On Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced that American athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will be required to be fully vaccinated. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote starting November 1st, the USOPC will require all staff, athletes and others even using training centers and any USOPC facilities, to be fully vaccinated.
The requirement “will also apply to our full Team USA delegation at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.” The International Olympic Committee had encouraged vaccines but did not required them for athletes competing in the Summer Olympics.
The Associated Press writes, “According to the team website, athletes will have to show proof of vaccination by Dec. 1. The U.S. is expected to send around 240 athletes to the Winter Olympics, though the mandate will impact hundreds more — anyone with hopes of making the final squad.”
“The stark reality is that this pandemic is far from over,” wrote Hirshland. “This step will increase our ability to create a safe and productive environment for Team USA athletes and staff, and allow us to restore consistency in planning, preparation and service to athletes.”
Hirshland did note that a process will be in place for athletes to attempt to apply for an exemption. The policy could cause complications considering it is a change in policy from other American sports organizations which don’t have mandates and could have unvaccinated athletes wanting to participate in the Olympic games.
The Associated Press reports:
Earlier this year, around 83% of the more than 600 American athletes who qualified for Tokyo got the shots in time for the Summer Games, according to the USOPC’s final count. The IOC estimated about 85% of all athletes in the Olympic village had been vaccinated.
There were some Americans, including golfer Bryson DeChambeau and swimmer Michael Andrew, who spoke openly about not receiving shots. DeChambeau ended up testing positive shortly before he was supposed to head to Japan and missed the games, while Andrew said he had contracted COVID-19 previously and didn’t plan to get vaccinated.
Oregon Schools ‘Staffing Crisis’ So Bad State Temporarily Allowing Substitute Teachers Without Degrees
Liberal policies and mandates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for over a year and a half have resulted in a mass labor shortage across a plethora of industries. Most recently with the vaccine mandates, individuals are either quitting or being forced into a leave of absence. Education is among the affected fields, leaving children without teachers.
In Oregon, officials said the “extraordinary shortage” of substitute teachers is also so bad, they have been forced to relinquish standards. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission announced it will temporarily be dropping the requirement for teachers to, well, be licensed to teach.
“The temporary rule, which is set to expire March 31, allows substitute teacher applicants without a bachelor’s degree to be sponsored by a school district, which would also provide them with enhanced support administrative supervision, according to a joint statement from Dr. Anthony Rosilez, the commission’s executive director, and Erika Bare, the commission chair.”
In December of 2019, the state had 8,290 licensed substitute teachers. By September 18, 2021, the number was down to almost half at 4,738. The temporary administrative order says without more teachers, classes will be “combined to unacceptable levels or not offered at all, inflicting irreparable harm on schoolchildren.”
In the joint statement from Rosilez and Bare, they explained the reason behind the state’s conundrum: “while the data we have at this point is primarily anecdotal, the COVID pandemic has been a primary factor in the reduced supply.”
Elizabeth Thiel, president of the Portland Association of Teachers says Oregon is experiencing a “staffing crisis” exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just substitutes that we don’t have enough of. It’s classroom teachers, it’s administrators and custodians and bus drivers and education assistants and nutrition workers and paraprofessionals” added Thiel. “Every job type we have in our schools, we’re short.”
Rep. Tlaib Caught on Video Admitting She is Only Wearing a Mask Because of ‘Republican Tracker’ Filming Her
Democrat and member of the “Squad” Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was filmed at an event explaining that she was only wearing a mask for one reason. It was not for safety, not for fear of spreading COVID-19 to the vulnerable and weak, not for fear of getting a variant herself, and not for “stopping the spread.” No. It was only because a “Republican tracker” was in her presence.
At an event in Detroit, Tlaib can be seen among a group outside, and one gentleman, who was not wearing a mask, thought Tlaib was upset that he was not masked. “Oh, my bad. Sorry” the man said.
Quickly explaining herself and making sure there was zero confusion as to her position, she quickly comforted the man saying, “oh no, not you.” She then pulls down her mask to further explain, “I was only doing it because I got a Republican, uh, tracker following me” as she appeared to be pointing in the direction of the “tracker.”
She then popped her mask back on and turned to walk away. National Review reports: “Tlaib was exiting an event on Monday with Housing and Urban Development secretary Marcia Fudge, who visited housing developments in Detroit while touting the Biden administration’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.” The video was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
This summer Tlaib chastised Republican Senator Rand Paul for voicing resistance to some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures including mask-wearing mandates. The same day, video surfaced of Tlaib partying at an indoor wedding maskless.
Tlaib is one of many Democrats who have acted in complete hypocrisy to their own mandates. San Francisco mayor London Breed was filmed at a crowded indoor bar listening to music where no one was wearing masks. She justified her violation by stating she wanted to dance and “I was feeling the spirit.”
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