Hospitalization Data: Why is Rhode Island Still Locked Down Five Months after Flattening the Curve?

What does perhaps the most important COVID-19 data point show and say about the case for continuing Rhode Island’s lockdown?

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Questionable Use of Authority

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 19, included talk about:

  • Raimondo’s new COVID proclamations
  • Crime in Providence
  • Protesters on the highway
  • Who’s to blame in Pawtucket schools
  • Who really owns the Apex property
  • The legislative grant gravy train rolls one

I’ll be on again Monday, October 26, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Rule by Submission

The extraordinary powers by which Raimondo is governing Rhode Island are floating in this gray area between law and regulation on the one hand and suggestion on the other, and it’s about time lawsuits started.

Charles Callanan: Rhode Island’s Leadership Void

So far this year, this is what your state government has produced. If you want to talk about business as usual, well here it is.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Insider and Progressive Underbellies

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 13, included talk about:

  • The anticlimax of the Jeff Britt trial
  • The Bernie connection to local politics
  • A name change for the state
  • And the highest-profile BLM/Antifa activist, the local media has no interest in

I’ll be on again Monday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Time to Acknowledge Doubt About Raimondo COVID Response

If we continue to accept the governor’s proclamations passively, or even with support, part of the blame for consequences falls on us for our silence.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Absence of Competition… Sleaze

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for October 7, included talk about:

  • The petty sleaziness behind the Jeff Britt trial
  • Taking stock in Congressional races
  • A turning point in COVID dictatorship

I’ll be on again Monday, October 12, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Rhody Reporter: Bad Management

Mark Zaccaria compares the ways in which RI government has managed the state, up to the possibility of a special election for debt while awaiting a federal bailout, and calls it what it is.

Last Impressions #51: Rebels Needed

Governor Raimondo and her merry band of magic Appointees focus on the true danger in Rhode Island — not roudy rioters carrying signs that threaten to burn down the country, but college kids who aren’t voluntarily living as if in an open-air prison.

More than Just a Tax Increase from Raimondo

Our state’s record following the COVID-19 recession shows Raimondo’s approach to the economy simply doesn’t work. And now she wants to make things worse with taxes?

RI Government’s Sad Saga of COVID

Mark Zaccaria summarizes the threat to our rights and democracy as the state government’s rules slide of the table.

A One-Sided Concern About Procedures

A trio of “good government” groups is no better than the governor when it comes to using the excuse of COVID-19 to skirt the processes of representative democracy.

Last Impressions #49: Crowd Out the Rats!

Justin starts with a roundup of conservative news in Rhode Island and discusses the problem when legislators and other elected officials make room for rats in the State House and BLM and Antifa riots in the streets.

Pandemic on the Road to Tolls

In its defense of the RhodeWorks tolling scheme, we see our state government hiding behind two noxious clouds.

Looking for Change with All the Wrong Task Force

Let’s play along and assume that the goal of the Municipal Resilience Task Force really is to develop innovative “strategies and policies to prepare for a post-COVID-19 future.”

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Narratives All Over the Place

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 24, included talk about:

  • Gina’s back to school battle
  • Government by calamari
  • Michael from Rhode Island
  • The uncovered pro-Trump boat parade

I’ll be on again Monday, August 31, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Use Your Voice – Huge Deficits Cannot be Plugged with Even Higher Taxes

Before the coronavirus crisis… the Ocean State was already hemorrhaging people, because of its existing cruel business climate. Now, Rhode Islanders cannot afford tax hikes to plug huge projected budget deficits.

Lawmakers are being pressured by public sector unions and the radical far left movement to put the burden on you… and to raise your taxes. That’s why the Center has launched a new counter campaign to the government-union led effort to raise taxes in RI. Take action now.

An Advocate for All of Our Rights

Sara Alvizures of Central Falls deserves the support of anybody who values our Constitutional rights, whether or not they are religious.

Watching the News Without the Scary Soundtrack

If Block Island tourists’ behavior isn’t having a measurable effect, maybe it isn’t actually “behaving badly.”

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Protests and Snitches

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 10, included talk about:

  • Protests at Gina’s house
  • The snitch line
  • A dictated last call
  • Will schools open?

I’ll be on again Monday, August 24, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Vision of Raised Taxes Not the Answer for Economic Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has left Rhode Island with significant revenue loss after forced government shutdowns.

Now, legislators are being pushed by public-employee unions and the progressive-left to put the burden on you… and to raise your taxes. This is not a burden Rhode Island can bear.

Raimondo Rips out Goalposts Altogether as Governors Carefully Disregard Most Important Datapoint

As you probably know, the original justification for the COVID-19 lockdown was to prevent the overwhelming of hospitals. This never happened; not in Rhode Island nor in any state other than hotspot New York (where it got close); not even at the height of the pandemic. Click here to view Justin Katz’ latest, very informative tracking graph of COVID-19 trends in Rhode Island. You’ll note that hospitalizations in Rhode Island, in fact, peaked THREE WHOLE MONTHS AGO.

Keep this critical piece of information in mind as we move now to Rhode Island’s COVID-19 press conference yesterday.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Corruption All Around

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 3, included talk about:

  • The union Iron Triangle in RI
  • The status of the education commissioner
  • The controversy of mail ballots
  • Stuck in phase 3 with hopes of school fading

I’ll be on again Monday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

McElroy’s Ruling Undermines Election Confidence

The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Mary McElroy changing election-security laws shortly before Rhode Islanders vote is a warning sign that Americans should think twice before trusting the results that follow.

Union Political Spending: A Web of Corruption

Not every teacher, first-responder, clerk, or other public servant considers themselves to be Democrats or part of the “progressive-left” movement in Rhode Island. Yet every employee who is member of a government union in our state is paying dues that directly support this extreme political agenda… along with the corrupt quid quo pro that comes with union political spending. A new report, from our Center, exposes that Rhode Island’s hyper-partisanship and radical agenda is funded by government union political spending: Click Here Now To Read It.

Raimondo in Your Backyard

Why are Rhode Islanders tolerating Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo’s assumption of power so far beyond what the government of a free people ought to assume?

Politics This Week with John DePetro: A People on Their Own

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 28, included talk about:

  • Teachers protesting school
  • Secretary of state protesting election security
  • Councilwoman protesting enforcement of the law
  • Journalists not protesting attacks on journalists

I’ll be on again Monday, August 3, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Restrictions and Reparations

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 20, included talk about:

  • Elorza reparations
  • Gina beach restriction
  • Gorbea ballot intentions
  • Unions’ school reservations

I’ll be on again Monday, July 27, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Death Arrives – Lockdowns Now Demonstrably Indefensible

The survival rate for COVID-19 is now in the range of 99.35% – 99.74%, per CDC data. But even this high rate is almost certainly on the conservative side as it does not include all unidentified cases, an important data point which scientists continue diligently to try to quantify.

Moreover, COVID cases are rising but COVID deaths are falling.

Conversely, grimly, deaths from the lockdown have moved from projection to reality and are rising.

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