charge.

The updates are far more staid than his raucous rallies and lack the adoring crowds and “Lock her up!” chants of the political gatherings. But they include many of the same features as his now-on-ice mass rallies: plenty of self-congratulation and airing of grievances, press bashing, tirades against his critics, and an ample dose of misleading information.

The press briefings have also raised questions about whether news outlets should be airing them live, without fact-checking, given Trump’s penchant for exaggeration and misstatements.

Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post, said Monday that the briefings were beginning to sound like substitutes for Trump’s campaign rallies and were working against the goal of giving the public critical and truthful information.

“They have become a daily stage for Trump to play his greatest hits to captive audience members,” she wrote.

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow went even further.

“All of us should stop broadcasting it, honestly,” she said. “It’s going to cost lives.”

Networks Face Decision: How Long To Stick With Trump?

NEW YORK (AP) — Six television networks began showing President Donald Trump’s briefing on the coronavirus outbreak late Monday, but only Fox News Channel stuck it out to the end nearly two hours later.

It was a notable turning point in coverage of the president’s now-daily briefings. Networks had been starting to hear criticism of how much time they have been showing the president answering questions live, reminiscent of a similar debate in the past about showing Trump’s campaign rallies.

Still, there’s a difference between political rallies and a White House discussion of a national emergency.

ABC, CBS and NBC all covered Trump at the beginning of Monday’s briefing, which began about 6:10 p.m. Eastern. After 20 minutes, they switched to the network evening newscasts, never to return to Trump. The president spoke until shortly after 8 p.m.

The cable news networks have given Trump blanket coverage for his briefings, but CNN cut away Monday at around 7:20 p.m. MSNBC followed within five minutes.

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‘We Win’: Trump Appears To Claim Victory Over Coronavirus As US Death Toll Jumps 129 In One Day

Donald Trump, in sharp defiance of his public health team, declared victory on Tuesday over the coronavirus even as the number of confirmed US cases and deaths continue to rise.

His administration’s goal is to “ease the guidelines and open things up to very large sections of our country as we near the end of our historic battle with the invisible enemy,” the president said. “It’s been going a while time, but we win. We win.”

He has targeted Easter, 12 April, as his date for declaring the United States “open for business.” But, later in a shorter briefing than usual, a senior – and widely respected – member of his public health team said he had privately urged his boss to remain “flexible” as Mr Trump acknowledged his goal is not based on medical science or data about the virus outbreak. Senior congressional Democrats and experts panned his plans and called on him to listen to scientific experts, although the always-defiant president again and again flashed his penchant to follow his own instincts as he makes a major gamble about his re-election chances.

Should his declaration of victory and plan to reopen at least part of the country pan out, he will be able to take Air Force One to campaign rallies in key swing states and say his hunches defeated a pandemic, making him uniquely suited for a second term. But should the outbreak become more widespread, as experts warn, his judgement will be severely damaged in a manner that could prove a death knell among the key voting blocs that are expected to decide the 2020 election.

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Evaluation of Microwave Steam Bags for the Decontamination of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Posted on by Wirecutter

One possibility of overcoming the problems posed by the lack of decontamination equipment and elaborate protocols is to use technology that is readily available and already used by the general public for other applications with similar requirements. Off-the-shelf microwave steam bags (MSBs) are one option that may be used in healthcare and home environments. These bags, typically used to decontaminate breast pump and infant feeding accessories, are available for purchase in many retail stores where infant associated goods are sold.
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Biden Jumbles Name of Massachusetts Governor, Forgets What Century He is in During His Coronavirus Briefing! (VIDEO)

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Joe Biden held his first Coronavirus briefing from his Wilmington, Delaware home on Monday and it was a total disaster.

77-year-old Biden stumbled and lost his train of thought after it looked like his teleprompter went down.

Biden had to signal to staff that he needed help.

Then he butchered Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker’s name.

Biden referred to the MA governor as Charlie Parker.

Biden also forgot what century he is in!

