Business is booming for openly conservative moving company helping blue-state refugees flee to Florida

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There is no denying that a massive migration occurred in the United States during the pandemic. A factor for some Americans moving out of their states is to flee blue states with draconian pandemic restrictions for red states that allow more freedom. One openly conservative Florida moving company has capitalized on the shifting population trends.

“Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw population increases and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population, 11 of which had losses of over 10,000 people,” the Census Bureau noted. “This is a historically large number of states to lose population in year [sic].”

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the South had a positive net domestic migration of 657,682 between 2020 and 2021 and now has 38.3% of the total U.S. population.

The states with the largest net domestic migration gains were Florida (220,890), Texas (170,307), and Arizona (93,026) – all of which are red states.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, New York suffered a negative domestic migration of -352,185.

A study released earlier this month found that the states with the largest percent of outbound moves in 2021 were New Jersey (71%), Illinois (67%), New York (63%), Connecticut (60%), and California (59%) – all deep blue states.

The states with the highest percentage of inbound moves were Vermont (74%), South Dakota (69%), South Carolina (63%), West Virginia (63%), and Florida (62%) — all red states except for Vermont.

Another study revealed that Florida was the No. 1 state people moved to in 2021.

The Blue Line Moving company is reaping the rewards of the massive population changes across the country. The Florida-based moving company is owned by John Rourke — a supporter of law enforcement, hence the name “Blue Line Moving.”

Rourke, a 16-year Army veteran, told the New York Post, “I want to angle my business to be the mover of the Conservative party.”

Blue Line Moving organizes an annual cleanup event, and last year, Rourke and others conducted a cleanup of Del Rio, Texas, near the U.S. southern border. The area was where a large group of illegal immigrants was amassed near the international bridge in Del Rio in September.

Rourke made headlines in September for an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he talked about what he saw at the southern border.

Rourke told the New York Post that business has been booming ever since he appeared on Fox News, “People call and say I saw you on ‘Tucker,’ I want to use you if you are in my price range.”

Blue Line Moving has had some high-profile customers, including Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), cable news talk show host Sean Hannity, art gallery president Carl David, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Donald Trump Jr.

Because Rourke is openly conservative, Blue Line Moving is regularly a target for prank calls and one-star reviews from people who have never used his company.

“I am good with it. If it’s that important for you to call me an a**hole, that’s fine. I will still ask if you want me to move you. I don’t care,” Rourke, who moved from California to Texas, said.

Rourke’s Blue Line Moving company was an inspiration to realtor Rob Saake, who opened a realty that caters to conservatives.

“I was disheartened by the fact that I was being instructed to put my personal and political views aside because it was bad for business,” Saake told the New York Post.

“It’s about transparency, not division,” Saake explained.

“If you are a liberal, you might hire me to sell your home and I might use that commission to make a donation to the NRA. You probably aren’t going to like that. … If I am not your guy, I encourage you to find someone who is,” Saake, who donates a portion of each commission to a law enforcement charity, said.

Saake recently launched Conservative Move, a realty that helps Americans move to “conservative regions.”

Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts endorses challenger to GOP congressman facing criminal charges

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Nebraska’s Republican governor has endorsed a primary challenger to sitting Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), who is accused of making false statements to federal investigators probing his 2016 campaign contributions.

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday announced he is supporting state Sen. Mike Flood (R) in the Republican primary for Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District.

“Mike will be able to focus his entire energy on representing the first district here in Nebraska and stopping this radical agenda coming out of D.C., and that’s why I’m so proud to be able to endorse him in this primary to be the next congressman from the first congressional district,” Ricketts said, according to KETV-TV.

Flood launched a primary challenge against Fortenberry last week, following the nine-term congressman’s announcement that he would seek re-election again even though he was indicted by the Justice Department on multiple felony charges last fall. He faces three felony charges, including for lying to federal agents about the source of $30,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

Authorities claim that a group in California funneled money from Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury to Fortenberry’s 2016 campaign. Fortenberry has plead not guilty to the charges.

Earlier this month, the congressman asked a federal judge to have the charges against him dismissed, but the judge denied his request.

Former Gov. Dave Heineman joined Ricketts in endorsing Flood over Fortenberry, writing in a letter that the allegations against Fortenberry are disqualifying.

“In modern political times in Nebraska, Jeff Fortenberry is the only Nebraska Congressman that has ever been indicted on felony criminal charges. His actions have resulted in a dilemma for Nebraska’s first district voters,” Heineman said. “We respect and appreciate his service, but we don’t want to risk losing the seat to a Democrat. Therefore I’m supporting and endorsing Mike Flood for Congress.”

In making the case for his candidacy, Flood has said the criminal allegations against Fortenberry will jeopardize Republican control of his congressional seat and hamper GOP efforts to retake the House majority in November.

“I’ve been talking to people in Fremont, Columbus, Norfork, Lincoln and all other communities. They’re very apprehensive and concerned about this legal dilemma that he’s in,” Heineman told KETV.

