Vietnam veteran gets hit with $10K water bill from city, then has garage bulldozed without notice

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CHICAGO, IL- According to CBS 2, for more than three years, CBS 2 investigators have been fixing bad water bills for citizens of the community and despite pointing out systematic billing issues time and time again, the city remains apathetic and refuses to correct its mistakes. 

In the latest case, Rodney Andrews, a Vietnam veteran, was among those “Getting Hosed” by the City until CBS 2 fixed his bill. Then, out of nowhere, he got bulldozed by the city.

Andrews was first introduced by CBS 2 Investigators back in 2019 when his water bill ballooned to $10,700.57.

The war veteran’s problems began back in 2003 when he bought his home from a friend who was facing financial difficulties. The two agreed that the friend would repurchase the home from Andrews after two years. However, his friends finances never improved, leaving Andres to assume the responsibilities of a property owner. 

When his friend finally move out in 2007, he transferred a $214.07 bill to Andres. In 2019, Andrews said:

“I didn’t know anything about a water bill since I had never owned a house before.”

Even though Andrews never actually moved into the house and not a drop of water was used since his friend left in 2007, the water bills began increasing exponentially because the account was unmetered.

Unmetered accounts are reportedly billed on arbitrary factors like property size and plumbing fixtures, not actual water use. 

As a result, the bill spiraled to a shocking $10,700.57. After CBS 2 investigated the bill, the city reduced his total to $3,164.63. Through the generosity of viewers touched by Andrew’s story, he received assistance paying the remaining balance of the bill and turned the house into a home.

When asked if Vietnam was a harder fight than the City of Chicago, Andrews said:

“The fight with the City.”

Now, in 2021, the fight for Andrews continues as his neighbor informed him that his garage had been bulldozed — a truth that was hard to reconcile with as he thought he had remedied the situation a month prior through the administrative hearing process.

During the spring, a bad storm caused a tree to deteriorate the roofing on the garage. In August, a neighbor filed a complaint with the city and in September, the city subsequently called Andrews in for an administrative hearing to determine whether there were any safety violations.

The determination? No fines issued as it did not pose an immediate danger and Andrews was already working on making repairs. He said:

“I’m thinking everything’s all right.”

Within one month, his garage was gone. CBS 2 investigators suspected that something was wrong with Andrew’s demolition because they have seen the city biff its own protocol in the past. For example, Camella Batten, like Andrews, was hosed and bulldozed.

She had a $3,000 water bill for a property that didn’t even exist because the city demolished it. Batten had not occupied her property for more than 10 years as she was in between nursing home and hospitals receiving cancer treatment.

During the time it remained unoccupied, her building received numerous complaints, was fined through the administrative hearings process, and in 2014, it was deemed an “emergency demolition.”

However, it wasn’t until 2019, five years later, that a permit was finally pulled for an emergency demolition and the property was torn down. Andrew’s garage, on the other hand, was never deemed a threat and he received a $0 fine in administrative hearings, yet it was torn down within 72 hours of the inspection.

One thing both cases have in common is that both Andrews and Batten said that they were never informed about the demolitions. Andrews said:

“I don’t know exactly what to do.”

Just one year ago, CBS 2 had just about un-done the decades of damage done by the city to Andrews. His bill was wiped, his water was on, and he got new appliances.

Now, the city is setting him back again. And although the city claims they could not mail Andrews a warning about the demolition, it had no issue mailing him a bill in the amount of $2,126.90. Andrews said:

“It’s just a rough situation.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Report: Jarome Bell says Democrat $1.8 Trillion bill is a “Communist Christmas list”

November 12th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Jarome Bell, who has served in the United States Navy for 27 years, is now running for Congress in an attempt to prevent what he has coined a “Communist takeover” of the American government.

Bell appeared on Breitbart News Saturday with host Matthew Boyle and discussed his thoughts on the Democrat’s trillion-dollar spending bill, the Republican victories in his home state of Virginia, and his congressional campaign. 

He started the show talking about the trillion-dollar spending bill the Democrats narrowly passed on Friday, November 5th, with the help of 13 Republicans. Bell said:

“But let me start off by saying this. This is not an infrastructure bill. What this is is a Communist Christmas list. And I said these Communists in Congress are totally godless and they hate Christmas. I don’t even like calling it a Green New Deal. That actually sounds too nice to me. There is a Communist plan destroying America and we really have to start calling this what it is, Matt.”

