The D.N.R. caves, apparently the rule of law is dead, or at least sporadically applied.

Chippewa ricers won’t be arrested today, DNR avoids confrontation
By John Myers Today at 9:58 a.m.
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Chippewa tribal members who had hoped to be arrested for harvesting wild rice off their reservations will be disappointed today with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources saying they would back off any confrontation.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said this morning that state conservation officers will not issue citations to Chippewa ricers on Hole-In-The-Day Lake near Nisswa in Crow Wing County.

Instead, Landwehr issued the 1855 Treaty Authority a special permit that allows certain individuals to harvest wild rice today without state wild rice harvesting licenses.

The permit avoids the legal action Chippewa activists wanted so they could bring a test case to federal court to affirm rights to hunt, fish and gather they say they have under an 1855 treaty with the U.S. government.

The groups also hoped to push tribal jurisdiction of development projects, such as pipelines, saying they have authority to protect the environment and support natural resources.

More than 20 canoes and 100 supporters were expected at the lake this morning, said Frank Bibeau, spokesman for the 1855 Treaty Authority.

Bibeau said the 1855 Treaty Authority is asking the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to intervene and protect Chippewa wild rice harvesters from “unlawful application of state law” by state conservation officers.

A 1999 federal court decision that focused on the 1837 treaty between the Chippewa and the United States—the now-famous Mille Lacs case covering north-central Minnesota—concluded the Chippewa did not give up their 1837 rights under the 1855 treaty. But other details on the 1855 document are not clear. While the 1855 treaty doesn’t specifically mention hunting, fishing and gathering as retained rights, Bibeau said the rights are inherent because the treaty doesn’t say they were given up in exchange for federal payments.

Chippewa bands also have broad rights to hunt, fish and gather in much of Northeastern Minnesota in the 1855 treaty-ceded territory.

The 1855 treaty area runs from about 40 miles west of Duluth to the North Dakota border, and from near the Ontario border to near Brainerd.

Past efforts by Chippewa activists to challenge state authority in the 1855 territory, including a 2010 netting effort on Lake Bemidji, have not been prosecuted, Bibeau said.

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Tell me it isn’t so…I’ve not seen this story anywhere locally.

H/T Drudge

 

MINNESOTA STATE AND CITY TAXPAYERS LOSE BIG ON SOMALI-RUN DAYCARE FRAUD

August 19, 2015 |

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Khadra Hirsi, Photo Credit: City of Eden Prairie

Since the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) fully-staffed their new child care fraud investigative unit in the spring of 2014, they’ve worked with the FBI to shutter daycare centers around the state. Of the cases that have hit the news since then, all have involved Somali-run businesses.

Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, was the director and co-owner of Ace Daycare Center in Eden Prairie. In February, Hirsi pleaded guilty to knowingly submitting fraudulent claims to the state of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program. From November of 2011-May of 2013, Hrisi inflated the number of children using her daycare’s services and fraudulently obtained $300,000 in payments from the state of Minnesota and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services. Earlier this month Hirsi was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.

Hirsi, who also goes by the name of Khadra Duale, was employed by the City of Eden Prairie as a part-time community services technician, also known as the immigrant liaison, from October 2003-September 2011, she was also part-time staff at the Eden Prairie community center. Hirsi was paid $284,944 in salary and $35,806 in health and dental benefits by the city during that time. She co-owned the Ace Daycare in Eden Prairie with her husband Mohamed F. Arab, although there were no charges against him. The Eden Prairie news called Hirsi and her husband “leaders in the Somali community” in a 2009 video interview featuring the couple. They filed for bankruptcy this summer according to public records.

The Ace Daycare building was leased to to Hirsi by the city of Eden Prairie starting in September 2010, while she was still working for the city. The lease was transferred in October of 2013 to Roda Farrah Moahmed, owner of Light House Daycare. In March of 2015, the city renewed the lease to Lighthouse which will run through October 2020. Lighthouse is licensed with the state of Minnesota, and was fined $400 in March of this year by the state for failing to submit background studies for multiple staff members

Deqo daycare center, which had three locations in Apple Valley, St. Paul, and Minneapolis was shut down in 2013 due to licensing violations and prosecutors charged husband and wife Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Yasmin Abdulle Ali for bilking the state out of nearly $3.7 million, $3.1 million of which was collected from April 2012-January 2013. The duo had recruited more than 100 parents to enroll their own children in the program.

