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Irish Bar “Fines” Customers For COVID Talk. We Like It.

Like many, the managers of The Alt Bar in Killea, Ireland were tired of all the COVID talk.

The publicans were joking with customers how Covid seems to be the only chat nowadays and pub goers agreed.

Speaking on Radio One, manager Conor McDevitt said: “No matter what they started talking about, it was back to the virus.

“So we just thought we’d try and bring in an atmosphere that people were talking about common things.

“It’s quite strange that people aren’t chatting about the weather in Ireland anymore.”

The bar instituted a two euro “fine” for anyone that mentions COVID while in the bar.
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Mascot Gets Ejected.

Devon Booker is a NBA player for the Phoenix Suns. He played collegiate ball at the University of Kentucky, where the fans are rabid rooting for the team just as fans on the road rood against Kentucky.

It was therefore somewhat of a surprise the other day when after shooting a free throw, Booker demanded that the referees move the mascot for the Toronto Raptors.

As he is shooting the first free throw, the Raptor mascot jumps up in the air to distract Booker’s shot. It is a tactic that has been going on for as long as people have been playing sports.
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Biden And “Voting Rights.”

A few days ago, President Biden gave a speech in Georgia where he tried to gin up support for ending the Senate filibuster – the filibuster that he supported when Democrats were in the minority in the Senate – and what he says are voter suppression laws in states. Biden wants to federalize local and state elections in spite of the Constitution saying the States run their elections including that of elections for Federal offices.
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Boston, A Flagpole, And Free Speech.

Imagine if you will, a large city with diverse interests. The city has three flagpoles out in front of City Hall – one is for the American flag, one for the state flag, and one is allowed for groups to fly when having an event in the plaza in front of City Hall.

Imagine if you will between …

… June 2005 and July 2017, the city received 284 applications from various community, civic, or social organizations wishing to hold flag-raising ceremonies. Every one of them was approved.

Over the course of those 12 years, the banners of scores of countries and causes were temporarily flown from the third pole. Among them were the flags of Mexico, China, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, the LGBT Pride flag, the Juneteenth flag, and banners heralding Marcus Garvey Day, the Walk for Peace, and the Bunker Hill Association. Boston’s published guidelines referred to City Hall Plaza and the third flagpole as “public forums” and said the city “seeks to accommodate all applicants.” On its website, the city affirmed that its intention was to provide access to all groups: “We commemorate flags from many countries and communities at Boston City Hall Plaza. We want to create an environment in the city where everyone feels included.”
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A Dad, A School Board And Masks.

Jeff Perrine, a parent out in Lincoln, CA., took time from his holiday preparations and on December 21, 2021 to address the local school board.

Here is the text of his comments:

When I see the members of the board in the schools who are in control of our children and the way they think, I’m disgusted. This is exactly why my children are at home, homeschooled, staying away from people like you. You want to poison their minds and think there’s something they should fear. You guys are like the bogeyman. You’re creating hysteria and you’re creating a generation of children with social anxiety. You’re going to create an entire generation of pill-popping junkies.
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With Nothing Better To Do….

Taco Boy restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Michigan was faced with a dilemma.

After being in Mount Pleasant for nearly a half a century, state COVID regulations prevented dining room service which meant the restaurant was not making money and being forced to close.

The owner of Taco Boy, Robert Balitierrez, had a plan.

Balitierrez would open drive thru window that was already a part of the restaurant when he moved to the location 13 years ago. Balitierrez had not been using the drive thru because his business was mostly dine-in and some take out. The space the drive thru took up was valuable. Yet desperate times yield desperate measures, so Balitierrez opened the drive thru in order not to lose his restaurant and lay off workers.

For a time, this proved uncontroversial. Late last year, however, city officials told Balitierrez that the drive-thru window was not allowed by Mt. Pleasant’s zoning code.

Neighboring businesses have their own drive-thrus, and the city concedes that Balitierrez’s drive-thru window is causing no noise or traffic impacts. Nevertheless, the city says it’ll have to close.
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When The Fact Finding Supreme Court Fails On The Facts.

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Courtesy of A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

It truly was embarrassing. During last weeks Supreme Court hearing on whether the Biden administration’s OSHA vaccination mandate was legal and or Constitutional, three justices made statements that, to be fair, were whoppers of either ignorance or lies.

The OSHA rule was issued after months of President Biden claiming the authority to impose a national mandate and then admitting that he did not likely have such authority.

The OSHA rule was clearly “Plan B.”

Notably, while OSHA had discussed whether it could — or should — issue an “Infectious Diseases Regulatory Framework” covering airborne infectious diseases — long before the advent of COVID — it never did so. When the White House was looking for a workaround of the Constitution, OSHA suddenly found what it now claims to be clear authority.

It is not clear — from either a historical or a statutory perspective.
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Cringe.

There are oh so many things wrong with this:

We wouldn’t want our kids within 50 miles of that woman, and we certainly wouldn’t want them “playing” with her (or even anyone of her imaginary friends.)

There are other issues as well.
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