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  • September 22, 2021

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Supreme Court Makes Massive Announcement About Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for Dec. 1 regarding a Mississippi case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the country.

“The Supreme Court on Monday set Dec. 1 arguments on Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy — a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,” Politico reported.

“Mississippi’s ban has been blocked by lower courts because it directly violates Roe’s protections for pre-viability abortions. The hearing would come after justices this month allowed Texas to move forward with a near-total abortion ban,” Politico added.

“In taking the Mississippi case, the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority clearly signaled its openness to revisit and potentially overturning the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, with a ruling expected next year. Justices said they want to hear arguments on whether all bans on abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb are unconstitutional. Earlier this summer, Mississippi petitioned the court to overturn Roe, contradicting the state’s previous argument that it could uphold the 15-week ban without touching the nearly 50-year-old precedent,” the report added.

Just in: Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade in Mississippi case on December 1.

— Ariane de Vogue (@Arianedevogue) September 20, 2021

Last month, the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal late to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions.

In a 5-4 vote, the Court refused to step in to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

The measure is arguably one of the most pro-life laws in the country.

Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito voted in the majority to uphold the Texas abortion ban.

Chief Justice John Roberts, a supposed Republican, joined the court’s three liberal members in dissent.

The Supreme Court majority cited “complex and novel” procedural questions for its decision, emphasizing that it was not ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas law.

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 back in May, which prohibits abortions following the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The measure also allows members of the public to file a lawsuit against doctors they claim violated the law, The Hill reported.

Nearly two dozen abortion providers were looking to block the law from going into effect.

The providers filed an emergency motion asking the appeals court to issue a temporary stay or send the matter back to a lower court.

The 5th Circuit Court, which is arguably one of the most conservative in the country, denied the request.

“Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said when he signed Senate Bill 8 into law.

The law was done in a clever way, where no government official was charged with enforcing the law, but providing private citizens the right to sue abortion providers who perform abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

Because of that, there is no one for abortion rights activists to sue as they normally would.

“It’s a very unique law and it’s a very clever law,” Josh Blackman, a South Texas College of Law Houston professor, said. “Planned Parenthood can’t go to court and sue Attorney General [Ken] Paxton like they usually would because he has no role in enforcing the statute. They have to basically sit and wait to be sued.”

“Every citizen is now a private attorney general,” he said. “You can have random people who are against abortion start suing tomorrow.”

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County Clerk Submits Report That Colorado Secretary of State And Dominion ‘Destroyed’ Election Data

Mesa County, Colorado Clerk and Recorder Tina M. Peters has submitted a forensic examination report to the Mesa County commissioners. The report shows that a massive amount of election data was deleted and “destroyed” by the office of the Democrat Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Dominion Voting Systems, which performed a supposed system upgrade on the voting equipment in May. Luckily, Peters had the data backed up before it was destroyed, hopefully keeping alive the prospect of performing a full forensic audit of the 2020 election. (READ THE REPORT HERE)

Mesa County Clerks and Recorder Tina M. Peters states in her letter to the county Commissioners: “Enclosed is the first report from the cybersecurity experts who have analyzed thoroughly the two forensic images of the drive of the DVS Democracy Suite Election Management System in my office which we used for the management of the 2020 election. Because the report documents a substantial amount of data destruction during the May 25 “Trusted Build” conducted by the Secretary of State’s office and the vendor, I wanted to get this in your hands immediately. I just received this report today. From my review of the executive summary, it does appear that my concerns were more than justified. As you know, the legal duty to preserve election records falls solely to me and my office. “Extensive” amounts of data required to be preserved were instead destroyed, and done in a way that was totally beyond my control or knowledge. Among other things, these deletions would preclude a forensic audit of the last election. Thanks to the pre-Trusted Build image I had commissioned in May, these data have been preserved, in full compliance with my obligations under federal and state law, preserving the integrity of our county’s election record archive and permitting a forensic audit if no one were conducted. According to this report, the forensic examination has determined that this system and procedures “cannot meet the certification requirements of the state of Colorado and should not have been certified for use in the state.” Obviously, this is highly relevant to any decision whether to continue to use these systems in our county.”

