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Antioch official fired for suggesting COVID-19 should kill the old and weak
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at]
Sunday May 3rd, 2020 7:16 PM
Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
Antioch official fired for suggesting COVID-19 should kill the old and weak

By Lynda Carson - May 3, 2020

Last Friday evening, reportedly in a 5-0 vote by the Antioch City Council, Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr., the son of former inmate Kenneth Ray Turnage Sr., was fired from his position as chair of the Antioch Planning Commission for writing a Facebook posting suggesting that the coronavirus should kill the old and weak.

Comparing the impact of COVID-19 to a forest fire, reportedly Turnage Jr., wrote, “A forest fire will burn through and burn off all the dead trees, old trees, fallen brush and scrub shrub sucklings that drain the resources of the forest and causing it to be unhealthy,” he wrote. “What happens in a standard forest fire is all these portions of the forest are burned off turned into ash that fertilizes the ground. The nation and planet “would strengthen when this is all settled.”

Additionally, according to reports, Turnage Jr., wrote, “We would have significant loss of life, we would lose many elderly, that would reduce burdens in our defunct Social Security System, health care cost (once the wave subsided), make jobs available for others and it would also free up housing in which we are in dire need of,” he wrote. “We would lose a large portion of the people with immune and other health complications. I know it would be loved ones as well. But that would once again reduce our impact on medical, jobs, and housing.”

Reportedly, in 2015 the disgraced Kenneth Turnage Jr., was named as Antioch’s “Citizen of the Year for Lifetime Achievement and Most Impact.”

The disgraced Kenneth Turnage Jr., is also a general contractor, and it appears that he and his family owns numerous properties.

Over 67,000 people in or country have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic so far, and numerous Republican government officials have suggested that people in our country should be willing to die for the economy. One can only wonder if this is the type of talk that occurred in Nazi Germany before, and during World War ll.

Below is a listing of comments that were reportedly read during the Special City Council meeting when the disgraced Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr., was fired from the Antioch Planning Commission, after refusing to resign.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at]

List of comments read at Antioch City Council meeting:

Two phone comments:

“You have no business holding any kind of office in the United States of America,” said Leslie, a member of the county Mental Health Commission.

Gary Walker said “I’m kind of embarrassed I’m calling in on something that’s negatively reflecting our city. I wasn’t able to read his Facebook post. But I read the letter that the mayor had asked him to resign. I do agree…I have heard of censorship, as well. But I do believe you should continue along the path you’re moving.” His comments were cut short due to the time limit.

Written comments were read next, most of which were in favor of removing Turnage from his position.

Mary Dunrose wrote that he “needs to be removed…for sociopathic world views. He believes all seniors should be dead. He’s a…lawsuit case waiting to happen. The council needs to remove…this abomination of a human being.”

Sal Sbranti wrote, “I have known Ken Turnage since I joined a service club in Antioch in 2015. We donated a TV for the senior center…Ken put it up. I know this man. I respect this man. I believe Monica, Joy and Lamar feel he is a threat if he gets elected. That’s why Monica, Joy and Lamar are trying to get rid of him.”

Ron Zaragoza wrote, “Society has become much too quick to demonize each other. I say we spend more time honestly…listening to each other peacefully.”

Jack Bruckman wrote, “Our chair of the planning commission doesn’t get to have it both ways. If I have to watch what I write for my job, so should he.”

Charleen Rednour wrote, “I am horrified…obviously this man believes in Nazi genocide.”

Beverly Knight wrote, “When I was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission I didn’t know to participate on boards and commissions for the City of Antioch you must give up your freedom of speech. Nor was I told the City of Antioch would scrutinize my social media posts. We do not represent the City of Antioch. We represent the community to the city. I believe you are infringing on his freedom of speech.”

“Once again, the City of Antioch is trying to punish a volunteer because they don’t agree with someone. While I don’t agree with what Mr. Turnage wrote…he was not writing as a city official. At least with Mr. Turnage you see what you get,” wrote one member of the public.

“Ken Turnage II is a very sick, despicable human being who needs counseling…send this mentally ill psychopath home, immediately,” wrote another member of the public who described herself as a senior.

“Mr. Turnage made clear he was not acting on behalf of the city,” wrote another. “City employees and representatives don’t leave their freedom of speech rights at the door.”

Manual Sidrian wrote, “I believe the agenda item is in retaliation to what Mr. Turnage said in a podcast, last month, regarding the homeless. We used to have a law, no loitering. Why can’t we use that same law for the homeless? We can help those who want help.”

