NEW YORK — Families of 9/11 victims will once again read their names out loud to commemorate this year’s 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic divided people over how to remember the fallen, organizers said. With coronavirus restrictions easing and more people getting vaccinated, groups putting together the ceremony said they are more comfortable with an event that allows families to gather at the memorial site in lower Manhattan and read names into the quiet air. In 2020, the name-reading portion of the program was canceled to keep participants ...
'Empty shells of pathetic losers': Nicole Wallace burns Texas GOP for caving to Trump's 'audit' demands
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday had blistering criticism of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for indulging Donald Trump's delusions of election fraud by conducting an Arizona-style audit.
"We're learning again today just how low Republicans will go to satiate the twice-impeached, disgraced ex-president's appetite for what, something? Rewriting the 2020 election," Wallace said. "Politico is reporting on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's response to that letter that Trump sent demanding Abbott pursue an audit of the presidential election results in Texas in 2020 despite the fact that he won."
"This is some sick bleep," Wallace said. "I mean, they're like hostages with guns to their head. Trump tells them to take his pants off, is he going to do it? What is going on with these weak, pathetic leaders whose salaries are paid by taxpayers?"
"Well, it is self-hostage taking here," conservative journalist Charlie Sykes replied. "What is interesting, this occurs after we have the face-plant be in Arizona, where the Cyber Ninja audit failed to overturn the election, which normally would have been an embarrassment if facts mattered, if shame mattered."
Wallace, who was a top GOP communications strategist before her career in broadcast journalism, had harsh words for Texas Republicans.
"This isn't about Donald Trump, this is about shells of men. This is about empty shells of pathetic losers who have nothing to do except run looking — I mean, Trump can't even tweet, so I don't even know how they track it. They're like at the fax machine looking for the latest missive from the exiled leader," Wallace said.
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On Tuesday, Alaska Public Radio reported that Anchorage's Republican mayor tried to pin hospital staff shortages on vaccine mandates, suggesting that health care workers are resigning in droves rather than comply. But hospital officials are smacking down this suggestion, saying this is simply not happening.
Alaska is currently experiencing a massive surge of COVID-19 cases, which has forced the state to authorize care rationing.
"While Alaska hospitals say they're overwhelmed with an unrelenting surge of coronavirus patients, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is pointing to vaccine mandates as one reason hospitals can't keep up," reported Liz Ruskin. "'The lingering pandemic, coupled with historically busy hospitals this time of year, as well as some employers forcing employees who chose not to be vaccinated to lose their jobs, have contributed to a staffing shortage,' Bronson said in a Facebook post Sunday."
According to the report, hospitals in the Anchorage area have not reported any such thing.
"Jared Kosin, head of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, said the high volume of complex COVID patients is the reason hospitals are overwhelmed. Blaming the staffing shortage on hospital-imposed vaccine mandates is reckless, he said," continued the report. "'From all hospitals and nursing homes that are dealing with this, I have not heard a single concern that there's going to be a mass exodus of staff over these requirements,' he said."
As new vaccine mandates have come down around the country, a number of public officials have threatened mass resignations, but so far few have been reported. The union representing the Massachusetts State Police threatened that "dozens" of officers would resign from the force of roughly 1,800, but so far only one has actually moved to do so.
It isn't enough that anti-mask activists are having screaming meltdowns in school board meetings -- now they're chasing after kids while they're finishing up their first days of school.
Local news station Fox 11 reports that Huntington Beach anti-maskers this week brought megaphones to scream at students as they were coming out of school.
One anti-mask protester even assaulted a student by pulling his mask off -- and the student reportedly punched the protester in response.
"You don't take it to the students, first of all, because we're all just trying to get back. We're just trying to get good grades and get out of here," said student Ian Boudreau.
Angie Nguyen called it a "joke" and said that what anti-maskers are standing for is "really stupid." She noted that "everyone is making fun of them."
Cameron Coyne agreed, calling it "ridiculous" because "we're just high schoolers... we just don't really have the energy to deal with these people."
The anti-mask protesters were antagonizing the students while filming them, and seemed to be trying to provoke a response. After calling them zombies or communists, students started mocking them by saying, "I love communism." That video was then uploaded by The Last Revolution Media, which had a 2017 GoFundMe page set up by Luke Dennis who calls himself "Based Skywalker."
"We our a hands (sic) on a comies (sic) neck type of group," the GoFundMe page says.
Ah, Luke Dennis posted it. That explains that. But check the comments section on this video if you want a good laug… https://t.co/pOeTwauQwX— HB Community Forum Nonsense (@HB Community Forum Nonsense) 1632363525.0
Parents were incensed that anti-mask adults were harassing children on campus.
See the videos of the incident below:
An adult protester, targeting Huntington Beach High School yesterday, got into a verbal confrontation with a studen… https://t.co/95l3w7EOWE— InMinivanHell (@InMinivanHell) 1632416708.0
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