Business owners in Buffalo-area took a defiant stand against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus-related restrictions on Friday, telling a local health inspector and sheriffs deputies, who showed up to enforce Cuomo’s arbitrary restrictions, to immediately leave their property because they did not have a warrant to be there.
Robby Dinero, owner of Athletes Unleashed in Orchard Park, gathered dozens of area business owners at his gym on Friday night to discuss Cuomo’s latest business-killing restrictions, according to WGRZ-TV. Their goal was to plan how to survive the newest restrictions.
But, about 20 minutes into the meeting, members from the Erie County Department of Health and deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department barged into the meeting, telling those gathered that they were violating Cuomo’s restrictions that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.
What happened next was caught on video and is going viral.
One of the people at the gatherings told the health department official to have compassion on area businesses and went she said that she does, another business owner told the official, “OK, well you need to go have compassion out in the parking lot.”
“This is private property. This is private property. This is private property,” the man told the health department official. The man then told the sheriff deputies to “do your jobs.”
“Your job is to remove people who are not wanted here,” the man said. One of the deputies responded by lecturing the business owners for not wearing face masks.
Another man then said, “You guys need to leave because right now, you’re trespassing without a warrant. You need to leave.” Others repeated, “Go get a warrant.”
After more back-and-forth, the business owners continued to tell the health department official and sheriff deputies that they needed to leave because they were trespassing on private property.
“You don’t get to violate the Constitution,” one of the business owners said. “You don’t circumvent or subvert the Constitution.”
The video ends as the business owners shout in unison, “Get out!” The deputies and health department worker are then driven out of the gym.
Business owners in Buffalo, NY demand “health inspector” leave private property. “Go get a warrant.”
In an interview with the Buffalo News, Tim Walton, who attended Friday night’s event, said the business owners are not doubting the existence of COVID-19, but rather the arbitrary nature of Cuomo’s restrictions.
Meanwhile, Health Department spokeswoman Kara Kane told the Buffalo News, “We are gathering information and will have more to share in our press conference on Monday.”
“I don’t believe as a law enforcement officer you have a right to pick and choose what laws you will enforce,” Cuomo said Wednesday during an Albany news conference.
What’s the background?
Cuomo announced new restrictions last week in response to the COVID-19 surge, saying gatherings in the state would be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences.
“New York follows the science,” the far-left Democrat said of his decision. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m.”
“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.
Then Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said there won’t be any Thanksgiving enforcement of Cuomo’s restrictions, the New York Post reported, adding that Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said Monday that goes for his jurisdiction as well.
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Zurlo said in a news release, according to the paper.
Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that an executive order “is a law” and that the issue “has been litigated.”
He then spoke as if he was a sheriff defying his COVID-19 restrictions: “Well, I don’t believe in that law, and therefore I won’t enforce it.”
Cuomo, speaking as himself, said such an attitude “is, frankly, frightening to me as an individual, frightening to democracy. It’s arrogant, and it violates your constitutional duty.”
He added that the opinion of an officer about a law “doesn’t matter” and that such agents have sworn to “enforce the laws.”
Cuomo also spoke as if he was an officer who doesn’t want to enforce domestic violence statutes: “That’s a family affair. They had a family fight, and I don’t think it’s the state’s right to come in and say you shouldn’t treat your wife that way, you shouldn’t treat your husband that way.”
“No,” Cuomo said, responding to his own scenario. “There’s a law, and you have to enforce the law, or don’t call yourself a law enforcement officer.”
Video: Cuomo: It’s not up to sheriffs to pick and choose on law enforcement
Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions have also irked politicians in the state, including Staten Island Republican City Councilman Joe Borelli, who tweeted last week he’s planning on having a party with over 10 guests — daring a crackdown, the New York Post reported.
When pressed on how his restrictions could be enforced, Cuomo acknowledged that it’s largely an honor system, the Albany Times Union reported.
“Nobody is saying knock on doors and count heads,” he added, according to the Times Union. “But you come across a gathering for one reason or another and there’s 20 people there, you say, ‘This can’t happen.'”
A Cuomo spokesman later clarified that Cuomo isn’t encouraging police to make arrests but to take steps to ensure that illegal gatherings are broken up, the Times Union added.
Another three sheriffs from upstate New York said they won’t be enforcing far-left Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving coronavirus restrictions on gatherings in private residences, the New York Post reported.
What’s the background?
Cuomo announced new restrictions last week in response to the COVID-19 surge, saying gatherings in the state would be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences.
“New York follows the science,” Cuomo said of his decision. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m.”
“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.
“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t,” the sheriff added. “Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.”
Giardino later added that he trusts his residents to use their best judgment while still urging them to take precautions when around those who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Three more sheriffs enter the fray
And now joining Giardino is Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy who said there won’t be any Thanksgiving enforcement of Cuomo’s restrictions, the Post reported, adding that Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said Monday that goes for his jurisdiction as well.
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Zurlo said in a news release, according to the paper.
“People have common sense. They are not going to jeopardize family members. They are not going to jeopardize close friends. Most people respect the masks,” Giardino added to the Times Union. “Basically, as a lawyer, former DA and judge, if I got brought into court, I can’t justify it constitutionally. The threat is not so great that we should be limiting who they can have for Thanksgiving.”
What did a Cuomo adviser have to say?
Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi reacted by saying, “We urge everyone to continue to be smart and act responsibly. We know this makes people unhappy, but better unhappy than sick or worse,” the Post reported.
A vehicle was discovered last month spray-painted with the N-word, KKK, and swastikas, as well as messages in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election — and against Black Lives Matter — in North Buffalo, New York.
Image source: WGRZ-TV video screenshot
But now authorities say the owner of the BMW X5 carried out the vandalism, WGRZ-TV reported.
What are the details?
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn last week said 18-year-old Clifton Eutsey allegedly spray-painted his own car and is facing multiple charges, the station said:
third-degree insurance fraud, a felony;
falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor;
offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor; and
falsifying business records, a misdemeanor.
The graffiti also included a homophobic slur, and the car’s windshield was smashed, the Buffalo News reported. The police report also said sugar was poured into the gas tank, WGRZ added.
Image source: WGRZ-TV video screenshot
Eutsey was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a Jan. 11 felony hearing, the station said, adding that if convicted on all charges, Eutsey faces up to seven years in prison.
Frank LoTempio III, Eutsey’s attorney, entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf, the News reported, adding that Flynn said there’s video evidence to support the fraud allegation.
“Behave out there, Mr. Eutsey,” City Court Judge Shannon Heneghan said, according to the paper.
Eutsey faces felony charges in a separate incident, WGRZ said, adding that Buffalo police officers allegedly found him in possession of two loaded, illegal firearms during an Oct. 24 traffic stop.
He was arraigned on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon as well as traffic violations, including driving without a license, the station said.
Eutsey posted bail — set at $20,000 cash or bond, or $10,000 partially secured bond — and was released, WGRZ reported. He’s scheduled for a Jan. 4 felony hearing on the latter charges, the station said.
Although Cuomo declared victory over COVID-19 despite his nursing home scandal — even writing a book about his leadership during the pandemic — the Democratic governor announced gatherings in the Empire State would again be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences.
Cuomo justified the new restrictions by citing “science.”
“New York follows the science. We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10pm,” Cuomo announced last week.
New York follows the science.
We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread.
Cuomo did not, however, reveal how the new restrictions would be enforced, instead giving discretion to local authorities.
What is the sheriff saying?
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino responded by announcing that his deputies would not be enforcing Cuomo’s new restrictions.
Giardino, who holds a law degree, explained that he does not believe Cuomo’s latest executive order is constitutional.
“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.
“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t,” he explained. “Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.”
Giardino later said that he trusts his residents to use their “own judgement,” but urged them to take necessary precautions if they are around someone who is particularly vulnerable to COVID.
“People have common sense. They are not going to jeopardize family members. They are not going to jeopardize close friends. Most people respect the masks,” Giardino said. “Basically, as a lawyer, former DA and judge, if I got brought into court, I can’t justify it constitutionally. The threat is not so great that we should be limiting who they can have for Thanksgiving.”
