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Supreme Court keeps Texas abortion ban in place ahead of hearing, McConnell gloats over his coup
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The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas abortion ban to say in place until at least November 1, when it has agreed to an expedited review of the law following the Biden administration’s challenge. That the court has consistently refused to put a halt to enforcement of the Texas law pending that argument takes a lot of the mystery away from what their final decision will be. As of November, it seems pretty certain abortion will be eliminated in Texas. After the court hears a broader challenge from Mississippi, that will be it for abortion in pretty much every Republican state.

The Supreme Court will hear both the Justice Department’s and Texas abortion providers’ challenges on November 1, it announced, with a stinging rebuke in dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor for its decision to leave the law in effect. “For the second time, the Court is presented with an application to enjoin a statute enacted in open disregard of the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion care in Texas,” she wrote in dissent.

“For the second time, the Court declines to act immediately to protect these women from grave and irreparable harm. […] The promise of future adjudication offers cold comfort, however, for Texas women seeking abortion care, who are entitled to relief now,” she continued. “These women will suffer personal harm from delaying their medical care, and as their pregnancies progress, they may even be unable to obtain abortion care altogether.”
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“There are women in Texas who became pregnant on or around the day that S. B. 8 took effect. As I write these words, some of those women do not know they are pregnant,” Sotomayor continued. “When they find out, should they wish to exercise their constitutional right to seek abortion care, they will be unable to do so anywhere in their home State.” Those who can afford to, she says, will go out of state. “Those without the ability to make this journey, whether due to lack of money or childcare or employment flexibility or the myriad other constraints that shape people’s day-to-day lives, may be forced to carry to term against their wishes or resort to dangerous methods of self-help.” Pregnant Texans are “entitled to relief from this Court now,” she wrote. “Because of the Court’s failure to act today, that relief, if it comes, will be too late for many.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, one of the state’s largest provider networks, agreed in a statement: “Texans deserved better than this. The legal limbo is excruciating for both patients and our clinic staff,” she said. “Lack of access to safe abortion care is harming our families and communities and will have lasting effects on Texas for decades to come.” The clinic has “had to turn hundreds of patients away since this ban took effect, and this ruling means we’ll have to keep denying patients the abortion care that they need and deserve.”

Take Back the Court Action Fund Executive Director Sarah Lipton-Lubet notes that this decision “comes a day after Justice Clarence Thomas took an anti-abortion victory lap with Mitch McConnell and a room full of Republican donors.” That’s not an exaggeration. At all. McConnell called Thomas a “legal titan” who has proven that through his “jurisprudence on unborn life,” at a Heritage Foundation even Thursday night.

“Every time without fail, Justice Thomas writes a separate, concise opinion to cut through the 50-year tangle of made-up tests and shifting standards and calmly reminds everybody that the whole house of cards lacks a constitutional foundation,” McConnell said.

McConnell knows. The Heritage Foundation knows. The Trump-packed Supreme Court knows. The right to abortion—which the American people have steadfastly supported in large majorities for decades—is going to be taken away by this court. Because, McConnell says, “They’re not tasked with reasoning backward from abstract impressions about what outcome the nation supposedly needs or the court’s public standing supposedly requires,” McConnell said. “We need the rule of law, not the rule of polls.”

McConnell is gloating over his coup. While Republicans represent a minority of the population, they continue to rule. Because he broke the Senate and, for now at least, Democrats are unwilling to fix it. Because he and the Federalist Society have succeeded in packing the courts with extremist ideologues and President Joe Biden and the Senate seem unwilling to fix that, either. Let’s just hope that the awakening among elected Democrats, when it comes, isn’t too late.
 

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Child trafficking and corruption expertise needed for continuing investigation of Matt Gaetz
Brandi Buchman

For the past three months, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly needed even more hands on deck to untangle the many knots of a federal sex trafficking investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.

As with most inquiries by the department, the details of the ongoing probe which started this March are mostly being kept under wraps. And according to the Justice Department, the addition of expert prosecutors to complex cases like this one is standard.

Added to the Florida-based probe is Todd Gee, a prosecutor from Washington, D.C., who also serves as the deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ’s criminal division. That department mostly scrutinizes public corruption cases and specifically tasks itself with allegations involving high-profile individuals from the local to federal level.

