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Kyle Rittenhouse makes first court appearance; his attorney fights extradition to Wisconsin

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old from Illinois accused of fatally shooting two men during protests in Wisconsin last month, made his first court appearance on Friday. Rittenhouse’s attorneys said they plan to fight extradition back to Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse, wearing a blue face mask and black sweatshirt on video, appeared remotely via Zoom at a Lake County Circuit Court hearing in Illinois on Friday morning. Rittenhouse was calling from a juvenile detention center in Vernon Hills, located north of Chicago, where he has been held since he surrendered to authorities.

Rittenhouse did not speak during the hearing other than saying “Good morning, your honor” to the judge.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, John Pierce, who was also appearing remotely, said he intends to fight extradition. “We intend to challenge extradition by writ of habeas corpus,” Pierce said. Pierce added that he would need 30 days to prepare a writ of habeas corpus, according to the Star Tribune.

“There is, as you probably know, there’s an immense amount of video evidence and we really do need to be able to review that along with our client,” Pierce told Lake County Judge Paul Novak. He added that the extradition would involve “issues of some complexity, frankly that have not arisen in the country for some time.”

Judge Novak gave the defense 14 days to prepare legal filings ahead of an Oct. 9 hearing.

Mike Nerheim, the Lake County state’s attorney, said that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) had signed a warrant to return Rittenhouse to Wisconsin after a request was made by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D). Nerheim said he had received the warrant on Friday morning.

“We’re ready to proceed,” Nerheim said.

Rittenhouse has been charged as an adult charged in Kenosha County on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted intentional homicide. He was also charged with recklessly endangering the safety of two other victims and possessing a weapon while under the age of 18. If convicted of first-degree homicide, Rittenhouse faces life in prison.

Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, were both shot and killed during riots in Kenosha on Aug. 25, sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, who appeared to be armed with a handgun, was shot and wounded.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers argue that he acted in self-defense.

Earlier this week, Rittenhouse’s legal team released previously unseen footage from the night of the shootings.

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Illinois Democratic governor says if the federal government does not bail out his state, it will face ‘nightmare scenario’ of a 5% budget cut

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzer sounded the “alarm” Tuesday regarding the possibility that Illinois may have to cut 5% from its budget next year, which he described as a “nightmare scenario.” He also pleaded with the federal government for a bailout package to help avert such a “nightmare.”

“Until Republicans in Washington decide otherwise, middle class, working class and poor families across our state and across the nation will likely suffer from cuts to public safety, education, human services and environmental safety — and the potential layoffs will make the economic recession worse,” Pritzker said. “I can promise you that, for everyone and anyone who got into public service who actually wants to serve the public, this is a nightmare scenario.”

Meanwhile, Illinois Republicans had little sympathy for Pritzker’s pleas, saying that they warned Pritzker months ago that the state’s revenues, which are anticipated to reach only $37 billion, were woefully inadequate to pay for the governor’s $42 billion budget package.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, House Republican leader Jim Durkin said, “House Republicans repeatedly warned the Democrats in May about this looming catastrophe — budgeting for $42 billion in spending with only $37 billion in revenue.”

Pritzler warned that the budget shortfall could lead to “thousands” of layoffs. The city of Chicago has also faced a severe budget shortfall this year, leading mayor Lori Lightfoot — who has engaged in a frequent war of words with President Donald Trump — to propose a budget that includes severe cutbacks for 2021 in order to make up for a shortfall this year.

Of note, Illinois has consistently lagged behind most of the rest of the country, and federal guidance, when it comes to allowing economic activity to resume in the state. This means that many Illinois small business owners have had to cut their budgets by 100% specifically because of orders issued by Pritzker and his administration, as opposed to the “nightmare” 5% potential state budget cut bemoaned by Pritzker.

For their part, Illinois Republicans promised to work with Democrats to fix the budget hole, though they made it clear that they accepted no responsibility for the shortfall.

Durkin told the Sun-Times, “The $5 billion hole, created by the Democrat-controlled government, was to be filled on a wish and a prayer through a Congressional bailout that never happened. This may be the worst budget in recent memory. My caucus will gladly return to Springfield to fix this disaster with a reality check on our finances and hopefully avoid further damage to our state.”

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Illinois governor says no to high school football this fall. Every bordering state is allowing it.

Despite every bordering state deciding differently, Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker doubled down on his decision not to allow high school football in the state this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ptitzker’s stance on the issue has not changed at all since he announced restrictions to high school sports in late July, even as parents and students around the state have engaged in protests and rallies demanding a return to the fall sports season.

The rallies were to no avail, however, as during a news conference Tuesday, the governor handed down his ruling.

“I’m not willing to sacrifice people’s lives or their health, neither the children nor their parents who would be affected also,” he announced. “We are being careful about it but I’m relying on doctors and researchers to give us the information. This isn’t a political decision. I know that there are people who would like me simply to make a political decision to allow people to endanger themselves.”

When asked about the bordering states — Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin — which have all permitted play, Pritzker said “if they decided to endanger children and families … that is their decision.”

“It’s not something that is good for the families and the children of Illinois,” Pritzker concluded, even after noting that Illinois has a lower positivity rate than many of the other states.

The Chicago Tribune reported last week that the Illinois High School Association sent a letter to Pritzker requesting “permission for the IHSA “to resume control over determining the resumption of IHSA sports and activities.”

At least for now, that request appears not to have been granted. However, it is not clear whether the IHSA would move to resume football even if it were to regain control.

Anything else?

While Illinois is unique as only state to ban high school football despite no bordering states doing so, it is far from the only state to postpone the fall season.

According to a Max Preps survey of where high school sports stand in all 50 states across the country, as of last week, 17 states along with the District of Columbia have opted not to have a fall football season.

It may be worth noting that out of those 17 states, 15 of them have Democratic governors.

In Illinois, it seems that Pritzker’s decision is not popular with residents. Sun-Times writer Michael O’Brien posted a poll Tuesday asking: “Do you think Illinois should play high school football now?” He noted that the last time he asked a similar question, readers were in favor of shutting down fall sports.

Though the results are certainly not scientific — since the poll is open to anyone, and not just Illinois residents — it demonstrated that public opinion on the matter has changed.

At the time of this article’s publication, 1,992 votes had been cast with 72% saying “yes.”

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An Illinois university is quarantining all students in their campus residences for two weeks because of 50 cases of COVID-19

Bradley University is calling for all of its students to quarantine in their homes in and around campus for two full weeks as it seeks to assess and control the spread of COVID-19 on campus, according to The Hill.

Bradley president Steve Standifird announced the quarantine in a video to students, setting an end date for 7 a.m. Sept. 23. Below is an excerpt from the statement:

“Although it may seem extreme, this move to temporary remote learning and a two-week, all-student quarantine allows us to focus on the continuity of the educational experience for all of our students while giving us time to gather data on the full extent of the spread of the virus and assess the best way to proceed as a community.”

