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Gov. Abbott is doing everything he can to make things worse.
Abbott’s order applies to any government entities receiving state funds, including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities and government officials. He also declared that there be “no covid-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment” in the state in order to “ensure the ability of Texans to preserve livelihoods while protecting lives.”

The order, Abbott said in a statement, was to “provide clarity and uniformity” in the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor claimed that Texans had “mastered the safe practices” that help prevent and avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

“The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates,” Abbott stated. “Texans ... have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”

The governor added that vaccines remain the most effective defense against the virus but would never be forced in the state.

Abbott’s executive order made official his repeated statements that he would not enforce mask or vaccine mandates in Texas, even as coronavirus cases in the state have returned to levels not seen since early spring. Covid-related hospitalizations in Texas have risen nearly 40 percent in the past week.

In a phone briefing with reporters, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on July 27 urged vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in some cases, including in schools. (The Washington Post)
Many officials have voiced concern that coronavirus cases are rising again just before the academic year is set to begin in many school districts across Texas, while children under 12 remain ineligible to receive the vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week changed its guidance to recommend all children over 2 years old wear a mask when they return to school, regardless of vaccination status.

The Texas State Teachers Association on Tuesday called on Abbott to withdraw his prohibition on mask mandates and leave the decision up to individual school districts.

“If Gov. Abbott really cares about the health and safety of Texas students, educators and their communities, he will give local school officials and health experts the option of requiring masks in their schools,” Ovidia Molina, president of the teachers union, said in a statement.

Several Democrats blasted Abbott’s executive order Thursday, accusing the governor of caring more about his political career than his constituents. Abbott is running for reelection next year for a third term, and two of his Republican primary challengers have criticized him as being overly reliant on the federal government in his response to the pandemic.

“If he wasn’t running for office he’d be more responsible. Instead, people are going to get sick, or worse,” Texas state Rep. Diego Bernal (D) tweeted.

Texas state Rep. Gene Wu (D) called Abbott’s ban “beyond reckless.”

“Governor Abbott has decided Texans will die to maintain his political ambitions,” Wu tweeted.

“People are dying, and will die, who don’t have to die,” President Biden said on July 29, calling on unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated against covid-19. (The Washington Post)
Abbott’s executive order came the same day President Biden announced that all federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Federal employees who chose not to get the vaccine will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at work, as well as be tested regularly for the coronavirus.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politic ... -vaccines/
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Y'all might recall, these are the same people fighting for the right to literally own other people as chattel. Sure, they say it's a states right thing, but slavery is right there in the Bible, and they're all about legislating that.

Llew, is that site based on smart thermometer data? It's kind of weird. Not totally inconsistent with what I'm seeing elsewhere. My state publishes maps and data and confirms that the hotspots are either urban or down by the river, but some of those 'hotspots' are pretty cool. I see PA is looking really good.

Anyway, Mayo has great maps. Good lord, Louisiana, WTF?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/map

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Biden can and should pull a reverse-psychology campaign on the anti-vax crowd. Make an announcement that because the Covid vaccines are too important to just sit around, all Americans have one more week to get vaccinated. Then remaining American supplies of the Covid vaccine will go to our allies in developing nations for humanitarian and public health initiatives. “Because we can’t beat Covid on our own!”

Forget this $100 gift card crap...
"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent." -Gandhi

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Bisbee wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:36 pm Biden can and should pull a reverse-psychology campaign on the anti-vax crowd. Make an announcement that because the Covid vaccines are too important to just sit around, all Americans have one more week to get vaccinated. Then remaining American supplies of the Covid vaccine will go to our allies in developing nations for humanitarian and public health initiatives. “Because we can’t beat Covid on our own!”

Forget this $100 gift card crap...
Agree. Use it or lose it.
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lurker wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:03 pm there's plenty of humor here, dark, ironic, macabre humor, but it's humor nonetheless.
"it's a hoax, a liberal hoax, just a flu, gone in a week, two weeks, a month, like a miracle by easter". such a funny guy. what a clown.
Yes, but it's all just too serious. While these dumb fucks spread around Delta, my vaccinated but immunocompromised sister and my little niece have to just keep hunkering and hoping (and they are not alone in that plight by a long shot). It's truly remarkable that the party of self responsibility is so entirely fucked in the head when it comes to acting responsibly. I will now cease being a kill joy in this thread. :)

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no, no, you're absolutely right, it's an unacceptable, intolerable situation. good decent people will die because of irresponsible hypocrites. but sometimes you just have to take a break from crying, and laugh and point at the stupid, especially the willful stupid.
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These imbeciles are saying the exact equivalent of "It's my Constitutional and God-given RIGHT to drive drunk!"
"The upper class: keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class: pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there...just to scare the shit out of the middle class."--George Carlin

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