Listen to the underwhelming applause to the liar in chief at a recent speech to Vets.

Watch How American Military Veterans Respond to Obama’s Speech at Times Where ‘White House Speechwriters Expected Ovations’

President Barack Obama at times faced an unenthusiastic crowd as he addressed American military veterans at American Legion’s National convention on Tuesday. As the Daily Mail puts it, Obama received “awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations.”

“You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through,” Obama said.

After a brief moment of silence, weak applause followed.

President Barack Obama speaks during the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans’ health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans’ health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A seemingly weaker response followed when Obama said America’s “longest war” in Afghanistan would soon come to a “responsible end.”

However, one of the most awkward moments came when the president had to wait several seconds for any response from the audience.

“As we go forward, we will continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States,” he said.

Several seconds of awkward silence followed before scattered clapping is heard.

The Right Pundit has compiled a video containing several moments where applause lines received very tepid clapping or just plain silence:

The VA scandal has not helped Obama’s standing among military veterans.

In the same speech, Obama announced 19 new executive actions for treating mental health problems and for suicide prevention of American veterans and vowed to fix the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans called for it, we heard you, which is why today I am announcing 19 new executive actions to help improve mental health care for those american heroes and their families,” Obama said.

Wouldn’t traveling half way across the world to kill others you don’t agree with be called radical?

Former Minnesota man dies, linked to Islamic State

By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:57 p.m.

(Reuters)

 MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minnesotan linked to the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has been killed in Syria.

Douglas McCain had lived in San Diego in recent years and was a 1999 graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, said two cousins who still live in the Minneapolis area and are roughly his age.Kenyata McCain and another first cousin said Tuesday that McCain’s mother received a call Monday from the State Department reporting that her 33-year-old son was killed over the weekend.

The New York Times reported Tuesday night that a senior U.S. official said McCain died fighting for Islamic State and that a human rights group that monitors the fighting in Syria said he was killed in a battle in Marea, a city in northern Syria near the Turkish border.

“We were aware of U.S. citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain’s presence in Syria and can confirm his death,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement released Tuesday. “We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return.”

NBC News was the first to report McCain’s death and also said he was fighting on behalf of ISIL, attributing its information to the Free Syrian Army. NBC said McCain was one of three “foreign jihadis” killed in a battle, according to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army. The network added that it has seen McCain’s passport and his body, both featuring a distinctive neck tattoo.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a briefing in Washington before the NSC’s confirmation that her agency was aware of the reports, and was in contact with the family but did not release the American’s identity.

“We are in contact with the family and are providing all possible consular assistance,” Psaki said. “As you know, there’s typically a process that needs to be gone through before any confirmation can be made.”

The network said McCain called himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook and his Twitter bio read, “It’s Islam over everything.”

As news spread Tuesday of McCain’s death, someone was making changes to the page and then it was no longer accessible.

Kenyata McCain said she was in touch with Douglas McCain as recently as Friday, and “he was telling all of us he was in Turkey.”

She noted that his Facebook page had a posting that “said ISIS and he was in support of it.”

“I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs,” she added, “but I didn’t know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn’t think he would be.”

The other cousin, who asked that his name be withheld, said that while “I don’t know what he went over there for, I don’t want people to get the idea that he was some kind of monster.”

He added that Douglas McCain had been working in the San Diego area as a caregiver to clients with special needs and raising a daughter, who is nearing her first birthday.

He described his cousin as “a Muslim, but he’s not a radical. People get the words mixed up.”

Facebook was also how this cousin last communicated with Douglas McCain, whose last address in Minnesota was an apartment in New Hope.

“His last couple of posts, you know,” showed sympathy for ISIL. “ ‘Where are you?’ ” the cousin asked McCain. “I just had a funny feeling.”

A sister of Douglas McCain’s, Delecia, eulogized her brother in a Facebook posting, writing, “I really don’t understand why and how and I have no words, I never thought this will be the way we say goodbye. … This is absolutely unreal to me I love you big brother.”

McCain had a few scrapes with the law while in Minnesota, according to court records. He has convictions for a minor drug possession crime, theft, disorderly conduct and driving after his license was revoked.

 

Lloyd Marcus makes a lot of sense, will the race baiters change their ways? Doubtful.

