Consumers are expected to be in the mood to spend this holiday season, but this isn’t the year to procrastinate. With the COVID-19 pandemic snarling supply chains and threatening to leave stores and distribution centers short-staffed, consumers may need to shop early to avoid missing must-have items. Big discounts, too, could be tougher to come by, thanks to higher transportation and labor costs. “COVID-19 is going to be the Grinch that stole Christmas yet again this year,” said Per Hong, senior partner in the consulting firm Kearney’s strategic operations practice. Holiday retail sales are pr...
Rand Paul claims the COVID vaccine increases heart health risks -- but fails to mention that the virus could do more harm
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is criticizing the COVID-19 vaccine while failing to mention key details that change the scope of his assessment. On Friday, January 22, the Kentucky senator appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham where he referenced the findings of a study that suggests the vaccine increases the risk of myocarditis – heart muscle inflammation – in adolescent males.
However, what the lawmaker failed to also mention is that adverse effects could be far worse if an individual contracts the virus. This part of the discussion began when Ingraham mentioned a proposal in the state of California that would grant children 12 and older the right to get vaccinated for COVID-19 without parental consent.
“Senator, we know they’ve wanted to put a wedge between children and their parents for a long time on a lot of issues, but this kind of takes the cake,” Ingraham said.
Paul chimed in with a response that appears to have taken Ingraham's remarks out of context. “I believe it’s medical malpractice to force vaccines on children, particularly adolescent males,” said Paul.
“We now have the scientific evidence that shows the risk of myocarditis for young males is greater for the vaccine than it is for the disease,” he continued. “We also know the death rate is closer to one in a million. We also know that the more you get to the vaccine, the higher your risk of myocarditis. So, 90% of the myocarditis came with the second vaccine. What do you think happens when you give them a third vaccine?”
Despite Paul's claims, studies have also indicated that the virus, itself, poses a much greater risk for myocarditis.
"According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of myocarditis after infection with COVID-19 is much higher, at 146 cases per 100,000. The risk is higher for males, older adults (ages 50+), and children under 16 years old. Soccer player Alphonso Davies, 21, of Canada’s national men’s team, was sidelined by heart inflammation after having COVID-19."
In regard to post-vaccine myocarditis, an Israel-based study determined that "the risk of post-vaccine myocarditis is 2.13 cases per 100,000 vaccinated, which is within the range usually seen in the general population." It also indicated that the study "is consistent with others in the United States and Israel which put the overall incidence of post-vaccine myocarditis between 0.3 and five cases per 100,000 people."
According to Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman, a conservative activist and failed GOP House candidate disrupted an RNCC meeting with donors in Florida to demand the party quit supporting GOP house members who supported the impeachment of Donald Trump.
In a series of tweets, Sherman said that Laura Loomer -- who was reportedly not invited to the meeting -- interrupted a presentation to complain about where the money is going while a colleague filmed her.
Sherman tweeted, "NEW An interesting scene unfolded at the @NRCC retreat this morning near Miami. During a staff @NRCC briefing for donors Laura Loomer stood up and asked why the party committee isn't trying to defeat @Liz_Cheney and the others who voted to impeach Trump. She had someone filming."
He added, "@RepTomEmmer-- the chair of the party committee -- quickly intervened and said we don't talk about that here, and we don't get involved with primaries. Emmer shut down the talk quickly. but was an ... interesting moment for the leadership, which is down at the retreat." before continuing, "Sources tell me Loomer was not on the list for the retreat and they are not sure how she got in, etc."
After the Daily Beast spoke with Loomer and she claimed she was a guest of a donor, Sherman clarified, "The @NRCC was not aware she was attending this retreat. She did show up with a donor."
You can see the tweets below:
NEW An interesting scene unfolded at the @NRCC retreat this morning near Miami. \n\nDuring a staff @NRCC briefing for donors Laura Loomer stood up and asked why the party committee isn't trying to defeat @Liz_Cheney and the others who voted to impeach Trump. She had someone filming— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1642869965
Sources tell me Loomer was not on the list for the retreat and they are not sure how she got in, etc.— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1642870062
The @NRCC was not aware she was attending this retreat. She did show up with a donor.https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/1484958221022474243\u00a0\u2026— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1642877420
'Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka': Michael Cohen predicts what Trump's daughter will do if she is indicted
Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former Donald Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen stated there was no chance that Ivanka Trump will appear willingly before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and that the country will see her true nature when she is indicted.
"When it comes to the chances of getting testimony as we've heard, there is testimony in these cases they want to get from Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric as well, let alone the 1/6 committee has also requested Ivanka voluntarily to talk about what she knows about her father on the 1/6 day of the insurrection," host Alex Witt prompted. "What's the likelihood that they will comply knowing full well that Donald Trump has asked people not to comply?"
"Right, so I think the answer to that is slim, slim to none, and slim left the building," the former lawyer smirked. "In this specific case, they're going to start to claim all sorts of privilege. With Ivanka it's going to be a new theory of law, I believe, it's going to be called the 'Daddy Theory, 'and she's going to do the same thing, exactly what Eric did: 500 times he evoked the Fifth Amendment."
"It's problematic for Ivanka," he continued. "Why? Because Ivanka is not just Donald's daughter, but she was also a senior adviser, and so could you imagine if, in fact, that [Attorney General] Merrick Garland finally takes off the gloves, and when she, you know, is in contempt of the subpoena, they go ahead and then they indict her? That's when you're going to see a very different Ivanka because very much like her father, Ivanka is interested in only Ivanka."
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