Connect with us


Soros-Financed Organizations helped Shifty Schiff’s career



Soros-Financed Organizations helped Shifty Schiff's career

Rep. Adam Schiff was already bankrolled by the, which had been funded by George Soros, to help him win his seat in the Congress.

Shifty Schiff was also awarded the Toll Fellowship funded by the Council of State Governments, a nonprofit organization that has been heavily financed by the Open Society Foundations of Soros.

The two Soros-funded groups have endorsed Schiff’s various legislative efforts. reports: Schiff has added to the unfounded accusations of alleged war between President Donald Trump and Russia by the Democrats.

In the opening statements at a Congressional Hearing last month, Schiff laid out the argument for the alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.

This reporter had previously reported serious problems with Schiff’s claims, including wild theories of conspiracy and heavy reliance upon a questionable source.

In a much forgotten history, openly supported Schiff’s 2000 Congressional campaign against Republican congressman Jim Rogan.

Wall Street Journal reported on the fundraising efforts of the radical group for Schiff on 1 January 2000.  The seat in Congress was especially important because Rogan was renowned after being appointed to be one of 13 house managers in the 1998 prosecution case of Bill Clinton. Rogan supported the prosecution of Clinton and became a leader in the Republican Party.

The Journal said: If MoveOn were to achieve its ambitious targets, this could have a great impact on Congress, particularly the House, this year. Republicans are only in a small five-vote majority, and the outcome is “expected to be decided in no more than three dozen congressional districts,” said Thomas Mann, head of the Brookings Institution’s policy research, a Washington Think Tank.

And, of course, most of the supporters of Congressional prosecution are Republicans. One of the leading ones, House litigation director James Rogan of California, is facing this year’s challenge from Democratic Senator Adam Schiff, for whom MoveOn has raised $106,000 to date, Boyd said.

“ was raising $2 million for Democratic candidates by 2000, including over $100,000 to support Adam Schiff’s California-based beat Congressman James Rogan, one of the House Managers during the impeachment trial of Clinton.” CNN also supported a January 2010 rally to promote health reform outside the Paso shipping office.

Schiff’s campaign profile in the year 2000 states that he has “awarded the prestigeful Toll Fellowship, funded by the Council of State Governments.” Schiff’s organisation, chosen and supported by his legislature’s peers, has been selected by a committee of State appointed and named one of the most promising new leaders by a large number of outstanding candidates across the country. In 1998, the California High School League appointed the ship as the year’s legislator.

Later on, Schiff said the Toll Fellowship “helped me recognize my own leadership qualities, collaborate with my colleagues more efficiently and improve my relationship with the media.” The Toll Fellowship was heavily funded by Soros ‘ Council of State Goverments.   The Open Society supported the organization with 320,000 dollars in 2003, one million dollars in 2004 and another 100,000 dollars that year alone.

The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act was passed by Schiff in 2009. The bill was characterized as offering “grants to State and local governments to design and develop data-based, agreed-on strategies to reduce spending on corrections and to increase public protection” by the Justice Center at the Soros-funded Council of State Governments-which awarded Schiff a “Toll Fellowship” fellowship.

In 2014, the Open Society published a declaration in public support of Schiff’s “law requiring the President to submit an annual public report on the number of people killed or wounded during drone strikes.” The Open Society has signed a Joint Statement in support of Soros ‘ Targeted Lethal Force Accountability Act with other leftwing organisations.

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

Click to comment


WATCH: Cobra Kai’s Season 4 trailer sets return of old Karate Kid villain



WATCH: Cobra Kai’s Season 4 trailer sets return of old Karate Kid villain

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The smash-hit Netflix series Cobra Kai is all set to return for its fourth season on Dec. 31.

The live action streaming series set in the Karate Kid cinematic universe dropped a new trailer for Season 4, and in typical Cobra Kai fashion, it reveals yet another return of a former movie franchise villain.

