ACROSS AMERICA — A growing number of U.S. retailers are no longer requiring fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in stores following new guidance released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of midday Saturday, the following stores have dropped their mask requirements, according to multiple reports:
Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kentucky, Washington, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, North Carolina, Kansas, Colorado and Rhode Island have all announced plans to fall in line with the CDC guidance.
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Governor DeSantis held a townhall event at The Villages, and went into more details about both his personal perspectives and his outlook on current political issues that concern the voting electorate.
Statement from Chairman Joe Gruters:
Less than one year ago, the United States entered into The Abraham Accord, a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States as a vehicle to address challenges through cooperation and dialogue in a real effort to advance longstanding peace in the region. Shamefully, Hamas is actively working to destroy the foundation of this agreement by turning growing trust into hate. The free world cannot allow that to occur.
Hamas is a terrorist group that is launching rockets onto the civilian population of Israel. The Israeli’s have every right to defend themselves against terrorists such as Hamas. It should not need reminding that Israel is the only democracy and greatest ally to the United States in the Middle East. The RPOF stands in solidarity with our Jewish friends that call Florida home and Israel especially during these deadly days of attacks against the men, women and children of this great nation.
"With Hamas having sparked what may be a full-scale war in the Middle East, Trump unabashedly and loudly spoke the truth."
"When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United State stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.
America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself. Unbelievably, Democrats also continue to stand by crazed anti-American Rep. Ilhan Omar, and others, who savagely attack Israel while they are under terrorist assault."
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"We're making sure we're enforcing voter ID. We're also banning ballot harvesting.
We're not gonna let political operatives go and get satchels of votes to dump them in some drop box. We're also prohibiting mass mailing of balloting. We've had absentee voting in Florida for a long time. You request the ballot. You get it. And you mail it in. But to just indiscriminately send them out is not a recipe for success."
He should give a short speech and by 12:10 be firing people. Lots of people. And right away."
He needs to fire Christopher Wray at the FBI and most of the failed Bureau’s leadership.
He needs to fire much of the Justice Department.
He needs to rampage through the rest of the bureaucracy, firing to and fro.
Then there’s the Pentagon – there’s a lot of firing to be done there. Trump was always impressed by generals. That was a huge mistake. DeSantis was in the Navy. He gets it .. by the time generals pin on that fourth star, they are all-in on the establishment. Why do you think they are so eager to invoke the woke? Because that’s who they are. Fire them.
Then reach down in the ranks to find the guys who aren’t poisoned by leftism and promote them. And take a serious interest in who gets promoted in the future – don’t rubber stamp the promotion lists the Pentagon generates.
Trump used to believe in our institutions and it took him a while to see how totally corrupt they truly are. He thought, for too long, that the DoJ and FBI and other agencies really had America’s interests at heart instead of the liberal establishment’s priorities.
Trump had no (political) Rolodex. Trump had no one to call. That’s a big part of why his administration was staffed with people who had zero loyalty and spent their time undermining him and his policies. It was only at the end that Trump found trustworthy folks who would do their jobs instead of pursue outside agendas.
President DeSantis will not have that problem – there’s a whole generation of experienced conservatives out there to call upon to staff his administration. And they will to be ready to separate the wheat form the chaff when they take up their places. Time to play by the new rules – we didn’t make them, but we need to play by them.
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Kurt Schlichter was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a name partner at a growing Los Angeles trial lawyer, a retired Army Infantry colonel with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.