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At least two Ohio high school football players have been suspended for carrying flags honoring police and fallen firefighters ahead of a recent game.

What are the details?

According to WKRC-TV, Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio, opted to suspend Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley after they expressed their support for first responders before a Sept. 11 football game.

Brady, a senior cornerback whose father is a police officer, said that he was not trying to make a political statement at all in carrying the Thin Blue Line flag.

“I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago,” he said.

Jarad — whose father is a firefighter — carried the Thin Red Line flag and told WKRC that he was thinking about his father at the time.

“I was all for it,” he said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”

The station reports that Brady and Jarad requested permission from the school ahead of time, but were reportedly denied.

Brady said that he felt it was more important to honor the memories of first responders on 9/11 than it was to worry about suffering any possible consequences.

“Listen, I don’t care what my consequences are,” he told the station. “So long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”

The two discovered their fate on Monday: an indefinite suspension.

You can watch a video report on the incident here.

Divisive political symbols

Superintendent Gregory Power told the station that he was sticking firmly to the decision.

“We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it,” Power said, arguing that the apparently divisive flags were symbols of political controversy.

“We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective,” Power reasoned.

In a generic statement, the district added, “Little Miami Local Schools is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn. While we understand these students’ desire show their support of our first responders, they did not obtain permission from district officials. Administrators must act when students break the rules.”

“Little Miami always has — and always will — support our first responders, our veterans, and all who sacrifice to maintain our freedoms,” the statement promised.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: High school indefinitely suspends football players for carrying Thin Blue, Red Line flags in 9/11 tribute

Promising news

ICU patients who are being treated for coronavirus are dying less often than they were when compared to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

New research published in medical journal Anaesthesia reports that a significant decrease in COVID-19 mortality has occurred since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers add that the decrease is at least partially due to better hospital care.

The study is based on analysis of 24 studies that involved more than 10,000 patients across Asia, Europe, and North America.

The research, led by Professor Tim Cook of England’s Royal United Hospitals Bath, revealed that the overall mortality rate of coronavirus ICU patients fell from approximately 60 percent since the end of March to 42 percent by the end of May.

Cook is also a consultant in anesthesia and intensive care medicine at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Cook and other study authors said that “rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale due to the prompt publication of clinical reports early in the pandemic” has impacted the disease’s mortality rate for the better.

“It may also be that ICU admission criteria have changed over time, for example, with greater pressure on ICUs early in the pandemic surge,” authors wrote.

The study added, “There were no significant effects of geographical location, but reported ICU mortality fell over time. Optimistically, as the pandemic progresses, we may be coping better with COVID-19.”

The study also notes that its key findings regarding COVID-19 and ICU stints are likely to indicate that lengthy ICU stays take time to be reflected in the data. The research points out that 20 percent of U.K. ICU admissions have lasted more than 28 days, while 9 percent have gone beyond 42 days.

“The important message, however, is that as the pandemic has progressed and all these factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 has significantly improved,” the study added.

Cook, in a statement of his own, said, “The important message is that as the pandemic has progressed and various factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU has significantly improved.” He also cautioned, however, that while mortality rates in ICU patients seem to be decreasing, the disease is still more dangerous and damaging when compared to other viruses that cause pneumonias.

“The in-ICU mortality from COVID-19, at around 40 per cent, remains almost twice that seen in ICU admissions with other viral pneumonias, at 22%,” the report added.

Anything else?

Dr. Eric Cioe Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York, issued a statement on the research, warning people against complacency.

In a statement to Health Day, Pena said, “Any successful treatment, when not coupled with good public health measures to keep the new case rate below the limit of existing health care resources, will erase any gains made over the last few months by simply overwhelming the ICUs that have just become better at treating COVID-19.”

Pena added that the study, on the whole, “rightly concludes something that we expect: As we learned more about this virus and its effect on the critically ill, we became better at treating it and its complications.”

(H/T: Reuters)

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: COVID-19 patients’ ICU death rates are quickly dropping: Study

Dropped it like a bomb

A new Project Veritas investigation says it discovered Facebook’s third-party content moderators are reportedly engaging in a leftist agenda of censoring President Donald Trump’s supporters.

What are the details?

Cognizant, a Facebook-contracted company hired to moderate content and remove at their whim, is a third-party administrator responsible for evaluating Facebook posts on a daily basis.