Karate Kid 3 adversary Terry Silver, played by actor Thomas Ian Griffith, is shown near the end of the teaser tightening his trademark ponytail, which is now gray from age, and striking a punching bag in the Cobra Kai dojo with friend John Kreese, played by Martin Cove.

In the Cobra Kai series, which debuted on YouTube’s premium service before being acquired by Netflix last year, rivals from the original 1984 movie Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have inevitably teamed up to lead their combined dojos against the Kreese, the unscrupulous sensei and founder of Cobra Kai.

Since the return of Kreese at the end of Season 1, a growing list of characters from the movie franchise has also seen screen time to the delight of die-hard Karate Kid fans worldwide, including members of the original Cobra Kai, as well as LaRusso’s mother played Randee Heller and his original love interest “Ali Mills” played by Elisabeth Shue.

Last season, LaRusso, who now follows in the footsteps of his now-deceased karate teacher and mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and teaches a group of students including his own daughter, travelled back to Okinawa to revisit the home of of his former master. During that visit, LaRusso met with Karate Kid 2 bad guy Chozen Toguchi, played by Yuji Okumoto.

What role will Silver play in the fourth season?

Only three more months to find out.

Continue Reading


Hurricane Sam still at Category 4 strength; 2 tropical depressions could form this week



Hurricane Sam still at Category 4 strength; 2 tropical depressions could form this week

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane Sam, a Category 4 storm with maximum winds of 150 mph, is expected to slowly weaken over the next couple of days, while remaining a major hurricane, forecasters said Sunday.

Sam’s intensity is expected to drop as it encounters storm-shredding wind shear this week, but it’s expected to remain a major hurricane, meaning a Category 3 or above, for at least the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sam, now in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, is due to take a turn to the northwest by Monday and maintain that path through midweek, which would turn it away from Florida and the Caribbean.

Impacts along the East Coast could include building surf and increasing rip currents from Florida to Maine beginning  as early as midweek, according to Accuweather.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Sam was about 880 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, moving northwest at 7 mph.

Sam, the fourth major hurricane of 2021 underwent rapid intensification Saturday, quickly going from a Category 2 hurricane early Saturday with 110 mph winds to a Category 4 hurricane.

Sam’s hurricane-force-winds extended 30 miles from its center on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Teresa, the second-earliest 19th named storm to form in the Atlantic basin, was short-lived, dissipating by 2 a.m. Sunday.

Experts are monitoring several other areas for potential development.

Forecasters said Sunday that two tropical depressions could form in the next five days in the far eastern Atlantic, one from a tropical wave expected to roll off Africa’s west coast by Monday and the other from an area of low pressure just to its west.

Lastly, there’s a slight chance that the remnants of Tropical Storm Peter could develop into a system southeast of Bermuda, according to experts.

The remaining storm names for the 2021 season are Victor and Wanda.

So far in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, there have been 19 named storms, seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

Continue Reading


Jake DeBrusk pots winner for Bruins in preseason opener



Jake DeBrusk pots winner for Bruins in preseason opener

The first preseason game will be forgotten by the time they drop the puck for real on Oct. 16 for the Bruins’ season opener. But Jake DeBrusk had to start a revival of his still-promising career somehow, and he put his best foot forward in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

DeBrusk scored in regulation and then provided the walk-off winner in the shootout to lead the B’s to victory.

The play was as choppy as you’d expect for the first preseason game, but DeBrusk was pleased with the bottom line.

“Obviously, there were positives. Any time the puck goes in the net is nice. It is just the preseason, but it’s nice to help the team win,” said DeBrusk.

Coming off a bad season in which he mustered just 5-9-14 totals in 41 games, DeBrusk could use some good vibes to get himself going.

“It’s important for him,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “To some guys it matters a little more. Some guys are fine-tuning their game in different ways, but I think for him, when he produces, he always feels better about himself. He was around the puck and with the way he scored, going to the net, I think those are good positive signs for him. He’s been with (Erik) Haula in training camp and they really seemed to mesh again today. That’s a good thing for us if they can play well together and find some chemistry.”