“We’re here today because of the situation Congressman Fortenberry is in because of his indictment,” Flood said last week when he announced his campaign.

In a statement Friday, Fortenberry responded to the endorsements for Flood.

“Today’s announcement is particularly disappointing because I have counted these people as friends and you hope you can rely on your friends to stand by you when you face adversity like a false and unjust accusation,” Fortenberry said. “However, I’ve been very happy to receive endorsements for my re-election from business, community and political leaders across the First District. The voters will pass their own judgement on the character of the candidates in this race and I will spend this year talking with them about the accomplishments, leadership and conservative values that make me the best person to earn their vote and represent them in Congress.”

UPenn teammate of Lia Thomas believes the transgender swimmer arranged to lose race to biological female to prove men aren’t always stronger

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A University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team member
claimed to OutKick that teammate Lia Thomas — a biological male who transitioned to female and has been dominating the competition this season — arranged to lose a recent race to a Yale biological female to prove men aren’t always stronger than women.

What’s the background?

After three years of racing against men, Thomas has been competing as a transgender female this season and has
broken several UPenn and Ivy League women’s records in the process. In one long-distance race, Thomas bested the second-place finisher by over half a minute.

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But Yale University’s
Iszac Henig beat Thomas in the in the 100-meter freestyle Jan. 8 with a time of 49.57 seconds; Thomas finished with a time of 52.84 seconds.

Thing is, Henig also is transgender — but in the opposite direction. Henig is a biological female transitioning to male who hasn’t taken hormones yet, which allows Henig to still race against women.

What did Thomas’ teammate claim?

The UPenn swimmer — a biological female — spoke to OutKick on the condition of anonymity “due to what is viewed as threats from the university, activists, and the current political climate” and said she believes Thomas and Henig colluded before the Jan. 8 meet.

“Looking at [Lia’s] time, I don’t think she was trying,” the Penn swimmer alleged to OutKick. “I know they’re friends, and I know they were talking before the meet. I think she let her win to prove the point that, ‘Oh see, a female-to-male beat me.’”

Lia Thomas dominated by fellow Ivy League transgender swimmer Iszac Henig https://trib.al/M5dKB9bu00a0pic.twitter.com/wQWXBWYZyT

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The outlet pressed the swimmer on whether she believes Thomas’ loss to Henig was arranged, and she replied, “I do. I can’t say for sure, but I wouldn’t be shocked if I found out that was 100% true.”

The athletic departments for UPenn and Yale on Friday didn’t immediately reply to TheBlaze’s requests for comment on the allegation.

‘It was blatantly obvious’

And Thomas’ losing time of 52.84 seconds? In November, Thomas swam the 100 freestyle in 49.42, OutKick said — which would have bested Henig on Jan. 8.

The UPenn women’s swimmer also told the outlet that Thomas appeared to take it easy during the 200-meter freestyle Jan. 8, yet Thomas still won by two seconds with a time of 1:48:73.

“I was on deck and said to a friend, ‘She’s literally not trying.’ You could just tell,” she told OutKick. “It was blatantly obvious. I was watching the 200 free, and [Thomas] was literally keeping pace with the other girls. She was No. 1 in the country at one point. These are definitely talented swimmers, but they’re not the caliber of being at the top in the country or anything like that.”

The anonymous UPenn swimmer added to the outlet that “you can tell when someone is dying, and they’re swimming slow. You can also tell when someone is not trying, and I could see [in the 200 freestyle] that Lia was not trying.”

OutKick also noted that Thomas
was accused by those in attendance of “coasting” and “barely trying” in the 500 freestyle race that Thomas won by one second.

Anything else?

A mixture of outrage and support has followed Thomas for the past few months:

In December a biological female swimmer on the UPenn squad spoke out against Thomas being allowed to compete with them, saying “I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do.” Soon a second swimmer acknowledged that the entire team is “angry” over the unfair situation.
What’s more, the UPenn women swimmers reportedly wanted to boycott the Jan. 8 meet over the Thomas situation but didn’t as they were “afraid to be perceived as transphobic.”
If that weren’t enough, a UPenn female swimmer said Thomas identifies with a legendary baseball player who broke the major league’s infamous color barrier: “She compares herself to Jackie Robinson. She said she is like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports.”
However, both UPenn and the Ivy League have issued statements supporting the inclusion of Thomas in women’s competitions.

Thomas has qualified for the women’s NCAA championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle, OutKick said.

The Federal Reserve moves forward with digital currency initiative

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Physical currency may soon become a thing of the past as the United States Federal Reserve takes the next step in completely digitizing the dollar.

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve released a report titled “Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation” detailing the role that various cryptocurrencies and digital payment processors play in the American economy while suggesting policy considerations for the creation and adoption of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

“While a CBDC could provide a safe, digital payment option for households and businesses as the payments system continues to evolve, and may result in faster payment options between countries, there may also be downsides,” writes the Federal Reserve.

One such downside is the abundance of fraud that occurs in the digital marketplace. Other concerns are the preservation of monetary stability with an entirely digital currency and the restructuring of the commercial banking system so that private banks can accommodate a monetary system that is solely digital.