Some extremely worrisome data has recently emerged providing a glimpse into the economic downfall of the real estate market in New York during the coronavirus pandemic.
The New York Post published a report detailing how New Yorkers are fleeing NYC in vast numbers. According to data from the United States Postal Service, more than 300,000 NYC residents have moved out of the Big Apple since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Post found that 295,103 New Yorkers filed change of address requests from March 1 to Oct. 31. However, the total amount is well over 300,000 once you consider that a single change of address would likely include numerous multiple-person households.
From March through July, there were 244,895 change of address requests to locations outside of New York City, more than double the 101,342 during the same period in 2019.
The postal data shows residents are moving out of the city, but staying in the tri-state area. The top five destinations are: East Hampton, N.Y., (2,769), Jersey City, N.J. (1,821), Southampton, N.Y. (1,398), Hoboken, N.J. (1,204), and Sag Harbor, NY (961). There were 558 people who moved to Greenwich, C.T.
The lack of real estate sales and apartment rentals have contributed to a massive drop in tax revenue. The Real Estate Board of New York released a report last week that New York City and state have collectively lost $1.4 billion in tax revenue so far this year.
“Investment sales and residential sales year-to-date totaled $34.5 billion, a 50% decline compared to the same time period in 2019, causing a 39% decline in tax revenue,” the REBNY reported.
Civil unrest and violent riots plus high coronavirus death totals have hurt the city with tourism. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer told Market Watch in July, “In the midst of the pandemic, we are beginning to realize that our 62 million [annual] tourists will no longer be in the short term.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, threatened to sue President Donald Trump’s administration Friday over a gross misrepresentation of comments the president made about distribution of the forthcoming coronavirus vaccine.
Immediately after the announcement, Trump’s detractors accused the president of threatening to withhold the vaccine from New Yorkers “to settle old scores” with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). CNN similarly claimed Trump made a “threat” to not send the vaccine to New York.
What did James say?
James accused Trump of “playing politics with people’s lives.”
“Any attempt by Donald Trump to deny New York access to a lifesaving #COVID19 vaccine will be met with a lawsuit, plain and simple,” she said. “Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”
Any attempt by Donald Trump to deny New York access to a lifesaving #COVID19 vaccine will be met with a lawsuit, pl… https://t.co/pQ93UuqKcO
While announcing the rollout of the vaccine — which Trump said could be available to the general population as soon as April — Trump noted that Cuomo has questioned the legitimacy of a vaccine produced under the leadership of the Trump administration.
In fact, Trump said the vaccine will only be delivered once New York gives the government authorization to do so, which Trump said “pains me.”
As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York state, where, for political reasons, the governor decided to say — and I don’t think it’s good politically, I think it’s very bad from a health standpoint, but he wants to take his time with the vaccine. He doesn’t trust where the vaccine’s coming from. These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that.
In fact, just last month, Cuomo said Americans should be “very skeptical” of the vaccine, explaining he doesn’t trust the Food and Drug Administration or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Trump.
“What I said I’m going to do in New York is we’re going to put together our own group of doctors and medical experts to review the vaccine and the efficacy and the protocol, and if they say it’s safe, then I’ll go to the people of New York and I will say it’s safe, with that credibility. But I believe all across the country, you’re going to need someone other than this FDA and this CDC saying it’s safe,” Cuomo said.
The state of New York infamously lost tens of thousands of its citizens to what were determined to be COVID-related deaths last spring. Thousands of those deaths came in nursing homes and longterm-care facilities in the state after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered those locations to take in known COVID-19 cases.
Critics of the governor have repeatedly accused him of mishandling the crisis.
Cuomo continues to faces excoriation for the many deaths in nursing homes and elder-care facilities that were a result of his policies.
His decision to shut down the state’s economy still stands out for criticism as New York City has still not recovered.
And his treatment of Gotham’s Orthodox Jewish Community during the pandemic has been a source of ire for many.
Now, he’s adding to his list of greatest hits with his most recent response to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the governor announced Wednesday that all indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people.
These are not just indoor gatherings at facilities open to the public.
According to Gov. Cuomo’s tweeted announcement, the state is focused on limiting indoor gatherings at private homes to 10 people, a significant drop from the 50-person limit that has been in place, the Ithaca Voice reported.
“You go to a party with just your friends, only 10 people. You know these people. ‘They wouldn’t hurt me. They’re my friends,'” Cuomo said, according to the Citizen. “I know, but they could be infected.”
“New York follows the science,” Cuomo tweeted. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread.”
“To slow the spread,” he continued, “NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people.”
Bars and restaurants that have state liquor licenses will be required to close at 10 p.m. daily. Gyms must also close by 10 p.m.
The new order from the governor is set to go into effect at 10 p.m. Friday.
NYS is taking action to stop the spread in response to rising COVID numbers.
Any establishment with a state liquor… https://t.co/KzwepVxJz9
“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters, according to the New York Times. “And New York is a ship on the Covid tide.
“These measures are appropriate at this point in time in anticipation of what we see as potential spread,” Cuomo told reporters, WCBS-AM said. “If these measures are not sufficient to slow the spread, we will … turn the valve more, and part of that would be reducing the number of people in indoor dining.”
“It’s tough on bars and restaurants, it’s tough on gyms, it’s tough on everyone. I would say we are within sight of the finish line, the vaccine has been discovered, it has to be perfected, it has to be operationalized, but we see the finish line,” Cuomo added, according to WCBS.
The New York Post said the governor did not indicate how the new order would be enforced, but he did say it would be up to local governments.
“You can make rules, rules are only as good as enforcement, period,” Cuomo said. “I need the local governments to enforce.”
“@CNN should move Fredo back to the morning slot,” the president tweeted in July. “He was rewarded for bad ratings with a much better time slot — and again got really bad ratings. Getting totally trounced by @FoxNews. Give him another shot in the morning. He would easily beat Morning Joe’s poorly rated show!”
Chris’ big brother steps in
Well, that apparently didn’t sit well with Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who told radio host Howard Stern on Monday he wanted to punch Trump’s lights out over his “Fredo” dig directed toward his younger brother.
“If I wasn’t governor of New York, I would have decked him. Period,” the elder Cuomo told Stern, according to USA Today. “I mean he was attacking me, he was attacking my family, he was anti-Italian. Every nasty thing.”
The governor added, “Take away that word ‘governor’ for 24 hours, I would have had a field day with him,” the paper said.
More from USA Today:
Cuomo and Trump are both tough-talking Queens natives who have known each other for decades.
And they talked regularly when the COVID pandemic struck New York. Cuomo estimated he probably talked to Trump 50 to 100 times during the initial crisis, including a visit in April to the White House.
So Stern asked Cuomo if he ever asked the president about the personal attacks. Chris Cuomo has also been a critic of Trump on his CNN show, which his older brother has regularly appeared.
The elder Cuomo said he viewed the attacks on Chris as directed at him through his brother, saying he had the “added fraternal guilt of having my brother hurt because the guy wanted to hurt me.”
Andrew Cuomo told Stern he brought up the issue with Trump during a White House visit, the paper said.
“I said to him, ‘You want to attack me, attack me. I don’t have a problem with that. But why are you bringing my family into it? Why are you bringing my brother into it? He’s just doing his job. He’s a journalist. And that’s what they do. He asks tough questions,'” he recalled to the radio host, USA Today said.
The governor claimed the message fell on deaf ears.
“But Trump, he has such a fragile personality. He cannot take any criticism. It’s beyond thin-skinned …” Andrew Cuomo also told Stern, according to the paper. “He’s so emotionally fragile and desperate for affirmation. Any criticism, even if it’s purely factual, he goes crazy, and you can’t talk to him.”
It wasn’t the first time Andrew Cuomo talked tough in regard to Trump.
New York families, who lost elderly loved ones during the state’s coronavirus crisis this spring, plan to hold a “mock funeral” targeting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “leadership and integrity,” the New York Post reported.
What’s the background?
In late March, Cuomo issued an executive order that said nursing homes could not reject patients recovering from the coronavirus. At the time, New York hospitals were being overran with COVID-19 patients as The Empire State quickly became the global epicenter for the novel virus, and the policy was supposedly meant to free up hospital beds.
