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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart says Bulldogs experiencing 'highest spike' of COVID-19

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart says Bulldogs experiencing 'highest spike' of COVID-19 despite more than 90% being vaccinated

"I'll be honest with you, I'm as concerned as I've ever been, because we have three or four guys out with COVID and we have a couple staff members that have been out with COVID here recently," Smart said. "For us, we're at our highest spike. And people are talking about vaccinations, well these are people that are vaccinated. We're talking about breakthroughs, and so that concerns you not only for the players on your team that are unvaccinated, that are playing and not playing, because we want everybody to be safe. But it concerns me for the players that are vaccinated that we could lose them."

Smart said, last month, that more than 90% of Georgia's players, coaches and other staff members had been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Georgia is not requiring fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend games at Sanford Stadium this season. Capacity is 92,746.

"This is the highest we've been since fall camp right now," Smart said. "I think there's this relief that you guys feel like everything's back to normal, well it's really just not for us right now."


Oregon House boasts record number of women, after swearing-in of Rep. Christine Goodwin, R-Roseburg

The Oregon House broke its previous record for the number of women representatives this week, after the swearing-in of Rep. Christine Goodwin brought the total number to 33 out of a total 60 members.

Deputy Chief Clerk Obie Rutledge confirmed that 33 is the highest number of women to ever serve in the Oregon House, although the number has been climbing in recent years. Chief Clerk Timothy G. Sekerak added in an email that “the previous high water mark was 22 (women) in 2001, which ebbed down and up and was eventually reached again in 2018 and is currently being surpassed every year.”


Biden as the fall guy for the disastrous failures of the Military/Industrial/Complex

Watching the corporate news channels and reading the editorials in our local newspaper I have been struck by the singular focus only on our withdrawal effort from Afghanistan. What I'm not seeing is an accompanying analysis of why we intervened and stayed in the country for 20 years through three different administrations. I believe the set-up is intentional. By focusing on the suffering at the very end we can avoid talking about what happened in the beginning and the following 20 years. Biden becomes the media's fall guy for the war's failure while those responsible for the entire mess escape the spotlight.

Wars that the US has been involved in since WWII

1950–1953 Korean War United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China
1960–1975 Vietnam War United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion United States vs. Cuba
1983 Grenada United States intervention
1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama United States vs. Panama
1990–1991 Persian Gulf War United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
1995–1996 Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina United States as part of NATO acted as peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia
2001–present Invasion of Afghanistan United States and Coalition Forces vs. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to fight terrorism
2003–2011 Invasion of Iraq
United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
2004–present War in Northwest Pakistan United States vs. Pakistan, mainly drone attacks
2007–present Somalia and Northeastern Kenya United States and Coalition forces vs. al-Shabaab militants
2009–2016 Operation Ocean Shield (Indian Ocean) NATO allies vs. Somali pirates
2011 Intervention in Libya U.S. and NATO allies vs. Libya
2011–2017 Lord's Resistance Army U.S. and allies against the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda
2014–2017 U.S.-led Intervention in Iraq U.S. and coalition forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
2014–present U.S.-led intervention in Syria U.S. and coalition forces against al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Syria
2015–present Yemeni Civil War Saudi-led coalition and U.S., France, and Kingdom against the Houthi rebels, Supreme Political Council in Yemen, and allies
2015–present U.S. intervention in Libya U.S. and Libya against ISIS


Turner, Brown ads get nasty: Darcy cartoon

In the middle of the article is this interesting bit of information on Brown.

Shontel Brown is now the subject of a Ohio Ethics Commission review for contract steering. As a Cuyahoga County councilwoman, Brown voted for million dollar contracts awarded to companies her boyfriend and campaign donors are connected with.

It is a felony under Ohio law for a public official “to secure authorization of any public contract in which the public official, a member of the public official’s family, or any of the public official’s business associates has an interest.”

The case was referred to the Ethics Commission for review by the State Auditors office and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.


Billionaire Tax Cheat Travels to Space for a Few Minutes

It isn’t often that we see a New York Times paragraph so freighted with syrup and honeyed goo, but there it was on Sunday afternoon, like something you’d order at IHOP to beat back a hangover: “Soaring more than 50 miles into the hot, glaringly bright skies above New Mexico, Richard Branson at last fulfilled a dream that took decades to realize: He can now call himself an astronaut.”

Better lede: “Fulfilling his desire to beat a fellow billionaire into the lowest verge of space, notorious tax cheat Richard Branson burned some of the money he owes his home country in order to fling himself past the troposphere so he could experience weightlessness for as much time as it takes to make a decent bowel movement. An achievement that will go down in corporate history, Branson now holds bragging rights over the guy whose monopolies are eating the economy alive.”

Space travel used to be about “us,” a collective effort by the country to reach beyond previously unreachable limits. That was the Cold War propaganda, anyway, and it had an unavoidable allure. Now, it’s about “them,” the 0.1 percent who hide their fortunes and use those revenues to give their egos a televised tongue-bath in zero-g, followed by a gala event suffused with celebrities. Space exploration is now a plaything for those who already exist in an alien atmosphere. I’m pretty sure Chuck Yeager would not be impressed.

William Rivers Pitt


'That Person Is Nina Turner': Progressive Nabs July 4 Endorsement of Largest Ohio Newspaper

Citing the "pioneering civil rights legacy of the late U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes of Cleveland," who served constituents in the district that spans portions of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County for 15 terms from 1968 to 1999, the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed Turner on July 4th by saying she would be the best candidate to replicate Stokes' ability "to speak out for the rights, needs and interests of urban, largely poor constituents of color, too often neglected in the business of the U.S. Congress."

According to the paper's editorial:

Who best among the 13 Democrats on the Aug. 3 special primary ballot seeking the Democratic nod for this overwhelmingly Democratic district to carry on that legacy?

There is one person in this crowded field who has shown she isn't afraid to stand up to power and to partisan shibboleths, who has the guts to say what she thinks and do what's right for her constituents and country, who is passionate about public service and knows the issues, the personalities, the challenges better than anyone else in this race.

That person is Nina Turner.


Jimi Hendrix -Star Spangled Banner

Critics Say Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal Will Enrich Wall Street Investors

Refusing to touch the 2017 GOP tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, a bipartisan group of 21 senators is proposing a series of alternative infrastructure funding mechanisms that critics say amount to a thinly veiled scheme to privatize the nation’s roads, bridges, and water systems.

In a statement issued Thursday as the details of the bipartisan proposal began to emerge, Mary Grant of advocacy group Food & Water Watch warned that the plan “would pile further burdens on communities struggling to recover from the Covid pandemic.”

“It promotes privatization and so-called ‘public-private partnerships’ instead of making public investments in publicly-owned infrastructure,” Grant said. “This package does not provide adequate funding to rebuild and repair our country’s infrastructure; it is nothing more than an outrageously expensive way to borrow funds, with the ultimate bill paid back by households and local businesses in the form of higher rates.”

Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, said Thursday that by deeming any changes to the 2017 GOP tax law off limits, the bipartisan Senate group is showing that it’s “more interested in having less Infrastructure investment in order to justify keeping in place a rigged tax code that favors corporations and the rich rather than actually coming up with a plan that solves the enormous challenges that our country faces.”


Former Alabama RB Najee Harris returns to homeless shelter for NFL draft party

Growing up in California, future NFL first-round draft pick Najee Harris spent several years with his parents and four siblings in a Bay Area homeless shelter.

Harris returned to the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program on Thursday as one of its greatest success stories, coming home to a draft party held in his honor.

"There was a time I needed a helping hand. They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet," Harris told reporters. "So it is my job to give back."


Great young man.
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