• Park Forest mayoral candidate has an eye for a trustee

    Not even sure how we should report this.

    According to a current, sitting, trustee in the village of Park Forest, Illinois, a “non-incumbent mayoral” candidate was staring at the sitting trustee for over a minute at a public meeting.

    The sitting trustee left this message on Twitter:

    So why did a colleague, non-incumbent mayoral candidate, stare at me for better part of a minute, till I returned his glance. #creepy

    This message was lifted from the Twitter account of @GaryKopycinski, without his permission.

    But, then, Twitter blasts are, by nature, public.

    we contacted Kopycinski, to learn only that the strange staring did occur. The person staring? Challenger to the current mayor, Jerome, or JeRome Brown.

    Why would a sitting trustee stare at another trustee for such a long time?

    Wait. These are election games.

    We contacted Mr. Kopycinski for an assessment of what happened.

    He said only that, whatever this was about, he had no clue.

    We are inclined to believe that Brown stared at Kopycinski for an extended period of time, likely longer than Kopycinski cares to admit.

    Some candidates will attempt strange tactics to intimidate challengers, or perceived challengers.

    So why did JeRome Brown stare at Kopycinski?



  • Park Forest Mayoral Candidate Only Enters Public Housing Unit After Hours; Turkey, Anyone?

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    Turkey for your vote?

    Juniper Towers is a public housing complex in Park Forest, Illinois. As such, there is a regular staff, and those wishing to enter without a specific destination must adhere to certain standards, letting staff members know they are present.

    Because this is public housing, candidates for public office are not permitted to enter and wander aimlessly, moving from floor to floor, door to door.

    Turning Left has learned from several reliable sources that one mayoral candidate in Park Forest, Illinois — and a current public official in that town — has been doing precisely that. Mr. JeRome Brown, a second-run mayoral candidate in Park Forest, IL, has been described by sources as entering Juniper Towers, walking floor to floor, going door to door, but only after staff for Juniper Towers have left for the day. Only after hours.

    Obviously, Mr. Brown has someone on the inside who is opening the front door for him, or he waits surreptitiously for someone to exit so he can enter.

    We have to ask: why not enter when staff is present? Why wait until staff have gone home for the day to begin his surreptitious campaigning?

    We have learned, to our amusement, that Mr. Brown raffled off a turkey before Christmas. The winner was the first person who could prove he or she had a voter registration card.

    Why give a turkey only to someone already registered to vote? Why raffle a turkey at all, unless he is engaging in an all-out campaign to buy votes.

    A few years ago, a mayoral candidate in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, also attempted to buy votes, this time from seniors. This candidate promised, and delivered, a box of chocolates and seven dollars cash — yes, cash — to any senior who promised to vote for him, and he promised to provide them a ride to the polls.

    The seniors took the chocolate, pocketed the $7.00 cash, and voted in droves for his opponent.

    His opponent won. Handily.

    Mr. Brown appears to believe that seniors and other members of public housing in Park Forest, Illinois, are simple, gullible folks, ready to cave and give their votes to someone obviously pandering for their attention, for their votes.

    Turning Left must ask, is turkey the only thing of substance Mr. Brown has to offer?



  • Mr. Brown Tries To Buy Park Forest

    We have learned that a Mr. JeRome Brown is trying to buy Park Forest.

    Try this:

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    We at Turning Left will watch this election cycle. This is among the most tawdry we have found. Ever.

    Here, we see Mr. Brown appealing to seniors for something he cannot promise under the laws of Park Forest – jobs. Unless he were to somehow soak the local taxpayers for more, and then create jobs out of thin air.

    But even the Meeks of Chicago would object of so foolhardy a use of resources, even for political gain.

    Yes?

    Perhaps no.

    Yoi.



  • Watch: Bill Lives the Drug War Every Day. Do You?

    Listen to a civilian LEAP staffer demolish the War on Drugs.

    From our friends at LEAP:

    As our successes on Election Day illustrated and last week’s Congressional vote to protect medical marijuana patients from DEA interference further confirmed, more people agree with the need for drug policy reform than ever before. 

    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition can claim credit for helping to bring about that palpable shift in mindset. Our speakers and staff work incredibly hard to bring our message of legalization, regulation and control to the forefront of the movement to end drug prohibition. We know that the consequences of prohibition are severe and impact real human beings – people like all of us. Our latest installment in LEAP’s ongoing “I LIVE THE DRUG WAR EVERY DAY” series comes from one of our own, LEAP’s Director of Programs and Financial Administration, Bill Fried.

    Bill joined the LEAP staff in 2006, after years of involvement in grass roots activism. A product of 1960’s radicalism, Bill never thought he would one day work shoulder to shoulder with police officers, fighting for the legalization, regulation and control of all drugs. His story is one of activism come full circle. To hear Bill’s take on the madness of drug prohibition and why LEAP’s work is so important, please watch this videoShare it with your friends and familyStand with LEAP and tell us your storyMake a contribution to support our work.

    We all live the drug war every day. Please stand with LEAP in our fight to end the drug war. Add your voice to our campaign now.

    Thank you,

    Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)
    Executive Director
    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition



  • Florida’s Medieval Unwedded Cohabitation Law Punishes Hundreds

    This is archaic, punitive, and barbaric.

    This…, is Florida.

    From policestateusa.com:

    Hundreds of Floridians are being fined and imprisoned for the crime of living with a romantic partner without government permission, thanks to an old-time cohabitation law that is still in effect.

    As stated in Chapter 798 of the Florida Statutes:

    798.02?Lewd and lascivious behavior.—If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any man or woman, married or unmarried, engages in open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

    Second-degree misdemeanors in Florida are punished by fines of $500 or up to 60 days in jail.

    The law dates back over a century, crafted by authoritarians bent on using the state as a mechanism for social engineering and population control. The state’s primary means to this end was in forcing citizens to get permission to marry, in the form of marriage licenses. To prevent certain “undesirable” pairings of citizens, the state was empowered to deny couples the right to marry each other.

    Florida resident Sierra Hooper tells Turning Left, “It’s just crazy to me that there is a law for that here … not only can an employer fire you at any time,  you can be arrested as well for who you live with.”

    Welcome to Rick Scott’s “Right to Work” Florida.

    Social engineering, indeed, socialism, at its worst.

    Read more here.