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Amazon underpays Post Office for deliveries/ Trump not happy

Trump Wants The Post Office To Charge Amazon ‘MUCH MORE’


President Donald Trump believes the U.S. Post Office is not charging Amazon enough money to deliver its packages, he said in a Friday tweet.

What exactly sparked this missive from the president is unclear, but he has had a long and contentious history with Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos. The Post Office does, however, appear to be delivering Amazon packages for a price well below its cost of operations, essentially subsidizing the internet retailer’s bottom line.

“An April analysis from Citigroup estimates that if costs were fairly allocated, on average parcels would cost $1.46 more to deliver,” Josh Sandbulte pointed out in a July op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.

President Trump argued Friday morning that the U.S. Postal Service is undercharging online retailers, such as Amazon, to deliver packages, amounting in the retailers gaining wealth while the postal service becomes “dumber and poorer.”

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” Trump tweeted.

Trump has an ongoing feud with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, he has criticized Bezos for owning the “Fake News” Washington Post and accused the billionaire of using the news outlet as a “lobbying weapon” to keep Congress from going after Amazon.

Bezos runs Amazon, which is primarily a shipping business. It relies on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver two-thirds of its packages. In many places now, it locates a depot near a post office, presorts the packages, and delivers them to the post office. The Postal Service, which has a monopoly on last-mile delivery, does the rest.

The Postal Service is happy because it can report healthy increases in sales in the package delivery department. Postal employees are happy because it means work seven days a week — the Postal Service operates on Sundays almost solely to deliver for Amazon.

And Amazon is happy because it has a deal that takes advantage of a loophole in the law that gives it a taxpayer-subsidized deal none of its competitors could get or match.

That’s how it is that, according to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, “The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs.”

Bezos can sell shipping below cost because he buys it below cost. He buys below cost because of what the Journal piece termed “an unappreciated accident of history.”

The Postal Service has a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail and non-urgent letters. It is the only entity that can put something into a mailbox or through a mail slot. It is legally obliged to provide the service at the same level and price nationwide. That means, even with mail volume down 40 percent since 2006, the Postal Service still must visit 155 million mailboxes every day.

Since 2007, the Postal Service has been required to allocate 5.5 percent of its fixed costs to package delivery and to incorporate that into its pricing. That figure made sense then, but today, 25 percent of the Postal Service’s business is package delivery. And thanks to features of the Amazon deal – such as Sunday delivery, grocery delivery, even delivery from fish markets to local restaurants – the expenses have climbed.

In fact, they’ve climbed so much, according to a recent analysis by Citigroup, that the Postal Service should be charging Amazon $1.46 more per package than the $2 or so it does now. “Amazon now enjoys low rates unavailable to its competitors,” the Journal story said. “It’s as if Amazon gets a subsidized space on every mail truck.”

It’s not just the free ride in the truck. It’s the $200 million three years ago to furnish carriers with 270,000 Internet-connected handheld scanners needed for real-time package tracking. It’s the $5 billion or more to replace the Postal Service’s 190,000 delivery vehicles with new ones better equipped to handle packages.

The Postal Service has followed this formula to $60 billion in losses since 2007. It expects to lose about $6 billion more this year. But first-class mail volume is down, junk mail is about the same, packages continue to grow 8 percent or so per year, and Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s position is that “we’re obviously looking to get additional customers who are interested in that type of customized delivery.”

There is no question the Postal Service must change to survive. What we need from it has changed. We now pay bills online. We email rather than write letters. We evite rather than send invitations. At the same time, we buy online and need the Postal Service to deliver.

But its finances are not in order. The Postal Service has had one profitable quarter in the last five years. Even with monopoly protection on its most valued service, it has fallen more than $120 billion behind in pension and retiree health expenses and has chewed through a $15 billion line of credit from the Treasury.

The Postal Service has made significant gains in automation and other cost-cutting moves. But the deals it is operating under are unsustainable. It’s about selling something over and over and over again to your biggest customer — who also is one of your biggest competitors in spaces such as same-day delivery — for $2 when you should be charging 75 percent more.

