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The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

THIS IDIOT GOT LESS THAN 1% FOR PRESIDENT DURING THE LAST CPAC MEETING…PapaMike

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican eyeing higher national office, has appeared on Fox News likening a vaccine misinformation initiative from President Joe Biden to a “surveillance state” that is “out of Beijing.”

ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisorywarning about visiting Missouri.

Earlier this summer, as covid-19 case counts began to tick up when the highly transmissible delta variant took hold in the state, the Republican-majority legislature successfully enacted laws limiting public health powers and absolving businesses from covid legal exposure.

The state health officer post has sat vacant since Dr. Randall Williams resigned suddenly in late April — leaving Missouri without a permanent leader as the covid numbers grew. And Brian Steele, a mayor in the Springfield area, which is at the epicenter of swelling cases, faces a recall vote for his masking mandate that ended in April.

Hospitals in southwestern Missouri are overflowing. As of July 19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show Missouri is worst in the nation for covid case rates over the past week, and in the bottom 15 states for vaccinations against the potentially deadly virus. Though cases are not even half of what they were during the winter spike, they continue to rise rapidly, sending a warning to other states with low vaccination rates about the havoc the coronavirus’s delta variant can bring.

Divisions abound in Missouri, where vaccines are widely available but only 40% of the state has been vaccinated. Public health mitigation measures to reel in the rising case counts would be wildly unpopular in a state that never had a statewide mask mandate. And the more the virus circulates, the higher the chance it could mutate further into something more transmissible or deadly, even for those already vaccinated.

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Poll: Americans Think Blacks Are More Racist Than Whites…

And yet libs claim blacks can’t be racist.

Via Rasmussen:

Americans believe Blacks are more racist than whites, and think Hispanics and Asians are less racist.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults think the term “racism” refers to any discrimination by people of one race against another. Just 16% say it refers only to discrimination by white people against minorities. Another 14% are not sure

HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES BORDER AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS DUE TO COVID, BUT BORDER WILL REMAIN WIDE OPEN FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS

 

 

They are rubbing it in our faces now. As CTH warned yesterday, this is not hypocrisy – this is the United States Government, Department of Homeland Security, initiating an enhanced and intentional effort to antagonize lawful American people into a place of extreme anger. This is not hypocrisy. 

 
The Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) is now announcing enhanced travel restrictions for law-abiding Americans, blocking non-essential travel into Mexico and Canada. Simultaneous to this the same, ironically named, Homeland Security is facilitating a mass influx of illegal entry into the United States.
 

‘A Tipping Point’: Kansas City Hospitals Are Turning Away Patients Due To COVID Surge

 

Like other hospitals in the Kansas City region, the University of Kansas Health System is turning down transfer patients because its beds are full, setting      up a potential crisis, its chief medical officer said Wednesday.

“I think we’re at a tipping point,” Steve Stites said during KU’s daily briefing. “If we don’t take it seriously, we could easily end up back where we were in November.”

The hospital is “running full steam,” like others in the metro, because of an increase in COVID-19 patients and others returning to the hospital who may have stayed away at the height of the pandemic. Last fall, Stites said, the hospital had beds available.

 

KU has been turning down between one and six acute patients each day. If they had not been doing so, staff would be treating about 100 such patients, Stites said. Increasing COVID-19 infections could exacerbate the problem.

“We are turning down transfers, which is creating, I think, a real concern, maybe even a crisis here in our region because patients are having trouble landing into beds anywhere near their hometown,” Stites said.

Missouri

Across the state line, Missouri health officials on Wednesday reported the highest daily increase in infections since mid-January with 2,995 additional cases. The Missouri Independent, a news organization covering the state, reported that the seven-day average of cases rose to 2,144 per day, up “one-third in seven days and more than triple the average of June 21.”

Also Wednesday, Mercy Hospital in Springfield said it was planning to open a third COVID-19 ICU unit as the highly contagious delta variant is rampaging through the unvaccinated in southwestern Missouri.

“We do not want to prepare a bed for you,” said Erik Frederick, the hospital’s chief administrative officer.

During the KU briefing, Lisa Clough, an infectious diseases doctor, said residents should try to help control this wave of the virus, which is “a bit quieter and sneaking up on us more than in ways past.”

 

 

Proud Boys Leader Arrested For Burning BLM Banner at Black Church

 

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For over a month, the Washington D.C. area has been induduated with protests from angry Trump supporters who are outraged over his loss in the 2020 election. Many of these protests have included violence and destruction of property. And now, after heeding Trump’s call for supporters to gather in Washington this week ahead of the electoral college certification on January 6, a Proud Boys leader has been arrested. 

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who is from Miami and identifies as a first-generation Cuban immigrant, has been arrested after allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a Black church on Dec. 12. That same day, two Black churches in Washington D.C., whose histories stretch back to the pre-Civil War era, were also vandalized.

DC Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Sean Hickman told CNN, “He was charged with Destruction of Property related to an offense that occurred on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the 900 block of 11th Street, Northwest.”

RELATED: Trump’s Racism On Full Display At First Debate, Tells Proud Boys to ‘Stand By’

 

Hickman also added, “At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines. He was additionally charged with Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device.”

Tarrio took responsibility for burning the sign on social media, writing, “Come get me if you feel like what I did was wrong. We’ll let the public decide.”

Foundd in 2016, The Proud Boys have gained a reputation over the past few years as a group of violent misogynist, racist, anti-semitic, islamophobic bullies who have been involved in conflicts at a number of social and political events across the country. They are classified by the FBI as an extremist group and many progressive organizations label them as a hate group.

The Proud Boys claim to have chapters in the U.K., Norway, Canada and Australia, according to Quartz.com. On their website, they also say they have a presence in places as far as Israel, China and Japan.

Trump’s supporters are planning to rally today (Jan. 5) and Wednesday (Jan. 6), which is when the electoral college will be certified. According to the Associated Press, Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested National Guard deployment to help the Metropolitan Police Department. 

Ben & Jerry’s May Be First Major Test Of Law Meant To Curb Anti-Israeli Bias…

 

Via Forward:

Ben & Jerry’s announcement Monday that it will end sales in the occupied West Bank may cause a pint of trouble for its parent company as it tests Americans laws intended to bar companies that boycott Israel from state government contracts and pension funds.

More than thirty states have passed legislation meant to deter boycotts of Israel by penalizing companies that refuse to do business with the Jewish state, and some proponents of these laws now say they should also apply to companies like ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s that refuse to do business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“Selective boycotts are just as illegal as total boycotts,” said Marc Stern, chief legal officer for the American Jewish Committee, which has lobbied for laws meant to stem the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement aimed at Israel.

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DEA Agent Charged With Capitol Riot…

Via Politico:

A special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration has become the first federal law enforcement charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, Calif., who joined the pro-Trump crowd outside the Capitol while armed with his DEA-issued pistol, faces felony charges of entering a restricted area with a weapon, possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds and lying to investigators.

 

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