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HEALTH OFFICIALS NO LONGER DISCUSS A ‘RETURN TO NORMAL’… ATLANTIC: Why Aren’t We Even Talking About Easing COVID Restrictions?

In a select number of large cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York City, proof of vaccination is or will be required for most indoor activities, including dining, going to the gym, attending a movie, and hanging out at a nightclub. Localities have implemented these mandates without explaining when they will be lifted, or if they ever will be. Case numbers, positivity rates, and hospitalizations have not been invoked. For now, these policies are effectively indefinite. Other cities, including Chicago and Boston, have discussed such mandates but have yet to implement them. […]

The question, though, is how long such mandates will persist, and on which data they will be based. Will certain cities maintain vaccine requirements well into next year? Or longer? Will a new normal arise, with future generations learning to always flash their vaccine card or pass at bouncers and bartenders, like airline passengers have accepted removing their shoes and belt in a display of security theater 20 years after 9/11? […]

[I]t’s a noted departure from every other pandemic phase, when people could follow case numbers or positivity rates and anticipate that mitigation measures promised a return to life as we once knew it. At least one other country chose to unwind mandates and restrictions when a certain level of vaccination was reached. In September, with more than 83 percent of the population ages 12 and older fully vaccinated, Denmark announced that proof of vaccination would no longer be required to enter indoor venues such as nightclubs.

In American cities with similar mandates, no such promises have been made. The New York City Health Department admitted that it had no timeline or data to point to that would determine when vaccine mandates for indoor activities would be lifted. […]

Unlike in previous phases of the pandemic, public-health officials, politicians, and even members of the media seem to have little will to explain to millions of people what normalcy might look like.

 

FAUCI RESISTS CANCELLING HALLOWEEN… Fauci Says That Halloween Is The Perfect Time Of Year To Think About Getting Vaccinated (VIDEO)

“One last question, Halloween is just around the corner,” Bash began, asking Fauci to give some guidance for parents who might be concerned about whether or not they should hand out candy or be out and about with their children.

“I think that particularly if you’re vaccinated, but you can get out there, you’re outdoors for the most part, at least when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating, and enjoy it,” Fauci replied. This is a time that children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children. I know my children enjoyed it.”

“So I mean, particularly if you’re vaccinated, if you’re not vaccinated, again, think about it, that you’ll add an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community. So it’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated but go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up,” Fauci continued, saying that those who were not vaccinated should use the time to reflect on all the reasons that they should consider doing so.

Bash, realizing that she had a few extra seconds with Fauci, asked about wearing masks indoors and how long he expected that to be the standard.

“You know, I — it’s always tough to predict that. I think if we continue to go down in the cases that we are seeing right now and more and more people get vaccinated, as the dynamics of the outbreak, namely the amount of virus circulating the community goes down, I hope we will be able to pull back on some of those restrictions to get closer to what we really feel is normal in the community,” he replied. “I hope that’s soon, but I can’t give a prediction of a date on that, Dana.”

 

RUMOR OF THE WEEKEND… SOUTHWEST PILOTS CALLING OUT SICK OVER VACCINE MANDATE? DAILY WIRE: Southwest Airlines Cancels At Least 1,800 Flights Over Weekend, Blames Weather, Air Traffic Control

Southwest Airlines canceled nearly two thousand flights over the weekend, grounding thousands of travelers and would-be passengers over what it referred to as air traffic control and weather problems affecting its service.

According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking service, Southwest Airlines canceled just over 800 flights on Saturday and delayed more than one-third of its service. On Sunday, the airliner canceled 1,055 flights — or 28% of the day’s Southwest flights. […]

Some have speculated that many flights were canceled due to a strike among Southwest pilots. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which on Friday asked the courts to temporarily stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members, alleging a violation of labor law, has denied the theory is behind the cancellations.

“[The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association] is aware of operational difficulties affecting Southwest Airlines today due to a number of issues, but we can say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions,” said the Southwest Airlines pilot’s union. “Our Pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive Pilots in the world. They will continue to be focused on their highest priority — safety. SWAPA Pilots are true professionals and will always maintain the highest level of responsibility to their crews, their passengers, and our airline.”

In a statement Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration said that no shortage of air traffic control employees had been reported since Friday, and suggested “some airlines” were currently having problems because crews and aircraft were not where they needed to be.

