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Maine Yanks Licenses From Restaurateur Who Defied Lockdown, Went On Tucker To Castigate Governor

Maine Yanks Licenses From Restaurateur Who Defied Lockdown, Went On Tucker To Castigate Governor

Power play between citizen in county with almost no coronavirus cases and the Governor. For now, the Governor has won.

The outrageous tyranny of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and her heavy-handed, illogical, and irresponsible Wuhan coronavirus edicts have finally been outdone by another Democrat governor, this time on the east coast.

Maine governor Janet Mills jumped on the one-size-fits all Wuhan coronavirus bandwagon, and forced a state-wide shutdown order, including in counties that have tiny numbers of infections and zero deaths.

This diktat made no sense to restaurateur Rick Savage, whose business is in Oxford County, Maine.  Oxford is one of many U.S. counties to register zero deaths due to Wuhan coronavirus.

We’re talking about a county that not only has zero Wuhan coronavirus deaths, but that has worked to prepare itself for a potential pandemic possibility.

Savage saw the ludicrous nature of the blanket lockdown that has been based on New York City i.e. on the most unique and populous city in the nation, and he decided he’d open his restaurant out in rural Maine for dine-in customers, respecting the six foot social distancing rule and providing many means of social distancing.

Savage appeared on Tucker earlier this week and castigated the governor of Maine, going so far as to give out her phone number for people to complain. Watch:

Following his public challenge to the government and opening his restaurant in defiance, Savage soon learned that he had lost both his health and liquor licenses.

BDN repots :

The co-owner of Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel who defied state orders by opening his doors to diners on Friday afternoon has lost his state health and liquor licenses, he said.

Restaurants must obtain state heath licenses to legally serve food.

More than 150 people came to Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel on Friday afternoon after co-owner Rick Savage announced Thursday night that he would reopen in defiance of state orders meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

After learning that he’d lost the licenses around 4:30 p.m., Savage initially said he planned to keep operating the restaurant and just pay the daily fines that he would face. However, later in the evening, Sunday River Brewing Co. posted a Facebook post stating that the restaurant would be closed until further notice.

This small  business owner appears to be the victim of political machinations intended to make of him an “example,” a small business owner destroyed by their own state.  Way to go, Maine!

Never doubt that power corrupts, or that absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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Wish I was up there to go.
I’ll be sure to put it on my agenda when I do get back up to Maine.

Sue the governor and everyone else associated with the acrimonious yet frivolous persecution against small businesses in Maine. This is nothing more than vengeance, retribution and abuse of office to punish the victims by means of arbitrary, heavy handed and villainous caprice.

Where’s the Due Process? Did Governor Mills just wave her hand?

    Sanddog in reply to CiLH. | May 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    She’s a democrat so she doesn’t need due process. Our Gov recently closed a pawnshop that sells firearms and fined them 60K. She also used a riot statue to close down Gallup NM, even though there are no riots there. She refuses to loosen her grip on the rest of the state even though only 0.006% of the population has died. The average flu/pneumonia season takes out 2-3 times as many people. My county has no deaths but she’s treating this like an extinction level event.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to CiLH. | May 3, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Like the governesses of Michigan and New Mexico, they believe they are queens.

We really, really need to turn over every state, the house, senate, and presidency to the democrats. Just imagine what this country would be like in that universe.

Now if the restaurant was run by illegal aliens, that would be a different story.

OH Deplorable | May 2, 2020 at 9:48 pm

How about ALL you people in government give up your pay checks until you decide to open up the economy! No one in any position of government gets paid until this is resolved!

    fscarn in reply to OH Deplorable. | May 3, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I signed in just to upvote your comment. The secretary to Assistant to the Regional Manager, Paper Shuffling Department of Excess Resources, is considered “essential?”

    Have you noticed that government has deemed all its employees “essential!”

    This is all so maddening.

      fscarn in reply to fscarn. | May 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Article 5, Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776),

      That the legislative and executive powers of the state should be separate and distinct from the judiciary; and THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE TWO FIRST MAY BE RESTRAINED FROM OPPRESSION, BY FEELING AND PARTICIPATING THE BURDENS OF THE PEOPLE, THEY SHOULD, AT FIXED PERIODS, BE REDUCED TO A PRIVATE STATION, RETURN INTO THAT BODY FROM WHICH THEY WERE ORIGINALLY TAKEN, and the vacancies be supplied by frequent, certain, and regular elections, in which all, or any part, of the former members, to be again eligible, or ineligible, as the laws shall direct. [Capitalization added for emphasis]

I am an attorney in a state far from Maine. But I once handled a similar sort of case for a client.

He had been denied his license to harvest shellfish for no reason other than he was an old time salt of the earth calloused hands kind of guy. The new state inspector, a young leftist woman who had just graduated from a very notoriously liberal college in my state, denied renewal of his license for no real reason other than that she wanted to drive an older white male she considered a neanderthal out of business.

