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  • Ohio Judge Deems State’s Coronavirus Lockdown Illegal

    05/24/2020 7:50:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 May 2020 | ALANA MASTRANGELO
    An Ohio judge deemed the state’s lockdown in response to the Chinese coronavirus illegal, and stated that the state’s top health director “acted in an impermissibly arbitrary, unreasonable, and oppressive manner.” Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled that Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, is prohibited from punishing nonessential businesses that defy Ohio’s orders to stay closed in response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland 19 News reported. The report added that the Lake County General Health District, police officers, prosecutors, and the Ohio Attorney General are also prohibited from punishing so-called “nonessential” businesses,...
  • Judge Positively Scorches Ohio Health Director for 'Criminalizing' Gyms—and It's Glorious

    05/22/2020 2:40:22 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MAY 22, 2020 | PAULA BOLYARD
    In a scathing nine-page decision, Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene A. Lucci excoriated Acton and her health department for exceeding their authority, saying the director “has no statutory authority to close all businesses, including the plaintiffs’ gyms.” Acton, the judge said, “has acted in an impermissibly arbitrary, and oppressive manner and without any procedural safeguards.” Judge Lucci went on to say that fundamental liberties—the right to own and use property and earn a living—are at stake in this case. Acton has “criminalized lawful businesses, imposing strict liability for violations, including severe criminal, civil, and equitable penalties,” the judge opined,...
  • Ohio officials declare racism a public health crisis 'highlighted' by COVID-19

    05/20/2020 2:28:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 20 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Officials in an Ohio county declared that racism is a public health crisis that has been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin County Commissioners declared that “racism is a public health crisis affecting our entire country” in a resolution passed Tuesday. The resolution declares that the “disparity is highlighted” by county coronavirus data showing black residents are hospitalized at twice the rate of other demographic groups. “Racism has been a pandemic long before the current coronavirus pandemic,” Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce said in a statement released . “Our declaration today is important, but it’s not saying anything that hasn’t been...
  • Gov. Mike DeWine lifts Ohio’s ‘Safe At Home’ order, makes coronavirus restrictions voluntary

    05/19/2020 1:30:59 PM PDT · by SoCalCynic · 56 replies
    MSN ^ | May 19, 2020 | Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The last of Ohio’s mandatory restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including a ban on mass gatherings and a two-week self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state, will be cut short, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. The current “Safe At Home” order will be replaced with an “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” order, the governor said during his daily coronavirus briefing. “We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations,” DeWine said.
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown inquires of Treasury’s Steven Mnuchin: ‘How many workers should give their lives to increase the GDP or the Dow Jones by a thousand points?’

    05/19/2020 12:16:22 PM PDT · by reed13k · 49 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 19, 2020 | Victor Reklaitis and Greg Robb
    That line came from Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio in a tense exchange on Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over efforts to reopen the U.S. economy after lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Annie Glenn, widow of former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, dies at 100

    05/19/2020 8:17:51 AM PDT · by grayboots · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 5/19/2020 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. She was 100. Glenn died at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. At the time of John Glenn’s death in 2016, the two had been married 73 years. She had moved out of the apartment they shared in Columbus in recent years and gone to live with her daughter, Lyn, according to Wilson. Annie Glenn was thrust into the spotlight...
  • Tucker Carlson: Americans are rebelling against neurotic, dumb leaders and extreme coronavirus lockdowns

    05/19/2020 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19,2020 | Tucker Carlson
    The problem with assessing political candidates is you never really know what they're like until they get ahold of power. And by then, of course, it's too late. The decent ones wield power with restraint and humility. They understand the limits have their own wisdom -- human wisdom -- and they also understand the inevitability of unintended consequences, which are the rule. They know they won't be in charge forever, and so they tread lightly. But the bad ones, they go crazy. And the more power they get, the crazier they go. Power is the drug they've been searching for....
  • Former Cleveland Clinic researcher charged with fraud for failing to disclose China ties