In fact, in a book that was published this week about his response to the pandemic, Cuomo blamed Republicans for his scandal.
“By early spring, Republicans needed an offense to distract from the narrative of their botched federal response — and they needed it badly,” Cuomo wrote. “So they decided to attack Democratic governors and blame them for nursing homes.”
What are the families doing?
From the New York Post:
Grieving family members who lost loved ones in New York nursing homes due to COVID-19 plan to stage a “funeral” for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “leadership and integrity.”
The relatives will stand outside of Brownstone Brooklyn’s coronavirus-ravaged Cobble Hill Health Center on Sunday at noon — and demand that Cuomo apologize for what they call his botched response to the pandemic, organizers said.
Daniel Arbeeny, who lost his father and three other elderly family members in the nursing home crisis, told the Post that a hearse has been rented for the event, which will carry a casket filled with thousands of pages from Cuomo’s book.
“Ultimately we want an apology and we don’t want it to be buried and hidden and forgotten. Thousands upon thousands of people died — couldn’t have burials,” Arbeeny said.
“Now he wrote this book, he’s calling himself great. Taking credit for the good things and blaming everyone for everything else,” Arbeeny added. “In our heart we want him to apologize. Period. End of discussion.”
How is Cuomo responding?
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor, dismissed the families, according to the Post, and continued to blame Republican’s for Cuomo’s order.
“We mourn with every family who lost someone during this pandemic and hope they look past the misinformation and outright lies that have been manufactured by right-wing ?agitators and their allies looking to cover for the federal government’s many, many failures,” Azzopardi said.
“The fact remains that every state across the nation is grappling with how to keep nursing home patients safe and tackle the root cause of infections — asymptomatic staffers who through no fault of their own bring in the virus,” he added.
Three New York rabbis have filed suit against their state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his recent executive order mandating targeted coronavirus restrictions in Jewish communities, calling it “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
What are the details?
Last week, Cuomo issued major new restrictions on schools, businesses, and houses of worship in 20 COVID-19 “hotspots” in New York, after a rise in cases that he referred to as mainly an “ultra-Orthodox” Jewish problem, according to the New York Post.
In a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, Rabbis Moshe Rosner, Samuel Teitelbaum, and Chaim Leibish Rottenberg — representing their respective congregations — claim that the governor’s new order was “blatantly anti-Semitic, creating religious-observance based color coded ‘hot-spot’ zones directed towards particular Jewish communities.”
The defendants went on to argue that Cuomo’s order “specifically singles out the Orthodox Jewish community in what has proven to be the latest extension of Governor Cuomo’s streak of anti-Semitic discrimination.”
The Center for American Liberty, the group representing the congregations, say that his move is unconstitutional on several grounds, writing that the governor’s actions “violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, the Freedom of Assembly Clause of the First Amendment, Substantive and Procedural Due Process Rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.”
According to the Associated Press, “Cuomo, who has said he has ‘respect and love’ for the Orthodox community, told reporters Thursday that he was not targeting Orthodox Jewish communities. He said red zones are based on addresses of residences where more individuals are testing positive for Covid-19.”
In reaction to a similar lawsuit from separate Jewish group last week, a senior advisor to Cuomo told The Post, “We’ve been sued virtually every day for every action taken.” He added, “We’re concentrating on reducing the virus in these hot spots and saving lives, period.”
If you disobey master Andrew Cuomo and comrade Bill de Blasio in New York City, you could be extorted for up to $150,000. The tyrannical rollout is here, and it is coming soon to another city near you.
Brace yourself. This isn’t going to stop in New York, it is only being rolled out there first. Many of the over $150,000 worth of fines to be extorted will come from religious groups dare to worship and gather as they please, which is a basic fundamental human right. The New York City government announced 62 summonses and over $150,000 in fines since Friday during pandemic-related closures and restrictions, the city said in a Sunday tweet.
The penalties, which were levied by “City agents in the Red, Orange and Yellow zones,” included five issued to religious congregations, reported CNN. They are trying to scare people into obedience.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the fines for mass gatherings in violation of state rules would be up to $15,000 a day, and the fines for not wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing could be $1,000 a day. –CNN
The fines come amid a new COVID crackdown targeting clusters that have contributed to a doubling of hospitalizations statewide in just a month. Statewide, 878 people were hospitalized as of Monday, the highest total since July 1.
New York C -ity sheriffs deputies cited five religious institutions in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn for violating the city health code by holding a gathering of more than 10 people. Each violation carries a $15,000 fine. –NBC New York
Stay alert and prepared. This is ramping up again.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will enact “aggressive enforcement” of COVID-19 protocols. Cuomo has descended into a full-blown dictator and says he will close non-compliant businesses and schools.
Beginning this week, New Yorkers will be subjected to a police state and dictatorship never before thought possible in the “land of the free.” Queens, Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties have all seen recent increases in positive coronavirus cases, which means politicians are taking new draconian measures against the people to maintain their grip on power. These areas will be the target of “direct enforcement,” ensuring businesses and citizens are abiding by mask mandates, social distancing orders, and other regulations in place in the state, according to a report by RT.
“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes. [New York State] will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday after a conference call with members of the press. “As we saw with bars and restaurants when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.”
Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes.
NYS will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow.
As we saw with bars and restaurants, when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.
As far as looting and rioting go, those will likely be left to destroy whatever they want. But police will be aggressively enforcing the draconian COVID-19 rules shoved down the throats of the public. This is a sad dystopian nightmare for the people of New York.
However the State can't take over effective enforcement for every jurisdiction. If a local jurisdiction cannot or will not perform effective enforcement of violating entities, notify the State & we will close all business activity in hotspots where local gov't can't do compliance
The boot is on the neck of New York business owners, and those who survive this horrific tyranny will be the few fortunate ones. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also announced on Sunday he is seeking the governor’s approval to shut down schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods where there has been an increase in positive cases.
“We’re having an extraordinary problem – something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ the mayor told reporters of the uptick in positive cases.
Voters in New York City are sounding the alarm after several have reported receiving absentee ballots containing either the wrong name and address, or another person’s ballot altogether — and officials estimate as many as 140,000 mismatched absentee mailings were sent out.
What are the details?
The Gothamist reported Monday that multiple voters in Brooklyn said “they have received a mislabeled ‘official absentee ballot envelope.’ Normally, the voter inserts their completed ballot into the envelope and signs the outside. But in these cases, their ballot envelopes bear the wrong name and address. If a person signs their own name to this faulty ballot envelope, the ballot would be voided.”
The outlet noted that “the New York City Board of Elections has mailed out nearly half a million absentee ballots ahead of Election Day this November,” and “more than 140,000 absentee ballots have gone out across the borough.”
Business Insider reporter Grace Panetta tweeted, ” And it looks like some people are getting not just the wrong return envelopes with their ballot, but other’s people’s ballots entirely. I can only hope this isn’t a widespread problem bc it’s a pretty serious safety/privacy issue.”
And it looks like some people are getting not just the wrong return envelopes with their ballot, but other’s people… https://t.co/Tji8eG1s3T
Impacted New Yorkers also took to social media to sound the alarm. One Brooklyn resident called out her city councilman, Brad Lander, tweeting, “I, too, received somebody else’s absentee ballot. Pls help your constituents/our democracy, @bradlander?”
Lander responded, “Sigh. You and apparently as many as 140,000 others. Here’s what we know so far,” pointing to his own Twitter feed where he had linked to the Gothamist article. He had written earlier, “Emerging from Yom Kippur to dozens of emails from Brooklyn voters who were mailed absentee ballots with the wrong name/address on the return envelope. Just so enraging & depressing.”
“Voting absentee is going to work. It really is,” he also tweeted, followed by a “fingers crossed” emoji.
Voting absentee is going to work. It really is. (?)
But if you’re immunocompromised or out-of-town or uncomfortabl… https://t.co/3KDVlU5Tsh
He added, “As @commoncauseny‘s Susan Lerner says: ‘Look, this is a stupid error, but there is time to get it fixed.’ And I know it won’t affect the Presidential race (fortunately, swing states have been doing mail-in ballots longer & better). But still, [New York City Board of Elections], please. I can’t take it.”
