Rand Paul owns self once again over election security

first_imgIn June, 2019, they blocked legislation requiring presidential campaigns to report offers from foreign government for election assistance to the FBI. Nope. Trump might have needed Putin, so no go there. They did it again a few months later, blocking three different bills that would have helped states beef up their security and try to limit foreign interference.They even blocked a bill sponsored by one of their own members, Sen. Marco Rubio, to deter foreign interference with the promise of harsh sanctions, and two more to boot.So spare us the scaremongering now, Rand and every other Republican. We dodged a bullet this time. States were able to mostly scrabble together their elections, and the fact that it was so hugely mail-in, the possibilities for Russian hacking were minimal. That’s no thanks at all to any Republican.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – After the pandemic hit, Democrats in the House and Senate tried to pass legislation to help states deal with what Paul and Republicans are screaming fraud over now—a massive wave of mail-in ballots spurred by voter safety concerns over COVID-19. That included funding specifically for risk-limiting audits, $20 million for it, in fact. Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even think about bringing that to the floor. Republicans called it part of her “liberal wish list.” Securing elections from the supposed “fraud” they’re now trying to hype.Before the pandemic, the issue that was topmost in was foreign election meddling. Special counsel Robert Mueller warned about it in the summer of 2019. FBI Director Christopher Wray warned about it earlier this year. But for a solid who years, McConnell and team had been fighting even modest efforts to prevent it.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’ by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 23, 2014 Share Share Share 196 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! The virus is spread through close contact with infected bodily fluidsThe first-ever trial of an Ebola vaccine in Africa shows promising initial results, according to a report in the Lancet medical journal.Scientists say it is a crucial step as other vaccines have shown lower levels of protection in African populations.Tests involving Ugandan and American volunteers reveal the vaccine is so far safe and generates an immune response in both populations.It provides reassurance for other trials currently underway, they say.The Ebola virus has killed more than 6,900 people in the worst-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.No proven vaccine exists to prevent people from getting the disease, though several trials are underway.The aim of a successful vaccine is to train the immune systems of healthy people to produce antibodies – proteins capable of fighting off any future infections.Viral protectionResearchers from the National Institutes of Health tested this experimental vaccine on healthy adults in Uganda, having first trialled it in the United States.Dr Julie Ledgerwood, the lead researcher, said: “This is the first study to show comparable safety and immune response of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population.“This is particularly encouraging because those at greatest risk of Ebola live primarily in Africa and diminished vaccine protection in African populations has been seen for other diseases.”According to the study some 57% of people in Uganda who received the Ebola vaccine alone developed antibodies against Ebola in their blood.Dr Sridhar of the University of Oxford, commenting on the research, said the data provided reassurance about separate Ebola virus vaccines trials currently underway in Mali, the US and the UK.But further tests would be needed to see if the antibodies are strong enough and long-lasting enough to provide adequate protection against the disease.last_img read more

American Promoter Hails Britain Boxing Revolution

first_imgAmerican promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of today’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut, live on Sky Sports.DiBella told Sky Sports: “The quality of British boxing right now is, I think at an all-time high. “I think Stephen is reflective of that quality – he’s No 1 contender for a reason. He earned it. He’s not a joke or a political situation – he earned the right to fight Pedraza.“I think every British fighter out there fighting for a title is dangerous because they’re all watching what’s going on around them. It’s like a British boxing revolution. It’s pretty amazing what you guys are doing over there.“Stephen thinks he can win and he’s here to win. You guys are hot. Right now, there is no country in the world hotter than Great Britain. You have more world champions than any place else.“You have a Brit fighting for a world title and it’s one of the Smith brothers. It’s one of the great fighting families to ever come out of the UK with a 154lb champ, a 168lb European champ, a world title contender and now ‘Swifty trying to win a world title against Jose Pedraza.“It’s a terrific match-up. He’s a legitimate No 1 contender and is trying to bring another championship back to Great Britain, to Liverpool and to his family. I think people should tune in because that’s a great fight.”Also on the bill is a potential future opponent for Wales’ IBF featherweight king Lee Selby – WBC holder Gary Russell Jr (26-1-KO15), who fights Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1-KO15)DiBella added: “I’m sure you guys can root for a guy from Ireland, too, in Patrick Hyland.“He’s had an amazingly difficult year, is a really inspirational young man. He’s got his hands full with one of the fastest, most athletic champions in boxing in Gary Russell Jr.“Patrick is going to bring the fight. He has a lot to be fighting for. He’s focused. Everything he has, he’s going to be laying out there. When you have those kind of matches, you want to be staying up and watching them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Only incumbents have filed so far for Sumner County Election offices