If you’re in a deal where you lose money and your partner profits wildly, maybe deal-making is not for you. When tax dollars are at stake — and they are, regardless of Postal Service protestations — we have an interest in assuring the deals the Postal Service makes serve it and not the richest, or second-richest, man in the world.

Brian McNicoll is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va.

Source: Will County News

Trump: Tax reform a win for taxpayers, ‘essentially’ repeals Obamacare

Trump: Tax reform a win for taxpayers, ‘essentially’ repeals Obamacare

  • By Dan McCaleb and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network
  • Updated 
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed the historic tax reform package that’s about to become law as a huge win for taxpayers that will boost the economy and spur job growth across the U.S.

At a White House cabinet meeting shortly before a House revote on the reform legislation, Trump also said it “essentially” repeals Obamacare.

“When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means ObamaCare is being repealed,” Trump said. “We have essentially repealed ObamaCare and we will come up with something much better.”

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health care coverage, is included in the $1.5 trillion federal tax reform package approved this week by Congress with no Democratic support.

The GOP plan replaces current tax brackets with seven new ones, most of them lower. The corporate tax rate will be reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent, a cut Republicans have said is vital for the U.S. to become more competitive with other countries and which will lead to job and wage growth. The standard deduction taken by a majority of families would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for a married couple. The reduction for state and local taxes (SALT) will be capped at $10,000. The child tax credit will be increased to $2,000 from $1,000.

Democrats claim the legislation is nothing more than a massive tax break for corporations and wealthy Americans and will add $1.5 trillion to the country’s debt over the next decade.

Trump is expected to sign the measure this week after it cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday in the House.

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said it has “good elements and bad elements” to it.

“I personally wish it did more for the middle class, middle income earners,” Rauner said Wednesday. “I don’t think it does quite enough. … I think the good part of it is that it’s going to really, I think, help make America, every state in America, more supportive of businesses. We’re going to have faster economic growth and more job creation all over the United States.”

After initially approving the sweeping tax reform Tuesday, House Republicans took a second vote Wednesday after the Senate parliamentarian reported that two provisions need to be removed, a K-12 education savings benefit and a small college endowment credit. Neither complied with Senate rules.

The revote in the House was similar to the first one, 224-201, with no Democrats in support. Tuesday’s vote was 227-203. The Senate approved it in the early morning hours Wednesday, 51-48, strictly along party lines.

“This bill is not tax reform. It is a tax giveaway to those that don’t need our help paid for by those who do,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-MD, said Tuesday. “This is reckless and dangerous deficit spending. … This raises taxes on 86 million Americans.”

Both of Illinois’ Democratic senators voted against the measure .

What does it mean in Illinois?

Oakbrook tax professional Michael Leonard of Leonard and Associates said there are some good things for Illinoisans, especially for businesses, big and small.

“It should make the small businesses be able to hire more and just keep more money in their pocket,” Leonard said. “It’s a very, very good thing because small business is what keeps the economy going.”

But he said the $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes will hurt many Illinois taxpayers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. Leonard expects that to put pressure on state lawmakers to address the issue.

“They’ll have to do something,” Leonard said. “You can’t have all these high taxes and not have a break somewhere.”

Rauner said that’s all the more reason to enact the reform measures he’s promoted since first running for governor.

“It makes it all the more important that we make the type of changes that I’ve been recommending from Day 1: that we bring down the property taxes, that we work down the income tax hike that Speaker [Michael] Madigan forced through last June,” he said.

The General Assembly voted to override Rauner’s vetoes of budget bills and a $5 billion tax increase this summer.

Dan McCaleb is news director of Illinois News Network and the digital hub ILNews.org. He welcomes your comments. Contact Dan at dmccaleb@ilnews.org.

Source: Will County News

The GOP tax cut

The GOP tax cut

I call it the GOP tax cut because only Republican lawmakers voted for it. The Democrats, who have called the Tax Cut and Jobs Act a “money grab,” sat it out.

They told you, essentially, that they believe your money belongs to government first, and they get to decide what you keep. And they wanted more of it, not less.

Under the bill more than 80 percent of middle class workers will get to keep more of their own money. That’s always a good thing, even if the bill falls far short of what it should be in the so-called “land of the free.”

As usual, the conversation is not being framed correctly, and that is by design. The messengers (propagandists) of the elites want it that way.

