Re-elect Tom Pertler? Why?

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I was in town over the weekend and saw a pretty large banner promoting the re-election of our Taka sipping county attorney and I’d have to ask you all why you should support him.  First and foremost, he’s simply got an abysmal record of plea agreements.  Notice how many gun charges have been dropped against convicted felons.  Another dirty little secret rarely spoken of is his disregard for the oath of office he took when he was first elected.  Now, for those of you not familiar with taking an oath of office, oaths commonly include phrases like “…swear to uphold and obey the laws of this State and the Constitution of the United States..” or similar language.

Just the three events that have been published on different news sources include his accident in Cloquet in November of 2011 when he ran a red light and hit a car with the right of way.  Of course, there was no investigation completed, no citations issued, and Pertler publicly denied any responsibility regarding the collision, even refusing to cooperate with the victim’s insurance company.

Then we have the issue of allegedly showing up intoxicated to teach a Law Enforcement class at Fon Du Lac college on 02/27/12.  Of course, once again, he was not held accountable and was given a ride home from one of his students.  He did admit in published reports that he was taking medication prescribed to him and did a tad of drinking before class.  Whoopie.  Were favors called in?  I know not, but I do know that one can be arrested up to two hours after an event and it is my understanding the police were called to the college.

Thirdly, of course, you might remember his DWI arrest on 07/17/12 that resulted in an implied consent conviction because he couldn’t complete a valid breath test.  If you haven’t seen the dash video of the arrest and field sobriety tests, you really ought to.

So folks, if nothing else, he’s very seriously violated his sworn oath of office on a number of occasions and that alone should get you to thinking.  Some of us that have taken an oath of office take it very seriously, you could ask about any cop or military veteran how seriously he or she took the oath of office.

In my opinion, the taxpayers can be far better represented by an elected official that has a tad more respect for the rule of law and the taxpayers he or she is supposed to serve.

I’d argue to stop taxpayer funded addiction….altogether. No cab rides, no free dope…eliminate the problem.

Family calls for stricter regulations on methadone clinics after son is killed in 2012 crash

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM CDTCloquet, MN ( — After learning their case against a methadone clinic will move to trial, the Lindgren family is speaking out to get what they feel is justice for their son and his family.In October of 2012, 29–year old–Mitchell Lindgren was killed after being hit by a car driven by Venessa Brigen, who was on methadone at the time of the accident.

“Mitch, Jorden, and I did a lot together and Jorden and I still do a lot together but we miss their dad,” said David Lindgren, Mitch’s father.

Mitchell was working for the Carlton County Highway department when he was killed. leaving behind his wife and two kids.

Mitch’s co–worker, 25–year–old Zachary Gamache also died in the accident.

“Mitch loved his job, he loved the people he worked with he was really good at what he did, he enjoyed it,” said David.

The Lindgren family filed a lawsuit against Pinnacle Recovery services claiming the methadone treatment center was negligent in giving methadone to Brigan and letting her drive.

“They need to be accountable to the public for, um, dispensing these narcotics to addicts. They have to do it in a way that is safe for the public,” said David.

According the criminal complaint, fresh needle tracks were found on Brigan’s arms when she was examined after the crash; and syringes, and nearly empty methadone bottles, were found in the ditch by Brigan’s crashed vehicle.

Doctors say methadone is the most highly regulated drug in the United States and should be taken orally not injected.

However there are looser regulations on how long patients need to be observed after taking the narcotic.

“There are also state rules about the period of time in which the patient has to be observed to see what the effect of that medication is. Once we know what the effect of that medication is then there aren’t the same kind of observation regulations,” said Dr. Gavin Bart, Director of Addiction Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

There have only been two other wrongful Death Lawsuits filed against methadone clinics in Minnesota, and the Lindgren’s lawyer said their request is simple.

“All we want methadone clinics to do is, what the public no doubt expects of them, which is to make sure they are not loading people up with methadone, a very dangerous drug and letting them go from the clinic directly to the car, and get behind the wheel and drive on our roadways,” said Phil Sieff.

“It doesn’t go away, it will never go away, we miss Mitch,” said David.

The Lindgren’s case is expected to be tried before a jury in July 2015 in Duluth.
A date has not yet been set yet for the Gamache family’s trial.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.

