Link Between Cases and Deaths Greatly Weakened in Delta Surge

The delta variant-driven summer COVID-19 surge in the United States has so far proved much less deadly than previous waves, thanks in large part to vaccinations.

The number of cases is approaching the levels seen in previous surges. The seven-day average of daily cases has risen as high as 66,606, close to the peak of 68,622 seen during the summer surge of 2020.

Yet hospitalizations have been much lower. Daily hospitalizations so far have hit 31,148 at the highest, far below the 58,488 hospitalizations, for instance, in the spring surge of 2020. Likewise, daily deaths have so far reached a high of 296, only about a tenth of the peak during the winter. . .

Those contracting COVID-19 tend to be younger. Reports from Florida, one of the epicenters of the current surge, show that the average age of those hospitalized is in the mid-40s. People under age 50 are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. They are also less likely to be vaccinated, and the vast majority of those presently hospitalized are unvaccinated.

It is also possible that the number of COVID-19 cases is a serious undercount during the current surge, since the amount of testing has declined in recent months. (Read more from “Link Between Cases and Deaths Greatly Weakened in Delta Surge” HERE)

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Report Reveals Shocking Double Standards for Bringing U.S. Rioters to Justice

One would think a major report from a group representing America’s top law enforcement leaders analyzing the widespread riots of 2020 would have garnered significant media attention. One also would think such a report would garner widespread discussion after the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capital due to the parallels between it and the 2020 riots. Given our hyper-partisan environment, however, one would be woefully wrong.

Specifically, back in October 2020, the Major Cities Chiefs (MCC) released a comprehensive report full of data from dozens of cities that provides deep insights into the 2020 riots that plagued America after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. The MCC’s “Report on the 2020 Protests and Civil Unrest” served as an excellent after-action report that cities, states, and the federal government could use to reform their practices and, equally importantly, to prepare for future riots.

With the ongoing hunt for and prosecution of January 6 participants and recent actions by Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi to veto Republican Kevin McCarthy’s choices for the January 6 Commission, the MCC report has become more relevant than ever. The sheer similarities and differences between what happened with and to the participants of the 2020 riots compared to the January 6 riot and rioters are, frankly, shocking. . .

Now here’s a prime example of dissimilar treatment for far worse actions. The January 6 riot involved no guns or fires among protesters, only makeshift weapons like flag poles, batons, and objects from the area.

In contrast, the 2020 riots involved guns, incendiary devices, lasers, paint bombs, and fireworks that were used to torch buildings and cars, hurt police officers, and destroy meaningful parts of many U.S. cities. Despite the far greater violence and destruction the 2020 rioters perpetrated, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) haven’t hunted those rioters down with anywhere near the vigor and vim used against what are in many cases at most trespassers. (Read more from “Report Reveals Shocking Double Standards for Bringing U.S. Rioters to Justice” HERE)

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Stunning Letter: Parents Tell Joe Biden to Stuff Masking Their Children Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Nearly 40 advocacy groups representing more than 20,000 families in Wisconsin ripped into President Joe Biden and Democrat Gov. Tony Evers for the new wave of potential mask mandates and lockdowns facing their state.

In the letter, organizations including We The Parents, Wisconsin United for Freedom, and No Left Turn in Education Wisconsin pledge to reject any mask requirements on children in schools.

“Simply put, these are not your children. They are ours and they too, are Americans with rights. They are our responsibility and our most beloved. They are not yours,” the letter states. . .

“We have watched the last week unfold in abject horror – observing our government institutions and leaders failing our children at every turn, again,” the letter continues. “Your renewed calls for lockdowns, enforced mask mandates, and masking in schools is not rooted in science and is objectively cruel to the most vulnerable in our society, our children. We believe that you are in fact aware of this and continue to play political games with our children, despite our efforts to work with you over the last twelve months.” (Read more from “Stunning Letter: Parents Tell Joe Biden to Stuff Masking Their Children Where the Sun Don’t Shine” HERE)

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Support for Jan. 6 Probe Slips After Cops’ Emotional Testimony

An emotional hearing this week in which police officers attacked in the Capitol riot testified before a House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 turned more Americans against the need for the probe, according to a Morning Consult poll.

Among voters of all parties, 53 percent supported the investigation, down from 66 percent in the survey in June and 58 percent just a week ago. Four out of five Democrats were in favor, while only a quarter of Republicans were, along with half of independents.

Only 49 percent of those polled said they had watched all or even part of the committee hearing that dominated the news cycle on Tuesday.

And the survey had more bad news for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who appointed all of the members of the committee, including the two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois: The number of voters who blame former President Donald Trump for the riot fell to 56 percent from 61 percent in June. (Read more from “Support for Jan. 6 Probe Slips After Cops’ Emotional Testimony” HERE)

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LOL: Aide’s Note to Biden: ‘Sir, There is Something on Your Chin’ (VIDEO)

President Biden had to be alerted to remove a speck of something from his chin during a virtual event being livestreamed from the White House on Friday. . .

“Sir, there is something on your chin,” the handwritten message said.