The report states (page 1): “Federal law requires the preservation of election records — which includes records in electronic or digital form — for twenty-two months after an election. Colorado law requires the preservation of election records for an additional three months beyond the Federal requirement…Forensic examination found that election records, including data described in the Federal Election Commission’s 2002 Voting System Standards (VSS) mandated by Colorado law as certification requirements for Colorado voting systems, have been destroyed on Mesa County’s voting system, by the system vendor and the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Because similar system modifications were reportedly performed upon county election servers across the state, it is possible, if not likely, that such data destruction in violation of state and federal law has occurred in numerous other counties. The extent and manner of the destruction of the data comprising these election records is consequential, precluding the possibility of any comprehensive forensic audit of the conduct of any involved election.”

The report also documents the “DELETED “.LOG” FILES AFTER DOMINION TRUSTED BUILD UPDATE.”

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Biden to Double Refugee Admissions to 125K

Good Tuesday morning. Here’s what is on 46 schedule today: 10am The President delivers remarks before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly […]

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Eskenazi Vaccine Deadline Arrives; Some Unvaccinated IU Health Workers Await Fate

INDIANAPOLIS — Eskenazi Health’s vaccine requirement deadline is today. As of midnight this morning, all Eskenazi Health workers must be vaccinated for COVID or be at risk of losing their jobs.

IU Health workers had until Sept. 1 to get the shot. Those who refused for either suspended or fired. Tiffany Huddleston is one of those workers who is suspended and awaiting official word on when or if she can return to work in the medical-surgical unit at an IU Health hospital.

125 IU Health workers were fired. The organization has around 36,000 employees.

“It’s very stressful and very sad because there are a lot of people that have put a lot of time and effort into their careers,” she told WISH-TV. “I applied for the exemption multiple times for medical and religious reasons and I go denied each time.”

Huddleston understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is bad and doesn’t refute the vaccines’ effectiveness, but says that right now is not the time for her to get vaccinated and said that it should be a personal choice for people to get the shot.

President Biden is mandating that businesses with 100 workers or more require COVID shots for employees, but he is allowing for the option of requiring weekly COVID testing for people who refuse to get the shot.

Huddleston said that IU Health should follow through with that option.

“The hospital that I work at, they have literally in the parking lot right next to me a COVID testing place,” Huddleston said. “So, it’s not like it would be an issue for any of the employees to walk across the street to get tested.”

With IU Health and Eskenazi Health’s deadlines now having come and gone, Ascension workers are still awaiting their deadline of Nov. 12 to get the shot. Community Health Network required all of its workers to be vaccinated by Sept. 15.

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Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson Shot 94% Effective Against COVID-19, Study Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A two-dose version of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine provides 94% protection against symptomatic infection, the company said Tuesday — making a two-dose regimen of J&J’s Janssen vaccine comparable to a two-dose regimen of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s.

Plus, the company said, adding a booster dose to a single shot of the vaccine raised immunity even more, and should also protect people strongly against infection.

The company released some details of three studies looking at various aspects of its Janssen vaccine, and said that, taken together, they showed the vaccine provided long-lasting protection that could be boosted with an extra shot.

“Our large real-world-evidence and Phase 3 studies confirm that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides strong and long-lasting protection against COVID-19-related hospitalizations,” Dr. Mathai Mammen, global head of Janssen Research & Development, said in a statement.

“Our single-shot vaccine generates strong immune responses and long-lasting immune memory. And, when a booster of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is given, the strength of protection against COVID-19 further increases.”