He added:

“You mentioned 13 counterfeit, U.S. Representatives, Republicans who voted for Pelosi and Schumer’s Communist plan to really destroy America. Unbelievable.”

Bell announced his intent to bring back the McCarthy-era House Unamerican Activities Committee if elected to Congress. He said:

“Today, I’m going to announce that when I’m elected to Congress, I’m going to propose that we bring back the HUA Act and for anyone that don’t know what that is, that’s the House Unamerican Activities Committee.”

Bell added:

“You know, the old Joe McCarthy witch hunts. You know, Joe McCarthy got a bad rap, but you know what? It turns out that he was 100 percent correct the whole time. We do have a Commie takeover at the highest levels of government.”

Bell continued:

“And we have, I believe, since well, before McCarthy, probably going back to the reliable racist Democrat Woodrow Wilson, you know, but um, but Communism is not compatible with Western civilization.”

Boyle went on to discuss the Republican victories in Virginia, with the lieutenant governorship, governorship, and attorney general positions all going red. Bell appreciated the great night Republicans had, but warned that Virginians need to stay vigilant and stick by their values to prevent a Communist takeover of the state. He added:

“We need Glenn Youngkin to hold to the fact that he is a conservative. He is a true Republican. We must exact a toll, a physical toll for the bad behavior.

We’ve seen from the Communist in Richmond, Northern Virginia because the lawless regulations that they put in place must be removed and these perpetrators of the violation of the Constitution of any of these regulations, I think that needs to be brought to justice.”

Bell continued:

“And as we know Matt, the pendulum always swings, right. And so at some point, you know, they will – unless Virginians stay awake, not woke, but stay awake, you know, to this fact.

I believe it’s a good thing as long as we stay on track and as long as we stick to our values as true conservatives and as true Republicans.”

Boyle and Bell then switched topics to Critical Race Theory (CRT), which played a vital role in Youngkin’s victory. Boyle asked Bell for his opinion on CRT as a black American. Bell said:

“It’s definitely racist. You know, coming from the most racist and oppressive party in the history of America, the Democratic Party. I’ve been on the frontlines of this CRT. I’ve been at our school board meetings from day one, fighting CRT.”

While on the topic of race, Boyle noted that Youngkin received the Hampton Roads Black Caucus’s endorsement and Virginia elected a black lieutenant governor in Winsome Sears. Boyle asked Bell whether this election signified a change in the black community’s perception of Republican politicians. Bell said:

“I believe so. Black people have been tied to the Democratic Party for years, but they just didn’t trust the Republican Party.”

He added:

“It’s a wonderful thing to have a black Republican woman blazing that trail to me. I’m glad she pulled it off, you know, for both the party and for black girls. So Winsome proves that it can be done and it also proves that black people are waking up.”

To conclude the show, Bell pitched himself to the voters and pledged to be a fighter who would stand up for and not sell out, Virginian’s values. He said:

“If people want someone in D.C. that won’t cave and won’t back down, and they need a fighter that won’t sell your values and that’s, that’s really critical.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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“Americans have had enough”: Democrats’ widespread election losses show the old rules no longer matter

November 7th, 2021

The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

USA- While the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin in Virginia has garnered much of the headlines this past week, with Youngkin defeating Clinton acolyte and former governor Terry McAuliffe, a number of lesser-known Republican election victories spell big trouble for Biden and his big government, American Marxist agenda.

As Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted, the American people have had enough…in other words, we are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.

If Tuesday night’s election results showed us anything, it is that the American people are not going to take the shenanigans taking place in our country lying down. As Carlson said, we are at an “inflection point.”

 

Writing an editorial for Fox News, Carlson noted:

“There’s a limit to which you can push the American population before they gently and politely push back through democratic means. And that’s exactly what we just saw.”

Simply put, the power class in this country didn’t see (or possibly didn’t care) that Americans were tiring of government overreach. And probably they thought it was just a matter of Americans complaining out loud while voting the way they always have when they got to the voting booth.

