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February 22, 2022

Dem Mayor Holds Maskless Ball After Reinstating Mandate

In Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) was pictured partying maskless during an indoor Mardi Gras event over the weekend, despite recently reinstating the city’s COVID-19 mask mandate for schools and indoor public spaces.

A trove of videos recorded by a 360-degree photo booth showed Cantrell and two other women singing karaoke without masks.

Fox News reached out to Cantrell for a comment, and all of the videos and pictures from the event were deleted within an hour, according to the outlet.

“The mask guidelines and the vaccination requirement will remain in effect thru Mardi Gras,” said Beau Tidwell, a spokesperson for Cantrell.

“That has not changed and it will not change. Under the current guidelines, masks may be removed indoors while eating and drinking,” the statement continued.

“While we did not see perfect adoption of the guidelines in every instance over the weekend, we were encouraged overall by the level of masking and vigilance we saw on the parade route and at ball events.”


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held maskless ball after reimposing mask mandate

February 18, 2022

Texas Sues Biden Administration Over Mask Mandates

Texas filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its federal mask mandate on airplanes and airports.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) issued a joint statement alongside the Texas Public Policy Foundation and its head legal counsel Rob Henneke and Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R).

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mandate was unlawfully issued. It was not authorized by Congress, and the CDC did not put the mandate up for notice and comment, which is ordinarily required for regulations like this,” the statement read.

“Yet a person’s failure to comply with the Administration’s mask mandate carries criminal penalties.”

“Biden’s repeated disregard of the individual liberties of Texans is not only disrespectful to the U.S. Constitution, it is also troublesome that any president thinks they can act above the law while hardworking Americans standby,” Paxton said in a statement.

“President Biden cannot continue governing through executive edicts. Now is the time to strike down his administration’s air-travel mask mandate. I’m proud to stand alongside my friend Congresswoman Van Duyne and her counsel at TPPF to protect Texans’ liberty and the rule of law.”

The federal mandate currently requires masks until at least March 18.


Texas sues Biden admin. over federal mask mandate on planes, in airports

February 11, 2022

Democratic Governors Defy CDC Guidance

Several Democratic governors are ending their state’s mask mandates, defying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that calls for masking in schools and other indoor settings.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced they’re ending mandates requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings — except for schools.

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Delaware Gov. John Carney, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont all announced some rollback of indoor masking requirements.

California will soon lift its indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals, Delaware is ending its indoor mask mandate, and New Jersey and Connecticut are dropping universal school masking requirements.

The Biden administration, which has been critical of Republican governors who’ve tried to lift mask mandates in schools, isn’t rebuking these Democratic governors.

“We certainly understand and have seen in polling that the public is tired of COVID,” Psaki said when questioned on the issue. “We understand that. So are we.”


Democratic governors in several states ease mask mandates, though White House is sticking with stricter guidance

February 8, 2022

New Jersey Governor Ends School Mask Mandate

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that the state will lift its mask mandate for students and faculty next month.

The move marks the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that the Garden State has rolled back its school mask mandate.

“We are not going to manage COVID to zero. We have to learn how to live with COVID as we move from a pandemic to an endemic phase of this virus,” Murphy tweeted.

“We are optimistic that given the decreased severity of this new variant, and the continued increase in vaccinations, that we are finally nearing this inflection point,” he added.

Murphy said the new policy will begin on March 7 but noted that it will not change the ability of individual districts to maintain and enforce mask mandates.


New Jersey will eliminate school mask mandate for children and staff

February 3, 2022

Freedom Convoy: Truckers Block US-Canada Border in Protest Against COVID Mandates

Canadian truckers blocking the U.S.-Canada border in a “Freedom Convoy” say they will stay put until the government agrees to roll back federal vaccine and mask mandates.

The convoy, which began on Jan. 23, culminated on Jan. 29 when thousands of protestors arrived in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital, to join the protest. Many truckers have remained parked in the same spots since the weekend in below-freezing temperatures.

“The people want change. They feel that we are their last hope because nobody else is listening. We’re listening and we are here,” one trucker named Travis said

But Canadian authorities have denounced the movement as an “unlawful blockade,” saying they’re taking action to clear the truckers.

In a statement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said: “What may have begun as a peaceful assembly quickly turned into an unlawful blockade.”

“While the Alberta RCMP has been in a position to conduct enforcement, we have been engaged with protesters at the Coutts border crossing in an effort to find a peaceful and safe resolution for all involved. We thought we had a path to resolution, the protesters eventually chose not to comply.”

“As of this morning, further action is being taken by the Alberta RCMP as this blockade continues to impede the ability for emergency agencies to provide full services to area residents,” the RCMP added.

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has refused to meet with the protestors.

“We won’t give in to those who fly racist flags. We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism,” he said.


Freedom Convoy: Police move in as public turns on truckers blocking US-Canada border

December 30, 2021

WATCH: Former Playboy Model Accused of Starting Fight on Delta Flight

Former Playboy model Patricia Cornwall is accused of starting a chaotic fight on a Delta Airlines flight. A video of the altercation spread on social media, showing Cornwall telling an older male passenger to “mask up” and he repeatedly calls her “Karen.”

