Denmark shows how socialism creates a permanent underclass.

A July episode of the Econtalk podcast is worth your time.  University of Chicago Economist James Heckman (a Nobel Laureate) and host Russ Roberts discuss the former’s research on social mobility in Denmark, a country with frighteningly detailed data on all of its citizens.  Here’s a key point worth teasing out, from Heckman (emphasis added): … Denmark…

Copenhagen, Denmark
Nobody’s talking about the key takeaway from Biden’s monoclonal antibody treatment distribution.

Folks are debating the justification and impetus for the Biden administration to grant access to monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 not strictly according to need.  Ryan Saavedra reports for The Daily Wire: [Biden spokeswoman Jen] Psaki then said that the treatments are used after a person becomes infected and said that the way to save more…

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A blackout seems to be in place for talk of natural immunity.

Musing about the Nicki Minaj/COVID vaccine kerfuffle, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds writes: So for the record, I’m not particularly concerned with the safety of the vaccines. The Insta-Daughter even took part in one of the clinical trials. But I am particularly concerned with the government-fostered bullying and intimidation aimed at anyone who doesn’t follow the party line. If Nicki…

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A young entrepreneur in the trades shows how the economy ought to work.

The story of Canadian plumber Noah Fladager, as related by Louise Bevan in The Epoch Times, illustrates exactly the ideal around which public policy should be formed: A young plumber, and father, who quit a secure job to go solo is celebrating the fruits of his labor. Not only does he now employ others, but he’s…

Thought for the RIGOP: When the foundation is crumbling, that’s your priority.

During our weekly political segment, yesterday, John DePetro raised questions about the fact that the Rhode Island Republican Party does not yet have a candidate to announce for the upcoming gubernatorial race.  Chairwoman Sue Cienki has said an announcement is expected soon, but John raises a good point.  There are no obvious candidates, which means…

A baby elephant
On COVID, why can’t we just say, “Our work is done?”

Although skepticism about Frank Luntz is certainly justified, and although one might worry that the governor gets his news from CNN, it’s encouraging to read that Dan McKee is thinking in these terms: As McKee spokesman Matt Sheaff tells the story: The governor heard Luntz on CNN “talking about … work he was doing with…

Dan McKee gets vaccinated
What makes Rep. Gregg Amore’s run for Secretary of State worrying is how unobjectionable it is.

It’s telling that state Representative Gregg Amore (D, East Providence) announced his campaign for Secretary of State at East Providence High School.  Per his official General Assembly biography, Amore graduated from that school, returned for a career as a history teacher there, and remains its athletic director. He’s pretty much the classic Rhode Island candidate,…

Representative Gregg Amore
Clearing homeless encampments on busy roads is the minimal backstop against progressive deterioration.

In an all-too-familiar sequence of events, progressives made social media noise to shame a politician with whom they disagreed — in this case, Providence City Councilman Nicholas Narducci, who helped the city clean up a homeless encampment under a Rt. 146 overpass — and the news media jumped right in to tow their line, framing…

Rt 146 in Providence during homeless encampment cleanup
The botched drone attack was much worse than a standard collateral damage incident.

The details of the U.S. drone strike on a humanitarian worker in Afghanistan are horrific: The U.S. acknowledged reports of civilian casualties and said they may have been caused by secondary explosions. The family said when the 37-year-old Zemerai, alone in his car, pulled up to the house, he honked his horn. His 11-year-old son…

Drone strike aftermath
Conservative redistributionists consider something progressive redistributionists don’t: human nature.

When Ray Rickman mentioned his support for progressive wealth redistribution during his State of the State conversation with Mike Stenhouse, Sten didn’t want to redirect the conversation into that debate, only mentioning (because he couldn’t not say anything, of course) that the big question is who the angels are to decide when enough is enough.  If…

A man sips espresso with a view
Parents have to stand up for their kids’ rights, as they’re doing in Rhode Island, but beware the judiciary and media.

It’s encouraging to see that some families in Rhode Island have had enough and are willing to take to court to defend their civil rights, as Kim Kalunian reports on WPRI: Sixteen parents and grandparents have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Dan McKee over his statewide school mask mandate. The complaint, filed in Providence Superior…

Representative David Morales and Senator Sam Bell are overt socialists.