Luckily for a wide swath of America, they were dead wrong. The American people put their votes where their mouths are.

Look at Texas, for example. In one district, an overwhelmingly Hispanic one at that, Republicans were able to flip that seat which went to Biden by 14 points one year ago.

In this case, Republican John Lujan won shooting a hole in the myth that Hispanics always vote Democrat and moreover, they are in favor of open borders. How so? Lujan called for border security. Even Hispanics it turns out are in favor of countries having actual borders. Who would have known?

Let’s go about 1,400 miles north-northeast to Minneapolis, an overwhelmingly liberal Democratic city which served as ground zero for the George Floyd riots in the summer of 2020.

In response to Floyd’s death, the far left American Marxists in the city called for the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department and changing it to a Department of Public Safety, and a measure was on the ballot this past week which would have done just that.

So what happened? The vote went down in flames, as did several of the city council members who had supported the measure. Why? Because people above all want to feel safe, and in Minneapolis, voters grew tired of out of control crime and chose to support their police department.

This also served as a slap to far-left anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who was one of the chief supporters of dismantling the police.

Heading east to Democratic stronghold New Jersey, last year they voted for the cognitively impaired Joe Biden by 16 points over then-President Trump so surely Gov. Phil Murphy, whose COVID death rate of seniors was worse than even Killer Cuomo would still be reelected with an overwhelming margin, right?

Not so much. Despite (apparently) eking out a victory over political newcomer Jack Ciattarelli by less than 20,000 votes. This is in New Jersey, an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Aside from Murphy’s near defeat, there is also the case of a truck driver Edward Durr, who spent only a couple of thousand dollars in his campaign for New Jersey state senate against the longtime president of the body, Steve Sweeney. And won.

As Carlson noted, don’t bet that the truck driver won’t do a better job than the longtime bureaucrat in that seat. Carlson also noted the sweet irony of the party calling for the firing of truck drivers for not submitting to the COVID jab lost an election to a truck driver.

That takes us to Virginia, where Youngkin spanked McAuliffe. Youngkin was a political novice running for his first political office. The defeat of McAuliffe by the novice Youngkin cannot be underestimated. After all, McAuliffe brought in all the “big guns”—Obama, Biden, Harris, and the nauseating Stacey Abrams.

He even violated IRS regulations by having Abrams campaign inside churches and Harris cackle through a video played exclusively in black churches. Sadly for McAuliffe, his pandering didn’t work.

Also let’s remember—Democrats think they are the party of the little guy, including Hispanics. News flash…according to Fox News, Hispanics voted for Youngkin by a nine-point margin. How strange is that?

After all, Youngkin was portrayed by his opponent throughout the campaign as a racist. However when everyone and everything is “racist,” the word loses its meaning…just dog whistling by the left. Clearly the American people are tired of hearing that word used to define everything the left doesn’t agree with.

Winsome Sears, a black woman of Jamaican descent won her race as lieutenant governor of Virginia. As Sears said in her victory speech, America is not a racist country, despite what the American Marxists continually claim.

Sears: There are some who want to divide us, and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came. We can live where we want. We can eat where we want. We own the water fountains. We have had a black president elected not once but twice. And here, I am living proof.

God Bless Winsome Sears. She said what most Americans believe…we are an inherently good and decent people. We are not racist. This is not a racist country.

As Carlson said, media outlets and others, what he calls the “propaganda machine”—NBC News, The Atlantic, The White House—“Stop lying…stop picking the scab…stop trying to divide us by how we look.”

This is something for which we could truly hope. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the Democrats have learned a damn thing. In fact as Carlson noted, McAuliffe was so tone deaf that he actually brought in the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten to screech and scream at a rally.

Weingarten, the face of Critical Race Theory which sparked Virginia parents into action engaged in an unhinged, screaming rant, a kind of “in your face” screed which showed that McAuliffe was unconcerned about Youngkin’s rise in the polls.

As Carlson said, McAuliffe’s message was clear—“we don’t care about you at all, you play no role in this, this is an inside game.” In other words, “go pound sand, Virginia voters.” And it all blew up in McAuliffe and the Democrats face.