First of all, what is truly necessary to fund government; or, better yet, what is necessary government that must be funded? Also, how is it a “money grab” to cut corporate tax rates. Corporations don’t pay taxes; they are pass-through agencies who collect taxes and pass them to government.

These are questions that are not asked. Politicians won’t address these questions because their goal is to accrue more power over the people through government. Politicians never relinquish power, and government never shrinks.

Think for a moment. In 2000, President Bill Clinton submitted a budget of $1.9 trillion for the 2001 year. Do you recall hardships, starving children, neglected old people or a military with antiquated weapons that year? Certainly not.

The GOP plan does not cut spending. But a money grab? The only money being grabbed is grabbed by government. But it’s not done to fund government, as politicians and government men would have you believe.

The United States doesn’t need taxes to fund government. Income taxes are merely a means of controlling and redistributing wealth and providing government with a personal dossier of all Americans.

So-called income taxes, as defined and used by the socialist state, leads the people into a swamp of confusion by design. Socialism attracts corruption and corruption attracts socialism.

Income tax systems go hand-in-hand with fiat paper money systems. The money creators cannot create wealth, but they can transfer wealth with depreciating (inflating) paper money.

In “Rights of Man,” Thomas Paine noted, “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”

Both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson also noted the destructive nature of taxes.

In Federalist No. 39, Madison wrote, “[T]he most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.”

In a letter to Joseph Milligan, Jefferson wrote, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”

Now if only Congress would set about cutting spending and returning government to its constitutional parameters…

Source: Will County News

How to magically turn a spending cut into a tax increase

How to magically turn a spending cut into a tax increase


This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

I don’t focus much on media bias because journalists generally aren’t dishonest. Instead, they choose which stories to highlight or downplay based on what advances their political agenda. Though every so often I’ll highlight an example of where bias leads to an egregious (maybe even deliberately dishonest) mistake.

Now we have an addition to that collection from a WonkBlog column in the Washington Post. The piece starts with an accurate observation that the tax plan on Capitol Hill isn’t a long-run tax cut.

Senate rules require the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act not to add to the federal deficit after 10 years. …The bill aims to cut corporate taxes in perpetuity…but they actually need to raise money to offset the permanent corporate tax reduction.

Yes, as I wrote two weeks ago, the long-run tax cuts have to be offset by long-run revenue increases. So that part of the column is fine.

We then get this rather dubious assertion.

Republicans are paying for a permanent cut for corporations with an under-the-radar tax increase on individuals.

In part, it’s a dodgy claim because there are provisions in the bill that collect more revenue from companies, such as the partial loss of interest deductibility and various base erosion rules. So if he wanted to be accurate, the author should have begun that sentence with “Republicans are partially paying for…”

But that’s only part of the problem. As you can see from this next excerpt, he cites a former Democrat staffer and doubles down on the allegation that individual taxpayers will be coughing up more money to Uncle Sam because of the legislation.

This chart, playing off what the Senate’s former top tax aide and New York University professor Lily Batchelder pointed out on Twitter on Friday evening, makes vividly clear where Republicans ultimately raise that money. …we know it’s individual taxpayers who ultimately bear the cost of the tax bill.

And here’s the chart that ostensibly shows that you and me are going to pay more money so evil corporations can enjoy a tax cut.

Notice, however, the part I circled in green. It shows that Republicans are repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate as part of their tax reform plan, and it also shows that repeal has budgetary effects.

So how is this a tax increase (the pink portion of the bar chart), as the Washington Post wants us to believe?

Needless to say, the honest answer is that it isn’t a tax hike. Getting rid of the mandate means people won’t get “fined” by the IRS if they choose not to buy health insurance. If anything, that should count as a tax cut.

But that’s not what’s represented by the pink part of the bar chart. Instead, it shows that when you get rid of the mandate and consumers choose not to get Obamacare policies, that automatically means that insurance companies will get fewer subsidies from Uncle Sam (getting access to that cash was one of the reasons the big insurance companies lobbied for Obamacare).

In other words, the chart actually is showing that corporate rate reduction is partially financed by a reduction in spending, which is a win-win from my perspective.

