SAN DIEGO — The Spring Valley Inn has never been mentioned in the same breath as The Troubadour in Los Angeles or The Marquee in London as a key musical incubator for young bands that went on to earn recording contracts and tour the world. But in 1983, the Spring Valley Inn was the launching pad for the Beat Farmers, one of the finest and most rollicking rock bands to come out of San Diego in any decade, before or since. The beloved dive bar's official capacity back then was all of 49, although the Beat Farmers' weekly weekend gigs there drew wall-to-wall, triple-digit crowds. One of those gig...
Maricopa County refuses Arizona GOP's 'audit' demands -- and mocks its 'never-never land' conspiracy theories
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors rejected the latest subpoena by the Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate.
Jack Sellers, the chair of the board, wrote a letter addressed to senators shortly before the deadline to respond to the subpoena.
"It is now August of 2021. The election of November 2020 is over," Sellers wrote. "If you haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will."
Sellers, a Republican, also blasted the duration of the audit, which began on April 22nd.
"The reason you haven't finished your 'audit' is because you hired people who have no experience and little understanding of how professional elections are run," Sellers wrote. "The Board has real work to do and little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land."
The Board of Supervisors also blasted GOP conspiracy theories while threatening legal action.
"There was no fraud, there wasn't an injection of ballots from Asia nor was there a satellite that beamed votes into our election equipment," Sellers wrote. "Release your report and be prepared to defend any accusations of misdeeds in court. It's time to move on."
The letter was reported by Brahm Resnik of KPNX-TV.
Trump can use the Secret Service to bilk taxpayers for unlimited cash: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
Former President Donald Trump has continued charging the United States Secret Service for using his properties -- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold says Trump could theoretically use the Secret Service to bilk taxpayers for as much money as he wanted.
Fahrenthold, who has been tracking Trump's charges to the Secret Service since he left office in January, noted on Twitter Monday that Trump has been charging the Secret Service $17,000 per month to rent a cottage at his Bedminster resort, while also charging the Secret Service nearly $400 per night to rent a single room at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
"In Bedminster, $17K/month is a lot higher than the going rate in the area," wrote Fahrenthold. "At Mar-a-Lago, $396.15 is more than triple the government's per-diem spending limit on hotels in the area, which was $121 in May and June."
A follower then asked Fahrenthold how Trump gets away with charging so much more than the per-diem spending limit, and he replied that the Secret Service does not face such limits.
"They can spend whatever they need to, to stay close to the people they protect," he explained. "Which means Trump can legally charge the Secret Service whatever he wants: the only limit would be his sense of what's excessive."
Vax resisters could be tricked into getting the shot if they thought it would make liberals mad: sociologist
With the novel coronavirus surging in Trump-backing states that have low rates of vaccination, many public health experts have been trying to figure out how to get vaccine resisters to take the shots.
Dartmouth sociologist Brooke Harrington tells journalist Charlie Warzel that she believes that many Trump supporters could be essentially fooled into taking the vaccine by playing on their negative partisanship.
Harrington says that the problem right now is that many of these people may know deep down that the vaccines will keep them safe, but they don't want to back down from their previous anti-vax stances because they've made resistance to vaccines part of their identities.
"The problem is that they have too much to lose from publicly backing off this stance now," she told Warzel.
This is where Fox News could come in.
If someone could convince Tucker Carlson or Laura Ingraham to make getting vaccinated part of an "own-the-libs" culture war campaign, says Harrington, it could really boost the ranks of the vaccinated.
"That message would align vaccination with the overarching norm of their current politics: that conservatives exist to oppose and humiliate liberals," she says. "If I were designing the most effective message for somebody like Tucker Carlson, it would be something like, 'liberals are furious that conservatives are getting vaccinated now because they were hoping we'd all die.' I'd couch vaccine as act of opposition to liberals."
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