A Friday feel good story.

CBS Local — An alleged burglar got more than he bargained for when he entered the Wisconsin home of a 95-year-old former Marine and his daughter.

Fred, a World War II veteran, says his dog started barking and alerted him to someone breaking in through a back door of the West Allis house on Dec. 4.

“I was almost standing nose to nose with him. That was a shocker,” the veteran told the Journal Sentinel. Fred added that the robber threatened to kill him and his dog if he didn’t hand over his wallet.

“I wasn’t scared. I was so damn mad,” the veteran of the war in the Pacific told reporters. The 95-year-old was able to wrestle alleged burglar, Gary Wells, to the ground before the homeowner’s daughter ran downstairs to help fight the thief off.

Fred’s motivated 51-year-old daughter Mary then took off after Wells, chasing the burglar for six blocks before catching and holding him for police. “I was mad because of what he did to my dad,” Mary said. “We jumped over two fences and ran through 12 yards,” the Marine’s daughter added.

Mary eventually caught the crook after the 53-year-old’s leg got caught on a picket fence. “It was just reflexes. I guess it rubbed off from my father.”

The West Allis family, who asked for their last name not to be used, said they were fortunate Wells did not have a gun. The father-daughter team also saved the property of another Wisconsin home as police found the alleged burglar with nine silver and gold cuff links on him. Authorities are now looking for the rightful owners of the stolen goods and Wells has been charged with felony burglary.

Read the story here: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/12/14/95-year-old-marine-daughter-stop-burglar/

Dirtbag.

This ‘decorated Green Beret’ is a total fraud

Brooklyn Army vet Papotia Reginald Wright’s resume was impressive by any standard.

He boasted of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star — and a slew of other medals as an elite Green Beret that got him into swanky galas and even field access to the Giants.

Modal TriggerBut Wright is nothing but an accomplished fraud, it was revealed Thursday.

He never served with Special Forces, never served in any combat role — and never rose above the rank of “specialist,” according to military documents obtained through FOIA by Guardians of the Green Beret.

Wright even lied about how long he was in the Army, claiming he served 25 years when he was really only enlisted from 1982 to 1990, the documents show.

He spent most of his time as a driver, with stints far from any battlefield in Alaska, Egypt, Georgia and Texas, according to his papers.

Keep Reading : https://nypost.com/2017/12/14/this-decorated-green-beret-is-a-total-fraud/

Why did I know this would happen? This would be the definition of prosecutorial misconduct.

Prosecutor Says No Evidence To File Charges In Justine Damond Shooting

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blamed everybody but himself for failure to make a charging decision.

Hennepin County, Minn. – Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a group of activists that he doesn’t have the evidence to file charges against the Minneapolis police officer in the shooting death of Justine Damond.

Freeman blamed investigators for not doing their jobs in the investigation of whether Officer Mohamed Noor was justified is shooting Damond.

Read the entire story here: https://www.themaven.net/bluelivesmatter/news/prosecutor-says-no-evidence-to-file-charges-in-justine-damond-shooting-JAhnGLse2kako1XSe9XLpg

Making Jim Oberstar proud.. After all, he was floating this idea years ago.

By Phil Matier

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — California is moving closer to charging drivers for every mile they drive.

The state says it needs more money for road repairs, and the gas tax just isn’t bringing in enough revenue.

The state recently road-tested a mileage monitoring plan.

The California Road Charge Pilot Program is billed as a way for the state to move from its longstanding pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their mileage.

But it’s not just a question about money, it’s also a question about fairness.

State Senator Scott Wiener and others are saying that when it comes to road taxes, it’s time to start looking at charging you by the mile rather than by the gallon.

“If you own an older vehicle that is fueled by gas, you’re paying gas tax to maintain the roads. Someone who has an electric vehicle or a dramatically more fuel efficient vehicle is paying much less than you are. But they are still using the roads,” Wiener said.

“People are going to use less and less gas in the long run,” according to Wiener.

And less gas means less gas tax, and less money for road repair.

“We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads,” Wiener said.

One idea would be installing devices that would clock your mileage every time you pull up to the pump or electric car charging station. Or put a tracker on every car.

“The reality is that if you have a smartphone your data of where you are traveling is already in existence,” Wiener said.

None of this is sitting well with drivers such as Joshua Li, the owner of a hybrid BMW.

Li said he saves around $200 a month by not using gas and said he would definitely not be happy if his driving was taxed per mile.

Randy Rentschler, of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said one answer is to raise the gas tax and up the vehicle registration fee for electric cars.

“If you buy a small car that gets great fuel economy, we don’t get enough money to repair the roads … but the fact of the matter is people are buying trucks,” Rentschler said.

However, raising vehicle registration fees and taxing people with fuel-efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles could also discourage people from purchasing such vehicles.

Fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles are key to reducing vehicle emissions and improving air quality around the world.

Would you ever guessed you’d see this in a school? Social engineering at its finest….

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High School Gets Sued After Students Dishonor War Vets

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Reporter

The students filed the lawsuit against Edina High School, the principal and the school district. The lawsuit — “Edina High School Young Conservative Club et al v. Edina School District et al” — charges the school with violating students’ rights to freedom of speech, association and equal access. The suit alleges the school is trying to put a flag code above the First Amendment.

“The U.S. Flag Code preempts Edina High School’s requirement that students respect flag protesters—whatever that means,” YCC lawyer Erick Kaardal said in a press release. “This is a clear case of discrimination against students with conservative beliefs by a school whose policies have been documented as promoting an extreme ideological agenda.”

“Edina High School has essentially declared itself to be ‘big brother’ – to ensure that students ‘think correctly’ about the U.S. flag, political and social issues,” Kaardal added.

YCC members describes themselves on Facebook as “a group of teenagers that discuss their political views with each other.”

A masked student also threatened members of the club for their “alt-right agenda,” in a creepy Nov. 12 video, according to Edina Schools Superintendent John Schultz.

“This is why we at EHS Anti-fascists have decided your club cannot continue to exist in its current form,”  the masked student said on camera. “We will not stop until every tentacle of your evil monstrosity is sliced off at the nerve.”

Several club members left campus out of fear for their safety after the threatening video was published. The school administration shut the club down, however, because the group “criticized the school’s policies supporting the organized student protest.”

“The bottom line with this particular instance is that students are not required to stand for the national anthem, or ‘Taps’ or the pledge,” Edina High School Principal Andy Beaton said in a statement. The school steps in when statements become disrespectful, Beaton added.

“School policy allows students to disrespect military veterans and the United States flag, but will not tolerate those students who criticize the disrespectful behavior of the student protesters,” YCC’s attorney Kaardal said. “That’s a double standard.”

Neither YCC nor Edina High School responded to the DCNF’s request for comment in time for publication.

Wow.

This mayor used a dead person’s identity to get a better parking space. Now she may lose her job.

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Davenport, Florida, Mayor Darlene Bradley was caught using handicapped parking placards belonging to people who had died years before. (Image source: City of Davenport and Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

For Darlene Bradley, mayor of Davenport, Florida, the answer to that question is criminal identity theft.

Bradley parked in the handicapped parking spot at city hall all the time. The city manager, Kelly Callihan, noticed it, but since Bradley had a placard, it didn’t register as an issue.

Clearly, someone had a problem with it, and whoever that was dropped a tip with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to look into her parking situation.

After discovering Bradley had never been issued a parking permit, authorities set up a covert surveillance camera outside city hall.

They observed her exiting her vehicle and carrying a suitcase into city hall without any assistance.

More importantly, they were able to zoom in on her placard, to reveal that it belonged to a woman who had died in 2012.

On top of that, the real permit expired in 2013, which indicates that the mayor’s, which had a 2018 expiration date, was likely a forgery.

Police got a warrant and searched her home, and found another placard, from another deceased person.

Bradley was arrested and charged with identity theft, counterfeiting, and illegal parking in a handicapped spot.

County Sheriff Grady Judd said Bradley “embarrassed the citizens of Davenport.”

Bradley could be facing a suspension during her trial, and will have to step down if she is convicted.

Good grief, when will the embarrassment end? Hopefully tomorrow…..

8th Accuser: Al Franken Groped Me ’at a Media Matters Party During the First Obama Inauguration’

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Journalist Tina Dupuy became the eighth woman on Wednesday to accuse Al Franken of sexual misconduct, writing in The Atlantic that the embattled Minnesota Senator groped her in 2009 at a Media Matters party during Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“D.C. was decked out and packed in for the inauguration of a young and popular new president. The town was buzzing with optimism, and one of the many events on our list was a swanky Media Matters party with Democratic notables everywhere,” the former communications director for Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson wrote in the article titled, “I Believe Franken’s Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too.”

“Then I saw Al Franken,” Dupuy wrote. “I only bug celebrities for pictures when it’ll make my foster mom happy. She loves Franken, so I asked to get a picture with him. We posed for the shot. He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh. I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice.”

“Al Franken’s familiarity was inappropriate and unwanted. It was also quick; he knew exactly what he was doing,” wrote Dupuy, who said, “I don’t let my husband touch me like that in public because I believe it diminishes me as a professional woman.”

In addition to Dupuy, six other women have accused Franken of sexual misconduct after radio host Leeann Tweeden published a photo last month of Franken grabbing her breast during a two week USO Tour in 2006.

Democratic senators have come out in droves urging Franken resign, including several high-ranking female lawmakers.

