Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just got a double smackdown from the courts for her irrational “Queen of Hearts”-style coronavirus rules. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 7-0 in favor of 77-year-old barber Karl Manke, who has been relentlessly hounded by Whitner for reopening his barbershop before he was about to lose it. She even had the state yank his barber's license. The Court ruled unanimously that she was taking too much license. Manke's attorney called it the most lopsided legal victory of his career.
And this is my second-favorite legal story of the week, after the DC Appeals Court ruling on Mike Flynn: A Michigan judge was hearing a lawsuit by gym owners, claiming that Whitmer’s shutting them down when similar businesses such as bars and salons were allowed to open was arbitrary and baseless. Gov. Whitmer insisted that all of her decisions are based on facts and the “best science.”
In his measured but scathing ruling, the judge wrote that the plaintiffs had a very high bar to clear, while the state had a low bar. All the state had to do to win this case was offer any medical or scientific facts to support their claim of a connection between opening gyms and endangering the public health. Literally, just ONE scientific fact. But they did not. Instead, the best they could come up with was “Trust us,” gyms are dangerous. Well, maybe to people prone to pulling a hamstring, but that has nothing to do with spreading a virus.
The judge ruled in favor of the gym owners. He also flatly rejected the state’s “slippery slope” argument, noting that they were the ones who were actually creating a slippery slope: “If Defendants can open or close any sector of the economy, at will, with nothing more than a vague reference that it is ‘dangerous,’ the potential for abuse is palpable.”
Could we possibly have this judge switch jobs with John Roberts?
THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE
Aside from an emergency $1200 check, the Democratic House that took over in 2018 hasn’t given Americans anything in the past two years except politicized “investigations” of imaginary non-scandals. And they’re back with yet another sequel, this time featuring the Jabba the Hutt of the series, Rep. Gerald Nadler, leading the charge to force Attorney General Bill Barr out of office for the crime of behaving like an actual Attorney General and investigating real wrongdoing by powerful people in Washington.
But at least you can’t say that this House has been a total waste of the taxpayers’ money, not when they’re giving us entertainment like yesterday’s hearing, where Nadler got schooled by Republicans on what the complicated legal term “five minutes” means.
On the serious side, the reason we’re getting all these attacks on Barr and demands that he resign is likely because the Democrats know that serious indictments are likely coming, and relying on the compliant media, they hope to do advance damage control by tarnishing the AG and convincing the public that the charges are just political. It’s too bad that they’ve had so long to spin the facts, but let’s hope that time was spent by Barr and Durham building an ironclad case.
By the way, the source quoted at the link claims forthcoming indictments will not only target the subjects of the Durham probe who were trying to overthrow the President, but also organizers and financiers of Antifa, who are trying to overthrow the entire United States of America. About time.
Attention, protesters who are demanding “justice”: the killer of George Floyd was fired and is charged with murder; the cop who shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta was charged with murder; and now, a Cobb County, Georgia, grand jury has hit three men implicated in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery with nine charges, including murder. They might also face federal hate crime charges.
Pardon me for pointing this out, but it appears that the American justice system has a lot more concern for the lives of these three black men than the makeshift warlord justice system in the CHOP “autonomous” zone has for any of the victims of the shootings and assaults inside its boundaries. Maybe you should be protesting them.
WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW...
Well, it’s been only a few weeks since leftists started demanding that we do away with the police, and to paraphrase Dr. Phil, how’s that workin’ out for them? About as well as sane people would’ve expected.
As the New York Times (!) reports, a Minneapolis neighborhood filled with guilty white liberals wanted to show their support for the BLM/anti-police movement, so they vowed not to call the police into their neighborhood. Before you could say, “Smart move, Sherlock,” their local park was swarming with homeless people pitching tents, playing loud music and doing drugs. Of course, that attracted even more homeless people, and drug dealers to service them, and ambulances to deal with all the overdoses, and…well, now the residents are panicked and terrified. They’re surrounded by criminals and drug dealers and addicts, and they don’t know how to protect themselves and their families.
This is just a crazy, off-the-top-of-my-head suggestion, but try CALLING THE POLICE!!!
(This story is behind the New York Times paywall, so I’m linking to an excerpt at Instapundit.)
I’m very glad to see that people are not allowing this story to die, and that even liberals agree with conservatives that it was outrageous and over-the-line.
This is a report on the continuing condemnation of the Washington Post for running a very lengthy investigative piece about a woman who wore an ill-conceived blackface costume to a Halloween party two years ago. The story got her fired from her job. But instead of celebrating that yet another person had been “canceled” for committing a non-PC faux pas, critics are demanding to know why WaPo committed so much space to investigating, outing and destroying a private citizen whom nobody’d ever heard of over a long-past personal mistake made nearly two years ago?
WaPo is being forced to answer that question, and their response is just as lame as you might expect. This article suggests that the editors ran it to throw her under the bus, so they wouldn’t take any blame, since the party she attended was hosted by a WaPo cartoonist. Even the writers of the article seem to be distancing themselves from it, implying that they were only following orders.
The truth is that the paper had no real justification for running that story. They ran it for the same reason that mobs used to burn innocent people as witches, or that protesters start smashing windows: because they get caught up in overheated mob passions and stop thinking rationally. Ironically, it’s the same excuse the woman had for wearing that costume: she was caught up in the anger over people wearing blackface and thought everyone would get that she was really satirizing Megyn Kelly. She was thinking emotionally, and she made an error in judgement.
The difference between her and the Washington Post is that she owned up to her mistake but still got fired for it. So why shouldn’t the WaPo editors who were responsible for this stink bomb article have to live up to the same standards they forcibly imposed on her?