Salama Child Care Center in Minneapolis was raided in May of this year by the FBI and state agents. Salama is run by Ardo Diriye whose daughter Farah Adid is the Director of Operations and is “also licensed to provide standardized day care and preschool curriculum.” Per KSTP News, the search warrant indicated that there was a large discrepancy between the number of children attending and the number receiving state funds. The investigation is ongoing and includes suspicion of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of public money.

Yasmin Muhina Salim, owner of Kind Heart Day Care Center in Mankato, was arrested in June of 2014 for defrauding the state for $12,000 over a three month period.

DHS’s Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report for 2014 stated that “The OIG is seriously concerned about a pattern of child care fraud activities that involves deception and exploitation. It begins with recruiting parents as child care center employees with the condition that they enroll their children in a child care assistance program (CCAP) to ensure public funds revenue for the business; the scheme ends with exploiting four sets of victims: the children, parents, those on the Child Care Assistance Program waiting list and taxpayers.”

The prevalence of Somali-run daycare providers being found guilty of fraud by the new investigative unit may be a coincidence. Ongoing investigations by the child care investigative unit are not public information. The $4 million + in fraud that’s been discovered so far represents just 1% of the estimated $418 million in child care payments made by the state in 2014-2015.

Hillary’s problem…if we had a real attorney general and justice department.

Bold italics are mine.

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

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(a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, departments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on behalf of the United States, or any prohibited place so designated by the President by proclamation in time of war or in case of national emergency in which anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored, information as to which prohibited place the President has determined would be prejudicial to the national defense; or
(b) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, and with like intent or reason to believe, copies, takes, makes, or obtains, or attempts to copy, take, make, or obtain, any sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, document, writing, or note of anything connected with the national defense; or
(c) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter; or
(d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,
(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.
(h)
(1) Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law, any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from any foreign government, or any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, as the result of such violation. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
(2) The court, in imposing sentence on a defendant for a conviction of a violation of this section, shall order that the defendant forfeit to the United States all property described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(3) The provisions of subsections (b), (c), and (e) through (p) ofsection 413 of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (21 U.S.C. 853 (b), (c), and (e)–(p)) shall apply to—
(A) property subject to forfeiture under this subsection;
(B) any seizure or disposition of such property; and
(C) any administrative or judicial proceeding in relation to such property,
if not inconsistent with this subsection.
(4) Notwithstanding section 524 (c) of title 28, there shall be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund in the Treasury all amounts from the forfeiture of property under this subsection remaining after the payment of expenses for forfeiture and sale authorized by law.

Isn’t it great? Steal $164K from the taxpayers, get probation, and have some pablum puking judge order to pay back 10% of what you stole! I should re- think my career goals, i guess.. Notably, the article didn’t identify the loser judge that just stuck it to the taxpayers..

Duluth woman ordered to pay 10% back of what she stole in Medicaid fraud case
By Ramona Marozas – Biography

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August 26, 2015
Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 7:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) — A Duluth health care provider has been ordered to pay 10 percent of what she stole in a Medicaid fraud case involving the theft of more than $164,000.
Lisa Huffman, 43, was sentenced to one year of probation in April.
Just this week, a judge ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $16,423.

The state had fought for the full amount of over $164,000 to be paid by the suspect, but the judge examined the defendant’s ability to pay.
Investigators say she filed false claims with the state over the course of three years.

One such claim happened between July and December 2012, when investigators say she billed the Department of Health for $52,000, which she allegedly pocketed.
Huffman has the ability to pay monthly payments if needed.

Its always easier to blame someone else than take responsibility, isn’t it?

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BREITBART

GEOLOGIST AND MINE OWNER BLAST EPA WHITEWASH OF COLORADO TOXIC SPILL ABSOLVING ITSELF OF BLAME

 

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The EPA is out with an internal review into its own actions that created the August 5 Gold King mine blowout in Silverton, Colorado that spilled 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River.

