Ohio Man Receives Prison Sentence for Attempting to Aid ISIS and Plotting a Major Terror Attack in US

H/T Western Journal.

This bastard needs to be shot.

A man will spend two decades in prison years after he attempted to help undercover federal agents he thought were involved with ISIS plan a massacre against a synagogue.

A Holland, Ohio, man named Damon Joseph, who also goes by Abdullah Ali Yusuf, was arrested in 2018 and arraigned in federal court after he accepted firearms that were modified to be inoperable by FBI agents following an investigation.

According to agents, they interacted with Joseph, now 23, after he expressed online support for Islamist terrorists online.

“Beginning in September 2018, Joseph engaged in a series of online conversations with several undercover FBI agents where he repeatedly stated and affirmed his support for ISIS and produced propaganda which he believed was to be used for ISIS recruitment efforts,” the Justice Department said in a news release on Monday.

The DOJ said Joseph indicated he wanted to kill Jews attending at least two synagogues in Toledo.

 

“Over the next few weeks, Joseph stated to an undercover agent that he wanted to participate in an attack on behalf of ISIS. On Dec. 2, 2018, Joseph forwarded a document to the agent that laid out his plans for such an attack on ‘Jews who support state of Israel,’” the department said. “Joseph then stated that he did not necessarily see this as ‘a martyrdom operation’ as his plan accounted for an escape and potential combat with law enforcement.”

“On Dec. 4, Joseph met with an undercover FBI agent and discussed conducting a mass shooting at a synagogue. Joseph identified two synagogues in the greater Toledo area as potential targets and discussed the types of weapons he believed would inflict mass casualties,” the department said. “Joseph made written notes about the firearms he wanted and provided them to the undercover agent, stating he wanted AR 15s, AK 47, Glock handguns and ammunition.”

The man told one federal agent that he hoped to specifically seek out and kill a rabbi.


Joseph was arrested after he accepted a duffel bag of the inoperable weapons. He pleaded guilty in May on counts of attempting to provide resources to a terrorist organization and attempting to commit a hate crime, WTOL-TV reported.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the DOJ’s National Security Division announced Joseph would spend 20 years in prison in the department’s news release.

“Inspired by ISIS, Damon Joseph planned to conduct a deadly terrorist attack at a synagogue in Ohio. He hoped to cause mass casualties by selecting a time when numerous innocent victims would be present,” Lesko said. “For this conduct, he will now spend 20 years in prison.”

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan of the Northern District of Ohio said a lifetime supervised release was part of a deal Joseph made with federal prosecutors.

“Today, Damon Joseph was sentenced to 20 years of incarceration and a lifetime term of supervised release for attempting to support ISIS through violent attacks on Jewish congregants, including children, and any first responders who sought to protect and assist them,” Brennan said.

“It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous plot, let alone reconcile that this plot involved violating our country’s solemn obligation to protect the civil rights of every person in an effort to support a foreign terrorist organization.”

Eric B. Smith. the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office, said Joseph was radicalized online in only a few months.

“In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from a self-radicalized, virtual jihadist to planning an actual attack on fellow Americans,” Smith said. “Mr. Joseph will now serve time behind bars for his actions.”

“In the name of ISIS, Joseph planned a mass-casualty attack against citizens simply wanting to attend their desired houses of worship, which were two Toledo-area synagogues. Joseph’s terroristic actions are antithetical to a just and free society, and he will serve a lengthy sentence as a result,” he added.

How McKinley’s Assassination, Spurred Secret Service ,Presidential Protection

H/T History OnLine.

The Secret Service accompanies the president and the First Family everywhere, but it wasn’t always this way.

Today, the president of the United States and the Secret Service are inseparable—literally. Agents of the U.S. Secret Service accompany the president and the First Family everywhere and are particularly noticeable at public events. But it wasn’t always this way. It would take a third assassination of a U.S. president—William McKinley—to prompt Congress to assign full official protection of acting presidents.

The Secret Service was actually established in 1865 as a division of the United States Treasury that was primarily responsible for protecting the assets of the national treasury, safeguarding its currency production facilities and investigating counterfeiting. Beginning in 1894, Secret Service agents were protecting then-president Grover Cleveland, but only on a part-time basis.