 

EARLIER… EPOCH TIMES: Southwest Airlines Pilots Union Sues to Block COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

A union representing thousands of Southwest Airlines pilots filed a lawsuit against the carrier after the company announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

In a recent court filing, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) asked a judge to grant a temporary injunction against the vaccination mandate while also asking for an immediate hearing on its request before a federal court in Dallas. The union asserts that the Texas-based airline violated terms under the Railway Labor Act with its vaccine mandate.

“The new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment and the new policy threatens termination of any pilot not fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021,” the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association’s lawyers wrote in their legal filing. “Southwest Airlines’ additional new and unilateral modification of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement is in clear violation of the [Railway Labor Act].”

 

JASON WHITLOCK: Southwest Airlines employees with bigger b*lls than professional athletes!!!

 

WAPO: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines near, with lopsided rates across the individual services and a spike in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political division over the shots has seeped into a nonpartisan force with unambiguous orders.

Overall, the military’s vaccination rate has climbed since August, when Defense Department leaders, acting on a directive from President Biden, informed the nation’s 2.1 million troops that immunization would become mandatory, exemptions would be rare and those who refuse would be punished. Yet troops’ response has been scattershot, according to data assessed by The Washington Post.

For instance, 90 percent of the active-duty Navy is fully vaccinated, whereas just 72 percent of the Marine Corps is, the data shows, even though both services share a Nov. 28 deadline. In the Air Force, more than 60,000 personnel have just three weeks to meet the Defense Department’s most ambitious deadline.

 

FROM WAPO REPORT: 2.1 MILLION SERVICE MEMBERS… 62 COVID DEATHS… (GRAPH)

 

ANOTHER STUDY SHOWS NATURAL IMMUNITY IS CLUTCH… DR. MARTY MAKARY: All the data in the world won’t convince scientists who have lost their objectivity because of political biases. Natural immunity is passing the test of time. (LINK)

 

WHO REGRETS MERRICK GARLAND? AMBER ATHEY: I reached out to all 20 Republicans who voted to confirm AG Merrick Garland to ask if they regret it. Spoiler alert: none responded (LINK)

 

‘NOT CONSULTED’ … VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION DISAVOWS NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION LETTER…

NSBA is a national association composed of the state school boards associations from each of the states in the country. While the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is currently a member of NSBA, it was not consulted about this letter, did not provide information to NSBA, and was not informed that the letter was being sent. The decision by NSBA to write this letter is not the first disagreement that VSBA has had with its national association and probably will not be the last, but it is important that our members and the citizens of this state know where VSBA stands. […]

VSBA and its 132 local school division members recognize the vital role parents play in the education of their children and within the school community. Local boards in Virginia work very hard to listen to parents and other members of the community and to work as a collaborative team for the safety and achievement of all students. We must all work together to ensure a safe and nurturing learning environment for students.

Those citizens who serve on Virginia’s local school boards deserve our thanks. There is no justification for physical or verbal threats directed against them, their staff and certainly not the students. Nor is there any excuse for disrupting a public meeting. When such unfortunate events occur, the local officials, working with local law enforcement, must deal with the situation appropriately. While we look for support to our state and federal governments, we do not seek the involvement of federal law enforcement or other officials in local decisions.

 

WAPO FINDS VIRGINIA DEMS WHO ARE BREAKING FOR YOUNGKIN… WAPO: In scramble for votes in Virginia, emotions flare over Trump, covid and race

Bruce Carlson considers himself mainly a Democrat. He voted for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for president and for Terry McAuliffe for governor back in 2013. But he won’t be voting to make McAuliffe Virginia’s governor for a second time.

Carlson, a retired hospital administrator, is switching over to the Republican, Glenn Youngkin, because he believes public schools are pushing a radical agenda in which American history is portrayed as racist, and transgender kids are encouraged to use the bathroom of their choice. […]

Mark Cranmore has voted for Democrats, such as Sen. Tim Kaine, and for Republicans, such as Trump. He wouldn’t repeat that one. “No way in hell,” he said.

Next month, Cranmore is voting for Youngkin, mainly to balance things out. He likes it when the two parties split power — it encourages them to actually deal with each other, “because,” he said, “if we don’t start getting along, I don’t know what’s going to happen to us.”