The country’s central bank seeks feedback from the public about the CBDC initiative, reports the Washington Post. However, regardless of what the public says, the Federal Reserve indicated that it would only move forward with creating a CBDC if it received “clear support” from the President and Congress.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell — who was recently appointed to another term as chairman by President Biden — said that the Federal Reserve looks forward to “engaging with the public, elected representatives, and a broad range of stakeholders as we examine the positives and negatives of a central bank digital currency in the United States.”

The United States is not the first nation to pursue the development of a CBDC in hopes of replacing its physical currency. China began developing a digital yuan in 2014 and plans to release it this February, and Russia plans to launch a digital ruble pilot initiative in early 2022.

In Central America, El Salvador hopes to launch the world’s first “Bitcoin City” in 2022. This city, CNN reports, would get its early financing through bitcoin-backed bonds.

In recent months, the White House called on Congress to draft regulations targeting a type of cryptocurrency known as “stablecoins.” And, with the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, Congress introduced restrictions on cryptocurrencies by codifying new tax regulations that restrict the flow of wealth on digital platforms.

As of 2021, tens of millions of Americans are invested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. And, as the global economy becomes more and more digitized, the federal government seeks a bigger piece of the action.

Judge apologizes for berating cancer patient who’s too weak to clean property — and reports herself to state commission that probes judicial misconduct

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A Michigan judge who was caught on video chewing out a 72-year-old cancer patient — and even saying she’d like to throw him in jail for failing to maintain his property’s exterior — has apologized for her behavior.

Hamtramck Judge Alexis Krot said in a Tuesday statement that she’s even reported herself to the Judicial Tenure Commission, which the Detroit Free Press says investigates judicial misbehavior in the state.

What’s the background?

Burhan Chowdhury appeared before Krot in a virtual hearing earlier this month for violating a city ordinance requiring property upkeep.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Out of breath, Chowdhury explained that he’s a “cancer patient” and “very old” and “very weak” and hasn’t been able to “look after” the overgrown exterior of his property, Insider reported.

But Krot wasn’t too sympathetic — or even cordial, telling Chowdhury he should be “ashamed.” His offense was apparently so serious that Krot added, “If I could give you jail time on this I would.”

The judge fined Chowdhury $100; the payment is due Feb. 1.

But when the defendant’s son spoke up and asked Krot if the fine is “forgivable” due to his father’s health, the judge got even more fired up.

“Have you seen that photo?” Krot hollered.

“I am very sick, ma’am,” the elder Chowdhury replied.

“That is shameful! Shameful!” Krot yelled back. “The neighbors should not have to look at that! You should be ashamed of yourself!”

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Chowdhury’s son, Shibbir, told WDIV-TV his father was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in 2019 and that his treatments have taken a toll on his mobility. Shibbir Chowdhury added to the station that he and his mother have been trying to maintain the property.

“I usually take care of the stuff in the backyard and everything, but that time I was out of the country,” Shibbir Chowdhury noted to WDIV, adding that the judge “should have [spoken to] my father more politely.”

The family told the station the overgrowth has been cleared and that they will pay the fine.

Backlash

After Krot’s behavior toward the elderly defendant went viral, a petition to remove her from the bench began circulating and has attracted over 234,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

Krot’s antics also drew criticism from immigrant advocates who said the incident reflected hostility that some minorities and immigrants face in local courts, the Free Press added.

‘I made a mistake’

And while WDIV reported that Krot — who was elected to the bench in 2018 — wasn’t permitted to comment on the story, she soon issued her apology.

“I made a mistake,” she wrote. “I acted intemperately. I’m very embarrassed that I did so. I apologize to the person who appeared before me and to our entire community for having failed to meet the high standards that we expect of our judicial officers and that I expect of myself.”

Krot added, “When someone appears before me and has made a mistake, I expect them to own up to it. I expect nothing less of myself. No ifs, ands or buts: that is the reason I self-reported my behavior to the Judicial Tenure Commission. I had no legal duty to report myself to the Commission, but I did so because, like apologizing to the community, it was the right thing to do. I will continue to hold myself to the standards I set for others.”


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Superstar Meat Loaf dies after COVID-19 illness. Rocker had opposed mask, vaccine mandates, admitting, ‘If I die, I die, but I’m not going to be controlled.’

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Legendary musician Meat Loaf has died after falling critically ill with COVID-19, TMZ reported early Friday morning. The iconic rocker had been vocal in his opposition to mask and vaccine mandates in the months leading up to his death.

The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, died on Thursday at the age of 74 with his wife and daughters by his side.

What are the details?

During an August interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aday blasted politicians for attempting to hand down mask and vaccine mandates.

“I’m happy to give you a hug,” he told the interviewer. “I hug people in the middle of COVID.”

The interviewer, clearly surprised, asked Aday if he was afraid.