But both Dave Taylor, the retired geologist who predicted in a July 30 letter to the editor published in the Silverton Standard that the EPA project that caused the blowout would fail, and Todd King, owner of the Gold King mine, disagree with the conclusions of EPA’s internal review.

Taylor disagrees with the EPA’s conclusion the Gold King mine adit — entrance — blowout was “likely inevitable,” as the internal review states on page 9.

In the 11-page report, the agency largely absolved itself of blame, with the key conclusion found on page 9:

In reviewing the pertinent documents provided, interviews conducted, visiting the site and evaluating the photo logs, the Team concludes that the Adit blowout was likely inevitable. Actions taken by the EPA OSC to pull out the site personnel and crew from and near the Adit, just prior to the blowout, probably avoided any fatalities from the pressurized Adit blowout.

“If it [the Gold King mine entrance] was left undisturbed it could have stayed in the same condition for a hundred years or more, but the EPA disturbed it,” Taylor tells Breitbart News.

“A better analogy,” Taylor adds,”is it is similar to cocking a pistol and laying it on the table. If no one touches the trigger it would sit there forever and not go off.”

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King mine, tells Breitbart News the EPA’s internal review ignores key facts about the agency’s actions that caused the spill.

Hennis was coerced on threat of a $37,500 daily fine from the EPA four years ago to grant the agency access to and effective control of his property.

“This report does not address the actions of EPA in 2014 to backfill the mine portal ‘to prevent a blowout during the winter,’ which in turn is presumed to have blocked the discharge pipe inlets, and in fact caused the blowout of August 5, 2015,” Hennis tells Breitbart News.

“On that date,” Hennis adds,” the EPA contractor and EPA supervisor(s) caused the portal of the mine to be excavated to remove the backfill material, which in fact held the water in and allowed the water to accumulate.”

At a phone media conference held Wednesday afternoon at which a number of other media outlets posed questions to EPA officials, Breitbart News was not allowed to ask a single question.

Breitbart News has instead posed that question to Melissa Harrison, the EPA press secretary, via email. We asked Ms. Harrison whether Dave Taylor was wrong or the EPA internal review was wrong about the “inevitability” of a Gold King mine entrance blowout.

We have not received a response to this question from either Ms. Harrison or any representative of the EPA.

Wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs.

As our society continues its inevitable decline, I’d like to encourage anyone and everyone to consider their place in our world.  As we witnessed the three American heroes subdue the Muslim terrorist in France and watched  a lone, brave man subdue a suspect after he shot a Louisiana state trooper in the head, and today’s tragedy killing more innocent people by a lunatic, you all need (or should) recognize the evilness around you every single day.  I realize for some, its simple to think “It will never happen to me” and if you think that, you’re a fool.

Below is an article I found at Marksmanshipmatters.com that might give you something to think about the next time you see wolves in action.  Its a tad lengthy, but I think its worth the time to read.

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There Are Only Three Kinds of People:

Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs.

Which one are you?

Years ago I heard a lecture given by retired U.S. Army LTC Dave Grossman, (author of “On Killing),” about wolves, sheep and sheepdogs. Based on my own experiences as a Combat Solider, a 35 year Police Officer, a SWAT Officer and a “Defensive Firearms Instructor,” and with the help of my wife Stacey, also a retired LAPD Officer and instructor, I have taken the liberty of writing our version of this subject which is somewhat different from the lecture I heard years ago. Our life experiences obviously being different from those of LTC. Grossman gave us another perspective that we wish to share with you. The use of the wolf, sheep and sheepdog are excellent metaphors to make our case. Not perfect but useful and thought provoking.

This article may cause people who live in denial to be angry. Many will find a way to dismiss the point of this article. They will rationalize and convince themselves that the issues discussed here do not apply to them, applicable perhaps to others but not to them. They will continue to ignore the truth because it frightens them and they are the sheep. Reality to sheep is so frightening that some may be afraid to finish reading this article.

Who are the wolves?

The criminals and the terrorists in our world are the wolves. They prey upon the sheep. The wolves commit nightmarish crimes for reasons which are perfectly justified in their twisted minds. These wolves do not kill, rape and torture to survive. They do these things because they are truly evil.