    05/19/2020 4:14:36 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 5/19/2020 | Sabrina Easton
    WASHINGTON, D. C. - A former Cleveland Clinic researcher who received more than $3.6 million in National Institutes of Health grants is facing criminal charges for failing to disclose his ties to Chinese universities and his connections to a Chinese government program described as a conduit for theft of U.S. intellectual property. The FBI and officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office arrested Dr. Qing Wang on Wednesday at his Shaker Heights home. Prosecutors say Wang appeared Thursday before Magistrate Judge Jonathan D. Greenberg, who released him on $100,000 bond and required him to...
  • GOP attorneys general unite to file amicus brief in support of Flynn ahead of brewing court fight

    05/18/2020 8:03:06 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/18/2020 | Gregg Re
    A total of 15 Republican state attorneys general, led by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, filed an "amicus" brief in support of former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday, Fox News has learned. The filing stated that the court needed to grant the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the case without commentary immediately “because such punditry disrobes the judiciary of its cloak of impartiality.” The short brief also elaborated on the problems that the court created by “inserting itself into the Justice Department’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion.” On the recommendation of U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, who served as an FBI...
  • 'Where is Christopher Wray?' GOP lawmakers say FBI director ignoring them -- and push ahead for key interviews

    05/18/2020 8:00:20 PM PDT · by bitt · 19 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/18/2020 | Gregg Re
    Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mike Johnson, R-La., on Monday night said FBI Director Christopher Wray "has declined to respond" to their May 4 letter seeking information and interviews with key FBI officials after the bombshell revelations in the Michael Flynn case -- prompting the lawmakers to take matters into their own hands. "Because Director Wray has declined to respond to our request, we are forced to write to you directly," Jordan and Johnson wrote in an extraordinary letter to FBI agent Joe Pientka, who participated in the January 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn's prosecution. Fox News...
  • DeWine: Ohio will use ‘all the resources at our disposal’ to enforce social distancing at bars and restaurants

    05/18/2020 4:00:04 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 46 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jeremy Pelzer
    Responding to reports of crowded patios around Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday the state is “marshaling all the resources at our disposal” to assemble law-enforcement and health officials to ensure bars and restaurants are following the state’s social-distancing rules. The governor, speaking at his regular coronavirus briefing, said the state is assembling "a large contingent of law enforcement and health officials from across state agencies and from our local communities” to conduct compliance checks and refer offenders for prosecution...“If we’re going to bring the economy back, people have to feel safe when they go out,” he said. “They have...
  • Gov. DeWine Tells Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Amy McGrath to Stop Using His Image in Ads Against Sen. Mitch McConnell

    05/18/2020 9:05:42 AM PDT · by lasereye · 6 replies
    The Ohio Star ^ | May 17, 2020 | Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
    Gov. Mike DeWine released a statement asking that Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath not use his image in an “attack ad” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Ohioans are focused exclusively on getting through COVID-19 and getting our people back to work, and I’m proud to work with partners at the local and federal level to get it done. It’s for that reason that I’m particularly disappointed with an attack ad by Amy McGrath that uses my image against my friend, Mitch McConnell,” DeWine said in a statement Saturday. “Mitch and I have worked together for a long time...
  • Former Cleveland Clinic researcher charged with fraud for failing to disclose China ties

    05/17/2020 11:15:01 AM PDT · by ResistorSister · 12 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | May 14, 2020 | Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D. C. - A former Cleveland Clinic researcher who received more than $3.6 million in National Institutes of Health grants is facing criminal charges for failing to disclose his ties to Chinese universities and his connections to a Chinese government program described as a conduit for theft of U.S. intellectual property. The FBI and officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office arrested Dr. Qing Wang on Wednesday at his Shaker Heights home. Prosecutors say Wang appeared Thursday before Magistrate Judge Jonathan D. Greenberg, who released him on $100,000 bond and required him to...
  • Ohio man planned to ambush federal agents, officials say (steal weapons for uprising)

