Your tax dollars hard at work, thank the liar in chief. Hey, its only 30K, at this point, what difference does it make?

6 Minnesota Somali organizations receive grants to combat terrorism

By AMY FORLITI / ASSOCIATED PRESS |
March 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 3 days ago
Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot project designed to combat terrorism, the nonprofit group that is administering the funds announced Thursday.

The grant recipients include a youth sports group, a program that empowers Somali parents, an organization that plans to enhance youth employment opportunities and a group that addresses mental health issues for refugees. An additional $100,000 has been set aside to help with technical assistance, professional development and other resources with the goal of keeping the programs going on their own in the future.

Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said investing in youth development is crucial. He said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.”

Boston and Los Angeles are also participating in the federal pilot project, which the Obama administration launched in late 2014 to stamp out violent extremism.

Minneapolis’ program, called Building Community Resilience, focuses on the state’s large Somali community, which has been a target for terrorism recruiters. More than 22 men have left the state since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join militants in Syria.

“We are excited that Youthprise has identified the first group of organizations to which it will make grants,” said Ben Petok, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota. “This is an important milestone for the hundreds of Somali community leaders and volunteers who have worked on this effort for the past 18 months.”

Last month, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said he was working on additional funding, both federal and private. He pointed to a bill President Barack Obama signed into law in December that includes $50 million for efforts that combat terrorism as a possible source. Luger noted that $10 million of that appropriation is specifically for states’ efforts to prevent violent extremism, though it’s not yet known how much of that money will flow to Minnesota.

In a parallel effort, Minnesota lawmakers have also allocated $250,000 to programs designed to combat terror recruiting. The Department of Public Safety announced last month that it will soon start the process of awarding grants, with priority given to programs that will lead to long-term investment in communities most at risk. Meanwhile, House Democrats have also announced that they’ll push for another $2 million to dedicate to combatting terrorism in Minnesota.

The differences are painfully obvious.

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Why does our society allow these scum sucking bottom feeders to continue their criminality? What will the plea agreement be? Gee whiz, that parole / probation thing didn’t work out so well for the guy with nine fingers, did it?

Suspect in brutal Cloquet assault taken into custody
By News Tribune, Pine Journal Today at 5:09 p.m.

A Cloquet man wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in a brutal assault earlier this year is now in custody at the Carlton County Jail.

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Patrick Lussier, who turns 29 on Saturday, was arrested by U.S. marshals in the Twin Cities on March 2. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Feb. 11 after he was charged with first-degree assault. At a court hearing Wednesday, Lussier’s bail was set at $200,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

Just after midnight Jan. 16, Cloquet police officers responded to an apartment on the 400 block of Arch Street regarding a serious assault that had occurred at that location. When officers responded to the apartment they were advised that the victim — a 29-year-old Cloquet man — had been assaulted by two individuals. The victim sustained serious head injuries as well as bad cuts to his hand, and one of his fingers had been cut off. Medical personnel were summoned and attended to the victim.

Neither the victim nor other people who were present would tell officers who had assaulted the victim because they were afraid to provide information to law enforcement in the belief that the individuals would take retribution against them as well, the criminal complaint noted.

As the investigation proceeded, Cloquet police uncovered more details of the assault and the two alleged perpetrators — Lussier and Craig Andre Askew, 24, of Cloquet — were identified from a photo lineup.

When charges were filed Feb. 11, Askew was in custody in Blue Earth County, Minn., where he faced drug charges. As of Friday, he was being held at the Carlton County Jail on a first-degree assault charge.

Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese said this week that the assault appears to have been “some sort of internal dispute” among Lussier and his associates, not a random attack.

Both men have criminal records, although Lussier’s is more extensive, according to Minnesota records.

In the past in Carlton County, Lussier was convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats in May 2012 and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

In that case, Lussier admitted to shooting a gun into the air at a residence on the 1700 block of Blue Spruce Drive west of Cloquet on Nov. 11, 2012, because he was upset that no one at a party there would give him a ride to Duluth.