The name of the second prosecutor, who is reportedly an expert in child exploitation crimes, has not been disclosed. The Justice Department declined a request for comment.
Gaetz has not yet been charged with a crime and he has adamantly proclaimed he is innocent of allegations asserting he paid women for sex as well as paid a 17-year-old girl to travel with him across state lines and have sex at his beck and call. Such conduct is illegal under federal statutes, but Gaetz has insisted that the sex trafficking investigation stems from a $25 million extortion plot lobbed against him and his father, Don Gaetz.
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One of the men who allegedly initiated that extortion scheme, Stephen Alford, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to charges that he told the Gaetz family he could help them secure a pardon from former President Donald Trump or get the Justice Department to squash the looming trafficking probe if the congressman’s family would help fund a rescue mission for a U.S. hostage in Iran, Robert Levinson.

When Alford made the request, Don Gaetz lawyered up and alerted the FBI.

Matt Gaetz has maintained the Justice Department’s probe is bogus and the Republican lawmaker just 24 hours ago spent time peppering Attorney General Merrick Garland with questions about how the department vets it prosecutors during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

Specifically, Gaetz asked Garland if there were any limits on hiring prosecutors who have “been lobbyists, partisan committee staff, or political consultants.” He also asked if any of those people might be serving in the Public Integrity Section—the same division that Todd Gee, the newly named prosecutor to the Gaetz case, calls home.

Gee once served as a staffer to the House Homeland Security Committee during the George W. Bush administration and was, years ago, part of the legislative staff for Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who today leads the committee investigating Jan. 6 .

Garland told Gaetz that weighing a prospective civil servant’s personal political views in the hiring process was against policy but once they become a prosecutor, people are required to “get rid of whatever preconceptions they had before.”

Channeling his best Joseph McCarthy impression, Gaetz pressed the attorney general to produce a list of every political consultant, congressional employee, or onetime lobbyist that now populates the Public Integrity Section.

Garland said he would not do so.

In related developments, this week a federal judge in Orlando agreed to delay the sentencing of Joel Greenberg, a onetime Seminole County, Florida, tax collector and self-professed “wingman” to Gaetz.

The disgraced public official has sought a delay in sentencing so that he could continue cooperating with authorities in the probe now appearing to hover around Gaetz.
Greenberg, investigators believe, connected the congressman to young women at sordid, drug-fueled parties as well as through online sites where the men would exchange money, travel, and other gifts for sex. Receipts from Apple Pay and cash apps like Venmo showed funds flowing to one of the young women from both Gaetz and Greenberg.


Greenberg is now expected to be sentenced in March 2022.
 

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Trump/Giuliani Co-Conspirator Lev Parnas Found Guilty of Campaign Finance Fraud
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From Reuters:

NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A federal jury on Friday convicted Lev Parnas, a one-time associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, of violating U.S. campaign finance laws during the 2018 election cycle.
Parnas, a Ukraine-born American businessman and his former associate Igor Fruman were accused of soliciting funds from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev to donate to candidates in states where the group was seeking licenses to operate cannabis businesses in 2018.
Parnas concealed that he and Fruman, who pleaded guilty in September, were the true source of a donation to a group supporting then-President Donald Trump, prosecutors said.

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Lev Parnas is a major scuzz-bag. He is involved up to his neck in the failed attempt to fabricate Ukrainian dirt on President Biden. TFG has already been impeached for this, and Parnas should be in jail for it.

Since Biden took office, Parnas has tried to come across as a non-Trumpist, in the style of Scaramucci. I don’t think anybody is buying it.

At least this is some sort of justice.
 

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Cocaine Hippos and Other News Which is Significantly Less Amusing (Y’know, Death Cult Shit)
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Lotta fun little stories this week about cocaine hippo personhood and zebra honeypots and such, and I bet having a funny animal news blog would be goddamn delightful. Alas, I’ve made…different choices. Well, let’s wade into this shit, shit ain’t gonna wade into itself…we’ve added little windshield wipers to the visors on your hazmat suits, should help......
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Just to drop you right in the deep end of the pool, looks like Ron Watkins, the skeevy little shit who put the Q in QAnon, is running for Congress, to join the Gosars and the Taylor Greenes in all their fashy reindeer games. Creatures like Watkins really should be frightened of the bright light of day, and they no longer are, have you noticed that?