By the way, you don’t have to believe me. On page 9 of the Joint Committee on Taxation’s revenue estimate (which presumably will be posted on the JCT website at some point), you find this footnote about the “outlay effect” of repealing the mandate.

At the risk of stating the obvious, an “outlay effect” is when a change in law causes a shift in government spending. That’s what’s happening, not a tax increase on individuals.

By the way, the author sort of admits this is true in a passage buried near the bottom of the column.

…a number of analysts argue that it’s wrong to consider the loss of insurance related to the end of the ACA mandate a tax increase, because it reflects individuals’ choice not to get insurance.

That’s a pathetic attempt at justifying a dishonest article.

Here’s the bottom line.

  1. Individuals will be paying less money to the IRS because of this provision, not more.
  2. The fiscal impact of the provision is less spending, not more tax revenue.

Sadly, most readers will have no idea that they were deliberately misled.

P.S. The “alternative inflation measure” in the bill (the red portion of the bar chart) arguably is a tax increase. Or, for those who persuasively argue that it’s a more accurate measure, it’s a provision that will result in individual taxpayers sending more money to Uncle Sam compared to current law since the new measure (chained CPI) will result in smaller inflation adjustments to tax brackets and the standard deduction.

P.P.S. If repealing just one small piece of Obamacare will save about $300 billion over the next decade, imagine how much money we could save if the entire law was repealed.

P.P.P.S. Since I’ve previously explained how politicians use alchemy to turn spending increases into tax cuts, I guess it’s not surprising that some folks are using the same magic to turn spending cuts into tax increases.

— Daniel J. Mitchell

Reprinted from International Liberty.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Washington-based economist who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. 

Source: Will County News

Judge Rejects Group’s Effort To Block Illinois Abortion Law

Judge Rejects Group's Effort To Block Illinois Abortion Law

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A judge rejected a conservative Catholic group’s effort to block a new law that permits state health insurance and Medicaid to cover abortions. The legislation, signed in September by Gov. Bruce Rauner, drew the ire of many Republicans and conservative groups, who accused Rauner of breaking a promise to veto the bill. The Thomas More Society was requesting an emergency injunction as part of a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the law from going into effect on Jan. 1.

Sangamon County Associate Judge Jennifer M. Ascher on Thursday afternoon rejected the lawsuit, according to ABC Chicago. NPR reporter Brian Mackey live-tweeted the hearing, calling Ascher’s decision a “total victory for the state, total loss for anti-abortion side.”

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Both sides rest. Judges says she’s already reviewed the briefs and quickly grants the state’s motion to dismiss on appropriation question. Finds it to be “inherently a political question,” and thus out of her jurisdiction. Now moving on to the effective date question.

Judge Ascher also finds the law passed when it got enough votes in the Senate, ruling against plaintiffs’ arguments on the parliamentary “motion to reconsider.”

Tl;dr: total victory for the state, total loss for anti-abortion side. They will appeal to the 4th Dist. App. Court.

The Thomas More Society previously said the injunction would stop “tens of thousands of taxpayer-funded abortions in the New Year.”

State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) serves as the Thomas More Society’s special counsel, and says the new law means taxpayers will fund as many as 30,000 abortions each year.

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“Even apart from the sincere moral objections that many folks have to paying for abortions, there is no money in the Illinois state budget to pay for them,” Breen said in a statement posted on the Thomas More Society website. “And, because of games played by Senate Democrats, in holding HB 40 until late September, after the May 31 cutoff for legislative action, this bill can’t be effective until June 1, certainly not on January 1.”

He called the new law illegal and said the measure “would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid.”

Other legislators have praised the law. Sen Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) in September called the measure “a victory for women’s reproductive rights” and a victory for Illinois residents who “have written, called and marched to demand that the governor live up to his responsibility to the women of our state.”

Breen said the group will appeal the judge’s decision, according to ABC Chicago. “We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling and will seek an immediate appeal,” he said, adding, “The Illinois Constitution was clearly violated here.”