“This two-week quarantine creates an opportunity for us to reset our behaviors so we can have a successful semester. I still think it’s possible for us to do so. We would not engage in the two-week quarantine if I did not believe it was possible for us to complete the semester on campus successfully, but this only happens if we collectively change our behaviors moving forward.”

The university is asking students to quarantine in their campus homes and participate in remote learning, but urging them not to return to their hometowns out of fear of spreading the virus more widely.

According to CBS News, the university has detected 50 cases of the novel coronavirus on campus. Standifird hopes that by taking extreme measures against the spread of the virus, they’ll be able to resume in-person classes later in the semester. That is not a guarantee, however, Standifird said.

“We would not engage in the two-week quarantine if I did not believe it was possible for us to complete the semester on campus successfully, but this only happens if we collectively change our behaviors moving forward,” he told WMBD-TV.

Most of the cases detected on campus were asymptomatic.

“The risk of new cases increases each time you leave and return to campus,” Standifird said. “It also complicates our tracing and testing greatly. We’re asking you to remain on campus instead of returning to your permanent residence. If you do return home, you must continue to quarantine and should not return back to campus until Sept. 22 or later.”

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Suspect, 17, in deadly Kenosha shootings jailed in Illinois, charged as fugitive from justice on homicide charge

The suspect accused of
killing two people and wounding a third when rioters and “militia” faced off Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was in jail in Lake County, Illinois, on Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was charged as a fugitive from justice on a homicide charge from Kenosha County, the paper said, citing court records.

A warrant referenced in Lake County records is not yet listed in Wisconsin online court records, the Journal Sentinel added.

USA Today reporter Nick Penzenstadler
tweeted that Rittenhouse was arrested in Antioch, Illinois, and that the “initial complaint ticket shows he’ll be charged with 1st degree intentional homicide.”

Penzenstadler also
tweeted that the Illinois complaint ticket reads that the suspect “fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for (homicide)”; he added that court records show Rittenhouse has been assigned a public defender and will appear for an extradition hearing Friday.

Rittenhouse will be charged as an adult according to Wisconsin law, the Journal Sentinel reported.

What’s the background?

One victim was shot in the head and another in the chest late Tuesday, just before midnight, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the Journal Sentinel in an
earlier story, adding that Beth didn’t know where the third person was shot — although video posted to social media showed someone had been shot in the arm.

Police said injuries to the third shooting victim, a 26-year-old West Allis man, were not life threatening, the Journal Sentinel reported, adding that the two killed were a 26-year-old man from Silver Lake and a 36-year-old Kenosha man.

Video posted to Twitter shows at least three people shot.

The paper said a
video clip shows a man sprinting into a car lot at 63rd Street and Sheridan Road carrying a long gun — and someone pursuing him appears to throw something toward him, and then multiple gunshots are heard.

Another clip posted by BlazeTV’s Elijah Schaffer shows a male, who apparently was shot in the head in the aforementioned incident, with a group around him and applying pressure to the wound.

“Call the police!” someone hollers.

More from the Journal-Sentinel:

Other videos show a man who seems to be the same man wielding a long gun while running north on Sheridan Road, being pursued by people screaming that he shot someone. He falls to the ground and fires the gun at people who seem to be trying to disarm him. While on the ground, he appears to shoot two of them, one in the torso and another in the arm.

The victim who was shot in the arm ran away from the shooter, bleeding heavily and screaming repeatedly that he needed a medic. More gunshots followed. A bystander who was live-streaming helped the victim with tying a tourniquet around his arm.

The gunman is then seen heading north toward several police tactical vehicles, his arms raised, according to video footage. The tactical vehicles drive by him.

The Journal Sentinel added more detail about what happened in the above shooting in another
follow-up story:

A second person, holding a skateboard, runs up and hits the shooter on the head with the skateboard as he begins sitting up again. The person grabs the shooter’s gun, but the shooter still has hold of it and fires, appearing to hit the person in the chest as they pull back and begin to run away. The person crumples to the pavement a few feet away and lies still.

Sheriff Beth told the Journal Sentinel that self-described militia members have been patrolling Kenosha’s streets in recent nights, but that he didn’t know if the shooter was with one.

“They’re a militia,” Beth added to the paper. “They’re like a vigilante group.”

In regard to the alleged shooter, Schaffer posted the following:

White protester uses N-word while antagonizing group that showed up with rifles

A video recorded earlier in the evening shows a white protester antagonizing the group that showed up with rifles to ward off rioters. Toward the end of the clip, this individual uses the N-word as he dares the group with guns to “shoot me!” — which runs counter to the mainstream media narrative that white supremacists are behind the deadly violence, as someone from the protesting side openly used racist language in the presence of black people.

The clip in question is the second in the below tweet. (
Content warning: Language, racial slurs):

In addition,
video images show the man with badly shot arm was pointing a handgun at the shooter while chasing him with a mob.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @bgonthescene

Other videos show the man whose arm was badly wounded getting treatment on the street.

In one clip, presumably regarding the injured man’s gun, a voice is heard saying, “It’s loaded. It’s loaded,” just after the 2:15 mark. (Content warning: Language):


3 Shot in Kenosha WI (Graphic)

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In another clip, someone tells police that “there’s a loaded handgun” in the street, just before the 2-minute mark. (Content warning: Language):


?Kenosha Live Protest Shots Exchanged Between Protesters and Militia (18+)

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Illinois school district to prioritize ‘Black and Brown’ students for in-person learning due to limited capacity

Racial minorities will be among those prioritized when Illinois School District 65 determines who can attend classes in-person with capacity limited by COVID-19 precautions, according to the Evanston RoundTable.

Schools in the district, which includes Evanston and Skokie, will be using about 60% of their square footage and ensuring that students have the space to maintain 6 feet of space between them as much as possible. Teachers will not be forced to work from the schools, so some of them may not be available to provide in-person instruction.

That means student capacity will be limited, and if too many parents choose to send their students to school in-person instead of online, the schools will have to make decisions on who to accept and who to deny. Superintendent Devon Horton said priority will be given to “dependent learners” and “students that are marginalized.”

“We are in a pandemic,” Horton told the RoundTable. “And we also know that everyone is affected by this differently. But there was a pandemic before this. That was inequity and racism, and classism and all of these other things. And so I just want to make sure that as we’re making a decision — no decision is going to make everyone happy — we understand that. We’re trying to support every single child to the best of our ability, and we can’t allow a political cash train to take over our decision-making regarding how we return our students to school.

“We have to make sure that students who’ve been oppressed, that we don’t continue to oppress them and that we give them opportunity,” Horton continued. “I’ve heard for quite some time that this is a community that’s about equity for Black and Brown students, for special education students, for LGBTQ students. We know that this is important work, and we’re going to prioritize that.”

Other prioritized groups, according to Deputy Superintendent Latarsha Green, include “students receiving free or reduced lunch, Black and Brown students, students who received an [incomplete] or less than 50% on their report cards, emerging bilinguals, and students with [individualized education programs]” as well as “students who are not performing according to reading or math grade-level expectations, and students with no comorbidity factors.”

