Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Judge Barrett Is An Intelligent, Independent Woman and It’s Driving Democrats Crazy

The second day of the confirmation meetings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had a moment to remember. Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) observed that he and his Senate colleagues had voluminous binders, meticulously prepared by staffers, to use while questioning Judge Barrett. Cornyn asked her what she had on the note pad in front of her. With a smile, she held up an empty pad with only the letterhead of the U.S. Senate on it.

It was obvious to anyone watching that Judge Barrett was more than a match for all of the senators on the Judiciary Committee and their staff. Using just her own wits, she has been able to respond with class and dignity to every question. Which made one of the lines of attack used by Democrats on the committee all the more puzzling.

Even on day three of the hearings, they continued to question her as if she were a clone of her mentor Justice Scalia. Although she several times pointed out that she is an independent person and will arrive at her own conclusions, Democrats continued to make it seem like she was incapable of her own thoughts.

Democrats seem to believe that anyone who admires and respects their mentor will never diverge from them. In that case what are we to make of President Bill Clinton, who so admired his mentor Senator William Fulbright (D-AR), who was a Dixiecrat and favored segregation, that he gave the eulogy at Fulbright’s funeral?

Fulbright was one of only nineteen U.S. Senators who signed the Southern Manifesto, a document of Constitutional principles meant to oppose the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that mandated desegregation of public schools. By Democrats logic this would make Bill Clinton in favor of segregation.

An intelligent, well-educated woman who disagrees with Democrat ideology, in their world, must have an explanation. Which may be why we see an attempt by Democrats to cast Judge Barrett as the unwitting padawan of the evil conservative Justice Scalia, who somehow turned her to the Dark Side. But this is not a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

This is reality here and now. Once again, Democrats’ patronizing attitude towards women and minorities that do not agree with them is exposed. It appears that in Democrats’ minds, women and minorities are incapable of independent thought, should that thought disagree with left-wing orthodoxy. Remember Joe Biden’s “You ain’t Black” remark? The condescension is striking, especially when directed towards a legal scholar whose empty note pad shows she is impressively qualified.

The submission lives loudly within Democrats—submission to an ideology that precludes independent thought. An ideology that is at the root of Cancel Culture and uses fear to enforce it. Judge Barrett is respectful but not afraid of these Senators. She is intelligent but not condescending to those who disagree with her. Most of all, she is a representation of all that is great about our nation, both at its founding and today. That should be an inspiration to us all.

Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing 2 people during Wisconsin protests, won't face charges in Illinois, his home state

Illinois authorities have determined the AR-15 rifle used to kill two people and injure a third during unrest in Kenosha was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin, and that Kyle Rittenhouse never possessed it in Illinois.

That bit of information came from the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in a news release issued Tuesday. The release said police in Antioch, Rittenhouse's hometown — and where he turned himself in — investigated any possible crimes Rittenhouse may have committed in Illinois, but found none.

The statement does not indicate whether someone else possessed the gun in Illinois, or where it is now. It said prosecutors — not Antioch police — would release any additional information "as to not disrupt any investigation that may be taking place in Wisconsin."

'That's the shooter':Witnesses describe the night Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire in Kenosha

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, has sued to obtain records of Rittenhouse's arrest in Illinois.

Rittenhouse, 17, remains in a Lake County juvenile detention center awaiting a ruling on his lawyers' attempts to block his extradition to Wisconsin. He is facing six charges, including one count of first-degree intentional homicide, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Rittenhouse was acting as self-appointed security against rioting on the third night of protests after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August and considered himself a militia member, the Journal Sentinel has reported.

Ending California’s Lockdown on Churches Is Compatible With Science and Good Health

James Enstrom

Forty million California residents have been living under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide lockdown order since March 19. This lockdown order—which was the first in the nation—was based on Newsom’s assessment of the health risks of COVID-19.

In Los Angeles County, 10 million residents are in lockdown, which was implemented at the county level by a series of health orders issued by the county health officer, Dr. Muntu Davis.

One aspect of this lockdown has been an effective, ongoing ban on indoor services at all churches. One church is now defying the ban: Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles.

The church’s leader, Pastor John MacArthur, agreed to voluntarily comply with the March lockdown restrictions because of the original dire predictions of massive COVID-19 cases and deaths in California.

It became clear after four months that these predictions were wrong, and that the virus was not nearly as dangerous as originally feared. However, the restrictions continued to drag on indefinitely and were undermining the ability of the church to function properly.