“Oh, I’m scared to death!” he responded. “You kidding me? But I’m sorry, I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics. And on CNN last night, it finally came out that the masks we’re all wearing are useless. But I’ve known that for six months. They don’t do anything. They don’t stop you from getting COVID. They’re just a nuisance and make your nose itch and make it so you can’t breathe.”

The reporter responded, “Oh, God. We’re being controlled by everybody.”

A resigned Aday fired back, “Yeah, I know. But not me. If I die, I die, but I’m not going to be controlled.”

In May, the vocalist shared “Stand and Deliver” on his social media pages — an anti-lockdown theme from Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.

A statement about his death on the artist’s Facebook page said, “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours. His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top ten selling albums of all time.”

The statement concluded, “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”

March for Life draws massive crowds to DC as Supreme Court appears ready to roll back abortion rights, overturn Roe v. Wade

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Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday for the 2022 March for Life, declaring their support for the unborn and calling for an end to abortion in the United States. They’ve been doing it since 1973, the same year that abortion rights were deemed “constitutional” as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Now, nearly a half-century later, their dreams may become a reality.

This year, the Supreme Court is widely expected to overturn or at least dramatically roll back abortion rights established in Roe when it issues a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that concerns a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

During oral arguments last year, conservative justices on the nation’s top court appeared inclined to side with the state in the case. Such a ruling — which is set to be issued this summer — would necessitate a drastic reinterpretation of abortion rights since legal precedents on the issue stem directly from Roe and a 1992 ruling, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, that reaffirmed Roe.

If Roe is overturned, abortion would be outlawed in at least a dozen states, with many other states now drafting legislation to join the list.

Something ‘big’ is coming

The real prospect that abortion could be outlawed in large swaths of the country has reinvigorated pro-life advocates at this year’s 49th annual March for Life.

“There is a very big feeling in the pro-life movement and with the young people we work with that something very big is on the horizon,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told the Washington Post.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, told the Post that, for many years, hope for an end to Roe felt “very, very far away,” but now, she said, “I see great hope and numbers and enthusiasm.”

“We are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life,” said March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, in a press release.

“You can never really read the tea leaves and how these justices are going to [decide] … but gauging by the questions that were asked, it looks very positive,” Mancini added in an interview with Fox News.

Signs distributed at the rally encapsulated the excitement. Some read, “We are the post-Roe generation,” “Dismantle Roe,” and “The future is anti-abortion.” Among attendees, there was a real feeling that a major step toward an abortion-free America was soon to be taken.

This year’s theme for the march was “Equality Begins in the Womb.”

“The word equality is often used but rarely defined. … The truth is that we are all equal in dignity, regardless of skin color, disability status, socioeconomic background, or stage of life, including earliest stages of life. Every life has inherent human dignity and every life matters,” Mancini said in prepared remarks.

Speakers at the rally included Christian actor and activist Kirk Cameron, Reps. Julia Letlow (R-La.) and Chris Smith, (R-N.J.), and Down syndrome advocate Katie Shaw. Grammy-nominated singer Matthew West kicked off the event with a pre-rally concert.

But ‘our work is far from over’

In subsequent comments to Fox News, Mancini noted that even if Roe is overturned, her organization’s work will not be ended. Rather, it will just be the start of a new chapter in the pro-life movement.

“Our mission at the March for Life is to create a culture where abortion is unthinkable,” Mancini said. “Our work is far from over.”

She said that if the issue of abortion is indeed sent back to the states for consideration, her organization would refocus efforts toward state legislatures, continue to advocate for pro-life laws, and raise awareness about abortion pills and federal attempts to codify Roe.

A more finite, though unlikely, option would be to press for the passage of a right to life constitutional amendment that would finally outlaw abortive practices completely.

Since 1973, more than 63 million abortions have been performed in the United States, most of which are not undertaken for reasons related to the mother’s or her baby’s health. Since 2016, roughly one in every five babies is terminated through abortion.

But pro-life advocates hope that starting this year, everything will change.


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Nick Saban’s support for the Senate filibuster was purposefully cut out of controversial letter to Joe Manchin ahead of vote

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An open letter addressed to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from Alabama coach Nick Saban and other prominent West Virginia sports figures was edited before publication to remove a footnote clarifying that Saban does not support nuking the Senate filibuster.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue told AL.com that the footnote was left out of the final letter with Saban’s agreement after they decided it would be inappropriate.

“Coach Saban and I agreed that since the letter focused on the merits of the Freedom to Vote Act and the filibuster had not been discussed with everyone signing the letter, it was unnecessary to include the filibuster footnote in the letter to be publicly distributed,” Tagliabue said. “As a result, our press statement along with the letter released publicly did not address the filibuster issue.”

Tagliabue was a signatory on the Jan. 13 letter, joined by NBA legend Jerry West, former West Virginia University athletic director and NFL Houston Oilers player Oliver Luck, and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley. They had urged Manchin to support passage of the Freedom to Vote Act, a federal overhaul of U.S. elections that would override election security laws passed by Republican legislatures in several states and create federal standards for U.S. elections.