Watkins would surely be greeted with open arms by the burgeoning Kooky Kakistocrat Kaucus. Anyway, Kevin McCarthy escalated his campaign of vengeance against the apostate Liz Cheney, threatening the GOP consultant class with excommunication-by-association should they refuse to participate in her ritual shunning. Cheney’s sin, for those who’ve forgotten, is her belief that democracy is preferable to eternal servitude to a family of perverts and grifters........
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Meanwhile, still yet to receive so much as a “naughty boy” from ol’ Keville Chamberlain is Matthew Louis Gaetz II, who faces a federal investigation that keeps on attractin’ new prosecutors, including an expert in child exploitation crimes. I would urge the American public to accept the Minority Leader’s demonstration of his party’s ethical priorities at face value.

Gaetz’s long-term career plans rely almost exclusively on securing a pardon from a future regime of lawless thugs immoral enough to accept a known pedophile into their inner circle; to that end, he uses his platform as a United States Congressman to normalize the thugs’ fascist ideals, seeking their attention and approval, which is, WOW, really unhelpful right now, but in the creepy little bastard’s defense…I mean, yeah, that’s looking like his best shot........
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Well, the federal vaccine mandates are finally kicking in, as part of the Biden Administration’s Operation: Keep the Cultists Away From the Kool-Aid. Outside of a few feeble resignation pageants, and a particularly grating rendition of “On My Own” from Dan Bongino, tantrums have been kept to a minimum, even as our police departments benefit from the sort of addition-by-subtraction workforce realignment that’d normally cost billions in consulting fees.

More importantly, vaccination numbers are up and infection rates are down, so maybe it’s finally possible to save enough of the brainwashed from themselves to inch our way back to sweet, sweet normalcy. We’ll appreciate you more this time, normalcy. We will buy you exotic cheeses and chocolates and rub your weary limbs each night, normalcy; just never leave us again.

Of course there are still holdouts, vowing unyielding resistance to the forces of sanity and life. Yet another talk radio jag rode the HydroxyHorsepaste Express to Covidsville, which was really his super-secret geenyus plan all along, wink wink, and like, if, after 734,000 deaths, you still trust these fanatic howler monkeys more than doctors and scientists, at a certain point, I stop wondering why you keep hitting yourself in the face with a brick; I just get tired of prying it out of your hands.........
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Down in Texas, that laboratory of American apartheid, white supremacy is getting institutionalized with frankly impressive speed and efficiency from a political party that cannot seem to accomplish literally anything else. You’d think ramming through a racial gerrymander obscene enough to make John Roberts blush would be enough, but no, Governor Greg Abbott decided to put a lawyer who WORKED ON AN ATTEMPTED OVERTHROW OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT in charge of his state’s elections, which isn’t the sort of behavior one engages in when one sees oneself in a long-term relationship with democracy.

The Republican rank-and-file seems all too willing to accommodate Abbott’s authoritarian ambition, growing more comfortable with violence and threats of violence all the time. Mask mandates got your bee-filled skull all a-tizzy? No need to coexist peacefully in a shared society, just RAISE A MILITIA! Uppity state Democratic Party Chairman blaspheming against the Turd Emperor on the op-ed page? Time to fire off your best LYNCHING THREAT!........
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Oh, and the violent insurrectionist block in the D.C. penitentiary has a fan club now, sleep tight. Ashli Babbitt, Kyle Rittenhouse…I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that it’s so frequently violent criminals this movement chooses to canonize. Such a wacky death cult........
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Nebraska Republican Congresscrook Jeff Fortenberry resigned from his committee assignments following federal indictments for campaign finance law violations and lying to the FBI, which is almost charming, really; in a party increasingly devoted to justifying mob violence, such old-fashioned corruption practically makes you a Cub Scout.......
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Well, Oleg Deripaska’s D.C. home got raided by the feds, and Lev Parnas got convicted, and dagnabbit, I know my Sleazy Slav scorecard is here someplace, but it’s buried beneath beer cans and articles about Madison Cawthorn smuggling knives into schools. **** it, I’ll find it later........
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Condoleezza Rice is SO bored with democracy, you guys, and insists we all “move on” from the whole “seditious acts of terrorist violence” thing, and honestly, I totally agree, it’s just that your side has to go first, Condi. Not out of politics or pettiness, but because y’all are the ones being violent. Don’t say “move on” when you mean “unilaterally disarm,” okay?

