NJ News Media Calls Gym Owner Not Wanting To Lose His Business “Arrogance”

It’s always great when someone in the Credentialed News does this, because most of them were in no fear of losing their jobs or even missing paychecks. They weren’t designated “non-essential” by Government. Seriously, are editorial page editors, like Nj.com’s Tom Moran, really essential?

The arrogance behind the defiance at Atilis gym

Ian Smith, the musclebound co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, vows that he will die before he obeys Gov. Phil Murphy’s rules on safe conduct at his gym.

“This is our hill and I’ll die on it before I let you take it,” he said recently. “Come and get us…You’ll simply have to kill us first.”

For now, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is sticking to fines — big ones that are likely to grow if this defiance continues. Last week, the state moved to impose a fine of $124,000, with a warning that it could grow by more than $15,000 a day until he yields.

Even that has failed to penetrate.

“I don’t care about the fines,” Smith says. “Throw me in jail. I don’t care. I’m not going to pay them…We don’t have any respect for Gov. Murphy.

Smith sees himself as a hero, and as long as he’s a regular guest with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, as long as people keep sending him money to help in his legal defense, it’s hard to imagine him changing his mind. This might not end until a judge grants him his wish to go to jail, or the state moves in with a heavier hand to shut down the gym altogether.

Smith’s fantasy about sacrificing his life in a heroic blaze is something he’ll have to work out with his therapist. The law in New Jersey allows no such thing.

Nor does it allow the owner of a gym to make policy for New Jersey during a pandemic that has killed 16,000 within our borders so far. It takes a staggering level of arrogance for Smith and his co-owner, Frank Trumbetti, to decide that they know best.

See, we have this thing called “freedom” in this nation, a belief that has been strangled by the pro-Big Government Democrats, who want citizens to sit down, shut up, and listen to their Betters. And, again, it’s easy for someone like Moran to yammer and insult and demean Smith, because Moran has no worries.

We live in a democracy. We resolve disputes by relying on the law. And the big decisions are made by the men and women who get the most votes.

See? Just listen to your political masters. Even if it means losing your business, your money, your home, everything.

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12 Responses to “NJ News Media Calls Gym Owner Not Wanting To Lose His Business “Arrogance””

  1. Carlos the Jackal says:

    Once a few LEO’s get chewed up and spit out for enforcing unconstitutional and illegally produced “laws”, maybe they’ll find it in themselves to go after actual criminals again, and leave those of us alone that just want to live our lives..

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Wonder what the media said about this…

    Jen O’Malley Dillon, who served as President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign manager and is slated to serve as his deputy chief of staff in the White House, defended his willingness to work with Republicans, telling Glamour in an interview, “I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f–kers.”

    “The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity,” O’Malley Dillon said in the interview, which was published Tuesday. “In the primary, people would mock him, like, ‘You think you can work with Republicans?’

    “I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f–kers,” she clarified, saying that she believed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was “terrible” and adding, “From start to finish, he set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a country, need healing, and our politics needs that too.”

    Now what was that unity bullshit Xiden was drooling about?

    Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    • Dana says:

      I appreciate having the lovely Mrs Dillon tell us exactly what she thinks of us. Perhaps Joe Biden will continue to spew his ‘unity’ bovine feces, but his minions will continue to tell us the truth about their attitudes.

      Everything the Biden Administration does needs to be resisted. Everything possible to frustrate their agenda must be done.

  3. Dana says:

    It was easy enough to tell the editorial writer’s bias in the first sentence, when he described Mr Smith as “musclebound.” I’m sure, then, it would be just as polite to call the writer a pantywaist soy boy.

    If potential gym customers don’t approve of how Mr Smith operates his business, they always have the choice to decline to patronize his business, but, as we all know, the left believe in the freedom of choice on exactly one thing.

    Journalists think of themselves as the elites, and editorial writers get to work from home, and just plain don’t GAF about those who cannot.

    Chairman Mao might just have gotten something right in the Cultural Revolution, when he pulled the intellectuals out of their positions and sent them to work out in the agricultural fields. Some of these clowns have no flaming idea how the working class live, what it takes to be able to live paycheck-to-paycheck.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Another cuntabulous comment from the party of unity.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/KatieHill4CA/status/1339387475823894528

    Her of three-way fame.

    Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Perhaps all these “freedom!”-loving patriots can elect representatives in our democratic republic who will change the laws eliminating all emergency powers from gov’t executives, mayors, governors and the President. Maybe this brutal pandemic will induce the right to elect similarly minded reactionaries to just let the next pandemic run its course. How many dead are acceptable? 1, 2, 5, 10 million? The counterfactual is that once word gets out that people of a certain gym, restaurant or day spa are getting sick and dying, the customers are likely to stop visiting. In addition, who pays the hospitals when Smith’s clients end up in intensive care – certainly not Smith.

    Unfortunately for anarchists such as Ian Smith, the laws are clear. Gov’t execs have emergency powers in public health crises.

    Americans pulled together in WWII to defeat the Nazis but hundreds of thousands of young American men died, businesses were turned upside down, some never to recover, businesses were ordered to manufacture goods for war, materials for the war effort were rationed by the federal gov’t… And you pretend that things are worse now?

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/emergency_powers

    Executive powers regarding states of emergency vary from state to state.

    • Dana says:

      The annoyed Mr Dowd wrote:

      Perhaps all these “freedom!”-loving patriots can elect representatives in our democratic republic who will change the laws eliminating all emergency powers from gov’t executives, mayors, governors and the President.

      While Reichsstatthalter Andy Beshear (NSDAP-KY) is supposedly very popular for his oh-so-brave efforts to fight COVID-19, the voters transformed the state House of Representatives from a 62-38 Republican majority to a 75-25 Republican majority, and the state Senate from 28-10 GOP to 30-8 GOP. We now have a veto-proof majority in both houses of the General Assembly, and the Republican leadership have promised to do just what you have said, drastically curtail the reichsstatthalter’s emergency powers under KRS 39A.

      Under the state Constitution, the legislature is in session beginning in January, and ending in sixty days. While the Governor can call a special session, the legislature cannot call itself back into session. When the GOP asked for input into the Reichsstatthalter’s decisions, he stated that he would not call them into session very specifically because they wouldn’t give him what he wanted.

      Thus, we have suffered under his authoritarian rule since mid-March. Well, if the GOP keeps its promise, no f(ornicating) more!

      The New York Times, not exactly some evil reich-wing blog, noted that “California’s coronavirus surge has continued its astonishing, deadly ascent, shattering records with more than 60,000 new cases reported on Wednesday and 398 deaths, according to a New York Times database” and that “the virus is spreading unabated in California despite strict stay-at-home orders.”

      Apparently even throwing people into abject poverty does not slow the spread of COVID-19.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Maybe Trump can get Chief Justice Roberts impeached and removed, in time for McConnell to get a real reactionary to take his place. Maybe make Clarence Thomas Chief Justice. Lin Wood could be nominated of Assoc.

  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Good for K-Y!! That’s the way the system should work. Democracy!!

    Kentucky is 45th in per capita income.
    Only 5 states have more residents in poverty.
    88% white, so it’s hard to blame Blacks.
    Only 5 states with lower rates of HS graduates.
    Only 1 state receives more federal funding per resident!
    Only 7 states have more opioid deaths per 100,000 residents.
    11 states have higher unemployment rates.
    9 states spend less per pupil on education.

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