Democrats sought to change the Senate rules in order to remove the 60-vote threshold to overcome a legislative filibuster and pass their election bill. But Manchin, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), would not support any changes to the filibuster, frustrating their colleagues and stalling any piece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda that lacks bipartisan support.

On Tuesday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported that Saban had initially asked to include a footnote stating his opposition to eliminating the filibuster to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

“Coach Saban is not in favor of getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate. He believes this will destroy the checks and balances,” the footnote said.

But when the letter was made public ahead of a Senate vote to end the filibuster, Saban’s footnote was gone.

On the voting rights letter to Manchin that Saban & other West Virginia sports figures signed, I am told that he asked to include this footnote:nu201cCoach Saban is not in favor of getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate. He believes this will destroy the checks and balances…”pic.twitter.com/kHgtMeMOSj

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Asked about the letter and the filibuster Tuesday, Manchin bristled at the exclusion of Saban’s footnote.

“Nick Saban at the bottom of his letter — which they didn’t put, Paul Tagliabue didn’t put what Nick Saban wrote at the bottom, his footnote, he supports the filibuster,” Manchin told reporters. “Do not get rid of the filibuster. Now why did he automatically leave that out?”

He reiterated that he supports Democratic efforts to reform elections but not by nuking the filibuster.

“Nick Saban’s letter was straight on. They all [the co-signers] want the right to vote, right? We all want the right to vote,” Manchin said Tuesday. “I think everyone — we should all support the right to vote. But not breaking the rules.”

On Thursday, after Democrats failed to kill the filibuster and pass their election bill, Manchin publicly thanked Saban, his longtime friend and supporter, for agreeing with him.

“Coach Saban is exactly right: you cannot throw the filibuster out and expect the legislative process to work better,” Manchin tweeted, highlighting the footnote.

Coach Saban is exactly right: you cannot throw the filibuster out and expect the legislative process to work better. I wholeheartedly agree with the coaches that “Our democracy is at its best when all Americans are encouraged to participate.”pic.twitter.com/a3xAtrbGhh

— Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin)
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Saban’s support for the Democrats’ election bill drew harsh criticism from congressional Republicans, who oppose the bill.

“Nick Saban should focus on winning National Championships instead of destroying our elections,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) said in a since-deleted tweet.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) roasted Saban and the others who signed the letter in a video posted by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian grassroots organization.

TORCHED: @RepChipRoy drags “famed history and election law experts” Jerry West and Nick Saban for their support of the Democrats’ radical bill to federally takeover our elections. #VoterID #ampFWpic.twitter.com/nq6uzIrm1c

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“They use that term on purpose, ‘voting rights,’ because who could possibly be against voting rights?” Roy said, commenting on the Democrats’ bill.

“For example, allow me to quote from acclaimed election history and law experts Jerry West, Nick Saban, Paul Tagliabue, and company, quote, ‘In the last year, some 20 states have enacted dozens of laws that restrict voting access and allow local officials or state legislatures to interfere inappropriately with federal election outcomes, motivated by the unanticipated outcomes of recent close elections conducted with integrity,’ they say. ‘These state laws seek to secure partisan advantage by eliminating reliable practices with proven safeguards and substituting practices ripe for manipulation,’” he said.

“No doubt these famed election law experts spent the weekend reading the federal legislation for which they were lobbying, because, I mean, I got the 700-page bill at 11:30 last Thursday night before voting on it on Friday,” he continued.

“I assume they read it thoroughly over the weekend, as my staff stayed up into the middle of the night doing, to actually see what was in the bill. I assume, too, that they know, for example, that the bill would lead to completely outlawing or eliminating voter identification.

“Do they know that four in five Americans, 80%, support requiring voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot? I know my colleagues are sure fine with everybody having to show a voter identification with vax cards all across this country, including the nation’s capital. Do they know that Delaware and Connecticut require photo or non-photo ID?”

Concluding, Roy sardonically said he was “certain that they have studied the intricacies of Texas law before disparaging it.”

“I’m sure they spent time looking at that. Or, say, studied the Georgia election law, at least a little better than studying the University of Georgia’s, say, defense,” he added.

The Georgia Bulldogs defeated Saban’s Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship earlier this month.

Nick Saban’s support for the Senate filibuster was purposefully cut out of controversial letter to Joe Manchin ahead of vote

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An open letter addressed to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from Alabama coach Nick Saban and other prominent West Virginia sports figures was edited before publication to remove a footnote clarifying that Saban does not support nuking the Senate filibuster.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue told AL.com that the footnote was left out of the final letter with Saban’s agreement after they decided it would be inappropriate.

“Coach Saban and I agreed that since the letter focused on the merits of the Freedom to Vote Act and the filibuster had not been discussed with everyone signing the letter, it was unnecessary to include the filibuster footnote in the letter to be publicly distributed,” Tagliabue said. “As a result, our press statement along with the letter released publicly did not address the filibuster issue.”

Tagliabue was a signatory on the Jan. 13 letter, joined by NBA legend Jerry West, former West Virginia University athletic director and NFL Houston Oilers player Oliver Luck, and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley. They had urged Manchin to support passage of the Freedom to Vote Act, a federal overhaul of U.S. elections that would override election security laws passed by Republican legislatures in several states and create federal standards for U.S. elections.

