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  • Banner planes troll N.J. and Pa. governors as beaches open from coronavirus closures

    05/24/2020 6:13:48 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    PennLive ^ | 24 May A.D. 2020 | Chris Franklin
    Memorial Day Weekend is usually a time in which banner planes buzz up and down the Jersey Shore advertising drink specials, pizza deals or local businesses to the sun-seekers below. On Sunday in the Wildwoods, a few went political, apparently over the reopening of most Jersey Shore beaches from months-long coronavirus restrictions. One aimed at Gov. Phil Murphy said: “Murphy’s mom voted for Guadagno.” (Murphy ran against Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in 2017.) And another said, "Tom Wolf likes to color” - an apparent reference to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s color-coded reopening plan. Wolf was at odds with fellow Democrat...
  • Which activities expose you to coronavirus the most, least? Swimming, dining, going to the bathroom, church and more: report

    05/24/2020 1:31:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 29 replies
    PennLive ^ | 24 May A.D. 2020 | Jacob Klinger
    The coronavirus shouldn’t make you hold it. Public restrooms, along with 13 other activities and destinations, were evaluated for their likelihood of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19) in a series of NPR interviews with epidemiologists. “There are all sorts of things that you can catch from other people’s poop, and you almost never do, because they’re set up with all hard surfaces that can be cleaned," Landon told NPR. Small restrooms, or those on the outside of highwayside gas stations do pose higher riskers, Landon told NPR. And overall, the use of public restrooms is assessed as “low to medium risk"...
  • Doctor advocates reckless approach to coronavirus

    05/23/2020 8:18:42 PM PDT · by lightman · 58 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 23 May A.D. 2020 | Bill Swartz
    In a recent op-ed, Steve Pandelidis advocated for the so-called “herd immunity” approach to the coronavirus pandemic. His piece was very poorly timed as he cited Sweden as a success story. He should know that Sweden followed his “herd immunity” approach and had the most COVID-19 deaths per capita in Europe last week. He should also know that Sweden's case fatality rate is far higher than most other countries. Dr. Pandelidis is not an expert on viruses or pandemics.... Dr. Pandelidis lives the life of a very privileged person. He fails to acknowledge that an uncontrolled coronavirus in relatively rural...
  • Diners allowing eat-in customers didn’t lose licenses, received ‘least serious action’ from state: York lawmaker

    05/23/2020 2:43:04 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 May A.D. 2020 | Jenna Wise
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker is fervently supporting the owners of two York County diners that reportedly lost their operation licenses because they opened for dine-in services ahead of the governor’s schedule. In a lengthy Facebook post on Friday, Rep. Mike Jones (R-York) insisted the two Round the Clock Diner locations were issued a Notice of Emergency Temporary Suspension, but didn’t lose any licenses. Written warnings were issued on May 14 to the 222 Arsenal Road and 145 Memory Lane locations, according to Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Shannon Powers. But because they reopened for dine-in services ahead of schedule, their licenses were...
  • York County diners lose licenses under Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus executive order

    05/22/2020 5:45:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 33 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 May A.D. 2020 | Jana Benscoter
    Two Round the Clock Diner locations in York County were told their business licenses are revoked as of Friday. Written warnings were issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on May 14 to both locations at 222 Arsenal Road and 145 Memory Lane, according to the department’s spokeswoman Shannon Powers. But, because they reopened ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf’s timeline, the state revoked both business licenses. Powers wrote in an email, "The Agriculture Department’s food safety inspectors did follow-up inspections on May 20 and found the businesses still in violation of Governor Wolf’s March 19 executive order. Both locations were...
  • s Trump calls for churches to open, some faith leaders say they aren’t ready to gather in sanctuary

    05/22/2020 5:35:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 42 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 May A.D. 2020 | Ivy DeJesus
    The Rev. Anna Reeves considers herself fortunate that her church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Spring Twp., sits on sprawling property. “It’s just a wonderful place for outdoor activity,” she said. On Sunday, Reeves is going to take advantage of that ample outdoor space and use it to gather with her congregation in worship while adhering to strict social distancing protocol to protect her faith community from the coronavirus. “I don’t think it’s safe yet to go into the sanctuary. It’s really not,” she said. “Our plan is to abide clearly by the state’s guidelines of having no...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf: Several PA Counties Could Remain Under Lockdown Until Early June