Incidentally, Secretary Rice, I actually think we should keep picking through the wreckage of the Turd Reich, on account o’ the whole unpunished coup/dress rehearsal thing, yes, but also because gems like “Stephen Miller tried to deploy half the U.S. Army to the southern border” keep turning up. When your party stands for Shitty White Guy Supremacy at Any Cost and very little else, people are gonna talk about it, we’re just gossipy, I guess............
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It was like getting hit in the throat by a t-shirt cannon filled with sports clichés when the Boy Who Failed At Everything From Casinos to Being President finally, after seven decades of punching himself in the dick, earned massive, late-in-life success JUST KIDDING Freddy ****up’s latest endeavor, a wingnut social media platform with crazy dreams of someday arm-wrestling Zuck himself, endured a public rollout so perfectly, gobsmackingly humiliating, I have to assume it was an op staged by a vengeful deep state. The fall from “we’re gonna drive CNN out of business” to “an account on the former President’s platform purporting to be the former President himself posted a photograph of a pig shitting on its own testicles” turns out to be a short, sharp shock.........
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As expected, Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ voting rights bill, believing as they do that there’s far too much of this silly “voting” stuff going on already, particularly amongst the insufficiently alabaster........
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If we’re honest, on a day-to-day level, the Republican Party serves no function whatsoever beyond pouring used kitty litter into the gears of justice. Run out the clock till the shitbags get away with everything, including the future, that’s the plan. Little “Ron Johnson holds up a U.S. Attorney nomination” here, little “Donnie Dotard’s strip mall legal team sues to block release of Shart House docs” there, the hourglass starts fillin’ up.........
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So yeah, watching the Bannon in Cuffs Please Oh Please marble work its way slowly through the Rube Goldberg federal Justice bureaucracy has been…a touch on the frustrating side. Still, the January 6th commission means business, they’re doing their job; your ball, Mr. Garland. (Understanding there was some clown-jousting that required your attention first, of course.)

Anyway, I’ll let you get back to screaming in horror at every step of the sausage-making process, though I’d recommend setting the Manchin/Sinema voodoo dolls down for now, and joining me in a beer and a comic book out back while the weather still permits.
 

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FL Surgeon General says COVID vaccines ineffective & calls DeSantis a man of honesty, integrity
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Two Harvard men, both natural born liars.

Joseph Ladapo was announced as Florida’s new Surgeon General on Sept 21st. The day before he had been hired by the University of Florida College of Medicine. Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis denied, with a straight face, the two hirings were connected — despite them bringing Lapado’s compensation to over $500,000. However, it does mean that during the worst health crisis in Florida in a century, the Surgeon General is a part-time position. But it gets worse.

Ladapo is well-educated. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and also received a separate doctorate that year in health policy from the university’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. So far so good. But since graduation, he has generated controversy. He is a COVID contrarian and vaccine efficacy doubter. And he is a signatory to the Great Barrington Declaration.

This declaration is the product of a right-wing think-tank, the American Institute for Economic Research — which is also known for its climate change denial. It recommends that the majority of the population, the young and healthy, just ignore COVID and get on with their lives, while the elderly and sick are protected. The end result would be the conservative holy grail of natural herd immunity. The Institute’s position was, and is, opposed by the medical community. And has been shown to be fatally wrong since the rise of the delta variant has sickened and killed the young and healthy. Ladapo has since said that, despite signing the declaration, he doesn’t agree with every position. Let the weaseling begin.

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Ladapo said that a “climate of mistrust” around the government’s response to the pandemic has fueled vaccine fears. He claimed that was “a direct result of scientists, my colleagues, some of them, taking the science and basically misrepresenting it to fit their agendas.” This is a classic case of projection. Who’s misrepresenting the science? And whose dire warnings about government overreach are causing a climate of mistrust?

