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Florida remains screwed as DeSantis picks hydroxychloroquine-supporting quack as new surgeon general
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Florida has a new state surgeon general today, and I'm sure everybody is itching to know who Gov. Ron DeSantis—the man who devoted himself to attacking pandemic safety measures as a means of furthering his political ambitions in the party of Trump-addled anti-maskers, vaccine conspiracy theorists, and mass death enthusiasts—has chosen to replace the outgoing surgeon general that none of you have ever heard of. DeSantis sidelined him so aggressively during the pandemic the poor man was in danger of meeting Jimmy Hoffa.

Who's the new top Florida health official? Who got the DeSantis rose? Surprise! It’s this guy:



Meet hydroxychloroquine touter, mask skeptic, vaccine-dismissing Dr. Joseph Ladapo, last seen buttering up one of Donald Trump's preferred crackpot pandemic cures during a period when Trump was casting about for pandemic solutions that would involve not doing one damn thing on his part. Ladapo is a surgeon general DeSantis can trust to toe the Florida Republican line when making the state's schools, government agencies, restaurants, cruise ships, and alligator feeding ponds into glorious breeding grounds for new COVID-19 variants.

There wasn't a chance in hell DeSantis was going to pick anyone who wouldn't nod approvingly at Republican talking points. DeSantis exists to serve DeSantis, and whether Floridians die while DeSantis postures for a Trumpian presidential run is a side issue at best.

As for Lapado, he is an interesting choice. The "America's Frontline Doctors" group who presented themselves to America in that video—a video Google removed for promoting pandemic misinformation—is dodgy as hell and not near the "frontlines" of anything. However, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin is involved. The bizarre boosting of hydroxychloroquine by the group's various members should have caused some sort of reckoning when it became apparent the treatment was snake-oil nonsense. Still, Lapado and the others appear to be indifferent to damage done by those claims.

Early in the pandemic, Lapado had already scrambled to the press with a Wall Street Journal op-ed defending anti-maskers, social distancing refusers, and other public health menaces with a relentless barrage of talking points straight out of Republican mouths. There wasn't any word that Lapado was prepared for U.S. deaths to inch towards the 700,000 mark back when he suggested that public policy goals should be focused on "not overwhelming hospitals" rather than on preventing Americans from getting sick in the first place.

We can take from his backing of the DeSantis approach even now that he has absolutely no issue with the current number of pandemic deaths—and believes the nation can tolerate considerably more.

Indeed, Lapado is all-in on the DeSantis approach. At the press event announcing his appointment, Lapado announced the state will "reject fear as a way of making policies" and declared it was "senseless" to prioritize vaccines over, for example, "eating more fruits and vegetables."

Yeah. So he's a quack, then. A quacky, quacky quack. A Trump-approved, Republican Party-talking-point-spewing quack eager to cast aside his once-impressive medical credentials to announce instead that maybe if you all ate more apples, then you wouldn't need vaccines in the first place. Got it.

All of this suggests that the Florida public remains extremely boned. The state's conspiracy-promoting Republicans have no plan to reduce pandemic deaths and absolutely no interest in doing so. DeSantis instead seems to be attempting to reach "herd immunity" the hard way: by allowing the state's entire population to be exposed and getting the mass deaths over with, hopefully before the 2024 presidential campaign begins.

Even setting aside the monstrous nature of that approach, it's astonishingly dangerous. As we've seen, the COVID-19 virus has shown a tendency to mutate into new forms. The current strain of concern, delta, has every chance of again mutating into something more dangerous still. As in Texas and other Southern states, the choice to make petri dishes out of local populations rather than responding aggressively to new outbreaks may yet produce a dangerous variant named after one of the Republican charlatans currently cultivating it.

I don't know what to tell you, Florida. A majority of Floridians voted for this, and there's still been no push among Florida voters to hand DeSantis' behind to him on a platter and pass off pandemic responsibilities to somebody who doesn't have a child's soccer trophy where his soul should be. It seems that for the state's Republican voters, cult adherence is indeed a more motivating force than keeping their own families alive, much less anybody else’s.
 

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GOP silence on Trump campaign memo proving Big Lie was a lie is deafening--and telling
Darrell Lucus

By now, most of you probably know that as part of a filing in his defamation suit against much of the deplorable ecosystem, former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer entered into the record an internal Trump campaign memo from November 2020. That memo debunked the most outlandish claims about election fraud that had been percolating in Trumpworld and the deplorable tubes. The fun part? It came two days before Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell held a now-infamous press conference repeating those very claims.

And yet, in the absence of something I haven’t heard or seen as I write this on Wednesday afternoon, this has been the response from anyone in a position of power in the Republican Party.



That’s right. Silence. Unacceptable silence.
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This memo proves not just beyond reasonable doubt, but beyond ALL doubt, that the Trump campaign knew that the Big Lie was indeed a lie. More importantly, it proves that the insurrection was underway long before Jan. 6. After all, if Trump knew he’d lost even as he was wailing that he’d had a second term stolen from him, then every act on his part after he had that knowledge was in furtherance of that insurrection.

