The GOP & the Jan. 6 Investigations

🔗 AP: Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision the Republican denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.”

The GOP and their various minions and cultists were never going to consider any Jan. 6 investigation legitimate, no matter who sat on what commission. That’s just not going to happen.

Many of them were, themselves, complicit in the insurrection and still believe it was a correct thing to do. They will never believe otherwise. There is nothing you can do to convince them otherwise.

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Re: The CDC’s new mask guidance

So the CDC announced its new mask guidance yesterday and it’s not good, people. In case you’ve been (wisely) living under a rock for the last 24 hours, here’s the news:

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after one shot of the J&J vaccine) can stop wearing a mask or physically distancing outdoors or indoors, unless otherwise directed by “federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance”. You also don’t need to test before or after traveling or self-quarantine after traveling, or quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure unless you’re showing symptoms.

People who are not fully vaccinated or who can’t be vaccinated should continue to mask, physically distance, and etc.

Except, um. How are we supposed to tell who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t? Apparently we’re on the honor system here. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re dealing with a sizable segment of the population who are fully willing and able to abuse the honor system by flat lying about their vaccination status.

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Reading List (5/7/21)

I got my second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, so here’s looking forward to May 19, my Immunity Day. W00t!

I do advise trying to take the day after off, though. I thought I was cool yesterday, but the side effects hit me like a freight train yesterday afternoon and I was out of commission for the rest of the day. Feeling all right this morning, though.

At any rate, I will happily deal with feeling like garbage for a day if it means I don’t die of COVID, so get your shots, people.

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