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We do remember when Bob Dole returned a donation from Log Cabin Republicans, because gay?




Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.


The analysis only looked at the geographic location of COVID-19 deaths. The exact political views of each person taken by the disease remains unknowable. But the strength of the association, combined with polling information about vaccination, strongly suggests that Republicans are being disproportionately affected.

Recent polling data that show Republicans are now the largest group of unvaccinated individuals in the United States, more than any other single demographic group. Polling also shows that mistrust in official sources of information and exposure to misinformation, about both COVID-19 and the vaccines, run high among Republicans.

"An unvaccinated person is three times as likely to lean Republican as they are to lean Democrat," says Liz Hamel, vice president of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank that tracks attitudes toward vaccination. Political affiliation is now the strongest indicator of whether someone is vaccinated, she says: "If I wanted to guess if somebody was vaccinated or not and I could only know one thing about them, I would probably ask what their party affiliation is."


Deadly consequences

The consequences for individuals are real. Mark Valentine still remembers when his brother called him to tell him he had contracted coronavirus. Valentine is a trial consultant in North Carolina. His brother Phil, 61, was a well-known conservative talk show host in Nashville, Tenn., who often expressed skepticism about vaccination.

Neither brother was vaccinated, and neither one was particularly worried about Phil's positive result. His brother said he was trying several alternative therapies commonly promoted in conservative circles. "He said, 'I've got the ivermectin, I started it this morning, and I don't think it's going to be a big deal,' " Mark Valentine recalls. "And frankly I didn't think about it anymore."

But a week later, Mark said he got a call from his brother's wife saying that the two were going to the hospital. "Before I knew it, he was in there and I couldn't get to him, couldn't talk to him," Valentine recalls. "His situation took a nosedive like you can't believe."

Phil Valentine died in August about five weeks after he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.


The oxford parents remind me of the ones in the Tristan Jensen case

In September 1998, city workers were clearing a clogged sewer and found the source of the blockage to be skeletal remains. Initially, the bones were thought to be fake or placed there as a prank, but investigators quickly discovered them to be those of Tristan, who went missing seven weeks earlier.

Investigators and city workers followed the trail of bones up the sewer system and found the body was dropped down a manhole located on a cul de sac, where the backyard of 15-year-old J.P. Remsen faced. Their interviews eventually led them to J.P., a Redlands High School student known for bullying.


A Very Strange Family

The police went to J.P.’s home to speak with him again. When they arrived, they could see a box of knives sitting in the doorway.

J.P.’s dad answered the door, and told them that J.P. would be home from school later on. When the police returned, the box of knives were gone.

J.P. was only 15 years old at the time, but he was about 6’0,” and 270 pounds. The police asked him about Tristan, and J.P. said he didn’t know Tristan.

The police didn’t have many questions for J.P., but they did question the neighbors about the Remsen family. They discovered that Mr. Remsen built fireworks in the garage, even though it was illegal in Redlands, California.

The police also contacted the local high school, and discovered that J.P. did know Tristan. They had a dispute at school just a few weeks before Tristan was killed.

An Explosive Discovery

The police obtained a warrant to search the Remsen home. J.P. was becoming their primary person of interest.

When the police were inside the home, they found several blood stains. However, their search came to an abrupt end when some investigators found explosive devices in the Remsen garage and kitchen. In fact, they later said that they found about 1,000 pounds of explosive devices. A bomb squad had to be brought in twice, and a hole had to be dug, so that they could deactivate these devices.

J.P.’s parents John and Susan were taken into custody. They were charged with explosives, child endangerment and on automatic weapons charges.

Once the devices were all found and taken out of the house, the police were finally able to do a proper search. Inside the Remsen home, the police found a trail of blood leading from the stairs to the garage. There were several blood stains in the garage, that the police didn’t even need to use luminol or any chemicals. The evidence suggested that a beating or stabbing had been done, and that no one had tried to clean up any evidence.


Anti-Choicers couldn't give a flying rat's ass about babies or their neighbors for that matter...

That’s all.

P.S. There isn’t anything about abortion in any religious text either.

Wayne County GOP canvasser William Hartmann dies following battle with COVID-19

William Hartmann, the Republican member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers who made national headlines for initially refusing to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, died Tuesday following a battle with COVID-19.

Douglas Reimel, Hartmann’s friend, shared the news on Facebook, and others who knew Hartmann offered their condolences online. Hartmann was 63.

Hartmann's fight with COVID-19 landed him in the ICU, where he was on a ventilator, according to a Facebook post from Elizabeth Hartmann, his sister. He was hospitalized at Wyandotte Hospital, according to Reimel. A spokesperson for the hospital did not immediately respond to a request for details.

Hartmann's death comes amid the latest surge in COVID-19 in Michigan that has filled hospital beds across the state. Michigan remains the nation's worst COVID-19 hot spot, leading the country in cases in recent weeks, according to the CDC.

