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Pastor Fired for Promoting COVID Vaccine on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe'


Pastor Fired for Promoting COVID Vaccine on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’
Rachel Olding
Breaking News Editor
Published Aug. 28, 2021 11:58AM ET

An evangelical pastor and senior VP for a non-profit called National Religious Broadcasters was fired on Friday for promoting COVID vaccines on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. When Daniel Darling appeared on the show on Aug. 2, he said his faith motivated him to get vaccinated. “I believe in this vaccine because I don’t want to see anyone else die of COVID,” he said. “Our family has lost too many close friends and relatives to COVID, including an uncle, a beloved church member and our piano teacher.” But National Religious Broadcasters, a 1,100-member organization of Christian communicators, told Darling his statements violated their policy of remaining neutral about COVID vaccines, Religion News Service reports. He was told he could sign a statement admitting he had been insubordinate, and admit that his pro-vaccine statements were wrong, or be fired. He chose the latter.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 29, 2021, 04:36 AM (17 replies)

COVID-19, ivermectin, and stupidity: A day in the life of a veterinarian


COVID-19, ivermectin, and stupidity: A day in the life of a veterinarian
Southern White Boy
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Saturday August 28, 2021 · 8:00 AM EDT

I'm gonna need a stronger brick wall

Yesterday as I was finishing an appointment I could hear my receptionist’s frustration as she was struggling with a phone call. I wasn’t certain about the details, just the frustration in her voice. The caller was put on hold and I got one of those looks. The deer in the headlights kind where you know you don’t want to be involved but have no choice.

I’d seen this client’s dog the previous day (a friend had brought the dog so I never got to speak to the owner). She wanted to know if I would prescribe Ivermectin for her. Yep, for her, not for her dog. What followed was a discussion that was so frustrating I never actually got to tell her that vets cannot legally prescribe medication for humans.

It seems her daughter in law had told her that she needed to get some just in case she got COVID. She’s been vaccinated and I think she wears masks (I’m not certain, my head turned to mush sometime during the call so some details are sketchy). I explained to her that I was under the impression that the quantity required to inhibit the virus in vitro would require blood levels quite in excess of the level required for it to get through the blood brain barrier in amounts that are toxic. I explained that it was a neurotoxin and could cause fun stuff like seizures, coma, and death. Her response left me feeling I may as well have told her lemonade is a cool refreshing beverage.

During the conversation I learned that there was a website where you could consult a doctor and get a prescription (I’m not certain why she was asking for one from yours truly, but didn’t throw that out there either — I was busy trying to keep my cool). She couldn’t recall the doctor’s name but had a link in an email from her daughter in law. I avoided answering some of her questions at this point as I knew my responses weren’t going to achieve the desired result. Instead I told her I was interested in seeing this website and asked her to forward the link to my email.

She said she’d get right on it. This was Thursday morning. It was a rather busy day so I did not get a chance to check my email until later in the evening. She hadn’t sent one.

Today I got an email from her:

Hello, Just to followup on our phone conversation. I was able to get ivermectin through an online doctor. The dosage goes by your weight and is in pill form. So for me it is 27mg a day for 5 days, and for my husband it is 15 mg a day for 5 days. I did not realize what you have is in different form. I do not know if I would use it, but at least I have it on hand. I sent you some information on it yesterday. Not sure if you received it. Anyway, would love to know if this sounds better to you as far as dosing.

I never received anything. I still haven’t told her that I cannot advise her on this matter. I sent a request for that link again. I’m still waiting.

I’m thinking my final answer to her needs to be something akin to:

I am not legally permitted to prescribe medication or give medical advice to people. My license limits my practice to the treatment of animals. As I stated in our phone call the other day, it is my understanding that the in vitro study results indicate a need for a blood level that is many times greater than the safe dose. The end result would require hospitalization. My recommendation is that you should consult your family physician or a doctor affiliated with one of the local hospital facilities instead of one from the internet.

