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Whitmer to Keep Michigan Closed Until Arbitrary Vaccination Goal is Met

The ‘backdoor mandate’ is infuriating Michiganders.

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For many Americans, there is a sense of concern surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines that have come to market in recent months, and just how the government could find ways to create a backdoor mandate for the inoculation.

First and foremost, vaccine hesitancy has been part of American culture for decades, long before we even knew that Wuhan had a bat-born virology lab.  This stems from a number of reasons, not the least of which is the idea of bodily sovereignty.

And then there’s the speed in which these vaccines were developed – which is quite a hot topic of conversation among anti-vaxxers.

This leads us to the conclusion that a fully-enforced mandate would end in chaos and anger and accusations of tyranny.  Therefore, the federal government is unlikely to pursue such a plan.

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But our leaders do find themselves with the power to create “backdoor” mandates, in which those who remain unvaccinated are made to be second class citizens.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said Thursday she will ease coronavirus restrictions on the state when enough residents submit to receiving a vaccine.

Whitmer tied personal freedom to vaccine benchmarks as she was given her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“On our path to vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders 16 and up, we can take steps to gradually get back to normal while keeping people safe,” Whitmer said, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The benchmarks were soon circulating online.

  • 55% of Michiganders – In-person work will be allowed for all sectors of business.

  • 60% of Michiganders – Indoor capacity at sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls, and funeral homes will increase to 25%; capacity at exercise facilities and gyms will increase to 50%; and the curfew on restaurants and bars will be lifted.

  • 65% of Michiganders – All indoor capacity limit percentages will be lifted, requiring only social distancing between parties. Limits on residential social gatherings will be further relaxed.

  • 70% of Michiganders – Gathering and face mask orders will be lifted, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

That means, should 31% of Michiganders find a reason to opt out of the vaccine, (even if the reason is that they’ve created antibodies by getting coronavirus), the state will penalize businesses who rely on gathering to survive by not allowing a return to normalcy.

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Donald Trump Drops Major 2024 Hint While on the Golf Course

It may not be official yet, but was there ever really any doubt?

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Will he or won’t he?  And if so, when will he?

These are the sorts of questions that have haunted the GOP, and the nation at large, for some time, specifically in regard to the possibility of Donald Trump once again joining the 2024 political fray as a Republican presidential candidate, (and presumptive nominee).

Trump has largely played coy thus far, likely due to the coming 2022 midterms and the fact that the GOP looks poised to take back the House and Senate in that contest.  Should Trump jump too early, it would give Democrats a rather obtuse target to attack ahead of the election.

But that’s not to say that he’s not dropping hints at just about every turn…even on the golf course.

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Donald Trump has confidently declared himself the “45th and 47th” US president.

The former president made the remarks while playing a round of golf at one of his clubs, according to a video being shared widely on social media on Wednesday.

As Trump was filmed walking to the first tee, one of his playing partners could be heard saying: “Now on the tee, the 45th president of the United States.”

“The 45th and 47th,” a grinning Trump quickly fired back.

He received immediate affirmative reactions.

His playing partners cheered his response, with one of them saying: “Yes, I love that.”

It may not be official yet, but was there ever really any doubt?

Will he or won’t he?  And if so, when will he? These are the sorts of questions that have haunted the GOP, and the nation at large, for some time, specifically in regard to the possibility of Donald Trump once again joining the 2024 political fray as a Republican presidential candidate, (and presumptive nominee). Trump has largely played coy thus far, likely due to the coming 2022 midterms and the fact that the GOP looks poised to take back the House and Senate in that contest.  Should Trump jump too early, it would give Democrats a rather obtuse target to attack ahead of the election. But that’s not to say that he’s not dropping hints at just about every turn…even on the golf course. Donald Trump has confidently declared himself the “45th and 47th” US president. The former president made the remarks while playing a round of golf at one of his clubs, according to a video being shared widely on social media on Wednesday. As Trump was filmed walking to the first tee, one of his playing partners could be heard saying: “Now on the tee, the 45th president of the United States.” “The 45th and 47th,” a grinning Trump quickly fired back. He received immediate affirmative reactions. His playing partners cheered his response, with one of them saying: “Yes, I love that.” It may not be official yet, but was there ever really any doubt?

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YouTube Jumps the Shark, Bans Fox News Host’s Personal Channel

YouTube somehow thinks that it has arbitrary authority over content and content creators that cable TV deems appropriate.

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What arrogance YouTube must have.  What absolute cojones.

The internet’s premiere video streaming site, which began life as a place for cat videos and other such nonsense, now believes themselves to be the arbiters of all that is fit for consumption, eschewing the standards and practices of the FCC-regulated world for rules all their own.

They’ve now even taken to suggesting that what’s allowed to be broadcast on television is no longer suitable for their audience, and for no reason other than the company’s political slant.

YouTube banned Fox News host Dan Bongino, forever deplatforming one of the internet’s most popular conservative commentators.

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The popular video service run by Google said Bongino tried to circumvent a one-week ban for spreading COVID-19 misinformation on one channel by posting on another channel, resulting in a permanent suspension.

“We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” YouTube said in a statement to USA TODAY. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension.”

Bongino, whose rhetoric appears to still pass muster in the established world of cable media, has once again proven that Silicon Valley isn’t interested in what’s right so much as it is interested in how far left they can skew the overall balance of the American media picture.

 

What arrogance YouTube must have.  What absolute cojones. The internet’s premiere video streaming site, which began life as a place for cat videos and other such nonsense, now believes themselves to be the arbiters of all that is fit for consumption, eschewing the standards and practices of the FCC-regulated world for rules all their own. They’ve now even taken to suggesting that what’s allowed to be broadcast on television is no longer suitable for their audience, and for no reason other than the company’s political slant. YouTube banned Fox News host Dan Bongino, forever deplatforming one of the internet’s most popular conservative commentators. The popular video service run by Google said Bongino tried to circumvent a one-week ban for spreading COVID-19 misinformation on one channel by posting on another channel, resulting in a permanent suspension. “We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” YouTube said in a statement to USA TODAY. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension.” Bongino, whose rhetoric appears to still pass muster in the established world of cable media, has once again proven that Silicon Valley isn’t interested in what’s right so much as it is interested in how far left they can skew the overall balance of the American media picture.  

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