Another doper

Task force busts suspected Iron Range meth dealer
By News Tribune on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:05 p.m.


A 28-year-old Chisholm woman known to authorities for selling large amounts of methamphetamine on the Iron Range was charged with two felony drug counts Friday in State District Court in Hibbing.
Whitney Perkovich had been arrested Sept. 7, following a surveillance operation by the Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Perkovich faces 30 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine for a first-degree charge of selling 17 or more grams of meth within 90 days. She faces an additional felony charge of fifth-degree possession and a gross misdemeanor charge of introducing contraband into jail, where authorities found her with an additional gram of meth during the booking process.

According to the criminal complaint filed in State District Court, the task force had received numerous reports from confidential informants, concerned citizens, anonymous tipsters and through their own investigative efforts about Perkovich selling large amounts of meth. The task force learned through a tip that she would drive to the Twin Cities in her 2004 light blue Dodge Stratus in order to obtain meth she would later distribute by herself on the Iron Range.

On the day of her arrest, the task force learned she was en route to the Twin Cities and caught up with her at 3 a.m. in the Grand Casino parking lot in Hinckley, where she stayed for more than three hours.

Perkovich proceeded to the Twin Cities, where multiple law enforcement authorities provided surveillance and assistance throughout the day before she returned north on U.S. Interstate 35.

After securing a search warrant, a deputy with the task force pulled over Perkovich at 4:08 p.m., on Minnesota Highway 33 as she was returning to the Iron Range.

A Carlton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit indicated there was drugs in the vehicle and it was towed into custody, where 353.9 grams (roughly 12 ounces) of meth packaged in a stuffed monkey was discovered. Perkovich was taken into custody at the same time and bail was set at $300,000 on Friday.

So, 1st and 2nd amendment rights don’t apply when they offend special snowflakes? I find it offensive that uninformed libtards try to limit my rights every single day.

‘Black Rifles Matter’ sign draws complaints from tourists in Maine town
Published September 13, 2016
The sign, on a private lawn, has sparked controversy in the land of blueberries, pine trees and lobster.
The sign, on a private lawn, has sparked controversy in the land of blueberries, pine trees and lobster. (
A Maine town’s tourism sector has come under fire after some visitors have been complaining about a large, hand-painted sign on a private lawn that reads “Black Rifles Matter.”

Linc Sample, the sign’s creator, told NECN on Monday that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to post the sign after reading an ad in the local paper that supported a ban on assault weapons.
“That’s really a trigger for me — the assault weapons ban,” Sample told NECN.

Sample said he used “Black Rifles Matter” – a plan on “Black Lives Matter” – to make an impact. He said if anything, the Black Lives Matter movement should be “flattered” he used the phrase.

Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce Director Rick Prose said that they’ve received a few complaints from visitors.

“Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early,” Town Manager Thomas Woodin said.

Boothbay Harbor officials said Sample has the proper permitting and is exercising his First Amendment rights, despite some calling for the sign’s removal.

“People are ignorant. They shouldn’t be putting things out like that,” Paul Mayor, who was visiting Maine from Connecticut, told the station. “It’s taking a shot obviously at Black Lives Matter.”

Another tourist, Jeremy Plasse believes that the town is doing the right thing by leaving the sign up.

“Massachusetts has a ban right now, and I think they should lift it,” he added.

Sample said he usually changes the sign and will soon replace the Black Rifles Matter sign that has drawn some scrutiny.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Good humor.



Police officer fired for not shooting man who had unloaded gun
Published September 13, 2016

A West Virginia police officer who refused to shoot a man holding an unloaded gun was fired for not pulling the trigger, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Then-Weirton police officer Stephen Mader was let go after a May 6 incident in which he said he tried to talk Ronald D. “R.J.” Williams Jr. out of harming himself.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it,” Mader, an ex-Marine, told The Post-Gazette. “I knew it was suicide-by-cop.”

Mader said even though he didn’t know Williams Jr.’s gun was unloaded at the time, the man had the gun at his side and was not pointing it at the officer. He also knew that he had been called to the scene because of a domestic disturbance and Williams Jr. had only threatened to hurt himself.