Literally.  Here’s the headline of an interview they did with Jacobin, an explicitly socialist magazine: “Socialist Legislators Are Taking on Rhode Island’s Ultraconservative Democrats.” It shows you how frighteningly radical these people are that they say, apparently with a straight face, that Rhode Island’s leading Democrats are “ultraconservative.”  Naturally, this is standard language for Bell, who…

David Morales and Sam Bell with a socialist symbol
Here’s what you do if you’re angry at Anthony Silva’s $53,000 parting gift.

Departing Democrat Governor Dan McKee’s administration under the cloud of an influence peddling scandal, former Chief of Staff Anthony Silva is taking with him a $53,000 payout for unused time off, according to Eli Sherman on WPRI.  This benefit is always an issue when government employees leave office for some controversial reason, and the public is…

Ivan Vladimirov's Night Robbery of Humanitarian Aid
A prime example of controlling the present to control the past to control the future.

Owing to the fact that a local union official and I have the same name, I’ve been peripherally following a controversy in Boca Raton, Florida, involving an unnamed teacher who was suspended for showing his high school history class Civil War–era political imagery, including the one used as the featured image for this post.  These…

Racist Democrat Party poster from the Civil War era
This spirit is growing (we need some in Rhode Island).

Between vulgar anti-Biden chants at athletic events and these billboards in Pennsylvania, a movement seems to be building.

Sure does seem Big Tech supports fascism wherever it can be found.

Somehow, this seems at odds with the strong hand Big Tech has brought to bear against people it claims are trying to undermine elections in the United States:

Following Russia’s demand that Apple and Google remove the tactical voting app, and then threats of fines, Apple and Google have dropped the “Smart Voting” app in the country.

The app, devised by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was intended to boost candidates with the best chance of succeeding against incumbents. Apple and Google’s removal came just hours before election voting was due to begin.

The unifying principle seems to be that the tech oligarchs give preference to powerful people who prioritize the exertion of power.  Not really that surprising, actually.

The marketing of the vaccine is tellingly off.

While I’m touching on Instapundit Glenn Reynolds’s insights on the vaccine and marketing thereof, this point is interesting:

A lot of people are afraid of needles — some say it’s over 25% of the population. Does every story featuring the “jab” (maybe also bad marketing — “jab” doesn’t sound very gentle) have to feature a needle? If your goal is to encourage people to be vaccinated, does it make sense to accentuate the part of the process that lots of people fear, and that nobody really enjoys?

True enough, but the question in response is:  What’s the alternative, at least for the people pushing the virus?  Think of every commercial for a medicine.  What’s the presentation?  It’s always freedom… freedom from the suffering and anxiety of the illness.  But the people pushing the vaccine don’t want to sell freedom.  That’s arguably the opposite of their motivation.

So they fall back on a message that, given their personalities, they find persuasive:  everybody else is doing it.

Are childless climate alarmists an example of evolution in action?

From Peter Malbin on Newsmax:

A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet found that 39% of young adults reported feeling uncertain about having children, given the state of the environment and the added carbon footprint brought by having children.

The Lancet polled about 10,000 older teenagers and young adults to ascertain how climate change is affecting mental health, and found that the majority were “very” or “extremely” worried about the effects of rising global temperatures.

Putting the legitimacy of climate alarmism, specifically, aside, this finding indicates that 39% of young adults don’t have a framework for understanding the value of children and, for that matter, the meaning of life… at least the meaning of human life.

That’s not a healthy trait in a species.

The Taliban is forcing women out of jobs and into the kitchen.

It’s weird how American progressives can tolerate no conservative policies in other American states to accommodate a different level of respect for human life, greater acknowledgment of natural and traditional qualities of genders, and more reverence for religious freedom, but news like this is apparently not an issue:

The Taliban terrorist group has ordered the majority of women employed in Kabul’s city government to exit the workforce and remain at home, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital announced on Sept 19.

During his first press briefing since being appointed by the Taliban, interim Kabul Mayor Hamdullah Namony said that women must remain at home regardless of their employment status, pending a further decision.

It’s almost as if their stated principles and self-professed enhanced empathy for distant people is a bunch of politically motivated baloney.

Odd how the politics of Democrats tend to harm minorities.