VIDEO…… Fauci On Trump: ‘I Can’t Jump In Front Of The Microphone And Push Him Down’

Toilet Paper WARS: Florida Man And Woman Buy ENTIRE DOLLAR TREE STORE Supply Of Toilet Paper!…….VIDEO

 

I would send a “Swat Team” to these NARCISSISTIC, ARROGANT, SELF CENTERED idiots ASAP and take them, and the TOILET PAPER, 🧻 back to where they bought it and then make them walk back home……Please try and forward this message to everyone you know via email, text, tweet, Facebook and any other “Social Media” that you use. Maybe then Corporate “Dollar Tree” will have their outlets to strictly enforce a limit on toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizers, water, or any other product that’s in such very high demands! What also blows my mind is why ALL RETAIL stores across the entire U.S. NOT enforcing a “LIMIT” on these items that these “lowlifes” love to HOARD…  EVERYONE should have a chance to buy these products. Maybe then our store shelves would have enough of everything for EVERYONE!………..Papa Mike 

 

 


But in this time of great national crisis caused by the Chinese Virus ( It’s called the “CORONAVIRUS” Papa Mike) is more important now than ever before to remain united in any way possible.

One thing that 99% of Americans agree on is buying more than your fair share of toilet paper and preventing other families from getting ANY during the possibility of government-forced lockdowns is incredibly wrong and selfish.

A Florida man and woman clearly didn’t care about the needs of others when they decided to buy every single box of toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues from a Dollar Tree store.

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Border Officials Allow Hundreds Of Mexican Vehicles To Cross Despite Trump Ban


  • Even Mexico agreed to this agreement!!! Customs and Border Protection officials are defying the Trump administration’s directive to block all nonessential foreign travel into the United States from Mexico, allowing noncitizens claiming to be on shopping trips to continue entering, according to two officials involved in the implementation of the order. 

Via Washington Examiner:

 

CBP employees in Arizona told the Washington Examiner Saturday they were instructed Friday night at the start of the executive order and again this morning not to turn around noncitizens who said they were coming in to shop, visit family, or for medical appointments. By Saturday morning, “hundreds” of vehicles that should have been blocked at the port of entry had been allowed through, two officials said.

“We’re letting them through. And that’s pretty much the gist of it,” one official said. “Nobody’s enforcing it. It was put up — the president put it out. The chief patrol put it out. And we’re just not doing it.”

“In plain English, it was a giant shit show,” said a second official. “Nobody followed the directive, a plain and simple directive. You’re trying to keep the coronavirus from going north … yet you just let it bleed through anyway, so you’re not doing the job you’re directed to. That’s what’s aggravating.”

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Huge Chunk Of Yellowstone National Park, The Size Of Chicago, Is ‘Breathing’ In And Out Due To Magma Trapped Underneath The Surface

By STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

 

  • An area at the center of the Norris Geyser Basin was found to inflate and deflate
  • Experts have determined a intrusion of magma under the surface is to blame
  • Magma became trapped at the top and pushed the rocks up above it

An area the size of Chicago in Yellowstone National Park has been inflating and deflating by several inches over the past decade

The Norris Geyser Basin, the oldest, hottest and most dynamic thermal area in the park, was observed to rise 5.9 inches each year from 2013 to 2015 – an unusual event that left researchers baffled.

Now, using satellite radar and GPS data, experts have determined the ground deformation was caused by magma intrusions trapped below the basin’s surface.

As magma made its way to the surface, the pressure pushed rocks above it up and created an erratic pulsating effect, according to National Geographic.

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Mortality Rate of Coronavirus in US Slips to 1.25% in KNOWN CASES – Far Below Fraudulent Number by WHO — Looks Like HUGE MISCALCULATION!

The mortality rate for the coronavirus in the US continues to fall as more and more Americans are able to be tested.

12 days ago the US coronavirus mortality rate was 4.06
Today the mortality rate is down to 1.25%!

4.06% March 8 (22 deaths of 541 cases)
3.69% March 9 (26 of 704)
3.01% March 10 (30 of 994)
2.95% March 11 (38 of 1,295)
2.52% March 12 (42 of 1,695)
2.27% March 13 (49 of 2,247)
1.93% March 14 (57 of 2,954)
1.84% March 15 (68 of 3,680)
1.6% March 17 (116 of 7,301)
1.4% March 19 (161 of 11,329)
1.25% March 20 (237 of 18,845)

Thanks to the fraudulent numbers by the WHO the global economies are in a complete meltdown.

