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Illinois police department tells criminals to stay inside during heat wave

This is not from The Onion.

From MyFoxChicago: Criminal activity has been officially canceled in one suburban Chicago town due to the extreme heat that’s cooking most of the country.

“It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes,” the Park Forest Police Department said on Facebook Friday. “We’re asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors.”

The department proposed that Friday would be a perfect day “to Netflix and chill, literally, with the air conditioner set to 68 degrees.”

At the same time, a Massachusetts police department implemented a similar heat wave-related crime-fighting strategy.

The Braintree Police Department took to Facebook Friday night to ask anyone thinking of conducting criminal activity “to hold off until Monday.”

“It is straight hot as soccer balls out there,” the department said before suggesting that potential criminals stay home and binge-watch season 3 of “Stranger Things” instead, according to Masslive.com.“We will meet again when its cooler,” the department said.

In a follow-up post late Friday, Park Forest PD said that one of its officers, Justin Malachowski, was appreciative of everyone who canceled their planned crimes and stayed indoors. “Because of you, he got to enjoy a cold and delicious afternoon Slurpee from 7-Eleven without interruption,” the department said.

The entire Chicago area was under an excessive heat warning Friday and Saturday as heat index values could rise as high as 115 degrees in some places.

Windy City temps hit the 99-degree mark Friday. On Saturday the Park Forest Police was still advising would-be wrongdoers to stay indoors.

“The crime cancellation is still in effect until tomorrow, so please no ‘criminaling,’” the department said.

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Baltimore deputy police commissioner robbed at gun point

Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Murphy

I wondered why a member of the police department wouldn’t be carrying while out and about in Baltimore. My question was answered when I saw his picture.

From Baltimore Sun: One of Baltimore’s newest deputy police commissioners and his wife were robbed at gunpoint Friday night near Patterson Park, police said.

Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were approached around 9 p.m. by four men in a large white SUV at the 2200 block of East Pratt Street, police said in a statement. Two approximately 18-year-old men got out of the SUV and approached the couple. The men announced it was a robbery, showed a gun and fled with a wallet, a purse, some cash and multiple cell phones, the press release said.

No one was injured.

Commissioner Michael Harrison, and the two men worked together in the New Orleans police department. In New Orleans, Murphy was the deputy superintendent of compliance for its consent decree, and was tapped by Harrison to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with its own, similar federal consent decree.

In an April interview with the Sun, Murphy talked about the similarities between the two cities, and the challenges.

“I think the challenges are very similar” in Baltimore and New Orleans, Murphy said. “Obviously, every community, every police department is unique, but the success we had in New Orleans is directly transferable to here and we will modify it as necessary.”

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Cook County commissioner who got his buddy’s parking ticket tossed said he did it “to help all Latinos”

He really cares: Luis Arroyo just trying to help Latinos…

The Chicago Way…

From Chicago Sun Times: After his pal tried to clout his way out of a parking ticket by uttering that classic Chicago question, “Do you know who I am?” Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. didn’t hesitate to intervene and use his political weight to get the ticket tossed out.

It doesn’t hurt that that friend whose ticket Arroyo helped to get voided was Luis Pena, who Arroyo said is the 36th Ward superintendent for Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) — who is also Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s City Council floor leader.

But Arroyo on Friday insisted he wasn’t just protecting his buddy, but all Latinos. He said he stepped in to make sure “[Latinos] are being treated fairly by our officers. That goes for all Latinos in Cook County, not just someone I know.”

Though Arroyo admitted to the Chicago Sun-Times that he was the unnamed commissioner at the center of the 2018 ticket episode, the political fallout may not be over.

The latest chapter in the saga of Chicago clout began with the release of a Cook County inspector general’s report on Monday and saw the resignation a day later of the Cook County Forest Preserve Police chief.

In that report, Inspector General Patrick Blanchard found that Pena used his political connections to make a $250 parking ticket disappear.

According to the ticket, which was obtained by the Sun-Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, Pena was ticketed for parking in a handicapped spot Sept. 8, 2018, and was fined $250.