Lussier was on parole from that charge at the time of the Jan. 16 incident.

Lussier is due back in court March 21; Askew has a court hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

Today’s feel good story. Thankfully, the only one dead was the bad guy.

Miss. homeowner kills escaped murder suspect after week-long manhunt
Published March 10, 2016 FoxNews.com
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A capital murder suspect who busted out of a jail in Mississippi last week tied up a family at a home in Vicksburg Thursday morning before one of the homeowners broke loose and killed the intruder, investigators revealed.

Police said the unnamed homeowner shot Rafael McCloud in the head. The entire encounter lasted roughly three hours.

McCloud fought with the husband and wife, stabbing the man in the shoulder, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. The wife also had injuries, but not enough to go to the hospital. The toddler was not hurt.

At some point after being tied up, one of the couple managed to get a gun they had at the home and shot McCloud, the chief said. He did specify exactly who got free and how they did so.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed McCloud was the intruder. Police were called around 7 a.m. to the house in northern Vicksburg, where the homeowner told police he had been attacked by the man who broke into his garage around 4 a.m.

Police did not know of any connection between McCloud and the family, who lived on a street of small homes that runs along a ridge north of downtown Vicksburg.

Investigators found McCloud’s body in a bathtub, according to The Vicksburg Post. His death ends the manhunt that started when the 34-year-old escaped the Warren County jail March 2.

McCloud used a homemade shank to get the jump on a jail officer, Pace said. McCloud forced the officer to give up his keys, radio, pants and jacket, and went out a door to escape. The century-old jail in downtown Vicksburg has no perimeter fence.

Officials combed the town on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River for days, interviewing family members and friends of McCloud and poking through abandoned buildings. Schools bolstered security, and Vicksburg police warned people to bring in guns from vehicles and make sure their houses hadn’t been forcibly entered.

McCloud was indicted on murder and rape charges in the January 2015 death of Sharen Wilson. He had been held in the jail since his June 29 arrest, and has prior felony convictions for auto burglary, grand larceny and armed robbery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

More Twin Cities scum. Kudos to the LEO’s that got this poison off the streets.

FBI: Three men arrested with 4 pounds of meth on Red Lake reservation
By Forum News Service on Mar 9, 2016 at 9:47 p.m.

RED LAKE, Minn. — Three Twin Cities men were arrested Tuesday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The three men were arrested after Red Lake Police stopped two vehicles on the reservation at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release from the FBI office in Minneapolis. A minor whose age, gender and name were withheld also was detained, officials said.

In the searching the vehicles, approximately four pounds of high grade crystal methamphetamine was found, along with three pounds of marijuana and more than $5,000 in cash.

Arrested were Hernesto Montes, 21, of Brooklyn Park; Erivan Gomez, 19, Minneapolis and Miguel Rios-Quintero, 25, Minneapolis.

All three were transferred to the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji, where they face drug-related charges.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some crimes are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department.

Sick

Blaine 4th-grade teacher charged with molesting student

By TAD VEZNER | tvezner@pioneerpress.com
March 9, 2016 | UPDATED: 17 hours ago

A fourth-grade teacher at a Blaine elementary school is accused of molesting a student multiple times over the course of several months.

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Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld Jr., 52, of Oak Grove, was charged Wednesday in Anoka County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Sonnenfeld teaches math and science at Johnsville Elementary School in Blaine.

According to a criminal complaint, Sonnenfeld touched a female student’s genitalia on a half-dozen occasions between late 2014 and the spring of 2015, while she was standing next his desk receiving help with schoolwork.
The girl was 9 years old when the alleged touching started, and 10 when, according to the complaint, “she stopped asking for help so that he would stop touching her.” She told investigators “she decided to talk about what happened so that her chest and stomach wouldn’t hurt anymore.”
The Anoka County sheriff’s department is investigating the alleged incidents.

