Coronavirus in one state (153)

Featured image Having awaited the courtesy of a reply for eight days, I found it anti-climactic yesterday to receive the mostly unresponsive answers to my questions submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health in the early morning hours of February 1: 1. Question: Please provide the data you have compiled bearing one way or the other on the effectiveness of your 5-point plan to reduce spread of the epidemic in long-term care »

Vaccination lessons

Featured image Today, the Washington Post ran a lengthy article about the low coronavirus vaccination rate in mostly-Black Prince George’s County, Maryland. Only 4 percent of that county’s population has received a first dose of the vaccine, the lowest percentage in the state. Yet, PG County is the Maryland county hardest hit by the pandemic, according to the Post. Is PG County’s low vaccination rate due to racism or discrimination against Blacks. »

Supreme Court enjoins some California restrictions on worship

Featured image Last night, the Supreme Court ordered California to allow churches to resume indoor worship services. However, California is permitted to limit attendance to 25 percent capacity. In addition, the state’s ban on singing and chanting at religious services can remain in place for now. The Court fractured over these matters. Justices Thomas and Gorsuch would have enjoined the entire set of restrictions imposed by California. Justice Alito would have done »

Liberalism flirts with reality

Featured image I was struck by this passage in the New York Times article quoted by Steve in his “Liberalism Meets Reality” post: More progressive and technocratic countries — with both center-left and center-right leaders, like Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea — were doing a better job containing the pandemic [than countries with populist, right-wing governments like Brazil, Britain, Russia and the U.S.]. What, exactly, does the »

What We Are Doing to Our Young People Is a Crime

Featured image As I have written before, it is too bad that some people in their 70s, 80s and 90s are dying prematurely from the Wuhan virus. But the manner in which we are devastating the lives of our young people, ostensibly in response to that illness, is a crime. Across America, schools have shut down, largely at the instigation of far-left but deeply entrenched teachers’ unions. “Remote learning” has been a »

Liberalism Meets Reality, Ch. 12,186

Featured image Watching American liberalism in action always reminds me of Churchill’s observation about Stanley Baldwin: “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.” For confirmation look no further than today’s unintentionally hilarious headline for a David Leonhardt column in the New York Times: “The Left’s Vaccine Problem.” No, it isn’t a story about how our pharmaceutical industry has failed us »

Democratic Governors Have Devastated Their States

Featured image Over the past year, there has been a pretty clear divide between liberal governors, who almost without exception imposed irrationally harsh covid lockdown measures, and conservative governors, who generally took a more nuanced and pro-freedom approach. The data are now in, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they tell a story that cannot be misinterpreted. My colleague Martha Njolomole created these charts. First, job losses in December 2020. »

How the EU Bungled the Vaccine [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Most Americans probably don’t know it, but the European Union rollout of covid vaccines has been a fiasco. Now that a Democrat is safely in the White House, the story of how much better the U.S. has performed can be told. Watch for it, coming soon to the New York Times. This is from Steve’s post immediately below: Equally interesting, however, is what has happened within Europe. At the Telegraph, »

Cuomo’s Covid policy still driven by his hospital donors

Featured image What could explain Andrew Cuomo’s bizarre decision to force sick nursing home residents to return to these homes, where they spread the Wuhan coronavirus to residents trapped there? The most plausible explanation I’ve heard is that Cuomo was doing a favor for big hospitals that, given the scope of the pandemic, preferred not to treat these people. Why do big hospitals a favor? Because they are part of Cuomo’s donor »

The DeSantis dissent

Featured image Michael Brendan Dougherty asks “Again: Where Does DeSantis Get His Apology?” and embeds Guy Benson’s comparison of Florida with New York (below). Dougherty also links ot the New York Times story “9 Top N.Y. Health Officials Have Quit as Cuomo Scorns Expertise.” Cuomo’s quarrels with his public health officials are not exactly the most scandalous element of his clownish rule and voluble self-love, but it is an angle that plays »

Coronavirus in one state (152)

Featured image Star Tribune commentary editor D.J. Tice perfectly captured the public face of of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in his weekend column “Taxing the rich is tricker than it seems.” It is one that I have tried to capture several times in this series. Tice observed: “Gov. Tim Walz is a man of many words. He invested a hefty surplus of verbiage last week while touting his new budget proposal to »

The karma cometh

Featured image In an American Thinker post Tom Lifson poses the question “Is karma coming calling for Killer Cuomo?” Tom notes: Disgraceful as was Cuomo’s sending thousands to death, his lies and excuses blaming everyone but himself for the carnage are even more repulsive, at least on a rhetorical level. In an epic Twitter thread, Tom Elliott chronicles the cowardly and mendacious antics of the son of a guv. Read the whole »

The quotable Cuomo

Featured image The New York Post reports Governor Andrew Cuomo’s memorable response to “the damning state attorney general’s report that revealed his administration downplayed the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19” (video in tweet below). Cuomo explained, “A third of all deaths in this nation are from nursing homes,” Cuomo said. “New York state, we’re only about 28 percent — only — but we’re below the national average in »

Coronavirus in one state (151)

Featured image In the settlement of my lawsuit against them last year, the authorities at the Minnesota Department of Health agreed to respond to three questions a week from me in the same fashion that they respond to questions submitted by other reporters. My lawsuit stood at the intersection of politics, public policy, and First Amendment/free press that on which this series has centered. MDH’s handling of my questions is located at »

Cuomo significantly undercounted coronavirus nursing home deaths

Featured image New York’s Attorney General has found that the state underreported Wuhan coronavirus deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent. The AG’s report is here. Why the discrepancy? Because the official count did not include nursing home residents who died at the hospital. How convenient. In addition, some nursing home officials attributed deaths of infected residents to other causes. How convenient. The official count isn’t meagre. It now »

They Don’t Embarrass Easy

Featured image The sinister role that teachers’ unions play in our society has come clearly into focus, as our children’s lives have been devastated by needless school closures across the country. These closures–still in effect in most places, despite all scientific evidence that they are both unnecessary and harmful–largely reflect the power of the teachers’ unions. They evidently want to get paid, without ever entering a classroom again. This video was produced »

Variants and variations

Featured image Since the onset of the current pandemic about a year ago, I have referred to the disease causing the havoc as the “Wuhan coronavirus.” Doing so has two virtues. It identifies the culprit as a virus and it states where the virus originates. “COVID” does neither. At first, the mainstream media seemed to be okay with “Wuhan coronavirus.” But then came the “memo.” To say “Wuhan” or “China” in connection »