Project Veritas’ Zach McElroy went undercover at the company and said that he noticed a disturbing trend in the company’s “Civic Harassment Queue.”

“I saw upwards of 75 to 80 percent of the posts in that queue were from Republican pages,” he revealed.

McElroy said that the monitoring and deletion seems to be mainly focused on eradicating Republican, conservative, and Trump-related content from the social media platform.

“So, for 75 to 80 percent of the posts to be targeting Republicans and conservatives, you can say it was a bot,” he said. “But somebody had to design that algorithm. So really, somebody at Facebook.”

According to reports, “Several unnamed moderators from Cognizant were caught on camera saying that they would remove Trump supporters’ posts, even if those posts were not in violation.”

At least one unidentified monitor insisted that it was “common sense” to delete any posts tagged with #MAGA.

In a video recorded by Project Veritas, a journalist can be heard asking one of the monitors, “If you see a conservative post, you just get rid of it right?”

The monitor responds, “Yes! I don’t give no f*****. I’ll delete it.”

Another employee who identified himself as Daniel Will — a Cognizant employee — admitted that Facebook engages in shadowbanning.

“Facebook is notorious for it. They say they don’t, but it’s clear that people’s content don’t come because it’s been de-filtered off the queue,” he said.

Another unidentified moderator reportedly added, “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism.”

McElroy was also reportedly able to take a screenshot of an inflammatory, anti-Trump post showing the president’s head being cut off. The moderator reportedly said that the post would not be flagged as hate speech. Contrarily, a posting featuring a cartoon Elmer Fudd shooting at former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was reportedly flagged as hate speech.

Robert Miller, reportedly a moderator at Cognizant, also admitted that a lot of the removed content includes Republican-leaning posts.

“Yeah. It’s all Republicans. But a lot of it comes off of Trump’s page specific — uh, specifically,” he said.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Facebook monitors reportedly reveal nefarious agenda: ‘If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism’

That’s a hot take

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the nationwide stay-at-home orders must cease if America is ever to get back on its feet.

What are the details?

Speaking on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” the Republican senator said that states continuing to enforce lockdown measures are sabotaging themselves as well as the United States and its economy in the long run.

“We have no money, we have no rainy day account, we have no savings account,” he said on Wednesday. “The $3 trillion that we’ve already passed out is imaginary money. It’s being borrowed, basically, from China. So the irony is we got the virus from China, and now we’re going to be more dependent by borrowing more money from China.”

Paul explained that the only way to avoid such a pitfall is to reopen the U.S. economy.

“The only thing that recovers our economy is opening the economy,” he reasoned. “It’s not a lack of money. It’s a lack of commerce. If you let people have commerce, if you let them trade, if you take them out from forcible home arrest, our economy will recover.”

“But,” he continued, “if you keep everybody under home arrest, and you say you cannot practice your business, you cannot sell your goods, there will continue to be economic calamity.”

The Republican lawmaker said that Democratic governors are also contributing to the overall problem by refusing to open their states, and thus, their state economies.

“All these blue state governors who don’t want to open their state, now they’re clamoring for federal money to bail them out because no state revenue is coming in. We don’t have any money,” Paul insisted.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Rand Paul blasts nationwide lockdowns, says they’re ironically making US even more dependent on China

Say what?

Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca tweeted her “solidarity” with the notion of infecting President Donald Trump’s supporters with coronavirus.

What are the details?

CdeBaca, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, voiced her support for a social media user with the handle @SuePersists who said that they would attempt to spread coronavirus, if diagnosed, to as many Trump voters as possible.

The original tweet, which has since been deleted, featured a tweet from @SuePersists that said, “For the record, if I do get the coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can.”

CdeBaca retweeted the image, writing, “#solidarity Yaaaas!!” with a string of emojis.

On Monday, CdeBaca responded to the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, who called the councilwoman out for making the odd show of support for the decidedly harmful assertion.

CdeBaca wrote, “1. Are you listening to ANYTHING Trump has said about the virus? 2. Do you realize Trump reduced the virus to a common flu? 3. I know sarcasm is hard to read in a tweet, but you are usually a bit quicker than this. Next time I will use more emoji’s just 4 you.”