What does all of this mean for 2022? Is there a lesson here? For Republicans, there clearly is. Run good candidates and ignore the white noise coming from the left.

It is clear that Democrats learned nothing from Tuesday night’s results across the country, from Seattle to New Jersey. In fact, they are doubling-down on their agenda.

That was made clear when they rammed through Biden’s very unpopular infrastructure bill. You can be sure that every Republican who voted for that bill will be the recipient of a primary next year as well as some Democrats who won close races last November.

The fact is the American people are tired and they can see that Democrats have no plan to help them out. They believe throwing good money after bad is the solution and a majority of the American people see right through it. That was proven last week.

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For more on the pre-election shenanigans in Virginia, we invite you to:

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Law Enforcement Today recently reported on churches in Virginia which were apparently violating IRS regulations regarding nonprofits by showing videos of Kamala Harris. IRS regulations, upheld by case law expressly prohibit churches from engaging in any political campaign activity.

Apparently that matters not to Democrats, who called in another heavy hitter Sunday, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

According to Newsmax, Abrams visited three black churches on Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia to campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former governor of the state who is running again. Nobody panders like Democrats.

Abrams, who has still not conceded the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia, also joined McAuliffe, at an early voting station for a rally. She urged residents of Virginia to vote, noting “what you say in 2021 will show the world who we are in 2022 and 2024 and beyond.”

Abrams and McAuliffe appeared maskless, which appears to violate Gov. Ralph Northam’s emergency order they must be worn. This is especially dangerous for Abrams, who clearly has comorbidities which makes her susceptible to the coronavirus.

On Sunday Abrams told a church audience that in he past, she believed combining politics and church was wrong (apparently unaware that it also violates IRS regulations).

However, she claimed, her parents told her church and politics always intersect, with her mother allegedly telling her “Politics is always in the church” while her father allegedly said the Bible was “one of the most intense political texts ever written.”

According to Yahoo News, Abrams was permitted by at least two of the churches to speak from the pulpit during which she pushed McAuliffe’s candidacy.

Both Second Calvary Baptist Church and Faith Deliverance Christian Center allowed Abrams to speak.

“I am the daughter of not one but two pastors,” Abrams said at Second Calvary.

The pastor wore a black T-shirt that read “VOTE” and told his congregation the election is “a very important election.”

The pastor at Faith Deliverance, Sharon Riley claimed “God had a plan” for Abrams in her losing her 2018 race saying that her work for “voting rights” has made her one of the most “significant” Americans.

Her work has paid off handsomely for Abrams, who was in debt when she started her 2018 gubernatorial campaign and now owns two homes totaling $1.4 million. Gotta love politics.

McAuliffe has been calling out the so-called “big guns” as the Virginia race has tightened significantly lately, with Republican Glenn Youngkin closing to a dead heat with the former Clinton adviser. The Cook Political Report last month changed the race from “leans Democratic” to “toss-up.”

Among those who have come to the state to campaign for McAuliffe includes “DOCTOR” Jill Biden, former (and current shadow) President Barack Hussein Obama, and the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden.

The appearance of McAuliffe and Abrams outside an early voting location could constitute illegal electioneering under Commonwealth of Virginia Codes. According to § 24.2-604, it reads:

  1. During the times the polls are open and ballots are being counted, or within one hour of opening or after closing, it is unlawful for any person (i) to loiter or congregate within 40 feet of any entrance to any polling place; (ii) within such distance to give, tender, or exhibit any ballot, ticket, or other campaign material to any person or to solicit or in any manner attempt to influence any person in casting his vote;

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In case you missed it, below is our report on the insufferable Kamala Harris’s video message to Virginia (black) churches from earlier this week.

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VIRGINIA- Pandering– catering to special interests without any principles, such as a politician who says to whatever group he/she is addressing just what they want to hear to win their support, contributions, or favors.

Pander, meet Kamala Harris.

Gateway Pundit reports that Kamala Harris has recorded a video, which will be played at some 300 black-only churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia to coerce black voters into voting for feckless Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor.

The effort, which was originally reported by CNN should present some legal problems for the McAuliffe campaign, but in 2021 America, where we operate under two disparate systems of rules and justice, we won’t hold our breath.

