Watercooler National: Supreme Court halts vaccine rule for businesses/ US sending $308 million in aid to Taliban/ Pelosi’s stock trading in question

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) provides links and brief excerpts from news reports in the national media.

Breaking: Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses –High court allows health care vaccine mandate to take effect | 13 Jan 2022 | The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees.

Govt. Takes 16 Years to Reply to Public Record Request on ‘Abel Danger’ | 12 Jan 2022 | In a brazen failure to comply with a public records law enacted to keep government accountable, a federal agency waited 16 years to respond to a Judicial Watch request for information related to a controversial intelligence operation. Back in 2005, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Defense (DOD) for records related to Able Danger, a secret military unit led by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) that reportedly identified some of the 9/11 hijackers before the 2001 attacks [aka a deep state crime]. The request also asks for U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and/or counterterrorism projects utilizing data mining software techniques to search open-source records in the public domain… The information surrounding Able Danger without question concerns the operations and activities of government covered under FOIA, namely open-source data mining efforts and the assertion that 9/11 terrorists had been identified by U.S. intelligence agencies a year before the 2001 attacks. In 2005, Army intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer said his Able Danger unit identified four of the 9/11 hijackers as Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] operatives well before the 2001 attacks. Months later, a congressman revealed the secret military unit singled out 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times and pinpointed a problem in Yemen two weeks before the 2000 bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden that killed 17 sailors.

US $308 million in aid to Afghanistan is going directly to Taliban, nonprofits warn | 13 Jan 2022 | The hundreds of millions of dollars that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged to send to Afghanistan will be going into the wrong hands, nonprofit rescue groups warn. The funds, over $308 million in all, “are not going to go in the hands of the average Afghan, it is going to go in the hand of the Taliban for food supply,” Sean Kilbrane, the programs manager for Save Our Allies, told Fox News. Save Our Allies has worked to rescue American citizens, permanent residents, special immigrant visa (SIV) holders and other special populations from Afghanistan while helping them navigate the cultural, legal and societal challenges of being refugees.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency to Compile List of Employees Who Seek Religious Exemptions From COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate | 13 Jan 2022 | All employees at an obscure federal agency who claim religious exemptions from Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be added to a list, the agency said in a public notice this week. The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) posted the notice in the Federal Register, asking the public for comment on the new system, which is being called the “Employee Religious Exception Request Information System.” CSOSA says that, in order to meet the requirements outlined by the president and the task force, it is creating a new system that lets it collect information related to religious accommodations to the vaccination requirements. The system will be used to house information on workers, volunteers, interns, contractors, and consultants inside the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia, an office inside CSOSA, who ask for religious exemptions.

Army has relieved six active-duty leaders, including two battalion commanders, for refusing vaccine | 12 Jan 2022 | U.S. Army commanders have relieved six soldiers from positions of leaderships and issued 2,994 general officer written reprimands in response to soldiers who have refused to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination order. Among the six relieved from leadership positions were two battalion commanders, the Army said in a Wednesday press release. But the service so far has not involuntarily discharged any soldiers solely for refusing the vaccine. The Army will be issuing guidance for discharging vaccine holdouts later this month, with the press release saying that 3,611 soldiers are still refusing to get the vaccine and have not received an approved exemption… No religious exemptions have been granted so far out of the 2,128 requests submitted.

Court upholds state law eliminating religious exemption to state vaccination requirements for school children | 12 Jan 2022 | A federal court has upheld a new state law that eliminates a religious exemption to state vaccination requirements for communicable diseases, including COVID-19, for public and private school students. Two organizations, We the Patriots USA and CT Freedom Alliance, joined three parents with different religious beliefs in a suit against a variety of state agencies and local school boards in an effort to block enforcement of the law. The groups and the parents claimed the new law violates a number of constitutional protections, among them the freedom to practice religion and rear children. U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton dismissed the suit in its entirety.