Nobody stops to think about things like this..


by  30 Aug 2014 

The recurrent expression of outrage by critics and themainstream media about the use of deadly force by police officers against unarmed individuals fails to recognize that since 2000 at least 57 suspects have taken officers’ weapons and murdered the police officer with it.

That means that about every three months in the USA, one officer’s family gets a knock on the door and is told that a husband, father, son, or daughter won’t be coming home ever again. Although you won’t see a rally in the street when it happens again, or see five hours a night of news coverage dedicated to the ongoing developments surrounding the incident, it will surely happen again.

While statistics for officers murdered with their own weapons are difficult to research, we know from the Los Angeles Police Protection League, the FBI and that between 2000-10, at least 51 officers were killed by alleged perpetrators who used the officer’s own gun. Four officers were killed in 2011, one officer was killed in 2013. Moreover, so far in 2014, it has been confirmed that Johnson City (New York) Police Officer David Smith was murdered in March with his own weapon. Smith had served in the police department for over 18 years.

In Smith’s case, according to the Officers Down Memorial Page report, before he was able to exit his patrol car or radio for help, the alleged assailant was able to disarm Officer Smith and shoot him while he was still in the patrol car.

Perhaps those that are quick to jump to conclusions in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the death of Ezell Brown in Los Angeles could show some restraint. All the facts are not in and a rush to judgment may be unfair to the innocent as well as damaging to local store owners.


How many girls did he diddle in the two months he was here? Kudos to our LEO’s that caught this turd and sent him on his way.

Fugitive apprehended in Cloquet had been on the run for two months

By Jana Peterson on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.

A fugitive arrested last Thursday in Cloquet was wanted on 50 felony criminal sex charges in Missouri.

James Michael Swett, 41, was arrested by Cloquet police, with the help of the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department, as he was walking in Cloquet’s Pinehurst Park early last Thursday morning with his wife and two young children.

Swett waived extradition to Missouri and was being housed in the Carlton County Jail until Andrew County (Missouri) deputies arrived to take him back to Missouri.

Swett faces the following charges in Missouri:

  •  14 counts of statutory sodomy (anal sex) in the first degree (with a child under the age of 14)
  •  14 counts of child molestation
  •  14 counts of forcible sodomy
  •  3 counts of sex abuse
  •  5 counts of sodomy

Andrew County Sheriff Bryan Atkins said his office contacted the Cloquet Police Department last Wednesday regarding Swett, who had been wanted by Missouri law enforcement for two months.

Atkins said his officers learned Swett was in the area when his wife applied for a job in Carlton County. From the application, Cloquet police got the address where Swett and his wife were allegedly staying.

“The Cloquet police and the [Carlton County] sheriff’s department did a great job,” Atkins said in a phone interview Friday morning. “A lot of times when you try to do things with agencies out of state, you get a ‘yeah, we’ll check’ and not much more. Those guys were on it though, texting back and forth, getting information. I’ve been looking for him since June 12, and in a matter of 12 hours [he was located and taken into custody]. They did an excellent job.”

According to probable cause statements filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Swett allegedly committed crimes against three different juveniles over the course of years at the same address in Savannah, Mo., where the children were visiting or living with their grandparents. At the time the sexual abuse allegedly occurred, one boy was between 6 and 8 years old, a girl was 11 or 12 years old and another boy was under the age of 14, although his age is not listed on the probable cause statement. According to Missouri court records, the alleged abuse took place in 2006, 1994, 1991 and 1989.

Swett was initially arrested and charged in 2013 with eight felony counts including child molestation, forcible sodomy and statutory sodomy, but was not in custody after posting bond and was awaiting trial.

That’s when things got complicated, Atkins said. The sheriff explained that the prosecutor’s office had to drop the original charges before they could file the additional charges.

“Once they dropped [the initial charges], … the bond and leg bracelet were no longer valid,” Atkins said, adding that Swett cut off his ankle bracelet. “We believe he left that evening or the next morning.”

“I was not a happy camper,” he added.

Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek said Cloquet detectives Derek Randall and Darrin Berg were instrumental in Swett’s apprehension, with Randall doing a lot of the research and Berg apprehending Swett after he’d met with the landlord of the property where Swett and his wife and children appeared to have been staying.