Biden, 78, read the message, then wiped his chin with his left hand and looked at his fingers. Then things got even more unsettling. (Read more from “LOL: Aide’s Note to Biden: ‘Sir, There is Something on Your Chin’ (VIDEO)” HERE)

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Which Biden Official Asked the NSA to Unmask Tucker Carlson?

. . .The NSA cannot legally target the communications of Americans without an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court. However, such communications are often “incidentally” collected when an innocent American communicates with a legitimate NSA target, such as someone believed to be under the control of or collaborating with a hostile foreign power. . .

The leaks to the press of NSA collection of Tucker Carlson’s electronic communications suggest the Biden administration either did away with the Trump administration’s rules on unmasking requests, or is ignoring them. In light of this obvious partisan abuse of a U.S. intelligence agency, Congress must press the Biden administration to answer several questions about the Carlson matter:

First, who made the unmasking request for Carlson’s name from NSA reporting? And will this person be held accountable for leaking classified information?

Second, does the Biden administration have a policy on requests by senior officials to unmask the names of Americans from intelligence reports? If so, how is this policy being enforced?

The leaking of Carlson’s identity by Biden officials is a serious matter because it appears to confirm the Biden administration’s use of U.S. intelligence agencies to target its political enemies. But there’s an even more serious concern here: spying on journalists and leaking information based on their private communications constitutes a serious threat to the freedom of the press. (Read more from “Which Biden Official Asked the NSA to Unmask Tucker Carlson?” HERE)

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Shocking Poll: Majority of Republicans Say ‘A Time Will Come When Patriotic Americans Have to Take the Law Into Their Own Hands’

[N]early half of Republican voters (47%) say that “a time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands,” per a new nationwide survey by George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Only about 29% of Americans agreed with this statement on some level, the poll found, including just 9% of Democrats. And 49% said they disagree or strongly disagree.

The poll also found that a majority of Republicans (55%) say “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast we may have to use force to save it.” About 15% of Democrats agreed with this statement, but more Americans disagreed (46%) than agreed (34%).

More Republicans (27%) than Democrats (18%) said that “strong leaders sometimes have to bend the rules in order to get things done.”

The poll also found extremely low levels of trust among Republicans when it comes to elections – 82% said it’s “hard to trust the results of elections when so many people will vote for anyone who offers a handout.” Only 15% of Democrats were on the same page. (Read more from “Shocking Poll: Majority of Republicans Say ‘A Time Will Come When Patriotic Americans Have to Take the Law Into Their Own Hands'” HERE)

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In Leaked Interview, AOC Says She Thought She Faced Rape at Capitol Riot

Clips of a leaked CNN interview published by Project Veritas show Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying she thought she was going to be raped at the Capitol Riot.

In the video clip published by Project Veritas Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Dana Bash that she is a survivor of sexual assault, noting that she has not “told many people that.” Project Veritas’ source believed CNN would air the interview in August, spokesman Mario Balaban told the Daily Caller News Foundation. . .

“For a lot of [sexual assault] survivors across the country, the decision to come forward oftentimes does not feel like a conscious one,” Ocasio-Cortez told Bash, according to the video. “That impact was doubled that day because of the misogyny and the racism that was so deeply rooted and animated — that attack on the Capitol, you know, white supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways. There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence.”

She continued: “And I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.

“It sounds like what you’re didn’t only think that you were going to die, you thought you were going to be raped,” Bash said in the interview. (Read more from “In Leaked Interview, AOC Says She Thought She Faced Rape at Capitol Riot” HERE)

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Postal Worker Refused Accommodation by Employer to Not Work on Sabbath, Fired

An appeal has been filed with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a former United States Postal Worker who lost his job when he resisted orders that would force him to work on his Sabbath, Sundays.

Officials with First Liberty Institute say the appeal was filed in the case involve Gerald E. Groff, who had held a USPS position in Pennsylvania for nearly a decade.

“It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion,” said Hiram Sasser, of First Liberty. “The USPS should have recognized Gerald’s sincerely held belief that he must observe the Sunday Sabbath and granted him a religious exemption. We must protect the rights of every American to practice their faith without fear of losing their job.” . . .

Groff had started working at the Quarryville Post Office in Lancaster County in 2012, and was a Rural Carrier Associate.

He asked for a religious accommodation to observe Sunday Sabbath and it was granted. (Read more from “Postal Worker Refused Accommodation by Employer to Not Work on Sabbath, Fired” HERE)

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Biden DOJ Says Trump’s Tax Returns Can Be Turned Over to Congress

The Department of Justice on Friday said former President Trump’s tax returns must be released by the IRS to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel said the committee – which first requested the returns over two years ago – showed “sufficient reasons” to validate its bid to review the former president’s taxes.

“The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information,” Dawn Johnsen, acting assistant attorney general wrote in an opinion Friday. “Under section 6103(f)(1), Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee.”

The Office of Legal Counsel argued that when a congressional committee requests access to a president’s tax returns, “the executive branch should conclude that the request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose only in exceptional circumstances.”

The opinion by the DOJ is a reversal of stance from the Trump administration’s 2019 judgment, which alleged the congressional committee lacked legitimate justification for reviewing the tax returns. (Read more from “Biden DOJ Says Trump’s Tax Returns Can Be Turned Over to Congress” HERE)

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