Guess what’s not funny

At the time of this writing, coronavirus has sickened tens of thousands of people around the world and has killed at least 3,000 more.

As of Monday, the CDC says there are at least 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in the United States.

CNN reports that coronavirus has infected residents in at least 12 states at the time of this writing, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The number is surely to climb steadily in the coming days and weeks.

The epicenter of the worldwide outbreak — Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China — has seen more than 80,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,912 related deaths.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Democratic socialist tweets ‘solidarity’ with idea of exposing Trump supporters to coronavirus

Of course, though

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) won’t be appearing on Fox News anytime soon — and it’s all because of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

What are the details?

The freshman lawmaker blasted the cable outlet and Carlson on Wednesday after one of Carlson’s guests on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” made controversial remarks about immigrants.

Seth Barron, who is a project director at the Manhattan Institute and City Journal associate editor, told Carlson that illegal aliens mucked up Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district.

Barron said the district was “dirty” because of “illegal aliens” who live in the area. He also pointed out that the district was “occupied by relatively few American citizens.”

Barron also claimed that illegal immigrants in the district produce a “lot of garbage” and insisted that the area was rife with “illegal food vendors pouring their pig grease into the gutters.”

Ocasio-Cortez condemned the remarks, calling them racist, and insisted that though she previously considered appearing on Fox News, the idea was off the table following Barron’s remarks on Carlson’s Tuesday night show.

“I go back and forth on whether to go on Fox News,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter in response to the remarks. “The main reason I haven’t is squaring the fact that the ad revenue from it bankrolls a white supremacist sympathizer to broadcast an hour-long production of unmitigated racism, without any accountability whatsoever.”

She later added, “‘Immigrants are dirty’ is a lazy, tired, racist trope. Secondly, environmental injustice is a major motivation as to why we introduced and wrote the Green New Deal the way we did in the first place.”

Anything else?

Barron did end up taking to Twitter to issue an apology over his remarks and clarify what he meant.

In a since-deleted tweet, he wrote, “On Tucker Carlson’s show last night, I discussed the issue of trash on the streets in Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s district. I chose the wrong words and that is my fault. I am sorry.”

He also reportedly said that he intended to put focus on how immigrants are “often unable to access legal, affordable housing,” and insisted that he “didn’t do justice to a complex issue” and apologized.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: AOC shoots down appearing on Fox News, says cable outlet ‘bankrolls a white supremacist sympathizer to broadcast … unmitigated racism’

That’s some serious orchestration

The campaign of former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly pressured Ronan Farrow into dropping a story that would ultimately uncover the long list of sexual assault accusations against embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Journalist Ronan Farrow’s forthcoming book, “Catch and Kill,” sheds light on the allegations and the former Democratic presidential nominee’s alleged role in attempting to cover up the bombshell story.

What are the details?

According to the book, which is set for an Oct. 15 release, Weinstein reportedly tried to use Clinton — a family friend — to kill the 2017 exposé that ended Weinstein’s career.

Prior to putting the story to bed, Clinton’s campaign publicist Nick Merrill reportedly reached out to Farrow admitting that the “big story” was a “concern” for the Clinton campaign. Weinstein, a big donor to both Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns, reportedly had reached out to Clinton in an effort to quash the story.

Nearly an entire week passed after Farrow’s New York Times investigative report went viral before Clinton issued a statement condemning her friend’s alleged behaviors. In her statement, Clinton appeared to deny all knowledge of the allegations against Weinstein despite her publicist calling the report into question with Farrow months prior.

Her statement read, “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

She also insisted that she would donate Weinstein’s campaign contributions to charity.

Farrow would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his work in the Times.

Farrow also insisted that Clinton’s campaign withheld access to her when he was attempting to interview the presidential hopeful for a foreign policy book he was writing at the time.

What else?

This isn’t the first time the public has been told that Clinton and her campaign were aware of the forthcoming allegations against Weinstein.

Actress and producer Lena Dunham revealed that she told Clinton’s campaign that trouble with Weinstein was brewing.

“I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham allegedly told Kristina Schake, the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director at the time.

“I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault,” the actress claimed to have added.

Merrill would later dissociate the campaign from Dunham’s remarks, insisting that the campaign had never been made aware of such rumblings — and then turn the blame to Dunham herself for not outwardly reporting the allegations against Weinstein.

