If you quit your job or your contract isn’t renewed, is that being “forced out”? I see the payday coming, at the expense of the taxpayer….all because of political correctness.

3 former Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit
Openly gay women were forced out, lawsuit claims.


Three former coaches at the University of Minnesota-Duluth filed a lawsuit Monday morning in U.S. District Court against the U of M Board of Regents alleging seven counts of discrimination.

Shannon Miller, Jen Banford and Annette Wiles — former Bulldogs women’s hockey, softball and women’s basketball head coaches, respectively — filed the joint lawsuit, claiming gender, sexual orientation, national origin and age discrimination by UMD administrators resulted in the end of their coaching careers at the university.

The lawsuit notes that Miller, Banford and Wiles are all openly gay, and that openness played a role in their departures. Miller and Banford were told in Dec. 2014 that their contracts would not be renewed in June. The lawsuit claims Wiles was “forced” to resign on June 1 “due to the hostile and discriminatory environment created by the University.”

The coaches have scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference to discuss their legal action. This is a developing story. The Star Tribune has yet to receive comment from UMD administrators on Monday. Last week, when the coaches announced the scheduling of Monday’s news conference, UMD released a statement to media. It read: “We are aware that there is a press conference on Monday and are not in a position to comment about what the individuals or their lawyers will discuss there. We have fully cooperated with an internal review of the complaints raised, and dispute the broad claims of discrimination.’’

A statement from Chancellor Lendley C. Black was also included in UMD’s release last week: “We are committed to fostering a campus climate that is welcoming to all individuals. I support the leadership, direction and positive momentum of UMD Bulldog athletics.’’

The lawsuit claims all three coaches were subject to discrimination in various forms from university athletic director Josh Berlo, hired in 2013. Among the claims:

• Berlo twice asked Miller to retire or resign in 2014, before notifying the coach her contract would not be renewed.

• Banford was told of the nonrenewal at the same time as Miller. Berlo later offered her a chance to stay at Duluth in her position as softball coach but for a lower salary.

• Under Berlo, Wiles was subjected to “a pattern of disrespect, exclusion, and lack of civility in their interactions,” the lawsuit claims.

The coaches are suing the Board of Regents because that 12-person group “is the governing body of the University of Minnesota — including without limitation the governing body for the University of Minnesota-Duluth,” the lawsuit reads.

Miller won five NCAA championships with Duluth and appeared in 11 Frozen Fours. Before coming to Duluth, Miller was a player and then coach on the Canadian national team. The lawsuit calls her “the most successful women’s hockey coach in NCAA history.”

In addition to coaching softball, Banford was the director of operations for the hockey team. Banford was conference coach of the year in 2013.

The Bulldogs qualified for the postseason the past five seasons under Wiles. In her seven seasons in Duluth, Wiles went 109-86.

More big brother.

Joe Soucheray: Real ID just another way for feds to track us

By Joe Soucheray
POSTED: 09/26/2015 11:37:18 AM CDT | UPDATED: 111 MIN. AGO

Because the federal government might not believe I am who I say I am, I will be required to have a Real ID. I don’t even think that’s an acronym for anything. It just means that the federal government will coordinate my identity with the state.

Yes, of course, I am predisposed to think of this as creepy. I’ve got a birth certificate, a passport and a driver’s license. If that isn’t good enough for the feds, they can verify that I pay taxes in my own name. I apparently won’t need a Real ID to vote. No, voting requires nothing more from a participant than perhaps a dry-cleaning receipt or a utility bill or somebody to say: “Yup, that’s Bill Smith. He is who he says he is.”

But when it comes to work-a-day normal Americans trying to lead their lives and follow all the rules, the federal government is telling the states, “we want to join you in identifying your citizens. We’ll take care of it. You pay for it, or most of it, but we just want to be a part of your team.”

Minnesota has been one of three states holding out against the federal demand. Our legislators were to be commended for that, but the 2016 deadline for compliance by all states is looming and Gov. Dayton wants the lawmakers to remove the ban even if it means calling a special session.

We can probably get away without having a Real ID, except for the fact that you might want to get on an airplane next year. In the coming year, a Real ID will be required for air travel, just as a Real ID is already required at, say, a nuclear power plant.