As Glenn Reynolds points out on Instapundit:

Yes, we’re told it’s a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” but the unvaccinated are disproportionately black. They’re disproportionately in hospitals and ICUs, and they’re disproportionately dying, and they’re disproportionately affected by the Democrats’ playing politics with antibody treatments.

And, of course, they’re disproportionately affected by Democrat-backed vaccine-passport requirements.

If you’re curious, this nationally valid observation is true in Rhode Island, too.  As of this writing, about 56% of white Rhode Islanders are fully vaccinated, along with 52% of Hispanics.  Black Rhode Islanders, however, are only vaccinated at a rate of 48%.

The bright Amazon cloud in Johnston does have a dark shadow.

It would be difficult to argue against welcoming an Amazon distribution center in Johnston.  That’s a lot of money that will flow into Rhode Island and one of its municipalities.

There’s even an important and encouraging observation to be made about the fact that it will be in Johnston, with its conservative-Democrat mayor, Joe Polisena.  An electorate that would elect such chief executive — as opposed to a place like Providence, that may without notice elect a socialist — is a sign of stability and reasonableness to a massive company planning an investment of tens of millions of dollars over decades.

The concern is this:  Amazon is going to immediately be a major player (read, “special interest”) in Rhode Island politics.  The other special interests (unions, Democrats, environmentalists) will all make out alright, no doubt, but the average person and small businesses are going to find themselves being ushered a little more toward the back of the bus.

Teachers unions shouldn’t be training members on how to subvert “parent groups.”

A story in Not the Bee about a teachers union seminar about handling “nice white parents” comes out of Pennsylvania, but one can be sure that Rhode Island unions are talking about how to “limit the power” of “parent groups.”

This should be broadly scandalous, which may indicate that most unions across the country have been smart enough not to publish fliers about such things.  As the Washington Examiner tweets, “no other race or ethnic group is subjected to such a curriculum and government-endorsed demonization.”

Magaziner running from the podium after announcing a run for governor has become typical crafting.

The bottom line is that the news media supports progressive Democrats, so its practitioners are not anxious to press their candidates when they decline to answer questions in the service of crafting the news stories.  That’s why it’s entirely natural for Rhode Island General Treasurer to hold a press conference announcing his expected run for governor and then walk away having provided reporters with his canned material.

Magaziner is a consummate Democrat insider, and his time as treasurer has been characterized by the constant PR focus.  In that way, he’s very much the Raimondo-style candidate of this race, although with lighter credentials and less proven competence.

If necessary to see the tyranny, reverse the political parties.

Let’s be blunt about it:  the January 6 protesters being treated so poorly are political prisoners.  In the United States.  Reverse the parties, and we’d be hearing nonstop mainstream media proclamations about how Biden is “literally Hitler.”  The government is actually arguing that stay-at-home-parents are more of a terrorist threat!

When profiling claims another victim.

Michael Morse tells a cute story about how he used his one phone call from prison to explain to his future wife why he had missed their date.  Before going on read how he tells it and come back.  Here’s the summary with the key details for this post.

Morse was racially profiled as some other white guy and asked for ID.  That turned out to have consequences, because he had missed a court summons for driving with an expired license.

I can testify from experience that these sorts of things happen to young men who are still trying to figure out how to balance respect for the rules with the challenges they present.  So, you take a risk, and sometimes that leads to the next step in enforcement.

Now change his race, and way people would tell the story changes.  The way the participants engage in the incident changes, too.  Maybe indignation even turns into confrontation and tragedy.  Then political drama increases the likelihood of conflict in other cases.

Kinda starting to feel like things are falling apart more than people are acknowledging.

Months to get a car part.  No juice boxes at the super market.  Computer prices shooting up.  Paper towels disappearing from BJ’s.  And now simple bloodwork has to be scheduled weeks in advance.

Any chance I’d feel like the only person observing these phenomena if there were a Republican in the White House?

Contrasting coverage when people lie to the FBI is instructive.

Remember the massive coverage and overheated rhetoric (continuing to this day) when the FBI tangled General Michael Flynn into a “false statement”?  Compare that memory with this just-the-facts coverage of a Democrat National Committee lawyer’s predicament in the New York Times.  