First, an excerpt from the CNN report:

More than 300 black churches across Virginia will hear from Vice President Kamala Harris between Sunday and election day in a video message that will air during morning services as part of an outreach effort aimed to boost McAuliffe. [emphasis added]

In the video, first obtained by CNN, Harris said her time growing up in Oakland’s 23rd Avenue Church of God taught her it was a “sacred responsibility” to “lift up the voices of our community.”

“I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” says Harris, before praising McAuliffe’s “long track-record of getting things done for the people of Virginia.”

Harris implores congregants to vote following church service. The McAuliffe campaign has embraced “Souls to the Polls,” block-party style events featuring top campaign surrogates after church near polling locations, to drive voter turnout.

This election is the first year Virginians will be able to vote on Sunday.

As a point of information, Harris was seven years old when her parents separated and she moved to Montreal. It is extremely doubtful that Harris, now 56 remembers what she was taught as a young child in a church in Oakland. That doesn’t matter because Harris, just like her boss Biden, isn’t immune to a bit of exaggeration. 

Further, Harris is being pushed as being an “African American.” From her biography:

“Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in California. Her mother, a Tamil Indian named Shyamala Gopalan Harris worked as a breast cancer scientist. Her father, a Jamaican named Donald Harris, serves as a Stanford University economics professor.” [emphasis added]

Black, yes. African American? Hardly.

Yet, the McAuliffe campaign is sending her out, using her “race” to pander to black voters. How condescending and demented is that? Sadly, the pandering will probably prove effective.

That brings us to the legality of what is being done. Remember, churches are tax-exempt organizations. As such, churches are strictly prohibited from engaging in political campaign activity. It appears, by playing a campaign message from Harris during church services touting the campaign for a single candidate, the McAuliffe campaign and Harris are operating in violation of the law and IRS regulations.

In an IRS publication which addresses “Charities, Churches and Politics,” it addresses a 1954 law approved by Congress, with an amendment introduced by then Sen. Lyndon Johnson which prohibited “501 (c)(3) organizations—which includes charities and churches—from engaging in any political campaign activity.”

In fact, the IRS notes that Congress has revisited the ban since that time and has in fact strengthened the ban, with the latest update coming in 1987 whereby Congress clarified that the prohibition included statements opposing candidates.

In defining 501(c)(3) organizations, the IRS specifically defines such an organization as one:

“…which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”

Seems pretty clear. By playing a video by Harris, touting the campaign specifically of McAuliffe, his campaign is clearly in violation of IRS rules. While IRS rules do permit churches or other nonprofit organizations to advocate or lobby for (or against) issues in the political arena, they cannot actively campaign for specific candidates or they risk losing their 501(c)(3) status.

Under the IRS regulations for 501(c)(3) organizations, the IRS writes:

The regulations further provide that activities that constitute participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate include, but are not limited to, the publication or distribution of written statements or the making of oral statements on behalf of or in opposition to such a candidate. [emphasis added]

There is also case law affirming the IRS regulation regarding nonprofits, in this case churches and campaign activity.

Branch Ministries v Charles O. Rossotti CA 95-0724 (PLF) saw the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issuing summary judgment dismissing the church’s case and upholding the constitutionality of the ban on political activity. The plaintiffs had alleged they were being targeted due to conservative views and their First Amendment right to free speech was being infringed.

The court wrote: “The government has a compelling interest in maintaining the integrity of the tax system and in not subsidizing partisan political activity, and Section 501(c)(3) is the least restrictive means of accomplishing that purpose.”

Fox Business reports that included within the behemoth $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill is nearly $78 billion in new funding for the IRS which will have tens of thousands of new IRS hit men otherwise known as agents to target low and middle-income taxpayers with more than $600 in the bank. Meanwhile, it’s simply fine and dandy for Democrats to skirt IRS regulations on conducting political campaigns within our churches.

As former NBA star Charles Barkley famously said a couple of years ago:

‘We need to start holding you Democrats accountable,” Barkley said on Michael Smerconish’s SiriusXM radio show. “Because they’ve been taking black people’s votes—and they only talk to black people every four years. All of these politicians only talk to black people every four years because they want their vote.”

Pandering—Democrats are experts at it.

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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