“We have to rise to the occasion, and not shrink away from it, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. That is what this larger moment is about,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Wednesday in a statement on Facebook.

Franken took to Twitter Wednesday promising to address the growing scandal in a statement on Thursday.

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson

Didn’t the NFL and the city of Minnecrapolis think of this? Why should all the taxpayers be on the hook for this? Oh, wait, didn’t the NFL prohibit the police from carrying weapons while working security at their games? Screw the NFL.

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Minneapolis seeks assistance from National Guard for Super Bowl

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Minnesota will soon be hosting the championship game of the National Football League. And Minnesota wants help from its National Guard.

Via Libor Jany of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Governor Mark Dayton has been asked to mobilize the National Guard to assist with security in connection with the Super Bowl. In a letter to Dayton, Mayor Betsy Hodges and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey wrote that Minneapolis police “cannot by themselves meet of all the safety and security needs of the 10 days of Super Bowl LII while maintaining public-safety operations for the entire city.”

The National Guard members would handle matters such as “pedestrian safety, traffic control, security for key venues and infrastructure, and transport,” allowing police officers to focus on other tasks.

Per the report, Minneapolis officials characterized the request as routine. If that’s the case, shouldn’t the request have been baked in to the proposals and other plans prepared months ago? It seems that it’s all happening now, only weeks before the event.

And this makes seven accusations.

Accuser: Franken said it was his ‘right’ to kiss me

A former Democratic congressional aide claims Sen. Al Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her, according to a new report.

The unidentified accuser told Politico that the Minnesota Democrat made the unwanted move after a taping of his talk radio show in 2006 – three years before he was elected to the Senate.

“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the woman told the news outlet.

“I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer,’” the ex-aide claimed

The woman, who was in her 20s at the time of the alleged incident and had never met Franken before, said the former “Saturday Night Live” star came onto her after her boss had left the studio.

Franken denied the accusation in a statement to Politico saying: “This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous.”

Two ex-colleagues of the woman both independently corroborated her story to Politico, the site reports.

The Senate Ethics Committee is already investigating Franken over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct — including claims he groped both a soldier and a former Playboy model on a USO tour. Several other women have also accused the former funnyman of touching them inappropriately during campaign events.

Legalized robbery? This is not the intended use of asset forfeiture and maybe its time it is outlawed for abusive agencies.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Line Up Against Police Waiver Used To Take $92,000 At Traffic Stop

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ANDERS HAGSTROM
Justice Reporter

When Wyoming police took Phil Parhamovich’s life savings at a single traffic stop, he had to wait months for the state to return it. Now, Wyoming lawmakers are looking to ban the waiver used to take it in the first place.

Known as a “release of interest in property or currency” form, the waivers allow citizens to transfer ownership of property to the state. Once signed, a citizen forfeits his right to contest the transfer later. When Parhamovich signed one of these forms at an unfortunate traffic stop in March, he gave $91,800 cash to police, but only after an officer supposedly implied that carrying such a large amount of cash was illegal. While a judge ordered the state to return the money Friday, the waivers have already drawn the gaze of state lawmakers.

Attorney Dan Alban, who represented Parhamovich, has fought civil forfeiture abuses across the country with the Institute for Justice. He claims the waivers are a way for police to circumvent cumbersome limitations on civil asset forfeiture, the widely derided power for law enforcement to seize property without convicting–or even charging–the owner with a crime.

Five state congressmen attended Parhomovich’s hearing, according to Alban. One was Rep. Charles Pelkey, the Democratic Whip and the only Wyoming congressman to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries; another was Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a Republican and staunch defender of the Second Amendment.

“I have at least 15 other lawmakers who are willing to co-sponsor a bill banning them,” Pelkey told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “And if I drop the ball on this, I guarantee someone else will pick it up.”

While Bouchard has vowed to support a move from Pelkey, he argues the ban should only be the start.

“Someone is going to bring in the bill to ban the waivers, but they’re just a symptom of a larger issue in the state,” he told TheDCNF. “Our government is just not transparent in Wyoming. The Attorney General’s office isn’t looking out for the people.”

In 2015, Wyoming’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill requiring law enforcement to obtain a felony conviction before they could take a citizen’s property, but Republican Gov. Matt Mead later vetoed the bill. Bouchard claims Mead then went to great lengths to ensure his veto wasn’t overturned.

The governor did sign a weaker form of the legislation in 2016, but Bouchard argues that Mead’s AG, Peter Michael, is still putting the state’s interests over the people’s with regard to forfeiture.

Wyoming is currently one of five states that allow the governor to appoint the AG. But next session, Bouchard wants to tie the position to direct elections, joining the vast majority of the country.

“I have room for three bills next session and that’s one of my slots,” Bouchard said. “I’m going to introduce this legislation.

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