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FREEDOM FIGHTER: NJ gym owner fined $1.2m for defying lockdown, vows not to pay

“We have proved you wrong. Our business has been running for 7 months with better safety protocol than the entities you are responsible for running.” 



A New Jersey gym owner who repeatedly defied coronavirus lockdowns and was fined nearly $1.2 million will not pay a single dollar. 

Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym, has received roughly 60 citations and is charged nearly $15,500 per each day that he remains open in defiance of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 closures, Fox News reports.

Smith and another owner of the fitness center were even arrested after refusing to close their business in late July. 

In regards to the fines, Smith said they simply won’t be paying

“We aren’t going to be paying them,” Smith told the Daily Caller. 

“Leave us alone,” he added in a message to the governor. “We have proved you wrong. Our business has been running for 7 months with better safety protocol than the entities you are responsible for running.” 

“Long term care facilities have the highest death rate and it’s still rampaging through facilities even though they have been locked down,” he continued. “Our protocol has kept people safe, yours hasn’t.”

Smith blasted the governor, calling the closures a “complete tragedy” for small businesses. 

“What’s happening to the middle class and small businesses in America is nothing short of a complete tragedy,” he told Fox News. “I would go so far as to call it criminal. You are putting people out of business for good.” 

“You are making them reliant on big government,” he added. “You are taking away their civil liberties under the guise of pretending like you care about public health.” 

In a video posted on Sunday, Smith held up flashcards reading “Free men don’t ask permission. Or for forgiveness.” 

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  1. Rich I

    December 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Good for him! Do not Pay It! Nothing but fraud! Resist! Rise Up! We must fight for our liberty!!

  2. Gepif

    December 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I admire his courage. He’s a danger to the establishment because he’s showing the lockdowns and mask mandates are unnecessary and destructive. More sheeple should follow his lead.

  3. Richard

    December 14, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Its time to take this country back from the socialists/communist sewer sucking deep state by whatever means necessary. We tried the way of election, only to have it corrupted and stolen by the establishment and the “legal” system. We have the right to bear arms specifically put in place to prevent the kind of governmental interference in our freedoms. Maybe its time to use them.

  4. mooky

    December 15, 2020 at 5:56 am

    I am sick of this bully nanny state we live in. I’m an adult if I want to go to the gym its on me. stop telling your employers how to live our lives. Take care of the roads and boarders only.

  5. H. Jones

    December 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats to all people showing backbone. All they want is to destroy small business, boost big corp, and make us dependent on UBI – universal basic income. During lockdowns we won’t see what is going on behind our backs.

  6. Bunker

    December 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

    When the rule of law prevails it will crush these deep state sellout governors. They are bought and paid for and they will pay for their treasonous acts against the American People. Stay strong and do not bend to these cowards.
    I appreciate your boldness friend.

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Oregon Schools ‘Staffing Crisis’ So Bad State Temporarily Allowing Substitute Teachers Without Degrees




Liberal policies and mandates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for over a year and a half have resulted in a mass labor shortage across a plethora of industries. Most recently with the vaccine mandates, individuals are either quitting or being forced into a leave of absence. Education is among the affected fields, leaving children without teachers.

In Oregon, officials said the “extraordinary shortage” of substitute teachers is also so bad, they have been forced to relinquish standards. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission announced it will temporarily be dropping the requirement for teachers to, well, be licensed to teach.

CNN reports:

“The temporary rule, which is set to expire March 31, allows substitute teacher applicants without a bachelor’s degree to be sponsored by a school district, which would also provide them with enhanced support administrative supervision, according to a joint statement from Dr. Anthony Rosilez, the commission’s executive director, and Erika Bare, the commission chair.”

In December of 2019, the state had 8,290 licensed substitute teachers. By September 18, 2021, the number was down to almost half at 4,738. The temporary administrative order says without more teachers, classes will be “combined to unacceptable levels or not offered at all, inflicting irreparable harm on schoolchildren.”

In the joint statement from Rosilez and Bare, they explained the reason behind the state’s conundrum: “while the data we have at this point is primarily anecdotal, the COVID pandemic has been a primary factor in the reduced supply.”

Elizabeth Thiel, president of the Portland Association of Teachers says Oregon is experiencing a “staffing crisis” exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just substitutes that we don’t have enough of. It’s classroom teachers, it’s administrators and custodians and bus drivers and education assistants and nutrition workers and paraprofessionals” added Thiel. “Every job type we have in our schools, we’re short.”

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Rep. Tlaib Caught on Video Admitting She is Only Wearing a Mask Because of ‘Republican Tracker’ Filming Her



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Democrat and member of the “Squad” Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was filmed at an event explaining that she was only wearing a mask for one reason. It was not for safety, not for fear of spreading COVID-19 to the vulnerable and weak, not for fear of getting a variant herself, and not for “stopping the spread.” No. It was only because a “Republican tracker” was in her presence.

At an event in Detroit, Tlaib can be seen among a group outside, and one gentleman, who was not wearing a mask, thought Tlaib was upset that he was not masked. “Oh, my bad. Sorry” the man said.

Quickly explaining herself and making sure there was zero confusion as to her position, she quickly comforted the man saying, “oh no, not you.” She then pulls down her mask to further explain, “I was only doing it because I got a Republican, uh, tracker following me” as she appeared to be pointing in the direction of the “tracker.”

She then popped her mask back on and turned to walk away. National Review reports: “Tlaib was exiting an event on Monday with Housing and Urban Development secretary Marcia Fudge, who visited housing developments in Detroit while touting the Biden administration’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.” The video was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

This summer Tlaib chastised Republican Senator Rand Paul for voicing resistance to some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures including mask-wearing mandates. The same day, video surfaced of Tlaib partying at an indoor wedding maskless.

Tlaib is one of many Democrats who have acted in complete hypocrisy to their own mandates. San Francisco mayor London Breed was filmed at a crowded indoor bar listening to music where no one was wearing masks. She justified her violation by stating she wanted to dance and “I was feeling the spirit.”

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