Let’s take a look at this week’s Good News!
1- Put this study in your quiver to use when the left tries to mask up your children and you… again. It’s science, ya know!
QUOTE: A new study on masks in schools has found “limited to no” impact on student COVID-19 cases, shared The 74.
The study engaged in a “natural experiment” of two adjacent K-12 school districts in Fargo, N.D. — one that had a mask mandate during the fall of the 2021-22 school year and one that did not. That winter, both districts had a masks-optional policy.
“We observed no significant difference between student case rates while the districts had differing masking policies,” stated the study’s three authors, “nor while they had the same mask policies. … Our findings contribute to a growing body of literature which suggests school-based mask mandates have limited to no impact on the case rates of COVID-19 among K-12 students.
2- It is always good to see a government back off their draconian mandates.
QUOTE: Minnesota state government employees who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to take weekly tests for the virus in order to stay in the workplace.
The requirement that went into effect in September 2021 meant thousands of employees took tests each week. Those that didn’t comply were subjected to suspensions or other discipline.
A state official said the requirement was rescinded because of the evolving nature of the virus.
3- “Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs.” We hope that someone sends this to Coach Harbaugh.
QUOTE: A federal jury in Texas awarded a former flight attendant millions of dollars after she was fired in light of her abortion views. The decision happened after the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union, along with Southwest Airlines, fired Charlene Carter regarding her religious conviction, Fox Business reported Friday.
Carter told Fox Business, “Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs.”
She continued, “I am so humbled and thankful for today’s decision and for everyone who’s supported me these past five years, including the National Right to Work Foundation.”
4- A Pennsylvania school board used unconstitutional policies and bullying tactics to silence criticism of diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda. Parents sued. This week the school board settled in favor of the parents.
QUOTE: Last May, a solicitor for the Pennsbury School Board shouted down and censored critics of a new district policy during public comment time at a board meeting, screaming “you’re done!” Several of the targets of his wrath said, “see you in court.” After almost a year of litigation, the board agreed last night to settle the lawsuit and pay $300,000 in attorney’s fees and nominal damages.
In addition, the district has rewritten its public-comment policy to conform to the First Amendment and the federal court’s preliminary injunction ruling. It also abolished its so-called civility policy and parted ways with the law firm that was advising it during the time it censored comments, including the solicitor who shouted down speakers.
“School boards across the country should take note. Rules for public comments must respect the First Amendment rights of speakers. If you are limiting which opinions may be shared, you’ll be held liable for violating First Amendment rights,” said Alan Gura, Vice President for Litigation at the Institute for Free Speech.
5- This could not be happening to a worse politician. It also can not happen soon enough.
QUOTE: We’ve been saying for months now that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is not likely to retain her seat when facing Harriet Hageman, a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump. What polls there have been indicate as much, as does CNN’s Harry Enten. On Friday, what looks to be the most comprehensive poll yet was released, and it shows Cheney going down.
The poll comes from the Casper-Star Tribune and was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. Hageman has 52 percent support, while Rep. Cheney has 30 percent. No other candidate has more than 5 percent. Just 11 percent are undecided.
Brad Coker, the Mason-Dixon managing director, is quoted as saying, “The big story is Liz Cheney is going to get beat. That’s a foregone conclusion.” Again, we’ve been saying that for months. The poll also showed that 27 percent approved of Cheney’s job performance, while 66 percent disapproved and 7 percent were unsure.
6- A win in a fight with the devil.
QUOTE: A judge in Tennessee has temporarily banned two federal agencies from enforcing directives issued by the Biden administration that extended protections for LGBTQ people in schools and workplaces, like allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.
US District Judge Charles Atchley Jr. on Friday ruled for 20 state attorneys general who sued last August claiming the Biden administration directives infringe on states’ rights.
The ruling could prevent students from participating in sports based on their gender identity or requiring schools and businesses to provide bathrooms and showers to accommodate transgender people.
Atchley, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2020, agreed with the attorneys generals’ argument and issued a temporary injunction preventing the agencies from applying that guidance on LGBTQ discrimination until the matter can be resolved by courts.
The attorneys general are from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.
7- Natural immunity is stronger than anything the government can concoct.
QUOTE: While it’s true that immunization wanes new scientific research from The New England Journal of Medicine suggests natural immunity lasts longer than immunity acquired from vaccines.
The study, a case–control analysis based on data from Qatar collected from Dec. 23, 2021 through Feb. 21, 2022, involved millions of people, including 1,306,862 who received at least two doses of the Pfizer vaccine (BNT162b2) and 893,671 people who received at least two doses of the Moderna vaccine (mRNA-1273), as well unvaccinated individuals.
The best news is that “any form of previous immunity, whether induced by previous infection or vaccination, is associated with strong and durable protection against Covid-19–related hospitalization and death.” (In other words, both vaccines and natural immunity reduce the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID.)
But the study also found that two doses of vaccines offered “negligible” protection against Omicron infection.
“A key finding was that a history of vaccination with the standard two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, but no history of prior infection, brought no significant protection against symptomatic omicron infection,” researchers said.
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