BALTIMORE, MD – City officials in Baltimore have promised to remove a street sign that pays homage to a convicted drug dealer who was fatally shot in March of 2020, claiming that the transportation department experienced an “oversight” in the honorary sign approval process.
— kali (@kalipornia) September 8, 2021
Back in August, the city of Baltimore approved the naming of a portion of the road at Washington and Ostend Streets as “Anthony ‘Mo$’ Covington Way”, which references 27-year-old Anthony Covington who was fatally shot on March 28th, 2020.
Covington was among three other people shot along the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard at approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 28th, 2020 but was the only person who didn’t survive the shooting.
Police said that three shooters exited a vehicle and opened fire on all of the victims before fleeing the scene.
There are currently no reports that indicate any suspects have been arrested or identified from the 2020 case.
Apparently, Baltimore runs a program where residents can apply for ceremonial street signs in remembrance of lost loved ones. However, Covington’s streets sign that was placed up in August caused some local outrage, considering the deceased’s criminal background.
Covington was reportedly convicted of narcotics distribution back in 2017 and was subsequently sentenced to 3 years in prison. One local resident, who spoke under anonymity, had the following to say about the street sign:
“He sold drugs there. When someone has a dollar sign as part of their name, there is a problem.”
Another local resident stated that individuals like Covington are not someone that should be put up on a pedestal by city officials:
“That’s not something you glorify.”
Some locals were perplexed as to how a convicted and locally known drug dealer managed to have his name emblazoned on a street sign:
“It’s unconscionable. When a neighborhood is up and coming how are they going to up and come when this is okay?”
Seemingly anyone can apply for one of these ceremonial signs, and the approval process apparently involves a handful of agencies and even requires the sign off from the mayor’s office.
When transportation officials were asked by local news outlet Fox 45 as to how Covington’s name landed on a street sign despite his criminal record, the transportation department simply said it was “an oversight from our right-of-way division.”
One September 8th, the city confirmed that they’ll be not only removing the street sign with Covington’s name – but also making some changes on the approval process so as to not have something like this happen again, according to transportation spokesman German Vigil:
“Moving forward, the department will revamp the ceremonial street sign program and introduce new and specific requirements for eligibility.”
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Pelosi gave nine minutes of silence for a career criminal on the House floor, refused to honor thirteen American military heroes
(Originally published September 4th, 2021)
The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- In June 2020, Congressional Democrats observed not a “moment” of silence for a career criminal, but nearly nine moments (minutes) of silence.
Clad in Kente cloths in a clear display of pandering cultural appropriation, Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) knelt in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol in memory of that career criminal, George Floyd who died due to a combination of a drug overdose, heart condition and positional asphyxia.
Even Kamala Harris stopped giggling for nine minutes in order to honor the career criminal.
On August 26, 2021, in the midst of Joe Biden’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, thirteen American service members—eleven United States Marines, and one each from the United States Army and the United States Navy—paid for that incompetence with their lives.
It was bad enough that during the dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base that same man who ordered the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, Joe Biden, kept looking at his watch during the solemn ceremony, as if he had somewhere else better to be.
Later that same week, Congressional Democrats led by Pelosi not only blocked House Republicans from publicly reading the names of those thirteen heroes on the House floor, but she also refused a request to hold a moment of silence. With no due respect, Pelosi is a bitch.
How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?
They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.
Don’t you think our military deserves better?
— Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) August 31, 2021
Not only did Pelosi (and other Democrats, by the way) refuse to recognize the reading of the names nor accede to a moment of silence, she literally closed the House down, according to Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), who was wounded during the conflict in Afghanistan.
Mast told The Floridian;
“We gaveled in, had a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names and bring up Afghanistan legislation,” Mast said. “They did not acknowledge us, and just closed the House down.”
Another Florida Republican and combat veteran, Rep. Greg Steube slammed Democrats for ignoring the veterans on the House floor.
“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That’s how far our nation has fallen.”
How do you even address such an utter display of contempt not only for those thirteen fallen heroes but the families they left behind? Look, one can argue about the merits of the withdrawal, how it was handled and so on. That is not the point. The fact of the matter is that thirteen Americans are dead and around twenty were wounded, some critically. This is not a time for partisan politics. Yet here we are.
