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Shanghai Covid outbreak / state pays churches to vax members / no guilty verdicts in FBI-led kidnapping of governor / Soros writes more checks

China Sends Military, Armed Police, and Health Workers to Shanghai Amid Its Worst Virus Outbreak
 | 8 April 2022 | Chinese authorities have sent health care workers from 15 different provinces as well as armed police and special police officers to Shanghai, to help the city combat the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in China since the pandemic began. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan urged Shanghai residents to adhere to the zero-COVID approach and “achieve community zero-Covid in a week.” China Central Television (CCTV) reported on April 4 that more than 38,000 medical personnel from 15 Chinese provinces have been dispatched to support Shanghai. A resident near Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport wrote in a social media post that he noticed frequent inbound flights landing at the airport. “I feel frightened at the thought that all the passengers on board are coming here to support our COVID fight,” he said. Sun demanded COVID testing of all 26 million residents in Shanghai be completed within 36 hours, starting on April 4. She told the experts of the Shanghai Pandemic Control Team: “No household shall be left behind, not a single person shall miss the test.”

Pandemic Worker Kills Pet Dog After Owners Quarantined in China | 8 April 2022 | A pet corgi was killed by a man clad in a white biohazard suit in Shanghai on April 6, minutes after its owners were sent to a quarantine center under the regime’s COVID-zero policy. The killing was filmed by a resident who lives nearby using her cell phone, while other residents took photos from their balconies. From the video and photos shared on social media, the man is seen chasing the dog and then hitting it to death with a spade. The howling dog ran along the roadside after the first wallop. The man quickly caught it and hit it with a spade two more times, killing it. Soon after, the man came back with a plastic bag and picked up the corgi’s body.

Pennsylvania Pays Churches to Convince Members to Get Vaccinated –The church or other nonprofit gets another $10 for each person who gets the shot. | 8 April 2022 | Many who have chosen not to get the COVID-19 shots have cited religious objections. Now Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration wants church leaders to bring vaccination events into churches. Pennsylvania’s public health leaders want to “harness the power of community trust in statewide faith-based organizations” to convince folks to get a COVID-19 shot. That is according to the mission statement of the Faith-based Organization Coalition, which is being formed under the state’s Department of Health and is expected to launch April 11. The state aims to reduce vaccine hesitancy through the “Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania” project (LIVE PA), which is a grant program that pays churches and nonprofits to speak with their people and persuade them to get vaccinated.

Tennis World Rocked as 15 ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Players Unable to Finish Miami Open | 4 April 2022 | Tennis fans are upset and the sporting world is reeling after an unprecedented number of players either withdrew or retired from the Miami Open this week. A total of 15 players were unable to finish, including the male and female favorites to win. Yahoo Sports reported: “The tennis world has reacted with shock after both favourites Paula Badosa and Jannik Sinner retired from their Miami Open quarter-finals during the day session. Soon to be World No.3, Badosa was in tears as she was forced to bow out of the quarter-final after not feeling well against American Jessica Pegula… In total, there has been 15 withdrawals/retirements during the Miami Open. Fans were left shocked at the double retirement from two stars in a bizarre day of tennis.” All of the players must be “fully vaccinated” in order to compete. Just as we’ve noted for several months, most major sports have been hit with “inexplicable” medical conditions popping up in young and otherwise healthy athletes, including our report that three cyclists fell in March alone.

Quadruple-vaccinated Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont tests positive for COVID-19 | 8 April 2022 | Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is not experiencing any symptoms, according to his communications director. Lamont, 68, received his second booster shot on March 31. He tested positive in the morning after taking a regularly-scheduled rapid self-test. The infection was confirmed with a second rapid self-test and the governor is currently awaiting results from a PCR test, spokesperson Max Reiss said. Lamont, a Democrat, plans to isolate at the governor’s residence in Hartford for the next five days and will not attend any in-person events or meetings, his office said.

Psaki, Garland, Pelosi: Covid-19 spreads among leading Democrats and Biden officials –Several dozen tested positive after a dinner hosted by the Gridiron Club, where proof of vaccine was required| 8 April 2022 | Growing numbers of prominent members of Congress and senior staffers in Washington DC are contracting Covid-19, sparking concerns about the risk to Joe Biden as unmasked events increase at the White House. Celebrations were being held on Friday at the White House for the Senate confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the supreme court and the event was happening out of doors, said the press secretary, Jen Psaki, who missed Biden’s trip to Europe last month after testing positive for coronavirus. The Georgia Democratic senator Raphael Warnock tested positive on Thursday shortly after voting in the Senate chamber to confirm Jackson.