As @commoncauseny’s Susan Lerner says: “Look, this is a stupid error, but there is time to get it fixed.”
The signs really began to become visible at the end of January 2020; there was an exodus of people brewing, and it was galvanizing fears on both sides of the political spectrum. The pandemic situation is cited by the mainstream media as the primary cause, but in reality, the migration had started at least 3 years earlier.
Americans were leaving certain states and cities behind by the tens of thousands, and these places were predominantly leftist in their policies and population. California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.; all of these progressive states were bleeding residents since 2017, the pandemic just accelerated the situation.
There are a number of reasons given for the dramatic shift in population, but two specific reasons stand above the rest: Economy and political ideals. The pandemic itself is only a minor motivator. Consider the fact that residents of California left the state in droves for Texas over the summer DESPITE the problem of COVID infection spikes in major metropolitan areas of the Lone Star State. People didn’t care, they just wanted to get the hell out of California as quickly as possible.
Again, the main reason given by former Californians was politics. They are conservatives or moderates that felt isolated or trapped in a far-left cesspool and they realized their future life prospects depended on them transplanting to a more free and less bureaucratic place.
The fear among conservatives was that the pandemic would smoke leftists out of their hives and that they would spread to more conservative areas and “take over”. This does not seem to be the case. In fact, it appears that most leftists are stubbornly refusing to acknowledge that their states are dying and are actively defending state policies on the web. Check out the angry and delusional comments from California progressives on this opinion article in Arizona telling them to leave their failed policies behind if they move to the state.
These people are suffering from some serious saltiness, and the fact that they are still trying to claim that states like California are economically stable shows how truly delusional they are. Conservative states have nothing to worry about – The lefties are too dumb to relocate. They’re going to sit within the rotting corpses of the states they killed and pretend it smells like roses. This is what they do; when they are wrong or when they have failed they double and triple down. It’s their defining characteristic.
In my state of Montana real estate purchases have surged over the past year. Recent data on school enrollment numbers are up 15% – 20% in cities like Missoula. This includes new students in public schools as well as those registered for homeschooling, and it’s a massive spike for the region. The majority of new students are recent transplants from other states. I have spoken with hundreds of these people personally and ALL of them said they were moving to Montana because they were conservative, many of them were preppers and many of them wanted to be around other conservatives in the event that the world continues on its current downward spiral.
They do sometimes mention the coronavirus situation, but they generally are not worried about the virus itself. Rather, they are concerned about the virus RESPONSE. Meaning, they want to retain their freedoms, they do not like the draconian restrictions put in place in their former states and they are trying to escape the business lockdowns that are killing local economies.
Some states like California have responded as leftists typically do, by seeking to punish people for walking away from the collective. This includes a new Wealth Tax law in the works that would require people with high incomes such as business owners leaving California to continue to pay taxes to the state for 10 years, even though they no longer live there. In other words, successful business owners who leave California will have to pay taxes to two separate state governments at the same time.
California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, one of the people supporting the Wealth Tax proposal, asserts that the pandemic is the cause of California’s economic troubles including a huge surge in the homeless population. However, the spike in poverty and homelessness was escalating well before the coronavirus ever appeared. It was the hard-left policies of the state government that caused this mess; they can’t blame everything on COVID, though conmen like Bonta will certainly try.
The fact that leftist states are poised to institute punishments or disincentives for leaving (which is unconstitutional, by the way), shows just how bad the migration has become for them. Frankly, these state governments need to be taught a lesson, and one of the only lessons they understand is the loss of tax revenues.
It should not be surprising at all that conservatives are rushing for the exits, these places are on fire and progressive legislators are throwing Molotov cocktails for good measure. I’m only surprised by the speed and scale of the migration, the whole thing is happening so fast it makes your head spin.
My point is, the migration is very real. No one can deny anymore that it is happening. But what does it mean for the future of America?
As I have noted in previous articles, in my view the BEST case scenario we can possibly hope for as conservatives is a balkanization of the US-based on ideals and principles. According to the economic data and social upheaval I am seeing, I think there is little chance we can save the whole country in the short term. Instead, conservatives organizing together regionally is the best bet in stopping widespread unconstitutional changes to our laws and usurpation of our culture.
In rural areas in particular we enjoy far more freedom and the majority of people have no interest in abiding by lockdown restrictions. We ignore them. A friend of mine recently had family visit from California and they were astonished at how ‘normal’ daily life was in Montana. They said just being able to go to a restaurant and eat there or walk into a store without being forced to wear a mask was a strange feeling as if they were visiting a foreign nation.
This is saddening to me. The coronavirus is certainly not worth this loss of liberty.
I suspect that the conservative migration will lead to some interesting side-effects. First and foremost there will be continued attempts to stop it. Eventually, states like California will try to implement measures beyond tax punishment. They may even try to exploit the pandemic as a rationale for locking down state borders in the name of “protecting citizen health”. I would not be surprised if hard-left states actively try to physically stop residents from moving away.
As the economy continues to decline and stagflation strikes, likely very hard in 2021 regardless of who is in the White House (you can thank the Federal Reserve for that), price increases will eventually prevent Americans from being able to relocate anyway. But, for the next six months at least I think the migration will continue to grow.
The congregation of conservatives today is perhaps the first time in a long time that we have sought to build a unified front for preserving the American way of life, free from big government, free from bureaucracy, and free from socialist subversion. Without the migration, we have zero chance of achieving this, but there are some who will argue against it.
I have noticed that certain conservatives and moderates are claiming that by leaving places like California or New York the movement is “abandoning the fight” and exposing those regions to complete takeover. News Flash for these folks: You already lost those states. You lost that fight. They have been taken over. And, if you understand strategy in the slightest, you will wrap your heads around the need for a strategic withdrawal so that you can live to fight more winnable battles another day.
This mentality reminds me of the people that were arguing that conservatives should not start their own social media platforms “because the real fight is on Twitter and Facebook”. This is naive thinking. Those platforms are OWNED by the extreme left, and there is no one on these websites that will be convinced by your arguments no matter how reasonable or factual. It’s time to build alternatives that are freer and stop wasting our energies on lemmings that cannot be saved.
What I find most fascinating about the current migration is that it’s bringing together conservatives and moderates or “classical liberals” that have been alienated by modern social justice movements. In my opinion, most moderate liberals are actually conservatives or libertarians and they’re just not ready to admit it yet, but I’m glad to see these people working together.
The fight that is coming will require us to ally with people that do not necessarily share ALL our views, and that’s okay. The goal is to get to the truth, and to use what works best, and to maintain a set of shared cultural principles that value freedom. Americans aren’t relocating anymore out of convenience or economic incentives – it’s actually rather inconvenient and expensive to relocate these days. They aren’t moving due to climate or job availability or wages. They are moving because they have a shared desire to be free. It’s really that simple.
And, the sooner free peoples band together, the safer we will be from the statists and tyrants of the world. If that means the US is broken apart for a time in the process, then so be it. It’s better than having the entire country fall because rational people were isolated from each other.
Some New York lawmakers are fed up with the power disparity held by Democratic leaders, and they’ve hatched a plan to neutralize the clear power imbalance.
What’s the background?
Although New York often gets a bad rap for being overwhelmingly liberal, much of the Empire State is not actually progressive.
But because the state’s population is concentrated in New York City and the surrounding area, the voice of upstate and rural residents often goes unheard.
What is the plan?
New York lawmakers, including state Sen. James Seward (R) and state Rep. John Salka (R), are looking to even the playing field.
They are co-sponsoring a plan to split New York into three autonomous regions, Gannett journalist Julie Sherwood reported.
The three proposed regions are:
The New York Region, including the five boroughs of New York City
The Montauk Region, including Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland
The New Amsterdam Religion, encompassing the upstate
John Bergener Jr., chairman of the Divide New York State Caucus, has said the plan would strip the state government in Albany of “90 percent of its power,” reducing the governor — currently Democrat Andrew Cuomo — to essentially a figurehead, similar to the British monarch.