August 26, 2014

Brown’s Funeral, the Exploiters, and America’s Police

By Lloyd Marcus

Though skillfully orchestrated to transform convenience store robber Michael Brown into a heroic martyr for civil rights, his funeral was hijacked into becoming a platform for the evil and obscene slander of police and America, perpetrated by the usual deplorable suspects: Al Sharpton, Democrats, and the MSM. 

Candidly, as a black man, it is easy to feel like the odd man out – consistently finding myself taking the opposite side from a majority of black Americans.  In 2008, over 96% of blacks voted for Obama.  I did not.While I am familiar with black Republican author, orator, and advisor to U.S. presidents Booker T. Washington, I only recently came across this amazing quote from him, which nailed the Rev. Sharptons and Rev Jacksons of America back in 1911.

 

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Wow!  Booker T. Washington had these lowlife scoundrels figured out way back then.  He perfectly described the shameful, despicable exploitation of the goodness of the American people on display at the Michael Brown funeral.

Folks, in a nutshell, the left’s selective outrage over Brown’s death is about getting paid and ginning up rage-based black voter turnout for Democrats in November.  Apparently, the Democrats and MSM consider a young black male’s life of value only when it is taken by a white person.  Epidemic black-on-black shootings get only a yawn from Dems and the MSM while they sip their mocha lattes.

Insidiously, irresponsibly, and strategically, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder even threw in their two cents, sharing their uncomfortable experiences with police as black males.

Allow me to offer a few of my numerous anecdotal encounters with police.

In the 1970s, my cousin, who lived in a low-income neighborhood in Baltimore, had a nervous breakdown.  He held his two toddler sons hostage in his basement, threatening to kill his kids and himself.  Shortly after I arrived on the scene, two white cops responded to my cousin’s wife’s emergency phone call.

In seconds, the young, slim, fit cop dashed up the ten front steps into the house.  He then waited for his partner’s instructions.  His much older obese partner moved a bit slower.  After negotiating the steps, he waddled to the open basement door.

Upon catching his breath, with wisdom, experience, and compassion, the seasoned police officer talked my cousin out of the basement.  “C’mon son, I know you’re hurtin’.  But you don’t wanna do this.”

Fearful for my cousin’s life, I was extremely relieved.  The incident totally contradicted what my militant black college associates said to expect from white “pigs”: shoot the n***** and ask questions later.

On another occasion, my wife and I were surrounded by police cars at a traffic light and ordered out of our car.  A bank robbery had just taken place.  The perpetrators were an interracial couple driving a car very similar to ours.  Mary and I were calm and cooperative.  Upon checking us out, the police apologized for the inconvenience and were quickly on their way.

There were other opportunities for an overzealous or racist cop to act like a jerk.  It never happened.

Am I saying that bad cops do not exist?  Of course, not.  Man is a fallen sinful creature.  Consequently, bad players show up in every area of the human experience – bad cops, bad priests, bad teachers, and so on.  Jesus had a 12-man crew.  One was a bad apple.

I am saying that the left’s narrative that police departments across America are dens of “institutional police brutality” is hogwash, as bogus as their mythical “Republican war on women.”  So is the idea of white cops using black boys for target practice.  According to FBI stats, out of 12 million yearly arrests, only 400 resulted in fatal shootings, many justified.

Another disgusting aspect of the left’s political exploitation of Brown’s death is the cruel crucifixion of Officer Darren Wilson without a trial.

Several years ago, I visited a buddy at work at the police station.  He was a black veteran Baltimore City police officer and talented musician – a gentle giant.  On the occasion of my visit, he was working lock up.  My friend greeted me with his signature big smile and easygoing personality.  During my visit, I witnessed his personality fluidly flow between easygoing musician to tough cop mode when dealing with criminals and prisoners.

He later explained that policing 101 requires that you always take control of the situation, lest you risk getting caught off guard and stabbed in the back by a suspect’s weepy old gray-haired mom or a girlfriend.

People who are second-guessing and criticizing Officer Wilson for not tazing or shooting Brown in a non-fatal area of his body are just plain clueless.

I wish to offer my sincere, heartfelt thanks, prayers, and support to all of our brave men and women who protect and serve us – police, troops, firefighters, veterans, and border patrol agents.  God bless.

Though skillfully orchestrated to transform convenience store robber Michael Brown into a heroic martyr for civil rights, his funeral was hijacked into becoming a platform for the evil and obscene slander of police and America, perpetrated by the usual deplorable suspects: Al Sharpton, Democrats, and the MSM.

