“Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many others in Chicago,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said.

Alderman mourns a killing. But does he realize that using “gun violence” here is to anthropomorphize an abstraction?

Thing is, it’s nobody, simply a generic reference to some thing. But a thing is not a human being.

The boy’s light and potential, his entire earthly existence, was extinguished not by a thing, but by some one.

Fauci Attacks Choirs, Implies Worship Is Less Important Than Protests

Fauci sure about church singing but fudges when asked about protests.

During a House hearing of the committee investigating the Trump administration???s pandemic response, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Fauci, ???Do protests increase the spread of the virus????

???Crowding together, particularly when you???re not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus,??? Fauci said. Jordan asked the question again. Fauci dodged, then claimed he didn???t think the protests question was relevant. ???I???m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,??? he said.

Not in a position to determine what gummint does, adding carefully crafted qualification “in a forceful way.” He’s our chief political doctor.

Andrew Napolitano vs. government-imposed shutdowns because of virus threat

What good are constitutional rights if they are violated when Americans get sick?

One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of the United States. Except in this version, George Washington ??? who presided at the Constitutional Convention ??? looks at James Madison ??? who was the scrivener at the Convention ??? and says, ???None of this counts if people get sick, right????

In these days of state governors issuing daily decrees purporting to criminalize the exercise of our personal freedoms, the words put into Washington???s mouth are only mildly amusing. Had Washington actually asked such a question, Madison, of all people, would likely have responded: ???No. This document protects our natural rights at all times and under all circumstances.???

Not funny in current circumstances.

Chicago Tribune’s John Kass will not take a knee to cancel culture

Towards the end of this this forthright and thorough column about Kass’ being accused and not giving up, is this accurate description of his accusers, fellow news people of the Chicago Tribune Guild:

Kass is right not to back down. He did nothing wrong. His colleagues are cowards and backstabbing weasels. They deserve nothing but disdain and mockery.

They and their ilk.

Swedish epidemiology boss says questioned COVID-19 strategy seems to be working – Reuters

The took a non-panic approach to the pandemic. Turned out to be the right one. (When in doubt, don’t panic.)

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s top epidemiologist said on Tuesday a rapid decline in new critical COVID-19 cases alongside slowing death rates indicated that Sweden’s strategy for slowing the epidemic, which has been widely questioned abroad, was working.

Sweden has foregone a hard lockdown throughout the outbreak, a strategy that set it apart from most of Europe.

Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the public health agency said a rapid slowdown in the spread of the virus indicated very strongly that Sweden had reached relatively widespread immunity.

more more more here

After ComEd patronage scandal, Madigan gets more than $500,000 in campaign donations in one day

A few Dems want him to resign, so what?

Madigan has used hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover legal fees in the past. The Chicago Sun-Times reported in January Madigan spent nearly $1.3 million on lawyers and related costs in a year???s time. The Speaker???s political operations dealt with a sexual harassment allegation that was ultimately settled. He also faced a legal challenge from a political opponent in his legislative district.

These donations are taken for granted, apparently.