The first step in such a case is “exhaust administrative remedies” by bringing a challenge against the agency action in an administrative proceeding presided over by an administrative law judge. Such administrative law judges are creatures of the agency they oversee. It is exceedingly rare for them to rule in a lock, stock and barrel kind of way against their agency. But that is in fact what he did.

My client wound up collecting a seven figure damage award from the agency.

I hope this restaurant owner brings, and prevails, on his own similar claim against the state.

    Voyager in reply to Wisewerds. | May 3, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Did the inspector who caused all of that experience any sort of consequences for her actions?

    I wonder how often it is that a petty bureaucrat harms someone and then, effectively, writes the bill off on the agency tab?

      Edward in reply to Voyager. | May 4, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      The answer to your question is virtually always. I can’t say it is always, there might be a case or two where the malfeasance is justly rewarded.

Clown 1396 XL | May 2, 2020 at 10:11 pm

The most important things when considering voting for a Democrat is abortion, transfer payments, special interest groups like LGBTQ, things like that. It has nothing to do with rights, freedom, liberty. Since Whitmer checks all the leftist Democrat boxes, Democrats will not be disappointed with her during the Wuhan coronavirus house arrest or at the ballot box. We can huff and puff all we want, but elections have consequences, and she is there because a majority wanted her there. That is unlikely to change in November.

Wait. Wait. Wait.

So that’s where Mike Myers has been the last few years?

Morning Sunshine | May 2, 2020 at 10:19 pm

“Following his public challenge to the government, and opening his restaurant in defiance, Savage soon learned that he had lost both his health and liquor licenses.”

THIS is why we have (or supposed to have) Freedom of SPEECH. To protect our speech from retaliation from the government who likes not what we say.

Usually, losing a business license for health violations as well as losing a liquor license requires some type of administrative hearing. It does not appear that such is the case here. Sort of seems illegal to me.

OT but wish someone would cover this.

The recently FDA approved Remdesivir is a Chinese drug with a Chinese patent connected to a partner company with the following investors: George Soros, Bill Gates, the WHO. Both the Chinese company who makes the drug (Gilead) and the partner company (Unitaid) have Clinton connections.

This drug is expensive. Americans in 46 states are going to come out of quarantine with NO herd immunity–meaning that we are far more likely to catch the virus than without the quarantine and will need the expensive Remdesivir. Cha-ching! We get sick, Soros, Gates and the WHO make big money.

We’re living inside a diabolical marketing campaign. No wonder WHO-whore Fauci kept trashing hydroxychloroquine + zinc + zpack. The patents are long gone on the drugs (there are cheap generics) and Big Pharma companies don’t make big mone

Were we kept in quarantine to create an artificial market for the drug?

    Barry in reply to Tel. | May 2, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    “Were we kept in quarantine to create an artificial market for the drug?”

    It sure as hell wasn’t to save anyone, note the treatment of folks stuck in nursing homes and retirement homes.

    “OT but wish someone would cover this.”
    See this thread:

    Milhouse in reply to Tel. | May 3, 2020 at 1:15 am

    The recently FDA approved Remdesivir is a Chinese drug with a Chinese patent connected to a partner company with the following investors: George Soros, Bill Gates, the WHO. Both the Chinese company who makes the drug (Gilead) and the partner company (Unitaid) have Clinton connections.

    This is all garbage. Every word of it.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Milhouse. | May 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      “This is all garbage. Every word of it.”

      Declarative without factual support. I would very much like to consider and evaluate a refutation with supporting information or evidence which I encourage you to provide.

        It took me all of 30 seconds to determine that Milhouse is, in fact, correct. While he could have pointed to the information, we should be all adults here and use adult tools to determine fact from fiction ourselves.

          Edward in reply to bhwms. | May 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

          Easy or difficult, the responsibility to provide source data is on the poster disputing another’s statement (and the original poster should likewise be accompanied by source data when possible).

          Being a “senior citizen” I don’t always recollect where I read or heard something and, in that situation, usually try to point out that I don’t recollect the source so those reading can make their own assessment.

          And while on the issue of documentation, those who make up abbreviations/acronyms should let us know what they mean. It is irritating to have to go to the “Urban Dictionary” to find out what an otherwise cryptic group of letters means. And yes, I firmly believe texting is destroying the written language.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | May 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Then, can you refute it? For the record, none of the down-ticks yhou received are mine.

    star1701gazer in reply to Tel. | May 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. is an American biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Foster City, California that focuses primarily on antiviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and influenza. (Not a chinese company). The scientist in charge of Remdesivir development at Gilead is Tomáš Cihlář a Czechoslovakian biochemist specializing in virology. He is known for developing the hopeful anti-COVID-19 drug Remdesivir, and assisted Antonín Holý in developing Viread, the primary drug used to fight HIV infection.(Again not Chinese….)