The plan would establish bi-cameral legislatures in each region, whose regional senators and assembly members would also serve in the New York State Assembly.
In theory, the division would create a power balance.
“New Amsterdam & Montauk regional governments would have the power to repeal these unnecessary NYS regulations and bad laws that are killing jobs,” Divide New York State Caucus explains, Sherwood reported. “While the New York regional government could enact those changes it wants for NYC only that upstate currently blocks.”
Seward said in a statement:
Downstate domination of the state legislature has become a serious problem, and the division of New York into multiple regions would help restore our upstate voice and values. The SAFE Act, bail reform, and farm policies, are just a few recent areas where New York City based politicians have strong-armed their beliefs into law over the objection of the rest of the state. As we work to rebound following the COVID-19 outbreak there are a number of upstate priorities — increased broadband, help for small businesses, lower taxes — that are not high on the list of downstate officials. Clearly, the time is right to thoroughly explore the idea of dividing New York State and I certainly hope that a majority of my colleagues and the voters will agree.
What are the legal roadblocks?
The bill has been introduced in both New York State Assembly chambers — SB 5416 and AB 5498 — but it currently remains in committee.
However, to become official, the New York state constitution would need to be amended.
Divide New York State Caucus said that spitting New York into multiple new states is “preferable” to creating autonomous zones within the Empire State, but would be a more difficult task because it would need the approval of the U.S. Congress.
A women’s studies professor is under investigation over a video of her urging students during an online class to not vote for President Donald Trump in November, the College Fix reported.
What are the details?
The faculty member in question is reportedly Janet Gulla, an adjunct assistant professor of women’s studies at Suffolk County Community College in New York, the outlet revealed, citing Newsday.
In the video, the professor — speaking about Trump — said, “He’s had four freaking years of a chance, and he’s done a crap job, and he’s really ruining our country.
“Many of you this may be the first time that you’re voting,” she added. “I’m sorry it’s such a contentious situation that you’re being thrusted [sic] into. If any of you do still think Trump … is a good person, I beg you to not only go into your heart’s center and think about this a little more, pull up all the stuff that he’s been doing to our country, taking away so many of our rights. He’s trying to turn this into more of a … dictatorship…”
This professor Janet Gulla at Suffolk community college has not been fired still. They “reassigned” her. If you liv… https://t.co/W5cOcGDgGe
Gulla’s school bio indicates she teaches “Sexism and the Humanities” and “Women’s Health in the 21st Century” and that her specialties are “women and medicine, women’s health issues; alternative and complimentary medicine (e.g. hypnosis, reflexology, energy healing).”
What did the school have to say?
Drew Biondo — the school’s director of communications — told the College Fix Tuesday that officials are “aware of a video posted to Facebook allegedly containing 45 seconds of audio from a 1 hour and 15-minute online class.”
“Pending an investigation of the content and context of that video, we have reassigned the faculty member involved in the video,” Biondo added to the outlet. “Suffolk County Community College encourages any open and diverse discussion and exchange of ideas. The college does not, however, condone electioneering by faculty in the classroom.”
The College Fix said Gulla couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
More from the outlet:
Newsday reports the “selfie-video shows a student’s face and the audio is allegedly of a professor during a live virtual class. The student’s father, Anthony Salvatore, posted the video Wednesday night on his Facebook,” adding that “Salvatore took issue with the professor urging students not to vote for Trump.”
“This is … not what we are paying to send our kids to school for,” the father reportedly posted on Facebook. “You have no business telling these kids who to vote for and we will be calling the school tomorrow!!! You should be terminated on the spot!!!”
A high school senior in New York was arrested after repeatedly showing up at his school in person on days when he was assigned to remote learning, Fox News reported.
Maverick Stow, 17, was suspended from school for five days after showing up for class Tuesday when he was supposed to be attending class virtually.
The next day, Stow showed up again, and police were called to the scene. They advised him not to come back, and he reportedly left without incident.
On Thursday, Stow showed up again, wearing a neon green shirt and with some local media attention, and was arrested for trespassing and taken to the 7th Precinct in Shirley.
“I feel that I was arrested for going to school,” Stow told Fox News after being released from police custody. “That’s all I ever actually did, I just went to school. I just walked out of the 7th Precinct because of wanting to go to school.”
Stow’s parents were aware of what their son was doing by repeatedly showing up on days when he was supposed to stay home, and they supported his protest. From KGO-TV:
Stow’s parents said they support their son.
“Kids need to be in school every day. Virtual learning is not learning,” said Nora Kaplan-Stow, Maverick’s mother. “My son is being suspended because he wants to be in school.”
Richard Stow said his son told him and his wife what he was planning to do.
“He’s a very smart kid. He knows what he’s doing. When he said this is how he wanted to handle things, we were like, ‘Then go for it,'” Richard Stow said.
Even the school district, the William Floyd School District, agrees that students should be able to attend classes in person five days per week. However, state guidelines prevent them from doing that right now, and the district wants Stow to direct his protests toward the state.
“Our district agrees with Maverick’s position that school should be held in person five days per week. However, we must follow the social distancing requirements set forth by the state; and, when it is deemed safe to do so by our government and health officials, we will gladly welcome all of our 8,800 students back,” the school district said in a statement. “It is important for Maverick and his family to understand that we do not set state policy, enact laws or write executive orders, but we do abide by them. We cannot have students showing up to school on their non-scheduled in-person days and when requested to leave displaying insubordinate behavior to multiple school officials and refusing to follow their instructions. His rights as a student do not surpass the rights of the other 8,799 students we have the privilege of educating. If his goal is to get school open five days per week, he is encouraged to take his advocacy to his state elected officials.”
The district also said that if Stow continues trying to show up to school when he’s not supposed to, the entire high school will shut down in-person learning for all students.
Pastor Dana Coverstone has had quite a few very troubling prophetic dreams about America’s future, but this latest dream shook him up emotionally more than any of the others. In the dream, he saw the Statue of Liberty under attack, and he interpreted that to mean that our nation as a whole is under attack. And of course that is definitely what we are seeing here in 2020. Those that reject our history, our culture and our Constitution have launched a relentless assault against our most cherished traditions, and it is only going to get worse. The goal is to reshape America into something that is fundamentally different from what our founders intended, and to a large degree they are succeeding.
For better or worse, if there is one national symbol that has come to represent the U.S. as a nation it is the Statue of Liberty. Whenever that symbol is used, people instantly recognize that it is a metaphor for America. Personally, I wish that our most recognizable national symbol was a Christian symbol, but that is not the case.
Over the decades, there have been numerous prophetic dreams and visions in which the Statue of Liberty has been used to represent our country, and at the end of this article I will share an example of this. Many are comparing Pastor Coverstone’s latest dream to what A.A. Allen was shown all the way back in 1954, and I agree that there seems to be quite a few parallels.
One of the things that I really appreciate about Pastor Coverstone is that he shares exactly what he was shown without any filter. That way we can come to our own conclusions about what his dreams may mean.
In his latest video, Pastor Coverstone becomes quite emotional as he describes this new dream. He obviously has a great love for this country, and it was not easy for him to see what he saw.
My wife has put together a transcript of the video, and that transcript is reproduced below.
Following the transcript, I will share a recent video in which Jonathan Cahn shared some thoughts on the prophetic significance of the Statue of Liberty with Sid Roth. And following that video I will share what A.A. Allen was shown in 1954.
To me, it seems obvious that this was a dream that contained quite a bit of symbolism, although much of that symbolism seems quite easy to understand. Here is my wife’s transcript of Pastor Coverstone’s new video…
It is Pastor Dana Coverstone. It is Tuesday September 8. Last night on Monday the seventh of September, had a dream.
That’s probably troubled me more than the dreams that I’ve had.
I’m an American. I love this country. I have traveled to probably 43 countries. We have a heritage, we have a country that stood as a beacon, of hope and light, even financial support for other nations.
This one got me last night.
I saw the Statue of Liberty, proudly standing in the harbor outside of New York, lighting the nation’s freedom.