School District 65 will begin its year fully online beginning Aug. 27, with plans to launch in-person classes on Sept. 29 if conditions allow. In-person classes will be Tuesday through Friday, with Monday set aside for the buildings to be thoroughly cleaned.

(H/T: Fox News)

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More Ugly Details Emerge in Federal Bribery Case with Ohio Utility, Legislators, Lobbyists, Donors, etc.

This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post. 

Activist Post has reported about recent legislator-utility bribery scandals in both Ohio and Illinois (see 123). Many don’t realize that similar bad behavior has also been pervasive for the last several years with the introduction, promotion, and installation of utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water.

Americans and people worldwide have been opposed to these 2-way wireless transmitting “Smart” Meters since they were first deployed. Their problems include fires, explosions, increased bills, and more (see 1234). They also DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy – as originally promised. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped legislators, utility companies, and other ne’er-do-wells from continuing to promote and force their installation on homes and throughout communities.

Only time will tell if some of the same folks being investigated for what’s happening in Ohio used similar tactics for promoting and forcing the installation of First Energy “Smart” Meters in the state.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Householder case: ‘Company C’ CEO Wayne Boich gave cash to HB 6 ‘dark money’ groups

The leader of a Columbus-based firm that made its family fortune in Ohio coal provided $25,000 of the money used to open bank accounts for the “dark-money” nonprofit at the center of the House Bill 6 scandal, The Dispatch has learned.

Wayne M. Boich, chairman and chief executive officer of Boich Companies, also later gave $100,000 to a for-profit company that spent nearly $1.5 million to support former House Speaker Larry Householder’s Republican candidates in the 2018 general election.

Boich is the CEO of “Company C,” listed in a federal court criminal complaint charging Householder and four others with racketeering, The Dispatch confirmed with a source close to the investigation of those involved with the campaign for HB 6.

Officials of the company have no comment, Boich spokesman Mike Dawson said Tuesday.

The House Bill 6 pay-to-play and bribery case, as described in a federal complaint, involves Akron-based FirstEnergy and affiliates routing nearly $61 million to Generation Now, a dark money nonprofit, to secure passage of the bill and defend it against a referendum repeal effort.

The secret money helped ensure a $1 billion-plus electricity ratepayer bailout of two nuclear power plants then owned by a FirstEnergy subsidiary and helped elect “Team Householder” House candidates to provide the votes needed to make him speaker, according to the charges.

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More from the Columbus Dispatch:

Householder directs a dirty campaign to save bailout as millions flow:

Activist Post Editor’s Note: This is the final part of four in a series examining the FBI’s criminal complaint against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others described as the Householder Enterprise. All five men and the group Generation Now were indicted Thursday on federal racketeering charges. Facts in this series are based on public records, including the charging documents, and past and recent interviews with public officials and other sources.

Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges asked Tyler Fehrman to coffee in September 2019.

The two apparently had become friends when Fehrman worked to help elect a couple of legislative candidates backed by now-former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

But in late 2019, Fehrman was working for the other side: He was the regional manager for the referendum campaign to overturn House Bill 6, known as a bailout for two nuclear power plants owned by a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary.

And Borges hoped Fehrman would give him inside information to help the Householder “Enterprise” keep the referendum off the ballot, the FBI says in a criminal affidavit.

In exchange for the information, Borges offered to give Fehrman a substantial sum of money, the affidavit said.

The affidavit doesn’t identify Fehrman by name, but The Blade in Toledo revealed his identity and Fehrman later told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland what happened.

“Never did I ever think that Matt was going to put me in the position that he did,” Fehrman told The Plain Dealer. “One of the first things he told me was, ‘Dude, I don’t have a mortgage anymore. Like, I’m so taken care of. And we could do the same for you.’”

Read full article

Since utility companies have installed tens of millions of “Smart” Meters – it’s likely that you have them installed on your home and throughout your community. Good luck with that.

 

Activist Post reports regularly about “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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More Ugly Details Emerge in Federal Bribery Case with Ohio Utility, Legislators, Lobbyists, Donors, etc.

This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post. 

Activist Post has reported about recent legislator-utility bribery scandals in both Ohio and Illinois (see 123). Many don’t realize that similar bad behavior has also been pervasive for the last several years with the introduction, promotion, and installation of utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water.

Americans and people worldwide have been opposed to these 2-way wireless transmitting “Smart” Meters since they were first deployed. Their problems include fires, explosions, increased bills, and more (see 1234). They also DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy – as originally promised. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped legislators, utility companies, and other ne’er-do-wells from continuing to promote and force their installation on homes and throughout communities.

Only time will tell if some of the same folks being investigated for what’s happening in Ohio used similar tactics for promoting and forcing the installation of First Energy “Smart” Meters in the state.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Householder case: ‘Company C’ CEO Wayne Boich gave cash to HB 6 ‘dark money’ groups

The leader of a Columbus-based firm that made its family fortune in Ohio coal provided $25,000 of the money used to open bank accounts for the “dark-money” nonprofit at the center of the House Bill 6 scandal, The Dispatch has learned.

Wayne M. Boich, chairman and chief executive officer of Boich Companies, also later gave $100,000 to a for-profit company that spent nearly $1.5 million to support former House Speaker Larry Householder’s Republican candidates in the 2018 general election.

Boich is the CEO of “Company C,” listed in a federal court criminal complaint charging Householder and four others with racketeering, The Dispatch confirmed with a source close to the investigation of those involved with the campaign for HB 6.

Officials of the company have no comment, Boich spokesman Mike Dawson said Tuesday.

The House Bill 6 pay-to-play and bribery case, as described in a federal complaint, involves Akron-based FirstEnergy and affiliates routing nearly $61 million to Generation Now, a dark money nonprofit, to secure passage of the bill and defend it against a referendum repeal effort.

The secret money helped ensure a $1 billion-plus electricity ratepayer bailout of two nuclear power plants then owned by a FirstEnergy subsidiary and helped elect “Team Householder” House candidates to provide the votes needed to make him speaker, according to the charges.

Read full article

More from the Columbus Dispatch:

Householder directs a dirty campaign to save bailout as millions flow:

Activist Post Editor’s Note: This is the final part of four in a series examining the FBI’s criminal complaint against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others described as the Householder Enterprise. All five men and the group Generation Now were indicted Thursday on federal racketeering charges. Facts in this series are based on public records, including the charging documents, and past and recent interviews with public officials and other sources.

Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges asked Tyler Fehrman to coffee in September 2019.

The two apparently had become friends when Fehrman worked to help elect a couple of legislative candidates backed by now-former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

But in late 2019, Fehrman was working for the other side: He was the regional manager for the referendum campaign to overturn House Bill 6, known as a bailout for two nuclear power plants owned by a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary.

And Borges hoped Fehrman would give him inside information to help the Householder “Enterprise” keep the referendum off the ballot, the FBI says in a criminal affidavit.

In exchange for the information, Borges offered to give Fehrman a substantial sum of money, the affidavit said.

The affidavit doesn’t identify Fehrman by name, but The Blade in Toledo revealed his identity and Fehrman later told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland what happened.