Richard Miller wrote, “The coronavirus statements made by Mr. Turnage are reprehensible, uneducated. Please remove him from his post.”

George Matthews wrote, “Being a public official he has a duty to filter his personal opinion. But, I don’t believe he should be removed.”

Candace Ireland wrote, “Ken Turnage…is the only one who is doing anything to benefit the city
I can’t stand a single word that comes out of Lamar Thorpe’s mouth. But I don’t mount a smear campaign against him. (I have the utmost respect for Ken but none for you.”

Patrick Scott wrote, “I believe this action is totally unwarranted. Some of Mr. Turnage’s comments are politically incorrect. Rebuke him publicly. This is not a political or racial issue…that was presented in one council member’s statement.”

Michael Pohl wrote, “I do not agree with the removal of Mr. Turnage from the planning commission. Has the council provided any guideline? Will we start investigating all commissioners?”

Lucille Meinhardt wrote, “I’m asking you to preserve a person’s freedom of speech. His post is not racist or hate speech.”

Desiree Rushing wrote, “I am a first responder and respiratory therapist. My only response is…all lives matter.”

Joshua Young wrote, “Mr. Turnage has served the community greatly over the countless years. We live in a society in which everyone has the freedom of speech. It is your duty…to uphold the Constitution. No longer continue down this path of censorship. This is…politically motivated.”

Warren Lutz wrote, “I am confident the city council tonight will find Ken Turnage unfit and will remove him from the planning commission. I would urge you to go one step further. For 20 years he has been an outside contractor for Code Enforcement for the City of Antioch.” His comments were cut off due to time.

“What if I tell you one member on the council will have his own planet when he dies? Would you think that was extreme,” wrote another member of the public.

“If the commissioner was a city employee the council would be in violation of (state) law,” wrote another. “I do not agree with the commissioner’s comments. But, it did not rise to the level of violence against any group or individual.”

Nicole Sedano wrote, “Just because you don’t agree with someone’s opinion doesn’t give you the right to smear them. Monica Wilson, you should be ashamed of yourself. You deflect on others to hide the skeletons in your own closet. I believe you’re doing this because Mr. Turnage is going to run against you.”

Another wrote of “Ken Turnage enjoying white male privilege all his life” and the “exploited underclass.” “He should go forth to a hot spot and expose himself (to the virus).”

Mark Jordan wrote, “I have taken a pause before writing to you.  I wish sincerely that Ken Turnage had taken a pause before making his Facebook post. I do not believe that you should remove Mr. Turnage from his position with the planning commission.  A censure is more in order. Let us all rise above the moment of heated anger and outrage and allow ourselves a moment of pause.  Censure is a more equitable resolution.”

“This is shameful and a black mark on Antioch. The world is watching. Please do the right thing,” wrote another member of the public.

“He has a right to make that statement. Leave him the h**l alone,” wrote one man.

Jenny Osgood wrote, “I find Ken Turnage’s comments…very troubling. Mr. Turnage needs to resign his position.”

“These kind of Malthusian Theory comments are dangerous,” wrote another member of the public.

A 78-year-old resident wrote, “Am I now expendable? Ken Turnage must resign, or we will become a laughingstock.”

“I believe he has watched Logan’s Run too many times,” wrote another person.

“While Mr. Turnage’s comments are protected as freedom of speech, they were really Hitlerish,” wrote one woman.

“Ken Turnage should be fired. He has shown disrespect for the elderly,” wrote another.

April Meyers wrote, “I am neither elderly nor weak. But I am immunocompromised…I take exception to anyone who thinks I’m expendable.”

Utah resident Melissa Marlow wrote, “The outrage I felt…was pretty hard to describe. This person cannot…be in any position. I would hope his neighbors run him out of town.”

“I am the mother of a son who is immunocompromised…to hear that Ken thinks his life is expendable…he’s not worthy of the office,” wrote another woman.

Mary Owen wrote, “Do Mr. Turnage’s comments…accurately represent the views of Antioch. We will be watching…and hope you do the right thing and remove this racist…”

Michael Gadams wrote, “Please do your best to take the politics out of your decision. I’m sure Ken regrets what he wrote in hindsight. Offer to send him to some class on leadership. To punish him in a public forum will be a loss for all of us. Kenny is a good man…his heart is in the right place.”

“We are not a herd. We are a community of families…” wrote one woman.

“His comments were clear. Do the right thing and fire him,” yet another woman wrote.

Robert Michael Jordan wrote, “If I were you, I’d be embarrassed to have Mr. Turnage on the Planning Commission. Remove…this harmful clod.”