I saw the sky suddenly darkened. Strong waves began to crash against the shore with a very very fierce intensity almost hurricane tsunami-like force; tropical storm force.
There were boats and they had men in them. They were out in the storm trying to breach the island on which she stood. They were fighting the waves as well but they were actually kind of working with the waves. They were trying to get the lady but the storm was so severe that could not. Even though the storm they seemed to be looking into, you know, working together, so to speak.
I saw the torch in her hand. It was flashing being struck by lightning pieces of rock and debris were being thrown into a brute force and she was even though she had her torture she was an immovable statue I saw her watching and looking around about her to kind of see where the, where the attacks are coming from so she knew they were there but she would not move. Her feet were stuck on that pedestal.
The rocks and the stuff that debris was being thrown at her caused some gashes and cuts on her neck, around about her heart. I could see there was blood coming out like she had been shot but something had had tried like the debris and the rock and either pierced her or left a jagged edge and cut something.
I saw the three of the spines on the crown on her head. I don’t think this is a crown but it has some spines are pointing out three of them. Three of those spines on a crown have been broken off and was leaving a very very jagged edge.
The right torch hand kept dropping to secure the tablet with the Declaration of Independence July 4 of that year, had been pinned on. She would drop her hand and kind of do this to keep the book in her place.
She was struggling to keep her footing, almost slipping off the pedestal. But she wouldn’t move, she will not move. There was a huge volley of trash and debris. Just junk. Hit her directly in the face and she stepped back off the pedestal and she fell, because the force of this hit her right in the face. She’s still held on to the torso. She still held on to the declarations, you know, dateline on the book.
With that light, that torches kept flickering like a light.
The declaration that was in her left hand or left arm; it was cracked. There were large chips and pieces falling off of it. That’s, I kept seeing Liberty tried to reach out with her hand while she holds them in grabbing the pieces, but they wouldn’t stick. She was crying. Liberty was crying. She was weeping, she was fighting to keep her dignity. She was trying to you know to get the pieces of what she had held on to but it was it was obvious she knew that she was in a battle that was fighting her and defeating her, and she was desperate trying to hold on, you can see the fierceness in her face that she was trying to fight and win.
Then the boats appeared with the men and they threw ropes around her arms and her legs and kept trying to bring her to the ground. They pulled and pulled and tandem and finally she fell to her knees. It was almost like Gulliver’s Travels when the giant gets knocked over.
She still got the light, the hoarser in her fist, or right hand is just trying to hold that book. They were hammering away like pry tools at the declaration, trying to get the days off. So July 4, they’re trying to pry those, those numbers and those letters off. They were using cutting tools to remove the torch. They kept trying to rip it, jerk it out of her hand and she just kept holding on, and holding on, and holding on. Because she fought them so hard they finally just began to cut off her hand.
They tied her other hand behind her back. The men began rolling her in ropes and she was yelling for help. She was crying out. It wasn’t a desperate cry, it was a cry for those who were listening to come to her defense. All those nations that that she had helped for so many years and nobody would come.
They took a large banner of fabric, it was black and smoky gray kind of all together. They covered her face with it. They just kept wrapping, and wrapping, almost like a mummy, they just kept wrapping, and wrapping and wrapping until you could barely see her eyes and the jagged spines of some of her crying, of her crown.
Then they took an anchor chain, and wrapped it around her neck. They asked her if she had any last words. Her eyes weren’t fearful they were feisty. They were fitful. There was this angry resolve in her face that she said nothing.
The chain was tied to a boat and the boat began to drag her off of to Liberty Island out into the harbor.
When they got her into the sea, the boat began to pull very quickly. Her arms were down, her legs to the side and she was just kind of rolling spinning.
As the boat pulled, going faster and faster was almost like a ski boat was pulling her. She kept twisting back and forth, but she was being pulled by the by the boat and eventually lost all the strength that she had. The banner had come off of her mouth but she wasn’t saying anything.
The boat slowed. Then the boat kind of looked back to see how, where she was and they reversed the boat. In reverse, the boat went backwards and ran over her, body bouncing and bleeding in the harbor.
She took a breath and she went under. She came back up. A minute later that she did the same thing again. She came up the next time the boat accelerated forward, hit her square on the face as she went down. The boat began to circle the area.
After it hit her, she never came back up. She never came back up. At least alive. She floated back up. Her back was to the top. (Torch hand was gone ?? ) , other arms tied behind her back.
Was this thunderous clap. Brilliant lightning strike. The storm just raged all around the harbor.
That’s all the men on that boat. It was a loose group of men.
I was throwing them pieces of silver not in a bag just loose pieces of silver being thrown.
I began to pick them up kind feverishly, gripped them with their fists in their pockets. Sat down and drove away.
Almost like, okay, our job here is done.
(Dream ends at 10:04 in the video)
When I started to put this article together, I instantly thought of an interview that Sid Roth recently conducted with Jonathan Cahn.
They discuss a wide range of topics in this video, but it is definitely worth watching the entire thing, and of particular note are the couple of times that Jonathan Cahn brings up the Statue of Liberty.
Lastly, I would like to share what A.A. Allen was shown in 1954, because many people are pointing out that it goes right along with what Pastor Coverstone was just shown about the Statue of Liberty.
I quote A.A. Allen’s account in my new book, and the full version of his prophecy is reproduced below…
As I stood atop the Empire State Building, I could see the Statue of Liberty, illuminating the gateway to the new world. Here, spread before me like an animated map, is an area sixty or eighty miles in diameter. I was amazed that the Spirit of the Lord should so move me, there atop the Empire State Building. Why should I feel such a surge of His Spirit and power there?
Suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord. It was as clear and as distinct as a voice could be. It seemed to come from the very midst of the giant telescope. But when I looked at the telescope, I knew it hadn’t come from there, but directly from heaven. The voice said, “The eyes of the lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein you have done foolishly. Therefore, from henceforth, you shall have wars.”
Immediately when I heard the voice of God, I knew this was a quotation of Scripture. But never before had a thing come to me so forcibly by the power of the Spirit. The ticking of the telescope stopped. The man before me had used up his dimes worth. As he stepped away I knew that I was next. As I stepped to the telescope and dropped in my dime, immediately the ticking started again. This ticking was an automatic clock which would allow me to use the telescope for a definitely limited time only.
As I swung the telescope to the North, suddenly the Spirit of God came upon me in a way that I had never thought of before. Seemingly in the spirit I was entirely caught away. I knew that the telescope itself had nothing to do with the distance which I was suddenly enabled to see, for I seemed to see things far beyond the range of the telescope, even on a bright clear day. It was simply that God had chosen this time to reveal these things to me, for as I looked through the telescope, it was not Manhattan Island that I saw, but a far larger view. That morning, much of the view was impaired by fog. But suddenly as the Spirit of the Lord came upon me the fog seemed to clear, until it seemed that I could see for thousands of miles.
But that which I was looking upon was not Manhattan island, it was all of the North American Continent spread out before me as a map is spread upon a table, it was not the East River and the Hudson River that I saw on either side, but the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.And instead of the Statue of Liberty standing there in the bay on her small island I saw her standing far out in the Gulf of Mexico. She was between me and the United States.
I suddenly realized that the telescope had nothing to do with what I was seeing, but that it was a vision coming directly from God. And to prove this to myself I took my eyes away from the telescope, so that I was no longer looking through the lens, but the same scene remained before me.
There, clear and distinct, lay all the North American Continent, with all it’s great cities. To the North lay the Great Lakes. Far to the Northeast was New York City. I could see Seattle and Portland far to the Northwest. Down the West Coast, there were San Francisco and Los Angeles. Closer in the foreground, there lay New Orleans, at the center of the Gulf Coast area. I could see the great towering ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and trace with my eye the Continental Divide. All this and more, I could see spread out before me as a great map upon a table.
And as l looked, suddenly from the sky I saw a giant hand reach down. That gigantic hand was reaching out toward the Statue of Liberty. In a moment her gleaming torch was torn from her hand, and in it instead was placed a cup. And I saw protruding from that great cup, a giant sword, shining as if a great light had been turned upon its glistening edge. Never before had I seen such a sharp, glistening, dangerous sword. lt seemed to threaten all the world. As the great cup was placed in the hand of the Statue of Liberty, I heard these words, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Drink ye and be drunken, spue and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send” As I heard these words, I recognized them as a quotation from Jeremiah 25:7.
