What a surprise…I mean..who would have guessed?

Barack Obama Admits Immigration Reform is a Political Issue

By: Joe Cunningham (Diary)  |  September 6th, 2014 at 12:00 PM  |

This morning, news broke that signaled the end of immigration reform attempts by the White House and pro-amnesty groups within Congress.

Obama ImmigrationThis move by the White House shows everyone what you and I have known all along – immigration reform has never been about doing what’s morally right. It’s about building up a voting base. The funny thing is that the Republicans were suckered in to thinking it would expand their voting base. Even Marco Rubio, who has otherwise been a great force in the Senate, took the side of the reformers (all for the right reasons, but working with people who had no interest in doing things the right way, but simply wanting a conservative, Latin-American face for their amnesty push).

This development doesn’t really surprise us, but it is a brazen admission of two things. The first is the admission to the rest of the country that this is a political issue. We have been force-fed the idea that we have a moral imperative to “fix” the issue at the border, and that we as a nation can certainly do more to welcome the outside world into our states. Because of the softness that was perceived at our southern border, we were flooded with children (and others!) who were shuttled to our doorstep and left. The administration showed further weakness then by shuttling them further into the nation without consulting the cities they were shuttling them to. The idea that immigration reform is way more political than it is morally right is no longer some Republican conspiracy – it has been admitted by the president himself.

The second admission is one that should come as a great relief to conservatives. The president will not be taking further executive action on the issue for the time being. One might say that the president has learned there are limits to his power and that he realizes he needs to work with Republicans to come to a true bipartisan solution, but the one who says that is probably living in a dream world so pleasant that I cannot bear to wake them from their wonderful fantasy.

There are good ways to fix our immigration issues. But they would require a Congress that is not as interested in increasing its voter base and a president that is not so hyperpartisan as what we have now*.

 

 

*A cynical man would say these conditions will never fully be met. And I may be a cynical man.

Isn’t it funny how the DNT concentrates on the intoxication of Sikorski instead of the criminal history of the suspect?

Duluth police arrest suspect in stabbing of UMD football player

Austin Sikorski

 By Tom Olsen Today at 3:51 p.m.

Duluth police say they have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a University of Minnesota Duluth football player last month.
Xavier Devon Davis, 23, was arrested without incident just afternoon noon Friday at the corner of Canal Park Drive and Railroad Street, police said. A warrant was out for his arrest on suspicion of stabbing UMD running back Austin Sikorski on Aug. 2.

Davis was taken to the St. Louis County Jail on a formal charge of second-degree assault.

Sikorski, 22, a senior running back for the Bulldogs,was found to have a stab wound to his lower right abdomen after Duluth police received a call to a street fight on West Superior Street near Lake Avenue.  He was treated for his injuries at St. Luke’s hospital.

Police said in a release that Sikorski was not able to communicate very well, was intoxicated and hurting. Officers spoke to multiple witnesses in the area that were also very intoxicated. Through follow-up investigation it was learned that Sikorski was in a fight with a male near 1st Avenue West and 1st Street. It was also reported that Sikorski ran from that area and was chased by some males. Sikorski met up with his friend at Lake Avenue and Superior Street, where he collapsed.

Around the same time as his release from the hospital, Sikorski was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Criminal history of the perp… I’d bet there’s more since he’s got a history of using false names….

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Dopers do what dopers do.

Cloquet man faces murder charge in overdose death

By News Tribune Today at 11:18 a.m.

Robert Todd Ferguson

A Cloquet man is facing a third-degree murder charge for allegedly providing another man with a Fentanyl drug patch that triggered a fatal overdose, according to police.
Robert Todd Ferguson, 51, was arrested without incident Thursday in Cloquet, the Carlton County sheriff and attorney said in a news release. He is being held in the Carlton County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Authorities said Ferguson provided 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla with Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic, on Jan. 15. Emergency personnel responded to 615 Third Street in Carlton that day on a report of a drug overdose.

Attempts to revive Mrosla were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

A lengthy investigation was conducted by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. After interviewing witnesses and medical experts, it was determined that Mrosla had died of an overdose from ingesting the Fentanyl.

A warrant for Ferguson’s arrest was issued Thursday.

This should never happen to our Veterans.

Minneapolis VA Hospital allegedly falsified records

KARE11 News is reporting that 2 whistleblowers have stepped forward to report that records were allegedly falsified at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center:

Employees at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records in order to hide serious delays, potentially comprising the health of veterans, according to former employees, internal emails and a complaint filed to the VA’s office of the Inspector General.

In some cases, the employees say they were instructed to falsify medical records by writing that patients had declined follow-up treatments when, in reality, they say the veterans had never been contacted.

