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- A COVID Border Battle
- Raising the Barr
- Memo to: Seattle Area Readers, and Yale Alums Everywhere
- Crime Wave [Updated]
- Corrupt St Louis prosecutor exposed again
|A COVID Border Battle
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 05:11 PM PDT
(John Hinderaker)Have shutdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus done any good? I doubt it. My guess is that in future years–once President Trump is safely out of office–a consensus will emerge that the shutdowns that U.S. governors have imposed, as the governments of a number of European countries, were a disastrous policy error. I think history will conclude that the shutdowns turned a relatively mild epidemic into a relatively mild epidemic plus a catastrophic economic setback, with adverse health consequences that approached and may even have exceeded, those of the virus.
In the ongoing debate over whether shutdowns have been useful, a comparison of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a valuable data point. These two adjoining states are of comparable population, demographics, history, and geography. A Wisconsinite is basically a Minnesotan without the smugness.
On the coronavirus, the states parted company on May 13, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down that state’s “Safer at Home” order. Minnesota, meanwhile, continued under a lockdown, eventually in modified form, to the present day. To an observer, the difference is obvious: Wisconsin is open for business. Minnesotans cross the St. Croix to eat out and hang out in the restaurants and bars on the Wisconsin side of the river. Wisconsin isn’t quite South Dakota, but compared with Minnesota it is a bastion of freedom.
What happened when Wisconsin’s courts lifted that state’s shutdown order? My colleague John Phelan has the story. Liberals associated with Minnesota’s Walz administration predicted a dire body count. Ken Martin is the Chairman of Minnesota’s DFL party, and Steve Sack is the editorial cartoonist for the DFL’s flagship newspaper, the Star Tribune:
Do cartoonists ever issue retractions or apologies? I suppose not. But Martin and Sack couldn’t have been more wrong. John Phelan picks up the story:
John concludes with a good question: “To what does Mr. Martin attribute our state’s woeful performance?” Martin will never answer that question, of course. But a large part of the answer is that Minnesota’s governor, Tim Walz, is stunningly incompetent. Minnesota’s terrible COVID performance is due mostly to the fact that nearly 80% of its fatalities have been in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Minnesota has discharged infected patients directly into such long term care facilities, a practice that Governor Walz, apparently unwilling to admit error no matter the human cost, continues to this day. (For an in-depth discussion of Minnesota’s COVID disaster, go here, or else read Scott’s multi-part series on Coronavirus In One State.)
Carnage in the nursing homes explains Minnesota’s terrible record compared with its neighbors, but it doesn’t answer the broader question: why, after 2 1/2 months, hasn’t Wisconsin seen the spike in deaths so confidently predicted by liberals when its shutdown ended?
One factor is that for young people, those under 25, COVID is less dangerous than the average seasonal flu. (Details at the link above.) So all those young people congregating in Wisconsin bars might be risking a cold, but they aren’t risking fatality. A state’s overall performance probably depends more than anything else on how well it protects its old people. Wisconsin has done a much better job of this than Minnesota, without restricting the rest of its population to their homes.
In any event, Wisconsin’s experience casts serious doubt on the claim that draconian shutdowns successfully prevent COVID fatalities.
|Raising the Barr
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 03:50 PM PDT
(Steven Hayward)We’ve been all over Attorney General Bill Barr’s adventures in congressional “oversight” this week, but as it happens I just received the summer issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, which is the academic journal of the Federalist Society. And the lead article in this issue is Barr’s Barbara Olson Memorial Lecture from last fall’s annual Federalist Society conference, which has the anodyne title, “The Role of the Executive.”
Don’t be fooled by that bland title. It is a terrific lecture, with many important themes, and extremely well-sourced. This passage in particular jumps out:
Barr really gets rolling later in the lecture. Like this:
No wonder Democrats are so angry with Barr. He has their number.
|Memo to: Seattle Area Readers, and Yale Alums Everywhere
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 03:18 PM PDT
(Steven Hayward)Here are two good opportunities for readers to express themselves in meaningful ways against the craziness of the moment.
First, for our Seattle area readers, next Monday the Seattle
Second, for our readers everywhere who are alumni of Yale University, you can help fight back against the relentless political correctness of Yale by supporting the petition candidacy of Victor Ashe for Yale’s Governing Board. Ashe was the longtime mayor of Knoxville, TN, and then served as U.S. ambassador to Poland, and he’s intent on shaking up Yale’s complacent and compliant leftism. (You can read his statement here.) Yale makes it cumbersome for a petition candidate to qualify for the ballot to be elected to the board; it requires 4,394 alumni signatures by October 1st, but Victor has already gathered over 2,400.
It’s been 18 years since Yale even had a petition candidate on the ballot and the last trustee elected in such a manner was William Horowitz (the first Jewish member of the board) in 1965. So if you’re a Yale alum who would like a practical way to register your displeasure with the state of things, you can sign the petition for Victor online here.
|Crime Wave [Updated]
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 02:12 PM PDT
(John Hinderaker)Is the Minneapolis Effect real? Check out these news stories from the last 24 hours, all collected at SupportMNPolice.com
Yesterday, Minneapolis’s 3rd Precinct (that is the one whose station was burned by rioters) sent out this memo to residents of the precinct:
100 robberies and 20 carjackings in July, in just one precinct. Minneapolis has been a crime-ridden city for a while, but the current attacks on law enforcement, accompanied by demands to dismantle the city’s police department, threaten to make it uninhabitable.
UPDATE: One more, via an email from a friend received a few minutes ago:
“Kids mugged.” Yeah, that will entice a lot of people to move to Minneapolis.
STEVE adds: The problem of soaring crime isn’t limited just to what we used to call “transitional” neighborhoods. It is affecting the University of Minnesota, too, where, naturally, the wokerati demanded that the U cut its ties with the police, with predictable results.
|Corrupt St Louis prosecutor exposed again
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 12:39 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)We have noted that, in addition to her many other defects, St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner is ethically challenged. She used contributions to her last campaign for personal expenses.
This may not have bothered George Soros, whose operation funded Gardner’s campaign, but it didn’t sit well with Missouri ethics regulators. They fined Gardner $63,009. In the end, she was able to get off for $6,314, but the violation stood, and Gardner apparently went on probation.
Unchastened, Gardner quickly returned to her old ways. From Ed Morrissey, I learn that, once in office, Gardner took a series of trips paid for by her left-wing backers, and that she failed to disclose this. KMOV, a CBS media outlet in St. Louis, says that Gardner’s junkets were “prolific and problematic,” at times interfering with her public duties. According to its sources, Gardner was unreachable on trips, making it difficult to get decisions made.
In 2018 and 2019, Gardner’s subsidized travels reportedly took her to Portugal, Connecticut, Texas, and Selma, Alabama. According to KMOV, she was required by law to report these trips but declined to do so.
KMOV’s sources say that Gardner’s junkets were paid for in full or in part by a leftist organization called Fair and Just Prosecution. This outfit has applauded many of Gardner’s actions, including the charges she brought against Mark and Patricia McCloskey for showing guns to protect their property from a mob.
Gardner is dreadful enough to have undertaken this prosecution without being influenced by outsiders. However, when a leftist group that pays for her personal expenses and travel desires the non-prosecution of rioters and the prosecution of those who protect their property from a mob, it’s reasonable to wonder whether Gardner’s prosecution decisions to these effects are being made in good faith.