When he was handed the ticket, Pena allegedly asked the officer and an accompanying trainee “Do you know who I am?”

Pena then called Arroyo about the ticket, who contacted a “high-ranking [Forest Preserve Police] official” about voiding the citation, according to the report. The commissioner said the officer “displayed a poor attitude” and asked for the cop to be sent to his office for questioning, the report said.

The ticket was later dismissed, but the officer was sent to Arroyo’s office to be “personally subjected to criticism,” the inspector general’s report said.

Read the whole story here.

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Demorat socialist Julia Salazar lies about growing up in “poverty”

From Daily Mail: Julia Salazar — the New York State senator accused of embellishing her radical socialist credentials with tall tales about her working class, immigrant roots — was reportedly living off a huge trust fund while launching her campaign.

The 28-year-old, who represents Brooklyn, reported in campaign finance disclosures that she was worth $10 million, the New York Post reported.

Salazar subsequently claimed the figure was an error, telling the paper that she misread the sheet, and that the family trust fund she benefited from actually holds $400,000.

The young politician has been called out for lying about her wealth in the past, having said she had a ‘hardscrabble’ childhood, immigrated from Colombia and went to public school.

Those claims were discredited by Salazar’s brother, who revealed last year that she was in fact born in Miami, grew up in a sprawling waterfront home with a maid and three boats, attended private school in Florida and had a trust fund.

On May 15, Salazar reported to the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) that she received $18,000 in 2018 from her deceased father Luis H. Salazar’s trust, the NY Post reported.

She classified the amount as ‘Category DDDDD’ — a code used in financial disclosures to signify amounts of ‘$10 million or more’. But she told the NY Post on Thursday that she meant to write ‘Category D’ — a range of $5,000-$20,000 — referring to the $18,000 chunk she received from the fund.

She claimed she mistook ‘10,000,000 and over,’ for ‘$10,000 and over,’ saying: ‘I looked at it in a cursory way.. I mistook the comma versus the decimal point, so it added it extra zeros.’

But she managed to follow the instructions properly on the next line, where she reported her income as a community organizer for Jews for Racial + Economic Justice — as ‘Category E,’ or $20,000–$50,000.

Salazar has been under fire for identifying as a Jew despite her family insisting she was baptized a Catholic and that none of their relatives are Jewish.

She is not actually required to disclose the value of the trust fund to the JCOPE, since she doesn’t control it. Her aunt in Colombia controls the cash stash, which benefits Salazar, her brother Alex and other unnamed family members.

She reportedly resubmitted her financial disclosure to JCOPE on July 11, noting the trust income as ‘Category D’, after a state worker notified her of the inconsistencies.

The senator told the NY Post that she used the $18,000 disbursement ‘to support myself, because I had to stop working in order to campaign, and I had to go on unpaid leave’.

‘Basically seven months of living expenses on top of savings that I had from working,’ she said, referring to her time spent running for office.

Salazar won the New York state primary on September 13 last year, beating a 16-year incumbent. She followed in the footsteps of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also a part of the Democratic Socialists of America and beat a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic US congressional primary last June.

Salazar rallied the support of millennials in Brooklyn pushing an image of being educated and relatable, fronting with her alleged poor immigrant background.

She initially stated she was born in Colombia before backpedaling and conceding her birthplace was Miami, blaming the ‘error’ on a campaign staffer. But she continued to assert that she was born into a ‘working class’ family, was raised by a single parent and had to get a job at 14 to make ends meet.

That story unraveled as her own family members came forward to contradict her. ‘We did not struggle at all,’ Salazar’s brother Alex told DailyMail.com last September. ‘We grew up in a great place. We had a great life. We were never treated as outsiders,’ he said, pointing to the family’s material possessions which included a sprawling waterfront home and ‘three boats including a jet ski that was large enough to fit all four of us’.

He said they were still supported by their father after their parents’ divorce, and only worked as teens to learn responsibility. Their father, who died from prostate cancer in 2009, made his riches as a successful U.S. commercial and cargo pilot.