    05/22/2020 3:49:27 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 22 2020 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Several Pennsylvania counties could remain under lockdown until June 5, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) indicated on Friday. Wolf said during Friday’s press briefing that his stay-at-home order has saved lives, and he announced two weeks of sustained reductions in hospitalizations of coronavirus patients, dropping by nearly 1,000 patients from May 8 to May 21. Forty-nine of the state’s 67 counties are currently in the state’s yellow phase of reopening. That number will increase to 57 next Friday, with the addition of Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill moving to the yellow phase. However, Wolf signaled that the...
  • How will Pa. counties move from yellow to green coronavirus phase, and which could go next?

    05/22/2020 1:46:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 May A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. will not release a new set of criteria that counties must meet to move from the yellow phase to the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus reopening plan. Instead, Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said that how counties in the yellow phase continue to fare over a 14 day period against the metrics used to move them there from the red phase in the first place will be relied upon for the final advancement. Seventeen Pa. counties will move into the green phase on Friday, May 29. Those are: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson,...
  • All Pa. counties will be lifted from stay-at-home order by June 5: sources

    05/22/2020 11:51:20 AM PDT · by lightman · 34 replies
    PennLive ^ | 22 May A.D. 2020 | Spotlight PA
    In a call with reporters Thursday, Wolf said his administration planned to announce “a whole range” of counties would move to the yellow phase. He also hinted that he may announce some counties will move to the “green” phase, or the final phase of reopening under which there are no restrictions on which establishments can and can’t be open, but social-distancing guidelines and other safety precautions remain in place. The administration had established metrics to determine when counties would move from the red to the yellow phase, and the administration did so largely by region. Among those metrics were testing...
  • Pa. school director threatens to 'shoot' anyone who approaches her without a mask

    05/22/2020 4:56:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jessica Chasmar
    A Pennsylvania school director resigned Wednesday amid backlash over a Facebook post that said she would “shoot” anyone who came within 6 feet of her without a face mask on. Selinsgrove school director Jennifer Rager-Kay, a physician who last year unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for Rep. Fred Keller’s state House seat, came under fire Monday after she posted a rant against anti-lockdown protesters that gathered last week in Harrisburg. “I find it interesting that the largest group of those protesting in the anti-lockdown protest and refusing to wear masks in public as they see it as a violation of...
  • Election Judge Pleads Guilty to Ballot Stuffing for Democrats

    05/21/2020 5:43:54 PM PDT · by fwdude · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 20, 2020 | Fred Lucas
    A former elected official in Philadelphia who accepted large payments from a political consultant to stuff ballot boxes for Democratic judicial candidates has pleaded guilty as part of a continuing federal investigation. The Justice Department announced Thursday that Domenick J. DeMuro, 73, who was an election judge in South Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive city voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections. DeMuro, a judge for the 39th Ward, 36th Division, also pleaded guilty to violating the Travel Act, which forbids use of any facility in interstate...
  • Bring Grandma-Killing Governors to Justice

    05/21/2020 5:25:49 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | may 21, 2020 | Daniel
    Bring Grandma-Killing Governors to Justice When the lives of thousands of grandmas matter less than the shooting of one thug. Thu May 21, 2020 Daniel Greenfield 84 Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. In April, Governor Gretchen Whitmer posed and primped on The Daily Show in a “That Woman from Michigan” t-shirt as a narcissistic slam at President Trump. That same month, that woman from Michigan issued an executive order, that the Daily Show and SNL didn’t mention, "protecting" residents of long-term...
  • Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Indicted for Election Fraud in Favor of Democrats

