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Source: Will County News

This lion grows up to devour men

This lion grows up to devour men

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Richard Wurmbrand

Fifty-one years ago this Saturday, May 6, a “Hearing Before … the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C.” presented one of the most essential, riveting, and agonized warnings in American history to the “United States Senate, Eighty-Ninth Congress, Second Session.” But as usually happens with such alarms, the audience largely ignored it — and continues to do so.

The witness that day was “Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, … a refugee from Rumania” and communism. Indeed, he was an expert on the latter; at one point in the hearing, he removed his shirt to “show you my credentials, how I have studied communism.” Pointing to his horrific scars, he exhorted the senators, “Look here, look here, look here. … And so the whole body. … They tortured by all means. They beat until they broke the bones. They used red-hot irons, they used knives, they used everything. … They interrogated you very politely [at first], and if you did not wish to say what they asked they said, ‘Well, we have the first. On the 15th you will be beaten and tortured at 10 o’clock in the evening.’ Imagine what 14 days were after this. We have had prisoners who during this time … knocked at the door, ‘I can’t bear it. I will say everything,’ before they have been tortured.”

Romanian police first arrested Pastor Wurmbrand in 1948. They imprisoned him until 1956 and again from 1959-1964. The charge? “…[P]reaching ideas contrary to Communist doctrine.” But lest the Senators assume that Communists prey only on Christians, the pastor clarified that every prisoner was at risk, regardless of religion: “The Jewish religion has been persecuted just as the Christian religion. … We had in prison the Moslem priests and so on.” Wurmbrand implied that Communists also savaged non-political criminals, too: “And if I would not have been a clergyman but a murderer — it is a crime to torture a murderer, too.”

Not even animals were safe: the Communists “crucified a cat before ourselves. They beat nails in the feet of the cat and the cat was hanging with the head down, and can you imagine how this cat screamed and the prisoners, mad, bead [sic] on the door, ‘Free the cat, free the cat, free the cat,’ and the Communists very polite, ‘Oh, surely we will free the cat, but give the statements which we ask from you and then the cat will be freed,’ and I have known men who have given statements against their wives, against their children, against their parents to free the cat. They did it out of madness, and then the parents and the wives have been tortured like the cat.”

Communism’s depredations didn’t end at the prison’s walls: it destroyed the entire country. The State regulated the economy into starvation: “… now our population is very, very poor,” Wurmbrand testified. “… I caressed a child and the mother said to me, ‘This child is so good, it doesn’t weep even when it is hungry.’ It had given up weeping because the child knew it is useless to weep. You can’t get food.”

Naturally, the state decreed who could earn a living and who couldn’t. The pastor recalled, “I was licensed to preach — of course, nobody can preach in our country accept [sic] he has a license from the Government — and in the beginning I got a license, but which was withdrawn from me after the first week of preaching.”

Communism stole not only the people’s wealth but their liberty as well: “…[Y]ou can’t say ‘communism is cruel, they commit atrocities, it is a crime to poison children with atheism.’ If you do this you go to prison. … Nobody can say a word of criticism. Such a thing doesn’t even enter in the mind of somebody. … Nobody dares to say a word.”

Pastor Wurmbrand was by no means the West’s only admonition against Marxism. Before Hitler’s brand of totalitarianism wrecked Germany, Lenin’s had slaughtered so many millions of his own countrymen that right-wing Europeans welcomed the Nazis as a bulwark against Marxism’s spread.

Indeed, Britain and America’s refusal to join Germany in repelling bloodthirsty “Bolshevism” astonished Hitler, let alone their alliance with the murderous Stalin. And this while Moscow’s agents infiltrated countries worldwide, threatening to conquer the entire planet.

No matter: American communists successfully imposed their Satanic objectives on us. Communism and its cousins, socialism and Progressivism, are so firmly embedded in our culture and politics that Americans fiercely defend Social Security, Medicare, Obummercare, public schools, etc., whether from cuts to their budgets or libertarian critics.

Meanwhile, the country increasingly mimics the dystopia that Pastor Wurmbrand fled. American states license preachers (Ohio, for example, requires such licensing if clergy wish to officiate at weddings), and the IRS controls churches via tax-exemptions (houses of worship that refuse to recognize sodomy as “marriage” may soon find themselves reclassified as “for-profit” and paying taxes. And the IRS forbids religious bodies from “engaging in any political campaign activity.  … the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates”). The USSA even officially tortures, albeit not on communism’s staggering scale — yet.

