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Israel empowers health officials to quarantine those exposed to virus variants — even if they’re already vaccinated

Israel empowered health officials to quarantine people who might be exposed to especially infectious virus variants, even if they had already been vaccinated.

The alarming policy was instituted on Wednesday.

Israel was touted as a successful model for vaccination as a weapon against the coronavirus after the country began to reopen its economy. The country boasted a 56% vaccination rate, with 5.1 million fully vaccinated and 5.5 million with at least one vaccine dose.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned on Tuesday of new outbreaks from various virus variants.

The new directive says a self-quarantine for 14 days could be imposed for those who came in “close contact with a carrier of a dangerous virus variant.”

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said that people traveling to countries black-listed due to the virus could also face steep fines.

Israeli officials are worried about outbreaks of the delta variant which first appeared in India. Some are sprouting at schools, prompting calls for teens and children to be vaccinated.

Israel reported 840k total cases of coronavirus, with 6,428 deaths from the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the delta variant was the “greatest threat” to the efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Cases of that variant have more than doubled in the U.S. over the last two weeks. Fauci said that the spread of the delta variant in the U.S. was mimicking that in the U.K. where 95% of new cases were due to the variant.

Health officials in India have also identified a second variant they call “delta plus,” which could have increased transmissibility.

Here’s more about variant outbreaks in Israel:

Warning over Delta variant spread in Israel www.youtube.com

LIVE NOW: The Meat Mafia: The Great Reset of Food

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how ranchers are slowly and secretly being run out of business and how farmers are economically being forced to comply. Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is the weapon, and the top food suppliers have caved.

The heart of our country — farmers and ranchers — is being destroyed in the name of “social progress.” From Biden’s infrastructure plan, his tax deal, and inflation, Glenn reveals how it’s all connected to transform society into something completely un-American.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem joins to discuss the attacks on our food supply and says America’s agriculture industry should be treated as a national security issue. She discusses the plans for how her state is going around the Biden administration “to create our own meat processing supply … and take our destiny back into our own hands.”

Watch the full episode below:

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Supreme Court issues stinging defeat to unions

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stinging defeat for unions on Wednesday in a decision that struck down in part a California law allowing unions access to private property of companies they wanted to unionize.

The court ruled 6 to 3 to knock down the union law in favor of the business owners’ private property rights.

“The upshot of this line of precedent is that government-authorized invasions of property — whether by plane, boat, cable, or beachcomber — are physical takings requiring just compensation,” said Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority decision.

The “right of access” law passed in California allowed farmworker unions to gain access to the private property of farm owners in order to help unionize their workers.

The three liberal justices argued in their dissent that the law was a regulation did not constitute taking away anyone’s private property.

Union supporters were outraged at the decision.

“Today the Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturned nearly a half-century of progress for California’s farm workers, who have struggled to exercise their right to bargain for decent wages and to protect their health and safety,” said Karla Walter, the director of employment policy for the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.

“Reaching farm workers — the overwhelming majority of whom are Latinx and migrant workers — where they work is critical to protecting their rights and interests,” she added.

In a video interview with John Stossel, one of the litigants in the original case argued that his migrant workers make almost double the minimum wage in California and that unions had technological access to any of the workers.

“Of the 450 people that are in that facility at the time, they had maybe 20 to 25 people join them,” said Mike Faher, owner of Cedar Point Nursery in Indico, California. He also argued that unions had access to his farm workers before and after work.

California officials have defended the law as a temporary regulation of the business owner’s property and compared it to allowing access to meat inspectors or health and safety inspectors.

Here’s a video explaining the latest union tactic:

Unions Invade Private Property www.youtube.com

Tamir Rice’s mother accuses Shaun King of profiting off the death of her son

Controversial Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King received a brutal rebuke from the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy killed by a police officer in 2014.

Samaria Rice ripped into King in an Instagram post where she accused him of wrongfully fundraising in the name of her deceased son.

“Why do you think it’s so important to tell folks we had a conversation? Well we talked and everything that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised additional money and then say you did not want to bother me. Personally I don’t understand how you sleep at night. along with the united states, you robbed me for the death of my son,” she wrote.

Rice was reportedly responding to a podcast where Shaun King talked about their conversation. The podcast is no longer publicly available.

“You gave me a cop and donut conversation,” she continued. “All lies Shaun, please stop thinking we are on the same team. As a white man acting Black you are a imposter that can not be trusted. My son was 12 years old and, and DOJ needs to reopen his case peroid. Tamir Human rights was violated, why would you so ever make it about you? you are a selfish self centered person and God will deal with you, White man,” she concluded.