Opponents have also alleged that Salazar used to be a Republican and an anti-abortion Christian, before performing a political flip flop and declaring herself a socialist after moving to Brooklyn in 2017.

It was also revealed that in 2011 she was arrested over accusations of bank fraud by the estranged wife of former New York Mets star Keith Hernandez. Salazar later sued Hernandez’s wife Kai Hernandez who she said was trying to frame her thinking Salazar was having an affair with the baseball player.

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NYT editorial: Federal government should require Section-8 housing be built in ‘affluent’ communities

In July 2018, the editorial board of the New York Times abandoned all journalistic objectivity with an editorial calling on the Democrat Party to go to war against President Trump, using mafia “Godfather” tactics.

But the plain truth is that, unless you are a “useless idiot” who swears by and only reads that piece of rag like an attorney I know, the New York Times (NYT) had abandoned objectivity long before July 2018. See:

We should, therefore, take a recent NYT editorial and its recommendation for what it is — yet another big dose of biased, leftist toxin.

On July 7, 2019, NYT published the editorial, “A New Approach on Housing Affordability,” penned by its editorial board, which “represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.”

The editorial begins by stating the problem, that of the high and rising cost of rental housing in the United States, and bemoans how millions cannot afford to live in the neighborhoods that they want. 

The editorial then commends Democratic presidential candidates (Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren) who are addressing this problem with these policy proposals:

  1. Increase federal subsidies for renters, at a cost of $93 billion (Kamala Harris) to $134 billion a year (Cory Booker) and more (Julian Castro).
  2. Increase federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing (Booker and Castro).
  3. Increase housing construction by having the federal government put pressure on local governments to allow more “development” (Elizabeth Warren). 

The NYT editorial opines that while increasing housing construction (“more market-rate development”) is a worthy goal, that isn’t enough — “Market-rate development, however, is not a sufficient solution.

The problems are two:

  1. “Wealthy residents” are the most resistant to “development”. In fact, “the states most resistant to allowing housing construction are the strongholds of the Democratic Party, in the Northeast and along the Pacific Coast, and the most resistant voters are the wealthy residents of those states who provide so much of the funding for Democratic presidential campaigns.”
  2. Even if the federal government increases rent and housing subsidies, “poor children” would still not be “raised in economically diverse neighborhoods” with better schools, but instead would live “in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty.”

The New York Times’ proposal is to revive and expand a policy of the Obama administration, wherein “poor” renters were given large vouchers to move to areas with more expensive housing and better schools, by having the “irristible force” of the federal government require “affluent communities to accept affordable housing projects.” 

In other words, if the NYT has its way, the federal government will compel local governments to construct Section 8 apartments and high-risers (“affordable housing”) in middle-class and “affluent” communities of single-family homes. Those “affordable” apartments and high-risers will be inhabited by the “poor” — among whom are gangbangers, illegal aliens and “refugees”.

This is socialism and the UN Agenda 21 on steroids.

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“Manholes” out at Berkeley; must now be called “maintenance holes”

From SF Gate: At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.

No longer will the streets of fair Berkeley be dotted with manholes, nary a womanhole or nonbinaryhole in sight. With Tuesday night’s vote, they have all been transmuted into “maintenance holes,” that highest, hardest glass manhole-cover finally shattered.

The item, originally on the council agenda for March 12, was sponsored by councilmembers Rigel Robinson, Cheryl Davila, Ben Bartlett and Lori Droste, reports Berkeleyside. The ordinance eliminates all gendered pronouns from the city code, replacing “she” and “he” with “they.”

“Manpower” will be referred to as “human effort,” and “man-made” objects will be described with terms like “human-made,” “artificial,” “manufactured,” “machine made” or “synthetic.”

Gendered professional terms like “fireman,” “firewoman” and “craftsman” will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like “firefighter” and “craftspeople.” “Heirs” will become “beneficiaries,” a “sportsman” is now a “hunter,” and an “ombudsman” is now just an “ombuds.” The estimated cost of the revisions is a modest $600.

It was approved Tuesday night as a consent item without council discussion or public comment, Berkeleyside’s Emilie Raguso reported.