Troy Grosenick stopped two of three Caps’ shooters to get the win. Haula, a free agent signee, also scored in regulation and the shootout.

The B’s and Caps traded goals in the first period. Joe Snively gave Washington a 1-0 lead at 4:15 when he beat Tyler Lewington to a loose puck in the slot and popped it over Jeremy Swayman.

But the B’s got it back at 12:56. DeBrusk scored the B’s first goal of the preseason when he beat Pheonix Copley on a rebound off a Connor Clifton rush.

The B’s took three penalties in the first but Swayman (10 first period saves) came up big, making a terrific pad stop on Lars Eller on one of the penalty kills. Swayman stopped 18-of-19 shots before giving way Grosenick halfway through the second period.

The B’s took the lead at 1:09 of the second when Haula’s strong faceoff work paid off. The centerman drew a left dot draw back to Jakub Zboril, who moved it to John Moore at the right point. Moore, returning to action after hip surgery sidelined him most of last year, first a low shot to the net that Haula deflected over Copley for the 2-1 lead.

Grosenick wasn’t busy in the second, but he did have to make a terrific save on a Snively one-timer from the slot to preserve the B’s lead going into the third.

Just 35 seconds into the third, the Caps’ Dylan McIlrath took a five-minute major when he hit B’s forward Steven Fogarty in the head, but first Fabian Lysell took a holding penalty at the start of the advantage, and then Jakub Lauko was called for interference near the end of it. And on the second 4-on-4, Garrett Pilon beat Grosenick with a backhander from the slot at 5:26.

Fogarty did not return. He’ll be re-evaluated back in Boston.

Moore played just five games last season before he was forced to undergo hip surgery. He looked good in his first game back, posting assists on both regulation goals and making several good defensive plays.

“I felt great,” said Moore. “After a really long rehab, I was so excited to see my name on the board and get the opportunity to play. I love hockey. It’s always in the back of your mind when you go through some of those things that you might never come back. I’m just grateful to be out there and competing.”

With his ability to play the right side, the left-shooting Moore, who was paired with fellow lefty Zboril, could be a valuable depth piece for the B’s.

“He’s a guy that is in a battle for playing time, so these games are important to him,” said Cassidy. “Most veterans, it’s about sharpening your game and getting ready for opening night. But he’s in a little bit different situation. He missed a lot of time and he’s in a battle for a spot. So these games are of more value. He’s been very focused in practice, very business-like, and he was again tonight. And he needs to be.”

Lysell, the Bruins first-round pick, did not show up on the scoresheet, but the 18-year-older was very visible otherwise, getting three shots on net and standing his ground in a post-whistle scrum in front of the Caps’ net.

“It’s that description — a hockey player,” said Cassidy. “He was around the puck, pulled it to space when he needed to, attacked the front of the net, pushed back when he had to, made a heck of a play on the wall late to get it in the middle for a scoring chance. He did a lot of things well. He attacked, didn’t look flustered, strong on his skates. A lot of good things for his first hockey game. It’s not an easy team play against. I know they didn’t have a lot of their lineup, similar to us. But still, it’s his first professional hockey game in North America with Boston and I thought he did a real nice job with just his overall feel and composure and compete.”

Cassidy welcomes the renewed focus on cross-checking that the league has said it will have this season. The B’s had an issue with the Islanders last season when Mat Barzal got away with several crosschecks to David Krejci’s back before Krejci got whistled for a retaliatory spear.

“They’ll probably over-manage it (in the preseason) so that players get the message,” said Cassidy on Sunday before traveling to Washington. “That’s just typically what’s happened, and that’s fine, as long as it does get called the way they want to see it. Because I agree. We had the incident with Krejci where we felt there was some initiating with that. And a lot of teams spoke up about that. They put out some good examples out there, so it’s probably something that needed to be addressed. It has been, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Tyler Lewington got the B’s first crosschecking penalty just five minutes into Sunday’s game.

Continue Reading


Pelosi: Vote to avoid shutdown expected this week



Pelosi: Vote to avoid shutdown expected this week

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Democrats are facing a hugely consequential week in Washington.