Patch photo by Dennis Robaugh

Source: Will County News

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 28, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 28, 2017


Executive Directors Message

As 2017 slides into the history books it is time to consider 2018.  I believe 2018 will be a very intense year for gun owners.  With 2018 being an election year, everything will be on the line.
First, all of the Illinois State Representatives and one third of the Illinois State Senators will be up for election.  As you are well aware, it is a continuous battle to keep our Second Amendment Rights in Illinois.  The makeup of the Illinois General Assembly is key.
Second, all of the Illinois Constitutional Officers are up for election in 2018.  The Illinois Constitutional Officers are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer.  While all offices are important, the Governor and Attorney General are critical offices.
Third, 2018 is the National “off year” Elections.  That means all 435 Congressmen and 34 Senators will be up for election.  With the election of President Trump, too many gun owners thought everything would be fine forever, which is the most dangerous thing that could happen.  The 2018 elections may make the gains we have made vanish in the twinkling of an eye.  While the President was able to appoint one Supreme Court Justice, others could be on the verge of retiring.  The President will have an impossible task if the United States Senate is lost.  There are many Justices that need to be appointed to the lower courts.  Many of those appointments are still pending and this process goes on constantly as people retire.  The question of National Reciprocity is in the Senate, but I do not think it is going anywhere with the Senate’s present makeup.  There needs to be more pro-gun Senators elected.
There is a question that we, as gun owners, need to think about: how can we help ensure the Second Amendment locally, as well as at the state level and nationally?  You may not know that answer right now, but you need to think about.  Many people may think they have to do something spectacular to make a difference.  That is not true.  While it would be nice if you could donate $5000, but can only afford $5, it all adds up and makes a difference.  Making a phone call, sending an email, attending a meeting, talking to a friend or a neighbor is important, and all of these count.  The first and most important task is to make the decision to do something.  Opportunities will present themselves.  Some people promise more than they can deliver.  Don’t do that; do what you can do.  The key is for everyone to do something.
In the upcoming elections we will be presented with many candidates.  Gun owners tend to be purists much to their own detriment.  There are no perfect candidates. If you go on a quest to find the perfect candidate you will meet folks looking for the Holy Grail, the lost Dutchman gold mine, and Diogenes searching for truth; it may be interesting, but not productive.  Our job is to pick the best candidates who can get elected.  Don’t waste your time voting for the perfect candidates who cannot get elected because the usual result is the worst candidates getting elected.  In other words, it is better to vote for a B candidate who can get elected rather than an A candidate who can’t get elected.  A defeated perfect candidate is about as useful as a used candy wrapper.  Meanwhile, the F candidate got elected and you helped them.  Pouting and just not voting is not the answer either.
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Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for you in case you haven’t made any!
  • I resolve I will attend IGOLD.
  • I resolve I will recruit one new ISRA member.
  • I resolve I will upgrade my ISRA membership.
  • I resolve I will sign up for legislative alerts.
  • I resolve I will take a firearms class.
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Source: Will County News

Mark Batinick: More than 200 new laws adopted, none tackle Illinois’ major issues

Lawmaker: More than 200 new laws adopted, none tackle Illinois’ major issues

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The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.John Spataro | Illinois News Network


More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois in the new year, but do any of them deal with the major fiscal problems the state’s been struggling with for years?

For most of 2017, state Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, didn’t vote for legislation that wasn’t going to solve some of the major issues facing the state.

“We passed bills that talk about things like how we label fish on a menu,” Batinick said. “I think we named two expressways after former President [Barack] Obama. We debated whether or not you need to paint a school bus after you sell it on the used market. But we didn’t address pensions. We didn’t do anything good for work comp. We didn’t do anything good for property taxes.”

Illinois has more than $200 billion in unfunded pension and retiree healthcare liability. The state also has some of the highest property taxes in the country and he highest workers’ compensation rates in the Midwest.

Batinick also noted Illinois’ regulatory climate is horrible and used hydraulic fracturing permitting as an example.

“We finally gave away our first permit, and the regulatory climate was still so bad that the company just walked away from it,” Batinick said.

Batinick doesn’t expect the legislature to tackle any of this until after the November elections.

“We already blew three years of [the Rauner] administration,” Batinick said. “And you can say we blew years before that, so every day that passes makes it harder for us to dig out of a deeper pile of debt.”

The suburban lawmaker hopes that, after the election, both sides can come together to tackle the state’s major issues.