Wherever the communists came in the beginning,” Wurmbrand cautioned 51 years ago, “they said the same thing which I read here [in America] in newspapers and in periodicals. ‘You know Stalin’s communism has been very bad, but Yugoslavian communism or another kind of communism, this is very good.’ A little lion in its first days you can play with him just like with a puppy. When he becomes great, only then he is a lion. Yugoslavian communism is this little communism. And American communism a very little one and English communism is a very little one. When they grow, when they can do whatever they will to do, then only we can see them. … Communists in Rumania, too, were nice until they had the whole power in hand. … [Then] they have done things exactly as in Russia, and so they will do everywhere.”

Including here.

— Becky Akers

Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian who publishes so voluminously that whole forests of gigabytes have died. You’ve heard of some of the publications that carry her work (Personal Liberty Digest, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Barron’s, New York Post); others can only wish you’d heard of them. She’s also written two novels of the American Revolution, Halestorm and Abducting Arnold. They advocate sedition and liberty, among other joys, so the wise reader will buy them now, before they’re banned.

Source: Will County News

WILL COUNTY RESIDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES FOR COMMUNITY FRIENDLY FREIGHT MOBILITY PLAN

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May 2, 2017


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WILL COUNTY RESIDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES FOR 
COMMUNITY FRIENDLY FREIGHT MOBILITY PLAN
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED FOR MAY 16, 17, & 18
Will County and the Will County Center for Economic Development are seeking public input related to the development of the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan. The Freight Plan is envisioned as a multimodal freight plan that will provide strategies and goals to guide freight policies, programs, projects and investments throughout Will County in a community-friendly manner. The Freight Plan will encompass a holistic planning approach covering freight mobility, land-use integration, workforce development, education/training and community livability.
County residents and those who work in and visit Will County and its municipalities are invited to learn about the development of the Freight Plan and provide their input related to freight and workforce programs, policies and projects through a series of public open houses and an online survey.
“There has been an unprecedented growth of freight transportation, distribution and logistics in Will County over the past 10 years,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “As a county, we need a robust plan to understand what this industry means to our residents and our economy while also planning for projected future growth to be sure improvements are compatible for our local communities. A Freight Plan, formed with input from the community, will help improve overall quality of life for Will County residents and increase economic opportunity. I encourage all Will County residents to join their neighbors and colleagues to attend an open house or take the public survey and have their voices heard.”
“The freight plan will ensure that Will County has an efficient and robust transportation system for the years to come,” said Board Speaker Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort). “I strongly encourage our residents and members of the freight industry to attend an open house so that we can implement a plan that best reflects the needs of Will County residents.”
The open houses will include information and exhibits about the plan, including key freight data and facts, and what the future of freight could look like in Will County. Project representatives will be available to answer questions and opportunities for input will be provided.  The open houses will occur in the evening on May 16th, 17th and 18th at three locations (see below for details). The same information will be presented at all three open houses. People may attend any time between 5:00 – 7:30 P.M.
Details on the public open houses are as follows:
May 16th, 5:00-7:30 P.M.
William E Dugan Training Center
19800 W. South Arsenal Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
May 17th, 5:00-7:30 P.M.
Plainfield Village Hall Community Room
24401 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
May 18th, 5:00-7:30 P.M.
New Lenox Village Hall
One Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451
Those unable to attend one of the public open houses are encouraged to contribute their input and freight priorities through an online survey. The eleven-question survey is brief and should take only 5-7 minutes. The survey can be found online by visiting www.tiny.cc/WCFreightPlan.
For more information on the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan, visit the project website: www.willcountyfreight.org.

Source: Will County News

Trump news May 6, 2017

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S WEEKLY ADDRESS

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

President Trump signs an Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.
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VIDEO: President Trump presents the U.S. Air Force Academy Commander-in-Chief Trophy.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

President Trump tells the Incredible Story of an American War Hero.
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President Trump proclaims May 2017 as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
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Vice President Pence makes remarks at the Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Gala.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

May 18th: President Trump welcomes President Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia to the White House
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May: President Trump’s First Foreign Travel Trip
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Illinois House passes legislation to expand record sealing

Illinois House passes legislation to expand record sealing

Reforms such as record sealing expansion make it likelier that ex-offenders will be able to find work – and stop cycling in and out of prison.