Until then, and even in the years after, members of Congress were loath to formally establish a national law enforcement agency, preferring to leave functions related to law and order to individual states. However, it was when Cleveland’s successor, William McKinley, was assassinated in 1901 that momentum for such a federally run agency began to build.

McKinley’s assassination came at a critical time in U.S. history,” notes Cary Federman, associate professor in the Department of Justice Studies, Montclair State University in New Jersey and author of The Assassination of William McKinley: Anarchism, Insanity, and the Birth of the Social Sciences.

“Up until then, there was a general hostility toward centralized power, and remaking the Secret Service as a national police force would, in effect, be taking some law enforcement power away from the states. However, after McKinley was killed, the incident became a factor in establishing the role of the Secret Service in protecting the president. There was a recognition of the president as a target.”

Still, Federman emphasizes that there were other factors as well. Indeed, in the aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881, bills designed to formalize the role of the Secret Service in the protection of the president failed to gain approval in Congress. So what was different about McKinley’s death?

The U.S. had become a dominant player on the international stage.

The fact that McKinley was the third president assassinated while in office over a 36-year period was certainly significant. It was also at this time that the United States began to emerge as an imperial power, and leaders at the national level started to become more concerned about political threats both inside and outside the nation’s borders.

Since the 1870s, anarchists had been staging attacks against governments and law enforcement personnel all over the world, including during the Haymarket Riot in Chicago in 1886. Although there is evidence to suggest that McKinley’s killer, Leon Czolgosz, was more mentally ill than politically motivated, he was labelled an anarchist in the immediate aftermath of his actions.

Theodore Roosevelt, who rose to the nation’s highest office after McKinley’s death, even said at the time, “When compared with the suppression of anarchy, every other question sinks into insignificance.”

According to Federman, Roosevelt was also a “strong nationalist,” meaning he believed in the centralization of powers. That, coupled with the perceived political and social threats facing the country at the time, motivated Congress to act and formalize the Secret Service’s role in protecting the head of state.

The assassination of President McKinley by the hand of an anarchist at the Exposition in Buffalo, NY.

The assassination of President McKinley by the hand of an anarchist at the Exposition in Buffalo, NY.

(Credit: De Agostini/Getty Images)

Fear of foreign threats played a role.

In 1902, within months of McKinley’s death, a Secret Service detail was assigned to guard the president of the United States 24-7-365. And that remains the norm to this day.

“In the popular view of the time, Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was ‘one of us,’ a white American,” Federman explains.

“But Czolgosz? He had this ‘mysterious-sounding’ name. Even though he too was American. So yes, while McKinley’s death highlighted this idea of the president as a target, it was really the beginning of the United States being concerned about possible threats against it, both inside and outside the country, from ‘dangerous foreigners.’ That as much as anything else really became the justification for the creation of the Secret Service.”

Kroger Issues Warning as Inflation Balloons Beyond Company’s Predictions

H/T Western Journal.

These inflated prices will hit people like myself on a fixed income the worst.

Inflation will be hitting Americans hard in the grocery aisle, as higher production costs mean higher prices for consumers at one top supermarket chain.

Kroger is “passing along higher cost to the customer where it makes sense to do so,” company CFO Gary Millerchip said Friday during a call on the company’s second-quarter earnings, according to Fox Business.

He estimated prices would rise 2 to 3 percent in the final months of the year.

Inflation has been stalking American shoppers as consumer prices have risen. As of July, the Consumer Price Index was up 5.4 percent from a year ago, the biggest year-to-year jump since 2008, according to Fox Business.

Food prices have been a big part of the increase. Beef prices have gone up 14 percent this year.  Pork prices are up 12.1 percent while poultry prices have increased 6.6 percent.

Globally, July food prices were up 31 percent from July 2020, according to Bloomberg, which cited data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Biden administration, which has been trying to soft-pedal talk of inflation, points the finger at processors of beef, pork and poultry.

“Just four large conglomerates control the majority of the market for each of these three products, and the data show that these companies have been raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic,” Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said last week, according to Fox Business.