The Democratic party remains divided on the size of the president’s budget, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises a vote as early as Monday and contends she’s confident her party will come together.

“You know I’m never bringing a vote to the floor that doesn’t have the votes,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi says Democrats will overcome divisions within their ranks to pass the president’s spending plans, raise the debt limit to avoid a government default and vote to avoid a government shutdown by Friday.

“It’s an eventful week,” Pelosi said.

On ABC’s “This Week,” the speaker insisted her party will unite behind the president’s agenda.

“Overwhelmingly, the entirety of our caucus, except for a few who’s judgment I respect, support the vision,” Pelosi said.

The problem is: Democrats hold a slim majority in the House and need the support of every member of their party, plus the vice president’s tiebreaker vote in the 50-50 Senate. 

“The votes aren’t there,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said she and a few dozen progressive House Democrats are holding out.

In exchange for their votes in the House this week, they want a commitment from moderate Senate Democrats to pass the president’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” plan.

“We need the Senate to engage with us if that’s going to happen,” Jayapal said.

Republicans have decided to sit this one out.

“An absolutely unprecedented, very damaging spending spree on a scale that we have never seen,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said. “They want us to come along and authorize the borrowing to help pay for it.”

Toomey says that’s why Republicans will vote no on the president’s plan, vote no on raising the debt ceiling and leave it all up to Democrats.

“Chuck Schumer’s going to do what he could have done months ago,” Toomey said. “So that Democrats can pass the debt ceiling by themselves.”

Without an agreement passed, a government shutdown begins Friday.

The White House has already alerted federal agencies to prepare.

Continue Reading


Patriots QB Mac Jones endures rough day at the office



Patriots QB Mac Jones endures rough day at the office

FOXBORO — Mac Jones easily had his worst day as a pro.

Between the turnovers, and the pounding he endured with little to no protection against the Saints pass-rushers, the Patriots rookie quarterback would probably love to erase what transpired at Gillette Stadium during the 28-13 loss.

The good news?

Jones, who completed 30 of 51 passes, with one touchdown and three interceptions, kept fighting, and actually got the Patriots within a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

At one point after scrambling up the middle for a 12-yard-gain before sliding out of harm’s way on a fourth-quarter run, Jones popped up and ditched the knee brace that’s been supporting his left knee.

After it came loose on the play, he just whipped it aside and threw a touchdown on the very next play.

It was one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing performance by Jones and the offense.

“He still was relaxed and didn’t look rattled in the huddle and when he took off his brace, it just showed how tough he is,” said Kendrick Bourne, who hauled in the 22-yard TD pass and made a nice play to get into the end zone. “You can tell he is just here to make plays and the brace can’t stop him and he has the ‘nobody can stop me but me’ mentality and that is what you want to see out of your quarterback. But it just didn’t go our way today and that is just kind of the game.”

The Patriots offense got off to a rough start, with three three-and-outs before finally getting a first down on its fourth possession.

But that first down proved costly with the Patriots losing James White, who was carted off with a hip injury.

That took away Jones’ security blanket on third down, and his best blitz-pickup protector from the running back group.

Then the turnovers started.

On the first pick, Jones was harassed in the pocket, stepped up, and delivered a dying quail, which landed in P.J. Williams’ lap. That set up a Saints score in the second quarter.

The second one came at the start of the third quarter. Right out of the locker room, on his first pass. That went off Jonnu Smith’s hands, right into the hands of Malcolm Jenkins, who took the ball back 34 yards for a score.

The final one came during desperation time, with Marshon Lattimore picking off a deep ball intended for Nelson Agholor with 15 seconds to play.

The support of his teammates meant a lot to Jones, who eventually walked off the field alongside Bill Belichick.

“I think interceptions are a part of the game. You obviously don’t want to throw them, and sometimes they’re bang-bang plays and sometimes they’re things you can control,” Jones said. “I just have to learn from those errors.

