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Texass trolling the federalists ...
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to what he called "bullying" by the Biden Administration, on Monday barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.
...since Aaron Burr first put on pants.
"In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas' continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster," Abbott said in an executive order.

The White House had no immediate comment.

Abbott's order states that "no entity in Texas" could compel proof of vaccination by any individual, including employees or customers. He called on state lawmakers to take up the issue in an upcoming special session.

archived hOLymARYMutTRagoTT, Federal Register EO 14042, EO 14043
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 02:13:06 PM EST
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Bloomberg | Southwest Air Pilots Seek to Block Covid Vaccination Mandate EO 14042, 9 Oct, "following" EO 14042 regulatory deadline, 8 Oct
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association's filing Friday also asked for an immediate hearing on the request before a federal court in Dallas, claiming the carrier has continued to take unilateral actions that violate terms of the Railway Labor Act, which governs airline-union relations. Those steps include the Covid-19 vaccination requirement.
flight concelations nationwide attributed by yella sheets to "weather"
"The new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment and the new policy threatens termination of any pilot not fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021," the legal filing said. "Southwest Airlines' additional new and unilateral modification of the parties' collective bargaining agreement is in clear violation of the RLA."
archived APsplainin Unions split on vaccine mandates, "contract-like instruments"
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 03:12:38 PM EST
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Southwest president says nothing nefarious behind flight cancellations, airline eyes holiday travel cuts
The airline blamed air traffic control issues and weather in Florida on Friday, saying the ripple effects put planes and employees out of place, and it had too few reserves [!] to pick up the slack....Southwest and its pilots union have steadfastly denied that workers walked off the job to protest a federal vaccine mandate. (The pilots sued the airline to stop the mandate.)
perfect storm
"The fact is the Florida weather on Friday and unexpected ATC issues on Friday night resulted in delays and cancellations across our network, and it just got us behind."
[...]
"They were just caught in a perfect storm," [Jon Jager aviation analyst] said, citing staffing levels [!], weather and flight crews running out of time because of the delays and cancellations. Pilots and flight attendants are only allowed to work a certain number of hours per day due to [union] contract[s] and government rules.
archived O'Leary v EU-28 Ryanair pilots, cabin crews, and "contractors"
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 04:24:38 PM EST
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New York must allow religious exemptions to vaccine mandate, judge rules
U.S. Northern District Justice David Hurd of Utica granted a preliminary injunction temporarily barring New York state and employers from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate against medical workers claiming a ["]legitimate religious exemption["]. Last month, Hurd issued a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the mandate in relation to ["]religious beliefs["].

archived y'all know where this story's headed dontcha?, APsplainin Religious exemption requests grow
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 04:48:59 PM EST
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Introduction To The Federal Court System
"The federal court system has three main levels: district courts (the trial court), circuit courts which are the first level of appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the final level of appeal in the federal system. There are 94 district courts, 13 circuit courts, and one Supreme Court throughout the country."

audio (EN)

static map of Art. III jurisdiction ("parts" of the whole)
color coded federal appellate ("circuit") territories, bf numeral; NB: state and federal judicial hierarchies are distinct, ie. a state's Supreme Ct. is not a "part" of Art. III; similarly, Art. I administrative law courts' jurisdictions (not shown) are limited to adjudicating procedural disputes (APA) between entitled "persons" and each fed agency's execution of regulations, delegated to them by the odious. An Art.I court may or may not refer a litigant to an inferior Art.III court.

POP QUIZ! Locate US NDNY
archived Can [JEAN] really do that?

by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 08:08:18 PM EST
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Archaeology: yella sheet exhumes most "ideologically conservative" COLORADO state supreme ct.
Planned Parenthood shooting MASSACRE spurs trial on lax security claims
Federal prosecutors indicted  [Robert Dear, domestic trrst? "Hate crime" perp?] in 2019, but it remains to be seen whether he will be found mentally fit to stand trial.
If convicted, Dear faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum penalty of death, although federal prosecutors have yet to confirm if they will seek the death penalty. Several victims of the incident sued Planned Parenthood in 2016. The case remains pending before Judge. Christopher Jay Baumann in the Denver County District Court.
FIFTH WAVE is a void.
Five people sued Planned Parenthood [?!] in 2016, including Samantha Wagner whom Dear shot in the parking lot, along with her friends. A Colorado judge initially granted summary judgment in favor of Planned Parenthood, but the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed in February 2019, and the state Supreme Court affirmed.
"state actors" v "private persons": "How do you know that? I think that's a fact question," [SCOTX Justice Richard] Gabriel said. "If there was an armed guard watching this on a security monitory, couldn't that have saved lives?"
"Neither the FBI nor the Colorado Bureau of Investigation nor the National Security Administration [NSA] nor the Colorado Springs Police knew about Dear," Taylor said. "Not even his girlfriend knew what he was going to do."
Justice Department again tries to block near-total abortion ban in Texas files timely response (objecting) to 5th Cir. preliminary injunction granted Texass

archived Magic Merrick POISED to reverse Trump Obama "policy"

by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 10:35:17 PM EST
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SCOTX s/b SCOCO
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 11:03:23 PM EST
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Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December
Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are among the carriers that are federal contractors and subject to a Biden administration requirement that their employees are vaccinated against Covid-19 by Dec. 8 unless they are exempt for medical or religious reasons.
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Southwest's senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg, and Julie Weber, vice president and chief people officer, wrote to staff on Friday that if employees' requests for an exemption haven't been approved by Dec. 8, they could continue to work while following mask and distancing guidelines until the request has been reviewed.
possibly related daily fact EO 14042 UPDATE!
by Cat on Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 12:25:44 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:34:25 AM EST
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Southwest investigates pilot who used 'Brandon' phrase
"The phrase ['Let's go'] is an aphorism in conservative circles for a vulgarity targeting President Biden."
'Let's Go Brandon' song tops iTunes charts
by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 05:40:51 AM EST
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Mothers sue after children catch Covid at Wisconsin schools with no mandates

Lawsuits say school districts created a `snake pit' by ignoring coronavirus safety measures recommended by health officials

Poverty ...

Serious financial problems afflict 40% of US households in recent months

The survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health also showed that in those last few months, as the US struggled to contain the infectious Delta coronavirus variant, the percentage of households reporting serious financial problems rose to 59% when they had an income under $50,000 a year.

by Oui on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 05:10:21 PM EST
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Today I encountered a UID who assumed the penalty for non-compliance with Taxass Gov Abbott's executive order is death, a "capital offence".

GA 40

I mention, because I can't shake the idea that people who don't live in USA have a clue to whom they are dealing.

by Cat on Wed Oct 13th, 2021 at 03:19:03 AM EST
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