Democrats sought to change the Senate rules in order to remove the 60-vote threshold to overcome a legislative filibuster and pass their election bill. But Manchin, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), would not support any changes to the filibuster, frustrating their colleagues and stalling any piece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda that lacks bipartisan support.

On Tuesday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported that Saban had initially asked to include a footnote stating his opposition to eliminating the filibuster to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

“Coach Saban is not in favor of getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate. He believes this will destroy the checks and balances,” the footnote said.

But when the letter was made public ahead of a Senate vote to end the filibuster, Saban’s footnote was gone.

Asked about the letter and the filibuster Tuesday, Manchin bristled at the exclusion of Saban’s footnote.

“Nick Saban at the bottom of his letter — which they didn’t put, Paul Tagliabue didn’t put what Nick Saban wrote at the bottom, his footnote, he supports the filibuster,” Manchin told reporters. “Do not get rid of the filibuster. Now why did he automatically leave that out?”

He reiterated that he supports Democratic efforts to reform elections but not by nuking the filibuster.

“Nick Saban’s letter was straight on. They all [the co-signers] want the right to vote, right? We all want the right to vote,” Manchin said Tuesday. “I think everyone — we should all support the right to vote. But not breaking the rules.”

On Thursday, after Democrats failed to kill the filibuster and pass their election bill, Manchin publicly thanked Saban, his longtime friend and supporter, for agreeing with him.

“Coach Saban is exactly right: you cannot throw the filibuster out and expect the legislative process to work better,” Manchin tweeted, highlighting the footnote.

Saban’s support for the Democrats’ election bill drew harsh criticism from congressional Republicans, who oppose the bill.

“Nick Saban should focus on winning National Championships instead of destroying our elections,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) said in a since-deleted tweet.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) roasted Saban and the others who signed the letter in a video posted by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian grassroots organization.

“They use that term on purpose, ‘voting rights,’ because who could possibly be against voting rights?” Roy said, commenting on the Democrats’ bill.

“For example, allow me to quote from acclaimed election history and law experts Jerry West, Nick Saban, Paul Tagliabue, and company, quote, ‘In the last year, some 20 states have enacted dozens of laws that restrict voting access and allow local officials or state legislatures to interfere inappropriately with federal election outcomes, motivated by the unanticipated outcomes of recent close elections conducted with integrity,’ they say. ‘These state laws seek to secure partisan advantage by eliminating reliable practices with proven safeguards and substituting practices ripe for manipulation,'” he said.

“No doubt these famed election law experts spent the weekend reading the federal legislation for which they were lobbying, because, I mean, I got the 700-page bill at 11:30 last Thursday night before voting on it on Friday,” he continued.

“I assume they read it thoroughly over the weekend, as my staff stayed up into the middle of the night doing, to actually see what was in the bill. I assume, too, that they know, for example, that the bill would lead to completely outlawing or eliminating voter identification.

“Do they know that four in five Americans, 80%, support requiring voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot? I know my colleagues are sure fine with everybody having to show a voter identification with vax cards all across this country, including the nation’s capital. Do they know that Delaware and Connecticut require photo or non-photo ID?”

Concluding, Roy sardonically said he was “certain that they have studied the intricacies of Texas law before disparaging it.”

“I’m sure they spent time looking at that. Or, say, studied the Georgia election law, at least a little better than studying the University of Georgia’s, say, defense,” he added.

The Georgia Bulldogs defeated Saban’s Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship earlier this month.

Horowitz: The very concerning data from Scotland

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“The vaccines are incredibly safe. They protect us against Omicron; they protect us against Delta; they protect us against COVID.” Those were the words of fully vaccinated CDC Director Rochelle Walensky while testifying before the Senate Health Committee with two masks on her face on Jan. 11.

Scottish data shows that the COVID-19 age-standardized case rate is highest among the two-dose vaccinated and lowest among unvaccinated! It further shows this trend of negative efficacy for the double-vaccinated persisting for hospitalizations and deaths. Something is very wrong here, and together with other data points, it raises concerning questions about the negative effect of waning antibodies, constant boosting, and the consequences of a leaky vaccine with narrow-spectrum suboptimal antibodies against an ever-evolving virus.

Every Wednesday, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been publishing a weekly report on COVID data juxtaposed to vaccination rates. Table 14 of this week’s “Public Health Scotland COVID-19 & Winter Statistical Report” lays bare in plain English (and math) a rate of negative efficacy for the vaccine:

As you can see, while the overall Omicron wave seems to be receding in Scotland, age-standardized case rates per 100,000 people were the lowest in the unvaccinated cohort every week for the past four weeks. Thus, it’s not just the fact that the unvaccinated accounted for only 11.5% of cases the past two weeks, but even adjusted for age-stratified vaccination rates (PHS already does the math for you) the unvaccinated had the lowest infection rate out of the four cohorts – especially during the peak of Omicron. Furthermore, we see that even the triple-vaccinated clearly have no efficacy against infection, although they have some degree less negative efficacy than the double-vaccinated.