Reforms such as record sealing expansion make it likelier that ex-offenders will be able to find work – and stop cycling in and out of prison. That means they and their families will have a chance to succeed. And the more ex-offenders enter this virtuous cycle – instead of returning to prison – the better off the state and taxpayers will be, too.

House Bill 2373, sponsored by state Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Oak Park, passed the Illinois House of Representatives on April 27 by a vote of 80-34-0. Lilly’s bill would expand record sealing eligibility, allowing ex-offenders with previous nonviolent, nonsexual felony convictions to apply to have their records sealed from view by many private employers.

Record sealing isn’t a free pass to erase a person’s criminal history – anyone who wants to have his or her record sealed must make it through an adversarial process in the courts. First, the person has to file a petition with a judge. This triggers notification of law enforcement officials, who have the chance to oppose sealing the record if they believe the ex-offender still poses a public safety risk. If there is no objection and a judge approves the petition, the ex-offender’s record is closed to most viewers, except for law enforcement agencies and employers in sensitive fields such as schools and financial institutions.

But many ex-offenders don’t even have a shot at the process.

HB 2373 would offer more ex-offenders that chance.

Why record sealing matters

More than 90 percent of employers in the U.S. conduct criminal background checks for some applicants, and more than 70 percent of employers conduct criminal background checks for all job applicants, according to a 2012 study from the National Consumer Law Center.

Through this process, ex-offenders are often disqualified from job openings, even if they’re qualified for a position.

And if ex-offenders can’t find work, they won’t be able to get back on their feet; or provide for their families; and many can’t afford basic necessities such as food and housing.

This isn’t just hypothetical – it happens every day. And when ex-offenders can’t find work, they’re more likely to re-enter prison. Nearly 50 percent of ex-offenders in Illinois are back in prison within three years.

But a job changes that. Illinois ex-offenders who are employed a year after release can have a recidivism rate as low as 16 percent, according to research from the Safer Foundation.

This problem doesn’t just affect the individual struggling to find work. Taxpayers have a major incentive to support rehabilitation over recidivism. Each instance of recidivism in Illinois costs, on average, approximately $118,746, including costs borne by taxpayers and victims, according to a report by the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council.

So how can the state make it likelier that ex-offenders can find work instead of resorting to crime?

By removing barriers preventing them from getting a good job.

HB 2373 would do just that.

Business liability reform, eliminating wait times for record sealing petitions also needed

Record sealing rules don’t have any effect on a person’s digital footprint. So even if a judge decides to seal someone’s record, that doesn’t necessarily mean she has a fresh start. To have the most meaningful impact possible, state lawmakers should also reform negligent hiring liability laws. Employers are rightly concerned about liability issues related to hiring. Employer liability rules should be limited to cases in which an employer knew of an employee’s conviction, the charge was directly related to the nature of the employee’s work, and the conduct that gave rise to the alleged injury is the basis for the lawsuit. Colorado has adopted similar reforms in recent years. In Illinois, House Bill 665 would change the state’s law so that a cause of action may not be brought against a party solely for hiring an employee or independent contractor who has been convicted of a nonviolent, nonsexual offense. Under this bill, a lawsuit may only be brought if the conviction was directly related to the nature of an employee’s or independent contractor’s work, and the conduct that gave rise to the alleged injury that is the basis of the suit.

Illinois should also eliminate the waiting period that currently exists before a person may apply to seal his or her record – if that person is rehabilitated, there is no reason to make him or her wait an arbitrary amount of time before petitioning for a better shot at employment. Making that person wait only increases the likelihood that he or she will not be able to make a living.

Reforms such as record sealing expansion and negligent-hiring liability make it likelier that ex-offenders will be able to find work – and stop cycling in and out of prison. That means they and their families will have a chance to succeed. And the more ex-offenders enter this virtuous cycle – instead of returning to prison – the better off the state and taxpayers will be, too.

TAGS: Camille Lilly, criminal justice reform, recidivism, record sealing, reentry

Source: Will County News