Candidly, as a black man, it is easy to feel like the odd man out – consistently finding myself taking the opposite side from a majority of black Americans.  In 2008, over 96% of blacks voted for Obama.  I did not.

While I am familiar with black Republican author, orator, and advisor to U.S. presidents Booker T. Washington, I only recently came across this amazing quote from him, which nailed the Rev. Sharptons and Rev Jacksons of America back in 1911.

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Wow!  Booker T. Washington had these lowlife scoundrels figured out way back then.  He perfectly described the shameful, despicable exploitation of the goodness of the American people on display at the Michael Brown funeral.

Folks, in a nutshell, the left’s selective outrage over Brown’s death is about getting paid and ginning up rage-based black voter turnout for Democrats in November.  Apparently, the Democrats and MSM consider a young black male’s life of value only when it is taken by a white person.  Epidemic black-on-black shootings get only a yawn from Dems and the MSM while they sip their mocha lattes.

Insidiously, irresponsibly, and strategically, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder even threw in their two cents, sharing their uncomfortable experiences with police as black males.

Allow me to offer a few of my numerous anecdotal encounters with police.

In the 1970s, my cousin, who lived in a low-income neighborhood in Baltimore, had a nervous breakdown.  He held his two toddler sons hostage in his basement, threatening to kill his kids and himself.  Shortly after I arrived on the scene, two white cops responded to my cousin’s wife’s emergency phone call.

In seconds, the young, slim, fit cop dashed up the ten front steps into the house.  He then waited for his partner’s instructions.  His much older obese partner moved a bit slower.  After negotiating the steps, he waddled to the open basement door.

Upon catching his breath, with wisdom, experience, and compassion, the seasoned police officer talked my cousin out of the basement.  “C’mon son, I know you’re hurtin’.  But you don’t wanna do this.”

Fearful for my cousin’s life, I was extremely relieved.  The incident totally contradicted what my militant black college associates said to expect from white “pigs”: shoot the n***** and ask questions later.

On another occasion, my wife and I were surrounded by police cars at a traffic light and ordered out of our car.  A bank robbery had just taken place.  The perpetrators were an interracial couple driving a car very similar to ours.  Mary and I were calm and cooperative.  Upon checking us out, the police apologized for the inconvenience and were quickly on their way.

There were other opportunities for an overzealous or racist cop to act like a jerk.  It never happened.

Am I saying that bad cops do not exist?  Of course, not.  Man is a fallen sinful creature.  Consequently, bad players show up in every area of the human experience – bad cops, bad priests, bad teachers, and so on.  Jesus had a 12-man crew.  One was a bad apple.

I am saying that the left’s narrative that police departments across America are dens of “institutional police brutality” is hogwash, as bogus as their mythical “Republican war on women.”  So is the idea of white cops using black boys for target practice.  According to FBI stats, out of 12 million yearly arrests, only 400 resulted in fatal shootings, many justified.

Another disgusting aspect of the left’s political exploitation of Brown’s death is the cruel crucifixion of Officer Darren Wilson without a trial.

Several years ago, I visited a buddy at work at the police station.  He was a black veteran Baltimore City police officer and talented musician – a gentle giant.  On the occasion of my visit, he was working lock up.  My friend greeted me with his signature big smile and easygoing personality.  During my visit, I witnessed his personality fluidly flow between easygoing musician to tough cop mode when dealing with criminals and prisoners.

He later explained that policing 101 requires that you always take control of the situation, lest you risk getting caught off guard and stabbed in the back by a suspect’s weepy old gray-haired mom or a girlfriend.

People who are second-guessing and criticizing Officer Wilson for not tazing or shooting Brown in a non-fatal area of his body are just plain clueless.

I wish to offer my sincere, heartfelt thanks, prayers, and support to all of our brave men and women who protect and serve us – police, troops, firefighters, veterans, and border patrol agents.  God bless.

Didn’t the white house hacks just say this was unlikely?

HOMELAND SECURITY

FBI, DHS bulletin warns of retaliation for airstrikes against ISIS

 Catherine Herridge

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have sent out a bulletin to law enforcement officials warning that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could provoke retaliation by Islamic State sympathizers in the U.S., Fox News has learned.

