House Democrat, Katherine Clark (D-Mass) the fourth-ranking House Democrat and Assistant Speaker has the sergeant-at-arms to force lawmakers who defy the chamber’s mask mandate to cast votes from enclosures in the gallery above to limit potential spread of COVID-19.
Clark said it’s clear that existing fines are not enough to deter certain lawmakers from repeatedly flouting rules requiring everyone to wear masks in the House chamber. And with the highly contagious omicron variant driving caseloads in the nation’s capital to record levels, Clark argued that pandemic safety rules need to be enforced.
She suggested using plexiglass enclosures in the gallery overlooking the House chamber, which were installed last year so that lawmakers subject to quarantine could still cast votes when proxy voting was temporarily unavailable.
The House mask mandate was first established in July 2020 because numerous GOP lawmakers refused to wear masks, including one who tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time in the chamber and at committee hearings.
Every Democratic House of Representatives member has been vaccinated and boosted.
Two far-right extremist Republicans, Georgia Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde, have each been fined tens of thousands of dollars for repeatedly ignoring the requirement that everyone in the House chamber wear a mask during the pandemic.
If the House chamber has a rule and you break the rule – for example, you refuse to wear a face mask – why aren’t you barred from entry into the chamber? Totally barred.
The entitlement of the GOP and the the inherent failure of House Rules Committee when the Republicans break rules to take them to task is a massive failure of our Government.
An anti-vax protest outside Pfizer’s New York City headquarters imploded on Saturday afternoon as white nationalist anti-vaxxers showed up only to be publicly shunned by local anti-vaxxers demonstrating against vaccine mandates. The war of words erupted as the local New York Freedom organization attempted to distance itself from the ultra-racist followers of white nationalist and Unite the Right attendee Nick Fuentes.
Today organizers completely disavow infiltrators and trolls attempting to link medical freedom with extremist ideologies, namely Nick Fuentes and ‘Vax Watch,’” the local group posted to their Telegram channel. The outright rebuke apparently left a sour taste in the young white nationalist’s mouth, because he quickly tried to sic followers on the rival protesters.
In a recent interview for V Magazine playwright Jeremy O. Harris asked Madam X if peace can exist in a world affected by a pandemic?
“It’s interesting because peace is subjective the way people think about the pandemic, for instance, that the vaccination is the only answer, or the polarization of thinking, you’re either on this side or the other. Later Madonna added: “There’s no debate, there’s no discussion. No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now. No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled, cancel culture. In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason.”
And while Madonna railed against the cancel culture tying it to the pandemic and the life saving Covid-19 vaccine was not the best analogy. This is not the first issue Madonna has had with her COVID-19 related opinions. In July, 2020, Madonna’s Instagram account was flagged for spreading “false information” about coronavirus after she shared a video of physician and pastor Dr. Stella Immanuel, who falsely claimed that social distancing and face masks are ineffective in the fight against COVID and made the unsubstantiated claim that hydroxychloroquine is a cure for the viruswithout any due diligence on her part.
Madonna was condemned by many fans and followers, including Annie Lennox, who wrote, “I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery.
So is Madonna anti-vax or anti-cancel culture or BOTH?
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they’d support federal, state or local governments requiring everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey conducted by The COVID States Project.
Why it matters: This kind of blanket mandate hasn’t even been proposed, at any level of government. But more piecemeal requirements are rapidly becoming more popular, and the survey suggests Americans are fine with that.
The big picture: There’s recently been a surge in vaccine requirements for employees among health care organizations, governments and private businesses.
With the dire predictions of the course of the Delta variant, the discussion might soon be changing from “should there be mandatory vaccination” to “how do we go about enforcing mandatory vaccination.”
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Vaccine mandates are popular:
• 70% say they’d support vax mandates to board an airplane.
• 45% of Republicans say they approve of vax mandates.
• A majority of Americans in all but 3 states (Wyoming and both Dakotas) support vax mandates.