“Never did I ever think that Matt was going to put me in the position that he did,” Fehrman told The Plain Dealer. “One of the first things he told me was, ‘Dude, I don’t have a mortgage anymore. Like, I’m so taken care of. And we could do the same for you.’”

Read full article

Since utility companies have installed tens of millions of “Smart” Meters – it’s likely that you have them installed on your home and throughout your community. Good luck with that.

 

Activist Post reports regularly about “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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Dunkin’ Donuts employee arrested for spitting in cop’s coffee after trooper finds ‘thick piece of mucus’ in drink

A Dunkin’ Donuts employee was arrested on Friday after an Illinois State Trooper discovered a “thick piece of mucus” in his drink.

An Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper purchased a large black coffee from the Dunkin’ Donuts location at 6738 West Archer Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday. The coffee was “extremely hot,” so the officer removed the lid to let it cool down.

Once the lid was off, the cop discovered what he described as “a large, thick piece of mucus” floating in his coffee. According to the press release from the Illinois State Police, the bodily fluid was “later confirmed to be saliva.”

Vincent J. Sessler, the Dunkin’ Donuts employee suspected of spitting in the cop’s coffee, was arrested without incident by ISP District Chicago Troopers around 1 p.m. on Friday. The 25-year-old has been charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery to a peace officer for spitting in the police officer’s drink. As of Saturday, Sessler was still in custody at the Chicago Police Department 8th District, according to WBBM-TV.

Sessler has since been fired from Dunkin’ Donuts.

“This is outrageous and disgusting. The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day,” ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said in a statement. “They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment. For their safety, ISP officers and employees will be prohibited from patronizing this location.”

“The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values,” a Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson said. “Dunkin’ has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience.”

Last month, a Starbucks worker in New Jersey was arrested after spitting in the beverages of police officers. Kevin A. Trejo, 21, was exposed after he was “arrogant enough to be bragging about” spitting in the drinks of police officers. He was charged with subjecting a law enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a law enforcement officer’s drink, and creating a hazardous environment.

Also in July, a Five Guys restaurant in Alabama refused to serve police officers. Several employees at a Five Guys restaurant refused to take the orders of three officers of the Daphne Police Department. The burger joint has since been fired or suspended the employees who refused to serve the cops.

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Democratic candidate says she laughed repeatedly at video of officer hit in face by projectile — and withdraws from race amid outcry

A Democratic candidate for an Illinois county board has withdrawn from the race after backlash over her tweet saying she laughed repeatedly at a video showing a law enforcement officer hit in the face by a projectile, the
Chicago Tribune reported.

What are the details?

Hadiya Afzal, 20 — who won the March primary for the DuPage County board’s District 4 seat — wrote on Twitter, “I’ve been watching this on repeat for fifteen minutes and laughing every single time,” the paper said.

The video in question shows what appears to be an officer at a protest throwing an object off-screen while behind a barricade wall and then recoiling after getting hit in the face by a projectile, the Tribune said.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called Afzal’s tweet “hateful & sick.”

Cruz reacted to a tweet from conservative journalist Andy Ngo who said the video was from the Portland riots, the paper reported. The leftist rioters have been at it nightly for about two months and have been attacking a federal courthouse as well as federal officers using explosive devices and lasers that have left some agents blinded.

What happened next?

The Tribune said that after extensive online criticism, Afzal on Sunday night tweeted: “My post was in poor taste and doesn’t reflect the values I was raised with and hold dear. I do not support or condone violence in any form. I appreciate and support the role that law enforcement plays in keeping our communities safe. I sincerely apologize for the irresponsible tweet.”

But on her Facebook page, Afzal said the attention her tweet generated included “a wave of coordinated racist, sexist, and Islamaphobic harassment against me,” the paper noted.

“I do not condone violence in any form, and indeed have been one of many voices calling for policy changes to our policing problems today,” she wrote, according to the Tribune. “The specific related video showed a federal officer throwing a water bottle at unarmed protesters, unprovoked, and having it returned seconds later. I regret the comment and apologize to any individuals hurt by the remark. I do believe, however, that we must continue to push back against extrajudicial encroachment in municipal matters by the federal government and as a candidate for county board, I only want the safest possible life for every resident in District 4.”

Afzal — who said she is Muslim and wears a hijab — told the paper in a Monday interview that she’s been threatened numerous times, critics have posted the address of relatives, and she was afraid for her safety.

She said she dropped out of the race after a recommendation by the local Democratic Party and didn’t want to be a “distraction” from the November election, the Tribune said, adding that Afzal won a primary and lost the general election for a county board seat in 2018.

What did the local Democratic Party have to say?

Democratic Party of DuPage Chair Cynthia Borbas said in a statement that the party “strongly condemns” Afzal’s original tweet but added in an interview that some criticisms of Afzal “crossed the line” and were Islamaphobic and unacceptable, the paper said.

Democratic precinct committee members will vote in mid-August for a replacement on the ballot, Borbas told the Tribune.

What did the Republican she was to face in the election have to say?

Afzal would have been running against incumbent Republican Tim Elliott for the board seat, the paper said. And while Elliott — a civil litigation attorney — condemned Afzal’s original tweet, he also took issue with many of the comments attacking her, the Tribune noted.

“On all sides, we need to stop this,” Elliott told the paper. “Does everyone want to be judged by the worst or dumbest email they send? It’s destructive, it results in extremism and kills legitimate conversation. It hurts our ability to compromise.”

Here’s an Afzal campaign video when she ran for the board in 2018:


“Taking Charge” – Hadiya For DuPage

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Black Lives Matter mural painted over to read ‘All Lives Matter’ — and activists are not happy

A Black Lives Matter mural in suburban Chicago street was painted over earlier this week to read “All Lives Matter,” WLS-TV reported.

And activists were not pleased.

“If they cannot understand that all lives don’t matter until black lives matter, they did this out of hatred,” activist and mural organizer Cortlyn Kelly told the station.

Crews were working to clean the mural in the village of Oak Park Wednesday morning, WLS noted, and police are investigating.

Image source: WLS-TV video screenshot

What’s the background?

The mural was created over two days in June by about 20 volunteers, the station said, adding that the intent was to make it more colorful than other BLM murals around the country since June is Pride month.

Oak Park resident Cullen Benson approached the Oak Park Area Arts Council with the idea in the wake of George Floyd protests, WLS noted, adding that Benson said the mural “is a piece of history to influence generations to come.”

What else was said?

Camille Wilson White, Arts Council executive director, told the station that seeing the mural “vandalized, defaced this way, it’s shameful.”

“The village is a place of inclusion and to have someone come and destroy someone else’s work is disrespectful and disgusting,” resident Yolanda Taylor told WLS.

But fellow resident Greg Mayor noted to the station that “if all lives matter, then black lives matter — and why would that upset you other than if you have a different agenda … than all lives matter?”

Mural restored and activists rally

By Wednesday night the mural was restored and activists added chalk phrases and drawings to underscore the message, WLS said.

The Revolutionary Oak Park Youth Action League also organized a demonstration that attracted about 100 people and continued its call to defund and pull police from schools, the station said.

