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Curley: Time for Joe Biden’s apology tour

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Curley: Time for Joe Biden’s apology tour

Our leaders need to go on an apology tour.

Unlike former President Obama’s, this apology tour would not be directed at foreign countries, but at the American people.

For the past two years, liberal elites like Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Biden have pushed panic and promoted division in order to impose their radical agenda.

The narcissistic “public-health experts” and power-mad politicians who supported lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates should start drafting up their mea culpas ASAP.

They can begin by apologizing to our country’s children.

On the opening episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher”, former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss described the past two years as a “pandemic of bureaucracy” that will be “remembered by the younger generation as a catastrophic moral crime.”

Everything from school closures to cancelled sports seasons and extracurricular activities have had a devastating effect on the mental health of America’s children.

Is it any wonder that in December, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a warning about the state of young mental health?

Childhoods were needlessly ruined in the name of safety and science. Evil union leaders and spineless bureaucrats robbed kids of their educations and happiness in order to advance their own greedy agendas.

Nelson Mandela once said, “The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.”

Perhaps the most depressing part of this ordeal is that so many of us stood by and said nothing as this monumental catastrophe occurred.

There were notable exceptions of course. While the treatment of our most vulnerable has been appalling, it has also highlighted the truly courageous in our society. For every Randi Weingarten who promoted senseless school lockdowns there was a Ron DeSantis who vehemently rejected them.

The governor of Florida refused to be swayed by the Biden administration’s emotionally manipulative smear campaign. While DeSantis stood up for the kids in his state, other governors kowtowed to hysterical Karens and talking heads on CNN.

Another group that deserves an apology? The conspiracy theorists of America.

I’m talking about guys like former President Trump and Sens. Rand Paul and Tom Cotton.

These tin-foil-hat-wearing conservatives had the audacity to ask obvious questions before the mainstream media deemed it appropriate.

Trump was blasted as a xenophobe for suggesting the coronavirus could have originated from a lab in Wuhan.

The Washington Post ran a piece in January 2020 to dispel Trump’s outrageous claims: “Experts debunk fringe theory linking China’s
coronavirus to weapons research.”

In February the Arkansas Republican was roundly mocked by the media for putting forward the same idea: “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins.”

But alas, a few months later this “fringe” theory suddenly went mainstream.

“Serious people” in the media, as Jonathan Karl of ABC “News” hilariously described them, began considering the idea that the virus may not have started in a wet market in Wuhan after all. Comedian Jon Stewart even voiced his thoughts on the matter during an interview with Stephen Colbert in June.

Just like that, the debunked became bunked again.

That isn’t the only COVID-19 topic that has gone from fringe to fact.

Rand Paul has been arguing that natural immunity is as good as vaccine immunity since May 2021.

This deviation from Deep State groupthink by the doctor from Kentucky was also considered dangerous. He was excoriated by outlets like CNN and fact-checked by the gatekeepers of truth on Twitter.

This week, while the media focused on Biden’s disastrous press conference, the CDC released an interesting update.

Their new report suggested that natural immunity was six times stronger than the vaccination during the Delta wave of the virus.

I’m sure Rand isn’t waiting with bated breath for any apologies from his critics.

Lastly, all of our incompetent leaders should ask for forgiveness from America’s frontline workers.

Our healthcare heroes were celebrated by our leaders when it fit their narrative, only to be treated like dirt shortly thereafter.

A few insincere mea culpas from our country’s Science Followers and Serious People will not undo the damage they’ve caused the rest of us over the past two years.

But it would be a start.

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Luck not on Knicks’ side – again – as they fail to move up in NBA draft lottery, will pick 11th

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Luck not on Knicks’ side – again – as they fail to move up in NBA draft lottery, will pick 11th

Lottery luck still alludes the Knicks.

The franchise will pick 11th, the spot they were slotted before Tuesday’s draft lottery drawing, failing to move up for a depressing 18th consecutive time in the lottery. It’s a streak that started after the Knicks won the Patrick Ewing sweepstakes in 1985.

The Orlando Magic won the lottery. The Knicks entered the drawing with a 9.4% chance of cracking the top-4.

The 2022 draft class is considered top heavy with four top prospects – Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr., Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Duke’s Paolo Banchero and Purdue’s Jaden Ivey – now out of Leon Rose’s range. At No. 11, the Knicks’ options are difficult to predict five weeks before the draft (although we take a stab below). They could also trade the pick and have been linked to Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, who would cost Rose’s entire asset chest to get out of Utah.

The Knicks were represented at the lottery dais by team executive William Wesley, AKA ‘Worldwide Wes,’ who took a front-and-center role in Chicago after a career out of the spotlight as a backroom operator.

Developing a mythical status as a power broker and even referenced in songs by Drake and Jay-Z, Wesley has never spoken publicly on camera. Whether intended or not, Wesley’s presence served as a reminder (or introduction) of his connection to the Knicks, even though people around the league doubt the 57-year-old carries much sway with today’s players.

Wesley, whose official role is Executive Vice President, nodded in approval when NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announced the Knicks at No. 11.

Wesley’s rise as a networker spanned relationships with Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and the 2004 champion Detroit Pistons, but that was many years ago – before Wesley’s falling out with LeBron James over a decade ago — and he has yet to transfer his connections into a star arriving at MSG.