“If you look at the map of the United States and show the hot spots, all of the hot spots are in huge Democrat cities. New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said. “Not a lot of Trump voters in those cities.” But take a look at the recent COVID case tracking at the New York Times, based on publicly released local data, and Watters is way off. Take a look at a map of US counties, the darker the color the hotter the COVID.”
Remember due to the vaccine mandate at FOX, Watters is fully vaccinated and is basically paid to lie to people who could/will get sick and die because of COVID-19. There are literally hundreds maybe thousands of easy-to-understand, color coded maps of hot spots all over the internet. The southeast is, by far, the hottest of hot spots.
Little Rock, Arkansas, and Branson, Missouri are current Delta Variant hotspots. You know those wildly Democratic….areas?
It’s becoming a question of whether Press Freedom should apply to self-proclaimed “press” entities that in fact are not press by any rational definition. Fox’s foundation is built on dangerous falsehoods. Should this be allowed to continue? Of course not.
Then the question is: Why have they been able to continue and how can we stop them. Especially when peoples lives are at stake.
Fox News' Jesse Watters: "If you look at the map of the United States and they show the hot spots, all of the hot spots are in huge Democrat cities."
Despite the fact that the pandemic is far from over thanks in no small part to the Trump administration’s mishandled response this new falsified report proves that the Trump administration has not only surrendered to the pandemic but is also trying to to steer public attention away from its failure to control the spread.
A recent report from Columbia University estimates that the “abject failures” of government agencies under Trump resulted in between 130,000 and 210,000 avoidable deaths attributable to COVID-19. Meanwhile Trump Trump is pushing insane, conspiracy theories that the media is trying to sow fear ahead of the election and that health officials are exaggerating COVID-19 deaths because “doctors get more money and hospitals get more money.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across the country and nearly 225,000 Americans have died from the virus.
“We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Pressed by Tapper on why the US isn’t going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.” He added that the Trump administration is “making efforts to contain it.”
TAPPER: Pence was a close contact with Marc Short, who has tested positive for coronavirus, yet he's not quarantining. How is campaigning 'essential work'? He's holding rallies that could be spreading the virus.
America on Friday hit its highest daily number of coronavirus case since the pandemic began, recording at least 82,600 new infections. The rising numbers put the nation on the precipice of what could be its worst stretch to date with some hospitals in the West and Midwest already overwhelmed and deaths counts beginning to rise.
The current surge is considerably more widespread than the waves from last summer and spring. The unprecedented geographic spread of the current surge makes it more dangerous, with experts warning it could lead to dire shortages of medical staff and supplies.
Already, hospitals are reporting shortfalls of basic drugs needed to treat covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The high case numbers of recent days have stoked concerns because the country has not even hit the stretch of holidays and cold weather, which experts have long warned will send cases soaring even higher.
Despite what Donald Trump the Super Spreader In Chief says There is NO cure. There will be NO vaccine available soon. We ARE NOT rounding the corner and the Coronavirus WILL NOT magically disappear.
Almost 250,000, a quarter of a million Americans have died in the last 8 months, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. Your life, and the lives of others DOES depend on it.
The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday.
The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the people said.
The administration’s posture has angered some GOP senators, the officials said, and some lawmakers are trying to push back and ensure that the money stays in the bill. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal confidential deliberations, cautioned that the talks were fluid and the numbers were in flux.
As of this writing over 140,000 Americans have died been murdered due to Donald Trump and his administration’s mishandeling of the coronavirus pandemic since March of this year.
For the first time in the history of Mr. Gay World,an annual international competition for gay mencould not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore the selected delegates are still eligible to compete for the title of Mister Gay World 2020 when the pandemic lessens. In the meantime, with the reign of Janjep Carlos concluded, and while the election of a new winner is not possible, Spanish doctor Francisco José Alvarado who was First Runner Up in 2019 steps on to the title.
The 30-year-old doctor who lives in Madrid is battling on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic and takes over the title – weeks after recovering from Covid-19 himself.