Image source: WLS-TV video screenshot

Ray Longstreet added to those who painted over the mural that “if you were brave enough to come out here and cover this up, you should be brave enough to come be a man and just tell us what you did.”

Image source: WLS-TV video screenshot

“If you hear Black Lives Matter and immediately your response is to say ‘All Lives Matter,’ [that] says a lot about how you perceive race,” Makayla Pye said, according to WLS.

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As U.S. Cities Crumble, Demand For Rural And Suburban Properties Is Soaring

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at the End of the American Dream.

This represents a major shift because prior to 2020 we had seen a tremendous boom in real estate prices in large cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Now a lot of those buyers have become very motivated sellers, but there just isn’t a lot of demand for tremendously overpriced homes in core urban areas that are currently being torn to pieces by rioters.

Meanwhile, prices for rural and suburban homes are being pushed up as an increasing number of Americans seek to get away from the major cities.

At first, it was the coronavirus pandemic that was the primary reason why so many people wanted to move.  According to Redfin, page views for homes in rural communities and small towns were way, way up in March as the virus began to spread aggressively in the United States…

A report from Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN) highlights this trend, showing that by late March, the seven-day average change in page views of homes in rural and small towns was up 115% and 88%, respectively.

Of course, now the worst civil unrest in decades has been added to the equation, and this has caused even more city dwellers to consider a change in residence.  In fact, one poll found that approximately 40 percent of all city dwellers “are considering leaving”…

A recent Harris Poll found that more than 3 in 10 people in America say the pandemic makes them want to live in a rural area. And, 1 in 4 now want to live in a suburb exterior to a major city. In a separate Harris Poll, it was found that nearly 40% of city dwellers are considering leaving the city due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to move.  In an economic environment where more than 42 million Americans have already lost their jobs, many people will be doing all that they can to cling to the jobs that they still have.

But for those with the liberty to live wherever they want, this is an opportunity to make a dramatic change.

At this point, even urban real estate markets that were once red hot like San Francisco appear to be cooling off in a major way

Amid the depths of a global pandemic and financial downturn, the demand for real estate is unexpectedly rocketing in wealthy regions outside San Francisco, reports Bloomberg. Agents say that demand is soaring in affluent areas around the Bay Area such as Napa, Marin and further afield in Carmel, as people who have the means look to get away from the city. Meanwhile, the market in San Francisco and Alameda County is still well below where it was last year.

Elsewhere, Lake Tahoe has also seen a surge in real estate interest. The prospect of living out of the city on an alpine lake while maintaining a career is appealing for a new generation of young buyers, as many tech companies have signaled that remote work may be the new norm for a long time.

During the good times, our big cities had a lot to offer.

But now, many city dwellers have become completely convinced that their communities are simply no longer safe places to live.

Just look at what is happening in Chicago.  The last day in May was “the deadliest day” that the city had seen “since at least 1961?…

The city of Chicago notched a grim milestone last weekend, as 18 people were murdered on Sunday, May 31 alone, marking the deadliest day in the city since at least 1961.

The University of Chicago Crime Lab’s numbers do not go back further than 1961, so it’s impossible to say how long it’s been — if ever — since so many people were murdered in the city one 24-hour stretch.

We have come to expect a very high level of violence in Chicago, but one local expert says that the number of murders on that particular Sunday was “beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before”

“We’ve never seen anything like it, at all,” the crime lab’s senior research director, Max Kapustin, told the newspaper. “I don’t even know how to put it into context. It’s beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.”

Chicago’s next most violent day was Aug. 4, 1991, when 13 murders were recorded.

At one time, America’s beautiful shining cities were the envy of the entire planet.

But now thousands of retail outlets have been boarded up, homelessness is absolutely exploding, and it looks like there will be much more rioting, looting, and violence in the months ahead.

I have been writing about the plight of our major cities for many years, and even though I have been relentlessly warning that this was coming, it doesn’t make it any less sad.

I have really been feeling so sad lately.  Things didn’t have to turn out this way for America, but our choices have consequences, and we have been making really bad choices for decades.

Ultimately, I am quite glad that I was able to get away from the big cities when I did, and countless other Americans have made the exact same choice.

Now we are potentially facing a mass exodus from the major cities in the months ahead, and that will likely drive real estate prices in the most desirable small towns and rural communities through the roof.

Those that are wealthy will be able to afford such prices, but many others may find themselves completely priced out of the market and unable to relocate.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream, and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations, I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial, or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all many people as we possibly can.

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GOP state lawmaker kicked out of Illinois House session for refusing to wear a mask

A Republican state lawmaker was booted from a session of the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday, after the chamber voted to have him removed for refusing to wear a mask in accordance with a new rule amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rep. Darren Bailey (R) refused to wear a face covering during the first three sessions, prompting his colleagues—including some fellow Republicans—to vote 81-27 to have him kicked out. The action did not remove him from office, and he is able to return to the people’s business if he falls in line and wears a mask.

Following the motion, the acting speaker declared, “Doormen, please remove Rep. Bailey.”

But Bailey did not appear bothered by his dismissal from the session, and left with a smile on his face before greeting reporters outside. He told the press, “It’s time to put an end to this stuff and say enough is enough.”


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State Rep. Bailey has been an outspoken critic of coronavirus-related restrictions, according to WMAQ-TV. The Republican even sued Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month for extending the state’s stay-at-home mandates.

Pritzker called Bailey’s decision to refuse to wear a mask “a callous disregard for life, callous disregard for people’s health.”

Other GOP members had threatened to attend House proceedings without wearing facial coverings, but ultimately decided against fighting the rule. Rep. Chris Miller (R) told WMAQ, “If we are required, I will play along. I don’t want to be a distraction from the real issues of JB’s failed leadership.”

Rep. Brad Halbrook (R) added, “If the rule is adopted I will abide by it. I trust that we will spend as much time on the long overdue issues of spending reform, pension reform, property tax and many other needed reforms.”

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s family opted to spend much of pandemic in Florida

The family of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) spent about two months in Florida, where they had traveled in early March — just before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent mitigation efforts escalated, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Pritzker was questioned last month about a report claiming his family had been traveling to and from Florida during the pandemic. At the time, he refused to answer, saying that his family had nothing to do with his duties as governor. He called the line of questioning “reprehensible.”

On Friday, Pritzker admitted that his family had been in Florida from March until recently. Pritzker owns an equestrian farm in Florida.

Since leaving Florida, his family still hasn’t been staying full time in Illinois, the Tribune reported. Pritzker said they’ve been at a horse farm the family owns in Wisconsin.

“I just will say we have a working farm,” Pritzker said. “They’re there now. There are animals on that farm, that it’s an essential function to take care of animals at a farm, so that’s what they’re doing.”

Pritzker’s spokesperson later said the governor’s family wasn’t staying in Wisconsin, but had traveled back and forth.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has faced heavy media criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. DeSantis has taken a more measured approach to the pandemic, and the results have been better than some states that imposed severe restrictions.

