“States of Emergency” are like catnip for government. Transparency rules get “relaxed” in “everyone’s best interest”, so government can “get things done”.
Of course, it’s not all “Emergency” stuff getting done. The Saint Paul City Council is jamming down an exquisitely expensive rework of Ayd Mill Road – a road that rides like an Andean goat path, whose repaving has been held hostage as the Right Crowd tries to get it turned into their pet path, a bikeway with one lane of car traffic in each direction rather than the current two-ish, at at least quadruple the cost.
And…whatdya know, the dog ate the public hearings.
This is life in a one-party town with an “emergency”.
Is “ICU bed” a technological term, a medical definition, or a billing code?
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not something like: “In order to receive reimbursement at ICU rate, the facility must pass a Level Three inspection and be certified as having X equipment and Y level of dedicated staff holding Z certificates, and located in a licensed facility.”
If that’s the reason there’s a hard limit in ICU beds – Medicare reimbursement rules instead of medical treatment requirements – then the politicians better hope word never gets out to the people laid off under this fake-martial law, or the next shortage will be pitchforks and torches.
On Friday, when Minnesota had 14 cases of the virus, Governor Walz announced schools would remain open because health care workers needed daycare so they could go to work and fight the virus. On Sunday, when Minnesota had 35 cases of the virus, Governor Walz closed the schools except for children of health care workers who need daycare so they can go to work to fight the virus. Everybody else’s kids, stay home. But not to halt the spread of the virus – no, it’s to give administrators time to figure out how to teach kids who aren’t in school.
Basically, this is another “in service” week, when teachers and administrators try to recreate the wheel that Phoenix University already invented, what every home-schooled parent already uses: distance learning.
Now. In the middle of the pandemic. Now, you start thinking about the possibility of doing something different. Now, after all those years of criticizing and belittling home-schoolers as ignorant and fearful racists, afraid their kids will catch cooties from The Other; now, you’re adopting their methods without admitting they were right all along.
And the Twin Cities media praised keeping the schools open as bold leadership on Friday; and praised the decision to close the schools as bold leadership on Sunday; without ever mentioning the two decisions made two days apart are completely contradictory.
Here’s an alternate possibility. St. Paul teachers were on strike last week. If the governor had closed the schools, they wouldn’t have been paid. So they quick settled the strike and now they’re back to work at full pay when the schools close. Lucky for them, they settled. Almost as if they were tipped off.
Speaking to a crowd on the Supreme Court steps, the leading Senate Democrat declared: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.” He meant Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the newest Justices who were appointed by President Trump.
Mr. Schumer was speaking before abortion-rights activists as the Supreme Court considers whether to curtail the ability of abortion providers to sue on behalf of women seeking abortions—a doctrine known as third-party standing. Mr. Schumer, still addressing Messrs. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, added: “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Between all the Democrats talk of eliminating or neutralizing the electoral college, making the Senate a popular body or illuminating it, and packing the supreme court and they’re not attacking it, it’s almost as if the Democrats have not the faintest interest in checks, balances and federalism.￼
Santa Clause: “Thanks for coming, Larry. I understand you’re not happy being an ordinary elf, making toys and wiggling your ears and saying “hee hee” and “ho ho” and stuff like that. Is it true?” Larry the Elf: “Oh, no, Santa. I love making toys and singing in the elf choir.” Santa: “Larry, this is me. Santa. I know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Straight up, Larry, are you happy in your work?” Larry: “Okay, yeah, it’s true. I’m tired of manual labor and I hate singing.” Santa: “So what would you like to do, instead?” Larry: “Well, Hermie got transferred to the dental clinic.” Santa: “You want to be a dentist?” Larry: “No, I want to be an accountant.” Santa: “It’s worse than I thought. Okay, tell you what. I’m creating a new position for “Regulatory Compliance Officer.” It’s a big responsibility but I’m sure you can handle it. Want to give it a try?” Larry: “Would I? Oh, thank you, Santa, it’s Christmas come early for me. I won’t let you down.”
Three weeks later . . . Larry: “Thanks for seeing me, Santa. I have a few things that need your decision.” Santa: “Sure thing, Larry, fire away.” Larry: “First off, I have letters from Norway, Greenland, Russia, and United States, all claiming jurisdiction over the North Pole and asserting we owe delinquent taxes. How should I respond?” Santa: “Tell them to pound snow.” Larry: “Our no-fault insurer wants to know if you use your sleigh in business and how many miles per year. Santa: “Refer them to Clement Moore, he documents all my travel arrangements.” Larry: “The INS denied your application for a one-night visit. Without a visa, we’ll have to cancel Christmas in America. What are you going to do?” Santa: “I aim to misbehave.” Larry: “Santa, I’ve got another hour’s worth of issues from liability waivers for walking on slippery roofs, to appeals from naughty children who didn’t get toys, to those animal-rights activists with the “Free Rudolph” signs. But I’m getting the impression that you don’t care about complying with regulations. So what’s the point of my job?” Santa: “You see, Larry . . . .” *** Choose your own story. What’s Santa’s reply? Joe Doakes
In the recent report outlining priorities for 2020, Gun Control is listed as number 2, above any policy that would drive down the cost of healthcare or increase access to patients. The priorities outlined by MMA include:
2. Prevent firearm injury and death a. Expand criminal background checks to all firearm transfers and sales b. Enact a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to protect those who may be a danger to themselves or others c. Authorize the use of firearm ownership data for public health research or epidemiologic investigation
Naturally, none of their proposals have anything to do with health.