On July 24, the Grace Community Church board decided to reopen the church, as explained in a detailed statement, titled “Christ, Not Caesar, Is Head of the Church: A Biblical Case for the Church’s Duty to Remain Open.”

The church determined that the health order was illegitimate, over-broad, and unconstitutional, because it indefinitely prevented the congregation from assembling and exercising its religion and sincerely held religious beliefs.

The church has relied upon the guaranteed religious freedom protections of the U.S. and California constitutions, and is now represented by a Thomas More Society legal team.

In response to the church’s indoor services on July 26, the Los Angeles County counsel, Mary Wickham, and five senior county council attorneys, acting on behalf of Davis, had a law firm, Miller Barondess LLP, issue a cease and desist letter on July 29.

The letter warned MacArthur that violating state and county health orders is “a crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to 90 days.”

The letter was reinforced by a 97-page complaint for “violation of emergency health orders.”

I have challenged the public health validity of the cease and desist letter and the complaint by documenting the inaccuracy of the following claim:

By holding indoor services for hundreds of persons during this pandemic, you are placing the health and safety of not only the persons attending the service, but also the community at large at risk.

This unsubstantiated claim is contradicted by the fact that this health-conscious, low-risk church congregation has had no reported illness or death due to COVID-19.

Furthermore, this congregation is experiencing the substantial spiritual, mental, and physical health benefits of regular indoor church attendance. Key evidence of the health benefits of regular church attendance is described in a letter I sent on Sept. 18 to Davis.

Davis has refused to respond to my letter in spite of my numerous attempts made directly to him and to other county health officials, Miller Barondess, and the county council.

Davis needs to examine and acknowledge the decades of peer-reviewed epidemiologic evidence that regular church attendance is consistently associated with reduced death rates and many other health benefits, as described in my 2008 article in Preventive Medicine and a 1997 article in the American Journal of Public Health.

For instance, a representative sample of U.S. adults adhering to four simple health practices, one of which is weekly church attendance, had a total age-adjusted death rate that was only one-half of the death rate among the entire sample.

Among a representative sample of Californian adults, frequent church attenders had a total death rate that was only 64% of the death rate of infrequent attenders. Even after adjusting for other health-related factors, there was still a significant mortality reduction among regular attenders.

In addition, frequent attenders were more likely to stop smoking, increase exercise, increase social contacts, and stay married. There is much more evidence that supports the benefits of church attendance.

Thus, there is very strong evidence that the health benefits of indoor worship services far exceed the alleged health risks of COVID-19 for this congregation, which has thus far experienced no illness or death associated with COVID-19.

Rather than supporting an unconstitutional and oppressive legal complaint against the church based on invalid health claims, Davis needs to modify the current county health order to allow indoor worship services at this church.

This church and its low-risk congregation can be carefully monitored for COVID-19 risk, and can serve as a model for reopening churches, as part of a rapidly growing effort to reopen low-risk parts of American society.

This reopening strategy is described in the Great Barrington Declaration, now signed by over 10,000 public health scientists, which states:

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists, we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call focused protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health …

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.

Rather than condemning the Great Barrington Declaration and ignoring thousands of public health scientists, including me, Davis must objectively and promptly act in response to the overall health evidence that justifies reopening low-risk churches, like Grace Community Church.

"Social housing" in action

There are many stories like the one below

An Australian family whose social housing apartment was riddled with mould and left without repairs for seven months has been given a new home just days after a visit from federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese.

Nathan Andersen had reported severe mould in his bathroom ceiling from a leaking pipe in the flat above back in March, and was concerned it was a health hazard for his son.

It took until last week, after the dire need for repairs gained media attention during Mr Albanese’s visit to SA, for there to be progress. “It was all stuck in the woodwork for months and months and months and nothing,” Mr Andersen said.

“When (they) came out to do an inspection again, when they had a look at the roof, they deemed it unliveable because it’s a health hazard,” he said.

“They got back to me within two hours and said they had a house for me.” Mr Andersen welcomed the result, saying: “I’ve got upgraded to a three-bedroom house with a yard – it’s really great.”

He was told the delay was due to miscommunication.

Federal Labor’s housing spokesman Jason Clare said: “It shouldn’t have to take a visit from the Leader of the Opposition to get this fixed.”

He said there were “100,000 stories just like Nathan’s across the country” where tenants were living in social housing that desperately need to be repaired.

Labor has called on the Federal Government to fund social maintenance as part of its COVID-19 recovery package to create jobs for the construction sector and to improve conditions for tenants.




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