The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

West Virginia’s COVID-19 ‘Hot Spot’

After our trip to the Longbranch Saloon in Hedgesville, W.Va., I discovered that we had actually been in more danger than I knew: MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that West Virginia National Guard members were being sent immediately to the Eastern Panhandle because of an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases. Depending […]

The Battle of Atillis Gym

  This may go down in history books as the 21st-century Concord Bridge: A few hours after workouts began Monday morning at New Jersey’s Atilis Gym — which is making national headlines for its early reopening in defiance of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus shutdown order — police showed up outside the Bellmawr business. What […]

Trust the Health Experts!

  Last week, I was shocked to hear that Los Angeles was planning to be on coronavirus lockdown until August. Even if that was your plan, why would you announce more than two months of onerous restrictions so far in advance? Just extend it by two weeks now, see what happens and, if the number […]

‘Out-of-Towners’ Blamed for ‘Mayhem’ After Florida City Re-Opens Beach

  Florida’s COVID-19 response has been a tremendous success story. Much like Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp resisted the Cult of Eternal Lockdown, the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, delayed issuing a statewide lockdown order and was one of the first governors to lift the order. As I have explained elsewhere, most Florida counties […]

Remember How Everybody Was Going to Die Because Georgia Ended Lockdowns?

  The headlines last month were scary: Georgia’s dangerous coronavirus experiment — Joel Mathis, The Week April 21 Georgia’s Kemp neglected to warn people about his dangerous gamble — Steve Benen, MSNBC, April 22 Kemp poised to lift restrictions, despite warnings of renewed outbreak — Alan Judd and Greg Bluestein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29 It […]

Why Gallup, New Mexico?

  Over the weekend, I saw reports that New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham had invoked the state’s Riot Control Act to shut down traffic in the city of Gallup. The coverage didn’t provide the context to understand why this community of 21,678 people was such a COVID-19 incubator: Gallup is in McKinley County, which has […]

More Evidence That Lockdown Orders Are the Wrong Approach to COVID-19

Somewhere between 20% and 50% of all deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have been elderly residents of nursing homes. We knew, at the very outset, that the elderly were at highest risk from this disease, and one would think that measures to protect them would have been a high priority. Yet as Daniel Greenfield explains, […]

COVID-19: Numbers That Really Matter

Among the dishonest games that the media have played with coronavirus is their habit of reporting cumulative totals of reported cases and deaths as if this is the only metric of the pandemic. Anyone with a functional brain, however, must realize that this is misleading and nearly useless in terms of understanding how the outbreak […]

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