It is unclear whether Hartmann was vaccinated. His Facebook page includes posts and memes downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, comparing vaccine passports to Nazi Germany and blasting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

In one Facebook post, Hartmann appeared to question the efficacy of the vaccine. "If the ouchie is so great, why do they have to offer bribes?" he wrote. In others, he referred to COVID-19 as the "wuflu" and suggested that Democrats were using the pandemic "to scare the public."


Biden has been in office almost a year and hasn't given an undeserving celeb a metal of freedom yet

It’s like he hates America or something.

Black Friday sales on track for record high

I'm not buying anything myself - I usually give $$$ because I'm not sure what my family members like but apparently many others are.

Americans eager to nab holiday discounts lined up at stores on Black Friday, putting what in recent years has been the busiest shopping day of the year on track for record sales.

Black Friday sales in stores and online were up 12% by mid-morning, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending broadly across cards and cash. By noon Eastern time, shoppers had spent a total of $5.8 billion — up 7% compared to the same period last year, data from the software company Salesforce shows.

"Retail spending has been on the rise throughout the day," Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard and former CEO or department store chain Saks, said in a report. "As of 3 p.m. today, Mastercard SpendingPulse reports that total retail sales are up nearly 30% compared to last year, with apparel and department store sales leading the way."

Consumers, who spent $5.1 billion on Thanksgiving Day, are expected to shell out between $8.8 billion and $9.6 billion on Friday, according to Adobe Digital Insights. The market research firm forecasts that online sales in November and December will hit a record $207 billion, which would mark a 10% increase over last year.


This could spell trouble for the Dems in 2022

QAnon's 'Queen of Canada' Calls for Followers to 'Kill' People Vaccinating Children

QAnon influencer Romana Didulo told her 70,000 followers that "duck-hunting season is open” and by ducks she means healthcare workers, politicians, and journalists.

Earlier this week, the so-called QAnon Queen of Canada opened up “duck-hunting” season in the Great White North.


In a post on Sunday to her over 70,000 followers on Telegram, Didulo issued an order to the soldiers of her “Kingdom of Canada’s Military.” She demanded the mass arrests of those they consider opposition, and wanted her soldiers to take control of newspapers and seize the border.

“Shoot to kill anyone who tries to inject Children under the age of 19 years old with Coronavirus19 vaccines/ bioweapons or any other Vaccines,” she wrote. “This order is effective immediately.”

A follow-up post on Tuesday changed the wording from “shoot to kill” to “arrest.”


Didulo implies that her duck hunters are secretive military veterans she’s bringing in from the U.S. But on Telegram (a chat app known for their lax rules), over 6,000 of her online supporters have signed up to be a part of “Canada Military 2.0”—a separate, but inactive, Telegram page where followers pledge to be part of Didulo’s fighting force. “I have offered my life for humanity and joined our Canadian duck hunters,” one of her followers wrote.

Didulo has made separate pages where she says she’s vetting members of her Canadian and U.S. duck-hunting teams to help with her mission, which currently have just over 100 members, including the man who posted the images of the firearms. Inside one of the duck hunters shared information about a specific vaccine popup in an Ontario mall “specifically targeting young children.”

“It’s time to react now,” replied one person. “Hurry up and wait is no longer the thing to say.”


Democrats are SOFT on Crime! - True or False

Seems like it judging from all the criticism regarding the incident in Wisconsin. The DA in San Francisco. etc...

So is it true? Is there data backing that up or is the Right just better at "messaging"?

San Francisco D.A. charges nine with felonies in $1-million theft wave of luxury stores

San Francisco Dist. Atty. Chesa Boudin said Tuesday that he has charged nine people with felonies in a series of shoplifting incidents that included a mass smash-and-grab at Union Square luxury stores.

At least 40 thieves allegedly broke into a Louis Vuitton store on Friday, grabbing whatever they could before loading it into a series of cars parked curbside out front. The shoplifting caravan cut a swath through San Francisco’s high-end boutiques, creating a scene of chaos while stealing more than $1 million in merchandise.

Boudin said two of the nine people were charged for possession of firearms during the Friday incident. He said the nine face charges of grand theft, commercial burglary and possession of stolen goods at the felony level.

“These are not petty thefts. These are not misdemeanor conduct. This is felony conduct,” Boudin said. “We are charging felonies today.”


San Francisco Assistant Police Chief Mike Redmond, appearing with Boudin, announced that extra uniformed officers will be deployed to shopping areas and a traffic plan put in place “to keep cars out of the area if we see things ramp up downtown.”

Redmond said he expects many more arrests in the Union Square shoplifting incidents and indicated that the series of mob rip-offs around the Bay Area that began in San Francisco may be connected.

“We believe it is a lot of the same groups involved,” he said.

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