Coronavirus in one state (80)

Featured image The beat goes on in. The authorities attributed six new deaths to COVID-19 yesterday. Two of the new decedents were in their 90’s, two in their 80’s, one in his 70’s, and one in his 20’s (“with significant underlying conditions”). A total of 312 hospitalizations are attributed to the epidemic, with 151 of these in intensive care. The median age of decedents is 83. The daily total of new cases »

The Week in Pictures: Barr None Edition

Featured imageSometimes you close down the bar. And sometimes the Barr closes down you! I think Attorney General Barr should volunteer to do as many hearings as Democrats want. There are at least two Democratic ex-senators (McCaskill and Donnelly) who blame their loss in the 2018 election to the Democratic freak show over the Kavanaugh nomination. Here’s a fun idea for our Troller-in-Chief: suggest appointing Barr to the Supreme Court. Headlines »

The NBA gets low ratings on its return

Featured imageThe NBA resumed its season Friday night with two televised games. How were the ratings? Ethan Strauss of the The Athletic reports: After a four-and-a-half month absence, tons of lead-up media coverage regarding the bubble, with little competition on the airwaves and a schedule specially constructed to deliver us the draw of Zion Williamson, Pelicans-Jazz garnered 2.1 million viewers. For context, that’s roughly 400,000 fewer viewers than the average audience »

Portlandia Forever

Featured imageHaving spent a lot of time in Portland (I probably acquired a quarter of my rather too large library at Powell’s City of Books, where I’ve been coming out the front door with heavy full bags since 1977), I always regarded the TV show “Portlandia” as a documentary rather than fictional satire. Clearly the show needs a gritty reboot, with an episode that tries to lampoon the “Wall of Moms” »

No injustice, no peace

Featured imageDarren Wilson is the former Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, who assaulted him. The shooting was a wholly justified act of self defense. Yet, it triggered the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s fitting that a phony justice movement originated with a phony claim of police misconduct. Wilson has been cleared of any criminal conduct by a grand jury and by the Obama-Holder Justice Department. But »

Good News From Pennsylvania?

Featured imageThese days, we Republicans take our good news any way we can get it. This is from Pennsylvania: [T]here’s good news for the GOP: Registration shifts across the state show Republicans are gaining voters at five times the rate of Democrats. Since the 2016 primary election, Republicans have added about 165,000 net voters, while Democrats added only about 30,000. Democrats still maintain a 800,000-voter edge over Republicans. But that’s down »

Getting AFFH wrong

Featured imageWhen President Trump revoked President Obama’s oppressive AFFH rule, we all knew that Democrats and lefty media hacks like Eugene Robinson would accuse him of racism. But I didn’t expect conservative bloggers to support that claim. And I certainly didn’t expect anyone at Hot Air, my favorite conservative blog, to do so. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has been great on the AFFH issue. However, his colleague Allahpundit gets it wrong »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll is thinking MOSTLY PEACEFUL thoughts. She writes: People used to ask me when I was a standup comic: “Where do you get your material from?” That question came back to me when I pondered this topic. It was just after yelling at Mr. Ammo Grrrll (the famous novelist Max Cossack) in total frustration because I was trying to type in a security code for my Humana Pharmacy’s disembodied »

YouTube Throws In the Towel

Featured imageI related here the fact that YouTube deleted the livestream of our program today with Heather Mac Donald, in which she demolished the anti-police myths propagated by the Marxist Black Lives Matter and other leftist elements. It was too much for YouTube to take, apparently. I appealed YouTube’s deletion of the video, and it didn’t take long for cooler heads to prevail. A little while ago, we got this email »

Trader Joe’s Mans the Ramparts After All

Featured imageWe noted in one of our Crazy Chronicles recently that Trader Joe’s was said to be following Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben in expunging product names (like “Trader Giotto” and “Trader Jose”) that someone—it turned out to be some hopped-up 17 year old kid—found offensive. Trader Joe’s has corrected the record with this announcement: A Note About Our Product Naming In light of recent feedback and attention we’ve received about »

The Truth About Policing and Race Is Too Hot for YouTube

Featured imageEarlier today, Center of the American Experiment hosted a live-streamed presentation by Heather Mac Donald titled “The Truth About Crime, Race and Policing.” Heather’s talk, which lasted for around 40 minutes, was fact-filled. It delivered a knockout punch to the Black Lives Matter “systemic police racism” narrative, which can’t stand up to empirical analysis. Thousands of people watched the livestream on an event page, on YouTube and on Facebook. We »

Biden Got It Wrong

Featured imageThat is an evergreen headline, of course. This time, the subject is the coronavirus. This Trump campaign ad is highly effective, for several reasons. First the ad, then a few comments: pic.twitter.com/DzCU5kF6Mm — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020 Mostly, the ad is effective because it makes a valid point. Joe Biden was slow to recognize the seriousness of the coronavirus, and opposed–for two months!–the simple step of blocking »

Reclaiming their time (remix)

Featured imageAs the old joke goes, it only hurts when I laugh. It therefore hurts to watch this mashup of the House Judiciary Democrats “reclaiming their time” from Attorney General Barr in the course of their performative displays at the hearing earlier this week. It nevertheless must be done. In its own way this may be the best commentary yet on the Democrats’ disgrace under the leadership of the nattering Mr. »

D.C. Circuit will rehear the Flynn-Sullivan case en banc

Featured imageAfter a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn before Judge Sullivan had ruled on the motion, Sullivan petitioned for review by the full D.C. Circuit. Two of the three judges on the panel were appointed by Republicans. By contrast, most of the judges on the full court were appointed by »

We’re In Good Company

Featured imageI wrote earlier about YouTube’s latest act of censorship: they have deleted our video of Heather Mac Donald demonstrating that there is no epidemic of police racism directed at black men. Heather’s conclusion is an indisputable fact, but it undermines a key narrative that the Democrats are counting on in November, so YouTube doesn’t want the word to get out. Social media companies censor all the time. The striking thing »

Our own no-go zone

Featured imageThe civic dissolution of Minneapolis proceeds apace under one-party rule. It’s essentially Democrats all the way down, with an occasional Green Party or Legal Marijuana Now member thrown in for good measure. The Minneapolis police have gone into a defensive crouch, and who can blame them? They have precisely no support among the political class. The abdication of the Star Tribune plays its own part in the civic dissolution. The »

Trump at his worst

Featured imagePresident Trump is at his worst when he asserts a moral equivalence between America and Russia. Trump asserted such an equivalence during an interview with Bill O’Reilly in 2017. Trump told O’Reilly that he respected Vladimir Putin. O’Reilly objected by noting that Putin is a killer. Instead of explaining the ways in which Putin nonetheless might deserve some form of respect, Trump’s response was: “There are a lot of killers. »