The warning on Friday comes shortly after U.S. intelligence officials said there is evidence foreign fighters have returned to their home countries and started Islamic State cells. While there is no evidence of a credible plot against the U.S. now, the latest bulletin warns that the lone wolf nature of the threat would make it difficult to thwart.

“It is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence,” the bulletin said. “[Lone wolf terrorists] present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity.”

Islamic State militants claimed last week that the execution of American journalist James Foley was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

The group’s presence outside Iraq and Syria remains a mixed picture, according to intelligence officials — with some operatives taking the initiative to start up operations and others tasked by senior leadership.

Still, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday downplayed the threat to the homeland at this point by the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“We are concerned about the threat that is posed by ISIL, but it is the assessment, as stated by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by the intelligence community, that there currently is not an active plot underway to attack the U.S. homeland by ISIL,” Earnest said, in a carefully worded response.

The recent law enforcement bulletin also discussed the organization’s social media strategy, warning that ISIS will continue to use Twitter hashtags to spread its propaganda — essentially hijacking other news events to do so. (There are reports that this strategy was used to piggyback on the social media traffic following the California earthquake over the weekend.)

The bulletin cited the Foley execution video and the posting, earlier this month, of an ISIS flag photo in front of the White House. This social media footprint, according to analysts, is designed to communicate that the Islamic State has a global reach, though intelligence officials emphasize that the majority of its followers are in Iraq and Syria.

The bulletin comes as the U.S. begins to fly surveillance drones over Syria, in an intelligence-gathering effort as the administration weighs whether to expand U.S. airstrikes into Syria.

 

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

They say castration doesn’t help but it would be a helluva good start, wouldn’t it?

Under Cover Human Trafficking Sting Results in Charging Six Northland Men

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

SUPERIOR – Six Northland men have been charged in an undercover human trafficking sting.

During the week of August 11th, 2014 the Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Duluth Police Department, and the Department of Homeland Security initiated an undercover operation focused on addressing crimes associated with human trafficking, to include child enticement, prostitution and the patronizing and solicitation of prostitutes.

The operation involved the placing of fictitious online advertisements offering the sale of sexual services as well as answering existing online advertisements posted by others in which sexual services were being offered in exchange for money.

The advertisements were placed on online sites/services that our known to be used for prostitution and human trafficking.

One of the posted advertisements indicated that the poster was a younger female.

From this advertisement a contact was made with a person who indicated they were interested in sexual services.

The undercover officer replied back indicating that the poster was only 15 years old.

The person who replied to that ad continued to correspond with the undercover profile even after the disclosure that the poster was a child.

Additionally, the person who replied to the original advertisement sent pornographic images to a cell phone he thought the 15 year old child was using.

Eventually arrangements were made to meet at a local hotel on August 13th, 2014 for the purpose of sex.

Child Enticement is a Class D Felony punishable upon conviction by a fine up to $100,000.00 and/or imprisonment up to 25 years.

Causing a Child to View or Listen to Sexual Activity is a Class H Felony punishable upon conviction by a fine up to $10,000.00 and/or imprisonment up to 6 years.

 

Another fictitious online advertisement was posted for an adult female offering sexual services for money.

This advertisement was replied to by numerous adult men.

In each case correspondence between the undercover officer and person responding to the advertisement resulted in an arrangement to meet at a local hotel on August 13th, 2014.

Each of the persons were charged with Prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by a fine up to $10,000.00 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 9 months.

All persons have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution and have already made their initial appearances in Douglas County Court.

Nationwide the issue of human trafficking has been getting greater attention.

Advocacy groups in the Twin Ports have indicated that our region is not immune to this activity.

Many of those engaged in prostitution are not doing so voluntarily.

Someone may be forcing them into these activities by withholding money, drugs or perhaps threatening to take away food and shelter.

In other cases the threat or use of physical harm is used. Enforcing the prostitution and solicitation laws is just one way we can help reduce the instances of human trafficking in our communities.

Operations like this serve to create a deterrent to those who seek pay for sex services.

The persons answering the undercover advertisements do not know if they are communicating with a trafficked person or not and thus engaging in this activity could directly be contributing to the continued victimization of a trafficked person.

These are preliminary allegations and all suspects are presumed innocent by law pending future court proceedings.

Of course they were lying, but will anyone be held accountable?

