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    05/19/2020 4:23:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 19,2020 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    It seemed to me that the prospects aren’t good because Sullivan hasn’t yet ruled on the government’s motion to dismiss. I hope I’m wrong. The petition Powell filed on Gen. Flynn’s behalf does not mince words. Here are the key passages regarding dismissal of the case against Flynn: Petitioner, through no fault of his own, has been drawn into a Kafkaesque nightmare that is a cross between The Trial and In the Penal Colony. He has been subjected to deception, abuse, penury, obloquy, and humiliation. Having risked his life in service to his country, he has found himself the target...

    05/19/2020 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Renkluaf · 67 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5/19/20 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Last week we noted that hiking is now considered tainted by historical racism. Hiking. On mountain trails. Well move over you racist hikers. Make room for racist . . . (checks notes) joggers! Because jogging is racist, too. “Jogging Has Always Excluded Black People,” Natalia Mehlman Petrzela tells us in the New York Times: Running has been a pastime marketed primarily to white people ever since “the jogging craze” was born in the lily-white Oregon track and field world of the late 1960s. Black people have not only been excluded from the sport — one survey by Running USA found...
  • To Mask or Not to Mask?

    05/17/2020 7:37:32 AM PDT · by redfog · 253 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 16, 2020 | John Hinderaker
    In the absence of any substantial scientific support, face mask wearing has become a largely political act. If you love authority, if you need to be told what to do–right or wrong!–you probably are wearing a mask. If you tend to be skeptical of authority (or if you remember that not long ago, the authorities were telling us not to wear masks), you likely aren’t. Like so many things in America these days, wearing face masks is more a marker than a practical action.

    05/13/2020 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 13,2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Before becoming a judge, Gleeson was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he worked closely with Andrew Weissman, perhaps the most hardcore Trump hater on Robert Mueller’s defunct team of Trump haters. Sullivan plainly has it in for Michael Flynn. In addition, I gather, he wants to show William Barr who’s the boss. I believe the Constitution makes Barr the boss when it comes to deciding whom the United States will prosecute and for how long. The imperial Judge Sullivan can’t seem to accept this reality. It may fall to a...
  • Joe Biden Can’t Be President

    05/03/2020 8:32:00 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 69 replies ^ | MAY 3, 2020
    The latest evidence comes from his Morning Joe interview. While everyone focused on the Tara Reade issue, this sequence went mostly unnoticed. Biden claimed that 600,000 Americans had been killed by the coronavirus–off by a factor of ten. He repeated the claim twice before Joe Scarborough gently corrected him: Maybe Biden isn’t following the news these days. Maybe spending his entire adult life in Washington has dulled his mind to numbers. (Billion, trillion, who can tell the difference?) Whatever the cause, Biden’s oft-demonstrated mental vacancy disqualifies him from the presidency.

    05/02/2020 5:07:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Powerline ^ | Ay1,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Wuhan epidemic has exposed a rift between the academic medicine types who dominate the Centers for Disease Control and similar agencies in the states and practicing physicians who are actually treating COVID patients. The former have generally been unhelpful; CDC in particular has performed poorly. Meanwhile, doctors on the front line have developed effective treatment regimens for the virus–regimens which apparently would save many lives if they were broadly publicized and implemented. [I]t is the severe inflammation sparked by the Coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills patients. Inflammation causes a new variety of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS),...
  • The Gathering Storm Over Tara Reade

    05/01/2020 2:38:13 PM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 29, 2020 | Steven Hayward
    Tara Reade’s allegations that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her back in 1993 continue to heat up to a slow boil, despite the major media’s best attempts ( to suppress or ignore them.) No doubt the media are trying to “flatten the curve” of news stories to prevent them from becoming a pandemic that fatally infects the Biden campaign. But Biden’s weak pre-existing conditions mean that it might not take much exposure to put his campaign on life support. A few liberal writers are actually trying to maintain some basic consistency and honesty in their coverage, such as Peter Beinart, who...
  • Courage? It’s In Short Supply

    04/25/2020 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | 25 April 20 | John Hinderaker
    Will our elected officials ever have the courage to talk honestly about COVID-19? That is the question asked by a reader who despairs over the countless millions of lives being devastated by governments’ shutdown orders: Here’s one of the crazier features of “expert guidance” as governors try to lay out criteria for reopening their states. With the exception of the Deep South governors (who are taking variable stances), it seems that most governors want to see declining counts of positive cases in the state. But everywhere we have tested a whole population (a ship at sea, all the women coming...

    04/25/2020 9:02:48 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 25,2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Will our elected officials ever have the courage to talk honestly about COVID-19? That is the question asked by a reader who despairs over the countless millions of lives being devastated by governments’ shutdown orders: Here’s one of the crazier features of “expert guidance” as governors try to lay out criteria for reopening their states. With the exception of the Deep South governors (who are taking variable stances), it seems that most governors want to see declining counts of positive cases in the state. What this means is that confirmed cases is hugely problematic as an indicator – it just...
  • The Models Were Wrong. Does Anyone Care?