Rice had previously called out other activists in the Black Lives Matter movement for raising funds off of the death of her son.

“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” Rice said in May.

In 2015, a grand jury voted against indicting the rookie police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice. The boy, who was holding an airsoft toy gun when he was killed, has since been cited by BLM activists as a case of racial injustice.

Here’s more about activist Shaun King:

White JESUS is offensive?! BLM activist Shaun King wants Christian ‘White Supremacy’ statues removed www.youtube.com

Liberals pounce on rumors that NFL player Carl Nassib is a pro-Trump Republican after he was praised for coming out as gay

Carl Nassib was praised widely in the mainstream media after he became the first openly gay NFL player active on a team’s roster, but others pounced on rumors that he’s a pro-Trump Republican to denounce him.

Nassib, who plays defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, revealed his sexual preference on Monday in an Instagram video.

While many LGBTQ supporters praised Nassib, others took to social media to excoriate him based on unsubstantiated rumors that he was a conservative Republican who supported former President Donald Trump.

“I’m proud of and support Carl Nassib for coming out….unless he’s a Trump supporter then that is just problematic,” tweeted one critic.

Nassib was registered to vote as a Republican in two states as late as 2019.

Some cited a photograph with Nassib and his friends, one of whom is wearing a pro-Trump shirt.

“Yep. Carl Nassib is a Trump supporting Republican. Should have surprised no one,” another critic responded.

“Apparently Carl Nassib is a registered republican AND a trump supporter. I don’t care if he’s gay and proud. That administration was evil and he doesn’t get a pass,” said another detractor.

“What Carl Nassib did was great but apparently he is a Republican and huge trump fan which probably does just as much damage to gay people as anything else,” read another tweet.

Others saw racism in the difference between how Nassib was received in comparison to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.

“[Michael Sam] Came out and was black listed from the NFL but Nassib comes out and ole boy is a hero? GTFOH. plus he’s a trump supporter so im not gonna praise or support a white republican,” read one tweet.

Despite some outcry against Nassib, his jersey became one of the top-selling NFL jersey at Fanatics, an official e-commerce partner to the NFL.

Here’s a local news report about Nassib’s outing:

Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay www.youtube.com

CNN’s Chris Cuomo uses MLK to rip Democrats for not getting tough with GOP on voting rights — and botches US history in the process

CNN’s Chris Cuomo was not happy with Democrats on Tuesday’s “Prime Time” — and the left-wing host let it all hang out in a decidedly exasperated tone in regard to Senate Republicans squashing the left’s beloved voting rights law.

What are the details?

“How about now, Democrats? Are you ready to play to win now? Have you had enough?” Cuomo growled as if he was looking to invite some left-wing politicians outside to settle things man to man.

“McConnell and Co. did exactly what we knew and you knew they would do,” he continued. “They tanked even the suggestion to debate the need to curtail state efforts to send voting rights back 50 years. They won’t even allow debate.”

Cuomo added, “You’re playing the game, and it is ugly and obvious.”

Sadly — for Cuomo — he made the mistake of including a July 1963 video of Martin Luther King Jr. complaining about the Senate filibuster in relation to civil rights to drive home his point that Republicans are racists. Here’s what King said:

“I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. They won’t let the majority senators vote. And suddenly they wouldn’t want the majority of people to vote because they know they do not represent the majority of American people. In fact, they represent, in their own states, a very small minority.”

“Dr. King a half a century ago,” Cuomo intoned dramatically and ruefully as the camera trained back upon him. “You know, we thought this battle was over, but it wasn’t. The stakes are once again the same as then.”

Earth to Chris

The glaring problem for Cuomo is that it was racist Democrats who fought against the passage of civil rights in King’s day. NewsBusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro took note of this glaring omission in Cuomo’s self-righteous soliloquy.

“It was Democrats who waged a war to keep slaves, fought for segregation and Jim Crow, and refused to extend civil and voting rights to blacks,” Fondacaro countered. “And let’s not forget that MLK was a Republican.”

Cuomo, however, kept pushing: “But here we are again today, talking about a minority party using the filibuster to allow them to keep suppressing the votes of minorities and others. It is an existential battle. This is not about left and right; it is about right and wrong.” Wow.