When King County, Wash. enacted a similar measure last year, some on Twitter were left wistful for the halcyon days when manholes were manholes; Many others were indifferent. “I gotta say as a female engineer in Seattle,” one woman wrote, “I really don’t give a crap what you call a utility access point.”

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Los Angeles MS-13 members committed gruesome murders with machetes, cutting out victims hearts

From SFGate: Members of the notorious MS-13 street gang were charged in a years-long string of grisly homicides in the Los Angeles area, including some in which victims were hacked to death in the Angeles National Forest.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI are expected to announce the unsealing of an indictment against several members of the gang during a news conference Tuesday in downtown L.A., according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

The charges involve at least seven homicides, many of which were recorded by the perpetrators, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the case candidly. Most of the killings involved knives or machetes, and several of the victims’ bodies were dumped in remote, hilly, areas, the officials said.

Some of the suspects were high school students at the time of the slayings, one official said.

It was not immediately clear what motivated the killings. Spokesmen for the LAPD and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles declined to comment ahead of the news conference.

While the LAPD has said in recent years that MS-13 has become less of a factor in city crime, the gang has become a frequent focus of President Donald Trump’s diatribes about crime and illegal immigration. He has often cited the organization, which was formed in Los Angeles several decades ago, as evidence of the need for increased deportation efforts.

Last month, the LAPD arrested several members of the gang as part of a broader investigation into a series of violent events in North Hollywood, including the murder of a 34-year-old homeless man in January. In a statement, the department had said it noticed an uptick in MS-13 graffiti in the San Fernando Valley.

“Over the past year, tagging and other evidence of MS-13’s presence has been observed at multiple locations throughout the Valley,” the department said in the statement. “Officials believe the gang is attempting to establish a foothold by directly challenging rival gangs in the area.”

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Mayor Lightfoot silent as shootings/killings keep piling up in Chiraq

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The good homosexual, WOC Chiraq Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is completely ignoring the continued shootings in her city – a whopping 1,414 shot with 251 killed to date. This despite the fact that she promised to “confront chronic gun violence” in order to get elected.

See my recent Chiraq posts:

This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence
Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence
This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer
After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

This past weekend was more of the same: 9 killed, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.

While gun/gang violence continues to plague the city, guess what the mayor is focusing on? Some of her recent press releases:

“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on the Rescue of the Alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon”
“Mayor Lightfoot Announces Additional Protections and Resources for Chicago’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities”
“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on President Trump’s Decision on 2020 Census”
“Mayor Lightfoot and BACP Launch ChiBizPride Campaign to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Small Business Owners”
“Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot on Governor J.B. Pritzker Signing the Reproductive Health Act into Law”

There’s not ONE press release in the last two months that addresses the gun and gang violence in her city.

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Ka-ching: Court rules Seattle can impose an income tax in stunning decision

I am no tax attorney yet I can read the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). From the Washington State Legislature, RCW 36.65.030: “Tax on net income prohibited. A county, city, or city-county shall not levy a tax on net income.”

If this ruling survives the Washington State Supreme Court, I can guarantee you every other city, county – and the state – will follow suit in grabbing more taxpayer dollars.

From MyNorthwest.com: The Washington State Court of Appeals handed down a shocking decision Monday, ruling that the City of Seattle has the legal authority to impose an income tax.

It was roughly two years ago when Seattle City Council unanimously passed an income tax on high earners. But the 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals, and $500,000 for married couples has yet to be imposed.

A legal battle has ensued ever since, over the fact that Washington is one of the few states that doesn’t impose an income tax. Monday’s ruling called that restriction into question.

The appeals court ruled that while the tax levied against high earners by the City of Seattle is unconstitutional, the city still has the authority to impose an income tax, provided it’s uniform across all tax brackets. Essentially, if Seattle — or any city in Washington — wants an income tax, it would need to be applied evenly across every household, regardless of what they make yearly.

“I was dumbstruck by the way the court reached its decision,” Attorney Matthew Davis told KIRO Radio. Davis represents Michael Kunath, one of the plaintiffs in the case filed against Seattle’s initial proposed income tax.