Posted by babylonsister | Sat Aug 28, 2021, 09:28 AM (20 replies)

US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies

US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies

At least 13 service members were killed in an attack in Kabul Thursday.
ByJames Gordon Meek
August 27, 2021, 5:00 AM

With the Taliban growing more violent and adding checkpoints near Kabul's airport, an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the "Pineapple Express" to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety, members of the group told ABC News.

Moving after nightfall in near-pitch black darkness and extremely dangerous conditions, the group said it worked unofficially in tandem with the United States military and U.S. embassy to move people, sometimes one person at a time, or in pairs, but rarely more than a small bunch, inside the wire of the U.S. military-controlled side of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The Pineapple Express' mission was underway Thursday when the attack occurred in Kabul. Two suicide bombers believed to have been ISIS fighters killed at least 13 U.S. service members -- 10 U.S. Marines, a Navy corpsman, an Army soldier and another service member -- and wounded 15 other service members, according to U.S. officials.

There were wounded among the Pineapple Express travelers from the blast, and members of the group said they were assessing whether unaccounted-for Afghans they were helping had been killed.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 12:23 PM (6 replies)

Texas state House speaker bans the word 'racism' amid voting bill debate

How do you ban a word?

Texas state House speaker bans the word 'racism' amid voting bill debate
By Rachel Scully - 08/27/21 07:46 AM EDT

Texas State House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) on Thursday banned the word "racism" in the chamber after tensions flared while debating the highly disputed voting rights bill, ABC 13 reported.

"While we may have strong disagreements on the legislation and policy that will be debated, our rules require that we conduct ourselves in a civil manner and treat our colleagues with respect," Phelan said of the ban on the word.

"We can talk about racial impacts with this legislation without accusing members of this body of being racist," Phelan said.


Democrats fought back against Phelan's ban, saying that the bill is racist and greatly impacts minorities. Others said that the word was directed toward the bill, not at individual Republicans in the room.

a bit more...

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:52 AM (13 replies)

Should the Government Impose a National Vaccination Mandate?

I wish they would. Vaxxed citizens should also have rights, primarily the right to not fear death from these morons.


Our Columnists
Should the Government Impose a National Vaccination Mandate?
Despite claims to the contrary, there are many routes to legally requiring COVID inoculation.
By Jeannie Suk Gersen
August 26, 2021


No city or state has yet issued a straight-up requirement that all private citizens be vaccinated against COVID-19, along the lines of the Massachusetts smallpox-vaccination law upheld in Jacobson, but some have edged toward it. The closest so far is New York City’s requirement of proof of having received at least one dose for access to certain activities, including indoor dining, gyms, and performances. Various states have also ordered certain subsets of their populations, including health-care and nursing-home workers, school teachers, and state employees, to be vaccinated or face regular testing. The F.D.A.’s full approval of the vaccine this week makes it more likely that cities and states will impose general mandates on residents. If they do, they can feel confident that such requirements will be upheld by the courts, so long as they include medical and religious exemptions.

If, as seems probable, we see an increasingly dense and complicated patchwork of mandates emerge over the coming months, some might wonder about the possibility of a federal vaccination requirement. Beyond mandating inoculation of federal employees, the Biden Administration has pressured non-federal institutions to require vaccination, using the carrot of federal funding (or the stick of its potential withdrawal). As a condition of continuing to receive federal funding, the Administration has directed all nursing homes to require their staff to be vaccinated. Last week, Biden rebuked states that blocked schools from adopting mask requirements, and the Education Department suggested that infringing on school districts’ authority to adopt policies for safely returning to schools could result in withdrawal of federal funding. It is possible that the Administration could use a similar threat to prevent states from blocking school districts’ vaccine requirements.

The White House has made clear that directly imposing a national requirement on the general populace isn’t on the table, in part because many would question the government’s authority to do so in our constitutional system of limited federal powers. And, in fact, the government has never issued a national vaccination mandate—perhaps because, in the past, leaving that role to states and localities has sufficiently contained epidemics. If any federal statute currently provides authorization for a national COVID-vaccination mandate, however, it would be the Public Health Service Act, which gives several agencies the authority “to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases” from foreign countries or between states. The government can use this law to pursue quarantine policies, and the statute, broadly construed, may also allow the government to mandate vaccinations to prevent interstate spread of COVID-19.