Plenty of criticism to go around

But the ridiculousness isn’t all on Cuomo. As we’ve also seen, Senate Democrats themselves aren’t short on weak points of view — and one of Cuomo’s esteemed colleagues pointed it out.

CNN host Jake Tapper on Tuesday called out Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut over his party’s hypocrisy on the Senate filibuster.

Tapper asked Blumenthal why Democrats pushed the “For The People Act” knowing Republicans don’t support it, and the senator replied by complaining about the filibuster, which he said he wants to abolish. That’s when Tapper got him.

“Senator, haven’t you voted in favor of filibustering Republican legislation, not allowing them to even proceed to a discussion, an amendment process and debate on a bill?” Tapper asked.

Blumenthal acknowledged the truth of the statement — but predictably argued that it was only Republicans who abused the filibuster.

‘AMAZING and INSPIRING’: World’s most premature baby just celebrated his first birthday

When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months prematurely, his doctors told his parents to prepare for the worst. But on June 5, Richard celebrated his first birthday, beating the odds and becoming the world’s most premature baby ever to survive, according to Guinness World Records.

Richard was born at a gestational age of 21 weeks two days after his mother, Beth Hutchinson, suffered medical complications that caused her to go into early labor. Doctors at the Children’s Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, where Richard was born said the 11.9-ounce newborn had a “0% chance of survival,” according to neonatologist Dr. Stacy Kern.

“I knew the first few weeks of Richard’s life would be very difficult, but I felt that if he could make it through that, he would be a survivor,” Kern said.

And that’s exactly what Richard “the miracle baby” has done.

On a recent episode of “Stu Does America,” BlazeTV host Stu Burguiere was happy to report this “amazing and inspiring” story of survival and how the advancement of science is helping to save millions of lives.

“We’re now doing things to save babies at 20 and 21 weeks. It’s incredible and I’m thrilled to bring in that news,” Stu said. “The more science advances, the harder it’s going to be to justify just eliminating these forms of life, these living beings.”

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Portland police further handcuffed, ordered to halt traffic stops, vehicle searches for minor infractions over racial, staffing concerns

Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler — who also serves as the city’s police commissioner — further handcuffed police this week by ordering officers to stop pulling people over and conducting vehicle searches for low-level traffic violations.

Wheeler, along with Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell, made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday, citing racial disparity concerns and low staffing levels, KATU-TV reported.

During the conference, the city leaders directed officers to reserve traffic stops for more serious occasions in which drivers are speeding, under the influence, or in some way endangering others on the road.

That change was also accompanied by another new policy that allows drivers to refuse searches. Under the new policy, officers will not be permitted to conduct a vehicle search unless they obtain an audio recording of consent.

According to Wheeler and Lovell, the policy changes came in response to data allegedly showing that black drivers in the city are disproportionately prone to being pulled over and having their vehicle searched.

‘This is a time where officers are, I think most of them know, we’re in a time of change. Reform is upon us, and we’re really looking at ways that we can meld what the community is asking for with public safety at the same time,” Lovell said.

According to Fox News, Wheeler added that the changes “constitute significant progress in our work to reimagine our public safety system for the better and to continue operationalizing our city core values of anti-racism, communication, collaboration, equity, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.

The mayor did admit, however, that the changes were also due to historically low staffing levels.

“We need to acknowledge that the reality that we have a scaled-down bureau, and therefore we need to focus on our top public safety priorities,” Wheeler said. “We don’t have the resources at this point to squander on anything other than the important mission of protecting the public’s safety.”

Scores of officers fed up with anti-police sentiment and a lack of support from city leaders left the bureau in the last year, especially as rioters ransacked the city for more than 150 days.

Just last week, the entire 50-member Portland riot squad unit resigned after Portland’s district attorney charged a fellow officer over his use of force actions against a rioter.

The police’s union head blasted city leaders for the treatment of police over the weekend, arguing they “encouraged and enabled some of the violence” that has occurred in the city over the past year.

The Associated Press noted that all this is taking place amid a rapid surge in violence in the progressive city.

President Biden wants gun control to stop a violent crime surge. Sen. Josh Hawley wants to hire 100,000 new cops.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to provide federal support to local law enforcement with the aim of hiring 100,000 new police officers across the U.S.

The bill, a response to rising crime rates in American cities, would provide grant money to local communities to hire new law enforcement officers; increase criminal penalties for assaulting federal officers by 50%; develop programs to protect federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from doxing; give concealed carry rights to federal judges and prosecutors; and increase funding for family services, mental health services, and suicide prevention for federal officers among other measures.