Now, after several days of testing, the numbers are starting to look more and more like what you would expect from a harsh flu season.

PERSPECTIVE:
** The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic killed 675,000 out of US population of 103,268,000 or about — 1 in 200
** The 2020 Coronavirus has killed 218 (so far) out of a population of 333,546,000 or less than — 1 in a million

As we have reported several times now — the Director of the World Health Organization created an international panic when he miscalculated the coronavirus mortality rate at 3.4%.

The controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu.

 This egregiously false premise has led to the greatest economic panic in world history.

The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

Here is the video of Dr. Ghebreyesus’s remarks.

Republican Lawmakers Call for Chinese Communist Party to Be Banned From Twitter for Misinformation and Propaganda

Senator Ben Sasse and Rep. Mike Gallagher are calling on Twitter to ban accounts belonging to the Chinese Communist Party, following massive propaganda efforts regarding the coronavirus coming from China.

The Republicans sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Friday urging him to remove the CCP and other governments that ban access to their citizens from the platform. Along with China, Iran and North Korea also ban the use of Twitter by the public, but government officials use it to spread propaganda.

“By banning Twitter in China, the Chinese Communist Party is keeping its citizens in the dark,” the letter continues. “By putting propaganda on Twitter, the Chinese Communist Party is lying to the rest of the world.”

The letter referenced China’s efforts to blame the United States for the outbreak that originated in Wuhan.

“It is clear that Chinese Communist Party officials are using Twitter to disseminate propaganda in the midst of a dangerous global crisis,” they continued. “Even worse, this propaganda obscures and confuses users over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially undermines efforts to contain and control the outbreak. We believe this behavior more than warrants their removal from the platform.”

Twitter recently expanded their rules to target “misinformation” about the coronavirus, but has allowed the CCP to continue spreading lies on the platform. Under the new terms of service, users are forbidden from posting misinformation about the virus, denying expert recommendations, promoting fake treatments and prevention techniques, or misleadingly claiming to be from authorities.

FBI Threatens Shutdown of Gun Purchase Background Checks as Massive Surge in Sales Creates Backlog

My suggestion would be to hire MORE FBI agents!!……..Papa mMike

300% spike in gun purchases has overwhelmed the FBI office in charge of the National Instant Background Criminal Background Check System, leading to them considering temporarily shutting down in some areas.

A shutdown of the system would stop or delay new gun sales.

“As the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section works through the impact of the COVID-19 operationally, we are working to maintain our services. We are aware that states may be considering options to protect the health and safety of their employees, which may include a reduction in office availability or even closure to some offices,” the FBI office said in a statement.

The Washington Examiner reports that the National Shooting Sports Foundation said checks surged 300% on Monday, after already hitting historic highs all year.

“Monday, March 16, 2020, the NICS staff experienced over a 300% increase compared to this same time period in 2019. As we’ve seen in the past with other national events, our citizens often seek to exercise their Second Amendment rights during times of uncertainty,” the NSSF said.

The NSSF statement continued on to say that “according to NICS, there are delays in the system due to an astronomical volume of transactions over the last several days. While much of the NICS System is automated and yields an immediate ‘proceed’ or ‘deny’ determination, transactions that result in a delayed status require the work of NICS examiners to investigate whether the transaction should be approved or not. With daily volumes roughly double that of last year, the NICS team is unable to begin investigations on all delays within three business days, creating a backlog in the delayed checks.”

The organization continued on to say that some states and agencies are “considering options to protect the health and safety of their employees, which may include a reduction in staff or a temporary closure.”

The NSSF also warned that the Brady transfer date after a sale may now be extended beyond the three business days that it normally takes.

“The three business day timeframe does not begin until relevant state offices are open for business,” the statement continued. “Additionally, because of the dramatic increase in volume, it is important to recognize FBI staff may not be able to begin their research on delayed transactions as they normally would. Therefore, you may want to consider waiting on a definitive response from the NICS before opting to proceed with a sale on any delayed transaction. We are operating during exceptional and uncertain times, so you may wish to consider implementing temporary changes in order to safeguard yourself and your business. However, please note that when state offices are closed it does not constitute a ‘business day’ for purposes of calculating the “three business days” period before an FFL may transfer a firearm to a non-licensee as mandated by the Brady Act.”