Power LinePower Linehttps://www.powerlineblog.com Sat, 07 Nov 2020 12:19:53 +0000hourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.243088053Coronavirus in one state (123)https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/coronavirus-in-one-state-123.php https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/coronavirus-in-one-state-123.php#respondSat, 07 Nov 2020 12:18:41 +0000Scott Johnsonhttps://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2020/11/WalzStay-1.jpeg
https://www.powerlineblog.com/?p=255395() () Life goes on, and that seems to be the problem. The highly contagious COVID-19 virus continues to spread through human contact. Yesterday the authorities reported 5,454 new “cases” up from about 3,800 the day before. Hospitalizations are above 1,000 across the state. In the number that I follow most closely, they reported 36 new deaths.
Please note that 24 of these 36 fatalities occurred among residents of long-term care facilities or in congregate care. By my count, 23 of the 26 decedents were in their 80’s (13), 90’s (9), or 100’s (one). The three Department of Health officials and one guest on yesterday’s press briefing (audio below) omitted the LTC numbers and age distribution. Why would they do that?
The authorities find us blameworthy for not following the public health guidance they repeat in their press briefings. Yesterday’s briefing seemed to me to reach a crescendo in this respect. In the congregate care settings under their jurisdiction, however, the results they have achieved are not impressive.
That’s where we come in. They blame us for transmitting the disease via “community spread to staff working inside the facilities. Commissioner Malcolm says she hopes that the dramatic case count numbers and hospitalizations this week will make us realize “this is serious.”
MDH officials briefing the press didn’t mention the LTC numbers, but they did focus on the LTC setting. Among the speakers were MDH Health Regulation Director Michelle Larson and Annette Greely, president of Jones-Harrison Residence in Minneapolis. Larson updated the assembled multitude on the department’s “5-point battle plan” to fight the disease in the LTC setting. As I understood Larson, they have done an excellent job with the “battle plan.” It’s almost funny.
Greely observed that the disease was brought into her facility by asymptomatic employees. It makes me wonder about the pretense of control over the disease that underlies the edicts and battle plans. Like me, my friend Kevin Roche listened in and remained unimpressed. Kevin’s comments here.
Malcolm emphasized: “Our behavior is driving this.” I take it that we are on the cusp of a new edict or two that purports to do something about it.
]]>https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/coronavirus-in-one-state-123.php/feed0255395The Week in Pictures: Election Overtime Editionhttps://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/the-week-in-pictures-election-overtime-edition.php https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/the-week-in-pictures-election-overtime-edition.php#respondSat, 07 Nov 2020 10:43:25 +0000Steven Haywardhttps://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2020/11/Screen-Shot-2020-11-03-at-9.49.18-PM.png
https://www.powerlineblog.com/?p=255284() —that there might be vote fraud in heavily Democratic cities, and one wonders why they can’t run their public schools as well as they run their vote-generating machines. I suspect within six months, President Sleepy Joe will say to the Democrat vote-generating machine, “Thanks for nuthin’ gang,” and call up Trump to offer to give the White House back. Headlines of the week: And finally.]]>() I know we are all shocked—shocked!—that there might be vote fraud in heavily Democratic cities, and one wonders why they can’t run their public schools as well as they run their vote-generating machines. I suspect within six months, President Sleepy Joe will say to the Democrat vote-generating machine, “Thanks for nuthin’ gang,” and call up Trump to offer to give the White House back.
Headlines of the week:
How do they know it wasn’t New Jersey?
And finally. . . congratulations to Lauren Boebert for being elected to Congress in Colorado:
]]>https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/the-week-in-pictures-election-overtime-edition.php/feed0255284Podcast: The Three Whisky Happy Hour, Election Metaphysicshttps://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/podcast-the-three-whisky-happy-hour-election-metaphysics.php https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/podcast-the-three-whisky-happy-hour-election-metaphysics.php#respondSat, 07 Nov 2020 04:35:33 +0000Steven Haywardhttps://www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2020/11/New-podcast-logo.png
https://www.powerlineblog.com/?p=255389() () Hoo boy! I’m not sure three whiskies are enough this week. Fortunately I procured a relatively cheap Islay single malt—Finlaggan—to get me through the travails of Election Overtime.
The election is still a fast moving scene, so I decided that “Lucretia” and I should take a longer term view of the scene, and ponder the “metaphysics” of the election, which are not comforting to the left. In fact it is likely that “wokery” cost the Democrats badly. Above all, don’t count out Trump, both because of his chances of yet coming out on top, and more figuratively for the immense and enduring impact he has had on American politics. There are reasons to be happy, even while being outraged at the brazen attempt to steal an election right before our eyes.
As we go live we see the news that the Supreme Court has ordered late ballots in Pennsylvania to be sequestered, which no doubt is giving liberals flashbacks to Florida 2000. Here’s John Yoo’s article that we mention in our hectic conversation. Meanwhile, I need to refill my glass, and fetch more popcorn for the Democratic Party infighting starting up.
You know what to do now. Here, there, and everywhere.