The General Assembly is back in session in late January.

Source: Will County News

That’s probably a bad idea

That’s probably a bad idea

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The government may soon resume funding for research aimed at creating super germs that could cause pandemics in research laboratories.

That’s according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ new framework for funding research. 

The government cut funding for such research back in October 2014,  as researchers were working on ways to make three deadly viruses stronger: the flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Here’s more from Stat News:

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said the new policy didn’t represent a significant shift, since the NIH has continued to assess and fund some gain-of-function experiments even during the moratorium. Such studies will continue to be vetted by a federal panel before they can receive funding.

But the decision to lift the moratorium did not sit well with scientists who have long warned of the risks of such research — and questioned its benefits.

“I am not persuaded that the work is of greater potential benefit than potential harm,” said molecular biologist Richard Ebright of Rutgers University, who has argued that U.S. labs working with dangerous pathogens regularly suffer serious biosafety lapses. Experiments to create enhanced viruses, he and others argue, could lead to the pathogens’ accidental release, most likely by a lab worker becoming infected unknowingly and then walking out the door.

“A human is better at spreading viruses than an aerosol” that might breach a lab’s physical containment, said epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who has calculated that the risk of a lab-acquired infection sparking a pandemic is greater than recognized. “The engineering is not what I’m worried about. Accident after accident has been the result of human mistakes.”

Source: Will County News



Morgan Evenson was stabbed 14 times by a Somali man while walking home from work Dec. 13

Morgan Evenson was walking home in downtown Minneapolis about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 when a black man got out of his car, chased her down, tackled and stabbed her repeatedly.

The feisty 26-year-old frantically fought back, kicking, scratching and screaming for help.

At some point, neighbors heard her screams and came to help. Her attacker – described as a Somali man in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7 with a slight build and wearing grey stone-washed jeans – ran away.

Evenson was left bleeding on the curb with 14 stab wounds on her arms, neck and back. Her kidney was lacerated. She was lucky to survive the attack.

It happened while she was walking home from the Apple Store, where she worked, about eight blocks away from her apartment. That’s when the man attacked her for no apparent reason. Police, who have not made any arrests in the case, are calling it a botched robbery.

Police have called the case unusual for the level of brutality just to get a woman’s purse, leading some to wonder if the assailant didn’t want more than just a purse.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the city’s largest newspaper, has been AWOL on the story.

The newspaper’s on-duty news editor, Maria Reeve, did not return WND’s calls Tuesday to inquire about why it went dark on such a brutal, unprovoked attack on a defenseless, unarmed woman walking home from work.

Other media, such as the Southwest Journal, have reported on the crime but left out the assailant’s full description as a Somali migrant.

Only one media outlet, local ABC News affiliate KSTP, included in its on-air coverage the fact that the victim described her assailant as Somali, but the station’s website article failed to mention that fact.

A friend of Evenson’s started a GoFundMe page to raise money for uncovered medical costs.

The page said Evenson was readmitted to the hospital Dec. 19 to monitor a recurring fever and blood pressure.

As of Tuesday afternoon the GoFundMe page had raised more than $15,000 for uncovered medical bills.

No isolated case

The case of Morgan Evenson continues a pattern of Somali crimes being covered up, downplayed, lightly investigated and eventually falling off the radar in Minnesota.

Here are just some of the Somali-related cases in Minnesota that never seem to get resolved.