Proponents of this latest brainstorm from the Department of Homeland Security believe that Real ID will make sure that state licenses conform to at least minimal standards, which will help keep fraud down and licenses out of the hands of would-be-terrorists. Do you think people who fly airplanes into buildings or shoot up a shopping mall are going to worry about a Real ID?

I am being told then that my current license does not conform to minimal standards, by which they mean federal standards. Well, what have I been doing at the license bureau all these years?

And if you are of the mind to believe that this is but a minimal intrusion into your privacy, that it’s just another little safety-net device for the federal government to be confident of your identity, would you then at least agree that identification requirements for voting are impossibly lax?

Will hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters who are here illegally be required to have the Real ID?

Not being a proponent puts me in league with those who believe that the federal government is intruding into yet another state right and that it certainly makes it easier for the federal government to track our movements, when freedom of movement is one of our most cherished privileges.
I am not going black-helicopter here, and I find it just as easy as the next person to say, “Let them track me, I have nothing to hide.”

It doesn’t feel American. Increasingly, it doesn’t feel like a government of and by the people, but a government overseeing the people and requiring them to “carry papers.”

Not that we aren’t on any variety of government rolls already, but this smacks of creating a new federal data bank of all us average Joes to make it easier for the federal government to act in case we get out of line.

There’s the rub. If it is a government overseeing us then it will be a government that determines what constitutes being out of line. Too bad Dayton is caving because Minnesota was right to object.

Joe Soucheray can be reached at jsoucheray@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5474. Soucheray is heard from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays on 1500ESPN.

Its not “treatment”, its replacing one addiction for another. The defendant “didn’t know or have reason to know” the doper would misuse her dope? Isn’t that what dopers do? What a defense. She killed two people. Does that even matter any more?

Judge allows punitive damages in lawsuit against Brainerd methadone clinic
By Andrew Krueger Today at 3:25 p.m.


A judge has ruled that the families of two Carlton County workers killed in an October 2012 vehicle collision can seek punitive damages against a Brainerd clinic that provided methadone to the woman who caused the crash.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski also granted a motion by the families of Zachary Gamache and Mitchell Lingren to amend the lawsuit to include the clinic’s medical director at the time of the crash, Dr. John Stroemer, as a defendant.

The plaintiffs allege that Stroemer never conducted a physical examination of Vanessa Brigan or even looked at the medical records of the Cloquet woman before providing her with a take-home dose of methadone, which she injected into her bloodstream shortly before causing the fatal crash on state Highway 210.

“In this case, plaintiffs have presented prima facie evidence that (Pinnacle Recovery Services) and Dr. Stroemer exhibited a deliberate disregard for the rights and safety of others throughout Brigan’s entire period of treatment prior to this accident in the form of frequent violations of federal regulations and failure to comply with applicable standards of care in (methadone maintenance treatment),” Tarnowski wrote in an order filed Tuesday.

“While punitive damages claims should only be allowed in the most narrow and egregious circumstances, the actions of Pinnacle and Dr. Stroemer in this case are sufficient to establish a prima facie case,” Tarnowski wrote.

Punitive damages are fines meant to punish the defendant and deter similar future behavior. The case is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 2.

Attorney Phil Sieff, representing the plaintiffs, said after the ruling that his clients “are very much looking forward to trial and are naturally pleased with the court’s order.”

Attorney Gregory Bulinski, representing Pinnacle Recovery Services, issued the following statement on the ruling: “While Pinnacle and its medical staff have the utmost respect for Judge Tarnowski and sympathy for the families of the young men who were killed in the tragic accident, we disagree with the decision to permit the complaint to be amended to seek punitive damages and look forward to demonstrating to the jury that Pinnacle’s staff were committed to the proper treatment of their patients in a very challenging area of health care and did not know, or have reason to know, that this particular patient would violate the law after leaving the clinic.”

The lawsuit stems from the Oct. 1, 2012 crash that claimed the lives of Gamache and Lingren. Brigan, who was 26 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide charges and is serving a six-year prison sentence. She admitted that she stopped at a gas station after leaving the Brainerd clinic and injected her take-home methadone dose intravenously, before beginning a 100-mile drive back to her home in Cloquet. Methadone is an opiate used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates.