Pelosi seems to believe that moments of silence are only appropriate when it is politically expedient to do so. The Floyd moment of silence with the show of wearing the Kente cloths was a clear display of political pandering, trying to score cheap political points by making the assertion that Floyd died because of his skin color.
For example, last September, Pelosi held a moment of silence for the 200,000 people who had died up that point from COVID.
No such remembrance is held each year for those who die from cancer, heart attacks, car accidents, etc. Pelosi’s point in holding that moment of silence was in order to score cheap political points against then-President Trump.
Pelosi held another such event this past January 19, the day before Biden’s installation as president, once again to take a final parting shot at Trump, this time to mark 400,000 deaths. Yet another one occurred in February as the U.S. approached the 500,000 mark.
Last July, the House held a moment of silence for one of their Democrat cronies, Rep. John Lewis who had passed away.
Yet when thirteen Americans die for their country, Pelosi shuts down the House floor. What a sick, twisted, demented individual she is.
In speaking to Pelosi’s blatant show of disrespect, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), himself a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict, slammed the reprobate Pelosi’s egregious conduct, saying in part:
“I want to thank the Leader [Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy] for doing what the Speaker of the House refuses to do, and that’s to bring us here today to focus on doing everything that we can do as members of Congress to provide oversight and support to bring every single American home. That’s my question today.
Where is Nancy Pelosi? Why isn’t she here? Each and every one of us changed our plans so that we could be here today, yesterday and the days to come to do everything we can to safely bring every American home.
We just had a moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives for the 13 American heroes that we lost in Afghanistan, not a single Democrat joined us on the floor of the house in that moment of silence, and that is a shame.”
I joined over 40 of my veteran GOP colleagues today to discuss Joe Biden’s deadly and humiliating Afghanistan withdrawal. @GOPLeader is bringing accountability & oversight because Speaker Pelosi won’t. pic.twitter.com/cPmfnCWJXk
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 31, 2021
Banks continued, eviscerating the Democratic National Committee for taking what amounted to be a “victory lap” about the withdrawal, as if the sacrifice of thirteen additional American lives—the first losses in over eighteen months—meant nothing.
Banks slammed the conflicting information coming out of Biden’s administration about the numbers of Americans stranded—yes STRANDED—in Afghanistan.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 3, 2021
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. The left has always considered the military, as well as police officers to be a necessary evil. When they can be used for political purposes, such as the Capitol Police, Democrats pretend to admire and respect cops.
When it isn’t politically advantageous however cops need to be defunded or eliminated.
Now that Democrats are patting themselves on the ass for “ending” the Afghanistan “war” (honestly, the military engagement ended long ago until Biden ramped it back up), they are moving on and it is for them a distraction to recognize or acknowledge the fact that their guy…Biden…screwed up which ended up costing thirteen Americans their lives.
So, since Pelosi and the Democrat Marxists don’t want to recognize our brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, I will.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, Rio Bravo, Texas- Rep. Henry Cuellar said of Espinoza that he “embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service and valor.” He noted that Espinoza joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school.
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, Sacramento, California- a viral photo of Sgt. Gee showed her holding a baby at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, with a caption saying, “I love my job,” posted to her Instagram account. Gee was referred to by city officials in Roseville as “our hometown hero.”
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, Salt Lake City, Utah- Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said, “Staff Sgt. Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen as well as America’s allies in Afghanistan. We honor his tremendous bravery and commitment to his country, even as we condemn the senseless violence that resulted in his death.”
Sgt. Hoover’s father, also named Darin wrote on his Facebook page: “Sooooo glad I got to see him before he left. I love you son!!! You’re my hero!! Please check in on us once in a while. I’ll try to make you proud!!”
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, Corryton, Tennessee- Alena Knauss, his wife said: “For him, it’s the ultimate honor he could give back to his country. To help those people and to know he was helping people, he would not be sorry. He would not regret it.”