  1. Justine Damond, 40, was killed in July after calling police to report a sexual assault in progress in the ally next to her home in Minneapolis’s 5th precinct. Two officers arrived in a squad car, and the one sitting in the passenger seat, Officer Mohamed Noor, fired across his partner at Damon when she approached the police car in her nightgown.
    No formal charges have yet been brought against Noor, who was precinct’s first Somali refugee to be hired as a cop, a fact that Mayor Betsy Hodges had bragged about in her city newsletter.
    Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was recorded earlier this month telling a gathering of union members that he was frustrated at a lack of evidence to charge Noor.
    Freeman has since apologized for his remarks, saying they were “ill-advised”, and promised more details on the “status of our charging decision” in the coming days.  Relatives of Damond said last week they were concerned her death was not being investigated properly.
  2. For three straight days in late June 2016, residents of Linden Hills neighborhood on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis were terrorized by a group of more than a dozen Somali men in their early- to mid-20s. Several of the men threatened to rape a female resident of the community, saying it was their right under Shariah law, while others drove their cars over neighbors lawns shouting “jihad,” set off bottle rockets, and pretending to shoot people on the beach. The Minneapolis police were repeatedly called, but every time they responded too late to make any arrests, and the investigation never resulted in any arrests. The story was carried by one local TV station and ignored by the newspapers.
  3. In 2014 a mysterious New Year’s Day explosion occurred at a building containing several apartments and a grocery store in the heavily-Somali area of Cedar Riverside, Minneapolis. According to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the city fire department requested that the federal ATF not investigate the explosion, which killed three people, and the investigation has never come to an official conclusion on the cause. All of the apartments were occupied by Somali residents.
  4. In April 2017 WND reported on the presence of “Shariah cops” patrolling the streets of Cedar Riverside, making uninvited visits to the homes of local Somalis to make sure they were living in compliance with Sharia, requiring appropriate attire for women and minimal contact between unmarried members of the opposite sexes. Police said they were “monitoring” the situation but made no arrests, even though they knew the identity of the lead suspect, Abdullah Rashid, and had complaints from local Muslims about Rashid and his cohorts harassing them.
  5. In August 2017, someone threw a low-grade incendiary device into a window at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. The device was thrown into the imam’s office through a window at a time when the imam was not there. No one was hurt. Gov. Mark Dayton and local CAIR officials immediately labeled the incident an anti-Muslim “hate crime,” despite not having any evidence to tie the attack to an anti-Muslim person or group. No arrests have been made, but the mosque has raised thousands of dollars of sympathy money off the incident.
  6. In November 2017, a Somali man carried out a bloody knife attack against two brothers in the changing room of a clothing store at Mall of America. The police and local media described the incident as a botched robbery in which the two brothers were attacked after trying to stop the Somali from shoplifting. WND has since been told by a friend of the family that the narrative put out by the media was not accurate, that the attack was completely unprovoked and random.

Debra Anderson, chair of ACT For America’s Minnesota chapter, said she has been trying for four years, without success, to get Minnesota sheriffs to train their departments to better prepare and deal with Sharia-related crime such as FGM, honor violence and terrorism.

She said it was telling that no police response was recorded in the stabbing attack on Morgan Evenson. Her life was only saved because she fought back and her screams were heard by people living and working in the area.

“It was interesting the articles I read didn’t say anything about the police coming. Not a thing. Just sounds like the classic media template used in Europe,” Anderson told WND. “You had to get all the way through that KSTP [broadcast only] report to find out he’s Somali, and it was never mentioned in the other media outlets at all.”

That’s very disconcerting for someone who has been trying to educate Minnesotans about the pitfalls of kowtowing to the Somali community and its “civil rights” advocates at CAIR.

“It’s unofficial but Minnesota law enforcement agencies are enforcing, or at least tolerating, Shariah law. Most people don’t know it yet but the police are not here to protect the indigenous Minnesotans anymore,” Anderson said. “They have been incrementally changing their search policies and their use of force policies for years. We’re not being protected anymore. They’re protecting the Muslims, so it’s becoming increasingly like Europe. Yes, it’s here now.”

A friend of Evenson’s started a GoFundMe page to raise money for uncovered medical costs.

The page said Evenson was readmitted to the hospital Dec. 19 to monitor a recurring fever and blood pressure.

As of Tuesday afternoon the GoFundMe page had raised more than $15,000 for uncovered medical bills.


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/12/u-s-woman-stabbed-14-times-by-somali-migrant-media-go-dark/#DIroeHFY6x8EfJPs.99

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Emergency Injunction Against Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Sought in Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials

Steve Balich Editor Note: It is illogical to welcome illegals to our State that put a huge strain on our system, schools, medical, crime, etc. Then Our Governor gives free abortions to everyone being the only State in the Union to do so. Illinois is Broke and the Governor keeps adding expense. I think the Governor is a smart man, so my question is why?