It’s a further step down the path toward “progressivizing” all institutions.
Pin Ups for Vets received an email from the San Diego Veterans Hospital on Monday banning the calendar and telling them the outfits of their volunteers must be scrutinized in advance. Additionally, the costumed volunteers will not be allowed to hand out their signature calendar. “It’s insulting that our outfits have to be preapproved,” Gina Elise told the WashingtonExaminer. “It feels like it’s discriminatory behavior. Is that happening with every single visitor that comes in the hospital?”
Hillary’s campaign denied it started the birther rumors to undermine Obama when she was running for the nomination. Skeptics wondered who benefited more than she? Arne Carlson denied he leaked the Jon Grunseth pool party story, after Carlson lost the Republican primary nomination to Grunseth. Skeptics wondered who benefited more than he? Joe Biden is slipping in the polls , in part because the media can’t stop talking about Trump and Ukraine and Biden’s son. What are the odds the Deep State informant whistleblower who leaked the story is actually an Elizabeth Warren plant? Who benefits more than she? Joe doakes
I have more than a hunch that all roads in the Deep State lead to some Democrat twerp or another.
Not to cast aspersions, since the only “evidence” I have is an uncanny coincidence.
But it seems almost uncanny, the way mouth-breathing “threats” “against” Rep. Ilhan Omar tend to pop up into the news when disorderly elements of the media start poking where they aren’t supposed to poke, into news of Rep. Omar’s marriage, philandering, campaign finance issues and tax problems.
Last week, as bits and pieces of the local DFL PR firm we call our “media” started to get shamed into, y’know, covering the news, and the depravity of DFL rank and file started edging into i headlines, , that this “death threat” suddenly ate up a news cycle or two:
Now, we don’t know who wrote this, and it’s for certain we’ll never find out due to local media’s efforts (although I’d like to know where William Davis was last week).
But of course, this takes us back to February, 2018 – on the hard-fought caucus night where Omar and the West Bank “progressive” machine needed to gin up turnout to beat out some strong “moderate” DFLers, this was “slipped under the doors” of some Cedar Riverside apartments by “Trump Supporters” who, notwithstanding the cameras and scads of Somali witnesses all over the place, seemed to disappear, zephyr-like, without a trace all night long:
The local party “community organizer” promised an investigation, which went as far and as fast as all ward heelers’ “investigations” always do.
John Stossel has a column up called “Free Stuff,” where he adds up the cost of Democrat presidential candidates’promises. They run into the hundreds of billions of dollars, and he points out that the nation could ever afford to tax everybody enough to pay for it. Except that’s not the plan. Democrats like AOC honestly believe money is obsolete. The government doesn’t have to print paper bills, ship them to warehouses, stuff them into ATMs and distribute them to the poor. Instead, government simply makes an electronic entry in the computer, which is electronically loaded to your EBT card, or electronically credited to your bank account, and suddenly, everyone has money. There’s no need to balance a budget, it’s all electrons and electrons are free. It’s like having a credit card with no limit and they never send you the bill.Why wouldn’t you spend as much as you could, buying everything you can imagine? What’s the downside? Joe Doakes
When Margaret Thatcher said that the problem with progressivism is that you always run out of other peoples’ money, the unspoken corollary was that they never believe they’ll run out of other peoples money…
This is why we need universal background checks. Because only federal law enforcement officials can be trusted to scrupulously follow the law at all times, keeping the rest of us safe from criminals who would buy illegal firearms over the internet.
I’m picturing DFL Representative John Lesch – he of the Capone suits and the junior-high demeanor – apparently believes that “legislative privilege” immunizes one from being a ghastly little entitled jagoff.
State Rep. John Lesch is not protected by “legislative immunity” in a defamation case brought against him by St. Paul city attorney Lyndsey Olson, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The decision allows Olson’s case to proceed. Olson sued Lesch last year after he sent a letter to incoming St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter criticizing her work history and judgment, saying she has a “track record of integrity questions and management problems.”
If you’re a commoner and you make statement of fact about someone that are false, that can damage their reputation and living, and are done with malicious disregard for fact, it’s actionable.
Lesch apparnetly believes that being an elected DFLer in a one-party city confers divine right.
To be fair, there’s not much about any urban DFLers experience that would teach ’em otherwise, under normal circumstances.
So maybe, just maybe, Lesch’s arrogance and stupidity went outside the norm?
