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Anti-Science Christie Tries To Backtrack On Anti-Vaccine Comments

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As it turns out, Chris Christie wasn’t just politically pandering when he offered support to the anti-vaxxers – his record makes clear he’s anti-science.

After visiting a vaccine manufacturing plant in Cambridge, England this morning, Governor Chris Christie told reporters he thinks parents should have a “choice, Christie said,” and he called for “balance” in allowing parents to make decisions about vaccinations.

Media outlets, including NCRM, exploded, and rightly so. Thanks to a growing anti-science, anti-vaccine movement known as “anti-vaxxers,” over 100 children in 14 states now are afflicted with the measles, a disease believed to have been eradicated from this nation decades ago. 

So Gov. Christie tried to back pedal, his office issuing a clarification.

“To be clear,” the statement, also posted to Facebook, reads, “The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated. At the same time different states require different degrees of vaccination which is why he was calling for balance in which ones government should mandate.”

Note the “with a disease like measles” qualifier. Which diseases common to the U.S., that we have vaccines for, does Gov. Christie not believe we should vaccinate for? Cancer-causing HPV, perhaps, like Michele Bachmann?

But his backtracking, albeit limited, cannot erase his anti-vaxx, anti-science record, including his ponying-up to the anti-vaccine mob in years past.

In 2009, during his run for governor, Christie actively courted the anti-vaccine vote.

After meeting with parents of children with autism who believe vaccines are to blame, the Republican gubernatorial candidate issued a closely-worded letter offering them support of their anti-science beliefs – beliefs which have been debunked thoroughly.

“I have met with families affected by autism from across the state and have been struck by their incredible grace and courage,” Christie’s letter said. “Many of these families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children.”

MSNBC reports that anti-vaccination activist Louise Kuo Habakus provided the letter to them today. “She shared a photo showing Christie meeting with her and what she said were other anti-vaccination activists with her organization, the NJ Vaccination Choice Coalition, as well as other autism groups at a meeting they organized with the then-candidate in August 2009.”

“I spent a lot of time with Governor Christie working on this,” Habakus told MSNBC. “He’s been absolutely constant on this issue since I first met with him in 2008.”

That was 2009. Over five years later, he’s still peddling that anti-science, anti-vaccine support that gives lip service to conspiracy theorists.

The Atlantic agrees, writing that this “isn’t really a new position for Christie,” and noting that also in “2009, before he was elected, he told Don Imus he would give parents with concerns ‘a seat at the table.'”

Meanwhile, let’s remember Christie ordered the quarantine of a nurse just months ago who tested negative for Ebola and had no symptoms, directly against medical protocols.

Then there’s his increasingly anti-science position on climate change, his position on a woman’s right to choose (he’s against,) his position on medical marijuana (he’s fought against it,) his position on gun control (he’s against it to a degree), his position on Obamacare (he’s wholly against it,) his position on increasing the minimum wage (he’s against it,) his position on same-sex marriage (he’s against it).

Science? Chris Christie just isn’t really into you.

 

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3 Dead in Current Active Shooting in Austin – Outrage as Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Unlicensed Open Carry Legal

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Three people are dead in a shooting in Austin, Texas, with the gunman is at large, per multiple reports and the Austin-Travis County EMS:

“Police and medics are staging at a parking lot in the area where a Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are located, but the actual scene of the shooting is further down Great Hills Trail, according to officials,” KVUE reports.

KVUE senior reporter Tony Plohetski is on-scene:

There have been at least 150 mass shooting this year.

As reports flood social media many expressed outrage at Texas GOP lawmakers who this past week voted to eliminate requirements for gun licenses, which would allow open or concealed carry of handguns without a license.

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Maria Bartiromo and Stephen Miller Panic Over Voting Rights Putting Democrats in Charge ‘Forever’

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Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration official Stephen Miller worried over the weekend that Democrats will be in charge “forever” if voting rights are expanded or protected.

During an interview on Bartiromo’s Sunday morning program, the Fox News host accused social media platforms of inflicting “cancel culture” on conservative voices.

Miller argued that Republicans should pass laws protecting Chrisitians on social media as soon as the party regains control of government.

“Yeah, will Republicans have the chance?” Bartiromo agreed. “That’s the whole point of H.R. 1, Nancy Pelosi wanting to put this bill through so that Democrats are in charge forever or certainly decades. Your thoughts on election integrity and that Democrat [sic] H.R. 1 bill.”

“It’s a real sign of the threat to the health of our democracy,” Miller opined. “When democracy faces risk, when democracy is imperiled, what you see happening instead is the party in power tries to change the rules of the game structurally to stay in power.”

Miller argued that the voting rights bill is “a very dangerous path to go down.”

“H.R. 1 is saying, now that we’re in power, let’s fundamentally change the rules of how elections are conducted to stay in power,” he continued.

“Unbelievable,” Bartiromo gasped.

“That’s a very scary thing,” Miller said. “And so if you care about democracy, you should all say with one voice, no, it is the right of every state in this union to set their own election rules as desired by their own citizens to protect the security and integrity of their own elections. That’s fundamental!”

“It’s all quite extraordinary,” Bartiromo lamented.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

 

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‘Violent, Vain, Boasting Oafs’: GOP’s New ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus Brutally Dismantled by Historians as ‘American Fascists’

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On Saturday, Newsweek profiled a number of historians outraged at the effort by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to create an “America First” congressional caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

Grand View University associate professor of medieval history Thomas Lacaque did not mince words: “These American fascists have no relation to Anglos or Saxons, the terminology is clearly chosen on far right lines. They do remind me of Beowulf, though —violent, vain, boasting oafs who think killing is governance and will die doing dumb shit leaving the nation in ruins.”

“There is no such thing as ‘Anglo-Saxon’ political traditions’ unless Margorie [sic] Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn’t,” wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. “If she wants to return to those, she’ll have to stop advocating for gun use. ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is being weaponized by the far-right.” She added that the very term “Anglo-Saxon” is a “racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls.”

The new caucus, which Greene co-founded with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and has attracted membership interest from Reps. Barry Moore (R-AL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), has even drawn criticism from other Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to the news by saying, “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.” And Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a frequent critic of Trump loyalists, has called for any Republican who joins the caucus to be stripped of committee assignments and expelled from the Republican conference.

 

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