Emergency Injunction Against Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Sought in Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials

More State Legislators and Nonprofit Citizen Groups Join Thomas More Society Lawsuit to Stop “HB 40”

Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312.422.1333, tc@tcpr.net


(December 26, 2017 – Springfield, IL) The Thomas More Society has now moved for an emergency injunction to be heard on Thursday, December 28, to stop State of Illinois officials from providing tens of thousands of taxpayer funded abortions in the New Year. Additional legislators and groups will also seek to join the suit that day, including State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Rock Island). The taxpayer lawsuit, filed at the end of November in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations, the Springfield Catholic Diocese, and a group of Illinois legislators from across the state.

“This emergency injunction would stop a New Year’s Day implementation of this law, under which Illinois taxpayers would be forced to pay for 20,000 to 30,000 or more abortions per year,” explained Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “Even apart from the sincere moral objections that many folks have to paying for abortions, there is no money in the Illinois state budget to pay for them. And, because of games played by Senate Democrats, in holding HB 40 until late September, after the May 31 cutoff for legislative action, this bill can’t be effective until June 1, certainly not on January 1.” Breen also serves as state representative for Illinois’ 48th District.

If implemented, despite its illegality, HB 40 would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid. This would apply through the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, even when the latest scientific research has shown that the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside of its mother’s womb.

The State of Illinois has a tradition of allowing taxpayer lawsuits, which are brought by private individuals to protect the public treasury. Illinois law requires such a suit to be brought by a petition for leave to file a taxpayer complaint, which was granted by Judge Ascher on December 6, at the last hearing in this case.

WHAT: Hearing on HB 40 lawsuit, Springfield Right to Life et al v. Felicia Norwood et al, where Plaintiffs are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against HB 40 and Defendants are seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed. Following the hearing, attorneys from the Thomas More Society will be available for comment.

WHEN: Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 1:30 PM (Central)

WHERE: Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, Sangamon County, Sangamon County Complex,

200 South 9th Street, Springfield, IL 62701-1629, in the courtroom of Sangamon County Associate Judge Jennifer M. Ascher

MAP: https://goo.gl/d2KGGi

WHO: Thomas More Society attorneys, including Special Counsel Peter Breen

BACKGROUND: Read about the case here [https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/controversial-abortion-bill-prompts-taxpayer-lawsuit-illinois-officials/]

MEDIA NOTE: The court has consented to allow audio and video recording of the proceedings by the media.

The Illinois legislators bringing the lawsuit include (italicized names are newly added):

●       Representative Mark Batinick, District 97

●       Representative Jeanne Ives, District 42

●       Representative Charlie Meier, District 108

●       Representative Steve Reick, District 63

●       Representative Barbara Wheeler, District 64

●       Representative Keith Wheeler, District 50

●       Senator Neil Anderson, District 36

●       Senator Dale Fowler, District 59

●       Senator Sam McCann, District 50

●       Senator Kyle McCarter, District 54

●       Senator Dan McConchie, District 26

●       Senator Paul Schimpf, District 58

The pro-life groups listed on the complaint include (italicized names are newly added):

●       Illinois Federation for Right to Life

●       Illinois Right to Life Action

●       Springfield Right to Life

●       Right to Life of Adams County, Inc.

●       Clinton County Citizens For Life

●       Henry County Right to Life, Inc.

●       Knox County Right to Life, NFP

●       Lake County Right to Life Committee, Inc.

●       Morgan County Right to Life, Inc., NFP

●       Faith and Freedom Family Ministry, NFP

●       Pro-Life Action League, Inc.

The above listed legislators and groups are joined in this action by:

●       Diocese of Springfield In Illinois

Read the Plaintiff’s Unopposed Motion for Leave to File a Verified Amended Taxpayer Complaint here[https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/171222-HB-40-Mot-f-Lv-t-File-Ver-Amd-Compl-v2.pdf].

Read the original Petition for Leave to File a Taxpayer Action to Restrain and Enjoin the Disbursement of Public Funds and the Taxpayer Complaint to Restrain and Enjoin the Disbursement of Public Funds here[https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/HB-40-Petition-Complaint-FINAL-as-filed.pdf].

About the Thomas More Society

The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago and Omaha, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit thomasmoresociety.org.


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