Judicial Watch Statement on Discovery of Backups for “Missing” Lois Lerner IRS Emails

AUGUST 25, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced the following developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated:

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe.  The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search.  The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.

We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.

This is a jaw-dropping revelation.  The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.

Here is the second set of sworn declarations by IRS officials in response to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s investigation into the missing emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The declarations were provided after close of business on Friday, August 22.

The first meeting was held this afternoon by Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, who was appointed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to manage and assist in discussions between Judicial Watch and the IRS about how to obtain any missing records which have been the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. IRS (No. 1:13-cv-1559)).

Judge Sullivan has encouraged Judicial Watch to submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10.

 

As predicted..Don’t blame the actor..blame the drug. Who can the taxpayers sue?

Court rules methadone clinic can be sued in traffic deaths

By Tom Olsen Today at 5:40 a.m.

Vanessa Brigan was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting she injected methadone directly into her bloodstream — against doctors’ orders — before causing an October 2012 traffic accident that killed two Carlton County workers.
Now, the Brainerd clinic that gave Brigan the take-home dose of the drug, a treatment for her morphine addiction, finds itself at the center of a legal battle.

A judge this month denied Pinnacle Recovery Services’ motion to dismiss two wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of the crash victims. The ruling, the first of its kind in Minnesota, could open the door for future legal action against Minnesota clinics, which have drawn substantial criticism, despite praise for the effectiveness of methadone in treating addiction to opioids such as heroin and morphine.

“I hope this is an eye-opener for clinics, regulators and legislators, who ought to be taking a very hard look at how these clinics operate,” said Philip Sieff, a Minneapolis-based attorney for the plaintiffs.

The lawsuits, filed in Carlton County by the families of county workers Zachary Gamache and Mitchell Lingren, allege that Pinnacle was negligent in administering methadone to Brigan and failing to take steps to ensure that she would not attempt to drive back to her home in Cloquet, about 100 miles away, while under the influence of the drug.

The clinic sought dismissal of the claims, arguing that it had no duty or ability to control Brigan’s actions outside the facility.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski rejected the clinic’s argument, writing in a 20-page order and memorandum that there exists sufficient evidence for a jury to consider.

“Pinnacle was aware of the fact that methadone is a narcotic that has the ability to affect one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle,” Tarnowski wrote. “Still, Pinnacle, after taking affirmative action in dispensing the medication, failed to take additional steps to ensure (Brigan) would not be operating a motor vehicle.”

Clinic’s duties debated

The suits allege that Brigan showed signs of sedation and impairment when she arrived at the clinic early on the morning of Oct. 1, 2012. She received a dose of methadone, which she drank while in the clinic. Pinnacle also provided her with a take-home dose.

Brigan admitted that she left the clinic and stopped at a gas station, where she injected the second dose intravenously, and continued to drive home along Minnesota Highway 210.

Near Wright, Brigan crossed over the centerline of the two-lane highway, striking Gamache and Lingren’s truck. The impact sent their vehicle careening across the road, where it was struck by another truck hauling construction equipment. Gamache, 25, and Lingren, 29, were killed.

The families subsequently filed the suits, seeking in excess of $50,000 each.

“The goal is twofold: to bring justice for the families of these completely innocent victims and to shine a bright light on the practices of methadone clinics,” Sieff told the News Tribune. “I very much hope both goals are reached.”

Representing Pinnacle is Minneapolis attorney Gregory Bulinski, who declined to comment on the pending litigation. However, Bulinski argued in court documents that the claims lack precedent and are without merit.

In a memorandum supporting his motion to dismiss, Bulinski called the plaintiffs’ arguments “simplistic” and said there was no way that “Pinnacle knew or should have known that Brigan would engage in such illegal conduct.

“It appears undisputed that Brigan’s egregious, criminal conduct resulted in the senseless deaths of two innocent bystanders,” Bulinski wrote. “It is for that reason that Brigan remains incarcerated to this day.

“But Minnesota law precludes imposition of liability on Pinnacle because it had no ability to control Brigan’s actions. Nor was the harm caused by Brigan’s actions foreseeable.”

Sieff said there have been no settlement talks with the clinic and that he is prepared to take the case to a trial, which is scheduled to be heard in Duluth in July 2015.

Brigan also is named as a defendant, as are Christopher Hecker, who was operating the truck that struck the victims’ vehicle, and his employer, Peterson Towing of Nisswa, Minn.