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother,’” Mader said.

Eventually, two other officers arrived and one of them shot and killed Williams Jr., hitting him in the back of the head, just behind his right ear, The Post-Gazette reported.

The shooting was deemed justified, but Mader was terminated because he “failed to eliminate a threat,”
according to his June 6 termination letter. Mader is now working toward getting a commercial license to drive trucks.

City officials did not return calls from The Post-Gazette seeking comment.

Now this, my friends, is diversity. A female Somalian muslim immigrant running for office while illegally married to her brother and possibly committing fraud. Sounds like the foundation of the democrat party, doesn’t it?

An ‘Historic’ Minnesota Candidate May Be Married To Her Brother
The curious case of Ilhan Omar.
2:10 PM, SEP 09, 2016 | By ALICE B. LLOYD


Writing in City Journal, Scott Johnson investigates allegations that Ilhan Omar, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Minnesota state representative who recently won her primary and is on the verge of becoming the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, is legally married to her brother.

Johnson writes:

As many candidates do, Omar has made her personal background an integral part of her campaign. But neither the candidate nor the reporters who covered her have shown much interest in exploring one aspect of her personal story that recently came to public attention: the fact that she is not legally married to the man she advertises as the husband and the father of her three children. In fact, she is legally married to another man—who may be her brother. A posting on the SomaliSpot discussion board alleged that Omar had married the man touted as her husband in 2002 before marrying her brother for fraudulent purposes in 2009. The post, which seems to have been written by someone from Minneapolis’s Somali community, was quickly deleted. By the time it came to my attention, the post was only available via a Google cache (now also deleted). If the story is true, however, it suggests that Omar had engaged in some kind of dishonest activity in connection with her marriage to her brother (which by itself would be illegal).

Full article can be found here:

And politicians wonder why voter turn out is so low….This effort could easily be titled “The stupidity project”.

Duluth City Council rejects PolyMet resolution
By Peter Passi Today at 12:04 a.m.

A divided Duluth City Council waded into the controversial PolyMet mining project debate Monday night.

By a 5-3 vote, with 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle abstaining, the council rejected a resolution calling on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to order a public hearing in front of an administrative law judge to weigh the potential risks versus the benefits of developing a proposed copper-nickel-precious metals mine on property that formerly was home to the now-defunct LTV Steel Mining Co. outside of Hoyt Lakes.
Councilors Gary Anderson, Em Westerlund and Joel Sipress introduced the resolution, which asserted that “the project has the potential to impair water quality, adversely affect wild rice and aquatic life and increase mercury contamination of fish in downstream waters,” including the St. Louis River and Lake Superior itself. They were the only councilors who ultimately voted in support of the measure.
The resolution stirred plenty of debate, with more than 60 people writing letters to the council and 56 people offering public comment both in support and opposition to the resolution at Monday’s meeting.

Debate on contested case hearing for PolyMet is over timing

Lynn Clark Pegg praised the council for taking up the issue and asserted: “This is a city issue… because we are downstream from this mine.

David Ross, president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, characterized the resolution as “a last-minute effort to block” the project and told councilors: “It is disappointing to witness council members overstepping your authority to forward an action that is outside of your jurisdiction.”

Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, agreed, saying: “It is not the role of the Duluth City Council to tell the state agencies how to do their work.”

At Large Councilor Barb Russ took a similar position.

“I strongly believe it is not the role of the city to even vote on this,” she said, calling the resolution “kind of meaningless.”

But Dr. Jennifer Pearson, a family physician from Duluth, voiced concerns about the effects of mercury, lead, arsenic, asbestos and air pollution that could be released as a result of nonferrous mining which she said could pose a threat to public health.

“We all know this is not taconite mining,” she said, noting pollution that has occurred at copper mines operating elsewhere.

“Once we open the door to this kind of mining, we can never close it,” Pearson said.

Sipress described sulfide mining as “one of the most difficult issues our region faces” because of the risks it can pose to water quality.

“For better or worse, we will be living with the consequences of this decision for many years,” Sipress said.