NATO holds war games on Russia’s border –‘Bold Dragon’ drills held in Estonia | 11 April 2022 | British, French, and Danish troops who have recently arrived to serve in NATO Battlegroup Estonia began joint drills with Estonian forces this weekend. The ongoing Bold Dragon war games, involving foreign soldiers and members of Estonia’s 1st Infantry Brigade, are being held at the in the country’s military’s central training area. Their aim is to provide the newly arrived Western European servicemen with their first opportunity to get acquainted with the Estonian terrain and improve cooperation with their local counterparts. On Saturday and Sunday, the participants of the drill practiced both assault and defensive maneuvers, according to a statement by the 1st Infantry Brigade.

France’s first round of elections makes Macron, Le Pen look for new allies | 11 April 2022 | The first round of the French presidential elections on Sunday didn’t award a decisive advantage to any of the two key contestants. Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and National Rally leader Marine Le Pen have essentially reproduced the state of play that existed in the first round of presidential elections five years ago. Macron garnered 27.6% of the vote on Sunday, while Le Pen got 23.41%. Analysts and both camps agree that the results are uncertain.

Washington, D.C., men who allegedly posed as federal agents had stockpile of weapons, new filing shows | 8 April 2022 | A new federal court filing is shedding light on the lengths that two Washington, D.C., men went to allegedly pose as federal agents, including stockpiling weapons, tactical gear, and hard drives. Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, were both arrested on Wednesday at a lux-ry apartment in the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C during a multi-federal government agency raid of several units. The men were charged with false impersonation of a federal officer in a U.S. District Court on Thursday. Federal prosecutors filed a motion for detention on Friday morning, showing some of what the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other agencies found when they executed the search warrant on Wednesday, including a stockpile of weapons allegedly owned by Taherzadeh and Ali.

Zero Guilty Verdicts in Case of Alleged Plot to Kidnap Governor Whitmer – Not Guilty Verdict for Two, Hung Jury on Two Including ‘Ring Leader’ –Verdicts are huge blow to fake news and FBI | 8 April 2022 | The Michigan Governor Whitmer (D) kidnapping case, which we now know was comprised of virtually all FBI agents and informants took another devastating hit in August. Michael Hills, an attorney for Brandon Caserta, one of the six defendants, produced text messages showing an FBI field agent telling an informant to lie, frame an innocent man and delete text messages. This is why federal prosecutors are refusing to hand over text messages and laptops from FBI informants in the Whitmer kidnapping case. The FBI actually hatched the plot, paid for the plot, ran the plot, and set up the innocent men in their immoral scheme. The FBI’s top informant behind the kidnapping scam was later arrested after he beat his wife following a swingers’ party.

Soros family quietly bankrolls committees supporting ‘defund the police’ candidates –George Soros and his daughter are top funders of two entities that are backing the progressive politicians | 7 April 2022 | Liberal billionaire [Great Reset dirt-bag] George Soros and his daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, are bankrolling two entities that are supporting far-left politicians who back defunding the police, a Fox News Digital review of campaign finance records found. The Soros m-ney has flowed to a joint fundraising committee and a PAC attached to the efforts. The joint fundraising venture, called Lead the Way 2022, includes the Way to Lead PAC, Missouri Rep. Cori Bush’s campaign committee, and the campaigns of the 12 other progressive politicians attempting to enter Congress. George Soros has poured tens of millions into district attorney races and has dished out large sums to groups focused on police reform efforts, including financing a hub used by progressive activists pushing to dismantle the police.