According to court records, Cornwall, who’s also used the name Patty Breton, was coming back to her seat from the restroom when she “encountered the flight attendant and beverage cart blocking the aisle.” The Baywatch actress asked the flight attendant to help find her seat, and the attendant asked her to find an open seat until beverage service was over, since the flight was only an hour long.

Cornwall responded “What am I, Rosa Parks?” And that’s when the fellow passenger got involved, telling Cornwall she “isn’t black…this isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus.”

“Sit down Karen,” the passenger told Cornwall.

“Sit down p—y,” Cornwall responded, and the pair exchanged other derogatory comments.

At that point, Cornwall hits the passenger in the face and spits on him.

Police arrested the 51-year-old at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and she was later taken into custody by the FBI.

Cornwall posted a $20,000 bond at her arraignment. A judge ruled that she can only fly to return home to Los Angeles.


Patricia Cornwall: Former Playboy Model Accused in Delta Fight

December 24, 2021

Man Banned From Airline After Wearing Thong As Mask [Video]

A Florida man was banned from flying on United Airlines after wearing thong underwear as a mask in protest of the federal mandate.

Cape Coral resident Adam Jenne wore a red thong as a mask on board a flight from Washington, D.C., to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But he didn’t get to complete his trip, as he was booted off the flight before it departed.

“I think the best way to illustrate absurdity is with absurdity,” Jenne said. 

The United Airlines flight wasn’t the first time Jenne wore the undergarment as a mask.

“Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew,” said Jenne. “Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational.”

He said he’s ultimately made it to his destination — but not this time. Broward County Sheriff’s Office met him after being removed from the plane.

“Eventually, they called TSA and airport security,” Jenne said. “I ended up staying at the gate for about 45 minutes.”

Jenne said he intended to protest peacefully, “not to ruin anybody else’s day.”

United Airlines released a statement, standing by the employees who confronted Jenne.

“The customer clearly wasn’t in compliance with the federal mask mandate and we appreciate that our team addressed the issue on the ground prior to takeoff, avoiding any potential disruptions on the air.”

“It’s all nonsense. COVID doesn’t know that we’re at cruising altitude. It’s stupid. The whole thing is theater,” Jenne said. 

Jenne received a refund for his flight and booked another in its place.

“Hopefully, Spirit Airlines has a better sense of humor tomorrow,” Jenne said.

During a recent hearing on airline oversight, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told a Senate panel that face masks “don’t add much” additional protection against the spread of the coronavirus on airplanes.

“The statistics, I recall, is that 99.97 percent of airborne pathogens are captured by the HEPA [high-efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes,” Kelly told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin,” he said. “The environment is very safe, very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”


Florida man banned from United Airlines after wearing thong as mask in protest

December 19, 2021

Airline Executive Says Masks ‘Don’t Add Much’ on Flights

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told a Senate panel that face masks “don’t add much” additional protection against the spread of the coronavirus on airplanes.

“The statistics, I recall, is that 99.97 percent of airborne pathogens are captured by the HEPA [high-efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes,” Kelly told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee during a hearing on airline oversight.

“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin,” he said. “The environment is very safe, very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”

The company put out a statement when asked about Kelly’s comments.

“Southwest Airlines continues to abide by the federal mask mandate for customers and employees both within the airport environment and onboard all Southwest aircraft.”

Still, former Surgeon General Jerome Adams called the remarks “irresponsible.”

“These folks are making record money right now because of these mask mandates. I was disgusted when I heard that,” Adams said during an appearance on CNN’s New Day.


Southwest CEO: ‘Masks don’t add much, if anything’ against COVID-19 on planes

October 27, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene receives third fine for refusing to wear mask on House floor

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA.), who once compared COVID-19 restrictions to the Holocaust, received her third fine for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor.

“I’m taking a stand on the House floor because I don’t want the people to stand alone,” Greene said after receiving the fine.

Legislators who violate the House mask mandate receive a warning after the first offense, a $500 fine after the second, and $2,500 for each subsequent violation.

The House initially imposed its mask mandate last year, lifted it in June, and reinstated it in July amid the Delta variant surge.

In May, Greene likened the COVID-19 restrictions to “a time and history where people were told to wear a gold star … put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany.”

Greene later apologized for her comments after visiting the Holocaust Museum.

“There’s no comparison and there never ever will be,” she said.


Marjorie Taylor Greene fined third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor

September 19, 2021

San Francisco mayor caught breaking her own strict mask mandate

Photographs show San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) breaking her strict mask mandates at a local club. An editor for the San Francisco Chronicle photographed the mayor singing and dancing in a crowded jazz club with nary a mask in sight.

Breed told the Chronicle reporter, Mariecar Mendoza, she felt reassured by the fact that “everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination.”

However, Breed’s citywide mandate requires masks in public buildings regardless of vaccination status.

“She was with friends at her table, not wearing a mask while eating and drinking and enjoying herself. She knows health orders are hard and asks everyone to do their best to follow them,” a representative from the mayor’s office told ABC7.


San Francisco Mayor London Breed breaks mask mandate at club

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