The wolves in our society will commit horrible crimes against the sheep every single day and night. We all know this. If we are not prepared to confront these predators then we are simply plodding through life, hoping that the wolf will select another. Our citizenry has largely become a flock of sheep who cower when the wolf comes, secretly relieved when some other sheep is selected by the wolf.

We lock our doors and we watch our children because of wolves. We form neighborhood watch groups and pay taxes to support a police department because we know that wolves are real. We put up with airport security procedures and police check points because we have seen the carnage caused by wolves. We support an Army to fight wolves all around the world. We educate our children regarding the danger of wolves and how to avoid them. Our lives are affected by the threat of wolves every single day.

The economic cost of incarcerating wolves is staggering. The wars we are waging against wolves have drained our nation’s blood and treasure. Wolves are the things of which nightmares are made. There are such things as monsters. We see them on the news every evening and some of us will see them up close and having done so, we may never be the same.

Who are the sheep?

Most people are sheep. They accept no responsibility for the safety and protection of themselves, their families or their flock. When sheep live their lives hoping that they will not be taken by the wolf and yet knowing that the wolf is going to take someone, the sheep are in effect hoping that the wolf will take their neighbor. Is hoping that the wolf will take someone else a strategy? Is it moral? Is it Christian? Is it American? How did Americans come to this deplorable state of deciding to be sheep? Sheep foolishly pretend that someone else will always be there to protect them. Many Americans complain constantly about the “Nanny State,” where the government attempts to provide everything for everyone, while taking our freedoms in the process. Yet these same people expect the government to provide them with personal protection which is not even physically possible.

Most sheep which are attacked by the wolf go to their graves or the hospital, wishing for help and thinking, “this is not fair, I do not deserve this.” Deserve has nothing to do with it. Fairness has nothing to do with it. Fairness is a childish notion. If life were fair, babies would not be born with horrible illnesses. Adults need to get over the idea that life is going to be fair and that the wolf will choose another sheep. Sheep often believe that they will not be chosen by the wolf because, “I am a good sheep and I will be spared.” To this type of thinking we can only say, grow up! Bad things happen to good people every day.

Who are the Sheepdogs?

Finally, there are the sheepdogs. They guard the flock. They are the protectors of our society. They are the soldiers, the police officers and the armed citizens who have accepted the responsibility for protecting themselves and others by the use of deadly force if necessary.

The sheep are not always comfortable with the sheepdog because the sheepdog looks a lot like the wolf. The sheepdog is armed. He has fangs (guns). This frightens the sheep. The sheepdogs run toward danger. The sheep find this confusing because they only run away from danger. Often the sheep do not like the sheepdog until the wolf comes. Then the sheep try to hide behind the sheepdog, begging for his protection.

Sheepdogs do not live life hoping that the wolf will select someone else. Sheepdogs are prepared to stop the wolf and have accepted their responsibility for confronting evil in our society. If the wolf attacks the sheepdog then there will likely be one less wolf. On occasion the best prepared sheepdog will lose, but he will go down fighting, killed on the spot doing his duty. He will not be dragged off and tortured to death. There are things worse than death and those who surrender to the wolf often learn what those things are.

When the sheepdog hears of yet another horrible crime committed by the wolf he does not feel relief because the wolf chose another for his victim. He does not hide his head and try to pretend that such a fate could never befall his family. Instead he is reminded to remain alert and re-evaluate his own preparations to contend with such an occurrence.

One difference between real sheep and human sheep is the fact that real sheep are born sheep. Human sheep have decided to be sheep and can change into sheepdogs if they elect to do so. Human sheep can change from cowering victims to sheepdogs by being armed, well trained and mentally prepared to use force in the defense of life. Sheepdogs can make their families expectation of protection a reality. Sheepdogs are living up to the ideals of being an American.

Do not assume that you are a sheepdog because you own a gun. Owning a firearm that you could not reach in the first two to three seconds of a crime does not qualify you as a sheepdog. Owning a firearm with which you have had little relevant defensive training does not make you a sheepdog. A sheep who has not cultivated the Combat Mindset required to react properly and quickly when facing the wolf is not a sheepdog. A true sheepdog is armed and has the skill and the combat mindset to fend off a wolf attack, the outcome of which will normally be decided in the first few seconds.