In the interview, he added, “This idea that people don’t get to make their own decisions on issues of health is wrong and it’s not something that we’re going to be about.” This is the standard conservative go-to — individual liberty and the right of the individual to make their own health decisions. This ignores the fact that when someone chooses to go unvaccinated they aren’t making health decisions just for themselves but also for everyone they come into contact with. That is the nature of infectious diseases.

Thursday, in a press conference, standing next to fellow Harvard alumnus, and equal exponent of the ‘truth is what I say it is, facts be damned’ Ron DeSantis, Ladapo fleshed out his thinking. Let’s break his speech apart. He starts,

“It’s just an unbelievable time in the country. It’s almost like you wake up each day and you wonder what new unprecedented policy step some leader in, unfortunately, California … or even at the executive level with the president, is coming out with. We don’t know what’s coming next … What we’re talking about here today is really an example of just extreme policies that we’ve seen during this pandemic. And policies that are implemented without thinking about whether they make sense. Or thinking about, you know, the risks and benefits or the implications of those policies.”

It doesn’t take him long for him to drag two conservtive symbols of socialist excess into the frame — California and Biden. And he does mean Biden, despite it being during the Trump administration that the vaccine was developed. (It is a piece of conservative legerdemain to maintain that Trump is a God for creating the vaccine, but Biden is the Devil for forcing it on people.) Ladapo then throws in “extreme” policies he says are rolled out without thought to consequences. Really? Medical professionals in DC are just making policy with a coin flip?

He’s just getting going. Next are the anonymous anecdotes,

“I mean you hear these stories. People telling you about what’s been happening in their lives. Nurses, pregnant women who are being forced to sort of put something in their bodies that we don’t know there is all to know about yet, no matter what people on TV tell you.”

People love stories — Nikki Minaj’s cousin’s friend with the swollen testicles, for instance — but stories are not proof of anything. And to further dismiss a life-saving vaccine, Ladapo suggests that medical policy is being designed by TV talking-heads.

He then goes on to say that vaccines haven’t done exactly as predicted,

“You remember when people were telling you that these vaccines would stop transmission and rates of protection were greater than 90%? Well guess what? Here we are about 10 months afterward and we are finding out that was some of these vaccines the data is showing that the protection is less than 40% and even less than that for some of them.”

He’s not wrong to say that the efficacy of vaccines in stopping transmission isn’t as great as predicted ten months ago. But those predictions were made before the virulent delta variant evolved. However, Ladapo is lying that the data shows protection rates of less than 40%. Or is he maintaining that 60% of the people who have received a COVID vaccination have become infected with COVID?

The two statistics that matter are: how much less likely are you to catch COVID if you are vaccinated? (Note, Ladapo, himself, even admits that “So sure, they [vaccines] reduce the likelihood of transmission”). And if you do get a breakthrough infection: what is the likelihood your symptoms will be severe, that you will have to go to hospital and the ICU, or that you will die, compared to the unvaccinated?

Ladapo then plays the libertarian card — people should be their own doctors

“People need to continue and stick with their intuition and their sensibilities.”

Really? Is that how people do their taxes? Is that the best way to fix a car? Why bother to have epidemiologists and public health departments at all? Next time Ebola threatens the US, the President should address that nation and say. “You’re on your own. Use your intuition and sensibilities to dodge the bullet. Good luck.”

Next, let’s consider what Lapado has to say about breakthrough infections,

They’re obviously not rare. In fact, they’re common — and that’s the truth. So the idea that vaccine mandates are needed to create a safe workspace are a complete lie. It is continued to be repeated. And you should know that it’s not at all backed up by science. In fact, the science says something that’s completely the opposite and that’s a fact.

Note how many times he insists something is a fact or the truth, or someone else is lying and repeating it. Experience shows that the more often people claim they are telling the truth, the more likely it is they are lying. Proof? Trump frequently ends a sentence with “believe me”. And his assertion that vaccines aren’t backed by since is simply untrue.