I was amazed to hear the Statue of Liberty speak out in reply, “I WILL NOT DRINK!” Then as the voice of the thunder, I heard again the voice of the Lord, saying, “Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, YE SHALL CERTAINLY DRINK.” (Jer.25:28) Then suddenly the giant hand forced the cup to the lips of the Statue of Liberty, and she became powerless to defend herself. The mighty hand of God forced her to drink every drop from the cup. As she drank the bitter dregs, these were the words that I heard, “Should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Jer.25:29) When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of the Statue of Liberty, I noticed the sword was missing from the cup, which could mean but one thing. THE CONTENTS OF THE CUP HAD BEEN COMPLETELY CONSUMED! I knew that the sword merely typified war, death, and destruction, which is no doubt on the way.
Then as one drunken on too much wine, I saw the Statue of Liberty become unsteady on her feet and begin to stagger, and to lose her balance. I saw her splashing in the Gulf, trying to regain her balance. I saw her stagger again and again, and fall to her knees. As I saw her desperate attempts to regain her balance, and rise to her feet again, my heart was moved as never before with compassion for her struggles. But as she staggered there in the gulf, once again I heard these words, “Ye shall drink and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more because of the sword that I shall send among you.”
As I watched, I wondered if the Statue of Liberty would ever be able to regain her feet – if she would ever stand again. And as I watched, it seemed that with all her power she struggled to rise, and finally staggered to her feet again, and stood there swaying drunkenly. I felt sure that at any moment she would fall again – possibly never to rise. I seemed overwhelmed with a desire to reach out my hand to keep her head above water, for I knew that if she ever fell again she would drown there in the Gulf.
“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.” Psalms 91:5,6.
Then as I watched, another amazing thing was taking place. Far to the Northwest, just out over Alaska, a huge, black cloud was arising. As it rose, it was as black as night. It seemed to be in the shape of a man’s head. As it continued to arise, I observed two light spots in the black cloud. It rose further, and a gaping hole appeared. I could see that the black cloud was taking the shape of a skull, for now the huge, white, gaping mouth was plainly visible. Finally the head was complete. Then the shoulders began to appear and on either side long, black arms. It seemed that what I saw was the entire North American Continent, spread out like a map upon a table with this terrible skeleton-formed cloud arising from behind the table. It rose steadily until the form was visible down to the waist. At the waist, the skeleton seemed to bend towards the United States, stretching forth a hand toward the East and one toward the West – one toward New York and one toward Seattle. As the awful form stretched forward, I could see that the entire attention seemed to be focused upon the U.S., overlooking Canada at least for the time being. As I saw the horrible black cloud in the form of a skeleton bending towards America, bending from the waist over, reaching down toward Chicago and out towards both coasts, I knew it’s one interest was to destroy the multitudes.
As I watched in horror, the great black cloud stopped just above the great lakes region, and turned it’s face towards New York City. Then out of the horrible, great gaping mouth began to appear wisps of white vapor which looked like smoke, as a cigarette smoker would blow puffs of smoke from his mouth. These whitish vapors were being blown toward New York City. The smoke began to spread, until it had covered all the eastern part of the United States.
Then the skeleton turned to the West, and out of the horrible mouth and nostrils came another great puff of white smoke. This time it was blown in the direction of the West Coast. In a few moments time,the entire West Coast and L.A. area was covered with it’s vapors
Then towards the center came a third great puff. As I watched, St. Louis and Kansas City were enveloped in its white vapors. Then on it came towards New Orleans. Then on they swept until they reached the Statue of Liberty where she stood staggering drunkenly in The blue waters of The Gulf. As the white vapors began to spread around The head of the statue, she took in but one gasping breath, and then began to cough as though to rid her lungs of the horrible vapors she had inhaled. One could readily discern by the coughing that those white vapors had seared her lungs.
What were these white vapors? Could they signify bacteriological warfare or nerve gas that could destroy multitudes of people in a few moments time? Then I heard the voice of God, as He spoke again: “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof,. And it shall be, as with the people. so with The priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the buyer, so with the seller, as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled : for The Lord has spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away,The world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish . The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore has the curse devoured the earth and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men are left.” (Isa.24:1-6)
As I watched, the coughing grew worse. It sounded like a person was about to cough out his lungs. The Statue was moaning and groaning. She was in mortal agony. The pain must have been terrific, as again and again, she tried to clear her lungs of those horrible white vapors. I watched her there in the Gulf, as she staggered, clutching her lungs and her breast with her hands. Then she fell to her knees. In a moment, she gave one final cough, and made a last desperateeffort to rise from her knees, and then fell face forward into the waters of The Gulf and lay still as death. Tears ran down my face as I realized that she was dead! Only The lapping of The waves, splashing over her body, which was partly under the water, and partly out of water, broke the silence.
“A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth; the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them, a desolate wilderness.” Joel 2:3
Suddenly the silence was shattered by the screaming of sirens. The sirens seemed to scream, “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!” Never before had I heard such shrill, screaming sirens. They seemed to be everywhere – to the North, South, the East and the West. There seemed to be multitudes of sirens. And as I looked, I saw people everywhere running. But it seemed none of them ran more than a few paces, and then they fell. And even as I had seen the Statue struggling to regain her poise and balance, and finally falling to die on her face, I now saw millions of people falling in the streets, on the sidewalks, struggling. I heard their screams for mercy and help. I heard their horrible coughing as though their lungs had been seared with fire. I heard the moanings and groanings of the doomed and the dying. As I watched, a few finally reached shelters, and above the moaning and groanings, I heard these words: “A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth for the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. Behold evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of The earth. And The slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even onto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented neither gathered nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground. (Jer. 25:31-33)
Then suddenly I saw from the Atlantic and from the Pacific, and out of the Gulf, rocket-like objects that seemed to come up like fish leaping out of the water . High into the air they leaped, each headed in a different direction, but every one towards The U.S. On the ground, the sirens screamed louder. And up from the ground I saw similar rockets begin to ascend. To me, these appeared to be interceptor rockets although they arose from different points all over the U.S. However, none of them seemed to be successful in intercepting the rockets that had risen from the ocean on every side. These rockets finally reached their maximum height, slowly turned over, and fell back toward the earth in defeat. Them suddenly, the rockets which had leaped out of the ocean like fish all exploded at once. The explosion was ear- splitting. The next thing which I saw was a huge ball of fire. The only thing I have ever seen which resembled the thing I saw in my vision was the picture of the explosion of the H-bomb in the South Pacific. In my vision, it was so real I seemed to fell a searing heat from it.
As the vision spread before my eyes, and I viewed the widespread desolation brought about by the terrific explosions, I could not help thinking, ” While the defenders of our nation have quibbled over what means of defense to use, and neglected the only true means of defense, faith and dependence upon the true and living God, the thing which she greatly feared has come unto her! How true it has proven that “Except the Lord keep The city, The watchman watches but in vain.”
Then as the noise of the battle subsided, to my ears cam this quotation from Joel, the second chapter, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run…” (Joel 2:4).
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo says a full-blown police state is necessary in the state before he “allows” restaurants to reopen for indoor dining. That means, he’s threatening a police state communist society if people want to eat inside as winter approaches.
Cuomo said would not “allow” indoor dining to return in New York City unless local politicians devoted significant police resources to enforcing social distancing and other reopening conditions, according to a report by Reason. Meaning, that as a totalitarian tyrant, Cuomo wants more enforcers to violently shove his rules and commands down the throats of everyone. But if you have eyes to see, you’ll know this is all a part of the agenda.
“Our rules and guidance on reopening is only as good as the compliance and the enforcement,” Cuomo said, adding that state resources have already been stretched thin attempting to enforce limits on the serving of alcohol by outdoor restaurants in the city. “If we open restaurants that’s going to complicate by the hundreds if not thousands the number of establishments that have to be monitored.”