    04/24/2020 4:21:39 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 74 replies
    Powerline ^ | 23 April 20 | John Hinderaker
    Everyone who has been paying attention knows that the epidemiological models on which the current shutdown mania is based have been proved to be wrong, wrong, wrong. Yet, zombie-like, they continue to influence our ill-informed policymakers. A reader who prefers to remain anonymous despite her apparent qualifications writes: I just want to follow up yet again on how extraordinarily wrong the projections for hospital demand have been, along with some detail about what’s going on in hospitals. In a number of states they’re about to reopen for nonemergency procedures. But over the past month they’ve been so empty that they’ve...
  • DID THE SHUTDOWN OF NEW YORK CITY FAIL?(MIT Study on NYC Subway virus spread)

    04/19/2020 9:16:06 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 55 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4/19/20 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Superficially, one would say: of course it did. New York is by far the worst center of Wuhan virus infection in the U.S. The extent to which the New York metropolitan area drives U.S. COVID-19 statistics was documented by Matt Margolis at PJ Media. Currently the U.S. ranks eighth among countries in COVID fatalities per capita. But if we treat New York and its environs as a country, it is easily the world’s hottest COVID hot spot, with per capita fatalities double those in Spain and more than double those in Italy, while the rest of the U.S.–everything except New...

    04/14/2020 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 113 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 14, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The theory behind curve-flattening is not that the virus will mysteriously disappear while we are all hunkered down, and we will emerge when it is safe to come out. That won’t happen. The point of curve-flattening is to prolong the epidemic, making it last longer than it otherwise would, as you can see in the curve-flattening diagrams. That way, more or less the same number will get sick and the same percentage will die, with one exception: our hospitals will not be overwhelmed by a crush of COVID-19 cases, and so ICU rooms and so on will be available for...

    04/11/2020 8:16:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Powerline ^ | April11,2020 | BY SCOTT JOHNSON
    That is how I read his remarks in the interview with Laura Ingraham earlier this week. RCP’s Ian Schwartz has posted video and transcript at RealClearPolitics under the headline “Barr: Russian Collusion Probe Into Trump “One Of The Greatest Travesties In American History.” I have posted the video below. This must be a preview of coming attractions. Quotable quote: “My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and...

    04/06/2020 3:55:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 6, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    That is the theme of this article in the Spectator by Dr. Matt Strauss, a critical care physician. He begins: ‘More ventilators!’ cried the journalists on Twitter. ‘Yes, more ventilators!’ replied the politicians. ‘Where are the ventilators?’ demanded the journalists, now screaming on television. ‘Yes, even more!’ replied the government, somewhat nonsensically. That sums up a lot of the current discourse succinctly. I am a critical care physician, specializing in the use of such machines. I’m flattered by all the attention our tools are receiving. But I fear the current clamor reminds me of nothing so much as the panic...

    04/03/2020 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 3, 2020 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Today the Star Tribune finally gets around to taking a look — an extremely clouded look — at Walz’s in Jeremy Olson’s story “Disease data modeling, in Minnesota and elsewhere, varies greatly.” Subhead: “Modeling by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota directly informed Gov. Tim Walz and guided his stay-at-home order.” What is Walz’s model? How many lives will the current, extremely destructive shutdown save, if any? Let us extract the references to Walz’s model: Modeling by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota persuaded Gov. Tim Walz to announce the current stay-at-home...

    04/02/2020 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2 Apr 2020 | Steven Hayward
    Save up for this! The Hulu streaming channel is debuting a nine-part series called “Mrs. America” on the 1970s-era clash between Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly chiefly over the Equal Rights Amendment, and given that it’s Hollywood’s take you can be sure it is fully “nuanced.” You know you are in trouble when the very first sentence of the review of the show in the Hollywood Reporter today begins as follows: A century after female suffrage became the law of the land, there is still no federal ban on legalized discrimination against women. So, I’m guessing the writer of this...

    04/01/2020 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 1,2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    This doesn’t mean that sheltering place won’t save lives. It will. For one thing, as John noted, lives will be saved by “flattening” the infection curve because if the same same number of infections is spread out over time, hospitals will be better able to prevent the infected from dying. Why? Because there won’t be the kinds of acute shortages of equipment, such as ventilators, that we experience during extreme peaks of infection. That’s not necessarily all. While the spread is delayed, we may find medicines that treat the infection effectively. Delaying the spread might also mean reducing the spread...

    03/30/2020 1:47:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 30, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Wuhan epidemic is bringing to light many regulations and processes that have needlessly impeded efforts to fight the virus by private industry, as well as by government. Quite a few such regulations are now being suspended, causing many to ask, why did we have them in the first place? Minnesota’s governor has ordered a draconian shutdown that is devastating the state’s economy and will bankrupt thousands of small businesses. Why? As elsewhere, to “flatten the curve.” The concern is that Minnesota doesn’t have enough hospital beds and, especially, enough ICU beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients who will need them...

    03/28/2020 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 28,202 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    In Great Britain, extraordinary measures are being taken to ensure compliance with a nationwide shutdown order. From Breitbart: Humberside Police in northern England has built a website for citizens to inform on their neighbours for violating the government’s rules on daily exercise and social distancing. You can only go for one walk a day. If you go out twice, you can be reported to the police. People’s worst instincts are coming to the fore. This is what amazed me: the Derbyshire police have sent drones out, to catch citizens going for unauthorized walks. When the current madness is behind us,...

    03/28/2020 1:01:09 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 104 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 28,2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The total number of Wuhan virus cases in the US surpassed the total in any other country yesterday. It is no surprise the media and their Democratic allies are using this data to cudgel the White House and mislead Americans. But anyone with fifth grade math (which apparently excludes most of the media) knows how irrelevant and misleading such a comparison is. As we have pointed out, the only way to compare the status of the pandemic across countries is to analyze the number of deaths and cases on a per capita basis. The number of deaths per capita is...