“Only she can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him,” Merrill said in a statement.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Hillary Clinton’s campaign reportedly pressured Ronan Farrow to kill damning Harvey Weinstein exposé — and gets caught in a big lie

Arizona Border Patrol shared a video tour of their facility this week, directly refuting claims about the conditions in the facility made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y).

Last week, the New York lawmaker toured facilities at the U.S. southern border, blasting them for allegedly being inhumane and unsanitary.

What are the details?

The Arizona Border Patrol posted the video Wednesday and captioned it, “Here is a look at the inside of a #BorderPatrol processing center with Chief Patrol Agent of #TucsonSector Roy Villareal.”

In the video, Villareal can be seen showing well-stocked supply closets, filled with medical supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene supplies. A supply cart full of food, baby formula, and blankets can also be seen.

Villareal could also be seen drinking water from a water supply in a holding cell.

What else?

According to the Daily Caller, Villareal said that his intent in sharing the video was “to dispel some of the misinformation that’s out there” and to prove that the centers aren’t nearly what they’re being reported as.

In extremely heated remarks, Ocasio-Cortez said that she witnessed horrible treatment during her visits to the detention centers.

She alleged that young children did not have access to clean diapers, and insisted that many detainees also reportedly went without ample access to clean water or food — even claiming that some were told to drink from the toilet. The freshman lawmaker also referred to the facilities as “concentration camps,” a term that did not go over well with those lawmakers on either side of the aisle.

During an Instagram streaming session, Ocasio-Cortez said, “he United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps.”

She added, “The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Border patrol agents put Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to shame with video tour after she insists detainees are drinking from toilets

His answer was about as on the nose as you could get

Attorney General William Barr quickly and concisely shut down a CBS News reporter during a press conference on Thursday.

The conference concerned the new release of the redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regard to alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

What are the details?

During the conference, Barr doubled down on his initial remarks that neither President Donald Trump nor anyone in his campaign engaged in any collusion.

After confirming that information with the release of redacted version of the report, Barr said, “the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”

He went on to take questions from the media present at the conference.

One reporter, Paula Reid from CBS News, went on to point out that she felt Barr has been biased in favor of Trump and appeared to be going out of his way to protect the president.

“You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. So what do you say to people on both sides of the aisle who are concerned that you are trying to protect the president?” Reid asked.
Barr responded that his very comments are published in the Mueller report.

“Well actually, the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report, that there was substantial evidence for that,” he answered, “so I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president.”

Ready with an answer of her own, Reid answered, “It’s an unprecedented situation. It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge …”

Barr took the opportunity to cut her off, and fired back, “Well is there another precedent for it?”

Reid conceded that there was not.

“OK,” Barr responded. “So unprecedented is an accurate description.”

Reid attempted to regain control of the question, but Barr was apparently unimpressed with the reporter’s efforts and moved on to take other questions.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Attorney General William Barr embarrasses CBS News reporter after she questions if he’s trying to protect President Donald Trump

Congresswoman’s tweets draw criticism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked the notion of thoughts and prayers following Friday’s deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took the lives of at least 49 people and injured many.

An accused mass killer opened fire on two different mosques during times of prayer.

Authorities charged at least one person in the attack and detained three more.

You can read more on the horrific unfolding tragedy here.

What did she say?

In what the freshman congresswoman later described as a slam on the National Rifle Association, Ocasio-Cortez questioned the usefulness of thoughts and prayers during a tragedy like the one in New Zealand.

Shortly after the news broke, Ocasio-Cortez addressed comments made by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. In her remarks, Ardern mentioned that her “thoughts” were with those grieving over the deadly mass killing.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

Ocasio-Cortez issued a second tweet attempting to clarify her first after receiving criticism.

She claimed that “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand] PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.”

How did people react?

Despite her clarification, many people took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, calling them insensitive and hurtful.

Siraj Hashmi, of the Washington Examiner, was one of them.

He wrote, “[T]his is incredibly insensitive to my muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people.”

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch chimed in and wrote, “Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.”

Comedian Tim Young added, “If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account.”

To note, Ocasio-Cortez appears to be a practicing Catholic, sporting ashes on her forehead on Ash Wednesday:

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocks prayer in wake of deadly New Zealand massacre

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