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine was given emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration on February 27. It has been given to about 14.8 million Americans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company’s ongoing Phase 2 trial of a two-dose regimen showed giving two doses 56 days apart provided 100% protection against severe Covid-19 and 94% protection against moderate to severe Covid-19 in the United States. Globally, the two-dose regimen provided 75% protection against moderate-to-severe Covid-19, the company said.

A second study showed people given a booster shot six months or longer after their first dose had a 12-fold increase in antibodies — compared to a four-fold increase for people who got a second dose at two months. So protection should be stronger if people get boosters later, Dr. Dan Barouch, head of Beth Israel Deaconess’ Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, told CNN.

“If you wait longer and have boost at six months or later then you likely will have better boost,” said Barouch.

Third, the company said a real-world evidence study of 390,000 people in the US, using health insurance records through July — so covering the Delta variant — showed the one-shot J&J vaccine was 81% effective at preventing hospitalizations.

“The Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine showed vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19-related hospitalizations at 86% for participants younger than 60 years, and 78% for those 60 years and older,” the company said.

“Among 390,517 vaccinated and 1,524,153 matched unvaccinated individuals, vaccine effectiveness 79% for COVID-19 and 81% for COVID-19-related hospitalizations,” the Janssen-led research team wrote in a study posted online in a preprint.

“In high-Delta-incidence states, rates of observed COVID-19 were higher in both groups than in the national cohort,” they added.

“In these states, vaccine effectiveness for observed COVID-19 was 79% overall and 78% during June and July, the months where Delta variant incidence was highest,” they added.

Barouch, who has worked with Janssen to test the vaccine but who was not directly involved in the three studies, said people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be reassured by the data.

“All the vaccines in the US have shown robust and durable protection against severe disease and hospitalization,” he said.

“Ultimately, the job of a vaccine is to keep you from being sick and keep you from going into the hospital and to keep you alive, and all of the vaccines are doing that.”

Data on the J&J vaccine has come later than data about the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines because J&J’s was authorized around two months later. Johnson & Johnson has said it will submit all of this data to the FDA for potential consideration for adding a booster dose, and perhaps for consideration to authorize a two-dose regimen.

The Janssen vaccine is made using a different technology from Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines. They deliver messenger RNA or mRNA directly to the body wrapped in compounds called lipids. The J&J vaccine is made using an adenovirus, a common cold virus, that’s been engineered so it can get into cells, but then stops. It delivers genetic instructions that way.

Barouch said there is room for a variety of approaches.

“A single shot gives robust and durable protection over a substantial period of time of time with minimal evidence of decline,” Barouch said.

“I think the single dose vaccine is a reasonable option for people and for countries that want a simple and convenient vaccine that can be administered quickly,” he added.

“For outstanding protection, then a second shot can be given at any time between two months and eight months — and the longer you wait, the better.”

That, he said, is because the body mounts a variety of immune responses. Antibodies — immune system proteins that can either flag an invader or directly attack and neutralize it — build up quickly but can wane over time.

The body also produces cells called B cells and T cells, and these contribute to longer-term protection. Stimulating B cells with a boost after time — after they have become less active — appears to cause them to generate fresh antibodies more effectively, he said.

Barouch said the J&J vaccine may appear less effective in countries outside the United States because it was tested in many countries when variants were circulating that can evade the protection offered by vaccines.

The Beta or B.1.351 variant is an example — it has so-called escape mutations that help it hide from the immune response. It circulated widely in South Africa but has been outcompeted in the US by Delta, which does not appear to escape immune protection as well.

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Map Maker, Map Maker, Make Me a Map

This week Indiana lawmakers will very likely approve legislative maps for Congress and those for the Indiana House and Senate.   Critics say the maps were not drawn to create competitive races, but instead, the districts were gerrymandered for Republicans to keep their overwhelming majorities in the legislature.

I will have to disagree with my friends and colleagues respectfully.  I argue, ladies and gentlemen, that the GOP didn’t have to engage in much gerrymandering because of the natural political demographics of Indiana and how they have changed over the years.  And if Democrats want to win elections, they need to present ideas to the voters, not count on political boundaries.