Duty to Family.

Allow us to explain something that you may not have considered. Self defense is not simply a right, it is a responsibility. We do not have a right to protect members of our family, we have a duty. Our families believe that we can keep them safe from evil events. In most cases this is nothing more than a fairy tale, a false promise.
If armed home invasion robbers force their way into your home today or tonight what will you do? What could you do? Resistance without the means, the mental preparation and the skill is courageous but the end result is likely to be the same. The wolf wins.

“That could never happen to my family.” And why is that? Why your neighbor and not you? It is my opinion that the Doctor in Connecticut who lost his entire family to home invasion robbers when his wife, 17 and 11 year old daughters were tortured, raped, doused in gasoline and then burned alive, never imagined that such a thing could ever happen to them. Can we even comprehend having to relive that nightmare every moment for the rest of your life? Can we possibly imagine the last memories on this earth of those young girls and their mother? We are aware of countless horrible crimes where a sheepdog could have stopped the carnage but all those present had chosen to be sheep.

Duty to Community and Country.

When a sheep fails to stop a wolf from torturing, robbing and assaulting him because he has no means to stop the wolf, the sheep bears some responsibility for the next victim. Had the sheep been a sheepdog prepared to stop the wolf, all of the future victims of that wolf would have been spared. The wolf is the culprit but every victim has the potential opportunity and the duty to save the next victim by defending himself.

Defending ourselves is a duty that we have to our society as well as our loved ones. When we fail to stop a criminal from victimizing us because we have not assumed the responsibility for protecting ourselves, our families, our community and our nation we have failed to live up to the ideals of being an American. Real Americans do not expect others to do all of their fighting for them. Living our lives knowing that wolves will attack someone every single day and hoping that the wolf will not attack us, is in a sense, to hope that the wolf will attack someone else because we know that he is a wolf and that is what he does.

At one time most Americans were Sheepdogs. Now, unfortunately, most Americans have decided to be sheep. If more sheep would again become sheepdogs we could all sleep more safely in our beds. A small percentage of our society are wolves, responsible for the attacks on the sheep. If more wolves were stopped by more sheepdogs, the frequency of attacks would soon diminish. Attacking the sheep would be so dangerous for the wolf that such attacks would become far less frequent. We would each have more peace of mind knowing that we were no longer at the mercy of the wolf which has no mercy.

If Not You, Who?

The Police will keep us safe, right? Did you know that courts have ruled that the police have no duty to protect anyone? Did you ever consider that the police protect you after the crime by trying to apprehend the wolves who tortured and murdered you and your family? Do you understand that the only one who can protect you during the crime is you? Do you not watch the news and see that evil occurs everywhere, in every neighborhood to all age groups, all economic groups, and both genders?

The wolf is afraid of the sheepdog and well he should be. Who among us will now elect to continue through life as a sheep, cowering from the wolf and hoping that the wolf will take someone else? Who will choose instead to become a sheepdog that can and will protect himself and his flock?

Those who expect the government to protect them during a crime are thinking like a child. During my 35 years in law enforcement I can recall every single time I stopped a rape, attempted murder or violent robbery during the crime because to do so was very rare. The LAPD, like most police departments, tries to prevent crime by their presence but more often than not, investigates crimes after they have occurred.

The sheep need to accept the fact that no one can protect them or their flock except the sheepdogs. The sheep must stop hoping that the wolf will continue to attack others. The sheep must choose to become sheepdogs and assume the responsibility for the protection of their families. The sheep must stop wishing for reality to change and become some fictitious ideal which has never and will never exist, for there will always be evil in this world.
A brilliant man once said that evil is the absence of God. If that is true our increasingly secular society is likely to get a lot more evil in the future, not less. The wolves may well run rampant in the streets. If this comes about, a great many sheepdogs will be required to save the flock.