    05/21/2020 4:18:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Reagan McCarthy
    United States Attorney William McSwain announced on Thursday that Domenick DeMuro, a former Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, has been charged with multiple counts of election-related fraud:  “(1) conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections, and (2) a violation of the Travel Act, which forbids the use of any facility in interstate commerce (here, a cell phone) with the intent to promote certain illegal activity (here, bribery),” per a DOJ release. U.S. Attorney @USAttyMcSwain says, “Demuro fraudulently stuffed the ballot...
  • Philadelphia Dem elections judge admits taking bribes to inflate vote counts

    05/21/2020 3:28:27 PM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/21/2020 | Bradford Betz
    A former Democratic elections judge has pleaded guilty for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results in primary elections in Philadelphia, prosecutors announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro, 73, admitted that while serving as an elected municipal Judge of Elections, he accepted bribes in exchange for adding ballots for certain candidates on the voting machines in his jurisdiction and for including the fraudulent ballots in official tallies during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 primary elections in Philadelphia.
  • Which Pa. counties could move into green reopening phase, and which could go to yellow next?: Analysis

    05/21/2020 3:26:31 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 May A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf could announce which counties will be the state’s first to move into the green phase of his coronavirus reopening plan on Friday. At the same time, some areas still stuck in the red phase, otherwise known as a complete stay at home order, could be allowed to soon move into the yellow phase. “We’re making decisions based on the best information we have, and making the best decisions we can, based on the best models that are always changing and moving," Wolf said Thursday. “I’ll be announcing a whole range of counties tomorrow moving from red...
  • Across Biden Charitable Organizations, A Refusal to Disclose Funding

    05/21/2020 3:12:22 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/21/20 | Alana Goodman
    When Joe Biden announced he was opening a foreign policy center at the University of Pennsylvania, the goals for the project were ambitious. At its founding in 2018, Biden described the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement as "a place where policymakers here and abroad will know they can be in touch with some of the best minds." The center is one of several organizations Biden founded since leaving the White House in 2017, including the domestic policy-focused Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and the Biden Cancer Initiative, all launched in 2017. All three entities have...
  • Pennsylvania Republicans Torch ‘Petty Tyrants’ Tom Wolf, Rachel Levine over Nursing Homes

    05/21/2020 1:46:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 21 2020 | SEAN MORAN
    Pennsylvania congressional Democrats remain silent on Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) decision to put coronavirus-infected patients in nursing homes, while Pennsylvania Republicans chastised the governor for endangering the state’s elderly in exclusive statements to Breitbart News. Wolf, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) have all received intense backlash for forcing nursing homes to accept coronavirus-infected patients. At least partly due to the order, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have three of the four highest deaths in long-term care facilities, or nursing homes.
  • Gov. Tom Wolf: Pennsylvania Cannot Return to Normal Without ‘Foolproof’ Vaccine

    05/21/2020 1:07:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 21 2020 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Pennsylvania cannot fully return to normal until a “foolproof” vaccine is available, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said on Wednesday. When asked if the return of large events are contingent on a vaccination, Wolf said Pennsylvanians need to be confident that the novel coronavirus is under control and treatable. He said he believes it will take a vaccine or “some assurance that they’re not going to get sick” to attend big events, go shopping, and return to school. “Ultimately I think what it’s going to take for everybody to feel safe going to a Penn State game or a basketball game...
  • DOJ: Democrats Paid Pennsylvania Election Officials to Stuff Ballot Box

    05/21/2020 10:31:52 AM PDT · by conservativepoet · 40 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 21, 2020 | John Binder
    On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against former Judge of Elections Domenick DeMuro, 73, for stuffing the ballot box for Democrats in exchange for payment by a paid political consultant.
  • Pennsylvania county’s veterans graves to get flags for Memorial Day after coronavirus rule waived

    05/21/2020 3:57:42 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21 2020 | Dom Calicchio
    A Memorial Day tradition will continue in Berks County, Pa., this year after the state’s governor agreed to waive one of his administration’s coronavirus rules. Because of the waiver, flag maker FlagZone of Gilbertsville was able to begin distributing an estimated 50,000 American flags to veterans organizations and volunteers throughout the county, The Reading Eagle reported. The decision was good news for Robert Haller, senior vice commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Birdsboro – although he said he planned to defy the restriction if it wasn’t lifted.