Westerlund said the resolution should not be viewed as the council taking a stance either for or against PolyMet, but rather as a request for a greater review.

“If this project is done, it must be done safely,” Anderson said.

Council President Zack Filipovich said the issue put councilors in a difficult position, pitting valid labor, business and environmental interests against one another.

“This is not a black-and-white issue, but unfortunately, our votes are made in a black-and-white way,” he said.

In explaining his decision to vote against the resolution, Filipovich said he believes there will be ample opportunity for community input and inquiry in the permit consideration process to be led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He said he suspects that process will include an evidentiary hearing, with or without a city resolution.

Filipovich expressed his preference to focus more sharply on business within the city council’s purview.

Some have learned but I don’t think the majority have a frigging clue.

Charlie Daniels on 9/11: Has America Learned Its Lesson?

By Charlie Daniels | September 12, 2016 | 8:22 AM EDT


There are a few days in a lifetime when a certain event is vividly and indelibly imprinted on your memory, and you can recall even mundane things that happened before, during or after.

I remember the location and circumstances when I found out about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Van Zant and Toy Caldwell. And I remember well the morning my son, Charlie, called me and told me that a commercial airliner had crashed into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

My first impression of a terrible aviation accident was short lived as soon as the second plane hit the second tower. Then the Pentagon and the crash in the field in Pennsylvania quickly followed, and it was obvious that the mainland of the United States of America was under attack.

I think the entire nation was in shock and trepidation, waiting for the other shoes to drop, having absolutely no idea how far it was going to go and how much destruction and carnage there would be at the end of the day.

Of course, the government quickly grounded all but military aircraft, and I’m sure that below the public’s radar protocols went into effect and our forces around the world were put on high alert status.

The country immediately had several things in common: fear, confusion and soon to follow, a white-hot anger, not to be assuaged by platitudes and political rhetoric. America wanted action; they wanted results; they wanted blood; and no amount of presidential statements about Islam being a “peaceful religion” would cool or placate it.

Our lives changed forever that day. You can’t catch an airplane, attend a major sporting event or even enter a building of any size without being exposed to the results of the terrorism that had its finest day on September 11, 2001.

Of course, 9/11 was not America’s first experience with the dedication and deviousness of the Islamic radicals, but it was the first time we had had to face the fact that the attacks were not just on the streets of Tel Aviv or the backwaters of Africa anymore. They had arrived, full blown on our very doorstep, and America was going to have to deal with it up close and personal with a gaggle of, although admittedly fine federal agencies, organizations splintered by budget battles, turf wars and bureaucratic bovine scatology and hindered by the scourge of political correctness so prevalent in much of our government.

We all know about the formation of Homeland Security and the myriad steps taken to pull our intelligence and security entities together to simplify and streamline the flow of information and resources.

Did it work?

Very well, to a point, but any organization operating under the thumb of elected officials is only as effective and efficient as the powers that be will allow them to be, and therein lies the problem.

When the agencies charged with the protection of the public and the rooting out of the terrorists who hide among us have their hands tied by politicians, forbidden to go here or there, not allowed to profile, even when we know what the enemy looks like, and when the worst known terrorists in the world are set free to return to the battle field and kill more Americans, you have to wonder if America has really learned its lesson.

Will America have to suffer an even more catastrophic attack: nuclear, chemical or biological before we finally batten down the hatches, pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to truly keep this nation safe?

We know ISIS and the other radical Islamic crazies constantly attempt to insert operatives into America.

In spite of this, our president wants to allow thousands of refugees into America, which we have already been told by ISIS will contain terrorists, and he even refuses to properly identify our blood enemy.

Have we learned our lesson?

Some of us have.

But apparently, some of us still haven’t.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.


This is a good way to start the week, isn’t it?

Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away
Published September 12, 2016 New York Post

A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away — just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report.

The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday.

The pack exploded, killing the sadistic terrorist and three of his flunkies, who were supposed to film the execution, last month, the paper said.

The ISIS butcher — who reportedly delighted in burning hostages alive — had been on a US “kill list” for several months, sources told the paper, which did not identify the sniper or the executioner.

Click to read the story in the New York Post.