“American families aren’t safe, but they deserve to be. And they can be if we will act. This is not the time to defund the police or vilify them, but to support the brave men and women in blue — and put more of them on the streets. Immediately,” Hawley said in a statement.

Hawley’s bill is intended to provide a boost to police morale and increase the hiring and retention of peace officers amid a cultural climate that is increasingly hostile toward police. Following the George Floyd riots last year, demands from progressive activists to “defund the police,” and accusations that law enforcement is a systemically racist institution police morale has cratered and retirements have soared nationwide.

Meanwhile, major American cities have experienced a 33% increase in homicides last year and violent crime has risen sharply, a statistic Hawley addressed in an appearance on Fox News Wednesday discussing his bill.

“It’s absolutely vital that we keep American families safe. That is the bottom line, and right now, too many Americans aren’t. Why aren’t they? Because … violent crime is up by over 30% in cities across the country,” Hawley said. “Unfortunately, that includes my home state of Missouri. We need more cops. We shouldn’t be defunding the police. We should be supporting them.”

President Joe Biden is set to introduce a comprehensive violent crime prevention strategy that will primarily crack down on gun crimes. According to CNN, the president’s strategy will focus on five main pillars:

  1. Stem the flow of firearms used to commit violence, including by holding rogue firearms dealers accountable for violating federal laws;
  2. Support local law enforcement with federal tools and resources to help address summer violent crime;
  3. Invest in evidence-based community violence interventions;
  4. Expand summer programming, employment opportunities, and other services and support for teenagers and young adults; and
  5. Help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter their communities.
Biden reportedly intends to sign executive orders focusing on gun crime and will push for Congress to pass new gun control laws in a speech delivered from the White House Wednesday afternoon.

Monmouth University requiring vaccinated students to wear masks for the fall 2021 semester — and shots are mandatory

Newly released COVID-19 guidelines at Monmouth University in New Jersey require all students to wear masks — even those students who are vaccinated.

The school issued the guidelines on June 14, which state the rules are in effect for the fall 2021 semester.

What’s a brief history here?

The school also recently announced that students would be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless the student qualified for a religious or medical exemption on a case-by-case basis. Details on what would qualify as an exemption have not yet been disclosed.

Students will be required to provide to the school proof of vaccination by Aug. 1. If students do not comply with the mandatory vaccination rule, they are subject to disciplinary action and may eventually be suspended.

The school joins the ranks of more than 450 colleges and universities requiring vaccinations for students.

What are the details?

According to a Monday report from Campus Reform, Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy said in a June 14 statement, “The university has carefully considered the role that COVID-19 vaccinations will play in safeguarding the overall health and safety of the university community. We acknowledge that reaching a high vaccination level among our community is the most important factor in resuming in-person activities across campus this fall.

“According to the CDC, universal vaccination appears to be the most effective path forward to resuming prepandemic levels of normal activity,” Leahy’s statement continued. “In addition to the vaccination mandate for all students, faculty and staff, the university will continue to require masks in all classroom, lab and teaching spaces, as well as the library, for everyone in attendance, regardless of vaccination status.”

May 28 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that the risk of COVID-19 infection is “minimal for fully vaccinated people.”

“Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required,” the CDC stated in the updated guidelines.

The announcement on the school’s website states, “In addition to the vaccination mandate for all students, faculty, and staff, the University will continue to require masks in all classroom, lab, and teaching spaces, as well as the library, for everyone in attendance, regardless of vaccination status.

“Individual faculty and support staff may also require students visiting their respective offices to be masked before meeting,” the statement added. “Masks will not be required outdoors or in other communal spaces on campus (e.g., dining hall, student center, fitness center, etc.), unless an individual is unvaccinated and/or exhibiting one or more COVID symptoms.”

In his statement, Leahy also said there would be a three-foot social distancing rule put in place “wherever any in-person instruction is taking place on campus (e.g., classroom, lab, teaching space, etc).”

“Individual faculty and support staff may also require students visiting their respective offices to adhere to the 3-feet social distance requirement,” Leahy added.

What else?

Carlie Zeidler, president of the school’s College Republicans chapter, told the outlet that the vaccine mandate is unconstitutional.

“Monmouth University requiring the vaccine is an outrageous attack on a person’s rights,” Zeidler said. “The government and, or, any institutions do not and should not have the authority to tell someone what to put in their body. Vaccines should 100% be a person’s choice.”