Isn’t this about the opposite of what we’re being fed from our politicians?

Jihadists Urge Killing of Citizens from US-led Coalition

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 06:07 AM

The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online Monday.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever… including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman.

“Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military,” he said in the message, which was released in multiple languages.

The United States and France are carrying out air strikes against IS targets across Iraq and seeking to build an international coalition against a group increasingly perceived as a global threat.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that more than 50 countries have come forward with commitments as part of the coalition, including Egypt and other Arab states.

The jihadist group, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria, controls swathes of territory in both countries.

IS is regarded as the most violent and powerful in modern jihad. It has executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages, and its brutal campaign has forced more than a million people from their homes.

Adnani’s message — which was released in an Arabic audio recording, together with transcripts in other languages including English — gave instructions on how the killings could be carried out without military equipment.

“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him,” the IS spokesman said.

“If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops. If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face.”

The hundreds of foreigners from various Western countries fighting alongside IS have sparked fears that they could return home to carry out attacks.

On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that any of its citizens “who fight with terrorist groups… will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time.”

Adnani praised militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, calling on them to “cut the throats” of those fighting for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“O America, O allies of America, and O crusaders, know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned,” he said.

“We have warned you that today we are in a new era, an era where the (Islamic) State, its soldiers, and its sons are leaders, not slaves.”

“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.”

And he mocked the US air campaign, saying that “the battle cannot be decided from the air”.

“Are America and all its allies from amongst the crusaders and atheists unable to come down to the ground?”

Addressing Obama, Adnani said: “You claimed… that America would not be drawn to a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged. It will come down to the ground and it will be led to its death, grave, and destruction.”


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A painfully obvious understatement.


In an exclusive interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday will go do as a “dark day” in Senate history, with Senate Democrats blocking GOP legislation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) and President Obama’s threat of executive amnesty.

“Unfortunately the Senate Democrats have become an extreme party,” Cruz said in an interview backstage at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Alexandria, Virginia. “They have become a party that has abdicated their responsibilities. Under Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats, we have a do-nothing Senate. There are over 350 bills the House of Representatives has passed and they’re all sitting on Harry Reid’s desk. He will not allow a vote on them.”

The interview with Cruz aired on Breitbart News Saturday on Sirius XM Patriot.

Cruz has introduced two pieces of legislation designed to protect Americans both from U.S. citizens who join the terrorist organization ISIS and from President Obama’s amnesty. The ISIS bill would revoke U.S. citizenship from any American who joins ISIS, a concept that enjoys support from almost everyone in politics, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). But when Cruz sought unanimous consent to bring the bill up for debate and a vote, Senate Democrats—through Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)—blocked it.

“So the legislation I introduced was to address this crisis we’re facing with ISIS. ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz told Breitbart News. “They are crucifying Christians, they are beheading children, they are beheading American journalists—and they have pledged to take jihad back to America to murder Americans here at home. There are roughly 100 Americans fighting alongside ISIS who have taken up arms in jihad against America.” 

“The legislation I introduced was legislation that said if you take up arms with ISIS, a terrorist group, you have constructively forfeited your U.S. citizenship,” he explained. “We’re not going to allow ISIS terrorists to come back to this country with a U.S. passport and walk in freely and commit acts of terror murdering Americans here at home. This ought to be an issue that brings everyone together.”

A few years ago, Sen. Scott Brown—who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate but is now running against Shaheen in New Hampshire—introduced a similar bill alongside then Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucused with Democrats. Brown has hit Shaheen hard on the campaign trail in New Hampshire over the issue, asking her publicly to sign onto the bill. Shaheen’s spokesman, Harrell Kirstein, said in a statement to theBoston Globe earlier this week that Shaheen “believes that anyone who fights with ISIS is a traitor and should lose their citizenship,” but when push came to shove on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Shaheen stood by as her party killed Cruz’s bill. Her office hasn’t responded to a request from Breitbart News about how she did nothing to help the bill.

“If we were dealing in the realm of common sense it ought to be an issue that brings Republicans and Democrats together,” Cruz said. “But unfortunately when I introduced the legislation and asked for Unanimous Consent, the Democrats came out and objected and killed the bill because they’re simply so extreme that they’re unwilling to do anything productive to actually protect Americans. It was a sad day in the U.S. Senate.” 

“And I will say, if God forbid we see some of these terrorists come back and carry out some horrific act, this day will prove a dark day in Senate history—when the Senate stood in the way of decisive action to protect the American people,” he warned.

Later on Thursday, during a floor fight that Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) led, Senate Democrats banded together to kill another of Cruz’s bills: One that would block the president from granting executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens, as he says he plans to do. 