Patient’s lives may be at risk, they fear, because they say some cases involved suspected colon cancer.

If these claims are verified with documentation, some employees at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center will be in a difficult legal situation. Potentially, they could be facing civil litigation if any of these alleged patients died of colon cancer. Certainly, a wrongful death lawsuit would be justified in such situations.

It’s possible these employees could face criminal charges for falsifying federal records, too.

In an exclusive interview, the women told KARE 11 investigative reporter A. J. Lagoe they were abruptly fired after trying to alert top VA administrators about the problems.

“I have family members that are veterans. They should know actually what’s going on at the VA,” Rossbach told KARE 11 reporter Lagoe.

“Do you think lives were being put at risk,” Lagoe asked? “Yes, yes,” both Rossbach and Alonso said.

If it can be verified that these women were fired when they attempted to report the alleged falsification of records, their superiors might be in serious legal trouble. If these whistleblowers were fired to hide the falsification of records, these women’s supervisors might be prosecuted criminally for hindering a federal investigation.

“I caught one with bleeding 46 days with no action whatsoever,” Alonso said.

To keep evidence of delays in Minneapolis out of VISTA , the VA’s official electronic record tracking system, the women claim a supervisor ordered them to keep a secret patient waiting list.

“They had this list they kept that was kinda hidden,” Rossbach told KARE 11.
“Just so it couldn’t be audited. It wouldn’t even be in the system at all,” Alonso added.
“You were directly instructed to cook the books?” Lagoe asked.
“Yes,” Alonso replied.

Minnesota’s VA system, unlike other VAs across the nation, has had a pretty good reputation. If these allegations are verified, that reputation will be sullied.

Finally, if these records a) were falsified and b) were used to get administrators bonuses, then that’s another potential criminal investigation. Potentially, that’s a difficult legal challenge for the administrators.

Do you think the Lutheran Church expected this when they started importing Somalis and Ethiopians?

H/T IPT

Al-Shabaab, al-Qaida’s Somali affiliate, wants Muslims from Minnesota to sign up. A new video released last week by the terrorist group’s media arm, the Al-Kataib Foundation, urges Minnesotans along with jihadists from Great Britain, Germany and other non-Muslim nations to join its jihad.

Unbelievable. No, not really even surprising.

White House official: The Islamic State is the next administration’s problem

POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 BY NOAH ROTHMAN

The word of the day is “deliberate.”

On Thursday morning, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken said that the Obama administration is seeking to combat the Islamic State threat, as it executes one “terrorist attack” after another against the United States, in a “deliberate” fashion. That’s a far more generous way of confessing to near paralytic dithering.

Last week, President Barack Obama admitted that his administration does not “have a strategy yet” for attacking the Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold. On Wednesday, noting in the same speech that his administration would seek to “destroy” ISIS and/or “shrink” it into a “manageable problem,” he revealed that he does not really even have a single objective in mind for how to deal with the Islamic State.

The White House has begun to push back on an increasingly panicked press, the members of which appear to have come to the reluctant conclusion that there is no hand on the tiller, noting that both can be true: You can “shrink,” “degrade,” make “manageable,” and eventually “destroy” ISIS. While this may be true, the words of the president and his subordinates leave the listener with the impression that this is a policy being crafted on the fly.

Blinken told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the United States is stalling on responding forcefully to crimes against humanity and the United States committed by ISIS because they are attempting to build a robust international coalition. “We’ve got to look before we leap,” he said. “We tried the opposite a decade ago, and that didn’t help us very much in the Middle East.”

Nearly six years after George W. Bush left the White House, the Obama White House has been completely unable to even approach his ability to craft an international coalition. They ruthlessly mocked the size of the 48-member strong force that engaged in combat and nation building in Iraq in 2003 because it did not include France and Canada, but defend the execution of perfectly unilateral military action in Iraq today and demand you consider it consistency.

But this is not the only language of the Bush years Blinken appropriated this week. Appearing on CNN on Wednesday, the deputy national security advisor told Wolf Blitzer that the fight against ISIS may be – like the once-defunct War on Terror – a generational struggle. Except he did not say that. Blinken said that throttling the nascent Islamic State in the crib is a project for the next occupant of the Oval Office.

“This, as the President has said, is going to have to be a sustained effort,” Blinken said. “It’s going to take time, and it will probably go beyond even this administration to get to the point of defeat.”

You see, not only does the White House need there to be an international coalition assembled before ISIS is engaged (a process which the president may be engaged in as we speak at a NATO summit in Wales), but he needs the consent of Congress as well. And that is a process which the White House is most assuredly not pursuing at all.