Ladapo addresses the outcomes of people who refuse vaccines in the face of work-related vaccine mandates

“Besides the horror, the repugnancy of firing people who have been showing up to work during this whole time during the pandemic to help their neighbors and the people in their communities and now you are firing them. Putting aside how completely absurd, completely absurd that is, so what do we know about the science of doing that to someone?”

“Horror” and “repugnancy”? Just a little over the top, no? And let’s be real. How many people went to work to help their neighbors and community? They went — like almost all of us do — for the paycheck. And those people who are concerned about the neighbors and communities will have already got a vaccination. And if you want to talk horror and repugnancy what about the vaccinated workers who are now exposed to breakthrough infections because of thoughtless coworkers?

And how many people are we talking about? We are warned that vaccine mandates will lead to a mass exodus of workers. But it hasn’t happen. The vast majority of the still unvaccinated get vaccinated and everyone is better off for it.

And then Ladapo plays the COVID measures cause mental distress card.

“When you take away these people’s jobs, it’s bad for health, it increases mental distress, it’s bad for physical health. People often lose health insurance so it disrupts their care. It’s bad for health on every level for these people.”

During the high unemployment/mental stress period caused by the 2008/2009 Great Recession, there was an uptick in suicides. But the increase was nowhere near the number of people who have been killed by Covid in 2020/2021. And what of the mental stress of people who have lost loved ones? As for physical health, what’s worse than being so sick you are on a ventilator in an ICU? Or dead?

And let’s note the absurdity of tying health insurance to employment. If conservatives cared about that, they would be lobbying for universal Medicare.

Then Ladapo highlights another conservative whopper.

“Let’s talk about another thing. Why are some people not comfortable with these vaccines? Part of the reason that people are not comfortable is because of the climate of dishonesty, scientific dishonesty, about the science.”

Who the hell is being dishonest about the science? Epidemiologists and other doctors may have got some of the details wrong. But they made the best effort to tell the truth in the light of the facts known at the time. The nature of Covid changed and, as said above, some things that were asserted turned out to be incorrect in light of new variants and new facts. But the only side that lies about current facts is Ladapos’s.

He goes on to claim adverse reactions to the vaccines are being covered up,

And I know this for a fact because patients of mine, colleagues of mine, strangers around the country have contacted me about their experiences… And healthy people who’ve had adverse reactions after the vaccines, there’s been a concerted effort to prevent these kinds of stories, these experiences from receiving the attention they should obviously receive. And that’s a real thing.

Again Lapoda presents anecdotes as evidence. He suggests a plot to cover up the truth, without offering evidence. And again he insists it’s a “real thing”. Covid is a global pandemic. Vaccines have been given to people in countries around the planet, governed by the gamut of political philosophies. Is it credible that all these diverse peoples would agree to sign on to a plot to silence the truth of adverse reactions? It is not.

Lapoda goes on for a few more minutes, but it is just more of the same. So allow me to leave you with his final statement,

“So the governor and I, I’m super happy to be working with him. He’s a complete believer in honesty, integrity, and so am I. We are going to work together on this endlessly and tirelessly. We have your backs. We’re going to work like hell to help you.”

This “complete believer in honesty, integrity” he refers to is Ron DeSantis. I think this reveals better than anything else he said, that Lapoda is living with alternative facts.
 
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A Nevada man cried to the cameras about voter fraud. He wasn’t wrong, but he was the fraudster
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Donald "Kirk" Hartle was "sickened" by the alleged voter fraud authorities believe he may have committed himself.

Last November, Donald “Kirk” Hartle told everyone he could that there had been a “sickening” case of voter fraud involving his wife, who passed away from breast cancer in 2017. Hartle claimed that he never received Rosemarie Hartle’s mail-in ballot at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2020 election, though she was inexplicably still on the active voter list. Rosemarie’s ballot was nonetheless somehow counted by Clark County officials, who even claimed her signature matched their records.

Both Hartles are registered Republicans. Naturally, the Nevada Republican Party took up the 55-year-old's cause and even tweeted about the incident the same day that the Associated Press called Nevada for Joe Biden. They boosted his case days later, posting an interview between Hartle and Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS to their Facebook page.

The secretary of state’s office believes it may have solved this mystery and filed a criminal complaint earlier this month against—you probably guessed it—Donald “Kirk” Hartle......