Cruz, Lee, and Sessions defined a key procedural vote that would have allowed them to force a vote on Cruz’s measure—one that ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty and blocks the president from expanding it. All 45 Senate Republicans voted with them, and five Senate Democrats—Shaheen, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)—joined them, leaving them one vote short of being able to force a vote on Cruz’s measure. That theme—that Republicans are so close to blocking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama—looms large heading into the final stretch of this year’s midterm elections.

“It is incredibly close. It is hanging in the balance,” Cruz said. “I believe Republicans are poised to retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader.” 

“The vote today concerned the crisis at the southern border. I represent the state of Texas. I see this every day. It is tragedy. The president is right when he says it is a humanitarian crisis, but it is a crisis of President Obama’s own creation,” he declared. “It is the direct consequence of President Obama’s lawlessness and amnesty. The president has promised the American people he intends to illegally grant amnesty to five or six million more people but just a week ago he told us he’s going to do that but he’s going to wait until after the election.”

Cruz argued that amnesty for illegal aliens is not the right policy because it’s not “compassionate” and that President Obama’s decision to delay his executive amnesty order until after the election is close to if not the most “cynical conduct” he’s ever seen.

“Now I got to say, we’ve seen a lot of cynical conduct in Washington but that ranks really near the top because what he’s saying is he recognizes the American people don’t want amnesty—and that by the way cuts across party lines, that’s Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians—amnesty is the wrong policy. It’s not compassionate. It’s not consistent with rule of law,” Cruz said. “He recognizes the American people don’t want amnesty so he simply says he’s going to do it but not until after the election because he thinks the American people aren’t paying attention enough to understand he’s made this election a referendum on amnesty.”

Instead of standing against the president’s planned executive amnesty, though, Cruz noted that Senate Democrats stood in the way of efforts to block it. That, Cruz said, is the message he has for voters heading into November: to prevent Obama’s amnesty plans, Americans need to vote for Republicans to unseat Reid from the seat of Senate Majority Leader.

“The Senate Democrats had the opportunity to stand with me and to stand with the House of Representatives,” Cruz said. “I introduced legislation in the Senate to prohibit President Obama’s amnesty. The House of Representatives stood up and led. It took the legislation I introduced and it passed it. But the Senate Democrats stood as one uniform block and said ‘no, we will do nothing to stop amnesty.’” 

“In my view, it makes the decision very easy for the American people,” he stated. :If you support amnesty, you should vote for the Democrats. If you support rule of law, if you don’t want to see the president illegally and unconstitutionally granting amnesty to 5 or 6 million more [illegal immigrants], the direct thing you can do is work between now and election day to defeat Senate Democrats and to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader.”


A jury trial, an acquittal, and no plea agreements in Cartoon County? Amazing…it only took four years.

Jury finds Kerrick man not guilty

By Jana Peterson Today at 6:02 a.m.
A jury found Bradley Ryan Brown of Kerrick not guilty of charges of malicious punishment of a child and assault after a trial in Carlton County Court last week.
Defense attorney Kevin Wade Devore said he thought the verdict was the right one, noting that Brown had steadfastly maintained his innocence from the time the charges were filed.

The charges — felony first-degree assault, malicious punishment of a child resulting in great bodily harm and malicious punishment of a child under the age of 4 — stemmed from traumatic injuries suffered on Memorial Day 2010 by Brown’s 3-year-old niece, who was being cared for by Brown and his wife.

According to the criminal complaint, when paramedics responded to a 911 call from Brown, they found the child lying on the bedroom floor unresponsive with labored breathing and seizure activity. The child was taken by Lifeflight from Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake to St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital in Duluth, where she was placed in a medically induced coma and a part of her skull removed to relieve pressure on the brain. She was also covered in bruises. The criminal charges stemming from the injuries were not filed until May 2013.

The trial took five long days and included testimony from numerous medical professionals for both the prosecution and the defense.

Devore said he thinks the jury listened to the medical testimony and to the facts regarding Brown’s relationship with the child.

“This would have been so uncharacteristic,” Devore said. “Completely against everything Mr. Brown is known to be. He’s a fantastic father, loving, caring, mellow and passive to his core. That made [the allegations of abuse] unbelievable.”

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said he felt that the case itself came together very well with so many medical experts and complicated details.

“These cases are always difficult but it is better to put your best foot forward than not to try at all,” Pertler said, explaining that the delay in filing any charges came because his office had to wait for the Department of Human Services to resolve a matter related to the case. “We truly believed in our case but respect the jury’s decision despite our disappointment in the result.”

Devore said he felt that many of the doctors who initially examined the child and thought she had been abused had not gotten all the facts before drawing their conclusions.

Although he was happy with the jury’s unanimous decision, he noted that it’s still not a happy ending. The child will likely have permanent and severe cognitive disabilities, according to the criminal complaint.