Human Services responds

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, which licenses and regulates methadone clinics in the state, opened an investigation into the incident but determined that it had no jurisdiction in the matter because it did not involve a vulnerable adult.

Jerry Kerber, the department’s inspector general, said it appears that Pinnacle met all of its legal requirements. Brigan had signed an agreement stating that she would not drive under the influence of the drug, and clinics are authorized to give patients take-home doses.

“Sometimes individuals engage in criminal behavior, and they have their own wherewithal to be making decisions about their behavior,” Kerber said. “We recognize that we can’t have artificial and unrealistic expectations that somebody else is going to able to control everybody who might engage in criminal behavior.”

The Minnesota Legislature last year approved legislation that turned over more regulatory power to the Department of Human Services and introduced additional restrictions on methadone distribution.

Kerber acknowledged that methadone clinics have come under scrutiny, but said the drug remains an effective treatment option that should not be discredited. He said the agency continues to look at potential regulations that could be proposed to the Legislature.

“This is an important service, it’s been shown to be very effective in helping specific individuals be very productive member of society despite their addiction,” he said. “When there are problems with the delivery of service, it invites people to question this type of service itself, and that gets to be unfortunate. What we’re very interested in is making sure there’s good integrity to this treatment approach so that the public can be comfortably accepting of it.”

No rioting, no looting, no outrage.

Texas police chief fatally shot during traffic stop

FoxNews.com

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August 23, 2014: This booking photo shows 24-year-old Joshua Lopez, who is accused of fatally shooting Elmendorf, Texas police chief Michael Pimentel during a traffic stop. (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

The police chief in a small Texas town just southeast of San Antonio was fatally shot Saturday while conducting a traffic stop.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Parmerleau told KABB-TV that Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot after pulling over Joshua Lopez, 24, to serve an active misdemeanour warrant for graffiti. Parmerleau told The Associated Press that Lopez shot Pimentel several times. The chief was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“I tried talking to him when he was in the ambulance for a brief moment, but he wasn’t conscious,” Sgt. Jason Burchett told KABB. “Today is proof it doesn’t matter if you’re a small department, you think nothing can happen. Things certainly do.”

Lopez was taken into custody without incident, Parmerleau said, and will face a charge of capital murder for shooting a police officer.

Elmendorf, located approximately 25 miles southeast of San Antonio, has a population of approximately 1,500. The town has only two paid police officers and ten reserve officers.

“It’s a very small town. Everybody knows each other,” Pamerleau told the AP, adding that the impact has been “devastating.”

Elmendorf Mayor Evelyn Lykins said in a news release that Pimentel had served as police chief for more than a year.

“He embraced the community of Elmendorf not only as its head of law enforcement officer but also as a resident. We will miss him,” the mayor said.

Steve McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Pimentel is the fifth law enforcement officer to die in Texas this year. Three of the five were killed by gunfire. Thirteen officers died in the line of duty last year.

“Every day police officers throughout the state risk their lives to protect their communities, and tragically sometimes they make the ultimate sacrifice,” McCraw said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

Where were the race baiters? No looting, no riots…no claims of racism.

You Probably Didn’t Hear About This Police Shooting

Aug. 22, 2014
Dillon Taylor

A police shooting of a supposedly unarmed man by a Salt Lake City police officer of a different race last week has received scant media attention in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here is what is known: Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old white man, his brother, Jerrail Taylor, 22, and their cousin were confronted by police outside a 7-Eleven. Cops were responding to a 911 call about a man they are saying matched Dillon Taylor’s description waving a gun. Taylor was also facing an arrest warrant for violating probation connected to a felony robbery. Cops ordered him to the ground. According to his brother Jerrail, Dillon was wearing headphones at the time and did not hear them. Jerrail said that the officers pointed their guns at Dillon’s face, and he was told to put his hands up, while another officer repeated the command to get on the ground. Jerrail claims that his brother reached down to pull up his pants so that he could get down on the ground, at which point an officer fired, fatally wounding Dillon.

Keep in mind the brother of the slain man gave this version of the story, and that Jerrail also has had his share of run-ins with the law. The Salt Lake City police department has released few details of the case. They stand by the officer’s actions, but they have so far refused to confirm or deny whether there was actually a gun. Nor have they identified the officer, other than to say that he was “not white.” Police chief Chris Burbank told reporters that the entire incident was captured by a body camera worn by one of the officers. He said that the video would be released at the “appropriate” time, along with the officer’s identity.