Ruby Pierce, an independent who lives in Berryville, was shopping for a candidate who’s neither extreme nor dishonest. She’s vaccinated against covid-19 and likes McAuliffe’s focus on curbing the virus, but doesn’t want children to have to wear masks at school. She wants teachers to get a big raise, but likes Youngkin’s message about parents taking control of what’s taught in school.

“I agree with both of them on the vaccine,” Pierce said. She has voted for Kaine and other Democrats in the past, but she went with Trump for president twice, though now she says, “He’s so yesterday.” She said she’s appalled by people who refuse to get the shot as a way of showing support for Trump — “the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.”

That positions Pierce squarely in the middle, which is where she thinks Youngkin is. “He’s a fresh start,” she said. “McAuliffe had his chance. Time for someone else.”

 

NAVY COUPLE BUSTED FOR TRYING TO SELL NUKE TECH TO UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT… HILL: Navy engineer, wife accused of espionage plot

A Navy employee and his wife were arrested on Saturday for selling data on the design of nuclear-powered warships for almost a year to an individual they believed to be a foreign government representative but was in fact an undercover FBI agent.

Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, 45, were arrested by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in West Virginia on Oct. 9 and charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act, according to the Department of Justice.

Jonathan Toebbe is a nuclear engineer for the Navy and was assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Due to his position, he had access to restricted data concerning naval nuclear propulsion. […]

According to the criminal complaint, an FBI attaché in an unnamed foreign country received a package on Dec. 20, 2020, from representatives of the country they were in. In April 2020, those representatives had received a package that contained U.S. Navy documents and digital instructions on how the country should respond. […]

In June 2021, the FBI paid Jonathan Toebbe $10,000 as a sign of good faith. Then, about a week after sending payment, the agency began conducting dead drop operations in Jefferson County, W.Va. A dead drop is a form of exchange commonly used in espionage to drop off information in a hidden spot where a party can receive the information without being seen by the public or police.

During these operations, Jonathan Toebbe was physically seen at the agreed-upon location and was identified as a government employee. Diana Toebbe was observed to be nearby, assisting him with the dead drop operation.

In one instance, Jonathan Toebbe hid an SD inside of a plastic bag that was itself hidden inside half a peanut butter sandwich.

 

AFTER UNGRATEFUL SPEECH FROM SCHUMER — AND BLOWBACK ON THE RIGHT — MCCONNELL SWEARS THAT’S THE LAST DEBT HIKE HE’S ON BOARD WITH… WAPO: McConnell vows Republicans will not help raise debt ceiling in December

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday vowed that Republicans will not offer any more assistance to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. In a letter sent to President Biden, McConnell made clear he would be willing to allow the United States to default on its national debt rather than work with Democrats. […]

After the vote Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the Senate floor to praise the result — and to blast Republicans for what he described as a “risky drama.” What had been avoided, Schumer said, was “a first-ever, Republican-manufactured default on the national debt.”

“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer added. “For the good of America’s families, for the good of our economy, Republicans must recognize in the future that they should approach fixing the debt limit in a bipartisan way.”

McConnell said that Schumer’s speech had “poisoned the well even further” and indicated that, when the issue arises again in December, Democrats should not bank on any Republican help.

“Last night, in a bizarre spectacle, Senator Schumer exploded in a rant that was so partisan, angry, and corrosive that even Democratic Senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him,” McConnell wrote. “This childish behavior only further alienated the Republican members who helped facilitate this short-term patch.”

 

‘It Is A Sign Of His Immaturity’: Chris Christie Slams Schumer For Speech ‘Kicking [Republicans] In The Face’ (VIDEO)

Christie argued that Schumer’s speech attacking Republicans — delivered just after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ended the standoff and agreed to raise the debt ceiling — amounted to taking what he wanted from them and then “kicking them in the face.”

“There is all this talk about people wanting bipartisanship,” Christie began, arguing that twice in recent weeks, Republicans had delivered on that front. “You’ve had the infrastructure bill in the Senate, you had 19 Republican senators come with the Democrats. And now you had the debt ceiling, where 10 came to extend the debt ceiling. And both times, Democratic leadership has smacked back at Republicans.”

