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Minnesota small businesses band together to defy extended COVID restrictions

A group of small businesses agrees to resist any new COVID-19 restrictions that may be set in place in the near future. 

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A group of small businesses in Minnesota are taking the lyrics “land of the free and the home of the brave” to a whole new level as they agree to resist any new COVID-19 restrictions that may be set in place in the near future. 

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz issued a “dial back” order for the state on November 20 due to an increase in coronavirus infections that is set to expire this Friday. But, he has signaled that he plans to extend the order on Wednesday, the Epoch Times reports. 

The order mandates all bars and restaurants must close both indoor and outdoor dining, only allowing take-out service. Gyms and other businesses must close their doors as well. 

Darius Teichroew, founder of the ReOpen Minnesota Coalition, told CBS News that the organization has one goal: “to provide a little bit of peace and prosperity to these owners and their desperate employees as we approach Christmas.”

A whopping 150 small businesses plan to defy the order if it comes. 

“At the end of the day, people just want to feed their families, care for their employees, provide for their communities,” he said. 

Local business owners are encouraged to “join the cause and commit to opening” by promising to continue operations. 

“Fill out this form to indicate that you will no longer allow our governor to strangle your ability and God-given right to care for your own family and community,” the pledge form states. “If you are willing, your business will be included in the list of open  businesses to be released the evening before your chosen opening day (Dec. 16 or Dec. 18).”

“Fear is real out there, and fearful people can be very mean, so a kind word to these owners and employees in this Christmas season can mean anything,” the post continues. 

The group also challenges those who say remaining open puts people at risk. 

“For those who want to say that these businesses are putting others at risk…we challenge you to show us from any science and data that the risk of going to a bar, or working out at a gym, or bowling ten frames, or teaching a small dance class is any more dangerous than going to Walmart, walking through a crowded MOA (Mall of America), or spending two hours in a busy supermarket,” the post urged. 

“Trust us, we all have families, many of us have family members in the medical field, many of us have lost loved ones to COVID. But the state’s own data DOES NOT support any of the current lockdown, and much of the country and world stands amazed that Minnesota and a few other states still have leaders resorting to the failed policies of mass lockdown, especially lockdowns so arbitrary as this one,” it adds.

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  1. Y.A.

    December 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Why can’t small business owners just install air purifiers and at night run UV light that kills all viruses and bacteria? Its a no-brainer. With wiping down surfaces there would be zero reason to not open. There is no connection between covid and restaurant eating. Getting air purifiers is a low cost solution to this. So overall, one can only ascertain that this is a Democrat ploy to destroy small businesses because small business is the engine to a successful economy. And we all know democrats DON’T want that.

  2. Claudia

    December 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    You have the support of everyone in Florida where we are FREE…our governor knows how to do it, and I’m sorry that your state elected 100% idiots.

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Reporters Want Answers on Biden’s Persistent Cough Which Consistently Interrupts Briefings

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden’s persistent cough, which forced him to pause and clear his throat several times, has the public concerned. The noticeable coughing fit occurred during a speech about tax hikes. Soon after, reporters questioned White House press secretary Jen Psaki about Biden’s health.

NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell addressed the matter head-on. “Many of us were in the East Room watching the president, we’ve seen him on many occasions where he had a repeated cough. What is the situation with that cough and is it a concern?”

Psaki snapped back, “It’s not a concern.” She added, “We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously who checks in if it is ever warranted, and certainly that continues to be the case, as it has been since the beginning of his presidency.”

O’Donnell followed up, “Is there an explanation for why he coughs so frequently in situations like that?” Psaki again downplayed the concern, responding, “I don’t think it’s an issue of concern. I think there is a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat or we may have a little light cold, and that’s certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront.”

There is only so much longer the White House can ignore the pressing concern. Even #Bidencough became a popular social media hashtag. In Thursday’s same briefing, Psaki was asked about when Biden would receive a full physical examination, as his mental acuity has been called into question for years.

“I know this is an understandable question. I don’t have an update. He will get one soon. And when he does, we will make sure you all are aware of it and get the information,” Psaki condescendingly responded.

The New York Post reports the recent times Biden’s cough has been problematic:

After he coughed and was hoarse while speaking in December after the Electoral College confirmed his victory in the 2020 election, aides said he was suffering from a slight cold.

More recently, the president hacked at several points during a speech Monday in California in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election, causing him to apologize and even pause to take a sip of water.

During the presidential campaign, his doctor, Kevin O’Connor, told the Wall Street Journal that Biden is fit to serve as president, but also noted that he is being treated for high cholesterol, acid reflux disease and seasonal allergies.

Acid reflux often forces him to clear his throat, O’Connor said.

“This may also contribute to occasional cough and sinus congestion,” O’Connor wrote in a medical statement. “He has received an endoscopy to rule out any more significant disease.”

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Clinton Campaign Attorney Indicted For Lying To FBI In Trump-Russia Investigation

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An attorney who represented Hillary Clinton’s most recent failed presidential campaign in 2016 was indicted on Thursday for allegedly lying to FBI officials, as part of U.S. Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s investigation of supposed ties between Russia and former President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Michael Sussmann, a partner with Perkins Coie who also represented the Democratic National Committee in connection with Russia’s hack of the organization, is accused of making false statements during a Sept. 19, 2016 meeting with former FBI General Counsel James Baker,” Reuters reported. “This marks the second criminal case Durham has filed so far since former Attorney General William Barr tapped him in 2019 to investigate U.S. officials who probed the Trump-Russia contacts.”

According to the New York Times, Biden administration Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has the authority to overrule Durham but declined to.
“Donald J. Trump and his supporters have long accused Democrats and Perkins Coie — whose political law group, a division separate from Mr. Sussmann’s, represented the party and the Hillary Clinton campaign — of seeking to stoke unfair suspicions about Mr. Trump’s purported ties to Russia,” the New York Times
reported. “The case against Mr. Sussmann centers on the question of who his client was when he conveyed certain suspicions about Mr. Trump and Russia to the F.B.I. in September 2016. Among other things, investigators have examined whether Mr. Sussmann was secretly working for the Clinton campaign — which he denies.”

“According to the indictment, Sussmann ‘lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI’ when he met one-on-one with FBI General Counsel James Baker,” the Daily Mail explained. “That prompted to Baker to assume he was acting merely as a ‘good citizen’ rather than as a ‘paid advocate or political operative.’ He stated falsely that he was not doing the work ‘for my client,’ according to the indictment. Sussmann had handed over three ‘white papers’ as well as computer files containing evidence of the reported secret channel.”

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