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The following are a list of Sumner County candidates who have filed for election in 2016. Currently, the only people to have file for county races are incumbents.Here is the current lists of filings:County Commissioner 2nd District – Jim Newell, Wellington, Republican.Register of Deeds – Jessica Anderson, Wellington, Rep.County Clerk – Debra Norris, Wellington, Rep.Sheriff – Darren Chambers, Peck, Rep.Treasurer – Dannetta Cook, Wellington, Rep.There has been no filings for Sumner County Attorney. Also, there have been no filings for township trustee, treasurer and committee persons.Deadline to registerer for county races are June 1 at noon. Filing fee is 1 percent of annual salary, plus a $35 registration fee for the state.Winning candidates will be elected at the Presidential Election in November. More details of filing registration can be found here:Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Drew Brees’ wife, Brittany, says family received death threats over protesting, flag comments

first_imgWE ARE THE PROBLEM . I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts. I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart. I think yes this is what it’s all about…Only until the last few days ,until we experienced the death threats we experienced the hate… Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us.. how could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? But that’s the whole point . Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one an another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa parks, Harriet Tubman.. and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love , be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice. Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing. Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM. To say “I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag “.. I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion‘s of what that flag means to us. That’s the problem we are not listening, white America is not hearing. We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice. We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives .. stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal. To all of our friends and anyone we hurt …we will do better.. We want to do better , we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem…is checking the box it means we are are not doing enough. It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry 🙏🏻 -Brittany BreesA post shared by Brees Dream Foundation (@breesdreamfoundation) on Jun 5, 2020 at 1:55pm PDTDrew Brees has mostly been forgiven for his comments. Some of his teammates, such as Michael Thomas and Demario Davis, were critical of Brees after his initial comments, but have since posted messages of forgiveness.pic.twitter.com/gG1XXwgZN4— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 6, 2020A big part of leadership is admitting when you are wrong, and correcting your mistake. A model that All of America can follow, admit the wrong done to the black community, fix the issues and WE ALL move forward together. Let’s all stand together now and find solutions. https://t.co/8RG3wMeiSd— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) June 6, 2020 View this post on Instagram Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the target of a number of valid complaints following comments he made during an interview with Yahoo Finance.When asked how he’d feel about “players kneeling again when the NFL season starts,” Brees responded in part, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” These comments drew fair criticisms from people all across sports and beyond. As LeBron James put it, “You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?” She posted quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. as the image that read, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” and “Not only will we repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”Reacting to these quotes, Brittany Brees wrote:We are the problem. I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts. I have read these quotes and scripture 1,000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart. I think yes this is what it’s all about. Only until the last few days, until we experienced the death threats we experienced the hate. Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us. How could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body?But that’s the whole point. Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice. Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing.Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM. To say, “I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag” I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion‘s of what that flag means to us. That’s the problem, we are not listening, white America is not hearing. We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice.We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives, stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal. To all of our friends and anyone we hurt, we will do better. We want to do better, we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem is checking the box it means we are are not doing enough. It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry. Brees has since posted a pair of statements as a fallout from his comments. His first was an apology and his second was a message to Donald Trump. MORE: ESPN’s Maria Taylor delivers passionate response to Drew Brees’ apologyBrees’ wife, Brittany, also released a lengthy statement in which she says her family received death threats over the comments made by the Saints quarterback. Brittany Brees released her statement through the Brees Dream Foundation’s Instagram account.last_img read more