Alternatively, Congress could rely on the Spending Clause to pass new laws that condition the transfer of federal funds to a state upon its establishing a vaccination mandate. Congress could also use the Commerce Clause to institute a national requirement as a regulation of interstate commerce. But those sweepingly ambitious federal routes are guaranteed to become mired in tremendous political pushback that could ultimately increase public resistance to vaccination, not to mention constitutional challenges claiming federal overreach. Short of those methods, the federal government still has myriad ways that it may yet push states, institutions, and citizens to do more than they otherwise would, with an arsenal of inducements, pressures, conditions, and threats. Depending on how things progress with the coronavirus variants, a national vaccination mandate may remain possible as a last resort.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:08 AM (14 replies)

Florida doctor bounced from post for allegedly selling $50 notes to exempt kids from wearing masks

What a POS. He should lose his license.


Florida doctor bounced from post for allegedly selling $50 notes to exempt kids from wearing masks
NY Daily News
Brian Niemietz
August 25, 2021, 2:54 PM

A Florida emergency room physician has reportedly been removed from his post after selling $50 doctor notes to parents hoping to exempt their children from wearing masks in school.

Dr. Brian Warden’s offer to provide such notes, written on signed stationery, were posted on social media, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Citing Warden’s alleged inability to conduct himself in a fashion consistent with the “absolute integrity” of Capital Regional Medical Center, a spokeswoman for that organization said Tuesday the doctor would no longer provide care for patients at the facility where he’d been working.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Warden practices in Leon County, which is one 10 counties statewide to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order against mask mandates. Without a doctor’s note, all students up to the eighth grade must wear face coverings to contain the COVID pandemic, which is running rampant in Florida.

COVID has killed a third-grader and a child under 5 years old in Leon County in the past month. The state recorded its highest daily death count during the pandemic with 228 new fatalities reported Wednesday morning.

Warden has recently moved from Philadelphia to Tallahassee, Fla.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:01 AM (1 replies)

The staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America's elderly

Sobering read.

The staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly
As millions “age in place,” millions more must figure out how to provide their loved ones with increasingly complex care.
By Anne Helen Petersen Aug 26, 2021, 8:00am EDT

When Laura sent me an email in early August, the first thing she did was apologize. “Please excuse how inelegant and disjointed this will be,” she wrote. “It matches my brain after being a caregiver since 2013.”

In 2013, Laura was several decades into a career as a marketing consultant. Her work was rewarding and challenging; she felt like she got to be creative every day and was never bored. She had gone freelance in the early 2000s and reveled in the freedom of being her own boss. Then her 78-year-old mom began experiencing severe back pain. She was scheduled for surgery, but the symptoms only worsened after the procedure. She was soon rushed back to the hospital following the collapse of her spinal cord. After emergency surgery, her pain lessened, at least somewhat, but then Laura was left to deal with her mom’s quickly accelerating dementia. “She went from normal cognition to thinking it was her wedding day and that I was her mother,” Laura told me. “She didn’t know how to walk, and didn’t remember what had happened to her.”

According to elder care experts, Laura’s description of what happened to her mom is pretty common. As someone ages, their health appears to gradually deteriorate in a way that doesn’t seem alarming. Most of the time, though, they’re inching toward a cliff — and when they fall off, they find themselves on another health cliff, and another, and another. With each cliff, it gets more difficult for a family member to catch them.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 06:47 AM (6 replies)

Seth Moulton is a blowhard.

On Morning Joe, blah blah blah, it's all about him and his senate aspirations.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 06:11 AM (16 replies)

The Rude Pundit: A Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Part 1: Mask Madness)


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
A Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Part 1: Mask Madness)


I just wanna say to all of 'em, "Motherfuckers, we're the ones who should be pissed off. We got vaccinated. We did what was good for the nation, what was good for everyone. We thought we were gonna be in unmasked bliss and getting back to normal, but you ignorant fucks blew it for everyone. Eat my whole ass." But that won't matter to someone who thinks they are so right and righteous in their stupidity that they need to show everyone, like a proud toddler with an erection.