In the secret and enclosed drawing room Tuesday, where the Ping Pong balls were pulled, the Knicks were represented by executive Brock Aller, the team’s number cruncher and asset manager.

It wasn’t a lucky combination. Tuesday represented the 11th time the Knicks stayed in their lottery slot. They’ve fallen back 10 times.

The Knicks’ participation in the lottery Tuesday, a year after they climbed to the fourth seed in the East, was the result of a disappointing campaign stoked by the regression of Julius Randle.

They fell to 11th in the East with a 37-45 record, one spot of out of the play-in tournament, but the progression of the youngsters, especially RJ Barrett, provided hope about the direction.

The draft has thus far been the highlight of Leon Rose’s tenure. They’ve used first-round picks on Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes.

FOUR PLAYERS THE KNICKS COULD DRAFT AT NO. 11

Jaden Duren

SCHOOL: Memphis

AGE: 18

HEIGHT: 6-10

STATS LAST SEASON: 11.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 blocks

With Mitchell Robinson entering unrestricted free agency and Nerlens Noel proving unreliable, the Knicks could use another rim-protecting presence to develop alongside Jericho Sims. Duren is young with the upside of an premier athlete. He just can’t shoot.

Dyson Daniels

LAST TEAM: G-League Ignite

AGE: 19

HEIGHT: 6-6

STATS LAST SEASON: 11.3 points, 4.4 assists, 25.5% shooting

Projected as a two-guard in the NBA, Daniels draft position will rely heavily on the pre-draft process and workouts. He’s a well-rounded player with a high IQ but those shooting numbers were unimpressive last season in the G League.

Bennedict Mathurin

COLLEGE: Arizona

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6-6

STATS LAST SEASON: 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 36.9% shooting

A scorer and strong shooter who can create for himself off the dribble, which the Knicks are missing in their backcourt. He’ll run with the athletic second unit but requires improvement defensively.

Johnny Davis

COLLEGE: Wisconsin

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6-5

STATS LAST SEASON: 20 points, 8.1 rebounds, 30.9% 3-point shooting

Another off-ball guard option who is a two-way threat and would be a Tom Thibodeau favorite because of his defensive intensity. The negatives are Davis’ athleticism and sporadic outside shot. But he’ll figure out ways to score.

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Ramsey County attorney: Officers justified in fatal shooting of armed Mounds View carjacking suspect

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Ramsey County attorney: Officers justified in fatal shooting of armed Mounds View carjacking suspect

Police officers who shot and killed an armed carjacking suspect inside a Mounds View liquor store in November were justified in using deadly force, the Ramsey County attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

An investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that 21-year-old Noah Douglas Kelley was pointing a handgun at police when two officers fatally shot him at Merwin Liquors on the evening of Nov. 28, 2021.

No criminal charges will be filed against Officer John Thomas of the New Brighton Police Department or Sgt. Michael Hanson of the Mounds View Police Department, both of whom fired their weapons during the incident.

Police were pursuing Kelley after he carjacked a man in an SUV outside an Aldi grocery store at Mounds View Boulevard and Long Lake Road, forcing the driver at gunpoint to take him across a parking lot to the liquor store where he was shot.

Kelley, who lived nearby, left his apartment on foot that evening after an argument with his fiancee, the BCA report said. He was intoxicated after spending the day drinking and smoking marijuana. A toxicology report found his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.191 — more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Kelley walked to the Aldi, where he encountered the driver of the SUV, who was waiting in the vehicle with his 3-year-old son while his wife and another child were inside shopping.

After forcing his way into the SUV, Kelley pointed his pistol at the man’s son and ordered the man to drive him to Merwin Liquors, which is in the same strip mall as the Aldi, the BCA report said.

Once outside the liquor store, Kelley exited the vehicle and the man in the SUV drove back to Aldi and called police.

Meanwhile, Kelley fired two shots through the liquor store’s front door, forced his way inside and assaulted its lone employee, who was eventually able to leave the store and call 911.

Police arrived about 7:10 p.m. and were told Kelley was still inside and armed with a handgun. When four officers entered the store and announced themselves, they were confronted by Kelley, who was holding the gun with both hands and pointing it at the officers, according to the BCA report.

After Kelley did not comply with commands to drop the gun, Hanson and Thomas shot him, the report said.

The officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived, but a gunshot wound to Kelley’s neck was fatal, according to a report by the Hennepin County medical examiner.

A .380-caliber pistol was found next to Kelley’s body.

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Orlando Magic win NBA draft lottery, come away with No. 1 pick

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Orlando Magic win NBA draft lottery, come away with No. 1 pick

The NBA draft lottery misfortune that’s surrounded the Orlando Magic for nearly 20 years has ended.

The Magic won Tuesday night’s draft lottery in Chicago, coming away with the No. 1 pick for the first time 2004.

After early success with the lottery, the Magic had either stayed at or fallen from their pre-lottery positioning in their last nine tries.

That trend ended, with the Magic, who entered Tuesday with the second-best odds of having a top-five pick, winning the lottery for the fourth time in the franchise’s history.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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