      JuliaV in reply to star1701gazer. | May 4, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Regardless of whether it’s an American or Chinese company, there is something very fishy going on here. The Hydroxychloroquine, z-pack, zinc combo has been tremendously effective, by all accounts of doctors using it, at the appropriate time, before the patient has been put on a ventilator, when it is pretty much too late. Yet the MSM have ignored, mocked or vilified it since day one. Hatred of Trump and anything he endorses is of course a big reason for that, but judging from the way they are hyping a pretty lackluster result from a Remdesivir study, there is definitely something else going on, and it must involve the money that a lot of people are going to make from this very expensive drug. The third component is perhaps a desire to see the lockdown go on as long as possible to tank the economy and hurt Trump’s election chances, as well as ushering in the democrats’ socialist fantasies of guaranteed income and a dependent underclass.

    Houston Grandma in reply to Tel. | May 4, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    You are uncomfortably close to correct:

    1) China has its own patent on Remdesivir. They will make money off its use internationally once we recommend it.

    2) The Soros fund bought Gilead stock a while back. It doesn’t take much to google that.

    3) The WHO really is owned and operated by China. Remember the “Use Tylenol?” 70% of the world’s acetaminophen is made in China. If you think you have the Wu Flu, use a blood thinner and anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen. Stop those blood clots.

    4) Didn’t check into Bill Gates. His team modeled scenarios and told him a pandemic was coming- and he did nothing.

Next step- open without the license, and watch the crowds flock in. Offer free beer to police.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 3, 2020 at 1:46 am

“Damn it Janet! You’re in Lawsuit City –
now do the Time Warp Again!”

For all Twilight Zone fans: We are all living in a Twilight Zone episode right now.

The State , to maintain contrtol, must use all means. In the final analysis it is the use of power and with it terror to achieve its goals. There is that saying about a government that fears it’s citizens vs citizens that fear their government. In Maine we now see which is which.

The quick transition to gubernatorial dictatorship is the surest measure of their ideology . The Left shows no reluctance to assume total control… which begs the question…Will they eventually let it go?

Close The Fed | May 3, 2020 at 6:12 am

Pretty shocking that a state with few infections, whose hospitals can handle what’s going on, has such restrictive conditions.

I’m in Georgia. We’re open. Not sure we can stay at parks overnight yet, but the restaurants are open or about to open. Stores are open or about to open.

Electing women is better? As we can see, that’s untrue. Very, very untrue.

Based on this experience, I’d say electing women as governors is catastrophic for freedom and earning a living. Catastrophic. So let’s not hear any more about breaking any glass ceiling. I want that ceiling in place. It’s protecting my livelihood.

    snopercod in reply to Close The Fed. | May 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Barber shops are also open in GA. I went there yesterday and got a haircut. Screw you, Gov. Cooper.

    The S.Dakota woman governor is doing a great job.

    I think it’s the leftism / marxist / democrat / communist ideology they are following – and just being power hungry sods – that make(a) a bad governor.

    Just my $.02

    sestamibi in reply to Close The Fed. | May 3, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    “Electing women is better? As we can see, that’s untrue. Very, very untrue.

    “Based on this experience, I’d say electing women as governors is catastrophic for freedom and earning a living. Catastrophic. So let’s not hear any more about breaking any glass ceiling. I want that ceiling in place. It’s protecting my livelihood.”

    Bingo. Electing women to ANYTHING is catastrophic for freedom and earning a living.

    I see an emerging issue in American politics as how much freedom we are willing to sacrifice in the name of avoiding some unknown risk. As we’ve seen in Maine, Michigan, and New Mexico, women expect to live in a risk-free society and maintain this infantile notion that life must be all bliss, all the time. No one should ever die from coronavirus, no matter what the cost. No one should ever have her pwecious widdle feewings hurt. And of course, government must step in to guarantee all of this–as forcibly as necessary.

    Rush Limbaugh always speaks of the “chickification of America”. I use a much stronger term, but the question is how much longer American men are going to put up with all this.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to sestamibi. | May 3, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      Spot on!

      Plus all DEM women know that they are post turtles who did not earn their position – but got in playing their Kitty Card.

      JuliaV in reply to sestamibi. | May 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Granted that more women are leftists than men, but don’t make this an issue of sex. There are plenty of conservative women too, and the South Dakota governor is doing a good job. And Newsom, Cuomo, Blackface Klan Robe (as Tucker calls him, I don’t recall his actual name at the moment) etc. are men. This is about democrat vs. republican, or left vs. right.