District officials said Sonnenfeld was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday while the criminal investigation takes place. They added in a written statement that they will conduct their own investigation into the incident, “and action may be taken as a result of those findings.”

Sonnenfeld was in the Anoka County jail Wednesday; his bail had yet to be set.

You just can’t make this shit up. Whitey sucks, heterosexuals suck, being normal sucks…

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal US Army Indoctrinated Soldiers on Dangers of ‘White Privilege’

MARCH 09, 2016

‘Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual.’

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Department of the Army revealing that in April 2015, 400 soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, were subjected to a “white privilege” briefing, including a PowerPoint presentation instructing the attendees: “Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual …”

The slideshow also informed the soldiers: “Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans.” It alleged that there are unspecified “powerful forces everywhere” keeping different kinds of people from being valued, accepted, and appreciated, but “we act as if it doesn’t exist.” This alleged privilege creates a “yawning divide” in income, wealth, and dignity. The material described a mythical African woman who isn’t aware that she’s black until she comes to America, encounters “white racism” and discovers the U.S. is “organized according to race.”

The Department of the Army documents were obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking:

Any and all materials used in an Equal Opportunity briefing provided on April 2, 2015, to the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, which included a discussion of “white privilege,” including but not limited to, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, audio/video tapes, course syllabi, and any recordings of the presentation itself.

The response to the Judicial Watch FOIA request included the entire Equal Opportunity Training PowerPoint presentation entitled “Power and Privilege,” which states:

Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.

Privilege has become one of those loaded words we need to reclaim so that we can use it to name and illuminate the truth

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Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. “To be white in American [sic] means not having to think about it” [Quotation not attributed]

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Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual regardless of your social class.

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Imagine a school or a workplace where all kinds of people feel comfortable showing up. [sic] valued, accepted, supported, appreciated, respected, belonging. [sic] Something very powerful keeps this from us.

The truth of this powerful forces [sic] is everywhere, but we don’t know how to talk about it and so we act as though it doesn’t exist

The trouble we’re in privileges [sic] some groups at the expense of others.

It creates a yawning divide in levels of income, wealth, dignity, safety, health and quality of life.

It promotes fear, suspicion, discrimination, harassment, and violence.

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Consider the “black woman” in Africa who has not experienced white racism and does not identify herself as a “black woman”. African, a woman, but not black.

She only became “black” when she came to the U.S. where privilege is organized according to race, where she is assigned to a social category that bears that name and she is treated differently as a result. [Emphasis added]

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The trouble we’re in can’t be solved unless the “privileged” make the problem of privilege their problem and do something about it.

The fact that it’s so easy for me and other people in dominant groups not to do this is the single most powerful barrier to change.

Though news of the indoctrination incident was briefly reported in Stars and Stripes shortly after it occurred, only one of the above slides previously has been made public. Confronted with the information at the time, an Army spokesperson claimed the presentation was not officially sanctioned.

Judicial Watch previously obtained Defense Department equal opportunity training materials that depict conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advise students to be aware that “many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” And last month, Judicial Watch uncovered Air Force Academy documents that show how the Academy used its “Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund” to pay for cadets to participate in worship services featuring witchcraft, “Faery Magick,” and voodoo.

“Outrageous – that is the only word to describe this type of raw racist indoctrination,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama administration undermines the morale of our military with morally repugnant ‘equal opportunity training’ that makes many soldiers feel unwelcome because they are the wrong sex, race, religion or aren’t part of a politically correct group.”

Pic of the day.

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Great. Cutting deals with accused terrorists. Yes, I consider threatening judges and FBI agents terror. Somehow, I just don’t think plea agreements are appropriate for terrorists.

Minnesota man accused of threatening to kill judge pleads guilty to lesser charge
Published March 08, 2016 Associated Press

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A Minnesota man accused of threatening to kill a federal judge and FBI agents has pleaded guilty to a lesser count.

Nineteen-year-old Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir admitted Tuesday to a misdemeanor of impeding a federal officer or employee. He says he’s sorry for everything he did wrong.