We are each responsible for our own protection and the protection of our families. This has always been true and it always will be true. The sheep need to start living in the real world, not the one they wish existed but the one that does exist. The sheep need to accept their responsibilities as fathers, mothers, husbands and wives. They need to act like Americans and fulfill their obligations. They need to decide to stop being sheep and start being sheepdogs.

The fact that statistically there is a fair chance we might live our lives never becoming the victim of a violent crime will be no consolation to us should we suffer the horror of a such an attack. For those who do survive a violent attack the physical and emotional scars will be with them as long as they live. Even worse, how will we cope if a family member is victimized and we are unable to help, all the time knowing that we could have prevented the attack if we had been prepared?

What could possibly be more important than the safety of your family? Ask yourself, what have I chosen to be? Have I allowed a left leaning pacifist society to mold me into a sheep? Is that my heritage as an American, to expect someone from the government to protect my family? Am I so gullible that I believe it is even possible for someone else to protect us during a crime?

The wolf is out there looking for his next victim. Somewhere right now a wolf is preparing to meet you and defeat you. What are you going to do about it? When the wolves roam the streets it will be too late to prepare. When opportunity (necessity) coincides with preparation, success occurs. Will success be yours or theirs? Do not wait too long to decide, lest the wolf decide for you.

Larry and Stacey Mudgett

When will the DFL voters stop voting for politicians and policies that keep bringing the trash that destroys your communities and families? When is enough, enough? If black criminal scumbags prey on white crackers, is that racist?

Man accused of selling heroin in Duluth park
By News Tribune Today at 7:12 p.m.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL PARGO

A 19-year-old Chicago man has been charged with selling heroin in Duluth — allegedly in and near Irving Park.

Duluth police reported that Christopher Pargo was charged Tuesday morning in State District Court in Duluth with first-degree sale of heroin and second-degree sale of heroin in a park zone.
“During the investigation it was determined that Pargo was meeting customers and selling them heroin in and around Irving Park located in West Duluth,” police said in a news release. Pargo was arrested Friday afternoon while allegedly “in the middle of a heroin transaction in the parking lot above the soccer field at Irving Park.”

Authorities also said Pargo allegedly was storing heroin at a residence near Irving Park. Investigators who executed a search warrant seized an additional 35 grams of heroin, packaged for sale with a street value estimated at $7,000.

Pargo is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The liar in chief celebrates 99 years of National parks with a picture of the liar in chief. What a wasted opportunity..

 

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And yet, they call Donald Trump an arrogant ass. Who just burned 21,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to a green energy conference after another 2 week taxpayer funded vacation in Martha’s vineyard?

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Senate Democratic leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R), to discuss the government shutdown and the nation's debt ceiling in the Oval Office of the White House October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Government is on its 12th day of a shutdown.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 12: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Senate Democratic leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R), to discuss the government shutdown and the nation’s debt ceiling in the Oval Office of the White House October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Government is on its 12th day of a shutdown. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama Says Harry Reid Has Helped Him ‘Deal With the Crazies’
Aug. 25, 2015 8:23am Fred Lucas

President Barack Obama told Democratic donors Monday night that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has helped him “deal with the crazies.”

“It’s hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid, but it’s easier to do it in a room of people who love Harry Reid,” Obama said at the fundraiser, according to the official White House transcript. “Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together. Everything I’ve accomplished, I’ve accomplished because Harry Reid was there by my side. And I am forever grateful for his friendship and his strength, because the thing about Harry is he’s a great politician but he’s also a man with a lot of backbone and is willing to do hard things when it’s required, and that’s what you want out of a political leader.”

Reid announced his support for the Iran nuclear deal over the weekend, and a Politico story about Obama’s remarks was headlined, “Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal, ‘the crazies.” From the White House press pool report and official transcript, however, it is not entirely clear whether Obama was referring directly to opponents of the Iran deal. The White House did not immediately respond to inquiries from TheBlaze early Tuesday.

Obama has said Republicans who oppose the deal share “common cause” with Iranian hardliners who chant “death to America” and wish to maintain the status quo. He later attempted to walk back the characterization.
Monday night, Obama and Reid spoke at a Las Vegas fundraising event for Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrat running for the retiring Reid’s seat, and for the Nevada Democratic Party.