The headline is in the passive voice: “Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties.”  The lede emphasizes that “he denies wrongdoing.”  The reporters imply that the matter is only newsworthy because, if it goes forward, the case “is likely to attract significant political attention,” in true “Republicans pounce” fashion.  Oh, and by the way, “an indictment is not a certainty.”

The New York Times treated such “political attention” cases quite differently when the people in the spotlight were on the other side, with headlines like:  “Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation,” “What (if Anything) Does Carter Page Know?,” and “Ongoing Trump Migraine: His Initial Foreign Policy Team.”

The Times led the way in drumming up scandal, making them seem real rather than “political,” and pinning things on President Trump.  Now they’re doing the opposite.

Elorza bowing out of the gubernatorial race was the right thing to do.

GoLocalProv is reporting that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza won’t be following through with his plan to seek the governor’s office.  It’s the obvious move to make, given the state of political play in the state right now.  I suppose it would be too much to hope, however, that Elorza has realized he’s out of his depth already and the governor’s office would only be more so.  It boggles my mind that some of these people even want to go down this path.

A NY judge has halted healthcare worker vaccine mandates in that state.

At least the Northeast isn’t completely gone.  Particularly encouraging, here, is how deeply the lawsuit is framed in terms of our complete loss of rights under perpetual “emergency” declarations.

Tucker puts the Milley scandal bluntly: treason.

This is surreal and shocking:

Add it to the sense that public health experts, right down to people’s doctors (anecdotally) seem to be following political winds in their advice related to COVID-19, and it sure feels like our society is drifting in a stormy sea.  The people in roles meant to safeguard our democracy are proving that their support for the principle is contingent on their getting their own way on the important things.

Read the last paragraph first in mainstream stories about anti-vax tragedies.

The story of Ray DeMonia is floating around social media.  The short version is that the Alabama man had a heart attack, but it took so long for his family to find a hospital with a cardiac ICU bed (because they were all occupied by people who hadn’t gotten the COVID vaccine) that he died.

An NPR story clarifies that this was the explanation his family wrote into his obituary.  What’s remarkable is that this was left to the very end of a relatively long news article:

A Cullman Regional Medical Center spokesperson, who declined to give specifics of DeMonia’s case citing privacy concerns, confirmed to NPR that DeMonia was transferred from CRMC, but said the reason was that he required “a higher level of specialized care not available” at the hospital.

Wait for facts, folks.  The lost credibility of public health officials and vax advocates is hurting the cause of vaccination.

When seconds count…

Add this to the list of progressive policies’ harmful effects:

According to The Oregonian, people dialing 911 are often left waiting over two minutes for their call to be answered, far longer than the national standard of 15 to 20 seconds.

People calling 911 to report a Sept. 4 shootout at a Pearl District restaurant and other emergencies in the following half-hour waited an average of more than 7.5 minutes before a dispatcher answered, The Oregonian reported, adding that this was just “the latest example of serious problems plaguing the city’s emergency dispatch system.”

More chaos and violence (cough… Antifa… cough) is producing more calls at the same time the ideological sources of that chaos demand less policing, which is also inspiring people to leave law enforcement.

Somehow, this feels related to the New York hospital system closing its maternity unit because it’s losing staff over its vaccine mandate.

Clueless Biden copies Trump’s first-responders photo-op and gets photo bombed.

Priceless.  And photos are from two angles, so it’s really unheard of Photoshopping if it’s fake.

Typical obnoxiously dishonest and divisive Biden.

Thursday, issue one of the most direct rhetorical assaults on tens of millions of Americans that most of us have ever heard from the White House.  Friday, call for unity and respect… on the same day news comes out that he accidentally drone-killed an ally and his young children during a performative counterattack against ISIS.

Anybody buying it?  You couldn’t write a fictional character this bad, because nobody would believe it.

Bette Midler’s pro-abortion no-sex pledge sums things up really well.

This is too perfect:

“I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress,” Midler said on Twitter while responding to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 vote to deny an emergency request to block the Texas law, deemed by critics as the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country.

First, if pro-abortion women stop having sex, then the problem of abortion is largely solved.  See, in almost all cases, women can choose not to do that which produces children if they aren’t willing to give birth to them when they’re conceived.