“In these cases, it’s always bittersweet,” Devore said. “You’ve got a significant injury suffered by a child with no explanation. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part for my client is that he was exonerated of all charges, and he could have faced significant consequences.”


A little mid week humor.

The societal decline continues.

The Four Words the Air Force Will Now Allow Airmen to Omit From Their Enlistment Oaths

The Air Force has nixed a requirement that all airmen who take the enlistment oath recite the words “so help me God,” the military branch said Wednesday.

Previously, the Air Force allowed airmen to nix the words from their oath, but removed that option in October following legal confusion, USA Today reported.

After a review of policy by the Department of Defense General Counsel, airmen may again omit the four words.

Cadets raise their right hands as they take the Oath of Office to become 2nd Lieutenants during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Cadets raise their right hands as they take the Oath of Office to become 2nd Lieutenants during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

“We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen’s rights are protected.

“The Air Force will be updating the instructions for both enlisted and commissioned Airmen to reflect these changes in the coming weeks, but the policy change is effective now,” she continued. “Airmen who choose to omit the words ‘So help me God’ from enlistment and officer appointment oaths may do so.”

Controversy over the oath was ignited in September, after the American Humanist Association said it was representing an unidentified atheist airman who refused to recite the four words, USA Today reported.

Following the decision to remove the requirement, the atheist group released a statement.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed our client has a First Amendment right to omit the reference to a supreme being in his reenlistment oath,” attorney Monica Miller said in a statement Wednesday, according to USA Today. “We hope the Air Force will respect the constitutional rights of Atheists in the future.”


Find him and throw him in a VFW on Veterans day. Sorry, I have no patience for such stupidity.

Surveillance video provides lead in vandalism at Twin Ports VA Clinic

By News Tribune Today at 6:11 p.m.

Surveillance video has given police a clue in their search for someone who vandalized the Twin Ports Veterans Affairs Clinic in Superior last week.
Superior police on Wednesday released images taken from the surveillance video, which was provided by Veterans Affairs police. The suspect is a white man who appears to be in his early to mid-20s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He was wearing glasses and had short brown hair and facial hair.

Superior police discovered the damage at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 10 after responding to an alarm at the clinic, 3520 Tower Ave. Officers found several windows at the front entrance were smashed. The damage was estimated at $6,000.

Superior police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kirk Hill at (715) 395-7606.

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And, keep in mind, MN sure only helped a tad more than 6% of the population of MN.

Johnson blasts Dayton as “incompetent” as top-selling insurer exits MNsure

Posted by: Patrick Condon under Health careMinnesota campaignsMinnesota governorGov. Mark Dayton,DemocratsRepublicans Updated: September 16, 2014 – 5:46 PM

MNsure officials confirmed Tuesday that PreferredOne, the choice of nearly six in 10 consumers who have bought plans on the exchange, would no longer participate. Insurers are expected to release their 2015 MNsure rates in early October.

“Mark Dayton was desperate to be the first governor in the country to implement Obamacare in Minnesota through MNsure,” Johnson said at a Capitol news conference. “He got to handpick his board and handpick his staff and it has been an unmitigated disaster since day one.”

Johnson suggested that PreferredOne pulled out because it was offering artificially low rates on its plans under pressure from Dayton’s administration. Jeremy Drucker, spokesman for Dayton’s re-election campaign, called that ridiculous.

“Of course, administration officials encouraged insurers on MNsure to provide the lowest rates possible to the people of Minnesota,” Drucker said. “However, the companies were solely responsible for the rates they decided to offer.”

Dayton has owned up to MNsure’s struggles. He apologized to consumers who struggled to buy coverage through the glitch-ridden website, and earlier this month he called MNsure’s troubled launch the single biggest disappointment of his first term as governor.

Johnson said if elected, his first goal would be winning a federal waiver that would allow Minnesota to pull out of conforming to the Affordable Care Act. If that’s not successful, Johnson said, he would seek to replace MNsure’s board of directors and its leadership staff. He also said he’d try to increase competition among those companies selling plans on the site.

Drucker predicted that if Johnson is elected, he would seek changes that undermine MNsure’s mission of boosting insurance coverage rates.

“This would be devastating to Minnesotans,” Drucker said.

Let the cover up and lying begin…its been going on for two years. At this point, “what difference does it make”?

Ex-State Dept. Official: Damaging Benghazi Documents Removed

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 07:45 PM

By Greg Richter

A former State Department official says he witnessed departmental employees separating out damaging documents on the Benghazi investigation before handing them over to the Accountability Review Board, The Daily Signal reports. 
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says the man, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, told her he saw the actions take place in a basement room at the State Department over a weekend.Maxwell headed the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the time and was in charge of collecting emails and documents related to the probe of the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility on Sept. 11, 2012.

“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell told Attkisson.