Prosecutors say he made the threats over Twitter in December after his friend was arrested for conspiring to support the Islamic State group.

As part of his plea agreement, Abdulkadir was sentenced to three years of probation, including two years of electronic monitoring.

He had been scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on charges that included threatening to murder a federal judge and a federal law enforcement officer.

Court documents say he posted one tweet that included the words “kill them FBI.”

Incredibly, a judge refuses a plea agreement. Its about time, don’t you think?

Aurora murder suspect’s plea rejected as state seeks stiffest charge
By Tom Olsen on Mar 7, 2016 at 9:50 p.m.

VIRGINIA — John Joseph Plevell came to court Monday with the intention of pleading guilty to a second-degree intentional murder charge in the November shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth.

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Instead, he walked away facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence.

The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office provided notice that it would convene a grand jury to consider a first-degree murder charge against Plevell, who is accused of gunning down Hildreth, his former girlfriend, outside the Aurora American Legion Club on Nov. 8.

The notice came only after 6th Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti denied Plevell’s request to plead to the lesser charge that he currently faces.

Defense attorney Bruce Williams requested the hearing late last week. He said the parties had been unsuccessful in plea negotiations and that Plevell was prepared to admit to the second-degree charge without the benefit of a plea agreement. The charge carries a maximum of 40 years in prison, with Williams saying that Plevell could face more than 30 years under sentencing guidelines.

“We simply want to bring some conclusion to the case for Mr. Plevell, his family, the community and the victim’s family,” Williams said at the hearing, arguing that a defendant has the “unfettered right” to enter a plea any time after a second appearance.

But St. Louis County prosecutor Michelle Anderson said she did not receive ample notice of Monday’s hearing and was unable to provide notice to the victim’s family. Further, she said she would convene a grand jury to consider a first-degree murder charge, which automatically suspends the case.

Pagliaccetti also expressed concern that the Hildreth’s family did not receive notice and said Plevell would have to await the outcome of a grand jury proceeding.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. The charge — the stiffest on the books in Minnesota — can only be brought by a grand jury, which must be convened within 14 days of the state providing notice.

Williams said afterward that he was frustrated by the fact that Plevell, 52, could not exercise his right to plead guilty, noting that the state has had nearly four months to provide notice that it would seek the stiffer charge.

“We were in limbo,” he told the News Tribune outside the courthouse. “We had no idea what was going on, so it was Mr. Plevell’s decision to enter a plea and take responsibility. How often do you get someone willing to plead guilty to second-degree intentional murder where the top of the box is 367 months, and you’ve got the state saying no?”

Gordon Coldagelli, another prosecutor in the Virginia office, said the state was not aware that Plevell intended to plead Monday, resulting in the failure to notify Hildreth’s family. He also noted that there is no deadline for prosecutors to file notice of a grand jury proceeding.

“I’ve been involved in a number of first-degree murder cases and it’s not unusual for a notice of intent to be filed four to six months after the case commences,” he said.

Prosecutors have considered the possibility of convening a grand jury since the early stages of the case. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin told the News Tribune after Plevell’s Nov. 12 arraignment that the decision would be made once the police investigation concluded.

Authorities allege that Plevell hid behind a shed and gunned down Hildreth with a deer rifle equipped with a scope as she exited the bar late at night. Fellow patrols told police that Plevell was in the establishment earlier that evening and made a number of vague threats against Hildreth and her new boyfriend, according to court documents.

Plevell had pleaded guilty to domestic assault a month earlier; a domestic abuse no-contact order with Hildreth remained active at the time of the shooting.

Monday’s announcement means that a rare grand jury will be convened in Virginia for the second time in recent months. In November, Anthony James Isham and John Edward Isham were indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in the April 2014 stabbing death of Harley Jacka in April 2014.

Prior to that case, there had not been a first-degree murder indictment at any of the three courthouses in St. Louis County in more than five years.