I think folks on the range have more to gain than lose by giving Trump a chance.

Trump is giving the DFL a run for its money on the Iron Range
Minnesota’s Iron Range has for decades been a DFL holdout, but battered miners rethink their allegiance.
By Patrick Condon Star Tribune SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 — 8:06PM


HIBBING, Minn. – Retired mine worker and lifelong Iron Ranger Dave Zaitz can’t remember ever voting Republican for president in his life. This year he’s marking his ballot for Donald Trump.

“I voted for the other Clinton both times,” said Zaitz, sipping coffee on a weekday morning at Mr. Nick’s Corner Bar on the main drag of this struggling small city. “Then he puts in NAFTA, which in my opinion screwed over a lot of jobs. Now we’ve got the Trans Pacific Partnership — there’s another one that will just kill jobs.”
Minnesota’s Iron Range has for decades been a DFL holdout as the rest of rural Minnesota shifts more Republican, a legacy of organized labor’s deep roots in taconite country. This year, Hillary Clinton and her DFL allies are banking that a more sophisticated ground game — one that mimics on a smaller scale the Democratic candidate’s get-out-the-vote infrastructure in more heavily contested battleground states — will trample the appeal of Trump’s protectionist, culturally conservative campaign message in this economically battered, working-class-dominated part of the state.

“I know people in my district are considering Trump,” said state Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, who’s been knocking on a lot of Iron Range doors recently as he runs for re-election. “These are people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider a Republican, much less a man like Donald Trump. But they’re seeing an economic recovery that they aren’t a part of, and Trump’s idea of ‘Make America Great Again’ — it appeals to them.”

The New York businessman’s chances on the Iron Range are a hot topic in Minnesota political circles. Thousands of mine jobs, which drove family incomes and fueled local economies, have disappeared in recent decades. Those still employed in the remaining mines are buffeted by the whims of the global steel economy, with many hundreds of workers furloughed for long stretches in the last year.

“Donald Trump will do very well on the Iron Range,” said Andy Post, spokesman for Trump’s campaign in Minnesota. “Hillary Clinton is no friend of mining.”

Clinton supporters Patti Murto, Patti McPhail and Judy Quiram waved from the back of a pickup in Cloquet’s Labor Day parade.

Clinton supporters Patti Murto, Patti McPhail and Judy Quiram waved from the back of a pickup in Cloquet’s Labor Day parade.
But the hard reality for Trump’s chances in Minnesota is that Clinton almost certainly doesn’t need to win the Iron Range to nail down Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes. Like much of rural Minnesota, its population has shrunk in recent years as many younger residents move to Duluth, the Twin Cities or elsewhere.

“I’m not saying we are writing off the Iron Range,” DFL Chairman Ken Martin said. “But you don’t need the Iron Range to win statewide.”

Big margins of victory in Minneapolis, St. Paul and its suburbs, along with other regional centers, are key for Clinton if she is to keep Minnesota in the Democratic column for the 11th straight presidential election.

Still, a Trump win on the Iron Range — the cities of Hibbing, Virginia-Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Chisholm and surrounding areas — would be a symbolic blow to the DFL. And even if Clinton wins the state, a strong Trump showing on the Range would likely have ramifications for U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in northeastern Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District, and for DFL legislative candidates in the area.

“There’s this deep guttural cry over what is really the loss of our relevance as a political force, this tradition as DFL kingmakers that we’re kind of watching fade away,” said Aaron Brown, a writer and college instructor from Hibbing.

A lifelong DFLer, Brown said he’s been surprised this cycle to hear some of his older relatives openly toy with voting for Trump.

Economic anxiety is one driving force in the shift. Robert Vlaisavljevich, the mayor of Eveleth and a lifelong DFLer, publicly endorsed Trump a few weeks back mainly because he feels Clinton and Democrats are against mining. That’s based, he said, on Clinton’s comment in West Virginia last May that she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of work.” She later apologized, saying it was a misstatement.