But second, note the logical consequence of Midler’s position.  Withholding sex for abortion policy implies that sex — and, therefore, abortion — is primarily for the benefit of men.

Fight the patriarchy!

A stack of boxes outside a door

Politics This Week with John DePetro: In and Out of Power and Everything In Between

John and Justin talk about people and groups that are in and out of political races and trends.

A soldier signals to hold

Dr. Tim Shafman on Oncology and Erik Wallin on Operation Stand Down

Two interviews from today’s John Loughlin Show on WPRO.

Man in PPE

Natural immunity is better, but not as much as Bostom says.

Once again, Andrew Bostom overstates his case on COVID, but making an attempt to come up with better estimates raises the question of why government is responding with the heavy hand that it’s using.

First Circuit Court of Appeals building

Haughty First Circuit Court Rebuffs Gaspee Project’s Appeal to Protect Donors

The First Circuit’s ruling in Gaspee vs. the Board of Elections is a bad omen, but the contempt the judges show is worse.

Ray Rickman and Mike Stenhouse on State of the State

State of the State: Ray Rickman for RI Senate

Ray Rickman and Mike Stenhouse discuss Rickman’s experience and plans if he’s elected to the state Senate.

A soldier signals to hold

Dr. Tim Shafman on Oncology and Erik Wallin on Operation Stand Down

Two interviews from today’s John Loughlin Show on WPRO.

Man in PPE

Natural immunity is better, but not as much as Bostom says.

Once again, Andrew Bostom overstates his case on COVID, but making an attempt to come up with better estimates raises the question of why government is responding with the heavy hand that it’s using.

First Circuit Court of Appeals building

Haughty First Circuit Court Rebuffs Gaspee Project’s Appeal to Protect Donors

The First Circuit’s ruling in Gaspee vs. the Board of Elections is a bad omen, but the contempt the judges show is worse.

Ray Rickman and Mike Stenhouse on State of the State

State of the State: Ray Rickman for RI Senate

Ray Rickman and Mike Stenhouse discuss Rickman’s experience and plans if he’s elected to the state Senate.

Image of COVID as planet Earth

Bostom’s COVID numbers are interesting, even if he misrepresents them.

The risks of COVID vaccines do justify objections to vaccine mandates, particularly among those who’ve already had the virus, but vaccines do appear to improve outcomes regardless.

Sign reading "You'll Get It Eventually"

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Open Questions About Mysterious Decisions

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk about inexplicable decisions being made in Rhode Island government and media.

The harmony between the ATF and the Taliban is discomfiting.

Contrast this news from the American Rifleman:

In June, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make nearly all firearms configured with a pistol stabilizing brace subject to the National Firearms Act, requiring taxation and registration of millions of lawfully acquired firearms. The proposal represents a dramatic shift in ATF treatment of pistol-stabilizing braces.

With this tweet from the Taliban’s spokesman (as translated by Twitter):

In Kabul, all those who have the means, weapons, ammunition and other government goods are informed to hand over the mentioned objects to the relevant organs of the Islamic Emirate within a week.

Jack Phillips, of Epoch Times, translates the tweet as implying “government-issued” weapons, but I’m not so sure it isn’t asserting that all weapons are government property.  Either way, confiscating weapons is a lot easier when there’s a list.


How can a free country force doctors to perform procedures they find morally wrong?

Matt Hadro reports for the Catholic News Agency:

The Catholic Medical Association has joined a lawsuit against a Biden administration rule that it says tramples the conscience rights of doctors opposed to gender-transitioning procedures.

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice effectively reinstating the “transgender mandate,” requiring doctors to perform gender-transitioning procedures upon the referral of a mental health professional. The requirement does not include exemptions for doctors opposed to the procedures for medical or conscience reasons.

In fairness, it isn’t difficult to make a devastating ad about the still-new Biden administration.

There needs to be a movie about the “Pineapple Express”

No, not a sequel, but a movie about the inspiring story coming out of Afghanistan about “an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the “Pineapple Express” to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety…”  Hollywood used to be able to turn inspired-by-real-life-events into a movie quickly (Casablanca was written & in theaters in less than a year), so it won’t come any time soon. But it is a reminder that not all Americans have given up on their allies and friends. They are true heroes.

We need this America back in charge sooner than later.

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