In August, Department of Agriculture economist Carolyn Chelius said increases are likely to continue, according to AgWeek.

“We’re predicting beef and veal prices will increase 3-4 percent and pork prices 4-5 percent,” she said. Prices for fresh fruit will rise 5 to 6 percent, she said.

“Meats only make up about 22 percent of food at home prices and although prices have increased a fair amount over the course of 2021 so far and they will drive the price of food at home, there are other categories that haven’t increased that much so far this year such as cereals and bakery products,” Chelius said.

USDA report in August agreed.

“Inflation in 2021 is already nearly 50 percent higher than average annual inflation only halfway through the year. Above-average inflation is expected to continue through 2022,” the report stated.

Food sector analyst Phil Lempert told Fortune in August that the trend is likely to continue.

“We’re going to continue to see price increases, probably for the next two years or so,” Lempert said.

Lempert told Fortune that increases transportation costs are hitting consumers, saying that the cost of refrigerated truck transport has risen by 12 percent.

“That has to be passed on,” he said.

“We don’t have enough truck drivers,” he said. “We’ve been talking probably for three or four years that the truck driver workforce is aging, retiring, and there’s not a lot of people who wake up in the morning who say, ‘I want to be a truck driver.’”

Lempert said that coupled with rising wages, “It is a much bigger problem, and a much more complex problem, than the average consumer realizes or understands.”

Members of Congress Exempt from Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Average Americans Expected to Comply

H/T Western Journal.

I guess “My Body My Choice” only applies when you are murdering a baby.

If Congress and the judiciary do not have to take the shot then I am not taking this Damned shot.

There is one sure way to get around President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate: Be part of either the legislative or judicial branches of the federal government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the mandate does not apply to members of the House, according to Newsweek.

“She’s saying she cannot force Members to be vaccinated, which is true,” a statement from Pelosi’s office said.

The New York Times reported that the vaccine edict issued by Biden does not apply to the federal court system either.

The vaccine mandate has triggered howls of protest.

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York said Biden exceeded his executive authority with the mandate, which relies upon a liberal interpretation of the rule-making powers of the Department of Labor.

“Just like Mayor [Bill] de Blasio has, President Biden is inappropriately mandating businesses to serve as his vaccine police force, requiring that they mandate their employees be vaccinated, tested weekly or face hefty fines,” she said Friday, according to the New York Post.

“This mandate as a condition of employment in both the public and private sectors is wrong, infringes on the rights and freedoms of Americans and strays from the government’s role of informing, educating and encouraging.

This overreach is a step into the dystopian future where the government bulldozes constitutional rights. It will be challenged in court by governors across the nation and I encourage ours to do the same,” Malliotakis said.

Many Republican governors said Biden’s mandate went too far.

 

 

 
 

 

During a Thursday appearance on Fox News, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota said it “shocked me that the president actually said in his speech today that this wasn’t about freedom and personal choice at all, which I think is indicative of what’s really in his heart and his agenda that he’s got for this country.”

“Listen, this is not a power that is delegated to the federal government. This is a power for states to decide. In South Dakota, we’re going to be free and we’re going to make sure that we don’t overstep our authority. So we will take action. My legal team is already working and we will defend and protect our people from this unlawful mandate,” she said.

Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff and a board member of America First Legal, said he would “fight back, hold [Biden] accountable, and protect individual rights against these unlawful mandates,” according to Yahoo.

“Joe Biden started the year claiming he wouldn’t mandate vaccines, and 9 months later, mired in failing policies and plummeting poll numbers, his administration is going back on their word,” Meadows said in a statement.

“This overreach is just the latest example — one on a long list of evidence — that this administration will not hesitate to disregard the law in pursuit of their own agenda, even to the point of trampling workers and employers along the way.”

How Long Do Cats Live?

H/T Mental Floss.

We had a cat when I was young lived to be 24 years old.

As much as you might believe your own beloved cat is superior in every way to other people’s pets, there’s a very slim-to-nonexistent possibility that yours is an immortal being. And while it’s never fun to think about living for decades without your four-legged sidekick nearby, it is good to prepare yourself for that inevitability.

HOW LONG DO INDOOR CATS LIVE?