“Everyone did have my back. It seemed they were very supportive,” he said. “For me, I’ve worked a lot on just playing the next play, and I felt like I wasn’t lingering or thinking about the last play at all and neither was any of our team. Yeah, we can definitely get better there, and I appreciate everyone supporting me, and I’ve got to get better. So I will.”

Jones wasn’t helped by Smith’s misplay. The tight end just couldn’t hold on to the ball.

Jones, however, wasn’t about to throw his tight end under the bus.

“I think Jonnu has done everything right. He’s out there running. He’s out there blocking, doing what he’s supposed to do,” said Jones. “Me and him, we’re not always going to have perfect days. Nobody is. I think it’s more about just getting that connection in practice and the timing. That comes with reps.”

Between Smith’s drops, losing White and a lack of blocking up front, it was a long day for Jones.

“It’s not good enough. We’ve got to be better and it wasn’t good enough,” said tight end Hunter Henry. “We have to keep him upright, and when he is upright he is making some good throws. We have got to be better.”

Jakobi Meyers was Jones’ favorite target, catching nine balls for 94 yards, followed by Bourne with six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Jones was only 7-for-19 on third down, and 0-for-1 in the red zone.

“(The Saints) did what they did. But it’s more about us and me just executing our plays. I can do a better job of that,” he said. “I don’t like to assume anything. I just like to watch the tape and look at it from a bird’s-eye view and don’t be emotional about it. Just look at it and learn from it and then flip the page. I’m sure there’s plays I left on the field. I know there are. And I’m sure that the offense as a whole, we can all play better together, and we will.”

Continue Reading


Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social bill



Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social bill

WASHINGTON — With President Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total amount will drop.

Pelosi had originally pledged to House moderates a vote on the infrastructure legislation by Monday, but she now says that timeline will likely fall to later in the week due to Democratic divisions, giving space for negotiations so both bills could be approved. She is pushing to advance both this week, though that is not at all certain.

The $1 trillion infrastructure plan passed the Senate last month.

“Let me just say that we’re going to pass the bill this week,” said Pelosi, D-Calif. “I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes. You cannot choose the date. You have to go when you have the votes in a reasonable time, and we will.”

When asked Sunday if Pelosi had the votes to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday, Biden told reporters at the White House, “It’s going to take the better part of this week.”

Still, in a delicate balancing act aimed at achieving the near Democratic unanimity needed to push the sprawling package through, Pelosi made clear that Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion for social spending and climate initiatives will need to be trimmed.

Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have said they won’t support a bill of that size. Manchin has previously proposed spending of $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion, an amount that progressives have called unacceptable for a bill they originally envisioned at $6 trillion.

Asked Sunday if she agrees the final number on the so-called reconciliation bill will be “somewhat smaller” than $3.5 trillion, Pelosi responded: “That seems self-evident.”

Continue Reading


Why did Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower sit for a practice-squad player against the Saints?



Why did Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower sit for a practice-squad player against the Saints?

FOXBORO — Dont’a Hightower knows he hasn’t been himself.

The Patriots’ season-opening loss to Miami marked one of his worst performances in years, an unusual no-show Hightower owned up to days later. He said he wanted to be more impactful moving forward, and soon he was, playing more outside linebacker than inside during the team’s Week 2 blowout of the Jets.

Then came Sunday.

During their 28-13 loss to New Orleans, the Pats replaced Hightower with practice-squad linebacker Jahlani Tavai for two second-half defensive series. Hightower hadn’t flashed yet, for reasons good or bad. Tavai took over anyway.

The team elevated Tavai to its game-day roster Saturday, an early sign second-year linebacker Josh Uche would be unavailable against the Saints. (Uche was ruled out pregame with a bad back). Despite Uche’s absence, Tavai didn’t see any defensive snaps until the second half. Over the first half, the coaching staff rotated Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Kyle Van Noy around Matt Judon, the team’s new defensive centerpiece.

Van Noy sat out early downs on three possessions, while Hightower and Bentley each missed one. Once Bentley left in the second half, the Patriots plugged Tavai into his spot instead of tightening their rotation and relying strictly on their veterans. Asked about the coaching staff’s rotation — which were also in effect for the opener — Van Noy deflected.