And let's not even begin to get into the basic fuckery behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order suspending laws so that no government nor any body that receives funds from the state can issue a vaccine mandate. Abbott, who has decided to try to out-Trump Trump on deranged and harmful acts, is sucking so hard at the nutzoid right teat that he'll go cross-eyed from the effort. There should be a national vaccine mandate and anyone who doesn't like it can go live on Covid island where they can pass around variants until they run out of Greek letters or people.

Or Florida. Jesus fuck, Florida.

The GOP has put this nation on a ledge and threatened to push it off. And every day, they keep chipping more and more of that ledge away through their actions and inaction. For those who know that they're spreading utter bullshit, it's brutal and cruel. For those who are true believers, it's dumbfounding. We're approaching a convulsion point where the only way some will know how to react is through violence. And that still won't be enough for the conservative jackals feeding on our anxiety and rage and conflict.

We've been close to madness in modern times before as a nation, but each time, we seem to pull back just before we plunge over that edge. I'm not so sure we can this time.

(In Part 2: The Afghanistan withdrawal is breaking the brains of the warmongers.)
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 09:21 PM (14 replies)

An open letter to the Republican warmongers criticizing Joe Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal


An open letter to the Republican warmongers criticizing Joe Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal
Aldous J Pennyfarthing
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Thursday August 26, 2021 · 6:58 PM EDT
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Dear Insufferable Pricks,

First of all, I love being lectured and talked down to by the same feral fuckwits who eagerly promoted both of Peewee Bush’s Big Adventures. Twenty years ago, my fellow liberal dupes and I screamed to the rafters to anyone who would listen that invading and occupying two largely hostile countries for God knows what real reason (WMD was a lie, and Osama bin Laden escaped at Tora Bora two fucking decades ago) was a terrible idea, and yet we bumblefucked our way around Iraq and Afghanistan for so fucking long, Rupert Murdoch’s droopy-ass balls were still just halfway to the ground when all this nonsense started.

We’ve been kicking the Afghanistan can down the road ever since, and someone—in this case Joe Biden—finally said enough is enough. Fuck you for second-guessing how he did it. If the serrated knife you plunged into our soft, seamy underbelly hurts coming out, that’s nothing compared to how it felt going in. Remember that, Liz Cheney? What about you, Lindsey Graham, you semi-flaccid Jiminy Cricket-looking war chub? You want to impeach Joe Biden—your ex-best friend—for dragging all you starfucking, Pentagon-fluffing war worshippers out of your toddler sandbox and into the harsh klieg lights of reality? Do your worst, you feckless, fifth-string Pep Boy.

And, hey, Fox News, you gently used vomit trough of bad faith, bad ideas, and painfully chafed assholes. I seem to recall you chirping nonstop 20-odd years ago about the wars we simply needed to wage to protect our homeland and our “honor.” Where are those clips now? In the Smithsonian next to a George W. Bush painting of his Scots terrier earnestly humping a series of increasingly churlish barn cats? Did Geraldo lock all that footage in Al Capone’s vault? I seriously want to know.

George W. Bush. Remember that guy? Oh, of course not. He was only your conquering hero for, what, seven and a half fucking years? Did something happen to make him fall out of favor? I can’t imagine. Good God, you people. Your takes have aged worse than Mitch McConnell’s glowering meatloaf of a face. Nevertheless, you persist.

Of course, now you’re all trying to pretend that the always-super-competent Donald Trump would have gotten us out of Afghanistan with no muss and no fuss. Yeah, that’s likely. Mr. Art of the Squeal couldn’t negotiate his way out of a wet sack of hamster farts. What was all that North Korea shit? Kim Jong-un wrangled concessions out of us in exchange for a pouch of magic beans, and then Trump—risibly—tried to pretend Kim had been brought to heel. Well, if he’s a trained puppy, he’s a puppy with lots of shiny new missiles and nukes. Another yuuuuuge fail for Bone Spurious the Yellow.