According to Catster, the average life expectancy for an indoor house cat is usually somewhere between 10 and 20 years, depending on your source. But it’s not that cats aren’t physically capable of living past 15 years or so—in fact, the oldest known house cat, Rubble, lived to be an impressive 31 years young. As veterinarian Jennifer Coates wrote for PetMD, “These numbers may seem low, but they represent an average of the lifespans of ancient, well-cared-for kitties; unfortunate individuals who died early from disease or accident; and everybody in between.”

HOW LONG DO OUTDOOR CATS LIVE?

If you want to ensure that your cat becomes one of those “ancient, well-cared-for kitties” who lives well beyond 15 years, here’s one way to maximize your chances: Keep it inside. Outdoor cats have a much shorter life expectancy, which, again, depending on your source, might be as low as 2 to 5 years or closer to 7 years. This is mostly because free-roaming cats encounter more dangers (and more often) than their indoor counterparts. As the University of California Davis’s School of Veterinary Medicine explains [PDF], outdoor cats are at greater risk of getting hit by a vehicle, getting attacked by other animals, picking up diseases or parasites, ingesting something poisonous, and running afoul of other threats.

WHAT’S MY CAT’S AGE IN HUMAN YEARS?

As for how to translate “cat years” into “people years,” the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners have a handy chart [PDF]. For a feline’s first 2 years, its human age equivalent grows exponentially. But once it’s 2 years old—24 in human years—it ages four human years for every year of its life. For example: A 3-year-old cat is 28 in human years; a 4-year-old cat is 32; and so on. So 31-year-old Rubble lived to be 140 in human years.

[h/t PetMD]

What the Color of the Tag on Your Bread Bag Really Means

H/T Mental Floss.

A tip to get fresher bread when you go shopping.

Many shoppers check the price tag, nutrition label, and ingredients list on a grocery item before tossing it in their shopping cart. When you’re browsing the bakery section of your supermarket, there’s one more part of the package worth checking: The color of the tag cinching the bread bag. According to Reader’s Digest, this piece of plastic can tell you whether a loaf is freshly baked or past its prime.

The tags or twist ties used by many bread brands are color-coded by day of the week. That way, grocery stores know exactly how long a product has been sitting on the shelf and when to cycle it out. The standard system used by most stores is as follows: a blue tag if the loaf was baked on Monday, green for Tuesday, red for Thursday, white for Friday, and yellow for Saturday. Bakers typically have Wednesdays and Sundays off, so avoid shopping on those days if you want your bread to be as fresh as possible.

The color-coding system may seem complicated at first, but there’s an easy way to remember it. The first letter of the color names are in alphabet order, starting with B for blue on Monday and ending with Y for yellow on Saturday. The tags are meant to ensure a loaf of bread doesn’t sit around for more than several days, so you likely won’t find anything baked at the beginning of the week on the weekend. But if you want to stretch the lifetime of your groceries, the colors can help you find something that was stocked that same day.

Shopping for groceries isn’t always straightforward, but learning the ins-and-outs of your local supermarket can make the process a lot easier. Marking prices just below a round number and placing items at eye level are a few ways stores trick their customers into buying more items. Here are more behind-the-scenes secrets of grocery stores.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

CDC Releases School COVID Transmission Study but Buries One of the Most Damning Parts

H/T Western Journal.

We will never get the truth from the CDC about masking children.

Although one principle cited in the debate over masking students is that such a step will limit the spread of the coronavirus, the foundational research that federal recommendations rest on never came to that conclusion.

The torturous trail of science and masking is explored by David Zweig in New York magazine, starting with a May study released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Toward the end of the multi-page report concerning a survey of schools in Georgia, the report touches on what it could about elementary school students wearing masks.

“The 21% lower incidence in schools that required mask use among students was not statistically significant compared with schools where mask use was optional,” the CDC report said.

“This finding might be attributed to higher effectiveness of masks among adults, who are at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection but might also result from differences in mask-wearing behavior among students in schools with optional requirements.”