She told another station: “The last thing I texted him was, ‘Hey, I love you, when you get the chance—I know you are busy—but can you please just text me and let me know you are OK?’ He never got a chance to respond to that.”
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, Indio, California- The son of two Riverside County (CA) Sheriff’s Department deputies, Sheriff Chad Bianco noted Cpl. Lopez planned to join the department as a deputy after his deployment ended. “Hunter, thank you for your service to our community and our country. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyoming- Lance Cpl. McCollum’s father Jim told the New York Times that his son was helping with evacuations and guarding an airport checkpoint when the airport attack happened.
He noted this was his first deployment and he had recently married, with the couple soon expecting their first child. His sister Cheyenne told East Idaho News: “He was a kid that touched everybody’s heart.
He was a wrestler since he was 4. He knew he was going to be a Marine since he was about that same age.” Both his sister and his dad told the Times that he was “a beautiful soul” and they couldn’t have been more proud of him.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, Rancho Cucamonga, California- a graduate of Los Osos High School, a school district board member said, “A lot of our students commit to the military after they get out of school and we’re so proud of all of them. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Unfortunately, we have another Gold Star family in our district.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, Norco, California- According to the mayor of his hometown, Lance Cpl. Nikoui died helping save families of Afghan allies who assisted U.S. troops.
“My understanding is that he rescued—per a sergeant that wrote the family—he rescued three families. And he was in the process of saving children, translators that had worked for the U.S. government. He passed off a child and went back into the crowd and that’s when the bomb went off.”
Lance Cpl. Nikoui’s father told the Daily Beast that his son “loved what he was doing, he always wanted to be a Marine…he was devoted—he was going to make a career out of this and he wanted to go. No hesitation for him to be called to duty.”
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts- the mayor of Lawrence issued a statement calling her death “heartbreaking,” while calling her a “daughter of our city.” Sgt. Pichardo was of Dominican origin according to the Dominican Republic embassy in Washington, D.C.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Indiana- principal Matt Jones of Logansport High School touted Sanchez “serving our country in uniform and sacrifice.”
Tough day, Berry Nation- Been thinking a lot about 2017 Logansport Berry and Marine Humberto Sanchez and his family. Thank you for serving our country in uniform and sacrifice.
— Matt Jones (@Berry_Principal) August 28, 2021
The town’s mayor said, “Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, St. Charles, Missouri- Lance Cpl. Schmitz was also on his first deployment, sent from Jordan to assist with the evacuation efforts. His father Mark said he wanted to be a Marine since his sophomore year in high school. He signed up for the Marine Corps at age 17 and required his parent’s permission to sign up.
“I can’t even hold a candle to that young man,” his father said. “He has taught me so much. He’s a hell of an American. A true hero in every sense of the word. I’ll never see my son get married. I’ll never see him do anything—provide me grandkids—anything. It’s all gone now. It didn’t need to happen; it shouldn’t have happened. But I love our military, support these guys. All of them.”
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, Berlin Heights, Ohio- “Words cannot express how heartbroken we are with this news, and we will miss Max tremendously,” the family said in a statement. “We are struggling to come to grips with this personal tragedy and prefer to grieve with close friends and family.”
Max leaves behind a family of twelve brothers and sisters.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, Omaha, Nebraska- Cpl. Page joined the Marine Corps after he graduated from Millard South School in Omaha. Page was an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and had “a tough outer shell and giant heart,” his family said in a statement published in the Omaha World-Herald. He had the words, “Death Before Dishonor” tattooed on his chest.
The family has started a Facebook page to honor him.
These are the thirteen heroes who Nancy Pelosi refused to honor on the House floor. They weren’t drug addicts, they never held a gun to the stomach of a pregnant woman, they never resisted arrest.
All they did is serve their country and die due to the incompetence of their “commander in chief” and the Defense and State Departments. They paid with their lives.
Unfortunately neither Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, nor the leadership in Afghanistan will pay a price for their incompetence. That is almost as big an insult as Pelosi’s refusal to recognize or our honored dead.
I would say that Pelosi is a scumbag, but that is an insult to scumbags. A more accurate description is she is the devil incarnate. Vile, disgusting, evil.
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