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A translation error on the Virginia Department of Health’s website apparently has been advising Spanish readers they don’t need the coronavirus vaccine. 

The issue arose during a Virginia Vaccination Advisory Workgroup telemeeting when a member of the group said her students at George Mason University discovered the error. The English passage advised that the  vaccine was not mandatory, while the translatoin indicted “not necessary.”  The error could have had serious consequences in a pandemic where Latinos are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19..

Words matter–in every language.  


Two members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors are calling for the resignation of Del. Dave LaRock (R-33d), asserting that he continues to spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election. LaRock attended at least two Stop the Steal rallies — on Nov. 15 in Loudoun County and Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. — supporting claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 presidential election. The Loudoun branch of the NAACP has also called upon him to step down.

LaRock said he condemns “in the strongest possible terms those who forced entry into the Capitol. . . . He went on, “Unfortunately, there was a small element who likely infiltrated this patriotic group for the purpose of inciting violence,” referring to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. “It is highly likely that reports of people who had the audacity to forcefully enter the Capitol building were paid provocateurs sent in to taint an otherwise orderly protest.”

In an earlier trespassing case, a Loudoun couple allege that on Oct. 11, LaRock lectured the woman about her religious position on minority groups and told her she would “meet her maker soon.” The couple said he also drove his SUV directly at her, accelerating as he neared her. The next day, LaRock allegedly entered their property “with the intent to destroy property,” according to the complaint. He allegedly cut a chain and removed a gate on the couple’s property. He faces four misdemeanor counts. 

Like the Simon & Garfunkel song, I am a rock, I am an island; a fortress deep and mighty; that none may penetrate. Including common sense.


Rich Anderson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and a former Woodbridge-area state delegate, claimed on social media that anecdotal evidence exists that “antifa” helped storm the Capitol building, despite law-enforcement’s assertions, including from DOJ, that there is no evidence they played a role in the attack. According to Anderson, he was told by people present during the attack that the group leading the charge in the Capitol building used the “signature” tactics of antifa and other leftist groups.” Anderson’s assertion about antifa also contradicted that of GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who, on the House floor, rejected reports of antifa leadership in the riot.   

Anderson also expressed his strong support for President Donald Trump and for “the thousands who rallied peacefully.”

Anderson declined to answer questions about the social media post. GOP anecdotal evidence. What else do we need? Simon and Garfunkel’s lyrics similarly describe this chair: I am shielded in my armor; hiding in my room, safe in my womb; and a rock feels no pain.  






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