Brigan crossed into the approaching lane of traffic on Minnesota Highway 210 near Wright, striking Gamache and Lingren’s truck, which then careened across the two-lane highway and was struck by a large truck hauling construction equipment.

This week’s ruling came after a hearing in June at which attorneys for both sides presented their cases.

Sieff had argued that the clinic’s and Stroemer’s conduct was “beyond negligent. It is reckless.”

He said medical records showed that Brigan had a history of lying to clinic staff and using illegal drugs. She admitted to using synthetic drugs, THC and methadone purchased off the street, he said.

Sieff also alleged that Brigan did not meet the federal criteria for take-home methadone use. He said the clinic was driven by profits and said there was no evidence that Stroemer “did anything other than to make sure Vanessa Brigan got more and more methadone.”

Bulinski had argued in June that Stroemer had relied on the opinions of an experienced team of professionals before prescribing Brigan the take-home dose. Bulinski also argued that the clinic could not be expected to know that Brigan was going to get behind the wheel after receiving treatment.

Bulinski said Brigan did have some relapses on her record, but staff was working with her and she had never driven home from the clinic before.

In allowing Stroemer to be added as a defendant, Tarnowski noted that the court initially had set a deadline of Sept. 2, 2014 to name additional parties in the lawsuit.

However, she ruled that the plaintiffs had a “reasonable excuse” for not meeting the time limits given the complexity of the case, and the lengthy discovery process.

The judge also noted that Stroemer is “an owner of Pinnacle … as well as being Pinnacle’s president, registered agent, CEO and former medical director. … As a result, Dr. Stroemer has had notice of this suit and has been actively involved in this case through Pinnacle since its inception.”

Liar? The liars are the ones defending abortionists and planned parenthood. Mainstream media sucks, do your own thinking.

They Said Fiorina Lied About Planned Parenthood At The Debate. Then She Released This Video…

Warning the content contained in this video is graphic

Randy DeSoto September 23, 2015 at 4:38pm

Numerous liberal media outlets have come out accusing presidential candidate Carly Fiorina of lying about an undercover Planned Parenthood video showing a live fetus. Now, a PAC supporting her candidacy released an ad, which includes the footage that Fiorina referenced.

As reported by Western Journalism, Fiorina was widely considered the winner of last Wednesday’s Republican debate, with subsequent polling showing her making major gains. One of her most powerful moments in that debate was calling out Planned Parenthood for selling aborted babies body parts.

“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

“This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us,” the candidate exhorted, drawing loud applause from the audience.

Fiorina’s highly charged and effective attack against Planned Parenthood elicited an almost immediate response from certain media outlets, included some Breitbart described as the “lying fact-checkers.”

The ad supporting Fiorina’s claim cites The Washington Post, which reported: “No video” could be found of what the candidate described.

MSNBC is also cited in the ad, saying the video is “Nonexistent.”

Talking Points Memo called Fiorina’s claim, “Bogus.”

Although not included in the pro-Fiorina ad, Politifact also dismissed the candidate’s charge finding it “mostly false,” because stock footage of an aborted fetus (whose legs were moving) was used to illustrate what was being described, despite there also being an eye-witness testimony.

The PAC’s ad includes that footage, which is just as Fiorina described it, as well as the eye-witness testimony of a former “procurement specialist” of fetal body parts, who used to work in Planned Parenthood facilities. She corroborated what the footage was depicting.

The video closes by quoting Fiorina again: “This is about the character of our nation.”

h/t: Fox News

Our embarrassing leaders. One sleeps, one weeps, the Pope speaks.

I’m not sure which is worse.




Dopers and their providers. Since so much tax money is used to fund these leftist programs, the taxpayers will lose again.

Families get go ahead to seek punitive damages against methadone clinic
By Ramona Marozas – Biography

September 23, 2015
Updated Sep 23, 2015 at 7:08 PM CDT
Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) — Two Northland families received the go ahead on Wednesday in federal court to seek punitive damages against a Brainerd, Minn., methadone clinic.
Their civil lawsuit stems from a 2012 incident where two of their family members were hit and killed by a driver under the influence of a controlled substance.
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Inside Vanessa Brigan’s car, officers found a nearly empty bottle of methadone with a prescription from Pinnacle Recovery Services.
On Wednesday the doctor who prescribed the methadone was named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.
The jury trial has been scheduled for November.