Here is a linear presentation of the depth of the Omicron wave by vaccination status, where you can see that the unvaccinated had the shallowest wave:

This also coincides with the latest data from the U.K. Health Security Agency of the entire United Kingdom. This data now shows higher rates of infection among the triple-vaccinated in all but the youngest people.

Triple-Jabbed Over-30s Have Higher Infection Rates Than the Unvaccinated, UKHSA Data Show https://dailysceptic.org/2022/01/20/triple-jabbed-over-30s-have-higher-infection-rates-than-the-unvaccinated-ukhsa-data-show/u00a0u2026pic.twitter.com/z5TnXT0sA7

— Andrew Bostom, MD, MS (@Andrew Bostom, MD, MS)
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Full stop right here. Any public policy measure – from vaccine passports to discrimination – cannot be justified under the science, even if one’s conscience is OK with apartheid. In fact, clearly this shows that, especially with Omicron, the vaccinated are the super-spreaders. Before we get to hospitalizations and deaths, the notion that the unvaccinated are somehow responsible for the continued spread of this virus is completely contradicted by the data. Some might suggest without evidence that the unvaccinated possibly have a higher rate of prior infection; however, Omicron seems to attack even those who already had previous versions of SARS-CoV-2.

Now onto hospitalizations and deaths. While the vaccines clearly provided some degree of protection for some people for several months against severe illness (while possibly causing even more spread), the Scottish data paints a concerning picture of the long-term consequences of the mass vaccination. People like Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche have been warning that if you mass-vaccinate with a leaky, narrow-spectrum (only recognizes spike protein) vaccine in middle of a raging pandemic, the virus would get more virulent over time.

This concern manifests itself at two time periods when the antibodies are “sub-optimal.” There is a period of a few weeks after the jab when the antibodies are strong enough to bind but not strong enough to neutralize, and then at the back end (estimated at four to six months for the original shot, but likely much shorter for the booster), a period when they wane. The media and public health tyrants like to focus your attention on a snapshot of time, but ignore the totality of circumstances that the shots are creating negative efficacy before and after, while using accounting gimmicks to mask the problem.

Remember how the lockdowns were hailed as a success for a number of countries that initially did well, while Sweden now has the lowest rate of excess mortality in Europe in 2021?

u201cSweden now has a lower death rate than countries that went down the full lockdown route, including the UK, France, Spain and Italyu2026 Economic recovery has been brisku2026 Sweden has not caused damage to the life chances of its children.u201dhttps://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jan/02/a-wounded-pm-and-ailing-economy-forces-england-to-go-swedish-on-covid?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Otheru00a0u2026

— Prof. Freedom (@Prof. Freedom)
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Just as with lockdowns, the mass vaccination needs to be judged after all nine innings of the ballgame.

With that said, let’s take a look at tables 15 and 16 – the acute COVID hospitalization and death rates, respectively:

What is clearly evident both from the hospitalizations and deaths is that the double-vaccinated are now worse off per capita even against critical illness, and that pattern appears to be accelerating. Again, this evidently shows a pattern of negative efficacy even against critical illness over time as the shots wear off, increasingly quickly with Omicron. Why is there no desire to study the source of this negative efficacy and whether the fact that the vaccine is non-sterilizing, wanes quickly with sub-optimal antibodies, is narrow-spectrum, and is increasingly out of synch with the changing virus is going to make the pandemic worse in the long run?

Some will look at the chart and conclude that the boosters are amazing. But first it’s important to recognize that even the boosters don’t stop transmission at all even in the short run, and then, based on the latest hospitalization data, appear to wane just like the original shots. Relatedly, you will notice a pattern: the unvaccinated and two-dose cohorts always appear worse and the one-shot and three-shot cohorts always appear better. This is where the most important part of the data set comes into play.

You see, all cases during the first 21 days after the first shot are counted in the “unvaccinated” cohort, while the first 14 days after one receives the 3rd shot is counted among the two-dose cohort. See the definitions from Appendix 6 of the report.

We know from numerous studies (see here and here) that people are actually the most vulnerable to COVID during the first few weeks on the upswing of the antibodies, when T cells are likely suppressed. This is why the health departments smartly count them in the unvaccinated pile. Hence, for all these months, all the cases and deaths from those made more vulnerable from the first shot – which is caused by the mass vaccination, not the unvaccinated – are counted against the unvaccinated. Over time, as the shots waned on the back end, the truth became evident. Now they are starting the cycle all over again by making the two-dose group look even worse than they are by dumping all of the cases caused by the initial take-up from the third dose into the cohort of double-vaccinated.

It’s the ultimate pandemic Ponzi scheme. Just wait another two months and see what the fourth-shot group looks like relative to the triple-dosers, as the immediate vaccination causes an even greater spike in cases. In other words, you have to look in totality where we are headed rather than manipulating a snapshot of time.