Fully Vaccinated Australians in Hospital for COVID-19 Surpass Unvaccinated | 13 Jan 2022 | For the first time, New South Wales (NSW) has seen more fully vaccinated patients hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to the number of unvaccinated patients as the Omicron outbreak continues to edge toward its peak. Data published by the NSW government’s COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit has revealed that as of Jan. 9, 68.9 percent of COVID-19 patients aged 12 and over in hospitals had two doses of the vaccine, with 28.8 percent unvaccinated. The number of double-dose vaccinated patients in intensive care units (ICUs) also surpassed those of the unvaccinated, with 50.3 percent of the vaccinated presenting to ICU with COVID-19, more than the 49.1 percent who are unvaccinated. However, based on the data presented, unvaccinated individuals appear to be six times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly 13 times more likely to be sent to ICU than those who are fully vaccinated.

Deaths Among People Aged 18-49: A State by State Overview –Highest state sees 65 percent increase in prime-age mortality, only 36 percent attributed to COVID-19 | 12 Jan 2022 | Deaths among people aged 18 to 49 increased more than 40 percent in the 12 months ending October 2021 compared to the same period in 2018-2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by The Epoch Times. The agency doesn’t yet have full 2021 numbers, as death certificate data trickles in with a lag of one to eight weeks or more. The increase was notable across the country and in no state was COVID reported in more than 60 percent of the excess deaths. Some states experienced much steeper hikes than others. Nevada was the worst with a 65 percent prime-age mortality surge of which only 36 percent was attributed to COVID.

NEA urged social media giants to fight anti-CRT ‘propaganda’ stoking ‘violent,’ ‘radicalized’ parents –Critics have suggested this may be a coordinated attack to silence parents | 12 Jan 2022 | Shortly after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent an infamous letter to the White House comparing concerned parents to domestic terrorists and inspiring a Department of Justice memo, the National Education Association (NEA) sent a similar letter to social media companies, urging them to stifle “propaganda” about critical race theory which had supposedly stoked “a small but violent group of radicalized parents.” Following recent revelations that the White House actually helped draft the NSBA letter and claims that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona solicited the letter (a claim a Department of Education spokesperson has denied), critics have suggested that the NEA letter represents yet more coordination between government and interest groups to silence parents. “This looks like a concerted effort between the federal government and outside groups like the NEA and NSBA to interfere with the First Amendment rights of parents,” Ian Prior, father and executive director at Fight for Schools, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

US Senators introduce bill to ban Pelosi-style stock trading in Congress | 12 Jan 2022 | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband could be forced to stop trading individual stocks as US Senators from both parties pushed legislation that would ban the practice. Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that that would ban members of Congress, their spouses and their dependent children from trading stocks while in office. They would be required to place their assets in a blind trust — and any member of Congress that fails to comply would be fined their entire salary. “Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information,” Ossoff said.

Nancy Pelosi makes millions off tech stocks – and scoffs at push to ban congressional trades | 7 Jan 2022 | Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to quash bipartisan efforts to ban stock trading by Congressional lawmakers — even as she and her husband have raked in as much as 30 million from bets on the Big Tech firms Pelosi is responsible for regulating. Late last month, the House Speaker disclosed that the Pelosis scooped up millions in bullish call options for stocks including Google, Salesforce, Micron Technology and Roblox. At the same, some insiders say she has slow-walked efforts to rein in Big Tech. Days later, Pelosi brushed off worries over stock picking by lawmakers, claiming it was part of the “free-market economy” — comments that made Democratic insiders’ “blood boil,” people close to the speaker told The Post.

Biden approval rating in Quinnipiac poll drops again – to 33 percent | 12 Jan 2022 | Joe Biden’s job approval rating has tumbled to 33 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, a whopping 17 percentage-point drop​ from February and an indication of American voters’ deep dissatisfaction over his administration’s response to rising inflation and a resurgence of COVID-19. More than half of American adults (53 percent) disapprove of the job the president is doing, while 13 percent told the pollster they couldn’t offer an opinion.​.. Three quarters of Democrats said they approve of Biden, while just 25 percent of independents and 2 percent of Republicans said the same.

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