So, there are two young men in different cities, both supposedly unarmed (which police could not have known) but with a criminal history, both shot by cops who were of a different race than the suspects. Facts in the Ferguson case indicate that Michael Brown assaulted the officer who ultimately shot him. Civilian witnesses and Dillon Taylor’s family and friends claim he was unarmed when he was killed, though police have refused to comment on that aspect of the incident. In reaching for his pants, Dillon could have been reaching for a weapon. Brown became a national news story and his shooting sparked a riot and became the focal point of race baiters looking to cash in and play up the racist cop narrative that further stoked violence in Ferguson. Conversely, Taylor’s death was barely reported and life continues pretty much as before in Salt Lake City.

In the Ferguson case, a black man was shot by a white police officer. That plays into the Left’s race-baiting narrative of cops supposedly declaring war on black people. That means ratings. And in this case, it also meant a full-scale riot that took days to bring to a close, even by heavily armed police officers. In Salt Lake City, the man who was shot was white, and the cop is … not white. Therefore, the Salt Lake City story runs against the racial narrative, and reporters can’t, or won’t, confirm the officer’s race.

As Mark Alexander pointed out, if there is a war on black people in this country, then it is a war with other blacks. The latest national statistics on homicide and race tell the story. Blacks represent 13% of the population, yet half of all homicide victims were black. And over 90% of those murdered were killed by other blacks.

This is a disturbing trend that truly is a national tragedy. Yet, it gets no airplay, and it certainly doesn’t get the attention of Barack Obama or Activist General Eric Holder. Stopping black-on-black crime would require real work to stop the cycle of poverty, crime, and lack of education that has plagued blacks for decades. It would mean admitting that the “Great Society” was a failure that has created nothing but a poverty-plantation base of Democrat support. It’s more convenient to point fingers and stir racial animosity, because that draws headlines and makes it appear as if something is being done without expending any real effort.

 

Do you think they will apply their own rules to themselves?

H/T Judicial Watch

AUGUST 22, 2014

 WH RULES:  Violation in Terrorist Swap Punishable by Jail, Removal of Office.

The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules.

The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirmed this week that the president broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped the high-level terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, an Army sergeant who went AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009. According to rules issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the violation is serious and can carry severe consequences. They include fines, imprisonment, administrative discipline, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office, the rules specifically state.

The five Gitmo captives that were turned over to the Taliban held positions of great importance with the renowned terrorist group, including Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. They have American blood on their hands, according to a U.S. Senator who refers to the freed jihadists as the “Taliban Dream Team.” It’s atrocious enough that our commander-in-chief would even consider freeing these terrorists under any circumstances, even if no established law impeded him from doing it.

But Congress must be notified before acts of this magnitude are committed and the president completely disregarded the legislative branch. In fact the Department of Defense (DOD) failed to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance of the exchange, a flagrant violation of the law, and misused nearly $1 million of a wartime account to make the transfer, the GAO report says. The DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, congressional investigators found. This means the DOD violated a measure known as the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in appropriation.

In a nutshell, Obama and his appointees flipped the finger at Congress, the American public and the rule of law. We’ve seen this many times during this president’s two terms and will likely see it over and over again before he moves out of the White House. In this case, the commander-in-chief ardently defends his decision to blow off Congress by asserting that Bergdahl’s ailing health and safety required fast action. The administration claims that providing Congress with notice “would have interfered with the Executive’s performance of two related functions that the Constitution assigns to the President: protecting the lives of Americans abroad and protecting U.S. service members.”

No one ever really bought that absurd argument and GAO investigators didn’t swallow it either, stating in the report that “when DOD failed to notify specified congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of its transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar, DOD used appropriated funds in violation of section 8111. As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. See 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a). DOD should report its Antideficiency Act violation as required by law.”

In this case it would all be political theater because the OMB, which serves and reports directly to the president, is responsible for handling violations of the Antideficiency Act. Whenever a federal agency or employee violates the Antideficiency Act it must be reported to the OMB. This can occur via a letter to the director of the OMB, Obama’s close pal Shaun Donovan, or the president himself. This is not a joke. It’s all spelled out in the rules linked above. With that said, it’s highly unlikely that there will be any consequences for this particular violation, egregious as it was.