“The decision itself was not a surprise at all — how the court got to its decision was a big surprise,” he added.

Next, both Davis and the City of Seattle will look to bring the case before the Washington State Supreme Court, each for different reasons. For Davis, the hope is to uphold the ruling stating Seattle’s proposed tax on high earners is unconstitutional, but overturn the appeals court decision allowing Seattle to impose a uniform income tax.

The City is looking for the opposite outcome: For the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling on the high earner tax, and uphold the uniform income tax decision.

“We’re pleased that the Court held the City had the statutory authority to enact an income tax,” the Seattle City Attorney’s Office said in a written statement. “The City has always recognized that ultimately the Washington State Supreme Court is the proper place to overturn the bad precedent holding an income tax is a tax on property. We intend to petition our Washington State Supreme Court for appeal.”

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Antifa “activist” facing assault charges was tied to demorat policymakers

Antifa member Joseph “Chepe” Alcoff

This story is from February 2019 yet I thought it appropriate to highlight given the rise in Antifa’s violence and the demorats who support them.

I was not able to confirm if Alcoff is still in jail. He must be out on bail awaiting trial.

From Fox News: What a difference a year made for Joseph Alcoff.

On Monday, the 37-year-old has a court date in connection with charges he’s facing in Philadelphia that include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob in November that attacked two Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic. Alcoff and two others charged in the attack have pleaded not guilty.

But while Democratic officials are distancing themselves from Alcoff now, until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals.

His endorsement apparently mattered when several congressional Democrats in February 2018 issued press releases with his quote backing their bill on regulating payday lenders.

As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.

He was also pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Both committees oversee financial regulatory policies Alcoff was advocating.

Alcoff met with then CFPB Director Richard Cordray and other senior CFPB officials on April 2016, again in March 2017 and a third time in May 2017, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. During this time, he reportedly was an Antifa leader in Washington.

Alcoff’s former employer had little to say about the matter. “As of December, Mr. Alcoff no longer works for AFR,” Carter Dougherty, spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform, told Fox News in an email.
Dougherty didn’t answer whether Alcoff had been fired or resigned. He also didn’t answer whether the organization was aware of Alcoff’s associations during his employment.

Alcoff was reportedly also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, the group responsible for gathering and shouting threats outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November and for heckling Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi at a Washington restaurant in September. Reports have not said Alcoff was directly involved in either incident; only that he was associated with the group.

Democrats are hardly eager to be associated with Alcoff now. Most spokespersons for Democratic members of Congress did not respond to inquiries from Fox News, or distanced themselves from Alcoff.

In one appearance, Alcoff dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.

“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”

In the February 2018 press statement, House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release, most including the Alcoff quote.

The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”

In August, Alcoff was a guest on the House Democrats’ Joint Economic Committee podcast, criticizing the decline of the CFPB under the Trump administration. “It’s been an incredible kind of erosion [Trump administration actions] recently, but these are really, really important basic functions [CFPB’s mission] that people across the country should be able to look to Washington and expect,” Alcoff said on the podcast.

In connection with the subsequent attack in Philadelphia, the two Hispanic Marines said the Antifa mob of about 10 or 12 attackers shouted racial slurs during the beating. Only three from the mob were identified and arrested. The attack happened at the same time as a right-wing rally in Philadelphia, which Antifa showed up to protest. The Marines who were assaulted said they were not even aware of the rally.

“On one side, you have the Proud Boys, a racist group of Nazi thugs. On the other side, you have anti-racist activists,” Alcoff’s lawyer Michael Coard told Philadelphia Magazine. “Unfortunately, in the mix, there were two Marines who were caught up in the whole thing as innocent bystanders.”

Coard, an African American activist in Philadelphia, also told the magazine regarding the alleged slurs, “The question that I have for the D.A.’s office and the police is this: Does anybody think that I, Michael Coard, would represent a racist? … I would never represent a racist. In fact, if I believed that he was a racist, I would prosecute him myself.”

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