As Zweig noted in New York magazine, “With tens of millions of American kids headed back to school in the fall, their parents and political leaders owe it to them to have a clear-sighted, scientifically rigorous discussion about which anti-COVID measures actually work and which might put an extra burden on vulnerable young people without meaningfully or demonstrably slowing the spread of the virus.”

To that end, he noted that experts believe the CDC’s May conclusion was very significant.

“That a masking requirement of students failed to show independent benefit is a finding of consequence and great interest,” said Vinay Prasad, an associate professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. “It should have been included in the summary.”

“The summary gives the impression that only masking of staff was studied,” said Tracy Hoeg, an epidemiologist, “when in reality there was this additional important detection about a student-masking requirement not having a statistical impact.”

Zweig wrote that after the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated guidance last month calling for children to be masked in school settings, he asked for a study to back up those recommendations and was given nothing definitive.

“We lack credible evidence for benefits of masking kids aged 2-5. Despite what American Academy of Pediatrics says,” Jeffrey Flier, former dean of Harvard Medical School, wrote last month on Twitter.

Despite models and simulations, “Mechanistic studies are incapable of anticipating and tallying the effects that emerge when real people are asked to do real things in the real world,” Vinay Prasad, of UCSF, wrote in a critique of the CDC’s masking recommendation for children, according to New York magazine.

“The CDC cannot ‘follow the science’ because there is no relevant science.”

There are other factors to consider as well.

“Mask-wearing among children is generally considered a low-risk mitigation strategy; however, the negatives are not zero, especially for young children,” Lloyd Fisher, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said, according to the magazine.

“It is important for children to see facial expressions of their peers and the adults around them in order to learn social cues and understand how to read emotions.”

Zweig noted that there is no end date for the great mask experience.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, when asked when masking stops, has said, according to New York magazine, “If our children are vaccinated, we have full vaccination in schools, we have full vaccination in teachers, we have disease rates that are low — I think then we can start thinking about how we can loosen up.”

“By Walensky’s criteria,” Zweig wrote, “children may be in masks for years at school.”

ANTI-HUNTING GROUPS ARE GOING FOR THE JUGULAR

H/T NSSF.org.

  • America’s hunters need to be heard speaking out against this proposal.

Two anti-hunting groups are making a move to kill hunting. They’re looking to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Department of the Interior (DOI) to publish a rule that would eliminate transporting harvested wild animals and most birds across state lines.

It is the most serious threat to hunting in the United States since Dan Ashe, former USFWS director, attempted to ban the use of traditional ammunition on federal lands. That attempt was rolled back by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. This attempt must be turned back by every hunter in America.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council are co-opting COVID-19 fears to push their radical anti-hunting agenda in a petition to the USFWS and DOI. They are ignoring reports of China’s potential complicity on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they are faulting hunters as potential pathogen pathways and attempting to end hunting even in neighboring states.

The petition claims, “Pandemics caused by zoonoses – infectious diseases that jump from animals to people – are entirely preventable.” The mechanisms they would impose include a complete ban on interstate transport of not just live animals, but also the meat, hide, horns, antlers and skulls of harvested animals. The petition doesn’t discriminate between a ban on species harvested internationally. It also targets hunters who take animals in other states and transport them home, even if they’ve been professionally prepared by a butcher or taxidermist to safeguard against the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

The groups’ petition would amend the Lacey Act regulations to prohibit the importation, transportation or acquisition of wild animals. Since the USFWS regulates interstate transportation and importation of wild animals, that’s a death knell to hunting in the United States. That means the trophy Texas buck wouldn’t be able to be brought home to Virginia, or South Dakota pheasants to South Carolina. A lifetime dream hunt of a Rocky Mountain elk would never fill a Florida freezer and an Alaska bear rug would never be able to come home to Oklahoma.

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The two anti-hunting groups – Center for Biological Diversity and Natural Resources Defense Council – are known extremist anti-hunting groups. Center for Biological Diversity has made suing the government a cottage industry. They host a page on their website boasting of suing the Trump administration 266 times. They attacked hunting by suing the Environmental Protection Agency for denying a previous petition to ban traditional ammunition. A federal judge dismissed that suit. More recently, Center for Biological Diversity appealed a U.S. District Court’s decision to dismiss their allegation that the U.S. Forest Service allowing hunters to use traditional ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibob National Forest is a violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The group alleges that hunters shooting traditional ammunition is the same as industrial dumping of lead waste. The case was dismissed three times but is being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the third time.