“He should take the opportunity to apologize for his comments. The internet is forever,” wrote a man who claimed he was a senior.

Alma Townsend wrote, “What happened to freedom of speech? No need to take it out on Kenny”

Former Antioch School Board Member Dale Hudson wrote, “I’m so shocked to read the comments by Ken Turnage. I also thought what planning capacity does he have? It worked for Adolph Hitler for a few years. At the moment, I do not have confidence…in the City of Antioch. But it will be restored if you remove Ken Turnage.”

“You and your council should do the right thing and allow Ken Turnage to continue his service…(and end) this ignorant witch hunt,” one man wrote.

Mark Coates wrote, “Ken Turnage needs to go. I am 66 years old so, I guess I’m one of the people that needs to go. I think not.”
Christina Burton wrote, “He would make Adolph Hitler proud. Out with him.”

“Make Antioch a better place for everyone, except Ken Turnage,” wrote one man.

Ella Williams wrote, “I feel threatened by Mr. Turnage’s comments…I am appalled…there is so much hate in those comments.”

“I… disagree he should be removed from his position. I definitely did not see any racial undertone,” wrote one man. “I ask you to consider some lesser action.”

Former Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando called in and said, “I would just like to call a point of order. During normal council meetings…because this is a special meeting with no other things on the agenda. I would like to have the opportunity to read my comments because they are three minutes because there was no advanced notice.”

“Unfortunately, the decision…was made at the beginning of the meeting. We are not able to give him additional time,” said City Attorney Smith. “He is limited to a minute.”

“I’m shocked that we would limit free speech to one minute…I can’t believe we are at this point. Mr. Turnage made his comment as a personal perspective and never related it to the City of Antioch. Mr. Thorpe has pictures on his Facebook page…advocating for human trafficking and objectifying women. Are you going to be asking for his resignation? Let’s call this what it is a political attack on Mr. Turnage. A certain faction of the City Council are concerned that Mr. Turnage will get Ms. Wilson’s seat because in her two terms in office, she has done very little.”

“Should Kenny Turnage be removed from the planning commission for his comments? No. Should you comment about his Facebook post? Yes. Kenny Turnage is a good guy,” wrote another man.

“I think it’s horrible what you’re doing to Kenny. He said ‘let nature take it’s course’. I can’t wait until November. I hope he runs for mayor,” wrote one woman.

Two other people offered their one minute to speak to former police chief Allan Cantando.

“If you’re going to remove Ken Turnage, I want to remove Sean Wright for posting overly religious comments on his Facebook page,” wrote one member of the public.

Cecilia Perez wrote, “I felt compelled to write in. This conversation is not about free speech of the community’s opinion of Ken Turnage. This is about holding officials accountable. Removing him from this public post does not take away his ability to speak freely.”

§More Links: Are you ready to die for the economy?
by Lynda Carson
Sunday May 3rd, 2020 9:13 PM
Links: Are you ready to die for the economy?

As the Trump regime and businesses want to push workers back to work in the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it appears to be a very grim situation.

Does a body bag have your name on it?

See a few links below to shed a little light on the present situation...

-Lynda Carson

Facebook posting by Nichole Gardner about the Facebook posting by Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr., and his rants about letting the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic spread to kill off the elderly, weak and the homeless.

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Penn Wharton Budget Model projects reopening states early could cause up to 233,000 extra deaths

The predictions model outcomes beginning on May 1st and running to June 30th.

May 1, 2020

Businesses want liability protections as they push to force workers back to work during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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Are you wiling to die for the economy?

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COVID-19 map - John Hopkins University of Medicine

Over 67,000 Americans dead from virus:

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Coronavirus COVID-19 known cases - Alameda County

Defense Department Readies 100,000 Body Bags as Virus Death Toll Rises

§Complete Facebook posting by disgraced Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr.
by Lynda Carson
Sunday May 3rd, 2020 11:06 PM
Complete Facebook posting by disgraced Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr.

Below is the complete comment that was posted on the personal Facebook page of disgraced Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr., that he removed from Facebook once the sh#t hit the fan, causing his removal from the Antioch Planning Commission.


An April 23, posting on Facebook by disgraced Kenneth Ray Turnage Jr.

“This opinion will not be popular and could easily anger some of you so if you are the type of person that only values your own opinion you may not want to read this. Before I start I just want to say I have been obeying the shelter in place orders. The shelter in place needs to end, we as a species need to move forward with our place on Earth and yes it appears our place is changing. The debate about this virus being man made or just happened due to eating a bat is past us (I believe it was eating the bat). This virus is like a human version of a forest fire, a forest fire will burn through and burn off all the dead trees, old tress, fallen brush and scrub shrub sucklings that drain the resources of the forest and causing it to be unhealthy. So what happens in a standard forest fire is all these portions of the forest are burned off turned into ash that fertilizes the ground. The strong trees survive and the forest replenishes itself and flourishes once again. Now when we stop the standard forest fires or natural burn off in forestry we set ourselves up for total devastation such as the recent fires in California they were in destruction in totality all because we were trying to “protect” we caused more harm.

If we look at our population as the forest you will see many similarities. We have our old, we have our weak and we have our drains on our resources. This virus is targeting those sectors of our population. If we were to live our lives, let nature run its course, yes we will all feel hardship, we will all feel loss. I am sure everyone of us would lose a person who we hold dear. But as species, for our Nation and as a Planet we would we would strengthen when this is all settled. We would have significant loss of life, we would lose many elderly, that would reduce burdens in our defunct Social Security System, health care cost (once the wave subsided), make jobs available for others and it would also free up housing in which we are in dire need of. We would lose a large portion of the people with immune and other health complications. I know it would be loved ones as well. But that would once again reduce our impact on medical, jobs and housing. Then we have our other sectors such as our homeless and other people who just defile themselves by either choice or mental issues. This would run rampant through them and yes i am sorry but this would fix what is a significant burden on our Society and resources that can be used. Of course we would lose many of the “Healthy” maybe even myself but that is the way of the World! With all this said now look at all the Worldly resources that would be able to replenish. We are hearing of many levels of Earth repair already happening just due to a lower impact of our Species so think what would happen with a significant population reduction.

The World has been introduced to a new phrase Herd Immunity which is a good one. In my opinion we need to adapt a Herd Mentality. A herd gathers it ranks, it allows the sick, the old, the injured to meet its natural course in nature. With this the Herd is strengthened, and the Herd once again becomes symbiant with the planet!

If you unfriend me because of my opinion that is your choice and I wish you the best and stay safe!”

§Americans continue to be set up like bowling pins to die from COVID-19
by Lynda Carson
Wednesday May 6th, 2020 1:11 AM
Americans continue to be set up like bowling pins to die from COVID-19

With over 71,000 deaths in the US from the raging COVID-19 pandemic, and tens of thousands of deaths more predicted because the economy is being reopened too soon, Americans continue to be set up like bowling pins to die from COVID-19.

See a few links below...


Whistleblower: US failed to prepare, sought quick virus fix
May 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration failed to prepare for the onslaught of the coronavirus, then sought a quick fix by trying to rush an unproven drug to patients, a senior government scientist alleged in a whistleblower complaint Tuesday.

Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, alleges he was reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug pushed by President Donald Trump. He said the Trump administration wanted to “flood” hot spots in New York and New Jersey with the drug.

“I witnessed government leadership rushing blindly into a potentially dangerous situation by bringing in a non-FDA approved chloroquine from Pakistan and India, from facilities that had never been approved by the FDA,” Bright said Tuesday on a call with reporters. “Their eagerness to push blindly forward without sufficient data to put this drug into the hands of Americans was alarming to me and my fellow scientists.”

Bright filed the complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, a government agency that investigates retaliation against federal employees who uncover problems. He wants his job back and a full investigation.

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Trump Moves To Replace Watchdog Who Reported Medical Shortages

May 2, 20208:15 PM ET

President Trump is moving to replace the Department of Health and Human Services watchdog whose office found severe shortages of medical supplies in hospitals as COVID-19 cases surged.

In a Friday night announcement, the White House named Jason Weida as its nominee to take the permanent inspector general post currently occupied by Christi Grimm, who's been in that role in an acting capacity since January.

A longtime staffer with Health and Human Services, Grimm was leading the inspector general's office in April when it issued a report chronicling testing delays — up to seven days in some cases — as well as severe shortages of supplies in hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House coronavirus task force to be wound down around Memorial Day

By Jake Tapper, Kristen Holmes, Jeremy Diamond, Caroline Kelly and Dana Bash, CNN

(CNN)The White House coronavirus task force will start to wind down later this month, a senior White House official told CNN on Tuesday.

The official said the task force "will be phased down around Memorial Day. We will continue to have key medical experts advising (President Donald Trump) daily and accessible to press throughout the coming months ahead."

The New York Times first reported the White House's plan to wind down the task force.

The move would quash the most visible nerve center for the federal government's response to the virus. But a senior administration official told CNN to expect members of the task force to still be involved in conversations with governors and industry leaders because the White House is aware that leaders still want to hear from doctors as they reopen their states and businesses.