“You’re going to have to ask them that,” he said post-game.

Has Van Noy at least had a conversation with the coaches about why he’s rotating?

“You’re going to have to ask them that,” he repeated.

Released by the Lions on cutdown day, Tavai is a sturdy 6-foot-2, 246-pounder best known for his run defense. He entered the league as a 2019 second-round pick out of Hawaii, a selection widely panned as a reach by Detroit’s front office. After a decent rookie season, Tavai rated as the second-worst linebacker in football last year among those who took at least 500 snaps, per Pro Football Focus player grades.

He signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2, three and a half weeks before making his team debut. He finished with zero tackles.

“I’m not sure,” said defensive captain Devin McCourty, when asked about the rotations. “Yeah, I don’t know, sometimes I notice this once we go on the field. But different guys are in there, everybody gets reps in practice, so you’d have to ask the coaches.”

The coaching staff also rested J.C. Jackson, their only above-average cornerback, for one second-half series. Several defensive linemen rotated in and out throughout the game, an effort to keep them fresh as the Saints had three drives of 10 plays or more. But the decision to sit Hightower, with two linebackers already sidelined, was irregular.

Did the Patriots think that poorly of his play? Or highly of Tavai? Why remain faithful to a pre-planned rotation with the game in the balance?

Perhaps Hightower’s stat line through 54 minutes spoke loudest. It read exactly like Tavai’s: zeros across the board.

Hightower then recorded two tackles on the Saints’ final drive, one solo and one assisted. He halted Taysom Hill by himself on the penultimate play of the series. On the next snap, Hill charged right for a 4-yard touchdown.

He followed a pulling guard whose job was to erase the only defender standing between him and the end zone. New Orleans had successfully caved in the left edge of the Patriots’ defense with an extra offensive linemen and one tight end. Instead, the defender dove into the moving mass of blocked teammates and Saints offensive linemen, leaving his gap wide open

It was Hightower.

Continue Reading


Afghanistan vet running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had life-saving brain surgery



Afghanistan vet running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had life-saving brain surgery

An Afghanistan War veteran is running the Boston Marathon this year to give back to the hospital that saved his life as an 8-year-old boy.

Army Maj. David Frost, 34, was in third grade when doctors found a cavernous angioma on the right frontal lobe of his brain. He had emergency surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and was able to make a full recovery a year later.

Now 26 years later, the Maynard resident is training for the Boston Marathon and raising funds for the hospital that saved his life.

“It was a life-changing moment for me,” said Frost, who’s now in the reserves and attending MIT business school. “I’ll forever be thankful for the work they do, the care they provide, and their ability to show empathy for kids.”

Frost, who grew up in Franklin, still has memories of himself as an 8-year-old — laying on the couch in the family room as he battled excruciating headaches.

“They were these terrible splitting headaches,” he said. “To this day, I can go back to those moments.”

It was the August 1995, and he was getting ready to start third grade. Frost was coming off a great summer, playing football and enjoying all the other things that come along with being a healthy 8-year-old.

But then he started getting these horrendous headaches that forced him to miss football, stay inside and lay on the couch for hours.

Doctors at first said the headaches were caused by bad allergies. However, after weeks of pain, his pediatrician made the call to send him for MRIs. That’s when the doctors found the cavernous angioma, a benign growth that consists of small blood vessels, and he had emergency surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Frost has been symptom-free ever since the year of recovery. He went on to play sports, graduated from West Point, and served in the Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Last year, Frost left the military and moved on to business school. But he started to feel something was missing.

“A part of me really craved the purpose I felt when I was in the military, contributing to an important cause, dedicating yourself to something and consistently working toward that,” he said.

“I was back home in Massachusetts, and thinking of different moments in my life that were impactful,” Frost added. “So I decided to run for Boston Children’s to help me fill that purpose and contribute to something important.”