But hey, the guy whose pandemic response looked like Grimace hate-fucking Mayor McCheese on an escalator; who for four years told us his fantastic health care plan was just two weeks away; and who couldn’t get an infrastructure bill off the launchpad in spite of a widespread bipartisan consensus that we needed more and better infrastructure was going to snap his fingers and shit a workable plan out of his yawning asshole of a maw sometime before May—even though there’s no evidence he had any evacuation plan in place or had even bothered to work on one. Yup. If only Donald Trump had been president instead of Biden. Right? Right?!

And I’m supposed to believe that the guy who abandoned our Kurdish allies after one salty phone call from a fellow dictator was going to move heaven and earth to get our Afghan allies to safety? Uh huh. So why did he all but shut down visa processing for those same Afghans? Seems counterproductive somehow.

As for our fellow citizens in Afghanistan (including the soldiers who tragically died in a terrorist suicide bombing while we were evacuating tens of thousands of friendlies), what was Trump’s plan for getting them home after the Taliban—puffed up and encouraged by the ultimately toothless peace agreement he signed, the 5,000 ferocious Taliban fighters he released, the swift drawdown of troops he initiated, and his clueless, self-serving tweets about getting all our soldiers home by Christmas—basically handed Biden a ticking time bomb? Americans in Afghanistan were told on May 15 to get out of the country ASAP and were urgently told to do so on Aug. 7. We’re to believe Donald Trump would have donned his all-seeing Cerebro helmet and uncovered actionable intelligence suggesting we needed to get our people out far sooner? Try again, poseurs.

Oh, and are we supposed to just ignore the fact that Trump bragged to a rally crowd in June that he’d backed Biden into a corner and made it impossible to reverse his own poorly planned pullout?

The Afghan army collapsed—after we poured untold billions of dollars into training it to defend the jerry-rigged Afghanistan government—in an eye blink. Yet we’re supposed to accept that Donald Trump, in sticking to the May 1 deadline he negotiated, would have somehow prevented the outcome the Taliban had slowly and meticulously engineered since signing our erstwhile ocher overlord’s February 2020 surrender agreement—an agreement that Trump’s own former national security adviser H.R. McMaster ultimately blamed for the “collapse” of anti-Taliban forces? Was he gonna stop them with a tweet? Oh, yeah. The ferocious, battle-hardened Taliban doesn’t fear much, but they tremble in the face of unnecessary capitalization—that I’m fucking sure of. So maybe y’all are right. I guess we’ll never really know.

As for our modern mewling MAGA monkeys, I’m willing to bet at least 99.9% of you Trumpies who are lining up to crucify Biden were scarfing freedom fries and scraping the French flags off your Grey Goose bottles 18-plus years ago, so you can all STFU, too. You credulous, mouth-breathing lie sponges are so easily propagandized you’ll eat horse paste instead of taking a safe, effective, and lifesaving vaccine. This should go without saying, but horse-paste eaters don’t get to criticize other people’s judgment. I don’t know much, but I sure as shit know that.

Speaking of the virus, how many Americans have needlessly died in the past five minutes because Donald Trump didn’t want to smear his makeup with a mask and Ron DeSantis decided his glide path to the White House should be greased with the fresh, pestilent buttock tallow of Florida Man, Florida Woman, Florida Kid, and Florida Grandmama? I knew most of these assholes were pro-war, but I didn’t know they’d be so actively and eagerly pro-virus. Until these glad-handing ghouls can explain the hefty butcher’s bill they keep running up, maybe they should keep the names of these brave fallen soldiers out of their filthy, lying mouths.

So here’s a bit of friendly advice: Unless you spoke out against these wars 20 years ago—or, like Biden, lobbied to end our Afghanistan campaign 12 years ago—you can stick your conveniently timed tirades up your worthless ruddy assholes.

Thanks for coming to my FED (Up) Talk. And if you’re a warhawk Republican, be sure to fuck right off on your way out the door. I’m done listening to you.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 06:43 PM (7 replies)
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