Rubio, GOP Leaders Want Biden Admin to Explain How It Decided to End Title 42 | 9 April 2022 | On Thursday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and other GOP senators in writing to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the “dangerous and reckless decision” to rescind Title 42, which, under the umbrella of COVID-19 protections, allows the federal government to immediately expel illegal immigrants… “This would mean over 500,000 illegal immigrants arriving per month at our border,” the senators noted. Accompanying the letter on Thursday was a bill filed by Republicans to extend Title 42 to February 2025. Joining Rubio in introducing the bill were Republican Sens. Thom Tillis (NC), Jim Risch (ID), Roger Wicker (MS), Steve Daines (MT), Kevin Cramer (ND), Mike Braun (IN), Mike Crapo (ID), John Hoeven (ND), and Tim Scott (SC). As for the letter, the senators wrote, “This massive surge of illegal immigrants would be on top of a historic influx of illegal immigrants which has occurred during the Biden Administration,” which has overseen encounters with nearly 2.3 million illegal immigrants since Biden took office.

Elon Musk Declines Twitter Board Seat, Takeover Speculation Grows | 11 April 2022 | Elon Musk will no longer join Twitter’s board of directors, the social network officially announced Sunday. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal confirmed that Musk would continue to be the company’s largest shareholder, adding that the tech giant will accept his input. He did not indicate why Musk changed his mind, but Agrawal told company employees “there will be distractions ahead but our goals and priorities remain unchanged.” Musk, who controls a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, would have officially been appointed to the board on Saturday. However, recent regulatory filings showed that he would not accept the appointment.

President Trump endorses Dr. Oz for US Senate in Pennsylvania –Trump’s spokesperson made the announcement on Saturday | 9 April 2022 | President Trump has endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, a Saturday announcement states. “President Donald J. Trump announces his endorsement of Dr. Oz,” a tweet from Trump’s spokesperson states. “The Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to Save America by electing the brilliant and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz for the United States Senate,” a statement from Trump says… “President Trump carefully reviewed all of the candidates for U.S. Senate. Everyone, especially David McCormick — a pro-China, Wall Street insider, wanted this endorsement. But President Trump wisely endorsed me because I’m a Conservative who will stand up to Joe Biden and the woke Left,” Oz said.

Judge rules NYC illegally canceled Trump’s contract to run Bronx golf course –De Blasio tried to freeze Trump out of all city contracts. | 8 April 2022 | Donald Trump is back in the Bronx. A state Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that the city did not have the right to cancel Trump’s contract to run the Ferry Point Golf Course. Mayor Bill de Blasio had nixed the deal after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, arguing that Trump would not be able to attract golf tournaments. In her decision and order filed on Friday, Justice Debra James said there was nothing in the contract that required a tournament — only that the city would share in any proceeds. That means either Trump gets to continue to run the course, or the city needs to pay him to leave. Trump’s son Eric said they’ll stay.

NC medical school backs student who suggested she harmed patient for mocking pronoun pin –Wake Forest University hasn’t announced any consequences beyond a brief suspension | 11 April 2022 | Wake Forest University Medical School is standing by a student who suggested she intentionally harmed one of her patients for disagreeing with her about transgender ideology. The student, fourth-year Kychelle Del Rosario, came under fire after appearing to boast about the incident on Twitter in late March. The university responded with a brief suspension but announced no further consequences in its latest statement. Del Rosario tweeted: “I had a patient I was doing a blood draw on see my pronoun pin and loudly laugh to the staff ‘She/Her? Well of course it is! What other pronouns even are there?’ I missed his vein so he had to get stuck twice.”

BLM’s $6M mansion purchase prompts call for DOJ investigation – ‘disturbing information’ –California Rep. Issa says recent reports ‘more than enough to warrant’ DOJ investigation | 7 April 2022 | Black Lives Matter’s reported purchase of a 6 million California mansion with charitable donations should spark a Department of Justice investigation into the politically powerful nonprofit, California Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News Digital. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the national arm of the BLM movement, has come under increasing scrutiny over its handling of the tens of millions of dollars it has received in donations. New York Magazine revealed this week that BLM secretly bought a 6 million mansion — which the group’s leaders are said to call “Campus” — and never disclosed it to the public. When the magazine inquired about the house, BLM reportedly circulated a memo discussing the possibility of trying to “kill” the story.

Spotted lanternfly spreading in parts of Pennsylvania | 7 April 2022 | The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture added 11 new counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine list. Among those are Lycoming, Snyder, and Union Counties. “That means there are restrictions in place on moving any material that might have spotted lanternflies or spotted lanternfly eggs, any life stage, in it,” said Shannon Powers with the Department of Agriculture. The bug is considered extremely invasive and poses a threat to Pennsylvania’s agricultural economy. It feeds on vines, trees, and other plants.

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