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Dan McKee gets vaccinated

Rhode Island’s governor should stop pretending we’re still in an emergency.

By Justin Katz | June 1, 2021 |

From nearly the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve argued that Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo abused her authority by declaring an emergency in order to give herself enhance powers. The emergency provisions in Rhode Island law are meant to be used to manage a desperate circumstance in which there is no time to handle a situation…

Orrin Hatch tweets Clarence Thomas clip

“I’ve never run from bullies. I never cry uncle. And I’m not going to cry uncle today, whether I want to be on the Supreme Court or not.”

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2021 |

Orrin Hatch reminds America of an inspiring moment from Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 (via Instapundit): “I’d rather die than withdraw. If they’re going to kill me, they’re going to kill me.” One of the most important and iconic moments of Justice Thomas’s confirmation. It was a signal to the world that you…

Screenshot of online magazine with Speaker fire story

Left-wing terrorists claim to Abolition Media Worldwide that they torched Speaker Shekarchi’s office over legal evictions.

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2021 |

Terrorists can claim responsibility for anything bad that happens, especially when they do so anonymously.  Still, it’s an unexpected development to see this statement (labeled as “received by email”) on a website that bills itself as “an online news source for revolutionary movements, with information about militant actions, analysis, and features about local struggles from…

Panelists for Legal Insurrections Unity Not Division event

A broad coalition opposes critical race theory in our schools.

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2021 |

William Jacobson has posted video on Legal Insurrection of an event his organization sponsored addressing the move toward “critical race theory” activism, particularly in our towns and in our schools.  Here’s the 38-minute highlight video; the original post has the full video.

A soldier signals to hold

Our fallen heroes deserve a living memorial.

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2021 |

War’s character is recondite in the flow of history to a civilization that seeks to avoid it. War is at once utterly logical and senseless.  The examiner feels as if it must be possible to trace the chain of causes that sparked the bloodshed while thinking it incomprehensible that anything should ever burn so hot.…

Chase Gilroy mug shot

An arrest has been made in the Bristol “hate sticker” case.

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

By way of a follow up to my post questioning the news reports about “hate sticker” vandalism in Bristol, I note that an arrest has been made, and it looks like the person in the video from news reports was arrested after investigation.  The report does suggest that the videos showed the subjects placing the…

Infectious bronchitis virus

Don’t be so quick to dismiss all COVID-related deaths among children.

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

A couple weeks ago, I explained my hesitance to accept the  more-extreme declarations of Andrew Bostom, particularly that there have been no COVID deaths among children.  Two updates are worth making. I’ve clarified directly with the state Department of Health that one of the three deaths among Rhode Island children who tested positive for the coronavirus…

Ideology and mental health chart

It’s important to acknowledge the correlation between “liberalism” (meaning “progressivism”) and mental illness.

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

Writing in Evie magazine, Elizabeth Condra highlights a finding using Pew Research data: The study, which examined white liberals, moderates, and conservatives, both male and female, found that conservatives were far less likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues than those who identified as either liberal or even “very liberal.” What’s more, white women…

WalletHub map of best states for doctors

Another WalletHub list puts Rhode Island dead last: Best States to Practice Medicine

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2021 |

Christian Winthrop spotted the ranking recently for Newport Buzz: In order to help doctors decide where to practice, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. Their data set ranges from the average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to the quality of the public hospital system.…

ABC6 footage of Cranston home raid

Why wouldn’t the reports tell us whom the target of this political phishing scheme was?

By Justin Katz | May 28, 2021 |

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts put out a curious press release, yesterday, reporting the arrest of a 21-year-old woman from Cranston: Diana Lebeau, 21, of Cranston, R.I., was charged in an Information with attempted unauthorized access to a protected computer. Lebeau will make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston…