Episode 872 – The State Continues to Fall Apart

California continues to be a mess and it keeps getting worse.

The crime problem is so bad in Illinois, the state is losing their parole board. I’ll explain.

And those men just keep winning and winning in women’s sports.

Dumbass of the Day

The State is Falling Apart

According to Fox Business:

California’s insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara spoke out after the state’s largest home insurance provider announced that it would discontinue coverage for tens of thousands of policies this summer.

State Farm announced on March 20 that it would cut 72,000 home and apartment policies in California because of inflation, regulatory costs and increasing risks from catastrophes. The decision is a blow to California property owners, who already suffer under high insurance rates or scarce policy coverage.

“This is a real crisis,” Commissioner Lara told KABC in an interview Friday.

The commissioner said he wants to investigate State Farm’s finances, but warned that regulators can’t go too far, or else they would risk pushing companies out of California entirely.

“Insurance companies are not like utility companies,” he told KABC. “By law, they don’t have to be here, and when we try to overregulate, we’ll see what happened after the Northridge earthquake, when the legislature came in and tried to overregulate, and they no longer write earthquake insurance in California.”

Lara is spearheading an effort to enact the largest insurance reform in more than 30 years in California. He has proposed new regulations intended to change the models that insurance companies use to assess risk from catastrophes like wildfires or earthquakes, which he claims will stabilize premium costs and expand coverage.

But critics say he has not gone far enough, and they want the California legislature to intervene.


They Should Feel Bad

According to the New York Post:

The chair of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board and a board member have resigned over backlash for granting the release of a man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s young son less than 24 hours after he was freed.

Board chair Donald Shelter and board member LeAnn Miller stepped down on Monday in the wake of 11-year-old Jayden Perkins’ murder on March 13, according to CBS 2.

Perkins was allegedly stabbed in the chest by the recently released man, his mother’s ex, on March 13.

Crosetti Brand, 37, allegedly ambushed Perkins and his mother, Laterria Smith, in the doorway of their Edgewater residence less than 24 hours after he was granted parole from the Stateville Correctional Center, the local Chicago station reported.

Miller reportedly approved Brand for parole the day before.

The heinous incident elicited widespread outrage, in part because Smith had begged for an order of protection against Brand just last month.

At the time of the filing, Brand was doing 16 years behind bars for home invasion and aggravated assault.

A Cook County judge scheduled a hearing about the order for March 13, according to CBS 2.

Both parties were expected to attend, with Brand being notified about the hearing in prison.

Miller, however, wrote a report that approved Brand for parole on the 12th – and Smith and her son were attacked just hours before the hearing was supposed to take place.

Both the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board subsequently claimed they did not know about the protection order hearing, CBS 2 reported.

But emails obtained by the outlet indicated that the Department of Corrections knew about the hearing as early as Feb. 22.


Here’s Another One

According to the Post Millennial:

trans-identified male won in the women’s division of the 2024 USA Weightlifting Masters Nationals which took place between March 21 and 24 in Reno, Nevada.

57-year-old Vicki Piper came in first place in the women’s 76-kilogram weight category, writing on Instagram that both lifts were competition personal records. In the sport of weightlifting, lifters undergo two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk, and the heaviest lift of each is counted in the athlete’s final total.

Piper came out on top with a total of 127, 17 ahead of second-place finisher Krista Dornbush.

In the snatch, Piper lifted 56 kilograms, or around 123 pounds, and in the clean and jerk Piper lifted 71 kgs, or 156 lbs. Dornbush lifted 46 kgs, or 101 lbs in the snatch and 64 kgs, or 141 lbs in the clean and jerk.


Are They Trying to Go Broke?

What If a White Person Did This?

According to the New York Post:

Carlee Russell finally revealed Thursday why she faked her kidnapping last summer in a case that spurred nationwide panic as she pleaded guilty to two charges and avoided jail time.

The 26-year-old nursing student apologized for falsely reporting seeing a baby crawling alongside an Alabama highway just minutes before she seemingly vanished, only to turn up two days later without explanation.

“I made a grave mistake while trying to fight through various emotional issues and stress,” Russell told the court through tears.

“I’m extremely remorseful for the panic, fear and various range of negative emotions that were experienced across the nation. I want to specifically acknowledge and take accountability for the pain and embarrassment that I inflicted upon my family, my church family, friends, neighbors, community, and all of those who were directly involved in search efforts for me,” she continued.

“I absolutely regret my decision and in hindsight wish I had cried for help in a totally different manner.”

Russell pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges of false reporting to law enforcement authorities and falsely reporting an incident.

Although the Jefferson County judge acknowledged that Russell’s actions set off a nationwide panic, he said it would be a waste of government resources to put her behind bars because she does not pose a threat to the community.

Instead, she was sentenced to one-year probation, community service, and mental health counseling and ordered to pay $17,974.88 in restitution to the city of Hoover.


Surprise, Surprise!

According to Reduxx:

A trans-identified male who had previously been cleared by a jury of exposing himself to two 11-year-old girls has now been jailed for possessing “abhorrent” pornography involving children. Samantha Norris, whose given name has been withheld by local media outlets, pleaded guilty in Southampton Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing prohibited images of children, and a charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image depicting a person engaging in sexual activity with an animal.

The court heard that Norris, 56, was found in possession of 16,000 images of children, including about 2,000 still and 121 moving images classified as Category A, the most serious type. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Category A child pornography is defined as depicting “penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal or sadism.”

The images recovered from Norris’ devices included children aged as young as three, with others showing children approximately six years of age in “distress and pain.”

Presiding Judge Nicholas Rowland noted that in addition to the graphic child abuse materials, Norris had written notes describing sexual fantasies involving a four-and-a-half year old child and had made a “New Year’s resolution to have sex with a girl under 10.”


More Surprises

According to Reduxx:

A trans activist drag queen is standing trial for 2019 charges related to the sexual abuse of a teen boy he met through gay hookup app Grindr. Dwight Evan Chisholm, also known as “Sno Wight,” was already a lifetime entrant of the sex offender registry when he began grooming the boy.

As previously reported by Reduxx, Chisolm was initially convicted in 2011 on charges of sexually assaulting a child and sentenced to three years in prison in Brown County.

Upon his release in 2015, Chisolm was listed in official records as homeless and was therefore ordered to report his whereabouts to authorities on a weekly basis. But two years later, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections lost contact with Chisolm, who had stopped making the mandatory weekly declarations of his location. For the following year and a half, authorities were unable to locate him. 

In December of 2018, the state’s District Attorney’s office charged Chisolm with failure to provide information as a sex offender and a judge signed a warrant for his arrest.