“Darrin had been talking to the landlord and they came walking by,” Stracek said. “He ended up taking a picture of them and sending it to the deputy in Missouri, who said, “Yep, that’s the guy.’”

Swett was taken into custody without incident shortly after 8 a.m. Aug. 21 and transported to the Carlton County Jail.

Atkins said Swett’s wife is wanted on some misdemeanor charges in Missouri, but she is not being extradited, unless the prosecutor decides to file aiding and abetting charges.

“It’s an important case,” Atkins said, adding that Swett grew up in Savannah and was not exactly “law enforcement friendly.” (Swett has a fairly extensive criminal record.) “For what he’s been accused of and charged with, it’s a pretty big deal.”

Atkins said Swett’s case (and disappearance) made state and some national news in the weeks after the new charges were filed and Swett disappeared.

“We had people calling from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, even Tennessee, thinking they’d seen him,” he said. “I think he worked his way up the Interstate 35 corridor, from Missouri all the way to your city,” Atkins said. “We tried to investigate [all the calls], but nothing ever panned out until this one here [in Cloquet].”

While our politicians golf, vacation, pander and fundraise…

Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of CiudadJuarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.

I don’t think he’s got a strategy for anything…other than turning the USA into a socialist utopia.


by  28 Aug 2014 

Before leaving for New York for a series of fundraisers, President Obama held a press conference at the White House to discuss his lack of strategy on Syria.

Obama told reporters that his strategy was still developing, and that he would continue to consult with congress and the American people about any action in Syria.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” he said. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

Obama criticized the news media for “getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are” on confronting ISIL in Syria.

“I think that’s not just my assessment but the assessment of our military, as well,” he said.

Obama said that to solution to the situation in Syria was not simply a military issue but also a political issue.

He suggested that the United States would support a “moderate opposition” inside of Syrian to give the country’s citizens a choice.

“We have to give people inside of Syria a choice other than ISIL or Assad,” he said, “And I don’t see any scenario in which Assad somehow is able to bring peace and stability to a region that is majority Sunni.”

Obama also explained that he had no intention of taking military action against Russia, even though it was clear that Vladamir Putin was acting aggressively in Ukraine.

“We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem,” he explained.

The difference between burger king and the liar in chief.

Justice for all.

Jury Acquits Texas Father Of Killing Drunken Driver Who Crashed Into His Kids

Fox News Latino

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    David Barajas, his wife Cindy and his attorney Sam Cammack on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Angleton, Texas. (AP)

ANGLETON, TEXAS (AP) –  A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man’s two sons.

David Barajas cried after the verdict was read and he hugged his wife, Cindy, who was also crying. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison, if he had been convicted.

Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons in December of 2012 while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.

Defense attorney Sam Cammack said Barajas didn’t kill Banda and that he was only focused on saving his sons. The gun used to kill Banda wasn’t found and there was little physical evidence tying Barajas to the killing.

A visibly relieved Barajas told reporters following the verdict that he hopes to move forward with his life and find closure.

“This was a loss for everybody. Not only did I lose my two sons, they lost a son, too,” said Barajas, referring to the Banda family.

Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne told reporters that she had no regrets for bringing the case to trial.

“We believe that Mr. Barajas committed this crime,” she said.

Authorities said that after the crash, Barajas, 32, went to his home about 100 yards from the crash site, got a gun and returned to shoot Banda.

Prosecutors had to overcome jury sympathy for Barajas, who had the support of many residents of Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Further complicating their case was that there were no witnesses who identified Barajas as the shooter and gunshot residue tests done on Barajas came back negative.

Investigators testified that a bullet fragment found in Banda’s car could have come from a .357-caliber gun, and that ammunition for such a gun was found in Barajas’ home, along with a holster. Cammack said his client never owned a gun and that tests showed the bullet fragment also could have come from another weapon.

A forensic scientist testified that blood found on the driver’s side door and driver’s arm rest of Banda’s car was consistent with that of Barajas.

The defense called only three witnesses to testify during the trial, which began last week.

But prosecution witnesses told jurors during questioning by Cammack that more gunfire had taken place well after Banda was shot — pointing to the possibility that the actual shooter was still at large — and that a search of Barajas’ home failed to find any evidence that directly or indirectly linked him to the crime scene.