Later in the same speech, Obama expressed appreciated for Reid on Iran.

“We’ve been leaders in nonproliferation, which is part of the reason why I am so insistent that Congress not block a historic diplomatic effort when it comes to making sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “And I’m so appreciative of Harry Reid’s support for that effort.”

Just hours before going to the fundraiser, Obama praised Reid specifically for his support of the Iran deal during his remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

“I want to thank my dear friend, your outstanding senator, Harry Reid for holding this summit and for keeping us focused on this challenge,” Obama said. “I want to thank him by the way for his strong statement over the weekend for a deal that is going to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon. That’s a top priority of my administration.”

After the energy summit, Obama and Reid rode together to the fundraiser, attended by approximately 100 people with contributions ranging up to $33,400. The event raised more than $300,000.

This post has been updated with Obama’s full quote according to the official White House transcript.

I’d think if there was no lawful purpose for accessing data and simply done for curiosity, it should be impermissible, wouldn’t it?

Appeals court revisits misuse of Minnesota driver’s license database
By Elizabeth Mohr, St. Paul Pioneer Press on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:27 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal appeals court revived three lawsuits filed by Minnesotans whose private driver’s license data was accessed hundreds of times by law-enforcement agencies.

The volume and pattern of some data checks was unusual and likely impermissible, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last week in overturning the dismissal of some federal lawsuits.

The high court’s decision, issued Thursday, dealt with four federal lawsuits centering on similar same data-breach claims. Trial courts had dismissed them; three dismissals were partly reversed.

The appeals court limited the revived claims to those within a four-year statute of limitations and analyzed look-ups to find suspicious patterns — such as multiple checks from unrelated agencies within a short timeframe or multiple late-night accesses. Claims outside those categories were dismissed.

The lawsuits were part of a larger data debacle that began in 2011 after a lawsuit by Anne Marie Rasmusson, a former St. Paul police officer, disclosed that her data had been looked up more than 550 times by fellow officers and prompted a review by the legislative auditor.

The audit found that more than half of Minnesota law enforcement personnel with access to driver’s license data might have made inappropriate searches.

Rasmusson’s case was followed by a lawsuit against former Department of Natural Resources officer John Hunt, who was accused of making more than 19,000 license data searches, mostly of women. Those high-profile cases and the subsequent audit inspired others to request their own look-up information; the fallout included lawsuits against more than 100 Minnesota government agencies.

The state’s Driver and Vehicle Services database is accessible to law enforcement agencies and other government employees for limited official purposes.

Thursday’s opinion touched on lawsuits filed by Brooke Nicole Bass, Johanna Beth McDonough, Dawn Mitchell and Brian Potocnik.

The appeals court upheld dismissal of Potocnik’s case because most data checks came from within the Minneapolis Police Department, against whom he has filed a separate case. Potocnik was a former Minneapolis police officer forced to resign after an affair with a minor.

In the case of Bass, a former negotiator and attorney for Law Enforcement Labor Services, a law-enforcement union, her personal information was viewed via name search more than 750 times by about 340 government personnel since 2005. Of the 69 agencies who accessed Bass’ information during the statute of limitations period, 38 were deemed nonsuspicious by the appeals court; claims against the other 31 agencies were revived on appeal. Those include the Anoka and Washington county sheriff’s departments; Ramsey County Dispatch Center; and police departments of Oakdale, Stillwater, Minneapolis, Mounds View and St. Anthony.

McDonough, a KSTP reporter, said her information was accessed about 500 times by more than 170 government personnel from about 70 agencies between 2006 and 2013, according to court documents. Of the 15 agencies that accessed McDonough’s information during the limitations period, seven did not exhibit patterns of abusive checks, the appeals opinion said. The claims against eight should stand, the court said.

Mitchell, a Fox 9 anchor and reporter, claims her information was accessed about 219 times by about 50 entities between 2005 and 2013. Of the 15 agencies that accessed Mitchell’s information during the limitations period, Mitchell’s claims against four — Edina and Minneapolis police, the St. Croix County, Wis., sheriff’s office and the Minnesota State Patrol — were revived on appeal.

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