Continue Reading


Guregian: After this train wreck, Patriots will be easy prey for Tom Brady & Bucs



Guregian: After this train wreck, Patriots will be easy prey for Tom Brady & Bucs

FOXBORO — After watching the embarrassing display put on by the Patriots against the Saints, it’s easy to forecast an even worse beat-down next week.

At this point, the way the Patriots are playing, the only thing that might undermine Tom Brady and the Buccaneers during Sunday’s primetime game is overconfidence.

The Patriots were that bad, especially on offense.

They couldn’t run. They couldn’t block or protect the quarterback. They couldn’t hold on to passes. And, they couldn’t stay onside when it counted most.

Mac Jones?

He struggled under the weight of pressure, finally turning the ball over with three interceptions — including a pick-six — during the 28-13 loss.

Playing from behind wasn’t a recipe for success for the rookie quarterback, although he hung in like a champ for much of the game, and kept fighting despite the chaos around him.

But an anemic offense wasn’t the only problem. The defense and special teams don’t get off the hook. Those units didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory, either.

After the Patriots crawled back to within eight with 9:22 to play, the Saints put together a 13-play scoring drive that took 6:47 off the clock and put the game out of reach.

When the Patriots have needed a stop this year, the defense hasn’t provided it. In this case, the Saints just lined up and knocked the Pats off the ball, repeatedly moving the chains en route to the game-clinching drive.

“We needed one more stop, and didn’t get it,” said defensive captain Devin McCourty. “That’s what it comes down to in this league, we needed to give our offense one more opportunity … that killed us. That’s the game of football.”

Special teams?

Jake Bailey had a blocked punt, while he sailed a third-quarter kickoff out of bounds to set the Saints up with good field position at the 40.

Overall, front to back, it was one of the worst performances you’ll ever see from a Bill Belichick-coached team. If it wasn’t Jameis Winston and the Saints, the score would have been much worse.

“Obviously, New Orleans has a good defense, but we’ve got to move the ball better than we did today,” Belichick said. “(We have to) play better in the defense. Play better in the kicking game.”

Let’s just say if this is the team that shows up against Brady, it will be a slaughter of epic proportions.

That’s how overmatched the Patriots looked for much of the game.

“It’s disappointing,” Belichick went on. “There’s no magic sauce here. Just have to go back to work and do better.”

While the season is still young, sitting at 1-2 with the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers on deck doesn’t leave many with confidence of a Patriots rebound. High hopes for the season have quickly fizzled.

So Belichick better find some of that magic sauce or else it will be another long season.

It wasn’t supposed to be this bad. After an offseason spending spree, boosting the front seven as well as the weapons on offense, the team has struggled out of the gate. It looks no better than last year’s 7-9 version.

They still can’t stop the run at key moments in the game, and they still can’t consistently generate offense, especially if the opposing team takes away the run game.

The two high-priced tight ends?

Driving for a score at the end of the first half, with a fourth down play on the 22, Hunter Henry jumped offsides to kill that drive.

Jonnu Smith?

A complete and utter disaster. He had the dropsies, and then some. His butter-fingers led to a pick-six to start the third quarter. He just couldn’t hold on to the ball, catching just one of six targeted passes.

Meanwhile, last week’s hero Damien Harris was held to 14 yards rushing on six carries. Jones wound up the top rusher with 28 yards on six carries.

Isn’t running the ball supposed to be a strength?

The fact Jones had to take off and run so many times was largely due to the fact he continues to get no protection from his world-class offensive line.

That unit has been disappointing to say the least.

Jones was hit six times on his first 17 dropbacks. By the end of the game, he was sacked twice, hit 11 times, and rushed on practically every throw.

As center David Andrews said, the line didn’t “hold up our end of the bargain.”

Not even close. And if that continues to be the case, Jones won’t survive the season.

“We just got to be better,” said Andrews, “better in everything we do.”

Worst of all?

The Patriots lost James White to a hip injury in the second quarter. He was carted off, so one of their most dependable players and chain-movers appears to be gone indefinitely. Neither J.J. Taylor nor Brandon Bolden filled in adequately either in running the ball or blitz pickup.

