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Photos of the Week – January 16, 2021

Yes, it’s been another crappy week here in the United States, with the ongoing madness of the 2020 presidential election, refuse of the January 6 Capitol Hill riots, and worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help soothe everyone’s souls (short of providing free alcohol and unlimited sex), I present these pictures of baby goats.

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Tweet of the Week – January 16, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene

In response to the tweet from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Taylor Greene wrote in an email: “Healthy people do not spread COVID.  COVID positive people spread COVID.  Everyone was exposed ALL week by the COVID positive members who Nancy Pelosi brought into the Capitol and into Washington DC.”

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Best Quotes of the Week – January 9, 2021

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”

Barack Obama, in response to Wednesday’s riots in Washington, D.C.

“Well, the deaths are real deaths.  I mean, all you need to do is to go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with.  They are under very stressed situations in many areas of the country.  The hospital beds are stretched.  People are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now. That’s real.  That’s not fake.  That’s real.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on ABC’s “This Week”, in response to guest host Martha Raddatz asking about a tweet by President Trump calling the coronavirus case and death toll “fake news” and blaming it on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention methodology

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Photo of the Week – December 19, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, on Friday, December 18, Washington.  His wife, Karen Pence, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received shots. Photo: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

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Angriest Quote of the Week – December 19, 2020

“Millions of Americans are struggling during what should be a joyous time of year, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is holding COVID-19 relief hostage. His ransom? Total immunity for corporations that recklessly endanger consumers and workers during the pandemic.

For months, McConnell has insisted that Congress take action to protect corporations alleged to engage in wrongdoing.

For months, McConnell has insisted that Congress should take action to protect corporations that are alleged to engage in wrongdoing and endanger their employees, consumers and patients. Companies that don’t provide protective equipment or mandate physical distancing in the workplace, for example, would face no civil liability when their workers become sick.

Even as Americans go hungry and confront homelessness, McConnell is trying to leverage the coronavirus emergency to greenlight corporate abuse, instead of helping vulnerable families.

Worse, he is lying to the American people about his motivation, claiming that an “epidemic” of coronavirus-related lawsuits must be addressed. The actual epidemic, of course, is COVID-19, taking thousands of lives every day and sickening the very workers businesses depend on for their profits.”

 – Rep. Katie Porter, in a video essay on December 15

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Photos of the Week – December 12, 2020

This week COVID-19 vaccinations began in Great Britain.  Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first person to receive the new vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech at Guy’s Hospital in London.  These are just a handful of photos taken during this unprecedented event.

The first man to receive a vaccine in the UK was an Englishman named William Shakespeare.

A woman with the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots administered at Guy’s Hospital in London. Victoria Jones/Pool via AP

The deputy charge nurse Katie McIntosh waiting to administer the first of two vaccine shots to workers at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday. Andrew Milligan – Pool / Getty Images

Syringes in a tray at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh containing the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Andrew Milligan – Pool / Getty Images

Nurse Katie McIntosh administering an injection of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to the clinical nurse manager Fiona Churchill at the Western General Hospital. Andrew Milligan/Pool via AP

A box of vials of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine concentrate being transported from storage ready for use at Guy’s Hospital in London. Victoria Jones/Pool via Reuters

Josephine Faleye, 80, with senior nurse Dilhani Somaweera at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Jack Hill – Pool / Getty Images

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Most Ominous Quote of the Week – December 12, 2020

“I don’t know how this ends without violence and death.”

Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, expressing concern about the response by right-wing extremist militia groups to Donald Trump’s loss

Watts also believes the worst is yet to come, adding, “They now have had time to think about what they want to do.  They have heard continuous false claims – which they want to believe – and now they are being pushed and pointed to places to mobilize.”  Watts noted the dynamic could intensify after Trump is ejected from the White House, COVID-19 becomes less of a threat, and there are more public targets as people start returning to public life.

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Best Quotes of the Week – December 12, 2020

“The mountains of misinformation are not helping the process; they’re only hurting it.”

Geoff Duncan, Republican lieutenant governor of Georgia, responding to Donald Trump’s relentless claims the elections were “stolen”

Two runoff elections for senator in Georgia on January 5 will determine control of the U.S. Senate.

“I personally think my company should pay me workers compensation for brain damage for having to read that lawsuit and related filings.  It really is one of the stupidest bits of performative leg humping we have seen in the last five years. These attorneys general are willing to beclown themselves and their states all to get in good with the losing presidential candidate.   The suit is absurd on its face.  These states seek to interfere in the internal affairs of other states when those states are not actually electing the president, but allowing their voters to choose members of the Electoral College.  Were this to succeed, which it will not, the states will start suing each other at every election as a bit of theater.”­

Erick Erickson, far-right social conservative and evangelical Christian fundamentalist radio host, in an essay on his blog

Erickson endorsed Trump’s reelection campaign, but criticized a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, denouncing it as “one of the stupidest bits of performative leg humping we have seen in the last five years.”

“We believe our Jewish community needs to be able to join and partner in solidarity with communities of color like Arab Americans, Black Americans, Indigenous people who are facing systemic injustice and be able to listen to their narratives just as we expect other communities to listen to our narrative as Jews.”

Ellen Brotsky, a volunteer leader for Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization devoted to combating all forms of ethnic and racial bias

JVP and their supporters are concerned recent changes to school curriculums about ethnic inclusivity in the state of California are overlooking people of Middle Eastern extraction.

“The allegations in the lawsuit are false and irresponsible.  Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen.”

Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, responding to a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin whose election results handed the White House to President-elect Joe Biden

In the suit, Paxton claims pandemic-era changes to election procedures in those states violated federal law and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the states from voting in the Electoral College.

“I feel so privileged to be the first.”

Margaret Keenan, age 90, upon becoming the first person in Great Britain to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot outside of clinical trials

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Tweets of the Week – December 5, 2020

Charles M. Blow

Blow was responding to this tweet by Lauren Witzke, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate:

Jack Posobiec

In response, Sen. Rand Paul said this:

They were both referring to a previous declaration by Dr. Anthony Fauci that schools should remain closed.

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Most Ominous Quote of the Week – December 5, 2020

“By this time next week, we are going to be talking about 3,000 deaths a day – that’s 9/11 every single day.”

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist and professor of medicine at George Washington University, to CNN

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