Strangely, the officials that bilked and approved the bilking of YOUR money aren’t named. I’d bet they were promoted way, way beyond their capabilities.

EPA Official Flew Home Every Weekend on Taxpayer’s Dime
Spent $69,000 on ‘excessive trips’

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
September 23, 2015 1:10 pm

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official flew nearly every weekend from his office in San Francisco to his home in southern California, amassing $69,000 in “excessive trips,” according to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

A new audit found that the former Region 9 Administrator also charged taxpayers nearly $4,000 for ineligible travel costs, as the official made 88 trips that he said were work related in just three years.

“The former Region 9 Administrator made excessive trips to Southern California and claimed ineligible travel costs,” the OIG said. “He made 88 trips in total from October 2006 through January 2009. For 51 of the 88 trips (58 percent), the former Region 9 Administrator traveled to Orange County/Los Angeles County (OC/LA), California, near the former Region 9 Administrator’s residence, at a cost of approximately $69,000.”

The former official lived in Aliso Viejo, Calif., in Orange Country, though he mainly worked out of the Region 9 headquarters in San Francisco. The audit found that the official “traveled almost every weekend” to Orange County.

“Our analysis noted that the former Region 9 Administrator traveled to the OC/LA area almost every weekend,” the OIG said. “Most of the time, his flight departed from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to John Wayne Airport (JWA), located approximately 11 miles from his Aliso Viejo residence.”

The official also claimed meal and mileage expenses while he was home. The OIG noted that junior employees were responsible for approving his travel and questioned whether “subordinates would adequately review their supervisor’s travel.”

“The Assistant Deputy Regional Administrator, a subordinate of the former Regional Administrator who approved some of his travel, stated that she reviewed the purpose of the trips and believed the trips were necessary,” the OIG said.

However, given the high number of trips, the audit called into question whether the travel of the former official was “essential to performance of the agency mission.”

Two employees who replaced the Region 9 Administrator have only traveled to Los Angeles for work seven times in two years.

The audit also found that the former Region 9 Administrator claimed $3,823 in ineligible travel costs, improperly claiming per diems on Saturdays, holidays, and multiple times for the same day. The official also was reimbursed for a rental car for a trip to Tucson, Ariz., though there was no record of him ever renting a car.

The EPA said the agency would work to recover any ineligible expenses made by the former official by April 2016.

The OIG also found weaknesses in the EPA’s oversight over employee travel overall. For instance, 15 percent of trips did not have an “adequate justification” for costing above per diem. Employees took 37 trips that cost over $5,000, 30 percent of which had inadequate justification between 2007 and 2013.

“Insufficient implementation of current travel policies and internal controls result in EPA travel dollars being vulnerable to fraud, waste and misuse,” the OIG said.

The audit is the latest in a series that seeks to address policies that allowed the fraud of John C. Beale, a former EPA official who bilked the agency out of $900,000 while pretending to be a CIA agent.

Here’s an idea! Bring back the death penalty for repeat sex offenders, that would solve a couple of problems.

State pushes back against proposed reforms to Minnesota Sex Offender Program
By Chris Serres, Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sep 22, 2015 at 6:31 p.m.

State officials are pushing back against a series of proposed reforms to Minnesota’s troubled sex offender program ahead of a high-profile court hearing next week.

Citing concerns about costs, staff shortages and community opposition, administrators of the program argued in court filings this week against reforms that could accelerate the release of sex offenders from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP). The program currently holds about 720 sex offenders indefinitely at secure treatment centers in Moose Lake and St. Peter. In June, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank declared the program unconstitutional and called on state leaders to propose reforms or face solutions imposed by the court.

In an affidavit filed in federal court Monday, state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson denounced as “impractical and costly” a proposal that the state perform independent risk evaluations of every MSOP detainee to determine if they are still dangerous enough to remain locked up. Jesson also cited costs and local community opposition as a barrier to developing less-restrictive treatment facilities in the community.

Attorneys for the state have argued that the program is constitutional, and have declined thus far to propose any remedies.