Restaurants in the rest of New York state have been allowed to reopen their dining rooms at 50 percent capacity provided they maintain six feet of distance between parties and following other physical distancing guidelines. Earlier this week, one New York City restaurant filed a $2 billion class-action lawsuit against state and local officials over their continued ban on indoor dining. –Reason
Politicians are continuing to war against the public. Be aware of what’s going on, and make no mistake; all of this is planned to cause as much fear and pain as possible so you will willingly accept the New World Order.
The United States is a totalitarian dictatorship now, and have been since about March. The Constitution either allowed this government to exist or was powerless to stop it. Sadly, it’s a fact we need to come to terms with. We, as humans need to stop giving power to other people. This seems obvious right now, but Americans are not figuring it out.
A Rochester, New York man said parts of his business were set on fire during riots following the death of a black man who died in police custody in March.
A local reporter, Charles Molineaux, took photos of the destruction of a business owned by Jesse Barksdale. It appeared that he put up a ‘Proud to be Black Owned’ sign near his business, which appeared to have been ignored by rioters.
‘Multiple trucks on fire at U-Haul on State Street at Brown. Rochester fire just arriving now,’ Molineaux said on Sunday morning. He posted photos of the vehicles on fire, also showing fire department officials responding to the alleged arson incident.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo warned Trump. “New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Cuomo said in a press briefing on Wednesday night, as reported in the New York Post.
Of Trump’s review into federal funding of New York City, Cuomo said, “It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City.”
“President Trump has actively been trying to kill New York City ever since he’s been elected,” Cuomo said.
“I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him, always. He was dismissed as a clown in New York City; those who know him best, like him least.”
“Look, the best thing he did for New York City was leave,” Cuomo said. “Good riddance, let him go to Florida, be careful not to get COVID.”
Cuomo continued to jab the president by saying, “Nobody took him seriously and he was just a tabloid cartoon.”
At the end of the call, Cuomo seemed to attempt to walk back his remarks to President Trump that could be construed as threats.
“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City,” Cuomo said. “And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”
Both men are natives of the Queens borough of New York City.
On Thursday morning, President Trump reacted to Cuomo’s comments by going on the offensive about the New York governor’s handling of the coronavirus.
“Governors [sic] Andrew Cuomo of New York has the worst record on death and China Virus,” the president said. “11,000 people alone died in Nursing Homes because of his incompetence!”
“@NYGovCuomo should get his puppet New York prosecutors, who have been illegally after me and my family for years, to investigate his incompetent handling of the China Virus, and all of the deaths caused by this incompetence,” Trump tweeted. “It is at minimum a Nursing Home Scandal – 11,000 DEAD!”
Trump also called for the firing of Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris Cuomo.
“Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN? He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time. Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!”
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the presidential memo said. “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
“Likewise, in New York City, city officials have allowed violence to spike,” the memo continued. “In late May and early June, State and local officials allowed looting to take place for over a week, resulting in damage to an estimated 450 businesses.”
“As of August 16, there have been 896 shootings in New York this year, compared to 492 shootings during the same period last year,” the president’s memo stated. “The shooting victims include children as young as 1 year old. Shootings have been rising in recent weeks, and police reported 244 shootings last month compared to 88 in July 2019 — a 177 percent increase.”
The memo added that in a “28-day period during the months of June and July, arrests were down 62 percent from the same period in 2019.”
“In light of this unconscionable rise in violence, I have offered to provide Federal law enforcement assistance, but both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have rejected my offer,” Trump wrote in the memo.
On Wednesday night, Trump wrote on Twitter: “My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today.”
The pandemic-induced summer of escape from New York continues at a moment violent crime is on the rise, restaurant and public venue closures make the city less appealing, public transit is reeling in debt, and remote working set-ups are giving those with means greater mobility.
More worrisome trends… or rather signs of the times signaling that for many the gentrified Big Apple has as one family recently put it reached its “expiration date”. Two separate NY Times reports on Sunday detailed that moving companies are so busy they’re in an unprecedented situation of having to turn people away, while simultaneously the suburbs are witnessing an explosion in demand “unlike any in recent memory”.
And then there’s fresh data showing that during the pandemic Americans are fast getting the hell out of the more expensive “real estate meccas” of New York and New Jersey.
According to FlatRate Moving, the number of moves it has done has increased more than 46 percent between March 15 and August 15, compared with the same period last year. The number of those moving outside of New York City is up 50 percent — including a nearly 232 percent increase to Dutchess County and 116 percent increase to Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.
“The first day we could move, we left,” a dentist was cited as saying of the moment movers were declared an “essential service” by Gov. Cuomo late March. Her family moved to Pennsylvania where they had relatives.
And second, the Times details the unprecedented boom in the suburban real estate as an increasingly online workforce is fed up with closures in the city, losing its appeal and vibrancy.
July alone witnessed a whopping 44% increase in home sales among suburban counties near NYC compared to the same month last year, as the report details:
Over three days in late July, a three-bedroom house in East Orange, N.J., was listed for sale for $285,000, had 97 showings, received 24 offers and went under contract for 21 percent over that price.
On Long Island, six people made offers on a $499,000 house in Valley Stream without seeing it in person after it was shown on a Facebook Live video. In the Hudson Valley, a nearly three-acre property with a pool listed for $985,000 received four all-cash bids within a day of having 14 showings.
Since the pandemic began, the suburbs around New York City, from New Jersey to Westchester County to Connecticut to Long Island, have been experiencing enormous demand for homes of all prices, a surge that is unlike any in recent memory, according to officials, real estate agents and residents.
They’re not just fleeing for the suburbs or upstate, but also to the significantly cheaper and lower cost of living areas of the country like Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Oregon, or to rural areas.
COVID-19 is fast reviving American mobility on scales reminiscent of the mid-20th century. Bloomberg describes separately that“Far more people moved to Vermont, Idaho, Oregon, and South Carolina than left during the pandemic, according to data provided to Bloomberg News by United Van Lines.”
Two charts via Bloomberg:
“On the other hand, the reverse was true for New York and New Jersey, which saw residents moving to Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states between March and July,” the report finds.
General fear of living in densely populated areas, better enterprise video communications platforms making possible fully remote workplaces which in some cases are ‘canceling’ the traditional office space altogether, and a lack of nightlife or entertainment allure of big cities is driving the exodus.
In addition to the aforementioned states, “Illinois, Connecticut and California, three other states with big urban populations, were also among those losing out during the pandemic,” according to United Van Lines data.
The mainstream media has slipped up! In their efforts to keep the fear high and information low, the MSM admitted that people were hospitalized with COVID-19 after complying with the draconian lockdown measures. Oops…
According to a CBS report, more than half of people (66%) in New York that had COVID-19 and were hospitalized for it to it while obeying the commands of the ruling class and complying with the lockdown orders.
“Even mainstream media is starting to admit, little by little, begrudgingly of course, that this whole thing is turning out to be a massive dog and pony show,” says Brian of High Impact Vlogs.
About two-thirds of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York became infected even though they said they’d been observing lockdown restrictions. So what are the implications of this? It could mean that what people are getting isn’t contagious like we’ve been told. Or it could be that the entire thing is a lie and COVID-19 doesn’t exist. It’s difficult to say off of just this one statistic, however, any way you try to spin that around comes out looking bad for politicians and the mainstream media.
The elites have started to admit that they manufactured this whole COVID-19 scam to push the Great Reset, which will include a totalitarian system of masters and slaves. If you are easily triggered and think the political puppets will save you, the following video should be avoided. If you really want to know what’s going on and why it won’t matter who is (s)elected in November, watch:
I personally feel that those who know what’s going on have an obligation to our children and unborn grandchildren to not leave them a system of enslavement. That means getting rid of every single institution that requires we obey and submit. Complete abolishment of all slavery is the only solution. Along with that should come the knowledge that no other human has any moral right to control or enslave, and no human being has any obligation to obey as long as they are harming no one. Any other line of thought is the creed of slaves.
Stop living in fear. Wake up, prepare, and be alert. Things look to really turn ugly in the next few months as we approach the election.