Lesch, a Democrat who represents part of St. Paul, has sought to dismiss the suit, arguing in part that he has legislative immunity. He will file a petition in the next month with the Minnesota Supreme Court, his attorney Marshall Tanick said. “The Appellate Court construed the legislative immunity of legislators extremely narrowly, and we think that it’s more proper to take a broader view of what legislators do,” Tanick said. He said he hopes the Supreme Court decides to take up the case to provide “clarification and guidance” on legislative immunity.
If the SCOM rules that “legislative immunity” protects any (DFL) pol’s statement, anywhere, for any reason, no matter what the context, then it is time for someone to take a can of Raid to the whole enterprise.
American intelligence agencies confidently assured us that Saddam Hussein was acquiring weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States. That was false. A Republican Presidency was hobbled by claims that “Bush lied, people died.” American intelligence agencies confidently assured us that Candidate Trump was working with Russia to steal the election from Hillary. That was false. A Republican Presidency has been hobbled by an investigation into collusion. These are not trivial errors. Either American intelligence agencies are so incompetent we shouldn’t believe a word they say; or they’re so thoroughly politicized we shouldn’t believe a word they say. Both possibilities should be deeply troubling to every American. We need a deep, searching, thorough investigation to determine which one it is. Joe Doakes
It’s not just intelligence, either. How can you have a self-governing society when you don’t trust the institutions that enforce the laws, adjudicate disputes, or – in the case of the media – ostensibly hold government accountable?
If this were in a Blue state, you’d expect that to be, perhaps, the beginning of a piece of quixotic litigation by wronged conservatives.
But it’s a Red state. Justice actually happened:
The executive director of the Alaska human rights [what else? – Ed] commission has been suspended for 15 working days without pay for complaining on social media about a “Black Rifles Matter” sticker she believed to be racist on a vehicle in the commission’s Anchorage parking lot. Commission members voted 5-2 Friday to suspend Marti Buscaglia, effective Monday.
It’s worth noting that one of the dissenters thought the punishment was too lenient.
One thing you have to get down to paragraph five to find out – Buscaglia used her departments’ Facebook page for her “shaming”.
Buscaglia, a former newspaper publisher in Alaska and Minnesota, declined comment in an email to The Associated Press. Last month, Buscaglia saw the sticker on Linegar’s vehicle and posted a photo of it on the commission’s Facebook page asking, “In what world is this OK?” Linegar, who has a plumbing and heating business, has said the truck was his and that his company was doing repairs at the building that day. He has said that he understood the stickers to be about gun safety and “Second Amendment awareness.” In his statement to the AP, Linegar said Buscaglia should never have made those comments on social media. “If she wanted to simply have a conversation with me, then a note to that effect could have been left on my windshield. Instead, she saw fit to write a different type of note, put my truck on Facebook on the State page …,” he said.
Of course, this is in a hard red state.
In Connecticut, California, or some parts of Minnesota, Linegar would have a SWAT team – figurative or literal – breaking down his door, figuratively or literally.
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle implied without evidence Tuesday that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has something to hide and the president is blackmailing him over it. Graham has become one of the President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in the Senate, although he has criticized him for some key decisions, such as the military pullout from Syria. Ruhle seemed to imply there’s more to their relationship than politics, however, during a discussion about Graham with former Rep. David Jolly and professor Eddie Glaude. “Before Don got elected, Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a racist, xenophobic bigot. Those are Lindsey Graham’s words,” Jolly said. “I doubt Lindsey Graham could tell you Donald Trump has had a change of heart in the last 24 months, I bet the change of heart has been with Lindsey Graham, not the president.” “Or it could be that Donald Trump or somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham,” Ruhle replied. “We’re gonna have to leave it there.” The smirk Ruhle produced when she spoke suggests she was referring to rumors about Graham’s sexuality, which some Democrats have been trumpeting anew recently. Jon Cooper, chairman of the Democratic Coalition super PAC, explicitly accused Graham on Saturday of letting himself be blackmailed for “some pretty serious kink.”
The welfare state – in the US, the state that was put in place by Lyndon B Johnson’s “Great Society” – isn’t so much about “solving poverty” as it is about “making poverty a permanently sustainable state that can be exploited for political gain”.
We can argue the specifics, and maybe even the conclusion.
But let’s say that was not the case; if the Democrats weren’t trying to build a permanent underclass beholden to them with the welfare state, how would you better design such a thing as one would with the Great Society?
Over the past two years, there’s been an epidemic of violence perpetrated by people on the left against Republicans, conservatives, Trump supporters, and anyone else the left considers untermensch.
Some liberals, to be fair, decry the violence – but not only do you have many high-profile liberals calling for it, and calling for more, but many more quibble that it actually happens, or that it’s really as bad as the victims say it is.
MoveOn.org was made for moments like 20 years ago, when an aging lothario was facing impeachment, and Democrats with deep pockets wanted to defend his administration and power from his own arrogant excess.