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Chicago police union boss to members: Defy COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara union
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Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has been against Chicago's vaccine mandate for municipal workers
A Chicago police union boss told cops to defy the city's upcoming COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate.

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said Tuesday he would take Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration to court if it enforced a directive ordering city workers to report their vaccination status by Friday.

Under the order, unvaccinated municipal workers who don't submit to regular COVID-19 tests would be placed on unpaid leave.

Chicago has the nation's second-largest police department, consisting of about 13,000 cops, many of whom would not comply with the mandate, Catanzara threatened in an online video.

Comment: The ante is going up. Chicago sues, the police union counter-sues, and the injunctions are flying:
A judge late Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the Chicago police union president, prohibiting him from making public statements that encourage members not to report their COVID-19 vaccine status to the city.

Cook County Circuit Judge Cecilia Horan ruled there was potential irreparable harm if local Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara persisted in making such statements. City attorneys argued they were tantamount to him advocating "sedition" and "anarchy" because he was directing members to disobey an order from their superiors.

It was the latest twist in the high-stakes standoff between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the local police union over the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. With both sides accusing the other of illegally risking the safety of the city over the issue, the fight shifted into the courts Friday with dueling lawsuits.

Lightfoot asked the courts to intervene after the union chief told members to disobey Friday's deadline to report their vaccine status. The local Fraternal Order of Police in turn filed its own lawsuit against the city, mayor and police Superintendent David Brown that seeks to force arbitration over the matter.

During a lengthy emergency hearing Friday evening, Horan ruled that the restraining order be in place until Oct. 25, when another court session is to take place. Earlier, FOP attorney Joel D'Alba had asked the city to stop ordering workers to report their vaccine status during that time, but city attorneys would not agree to that.

"What's truly extraordinary is they want to silence somebody who is the elected president of the union," said D'Alba, who in the course of the hearing noted that Catanzara himself is vaccinated.

In court, city lawyers argued Catanzara was effectively calling for an illegal work action, since the FOP isn't allowed by contract to strike.

"That is a work stoppage. That is a strike," attorney Michael Warner said. "It might not result in a shortfall of officers over the weekend, but it will in a matter of days."

The nearly two-hour hearing began with arguments from the city that Catanzara was holding the city "hostage" to the point of "municipal sedition and treason." However, Warner also conceded the vaccination reporting policy was unpopular with the police union.

Minutes after the hearing concluded, Catanzara uploaded another YouTube video encouraging FOP members to "do what's in their hearts and minds." Then he held up a "John Catanzara for Mayor 2023″ sign and said, "Enough is enough."

The court actions and mutual name-calling were indicative of a growing standoff between the city and the police union over the vaccine mandate, which has escalated in recent days even after Lightfoot agreed to give employees the option of submitting to COVID-19 testing for the rest of the year if they're not yet fully vaccinated.


Marine to plead guilty at court-martial over viral video attacking Afghan exit

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Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller
Rebel Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will plead guilty at his court-martial Thursday over the viral video he posted attacking the botched US pullout from Afghanistan, his attorney has said.

"This case began with a call for accountability and Lt. Col. Scheller will demonstrate to senior leadership how to accept accountability for his own actions," attorney Tim Parlatore told The Hill.

In the video posted to Facebook, Scheller — who was wearing his uniform — tore into military leadership following the Aug. 26 ISIS-K suicide bombing at Kabul's airport. The blast killed 13 US service members, including 11 Marines. He said in the searing monologue:
"People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'We messed this up.'"
After the clip went viral, Scheller was sent to a military prison and then hit with a slew of charges, including contempt toward officials, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful general orders and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

Comment: Quick update on Lt. Col. Scheller's court appearance:

Tim Parlatore, an attorney representing Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, said his client accepted responsibility for his actions during the court-martial this morning. In addition to the reprimand, Scheller will have to forfeit $5,000 in pay.
"He has submitted his resignation and the Secretary of Navy will decide what the appropriate characterization of service whether it's an honorable or a general under honorable circumstances."
He had said in videos that he was resigning and giving up his $2million pension because he was so appalled with how the situation in Afghanistan had unfolded.

See also:
US government JAILS military officer for criticizing botched withdrawal from Afghanistan
Powerful integrity: Marine who slammed military over Afghan mess says he's resigning - Updates

Yellow Vest

Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over US vaccine mandate

Boeing protest
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Boeing employees and others line the street to wave signs and American flags to protest the company's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandate, outside the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, October 15, 2021.
Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors.

As the pandemic has continued to rage, Biden announced the requirement in September because a large swath of Americans have resisted vaccination even though the shots are free, widely available and declared safe by regulators.