“Losing him was crucial,” receiver Kendrick Bourne said of White. “Third down, he’s a problem for defenders.”

On the afternoon, the Patriots converted 7-of-19 third down chances (36.8%). They also didn’t get the ball in the end zone the one time they advanced to the opposing 20.

The Patriots were behind all game, and as in the opener against the Dolphins, couldn’t make enough plays to give themselves a chance.

“There’s a lot of stuff to fix,” said McCourty. “You can talk about different things any time you fall short, but we have to stop putting ourselves in those positions, too. We can’t play every game from behind, and try to rake and claw to get one stop … we gotta put ourselves in the driver’s seat in these games where we’re playing from ahead.”

Two out of the first three weeks — both losses — they’ve had to play from behind and with the high-powered Bucs, who lost its first game to the Rams out in LA, heading to town, it’s hard imagining the Patriots changing the narrative jumping ahead.

Brady merely completed 41 passes, threw for 432 yards with a touchdown in the losing cause. So he’ll arrive in Foxboro needing just 68 passing yards to break Drew Brees’ career passing yardage record.

He’ll also be angry from losing, and hellbent on beating the Patriots, not the best combination for the home team.

The hype is already off the charts for No. 12’s return. The Patriots are going to have to deal with all the headlines, while trying to fix what’s broken.

“We’re not good enough to get lost in the headlines,” said McCourty. “We’ve got to focus in on what we need to do … we can’t worry about anything else.”

Continue Reading


How to replace a lost or damaged COVID-19 vaccination card



How to replace a lost or damaged COVID-19 vaccination card

It’s growing increasingly common to be asked for “proof of vaccination” around Boston, whether it’s at the host stand of restaurant or waiting in line for a Bruins game at TD Garden. But what happens if that precious piece of paper gets lost or destroyed?

Just an hour north of Boston, 29-year-old John Tackeff faced that dilemma in New Hampshire back in May.

“I had been storing my card in my wallet, which was not a great idea. I had it folded and after a month or so you totally couldn’t read it, it was all smudged,” he told the Herald.

After encountering dead ends through local government help lines and websites, Tackeff ended up trekking back to the mass vaccination site where he received his shots. He explained his situation to the National Guard stationed there. They were surprised he couldn’t get the card replaced any other way, Tackeff said, but looked up his information and issued him a new one.

Four months later, there’s still no federal or state one-size-fits-all solution to replace a COVID-19 card.

Patients who got their shots at Massachusetts mass vaccination sites can request a card copy through the company that ran those sites.

CIC Health, which ran pop up sites at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and Hynes Convention Center, offers an online portal where cards can be reported lost or destroyed. The company will then send new cards through the mail.

Here’s where it gets a little more complicated. Patients who were vaccinated at Natick and Eastfield malls, Danvers Doubletree, and the former Circuit City in Dartmouth will need to access their vaccine records through an email they got from provider Curative, or call their support line.

Vaccinated persons who got shots at their doctor’s office or through the local health department, like at a community pop-up event, will have to turn to their primary care provider. And if a local business like CVS or Stop & Shop was the site of vaccination, the patient can go through whatever online portal that business has set up. But the online vaccine records provided are often listed as “backups” because they haven’t been distributed by the CDC, like in the case of Walmart’s portal.

To get government-issued proof of COVID-19 vaccination, file an immunization record request with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The state will send a paper record of vaccination history, but it won’t be a card.

It may be tempting to carry that little CDC card around at all times, but several readers contacted the Herald to describe how much damage their cards suffered while stashed in wallets. It doesn’t take very long for ink to rub off, and it just takes one push from a jokester at a pool party to ruin a card completely.

The CDC recommends taking a photo of the card, and most businesses will accept a shot on a cell phone as proof.

Retailers also sell COVID-19 card-specific protection sleeves. These sleeves can be a better option than laminating a card, because a future health-care provider can take out the paper record and write in any necessary booster shots.

Continue Reading