He was criticized for allowing people on beaches even though there appears to be little risk of COVID-19 transmission in warm, outdoor environments when reasonable social distancing is practiced by individuals, and he received little credit for signing executive orders protecting nursing home residents, which have proven to be where the virus is most deadly.

Illinois won’t allow gatherings of more than 50 people until there is a COVID-19 vaccine or a “highly effective treatment widely available.” Illinois’s coronavirus death toll is 4,379, and Florida’s is 2,052, according the respective states’ websites.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s family opted to spend much of pandemic in Florida

The family of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) spent about two months in Florida, where they had traveled in early March — just before the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent mitigation efforts escalated, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Pritzker was questioned last month about a report claiming his family had been traveling to and from Florida during the pandemic. At the time, he refused to answer, saying that his family had nothing to do with his duties as governor. He called the line of questioning “reprehensible.”

On Friday, Pritzker admitted that his family had been in Florida from March until recently. Pritzker owns an equestrian farm in Florida.

Since leaving Florida, his family still hasn’t been staying full time in Illinois, the Tribune reported. Pritzker said they’ve been at a horse farm the family owns in Wisconsin.

“I just will say we have a working farm,” Pritzker said. “They’re there now. There are animals on that farm, that it’s an essential function to take care of animals at a farm, so that’s what they’re doing.”

Pritzker’s spokesperson later said the governor’s family wasn’t staying in Wisconsin, but had traveled back and forth.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has faced heavy media criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. DeSantis has taken a more measured approach to the pandemic, and the results have been better than some states that imposed severe restrictions.

He was criticized for allowing people on beaches even though there appears to be little risk of COVID-19 transmission in warm, outdoor environments when reasonable social distancing is practiced by individuals, and he received little credit for signing executive orders protecting nursing home residents, which have proven to be where the virus is most deadly.

Illinois won’t allow gatherings of more than 50 people until there is a COVID-19 vaccine or a “highly effective treatment widely available.” Illinois’s coronavirus death toll is 4,379, and Florida’s is 2,052, according the respective states’ websites.

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Illinois governor adds jail time as potential penalty for business owners who defy stay-at-home order

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) filed an emergency rule on Friday that allows for business owners to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for violating the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order, the New York Times reported.

Owners of businesses such as restaurants, bars, barbershops, salons, and gyms could now face a fine up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail for operating in defiance of shutdown orders implemented in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Pritzker’s office told the Times that the measure was an “additional enforcement tool for businesses that refuse to comply with the most critical aspects of the stay-at-home order” and that “only businesses that pose a serious risk to public health and refuse to comply with health regulations would be issued a citation.”

“The rule gives law enforcement a tool that may be more appropriate and less severe than closing the business altogether,” the spokeswoman, Jordan Abudayyeh, said.

Illinois has seen 94,191 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 4,177 deaths tied to the disease as of Sunday statistics provided by state health officials.

Illinois Republican state Sen. Dan McConchie issued a statement criticizing Pritzker’s emergency rules change.

“The new emergency rule [from Pritzker] that makes it a crime to violate his executive orders is an affront to the separation of powers,” McConchie wrote on Twitter. “Legislatures make laws. Governors enforce them. Period.”

The Illinois stay-at-home order is set to expire at the end of May if it is not extended.

After a Texas hairstylist was sentenced to jail for operating her salon in violation of a judge’s temporary restraining order, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott responded to outrage by retroactively revising his executive order to remove the jail time penalty.

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, another governor whose state is still under strict lockdown measures, accurately described the pain the lockdowns are putting on Americans.

“I deeply understand the stress and anxiety that people have, that entire dreams have been torn asunder because of the shutdowns, their savings account depleted and their credit rating destroyed,” Newsom told CNN on Sunday.

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Illinois churches can’t exceed 50 attendees until there’s a coronavirus vaccine, medicine, or no new cases

Under Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois through the coronavirus pandemic, churches are included in restrictions that could limit gatherings to 50 people or fewer for more than a year.

Pritzker’s plan includes five phases of reopening based on defined benchmarks based on the rate of infection in different areas of the state.

The first, and most restrictive, phase is phase 1, called “rapid spread.” All of Illinois has already qualified for phase 2, “flattening.” Phase 3, “recovery,” is dependent on decreased rate of infection and hospitalization, as well as widely available testing and contact tracing.

Moving to phase 4, revitalization, requires a continued positive trend in the aforementioned areas. The final phase, “Illinois restored,” requires a “vaccine, treatment or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.”

Under the current phase, gatherings are limited to those deemed “essential” and limited to 10 people or fewer. Phase 3 allows for “all” gatherings of 10 or fewer people. Phase 4 allows for all gatherings of 50 people or fewer.

So, churches that draw more than 50 people won’t be able to fully return to normal until a vaccine is deployed (which is not a certainty), or until there’s a highly effective medical treatment available. Or, until there are no new cases of the virus altogether.

Experts speculate that a vaccine could be 12-18 months away from being widely available, and because of the widespread isolation policies in the U.S., the country could be further from herd immunity than it otherwise would be.

Despite the constitutional concerns involved with restricting religious gatherings, Pritzker confirmed that churches would receive no exemptions from the policy, saying he was following the guidance that had been given to him.

“You know, that in phase three, there can be gatherings, church gatherings, of 10 or fewer. In phase four, 50 or fewer. So that’s the guidance that’s been given to me,” Pritzker said during a Wednesday news conference, according to the Washington Examiner. “I’m not the one providing that guidance. It really is what the scientists and epidemiologists are recommending.”

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Judge rules against Illinois Dem governor’s stay-at-home order: ‘Shredded the Constitution’

An Illinois judge has ruled against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order, citing a violation of civil liberties.

Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey filed a lawsuit last week challenging Pritzker’s lockdown extension. The suit asked that a judge determine whether Pritzker abused his power by extending the order, which kept most businesses shut down and forced Illinois citizens to remain in their homes.

“Enough is enough! I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life,” Bailey said in a statement.

On Monday, Clay County Chief Circuit Judge Michael McHaney ruled in Bailey’s favor.

McHaney ruled that Pritzker’s order “shredded the Constitution,” WBBM-TV reported.

However, the ruling only released Bailey from Pritzker’s lockdown, and did not extend to any other Illinoians. If others want the same relief, they will need to file their own lawsuits.

In response to McHaney’s ruling, Pritzker lashed out at Bailey and vowed to appeal.

“People are in danger as a result of this ruling, of the judge’s ruling of the suit that was brought by Darren Bailey,” Pritzker said, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We certainly are going to act in a swift fashion to try to have this ruling overturned, certainly put a stay in place,” he added. “I mean it’s, frankly, it’s insulting, it’s dangerous and people’s safety and health has now been put at risk. There may be people who contract coronavirus as a result of what Darren Bailey has done now.”

Last week, Pritzker extended Illinois’s stay-at-home order until May 30.

