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AP file photo / Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Flavored Kaepernick

It was bound to happen. Ben & Jerry's, an uber-liberal ice cream company located in Vermont, has named a flavor for former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, better known for starting the practice of athletes kneeling during the national anthem than for his NFL prowess.

Proceeds from the "Change the Whirled" flavor are to go to the former athlete's anti-police foundation "Know Your Rights Camp" and will be matched by company owners Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

"I've teamed up with [Ben & Jerry's] to serve up joy on the journey to justice!" Kaepernick tweeted last week.

His foundation's website says it identifies and teams "up with top defense lawyers and civil rights lawyers nationwide to provide legal resources for those in need."

Kaepernick said kneeling initially in 2016 was a symbolic gesture to raise awareness of police brutality against Blacks. Since then, he has offered numerous anti-American and pro-communist bromides, including favorably comparing Fidel Castro's communist Cuba to the U.S.

For those who could care less about his causes, the "non-dairy frozen dessert" has a caramel sunflower butter base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls.

 

I want what I want

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, apparently believing she was in line for a prominent position in the Cabinet of presumed President-elect Joe Biden, said last month she didn't want just anything.

The former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who represents an urban district in Cleveland, thought the Department of Agriculture might be nice. She'd been "very loyal," she said.

"As this country becomes more and more diverse," Fudge told Politico, "we're going to have to stop looking at only certain agencies as those that people like me fit in. You know, it's always 'we want to put the Black person in Labor or HUD (Housing and Urban Development).'"

Last week, Biden reportedly selected her to be his wait for it secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

"I can't give you a comment," Fudge told media outlets. "Let me just say that, if I were to be named, certainly it's an honor and a privilege to be asked to be in a president's Cabinet."

If Fudge does wind up as HUD secretary, of 18 confirmed appointees to hold the office, she would be the ninth Black or Hispanic person.

 

Survey says: Not Loeffler's

We don't imagine U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, lives in a hovel, but she does not live in the mansion that is pictured on tweets that have spread across Twitter, the social media platform whose CEO Jack Dorsey repeatedly — and recently — before congressional committees has promised the platform would crack down on misleading election information.

The oft-tweeted, 35,000-square-foot French Provincial mansion in Buckhead that shows at least three stories and an in-ground pool belongs to comedian Steve Harvey. Before Harvey owned the house, it belonged to actor-producer Tyler Perry.

But tweets for "Kelly Loeffler" suggest "Kelly Loeffler House" and bring up the photograph, leading some Twitter users to remark with the likes of "You're the one with all the houses and the money, right?," "You really think she relates to the average person in Georgia?," and "This is Kelly Loeffler's house. She lives in Georgia, one of the poorest states in the nation."

Twitter is only to happy to add warning labels to tweets from President Trump, but the tweets about Loeffler's house have not been labeled as misinformation, despite many using making the site's support aware of the issue.

 

The price of leading

Never has a man been so honored for actions that led to the deaths of so many.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently was given the "Inspired Leadership" award from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for his handling of the coronavirus in his state. Last month, he was awarded an International Emmy for his daily virus press briefings, which caused "people around the world" to tune "in to find out what was going on, and 'New York tough' became a symbol of the determination to fight back."

However, what really rankles is the governor's early mandate to state nursing homes that they must take coronavirus-positive patients whether or not they were equipped to handle them. And they had little time to prepare, which is why, according to The Daily Wire, body bags were sent to the homes along with patients.

Around 6,300 COVID-positive patients eventually were sent to nursing homes between March 25 and May 8. In August, the state reported some 6,600 residents had died in nursing homes, but the governor's office — according to the Associated Press — has since refused to reveal the number of deaths in such facilities.

New York, unlike other states, does not report as nursing home deaths those who were transferred from nursing homes to hospitals and died there, even though they were only transferred because they were dying.

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