What this report shows is that just 18.5% of the hospitalizations in Scotland were unvaccinated, but even that number includes numerous people within 21 days of the first shot, which is clearly a very vulnerable time. It’s akin to telling someone in a foxhole to run across the field of fire to get to a bunker that might be safer, but he runs an even higher risk of getting cut down before reaching the bunker. Then, after a few hours, the bunker will get overrun by the enemy and you have to run through a new field of fire to get to the next bunker.

Likewise, when a therapeutic lowers symptom severity through immune suppression, it’s a flash in the pan. Eventually, that mechanism of action will come back to bite you in the proverbial arm. And this is even before we get to the long-term concern that multiple shots will create permanent immune suppression by creating original antigenic sin, a position now articulated by the European Medicines Agency and top Israeli immunologists.

Just how prominent is the infection rate within the first 14-21 days of getting the shot, thereby completely distorting the epidemiological data and ultimate perception of efficacy of the shots? Although we don’t have data from the U.K. or U.S. on the timing of infection relative to vaccination period, Alberta, Canada evidently publishes some of that data. According to U.K. researcher Joel Smalley, who screenshotted the chart from the Alberta government’s website before it was taken down, roughly 40% of cases, 47.6% of hospitalizations, and 56% of deaths among the vaccinated occurred within 14 days of vaccination! Here is the graphical presentation that was on the website, according to Smalley. The top chart represents cases, the middle is hospitalizations, and the bottom is deaths:

Alberta, like many governments, counts the first 14 days as unvaccinated. In Scotland, they are counting the first 21 days after the first dose as unvaccinated and 14 days following subsequent doses in the cohort of the previous numbered dose. Obviously, we can’t mix the Alberta time-based data with the overall Scottish data, but common sense dictates that a bunch of cases from the immune suppression period of the initial vaccination are being blamed on the unvaccinated, and the perception of the booster shots is also likely being ameliorated at the expense of the double-jabbed cohort. For example, in Alberta, it appears that roughly 60% of the hospitalizations in the vaxxed cohort got COVID within 21 days of the shot, which in Scotland, would all be counted as unvaccinated cases. Thus, they deliberately chose the cutoff date for designation of vax status after the inflection point where they see the most COVID cases post-vax!

This deep dive into the data from Scotland should serve as a Rosetta stone for the macro observations we have seen from day one. We are seeing the most vaccinated nations and states being hammered with more cases than ever in a way that defies anything we should expect to see from a safe and effective vaccine. Here are just a few of the many examples:

I mean. When you compare case rates and vax rates for the past 3 weeks you’d think that the line wouldn’t look like this. But it does. That trend line should be going in the other direction.pic.twitter.com/85Wdgj9Z2b

— Justin Hart (@Justin Hart)
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JUST IN – Israel: Over 14,000 IDF personnel are currently infected with COVID. In addition, 9,732 personnel in quarantine (JPost)

— Disclose.tv (@Disclose.tv)
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Israel , the only quadruple-vaxxed country in the world (also using mask mandates and Covid passports), just broke global record for daily Covid cases pic.twitter.com/G1ZDuVG2Ru

— Dr. Eli David (@Dr. Eli David)
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With N95 mandates, vaccine passports and 2 months of a lockdown for unvaccinated people, cases in Austria have reached a new highnnItu2019s amazing how consistently and comprehensively COVID authoritarianism and The Scienceu2122 fails & how uninterested media outlets are in covering itpic.twitter.com/O1ABBdOOOO

— IM (@IM)
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UK HSA data shows infection rate growth correlates with vaccination rate for age cohorts >50. The more highly vaxxed an age cohort is – whether fully vaxxed or boosted – the faster the infection rate growth. Infectn rate growth in the unvaxxed is fairly consistent across cohorts.pic.twitter.com/40l01thdtS

— Don Wolt (@Don Wolt)
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Quebec, in midst of draconian lockdown, (unlike Ontario) publishes new hospitalization data by age group, vax status https://msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/statistiques/documents/covid19/COVID19_Qc_RapportINSPQ_HospitalisationsSelonStatutVaccinalEtAge.csvu00a0u2026 nnThese are real counts, neither “normalized” relative to population nor “adjusted” by Ontario Science Table (or CDC). What do you notice?pic.twitter.com/2Q5hPfxam0

— Stephen McIntyre (@Stephen McIntyre)
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Sigh…pic.twitter.com/zeVA6mtZSi

— Covid19Crusher (@Covid19Crusher)
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Omicron waves in Israel and South Africa, per capita.nnIsrael has given 4x more vaccine shots to its population than South Africa.nnYesterday, Israel was exhibiting the higher incidence per capita in the world among large countries.pic.twitter.com/tIryUthm6j

— Covid19Crusher (@Covid19Crusher)
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Dr. Fauci recently told Bloomberg news that “there are some inherent ‘non-believers’ that no matter what you say, they give you a real problem.” He’s right. It takes a true religious level of adherence – like a believer – to continue supporting his narrative, despite the plain facts before our every eyes.