    05/15/2020 2:28:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15 2020 | David Aaro
    An Ohio man was arrested last Friday after planning to ambush, kill and rob federal law enforcement agents, the FBI alleged. Christian Stanley Ferguson, 20, was taken into custody by federal agents at Cuyahoga Valley National Park after he allegedly posted several violent and extremist threats on the cross-platform communication application called Discord. "He made statements about tactical options for killing multiple targets and the disposal of their bodies. He reaffirmed his plan to ambush law enforcement, kill them, rob them of their weapons, and start an uprising," federal authorities said in a complaint filed on Tuesday.
  • Florida Gov. DeSantis calls out other governors for 'draconian' lockdowns: 'You're not a dictator'

    05/14/2020 7:49:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14 2020 | Talia Kaplan
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a message on Thursday for other governors who have implemented “really draconian, arbitrary restrictions” during the coronavirus outbreak, saying, “You don't have unlimited authority and people do have rights.” DeSantis made the comments on “Fox & Friends” in response to a question from host Ainsley Earhardt, who asked if he thinks that “some of these governors that are just doing a one-size-fits-all for the entire state” are “being too strict and going too far.” “I don't think any governor has the authority to restrict anyone unless there’s a direct relationship to combating this virus,” DeSantis...
  • University professors say more churchgoers believe Trump is 'anointed by God'

    05/13/2020 8:01:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13 2020 | Caleb Parke
    More churchgoers now believe President Trump is anointed by God as he heads into the 2020 election, according to two professors who study religion and politics. In a "Religion in Public" blog post on Monday titled "Trump The Anointed?" Ryan Burge, assistant professor of political science and graduate coordinator at Eastern Illinois University, and Paul Djupe, an associate professor of political science at Denison University in Ohio, called it a "phenomenon that is sweeping American religion."
  • Horowitz: Ohio officials discover six coronavirus cases from January

    05/12/2020 7:56:46 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 16 replies
    conservative review ^ | 5/12/20 | Daniel Horowitz
    On March 24, I wrote a column asking when the coronavirus actually began and why it mattered. The article got 1.4 million hits presumably because it touched on the core assumption that has been driving this lockdown – that somehow, we could arrest a virus before it spread without regard for the fact that it had already spread far and wide. Yesterday, Ohio officials revealed new evidence that this virus was already spreading in January, once again proving that any effort to push lockdowns this late in the game is moot. Based on new antibody testing, Ohio Department of Health...
  • Ohio sees lowest daily increase of COVID-19 cases in nearly 2 weeks

    05/11/2020 9:26:43 AM PDT · by ResistorSister · 26 replies
    News 5 Cleveland ^ | May 10, 2020 | Courtney Shaw
    The Ohio Department of Health reported 384 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, a dip from the 681 newly reported cases on Saturday. Sunday's daily cases showed the lowest increase since April 27.
  • Comrade DeWine Vows to Veto Bill Curtailing Health Director's 'Ultimate Authority' and Limiting Stay-at-Home Orders

    05/07/2020 12:03:26 PM PDT · by dalight · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 7, 2020 | Paula Bolyard
    The Ohio House on Wednesday passed a bill stripping the state health director of some emergency powers and limiting stay-at-home orders to 14 days, requiring the approval of the legislature for an extension. Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican who’s been basking in the praise of Democrats and the MSM for his heavy-handed approach to containing the coronavirus pandemic, has vowed to veto the bill. SB 1, which originated in the state Senate, was designed as a measure to reduce regulations in the state. When the House got its hand on it, they added language curtailing the powers of the state...
  • Ohio Governor DeWine will veto any bill limiting Health Directors Emergency Powers

    05/06/2020 2:08:52 PM PDT · by battle_cry_of_freedom · 29 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 6, 2020 | Battle_cry_of_ Freedom
    The Ohio House passed amendments to limit Dr. Amy Acton's emergency powers as Health Director and it's unknown if the Senate will pass the House version. But, Governor Mike DeWine vowed to veto the bill if it came to his desk...