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  • I am not a member of the National Rifle Association, and (I hear) that its upper management may well be living high off the hog on membership dues and fundraising. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be troubled by what Kevin D. Williamson sees in its legal troubles with the NY Attorney General: The Emergence of Distributed Police State.

    […], it is important to understand that there are at least three things going on with the New York attorney general’s attempt to have the National Rifle Association legally dissolved: The first of those things is a political jihad that may or may not end with the NRA’s having its charter revoked but that certainly will subject it to ruinous litigation costs and disruption, a transparent effort to sideline it before the November election; the second is a longer-term effort to discredit the NRA by appealing to the same kind of envy-based politics that were deployed against Mrs. Dole [and her high salary at the American Red Cross] all those years ago; the third, currently being treated almost as an afterthought, is a legitimate investigation into potential financial wrongdoing at the NRA, of which there is more than a whiff.

    KDW goes on to note that Wayne LaPierre has not been charged with any crime, and that doesn't seem to be in the offing. The point, it seems, is to use the legal system to get rid of an organization that's a bulwark against one piece of the progressive agenda.

  • Bernard Goldberg explains: Why I Want Biden to Lose More than I Want Trump to Win.

    As regular readers of my column know, I’m no fan of Donald Trump. And that’s putting it mildly.

    I don’t like his chronic dishonesty. I don’t like narcissism. I don’t like his nastiness and his silly name-calling. I detest his need to constantly cause chaos, as he did with a recent tweet suggesting we should postpone the 2020 presidential election. There’s nothing about this man’s character that I like.

    Actually what I mean is that I hope the Republican candidate beats the Democratic candidate. And I wish the Republican candidate were almost anybody else. But since “almost anybody else” isn’t running, I hope Joe Biden loses more than I’m actively rooting for Donald Trump to win. If that’s akin to a distinction without a difference … so be it.

    I see his point, although my list of Trump problems would be much longer.

    If I were (somehow) forced to choose between Trump and Biden, fine, I'd take Trump. But fortunately we do not live in a world where I would be forced to make that choice. We live in a world where I'll probably have a couple more options, and one where my choice wouldn't make a difference anyway.

  • A powerful story at Quillette from Robert Frodeman who describes his Ordeal by Title IX.

    I missed the call. But the fact that it had been made on a Saturday morning—September 29th, 2018—was cause for concern. Why was the dean, who never phoned me, calling on a weekend? When I rang back his voice was tense. He informed me that he was removing me from my classes “effective immediately.” I was told to expect an email informing me of this decision. I was no longer allowed on campus. Nor was I permitted to contact any member of the faculty, staff, or students, “on pain of termination.” No reason was given for any of this. Nor was I given a chance to defend myself.

    Twelve days earlier I had received a letter from the University stating that I was the subject of a Title IX investigation. The letter said that an inquiry had been opened in June, prompted by an anonymous complaint concerning two departments on campus, one of which was mine. That inquiry uncovered an allegation that I had sexually harassed a graduate student in 2006. No information was given about the source or content of this allegation. The letter, dated September 17th, said nothing about disciplinary action. What had changed between then and my sudden removal on the 29th? The email that arrived later that day provided no explanation.

    It's long. And if you're academically-affiliated, you should find it scary.

  • Drew Cline of the Josiah Bartlett Center looks at a dustup between the two major Democrats running for the chance to lose to Chris Sununu: In the Feltes vs. Volinsky fight over natural gas, Feltes is right.

    The two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor are engaged in a heated dispute over natural gas. Though both support transitioning to 100% “clean energy,” state Sen. Dan Feltes would use natural gas in the transition; Executive Councilor Volinsky would not.

    Feltes would rely on natural gas as a bridge fuel between dirtier-burning fossil fuels (coal and oil) and energy sources that emit no greenhouse gasses.

    Volinsky opposes the use of natural gas in any circumstances. He portrays any use of natural gas as a win for fossil fuel companies and a loss for the environment.

    The historical record shows the opposite to be true.

    Feltes is awful for other reasons.

  • That state across the river has done slightly better than New Hampshire as far as COVID cases are concerned But AIER urges a broader look at the Consequences of Lockdowns: The Case of Maine.

    At the time the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Maine, there was not enough evidence to show that full-scale lockdowns would be the most effective strategy. In fact, the evidence available in March suggested the vast majority of people would not suffer severe illness from the virus. This should have led state leaders to focus limited resources on protecting the most vulnerable in society. However Gov. Mills opted to shut down the entire state.

    The economic costs of the lockdown were immense. Unemployment skyrocketed and participation in the state’s labor force plummeted. Businesses continue to permanently close their doors.

    The unilateral lockdown strategy of the Maine government also deteriorated public health. Despite the documented increased costs of delaying “elective” procedures, the regional epidemic of drug addiction has also gotten worse. Maine lost 127 people to drug overdose deaths from January to March 2020, 23% more than in the last quarter of 2019. Nationally, data show a 13% increase in overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year, yet Maine has exceeded that trend. It is estimated that drug overdose deaths in Maine over the first half of 2020 will reach almost 260, more than double the total number of deaths from COVID-19.

    Those are some of the conclusions of a report from the Maine Policy Institute, a free-market think tank.

  • And let's not forget that Maine has a place of honor among 25 of America's Most Dangerous Roads.

    The United States may not have anything like Bolivia's “death road,” but for highway deaths per capita, the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. as much more dangerous than most northern European countries, at 11 highway deaths per 100,000 population per year—three times the death rate of the U.K., for example. These are some of our deadliest stretches of pavement. Be careful out there.

    Spoiler: the number 10 spot goes to US Highway 1 in Maine. "… a poorly signed, tightly curved location with suspect weather, but add in moose wandering aimlessly on the roadway and the danger level rises …"

    Apparently it's a dangerous nightmare from Kittery all the way up to Fort Kent. About 360 miles

Last Modified 2022-10-17 8:00 AM EDT