Natural Resources Defense Council has been party to many of the same lawsuits as Center for Biological Diversity. They found a cash cow in suing the federal government and agreeing to settle, particularly with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They use tactics, including this one with the USFWS and DOI, to petition for a rule change and then sue the agencies when they believe the federal agency is taking too long. Natural Resources Defense Council sued the USFWS when wolves were delisted from the Endangered and Threatened Species Lists. They were also party to the legal actions to end delisting the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The actions by these two groups to limit the ability for hunters to move legally harvested wildlife across state lines is a direct threat over 15 million people who buy hunting licenses in America each year. That’s particularly concerning as the COVID-19 pandemic saw an unexpected surge in hunting license sales and hunters enrolling in safety courses to obtain licenses. One report showed hunting license sales were up by five percent overall, with a growth of 15 percent of women purchasing hunting licenses. New hunters showed a 26 percent increase in 2020. These new hunters would be frozen out from experiencing different hunting traditions in other regions of America. They would be shuttered from hunting wild animals that exist in states other than their home state.

Hunting is Conservation

What’s more is these two groups are attempting to impose legislation through regulation. By petitioning the USFWS and DOI to promulgate rules to end the ability for hunters to fill their coolers in another state and bring home the meat, hides, antlers and horns, they’re attempting to bypass the legislative process. They’re abusing a rule-making process to impose a radical anti-hunting agenda without lawmaker input. That’s concerning since 23 states enacted laws or have it written into their state constitution of an individual’s right to hunt and fish.

It’s not just hunting and hunters that would be harmed by this petition. The wildlife these groups claim to protect would be devastated by the potential harmful impacts. The North American Wildlife Model is predicated on hunting as a management tool and is responsible for the rebound and abundant wildlife all Americans enjoy. Further, wildlife belongs to the public, not special interest groups. This is what makes it possible for all Americans to enjoy the outdoors for recreation, including hunting. It’s not a benefit of wealth or privilege.

The firearm industry has played a pivotal role in this success. Excise taxes collected from firearm and ammunition manufacturers are responsible for the recovery of America’s wildlife through the Pittman-Robertson Act, which has contributed over $14.1 billion since its inception in 1937.

The petition to halt hunting in its tracks is beyond irresponsible. It is dangerous and potentially harmful to America’s wild scenes. This is a moment not just for USFWS and DOI to reject political special interests, but for every hunter, outdoorsman and woman to recognize how extremist organizations are weaponizing government bureaucracies against them.

Chicago Felon Out On Bond Charged With Attempted Murder Of Cops

H/T Bearing Arms.

Another example of Chicago’s failed judicial system.

Another day, another story from Chicago’s crumbling (and crummy) criminal justice system. Police have charged 35-year old Jermaine Little with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to kill police officers while fleeing a traffic stop. As it turns out, this is far from the first time that Little’s had a run-in with the law. In fact, he’s had so many felony convictions that he should be on a first name basis with almost everyone in the Cook County courthouse.

Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told the court this week that Little, who was out on bond after being arrested for assaulting two police officers back in February of this year, was pulled over by Chicago police on August 13th after driving away at a “high speed” from a location where gunshots had just been recorded by the city’s SpotShotter system. When officers spotted a half-smoked joint in the center console of Little’s vehicle, one of them tried to remove the man from his car. That’s when Little allegedly threw the car in reverse and hit the gas pedal.

The passenger-side door allegedly hit one officer, who managed to get out of the way. But Murphy said another officer, trapped by the driver’s door, was dragged backward by the car. That cop fired one shot at Little, but missed, according to Murphy.

Little continued to drag the cop with the car until they slammed into a concrete lane divider and an SUV, Murphy said. Little then allegedly drove forward and fled the scene. Police later found the Malibu abandoned.

The entire encounter was recorded by the officers’ bodyworn cameras, according to Murphy. And police have had Little’s driver’s license ever since he gave it to one of the officers during the ill-fated traffic stop, Murphy said.