Once there, he said he saw stacks and boxes of documents. He saw one person who directly worked for him there, though he had not been advised of her extra duties.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told Attkisson. “Seventh floor” referred to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her advisers.

Maxwell said he suggested that was unethical, to which the woman replied, “Ray, those are our orders.”

Moments later, Maxewell said, two high-ranking State officials walked in. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah told Fox News they were Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan.

“When Cheryl saw me, she snapped, ‘Who are you?’” Maxwell told Attkission.” Jake explained, ‘That’s Ray Maxwell, an NEA deputy assistant secretary.’ She conceded, ‘Well, OK.’”

Maxwell said he decided to leave a short time later because “I didn’t feel good about it.”

Maxwell was eventually put on paid leave for a year, though no formal charges were filed. He told Attkisson he and three other State Department employees were scapegoated while higher-ranking officials responsible were not disciplined.

He said he talked to the State Department ombudsman about his punishment.

“She told me, ‘You are taking this all too personally, Raymond. It is not about you,’” he said.

“I told her that ‘my name is on TV and I’m on administrative leave, it seems like it’s about me.’ Then she said, ‘You’re not harmed, you’re still getting paid. Don’t watch TV. Take your wife on a cruise. It’s not about you; it’s about Hillary and 2016.’”

Maxwell was later reinstated and subsequently retired after a 21-year career in foreign service. He was a supporter of President Barack Obama’s campaign and even contributed money, but has since soured on both Obama and his old boss, Clinton, he said.

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More on Cartoon County’s catch and release program

‘Buy one, get one free’ shouldn’t apply to crime

By Jana Peterson on Sep 12, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.
Concurrent versus consecutive.

Regarding prison sentences, the first word refers to separate sentences being served at the same time — three 12-month sentences served concurrently add up to one year of prison time (minus time off for good behavior). Three 12-month sentences served consecutively, however, add up to three years in prison (minus time off for good behavior).

Reading this week’s story about Cloquet resident Stephen James Smith, it feels like Smith got a “buy one, get two free” sentence for his crimes.

Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Stephen James Smith, 21, to 33 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in an incident that occurred on March 4. He also sentenced Smith to 39 months on one felony count of second-degree possession of 6 grams of heroin for an incident on March 19. In addition, Smith was also sentenced to 39 months on one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin for his role in a third incident that took place on July 19, to be served at the same time as the other two sentences.

It’s frustrating for the law-abiding. Smith committed the first crime, got out on a miniscule bail ($150 cash), then committed the second crime just over two weeks later. Again he posted bail ($4,000 this time) and failed to show up for later court appearances, at which point the court issued warrants for his arrest. When he was picked up the third time months later, it happened only after a high speed chase through rural residential Cloquet. Luckily no one was hit or injured in that chase.

Smith will serve a maximum of 39 months, or just over three years, for his crime spree this year, rather than the nine-plus years he could have served if the sentences were to run consecutively.

Smith’s case is not unique. It happens all the time. Offenders get multiple sentences for multiple crimes … to be served concurrently.

Except for Vanessa Brigan, who basically had no criminal record but did have a problem with drugs that ultimately led to the deaths of two hard-working, wonderful Carlton County residents and employees, when she drove (badly) while high on methadone. Brigan is serving her sentences consecutively.

Smith, who has racked up a considerable record in his 21 years of life and no doubt intended to commit the crimes he pleaded guilty to, is serving his sentences concurrently.

We aren’t arguing that Brigan’s sentence was wrong, rather that it feels like the court needs to look harder at criminal history and criminal intent when determining whether sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.

Right now the system seems to communicate to hard-core offenders that they might as well commit more crimes while they’re out on bail, because odds are good they won’t serve any additional time, even if they do get caught.

“Buy one, get one free” is not OK for crime.

Jana Peterson


Al Franken is a joke.


Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is pictured inside a "Senators Only" elevator as he departs the Senate floor after a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 15, 2010. (REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang)

PAC Mocks Al Franken’s SNL Past [VIDEO]

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Franken leads Republican challenger Mike McFadden by less than ten points in his re-election bid with two months to go until an Election Day on which Republicans are expected to make sizable congressional gains.

Franken’s signature character on the show, a recovering alcoholic named Stuart Smalley who tries to boost his self-esteem by complimenting himself in the mirror, spawned a poorly received 1995 movie called “Stuart Saves His Family.”


Franken has staunchly avoided conversations about his comedy career since he’s been in the Senate, and routinely rebuffs national reporters based on his personal policy of only speaking to Minnesota press.

“I have been advised by many insiders that he has a glass jaw when it comes to references to his SNL past,” Rescue the Senate spokesman Mark Meckler told The Daily Caller.

Franken, a reportedly heavy drug user during his SNL days, later starred on the failed sitcom LateLine, hosted a show on the failed left-wing Air America radio network, and wrote books attacking Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, among others.

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