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Tyson Foods Warns “Food Supply Chain Is Breaking”

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Newsfeeds in April have been inundated with food supply chain disruption stories due to coronavirus-related shutdowns. At least a third of US meatpacking facilities handling hogs have shifted offline this month, other plants that process cows and chickens have also shuttered operations, forcing farmers to cull herds and flocks.

This is because each plant closure diminishes the ability for a farmer to sell animals at the market, leaves them with overcapacity issues similar to the turmoil facing the oil industry. Only unlike oil where pumped oil must be stored somewhere (as one can’t just dump it in the nearest river) even if that ends up costing producers money as we saw last Monday when oil prices turned negative for the first time ever, food producers have a simpler option: just killing their livestock.

We previously explained what this imbalance has created: crashing live cattle spot prices while finished meat prices are soaring, which doesn’t just affect farmers but also consumers simultaneously and could spark a shortage of meat at grocery stores as soon as the first week of May.

 

And in the starkest warning yet that high food prices could last for a long time, Tyson Foods warned in a full-page ad  in the New York Times on Sunday that the “food supply chain is breaking.”

“As pork, beef and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” wrote Tyson Chairman John Tyson, patriarch of the company’s founding family, in a Tyson Foods website post that also ran as a full-page ad in several newspapers. “The food supply chain is breaking.”

Confirming the worst fears of American pork and bacon consumers, Tyson wrote that the company has been forced to close plants, and that federal, state, and local government officials needed to coordinate to allow plants to operate safely, “without fear, panic or worry” among employees. He warned that supply shortages of its products will be seen at grocery stores, as at least a dozen major meatpacking plants close operations for virus-related issues.

Brett Stuart, president of Denver-based consulting firm Global AgriTrends, calls the situation “absolutely unprecedented.”

“It’s a lose-lose situation where we have producers at the risk of losing everything and consumers at the risk of paying higher prices.” 

Last week, Smithfield Foods, one of the top pork producers in the world, closed another operation in Illinois. That news came directly after Hormel Foods closed two of its Jennie-O turkey plants in Minnesota. Then it was reported over the weekend that major poultry plants across Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia had reduced hours because of worker shortages due to virus issues. And then on Sunday, JBS USA closed a large beef production facility in Wisconsin.

“During this pandemic, our entire industry is faced with an impossible choice: continue to operate to sustain our nation’s food supply or shutter in an attempt to entirely insulate our employees from risk,” Smithfield said in a statement Friday. “It’s an awful choice; it’s not one we wish on anyone.”

Bloomberg’s map shows the latest closures of meatpacking plants:

Even before the Tyson warnings, last week we cautioned that it was appropriate to label virus outbreaks at meatpacking plants as the “next disaster zones” of the pandemic. This wasn’t just because of workers and USDA inspectors were contracting the virus, and in some cases dying – but because food shortages could also add to social instabilities during a pandemic and economic crisis.

The distress in the agricultural space has not been limited to just livestock. Dairy and produce farmers have had to dump or throw out spoiled products due to a collapse in demand for bulk products, mostly because of shifting supply chains with the closure of restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, education systems, and anyone else who is not deemed essential in a lockdown.

What this means is that farmers who generally sell bulk products do not have the means at the moment to convert product lines into individual items for direct to consumer selling. This will take time for the conversion. So, in the meantime, with no customers, farmers have to dump.

Politico has outlined some of this disruption:

“Images of farmers destroying tomatoes, piling up squash, burying onions and dumping milk shocked many Americans who remain fearful of supply shortages. At the same time, people who recently lost their jobs lined up for miles outside some food banks, raising questions about why there has been no coordinated response at the federal level to get the surplus of perishable food to more people in need, even as commodity groups, state leaders and lawmakers repeatedly urged the Agriculture Department to step in.”

Tom Vilsack, who served as agriculture secretary during the Obama administration, put it this way: “It’s not a lack of food, it’s that the food is in one place and the demand is somewhere else and they haven’t been able to connect the dots. You’ve got to galvanize people.”

The immediate outcome of this food supply chain collapse will be even more rapid food inflation, hitting Americans at a time of unprecedented economic hardships with at least 26.5 million now unemployed since the pandemic struck the US.

And with a sharp economic recession, if not outright depression unfolding, more Americans are ditching grocery stores for food banks, putting incredible stress on these charities, which has forced the government to deploy National Guard troops at many locations to ensure food security to the neediest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please remember that the food supply chain is being affected because the mainstream media intentionally panicked the masses, and used fear to force compliance with the commands of tyrants. If human beings had been smart enough to take a stand and refuse to be controlled when this started we’d all be much better off.  Most of humanity’s tragedies (and this one is no different) are the result of following orders. 

In the book, Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose, it is explained in detail why following orders is not the way a free people ought to act. The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition that infects the minds of people of all races, religions, and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even without making human beings one bit more wise or virtuous, removing that one superstition would remove the vast majority of injustice and suffering from the world.

Spoiler alert: the most dangerous superstition is “authority” and those who follow its commands.

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Armed intruders force their way into home — but homeowner punches one out and shoots the other to death. Surviving suspect charged with murder.

A doorbell video showed two men forcing their way into an Arlington Heights, Illinois, home at gunpoint Saturday,
WGN-TV reported.

But like many other stupid criminals, they didn’t count on the homeowner being up for several rounds of fisticuffs — or practicing the Second Amendment.

What happened?

Prosecutors said Bradley J. Finnan, 39, and Larry D. Brodacz, 58 — both armed with guns and after boxes containing $200,000 in cash that Brodacz claimed he saw in the home 20 years ago — were captured on a Ring doorbell security camera as they approached the home just before 2 p.m., the Daily Herald reported.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

Brodacz noticed the Ring camera and told Finnan to not look at it, prosecutors told the paper, adding that Brodacz rang the doorbell and forced his way inside after a male homeowner — expecting landscapers — answered. Finnan carried a bag containing zip ties and a blowtorch and followed inside, the Daily Herald said.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

Yelling and commotion followed, the paper said, and then the homeowner was seen on video chasing Finnan from the house and punching him repeatedly.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

As he fled, Finnan’s identity was revealed when his mask slipped, prosecutors told the Daily Herald.

Things get more terrifying

Meanwhile, as the homeowner’s wife saw the intruders inside her house, she screamed and ran to an upstairs bedroom with the couple’s children and closed the door, the paper said. And while her husband fought Finnan outside, Brodacz broke the bedroom door, pushed the children onto the bed, and pointed his gun at the woman who pleaded with him not to shoot, prosecutors told the Daily Herald.

Once the homeowner was done beating on Finnan, he returned inside and was retrieving a handgun from the home’s master bedroom when he was struck in the back of the head, the paper said.

During a struggle, the homeowner fired a shot at Brodacz but missed, and then the pair bit each other, prosecutors told the Daily Herald. Then Brodacz took a knife from his waistband and approached the homeowner — and fearing for his life and the lives of his family members, he fatally shot Brodacz in the stomach, prosecutors added to the paper.

More from the Daily Herald:

Arlington Heights police arrived and entered the home as the male homeowner, bleeding from a head wound and carrying his gun, walked down from the second story and told them he had shot the offender, prosecutors say.