Cammack also suggested that Banda could have been shot by his own cousin or half-brother, who told investigators that they witnessed the crash but fled the scene. Both testified that they did not shoot Banda.

Cammack also used 911 calls to create a timeline that suggested Barajas would not have had enough time to shoot Banda.


The police state. The EPA used to regulate, now its all about control. How much will you all tolerate?

Blueprint for water ‘control’? Pol says EPA made secret maps for new regulatory push

 Judson Berger


Shown here is one of the many maps commissioned by the EPA to detail U.S. waterways.EPA

A top House Republican is charging that the Environmental Protection Agency secretly drafted highly detailed maps of U.S. waterways to set the stage for a controversial plan to expand regulatory power over streams and wetlands, a claim the EPA strongly denies.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, released those maps on Wednesday, while firing off aletter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy voicing concerns over why they were created in the first place.

“These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country. Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” he wrote, in the letter obtained by

But an EPA spokeswoman said the maps, from the U.S. Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service, do not depict which waters are subject to EPA control.

“Let us be very clear — these maps have nothing to do with EPA’s proposed rule or any other regulatory purpose,” Liz Purchia said, noting they were initially created years ago and subsequently updated.

At issue is a proposal that Smith and fellow Republicans, as well as farmers and other groups, say could endanger private property rights by giving the EPA a say over temporary waterways like seasonal streams, under the Clean Water Act. That the agency had highly detailed maps drawn up has raised suspicion about their purpose.

“While the Agency marches forward with a rule that could fundamentally re-define Americans’ private property rights, the EPA kept these maps hidden,” Smith wrote in his letter. “Serious questions remain regarding the EPA’s underlying motivations for creating such highly detailed maps.”

He added: “The EPA’s job is to regulate. The maps must have been created with this purpose in mind.”

The high-resolution maps of each state depict a dense and veiny web of intertwining waterways. They’re color-coded to distinguish everything from canals and ditches to reservoirs to marshes to various types of streams. The maps show permanent streams, but also those that contain water for only part of the year.

The EPA denied the maps were drawn to chart areas subject to the Clean Water Act. The agency said they were only drawn to identify the “extent and location” of waterways and other details.

In two letters to Smith, in late July and early August, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner explained the documents were originally prepared in 2005, and updated last year with data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

“EPA is not aware of maps prepared by any agency, including the EPA, of waters that are currently jurisdictional under the CWA or that would be jurisdictional under the proposed rule,” she wrote, adding that the maps would have to be even more detailed to be used for that purpose.

Decisions over whether the EPA has authority over “particular waters,” Purchia said, are almost always made in response to requests. She told the maps in question would have to involve ground surveys to actually reflect the proposed rule, which she called “prohibitively expensive.”

But the map details would appear to dovetail with the type of waterways the agency is looking at regulating.

Since last year, the EPA has floated new rules that would define what kinds of waterways fall under its jurisdiction. The Clean Water Act already gives the EPA the ability to regulate “U.S. waters,” but Supreme Court rulings have left the specifics unclear when it comes to waters that flow only part of the year.

To address that, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers want to define that authority — and are eyeing waterways deemed to have some significant connection to major rivers, lakes and other systems.

The EPA claims this does not expand its authority, and only clarifies it.

But detractors claim this is an opening for the EPA to claim authority over countless waterways, including streams that only show up during heavy rainfall. Critics warn this could create more red tape for property owners and businesses if they happen to have even small streams on their land.

A House science committee aide called the EPA maps “eye-opening” for those following the process.

“These are not everyday, run-of-the-mill maps — these are highly detailed,” the aide told, adding that the agency had not previously disclosed the documents for public comment.

The committee only learned about the maps after hearing from the U.S. Geological Survey that the EPA was having them drawn up.  Lawmakers subsequently asked then-EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe about them at a hearing last month, and he agreed to release them.

Smith, in his letter, also questioned why the agency used taxpayer money to create the maps. He asked the agency to provide all documents related to its contract for the maps, turn over any other previously undisclosed maps, and extend the comment period for at least another two months.

Under the current plan, the comment period is projected to close on Oct. 20.

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.