LOL! I’ve said it before: college students back on college campuses means college parties. Can anyone really be surprised at this? Administrators at Pennsylvania State University waxed wroth over reports of huge college parties as students returned to State College.
And now, from the Lexington Herald-Leader:
UK looks into student Derby Day parties after police calls. Did COVID-19 spread?
By Jeremy Chisenhall | September 9, 2020 | 4:34 PM EDT | Updated: September 9, 2020 | 7:31 AM EDT
The University of Kentucky is looking into student gatherings after Lexington police responded to dozens of party complaints on Kentucky Derby Day.
Police officers responded to 30 noise disturbance calls related to loud parties Saturday, according to Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel. There were calls on Maxwell Street, Linden Walk, Stone Avenue, Forest Park, Woodland Avenue and Montmullin Street, Angel said. There were also calls farther away from campus, she said.
For those unfamiliar with Lexington, those are all student neighborhoods.
If revelers didn’t wear masks or didn’t follow social distancing guidelines, such gatherings may increase the spread of COVID-19 among a student population that’s already had 1,000 cases since Aug. 3, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Police action on the parties would’ve varied on a case-by-case basis, Angel said. Citations can be issued for underage drinking, violating the noise ordinance, or disorderly conduct, but that’s it.
An executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear on July 20 mandated that non-commercial gatherings must be limited to 10 people or fewer, but police and local health department officials have said they can only do so much.
“There is nothing we can enforce regarding gatherings on private property,” Angel said.
There’s much more hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth at the Herald-Leader original.
Well, how about that? We have previously mentioned Reichsstatthalter Andy Beshear’s (NSDAP-KY) executive orders limiting gathering sizes to a maximum of ten people, and that such violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now the Lexington Police Department are saying that they cannot enforce that order! 🙂 And while Kentucky is a very conservative state overall, Lexington is much more liberal, and governed by Democrats.¹ If anyplace could expect to have the local authorities enforce Governor Beshear’s unconstitutional orders, it would be Lexington. It’s interesting to note that Lexington-Fayette County was Governor Beshear’s second strongest county in the 2019 gubernatorial election, 65.51% to 32.95% for incumbent Governor Matt Bevin (R-KY), and Herr Beshear’s margin of 36,482 votes in Fayette County was far greater than his 5,136 margin Statewide. If anyone should be voluntarily obeying the Reich Governor’s orders, shouldn’t it be the mostly liberal university student body?
The left are really great at saying that all of these things must be done, for our own good, and the support the Democratic governors imposing these restrictions. But when it comes to their personal freedom, when it interferes with their own desires to get drunk and maybe get laid, not so much.
¹ – Though Donald Trump stomped Hillary Clinton by a nearly two-to-one margin in the Bluegrass State, 62.52% to 32.68%, Mrs Clinton carried Lexington-Fayette County 51.19% to 41.74%.
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