The state’s filing sets the stage for a combative hearing on Sep. 30, when top state officials and attorneys for a class of convicted sex offenders meet in federal court in St. Paul to debate the future of the MSOP, a program that Frank has called “draconian” and “clearly broken,” and has been widely decried for detaining too many offenders for too long. Only five offenders have been granted provisional discharge from the MSOP in its 20-year history; however, three of these offenders have been discharged just this year.

“This is more of the same,” said Dan Gustafson, lead attorney for a class of offenders suing the state, in reaction to the state’s court briefs. “This is more of, ‘We don’t have a problem, but if we had a problem, we wouldn’t have the money to fix it.’ This has been the reaction of the state political leadership of the past 15 years, and it continues to be even after a judge declared (MSOP) unconstitutional.”

This is Minnesota nice and its nice to see it from a 9 year old. His parents should be awful damn proud.

Minnesota boy, 9, donates birthday money for K-9 bulletproof vests
Published September 21, 2015FoxNews.com

Plenty of 9-year-old boys ask for cash for their birthday. Few use the money like Ethan Flint.

The St. Paul, Minn., fourth-grader donated $1,200 to the St. Paul Police Department on Saturday to help outfit the K-9 unit with bulletproof vests, KMSP reported.

“Some dogs have vests and some dogs didn’t and I didn’t think that was fair,” Ethan said.

A bulletproof vest for a police dog can cost about $2,600, according to ABC7.

“Some dogs have vests and some dogs didn’t and I didn’t think that was fair”

– Ethan Flint
“I think it’s outstanding. That a 9-year-old could think of something like that is remarkable,” Sgt. John Linssen told ABC7. “A vest on a human is like a vest on a dog. It covers their body. It protects them from bullets and being stabbed.”

Ethan has been donating his birthday money since he was 4 years old. An animal lover, Ethan has raised money to help the Lake Superior Zoo rebuild after flooding, give giraffes a home at the Como Zoo and help frogs and snakes through the Minnesota Herpetological Society, KMSP reported.

Ethan said he wants to help penguins or turtles next year.

“A lot of talk over the years has been, ‘It’s better to give and have other people benefit from the generosity you have in your family,’” said Jennifer Flint, Ethan’s proud mom.

You see folks, Judges don’t have to accept lame plea agreements. This scumbag should be planted under the jail, not in it.

Andrews sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatal Superior shooting, other charges

By Tom Olsen Today at 2:41 p.m.Andrews, Chance_2_1

Almost a year after firing two shots into the chest of Garth Velin during a botched robbery attempt, a Superior teen has been formally sentenced on a murder charge.

A Douglas County Circuit Court judge on Thursday imposed a stronger sentence than the terms of a plea agreement that had been worked out, sentencing Chance William Andrews to 20 years in prison on the murder charge, five additional years in prison on other counts and 15 years of extended supervision.

The plea agreement had called for a sentence of 16½ years in prison.

Andrews, who was 17 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty in June to a felony murder charge. He admitted that he fatally wounded Velin, 20, on Sept. 30, 2014, in Superior’s Allouez neighborhood.

Four other young defendants are charged as parties to the crime, but prosecutors set their sights on Andrews. Andrews averted a high-profile trial at the last minute, pleading guilty on the day he was set to face a jury.

Velin’s parents had expressed dismay at the length of the sentence in the plea agreement, but said at the plea hearing that they understood why District Attorney Dan Blank offered the agreement.

Co-defendant Kane Michael Robinson took his case to trial and was convicted by a Douglas County jury in June. His sentencing is set for next Wednesday.

Three others, Dallas Eugene Robinson, Kyham Lavon Dunn and Teah Joan Phillips, still have charges pending.

Among the other charges Andrews faced was a felony count of threatening to injure and misdemeanor theft stemming from an August 2014 incident. He also faced two felony battery by prisoner charges for incidents on Jan. 30 and March 17 while in custody at the Douglas County Jail. He was accused of teaming up with another inmate during the Jan. 30 incident, punching the victim while the other man hit him with a broom handle. Andrews was accused of hitting a different inmate with a broom handle and shattering it during the March 17 incident.

Check back later for a full story.