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Trump: Some will die for economy's restart, but you're 'warriors'

Updated May 6, 2020

When President Donald Trump was promoting an unproven coronavirus cure, he said, "What do you have to lose?" That refrain isn't part of his current pitch for reopening the country and its economy.

"It's possible there will be some [death] because you won't be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is," Trump said in an interview with ABC's "World News Tonight" on Tuesday from Arizona, where he visited a factory making N95 masks. "But at the same time, we're going to practice social distancing, we're going to be washing hands, we're going to be doing a lot of the things that we've learned to do over the last period of time."

"I'm viewing our great citizens of this country to a certain extent and to a large extent as warriors. They're warriors. We can't keep our country closed. We have to open our country," Trump said as he was leaving Washington.

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Chris Christie pushes to reopen country despite dire Covid-19 projections: 'There are going to be deaths'

May 5, 2020

(CNN)Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that the country needs to reopen, despite separate key coronavirus models forecasting that thousands may die daily in the United States from Covid-19 and that more than 100,000 may die in total.

"Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can -- but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?" Christie, a Republican tapped to lead President Donald Trump's presidential transition team in 2016, told CNN's Dana Bash on The Daily DC Podcast. "Are there ways that we can... thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what?"

Christie told Bash that "we've got to let some of these folks get back to work, because if we don't, we're going to destroy the American way of life in these families -- and it will be years and years before we can recover." His comments Monday echoed similar characterizations by other Republicans -- including President Donald Trump -- that the economic impact of coronavirus is just as devastating to the nation as the virus itself.

When Bash pressed Christie on whether people would be able to accept reopening in light of news of a Trump administration model projecting a rise up to about 3,000 daily US deaths from coronavirus by June 1, Christie responded, "They're gonna have to."

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Chris Christie argues for reopening economy because "there are going to be deaths no matter what"

By Jason Silverstein

Updated on: May 5, 2020 / 6:19 PM / CBS News

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Monday that the U.S. should push ahead with reopening its economy during the coronavirus pandemic because "there are going to be deaths no matter what." He compared it to the loss of lives during the two World Wars, saying it's a "sacrifice" Americans must make for their way of life.

"The American people have gone through significant death before," Christie, a Republican, said on The Daily DC podcast with CNN's Dana Bash. "We've gone through it in World War I, we've gone through it in World War II. We have gone through it and we've survived it. We sacrificed those lives."

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Chris Christie Argues Americans Are 'Gonna Have to' Accept Coronavirus Death to Reopen Economy

"The economic devastation is equally sad," the former New Jersey governor contended in a new interview

By Sean Neumann

May 05, 2020 05:34 PM

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a new interview that Americans are "gonna have to" accept that thousands of people will die per day from the novel coronavirus — as they have been for many days since April — in exchange for reopening the U.S. economy, which he felt was equally key.

Christie's comments came during an interview on Monday with CNN's chief political correspondent, Dana Bash, on her Daily DC podcast.

"Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can, but the question is: Toward what end, ultimately?" Christie, 57, told Bash. "Are there ways that we can thread the needle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what?"

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(As Trump pressures the governors to reopen the economies in their states, he wants to be able to blame them when tens of thousands more people will die from coronavirus COVID-19)

Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure
Issued on: May 5, 2020

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I’m going to Arizona.  We’re going to see Honeywell.  They’ve done a fantastic job on many different fronts on the pandemic, and we’re going to pay our respects and also see the great people of Arizona.

Okay.  Go ahead.

Q    Mr. President, with these new projections, a lot of people do want the country to reopen quickly.  Are you willing to accept these new projections that show that many more people will die and — with interaction?

THE PRESIDENT:  Those projections are without mitigation.  We’re doing a lot of mitigation.  And we have to keep our country — we have to — our country wants to open.  The governors — it’s in their hands, but our country wants to open.  And you see what’s going on.  They have to open.  And the people of our country should think of themselves as warriors.  Our country has to open.

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No leadership and no plan: is Trump about to fail the US on coronavirus testing?

Declarations of false victory and a vacuum of federal leadership have undermined testing as experts warn reopening the US could result in disaster

May 2, 2020

A broad coalition of US health systems has mobilized to ramp up coronavirus testing in a national effort on a scale not seen since the second world war. But declarations of false victory by the Trump administration and a vacuum of federal leadership have undermined the endeavor, leading experts to warn that reopening the US could result in a disaster.

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Researcher 'on verge of making very significant' coronavirus findings shot to death

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