"It's my choice and it's my body," one avionics engineer said, his voice nearly drowned out by anti-Biden chants and trucks honking to show support along the busy street outside Boeing's factory in Everett, north of Seattle.

"It's an experimental drug given under a pseudo-emergency," he added.

Another worker, an assembly mechanic, said: "This is America. We don't just do what we're told because one person says to."


Assistant to the Sergeant at Arms charged with 10 child pornography felonies

Stefan Bieret
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Stefan Bieret
An Assistant to the Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives has been arrested and charged with ten felonies related to the possession of child pornography.

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department searched the house of Stefan Bieret, 41, of Burke and recovered multiple electronics.

The investigation began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was notified of a potentially illicit image being uploaded to a Dropbox account.


Florida school gunman Cruz to plead guilty to murder, lawyer says

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz
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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz walks to the podium to enter his guilty plea, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty to murder in the 2018 mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, his lawyer told a judge on Friday.

Cruz's attorney told a judge his client will plead guilty next week to all charges in what was the deadliest U.S. high school shooting. He faced 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer noted Cruz, now 23, could change his mind before his plea hearing, which she agreed to set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Comment: See also:

Eye 1

Navy SEALs seeking religious exemptions to vaccine mandate face intimidation and harassment

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Navy seal team
The Navy is threatening demotions, pay cuts and a ban on travel for SEALs who have religious objections to the vaccine

A growing number of U.S. Navy SEALs who are seeking a religious exemption to the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccine mandate are being threatened and, in some cases, harassed into submission, Fox News has learned.

A series of new directives by the Navy are promising severe punishment, including demotions, pay cuts and a ban on travel for SEALs, and other Navy service members, who do not comply with the vaccine mandate. For some SEALs who are in the process of seeking a religious exemption to the mandate, the process is nearly impossible to successfully complete to get a waiver, Fox News has been told.

Michael Berry, First Liberty Institute's general counsel and Lt. Col. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who is representing approximately 34 active-duty SEALs and two reservists, told Fox News that the Navy's new directives are illegal and infringe upon an individual's First Amendment freedoms.


Heart - Black

Louden County coverup: 'Gender fluid' student accused of raping teen in restroom was transferred to another school

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Parents protest at a Louden County school board meeting
School administrators at Virginia's Loudoun County Public Schools reportedly allowed the alleged 'gender fluid' perpetrator behind the rape of a female student in the girls' bathroom to move to a new school without warning anyone.

The supposedly gender fluid teen, who stands accused of raping a female classmate in the girls' bathroom, may have had other hunting grounds, parents claimed during a fraught board meeting after learning that the student was already on electronic monitoring.

Comment: Fox News provides footage of the meeting:

Yellow Vest

Hundreds of MI residents attend election integrity rally in capitol: Demand GOP-controlled legislature begin forensic audit

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Protests at the Michigan state capitol building, October 13, 2021
Michigan residents are not giving up on their fight for a forensic audit in their state, where Trump trounced Hillary in the general election in 2016. But, unfortunately, Michigan's legislature is controlled by a spineless GOP majority who are more concerned about their next job than representing the will of the people who hired them.

Michigan residents have been demanding a forensic audit in their state ever since hundreds of GOP and Independent poll challengers submitted affidavits with stunning stories of voter fraud, abuse, and intimidation at the TCF Center in Detroit, where a large majority of the state's absentee ballots were processed and counted.


Appeals court allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect

5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
A federal appeals court on Thursday evening ruled that Texas' restrictive abortion law can remain in effect even as it is litigated over its constitutionality.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to reject a U.S. Justice Department appeal.

The decision means Texas can enforce its new law barring most abortions as early as six weeks after conception.

The decision marks the third time since October that the appeals court has sided with Texas, and it moves the case one step closer to reaching the Supreme Court.


Deadly explosion hits Shia mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar, ISIS-K claims responsibility

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Aftermath of the blast at Bibi Fatima mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan on October 15, 2021
ISIS-K claims responsibility for attack that killed at least 47 people inside a mosque in southern city during Friday prayers.

At least 47 people have been killed and 70 others wounded after an explosion went off inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, according to a Taliban official.

The explosion on Friday afternoon took place in the Bibi Fatima mosque, the largest mosque for Shia worshippers in the city.

Hafiz Sayeed, the Taliban's chief for Kandahar's department of culture and information, reported the number of dead and wounded.

Interior ministry spokesman Sayed Khosti said on Twitter: "We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shia brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded."

Comment: Russia has been warning of the build-up of ISIS terrorist numbers in Afghanistan since 2018. Qui bono?