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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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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19



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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators



At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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