He said the officer who was dragged suffered bruising to his entire lower body and cannot bear weight on his right ankle. The officer has been discharged from the hospital but remains on pain medications, Murphy said.

On Tuesday, police reportedly followed up on a tip and found Little hiding in the back seat of a car that was parked at a South Side Burger King. A backpack next to Little contained a loaded handgun, Murphy said. The same backpack was allegedly in Little’s car when police stopped him last week. Both the car’s owner and Little said the bag belonged to Little, according to Murphy.

Keep in mind, Little is a convicted felon, so possessing that gun would not only be a violation of Illinois law, but a federal felony as well.

As it turns out, Little was previously convicted of felony gun charges in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2017, though it appears the convictions came with little to no time behind bars as a consequence.

Little’s most recent arrest led to his bond being revoked in the February case, so it might be awhile before he’s released yet again from the Cook County Jail. The fact, however, that it took another officer being injured before the criminal justice system recognized that a repeat felony offender might be a danger to the community should be seen as another glaring piece of evidence that Chicago’s violent crime won’t be solved through more gun control laws. Instead of trying to criminalize the Second Amendment or blame firearm manufacturers for violent crimes, officials like Mayor Lori Lightfoot and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx should be putting their energy into ensuring real consequences for the increasingly common acts of violence committed on the city’s streets.

 

City Councilman 5 Others Charged with Election Rigging in Race Decided by Just 1 Vote

H/T Western Journal.

DemocRats are committing the election fraud they say does not exist.

Election fraud is re-emerging as a hot button issue after a member of the Compton City Council in California was charged with conspiring to rig votes to secure his own victory.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 34-year-old councilman Isaac Galvan, a Democrat, was arrested Friday on election fraud and bribery charges.

According to the report, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said a criminal complaint had been filed alleging that Galvan conspired with Jace Dawson, one of his opponents for the council seat in the April primary, to “direct voters from outside the council district to cast ballots for Galvan in a June runoff.”

Considering the narrow margin between Galvan and runner-up Andre Spicer, the conspiracy would have been decisive.

The Times reported that he defeated Spicer by one vote, 855-854.

It’s easy to see how any fraudulent practice could sway the results when the numbers are that close, right?

But Galvan’s narrow “victory” appears to only be an illusion, one that led to his arrest and the arrests of five others, including Dawson.

The report said that at least three “improper ballots” counted during the runoff election swayed the outcome in Galvan’s favor.

The district attorney’s Bureau of Investigation arrested Galvan and Dawson on Friday and charged four others —  Kimberly Chaouch, Toni Morris, Barry Reed and Reginald Streeter — with two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, it said in a news release.

Morris, Reed, Chaouch and Streeter are accused of voting in the City Council elections despite living outside the district.

In court, both Galvin and Dawson pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance, according to the Times.

They are set to reappear in court on Sept. 17.

The other four defendants were not arrested.

Though this is only a small-scale example of what can happen in America’s elections, it negates the claim that election fraud is a myth.

Since November, we’ve heard plenty of allegations of election fraud, including claims about several swing states in the presidential election and the January Georgia senatorial runoff vote that tipped the U.S. Senate blue (thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote).

 

Though there is no indisputable proof of widespread, decisive fraud in either of those races, it’s important to consider the possibility and hear the evidence.

In Galvan’s case, an “insignificant” three bogus votes made him the “victor” of his race, according to authorities.

“Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic nation. We must do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the electorate process and to ensure that elections are free and fair,” LA County District Attorney George Gascón said, according to the Times.

Galvan now faces one charge of conspiracy to commit election fraud and another of bribery for allegedly trying “to bribe an employee of the registrar’s office with concert tickets” when both the employee and an election observer reported the incident.

The county’s top elections official, Dean Logan, said the arrests show that residents can trust in elections despite a plethora of questions surrounding the November presidential vote.

“[O]ur referral and the District Attorney’s subsequent investigation and charges demonstrate that attempts to perpetrate fraud on the voting process are trackable and will be prosecuted,” Logan said, according to the Times.

But perhaps knowing incidents like Galvan’s can occur anywhere isn’t too reassuring.