Members of Congress, Democrats in particular, are racing to strike a more hawkish posture on ISIS than Obama. Some are demanding that the White House call Congress back from vacation and hold a joint session to clarify precisely how the administration plans to address this threat. And yet, there is no obvious sense of urgency from this administration. A “deliberate” approach to this crisis would include both calling Congress back and coalition building, as well as the refusal to rule out unilateral military action to avenge what the White House considers “terrorist” attacks on the United States. This is not what is happening.

Even this many years later, the administration remains consumed with behaving in ways they believe will be seen as antithetical to those of the former president. In that process, they have subordinated being viewed as competent to just being viewed as dissimilar to Bush.

And yet, another plea agreement. How long has it been since a jury has been seated in Cartoon County?

Duluth woman sentenced for her role in Esko burglary

By Wendy Johnson on Sep 3, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

One of three co-conspirators who stole firearms and other valuables from an Esko residence last November received two concurrent prison sentences last Wednesday.
Sara Jean Peterson (aka Sara Jean Anderson), 31, of Duluth was sentenced in Carlton County Court to 23 months on one felony count of aiding and abetting the theft of firearms and/or property valued over $35,000, and 48 months on one felony count of aiding and abetting second-degree burglary.

Both sentences were stayed for four years and Judge Robert Macaulay ordered her to undergo supervised probation. She must also pay restitution in the amount of $3,807.97 along with her co-defendants.

The criminal complaint filed against Peterson states that on Nov. 4, 2013, at approximately 5 p.m., deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 100 block of East Palkie Road in Esko. The owners of the home reported that while they were gone for the day, their home had been invaded and many items of value were stolen. Included in the theft was a Springfield XD 9mm handgun, along with several other items.

Sheriff’s deputies immediately launched a search for the perpetrator(s) but were unsuccessful.

Then, on Nov. 27, 2013, several individuals in a burglary ring were arrested by authorities from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and the Hermantown Police Department for various burglaries committed in St. Louis County. While searching property in possession of the alleged burglars, investigators located many items belonging to the Carlton County residents. Subsequent questioning of the accused individuals yielded information that they had committed the burglary on Palkie Road on Nov. 4.

The individuals involved in the incident were identified as Jason Ryan Oliver, 29, of Duluth; Danielle Ettwina Felver, 25, of Duluth; and Peterson. They told authorities that in committing the burglaries, they would drive their vehicle up to a house that they intended to burglarize. Oliver would then approach the house and knock on the door. If somebody answered the door, one of the two women would create a ruse, saying that they were at the wrong residence. If nobody answered the door, then Oliver would break into the house and take as many objects as he could in a quick period of time, in particular trying to steal items that would be easily traded or sold for synthetic drugs. Peterson and Felver would remain in the motor vehicle and provide getaway protection, notifying Oliver if anyone was coming.

Authorities learned that the three conducted this exact ruse at the Palkie Road address, at which time they stole the handgun and the other items.

Since all three defendants equally split the proceeds from the burglaries, they were all found to be culpable in the crime.

Charges against Felver were dismissed in Carlton County as part of a plea agreement in St. Louis County, where she was sentenced in nine burglary cases, placed on probation for 10 years and directed to the supervision of drug court.

Oliver, who has already accrued an extensive criminal history, was sentenced to prison in St. Louis County for nine burglary cases, with a guideline sentence of 44-60 months. He is scheduled for sentencing in Carlton County at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

Peterson pled guilty for her role in six burglary cases in St. Louis County earlier this summer and was granted a sentencing departure and ordered to report for review hearings every two weeks. At one point, however, she tested positive for drugs and was sent to jail, delaying her sentencing in Carlton County until her late August release. Her sentence in Carlton County is to be served concurrently with her sentence in St. Louis County.

Nothing is free…the taxpayers are on the hook for “free” kindergarten

Minnesota Offers Free all-day Kindergarten

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
AP
  • Minnesota Offers Free all-day Kindergarten
Minnesota Offers Free all-day Kindergarten

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The state of Minnesota is providing free all-day kindergarten for the first time this school year.

The Star Tribune reports most school districts are now offering all-day classes as thousands of Minnesota youngsters start kindergarten this week.

Educators hope the $134 million initiative will improve early education across the state.

Roughly 54,000 kindergartners will participate.

About half of Minnesota schools offered free full-day kindergarten previously.

Others offered it at a cost of $2,000-$4,000 a year for parents.

Minnesota’s director of early learning services says the extra class time will help ensure that every student is a proficient reader by third grade.

Teachers say some new kindergarteners don’t know the alphabet or how to write their names.

Education experts say all-day kindergarten improves students’ learning through at least first grade.

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 (NNCNOW.com) — 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.
kanderson@kbjr.com