What is more, we already knew that a number of senior Republicans knew damn well that the Big Lie was, well, a lie—and yet, remained silent. For instance, back in January, Cook Political Report House editor Dave “I’ve seen enough” Wasserman recalled that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had told him several times after the election that Biden had indeed won. And yet, McCarthy had no qualms about objecting to the certification of Electoral College results even after the insurrection, and is tripping all over himself to lead the GOP effort to whitewash the horror of Jan. 6.

We also know that Senators Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee had reviewed Trump campaign claims of fraud for themselves—and concluded they were bogus. And yet, it took until Jan. 6 for Graham to publicly break with Trump, while Lee claimed Trump deserved a “mulligan” for his incendiary speech before the rioters swarmed into the Capitol.

And yet, all three of these gentlemen—a term that, in this case, must apply in its loosest possible sense—have said nary a word since this memo dropped. Nor has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, or anyone else that passes for leadership in the GOP.

I’ve been reluctant to cull any Trump supporters from my Facebook friends list, unlike some of my Democratic and never-Trumper friends. No, I reserve my ire for “leaders” like McCarthy, Graham, Lee and any other Republican elected official who failed to speak up and condemn this pigweed. They not only failed to make the decision they should have made, but failed to make the decision that they were morally, legally and constitutionally REQUIRED to make. I also reserve my ire for the likes of McDaniel and others in the GOP who don’t have the guts to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence that their standardbearer lied to the American people and damned well knew he was lying to the American people.

The GOP insists that voter ID laws are necessary to safeguard the integrity of our elections. Well, with the release of that memo, we now know—again, not just beyond reasonable doubt, but beyond ALL doubt—that Trump’s actions amounted to an attack on the integrity of our democracy which was exponentially greater than any voter who isn’t required to show his or her driver’s license before going into the booth. The longer the GOP remains silent, the longer that we have to ask whether we have one party that is actually committed to the integrity of the system and one party that isn’t.
 

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.....Researchers at the University of California-Riverside are working on a way to grow edible plants that carry the same medication as an mRNA vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the many inoculations which use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology to defeat viruses. They work by teaching cells from the immune system to recognize and attack a certain infectious disease. Unfortunately, mRNA vaccines have to stay in cold storage until use or they lose stability. The UC-Riverside team says if they’re successful, the public could eat plant-based mRNA vaccines — which could also survive at room temperature.

Thanks to a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers are now looking to accomplish three goals. First, the team will try to successfully deliver DNA containing mRNA vaccines into plant cells, where they can replicate. Next, the study authors want to show that plants can actually produce enough mRNA to replace a traditional injection. Finally, the team will need to determine the right dosage people will need to eat to properly replace vaccinations........

 
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Looks like the Dims are trying to coverup Biden's screw-ups in Afghanistan, Marbles. Some Dims can't even trust the Biden administration. Even liberal CNN is astonished.

It's kind of sad that we can't trust the DIms on anything anymore.


 

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Looks like the Dims are trying to coverup Biden's screw-ups in Afghanistan, Marbles. Some Dims can't even trust the Biden administration. Even liberal CNN is astonished.

It's kind of sad that we can't trust the DIms on anything anymore.


You are a dimwit who voted for a comic book villain come to life. So, there's that.
 
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Republicans in disarray: George W. Bush to hold fund-raiser in Texas for Trump foe, Rep. Liz Cheney
Charles Jay

Former President George W. Bush has made no secret about his disdain for Donald Trump. Now he’s taking it a step further by holding a fund-raiser next month in Dallas for Trump foe Rep. Liz Cheney.

The news that Bush will be a “special guest” at the Oct. 18 fundraiser was first reported in a Tweet by Politico’s Congress reporter Olivia Beavers.

The guest list includes other familiar names from the Bush political world: political strategist Karl Rove, former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, former White House Communications Director Karen Hughes and former White House counsel Harriet Miers.



Trump has made the daughter of Bush’s former vice president, Dick Cheney, his top target for 2022. Earlier this month he endorsed Cheney’s primary opponent Harriet Hageman, a property rights attorney.

In his endorsement, Trump said: "Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney."

Now there’s no mistaking that Cheney is a hard-core conservative. She followed the party line by voting against raising the debt ceiling this week.

But she faces an uphill battle in the primary. Republicans in several Wyoming counties voted to stop recognizing her as a member of the GOP.

Cheney was stripped of the No. 3 House Republican leadership position after voting to impeach Trump following the 1/6 Capitol insurrection.

But Cheney’s fortunes could change if Trump takes a big fall. Trump could be indicted for tax fraud in New York or election tampering in Georgia. He also faces multiple lawsuits by women who claim he abused them, Capitol Police officers, and his niece, Mary, among others.

Cheney is the vice chair of the House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, which could uncover evidence that Trump was deeply involved in plotting the insurrection.

In 2016, Bush did not vote for Trump, who had humiliated his brother Jeb, the former Florida governor, in the primary campaign. Bush cast a write-in vote for his former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in the 2020 presidential election.

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush appeared to liken the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol to al-Qaida terrorists. Bush spoke in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of Flight 93’s crash that killed all 40 passengers and four hijackers, preventing a possible attack on the Capitol or some other Washington landmark.

“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

Trump quickly fired back in a statement that noted that “the World Trade Center came down during [Bush’s] watch. Bush led a failed and uninspiring presidency. He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!”

So it’s game on between the two former Republican presidents. Is Bush a political has-been or could he make a difference in the 2022 campaign?