“It wasn’t a political decision for me. I made an economic decision,” Vlaisavljevich, who worked in the mines for 17 years, said of his support for Trump. “I looked at the candidates and said, ‘Who supports the mining industry?’ ”

Mackenzie Taylor, Minnesota state director for Clinton’s campaign, said Trump’s own background makes him a bad fit for working-class voters. Trump “has always been out for himself and has made a fortune stiffing workers, scamming veterans and manufacturing products overseas,” she said.

Clinton’s Minnesota campaign hasn’t put any special emphasis on organizing on the Iron Range. But her campaign is a partner in the DFL’s coordinated effort to elect candidates up and down the ballot, which boasts 25 field offices statewide including several on the Range, and more than 300 people on the payroll.

“We’re out there every day having conversations with likely voters, knocking doors and making calls, reaching the people who are going to decide this election,” Martin said. By contrast, Trump has little organized presence in Minnesota, and there’s no state GOP counterpart to the DFL’s joint campaign.

This mirrors a larger trend nationally. Trump has dozens of field offices in 15 battleground states, but Clinton has nearly 300 such offices in those same states.

These mobilization efforts can be critical in presidential elections. It is a big reason President Obama won two decisive victories over John McCain and Mitt Romney despite polls that showed much closer races.

On the Range, for those mine workers hardest hit by the recent furloughs, there may be some allegiance to Democrats.

Joe Fredrickson, vice president of the United Steelworkers Local 6860 in Eveleth, noted that DFL politicians from Gov. Mark Dayton and the state’s two U.S. senators down to local legislators, responded to the furloughs in the last year by pushing for unemployment extensions on the Range and curbs on foreign steel dumping in the U.S.

“You can’t fake empathy,” Fredrickson said. “People remember.”

Carleton County Republicans got a thumbs-up from a supporter at the Cloquet Labor Day parade.

Carleton County Republicans got a thumbs-up from a supporter at the Cloquet Labor Day parade.
But it is not just economics driving the migration. Political and cultural polarization also seem to be at work, the inevitable result of the growing split between Democrats’ diverse, urban-centric base and Republicans’ growing reliance on rural, white working-class voters. Zaitz, the retired mine worker at Mr. Nick’s, noted that he voted for Obama twice thinking a black president would improve race relations.

“Instead they got worse,” Zaitz said.

A few blocks away in a quiet Hibbing neighborhood, 18-year-old Eric Backman was spending one of the last days of summer vacation hanging out with his sister, their aunt and a family friend.

“Hillary is against guns,” said Backman, a high school senior who lives nearby in Embarrass. “I like to hunt. I like my hunting rifle, and I’m afraid if she gets into office. I don’t want some military officer coming and taking my rifles.”

Family friend, Barb Wojciak, jumped in after Backman’s comment about guns.

“I think that is one issue people don’t understand. No one’s going to come take your hunting rifle,” Wojciak said.

A retired teacher, Wojciak recently plunked down $20 for a Clinton yard sign for her house. Backman’s aunt, who didn’t want to be named, also bought a Clinton yard sign.

“We might be the only two in Hibbing so far,” Wojciak said.

A feel good story with a sad end.

Bedridden Vietnam vet dies 3 days after going fishing as dying wish
Published September 10, 2016


A bedridden 69-year-old veteran terminally ill with cancer died shortly after going on a fishing trip that was his dying wish.

Connie Willhite, a boastwain’s mate for the Navy in Vietnam from Soperton, Georgia, snagged a fish for last time on Aug. 26, three days before he died.

A hospice social worker at the Carl Vinson Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, organized the fishing trip, Fox 24 Macon reported Thursday.

“It’s called fishing, it’s not called catching, so I told him we may not catch anything, but he said it doesn’t matter,” Greg Senters told the station. “He said just being out there doing this was just as good.”

Senters strapped Willhite into a motorized hospital bed and took him to a pond bordering the medical center.

The hospital released a photo of Willhite holding one of the four fish he caught.

Senters said Willhite’s face lit up when he reeled in the first one.

“All of a sudden, the cancer and everything else went away, and what you see is that precious few moments of someone really enjoying life,” Senters said.

The hospital said a VA chaplain fulfilled Willhite’s other dying wish to be baptized so he would be properly prepared to “crossover.”