Christie went on to say that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had promised a House vote on the infrastructure bill – a vote that as yet has not happened – and Schumer had gone to the floor immediately after the debt ceiling deal to “excoriate” Republicans.

“If we want to encourage bipartisanship, after people actually do it, kicking them in the face is not the way to get them to want to do it again. And what Chuck Schumer did, this week, is going to make December 3rd a much deeper crisis,” Christie continued. “It is a sign of his immaturity, and it is a sign of his own concern about his own left and his own primary next year.”

 

MODERATE DEMS PUSH FOR INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT BIDEN SPENDING SPREE… Democrats Turn Back To Infrastructure, And Moderates Are Upset

Democrats will resume negotiations on both the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Build Back Better Act, following a two-week period in which Congress temporarily averted both a government shutdown and Treasury default.

Although President Joe Biden sided with the left-wing Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in calling for the House of Representatives to pass the IIJA and Build Back Better Act simultaneously, moderates may not cooperate. […]

“The House should not hold the completed bill hostage while we continue working on other important legislation,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger wrote in a Sunday op-ed for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Over the past week, Americans have witnessed stalling, grandstanding media appearances and political posturing that have done nothing to move [the IIJA] forward, and have instead conflated this standalone physical infrastructure bill with the proposed Build Back Better Act, a separate piece of legislation that still is being negotiated and written.”

“Good policy requires time and hard choices, and we should take the time to match the lofty rhetoric around these proposals with the durability of their construction,” Democratic Maine Rep. Jared Golden wrote Thursday in a similar op-ed for the Portland Press-Herald. “The bipartisan infrastructure bill has already gone through this process. I continue to support getting it to the president’s desk as soon as possible, and I won’t trade my vote for that bill for any reconciliation proposal.”

 

‘Live To Fight Another Day’: Former Democrat Rep. Wonders Why His Party Won’t ‘Grab’ Infrastructure And Take The Win (VIDEO)

Former Democratic Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. urged his party Sunday to “grab the victory” in front of them by consolidating around the infrastructure bill instead of “overreaching.”

Ford appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” where he said he was “surprised that some in Congress are not looking at the long game in a more serious way.”

The former congressman then supported Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has held that the far-left’s demands do not match the narrow majority the Democrats enjoy in Congress.

“When you have a narrow majority and you have a president who was elected because he was competent and a real answer to the president before … you don’t go overreaching,” Ford addressed his fellow Democrats. “Grab the victory in front of you and live to fight another day.”

 

MEANWHILE, IN CALIFORNIA… NEW LAW PUSHES GENDER BENDING ON CHILDREN… Law Mandates Large Department Stores In California Include A Gender-Neutral Section For Toys, ‘Childcare Items’

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a piece of legislation Saturday that requires the state’s large department stores to display a gender-neutral section for children’s products.

The law, titled “Gender Neutral Retail Departments,” requires stores with at least 500 employees to display a gender-neutral section for all childcare items and toys “regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for boys or girls.” The bill is set to be enacted on Jan. 1, 2024.

The bill passed the state Assembly and Senate in early September after being amended five times by both chambers, the document says. The bill was officially enrolled on Sept. 7. Any store that fails to comply with the state rules will pay a civil penalty fine up to $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second.

 

ANTI-BIDEN CHANTS CONTINUE… Massive ‘F**k Joe Biden’ Chant Breaks Out During The Ole Miss/Arkansas Game (VIDEO)

Lots of fans at the Ole Miss/Arkansas game made it clear Saturday they’re not fans of President Joe Biden.

During the highly-anticipated SEC matchup, Ole Miss fans broke out into a gigantic “F**k Joe Biden” chant.

 

PELOSI MEETS THE POPE… BREITBART: Pope Francis Welcomes Nancy Pelosi in the Vatican

ROME — Pope Francis granted a private audience in the Vatican to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Saturday, just two weeks after the House passage of the most radical pro-abortion legislation ever introduced.

Passing the Women’s Health Protection Act is a “very exciting day,” said Pelosi, a Catholic, on September 23. “We’ve long been supporters of Roe v. Wade. We haven’t been able to codify it because we never had a Democratic pro‑choice Majority with a Democratic President, and now we do, and now we do.”

 

SQUEAKY SHOES, CAMERA CLICKS, & AWKWARD SMILING… HILL: Pope Francis welcomes Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in the Vatican (VIDEO)