Police recovered two bullet cartridges, Brodacz’s knife and his .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with seven rounds, authorities said. They also recovered the bag Finnan carried and other items.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, Buffalo Grove police received a missing-person report about a man whose description matched that of Brodacz. After interviewing one of his family members, police identified him from his driver’s license.

Video surveillance from a Crystal Lake Metra station showed Finnan driving Brodacz’s car to the station and removing bags from the trunk at about 9:23 p.m. Saturday. Early Sunday, police located him at his mother’s Rockford home.

The family did not know either man, police told the paper.

Finnan charged with murder

The Daily Herald said Finnan is charged with murder under a statute that allows a defendant to be so charged if the accused takes part in felony offenses that lead to another’s death — even if the defendant wasn’t directly involved in the killing.

He’s also charged with home invasion and is being held without bail, the paper said. Finnan could face a life sentence if convicted, the paper said, adding that April 21 is his next scheduled court appearance.

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Illinois mayor who asked police to crack down on social gatherings ’embarrassed’ after wife busted

The mayor of Alton, Illinois, says he is “embarrassed” after his wife was cited for violating the state’s stay-at-home order by attending a party at a bar less than 48 hours after he warned citizens he had asked police to crack down on illegal social gatherings during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

On Friday, Mayor Brant Walker issued a plea to the residents of Alton to comply with the shelter-in-place order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) last month, and announced that he had given police the go-ahead to be more strict on enforcing the dictate.

“I have directed the police department to use their discretion in issuing citations or making arrests for those refusing to follow the state-issued stay-at-home mandate,” Walker explained, adding, “I am begging you, please stay at home, and parents — please keep your kids at home. Doing so is vital to our health.”

Then, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, Walker’s wife, Shannon Walker, was busted partying in a downtown tavern when police moved in to shut down the gathering.

According to CNN, police confirmed “that officers issued a criminal complaint for reckless conduct — a class A misdemeanor charge punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of $2,500 — to everyone who had gathered at the bar.”

Mayor Walker addressed the issue in a statement on Monday, explaining that police contacted him at around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning to make him aware that his wife was “in attendance” at the “prohibited social gathering.”

“I instructed the Police Chief to treat her as he would any citizen violating the ‘Stay at Home’ order and to ensure that she received no special treatment,” the mayor told his constituents.

“My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement,” Walker wrote. He added, “I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton for any embarrassment this incident may cause our City.”

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Illinois governor issues statewide ‘stay at home’ order

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued a statewide “shelter-in-place” order on Friday, requiring residents to stay out of public spaces unless making essential purchases for necessities such as groceries or gas amid the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The directive is set to run from Saturday at 5:00 p.m. through April 7.

What are the details?

The Chicago Tribune reported that Gov. Pritzker said he decided to issue the order after consulting with “some of the best medical experts, epidemiologists, mathematicians and modelers.”

“I’ve asked every one of these experts, ‘What action can I take to save the most lives?'” Pritzker said. “Well, they’ve all come back to me with one inescapable conclusion: To avoid the loss of potentially tens of thousands of lives, we must enact an immediate stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois.”

When asked how the order would be enforced, the governor replied, “To be honest, we don’t have the resources, the capacity, or the desire to police every individual’s behavior.”

He added, “I’ve instructed law enforcement to monitor for violations and take action when necessary, but that is not an option that anyone prefers.”

According to WGN-TV, “the order will mean residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well.”

Illinois currently has 585 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, and five residents have died from the virus. WGN-TV reported that health officials in the state “estimate as many as 3,400 people may test positive for the COVID-19 virus within a week if current trajectories continue,” which would mean a 700% spike.

Anything else?

Pritzker’s move makes Illinois the third state in the U.S. to impose a stay-at-home order in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a shelter-in-place directive for his state on Thursday and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) did the same on Friday morning.

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Pro-life Democratic congressman — one of the few remaining — loses Democratic primary in Illinois to progressive

One of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress lost his primary to a candidate backed by the progressive group Justice Democrats — the same organization that backed New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, among others.

Who was it? Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a member of the Blue Dog coalition in the House that consists of centrist Democrats, lost to Marie Newman, a progressive candidate who first ran unsuccessfully in 2018.

LIpinski was running for his ninth term in Congress, but with the loss becomes the first incumbent to lose a primary in 2020.

Newman was boosted this time around by stronger fundraising efforts and stronger support from abortion rights groups like EMILY’s List, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.

“We learned from the first race — there are things that I didn’t do well, and I’m now doing well,” Newman said, CNN reported.

Lipinski’s voting record: It is increasingly difficult for Democrats who don’t move further to the left on issues like abortion and health care to avoid primary challenges from more progressive candidates.

Lipinski regularly votes on the pro-life side of abortion proposals, and he voted against the Affordable Care Act. Justice Democrats, which backed Newman, is an organization that recruits and grooms far-left candidates to challenge incumbent lawmakers from the left.

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is another Blue Dog Democrat who faced a Justice Democrats challenge this year, but he defeated Jessica Cisneros in their primary contest.

“This is a critical victory for the progressive movement in showing that voters are ready for a new generation of progressive leadership in the Democratic Party,” said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, according to The Hill. “This isn’t just a loss for one incumbent. It’s a defeat for machine politics and big corporate donors who want to stop our movement for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and reproductive rights.”

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Triggered college student uses bias reporting site to complain about prof’s ‘old white guy’ statements

A student at Northern Illinois University used the school’s Bias Reporting website to call out a professor for making “old white guy” statements, the College Fix reported.

The professor “persistently makes problematic statements of a type that we in marginalized communities might call ‘old white guy’ statements,” the student said, according to the outlet. “These don’t appear malicious, but they are assumptive.”

The College Fix said it filed a freedom of information request to obtain the complaint, which was among 71 filed last year with the NIU bias website. Most identifying information in the complaints was redacted to protect the privacy of the individuals involved, the outlet added.

What did the professor say?

The triggered student noted a few things the professor in question said, including once when he asked the class to compare the two textbooks from two countries, and then pointed out that the topic of racial or minority theory was absent from one of the books, the College Fix said.

When he asked the class why, a student answered “because it’s from Denmark” — to which the professor added, “Where there are no black people,” the outlet reported.

“He did elaborate to say that there were ‘some’ black people in Denmark but clearly indicated that he believed the lack of the topic [of] racial theory was due to an absence of minority populations rather than historical incidence of purposeful racial segregation,” the student wrote, according to the College Fix.

Another time he commented about a female author being on the syllabus because “you’ve got to have a woman, and she just so happens to fit the bill,” the student reported, according to the outlet.

The student added that the professor’s behavior wasn’t “anything more than something to roll one’s eyes over” but that “friends suggested I go ahead and fill out a bias report,” the College Fix said.

What does the student want?

“I am not particularly asking for action taken” against the professor, the student added, according to the outlet. “I would, however, care about general training using these examples anonymized so that future insensitivity might be reduced.”

The College Fix said Northern Illinois University officials didn’t respond to its request for comment.

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