For example, in 1991,  Democrats controlled the House of Representatives 52-48 and then went to 55-45.  But then came the Republican revolution of 1994.   Republicans took control of the House 56-44.  They won on ideas and a lot of voters being mad at then-President Bill Clinton.  Democrats came back with a 50-50 split and then controlled the House from 1999-2005.  And even though they drew the House maps in 2000, Republicans managed to win in 2004, when Mitch Daniels got elected. Still, the GOP lost control in 2006 and 2008, regained power in 2010, and has the House Chamber ever since.

Meanwhile, looking at the Congressional map, Democrats controlled the map 7-2 in 1992, but that flipped in 1994, and Republicans were the majority of the delegation until 2006 and regained it 2010.  Once again, it wasn’t necessarily political lines that gave Republicans their control, but ideas that appealed to Hoosiers.

And if Democrats want to get back in the majority, they need to present ideas and an agenda to voters.   Now it helps if voters are angry at the incumbents, i.e., Richard Mourdock and Tony Bennett in 2012, but you can’t count on anger all the time to win an election; you need ideas, and you need to reach voters where they are.

In the current maps, Republicans didn’t have to do much gerrymandering because of the political demographics of Indiana.  For example, there used to be a lot of Democrats in Southern Indiana, that’s not the case anymore.   As the national and state parties drifted to the left, a lot of those conservative Democrats turned into Republicans, which is why if you can find a Democrat south of I-70 outside of Terre Haute, Bloomington Evansville, and Jeffersonville, go buy yourself a lottery ticket, because it’s your lucky day.

And while we’re talking about “fair maps,”  don’t forget,  Libertarian Donald Rainwater came in second in about 30-plus counties in 2020 during his run for Governor.  So how do we adjust for that?  I’m just wondering out loud here.

Now, this doesn’t mean there weren’t some politics being played, notably when you look at the 5th Congressional District, but even then, the GOP only delayed the inevitable as the southern portion of Hamilton County becomes more purple (or burgundy) and less red.  But that’s at least two to three election cycles from now.

In a nutshell, folks, the GOP did what the GOP was legally required to do with the current maps, maintain as close to equal populations in all districts, be contiguous and not dilute minority voting power.   Everything else would be extra.  But let’s face it, for now, Indiana is a Republican state and will be for the near future.

If Democrats want to win in Indiana, they need to offer up ideas and meet the voters where they are.  Lines on a map won’t matter, nor should they.

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Sudan Foils Coup Attempt And 40 Officers Arrested

KHARTOUM, Sudan. —  A military coup d’etat attempt failed in Sudan on Tuesday and most of the involved officers were arrested, according to three senior government and military sources.

About 40 officers were arrested after attempting to take over the state broadcaster’s television buildings and the military general command, one senior government source said.

Following the attempt, Sudan’s military spread across the capital Khartoum.

A military statement is expected to be issued later on Tuesday.

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Project Veritas Undercover Expose The Dangers of COVID Vaccine and Federal Medical Facility Hiding The Problems

Project Veritas

[PHOENIX – Sept. 20, 2021] Project Veritas released the first video of its COVID vaccine investigative series today featuring an interview with U.S. Health and Human Services [HHS] insider, Jodi O’Malley, who works as a Registered Nurse at the local Indian Medical Center. (read more) Posted in 1st Amendment, Big Government, Big Stupid Government, CDC, […]

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Daily Guidance for the Vice President for Tuesday September 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2021

DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

At 9:30 AM EDT, the Vice President will meet with Melinda French Gates to discuss the global COVID-19 response. This meeting in the Vice President’s Office is closed press.

At 11:10 AM EDT, the Vice President will discuss the importance of passing the Build Back Better Agenda for parents and working families. There will be pooled press coverage of this event in Washington, DC.

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