TY Fuzzy, but, this is not a small business. It looks huge to me,, and it is huge to Ric Savage. I watched him on Tucker, I was amazed at how big that restaurant is.. He had plenty of space to spread people out…

Maybe, just magical thinking, the DOJ CSR could expand its mission to include communities dealing with local/state government overreach.

    stl in reply to amwick. | May 3, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    “Small business” has a definition. So regardless of square feet of business occupancy, under 500 employees is considered “small business”. But thanks for being supportive of this guy.

h/t me 🙂
thanks for covering it.

read the comments to see what we are up against here.
sadly I am too physically messed up to really do anything anymore.

best thing that could have happened!!!
incidents like these are wake-up calls!

freedom isnt worth living for if there is no willingness to pay a price!
defend, protect is something we must do or it is lost!

Widespread civil disobedience is the answer. These Nazis can’t arrest everybody. Expose them as the fascists they truly are.

Open up Maine, I’ll drive north from Mass to support you.

Those licenses are merely pieces of paper! If the owner was willing to defy the Guv, he can ceratinly open and serve w/o some silly licenses hanging on the wall

Wish businesses in Michigan would grow a set like this gentleman and reopen their businesses. We have a governor that is the evil twin of the Maine governor.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 3, 2020 at 12:46 pm

So I guess we can expect “Damn it Janet” to soon follow suit with the NJ goober-nator.

“Social Media Manager For NJ Governor Trolls People Who Hate Lockdown “Haters Mad”

How dare the peasants be upset with us!”

Weasil Zippers

The Friendly Grizzly | May 3, 2020 at 12:56 pm

When will the governess lock the entire town down like the governess of New Mexico did in Gallup?

ultraskeptic | May 4, 2020 at 8:51 am

Great logic. By this reasoning, the US should have ignored the virus in China back when we had no cases. Unfortunately, that’s PRECISELY what our outrageously incompetent Repupligoon leadership did, though the Dumbocrats did nothing to encourage prevention, either. So now we not only far and away lead the world in number of prisoners per capita – we also lead the world in virus deaths. More to come as the absolute idiots with no comprehension of what vectors and transmission mean protest the efforts to ensure suppression.
And while I’m ranting, how about those idiots who rave that we’re unfairly allowing Blacks to die in greater numbers? They fail to hypothesize that Blacks have a far better social support network which helps them through the vicissitudes of life in a nation which oppresses 75% of its population (the balance having wealth enough to live freely), and that wonderful support network is the cause of such unfortunate virulent transmission.

    DSHornet in reply to ultraskeptic. | May 4, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Is this a joke?

      ultraskeptic in reply to DSHornet. | May 4, 2020 at 11:41 am

      No joke. Just a depressing reflection on how self-righteous folks think that killing others for the sake of personal freedom is perfectly okay. Especially when they can irrationally blame those conveyed deaths upon the Chinese rather than their refusal to participate in the socially highly beneficial task of self-quarantine. Yeah, eventually we’ll either achieve herd immunity (if this virus produces re-infection resistance, not yet known) at the cost of huge numbers of dead. Or we can keep infection rates low until effecctive therapies or vaccines can be developed, produced, and distributed…. except to those buffoons who insist that vaccination is a Commie plot.

Found in Wikipedia re Gov Newsom CA, who is actually loathed across the state: “While Newsom previously had low approval ratings amongst voters, his response to the COVID-19 outbreak has led to Newsom becoming the most popular governor in the United States with an 83% approval rating. This due to being the first governor to order stay-at-home regulations, increasing medical availability for citizens, and stabilizing California’s economy.”

He must have written this himself. I bet someone knows how to fix it.

Janet mills and ALL of her advisors and appointees MUST go away. Next election is very critical for the freedom of Maine’s citizens & businesses. She is a puppet of the democrat machine, including Pelousy and others. Ranked choice voting MUST be reversed in Maine…it was introduced as a way to ensure democrats get elected…where the voter fraud (of which there is a lot in Maine) was NOT quite enough to do it by itself.

    dmacleo in reply to dambuster. | May 4, 2020 at 10:31 am

    you in maine also? etna here.

    ultraskeptic in reply to dambuster. | May 4, 2020 at 11:44 am

    VOTER FRAUD? Get real. Mainers can’t even read, much less vote. How’s that for critical fraud? This myth of voter fraud is part of some psychosis I really can’t comprehend. It’s pretty hard to have any significant number of fraudulent votes committed. Much easier to achieve fraudulent vote results by subverting the vote counting process, or as is now the case, breaching and altering the voting computers.

The only legal precedence for quarantining healthy people comes from the Nuremberg Laws!

My county has a 0.04% infection rate. That is far lower than the seasonal flu. So, should we shut down every flus season? Only idiots or utopian control freaks would argue for that!

You vote garbage into office, expect to get garbage out. Political GIGO.

CHICKEN LITTLE | May 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Most politician are just on a POWER TRIP. They get their paychecks and could care less about their constituents and their problems.